Friday, August 30, 2013

More Spooky Stuff

Dawn's last post was about an awesome Halloween picture frame she made.  I've been making cards for one of my charities and thought I'd share some of them with you this week.

I also used October Afternoon's Witch Hazel for this first card.  The patterned papers, flags (Little Flyers) and embellishments are all from that collection.

The adorable masked cat was purchased from the Eureka Stamps store.

Here's a CAS card that I created.  The witch flying in front of the moon is from a piece of Witch Hazel paper.  The "Just Say Boo" sentiment is from Webster's Pages.  It was on a piece of patterned paper and I cut it up to get little squares.  The sentiment at the bottom is also from Webster's Pages.

This last card is a combination of products.  The patterned paper on the background is from Teresa Collins Masquerade Party.  The chipboard is from My Mind's Eye.

So, have any of you started your Halloween cards or other projects yet?  We'd love to see them on our Facebook page.

Thanks for coming by today and I'll be back next Friday.

~ Cheryl ~

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bewitched with Witch Hazel

Last year, October Afternoon released an adorable Halloween line, Witch Hazel.  And then my friend Kim put it on sale after Halloween (Kim has a Facebook group for buying scrappy supplies - message any of us here at Craft Your Nest if you want to be added).  So of course I had to buy it (it was on sale, right?).  :)

Now, Hazel has been patiently waiting for me to start my fall/halloween 2013 decorating.  And since fall is my favorite season (even though we don't experience much of it in south Georgia), I decided that late August is a perfect time to start pulling out the pumpkins (and witches, in Hazel's case).

Here's what I came up with:

This is already sitting on the table in my foyer.  The pumpkin candles and soaps that have been in rotation for two weeks already (Bath & Body Works is my friend).  Now, if only the weather would cooperate (90+ degree days are so last season!). 

But back to Hazel...this is what I started with:

I chose a neutral paper and cut it down to fit the 5x7 opening in my Target (clearance!) frame.  I then lined the paper up with the grid on my desk and used a ruler to keep the letters straight:

After adhering the letters, they were getting a bit lost in the paper, so I outlined them in black:

Next up was Hazel.  I chose this oversized chipboard piece and attached it directly to the frame.  I then added a couple jack-o-lanterns with pop dots (they were stickers, but I wanted them to have the extra dimension):

 Because I'm crazy indecisive, I don't have pictures of the next step, but basically I spent 15 minutes moving around a couple stickers and pieces of chipboard until I was happy with the arrangement.  To add a bit more dimension, I added some Liquid Glass to the "31", owl's eyes, and jack-o-lanterns:

And, once again, here is the completed project:

Has anyone else started their fall crafting yet?  Or pulled out the fall candles?  Or experiencing cooler temps?  If you've got a "yes" on that last one, could you send them down south for me?  :)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sharing a Sketch

Hi, Everyone! It's Mary Jo back from a bit of a summer vacation break. :)
Today I want to share an exclusive sketch I tried with you created by Jennifer Wilson from Simple Scrapper for the new issue over at Paper Issues.

Here is the sketch...
and here is my take on it...
I have printed up quite a few Instagram photos lately. And I find that I like creating 8 1/2 x 11 layouts with them. This sketch was so perfect for those types of photos.
But then I turned around with my scraps from the layout and created a card...
loosely based on the sketch. I incorporated the circles, title, and star on my card. I really like the idea of creating cards using sketches.

If you decided to try the sketch for a project, make sure to link it up over at Paper Issues for a chance to win a one month subscription to a Simple Scrapper premium membership or the Everyday Storyteller downloads. Paper Issues is also giving away a $20 gift certificate to the store!
You can see all the details Here!

I have to say this is the first scrapbook page I have completed since July with the exception of an assignment for a magazine. It felt good to be able to scrapbook again now that my kids are back in school! Were you able to keep up with scrapbooking during the summer?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Happy Friday!

How can it be Friday again?  I don't know about you ~ but this week has flown by for me.

I'm really enjoying documenting daily life.  When the "Project Life" and "Project 12" movements started, I wasn't too sure.  I think the theory behind these is to "just get some pictures on a page".  That's kind of something I tend to forget about doing.  After all, isn't that what scrapbooking is really all about?  That's the way we started ~ then it became all about "the page" (at least for me).  

Let me show you some digital pages that I've created this week.

I actually made a collage using Instagram prints for this layout.  I just LOVE how many pictures I was able to get on this layout!

I used Carta Bella Beach Ball digitals for this one.

These next two layouts are actually a double pager.  Here's the left side.

Here's the right side.

I named both of these "Watch Me!!" because that's all I hear whenever the grandkids are around.  Haha  

In the first layout, my grandson Jordan, wanted me to watch him clown around then he wanted me to watch him climb up the palm tree.

The bottom layout (the right side) is Alyssa, telling me to watch her swim.  I LOVE the last picture (in the right hand corner).  She's looking over her shoulder to make sure I'm watching.  Haha

I used Dmogstad Beach Party digitals for these two layouts.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

~ Cheryl ~

Friday, August 16, 2013

Pool Fun

Hello Nesters and welcome to the weekend.  

It seems like my posts are getting later, doesn't it?  I've had a house full of kids for the last few days and have been a little busier than usual.  That hasn't stopped me from jumping on my computer at night and creating some digi layouts though.

The weather has cooperated with us and the kiddoes have had a wonderful time swimming.  Here are a couple of digital layouts that I've created of some of the fun they've had.

I have six grandchildren, ranging in ages from 16 down to 2.   Five of them (all siblings) live on the other side of the state and don't get over as much as we'd like.  Three of them have been here for the last few days and had a ball swimming every day with Asher.  (Asher lives just a few miles away so luckily I see him almost every day.) 
I decided to make a collage of some of the photographs I took and turn them into a layout.  I used Dmogstad Beach Party papers and elements.

Here's another layout of Alyssa, who's 7.  She just loves to have her picture taken.

I used Echo Park Splash patterned papers and elements.

As you can tell, a good time was had by all.  I'll have some more photos and layouts to share with you in coming posts. 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend.

~ Cheryl ~

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Peek into my Week

I was hoping to have a video to share with you today, but I was in a little car accident on Sunday and that has thrown my schedule a wee bit off (we're fine, but my 4-month-old car needs some work...I cried after seeing the damage, but the body shop + my insurance company assure me that it will look as good as new once the repairs are complete).

With that beginning to our week, it can only get better, right?  My boys may not agree.  Yesterday, we started our 2013-2014 school year:

For the record, I still think it's crazy to start school so early, but this year I wanted to get a few weeks knocked out before we go on our Disney vacation.

And if you're curious, this is what school looks like in our house:

My husband was off today, so he helped out (if I could figure out a way to be independently wealthy, I'd keep him home everyday!).

Next week, I'll be back with a crafty post.  For now, I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my life.  :)

P.S.  The first day of school signs are from Paper Coterie.

Friday, August 9, 2013

It's Christmas in August

Happy Friday!  I can't believe how fast these weeks go!

It's Christmas in August!  I needed to make a holiday project for another design team so I chose Christmas.  I decided to play around with a possible Christmas postcard to use this year.  Here's one idea that I've come up with.

You might have seen this picture before ~ I used it on one of my Project Life pages.  I had all six of my grandkids together at my house and got a picture that I was really happy with.  In case I don't get another one, I thought this would be a cute picture to send out on a Christmas postcard.  I used a digital kit called "Aloha Santa" 

While I was at it, here's a layout I created, using the same photograph.

The reason I made both of these for the "Holiday Challenge" was because I didn't know which one I would end up using.  I used the first one, but this one would be cute printed out in a 6" x 6" format and made into a card.   I used Jenni Bowlin Vintage Christmas digitals for this one.  

Have you thought about what Christmas or holiday collection you're going to use this year?   I bought a whole kit of October Afternoon "Make it Merry" after Christmas last year with the intent of using it this year.  I also just got some of the My Mind's Eye Vintage Christmas goodies.  Of course, I have lots of other great odds and ends left over from other years.  After all, in my book, Christmas goodies never go out of style.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.

~ Cheryl ~

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Back to School Already?

Happy August, Nesters!  I've got a quick post today; I'm finishing up the summer semester at work, prepping for my fall classes, and getting ready to start a new homeschool year.  August is a busy month here in south Georgia! In fact, the public schools start back tomorrow, but we'll begin next Monday.  (Is it just me, or does this seem so early to be going back to school?)

In the spirit of back-to-school, I want to share a cute set of free back-to-school printables from Paper Coterie.

photo courtesy of
They actually have an entire pinterest board full of their free printables; this one + this one are on my to-print list.

If you're like me and wishing summer would last a little bit longer, you'll enjoy this set of free printable cards from Persnickety Prints:

photo courtesy of

And lastly, I just recently stumbled upon these free printable coloring pages (ah, the magic of pinterest!).  I've already printed this one:

photo courtesy of
I actually made three copies in two different sizes.  I'm hoping one of them turns out well enough that I can frame it for my bedroom (fingers crossed!).

Have you seen any cute printables lately?  Please share a link in the comments here or on our Facebook page.  I'm slightly addicted to finding seasonal prints and cute sayings for the multitude of Ikea frames in my house.  :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Happy Friday!

I hope you're having a great Friday!  Today I'm sharing some new digital layouts with you.

I created this layout for a "Summertime Anything Goes" DT reveal.

Is there anything that screams "summer" more than kids in the pool?  I took these pictures of 4 of my grandkids and combined them with Echo Park "Splash" digital patterned papers and elements.  

Here's one more new digi layout that was created for another DT reveal.

This was created for a "Word Challenge" and the word was "Friend".  I used these Instagram pictures of my youngest and the two oldest grandkids. 

The digital collection is from Carta Bella Beach Ball and the sentiment is from The Scrapbook Place.  For more information you can read this post on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

~ Cheryl ~
Images by Freepik