Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Scrapbooking

Happy August, Nesters!  Today I have some layouts to share.  I subscribe to the Scraptastic kit club, and this month marks their 4-year anniversary.  To celebrate, they hosted a crop the weekend before last.  And amazingly, I finished four pages!  (I'm such a pokey scrapper.)

I used past kits to create each of the layouts, and honestly, that helps the process go so much quicker for me.  

The first page was part of a Bingo challenge; you had to include everything from a row, column, or diagonal of a Bingo card on your page.  I chose a diagonal (so I could use the free space in the middle!), and had to incorporate mist, multiple fonts, a border punch, and an older kit (this one was from last summer):

I even heat-embossed my title.  Fancy.  ;)

For the next page, I had to use at least four patterned papers.  I actually used five.  Yay for plain-ish patterned paper!

On this next layout, I had to choose a title from one of the Top 100 songs from 2010.  "Smile" is by Uncle Kracker, though I live under a rock and had never heard it before.  True story.

The last page had to be created using a certain color scheme.  This is the photo that we were given for inspiration:

And here's my page:

I have a feeling the color swatches were based on that patterned paper, because it was a perfect match.  

Before I go, I want to share a behind-the-scenes picture.  This is what I deal with every time I try to photograph layouts:

 It's a good thing he's so cute.  :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Disney Album (Part 1)

Hi, Nesters!  I'm sorry I've been quiet for a couple weeks (I've been dealing with some side effects from my hypothyroidism), but I'm here tonight to share the first several pages in a vacation album I'm creating.

In the spring, we went to Disney World (it was a very generous Christmas present from my in-laws).  While I've traditionally scrapbooked several layouts from our trip (you can see a few of them here), I still had quite a few photos left over (some of which will probably never make it to a 12 x 12 page).  I decided to use a Simple Stories Snap album to scrapbook the rest of these pictures.  I purchased most of the Say Cheese line of products to use in this album - and aside from a couple sheets of older Jenni Bowlin alphabet stickers, that is all I'm using for this project.

This is the album:

It's the faux leather finish (I actually bought this half-price during an after-Christmas sale), and it reminds me of the We R Memory Keepers albums.

For the first page, I used one of the die-cut pages from the line:

For this page, I backed the die-cut card with a second 3 x 4 card for the first space.  The second space on top is another 3 x 4 card.  I backed my photo with a 4 x 6 card to fill the bottom (you'll see this throughout the album as I had most of my photos printed at the digital size).

For this spread, I added a few stickers on the left.  The bottom photo on the right-hand page has a transparency (from the Say Cheese line) on top of the photo.

The card with the 'H" has a small brad in the middle for a bit of dimension. 

On the left-hand side of this spread, I used several stickers (the alpha on top is from Jenni Bowlin).  On the right, I used a die-cut page from the collection and added the white doodling.

Here you can see the back of the die-cut page.  The opposite side has space for 4 x 4 photos (I trimmed mine, but this would be perfect for Instagram pics).

The blank page on the right will eventually hold a pocket with some tickets and receipts from our trip.

On the left, I adhered the photo to the page and doodled a small border around it.  The right-hand side has a few more stickers from the line.

In the top-left corner, I added a brad to the middle of a 3 x 4 card.  I kept the rest of this spread pretty simple.

And here's my last spread (for now!):

As you can see, I'm really trying to keep things simple here.  We're going back to Disney in September, so my goal is to get this finished before then.  

I also filmed a short video walking through the album.  The narration on the video is how I would talk through this album to a friend, so you get a slightly different perspective on the pages.  (And please excuse my voice - my allergies are acting up.)

snap disney album from Dawn Hopkins on Vimeo.

Before I go, I want to share a Christmas in July sale with you.  Because Craft Your Nest is affiliate, Lain Ehmann is giving our readers 25% off* at her new store with the code HOHOHO.  She has online classes that cover topics in scrapbooking, card making, home decor, and more!  The code is good through midnight tomorrow (July 25), so head on over there if you want to grab one of these courses at a great price!

*This code is good for everything in the store except Scrap Your Story, Fast Scrapbooking, and Define Your Style.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Friday {Late}

It's technically Saturday morning, but since I haven't gone to bed tonight, it's still Friday night to me.

If any of you saw what was on my desk on Mary Jo's FB post, you saw lots and lots of beads.  I have a bee in my bonnet to make some jewelry.  Many years ago ~ way back before I ever even heard of scrapbooking, I made jewelry.  In fact, I had my own jewelry shop.

The stuff I made was what I called "earthy and natural".  I used a lot of turquoise, coral, shells (right off the beaches, Puca beads (from Hawaii).  I also started out using lots of twine and good old string.  There wasn't anybody else doing it, so what started out as a little hobby of mine turned into a business.

I got out of it just about the time that "fine jewelry" started taking over.  It was just a "phase" and I jumped in and took advantage of that "phase".  Boy, was it fun while it lasted.  Jewelry making is SO popular again, so I've just been looking at some beads and picking up some things that I like.  It takes me awhile to go back in my memory and figure out how things go together ~ like which "findings" to use for what.

Here's a bracelet that I made today and by golly I'm pretty happy with it.  The color didn't photograph true, but this IS turquoise.

I used turquoise chips and strung them on wire.  I even used a barrel fastener and remembered how to attach the wire to the barrel ends.  Yay me.  I found these adorable little charms on a clasp and added them right in the middle.  I like "dangly things" so I'll wear the charms on the top and let them hang down toward my ringers.

Here's a close-up of the charms.

I actually have another set of 3 different hanging charms that I think I'll add to this bracelet.

I love to wear black and I also like leather.  Here's a bracelet I made that I think's really cool.

It's a leather wrap bracelet and I attached the word "create" to the middle piece of leather and the word sits on the top of my wrist.  Of course, I'm pretty partial to that word.  LOL

Here's the only other bracelet I've made so far.

I don't know if you hunt for new trends in hand-made jewelry like I do, but one of the big trends right now is using sari silk to make all sorts of jewelry.  This isn't sari silk, but it IS silk wrap and I thought it looked very close to the sari silk strips I've been seeing.

Here's what it looks like on.

I just love these wings with the heart in the center.  I had to do quite a bit of work to attach the wings to the silk.  I tied it with very fine black leather and made tiny knots.  Then I used E6000 glue and let it dry for 24 hours.  I was then able to cut off the excess black leather twine left behind after I tied the knots.  

I think this is the start of a new avenue for me.  I honestly didn't think I'd get interested in making jewelry again.  I have a very distinct taste and have never been a glitzy glam girl.  I love this earthy natural stuff, so I'm going to be dabbling around.

I'll keep you updated.

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sketch Crazy!

I love sketches! A lot. :)
And last weekend I pinned several from the internet that I can't wait to try.
First up...
This one is from Write, Click, Scrapbook. They have a new Sketchbook Saturday series and the option to buy it as a layered template for 99 cents. I love grid designs, so I think I could probably make this one work for me.

Chic Tags had this one on their blog along with some cute inspiration ideas! If you link up a project using their sketch by August 8th, you can win a grab bag of Chic Tag goodies. :)

And the third sketch I pinned...
is by Creative Scrappers. I think this is one of my favorite sketch sites. Plus the design team always has great examples.
You have until July 31st for the chance to win a prize from this site.

So there you have it! A few sketches I am going to hopefully use. I'll be sure to share with you when I do! And don't forget if you try one, to link us up here at Craft Your Nest. We love to see your work!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fun Giveaways Around the Internet

There are quite a few going on right now at various blogs!
If you love Chic Tags and/or The Twinery, they have a great blog hop going on with fun prizes.
Day One was on the Chic Tags blog which you can see *Here*!
And here is the Chic Tags prize.
Then today there is another small blog hop on The Twinery blog *Here* and you can win
A sampler pack of solid twine worth $45!
You have until July 13th to join in.

Another great giveaway is for the issue link up that goes on twice a month at Paper Issues.
The theme this time is "Gettin' the Scoop on the Sweet Days of Summer." The prize is a
Summer Squeeze collection kit by Bella Blvd who is sponsoring the issue! Just link up any project by July 20th (new or old) that fits the theme for a chance to win. :)

Good luck!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Amy Tangerine Giveaway Winner

Today's post is short and sweet. :) 

The (random) winner of the Amy Tangerine giveaway is:  

Sketches and challenges are my favorite types of posts. I get inspired by seeing other's creations. thanks for the chance!

Patricia, please email me at craftyournest@gmail.com and I'll get the package in the mail this week!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Let's Try This Again!

The new winner of my giveaway from *This Post* is Becky!
Yay! Inspiration is always a good thing!

Becky, the box is packed and ready to go.
I just need you to email me at mmrhoda@sbcglobal.net with your address!

And if you didn't see Dawn's post yesterday, she has extended the deadline for her giveaway for this prize...
of Amy Tangerine goodies by American Crafts until June 29th. You can comment on *this post*
for a chance to win!
Good luck! :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Inside My Space

We recently finished my new craft room (which is doing double-duty as my boys' playroom) and today I want to share some photos of my new space.  My goal was to post late last week, but we had some unexpected family "stuff" come up so I'm a few days late.  

I also want to let you know that I'm extending the deadline for my Amy Tangerine giveaway to next Sunday, June 29!

But back to my craft space...

The photo above is the view when you walk into the room.  As you can see, I need curtains for the windows (I'm still looking) and I need to hang some wall art (my boys are deciding between a few prints).

Just past the television is a wrought iron stand that holds all my wood-mounted stamps:

Skipping past the closet door for a moment, you then come to my paper storage.  I've had these Cropper Hopper paper holders for years.  I keep all my patterned paper sorted by manufacturer, save holiday prints, which are separated by holiday.

Next up is my desk and Expedit storage system.  I've got extra Snap binders, magazines, unmounted rubber stamps, card stock, 6x6 paper pads, Project Life cards, kits, paper trimmers, and a few other odds and ends in that storage unit. I love that thing!

On my desk, I have adhesive, journaling pens and markers, and my scissors.  I have a basket on the right side of the desk with a few random embellishments that I'm hoping to use soon.

Now, I'll go back to the closet, which is behind the desk.  In the closet I put three more storage pieces.  The brown piece on the right stores everything from stickers to washi tape to journaling cards to glitter.  Once I'm sure I like the order, I'll label all the drawers.

The red piece has four drawers and it holds my die-cutting accessories as well as some punches and embossing supplies.

The small red piece holds tiny embellishments, like sequins and wood veneer pieces.

The closet shelf holds some unfinished wood pieces and chipboard albums, as well as a couple home decor pieces that are in-progress.

Here's a peek inside one of the drawers in the brown piece.  

Leaving the closet, I have this dresser on the opposite side of my desk.  I want to refinish this, but I'm still debating if I want to keep it stained or paint it.  Anyone have a suggestion for me?

Inside the dresser, I have my fabric, stamp pads, mists, and some random embellishments + extra adhesive.  

Continuing the circle (of sorts), next to my desk I have this small bookcase from Target.  In real life, it's yellow, and not this weird neon-yellow/green color.  It holds some other in-progress projects.  As I moved rooms, I found several of these projects that I'd forgotten about...it's now my mission to get them completed!

On the other side of the room (next to my boys' storage), I have one last piece.  This holds my embellishments by manufacturer, my clear stamps, photos, some seasonal embellishments, and my Simons Says Stamp kits that I haven't un-kitted yet.  The magazine holders house my boys' Lego instruction booklets.

And that is my new space.  It's got great light, and I'm excited to get crafting in there!

Before I leave, I wanted to share my little crafting buddy:

I grabbed this pet bed on clearance at Target, and my cats (we have three) take turns napping in there.  This is Gracie, and she likes to "supervise" while I'm creating.  :)

Well, that's it for today.  I'll be back next week with the winner of my giveaway!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Paper Issues: Food For Thought

Just want to share with all of you here at Craft Your Nest, that Paper Issues has a chance to win these adorable stamp sets by Some Odd Girl stamps.
The current issue is "Food For Thought", so all you need to do is link up new or old projects that fit the theme. Some ideas presented on the blog are:

  • Tell us what makes you think. What do you worry about?
  • What's your favorite food or recipe?
  • Do you have recipes that have been handed down through the generations?
  • What are your "go to" comfort foods?
  • Do you enjoy the thrill of the grill? What's your favorite grilled meal?
  • Show us anything having to do with fathers and Father's Day. Have you made any Father's Day cards?
  • Do you like to eat out? What's your favorite restaurant?
  • Have you ever taken a cooking class?
  • Do you love to cook and/or bake? What's your specialty?
  • Do you follow a particular diet or try to eat healthy in some way?
  • Use Some Odd Girl stamps.

The deadline for linking up is this Sunday, June 22.
The blog post for sharing your projects can be found *Here*.

Also, I am still waiting to here from Kelly G., the winner of my big giveaway that I announced on the blog last Wednesday. If I don't here from Kelly by Saturday, I will choose a new winner and announce it here next Wednesday. I just want to give her a few more days to check in :)

Have a great week!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Another Giveaway!

Happy Friday Nesters!  Last month, I chronicled my layout-a-day progress.  This month, my focus has been on a different project.  In between Vacation Bible School and finishing up our homeschool-year, my husband and I have been in the middle of some much-needed home improvements.  Due to allergies, we made the decision to rip up all the carpeting in our home and replace it with wood laminate flooring.  Thankfully, this is limited to the bedrooms and two small hallways.  However, my husband is known for being frugal, so we're doing all the work ourselves.  

We started with the front bedroom, which will become my new craft room + my boys' playroom (currently, they'll bring toys in when I'm crafting so we figured why not try this configuration).  

I'm hoping to start moving in tonight or tomorrow.  Right now, the new space is pretty bare.  My boys are ones to prioritize, so the first thing in the room is the tv they just got from my parents.  :)  The tv stand is from Target, and it's really cute in person!

Also, the wall color is not quite so bright in person.  It's Benjamin Moore's Rosemary Green.  When I first put up a swatch, my husband thought I was going to paint the room neon green...it's more of an apple green in person.  It's a happy color.

Right now, I'm in the middle of a major purge as I get ready to move in to the new space.  This is just a peek of what my craft room looks like right now:

That big box in the foreground of the picture is housing some of what I'm getting rid of...once I'm finished, be on the lookout for a destash giveaway here at the Nest.

For now, though, I have a small Amy Tangerine giveaway.  To enter, all you have to do is comment here on the blog with the type of posts that you'd like to see more of here at the Nest.  Do you like sketches, or challenges, or how-to videos, or process videos, or product picks, or something else entirely?  I'd really love to know, and it will help us as we plan future posts.  The giveaway will be open through next Sunday, June 22.  I'll post the randomly-chosen winner on Monday, June 23.

Before I go, I want to mention that Lain Ehmann is running a Father's Day special today on Jennifer Gallacher's "The Boys Are Back in Town" class from True Scrap 4.  It's only $8.95 through midnight tonight!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

And the Winner is!

from this big giveaway is...

Congrats on the followers! I just liked you on FB! I also shared on FB! Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!

Kelly - send me your address at mmrhoda@sbcglobal.net and I will send out your prize!

Thanks to everyone who joined in! We reached and passed our goal of 100 likes on Facebook. :)
And look for another giveaway in the not to distant future!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Happy Friday!

I hope you're all having a wonderful Friday and that you have a fun weekend planned.

Have you seen Mary Jo's giveaway???  You can see her post right here.  Be sure to check it out (if you haven't already) and see what you need to do to be in the running for this great prize.

Are you getting ready for Father's Day?  It's Sunday, June 15th and I've made a couple of cards for "my guys".  Thought I'd share them with you today.

I made this one for my husband.  Have you seen the DCWV burlap paper stacks?  

I just love these 6" x 6" papers and used one of the sheets on my card.  The image is from Eureka Stamps.  It's digi 8109.

Here's a close-up photograph of the stamp.

One more close-up of the cute banner, wooden gear and one of the jute bows.

Here's another card I made.  I also used a Eureka Stamps image ~ 9001.

I just love the script on this digital stamp.  I distressed the patterned paper and the stamp.  I love using corrugated paper (cardboard) and I really inked this piece up.  I added the buttons for a finished look.  

Thanks for stopping by today and again, don't forget about Mary Jo's awesome giveaway!  I'll be doing a giveaway myself in the next couple of weeks.

~ Cheryl ~
Images by Freepik