Last weekend I got back from my very first cruise....and I'm HOOKED! It was so much fun visited 3 different places and not being stuck in one place for 7 days. The food was AMAZING and I even got to try es-car-go (yup - snails) and conch (you know...the meat from that huge shell)! I love trying new things and going to new places.
We travelled on the Carnival Pride and visited Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Freeport in the Bahamas. There was SO MUCH fun stuff to do on the cruise ship...favorites were the trivia contests, the piano bar, and the evening shows performed by the ship's dancers and singers. One of the highlights each night was coming back to the room to find a different towel animal...
(this one was the coolest...it took us a few minutes to find it)
and a puppy dog
Before leaving for the trip, I had some free time to scrap some layouts. I always post my layouts to Two Peas in a Bucket. After posting, I got some feedback about the glare on my pictures (which I'm completely irritated with but I've tried several different settings on my camera and I can never get rid of it).
Well, this comment from a fellow scrapper suggested that I take pics outside with natural light. I tried it, and the difference is amazing! So glad someone was willing to give me a suggestion to this annoying problem.
Morgan did the Odyssey of The Mind program and then competition this past year - she loved it and was so proud to get her huge ribbon! I used My Little Shoebox "City By The Bay" pp - LOVE that brick pattern pp!! Also, I wanted to emphasize the ribbon she got, so I wanted to add a rosette flower. But I had no die to make one, and I also had no score board, so I kind of came up with a way to make one anyways. I made a quick video tutorial on how you can make one.
So....what did everyone end up doing for National Scrapbok Day? There was a Friday night and all-day Saturday crop at the Scraptacular store that I went to and scrapped my heart out. Here's some of the layouts I got done...
I'd love for you to leave a comment about how you celebrated the day and link up any projects/layouts that you worked on!
There's so much new stuff at Scraptacular...I had to snatch a ton of it up! Check out my layouts using To the Moon from Fancy Pants and the new Playground line from Echo Park. They are SO colorful and have such great matching embellishments!
Have you checked out the new Stella and Rose line from My Mind's Eye? The Scraptacular store has a lot of these BEAUTIFUL papers and I couldn't resist scarfing some of it up and using it for the precious pictures of my niece, Addy.
These papers are so pretty they inspired me immediately...
I thought I'd take a few minutes to post some layouts I've created using the March kit. I still have enough goodies leftover to make several more layouts, but I wanted to share what I've done so far.
The 3 Bugs in a Rug stuff was great because of the pastel/neutral colors and I felt like it went with a lot of different types of pictures. I also loved the butterflies from My Little Shoebox and used it as an opportunity to embellish my Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch. I've been obsessed with putting butterflies on my pages lately!
... to be the February guest designer for Scraptacular! I want to thank Beth and the Scraptacular design team for giving me the opportunity to work with this month's kit and show my creations along with theirs. This kit is full of fun patterned papers and embellishments, and I'm having a great time working with it. If you haven't checked out the design team'swork this month with the kit, make sure you scroll down below to the Blog Hop post and follow the hop!
Now for a quick intro:
My name is Barb Prendergast, and I started scrapping six years ago when my husband gave me my first digital camera and I found the scrap supply aisle at Walmart. My favorite subjects are my family which includes my husband, four adult children (three of them married) and six beautiful grandkids. I'm a former newspaper reporter/editor and public relations manager; currently I substitute teach part-time in area schools.
The February kit is so versatile! Here are my creations using the kit (with enough left over for a couple more layouts and some cards)
I used my Cricut, Spellbinders Excalibur and an EK Success border punch to create a few accents, as well as some little buttons and rhinestones from my stash.
I cut into the patterned paper and slipped my photo mat underneath the heart and flourish motif; the floral accents were fussy cut from one of the other patterned papers in the kit. The journaling spot was cut with the Cricut and the title with Cuttlebug dies.
I used a few buttons and flowers from my stash and die cut the circles and journaling spot with Spellbinders dies; also used some puffy paint to connect the buttons and again, I cut into the papers to slip my photos under the owl. I used a sketch from Nuts About Sketches as inspiration.
The borders from My Little Yellow Bicycle are so much fun to use! I topped one here with a strip of that cute birdie-printed paper and the pom pom trim. The buttons, tiny alpha and pink flower were from my stash; I used the patterned papers in the kit and various dies to cut the little blue flower, the bird and journaling spot. Here's a close up of the bottom cluster:
The sketch is from My Sketch World.
I punched out circles from the paper and used some rick rack to make little flowers for this layout. The felt fish were cut with a Cuttlebug die, and I had fun with a border punch too. This is another Nuts About Sketches sketch.
I used the other MLYB border here, along with a new Grands label die from Spellbinders, that bird die again, and some flowers, bling, alphas and rub ons from my stash. I also stamped a pattern on the bottom of my white cardstock.
Thank you for looking! Be sure to check out the Blog Hop below!
Welcome to the Scraptacular Valentine's Day Blog Hop!! I am so glad you are hopping with us on the very "LOVE"ly day!!
This is your first stop on the hop, but make sure you follow the hop all the way through. There is so much to see and maybe a prize or 2 along the way. You have until the end of the week to hop to each of our blog and come play along with us for a chance to win the BIG prize below!
The blog hop is full of inspiration all based on this beautiful February Scraptacular Sketch created by Liz Chidester....