Thursday, July 05, 2018

Library Summer Fun

The boys spent lots of time this summer enjoying programs at the local library.  It’s always a pleasure to see what they have planned!
They learned about music and various instruments

Had a wonderful story told through a science presenation with lots of help from the kids in the audience.  
 Liam got to go up and help with one of the experiments


Besides the code club that Zane went to every Thursday, I think the green screen program they did was his favorite.  They really hit his interests hard this year and he was just thrilled to be a part of it!  It sparked his imagination and creative juices and got him on a roll.



Obviously reading is the main focus of the library and they summer programs but it’s programs like this that really encourage and get kids like mine thinking and keep their passions alive.  I’m so thankful for a local library that offers that!


Sunday, July 01, 2018

And she shall be called…Ellie

Meet Ellie.
Our spunky little Shasta, freshly painted and still very much in the process of getting her full makeover.


Why “Ellie” you ask?  Well…because of this Ellie. 


We hope this little camper will see tons of adventure with our little family!

We are quite pleased with how the paint came out, and we will share more on the whole reno process later but here is an in process pic of the paint process…
(primed and taped off for color)

Thursday, June 28, 2018

So we bought a thing...

We bought a 1967 Shasta!!



She is old and funky and rough around the edges.  She is perfect!  Oh the things we can do with her and the places we will go!  I won’t sleep till she is completed!!  I can’t wait to share all our plans with y’all!!


Friday, March 09, 2018

Baby Liam Layout


My sweet baby bird...I have had this layout in my head for a while so it was so satisfying to get it out and see it on paper!  As you know my sweet baby bird is now 6 so this page is WAY overdue!  LOL

I made this sweet layout with the February Bad Girls Couture kit and it was perfect for this page!  As I mentioned to you before that when I see zig zag stitching it reminds me of old linens so it was a no brainer that I would include them on this layout for Antiqued Friday.  I also did some hand cutting on the Crate Paper for "Liam" and then stitched over it, giving it a vintage appliqué feeling.

I used a Prima stencil from a previous kit and my Bad Girls Couture Molding Paste to make the textured designs and then rubbed on some gold paint after it all dried.  You also see I did a lot of distressing along the papers edges with a distressing tool and inked everything with a brown stamp pad.

I used some clear crackle medium to make a crazed, antiqued effect that kinda reminds me of vintage china once rubbed with some brown ink.  I topped it all with a distressed Prima flower, inked with brown ink and rubbed with gold acrylic paint.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Happy Heart Mini


For this "Happy Heart" mini I did with the latest Bad Girls Couture kit, I used the Maya Road chipboard binder (which is uber cute by itself) and grudged it up a bit with some crackle paint and various acrylic paints to give it a weathered look.

Then I just stared layering on things that I liked together since this is a happy project after all!  I painted and distressed one of the little prima flowers from the kit as well as one I had left over from the January kit.  I gessoed them with Bad Girls Couture gesso and then added some acrylic paints and texture paste to the edges to add some more interest and dimension.

I did some hand cutting on the Crate Paper sheets in the kit to make some little buds peeking out behind the American Crafts metallic bird chipboard sticker.  The "happy" chipboard tag is also from the American Crafts stickers in the kit and I just tied a bit of scrap silk to the top.  Another feature I did for some dimension was to sew a little pouch made from the tulle in the kit and I suspended some leaf sequins inside.  Finally I added the metallic "heart" chipboard sticker with some pop dots on top.

As for the inside, I repurposed the clear dolly printed packaging inside the prima flowers in the kit and cut out little transparent dividers for my mini!  I really love the look it gives.

Well I hope you enjoyed my little mini and I hope you are able to squeeze some scrappy love in your life today to make your heart happy!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

2017 Vaca Together

Hey y'all!  Today I bring to you my "2017 Vaca" Layout!  I did this layout for today's "antiqued" theme is over at Bad Girls Couture so I thought I would just walk you through a few things I did on this page to give it a bit of an antique vibe without using anything vintage on it at all.

I ran across this super cute dolly Sizzix die and knew I had to get it to give my projects some sweet vintage vibes!  And I feel like it certainly did that.  I used the vintage looking pretty floral patters of the Maggie Holmes Crate Paper sheets to make these sweet little dollies and they really ramped up the vintage feeling on this page.

The machine stitching always make me think of antique linens with the zig zag stitches.  I also gave the bright yellow a little of a tone down with a thin coat of white Bad Girls Couture gesso.  It's all accented with various botanical and leaf cut outs using Sizzix dies.  I find this is a wonderful way to play with my patterned papers and add interest and dimension to my pages.

And finally as normal with most of my work, I inked it all up with a brown stamp pad to soften edges and give it all an antiqued, aged feeling.

Thank you for stoping by today, now go get your antique on!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Over the Rainbow Love

This page was totally inspired by those beautiful bohemian flower halos and crowns that are so beautiful and colorful.  I was using a photo of my husband and I at a fancy anniversary dinner we had on our 15 year anniversary cruise.  The dress I was wearing was very colorful and abstract so I wanted the page to reflect that color and the love and feeling we were experiencing at that dinner.
I came across this beautiful photo of a couple, presumably a wedding photo.  The woman was wearing a wonderful flower crown.   This is the feeling I had that night, and perfect inspiration for this page!

photo credit: www.margheritacalati.com

This is the page I made from that inspiration...

I used all Bad Girls Couture kit supplies (most from the January kit but a few from a previous kit too).  To create the flower crown look, I got to work looking through my stash and found a great stencil that worked well with my gesso.  I applied the gesso with a pallet knife and once dry I was able to paint it with the Tattered Angels paints from the kit (the gold is from a previous kit) and I accented the leaves with some green water color.

Next I wanted to add some dimensional flower accents to the page.  I removed the center from one of the silk flowers in the kit and used just one layer of it.  I folded it in half and applied a generous layer of Bad Girls Couture gesso to the flower.  Next I layered a little of the teal Tattered Angels paint for added color and depth.  Then I mixed some texture beads and gesso and applied that to the outer edges of the flower and gave the entire thing a little watered down brown acrylic paint touch with some finger painting.  I sewed the flower down to the paper to secure it and add some interest.  For the center I just painted a couple of the chipboard cutouts with the Tattered Angels paint and dabbed a bit of the textured gesso mix with my finger.

The title is a couple of the 7 Dots stickers, layered with an American Crafts foam glittered word from last month's kit.
I did the same treatment as with the flowers on leaves at the bottom with the textured gesso mix and give it a brown wash as well.

Using a photo or an object is such a great inspiration since we have so many beautiful things around us to inspire us and these 7 Dots papers are so colorful and versatile that they can go from muted to blazing color!  That's enough to fuel your creativity!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Off the Beaten Path


I created this page with the supplies in the January Bad Girls Couture kit.  The deep saturation of teals and greens inspired this page.  I absolutely had to use this beautiful paper "Aquamarine" 7 Dots paper as a bold colorful background.  As I was thumbing through my already printed pics that are waiting to be scrapped I found the perfect match.  This picture of my husband and I sitting on the dock of a beautiful Mexican cenote just jumped out at me and the colors of the paper really brought me back to that day when I placed the photo on it.  I was smitten and completely inspired!

In order to carry the color and feeling of that experience through to the entire page I used a layer of one of the flowers to create a great dimensional grouping.  I folded the flower layer up so it looked more like an emerging bud (I stapled it at the base to hold it in that shape) and painted the entire thing with Bad Girls Couture gesso.  I was just about dry before I added a brush of color with some of the teal Tattered Angels paint then I applied some watered down brown acrylic paint to give it a more blended, muted effect.  After that had pretty much dried I brushed the tips with some Mod Podge and applied some thick glitter.

I added layers of the 7 dots papers cut into great flower and leave shapes with my Sizzix.  You can see I used a few left over Prima flower buds from a previous kit that seemed to work perfectly with this little flower.

And how handy where those 7 Dots Word Stickers?!  I loved them, really!  I choose two that best described that day and adventure and used one as a title (applied to another 7 Dots sticker and then pop dots added for dimension) and one as an accent at the bottom of the page.   The lace border is created using a Fiskers punch and the 7 Dots paper.

Oh and how can I forget the Hambly velum?!  It really gives depth and softness to the page.  I love it!!  And of coarse I had to ink it all up with some brown ink.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

BGC Blog Hopin'!!

Hey y'all!  Thanks for hoppin' on over to join in with the Bad Girls Couture Blog Hop!!  This is a great way to get to know all of us designers and pick up some great tips and inspiration along the way!  




I'm Michelle and I've been scrapbooking ever since I can remember!  Scrapbooking has been a part of my life as far back as peel and stick photo albums!  Yes I had some of those and scrapbooked my high school years in them!  I've since transferred and saved a lot of those pages so they wouldn't get ruined and now I just love keeping my finger on the pulse of the scrapbooking trends.  I live in Louisiana with my husband of 15 years and our two boys (6 and 11).  They are very supportive of my scrapbooking and the kids love seeing their pictures printed and on a finished page.  

I've been a fan of Bad Girls for a long time so when I saw they were relaunching the kit club I was all in!  It's been so fun and inspiring to design for Bad Girls over the last few months.  This design team is so full of ideas and innovative inspiration that keeps me trying new things and just excited to open my next kit up!  The wonderful thing about designing with these kits is that it's not just a run of the mill scrapbook kit.  These kits usually contain some sort of art or mixed media item, which I love because I'm a art girl at heart.  They also include unique vintage items that are so interesting and exciting to experiment with.  Opening up a Bad Girls kit really lights a fire under me to create and make something beautiful, stretch my limits and just have fun!

In the spirit of getting to know the designers, here are a few fun getting to know me questions:
1. What’s your favorite color? - Red
2. What’s your favorite song right now? - Currently I'm loving the entire Greatest Showman Soundtrack but I have a few favorite songs, like "Gypsy" by Fleetwood Mac and "Oceans" by Hillsong & "Try" by Colbie Caillat
3. Who inspires you?  Hmmmm, I think I'd have to say Heidi Swap and JoAnna Gains
4. Favorite Book?  My scrapbook & Faith Journal!  Seriously though, I don't read much so that's my answer!  LOL
5.Favortie Movie?  Don't make me pick!!  All time fav would have to be Steel Magnolias.
6.Favorite snack?  Is coffee a snack
7. What is your favorite food?  Anything Mexican these days!  I love a unique spin on a good taco!
8. Where would you like to visit someday?  Europe or Hawaii
9. Who got you into scrapbooking?  I honestly don't remember.  I've just always done it.
10. How many years have you been scrapbooking? Too many to count!!  I'd say since the 90's some time
11. Favorite Manufacturer?  Even though it doesn't exist anymore, hands down HAMBLY
12. Currently Reading:  "A Simplified Life" by Emily Ley
13. Favorite Bad Girl Kit so far? Again...don't make me choose!!  LOL!  But the January "A Little Bit Gaudy" kit had me blazing!
14. Favorite artistic technique?  I'd say using the Molding Paste by BGC and stencils to create texture.  And lots of inking and distressing ;)
 Now ya'll go comment and follow Bad Girls Couture on Instagram so you will have an opportunity to win prizes.  And don't forget to comment here too so we know you dropped by;)
NOW...do ya wanna see the amazing prize we have for you at this stop?  It's pretty awesome!
Bad Girls Couture is very excited to offer one of our Monthly Subscription kits as a prize! Lots of glitter and sparkle and a Vintage Archie Comic Book Mini Album! We always like to offer unique, one of a kind items in our kits that you can’t find anywhere else! 

This is the Blog Hop order, you should have already visited the other designers blogs since I'm the last stop but just incase you haven't... 
Wendy La Croix- http://www.badgirlcourture.com
Nicole Martel- https://nicolemartel.blogspot.com
Irina Volzhina- http://na-tvorila.blogspot.ru
Ashli Oliver- http://purplemailbox.blogspot.com
Rae Moses- www.scrappingfancy.com 
Michelle Sanders- http://funkyfreshcool.blogspot.com

So hop on over to the Bad Girls shop and take a peek at some of the past kits as well as our design team gallery to get some inspiration. 


Friday, January 26, 2018

Museum Snob

It doesn't get anymore antiqued than the ancient Myan Ruins of Mexico!  And that's the subject of my "Museum Snob" layout.

Did I mention I'm loving' the January Bad Girls Couture kit?  I mean the combo of those 7 Dots papers and the Hambly velum splattered with that Tattered Angels turquoise paint...I mean come on!  What's not to love!

I deconstructed a couple of the flowers in the kit and used the pretty brad that was in the center of one to secure my Hambly velum to the page.  There are lots of die cuts of leaves out of the 7 Dot's papers, pretty much any of the papers that had green in them I cut them up for leaves!   The laser cut chipboard pieces from Um Wow were a perfect canvas for the Tattered Angels paint, it was so bright and bold on them!

I used the Daisy D's paper as a mat behind the photo and distressed it with a distressing tool.  The title is one of the 7 Dots stickers and is pop dotted to the page.

Finally I inked every edge I could with a brown ink pad;)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Art Journal Mini Album


Now you guys know I like to use some junk and reclaimed stuff in my projects.  But this month there was some pretty cool stuff in the Bad Girls Couture kit, including this amazing mini book made with vintage game cards.  WHA?  That had to be utilized and showcased in all it's glory!!

I really liked the idea of turning this little mini into an art journal and it turns out there was the perfect little title sticker in the 7 Dots stickers that came in the kit.  SCORE!  So that was really my jumping off point.  And there were some great square stickers that made the perfect tabs so I used them to tab off each game card as separate sections in my little art journal.

Then I just got into painting and layering and just laying on some texture to give the cover the look I was going for.  I wanted to have a really dimensional cover filled with texture and rich colors without being too bright.  The flower was perfect for that but I didn't want it to too new or store bought.

So I went to work on deconstructing it, only using one layer of the flower.  I painted it with a generous coating of the Bad Girls Couture Gesso.  Once the gesso dried I applied layers of watered down brown acrylic paint with my finger till it was toned down and aged looking.  For the center I use a couple of the chipboard cut outs and painted them with the teal Tattered Angels paint.  I also mixed some texture beads into some gesso and applied it to the edges and over the center pieces for more texture and interest, then a bit more brown paint.  I did the same with the other chipboard cut outs and applied the 7 Dots "art journal" sticker with glue dots to give it a title.  Finally I filled it with water color paper between the tabbed sections and gave the cover and all the game cards and tabs a good inking.  Now it's ready for all my art journaling and painting needs!
I really love how the flower is totally transformed and almost looks porcelain.

Monday, January 22, 2018

My New 2018 Planner Set Up!!

Alrighty y'all!  I FINALLY finished setting up my 2018 planner!!  WOO HOO!  I'm telling you, functioning without a planner was hard!  So here is my planner set up!
I used a Planner Society travelers journal and an Explorer Journal Expansion Pack by Momenta.


I also embellished the front with a blingy "M" sticker from Paper Studios and a couple clip on bow embellishments from Planner Society.

For the inside embellishments it's pretty much all Planner Society products


For my main dashboard I used a collage of product from different Planner Society kits and layered it all up after inking the edges with a black StazOn ink pad.


I made a simple dashboard for each month out of Planner Society vellums and acetate that I can go back later and customize as the months come so it's a fluid and working planner.

I stamped each month on the tabs to give it a uniform look throughout the planner.


I adhered a fun printed clear pocket to hold more stickers and embellishments to the dashboard of my notebook insert so it's functional and pretty.


All in all I'm very happy with the start of my 2018 planner and ready to plan and expand it with this year's adventures!