Friday, July 31, 2009

Adorn-It Blog Hop

Oh NO! I had a crazy night last night and thought that I needed to get this post up today, not last night...so I am a little behind. I am playing catch-up and hope the blog hop goes smoothly for everyone else. oops.

So, welcome to the Adorn-It Blog Hop!!!

If you haven't already, you can start the blog hop at the Adorn-It blog http://www.adornitscrapbook.com/bloghop and follow along as you go through everyone's blogs.
If you are new to my blog you don't know that I am the mother of three girls, all under the age of 5. Is that crazy or what? They definitely keep me going and there is no room for boredom in our house. No way. You absolutely would not believe some of the things we've been through with the kids this year. They are wild and silly and fun and sweet, they make me laugh, sometimes make me cry and other times make me want to pull my hair out but they are also a tremendous blessing in my life and the inspiration for most of my scrapbooking.

Are you having a fabulous summer so far? It is hard to believe that it will soon be coming to an end but we have some fun things coming in our family's future including our oldest starting kindergarden. Time passes so very quickly, doesn't it?

We wanted to share some summer favorites today so I have a couple of pages to share with you. Some of my girls' favorite things are swimming and swinging. They simply cannot get enough- I have lost count of how many trips we've taken to the park this summer but if it keeps the kids happy and gives me an opportunity to take pictures I'm all for it!!

I absolutely love love love journal spots and doodling on my alphas lately. It's quite a simple thing but adds a little handmade extra to a page or card. This paper was originally 12x12 but I cut it down to make the page you see here. Don't be afraid to cut into your papers and try something new. I kept this page simpler than my typical style to keep the focus on the pictures and to show that you don't have to do lots of techniques and throw on lots of product for a page to look cute.

Oh, I just thought to tell you that I pulled out some of my old scallop edge scissors to use on the left side of the strip of wallet photos. It's very subtle but a fun/cute thing to do with pictures.

Something else I like to do on my pages and cards is paper pleating. You can see that here on my "Swim Fun" page above. Pleating has become quite the trendy thing to do and looks like it might be hard to do but it really isn't. Simply cut a strip of paper the length you want, crumple it up really well taking care to not rip it too much (a few little tears are okay if you like the distressed look). Ink the edges if you want to or leave them plain. It looks cute either way! Then all you need to do is randomly pleat the paper and glue in place. Don't worry about measuring and being real accurate- I think it looks best when I make the folds completely random. You can stitch over this, use staples, use a lace or other trim on one edge, it's up to you. But, isn't it cute?! And ever-so-easy. Really.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have fun visiting all of the other blogs. I'll have to go take a peek and see what everyone else is up to as well.

Make sure and leave a comment here by midnight tonight EST and I will do a drawing for a fun prize package.

Happy blog-hopping!!

Your next stop will be Lisa Manderachia's blog at http://risalenee.blogspot.com/

Have a wonderful day!!!

79 comments:

lotsa scrap said...

Fantastic layouts. I really like what you did with the papers in your second lo.

Emma said...

I like fun Packages... and your LO is awesome!!

Danielle said...

I really like the swing page. You are very clever with your layouts.

Samantha said...

I Love your swing LO! So bright and cheerful! Hope you're enjoying the blog hop too!

Kim said...

love your style - your blog has been added to my favorites!!! Off to continue the Hop,,,,,,,

Sherri said...

I love how the pleating looks on other people's pages, but have been afraid to try it on my own :( I think I should make it a scrappy goal to ...to complete a page that incorporates pleating before the end of summer ☺ Thanks for the inspiration Becky! I love both the layouts by the way. You're right, sometimes simple is the way to go.

MarieP said...

I love the edges on the "swings" page!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Great layouts and tips!!

dhillman said...

Great lo and thanks for the pleating tip. That is a great idea

scrappymommyof3 said...

Wonderful fun and creative layouts you've shared! And your girls are adorable!

Penny Smith said...

Great LO'S!
Thanks for sharing!
Hoppin' along now! LOL!:)

Joann said...

Terrific layouts!!

Janelle said...

I am so going to try that paper pleating! looks wonderful and tricky-- but your instructions are great, thanks!

Kari D said...

love your lo! Kari D

jkhenson said...

I loved the effect you did on the first layout, with the scalloped edge repeated! Love it!! :)

Jen H said...

Love the pleating-thanks for the inspiration.

Veronica Tingvall said...

Thanks for the inspiration now I have to go in to my scrap-room and start a new project :-)

Lots of love /Veronica

bakscrap said...

Thanks for the tips. I have enough pics of my kids playing at the playground to fill several albums. Its just such a great photo op!

Heather said...

Your pages are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing them with all of us on the hop.

Georgana said...

fantastic pages! I love your instructions for paper pleating. I haven't tried it yet but maybe I will give it a shot this weekend. Thanks for participating!

Diane said...

Gorgeous layouts.....love those polka dots!

Niki said...

That swing page is just adorable! And I love how you pulled out the deco scissors!! Very fun stuff!!!

mustangkayla said...

Such adorable l/o's!

Katherine said...

I love your Swim page! The paper pleating is gorgeous!! Love that paper lace too!

sherree said...

your swing page is just adorable I just love the colors.What a great blog thank you for sharing :)

SuzAnn said...

hopping by and saying thanks for the information on how to pleat the paper! I've always wanted to try it. Your daughters are darling and the photos of them in the swing are fabulous!

Amy said...

I absolutely LOVE your LOs!! The colors have such a great summer feel to them. Great work!!

paperprincess said...

Those are so fun! I have never done paper pleating, will have to try it. The edging on the first wallets reminded me of the old time pictures that would come connected together and when you tore them off they give that little edge.

Carol said...

love your layouts! glad i was checking out the blog hop today or i would have missed your post!!

Zarah said...

Beautifuuuuuul!! I especially LOOOOVE the first one. It's DIVINE!

datatar said...

Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing :)

justdelms said...

Fab-0 love the swing love lo! Your right sometimes the page can be overwelmed by too much...thanks for reminding me to scale back sometimes.

BabyBokChoy said...

I love your layouts!!

Susan M. said...

Your layouts are wonderful. I'm going to go crumple and pleat some paper.

Kyla said...

These are FABULOUS! So love your style and your pages! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

Debbi said...

Just came across your blog....I'll be a regular now. Love your LOs. Have a great weekend.

Kelly said...

Love that paper pleating -- it makes it look like fabric -- way cool. TFS!!

laura vegas said...

such pretty layouts! love the paper pleating idea ... looks very cool!

S said...

This is my first blog hop. How fun, will be adding lots of blogs to my reading list. Thanks for participating and for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Awesome Blog....and I am worried about being the mom of 2!!
Sarah

suzanne said...

I love your layouts! They're so pretty!

connie said...

love your LO's and thanks for the tips. I will definitely try the paper pleats. Very cute!

PattiM said...

Awesome LO's... I love the swing love LO... Too cute!

Hugs,

PattiM
(Pattie's passion)

I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

Kim said...

ooooo, I love both pages. Your paper pleating is fabby!
Blessings,
Kim xXx

Jen said...

I love your layouts! So summer-y and fun! They're great!
Thanks for letting me stop in!
Hopping along...!

Mellissa T said...

Fabulous layouts!! I love it all!!!

Victoria said...

Beautiful work Becky! I always love seeing all your stuff! :)

Tere said...

these layouts are adorable!!!
love the pictures of your DD swinging, great shots!!!

TracyZ said...

Your LO's are beautiful! Great job!

Hannah said...

I love your swing layout! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kwilt said...

what pretty lay outs!!!

TFS...Kathy

Night Shift Nancy said...

Super cute technique! Just blog hopping by!

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

oh crickety! That swim layout is too cute with the border edge paper and the watermelon! How fun!

tonya said...

I am new to your blog. I am on the blog hop. I really have enjoyed it tonight!!

Lydia said...

Great Layouts, I love all the laser cuts!!

Mindy said...

I love your los! Your paper pleating is awesome!

Adornit Chix said...

OH such sweet layouts thanks for joining the HOp

CamillaE said...

Gorgeous layouts, Becky!

Helen Carter said...

Love your pages, simple touchs like scallopped scissor edge and pleating add great detail, thanks for sharing!

Lindsay M. said...

Awwww Love those LO's!!! amazing work you do!!! They are beautiful!!!! Great job!!

jacqui said...

Very cute! Love your blog!

Joli said...

Beautiful layouts, I love the paper pleating.

How lucky are you to have 3 little girls!!!!

Jennifer said...

Thank you for sharing your blog! I'm having a great time hopping along!

Jenn in Vancouver

Ann said...

great layouts!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the cute lo's ... I love the pleats and the punch ideas .. I need to write that down before I forget to use them on my next lo ... love your girls .. I have 4 boys :) they love to swing too!

Cheers ~ Scrappy Val
scrappyvals@hotmail.com

Victoria S. said...

Love your LO's and tips! Thanks for sharing.

Sharp4sure said...

Love your blog and your scrapbook ideas!!!

deanne@sharpstarps.com

Sarah said...

Oh you have some wonderful idea's here!!! Thanks for sharing - I'll just be hopping along now!

Diana said...

I Love your work. Beautiful blog

Rene said...

Beautiful work girly! Love the paper pleating!

charlottemd said...

Thanks for sharing your Lo with us on the blog hop. Everything is fantastic. thanks for the give away too. :0)

Tiffany Mitchell said...

Love the pleating~ Thanks for sharing.

Tiffany
scrapchick@bridgemail.com

pysselpetra said...

Hi there Love your art!!! see you at another blog hop stop :)

cindy said...

Beautiful layout!!

Jana Eubank said...

Super cute pages! I love the details! . . . the scallops and ruffles. WOW!!!

Brenda said...

Oh My Goodness!! I LOVE these! Add it to my favorites so Far on the HOP!!! Thanks for sharing.

Gramjak said...

Your paper pleating is soooo beautiful and what adorable girls!

Love to hear from you that I am a winner -- but thanks for your great ideas and great blog.

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