Bee-lightful | 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month

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It’s raining.

It’s snowing.

It’s sunny.

It’s 75º.

It’s 35º.

Any of these weather conditions may apply on any given day where I live in North Carolina in February. Luckily, so far this month the weather has been fairly mild. Today we are forecasted to have a high of 76º!

This warm weather, however, has given me a good case of spring fever! So when I spied this bee paper from 1 Canoe 2, I couldn’t wait to use it as inspiration for my kit this month.

The paper’s color scheme of light yellows, pinks, and browns with a touch of black became the criteria I used for choosing the rest of my patterned papers. Many of the papers have a watercolor look, adding to the spring-like theme. I also added a 6×6 paper pad this month—a product I usually don’t work with—but I loved the colors in the Golden Days collection by Fancy Pants.

When choosing embellishments, I looked for ones with the same color scheme as well as the watercolor look. I added washi tape, die cuts, tags, clips, flair, enamel dots, chipboard, letter, cork, and cardstock stickers. One washi tape and the cardstock stickers both have bees to coordinate with my inspiration paper!

(For a complete list of supplies, scroll to the bottom of the post.)

To go along with my kit, Bee-lightful, I created this sketch. The design is made for three 3×3 photographs, but could easily be adapted for one horizontal picture by itself or paired with a 4×4 picture.

After I enjoy this wonderful warm day, I am going to dig into my kit. I’ll post my layouts later this month!

Now go create!

Complete List of Supplies
Patterned Paper:
1 Canoe Two, Hazelwood, Sweet as Honey
Photo Play Paper, Happy Glamper Collection, Field of Flowers
1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood, Lazy Daisy
Simple Stories, Love and Adore, Hello Beautiful
Simple Stories, Love and Adore, P.S. I Love You
Kaisercraft, Party Time, Fairy Bread
BoBunny, Kiss the Cook, Apple Pie
Scrapbook Customs, Golden Yellow and Yellow Watercolor
Fancy Pants, Golden Days, Falling Leaves
Bella Boulevard, Illustrated Faith, You Are Loved, Hearts and Kisses
Pink Paislee, Moonstruck, Paper 06
Pink Paislee, Moonstruck, Paper 11
Embellishments:
6×6 Paper Pad: Fancy Pants, Golden Days
Chipboard Stickers: 1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood, Darling
Tags and Labels: Fancy Pants, Golden Days
Flair: Fancy Pants, Golden Days
Ephemera: Pink Paislee, Moonstruck
Cork Stickers: Pink Paislee, Moonstruck
Enamel Dots: Simple Stories, Love and Adore
Washi Tape: Simple Stories, Love and Adore
Cardstock Stickers: 1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood
Shaped Paper Clips: 1 Canoe 2, Hazelwood
Washi Tape: Carolee’s Creations, Adornit, Art Play, Bee (item discontinued)
Letter Stickers: American Crafts, Thickers, Saturday, Petals
Letter Stickers: American Crafts, Thickers, Fine and Dandy, Woodland


A New View

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For fourteen years I drove the same car, a blue Ford Expedition. The car became mine when all of my children were small and in car seats. As they grew, the car took us to all the places we needed (and wanted) to go–pediatrician visits, riding lessons, trips to the zoo. Recently, we decided that this trusty car should be retired. So the hunt for a replacement began.

Soon I found the perfect vehicle–a red Ford F-150 truck. This truck had all the requirements I was looking for as well as some extras that I love–heated seats, GPS, and my favorite feature–a sunroof!

This month’s first challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to document something you love. What a perfect challenge to document my new truck and use my February kit, Flowers & Candy.

For this page, I really wanted to highlight the beautiful blue sky in the photograph. So I changed the picture of the truck to black-and-white so it would not compete with the focal point. I used a pale yellow background to set off the pictures.

Make sure to check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this month for more inspiration from the team!

Now go create!


Fresh and Happy Meals | February at Simple Scrapper

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Wow! Food must be on my mind—both of my layouts for Simple Scrapper this month are about eating. After the holidays, I have been on a stricter diet—trying to watch my calorie intake and shed some pounds. This change has not been easy, so I am trying to find the positive in the meals that we eat.

My first layout is a declaration of one of my goals for this year—to eat less processed foods by slowly substituting healthier choices. I fear that tossing out all of my favorite junk foods will not lead to success. I used a Sketch/Template from this month’s collection to make this page.

I took these photographs at a nearby international market which is filled with every kind of fruit and vegetable imaginable. I am hoping these yummy pictures will convince me to pick up a juicy orange put down the nacho chips.

My second layout documents a celebration of sorts (the Story Starter theme for this month is Celebrate). After many years trying to please my entire family with the meals I make and not succeeding, I decided to let my three children (who are now teenagers) make their own meals. They choose their own groceries and prepare most of their own food. So far it has been an agreeable decision for the whole family!

To find out more about becoming a member of Simple Scrapper, visit the website. You will love being a part of this community!

Now go create!


January Favorite Photos

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One of my photography goals in January was to take more indoor pictures of my family at home. And I did. But there were very few that I liked. None of them even made my top five list for the month. I’m still going through the photos to determine what I don’t like about them. I think the first change I want to make is in composition. I want to crop in tighter and get more detailed shots.

So these are the photographs that did make my top five list this month.

It snowed early in January. I love to see the snow, but I love it even more when it is gone. I took this picture looking out the door of my kitchen. I love that you can see the reflection of my house–showing how I am warm and snug inside while it is cold snowy outside.

This is my husband and me having lunch at a new local restaurant. The food was fantastic and we had a great time!

My daughter rode on an IEA team for the first time this year. Here she is at a practice ride at her coach’s barn.

I snapped this photograph at the visitor’s center at Hanging Rock State Park. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to hike that day, but I still got some good photographs.

The reason we were at Hanging Rock was to pick up my son after his training day. He is working to become part of the NC Forest Service and eventually a wild land fire fighter.

Now go create!


Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop | Flowers & Candy

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Welcome to the February Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop! You should have come here from Clair’s blog. If you would like a list of the entire hop, just go back to the CKC home page. (You will notice that we have made a few changes in our monthly happenings. To read about our new and improved schedule, go here and here.)

Whew! January is already over and February is upon us! A new month and a new inspiration kit! This month Master Forger Clair has chosen this lovely kit from Scrapdelight. I love the soft florals and mint green in this collection.

As I went though my stash to assemble my kit, I noticed that I did not have any dark blue or purple papers. So I looked to the patterns on the papers—tiny flowers, trees, circles, polka dots, and cameras—to choose the papers for my kit.

The first paper I chose is from the Fresh Cut collection by Basic Grey. This paper has a mint green background with tiny flowers—very much like the floral prints in the inspiration kit. I then added a few more floral papers, some soft stripes, and a yellow watercolor print.

For my embellishments, I looked through my stash for any products in mint green, or with flower, tree, circle, or camera prints. When my kit was completed, I decided to call it Flowers & Candy—in honor of Valentine’s Day this month and also for the floral prints in the patterned paper and the flair and button embellishments that remind me of candy. A very sweet kit!

From here, hop on over to Lisa’s blog to see her take on this month’s inspiration kit.

Now go create!