Sunday, September 29, 2013

Kit Busting: SC's Double Scoop

Hi Friends!
Been a nice month so far, we reach 29 weeks with baby and only 11 more to go! Not that I am counting or anything or really ready as I discovered a few things I will need for his arrival lol. Oh yeah and today is my Birthday, I am 32 years young. I woke up to a great breakfast and am working on some pictures to scrap and waiting for tonight, my mom is making me an indian dinner and dad is making me an angelfood blueberry cake. Totally thrilled!

This month I created 7 pages with my September kit Double Scoop. I am really challenging myself to use up my supplies so that I do not have lingering papers that may not excite me later and then all those old supplies go out the door, to be used by others. I also purchased the Licorice add-on and have set it up to go with some photos that we have started for fall and Halloween. I plan to use that one up like crazy. Note to self: need to get more 8.5 X 11 American craft white cardstock. I made the transition to 8.5 X 11 and I am in love with this size right now. Here are the pages I created so far this month, if I am lucky I will get to scrap today.








It was very overcast the days I scrapped so good lighting was not an option, however with those overcast and rainy days, we have been getting cooler mornings and evenings! Fall has reached our doorstep in Sunny Florida.
Cheers!
Bran

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DIY Ribbon Wreath for Fall

Hi Friends!
Here is that little DIY I mentioned. It is by far not the first but just how I made my ribbon wreaths for our home. Two years ago I was going to take up cross-stitching and after some time realized I just don't have the time in my life for it. So I have had two embroidery hoops sitting on my shelf for a while, unused, looking at me like I let them down. In August I went to Hobby Lobby because I wanted to decorate my home with fall colors, yeah I know I am a nut, but I love my fall colors and I am more productive with them in my home. I saw so many amzing expensive wreaths that I wanted and lots of burlap and fall ribbon that I fell in love with. I came home with all of my fall decorations and flowers and ribbon. I decorated my whole living room but just could not get excited about the ribbon once I had it home. Upon another trip to the craft store with my mom I got that aha moment. I came home and decided to make ribbon wreaths, hardly technical, somewhat crafty and a unique look. I also made a garland of knotted ribbon too. Without further hesitation here is a little DIY, hardly fancy or complicated.


For this project you will need:
Embroidery or wreath hoops, Ribbon, scissors, and a stapler.


There are ribbons that I chose not to tie in knots. I wanted to make a different look with layering ribbons with different cuts. This is the main reason for the tutorial just to throw something out there. Cut 4 to 6 pieces of ribbon about 6 to 7 inches long.


Cut 4 to 6 pieces of a contrast ribbon at about 4 to 5 inches.


To create a unique look, take the smaller contrast ribbon and fold it in half then


Cut a triangle from the center of the unfolded edge.


When I took these photos I was using limited ribbon as I already created a few wreaths so the contrast ribbon was a little short. Fold the larger ribbon around the hoop and then fold the contrast ribbon over that ribbon.


 Staple into place.

After you have secured that one into place you can choose to add the rest around the hoop leaving spaces in between for knotted ribbons or do them as you go. You will want to cut about 6 to 7 inch lengths of various ribbons to knot around your hoop.


Have fun with it, change up the pattern add more or less detail or varience to you liking, remember it is just a quick simple DIY nothing spectacular, but it creates a very nice look.


Here is one of my finished wreaths, I added more detail in the stapled portions and just had fun with it.

Thanks for looking! Be back later with some layouts I created using Studio Calico's Double Scoop Scrapbook kit.

Cheers!
Bran

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

BOYS challenge at Studio Calico...

Hi Friends,
     Did I ever mention that fall is one of my most favorite times of year and would never complain if it were year round? Love the colors and the crisp smell of leaves changing and the way the amber light bounces around my home in the afternoon. Getting closer to this time of year and I am really excited! Anyways what I really look forward to are all of the fun challenges that pop up around this time too. My favorite ones are the Bust Out Your Stash challenges held at Studio Calico. For me I needed a jumpstart after being stagnant for a few months. I participated in all six challenges and wanted to share them with you here! They are not really in order 1 to 6 but in the order I chose to to them. Enjoy!
Challenge No. 1
This layout was a scraplift from Gluestick girls "The End" and I used MARK & CO kit 
which is still available in the shop under past kits.
Challenge No. 2
Washi tape frame on that sneaky little man
Challenge No. 6
Five or more sets of 3 stash buster
Challenge No. 3
Just went fun with this no rhyme or reason but it feels like I just made
her a special card from younger days.
Challlenge No. 4
PL inspiration Becky Higgins 10X12 Design G
Challenge No. 5
Break out the tool chest with 5 different cuts

Well, that is it for today, just sharing some creativity with you all and hope you have an inspired week. Check back this weekend for a short and sweet tutorial on a pretty wreath.

Cheers!
Bran

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Who's that MIA girl?

Hi Friends!
Been a long time in blog time I guess. Took a nice long break to finish up my MBA and well for a while the news has been out, but I am expecting Baby Boy # 3. Benjamin Robert due to make an appearance in December 2013. Most anticipated delivery of my life and the hardest pregnancy I have ever experienced. Lets just say anywhere from tyrannical T-rex momma to blubbering inconsolable pregant lady. Now we enter 6 and 1/2 months and I am finally coming around again. Took a nice long breather to enjoy my children this summer without having to stay up late and do homework, sleep for 4 hours than go to an 8 hour job, I finally found sleep and life after an MBA. I am also on the bench for a better position when I have this little bundle of joy. Does this mean I have not been busy? Further from the truth. I have been working on my One Little Word: less all year and through this process of letting go, I really have gained so much more in time, less stress, more motivation, less guilt, and more. So let us take a picture tour of the last few months shall we? Not much for May friends, I really loathed May and just ignored it and pretended it did not happen in 2013.

June 2013
Magical Epic Family vacation to Disney World
Enjoyed a week of magic with my family
Even Benjamin was along for the Journey.

July 2013
My baby brother who will be 22 this year went upstate to UF
OLW: Less hit the Big boys newly transformed Room
OLW: Less hit our family room/dining room.
Just waiting for cooler weather, it has to be coming soon...

August 2013
Suprise! I am boy number 3!
Making warmer things for this Winter Baby!
Meeting the big boys 4th grade teacher.
Picking up the big boy from his first day back to school.
Earthquake Minecraft Birthday cake for a 10 year old!

September 2013
Decorating for fall because it will bring the cooler weather right?!?
Making new bedding for my little boy and his baby brother.
Teaching my big boy how to cook simple meals, so far we have three down.

Alright so now you are caught up in the Adventures of Bran! In my next post I will share my scrappy happenings followed by a post on a simple wreath tutorial complete with pictures. Stay tuned as the Many Adventures of Bran resumes!
Cheers!
Bran