Adore

November 24th, 2015|laura vegas, pages|

This time of year brings on a lot of photo taking, especially family photos and relationships all around.

That’s why I…ehem…adore this page. I love how Laura has taken several photos of her daughters together. Sisters being sisters and all.  It catches just so much love between them. And they grow up so fast. You want to capture those moments of their interaction…and she just did it so well here! Love the combination of colors…especially the pale pink hearts!

But it’s their faces…they are just the best!

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[ DesignsPicture That [Go Long] / Something To Say (adore), Hearts Backgrounds ]


sweetness.

Here’s what Laura has to say:

Back when my oldest daughter Alyssa was a senior in high school (a year and a half ago, but it seems forever ago), I had taken her out to the almond orchards by our house to try and get some senior pictures of her. I took Sarah along with us, with the hopes that she could help get some natural smiles out of her sister. That didn’t work. But I did manage to get some photos of them, together in their element – being weird and goofy!

I arranged a handful of these silly photos in a collage, using Kerri’s Picture That [Go Long] storyboard templates. I knew I wanted to use a large, brush script word for my title, and came across “adore” in the Something To Say kit. I thought it would be fun to combine it with tiny alpha stickers to read “it’s your weirdness that I adore”. I cut the title from both patterned paper and brown cardstock, and layered them slightly offset from each other to give a shadowed look. I also used the Hearts Background kit to add the heart background cut from a subtle pink patterned paper to add in the center of the page

KBS+Bella Blvd Team Up Continues | Love At Home

November 11th, 2015|laura vegas, pages|

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November is a natural time for many to start thinking about family and what we’re grateful for. Lots of family photos are being taken for those Christmas cards too.

So what are you going to do with all the other family photos?

Well, I think our Miss Laura has a page for that!

Check it out….

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[ DesignsAll In The Family (love at home), Love: Every Little Thing (together tab), Best Thing Ever (circle border), Flower Power (free file) ]


I just love how happy this layout is.
And I think those patterned flowers are my favorite!

gorgeous.

Here’s what Laura has to say:

Kerri’s cut files and Bella Blvd’s colorful collections pretty much go hand-in-hand for me, since I’m lucky enough to design for both teams. I’ve done quite a few layouts for both Kerri and Bella, featuring photos I’ve taken of my cousin and his family over the last few years, and I decided to scrap another set of photos of them for my team-up layout.

I pulled my colors from the photos themselves, and picked out some Bella patterned papers in navy blue, yellow, green, and brown. I used the confetti patterned paper as my “neutral” paper for the side of my layout where I knew I’d have my photos and title. I usually don’t die cut all of my elements from the same patterned paper, but that’s just sort of how it worked out this time as I liked the navy blue woodgrain patterned paper for most of my pieces. I die cut the circle border to add along the left side of page, to break up the “heaviness” of too much patterned paper on the page (if that’s even a thing?). Alongside the circle border strip, I added a strip of yellow chevron patterned paper, layered with a white dotted Clear Cut transparency on top.

I went with the “love at home” title from Kerri’s All In The Family kit, as we took these photo at my cousin’s house. We often take their photos in other locations, so I loved the idea of adding the “home” touch to the page. I love the “together” tab from the Every Little Thing kit, for tucking behind photos or layers of papers. And to embellish the page, I die cut some of Kerri’s Flower Power flowers (one of her Friday Freebies!) from coordinating patterned papers and added chipboard circles or enamel dots to the centers.


And don’t forget to enter in the drawing in yesterday’s post!

And then head on over to Bella Blvd because they are doing a giveaway there today too!

Halloween Angel

October 14th, 2015|laura vegas, pages|

So the question of the day is:

How many times has your child changed their mind on what they are going to be for Halloween?

It’s always such a dilemma, is it not?

Well, whether you child is a little angel or acting like a little devil, this sweet page by Laura is a grand idea to capture those memories!

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[ DesignsOctober Thirty-One (Halloween) / Oh Baby (angel) / Thank My Lucky Stars (stars).


I love how Laura used the hand drawn stars in solid gold fashion here. And the color combinations…divine (no pun intended).

 

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I came across these photos of my youngest daughter, Alyssa, from Halloween 2002. I had actually started a two page layout that same year, but only had a few of the photos adhered to the pages, along with some patterned paper and one die cut frame. I knew I had a few additional photos in a box, along with some gold paper that I had wanted to include on the layout. The fact that I had started this layout a full 13 years ago, and never got around to finishing it, doesn’t actually surprise me. I have a lot of half-done layouts from my very early days of scrapping.

The main challenge for me, when using older photos from these half-done layouts, is that a lot of them had already been cropped to random sizes, or even into circles, ovals, or other shapes (that was a big trend way back then). And since these photos are from my film days, it’s not like I can just pull them up in Photoshop, edit them, and print them the specific sizes that I want. I do have all of my negatives, and they’re very organized so that I could get reprints made if needed. But I find that even reprints from old negatives don’t always turn out that well these days. So I do the best I can with the photos I have, which is exactly what I did on this layout.

I rarely use standard Halloween colors when scrapping my Halloween photos. I let my photos, and the colors of the costumes, decide the colors I’ll use. For these photos of my daughter, in an adorable angel costume, I went with gold, brown, and a shade of yellow that paired nicely with both the gold and brown. I kept the gold die cut frame that was already adhered to one of my photos, and even incorporated the gold paper that I had pulled out 13 years ago (no idea where it’s even from). I was able to create my title to include the word “angel”, as Kerri had that word in her Oh Baby kit. I paired it up with a handwritten “Halloween” word from the October Thirty-One kit. I embellished the page with some simple starts, with gold glittered and brown enamel dots added to the centers.


Way to get ‘er done Laura! :)
It’s lovely.

Send A Card To Brighten The Day

September 11th, 2015|cards, laura vegas|

In this world of ever-increasing technology, the art of sending letters seems to have gotten lost. That being said, I’ve seen a resurgence of people sending pretty cards and letters and pocket letters.

How delightful!

So the next time you need to tell someone something–whether they live ’round the corner or ’round the world, try sending them something that will brighten their day, like these lovely cards that Miss Laura has made!

gorgeous.
love.

Take it away Laura!

I recently cleaned out a bunch of my handmade cards, and randomly sent a bunch of them off to friends and family. No sense in keeping them tucked away in a drawer, right? While going through my stash of cards, I came across one that I had created over 7 years ago (I searched the card out on my blog to verify that) and decided to use it as inspiration for a few new cards.

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I sized the circle border to fit the length of my card (these cards are 4″ x 9.25″) and cut it from two colors of cardstock. I debated between several of Kerri’s flower shapes, but finally settled on the funky flower from the Hello There class freebies (all of the freebies that come with the classes are reason enough to take them!) and cut several flowers for each card, all the same size. To create my circles, I used one of the backings to an arrow cut file in the Need Directions kit.

 

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I had fun digging out some supplies that I haven’t used in a while, like the paper flowers, puffy paint and Stickles, and my embossing folders (I do actually use those quite often). Since I embossed my cardstock circles, I couldn’t stamp my sentiment, which was my plan all along. So I simple stamped my sentiment onto plain white cardstock, and fussy cut each out before adhering to my cards.

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[ DesignsNeed Directions (circles) / Best Thing Ever (circle border) / Hello There: Class Freebies (funky flower). StampsFor You (thank you) ]

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All About Family

August 31st, 2015|laura vegas, pages|

I think that there were probably a few of you that may have had a family reunion this summer, right? Did you take a ton of photos? It’s always especially fun when you get the cousins together and take a photo from year to year and see how much they grow and change. I’m constantly amazed every year at all the littles that just grow and grow.

Our Miss Laura had a recent family gathering.

Cousins picture?

check.

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[ Designs | Background Basics #3 (plus sign background) / All In The Family (cousins) / Giving Thanks (grateful) / Weathered Door Alpha (#4) / Banners ]

Sooooo love!

Of course I’m doting on that white one white background!

And that big ‘cousins’ title? Fab.


Here’s a bit from Laura:

The two things that I love to use my Silhouette for the most are die cutting backgrounds and titles. And Kerri comes up with such amazing designs in both of those areas. I’ve been slightly addicted to the same circle die cut background for the last year or so, so I was excited to play with some of the backgrounds in the new Background Basics #3 kit. I choose the plus sign background for this layout, documenting a favorite photo of my girls and their two cousins.

For my title, I wanted to go with a longer title, arranging it both above and below my photo. I love mixing and matching words and/or phrases from different kits, cutting each word and/or phrase from different patterned papers and cardstock. The Weathered Door Alpha kit is one that I turn to whenever I can’t find exactly the word I’m looking for. Or in this case, the number I was looking for.

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Summer is in Full Session

June 11th, 2015|laura vegas, pages|

Oh yes. It’s true. Jordan has even been to the local water park a couple times already. Hot days a-plenty. I really wish we’d have a month of 70s instead of two 60s (with a 70 here and there) and pop right into the 80s. The 70s are my happy place and we never seem to get enough of them. I need a month or two of those all together. But Jordan insists on at least the 80s for pool weather.

whatever.

So what are your summer plans? Vacations? Sleeping in? Pool time too?

Well, here’s a grand page idea from our Miss Laura to capture your times at the pool!

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[ DesignsStoryboard #3 / This+That: Ssummertime (sun); Summer Lovin’ (hello, pool) ]


The photo template is a perfect idea for a pool page! I know I always took a ton when my kids were swimming. And they are all so cute not to share, right? And hello! My favorite…white on white. Just ever-s so dreamy. And love it with the speckles all over!


Here’s a few words from Laura:

With the official start of summer right around the corner, I was itching to create a fun summer layout. I dug up some really old photos (taken back in 2007) of a family get together at my brother and sister-in-law’s house. Our summer’s usually consist of temperatures in the 100’s, so most of our gatherings revolve around a swimming pool, to keep everyone cool. Since I had a lot of photos I wanted to include, I pulled up a template from Kerri’s Storyboard #3 kit that I felt would work well with my photos. I used this same template twice, once for either side of my two page spread, but flipped the template for the second page so that it would mirror the template on the first page. I also printed a few main photos individually to add to the top section of the pages.

I knew the top part of my pages would be white cardstock, but I wanted to add something so that it wasn’t so plain looking. I decided to use the sun from the This & That: Summertime [just shapes] kit, and cut three different sizes of sun’s, multiple times. I layered them on the top half of each page, adding adhesive only to the centers of the suns. This added some easy dimension and texture to the page, as they weren’t adhered totally flat. I then misted over the top half of each page, using pink, green, and aqua misting sprays.

For my title, I choose the words “hello” and “pool” from Kerri’s Summer Lovin’ kit. I knew I wanted a large title along the top of the page, so I sized each word fairly large. I cut each word from patterned paper, as well as black cardstock, and layered them together. I had every intention of adding a subtitle, “you know we love you”, and then completely forgot about it until I was editing the photos of the layout. Opps. At least I worked that thought into my journaling ;)



love.

Now…everyone…in the pool!

A Mixed Medley of Alphabet Goodness

May 21st, 2015|laura vegas, pages|

There’s nothing I love more than a mix of words on a page…well, except maybe a mix of words in different mediums on a page.

And Laura’s page today is a fine example of all that!

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[ DesignsSomething To Say #2 (hilarious), Oh Baby (face), Stars & Stripes (star border), Storyboard #8 (collage template) ]


Love that she used those super large foam stickers. I may or may not have had a hand in designing those way forever ago when I was with Creating Keepsakes. ;)

Add in layers of handwritten cut words?

sigh.


Let’s see what Laura has to say:

A week or two ago, I saw Kerri share a photo on Instagram of these 4″ foam alphas that she designed for a kit years and years ago. She mentioned that she felt like she should pull them out and use them, and that some things never go out of style. And she’s right. Those alphas are still amazing, years later. And I still happen to have two sets of them, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate them into my next layout for her. I love a big and bold title, but knew that I’d have to keep it fairly short, since the 4″ letters did fill up the page more than I thought once I laid a few out.

I’ve had these photos of my youngest daughter, Sarah, in mind for a layout for at least the past year. I knew some sort of “game face” title would work great, so I collaged the photos together using a template from Kerri’s Storyboard #8 kit, and sized the collage to fit below my title. I cut the word “face” from Kerri’s Oh Baby kit, keeping it on the smaller side, so that I could layer it right over my foam letters. I also cut the word “hilarious” from Kerri’s Something To Say #2 kit, because I do in fact think that Sarah’s “game face” (or faces) is pretty hilarious.

I also used a star cluster from Kerri’s Stars & Stripes kit. I sized it to almost 12″ in length, and tucked it under the striped patterned paper to turn it into a border. I ran the yellow bottom layer of the star die cut thru a dotted embossing folder, before adhering the black piece on top.

 

Fabulous, sweet thing!

It's Hip To Be Square…Or Of A Rectangular Nature.

April 29th, 2015|laura vegas, pages, photo templates|

Photo templates are one of my favorite scrapbooking tools. They make placing a handful of photos together a cinch. And me, with my love for straight lines and all, adore all things clean–the kind of clean that a template can provide with multiple photos. In other words, you can get a lot of images on a page, without it looking cluttered.

So that’s why I’m so excited that today’s sale is on Photo Templates!

Buy 2 or more Photo Templates and save 30%.
Use code NSDPHOTO at checkout.

Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

One of our sweet creative team members is a huge fan of using photo templates and uses them a lot. That would be our Miss Laura. And that’s who’s with us today! Now, while she didn’t happen to use a photo template for her project (what?? ;) ), the 4×6 template with 6, 2″ squares in Snapshots #3 or the 6×8 template with 12, 2″ squares from Half Pints #1 would be perfect for this too. Take a look and you’ll see just what I mean.

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[ DesignsSomething To Say (Keep it real) / Just Because (favorite) / Life Additions: Backgrounds (circle background) / The History Project Class Extras (television). Stamps | One Fine Day (seriously, oh me oh my).


So much to love about these two spreads. Love the idea of showing the art of all that you love to watch. I did that with a montage of tv shows growing up too. Love all the little details going on…white on white…hello!


Let’s hear what Laura has to say about these two spreads.

I’ve had this idea to create a 6×8″ All About Me album for quite a while, but have never taken the time to get it started. Sure, I do some layouts about myself here and there. But I wanted to have a place to record a variety of different things about myself, at this point in my life. Whether those things are serious, funny, or just plain random. Kerri has so many words, phrases, and shapes that have always caught my eye, knowing they would work great for an album like this. I figured I had better get started on this album now, so that it will hopefully motivate me to add a few pages here and there over the next few months.


I will most likely create pages very randomly for this album, and that’s exactly how I got myself started. I browsed thru Kerri’s shapes for a few minutes, and went with a few of the first things that I came across. Ever since seeing the cute little television that is part of The History Project class, I knew it would be perfect for documenting some of my favorite TV shows. I looked online to find logos for my favorite shows, making sure to find ones that could also be cropped into squares, knowing I would be using a divided page protector with 2″ pockets. It was a pure coincidence that I managed to find so many photos with the same color scheme! I have a TON of favorite shows, so I ended up adding in an additional divided page protector, and trimming off one row of photos, making it a 4×8″ protector. I love the look of different sized pages mixed into these small albums.


When I came across the “keep it real” cut in Kerri’s Something to Say kit, it gave me the idea to record a few “real” tidbits about myself and my life. I think oftentimes, without intentionally trying, we can give off the illusion that our lives are a bit more perfect that they really are. So this was a chance to “keep it real” and write down a few things that others may not realize about me and/or my life. If you get up close and really, really look, there are plenty of things about me that are “real”, no matter how hard I try to come off like I have it all together.


Fantastic job and fantastic idea Laura!

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Grateful Every Single Day

April 16th, 2015|laura vegas, pages|

If there’s one thing I live my life by, it’s to be grateful and/or appreciate various things in my life every single day. Whether it’s the smell of a lilac, the playfulness of the neighbor kids, hearing my kids laughing together, or just the way the clouds look in the sky….there is always something to be grateful for.

When you have that kind of attitude it’s amazing how you  feel! Looking at the positive is so much more empowering than dwelling on the negative.

That’s why I love the title Laura has chosen for her page. Being grateful for family is, of course, number one on my gratitude list–as I’m sure it is for most of you.

i love these people of mine.

Let’s take a look at this cute family Laura took pictures of.

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[ DesignsGrateful (grateful) / Background Basics (circle background) / XOXO (heart) ]

wow.

All those layers are just ever-so dreamy.


Here’s a bit from Laura:

Every few months, I take photos of my cousin’s adorable little family. I’ve gotten into the habit of printing out a few of my favorite photos each time, and creating a layout with them, and this layout is from our most recent photo session. I wanted to keep this layout fairly simple in design, and knew a white-on-white background would make a great backdrop for my photos and a big, bold title.

I went to my all-time favorite circle background cut, from Kerri’s Background Basics kit, and cut it from white textured cardstock. I adhered the background piece onto another sheet of white textured cardstock and then spritzed the entire piece with green and black misting spray. I cut out the center of the text patterned paper and matted it on top of my cardstock background, to create a frame of sorts around the outside edges of the page. I cut my title, “grateful”, from a black diagonal stripe patterned paper and added a subtitle using some skinny alpha stickers. A few hearts, cut from coordinating patterned papers and topped off with either a button, jewel, or enamel, made for simple embellishments on a simple page.  

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Catching Up…Yes, Christmas.

March 17th, 2015|laura vegas, pages|

I admit it. My small project of 6×8 Christmas pages is still unfinished. It’s not like it will require me to do a ton of work. But as with many of my projects, I start something and take forever to complete them.

I think that’s why I’m like ‘Go Laura’ for getting all these Christmas pages done.

Oh how I envy her drive to take on this task.

Let’s take a look.

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[ Designs | Merry Everything (Under The Tree, Christmas Morning), Storyboard #2 (photo template), Life Additions: Backgrounds (circle background)


What  a quick and easy way to crank through some Christmas photos!
Fabulous!
Aaaand a teensy bit jealous that she’s done. ;)


Here’s a few words from Laura:

Back in November of last year I decided to tackle years and years worth of Christmas photos, all of which I have never taken the time to scrapbook. I can’t really explain it, but Christmas is my least favorite topic/theme to scrap. I avoid it at all costs, even though it’s one time of year that I’m guaranteed to have lots of photos. I came up with a plan to scrap years worth of Christmases, quickly and easily. Kerri’s Storyboard Templates were crucial to my plan (which I blogged about HERE.  It only took me a few days to compile 6 years worth of photos, which included 6 family get-togethers and 3 Christmas morning’s with the girls. I created 16 photo collages, which included a total of 143 photos. And from those, I will end up with 6 two page layouts and 3 single page layouts. So far, I’ve created 4 of those two page layouts, and 2 of those single page layouts.

Because I really don’t enjoy scrapping Christmas, I knew I would keep these layouts simple and even a bit on the plain side. Most of them are very photo heavy, as I really wanted to get as many photos on the page as I could. So far, I’ve only adding journaling to one of the six layouts I’ve completed, and I’m totally ok with that. Most Christmases are pretty much the same for my family, so if I were to journal, it would pretty much say the same thing year after year. At one point, I started to worry a bit, as a few layouts started to look too much alike. But then I remembered what I had in mind when I started this project. My whole goal was to just get-them-done and not stress over them.

If there’s a topic/theme/event that you avoid scrapping, or just don’t enjoy scrapping, I still think it’s important to get those memories into your albums one way or another. For me, this was a way to tackle something I don’t necessarily enjoy scrapping, in a very easy and do-able way.


Okay…143 photos??? Wow!
Like I said before, Go Laura!