OLW - June Prompt

I haven't posted much of my One Little Word album in quite awhile, not because I forgot to or didn't want to, but because a lot of the previous prompts were all about writing and words and I just didn't feel comfortable sharing them...at least not right now.

This month's prompt, however, is all about getting creative with paper and ink so I feel a little more comfortable sharing this with you :0)

I misted, painted, stamped, embossed, and embellished nine rectangle pieces of cardstock to slip into my album sleeve.

Each one means something different to me that pertains to my word (which is "Fresh").

From left to right, top to bottom:

1.  I painted the cute camera veneer from SC and wrapped it in some baker's twine and added the chipboard phrase to represent my new love for photography and to never give up on my dreams of having a bigger presence in the scrapbooking community (sounds cheesy, I know, but it's true :).

2.  I embossed the white cardstock with my Big Shot and a new chevron pattern from SU!.  I added my word with some letter stickers and a few drops of Mister Huey's Water Cooler and Inky Black.  This one represents the word itself.

3.  I put five different patterns of washi tape on this one and it represents finding my word in the "everyday" and it coordinates with my color scheme for my word.

4.  This one is self-explanatory...one of my favorite sayings or mantras.

5.  The No. 5 represents my family.  All five of us.

6.  For this piece, I used some Mod Podge, gold glitter and added a chipboard element that says "dream big"...good advice, I think.

7.  The "smile" was cut out using my Cameo.  I stapled it to the misted cardstock and it's my little reminder to smile more :)

8.  For this piece, I stamped the sentiment "Hello Adventure" and the arrows with some StazOn and added a little washi tape border to set it off.  This is my reminder to be more welcoming to adventure and travel.

9.  The final piece is my favorite.  The chipboard element says "unique" and it's my reminder to stand apart from the crowd and just be myself, with no fear.

I'm pretty sure you can still sign up for this class over at www.bigpictureclasses.com.  You don't have to be a crafty person to take it, just willing to take a good look at your life and yourself.  It's a great class and isn't overwhelming because it's set up over the course of 12 months.

Well, it's over 100 degrees in my neck of the woods and we're trying our best to stay in where it's cool. Hopefully, I'll get some extra time in my craft room this weekend ;)

Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, have a safe and happy weekend and if you're here with me in the Midwest, please take extra care of yourself, your family, and your pets in this outrageous heat this weekend.  Have a great afternoon!



summer sky

Here's my take on this week's Sunday Sketch challenge at Studio Calico...

I took the photo of this layout at a really weird time of day and I'm not super happy with the way it came out...oh well, not gonna stress about that very long :)

I'm still using my So Cal kit from SC and I'm still loving every ounce of it!  The cloud vellum from Dear Lizzy is probably my favorite item!

I cut the word "summer" out using my Cameo.  It was the free shape for this week, so hurry up and download it now!  I used white cardstock and sprayed a variety of Mister Huey's mists to create the rainbow effect inspired by the photo I took one evening last week when we were fishing.

Happy Wednesday!  TFL!


Project Life - Week 15

Another week is in the books!  Wow, they just keep on flying by :0)

Here's my PL spread for the week of June 18th - 24th...

I used new SC product for these pages and I really like how the color scheme turned out.  As you can see I've found a few new iPhone photo editing apps that I'm slightly obsessed with...it's always something, right?  Check out Snapster and Picfx if you want to join in on the fun!

Here's a quick rundown of my week:

Lots and lots of fishing.
First week of swimming lessons for Jubal and Avery.
Lots and lots of blackberry picking (well, lots for Jubal anyway :)
Climbing trees.
New found goodies at Wal-Mart.
And spending a little bit of time in my craft room.

All in all, not a bad week...

Hope yours was just as good!  TFL!


Hey Girl

I normally don't post on Saturday's but I've been spending some extra time in my craft room and have really been inspired by everything summer lately so here's a layout I just completed...

I used my So Cal kit from SC for this page...I'm loving they "Hey Girl" stamp set a lot, so be prepared to see lots of arrows on my pages!

We've been spending a lot of time fishing this week and venturing out on a (tiny!) boat almost every evening with the kids.  It's been a lot of fun and I think I'm slightly addicted :)  I usually end up catching the most fish and it drives the boys crazy!  Love that!

Have a great weekend!  TFL!!


1st Swim Lesson

We've been on summer break since mid-May, but since summer is officially here, I thought it would be nice to share a very "summery" layout I just completed with you :)

It's very subtle, but if you look to the top left of this photo you can see that I embossed some water droplet shaped stamps all over the orange paper.  I used SU's iridescent ice and my heat gun for this effect.

I knew as soon as I printed these photos that I wanted to use bright colors to set them off, however they didn't look quite right on the bright orange background so I added the white patterned paper to keep everything a bit more balanced.

I used my So Cal kit +Add-Ons for this layout.  I've been hoarding that Dear Lizzy banner for awhile now and I knew it would be perfect for this page.

I hope your starting your summer off right and have a great weekend!  TFL!


the fabulous five

It's not often enough that I get a picture of the whole family in one shot so I'm always super stoked when it happens.  As soon as I printed this photo, I knew I had to scrap it right away so I used it as my inspiration for this week's Sunday Sketch challenge over at Studio Calico.

Originally, the sketch was a two-pager, but I kept mine to just one because I had a very clear idea of how I wanted it to look.

I used SC's June Kit, So Cal +Add-Ons, for this layout.  They really hit it head on with this month's kit.  I love the colors, the embellishments, and all the papers so much...it's really going to be hard trying not to hoard it all!

I really used a lot of embellishments for this one, but that's kind of the look I was going for.  Adding the transparency helped keep me add a layer without making it seem too busy and I really like the effect is has on the grey striped patterned paper.

Happy Thursday!  TFL!


Project Life - Week 14

Here's my Project Life spread for the week of June 11th - 17th...

Still doing lots of photos vs. journaling.  There just hasn't been enough time for any more.  The Phonto app on my iPhone has helped fill that gap a bit.

From left to right:
Garrison celebrated his 10th birthday on Monday.
Avery got a new baby doll from Wal-Mart.
Jubal locked himself out of his work truck and I had to come rescue him from the field.
My new favorite drink (Daily's "drinks in a bag").
And my Dad with the grandkids watching the motorcycles go by in Giant City this past Saturday.

From left to right:
Garrison and Maria making faces at Giant City.
Jubal holding the fish I caught on our first ever boat/fishing adventure.
I got three free $5 gift cards from Wal-Mart this week for buying printer ink.  Score!
Jubal playing with his food on Thursday which is now our new "make-your-own-pizza night".
A view of the inside of the Lodge at Giant City where we celebrated my dad's birthday and Father's Day on Saturday.
My fancy sandals I wore all week.
An impromptu birthday party for Jubal's stuffed dog "Tractor".
And Avery splashing in my sister-in-law's pool on Saturday night.

Jubal painted and drew this picture back in April in his Pre-K class and gave it to his daddy for Father's Day....love it!

Happy Wednesday!  Thanks for checking out my blog!


through the lens - Father's Day Weekend

I've kind of started something with this "through the lens" series on my blog.  I've been taking so many pictures lately and I love to share them so I'm thinking this will be a weekly thing.  Right now it's easier for me to share my creativity through my photos than with scrapbook supplies, so I'm going with the flow.  I'm aching to get into my craft room and scrap, but it's been way harder than I ever imagined since the kids got out of school for summer break.

We did a lot of celebrating this weekend.  My Dad's birthday was Friday and (of course) Father's Day was Sunday.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the weekend...

 Hamming it up at dinner with Grandpa on Friday night.

 Not the best pic, but I love the kids' faces in this one!

 Grandpa and Maria :)

Hangin' at the Lodge in Giant City on Saturday.

 My hard workin' hubby :)

 Swimming on Saturday night.

 Love this pic!

One day I hope to have a family picture where everyone is looking at the camera :0)

 Can't go fishing without her pearls!

 Boys on a boat.


 I caught a fish for him for Father's Day :)

Blackberries we found growing in the field.  

We've really become weekend warriors lately...it's finally getting easier to do more things since the kids are getting older...finally!

I used my iphone for all of these photos and I posted most of them on Instagram.  You can follow me on there @adriennealvis.  

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and a fabulous Father's Day!  TFL!



It's been a long time since I've created a layout...too long...

I dug right into my new June kit, So Cal, from SC.  I've been dying to get into all that scrappy goodness since it arrived in the mail almost two weeks ago.  

Here's my take on this week's Sunday Sketch...

I used a black & white photo of my son that I've had sitting around for awhile.  And since my printer is out of ink, it worked out well today :)

I'm in love with the light brown chevron paper I used for the background :)  I must stock up on it!  I used an old brown paper bag scrap for the bottom strip and wound that adorable twine around a chipboard banner from the kit.  I cut out the "you" using my Cameo, added a few drops of Mr. Huey's Calico White, and voila!  

Lots going on this weekend...as usual :)  Hope you have a good one!  TFL!


Pieces of Me Mini

I just finished up with the last page of my "Pieces of Me" mini album yesterday.  It was so fun to put together that I actually had to make myself stop adding pages!  It's super chunky, just the way I like it, and it's all about (you guessed it!) me...

I ordered the kit that went with this class so I had everything ready to go when I started.  

All the photos in my album were printed off of my home printer at 3x3.  The album itself is 4x6.

I cut, folded, and sewed this brown paper bag that was leftover from some scrapbooking supplies to create this 4x6 page in my album.  As you can see in the next photo, I even saved the sticker that was attached.  It made a nice touch to my "love of scrapbooking" spread :)

How cute is that chevron glassine envelope?  I put the "packed by" cards that come in my SC kits every month inside of it.  Then I took a few extra and placed them on the page behind the envelope to add some color to the bold, black and white patterned paper.  

I used a page from one of my favorite magazines for the page behind the "YUM" tag.  Once again, I cut, folded, and sewed it to the back of a piece of patterned paper for some added stability.  

One of my favorite things about this mini is the random sized pages I used to create it.  I love how they add extra layers and dimension all on their own.  

I punched confetti and slipped it into a vellum envelope and stitched the opening shut....love this trendy technique.

For my "I love cheap clothes" spread, I slipped a few saved clothing tags into the little manila envelope that came with this kit.

I put a few photos of my closet and my favorite new pair of shorts into this glassine envelope and added it behind the little manila envelope.

The POM kit came with it's own exclusive stamp set...I love the little "smile" sentiment that I added all over the red tag on this page!

I made a little envelope out of the vintage book paper behind the picture of the kids.  Inside is a few more photos of them from that day.  

I tucked away my journaling for this page in the yellow chevron envelope.

The big "smile" sentiment was cut out using my Cameo.  The download for it was included in the class, too.

For this page, I used the negative from the "smile" sentiment that I cut out of my Cameo and sewed around three sides to make a pocket for some photos of us out with our friends.

The last page is a picture of my family together in one of my Dad's fields on Mother's Day weekend.  Not pictured is my hubby...he's the one taking the picture ;)

I told you is was super chunky!

Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend!