Always Live a Beautiful Life Layout

Always Live a Beautiful Life Scrapbook Page Layout With handmade cloisonne flowers in pink and gold against kraft background with metal embellishments, gold clock, music note, key, sparkle glitter leaves, birdcage, Prima marketing flowers and leaves.

Hey paper peeps {okay that was kind of lame, but it was just Easter and Peeps are ubiquitous at this time of year}! If you've been around here before, you know I like to mix up challenges {using a standard size 2 pewter cauldron} and see what happens. So I chose a couple new challenges I haven't had the chance to join yet.

Creative Embellishments: From their inspiration image, I fell in love with the magenta pink color (didn't take much convincing for this pink-loving girl). Since the twist was to add a flower, I twisted the night away and used a couple ;) That's what spring is all about...waiting for those first sprouts to unfurl their petals!

1-2-3 Challenge: Use a color, a word, and a technique (Pink, Beautiful, Hearts)

1-2-3 Challenge - April 2017

I know, poor Zae--again. He is so often surrounded by pink and flowers. I figure I can get away with it with his baby pictures. {he seems to make up for this femininity by being every bit a boy who loves dirt and trucks}

Always Live a Beautiful Life Scrapbook Page Layout With handmade cloisonne flowers in pink and gold against kraft background with metal embellishments, gold clock, music note, key, sparkle glitter leaves, birdcage, Prima marketing flowers and leaves.

These flowers were inspired by a necklace my dad gave me years ago. When I was a little girl, my favorite flowers were pansies. I just loved their happy faces. One year he gave me a necklace made from a real pansy with gold cloisonne work.

Always Live a Beautiful Life Scrapbook Page Layout With handmade cloisonne flowers in pink and gold against kraft background with metal embellishments, gold clock, music note, key, sparkle glitter leaves, birdcage, Prima marketing flowers and leaves.

I've been all about gold lately. My last haul was gold thickers, gold embossing powder, gold glittery things... It was like opening a treasure chest, and probably more exciting, if you're a papercrafter!

Thanks for stopping by, "Peeps" :)

April Mid-Month Challenge Updates

Happy Easter! April's flying past far too fast. It's time for the mid-month challenge update already. Did you miss the first round? You can find them here

  • Rules: I've included links to each challenge site's rules page when available. Challenge sites occasionally change their rules, so bear in mind their information supersedes all information listed here.
  • Deadlines: Challenges are due the last day of the month unless noted with a RED deadline date. Specific times and time zones vary, so submit the day before the end of the month or check each challenge host's website for specific times. 
  • Allowable Formats: All challenges here allow for 12x12 traditional layouts. If you're a cardmaker or off-the-page artist, check challenge site rules for more information; many of these challenges welcome alternate forms of artwork!
  • Combination Rules & PrizesUnless otherwise noted, you can combine these challenges with othersEvery challenge host is different. Some encourage combining challenges, some request exclusivity, and others are somewhere in between. Read the rules of each host site carefully if you are entering for prizes.

Find their rules here.

Challenge: This month is all about being inspired!  We want to see what inspires you. And we especially want to see an inspirational photo with YOU in it!  
Entries: You may enter TWICE per month. (Any entries after the second entry will not be eligible for a prize.)
Combinations: Yes
Deadline: May 4th

Colorful Creations

Find their rules here.

Challenge: For this mid month challenge we would like you to create a project using only items that start with the first letter of your first name. (For example: Brenshevia (black paper, blue papers, buttons, brackets, etc....Get the idea?  Lets see what you come up with, don't be afraid to think outside the box!
Deadline: Last day of the month

Find their rules here.

Challenge: Choose an object from real life or online (think Pinterest, perhaps) that says FRESH & let it inspire your project. Color, shape, pattern - maybe it reminds you of a memory!

Find their rules here.

 Use the case file to create your layout. 

Entries: Unlimited
Deadline: Last day of the month

Lasting Memories

Find their rules here.

Weekly Challenges:
April 2nd: Spring Flowers - use floral patterned paper, flower embellishments, or flower photos.
April 9th: Use the word "Spring" in your title of journaling.
April 16th: Easter Sunday - Use bunnies, chicks, or eggs on your layout.
April 23rd: Color inspiration photo.
Entries: One per challenge (four total)
Deadline: April 28th

Let's Get Sketchy

Find their rules here.

Challenge: Sketch and moodboard
Entries allowed: One per per challenge
Combination rules: No other sketch challenges

My Creative Sketches

Find their rules in the blog post.

Challenge: Released on/about the 16th
Entries allowed: Unlimited
Combination rules: Any others that allow combining

Scrap Our Stash

Find their rules here.

Challenge: Create a layout using the sketch and a stash item for each letter in the word FLOWER.
Entries allowed: One per challenge
Combination rules: With any challenge other than another SOS challenge.

Find their rules here.

Challenge #88: Buttons and Bows
Entries allowed: Up to 4 times
Combination rules: Allowed
Deadline: April 27th

Find their rules here.

Challenge: Sketch Challenge
Combinations: Up to three other non-sketch related challenges, such as a colour challenges
Deadline: April 29th

The Studios Challenges

Find their rules here.

Challenge: Sketch challenge
Deadline: May 7th

Time Out Challenges

Find their rules here.

Challenge #81: Photo inspiration
Combinations: Allowed
Entries: Unlimited
Deadline: April 26th

If you missed the main round-up at the beginning of the month, you can catch up on all those great challenges here

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend, and have a happy Easter! Go create some amazing scrapbooking projects with the plentiful inspiration from all these amazing challenges.

Spring Green Pocket Letter

It's been a heck of a week, but I wanted to pop in and share my latest Pocket Letter with you. The theme we were working with was green, for spring of course. Since I love distressing, I did grungy green. 

Products Used

If you're interested pocket pals but don't know where to start, start here. For more Pocket Letter inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board.

As always, happy scrapping!

Spiral Rose Tutorials--Break Out the Shot Glasses

If you've read my older posts, you might have played along with the spiral rose drinking game. We did shots for every layout that featured a spiral rose. {I did shots of espresso, which only furthered the manic creation of these beauties}. I was wired non-stop for about three months. I just love spiral roses, and I realized I haven't used one in forever.  After deciding to make a new batch, I thought I'd go on the hunt and see what kind of options are out there. Here's to another three months of espresso shots.

Spiral Rose Technique Tutorials

Basic Spiral Roses

This is the basic rolled rose technique. These work best with double-sided paper or cardstock, but any type of paper will work. Try anything you come across and see what happens: book pages, waxed paper, burlap, felt, glitter paper...the list goes on. If you can cut it and it holds its shape, you can use it. 

Spiral Rose Technique Tutorials - Shabby rolled roses

Shabby Rolled Spiral Roses

This shabby version is so pretty. These centers really give the basic flower technique a fresh lift. 

Book Page Spiral FlowersSpiral Rose Technique Tutorials

I like the alternate one on the right, which gives the flower more of an actual rose look. Using them together make them look like roses in the process of blooming.

"Push-Pin" Spiral RosesSpiral Rose Technique Tutorials

This tutorial was created for the purpose of creating these beautiful push-pins, but the technique works just as well to create scrapbook or cardmaking embellishments. The hand-cut leaves are a nice touch. This version is nice if you have single-sided paper, since you fold over the edges and won't see the underside.

Oval Roses

Spiral Rose Technique Tutorials

This rolled rose pattern looks much less abstract than most of the others, but still uses the same basic spiral rolling technique. 

Felt Rosettes

Spiral Rose Technique Tutorials - Felt rolled rose

If you're looking for some added texture, try it in felt. These would work particularly great for winter layouts, where flowers can seem out of place. But the texture of these brings to mind warm woolen mittens. Here's a video shows alternate version of the felt rolled roses. 

Silhouette Cameo Roses

Silhouette Americana

This one uses a cutting machine to cut the roses, but you could easily adapt the pattern and hand cut the shapes to create this style. Don't have a Cameo? I know...I want one too. {Do you read my blog, Honey? Hint, hint!}

Rolled Flower SVG

Spiral Rose Technique Tutorials - Spiral SVG

If you're lucky enough to have a Cameo a Cricut, here's a nice SVG files to make spiral roses.

The Best Machine for DIY Projects

Twirled Flowers SVGs

And here's a few more SVG files to create interesting alternatives for your rolled roses. 

Spiral Rose Technique Tutorials

Spiral Flower Dies

Do you use a Sizzix die cutting machine like the Big Shot or Vagabond? Here's some dies that will have you creating these beauties in minutes.

Spellbinders Spiral Blossom One 

Spiral Rose Technique Tutorials - Spellbinders Spiral Blossom Die One (1)

Spellbinders Stencil Spiral Blossom Two

Spiral Rose Technique Tutorials - Spellbinders Spiral Blossom Die Two (2)

3D Bigz Die

Spiral Rose Technique Tutorials - 3D bigz rolled rose dies

Lastly, I discovered "unbranded craft dies" through a Facebook Group. You'll have a blast looking at all these beautiful dies that cost less than a cup of coffee. {Seriously. Let the addiction begin.} 

Spiral Rose Technique Tutorials Rolled Rose die
I hope I've left you with plenty to keep you busy on your scrapbooking projects. Your next layout is sure to be that much more beautiful with the addition of these beautiful rolled roses.

Happy crafting!