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When She Lost Her First Tooth

For a minute, I was not sure when my baby girl would lose her first tooth. She was 8 years old. A little older than the average age, but I am beyond okay with that. No rush in growing up. Right?

This Friday in The Lilypad’s new releases Becca Bonneville has this adorable new kit. The moment I saw it, I knew I had to use the photos from that day. I always wait for that perfect kit for each memory.

How do I know it’s perfect? It will have the right color palette, the papers will speak to me, and I will immediately know the design of the layout and what photos I want to use.

This does not happen often. When it does though, I can get a layout down in less than an hour, sometimes even less than 30 minutes.

For her first tooth, she got this adorable little tooth receipt and I wanted that to be the focus. This kit is called Dear Tooth Fairy and you can get it on sale this weekend. I love all of the papers in this kit.  Overall, it is a beautiful kit with versatility. Much more than I expected of a mini kit and that is always a plus.

 

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National Scrapbook Day

Yesterday was the day for all scrapbookers to celebrate their craft. There are sales, games, challenges all weekend and it is for the most part a fun time.

It is also a hectic time. So much to see and so much to decide what you want to buy and make sure you do not purchase a duplicate item.

Me. Well, I did it this time. I bought 2 kits that I already owned. I check everything twice and somehow missed these two. Mainly, because I had not unzipped them and they were in a separate waiting folder than my other unzipped files.

Before my little shopping spree, I did get a chance to create a few pages of my own.

I had fun creating this one. Scrapping with Liz’s templates were a great start for this page. I wanted it full of color and fun elements that captured the spirit of my daughter. The Lilypad’s collaboration kit for the NSD was full of so many wonderful items. I can see myself using them again for another look on a different layout. To create this one, I used the following digital products:

The first layout I created with the Snapshot collab was this one. I just loved this paper with the heart cameras but I did not want the pattern covering the background completely. I decided to do a fill layer using that same shade of white for the top half of my background. This is definitely one of my favorite pages of the weekend. Only part I of the Snapshots collab was used and it was a part of The Lilypad blog hop.

This layout is another favorite. The template set EZ Pages v.1 by Erica Zane was used in creation of this page. I removed all of the shadow and replaced the stitches with my go-to stitches from my stash. I bought them years ago and still use them. The scrapbook kit that I used that has all of these gorgeous patterned papers is by Studio Basic Designs, Create Your Own Sunshine. I clipped the papers to the template shapes and then reduced the opacity of the shapes to about 70-80%. I wanted the vibrant color, but I also wanted it to look a little washed out. In place of one of the papers at the bottom, I decided to use a label in its place and the music note paper. Also, I incorporated a couple of the journal cards from the set because I loved them too.

For this last layout, I used another of Scrapping with Liz’s templates from set 1 of the Poised Templates and the Boom: Elements and Patterns + Backgrounds by Allison Pennington. Anything Allison makes, I just have to use it. It was a fun kit to use, especially those patterned papers. I probably tried all of them before I decided which ones I wanted to combine together.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

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Spring in Colorado

These two little munchkins have been itching to get outside. For Christmas, they got scooters that they have been riding around inside the house. The weather here is milder than Wisconsin, but it flip flops a lot. One week we have highs of high 60s and low 50s and then the next week, it will snow and be anywhere between 20 and 40 degrees of cold. Now that I know this happens at the drop of hat, I try to take advantage of the days it is nice outside. I rush them out of the house and try to make sure they get some kind of outdoor time. My daughter goes to school, so she gets a chance to enjoy the weather. My son is with me, so any time I can get him out of these four walls, I try.

This photo was taken the first day they rode their scooters [toddler scooter, big kid scooter] outside. Each of them have motors, but my daughter’s is much faster (as it should be). My son did not like that. He hates to lose a race. He kept telling her “slow down” or “you need to wait.” It got even more hilarious when he decided to hop off his scooter and tried to push and run while getting ahead of his sister. It wasn’t working for him and at some point he threw the scooter down just to get ahead of her. For him, everything is a race.

To remember this moment, I used this adorable digital scrapbook kit, Signs of Spring by Forever Joy Designs [available here] to create this layout. I wanted to keep it simple, fun, and bright. I loved the papers in this kit. As much as I wanted to stay away from so many white backgrounds on my layout, I could not resist with this one. I love how it turned out with the patterns on half of it.

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