Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday Plus Baby Reed!

I did it again! I forgot to post Baby Reed's Tuesday photo! AARRGGH!
Here it is!

And here is one from way back in the day. A great, lazy summer day in the hammock. I could totally take a hammock nap right about now.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday!!

Me. Circa 1989 at my Grandparent's House, up in the olive tree.
The only time my hair ever looked "normal." I was too scared of my grandma to fight the comb, people.
Here's hoping that Reed doesn't get my hair. Fingers crossed.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Silhouette Tutorial

I love my Silhouette. Love. My. Silhouette.

I use it almost every day.

I'm constantly learning new little techniques that make life so much sweeter. And this one is fairly simple, so I thought I'd post it up here for you to see.

Here's one of the spreads from Baby Reed's fifth month in his baby album. I am using the Noel Mignon Sweet & Simple kits for this and I love all the sweet stuff in it. I especially love the Heidi Swapp stamp set in it. But I don't like stamping directly on my projects very often - it's just too final, and I suck at stamping. 

But you know what I do love?


Yep. Lots.

So I just removed all of the stamps from the plastic, scanned it into Photoshop, and saved the file as a jpeg.
Then I opened up the Silhouette Design software.

 Select your trace area, then click "trace outer edge."

Move the original image off to the side. The remaining lines are the new cut lines.

 Select all the images and click "offset" - you will get a big bubble around the whole grouping.

Adjust the offset distance to .025. This will make the cuts slightly bigger than the stamped images.

 You will have a few images with interior cuts, like the clock. Right click on those images and select "release compound path." Then you can click each individual piece and delete them so that you are left with just the outline of each image.

Now you are ready to play with the images a little.

 Select the "family" cut and right click on it. Select duplicate. Repeat with "forever" and move them both off to the side.

 Layer the two images over each other so that it says "forever family"

 Select the two images, right click on them and select weld.

 Now you have a new cut image that you can stamp over, combining multiple stamps into a new, more personal image.

Now you can play around with the other images to combine or just duplicate more to fit your paper space.

I happened to be cutting from a scrap of gold foil, so I crammed as many shapes into my space as I could, then I just set my cut settings where they needed to be and listened to that little robot do it's thing.

After they were all cut, I just used Black StazOn ink to stamp all the images onto the foil, and voila!

And I really do #lovethis!

Happy Friday!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday Meets Tuesdays with Baby Reed

Me and my sissy, circa 1989
Love that Kool-Aid stache, mini self. And that shockingly blonde curly 'do. 
Kate has look of, "Please don't leave me alone with her..."

And since I had to work on Tuesday, and completely forgot yesterday...

 God, he's cute.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

My New Favorite Layout!

Can I just say, Mommy Brain is a thing. Like, a real live living nightmare. As in, I want coffee, so I go to the coffee maker to make a pot, well not a whole pot because that would be far too much caffeine to ingest while breastfeeding and I don't want to damage the kid anymore than is inescapable, so I go to make 4 cups but have to clean out the grounds from the last mommy pot I made and forgot to clean yesterday, so I dump the grounds into the trash that is overflowing, so I set the filter on the counter to take the trash out, and on my way back in I walk through the laundry room, and the washer has just finished washing, so I go to put the clothes in the dryer, but the last load that I refused to fold at 2 o'clock this morning is still sitting there like a redheaded stepchild and so I stand there on the peel-and-stick vinyl floor tiles that I hate beyond reason and should really paint or do something else artsy to it just to shake things up a bit because after all, it's just the laundry room and no one sees it so Eric won't care, well, he will, but he won't bitch about it, folding the laundry, then deliver it to it's corresponding rooms, then back to the laundry room to throw the wet load into the dryer, then notice that the dryer sheets are out so I should probably get the stepstool to get some more out of the Costco size box that Mom scored at a yardsale a year ago, yeah they lasted a year, and then since I already have the stepstool out, I might as well go get that spiderweb in the corner of the living room I saw last night but can't believe I only just saw it because somehow I'm fairly sure there are at least 72 spiders residing in it when the humans are out of the room, but in the right light it really is practically invisible, so I can't really blame myself for not seeing it, and after I put the stepstool back I remember that I was making coffee, and just the thought of liquid makes me have to pee, because some things just carry over from pregnancy that are too weird to think about, so I beeline it to the can because we DO NOT dawdle when it comes to making wee anymore, and once I'm finished I realize that holy shitballs batman do I need to pump these milkbags, and how could I have forgotten to do that when I woke up this morning, so I go to the cabinet to get a bottle out to pump into and there sits my favorite coffee mug.

The coffee.

That I can't drink now because I have to pump.


So you'll understand that while taking a bath last night - and I do take one EVERY NIGHT - I came across the new Sunday Sketches on Studio Calico's Instagram feed and suddenly wasn't tired anymore. Like, WIDE afriggin' wake. So I went in and kissed the hubbs goodnight and told him I was going to stay up for a bit in my studio, which elicited the most shocked and appalled look, and a somewhat flabbergasted response, and skipped off to get some work done. Work that didn't feel like work though. And that's the best part of all.

So here's the layout I made using a combination of the two Sweet & Simple kits from These two kits are seriously adorable. They are a great mix of bright and happy with some cute feminine touches, as well.

I have to say, it felt good to sit and play with a bigger canvas than just the 3x4 cards I've been working with lately. I love the quick and pretty instant gratification from the PL size cards, but sometimes a real layout is just what you need to get your creativity going. I generally hate sketches - I end up feeling trapped - but this was exactly what I needed to dive back into some real scrapbooking. Which by the way I haven't done in over a year. Yeah. Hi, my name is Brittny and I'm a total fraud.

I used the Heidi Swapp "#ilovethis!" stamp from the Daily Diary kit to stamp off on the little arrow square, and it's one of those little techniques that I've seen a trillion times and loved and never done. And now I've done it and I feel compelled to do it again. Love.

Can I just say how much I love that "love" cut file from the Silhouette Store? And in gold foil? Um. Yes.

I love that clear transparency. Of course it started as a 4"x6" card, so I wasted like, 75% of it. But who cares - it's perfect down there in the corner. And that little yellow epoxy dot just makes me all kinds of happy. I can't wait to get my hands on some Perler beads so that I can try out making my own. I hear it makes your house smell horrible. But who cares if it gets you something totally cute, right?

So that's it for today. I'm gonna go have my friggin' cup of coffee now.
Right after I clean out the pot...

Be sure to head over to the main site to get your Sweet & Simple kit - I think there are just a couple left!

Happy Hump Day!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesdays with Baby Reed

Love that lopsided little grin. And that chin dimple melts me.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Halloween, 2003
Ha! Eric will probably kill me if ever he finds this. But it's one of my very favorites of us together. Back in the days when I could get away with being a kitty for Halloween and he didn't mind making a fool of himself in a Paco costume. Big pimpin'.

Tomorrow is our 11 year anniversary. Of course, he says it doesn't count anymore since we are married and have a new anniversary and you just get one anniversary. So I said I could always just divorce him so we could go back to celebrating this one...

I won.

Happy anniversary to us. And America, too. ;)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesdays with Baby Reed & My First Day

Here he is!

Today is also my first day back over at I was on the Design Team a couple of years ago, and it was so much fun! So when she asked me to come back I jumped at the opportunity! She makes the best kits on the market, and I've got a big ol baby book for Reed and a big fat empty Project Life album to fill up!
Here's a sneak of a spread I just finished in Reed's baby album using the Sweet & Simple Daily Diary and Big kits.

You can find the rest over at the newly designed (by yours truly) Noel Mignon Blog - happy reading!