Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December Challenge

It is the best time of year! The holidays! Also, the best time of the month...Challenge time!!

You know the rules, let's go!

I chose numbers, baker's twine and scalloped edges! I know, you expected a holiday page, right? I just can't get enough of Ryan's T-ball pics from a few years ago! They are so cute!

It's your turn! Hop over to 123 Get Scrappy and get started! :)

Don't forget to follow, I will be posting a cute Christmas card in a few weeks! I have to wait until the recipient receives it before posting. I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise would I? hehe!

Monday, November 11, 2013

November Challenge

We have another challenge happening at 123 Get Scrappy! Head over there and join the fun!! I know I personally love looking at each and every entry and seeing which row everyone used.

I didn't mark this one like usual, but I used the word family, circles, and purple. The diagonal from top right to bottom left. :) Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to follow me, because I just discovered configuration boxes, and I plan on making one or two (or a ton) in the future! I am hoping to make one for each holiday. :) So be on the look out for those things! I may also try my hand at some mixed media canvases. I have started collecting mixed media stuff and watching tons of videos for inspiration!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

123 Get Scrappy Challenge!

It's our fave part of the month! Challenge time at 123 Get Scrappy!!

The pink stars represent the row I used. :)

Here is my page!

Thanks for playing along! Don't forget to stop by 123 Get Scrappy and join the fun!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Are you ready for Challenge #2?!

I hope you all participated in the first challenge at 1-2-3 Get Scrappy! Are you ready for another round of tic-tac-toe?! I know I am! I am loving this challenge blog! I love that it forces me to try new things, or use things that I don't use too often. Here is the board for Challenge #2..

I put yellow stars on the line that I used! Here is my page..

I used some 2x2 Instagram pics from Kylee's 3rd birthday! The tree is in the photo on the left, washi is in the top right corner of the page and you can see the rhinestones used throughout the page.
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to hop over to 123 Get Scrappy and play!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

1 2 3 Get Scrappy's 1st challenge!

Aloha! Let's dive into the fun!

Our first challenge at 1 2 3 Get Scrappy is to use any line (up, down diagonal) from this board.

here is my layout! I chose to do hexagon-free-long title (or hexagon-red-brads). Somehow I managed to do 2 lines on my page! lol!

I found the hexagon template and a sketch here.

I added a little confetti pouch on this page. There is a little anchor in there, but its hidden a little bit in this pic! Cute, right? I loved the look of those confetti pouches that I have seen all over the blog world. I had to do one too!

Well, don't forget to follow me so you don't miss out on my new adventure as a 1 2 3 Get Scrappy DT member!

Friday, August 9, 2013

1-2-3 Get Scrappy!

I have some exciting news.....
*drumroll please*

I am beyond excited to be part of this awesome team at 1 2 3 Get Scrappy. You must go follow and play along starting TOMORROW! There is going to be a tic tac toe board, lots of inspo, and FUN! 

See you there. :)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

My Scraps and More Sketches

One of my fave blogs that I follow is My Scraps and More Sketches. I love their sketches! Here are a #37 and #38 from this month!

First we have sketch #37. I really liked this sketch! It was fun to work with. I rotated the sketch to fit my horizontal photo. I am also adding this page to the Paper Issues / Um, Wow! challenge! I used chipboard chevrons, and 2 chipboard stars. The red polka dot one is a chipboard piece that I covered with patterned paper!

One of my fave photos of Kylee. I caught this one at one of Ryan's soccer games last year.

Next is Sketch #38. There are 3 photos on the sketch, but I only used 2 on my layout, and I used a little Echo Park sticker in place of the 3rd photo. I couldn't find another pic of Kylee and her princess car! Boo!

I went old school and used Echo Park Little Girl collection on this one! Yes, I still had some left! :) 

Excuse my semi blurry/not so crisp photos. My dog decided to jump on my desk a few weeks ago and pulled my camera down with her. She broke my 50 mm lens and now I am stuck with just the basic lens that came with the camera. Ah! Hopefully I will be replacing my 50 mm soon so I can get more crisp photos!

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Saturday, July 27, 2013


I think I will let this picture do the talking...

I know, right? I am ecstatic too! Go HERE to leave a comment and to share this news!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

TPB Sketch #8

I love The Paper Bakery's sketches! This one was pretty fun! I am so glad I was able to use some of my Instagram pics that I printed a year ago! I need to print more... Anyway, here is my take on the sketch!

What is really funny about this layout, is the fact that I used a lid to the bread crumbs container to make those large brown circles! haha! I couldn't find anything else that was the size of the circle I wanted. Hey, it actually worked! I fussy cut one of the evidence cards out of one of the pattern papers from the July kit and wrote a little about his birthday on it, and placed it in the polka dot bag that also came with the kit! Seriously loving this kit!!

Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to follow me and check out The Paper Bakery!

Friday, July 19, 2013

123 Get Scrappy!

Another one of the bloggers I follow, Brenshevia, posted about a DT call for a new blog called 123 Get Scrappy! The concept is very unique and is really going to make you step out of your comfort zone! Here are the deets:

We are looking for Design Team members.

For a 6 month term running August - February

~You must have a Face book account. We have a private group on FB where all the upcoming challenges are posted, we post our favorites and creations are posted for me to add to the challenge.
~You have to have had a blog for at least 1 year and be active in posting to that blog.
~You must create once a month for our challenges.
~ You must be available to comment on creations. There's nothing I dislike more than entering a challenge on someone's blog and no one commenting on my entry. That is just not nice. So, this is a big MUST!
~ International applicants welcome!
If you are interested, all you have to do is: 

*Become a follower.
*Leave a comment here with your blog link by July 31st. (DT members will be notified by August 3rd) 
* Post about our Design Team Call on your blog to get the word out.
Also, leave your email address so we can get in touch with you! (or you can email me at melinapylant{at}yahoo{dot}comif you'd like)

Thanks so much! I can't wait to visit your blog!

  I hope you like our challenge blog idea and hope to see you here on August 10th for our first challenge! :)

Get over to 123 Get Scrappy and apply by July 31st!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My Last and Final layout

Well, my time at Child's Play has come to an end. Today was the last layout for that DT. Where did the last year go?? Sheesh! I still remember the page I sent in last summer for the DT call! *tears* Anyway, this week's inspo was:

This was actually a really hard one for me because I don't let my children play with scissors! So I didn't have any pics of them with scissors! So, I decided to use one of the animals on the scissors and go from there.

My poor baby girl was terrified of that ducky tub! Yes, I am that mom that takes a pic of the sad/scared face and THEN helps the baby out! haha We never figured out what it was that made her so scared of the ducky tub, but as soon as she was out of it, bath time was back to being all smiles and giggles! My son loved that tub when he was that age, but my daughter-not so much. lol!

Don't forget Child's Play Challenges is having a DESIGN TEAM CALL. Head over there and find out how you can be on one of the coolest DT's out there! Deadline is July 30th.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to follow me if you haven't done so already! I am hoping to add a few more DT to my scrap resume in the future, so stick around and follow along! 

Monday, July 15, 2013


Attention ALL Scrappers! Child's Play Challenges is having a design team call!! I am currently on this Design Team (but my term will be ending) and I LOVE IT. It is a ton of fun and everyone should apply! Who doesn't love grabbing their scrap inspiration from childhood toys/games/books/crafts?! I know I do!
Here are the requirements: 
1-Have an active blog and be on facebook (so you can be part of our CPC DT group)
2-Create a new layout based on any of our July Challenges. No cards please, layouts only.
3-Post about our DT call on your blog, FB, Twitter, along with your take on our challenge.
4-Link up your blog post our July Linky, putting "DT" after your name.
4-Leave a comment on the Child's Play Challenges blog by July 30th telling us that you would like to be considered for the DT. Be sure to include your email address so we can get in touch with you!!


Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Few New Ones

I have been scrapping away this weekend! I keep a list of layouts I need to get done, and that list was growing and growing. I ran across a few DT calls this week, Sketchabilities and Simple Sketches and decided to give them a try as well. If you haven't done so, head over to these blogs and give them a try as well! Anyway, let's get to the pages!

First up is a page a made using Sketch #94 from Sketchabilities.

Here is the sketch:
and here is my spin on it!
Seriously, how adorable is that lifejacket?!

Next up is based on a sketch from Simple Sketches
I love that is has 3 photos on the sketch because I typically only scrap 1 or 2 pics on a page. So it was nice to try to put 3 on the page!
Kylee was the funniest little thing at her first Easter Egg hunt. She didn't understand that you had to walk over to the egg and pick it up at first. She just stood there starting at it! ha! 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to follow me so you don't miss out on all of my layouts! I love to participate in challenges, so you may run across a challenge you haven't heard of by following me! :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

TPB Sketch #7

Ok, so it is not huge surprise that I am obsessed with The Paper Bakery 's monthly scrapbook kits. I mean, I have 2 subscriptions (scrapbook and mixed media)! Sarah is just simply amazing and talented with the mixing and matching of papers, embellies, mists, and so on. They are worth every shiny penny. Anyway, the very talented Juliana creates some awesome sketches, and of course #7 did not disappoint!

And here is my layout! 

and here a few of the close ups of the page. This one came together rather quickly as well, but that is just how awesome Juliana's sketches are!

Seriously, how cute is that pink bow? I love it! Also, I am normally scared of vellum. What to do with it? How to adhere it to a page? But I decided to cut a cute little arrow out of the striped vellum page (from the May kit at TPB) with my Cameo and I think it gives the title a nice little touch! Vellum is actually pretty awesome!

No layout is complete without a little piece of TPB flair!

I was loving this fringe cut from the Silhouette store. It actually looked a lot better on the page than I envisioned! A few little tears, crumples and ink and voila! 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to follow me! The little box is ---> right over there! :) 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Baby Curls

My Scraps & More Sketches  has an amazing sketch on their blog this week! Sketch #36 was perfect and exactly what I was looking for! I had this picture of Kylee that I couldn't wait to scrap, I just didn't know what I really wanted to do with it. I knew I wanted to use The Paper Bakery Kit  from June, but no real idea how to attack the picture with the supplies. Then, I saw it..Sketch #36 and I thought "ah ha!" I knew it was the perfect sketch when it only took me about 2 hours from start to finish! I didn't sit around 2nd guessing my  placement of embellies/etc like I usually do. It just all came together nicely and quickly!

I am obsessed with those arrows! I want more! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Horseshoe challenge

It is another challenge over at Child's Play Challenges! This week it is a classic game challenge. The classic game is horseshoes. My family used to play horseshoes outside during family gatherings, such as holidays or pool parties a looong time ago! It was mostly an adult game of horseshoes because the children were usually swimming or playing. Anyway, when I think of horseshoes, I think of cowboys! I used a sketch and kit from The Paper Bakery!

Here is the inspiration:

and here is my layout:

I used one of the wooden chevrons as a stamp, and stamped it around the page, as well as painting the chevrons with my gold stamp pad. I think they turned out pretty cute!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Who doesn't love loud neon colors? I know I do! Let's Get Trendy is hosting a challenge, and the day 1 is NEON! That is such a weird little word! Anyway, I just happened to have a collection by Amy Tan that is full of neon colors! Sketchbook collection!

Now, I must say that I had no idea how to even begin this layout. It took me a few days to actually begin, and a few days of just staring at a picture and paper. Then, I had a HORRIBLE day. Today! Everything was going wrong! Of course something just HAD to happen to my layout just as the juices were flowing...I spilled a bottle of orange mist all over it. Of course it had to cover my last piece of neon pink paper. I managed to save it by placing the bright orange spot with my picture! ha! It is not where I planned on placing the picture, but I guess the orange mist wanted to help me out! Luckily, the majority of the mist splattered on the white paper, which we all know are so easily accessible. You can see a few of the orange spots on the pink paper. Let's just pretend that I meant to put them there. ;) 

Not my favorite layout, but hey it is different than my usual style which is always nice! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 14, 2013


I have signed up and joined the Let's Get Trendy challenge! Day 4 of the challenge was stitching. I was amazed at all of the different ways people incorporate stitching on their projects! I chose to hand stitch on my layout! I also stitched on the chevrons under the picture. :) I struggled with this page because I wanted to use this picture with the Bo Bunny Key Lime collection but it was not coming together for me! After about 3 days or so, it finally came together.

For this one, I cut a sun with my cameo and used it as a template to create this stitched sun! It turned out better than I expected!

I really hate sewing with my machine because I can't get the tension right and it always looks like this! Boo! But this one was a very small piece so I wasn't too worried about it. I need to figure out the tension for paper so I can have a pretty stitched line! 

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