Thursday, February 28, 2013

Watch out World, Evelyn is One!

This LO was lots of fun to make! Well, who am I kidding? Most are! That is why I do what I do. Anyways, lately I've realized how exciting it is to go back into your stash of older stuff or scraps and use them up! I love to buy new collections and use them, but if I don't go back and use the older stuff too.. yikes! I will be in trouble! It is so much fun to mix the old with the new and I get such a feeling of accomplishment when I use up old stuff... or use up stuff in general! Does anyone else feel that way?!

Oh... a fun tidbit about this LO... I added this on FB and the mom of this little girl told me how much she loved it and that my kids are going to be sooo lucky because everything is going to be documented. Made me feel great! Just *one* of the reasons why I scrapbook. :) 

These photos are so cute of Ryan's cousin's daughter's first birthday (catch that?). I wanted to use a lot of the pink and black that was a part of her birthday cake so I just went into my stash of scraps of patterned papers and I found all of these! It includes Glitz, October Afternoon, Amy Tan Sketchbook, Dear Lizzy Neopolitan, and Crate On Trend! Who knew those would all work together!? :) 

Like usual.. I did lots of layering of both patterned paper and stickers. 

For the title I used all sorts of different letter stickers. Thanks for checking out my layout and I really appreciate all the comments! Check back tomorrow for the first reveal from the new Scrap Your Story Challenge Blog! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I'm So Lucky

I have to say, this isn't one of my traditional, favorite layouts that I love to do, but I do like the way it turned out. I did get some layering in there! I used The Sweetest Thing collection by My Mind's Eye and their February sketch to make this layout of me meeting my dad on my wedding day. These photos are priceless and melt my heart. 

Here is a close up. Everything on the LO is MME except for the twine, Thickers, and SC "Dad" letter stickers. Thanks for looking! 

Here is the My Mind's Eye sketch: 

Ronda Palazzari MME Feb Sketch

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Scrap Your Story Design Team

I just wanted to announce that I will be designing for the Scrap Your Story Challenge Blog!  It is a great new challenge blog that will offer up a different challenge every Friday! There are some wonderful designers that will provide lots of different styles of inspiration! Be sure to head over and check it out! The first challenge will be on Friday! I can't wait to see what you all create!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Scappy Day!

It was my weekend off and it was amaaaaazing! I covet my weekends off. I truly wish I didn't have to work weekends, but oh well. I got two layouts done today and had a great weekend. I shouldn't complain!

Looks like you get a close-up of my layout first! I used my February Scrapbook Circle kit and made a super cute layout of my niece, Alaina. I found that cute heart/circle cut in the Silhouette store and used it all over my page. The kit had some awesome goodies from Glitz and MME as well. 

The next layout that I did today I had to stop half-way through and take a break. I was going nuts and I did not know how I was ever going to finish it! Everything came together perfectly when I came back to it later on! 

I used a circle silhouette cut for the background and put all different patterns of turquoise and pink in the circles. I used lots of goodies from Dear Lizzy and Studio Calico to finish this page off. I love the pictures. They were from yesterday of my husband and I and our niece and nephew! So much fun :) 

Some close-ups :) I did lots of outlining in this one. Thanks for looking! 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thickers, Thickers, and more Thickers!

I have a very lovely layout to share with you this afternoon! I will start out by saying I got the great inspiration from Paige Evans, Garden Girl at Two Peas in a Bucket. The challenge was for the Scrap your Stash challenge to use your Thickers for a long title. Paige also used the Thickers in a heart shape, and if any of you pay attention to my layouts, I LOVE hearts.. so I had to do the same!

I have slowly been starting to scrap some of my wedding photos. As of now, I am not doing an official album or anything, just scrapping them as I feel like it. I have over 2,000 photos, so I will never scrap them all. This layout consists of one professional photo on the bottom by Behind the Lens Photography and then the top shot was snapped by Ryan's cousin.

This LO was tons of fun to create. I came up with the Bible verse that I wanted to use (btw, I ended up adding 1 Cor 16:14 underneath the black wood veener heart, I forgot!) and then found enough Thickers to use a different one for each word. I used a lot of the new Glitz Love You Madly collection. I love the colors in it! 

Some close ups. Please ignore my giant piece of hair in the photo. As you can see I used the Glitz heart washi tape. 

I tried digging back into my stash of stickers on this page. I kind of hoard the 12x12 sticker sheets and I need to be better about using them. It seems as though they are all very versatile and you can always fine something to go with something else! On this page I used some from the Everyday Eclectic collection by Echo Park and from last year's Valentine's Day collection by Jillibean soup. They were the perfect colors! 

And finally... those adorable little punched hearts! Yesterday when I was at Mike's I found a cute MS punch for 30% off that does the punching on these hearts anywhere on the page! I had to have it!! Thanks for looking and I appreciate your comments! 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

GIVEAWAY WINNER!! Check if it was you!

Because the winner of my first giveaway never got ahold of me and because I reallllly wanna give this to someone.. I needed to draw a new winner!!

The new winner is...


Please e-mail me your information at kuenzel dot andrea @ gmail dot com. Thanks so much!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

She Believed She Could.. So She Did

I have been loving all of the fun things being done with mists these days! They really are so versatile. I wanted to create my own ombre look with my mists. To do this, I left some drops of yellow mist and some drops of water onto a plate. I used a paint brush to paint across the page. To make the color fade, I added more water so that the yellow color wasn't as concentrated. As you can see, I did two ombre effects and then added a line of turquoise in the middle as well. I loved how it turned out and it dries SO quickly!

The photo is from my first 5k race that I did last summer. I thought the title was very fitting. I used that very large ombre washi tape in the corners that came with the Front Row Studio Calico kit. My favorite part about creating this layout was going through my stash of paper scraps and finding all the right colors. I like it because its almost rewarding to go back and use those scraps instead of starting with new sheets of paper! 

Here are some close ups. You can see all the dimension I've added with the enamel dots, ombre thickers, and arrows. I also added in some yellow and gray threads that is becoming popular right now. 

Last but not least, I want to promote a new challenge blog! They will start with their first challenge on March 1st and they are offering up a great prize for new followers! You should definitely check it out and play with their challenges when they start! You can find it here... Scrap You Story 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm

This morning I am going to share two layouts using the new Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm collection. I was impatient and couldn't wait for 2peas to get it in the store, so when I went to Archiver's on Valentine's Day, I picked up pieces of the collection. Of course, what I wanted most out of the collection, the roller phrase stamp, they didn't have. Oh well!

This first LO is of my niece and I at my wedding. I used the 12x12 papers for the borders on the side and the 6x6 papers to layer underneath my photo. Everything is from the collection except for the heart washi tape (Glitz) and the enamel dots. 

Some Close ups 

Here is a close up of the next layout 

This layout was super fun to make! I put FIVE photos on one page! That is so unlike me right now, but I wanted to get all these photos on one page. They are of my flower girl during the ceremony. She stood there so nicely and entertained the crowd with her silly faces! I am glad that my cousin caught it on camera! 

I used lots of pieces from the Lucky Charm collection, as well as some Snap! pieces, Glitz, and My Mind's Eye. I love drawing with my mists too, which is what I did in the upper left hand corner to make the hearts! Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Cozumel Day Book!

I bought two Amy Tan day books this past summer and never got around to using them for anything. I decided one of them would be perfect to use for our honeymoon to Cozumel! It was actually a lot of fun to make this. It took me one evening of working on it for a couple hours and then a couple more hours after another day!

I still had bits and pieces left of the very first Amy Tan collection that I was able to use in this. The photos of the book aren't that great. Turns out it is really hard to photograph this kind of book! It is all chunky and none of the pages sit flat... but I think that is what is so fun about these kinds of books!

The Cover!

If you look to the left, you can see that it came with a little insert of heart stickers!

There were just so many fun pages to it! 

I didn't know what to do with the two vellum pages in the book, so I just left them. 

I snuck in some hidden journaling. 

I loved the little insert that had the boy and girl on them so I put letter stickers for "Ryan" and "Andrea" on them! 

I didn't put anything in that little envelope. If I would have, it would have been impossible to get it in there!

So I just put a pic on the back of it instead. 

I liked the idea of having things go off the pages, so I did that quite a bit. 

Of course I had to tell the story of how sick I got on our honeymoon. 

Thanks for looking! I hope it inspired you to use up those Day Books or any sort of mini book! 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

This Mom is a 10!

Sunday night...! It was a CRAZY day at work today! For those of you who don't know.. I am a nurse.. meaning, I never know what is going to come at me each day!

I was able to finish two layouts yesterday evening so I am going to share one right now! Most of the elements from this layout were a part of the February Front Row kit from Studio Calico. Sadly, it is my last month subscribing to them. I decided to discontinue my subscription with them... for multiple reasons. Sometimes I don't feel like their kits go the distance. I never seem to like *everything* that is in them, just bits and pieces. I think I made the right decision.

Isn't that super wide ombre washi tape that I have used on the background super cool? It is a HUGE roll! I don't know what I will ever do with it all! It is cool though. This mom focuses on my sister and how she is such a great mom. She has been through SO much since her daughter was born 6 months ago, including battling [and overcoming] cancer, but she still shines as a mom. Sometimes she worries that her house is messy, there isn't pictures on the walls, and that she hasn't made photo books yet, but all of that really doesn't matter. She LOVES her daughter and she shows that love all of the time. I always want her to know that she is a wonderful mother. I love her so much.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Oh how I love you!

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As promised, I would put up at least one layout this weekend! I hope to get another one done today since I have to work tomorrow.

I made this super fun LO of my niece using the February Scrapbook Circle kit again. The kit is so much fun with such bright colors and the awesome new collection from Glitz. I wanted to do a starburst pattern using the fun bright colors and stitching. One evening after I poked all the holes for the starburst pattern, I took my paper, needle, and thread upstairs so that I could do the stitching while spending time with Ryan and watching TV!

That big arrow pin is one of the custom pins from the Scrapbook Circle kit. Aren't they fun?! Once again, I only used the Glitz roller doodles on the sides of the layout. I haven't gotten brave enough to use them anywhere else! Thanks for looking at my new LO and hopefully I can get another one posted this weekend! :)

Here are some close ups ...

Friday, February 15, 2013


Thank you all SO much for the overwhelming support of me and my blog! I appreciate everyone's wonderful comments and looking around my blog. I am excited to share my work with all of you! :)

Not only did I make it to 100 followers, but I made it to 105 followers! That is so awesome! That calls for drawing a winner!!

The winner of Giveaway #2 is....

*Monica B* !!!!

Thank you all for entering!

Remember.. the winner of Giveaway #1 is Sandyp0676! If Sandy does not get ahold of me by Monday, I will be drawing for a new winner!

If you are the winner, please contact me at kuenzel dot andrea @ gmail dot com with your info!

I hope to upload a new layout this weekend! Thanks!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Can You Be Happier?

To enter my second giveaway Click Here!

I am very excited about all of my new followers and those who continue to be loyal to me and my blog! I sure appreciate all of you and really enjoy the comments. They make my day! It is a good feeling to hear people say nice things about your work. :)

Onto the layout that I completed today using the Story Time kit by Scrapbook Circle. Oh my, yet again Scrapbook Circle does NOT disappoint! It is FULL of the new Glitz collection, Color Me Happy as well as some other great goodies!

I spent some quality time with my niece this weekend and got some adorable photos of her. The outfit she was wearing goes perfectly with the colors in the Color Me Happy line! I used the new chevron Roller Doodle from Glitz along the edges of the layout, as well as under the title (but it is hard to tell). I wanted to subtly use the roller doodle to get a feel for it first! I even used the logo from the Color Me Happy collection!  :) Thanks for your comments!