Saturday, July 26, 2014

Outdoors **Robin's Nest & Just Imagine & Susan K. Weckesser**

This past March we took the kids to Pedernales Falls just outside of Austin, Texas.  My husband remembered going there as a child and since moving to the Austin area we took the first chance the weather gave us to go.  It was beautiful, domes of limestone caved out by the water creating pools that gathered water and spilled out over more domes of limestone.  You could not go in the water as there was no easy way to rescue anyone if they were in trouble, plus flash floods can happen so fast.  We hiked all over the domes, but the boys favorite part was to throw rocks into the pools at the fish, and some were huge!!

I used the wonderful Lodge Papers from The Robin's Nest.  The colors and texture of the papers and embellishments are perfect for outdoors layouts, it really helps balance the tones of the picture.  For more information about how I used The Robin's Nest products please see the Robin's Next Blog.
I used Kreaxions Punch 920 from Just Imagine with B and C inserts to create the punches corners and edges on both the tan and khaki cardstock.  

Now I start to layers all the Robin's Nest Cardstock and Cutouts from the Lodge Collection and place the embellishments around the picture.  You can also see some of the beautiful Dew Drops!!  I used the Star Template and Kreaxions Punch 920 from Just Imagine to create the doily in dark brown cardstock.  I also added in some UmWow chipboard.  I then added in splatters of Distress Stain and the Chain Stencil from Susan K. Weckesser with Prima Ink in dark brown.  I also added in one of the wonderful banner Susan K. Weckesser Stamps in black ink around the page for more dimension.

I used journaling strips to add to the feel of the layout - layers, layers, an more layers!!  I also used Kreaxions Punch 907 from Just Imagine with the B insert to punch the corner of the Compass paper.

The kids has so much fun playing in the outdoors, looking for bugs, throwing rocks, hearing all the sounds, and just being kids.  It is those small things I love to capture!!

Supplies Used
Ink/Stain - Prima and Ranger
Trim - Other
Adhesive - 3M


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fishing **Robin's Nest & Just Imagine**

Last summer we took a vacation to Austin (actually Lago Vista) which is right on Lake Travis.  There has been a drought for over 10 years and the water level is down in the lake by 40 feet.  It is really a sight to see, so many rock formations and items are being uncovered due to the low water.  This makes it really hard to find a place to fish as all the priers and docks are way above the water level, but once you find a little spot it is beautiful, so we stayed to fish.  It was Brandon's first time fishing, he was 3 years old.  We gave him a little rod with a worm and he sat very patiently waiting for his fish and he caught 3 sunfish no bigger than his hand.  The weather was beautiful for Texas in June, such a nice breeze and it was so peaceful and tranquil.  I happen to be just behind him and caught the sun setting over the rock outcropping as he sat so contently waiting for his fish to bite.

I used the wonderful Lodge Papers from Robin's Nest along with their super cute Fishing Rub-ons, Outdoors stickers, Getaway Dew Drops, White Glitter Cardstock, and Natural Twine.  Go over and check out how I made this project at the Robin's Nest Blog.

I distressed the edges of the white cardstock with an edge distress tool and also with Kreaxions Punch 907 with no inserts and also with the B an C inserts from Just Imagine to give it tattered edges and corners.  I also took Washi tape, ink, and stamps to add even more interest around the edge of the page.  The stamps have names, dates, and places about the picture without making it feel like I added journaling.  I have also created a star doily with Punch 907 with the Star Template both from Just Imagine in black cardstock.  You can also see some of the Fishing Rub-on's, Natural Twine, Getaway Dew Drops, and Outdoors Stickers from The Robin's Nest.
It is always a great to slow down and take time for a relaxing day of fishing especially during sunset, just don't forget your camera for those picture to capture the moment!!

Supplies Used
Patterned paper - The Robin's Nest 
Stickers -  The Robin's Nest 
Dew Drops -  The Robin's Nest 
Rub-on's -  The Robin's Nest 
Twine -  The Robin's Nest 
Punch and Template - Just Imagine
Ink/Paint/Stain - Ranger & Prima
Stamp - Prima
Washi Tape - Recollections
Alpha Stickers - American Crafts
Chipboard - Memory Maze


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