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MelissaKay Pearson

MelissaKay Pearson

Friday, 10 May 2019 15:50

May 2019: Birthday Girl

Hip Hip Hooray, I am the featured single page designer this month for Stick it Down!   I actually designed the sketch this month and they featured my layout for the design team.  


Here is the sketch:



This is the layout that I created: 


I absolutely love how fun this layout is!  I used the Stampin Up! scallop edge punch and layered the paper strips but felt like it needed a little bit more dimension.  So I dug through my dusty and forgotten about ribbon bin and found some fun lace and ruffled fibers and layered them in between the paper strips.  I just used my HTG gun to adhere the ribbon and paper strips.  




I cheated and simply drew the banner lines because the bakers twine I was going to use just didn't "fit" on the page.  I used scraps and punched the banner pieces out and glued them flat onto the page. 


For the frames, I just cut 3x4 rectangles and used my paper trimmer to cut out the centers with 1/4 inch borders at the top and then 3/4 inch base to make them appear like Polaroids.  I adhered the photos on the back and then added pop dots for dimension. 


Finally my favorite part, the bling.  I just used random sequins and mini glue dots.  I used some thickers packs of bright pink foam letters for "Birthday Girl" and black glitter number pack for "5"



And voila, I have a super fun and dimensional layout that my daughter keeps begging me to hang in her room.   Um, no kid this is mine!  


I hope you create something fun and share it on the Stick it Down blog here for a chance to win a prize by our sponsor Cheapo Dies


Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 16:47

Now and Then: A decade of Love

I am so excited to share my layout this month because I also designed the sketch!!!  


Here is the sketch I designed and used, you can also find it and the link to post YOUR layout to win prizes on the Stick it Down Blog.  As a creature of habit I stuck to the lovey hearts and cute theme of the month.    I love that this sketch allows you to use up your supplies like washi or ephemera or scraps of paper that we have laying around without having to dive too deeply into new supplies or needing to buy new things!  I hope you utilize this opportunity to use up what you have too! 



Here is my layout, I kept it pretty simple.  I knew as soon as I was looking through photos what I was going to do.  Right now the whole "then and now" challenge thing is huge on social media.  "Post a photo of you 10 years ago and then now."  Since my husband and I recently went on a date I knew we had a now picture... and since we had just started dating 10 years ago I knew it would be easy to find a "then" picture!  Ha.



To create this layout I cut a giant heart out of pink ombre paper and then simply chopped it half.  I then cheated and used the other half to cut out a vellum piece. I did this because I *knew* the washi would not stick to the glitter base for the heart.  Once I adhered the heart to a large piece of glitter cardstock, I hand trimmed around the heart for the matting.  I didn't really care or want it to be perfect. 


 Once my heart was set, I literally got out my "love" themed washi box and just went to town.  I started with the center and worked my way up angling and adding washi as I pleased.  Some ends I tore, some I cut into banner shapes.  



Once I was pleased with the result, I sewed around the heart (sloppily) to make it look messy and imperfect.  then I added a few embellishments and decided that the photos needed to have the rose gold matting also.



Finally I added the 2009 and 2019 letters from Making Memories Alphabet set and the "Now and Then" title from a Recollections alpha set I had stashed away!  


I hope you enjoyed my layout and process!  Please feel free to share yours with us on the Stick it Down blog for some prizes and giveaways!

Monday, 14 January 2019 19:31

Happy New Year 2019

I am this year off with bang so far two weeks in and my planner is up to date and I am already scrappin' events as they happen!  WHOA!  


For my first layout I have been generously allowed to stay a part of the Stick it Down Design team!  I am still on the Single Page Layout team, but I also have been desinging a several of their double and single page sketches, YAY! So, for the first layout of 2019 I used the Stick it Down Sketch found here




I kept this layout as simple as I could so that I could focus on the pictures and story.  If this layout looks scary to tackle, let me help you.  Pick 4 pattern papers and cut them into 4x4 boxes.  Then cut the boxes in half diagonally.  **HINT:  don't use paper that has / needs direction.  Stick to simple patterns where you can turn the image and it won't effect the pattern!  


I used the Simple Stories New Year kit for 2019.  Once I decided to tear the countdown off the edge (because I didn't want the whole background to be the whiteish paper) I realized I would have to change the sketch and flip it the other direction.  So I shrunk the obvious 4x4 boxes into 3x3 boxes leaving space for my edge. 

I cut my boxes just a smidge smaller than 3x3 so I could have a border around them and used that lovely holographic paper behind the triangles.  


I then placed my photos on gold shiny foil paper for a matting and voila.  I added the 2019 with MAMBI glitter letters and numbers and then kept it as simple as possible by adding in some jeweled stars and shiny enamel stickers.



And that my friends is my 2019 New Year layout!  I hope you play along with us on the DT and post your layout to the Stick it Down blog for a chance to win some prizes from our sponsor Cheeky Studio. 


Happy New Year, this is going to be a fabulous year!  


Tuesday, 27 November 2018 18:15

December Sketch: Wreath Layout


Happy December! I am here today to share with you my layout from the Stick it Down Single Page Sketch.   When I saw the sketch I was puzzled, I wasn't sure how I was going to pull this off.  So I looked at the other design team layouts and thought I would follow suit and use a cut file.  As I cruised through the Silhouette Store and added about 12 wreath files to my cart it had then occurred to me that a few months back my friend sent me a home decor image of someone who folded papers around tied twine to form a wreath for a decoration.  So I went with that in my head and came out with this: 




I absolutely love how this layout turned out! I may even frame it for the holidays and then add it to my album after!  For this layout I cut strips from multiple paper packs ranging from 2.25-1.25 inches wide and then varied the height of the flags from 2-2.5 inches long.  I then laid the papers out how I thought I wanted them to go. 


Once I was satisfied with the basic layout of the papers, came the hard part.  I didn't feel like they popped enough off of the light background so I used an old school technique and inked each flag.  First I had to decide which flag was to be flat on the page and start there, and work in sections.  I would add pop dots to the back to add dimension and then added in a third height by doubling the pop dots.  


Once the wreath was complete I simply used a bow template and enlarged it to make a BIG paper bow.  I used gold glitter washi for the center and then decided to add glitter Stickles around the edge of the bow.  Once I began the with the Stickles I couldn't stop.  So I added simple clear glitter around each of the flags for some fun and festive sparkle and shine. 


Here is the bow template I used.  I just made it the size of my 8.5x11" paper in word and printed it out.  Then I easily fussy cut it out of the red grid paper and assembled. 


Once the Layout was dry I added in the year and the banner title.  I played around with some enamel shapes and rhinestones but I didn't think they added anything to the layout so I took them off... I know I am shocked too!  


And that is my layout and process for the December Sketch. You can see the sketch below and participate by making your layout and adding it to the blog here.  Be sure to post it for prizes and giveaways!  Can't wait to see what you make!  



Monday, 09 July 2018 14:32

Promotion day: July Single Page Sketch

For this months Single Page Sketch on Stick it Down I decided to really think out side of the usual.   As soon as I saw the sketch I was slightly confused by what I was going to do, then I saw a bag of 2018 confetti and "ta da" so here is my take on the sketch you can find here on the Stick it Down blog.



For this layout I started with the Simple Stories "Congrats Grad" paper pack, I didn't like the bottom where it said "way to go" (I thought it would be too clashy with the giant 2018) so I tore it off.  I love to tear my paper and have that rough edge, I fall back on that technique a lot.  It makes me look "whimsical and creative" while still being a straight arrow ;)  I used another 12x12 paper with stars and dots for the top but it felt too busy so I tore that one too and added my go to grid paper in the center.



 I used a very basic font on my Silhouette and created the "2018" and the shadow and cut them from a complimentary glitter paper from The Paper Studio Glitter paper pad.  I love this paper and use it a lot, it does not flake, it is easy to cut or punch, and it adds just enough shimmer for me! 


Instead of using the banner as the sketch shows, since my inspiration was a packet of confetti I decided to make a shaker banner.  I used the bottom of my graph paper and drew out an outline and then used my fuse tool to trace the banner.  I stuffed it with some micro beads, congrats / grad confetti, seed beads, and glitter, and adhered that over the top of the "2018."   


My daughter was promoted with a high GPA and they provided her a cord to honor her status and I wanted to incorporate that into the page so I took some similar colored embroidery floss, braided it and frazzled the ends beyond the knots and voila.  I wrapped and used micro glue dots to adhere this to the number 1.  I love this ultra personal touch on the page!



Finally, because I cannot just leave a page "flat" I punched some stars from the glitter paper and adhered them with foam dots and found a stash of rhinestones to make the top of the page more interesting.    


I am loving that I am keeping up with current events and getting the stories down when they are fresh versus trying to catch up the past stories.  I will get there, eventually, but this is really keeping me happy!   


Thanks for stopping by!  


Tuesday, 05 June 2018 19:23

June 2018 Stick it Down Challenge

For the June Sketch Challenge I decided to break the mold and do an all out "magical" layout.  I pulled out all of the tricks in my book here and I really love the end result.  I need to get out of my comfort zone more often because pages like this really make my heart happy! 


I am providing a link to the sketch here for you to play along! 


For my layout I turned the sketch 90 degrees because the photo I chose was not vertical.  Once I make a move like this I tend to muddy the whole sketch and do my own thing but I stuck to the basics pretty well! 



I used a 12x12 piece of Cricut acetate from their "Pastels and Patterns" pack  that had some light blue circle images imprinted on it.  I whipped out my sewing machine and alternated between a standard stitch and zig zag stitch to adhere the acetate to the base pattern paper.  Before I closed it up I added in some shaker items: sequins large chunky glitter and micro beads.   I originally wanted to pop up the hexagons but the dimension the shaker base provided allowed me to just adhere everything pretty flat and keep my eyes happy.    I used the We are Memory Keepers "anywhere" hexagon punch to punch the hexagons out of The Paper Studio Glitter paper pad.  After lining everything up I decided to break the rules and add circles in with the hexagons, I used random circle punches and blue tinted mylar paper found at Michaels in the specialty 12x12 single paper selections.   


Other than the entire page being a shaker page, the real magic of this page is using my new LifePrint photo printer to add a still photo to my layout but when using the app allows the photo to play a video.  I LOVE THIS PRINTER!  I typically add video to my layouts using QR codes, and I love the option of having videos saved and documented with the stories... but this is a whole new ball game!  If you are interested I used the BIG 3.5x4 photo photo printer (here is a link if you want more info).  I also have the 2x3 one (here is that link) and I can see myself using these two printers A LOT!  






 Here is a close up view of the mylar bubbles overlapping the layered papers.  You can also see the stitching and the shaker contents behind the photos here. 



I added a scrap of acetate behind the Thickers title "Bubbles" because I loved the different opacities and how well they seemed to be working together on this page!  



I used up the last bit of scraps to create cohesive to the matting of the main photo banners and layered them behind the 2x3 base photos and used a standard date stamp to add the date. 


Thank you for looking!  B



Thursday, 24 May 2018 17:57

Stick it Down May Single Page Challenge

I am trying to get back into scrapbooking.  I have so many photos and stories that I need to catch up on.  To help I have found a new group Stick it Down who provides challenges and has given me that motivation to jump back into the rhythm.    I used their May Single Page Sketch to create this layout of what life looks like for my teenager right now.  


I used their sketch found here to create sections of this pie chart representing things she loves: basketball, her music, art, friends and family, "I'm so bored" aka chores and school, and sleeping.  



For this page I used a combination of papers:  Close to My Heart school collection (for the base page, the black hearts, and the art section)  I used Doodlebug "Slamdunk" 6x6 paper pad for the basketball portion and finally Recollections "Rad" collection for the music tapes, the sleeping eyes, and the "I'm So Bored" paper. 



 For the embellishments I used Making Memories alpha block letters for "A-R-T" and stamps by Kindred Stamps for the mandalla and the art splotches.  I used starburst stickers from a Recollection sticker pack at Michaels. 



 Here I added some Simple Stories emoji stickers from their Emoji collection, some enamel dots, and finally some Thickers with silver striped letters for the title "Taryn at 14" 



To finish off the page I hand doodled inside the frame with a silver Gelly Roll pen.  Then I added some Simple Stories hearts and Tim Holtz word stickers. 


This was a fun page and a great way to show off what life for my teen is like.  I am pretty happy with how it turned out! I do want to show the "real" side of scrapbooking as I tried to add paint and mixed media to the all black background but it seemed like it just washed things out.   Not every layout comes together super quick and simple!  Here was my first attempt: 



After some thinking it seemed to washed out and didn't make sense.  So I cut the pie out and made a frame from the black and placed the frame on the grid paper (you can see some of the dots and paint still on the frame and I like that touch).  I LOVE grid paper for pages, it's clean and simple and allows for a lot of creativity!

Saturday, 22 August 2015 23:53

Week in the life: Wednesday

Same ol' same ol start, too early of a morning... baby feeding and then a hope for a snooze on the couch.  John went for a short run... this marathon training ain't for the birds!  


He left by 1030 for work- a lot of playing these days as work is just not what is used to be.  A little bit of Doc McStuffins for the little. 



Then a nap.. for all of us.  


137pm: After naps I finally gave Kelsey her new Super girl / Princess set I bought months ago... she loved it!  


 212pm: It was a late lunch and I decided to try out the Bumbo for the baby... we aren't quite there yet, but close.  It worked for the 10 minutes I needed to help kelsey and get lunch ready. 



Kelsey insisted baby dress up in her costume too... and then she decided "why can't i be a super hero and a princess?" (in my words) I mean seems legit. 





405pm: About now I try to get some work done.. all while getting a make over.  When that fails she closes my computer or hits the power button.  Point taken that was a long 10 min stretch anyways ;) 


While Taryn was playing outside we have had a major family development.  Her "father" has voluntarily requested his parental rights be terminated.  It was a shock to us all... not that he has been an upstanding role model or even present in her life for the last year or longer.  It doesn't make the shock and heartbreak for this poor girl any less.  


Good thing her pal was her to help sweep up the pieces and invited her to a sleep over.  It was a hard decision because I wanted to keep her home and cuddle her all night but when I saw the smiles and silliness her friend provided I decided it was exactly what she needed.  Off she went with promises of texts to check in. 



6pm: Time for double diapers, which is a frequent thing around here.  I have found a good way to keep all the kids in arms length and get it done quickly.  This is what it looks like:  Kelsey asking for lotion to put on baby, while baby lays there and giggles during her turn.  



Kelsey is quickly shipped off to bed, the quiet slowly creeps in.  


Make some phone calls regarding the new "event" in which I end up heating and reheating the same beef enchiladas about 3 times.  Finally at 8pm I sit down to eat dinner, and they are too spicy.  Weird I liked them 2 weeks ago... finally a bowl of cereal of it is.  My life is hilarious! 


Baby is still wide awake and has eyeballs that resemble a scene from "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" where I look like a juicy steak.  She gnaws on my hand and eventually wants the real deal... 


And then she falls asleep in my arms... the day is officially over when she is down for the count! 



I have no energy to do my own thing which became apperant when I walked to the craft table looked down and immediately turned and walked away. so I settle in with my nightly routine with a glass of milk, 4 double stuff oreos, and some Hulu: currently "Leverage"  I can't wait till fall TV returns!  








So you have all of these amazing journal cards, now what?  We have been working hard on challenges and ways to use your journal cards other than the pocket style scrapping.  Check out our list and examples below: 


1) Print on them... skies the limit here.  Print journaling, pictures, doodles, clip art.  Use this handy tutorial and PSE template on how to orient your cards and make for super quick printing!  

2) Use them as mats for photos or backgrounds for embellishing. 

In this example I have added some embellishments to some mini 2x2 journal cards as the page decoration. 

3) Use the journal card as the title of your page.

Here you can see that I used a digitally designed card and made it the title of my page: 

4) Cut pieces of the journal cards and use them as embellishments for your layout.  

Here you can see that Stacy used these adorable kitty journal cards and cut different parts of them for the embellishments on her page: 


5) Add a personal touch by doodling around the journal cards.  Expand horizons by painting the edges or stamping on them as well! 

You can see from above Stacy added her own touch to these cards and embellishments by doodling around them as well!  

6) Get creative and turn a journal card it's opposite orientation.  If it is a vertical 3x4 card, use it as a horizontal one!  

This is a fantastic example by Amy where she turned the orientation of the card, used them inside a pocket, layered them, and printed on them to track daily information! 

7) Use a larger journal card as a pocket.  

This lovely page by Emma illustrates how to use both the card as a pocket and add some stamping to make it the perfect title for your layout. 

8) Use a journal card as a tag!  You can even trim the edges and add a ribbon to it! 

Dee not only made her 3x4 journal card a tag but cut around the edges of a 4x6 card and added some decorative washi to make a pocket!  

9) Use a card as a filler or decoration on a page. 

Use several journal cards like Emma did across the bottom to layer and stager rather than cutting new pattern papers. 


10) Track daily goals and life events.  

Dee used her cards to make lists and draw charts about the things she has set goals for!  Excellent example resource for looking back on and a beautiful display! 


11) Die cut and use the negative from the card as an embellishment or tittle. 

12) Layer them for fun added effects. 

13) Use the cards to make individual embellishments or tags.  

14) Make cards for special occasions. Trimming down a 4x6 card or just using it as a card front to send a message is a great way to use those sayings or fillers we don't typically know what to do with. 


Now that you have a few ideas let's stop hoarding our cards and make some room for new ones... you know you want to!  

Be sure to share your creations with us, can't wait to see what you create!  

~Happy Scrappin~