Friday, December 20, 2013

A Gift for Someone Special featuring Doodlebug Design

A big Ho-Ho-Hello to You! Tya here and I am going to show to you today a nifty little gift card holder that would be perfect for a special teacher, co-worker, or neighbor. Gift card holders are somewhat impersonal and not so cute. I decided to use my stash from the Home for the Holidays line to jazz the gift card up. I  used this tutorial on Splitcoaststampers as well. I adore fun fold cards. They add such a wow factor to giving a card!

Diagonal Double Pocket Card 

Along with the gift card ,I added one of our cute pixies and then slipped a little treat in the top fold as well. I love that this also doubles as a greeting card on the inside so that you can add a personal sentiment wishing the recipient a Happy Holiday!
Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to pick up some Home for the Holidays so you can make your own holders!

Traditions Layout featuring Doodlebug Design

Hi there - it's Tya here today on the blog and I am so happy to share with you my layout based on "Traditions". Traditions are what make the holidays special and we do have a few that we have adopted over the years, but the one that we have done since the kids were tiny is Christmas Eve Pajamas. On Christmas Eve, Santa's Elves make a special trip all their own and drop off a special gift of PJ's and slippers to the Smith kids at Grandma's House so when we get home from our Christmas Eve party, they will be all ready to hit the sheets in their new pajamas!  I know a lot of families also do this so hopefully my layout will inspire you to make a page of your own! Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Got some GREAT news today! I am staying on Doodlebug's Design Team for another year! I have loved every second of my time on the team and am so looking forward to working with the new gals! Stay tuned to the Doodlebug Design blog for all the latest and greatest from this awesome company!

We beyond thrilled to announce the new 2014 Doodlebug Design Team

We are super excited to work with this group of ladies and hope you have the chance to check out their blogs!! We'll be introducing them to you after Christmas, so be sure to come by often to check out the amount of talent this group of ladies offer.

Aimee Kidd   North Carolina
Amanda Coleman  Idaho

Candace Zentner   Canada

Courtney Lee California
Kathy Skou  MA
Jodi Wilton  Canada

Melinda Spinks  Australia    

Mendi Yoshikawa   Washington

Sharm Nidyanandan  Malaysia

Shellye McDaniel  Texas
Tya Smith Utah
Wendy Sue Anderson  Utah

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thankful Layout with Doodlebug Design

Hi there! I was so excited when we got this assignment because this is my favorite time of year. I love to look back and reflect on the things in my life that I am most thankful for. There were a lot of things that I could have made my layout about - the magical places I get to go to when I read my beloved Harry Potter, my somewhat obsessive love of Clorox Wipes (aren't they the BEST) , my Ipad, with which I get to stay connected to people around the world, I could go on and on. But when it came right down to it, all of these "things" are just that - "things". What I am most thankful for are my relationships. The kind that no money can buy. I took this photo a few weeks back and just looking at that photo  made me reflect on what I am sincerely thankful for. My kids :) I simply ADORE being a mom to these amazing little people. They are the reason I am the person that I am today. They are the reason that I want to be a good person, and make their world a better place to live in, and let's face it - they are the reason that I scrapbook. I can't wait for them to look back on the pages and things that I have written and know without a doubt that they are what I am most thankful for. Sorry Harry :)

So here is my layout - and a small little tutorial on how to make the fun dimensional leaf shapes in the corner.

Here is how to make the leaves:  Don't worry about having things be exactly symmetrical, I don't really focus on all the lines lining up equally - I think it makes for a more realistic looking leaf :)
Step 1 - Cut a square, the ones I used in the layout are 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches for the small ones and 3x3 inches for the larger ones. You can make them as big or as small as you'd like- just make sure that you have a square.
 Step 2- Fold the square in half.
 Step 3- Fold the tips of the square down as shown.
 Step 4- Open the square back up and glue the tips down to the back of the square as shown.
 Step 5- Take the bottom tip of the square and add a bit of adhesive. Fold this edge over and that's it! So easy, but so cute if you'd like the leaf to really pop off your project.
Thanks for stopping by! Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Scor-pal and Graphic 45

Hi there! Tya here with a fun project that shows off how amazing a pairing up of Graphic 45 and my handy Scor-pal can be! I loved the beautiful, rich papers that we were given to work with, so thanks Graphic 45! I was inspired by this project from songofmyheartstampers, but I used some fortune cookies instead of the coffee cups to go along with the theme of the papers. This would be a great gift to show that special friend, spouse or teacher just how "fortunate" you are to have them in your life :)
Here's my project:
Fortune Cookie Box

Cardstock (2) 2x 5 1/4 inches
black ink
fortune cookies
Step 1- take a 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 square of pattern paper. Score on one side at 2 and 6 1/4.

 Step 2- Rotate paper and score again at 2 and 6 1/4.
 Step 3- Snip the edges as shown.
 Step 4 - Take the 2 x 5 1/4 inch cardstock and score each piece at 1/2 inch and 4 3/4 inches
Step 5- Make a mark at the 2 5/8 inch mark. 
 Find a groove and score a line about half way down.
 Trim the 2 score lines you just made about half way down.
 Fold on the scored lines and line up the half way snipped up lines and fit them together as shown.
 Step 6- Add adhesive to the sides of the box.
Adhere sides together to form the box.
 Step 7- Add adhesive to the flaps on the box as shown.
 Glue this divided section to the inside of the box as shown.
 Step 8 - Add fortune cookies.
 Step 9 - Make the tag by using a cut out from the pattern papers. Add cellophane to the outside of the box. Punch a hole and add the ribbon to the tag. tie the tag to the cellophane. Add buttons and ink the edges of the tag with black ink if desired.
Thanks for joining me and thank you to Graphic 45! Happy Scoring!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Doodlebug Halloween Parade Photo Tray

 Hi there! Tya here to show you today a fun and festive home decor item that will add that perfect "spooky" touch to your home! I just love Halloween! I love all the colors (black is my favorite color), the candy and of course the costumes. I love adding pictures of my kiddos to my home decor and photo trays are some of my favorite home decor items. So today I thought I'd share with you my "Halloween Parade" photo tray.
 My Photo Tray has 6 spaces that fit a 4x6 photo perfectly. This size of space is PERFECT for the darling cards that come in the Simply Put 4x6 Album Inserts pack. I love these packs and as you can see, they are not just for your scrapbook albums! They were so easy to just place in the spaces and decorate with all sorts of matching embellishments and stickers. Add some matching ribbon, your photos and you have a wonderful personalized home decor item that your family will be able to enjoy the whole season! Thanks for stopping by the blog today and hop on your broomsticks and grab some Halloween Parade goodies of your own!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Doodlebug Design Pixies!

Hi there! Tya here with my project featuring a new favorite product of mine. Pixies! If you haven't seen these before - let me tell you - they are sooo fun to work with! If you fell in love with the paper straw trend as I did, I think you will like these little beauties even more! Similar to a coffee stir stick - pixies are perfect for any layout, card or altered project. Today I decided to share with you some place card holders and a napkin ring that would be perfect for your upcoming fall celebrations such as Thanksgiving!

 I used my Silhouette Cameo machine to cut out the boat and teepee. I used these files: 3D Boat and Tall Teepee place setting. Add some banner stickers and a friendly animal sticker and the kids will love the creative way you made their place holder special just for them!

 The Pixies were also the perfect addition to a handmade napkin ring so I added some pattern paper, a strip of washi tape  and a "give thanks" banner from the "Happy Harvest" theme Pixie package. Tie a ribbon and add a button and you've got a beautiful item to add to your table setting!
Thanks for joining me today! I hope you will take these projects and add your own personal touch to your holiday tables with the awesome new Pixies!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Good Times, Good Friends :) Bloggers Night Out 2013 at Gardner Village

Last night I got the opportunity to help out my dear friend Lori at a super fun event. It is called Blogger's Night Out and this was the second year that the event has been held. We have it at Gardner Village in West Jordan, Utah. I am soooo glad that they have it at this time of year because the village is all decked out in all sorts of Halloween and Fall decor. And then there are the witches - lots and lots of witches. They make the event so much fun. The main witch "Lucinda" is the emcee for the event. She is a hoot and she brought a real live frog as one of the prizes for the giveaway! So fun! Halloween is my favorite time of the year and this event just gets me in the mood. It was awesome to see lots and lots of crafty bloggers and get to connect with new girls.If you haven't been able to check the village out it is so fun. Some of my favorite stores are "The Bead Farm", "Upon the Shelf" and "Taste"  It is an event that I look forward to all year! Thanks Lori and My Craft Channel and Gardner Village for putting on such a "Spooktacular" Party!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Home for the Holidays Doodlbug Design Team Project

I just love this line! It has all the classic colors of Christmas as well as some fun whimsical shapes to use! When I saw the cute little reindeer Doodle Pops I knew I had to use them on a fun treat holder.
Along with new PJ's from the elves, and Milk and Cookies for Santa - one of my children's favorite Christmas Eve traditions is leaving this "Magical Reindeer Food" out for Rudolph and friends. There are lots of different recipes out there to make this but mine is simply some oatmeal and some green and red cookie sprinkles (better for the birds who eat all the reindeer's "leftovers" ) :)  Sprinkle a little bit on your lawn and if your brave - up on your roof to guide Santa's sleigh to your home!
I used a box that I found on this site and decorated the outside and inside of the box with some of the many fun and festive prints that come in the collection. I used a glassine bag to hold the actual food and then placed that bag in the holder. Add a big green paper bow from the Mini Bows craft kit. Add a fun tag and the tree and reindeer Doodlepops - and you have a festive little bag to give to your kiddos to add to the holiday fun!