For the Love of Books

Monday, August 31, 2020

Evening, y'all!  It's been a busy month in my neck of the woods.  We've been working on a ton of home improvement projects on top of school and playing nurse to a pet bunny that just underwent surgery.  So, I apologize for it being so quiet around here.  I have no shortage of inspiration or paper products with which to play.  It's just been one of those seasons of life.

Anyhow, if you'd like to stick around, I'd love to share a favorite of mine, with you all, for this month's For the Love of Books pick.  It was rhythmically written for children ages five to seven and happens to be one of eight books in a series, all of which encourage curiosity and perseverance, written by a #1 New York Times bestselling team.

Ada Twist, Scientist, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts, tells the story of the making of a curious, young scientist.  Ada's first word, after climbing to the top of a grandfather clock in her home, was "Why?"  Shortly thereafter came "What?", "How?", and "When?"  She kept her parents and, in time, her teacher frazzled with a continual barrage of questions, not to mention the chaos that followed her search for the answers to those questions; until they could take it no longer.  Her parents sent Ada to the Thinking Chair.  By the time they calmed down and determined to do everything they could to aid Ada in her quest for answers, Ada had filled the wall by her chair with the never-ending thoughts racing through her head.  After all, "how could she resist?  It's all in the heart of a young scientist?"

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy lives to stop by!  Happy reading, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Summer Days

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Hey, y'all!  Just popping in to share a project that happened to have been up on the Pretty Little Studio blog last week.  I tapped into the Fun in the Sun and Chasing the Sun Collections to bring you all a summer-inspired page for our "Endless Summer" week.  Check it out!

I started this page by anchoring a sunshine, die-cut from our Shine Bright: Don't Worry print, to the Savannah Dreams: Live Simply 12x12 print, with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.

A "SUMMER days" Chasing the Sun: Sunkissed Pocket Card, which also serves as my title, was anchored, with more gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, over the bottom, right corner of the die-cut sun and embellished with a Fun in the Sun: Good Vibes cactus and Time to Relax Die-Cut glasses, as well as a Chasing the Sun: Photo Shoot Die-Cut drink and popsicle, most of which were popped up with foam tape.

The photo of my littles and I was matted with white cardstock and backed with a Chasing the Sun: Fireflies Shipping Tag, laced with white string, tied in a bow, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth for that texture you all know I love so much.  A Chasing the Sun: Orange Soda Tag Die Cut holds the penned, Aug. 2019, date.

That photo was then sandwiched between a couple of photos of our puppy, framed with Chasing the Sun: Fly a Kite Die Cuts.  The lower photo was further embellished with layered, Fly a Kite and Bloom Die-Cut blossoms...

and the upper photo was dressed up with a Fun in the Sun: Good Vibes cactus, as well as a Chasing the Sun: Fly a Kite pineapple and March 2018 Freebie watermelon die cut.

A Fun in the Sun: Time to Relax phrase die cut and At the Beach Die-Cut life ring; "GOOD VIBES" Chasing the Sun: Photo Shoot Die-Cut phrase, popped up with foam tape; and Chasing the Sun: Sunshine Flair Button crown the design; and a quartet of colorful, Chasing the Sun: Bloom Die-Cut plus signs and scattering of Beautiful Day: Clear Skies sequins complete the look.

Thanks ever so much for humbling me with a visit!  Have a blessed week, friends!

Pretty Little Studio: Shine

Friday, August 7, 2020

Morning, y'all!  TGIF!  It's been a busy week in our neck of the woods.  I don't foresee the weekend delivering anything less, but it'll be a different kind of busy and a nice change of routine.  Anyhow, I've had the darling Julia Shiny Buckles Vintage Die Cut sitting, with a stack of pictures (only two made the cut) of Ezekiel and my niece, on my desk for quite some time now.  I'm so excited to have finally got them onto a page for our albums.  The result happens to have been on the Pretty Little Studio blog earlier this week; but without further adieu, I'd love to share it, with you all, here, too.  Check it out!
I started this page by adding puddles of blue and aqua watercolors just left of vertical center.  I then splattered it with those same shades, as well as bright pink watercolor and Pure Black and Titanium White, acrylic paints.  Once it was dry, I added a Here Comes the Sun: Shine 4x6 Card, which had its top, left corner rounded, to the far left side of the page.
A stack of Savannah Dreams: Laugh All Day and Fun in the Sun: Picnic and Rose Gold Metallic Sand prints, all anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, were secured near the far right side of the page and topped with a photo, matted with white cardstock, of my oldest, as well as a Here Comes the Sun: Label Medley Die Cut, boasting the July 21, 2008, date and stapled in place.
The center photo of my niece was also matted with white cardstock.  Additionally, it was backed with the Fun in the Sun: Salty But Sweet print, anchored with gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching, as well as a snippet of cheesecloth for texture, and wrapped, three times, with a length of white string, tied in a bow.
That same photo was crowned with a collection of Fun in the Sun: Good Vibes Die Cuts, Potpourri: Family Branch Die Cuts, and Sunny Memories: Floral Bits Stickers, some of which were popped up with foam tape, as well as a "less monday more summer" Fun in the Sun: Summertime Flair Button.
A grouping of floral and fruit die cuts, from the same die-cut and sticker packages listed above, surrounds the Julia Shiny Buckles Vintage Die Cut near the bottom of the page.  Within that cluster, I have also included a number of hand-cut, from the Fun in the Sun: Let's Get Lost print, leaves and a Sprinkles 3x4 Bookmark Card butterfly die cut.
A little journaling, which reads, Just a lazy, summer day, playing with Grandma's beads & avoiding the heat, rounds out the base of the page.
One more Sprinkles 3x4 Bookmark Card butterfly die cut tops the page at the point where the torn, Savannah Dreams: Simply Happy 12x12 print meets the torn, Fun in the Sun: Sunny Day 12x12 print and completes the look.
Thanks so much for humbling me with a visit, friends!  Have a wonderful weekend!  XOXO