Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I'm The Guest Designer At Stick It Down Today!

Hello there scrappy friends. How was your weekend? I'm back today with a double page layout that I created for Stick It Down. I was chosen by them last month to be a Guest Designer today. Here's this month's double page sketch:

And here is my layout using the sketch:

I loved working with this fabulous double page sketch. It worked perfectly for the mix of photos and patterned papers that I wanted to work with. I used patterned papers from the Studio Calico/Atlantic collection, Autumn Press & Creative Imaginations. The embellishments are from American Crafts, Webster's Pages & Studio Calico. I used a definite mix of old and new products on this layout. Be sure to check out the Design Team reveal at Stick It Down! They have some awesome other challenges for the month as well. 

Before I go, I want to also share a couple of layouts that I created for the Big Picture Classes workshop "Sketch Solutions". It's taught by Donna Jannuzzi and goes on for four weeks. Registration is still open until May 28th.

These are the two layouts that I created for Lesson 1:

(Patterned papers that I used are from Webster's Pages/Recorded collection.)

(Patterned papers used are from the 7 Dots Studio/Hopefully collection.)

I took the first sketch that was offered, and created a 12 X 12 layout.  I then decided to adapt it for an 8 1/2 X 11 layout as well. I've said it before and I will say it again, I love working with sketches. They make the process of putting a layout together so much faster.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Happy Scrapping.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Liebster Award - Discover New Blogs!

I have been nominated by Michelle from Michelle's Scrap Designs to participate in the Liebster Award! Thanks so much Michelle! I am very honored. The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It is a way to bring attention to these blogs and build the blogging community. The meaning of Liebster is German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind. pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. I will begin by sharing the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominates you.
2. Answer the 10 questions she/he asks of you.
3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Ask these 10 bloggers 10 questions of your own.
6. Let them know you have mentioned them.

My 10 random facts,some of which very few people know: 

1) I thought I was an only child until I turned 38 years old and found out I had a sister.
2) My Grandfather was my main caregiver for most of my life.
3) I am not a great cook and it's not my favorite thing to do.
4) I have a great memory when it comes to non important things. Like names of songs, movies, and actors.
5) When it comes to scrapbooking, embellishing the page is what I struggle with the most.
6) My favorite color is Aqua.
7) Ice Cream is my Kryptonite.
8) When I was a kid, I loved to clean the fish after we caught them.
9) I love being alone more than I should.
10) I hate talking on the phone!
11) It takes me forever to read a book. I usually fall asleep after a couple of pages!

Here are the questions Michelle asked:

1) If you could meet 1 famous person, (alive or deceased), who would you want that to be? Tom Hanks
2) What place would you most like to visit? England
3) What is you "must have" tool when scrapping? Paper Trimmer
4) If you could change 1 thing about yourself, what would that be? Be naturally thin
5) What is your least favorite color to scrap with? Purple
6) Do you listen to music, or do you prefer the quiet while you're creating? I like to listen to music & podcasts
7) Describe yourself in three words: Shy, Caring, Polite
8) What is your favorite movie? Forrest Gump
9) Are you an early bird or a night owl? Night Owl
10) Share a photo of our favorite project:

The 10 blogs I have chosen to nominate are:

5) Cheryl - {Create}
7) Alison - Life in the Slow Lane
8) Brandy - Brandy's Lab
9) Valerie - From Valerie's HeART
10) Doreen - Scrapbookertink

My 10 questions for the above ladies are:

1) What is your go to crafting item lately?
2) What is your favorite book that you have read?
3) Would you rather take a car, train, or airplane to your travel destination?
4) Where is your favorite place to vacation?
5) What is your all time favorite dessert?
6) Do you have a nickname?
7) What is your worst phobia?
8) Do you have a lead foot when you drive, or do you take it nice and easy?
9) What's your favorite board game?
10) Paper or plastic?

This was fun Michelle. I hope that my nominees will find the time to play along!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Just A Little Boy & His Dog

Hi there! I'm back with another layout to share. Today's layout is for my son's baby album and showcases photos of him and our dog Shannon. They grew up together and were very close. He was an only child, so his dog became his surrogate sibling.

My product choices are from the Echo Park/Scoot & All About A Boy collections. The colors in both collections mixed and matched perfectly. And the last finishing touches that I added were inspired by Rochelle Spears & her May Scrappy Friends Tic Tac Toe challenge.

I added some chipboard stars that I painted white, the green polka dot washi tape, and some enamel dots from the My Mind's Eye/Now & Then collection. I'm happy to have one more layout done for his baby album.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Have a beautiful Sunday, and keep scrapping!

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Doubling Up On The Fun!

Hello there again. Today I'm sharing another double page layout I put together using a sketch. When I was reading through my blog reader this morning, I came across a post by Sketches In Thyme. They closed down for awhile, but now they are back! And their current challenge, (Challenge #126), is to use any sketch on your layout. I looked through their older sketches, (you can use any sketch from anywhere by the way), and found this great double page sketch from Aug. 2013:

I knew the colors in my photos would go well with Studio Calico's Atlantic collection. My embellishments are a mix of Studio Calico, Pink Paislee/Hey KidMy Mind's Eye/Kraft Fun Day and Doodlebug Designs. I'm so glad I could get all my photos scrapped from this trip to the Science Center. 

I hope you all had a great week. One more day until the weekend. Yeah! Take care and be sure to keep scrapping!

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Tokens Of Their Love

Hello again. Hope your week has started off well. I have a layout that I created using the American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Plus One collection.

My inspiration came from the May 8th Turtle Soup Scraplift Challenge. The layouts that I lifted from had photos clustered to the right side of the layout and they were matted. That design worked perfectly for the four photos of my hubby and I opening our wedding gifts almost 35 years ago. Can you believe it! The vellum envelope tucked up into the layers with hold my journaling. 

I'm also linking up this layout to The Memory Nest's Crafty Creations #17.  It's a great way to share your work and be inspired by other crafters work as well. They are a great bunch of gals over there. Be sure to check the blog out!

I hope you have a wonderful crafty week! Keep scrapping & thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Sharing Some Layouts From iNSD Crop

Hello, Hello! It's been a busy week so far and I haven't had a chance to share a few layouts that I was able to create on International/National Scrapbook Day! I got together with some lovely ladies to scrapbook and have some good conversation. I didn't go too prepared, but I was able to get the foundations of my layouts done with photos, and then I added the extra fun touches to them when I got home.

My first layout was created for a challenge over at Disney Scrappers. The challenge was to scrap a parade or show. You were to also use pixie dust, in the form of enamel dots, confetti, sequins or glitter. And you needed to use a quote or phrase from that parade or show on the layout. 

I chose this sketch to use for my layout from Alison Davis's blog:

The photos were from the Pixar Block Party Bash at California Adventure during Disneyland's 50th Anniversary back in 2005. I used patterned papers from the My Mind's Eye/Boy Crazy collection as well as some Mickey paper from Paper Pizazz. 

This next layout was also created for a Disney Scrappers challenge. This challenge was to use a sketch, (there were two to choose from), and to a large photo. The sketch was created by Susan Stringfellow from Sketch Savvy.

I have to admit I redid my first take on this layout. My title was too crowded my first go around. But I'm much happier with this take. The patterned papers are from the Simple Stories/Vintage Bliss collection. The castle shaker box is from EK Success.

I had the photos and the sketch from this layout pulled quite awhile ago, but never got around to picking out the products. The sketch is from the now defunct challenge site Simple Sketches. So I decided to go ahead and create it just for fun.

I used patterned papers from the Echo Park/Brothers Mini collection & the Scoot collection. 

And lastly, this layout was created for my Big Picture Classes workshop Stash*Busters Anonymous. (I actually created it a week ago, just haven't been able to share it until now). The stash item we were concentrating on busting was journaling spots, labels or tags. I took a bunch of Colorbok Antique Paperie journaling spots and K&Co. Kelly Panacci die cuts and layered them up to frame the photo and embellishment clusters. The patterned papers were all scraps in my scrap box. Yeah!

This layout will live happily in the Heritage Album that I have been working on.

Well there you have it. I have enjoyed seeing all the layouts that all of you have created for various challenges during iNSD. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by and taking a look at all mine. Have a great rest of your week, and keep scrapping!

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Remembering Our Beloved Shannon!

Happy Saturday scrappy friends. I'm back today sharing another layout I created. 

It all started when I was browsing through my "unread" Bloglovin blog posts. I came across a weekly challenge post on Shimelle's blog. The challenge this week is to start your layout with a subtle patterned paper as your background. I had these photos of our, (me and my husband's), first dog Shannon that were waiting to be scrapped. I pulled the first neutral, or subtle patterned paper that was in my stash. It is from the My Mind's Eye/The Sweetest Thing collection. I knew I had several scraps from that same collection in my scrap box, so I dug through my scraps and found what I had. 

Next, I remembered that The Memory Nest had a great sketch that I wanted to give a try. Here's the sketch:
April Sketch #1

Here's my layout:

There is a twist the the sketch challenge at The Memory Nest. It is to do something you have never done before, or something that is outside of your comfort zone. I did some sewing on my layout which is not my forte and is always out of my comfort zone.

I was really surprised when I was typing up my journaling and when I was writing the words to a popular song from 1976 called "Shannon", written by Henry Gross. (If you've never heard it, you can hear it in this You-Tube video. It gives me a lump in my throat every time I listen to it). We named our dog Shannon because of this song. Anyway, the layout reminded me, and brought up those feelings again of the sadness of losing her. But after 27 years, she deserves a place in my scrapbooks.

Thanks to Relly Annett-Baker from Shimelle's blog and The Memory Nest for inspiring my layout! And if you haven't shopped with Lesley from The Memory Nest before, check the store out here. I have ordered some products from her, and she has excellent customer service and I was very pleased! 

See you soon! Happy Scrapping!

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