Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Have A Layout In Bella Blvd's April Newsletter!

Hey there scrappy friends. Be sure to check out the April Bella Buzz Newsletter. One of my layouts is in it! Yeah!

You can find the newsletter here.

Have a wonderful scrappy week!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Finding Inspiration And Busting Through My Stash!

Hi, my name is Debbie, and I am a Scrapaholic! The first step is to admit it, right? I am working on a few things to help improve my current situation. Read on . . . . 

First I want to share a layout that I created for my son's 1st year baby book. I used a sketch from Pagemaps/My Creative Sketch Contest. Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout using the sketch as my inspiration:

One of the things I am working on, (again), is to use up my stash. I was doing so well last year and went about 9 months without buying any new products. But then after the first of the year, I couldn't stand it any longer when I saw all the new products hitting the stores. I did break down and buy a few things, but I am back on the wagon, so to speak. I did use some older patterned papers from 3 Bugs In A Rug/Snips and Snails collection on this layout. The Tim Holtz/Idea-ology tickets and the Basic Grey/Hopscotch brads have been in my stash for a long time. So, yeah!!!

Also, Rochelle Spears  Tic Tac Toe Challenge for her April Scrappy Friends Challenge inspired me to use some of my stash of wood veneers on the layout.  I also pulled out my neglected stamps and used them because of her challenge. (The journal card was easy peasy because it was pictured on the sketch).

So obviously one of my strategies in working through my stash is to find challenges and sketches that inspire me to create more layouts. Thanks PageMaps and Rochelle!

This next layout was created for a Scraplift Challenge that I am Guest Designing for at Turtle Soup

Again, I dug deep into my stash and used the Echo Park/About A Boy collection. The girls at Turtle Soup have all  kinds of fun challenges going on so far this month, so stop over and check them out.

And last but not least, I signed up for the Big Picture Classes Workshop "Stash*Busters Anonymous" taught by Aly Dosdall. Our product choice to bust through this week is patterned paper. And our first challenge was to create a layout using a geometric shape. We were given a sketch to inspire us. Here's what I created:

I pulled some lovely Lily Bee Designs/Pinwheel and Sweet Shoppe patterned papers out of my stash to use. The circles were inspired by Jaclyn Rench. She uses lots of cool circles in her projects.

So there you have it. I vow to make it through to Christmas 2014 before I purchase anything besides adhesive and white cardstock. With the help of challenge sites and my awesome class at Big Picture Classes, I am well on my way to making a huge dent in my scrap stash! Anyone with me?

Have a great weekend all! Keep Scrapping!

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Sharing More Scrappy Goodness!

Hi there scrappy friends! I have a couple of layouts to share with you. I'm pretty happy with how both of them turned out, especially since I have really been struggling creatively for the last couple of weeks. But thankfully, my mojo is slowly but surely returning.

This first layout I created uses the March Sketch from My Creative Sketches. It's a lovely detailed sketch. If you want to play along too, you have until April 14th to do so. Here's the sketch:

I had two photos I wanted to use, so I adapted the sketch to work. Here's what I created using the sketch:

I recently purchased some beautiful patterned papers and embellishments from the American Crafts-Dear Lizzy/Daydreamer collection. I adore the colors and the patterns, and the bicycle graphics that were included worked perfectly for my layout about my granddaughters' and their Papa, (my hubby), taking bike rides. The decorative border is from Little Yellow Bicycle, who was acquired by Momenta).

The second layout I created was for a Round Robin challenge at Turtle Soup. Here's my layout:

The majority of the patterned papers I used on this layout are from 3 Bugs In A Rug. They went with the colors in my photos quite well. Our grandson rarely was unhappy when he came to visit, so I had to snap a couple of photos of him sad just to remember that it happened! lol

The next Round Robin at Turtle Soup will be in May. The teams usually consist of four people each. The first person creates a layout, and then each week, the next member on the team lifts the layout created before them. It's really fun! Come on over and join in!

Before I go, I have to share a couple of photos as well. 

The annual Father Daughter Dance was last week. My son and my husband took our granddaughters and they all had a good time. This will be our oldest granddaughter's last one, as she starts High School next year. Sheesh!

And also, Hayley our oldest granddaughter, won 3rd place in a Coca Cola/Walmart Easter art contest. The first place winner got their Easter art created with Coca Cola soda boxes and displayed in the store. We are very proud of her! She got a basket full of goodies.

Until next time friends.......Keep scrapping!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

I'm Still Here With Layouts To Share!

Hello there scrappy friends. I've been a bit absent in blogland over the last week or so. I've been so busy with school events and obligations at home as of late, I have had less time to create anything and my time on the internet has been sparse. Things are a bit less crazy this week, so I'm hoping to slip in some creativity and get caught up. But despite all of the busyness, I do have a couple of layouts to share with you.

My first layout was created with this week's sketch at Let's Get Sketchy. The sketch was created by Jenessa Franco

March Week 4 Sketch

Here's my layout using the sketch as inspiration:

I wanted my photos to have a thin white border around them, but when I printed them out, I didn't allow enough space between them to cut them apart and still have a thin border. So I left them intact and worked around them to mimic the sketch elements and layering. The layout kind of took on a life of it's own, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I used the American Crafts/Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party collection on my layout. 

The next layout that I created used a sketch by Lisa Moen from Turtle Soup. She creates a double page sketch each month for the Project 12 Challenge she hosts over there. Here's her awesome sketch:

I had some photos from a trip we took up north to Williams, Arizona a couple of years ago. The sketch worked perfectly!

The products that I used on this layout are from the Simple Stories/Take A Hike collection.

And if you aren't aware of this, the Memory Nest has their Crafty Creations #14 going on right now. You can link up your recent craft projects to share with others, and also find inspiration from others to get your creative juices flowing. I hope you will check it out. It's a great way to meet other crafters and share your work!

And here's a look at a few things that have keep me so busy this last week:
School Field Days

2nd Grade Field Trip To Butterfly Wonderland

Skills USA Fashion Design Competition - They got 3rd Place
(Dress made from trash bags, duct tape and yarn)

Have a wonderful week everyone! I hope to catch up with you soon. 

Keep scrapping!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One Great Sketch And Three Silly Photos!

Hello there friends. I hope you are having a great week. I have been super busy as of late, and I haven't been able to do any scrapbooking for about 3 weeks. The layouts I have been sharing are ones that I had created ahead of time for Design Team purposes, so I am really itching to get back into it. I went and picked up a few new products yesterday to hopefully help get me inspired. I know, like I needed any more supplies!!! Oh well!

The layout I have to share today was created with the Let's Get Sketchy - March Week 2 Sketch, (and as I said above, created a few weeks ago). Here is the sketch that was created by the fabulous Laura Whitaker:

March Week 2 Sketch

As you may or may not know, as of the end of February, I am no longer on the Let's Get Sketchy Design Team. I had worked ahead, so I had three of the four sketches for March already completed, so I am still playing along. Here is my take on this week's sketch:

I loved this week's sketch! I had a great time working with it. I really have a mixed bag in the products that I used. There is some of the Basic Grey/Clippings collection, as well as the Echo Park/ This & That Charming collection and the Echo Park/Reflections Element Stickers mixed in. I adapted the sketch to three photos, and I definitely will use this sketch again.

Go over and check out the fun Sketch-a-thon Hop the girls have going on right now. And I hope you will be able to give this week's sketch a try! 

Have a great week! Keep scrapping!

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I'm Still Playing Along With Let's Get Sketchy!

Hello there. I'm just popping in today to share a layout that I created with the March Week 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. As you may know, I left the LGS team at the end of February, but I had worked ahead and created layouts for the month of March, so I will be sharing them with you. Here's the sketch for this week:

March Week 1 Sketch
Sketch created by Brenshevia

I pulled out some of the lovely products from the My Mind's Eye/Cut & Paste collection to create my layout, as well as some American Crafts/Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party.

If I'm being honest, it didn't turn out quite the way I had planned, and it's not one of my favorite layouts, but I will not redo or change it, and it will live in my albums happily. 

I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Have a wonderful week, and keep scrapping! 

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Saying Goodbye To The LGS Design Team

Good Monday morning! Hope you all had a nice weekend. We got out of town for the weekend, so it was a busy one, but very fun. 

Today I bring you the last sketch for February at Let's Get Sketchy, and my last layout as a Design Team member. I'm saying goodbye after being on the team for a year and a half. I have enjoyed every minute of being on this awesome team, and I will surely miss all of my fellow DT members. It definitely was a good ride!

Here is this week's sketch created by Lanette:

February Week 4 Sketch

This sketch is the bomb! I loved creating with it. Here's my layout:

I used patterned papers from the My Mind's Eye/Boy Crazy collection on this layout. I wanted to use the cute white felt word stickers from Making Memories that I've had in my stash forever, but the layout really needed more color. That's when I pulled different letter stickers from my stash in different colors and decided to create all the colorful words. I love how it turned out!

I sure hope you will come on over to Let's Get Sketchy and join in with us. They have a Birthday Blog Hop coming up next month, so be sure to check that out! 

Have a wonderful week! 

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