Saturday, June 23, 2018

Rooms of Privilege Layout

Still plugging away at the William III rooms at Hampton Court, so here is another layout featuring pictures from William's Privy Chamber and withdrawing room. FYI: a privy chamber is not a fancy name for a bathroom, it's actually a room that only certain of the king's courtiers and statesmen were privileged to enter and be privy to discussions of state, thus the name. The withdrawing room, a chamber where the king could withdraw to discuss private or secret matters, was even more exclusive. To scrapbook these rooms, I create a traditional layout and added a pocket page, complete with journaling box, to show off additional photos.
For my journaling card, I used a Sketch from Sketches in Time PL Style and added a tag to tie it in with the main page:
And here are the other pictures from the pocket page:
Portrait of the Winter Queen
King Henry VIII tapestry: Story of Abraham
The king's chair in his withdrawing room

The sweet and very knowledgeable docent in the withdrawing room
Felicity Alphabet, Diverse Backgrounds, and You & Me stamp sets
Roxie Level 2 papers
Desert Sand, Champagne & White Daisy cardstock
Black, Desert Sand, Smoothie & Pomegranate ink
Black marker
Beige fiber (Adornaments from EK Success)
Black organdy ribbon (from my stash)
Licorice Opaques
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tags
Pattern: Page Maps via

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

King's Guard Chamber & Presence Chamber Layout

When it came to scrapping these photos from Hampton Court, I didn't have a really creative title for the layout, but at least it's descriptive, right? While looking for papers that coordinated with these pictures, I remembered a layout I had started as part of a creative class at a CTMH convention way back in 2011. It's taken this long to actually put some pictures on the background, part of the reason I don't like doing layout classes! I added some other embellishments and a title to finish it off, and now I have one less unfinished layout lurking in my stash - hooray!

This layout features a flip-flap that hides two additional pictures, and will go in my scrapbook facing a photo storage page with more pictures from the same rooms, so I thought I would post the other photos as well.
More of the weapons stored on the walls of the Guard Chamber

William III landing at Torbay

Close-up of tapestry in the Presence Chamber

Carvings by Grinling Gibbons

Tiny Typewriter & 10 Things stamp set
Roxie Level 2 papers
Black & Colonial White cardstock
Black & Desert Sand ink
Cork alphabet stickers
Heartfelt Whimsy shapes
Licorice Opaques
Magnolia Serene Joy Rub-Ons (MME)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: decorative border
Pattern: Enchantment from Jeanette Lynton's Magic
Challenges: Lasting Memories Rub-Ons challenge

Monday, June 18, 2018

Father's Day 2018 Card

We just finished a week of Shipwrecked vacation Bible school at church, and I was in charge of Imagination Station (all the science experiments), so not much crafting has been going on at my house! I had a great time with the kids, and I learned a lot, but now I'm ready to get some scrapping done. But first, here's a card I created for my hubby from the kids for Father's Day. I started with a sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap and used all scraps, including leftovers from a previous Father's Day sticker pack, so I had to make a few changes to make the sketch work for me. I didn't have a wide enough piece of the black background, so I just offset the red piece of cardstock and extended the banner onto a border all the way across the card. This is actually my second time using this fun sketch; I did end of year teacher cards, but I forgot to take a photo before I gave them away - silly me!

Colorful Kit papers (KI Memories)
Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry & Black ink
Fix It Dad stickers (EK Success)
Pewter Durables square studs
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap Card Sketch #123

Thursday, May 31, 2018

King's Staircase Layout

Back to Hampton Court for some more spectacular interior designs! The King's Staircase was our entry point to the apartments of King William III. I loved the pictures my hubby took of the staircase, but I had a really hard time coming up with a layout that would do them justice. After a week of playing with it, moving things around, and them moving them back, I finally decided to pull everything off the background paper and try a whole new look. Not sure now which one I like more, or even if I really like either, but I thought I'd post both and see if anyone has a preference. Thanks to Undo, I can always go back to version 1!

Version 1:

Version 2:
Silhouette Level 2 papers
Sky, Bamboo & Black cardstock
Sky & Black ink
Licorice Opaques pearls
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, border, banners
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title shape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: crown

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Dance Festival Layout

I pulled out these photos several weeks ago to scrapbook, but I couldn't get my Southwest digital cartridge (it has a cowboy hat and boots on it) to work in Cricut Craft Room. Am I the only one who's bummed that Craft Room is going away? I was so sad when I heard it was being discontinued, because I own an Expression and would have to buy a brand new machine if I want to use Design Space. I really love the simplicity of the Expression (put a cartridge in, select, and cut), and am not sure I want to sacrifice that for a cloud based system, especially considering all the traffic on our home network - LOL! Not to mention the mixed reviews I've heard about Design Space. Oh well, I guess I will have to make that decision soon, so if anyone loves their Explore Air and Design Space, feel free to weigh in below in the comments section!

And back to my layout . . . Since I couldn't use my digital cartridge, I cut out a boy and girl figure from Artbooking and colored them to match the photos. The design of the layout is based on the May Blend-a-Sketch challenge from Scrap Our Stash. I used the vertical strips and circle plus two photos from the left page, and then replaced the four paper sections on the right page with three photos and a journaling space. I also used the bracket and added some more vertical strips to tie the two pages together.

The sketch:
My layout:
Spring Fun papers (KI Memories)
Kraft, Chocolate, Sky & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate marker (Zig)
ShinHan Touch Twin markers - Barely Beige, Mahogany, Warm Grey #4, Marine Blue & Tender Pink
Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: couple, title
Cricut Artiste cartridge: bracket
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug celebrations featuring dancing (I didn't have any square dancing Cricut cuts, so I dressed the Cricut couple up to match my little dancers!)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Fountain Court Layout

Another layout from Hampton Court. This place was huge and very interesting, so there will be many more layouts to come! I started with a sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap and pulled out a bunch of old CTMH supplies to embellish my photos. I stamped the title and hand cut it, so my hand is still a little cramped from cutting. It makes me glad I have a Cricut that I can use most of the time for titles!

The sketch:

My layout:

Keepsake Alphabet stamp set
Free Spirit Level 2 papers
Autumn Terracotta & Colonial White cardstock
Just Blooms Flowers - Paradise & Spring Blossom
Autumn Terracotta & Heavenly Blue organdy ribbon
Autumn Terracotta & Colonial White craft buttons
Autumn Harvest Bigger Brads
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: photo corners
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart National Scrapbooking Month Celebration (create a scrapbook layout using CTMH products - I used up some stash on this one but hope to use some of my brand new stuff soon!); Splitcoast Stampers Stash Busters challenge (use 3 patterned papers, brads, a die-cut machine, and hidden journaling - mine is on the tag attached to the ribbon bow)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Georgian Beauty Layout

After taking some time off from scrapping my London photos, I felt ready to do a few more pages, so here is the continuation of our visit to the Georgian wing of Hampton Court. For the scalloped border across the top, I didn't feel like firing up my Cricut so I used a pair of my Fiskars decorative edged scissors. How's that for old school?!
I also added a Flip-Flap to the picture on the bottom right, and it contains an additional photo plus a  journaling card. I was inspired by this design from Sketches in Thyme PL Style, but I couldn't figure out how to add something across the center above the wallpaper border without it looking too busy, so I just left it plain.
Tiny Typewriter Alphabet, Beautiful You, & Baroque Borders stamp sets
Indian Corn Blue, Hollyhock & Champagne cardstock
Indian Corn Blue, Hollyhock & Garnet ink
Pearl Opaques
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartridge: title
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title box
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Wicker Weave
Pattern: EMS Sketch 65

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Love My Boys Layout

I must be on a Dr. Seuss roll this week, since this is the second Seuss-themed layout I've created! In the midst of so many event-focused layouts, it's fun to sometimes scrapbook the just for fun moments like this one of my hubby and boys sporting their Cat in the Hat hats.
Enchantment Fundamentals paper - New England Ivy
New England Ivy, Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock
New England Ivy, Cranberry & Desert Sand ink
Black marker
Pear & Partridge PML cards
Snapshot Complements
Red shimmer trim
Red enamel gems
Milepost Shapes brackets
3-D foam tape
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swiss Dot
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #152

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Seussical the Musical Layout

We went to an excellent middle school production of Seussical the Musical on Saturday and, even though I seldom scrap things right after they happen, this proved to be the exception! I had just been looking at the first sketch challenge from Sketch-n-Scrap's National Scrapbook Day celebration, and so I purchased three photos to use with the sketch. SNS also challenged us to use 6 items that are older than two years (not hard with my stash), so here they are: Stampin' Up Loves Me patterned papers, Cotton Candy cardstock, Cotton Candy washi tape, Best Day Ever alphabet stickers and journaling card, Flamingo enamel dots, and pink ric-rac. I added the little pom-poms because they reminded me of the pom-pom clovers the audience was supposed to wave when Horton was looking for the clover with the Who's on it amid a whole field of clover!
Loves Me patterned paper (SU)
Peace patterned paper (Bella Blvd)
Cotton Candy & Saddle cardstock
Cotton Candy & Lagoon ink
Clay & Tender Pink ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Black & Chocolate markers
White gel pen (Sakura)
Cotton Candy washi tape
Pink ric-rac (origin unknown)
My Crush Best Day Ever alphabet stickers & mini journaling card
Flamingo enamel dots
Pom-poms (Creatology)
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title, heart geotag
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: large heart
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap NSD challenge 1 sketch
Challenges: Lasting Memories hearts challenge

Saturday, May 5, 2018

EMS Sketch Challenge 66 - Luau

It's National Scrapbook Day, and I was inspired to whip up a sketch! It's my first in a long time, so it's not very fancy, but hopefully the bones of it will inspire you on your creative journey. Enjoy, and don't forget to use the link-up below to post a link to your completed layout.

The sketch:

My layout:
Best Friends Forever stamp set
Summer Stack patterned papers (DCWV)
Desert Sand, Pear, Peacock & Goldrush cardstock
Pear, Peacock & Goldrush ink
Peacock Green ShinHan Touch Twin marker
Palm Tree stickers (Creative Imaginations)
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title, pineapple
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: smile
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug smile challenge