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Saturday, May 28, 2016

ABC Album J & K Layouts

I embarked on an ambitious project this week: I am making an ABC album for my son's kindergarten teacher. She had a rough year with him because of some behavioral issues (his, not hers!), but she was wonderful with him and we saw lots of improvement, so this is my big thanks for her perseverance with him. It's quite a project so I'm creating layouts as inspiration strikes, which is why these are out of order.

For the J layout, I used sketch 200 from Sketches in Thyme. Since my layout was only 8" x 8", I went with a much larger picture than shown on the sketch, and I snuggled part of my title up against the photo since it wouldn't fit across the page.

For the K layout, I used the May 1st sketch from Stuck Sketches. In retrospect, I kinda wish I'd added an embossed pattern to the green pieces for extra interest, but once I glued everything down, I decided to just keep moving. After all, I have 24 more layouts to complete!
Recipe:
Buzz and Bumble & Splendor Level 2 papers
Sunset, Cashmere, Sweet Leaf, Cocoa & Colonial White cardstock
Sunset, Cashmere, Sweet Leaf, Cocoa, Goldrush & Glacier ink
Black marker
Colonial White ric-rac
Colonial White & Sunset baker's twine
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: butterflies, title, hearts, scalloped circle
Cricut Artistry cartridge: kite, journaling shape
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart's transportation challenge was a perfect fit for my school bus layout

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Getty Villa

It's a busy time of year for me with a child graduating from 8th grade and another from 5th grade, plus end of year parties and planning for VBS at my church, but I managed to sit down today and finish this layout that's been languishing on my desk for a week! For the pattern, I used one of my sketches from Splitcoast Stampers, but I also scraplifted my layout by using some similar materials (like the Magic Mesh) and embellishments (butterflies, etc.). Fun to see how even a scraplift of one of my own layouts can turn out so different from the original!
Recipe:
Tiny Typewriter Alphabet stamp set
Pathfinding Level 2 papers
Sky, Cashmere, Autumn Terracotta, Sunset & White Daisy cardstock
Sky, Cashmere, Autumn Terracotta & Chocolate ink
Coffee marker (Zig Memory Systems)
Chocolate ribbon
Magic Mesh (Creative Imaginations)
Color-Ready Cork Alphabet stickers
Mocha Opaques pearls
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: butterflies
Cricut Artiste cartridge: cloud
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch15Jul1
Challenges: Lasting Memories How many [photos] can you fit? (I managed 8 by cutting 5 photos into small circles).

Sunday, May 15, 2016

What a Character Layout

My second Hollywood layout! For some reason it really flew together, possibly because of the great sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap that I used for the design. I substituted Picture My Life cards for the flowers on the sketch, and dug through my box of left over die-cuts until I found some shapes that worked for me, and then it was just a matter of adding embellishments and a title. Easy and fun!
Recipe:
Later Sk8r Level 2 papers
Cranberry, Lagoon, Cashmere & Whisper cardstock
Cranberry, Lagoon, Cashmere, Whisper & Outdoor Denim ink
Later Sk8r Picture My Life cards
Hopscotch Assortment flair
Cranberry baker's twine
Red enamel gems
Lagoon washi tape
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, stars, sunburst
Challenges: Rochelle Spears May This or That challenge - flair

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hollywood Layout

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend! I got to scrapbook, so it counts as a great one for me! Here's my latest layout, featuring photos from a trip to Hollywood. My hubby took a ton of pictures, so I decided to put most of them in a couple of photo storage pages, book-ended by two single page layouts. I started this layout with a sketch from Sketches in Thyme, which I flip-flopped. I also used different size photos than the original, but I think you'll be able to tell it's the same sketch.
Recipe:
Basics Paper Fundamentals & Chalk It Up Level 2 papers
Color Me Silly paper (Basic Grey)
Sky, Black, Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock
Sky, Black & Cranberry ink
Black marker
Chalk It Up Assortment stickers
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title, film strip
Cricut Wall Decor and More cartridge: stars

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Kid Fun Layout for National Scrapbook Day

Happy National Scrapbooking Day, everyone! Hope you all have time to sit down and preserve some memories today. I was able to sneak off to my scraproom in between other activities and create a layout based on my latest sketch for Splitcoast Stampers. I also played along with the NSD challenge from Scrap Our Stash, and it led me to try something new - stenciling. Easy and lots of fun, and I love the look it added to the layout.

The sketch:

My Layout:
Recipe:
Hopscotch Level 2 papers & My Complements stickers
Flaxen & White Daisy cardstock
Flaxen, Ponderosa Pine, Glacier, Sunset & Smoothie ink
Ponderosa Pine marker
Trinkets Wooden Shapes arrows
Natural hemp
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Cricut Simple Stories cartridge: title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: hexagon stencil
Challenges: Scrap Our Stash recipe challenge (I used Stickers, Tag, Arrows, Stencil, and natural Hemp

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Chargers Practice Layout

Any Chargers fans out there? My hubby comes from a family of die-hard Chargers fans, so he jumped at the chance to attend a practice down in San Diego. I'm not a big sports fan, but I did enjoy putting this page together. I used lots of Cricut cuts and a basic background to create the layout, and I even managed to get a little stamping in there. Go Chargers!
Recipe:
A Typeface & Journaling Jots stamp sets
Twitterpated Level 2 papers
Sky, Dutch Blue, Honey, Chocolate & White Daisy cardstock
Sky, Dutch Blue, Honey & Chocolate ink
Dutch Blue & Honey markers
White baby rick rack (Wrights)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: pennant
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: overlays, stars, football
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch16Apr3
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart's NSD challenge = create a scrapbook layout - easy!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

P Is for Play Layout

I haven't scrapbooked in the last week, so I played along with a few challenges in order to kick start my mojo! I've been hoping to use some of the alphabet themed cards that came in the Childhood PML pack that I bought a while back, but they never seemed to fit my layouts, so I'm glad I was able to use two on this layout.
Recipe:
Chantilly & Noted Backgrounds stamp sets
Splendour, Stardust & Zippidee Level 2 papers
Honey, Moonstruck, Desert Sand & White Daisy cardstock
Honey, Moonstruck, & Goldrush ink
Honey & Moonstruck markers
Childhood Picture My Life cards
Honey triangles washi tape
Yellow grosgrain ribbon (Offray)
Yellow enamel dots (Studio Calico)
Let's Go embellishments (Chic Tags)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: sun
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banners, scalloped frame
Pattern: Allison Davis Life Documented Sketch
Challenges: Rochelle Spears April This or That challenge (I used 2 Picture My Life cards); Scrap Our Stash book inspired challenge + use 2 or more clouds (I was inspired by the layered clouds and the yellows and oranges on the book cover. I only had a small scrap of cloud paper in my stash, so I pulled out a stamp I haven't used for a long time and stamped a few clouds); Clear It Out Nature + Greenery challenge (I used leaf/flower/ladybug paper from my stash): Heart 2 Heart "Four" challenge (I thought the four banners on the sketch I used fit the bill perfectly!)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Endeavour Layout

I got a few more photos scrapped this weekend, and I must confess I'm enjoying using my CTMH photo storage pages more than ever before. I've been combining traditional layouts which feature a couple of pictures with the photo storage pages that hold a bunch more photos plus PML style cards that I created myself. For my layout of the space shuttle Endeavour, I played along with this Liftapalooza challenge over at Scrapbook Challenges. I really loved how Ali made the old school torn edges look fresh, so I thought I'd try it myself! I also lifted the paper scraps idea and then scattered embellishments around the page.
For the companion page, I used this sketch from Sketches in Thyme PL Style in order to create the "Explore" card.
 The journaling card was a happy accident. I put down the striped paper scrap on the card, thinking I might cut a pennant out of it, and noticed the curved section reminded me of the curve of planet Earth, so I ran with that idea.
And here's the completed page with photos and cards.
Recipe:
Save the Date Stamp set
Zippidee Level 2 papers
Indian Corn Blue & Bamboo cardstock
Indian Corn Blue & Cranberry ink
Black & Cranberry markers
Red Shimmer trim
Stuck on You Puffies
Enamel stars
Americana Primitive Star brads (Creative Impressions)
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: titles

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Rose Garden Pocket Cards

Yesterday I stumbled across Sketches In Thyme Challenges' sister site, for those who scrapbook using photo pocket pages. The site features sketches that can be used to create cards to fit in these pockets. I have used the Picture My Life cards from Close to My Heart to fill in a few spots here and there for my pocket pages, but I thought it would be fun to try to create my own cards. I used the current sketch and one from February to create my cards. It was interesting to create on such a small scale, but I enjoyed it and will definitely be trying this again!

Used February sketch.

Used current sketch
Here's the finished page. It's a companion to my Lovely Family layout that I posted yesterday.

Recipe:
Floral Happiness & Diverse Backgrounds stamp sets
Ivy Lane Level 2 papers
Ivy Lane Green, Ivy Lane Purple, Olive & White Daisy cardstock
Vineyard Berry, Blush & Fern ink
Pearl Opaques
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: frame, vine, scalloped borders

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lovely Family Layout

I did lots of stamping and fussy cutting for this layout, and I had forgotten how time consuming it is. Having a Cricut has sure spoiled me! This was another layout where I searched my paper stash for something to color match the photos, but ended up just going with something that fit the theme of the page. Still trying to be okay with things not being matchy-matchy! When I scanned the layout, it didn't come out that well because the large pearls prevented the page from lying flat, but hopefully you can still get an idea of what the layout looks like.
Recipe:
Floral Happiness,  Sweet & Lovely, Lucky, Treasure Life, The Present & Diverse Backgrounds stamp sets
Ivy Lane Level 2 papers
Ivy Lane Green, Ivy Lane Purple & White Daisy cardstock
Vineyard Berry, Blush & Fern ink
Garnet marker
Floret & Flutter Paper Shapes
Pearl & Mocha Opaques
Pattern:Memory Nest Make It Monday # 56
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Birds and Bees challenge (inspired me to add a butterfly to my layout - it's not a bee, but it's an insect and it flies, so hopefully that counts!)