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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Chalk It Up Cards

I'm still planning to post more layouts from my son's kindergarten ABC album, but I also had to create some teacher thank you cards this month. Since I haven't made a card in almost a year, my card box is looking pretty empty, so I decided to make 20 thank you cards using the Just Because card workshop in CTMH's Wishes card making book. I gave a few away before I had time to photograph them, but here are a few more I created.




Recipe:
Thank You, Say It in Style, AP Tags, A Little Everything, A Little Thanks and Kaboom stamp sets
Chalk It Up Level 2 papers
Lagoon, Sorbet, Flaxen, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Lagoon, Sorbet, Flaxen, Black, Whisper & Slate ink
Black & Honey markers
Sorbet ribbon
Black epoxy bubble
3-D foam tape
All the die-cuts were from my pile of left-overs, so I'm not sure what cartridges they come from.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

ABC Album P - R Layouts

Some more ABC album layouts coming your way! The P page is based on a sketch from Creative Scrappers. Our principal is awesome, but I blotted out his name for privacy reasons, so his identity will have to remain a mystery to you!

The Q/R page is a scraplift of this page from Lela over at Splitcoast Stampers.
Recipe:
Dotty for You Level 2 papers
Cashmere, Lagoon, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, Whisper, Slate & White Daisy cardstock
Cashmere, Lagoon, Smoothie, Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, Whisper & Slate ink
Black marker
White embroidery floss
Lagoon ribbon
White Daisy grograin ribbon
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, tags
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: owl, circles
Cricut Artistry cartrdige: ballons

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

ABC Album N & O Layouts

The latest layouts for my son's kindergarten ABC album include the letters N and O. For the N layout, I used the June 1st sketch from Stuck?! Sketches. Everything is compressed on my layout to compensate for the smaller format while still using a 4" x 6" photo, but I tried to add some fun touches anyway,


The O layout uses Anna's sketch from The Studio Challenges. I loved the flowers on her original sketch and was even able to find some that reminded me of them among my Cricut cartridges.

Recipe:
Blue Ribbon & Take Note stamp sets
Typeset Level 2 papers
Cashmere, Vineyard Berry, Juniper, Cocoa & Colonial White cardstock
Cashmere, Vineyard Berry, Juniper & Cocoa ink
Cocoa marker
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, tag, stars, banners
Cricut Artistry cartridge: flowers

Monday, June 6, 2016

ABC Album L & M Layouts

The ABC album I'm creating for my son's kindergarten teacher is chugging along; only 10 more layouts to finish by Thursday! Here are a couple more.

The L layout uses an older sketch from Stuck Sketches; since it featured lots of white space, it was easy to pare it down to fit my 8" x 8" format.


The M layout is a scraplift of this layout from Elizabeth, which is in turn a scraplift of this layout. And the love goes on! In the interests of privacy, I blurred out the teacher's name, but be assured she was great for my son.
Recipe:
Noted Backgrounds stamp set
Later Sk8r Level 2 papers
Cashmere, Pear, Outdoor Denim & White Daisy cardstock
Cashmere, Pear, Lagoon, Outdoor Denim & Whisper ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Lagoon ribbon
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, pennant
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: apple, hearts
Cricut Artistry cartridge: arrow

Sunday, June 5, 2016

ABC Album G - I Layouts

Here are two more layout for my ABC Album. Only four more days before school ends, so I'm really hoping I can get the rest of the album done in time to give to my son's teacher on the last day!

For the G & H page, I used a sketch from Brenda Ragsdale and rearranged some of the elements to fit the larger photo and the double title. I was also inspired by Kelly's mood board challenge to add the branch and, since this is an end of the school year present for a teacher, it seemed perfect for a "school's out' themed challenge!

For the "I" layout, I used Make It Monday's Sketch #60 from the Memory Nest, and had a great time adding some die-cut elements from my Cricut. Just an FYI, it probably isn't politically correct to call Native Americans Indians anymore, but I did not have any ice cream pictures to use for "i", and this photo was so cute, so hopefully no one will be offended!
Recipe:
Victory Level 2 papers
Cashmere, Chocolate, Olive & Honey cardstock
Cashmere, Outdoor Denim, Chocolate & Olive ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Steel Grey marker (Zig)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, branch, trees, sun
Cricut Chore Chart cartridge: pencil
Cricut Artistry cartridge: teepee, arrow

Saturday, June 4, 2016

ABC Album E & F Layouts

After an incredibly busy week helping finish end-of-school-year assignments (picture me holding a cattle prod - LOL!), I was able to find time to complete two more layouts for my ABC album.

For the E layout, I used my new sketch for Splitcoast Stampers. Since the original sketch is 12' x 12", I had to shrink it down to fit my 8" x 8" format and then adapt a few components, like tracing an outline around my photo with a gel pen instead of framing it.

The sketch:

My layout:

The F layout was based on Sketch-n-Scrap #106, but once again I had to adapt it for my small format. I used a standard 4" x 6" photo, so that covered up a lot of the horizontal strip on the sketch, so I decided to just mat the photo and move some elements around to fit. For example, instead of a banner, I tucked a strip under the ring that replaced the sunburst from the sketch, and I moved the subtitle down below the horizontal strip.

The sketch:

My layout:
Recipe:
Blue Ribbon Level 2 papers
Cashmere, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Honey & White Daisy cardstock
Cashmere, Outdoor Denim, Cranberry & Honey ink
Outdoor Denim marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
White ri-crac (Wrights)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, stars, butterflies, flowers
Challenges: Rochelle Spears' June This or That challenge (I chose butterflies)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ABC Album B Layout

I'm plowing through the layouts for the ABC album for my son's kindergarten teacher. Here's another one, using the May single-page sketch from Stick It Down. It was a lot of fun to work with the sketch, and I might save it to use later on a full size page!
Recipe:
Chalk It Up Level 2 papers & stickers
Black, Sorbet & Cashmere cardstock
Cashmere & Lagoon ink
Black marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, banner, ring

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 Layout

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