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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!)

Lego Castle Layout

For my latest layout, featuring pictures from the Lego exhibit at the Discovery Science Center, I drew inspiration from two expired challenges. Just because challenges are over, doesn't mean we can't be inspired by them, right? First, I used a great February sketch from Stuck?! Sketches. Then I was inspired by the Lasting Memories' "And the award goes to . . ." challenge. It helped me give a fun twist to my journaling!

Recipe:
Jennifer's Hand stamp set
Stardust Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Desert Sand, Topiary, Bamboo & Moonstruck cardstock
Topiary, Bamboo & Moonstruck ink
Moonstruck marker
Color-Ready Kraft Borders
Blue Enamel & Glitter Duos dots
Blue hemp (from my stash)
Royal Blue ric-rac (Craft Essentials)
Cricut Art Philosophy: crown
Cricut Dreams Come True cartridge: castle

Friday, April 1, 2016

Circus Layout

Today I posted a new sketch over at Splitcoast Stampers, and I actually made a layout to go with it! That hasn't happen much lately, so it was a good feeling. Although I took some liberties with adding extra circles and enlarging my title, I'm sure you can see the bones of the sketch in my layout.  I had taken these photos to a scrapbook retreat last month but ended up not liking the papers I'd chosen for them, so I brought them home to work on. These papers turned out much better than my original choice, and I was able to play with my spray pen and Cuttlebug, which I hadn't brought to at the retreat, so it all worked out fine.

The sketch:

My layout:
Recipe:
Sarita & Brushed Level 2 papers
Gypsy, Cotton Candy & Lagoon cardstock
Gypsy, Cotton Candy & Lagoon ink
Gypsy re-inker & spray pen
Gypsy marker
DE Monograms chipboard
Enamel & Glitter Duos dots
Purple Glitter Gems
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: circles & rings
Cuttlebug folder: D'vine Swirl
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch16Apr1
Challenges: Creating with Paper and More April mood board (the springy colors of purple, pink, and blue worked well with my layout); Use Your Stuff pop dot challenge (I popped up several letters in my title)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Poodles & Tigers & Elephants Layout

Happy Easter to everyone. Hope you are all having a blessed day with families, and that you have a few moments to sneak off to your scrapping place! I've moved on from scrapping about the Natural History Museum (three layouts is enough for me) and have some circus photos to scrap. Circus photos are always a challenge because, due to the lighting, so few of them come out well. I managed to use a few pictures despite the pinkish-purple cast to the photos.
Recipe:
Life's a Jungle, Tiny Typewriter Alphabet & Vintage Type stamp sets
Laughing Lola Level 2 papers
Black, Flaxen, Ctystal Blue & Whisper cardstock
Black, Flaxen, Crystal Blue, Thistle & Slate ink
Black marker
Brown ShinHan alcohol marker
Gold metallic marker
Purple Shimmer Trim
Purple Glitter Gems
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: ticket
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch15Jan1
Challenges: Lasting Memories Glitter & Glam challenge (I used Shimmer Trim, Glitter Gems, and a gold metallic marker); Use Your Stuff Inspired by a Quote challenge (my title is a take on the old lions and tigers and bears, oh my! quote)

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Butterfly Pavilion

I put together two sketches for this layout (see below) and had fun figuring out how to tie the two different looks together. I finally decided the butterfly theme was enough, although I did add wooden flowers to each page.
I couldn't get a great scan because the courderoy brads were so thick, but hopefully you get the idea!
Recipe:
Friendship Alphabet Small stamp set
Buzz and Bumble & Passages Level 2 papers
Sunset, Sweet Leaf & Cashmere cardstock
Cocoa ink
Black marker
Buzz and Bumble Assortment wooden shapes
Sunset courderoy brads
Sunset baker's twine
Sweet Leaf embroidery floss
Clear craft button
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge; pennants
Patterns: Sketches in Thyme #188 & Stick It Down March single page sketch

Friday, March 25, 2016

Got Milk? Layout

I loved these pictures of my boys scarfing down Oreos, but I had the hardest time figuring out how to scrap them. Finally, with the help of a few challenges, I came up with an idea and ran with it! Thanks to Lasting Memories for their Black Tie Affair challenge (I went with lots of black); Sketch-n-Scrap for their Throwback Thursday Sketch #3; Heart to Heart for their Fern color challenge (inspired me to use my Fern paper and ink pad for the first time) and Scrapbook Challenges for their Chevron challenge.
Recipe:
In the Background, Washi Wonder & A Chocolate Affair stamp sets
Enchantment Paper Fundamentals: Fern
Black, Fern, Desert Sand & White Daisy cardstock
Black & Fern ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Black gingham ribbon
Black brad & button brad
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: large heart, tag
Heart punch (EK Success)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Natural History Museum Layout

Since this layout contained a hodge-podge of pictures from the Natural History Museum, it was hard to figure out how to tie them all together, but I eventually decided to go with the dinosaur theme, with a little nod to the gem collection via the "you rock" stamping. Does everyone get that the mountains are actually volcanoes covered with lava, or do I need to add an eruption to one of them?
Recipe:
Roar! stamp set
Saddle, Cocoa, Orange, Cashmere, Garden Green & White Daisy cardstock
Cocoa, Desert Sand, & Garden Green ink
Sunset brad
Garden Green button nail head
Cricut Artistry cartridge: mountain, title, bones
Pattern: EMS Sketch 51 (left side only)