Friday, October 21, 2016

The Tree Checklist Layout

Can't believe I'm already scrapping Christmas pictures! Oh wait, these are pictures from 2013 - LOL! Hopefully I can finish up the rest of December 2013 before 2016 ends, right? I had to dig deep into my CTMH stash to find wood grain paper in order to play along with Heart 2 Heart's wood grain challenge, but I finally came across a woodsy print from the Back County paper pack from 2009; how's that for a blast from the past? I used a whole sheet and combined it with the Pear & Partridge Christmas papers and Picture my Life cards. My design went through several modifications before I was finally done with it, and I'm still not sure it doesn't look lopsided, but I'm just going to keep moving and call myself happy this memory is in the album.
Checklist & Moments in Time stamp sets
Back Country & Pear & Partridge Level 2 papers
White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry, New England Ivy & Cashmere ink
Black marker
Pear & Partridge Picture My Life cards
Cranberry baker's twine
Cranberry grosgrain ribbon
Red sparkle trim
White Pines badge button
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: pennants
Pattern: The Memory Nest Make It Monday #73
Challenges: Use Your Stuff challenge #238 - Mixing Up the Stamps (I used two stamps for the checklist and the little red checks on it)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Carving Memories Layout

I hadn't played along with the Let's Scrap sketch for a while, so I decided to give it a whirl. I really liked the squares on either size of the sketch and thought I could do some fun things with them! I pulled out the Jeepers Creepers paper pack plus the coordinating accessories, and added a few die-cut pieces using my Cricut cartridges. The title was a happy accident; I cut out the letters on the Cricut and, when I pulled off the negative space piece, I actually liked it better than the separate letters. Love it when something like that happens, don't you?

Jeepers Creepers Level 2 papers & Complements
Slate, Pansy, Tangerine & Black cardstock
Black, Gypsy & Goldrush ink
Black marker
Jeepers Creepers washi tape
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title, Eek!
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: fence
Challenges: Lasting Memories favorite fall activity challenge;  Picture This! mood board inspiration (The Halloween colors were a perfect match for these papers)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Gratitude Layout

For this layout, I used one of my older sketches and played along with the October scraplift challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. Sharon challenged us to scraplift a card from the SCS gallery; I actually lifted elements from three separate cards! This card inspired me to do some coloring using my Shin Han markers, something I'm not very comfortable with, but I had fun experimenting anyway. This card inspired me to combine a larger title with a fancy font and a smaller subtitle with a plain font. And this card inspired me to add embossing, leaves, and ribbon to my layout.
November Word Puzzle, Recipe Box & Blessed Beyond Measure stamp sets
Pathfinding & Splendor Level 2 papers
Chocolate, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, Sweet Leaf & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate & Goldrush ink
Autumn Terracotta marker
Coffee marker (Zig)
Shin Han Twin Touch markers
Chocolate grosgrain ribbon
Leaf punch (Family Treasures)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: leafy flourish, frame
Pattern: EMS Sketch challenge 9
Challenges: Lasting Memories elements of nature challenge - harvest fruits, leaves

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Unlock the Fun Layout

I just love challenges because they inspire my creativity and help me go in directions I may not have otherwise thought of taking! For this layout, I played along with a bunch of challenges. Lasting Memories inspired me to use fall colors (oranges, browns, reds), even though this wasn't a fall layout. The title, clock, and key elements were inspired by the Scrap Our Stash October book cover challenge. Rochelle Spears wanted to see tags or tickets on our layouts; I could have gone with either for this layout, but decided the key tag worked better for my theme. I'm filling in hosting the Splitcoast Stampers' Stash Busters challenge, and I picked the following items from my list: 2 or more patterned papers, stickers (keys, locks, clocks, title), something metal (studs, brads), twine. The list also contains felt and chipboard, so feel free to play along at SCS if you think you can throw at least three of those items onto your next layout!
Sarita & Proplayer Level 2 papers
Desert Sand, Chocolate, Goldrush, Cashmere & White Daisy cardstock
Desert Sand, Chocolate, Goldrush & Ruby ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Coffee marker (Zig)
Chocolate baker's twine
Durable Artisan Studs - antiqued gold
Antiqued gold brads (Making Memories)
Love Letters rub-ons
Color Ready cork alphabet
Nostalgiques Keys & Locks stickers (Rebecca Sower)
Layer It On Borders - clock stickers (Creative Imaginations)
Timberline Assortment wooden shapes - arrow
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: notched rectangle, key tag
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch16Sep3

Monday, October 10, 2016

Scary Fun Layout

I love the Jeepers Creepers papers but am not sure I'm loving how this layout turned out. I started with a sketch from Stick It Down but I switched out the photo sizes for what I needed to use. I wanted to use one of CTMH's new photo storage pages that holds six photo (3 back to back) in between the two pages, so I shifted some things around so the separate pages would still look fine even when you could only see half of each page. Not sure that makes sense but please humor me and pretend it did! I forgot to add a piece of paper in the bottom right corner of the layout per the sketch, so I may have to go back and do that later. . . or I may feel lazy and leave it as it is!

Spellbound stamp set
Jeepers Creepers Level 2 papers & Complements
Pansy, Tangerine & White Daisy cardstock
Black ink
Black marker
Black shimmer trim
Cricut Artiste cartridge: spider, cat, skull, tombstone
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: journaling shape
Pattern: Stick It Down October double sketch

Saturday, October 8, 2016

You Make My Heart Melt Layout

For those who are scrapping this weekend, here's a fun sketch for you! I decided to challenge myself to create some white space on this sketch, and then not try to fill it up when I scrapbooked a layout using the sketch. Hopefully you think I've succeeded, despite the background snowflake paper.The sketch is posted on Splitcoast Stampers, so feel free to play along there, or you can post a link to your finished layout on this post so I can check out what you've created.

The sketch:
My layout:
Jennifer's Hand stamp set
Wonderland Level 2 papers
Snowflake paper (My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus)
Chocolate, Twilight & Whisper ink
Twilight & Black markers
Shin Han markers - Marigold & Mahogany
Black epoxy bubbles
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: snowman
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, hearts, teardrops
Challenges: Use Your Stuff #236 - make your own embellishment (I used my Cricut to cut out the snowman in several layers, then I added epoxy bubbles for his buttons)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Day Is Dying in the West Layout

I dug deep into my stash for the papers to complete this layout, but then I combined them with a brand new challenge from Lasting Memories: their "all around" challenge was to add anything showing direction to your layout, so, since my pictures were taken facing west towards the setting sun, I used the direction of west in my title! I repeated it in my journaling, which is actually the beautiful lyrics to an old hymn.
Day Dream & Cocoa Cafe Level 2 papers
Canary, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Canary, Blush, Lilac Mist & Whisper ink
Black marker
Bitty sparkles
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartridge: title (welded together in Craft Room)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: sun
Cricut Artiste cartridge: clouds
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: journaling box
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #113

Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: Comparing Pioneer and Close to My Heart Post Bound Albums

For anyone who is interested, I thought I'd do a little review of CTMH's new post bound albums verses the Pioneer post bound album. I was really bummed when CTMH discontinued their solid color albums a few years ago, but they re-introduced a few new ones this year, so I thought I'd give them a try. Here's what I found.

I had placed my completed pages temporarily in a Pioneer album, and had been disappointed at how rickety the album was. I also had trouble finding extender posts (you can order them online but they seemed a little pricey to me), so I bought some from Recollections that Michaels carried, and they worked okay except I had to replace the whole post since the Pioneer ones won't thread with the Recollections ones. With the extender posts, I was able to jam 31 standard Memory Protectors sleeves plus 13 photo storage pages (similar to Project Life style sleeves) in the Pioneer album, but as I previously mentioned, the album seemed a little rickety. I also hated that you really couldn't use the bonus expansion back (it covers the album's spine) until you had fully completed your album and were positive you wouldn't be adding more pages, since once you hole punched it for a certain size, you couldn't really change it without the first punched holes being visible. Overall, not really happy with the Pioneer album.

I just took out my CTMH album, and the first thing I noticed was how sturdy the cover is. It's probably twice as thick as the Pioneer one. The album wasn't assembled and there were no directions, but it seemed pretty self-explanatory, so I got to work. The album comes with three album posts (Pioneer only has two, another drawback in my opinion), and each one ends with a screw that has a flip out handle to make it easier to screw it back into the post once your album is assembled. After struggling with the screws on the Pioneer and Recollections posts, this was a huge plus in my book!

I noticed the posts were a little tough to push through the holes in the album cover and was prepared to be bugged by that, but then I thought it might actually add to the overall sturdiness of the album if the posts didn't have lots of wiggle room. I started adding pages, and managed to transfer all the Memory Protectors and photo storage pages I had had in the Pioneer album into this album. It's a little thick, but even with three spine expanders (the little plastic insert to properly space your pages and make sure your album lies flat), I still had no trouble slipping the back cover onto the posts and fastening the screws, which went on like a dream. For those familiar with my scrapping style, I usually have a little dimension on every page, so that gives you an idea of what can fit in these albums. CTMH doesn't offer extender posts, and the Recollections ones don't fit on the CTMH posts, so you are stuck with the size as is, but I honestly think any thicker and you wouldn't be able to lift the dang thing! The hardest part of the assembly was sliding the spine cover into the openings on the ends of each cover (the fit is pretty tight), but at least I'm assured the spine cover won't slip off, right? One last observation: the covers of the CTMH album are about an inch wider than the Pioneer one, so my page are completely covered, verses the Pioneer one where they were right up to the edge and, due to the rickety nature of the album, even tended to hang out a little as the album shifted around.

So there you have it, fellow scrappers, a comparison of Pioneer and CTMH albums. I have to say, very pleased CTMH brought back the colored albums, since they win hands down for quality and ease of use in my book!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

ABC Album S - U Layouts

I have a confession to make. This past June, I started making an ABC album to give to my son's kindergarten teacher as a thank you for all her hard work with him. Well, a couple things happened to prevent me from finishing the album: I realized I was running out of time and had too many layouts and not enough days to get it done before the last day of school, and the album was turning out so cute I was having a hard time even thinking about parting with it! So I changed tracks, put the album away, and gave his teacher another gift, and decided I would eventually give this to my son as a momento of kindergarten. I finally pulled it out this week and I am determined to finish it before the end of September, so here are two more layouts.

For the S/T layout, I used a sketch from GrandDiva's Creative Corner. I had to compress the elements on my layout since I used an 8" x 8" canvas and my photos are slightly cropped 4 x 6s, but I think you can still see the bones of the sketch. The story behind the tickets is that my son has issues sitting still in class, plus he struggles with impulse control, so his teacher and I came up with a behavior incentive using tickets and rewards. It mostly worked!

For my U layout, I used a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. Once again, I compressed the sketch for my smaller format and I eliminated one photo, but this sketch seemed to lend itself to the smaller size quite well. This was my least favorite rhyme out of the whole album, but I just couldn't come up with another thing for "u," so I let it stand.
Snowhaven Level 2 papers
Black, Glacier, Whisper, Cashmere & White Daisy cardstock
Black, Glacier, Whisper & Cranberry ink
Black marker
Silver metallic pen
Picture My Life tabbed journaling cards
Licorice Opaques pearls
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, pennants
Cricut Artiste cartridge: scissors
Cricut Artistry cartridge: light bulb
Fiskars scalloped scissors

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Haunted House Layout

I needed some Halloween inspiration for this layout, so I searched online and found a fun tune from 1964 called "Haunted House" by Jumpin' Gene Simmons. I liked the lyrics about bells ringing and chains clanking, so I added them around my frame and then stamped the title on some banners to make it stand out from the rest of the words. I had lots of fun with the frame, adding a cobweb in the corner (hard to see but trust me, it's there!), the lyrics and puffy shapes around the edges, and finally a die-cut fence and the stamped and fussy-cut owl.
Hodgepodge Alphabet & Spellbound stamp set
Itty Bitty Backgrounds (SU)
Jeepers Creepers Level 2 papers and Complements (stickers, arrow)
Black, Sunset, Pansy & White Daisy cardstock
Black, Whisper & Clover Meadow ink
Black marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
Jeepers Creepers Assortment puffy stickers
Black shimmer trim
#Life cards - Enjoy
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: frame, cobweb, fence, haunted house
Pattern: Let's Get Sketchy September Week 1
Challenges Lasting Memories forward or use arrows (I went with a big, sparkly arrow!); The Studio Challenges use a frame; Rochelle Spears September This or That challenge - enamel shapes or puffy shapes (I chose to use puffy stars and eyes); Picture This! Wish Upon a Star challenge (my puffy stars arrived just in time for this layout)