Thursday, October 23, 2014

Celebrate Freedom Layout

These are just a few of my family's photos from July 4th. The bulk of them I am placing in a 12 pocket page protector (Project Life Style), so I got to have fun with just a trio of photos. July 4th pictures are usually difficult for me to scrap, probably because the color schemes are always so bright, but for some reason, this layout just flew together. I've been trying to do some of the Stashbusters challenges at Splitcoast Stampers, so thanks to challenge hostess Ann for the inspiration to add some older product to my layout.
Blue Ribbon Level 2 papers
Outdoor Denim, Honey & Cranberry cardstock
Cranberry, Outdoor Denim & Honey ink
Cranberry satin ribbon
Outdoor Denim baker's twine
Red eyelets (MM)
Silver-rimmed tag
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title. stars
Pattern: Showtime from Jeanette Lynton's Magic
Challenges: Child's Play Jack in the Box challenge (I used the color scheme from the toy); Lasting Memories Beautiful Friendship challenge (our friends/neighbors moved this summer and we really miss them, so I was thankful to find this picture of my boys with them at the parade in 2012)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

July 4th Parade Layout

I'm on a scrapbook roll - wonder how long it will last? Anyway, I started this layout using Sketch 67 from Sketch 'n Scrap, but I flipped it because I didn't want my son gazing off the page at nothing! There are a few other changes I made (a flag instead of a title, no banners, and no Halloween theme), but hopefully you can still see the bones of the sketch.

The Summer Stack papers (DCWV)
Kraft, Moonstruck & White Daisy cardstock
Moonstruck & Desert Sand ink
Moonstruck marker
Cranberry grosgrain ribbon
Let Freedom Ring stickers (All My Memories)
Flag sticker (Jolee's)
Silver star brad (source unknown)
3-D foam tape
Pattern: Sketch 'n Scrap #67

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

California Science Center Layout

I couldn't find any patterned paper that I felt really went with this layout, so I decided to create some of my own by inking up two stamp sets in two different colors and stamping on cardstock. I really have tons of patterned paper, so I prefer to use that, but in a pinch, this technique works to create just the right complement to a layout. You could do the same thing with embossing folders as long as you have big enough folders for the cardstock you want to emboss.

Tiny Typewriter Alphabet, Authentic, Geometric Backgrounds & In the Background stamps sets
Black, Barn Red, Whisper & White Daisy cardstock
Black, Barn Red, Whisper & Star Spangled Blue ink
Black marker
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, stars, border, "On This Day" acccent
Pattern: EMS Sketch 31

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

EMS Sketch Challenge 59 - Learning @ California Science Center

It's been three long months since I posted a scrapbook sketch, but I finally got the energy and had the time to create a new sketch for everyone to play with. Hopefully this will jump start my scrapbooking habit - LOL! I had a lot of 4x6 photos, so I gave you space to fit 5 uncropped 4x6 photos plus several smaller ones. There are so many ways to adapt this sketch to your needs. For example, if you wanted to extend your title across both pages, you could always place your journaling in the 4.5 x 4 photo space. For me, since this layout was the second in a series about the same subject, I didn't feel a need for a big title, so I substituted a die-cut for the title space. Have fun with the sketch and, as always, leave a link to your completed layout.

The sketch:
My layout:

Space Rockets paper (The Paper Studio)
Honey, Pear, Sky & White Daisy cardstock
Pear & Sky ink
Black (Zig) & Honey markers
Epoxy Bubbles
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Spots & Dots
Cricut Artiste cartridge: robot, banners

Please link your completed layout here by 10/31/14 at 11:59 pm PST!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

5th Grade Layout

Scrapping two days in a row - that's priceless, especially in my newly hectic life! I wanted to do a school related picture since my kids started school this month, so I grabbed my oldest son's 5th grade picture and got to work. I used die-cuts from three different Cricut cartridges, threw in a little stamping and a few wooden shapes, and another memory is captured.
Tiny Typewriter stamp set
Spellbound Level 2 papers
Indian Corn Blue, Desert Sand, Champagne, White Daisy & Black cardstock
Indian Corn Blue ink
Black marker
My Crush Besties Assortment
Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: overlay, circle
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: flourish, title box, 5
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartridge: owl
Pattern: Stuck on Us Sketches 8-29-14 sketch
Challenges: 4 Crafty Chicks Something Old (stamp set, papers), Something New (die-cuts, Wall Decor & More cartridge); Frosted Designs stamping challenge (my title is partly stamped)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

APU Soccer Camp Layout

Insomnia may not be great for your health, but it sure worked wonders for my scrapbooking. After a month-long scrapbooking drought, I managed to put together the base of this layout last night between midnight and 1 am! I pulled out some papers from a box my neighbor donated to me when she moved in June (so I have no idea what they are called or who manufactured them), and paired them with some trusty CTMH cardstock. A few die-cuts from the Cricut Artbooking cartridge finished off the job. Hope you like my first foray into scrapbooking for a while.

Floral & Stripe paper (from my mystery box)
Pacific, Sky, Pear Topiary, Honey & White Daisy cardstock
Pear & Sky ink
Pacifica marker
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: soccer ball, title, score banner, sunbursts
Pattern: Stick It Down 8-26-14 sketch
Challenges: 1~2~3 Get Scrappy August challenge board (I chose the stars, grass, stripes row); Stampin' Royalty picture inspiration (I loved the blues, green, and touches of yellow, plus I used the starburst idea);  Clear It Out Challenges favorite color combo (mine is blue & green with a touch of yellow)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Ken's Birthday Card

Our good friend Ken is turning 50 this week, so I whipped up a card for him this morning, using the fun color combo of Ruby, Lagoon, Honey, and Black (inspired by this week's Color My Heart color dare).
Dotty for You Level 2 papers
Ruby, Lagoon, Honey, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Lagoon & Honey ink
Honey triangles washi tape
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: all die-cuts
Pattern: Stampin' Royalty sketch challenge
Challenges: Little Red Wagon's camera challenge; Scrap It Girl's Arrows and #s challenge

Saturday, July 26, 2014

VBS 2012 Layout

Wow, only my third layout for the month and July is almost over - so sad! Looking forward to being able to scrap more once school starts for the kiddos. For this layout, I started with a sketch from Lasting Memories and then used a patriotic color challenge from Scrap It Girl to go with my non-patriotic photos. Something I learned while doing this layout: when you emboss a 12" long piece of cardstock, it ends up being shorter than 12"! I knew this happened with a crimper, but I had never done it with a embossing folder, so I ended up having to trim along the bottom row of chevrons for a zig-zag border. Oh well, live and learn . . .

Roughing It stamp set (SU)
Boys at Play stamp set
Ruby, Outdoor Denim, Kraft & Champagne cardstock
Ruby, Outdoor Denim & Desert Sand ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Best Day Ever Assortment circle sticker
Burlap ribbon
Outdoor Denim grosgrain ribbon
Ruby washi tape
Mileposts Shapes arrows
3-D foam tape
Embossing folder: CTMH chevrons
Pattern: Lasting Memories sketch
Challenges: Scrap It Girl color challenge: navy, cream, red, kraft

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Macaws Layout

My scrapping has sure slowed down since I got two more kids to take care of, but I managed to sneak into my scraproom this morning and finish up this layout.
Dotty for You Level 2 papers
Kraft, Lagoon, Slate & Ponderosa Pine cardstock
Steel Grey marker (Zig)
White gel pen (Sakura)
Paradise Just Blooms paper flowers
Sweet Leaf brads
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: bird
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title
Pattern: Stuck Sketches 7/1/14
Challenges: Frosted Designs Sketch + Die-cut (bird, title are die-cut); Child's Play Colorforms challenge (all those triangles!); 1-2-3 Get Scrappy board (I chose the diagonal row - green, yellow, turquoise/aqua)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mission Inn Layout

This layout has been on my desk for weeks, and I haven't had the energy or mojo to finish it. Today the weather is a little cooler, so my energy level is a little higher, plus my hubby is taking care of the kids, so I was determined to crank this thing out! The stamped title didn't come out as well as I had hoped, so I added some white highlights to accentuate it a bit.
Vogue Alphabet stamp set
Olivia Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Olive & New England Ivy cardstock
New England Ivy & Sunset ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Green Sparkles
Sparkle Flourishes, clear
Pattern: EMS Sketch 47