Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I'm still here!

I've always been frustrated when a blog just stops posting and no explanation is given, so since I haven't posted in over a month, I thought I'd just pop in and let everyone know I haven't given up bloggin! April and May have been extremely busy months for me, with my daughter's birthday party and a two week trip to England to plan, and now I'm recovering from jet lag while catching up on all the things that happened on the home front while I was gone. Throw in my husband's and my birthdays and Mother's Day, plus starting up a new Bible study and joining the worship team at church, and you have the recipe for slight exhaustion. Scrapbooking is still on my mind (I have tons of pictures from London to scrap), but I'm not feeling very inspired at the moment. All that to say, I'm on a little break but will be back at the beginning of June with a new sketch for everyone! Enjoy the rest of May.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Glacier Point Layout

One highlight of our Yosemite visit was a trip to Glacier Point to check out the beautiful views. I scrapbooked a few favorite photos on this layout and then added twelve more photos to a photo storage page. I'm hosting the monthly scrapbook challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, so I created this layout for my Stash Busters challenge to use 1 piece of ribbon, 2 colors of cardstock, 3 photos, 4  pieces of bling, and 5 patterned papers. Feel free to play along with us!
Skylark Level 2 papers
Colonial White & Kraft cardstock
Lagoon, Sweet Leaf & Desert Sand ink
Snapshot Complements
Hopscotch PML journaling card
Mocha Opaques pearls
Lagoon ribbon
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title

Monday, April 3, 2017

Exploring the Southwest Layout

For my new Splitcoast Stampers Sketch for April, I actually started with a layout and loved it so much, I decided to create a sketch so I could use the arrangement of the photos again! I know this is a picture-heavy sketch, but you can always delete a few photos if you don't need that many.

FYI: I'm also hosting a month-long scrapbooking challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, so if you need some inspiration, please head on over and check out the fun!

The sketch:
My layout:
Diverse Backgrounds stamp set
Lucky Level 2 papers
Bamboo & Sky cardstock
Desert Sand, Sky, Outdoor Denim & Olive ink
Chocolate marker (Zig)
My Crush Wildwood Assortment "Documented" card & stickers
Enamel and Glitter Duos blue dots
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: heart
Cricut Alphabet: title

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cat Party Card

My daughter asked for a cat party for her birthday, so the first step was making her invitations. I started with a cute card sketch from Atlantic Hearts challenge blog but, since I wanted to go vertical on my card base, I tightened up the design by moving the circles together. The card went through several revisions and I ended up simplifying it a bit because I just couldn't face hand cutting glitter tape for 30 cards (can anyone relate?) but I'm pretty happy with the final result!
Fanfare, Welcome Baby & One Way Borders stamp sets
Laughing Lola Level 2 papers
Slate, Whisper, Crystal Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Crystal Blue, Thistle & Black ink
Black & Gold Metallic markers
Purple Glitter Gem
Cricut Artistry cartridge: banner
Cricut Chore Chart cartridge: cat
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug 2 banner or sign challenge

Monday, March 27, 2017

Taft Point Layout

Taft Point at Yosemite is a bit of a hike, but always offers amazing views that make me glad I went! I created the base layout at my scrapbook retreat, but it needed some extra pizzazz, so when I got home, I decided to play along with some challenges to add punched borders, chipboard, and baker's twine.
Everyday Celebration Level 2 papers
Chocolate, Sweet Leaf & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate, Sweet Leaf & Dutch Blue ink
Dutch Blue marker
Chocolate baker's twine
Nutmeg Memories chipboard (MME Indie Chic)
Cricut Stone Script cartridge: title
Fiskars scalloped border punch
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 2
Challenges: Scrappy Friends Bingo challenge (I chose the row with border punch, green, ink, chipboard shape & twine); Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge chipboard & something old from your stash (my old was the papers I've been hoarding for at least five years)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Washburn Point Layout

Yosemite is so beautiful that all our pictures are naturally beautiful as well! For this layout, I chose to accent the blues in the pictures by using blue cardstock, blue ink, and patterned paper with blue and earth tones. The butterflies were a playful touch inspired by the March More Than Words challenge.
And here's my layout. I also used a stamped quote from Helen Keller about "beautiful things."
Beautiful Things & Treasure Life stamp sets
Dreamin' Level 2 papers
Pacifica, Crystal Blue, Chocolate & Colonial White cardstock
Pacifica, Crystal Blue, Sky, Chocolate & Desert Sand ink
Black marker
Cricut Jasmine cartridge: title
Cricut Artistry cartridge: butterflies
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: flourish

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Yosemite 2012 Layout

It feels like I've scrapbook Yosemite pictures many times before, so it will be a challenge to keep this batch of pictures from our 2012 vacation looking fresh, but I am going to give it a try! Here's my intro page for the vacation, and I included a fun little envelope with hidden journaling about driving to Yosemite and our first stop there. Any guesses where these photos were taken?
And here's the open envelope with the card:
Beautiful Things stamp set
Huntington Level 2 papers
Whisper & Colonial White cardstock
Olive, Desert Sand, Chocolate & Cashmere ink
Sap Green, Clay & Cerulean Blue Shin Han markers
My Crush Wildwood Assortment
Chocolate Organdy ribbon
Chocolate metal arrow & brad
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #269

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Monument Valley Layout

So close to finishing my Colorado vacation scrapbook! Here's my next to last layout . . . We spend a few hours at Monument Valley, but since we came during the windy season, there was so much dust in the air that it was hard to see anything.
Flight of the Arrows & Friendship Alphabet Small stamp sets
Back Country Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Goldrush, Outdoor Denim, Colonial White cardstock
Goldrush, Outdoor Denim, Barn Red ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Outdoor Denim & Colonial White craft buttons
Outdoor Denim& Autumn Terracotta maker's twine
Circuit Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 42

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blastoff Layout

One of the kids' favorite activities from Elliot's Despicable Me birthday party was making and launching their own rockets. For the layout showing the event, I used the right half of the Splitcoast Stampers March sketch, and added some fun details like a stamped rocket blasting off to the moon and a countdown to launch.
Atomic Caps, Atomic Numbers & Outta This World stamp sets
Animal Cookies Level 2 papers
Honey, Sunset, Whisper & White Daisy cardstock
Dutch Blue, Tulip, Sunset, Whisper & Slate ink
Dutch Blue, Black & Gold metallic markers
Carmine & Clay Shin Han Twin Touch markers
Red enamel dots
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: rocket
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: arrows
Challenges: Lasting Memories Lots of Number + Birthday themed layout challenge (I was inspired to add the countdown to my title)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Villains in Training Layout

No party would be complete without games, so for my son's Despicable Me birthday party, we planned games around the idea of getting ready to be a super villain! We created an obstacle course for the kids to conquer, plus we had a few other games based on the movie, like the unicorn horn ring toss inspired by Agnes' love of unicorns. Using the left side of the March sketch I had made for Splitcoast Stampers, I created a layout featuring a few pictures from the game time and then added a photo storage page with a few more pictures.

The sketch:
My layout:

As part of my photo storage page, I used a sketch from Sketches in Thyme, Project Life Style to come up with a journaling card. I wanted to include a photo, so I rearranged and resized some of the elements of the sketch, and I added that adorable unicorn die-cut and a quote from Agnes: "He's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!" As you can probably tell, the birthday boy got the honor of wearing the unicorn horn for the ring toss. He wasn't thrilled, but he was a pretty good sport about it!

The sketch:

My journaling card:

And here's my completed photo storage page:
Atomic Caps, Atomic Lower Case & Spot On Backgrounds stamp sets
Animal Cookies Level 2 papers
Honey, Dutch Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Dutch Blue, Tulip, Honey & Sunset ink
Dutch Blue, Black & Gold metallic markers
Cricut ZooBalloo cartridge: unicorn
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: arrows
Heart punch (EK Success)
Challenges: Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog anything goes (I used several Cricut cuts!)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What a Boy Wants Layout

For my son's 9th birthday, he really wanted a Despicable Me party, complete with themed games, decorations, and cupcakes. And of course, he was thrilled to receive lots of presents to delight a young boy's heart. Instead of writing down each gift and giver, I decided to have him pose next to the person who gave him the gift, figuring that would be a more meaningful memory than a list. I just scrapbooked a few of the photos, and put the rest in a photo storage page. The layout ended up being pretty clean and simple, but I will always enjoy the funny expressions on my son's face!
Fanfare Level 2 papers
Canary cardstock
Pacifica ink
Pacifica & Black markers
Elemental envelope & tag
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title & stars
Pattern: Lasting Memories March challenge sketch (birthday layout using sketch)
Challenges: Bitten by the Bug 2 birthday challenge

Friday, March 3, 2017

EMS Sketch Challenge 64 - Cliff Palace Layout

I took a week off scrapbooking to enjoy some time with a few favorite books, but I'm back with this month's sketch challenge. It's a single pager with room for four uncropped 4" x 6" photos. The style is similar to a pocket page layout, but there is some overlap in order to fit in a bottom border and a photo mat. Hope you enjoy the sketch, and please link up your completed layout below so I can ooh and aah over it!

The sketch:

My layout:
Passages Level 2 papers
Cocoa, Bamboo, Garden Green & Brown Bag cardstock
Cocoa, Bamboo & Garden Green ink
Black marker
Dreamer charms
Natural hemp
Burlap ribbon
Tumbled Stone Alphabet stickers (All My Memories)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: sunburst, curved arrow, pennant
Cricut Artistry cartridge: arrow
Challenges: Use Your Stuff  #253 Use a favorite sketch (my most recent sketch is always my favorite!); Scrap Our Stash March tic-tac-toe board (I used the left vertical column, and it really helped me get some stuff out of my stash pile, so thank very much!)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Parents vs. Kids Layout

As I was preparing to scrapbook yet more photos of our trip to Mesa Verde, I thought it would be fun to go a different direction from the nature-colored palette the subject matter suggested, so I played along with a couple of color challenges to come up with a black/white/red layout. The title idea sprang from the long-suffering look on my son's face in the bottom photo; he plainly wasn't as excited about visiting ancient ruins as Mom and Dad were!
A Typeface stamp set
Animal Cookies & For Always Level 2 papers
Tulip, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Black metal tag
Black & White embroidery floss
Black baker's twine
Black gingham ribbon
Decor Journaling Spot
Heart brad (from my stash)
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: title, hearts
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag, circles
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: triple hearts
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #122
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug 2 Red + White challenge; Another Colorful Creation Black & White + One challenge (I chose red as my third color); Picture This It's In the Air Blog Hop (for Ali's stitching challenge, I stitched a line through the hearts plus added Xs to the bottom picture)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

At the End of the Day Layout

When I first got these photos developed, I had no idea how I wanted to scrap them, but a sketch from the Memory Nest and a couple of challenges (check them out below) came to my rescue!
Life is Sweet, Charming Cascades & Star Power stamp sets
Clementine Level 2 papers
Whisper, Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Twilight, Goldrush & Colonial White cardstock
Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Saddle & Twilight ink
Twilight marker
Coffee marker (Zig)
White gel pen (Sakura)
Twilight brads
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artistry cartridge: pennant
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, stars
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: Day circle, sunburst
Pattern: The Memory Nest Make It Monday sketch #81
Challenges: Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge - use the word Today; Picture This It's In the Air Blog Hop (for Christine's stars challenge, I stamped stars on my background cardstock and traced over them with white gel pen, plus I added 3 die-cut stars)

Crafty thought for the day!

Can anyone relate?!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Time Goes By So Slowly Layout

I was invited to be the single page guest designer at Stick It Down this month, and although I didn't have any single photos I wanted to feature on a layout, I thought the circles in the sketch could easily be converted into photos. I combined the sketch challenge with the February VSBN Music challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, Sharon wanted us to use lyrics from Unchained Melody as inspiration for a layout, and when I noticed the lines about "Time goes by so slowly," they seemed like a perfect title for a road trip layout! Anyone who has ever traveled hundreds of miles with young children knows it sometimes feels the trip will never end, right?

Here's the sketch:
And here's my layout:
Update: This layout was featured on the Use Your Stuff blog!
Cherry-O Level 2 paper
Slate, Outdoor Denim & Twilight cardstock
Slate, Outdoor Denim, Twilight ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Outdoor Denim grosgrain ribbon
Later Sk8r Picture My Life cards
Timberline Assortment wooden veneers
Cuttlebug embossing folders: Wicker weave, Swiss Dot, CTMH Chevron
Crist Artistry cartridge: title
Challenges: Picture This It's In the Air Blog Hop (For Arianna's 3+ photo challenge, I used 4 photos); Use Your Stuff Bingo challenge: I used the bottom line across, tucking 3 journaling cards behind my main photo, and adding 3 wood veneers, ribbon, and lots of embossed circles.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Battleship Buddies Layout

I love these photos, from the intent look on my older son's face to the huge grin my younger son is sporting, so it was a pleasure to scrapbook them! I went with a color palette of blues with touches of grey and yellow, and added some nautical touches like the knotted "rope" and the waves because my boys were playing Battleships.
Timberline stamp set
Babycakes & Proplayer Level 2 papers
White Daisy textured cardstock
Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Slate & White Daisy cardstock
Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Slate & Buttercup ink
Natural hemp
Cobalt circle bling gems (Jolee's Boutique)
Yellow enamel dots (American Crafts)
Liquid Glass
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, stars, teardrop
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: waves
Pattern: Creative Scrappers Sketch 303
Challenges: Lasting Memories' Celebration of Love challenge (I chose to celebrate a special moment when my boys bonded over a game - love when that happens!)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Remember NHM with Emily Layout

I love the bright colors of the Free to Be Me kit from CTMH, so I enjoyed using them on this layout with the addition of a kraft background so they wouldn't overwhelm the photos. Our family has been to the Natural History Museum so many times that I wasn't sure how to accessorize this layout without being repetitive from past layouts, but I managed to pull out a few embellishments that I hope work for the theme!
Alphabet Solos T & H, Atomic Caps & Atomic Lowercase stamp sets
Free to Be Me Level 2 papers
Free to Be Me embossed cardstock
Kraft, Lagoon, Pomegranate, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Black, Lagoon, Pomegranate & Flaxen ink
Black marker
Remember wooden veneer (Heidi Swapp Wanderlust Collection)
Stuck on You Puffies (heart)
Junebug Puffies (water droplets)
Trinkets Wooden Shapes (arrow, flower)
Cricut Noah's ABC Animals cartridge: deer
Cricut Art Philosoph cartridge: butterfly, leaf
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: friends forever brackets
Pattern: Let's Scrap February 1 sketch

Monday, February 6, 2017

U Have My Heart Layout

I have been feeling frustrated by a set of three random photos that I kept pulling out and putting away because I couldn't figure out how to scrap them, so today I decided to create my own challenge and see where it took me. Since it's February, I'm doing a word play challenge by adding an element to the layout for every letter in the word February. Here's my list of what I finally added:
   F – Flight of the Arrows stamp set
   E – Embroidery floss, EMS Sketch 13
   B – Brothers Chevron patterned paper, Boy's Pocket die-cut
   R – Ribbon
   U = "U" chipboard
   A – Arrows
   R – Ric-rac
   Y – Yellow enamel dots
It ended up being fun as I pulled together papers and embellishments from at least five different manufacturers, and I love how it all ended up melding together without being too matchy! If you enjoy this challenge, feel free to play along and leave a link below to your completed layout.
Flight of the Arrows stamp set
Brothers Patterned paper (Echo Park)
Cashmere, Chocolate & Sky cardstock
Cashmere, Twilight & Buttercup ink
DE Monograms chipboard "U" 
DE Arrow chipboard
Sunset grosgrain ribbon
Yellow ric-rac (Jo-Ann's Craft Essentials)
White Daisy embroidery floss
Yellow enamel dots (American Crafts)
2nd Avenue Boy's Pocket & Star die-cuts (MME)
Let's Go Tidbits (Chic Tags)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title, heart
Challenges: Lasting Memories Hearts and/or arrows (I used both!); Use Your Stuff hearts challenge

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine's Day 2014 Layout

It's the month when we celebrate love, so I created this lovely sketch for Splitcoast Stampers that showcases two pictures embellished with hearts and a hand-holding couple. I had some Valentine's Day photos in mind to use, and I pulled out my Cricut Artbooking cartridge to die-cut the couple. My pictures were taken at a dinner theater, so the gold dotted vellum seemed like a good accent for the bright lights, but it turned out I had no other gold paper. I improvised using gold embossing power around the photos and on the circles, and I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out. Hope you like it, too!

The sketch:
My layout:
Spot On Backgrounds stamp set
Enchantment Paper Fundamentals - Pomegranate
Free to Be Me Vellum
Black, Pomegranate & White Daisy cardstock
Pomegranate & Versamark ink
Black marker
Gold gel pen (CM)
Gold embossing powder
Licorice Opaques
Organdy ribbon
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: silhouette couple, hearts
Cricut Artistry cartridge: tie
Challenges:Lasting Memories All in the Name of  LOVE challenge (L - Licorice Opaques, O - organdy ribbon, V - vellum, E - Enchantment Paper Fundamentals, embossing); Bitten By the Bug 2 Valentines / Love challenge; Heart 2 Heart Falling in Love challenge

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cousins & Friends Layout

It's the start of a new month, so I'm excited to be bringing you a new sketch to play with! This sketch features seven pictures and still has plenty of room for embellishments and journaling, plus a little bit of white space. There is a split picture in the middle of the page, but if you don't have a photo that works, you could just use a 4"x 4" on the right hand page and add another 6"x 4" photo to the left page in place of the 4" x 4.5' one. If you decide to use the sketch, please link to your blog post; I would love to be able to leave some love for you!

The sketch:
My layout:
Click on the picture to see it full size; it's worth it!!!
Jackson Level 2 papers
Desert Sand, Barn Red, Glacier & Creme Brulee cardstock
Barn Red, Glacier, Cocoa & Creme Brulee ink
Chocolate marker (Zig)
Pearl & Mocha Opaques
Jackson Picture My Life journaling card
Lily White chipboard "&" (Doodlebug Designs)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: "Cousins", hearts, blue flowers
Cricut Artistry cartridge: "Friends"
Flower punches (EK Success & Emaginations)
Challenges: 123 Challenge Blog red + Friends + flowers (my red is a really dark red but it's there!); Scrap Our Stash tic-tac-toe challenge (I chose the diagonal row with a dark shade of red, lots of hearts, and a mixed alphas title); More Than Words Together & ampersand challenge (I journaled about getting together with family, and I added a big chipboard ampersand to my title)
Picture This tic-tac-toe challenge (I chose the bottom row with 2+ pictures, hearts, and a really dark red)

EMS SKETCH CHALLENGE 63 - Link up your layout here!
An InLinkz Link-up

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Walking in a Winter Wonderland Layout

This layout was inspired by a bunch of challenges! I was searching high and low for a new sketch to scrap these photos (there aren't many multi-photo, double page sketch challenges out there), and I thought the January sketch from Stick It Down might work well with a few more photos. It reminded me of a bulletin board, so I went with a kraft background and added patterned paper pieces and photos cut to random sizes. Since I was scrapping snow play pictures, Heart 2 Heart's Season of White challenge inspired me to add some "snow" along the bottom of the layout and die-cut and punched snowflakes around the page. The snowflakes also worked for the Lasting Memories' tic-tac-toe challenge, with some blue enamel dots added to complete the left vertical row.
White Pines Level 2 papers
Kraft, Cranberry, Glacier & White Daisy cardstock
Chocolate, Cranberry & Glacier ink
Chocolate marker (Zig)
Blue enamel dots
Diamond Stickles (Ranger)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, large snowflakes
Medium snowflake punch (Martha Stewart)
Small snowflake punch (EK Success)
Pattern: Stick It Down January double page sketch

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Topstitch Baby Card

I volunteered to make a card for the group gift for a baby shower, and it ended up being more difficult than I expected. For one thing, I don't usually make square cards, so I was trying to figure out how to adapt my rectangle-focused mindset, plus I hardly ever make baby cards, so that was another challenge. I finally came up with something that I think works, and hopefully the mother-to-be will appreciate it!
Baby Firsts stamp set (SU)
Topstitch Level 2 papers
Heavenly Blue, Chocolate & Colonial White cardstock
Heavenly Blue, Bay Pink, Chocolate & Taffy ink
Heavenly Blue, Chocolate & Buttercup markers
Heaven;y Blue ribbon
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped frame

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cascade Canyon Layout

For my final train trip layout, CTMH's Snowhaven paper seemed like a perfect fit, and I was excited for Heart 2 Heart's Cold Hands, Warm Heart challenge because it gave me a chance to use the cute mittens die-cut from the Cricut Artistry cartridge! My journaling reflects how cold it was at Cascade Canyon, but we were able to warm up by doing some things as a family.
Charm Uppercase, Charm Lowercase, Whooo's Your Valentine & In the Background stamp sets
Snowhaven Level 2 papers
Whisper, Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Whisper, Cranberry, Crystal Blue & Black ink
Black marker
Slate polka dot washi tape
Cranberry organdy ribbon
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag, journal box, hearts
Cricut Artistry cartridge: mittens, snowflakes, scalloped border
Mini heart & snowflake punches (EK Success)
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 30
Challenges: Lasting Memories ribbon, washi tape, or paper strips challenge (I used one piece of ribbon, three strips of washi, and I picked a paper that looks like paper strips, so you could say I used all three!); Bitten By the Bug 2 Snow Much Fun challenge

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Train Coming Round the Bend Layout

The colors on these photos were a true challenge for me, as I was initially trying to find a paper pack in my vast stash that contained red, green, black, and yellow, all in the correct shades. It was an impossible task, but I finally stumbled across a forgotten pack of papers from 2004 when color blocking had just started to be popular. Even though they only had red and black, I thought that was an okay compromise, especially once I added cardstock and embellishment in yellow and green.
Kyla's Classic Color Block Papers (Paper Pizazz)
Ruby, Juniper, Goldrush & White Daisy cardstock
Juniper & Goldrush ink
Black marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
Ruby baker's twine
Black epoxy bubbles
Aqua Dots
Enjoy #Life card
Heart punch (EK Success)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, tags
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 19
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug 2 Elvis challenge (I used lyrics from Mystery Train as the title for this layout); Lasting Memories punch challenge (I used a heart punch several times); Splitcoast Stampers VSBN music challenge (I was inspired to use lyrics from the theme song "We've Only Just Begun" on the tag on my right hand page)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Coyote Village Layout

Still scrapping Mesa Verde, this time at Coyote Village. I went a little fanciful on the journaling after I found a prompt from the My Crush Wildwood Assortment, but I guess looking at such ancient places always makes me wonder about the people who lived there!
Jackson Level 2 papers
Glacier, Cocoa, Barn Red & White Daisy cardstock
Glacier, Cocoa, Barn Red & Cashmere ink
Black marker
My Crush Wildwood Assortment
Paper clip
White Daisy baker's twine
Cricut Southwest cartridge: title, rabbit, coyote, arrows
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 24
Challenges: Scrap Our Stash tic-tac-toe challenge ( I chose the bottom row with twine, paper clip, and the color blue)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Far View Communities Layout

There were so many interesting sites at Mesa Verde, including the Far View Communities of mesa-top villages. Once again, we took lots of photos but I managed to narrow it down to my favorite eight! The sketch I used actually features eight vertical 4" x 6" photos, but I managed to adapt it to fit my photos by making a couple of changes. For the Music challenge over at, I used some lyrics from Amy Grant's song "If these Walls Could Speak" as my journaling because it's a little fascinating to ponder what scenes these ancient walls could tell about if they could only speak.
Newsprint Alphabet (SU)
Pathfinding Level 2 papers
Cashmere, Champagne, Goldrush & Autumn Terracotta cardstock
Blue Vellum (Paper Pizazz)
Cashmere, Chocolate & Goldrush ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
Cricut Southwest Cartridge: sun, jars
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: squares
Chevron embossing folder
Pattern: Let's Scrap 1-1-17
Challenges: Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog use something new (I purchased the Southwest digital cartridge today to use to scrap Mesa Verde photos!)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Explore Spruce Tree House Layout

Gotta confess, my first instinct with this layout was to keep to a totally neutral palette of tans and browns, but I found a fun color dare that encouraged me to add the CTMH colors of Pomegranate and Fern, and I love how it turned out! Sometimes it pays to take a risk, right? I kept the layout pretty simple since I have lots of other Mesa Verde photos to scrap and wanted to keep things moving!
A Typeface stamp set
Paper Fundamentals Basics & Enchantment Assortments
Pomegranate, Cashmere cardstock
Pomegranate, Fern & Cashmere ink
Colonial White brads
Fern thick twine
Cricut Artistry cartridge: arrows
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: Explore
Pattern: EMS Sketch challenge 44
Challenges: Color My Heart Color Dare #225; Lasting Memories Buttons, Bling & Brads challenge (obviously I went with brads)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

People on Parade Layout

My final 2014 Rose Parade layout! I actually only scrapbooked a few pictures from this event and put the rest in photo storage pages, something I plan to do more of this year. While I love creating layouts, I'm running out of space to store my completed albums, so I'm hoping to cut down to only two albums per year. My husband really doesn't want to move again because I've run out of storage space for my albums - LOL!
Extreme Happiness & You are My Happy stamp sets
Moondoggie Level 2 papers
Kraft, Cranberry, Bamboo & White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry, Garden Green, Honey & Indian Corn Blue ink
Garden Green spiral clip
3-D foam tape
Cricut Wall Decor & more cartridge: title
Pattern: Stick It Down January single page sketch

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Everything's Coming Up Roses Layout

I received a Bella Blvd kit as a prize a while back and it was still in pristine condition because I couldn't bring myself to cut into those pretty papers, but I finally took the plunge and used two pieces! I know, not much, but it's a start, right? I used a sketch from Me & Mine as a starting point for my layout and then I played along with a few challenges for added inspiration. Be sure to check out the challenge links below.
Friendship Alphabet Small stamp set
Molly papers (Bella Blvd)
Raspberry, Lagoon & Canary cardstock
Slate, Whisper & Lagoon ink
Steel marker (Zig)
Whisper & Sunkiss Yellow craft buttons
Pastel Yellow & Teal embroidery floss (Making Memories)
Outdoor Denim brads
Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge: flowers
Pattern: Me & Mine December/January sketch
Challenges: Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge "Grey" (I started with gray patterned paper as my base, then edged everything in grey ink, plus I added grey buttons to my pink flowers and journaled with a grey marker); Bitten By the Bug 2 New Year Something New challenge (I scrapbooked New Year's pictures, plus used two things that were new to me: the Bella Blvd papers and the flower cuts from the Accent Essentials cartridge); Splitcoast Stampers Stash Busters challenge to use products beginning with "BEGIN" (I used Bella Blvd papers, Embroidery floss, Grey buttons, Ink, and Nine die-cut flowers)

Monday, January 2, 2017

At the Station Layout

I'm hosting the January scrapbooking challenge thread at Splitcoast Stampers, and in line with the theme of "beginnings," I'm asking people to use this photo for inspiration.
The picture made me think of the anticipation of waiting for a trip to start, so I picked up on that idea with my journaling, and to go along with the picture of the track, I used train track paper and created a track to hold my journaling. If you're feeling inspired, come play along with us over at Splitcoast Stampers!
Whippersnapper papers (Rusty Pickle)
Desert Sand, Ruby, Outdoor Denim, Bamboo & White Daisy cardstock
Desert Sand, Ruby, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue & Whisper ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Silver metallic marker
Durables Artisan Studs
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch17Jan

800 Years Ago Layout

This month, I'm hosting several challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers, including the Stash Busters Challenge. Our January scrapping theme is beginnings, so in order to help my fellow scrappers clear out some stash, I asked them to use products on their layouts that started with the letters from the word "Begin." For my sample layout, I rounded up Buttons, Embossed cardstock, Grosgrain ribbon, It's a Guy Thing paper, and some Number stickers.
It's a Guy Thing Level 2 papers
Cocoa, Indian Corn Blue, New England Ivy, Cashmere & Colonial White cardstock
New England Ivy, Indian Corn Blue & Bamboo ink
Barn Red marker
My Crush Wildwood alphabet stickers
Olive & Cocoa craft buttons
Brown grosgrain ribbon (Michaels)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: trees, fence
Pattern: Make It Monday Sketch 78

Sunday, January 1, 2017

EMS Sketch Challenge 62

Happy New Year, everyone! After a heart to heart reflection with my hubby about the ups and downs of the year, I spent the last hours of 2016 and the first ten minutes of 2017 scrapping. I'm going to try to post a monthly sketch challenge on my blog this year (New Year's resolution, anyone?), so here's the January one. Feel free to change it up if the picture sizes or orientations don't quite fit your needs, and please post a link to your completed layout so I can check it out!

The sketch:
My layout:
Chalk It Up Level 2 papers
White Daisy cardstock
Honey ink
Black marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
Enjoy #Life cards
Purple Glitter Gems
Cricut Artiste cartridge: New Years 2014