Wednesday, June 20, 2018

King's Guard Chamber & Presence Chamber Layout

When it came to scrapping these photos from Hampton Court, I didn't have a really creative title for the layout, but at least it's descriptive, right? While looking for papers that coordinated with these pictures, I remembered a layout I had started as part of a creative class at a CTMH convention way back in 2011. It's taken this long to actually put some pictures on the background, part of the reason I don't like doing layout classes! I added some other embellishments and a title to finish it off, and now I have one less unfinished layout lurking in my stash - hooray!

This layout features a flip-flap that hides two additional pictures, and will go in my scrapbook facing a photo storage page with more pictures from the same rooms, so I thought I would post the other photos as well.
More of the weapons stored on the walls of the Guard Chamber

William III landing at Torbay

Close-up of tapestry in the Presence Chamber

Carvings by Grinling Gibbons

Tiny Typewriter & 10 Things stamp set
Roxie Level 2 papers
Black & Colonial White cardstock
Black & Desert Sand ink
Cork alphabet stickers
Heartfelt Whimsy shapes
Licorice Opaques
Magnolia Serene Joy Rub-Ons (MME)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: decorative border
Pattern: Enchantment from Jeanette Lynton's Magic
Challenges: Lasting Memories Rub-Ons challenge

Monday, June 18, 2018

Father's Day 2018 Card

We just finished a week of Shipwrecked vacation Bible school at church, and I was in charge of Imagination Station (all the science experiments), so not much crafting has been going on at my house! I had a great time with the kids, and I learned a lot, but now I'm ready to get some scrapping done. But first, here's a card I created for my hubby from the kids for Father's Day. I started with a sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap and used all scraps, including leftovers from a previous Father's Day sticker pack, so I had to make a few changes to make the sketch work for me. I didn't have a wide enough piece of the black background, so I just offset the red piece of cardstock and extended the banner onto a border all the way across the card. This is actually my second time using this fun sketch; I did end of year teacher cards, but I forgot to take a photo before I gave them away - silly me!

Colorful Kit papers (KI Memories)
Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry & Black ink
Fix It Dad stickers (EK Success)
Pewter Durables square studs
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap Card Sketch #123

Thursday, May 31, 2018

King's Staircase Layout

Back to Hampton Court for some more spectacular interior designs! The King's Staircase was our entry point to the apartments of King William III. I loved the pictures my hubby took of the staircase, but I had a really hard time coming up with a layout that would do them justice. After a week of playing with it, moving things around, and them moving them back, I finally decided to pull everything off the background paper and try a whole new look. Not sure now which one I like more, or even if I really like either, but I thought I'd post both and see if anyone has a preference. Thanks to Undo, I can always go back to version 1!

Version 1:

Version 2:
Silhouette Level 2 papers
Sky, Bamboo & Black cardstock
Sky & Black ink
Licorice Opaques pearls
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, border, banners
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title shape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: crown

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Dance Festival Layout

I pulled out these photos several weeks ago to scrapbook, but I couldn't get my Southwest digital cartridge (it has a cowboy hat and boots on it) to work in Cricut Craft Room. Am I the only one who's bummed that Craft Room is going away? I was so sad when I heard it was being discontinued, because I own an Expression and would have to buy a brand new machine if I want to use Design Space. I really love the simplicity of the Expression (put a cartridge in, select, and cut), and am not sure I want to sacrifice that for a cloud based system, especially considering all the traffic on our home network - LOL! Not to mention the mixed reviews I've heard about Design Space. Oh well, I guess I will have to make that decision soon, so if anyone loves their Explore Air and Design Space, feel free to weigh in below in the comments section!

And back to my layout . . . Since I couldn't use my digital cartridge, I cut out a boy and girl figure from Artbooking and colored them to match the photos. The design of the layout is based on the May Blend-a-Sketch challenge from Scrap Our Stash. I used the vertical strips and circle plus two photos from the left page, and then replaced the four paper sections on the right page with three photos and a journaling space. I also used the bracket and added some more vertical strips to tie the two pages together.

The sketch:
My layout:
Spring Fun papers (KI Memories)
Kraft, Chocolate, Sky & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate marker (Zig)
ShinHan Touch Twin markers - Barely Beige, Mahogany, Warm Grey #4, Marine Blue & Tender Pink
Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: couple, title
Cricut Artiste cartridge: bracket
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug celebrations featuring dancing (I didn't have any square dancing Cricut cuts, so I dressed the Cricut couple up to match my little dancers!)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Fountain Court Layout

Another layout from Hampton Court. This place was huge and very interesting, so there will be many more layouts to come! I started with a sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap and pulled out a bunch of old CTMH supplies to embellish my photos. I stamped the title and hand cut it, so my hand is still a little cramped from cutting. It makes me glad I have a Cricut that I can use most of the time for titles!

The sketch:

My layout:

Keepsake Alphabet stamp set
Free Spirit Level 2 papers
Autumn Terracotta & Colonial White cardstock
Just Blooms Flowers - Paradise & Spring Blossom
Autumn Terracotta & Heavenly Blue organdy ribbon
Autumn Terracotta & Colonial White craft buttons
Autumn Harvest Bigger Brads
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: photo corners
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart National Scrapbooking Month Celebration (create a scrapbook layout using CTMH products - I used up some stash on this one but hope to use some of my brand new stuff soon!); Splitcoast Stampers Stash Busters challenge (use 3 patterned papers, brads, a die-cut machine, and hidden journaling - mine is on the tag attached to the ribbon bow)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Georgian Beauty Layout

After taking some time off from scrapping my London photos, I felt ready to do a few more pages, so here is the continuation of our visit to the Georgian wing of Hampton Court. For the scalloped border across the top, I didn't feel like firing up my Cricut so I used a pair of my Fiskars decorative edged scissors. How's that for old school?!
I also added a Flip-Flap to the picture on the bottom right, and it contains an additional photo plus a  journaling card. I was inspired by this design from Sketches in Thyme PL Style, but I couldn't figure out how to add something across the center above the wallpaper border without it looking too busy, so I just left it plain.
Tiny Typewriter Alphabet, Beautiful You, & Baroque Borders stamp sets
Indian Corn Blue, Hollyhock & Champagne cardstock
Indian Corn Blue, Hollyhock & Garnet ink
Pearl Opaques
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartridge: title
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title box
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Wicker Weave
Pattern: EMS Sketch 65

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Love My Boys Layout

I must be on a Dr. Seuss roll this week, since this is the second Seuss-themed layout I've created! In the midst of so many event-focused layouts, it's fun to sometimes scrapbook the just for fun moments like this one of my hubby and boys sporting their Cat in the Hat hats.
Enchantment Fundamentals paper - New England Ivy
New England Ivy, Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock
New England Ivy, Cranberry & Desert Sand ink
Black marker
Pear & Partridge PML cards
Snapshot Complements
Red shimmer trim
Red enamel gems
Milepost Shapes brackets
3-D foam tape
Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swiss Dot
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #152

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Seussical the Musical Layout

We went to an excellent middle school production of Seussical the Musical on Saturday and, even though I seldom scrap things right after they happen, this proved to be the exception! I had just been looking at the first sketch challenge from Sketch-n-Scrap's National Scrapbook Day celebration, and so I purchased three photos to use with the sketch. SNS also challenged us to use 6 items that are older than two years (not hard with my stash), so here they are: Stampin' Up Loves Me patterned papers, Cotton Candy cardstock, Cotton Candy washi tape, Best Day Ever alphabet stickers and journaling card, Flamingo enamel dots, and pink ric-rac. I added the little pom-poms because they reminded me of the pom-pom clovers the audience was supposed to wave when Horton was looking for the clover with the Who's on it amid a whole field of clover!
Loves Me patterned paper (SU)
Peace patterned paper (Bella Blvd)
Cotton Candy & Saddle cardstock
Cotton Candy & Lagoon ink
Clay & Tender Pink ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Black & Chocolate markers
White gel pen (Sakura)
Cotton Candy washi tape
Pink ric-rac (origin unknown)
My Crush Best Day Ever alphabet stickers & mini journaling card
Flamingo enamel dots
Pom-poms (Creatology)
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title, heart geotag
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: large heart
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap NSD challenge 1 sketch
Challenges: Lasting Memories hearts challenge

Saturday, May 5, 2018

EMS Sketch Challenge 66 - Luau

It's National Scrapbook Day, and I was inspired to whip up a sketch! It's my first in a long time, so it's not very fancy, but hopefully the bones of it will inspire you on your creative journey. Enjoy, and don't forget to use the link-up below to post a link to your completed layout.

The sketch:

My layout:
Best Friends Forever stamp set
Summer Stack patterned papers (DCWV)
Desert Sand, Pear, Peacock & Goldrush cardstock
Pear, Peacock & Goldrush ink
Peacock Green ShinHan Touch Twin marker
Palm Tree stickers (Creative Imaginations)
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title, pineapple
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: smile
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug smile challenge

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

1st Grade Open House

Since I wasn't being inspired by my London trip photos, I decided to switch gears and try some school pictures. These are from when my son was in 1st grade, and he's now in 7th, so you can see I'm a trifle behind! There's no journaling on the layout because I will be slipping a photo storage page between the two pages and there's a journaling card on there.
Classmate Alphabet stamp set
Afraid to Sink and Sparkle & Shine patterned papers (Bella Blvd)
Honey, Fern, Pacifica & Blush cardstock
Honey, Fern, Pacifica & Desert Sand ink
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: ruler, frame, stars
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 18
Challenges: Lasting Memories stars challenge

Friday, April 27, 2018

Whale Card

Going to a baby shower tomorrow and the nursery is going to be nautical themed, so I was inspired to create this card for the baby and his mommy. I mixed papers from Bella Blvd (the anchors) with the tried and true Later Sk8r papers from CTMH, and I love how it turned out. The design is based on  card sketch 119 from Sketch 'n Scrap.

Here's the card . . .

And here's the card with the matching gift bag I just couldn't resist creating!
A Typeface stamp set
Later Sk8r Level 2 papers & PML card
Refuse to Sink patterned paper (Bella Blvd)
Lagoon, Whisper & White Daisy cardstock
Lagoon, Whisper & Outdoor Denim ink
Warm Greg 4 Shin Han Touch Twin marker
Teal Shimmer Trim
Natural hemp
Liquid Glass
Cricut Artistry cartridge: whale, anchor
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banners

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Georgian Story Layout

It's been almost three months since I scrapbooked, so I am very happy to finally have a layout done! It's another one from my trip to Hampton Court Palace, this time showcasing a few of the photos we took in the Georgian wing of the palace. I used up a few items from my stash, too, so it's a double win!
Vintage Type & Celtic Alphabet stamp sets
Scrapbook Walls Denim brooch patterned papers (Chatterbox)
Sapphire, Saddle, Desert Sand, Champagne & Colonial White cardstock
Sapphire, Saddle, Desert Sand & Champagne ink
Floret paper flowers
Colonial White Bigger Brads
Wexford Beige grosgrain ribbon (Offray)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped border
Cricut Artiste cartridge: crown
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch17Jan

Friday, January 12, 2018

Queen's Staircase Layout

Hampton Court again. I chose this sketch from Sketches in Thyme because the diagonal angle reminded me of the staircase I was scrapbooking! The elements cascading down the page create another diagonal that hopefully reflects the theme of the layout as well. I decided not to include a large title because it felt like it would upset the balance of the other elements. Hope I made the right choice!
Wild Asparagus papers (MME)
Cranberry Sunflower papers (KMA)
Cashmere cardstock
Garnet ink
Black marker
Love Always journaling spots
Lucky chipboard assortment
Spring Blossom Just Blooms
Craft buttons
Heartstrings heart sticker
Mocha Opaques pearls
Scrapbook Stitches Deep Red embroidery Floss (MM)
Blue embroidery floss (DMC)
Blue ribbon (from my stash)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Clock Court Layout

I'm always on the lookout for multi-photo layout sketches, so I was delighted to see the January 1 sketch from Sketch-n-Scrap! Since my pictures were larger than the ones featured on the sketch, I had to make a few adjustments to the sketch, but I'm pleased with how it came out.
Make It Count stamp set
Ivy Lane Level 2 papers
Bamboo, Ivy Lane Green, Cocoa, Barn Red, Colonial White & White Daisy cardstock
Bamboo, Flaxen, Fern, Smokey Plum, Coca & Black ink
Antiqued Copper brads
Gold alphabet stickers (Recollections)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: postage stamp frame, flourishes, title block, scalloped border
Cricut Artiste cartridge: clock
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartridge: owl, crown

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Henry VIII's Kitchens Journaling Cards

Yesterday I shared the layout I had created featuring photos from Henry VIII's kitchen at Hampton Court. Of course, we took many more photos than those I included in the layout, so I'm adding a photos storage page between the two pages. I didn't have quite enough photos to fill one side of the page, so I added some journaling cards to fill in the extra spaces.

The first card used Sketch #89 from Sketches in Thyme PL Style. I changed up the shape at the top to go with the circles on the patterned paper.

The next card used Sketch #93, also from Sketches in Thyme PL Style, but I turned it upside down to fit the blank space in my photo. This was actually a horizontal photo, but I trimmed it to fit on the 4" x 6" cardstock.

The final card  didn't use a sketch, but I tried to stay with a similar style. After making three of these cards, my admiration for pocket scrapbookers has really increased. I found it much harder to get creative three times than just to scrapbook on one larger canvas. Pocket scrapbookers, you are the bomb!

And here's the completed pocket page with the journaling cards inserted.
Alphabet Solos C, I & Y, At the Aquarium & Tiny Typewriter stamp sets
Magic Moments level 2 papers
Saddle, Dutch Blue, Cocoa & Colonial White cardstock
Saddle, Dutch Blue, Cocoa & Tuxedo Black ink
Dutch Blue marker
Coffee marker (Zig)
ShinHan Touch Twin markers

Friday, January 5, 2018

A Dainty Dish Layout

It seemed appropriate to pull out an old sketch and old papers to scrapbook this layout of an old place. For those who are thinking their outdated kitchen needs a remodel, here's proof that newer isn't always better! The layout title comes from the children's song "Sing a Song of Sixpence" - "Wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?" Since being fat was a sign of wealth, I'm not sure how dainty some of the dishes prepared in Henry VIII's kitchen were, but others were masterpieces of subtlety.
Recipe Box & Vintage Type stamp sets
Magic Moments Level 2 papers
Walnut Stripe paper (Bo-Bunny)
Saddle, Dutch Blue & Colonial White cardstock
Cocoa, Saddle, Dutch Blue & Tuxedo Black ink
Dutch Blue marker
Coffee marker (Zig)
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Twill ribbon
Blue embroidery floss (DMC)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title shape, tag
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 42 (reversed)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Chapel Court Gardens Layout

The January 1 sketch from Let's Scrap inspired me to use banners and divide my page in half for this layout of the Chapel Court Garden at Hampton Court. I was originally going to use striped paper for the strips across the top and bottom of the sketch, but the miniature garden scene was much more enjoyable to create! I only used the left side of the sketch, but the right side is so fun I hope I can come back and use it this month.

Their sketch:

My layout:
Floral Kit papers & stickers (KI Memories)
Sweet Leaf, Chocolate, Baby Pink, Thistle & White Daisy cardstock
Sweet Leaf & Chocolate ink
Chocolate pigment ink
Shin Han Touch Twin markers
Flamingo dot
Clear embossing powder
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: branch, birds, grass
Cricut Artistry cartridge: flowers

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tudor Times Layout

My first layout of 2018! I have never been very good at heritage type pages, so all these historical photos from Hampton Court are challenging for me to scrapbook. However, on this layout I knew I wanted to create a look rather like portraits hanging on wall paper, and I think I succeeded. Covering up a large portion of the patterned papers helped tone down the look, and I sponged the edges of all the cardstock in Chocolate ink so it didn't look so new and pristine. I had a lot of journaling to include, so I printed it out on the computer rather than having to write it all by hand.
For those interested in history, the portrait on the top left is Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, the one on the right is Francis I of France, and the small oval portrait is of Anne of Cleves, Henry VII's fourth wife. Facing this page in my scrapbook will be a pocket page with pictures of other portraits we saw, so I included them in this post.

Margaret Beaumont, Henry VIII's grandmother
Henry VII
Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII's mother
Henry VIII
Edward I, Henry VIII's son
Portrait of a Man in Red. His identity is unknown, but this picture is unusual because men of the time were seldom painted wearing all red. Black was a more typical choice.
That's Amore Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Chocolate & Blush cardstock
Chocolate ink
Chocolate brads
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: flourish, decorative photo mat