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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Happy Moments Layout

For these fun pictures of my kids at the splash pad, I pulled out the old CTMH Dream Pop papers and some American Crafts stickers to create this brightly colored layout!
Recipe:
Dream Pop papers
White Daisy cardstock
Black markers
Color Kaleidoscope puffy stickers & sticker book (American Crafts)
Emoji stickers (American Greetings)
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Celebrate Good Times

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Carnival 2016 Layout

For these carnival photos for my daughter's school album, I mixed a few Disney themed stickers that weren't specifically "mousey" with some older patterned papers from a retired CTMH kit.
Recipe:
Animal Cookies papers
Sky & Tulip cardstock
Tulip & Dutch Blue ink
Black marker
Magical Adventures Elements stickers (Echo Park)
Dot 2 Dot alphabet stickers (from my stash)
Honey Triangles washi tape
Black enamel dots
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #86
Challenges: The Studio Challenges Tic-tac-toe (I chose mini alphas, blue & enamel dots)

Life is an Adventure Layout

We went to the zoo several times in the summer of 2014, but the kids seemed to enjoy it every time. Since I have a ton of animal photos already scrapped from previous visits, I asked my hubby to just snap a few pictures of the kids for me to scrapbook.
Recipe:
Dreamin' Big papers
Juniper cardstock
Juniper, Slate & Saffron ink
Black marker
Celebrating Freedom Noteworthy die-cuts (Bo Bunny)
Cranberry grosgrain ribbon
Challenges: The Studio Challenges - bows or tassels; Use Your Stuff #366- butterflies

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Working at the Car Wash Layout

I pulled together various goodies from my stash to scrapbook these fun photos of my little ones washing the car. The journaling spot includes some practical advice for them, drawn from the Cowboy's Code of Conduct!
Recipe:
Color Kaleidoscope papers (American Crafts)
Skylark papers
Pear & Ruby ink
Ruby cardstock
Black marker
Lagoon glitter tape
Dimensional Elements Mixed Shapes chipboard
Irresistibles Frames chipboard
Vellum
Black enamel dots
Cricut Design Space: Chloe font
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: car, heart
Pattern: Stick It Down July double page sketch
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug anything but a card challenge (fortunately this challenge was not anything but a car - LOL!)

Monday, July 8, 2019

Play Layout

One last layout from Sea World in summer of 2014. My son loved Sesame Street Bay of Play!
Recipe:
Summer Stack papers (DCWV)
Carolina, Cranberry & Saffron cardstock
Saffron & Sapphire ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Dimensional Elements Monograms - PLAY
Cranberry grosgrain ribbon
Blue epoxy dots
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artistry cartridge: stars, journaling shape
Pattern: Let's Get Sketchy July sketch
Challenges: Lasting Memories #454 - red, white & blue

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Now Playing {at Sea World} Layout

For my second layout from our second trip to Sea World in 2014, I used the Stick It Down single page sketch but rotated it to fit my photos. The one piece I had left of this awesome paper from the Color Kaleidoscope collection worked perfectly for the rays of the sketch, yet gave a completely different look from the rays on my Endless Summer Fun layout I posted a few days ago.
I picked out two horizontal photos to feature and put the other photos in a photo storage page, along with a journaling card:
Recipe:
Color Kaleidoscope papers
Sky cardstock
Black marker
Fish Tales element stickers (Photo Play)
Escape the Ordinary Thickers
Craft Essentials ric-rac
Diamond Stickles (Ranger)
Pattern: Stick It Down July single page sketch

Challenges: Joy of Sets Tic-Tac-Toe #7 (I used the glitter + rainbow + aquatic column)

Down By the Bay Layout

For this set of photos from our family's second visit to Sea World in the summer of 2014, I didn't want to do a ton of layouts, so I decided to cram a lot of photos onto each page. Then came the problem of how to make it look good, which I solved by using a sketch from Sketch-n- Scrap. I used the basic structure of the paper scraps in the sketch but substituted four photos instead of the two in the original sketch, and then I added a second page using one of my own sketches.
Recipe:
Vintage Type stamp set
Fish Tales paper & element stickers (Photo Play)
Canary, Sunset & White Daisy cardstock
Bluebird ink
Star Spangled Blue marker
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: Bay
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #180 & EMS Sketch Challenge #17

















Challenges: Use Your Stuff #365 - Music (and now "Down By the Bay" is stuck in my head)!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Party Monsters Layout

I know it's more customary to do Christmas in July, but I thought I would be different and do Halloween in July! This layout came together very quickly with a sketch as my guide and some coordinating papers and embellishments to take the guess work out of my process. Since it's for my daughter's school album, I let her do the journaling, which turned out only slightly less messy than it would have three years ago when she was in second grade - LOL.
Recipe:
Jeepers Creepers paper & Complements stickers & die-cuts
Black & Tangerine cardstock
Black marker
Jeepers Creepers Assortment puffy stickers
Pattern: EMS Sketch 68

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

My Favorite Superheroes Layout

For these pictures of two of my boys busting out some superhero moves, I was fortunate enough to have a few scraps of the discontinued CTMH Superhero paper pack left. The red of my son's Ironman suit wasn't quite a perfect match (trust Tony Stark to make everything difficult!), but I decided to go with the papers anyway since the comic book style was perfect for this layout.
Recipe:
Superhero papers
White Daisy Textured cardstock
Cranberry, White Daisy & Black cardstock
Cranberry & Black ink
Black marker (Zig)
Escape the Ordinary Thickers (American Crafts)
Black label tape (Dymo)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: journaling block, stars
Challenges: Lasting Memories #453 Red & White

Monday, July 1, 2019

EMS Sketch Challenge 75 - Endless Summer Fun Layout

New month, new sketch! I placed a sunburst design on the left side of this sketch, which can be created in a variety of ways: use a die-cut that you fill in with patterned paper, cut and arrange paper strips, use a pre-printed paper with this design, etc. Have fun with the sketch and please leave a link to your completed layout in the comments section below!

The Sketch:

For my sample layout, I made the sunburst a little taller since I tore the top and bottom papers and didn't want to risk having a gap between the sunburst and the top and bottom strips.:
Recipe:
I Heart Us papers
Canary, Sweet Leaf & Bluebird cardstock
Canary & Lagoon ink
Photo Play Summer Daydreams cardstock stickers
Blue rhinestone stickers (Recollections)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: sunburst, title
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug Summer Fun challenge

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Blizzard Ahead Layout

I’ve never created a layout without pictures before, but any pictures for this topic would have been just a mass of white anyway, so I took the plunge to tell the story using journaling as my focus. Thanks to Double Trouble challenge blog for their Hit the Road challenge that pushed me to scrap the last page for a vacation we took in 2011! I scrapped the rest of my photos in 2017 but hadn’t done this page yet because it was such a departure from my usual process. Glad it’s finally done.
Recipe:
Pen Pal Alphabet stamp set
Glacier,  Black, Slate, Whisper, Pacifica & White Daisy cardstock
Glacier, Slate & Whisper ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Black stitch grosgrain ribbon
Large black brads (from my stash)
Confetti embossing folder
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: snowflakes
Cricut Artistry cartridge: snowflakes
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: car, arrow road sign
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title road sign
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #375
Challenges: Double Trouble #31 (Thing 1 - Hit the Road holiday/vacation theme with dry embossing, Thing 2 - play along with Pile It On challenge #155 - transportation, and Thing 3 - sign you would see on vacation.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

May the Fourth Be With You Layout

The highlight of the July 4th parade in 2014 was definitely the Star Wars characters. My kids were fascinated by them, and even we adults enjoyed them! I used the Star Jedi font in Cricut Design Space to create a title that resembled the logos I had seen for Star Wars Day.
Here are a few more photos from the parade:




Recipe:
Charming Cascades stamp set
Almond, Espresso & Lemon cardstock
Brown Bag ink
Coffee marker (Zig)
White gel pen (Sakura)
Creative Impressions gold star brads
Cricut Design Space using Star Jedi font: title

Hello Summer Layout

I used a fun sketch from Let's Scrap to scrap these beach pictures, although I tweaked it a a bit to fit my photos!
Recipe:
Dream Pop & Dotty for You papers
Lagoon, Canary & Almond cardstock
Lagoon, Sunset, Smoothie & Slate ink
Smoothie marker
Summer Daydreams cardstock stickers (Photoplay)
My Crush Assortment stickers - Best Day Ever & Besties
Grey Wool baker's Twine
Base & Bling heart charm
Junebug Puffies
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: sun
Pattern: Let's Scrap 6-15-19
Challenges: Lasting Memories #451 - "Summer” in the title; Heart 2 Heart You Are My Sunshine;  Scrap With Stacy - Photo Inspiration (beach, flip flops, playing in sand)

Friday, June 28, 2019

Reece Layouts

We took a ton of photos of my niece when she visited us as a baby (her family came, too!), but I had a really hard time deciding which ones to scrapbook because they were all so cute. I ended up using almost all of them, so I did a double page spread with a photo storage page between. The base paper is quite old but by combining it with some brand new stickers, hopefully I was able to bring new life to it! After so many years of scrapping boys, pink is a challenge for me, but I managed to get these pages done, hopefully the first of many.
This is how the layouts will appear in my album, with a traditional page next to a pocket page.

To see my niece up close in all her cuteness, click on the layout to enlarge it!
Recipe:
Precious Alphabet stamp set
Sassy Simple Sets (SEI)
Hopscotch papers
Color Kaleidoscope papers (American Crafts)
Smoothie ink
Black marker
Mind Your Manners cardstock stickers (Bella Blvd)
Color Kaleidoscope sticker book (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope Phrases and Icons Puffy stickers (American Crafts)
Hopscotch PML cards
Childhood PML card
# Life Card - Enjoy
Field Notes Journaling Ephemera (American Crafts)
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #376 (right side of layout only)

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2 Much Fun Layout

My son Adrian has always been very intense about his video gaming, so it was funny to see him with his cousin who is just as intense when watching Adrian play! The stamp that says "2 peas in a pod" totally reflects this similarity. I finally opened up my "Something Fierce" kit from CTMH and used it in conjunction with a sketch from Scrap Our Stash to create this layout.
Recipe:
Kid Power stamp set
Something Fierce paper & Complements (die-cuts & stickers)
Kraft & White Daisy cardstock
Raspberry, Bluebird, Sunny Yellow & Clover Meadow ink
Black marker
Color Kaleidoscope Thickers
3-D foam tape
Pattern: Scrap Our Stash June Pick Your Side (I chose the right side but had to adapt it since my square photos were a little larger than specified.)
Challenges: The Paper Girls #178 Toys (video games aren't the toys I grew up with, but I think they're here to stay as the toy of choice for kids now!)

Monday, June 24, 2019

Imagine {California Science Center} Layout

Despite living relatively close to Anaheim, my family seldom goes to Disneyland, but I couldn't resist buying a few Disney themed sticker sheets recently, thinking I could adapt them for other events. I broke the first sheet out today because the colors coordinated so well with these photos I was scrapping. Combined with some products from other collections, I think they worked really well with my photos!
Recipe:
Enchantment Paper Fundamentals - Saffron
Glacier, Cranberry & Black cardstock
Saffron ink
Black marker
Childhood PML card
Say Cheese III cardstock stickers (Simple Stories)
Mind Your Manner Ephemera & cardstock stickers (Bella Blvd)
Illustrated Faith Family die-cut (Bella Blvd)
Mini wooden ladybug (source unknown)
Scalloped border punch (Fiskars)
Challenges: Use Your Stuff #364 - stickers

Saturday, June 22, 2019

July 4th Fireworks Layout

For me, it's always challenging to get good photos of fireworks and the excitement surrounding them, so I used the few decent ones from our 2014 July 4th experience to scrap. There are also six more photos in a mini pocket page between the two pages of these layouts, so that's why the kids are looking to the right in the top photo on the left hand page.
And here are a few of the pocket page photos:



Recipe:
Celebrating Freedom Independence papers (Bo Bunny)
Dutch Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Outdoor Denim marker
Celebrating Freedom Noteworthy die-cuts (BoBunny)
Cranberry organdy ribbon
Cranberry conchos
Red sparkles
Challenges: Joy of Sets Tic-Tac-Toe #6 (I chose ribbon, banners, bling)

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Barn Animals Father's Day Card

I posted my dad's Father's Day card earlier this week, and here's the one I made for my hubby. Sometimes our house feels like a barnyard with all our kids running around, so I found this cute cascade card on Cricut Design Space and adapted it for my husband. It was perfect for our family since there were five animals and I needed one each to represent myself and the four kids.  I had so much fun coloring the animals, and then the kids all wrote a note on one of the pull out animals (no handwriting prizes here - LOL!), and I did the final one.
I couldn't find directions since I bought this on Design Space, but I finally figured out how the card fit together.
Here's with the note cards pulled out.
Recipe:
Barn Red, Black & White Daisy cardstock
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Cricut Crazy Cool Cards cascade card
Challenges: Try Stamping on Tuesday #412 fancy fold cards (no stamping but certainly a fancy fold); 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #27 animals

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Biking to the Park Layout

I was getting a little stuck with scrapbooking my July 4th photos, so I skipped ahead to these photos of the kids at the park. The layout came together rather quickly, and there was enough interesting stuff happening on it that I didn't miss not using any patterned paper.
Recipe:
Garden Green, Cranberry, Lagoon, Canary & White Daisy cardstock
Raspberry & Olive ink
Black marker
Illustrated Faith Family & Go die-cuts (Bella Blvd)
DE Snapshots & Irresistibles Frames chipboard
3-D foam tape
Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge: rings
Pattern: Stick It Down June single page sketch (added extra photos)
Challenges: Word Art Wednesday #390-391 - Anything Goes (a new to me challenge site, but I love the idea of using scripture on your artwork!)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Outta This World Father's Day Card

I needed to whip up a quick card for my dad for Father's Day, and the Stargazer papers paired with the cute rocket ship die-cut and stamp did the trick!
Recipe:
Outta This World stamp set
Stargazer papers
White Daisy cardstock
Sapphire, Ruby, Canary & Black ink
Cranberry marker
Silver metallic marker
Ruby Chevron ribbon
Black enamel dot
Enamel stars
Cricut Artiste cartridge: rocket and pennants
Challenges: Bitten By The Bug Father's Day

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Watching the 4th of July Parade Layout

July 4th photos aren't usually my favorite to scrapbook, not because they aren't fun pictures, but because I struggle with the red, white, and blue combo for some mysterious reason. This time, I pulled out some old DCWV papers that featured more muted tones of those colors, and it seemed a little easier to create my pages.

Here's the left side:
And the facing pocket page:
And both pages together:
Recipe:
July Word Puzzle & 10 Things stamp sets
The Summer Stack papers (DCWV)
White cardstock
Outdoor Denim, Cranberry & Bamboo ink
Outdoor Denim marker
White enamel stars
Color Kaleidoscope sticker book, puffy stickers & Thickers
Petticoats & Pinstrips ephemera (Echo Park)
Pattern: Let's Scrap 6-1-19 sketch (with the right side as a pocket page). The diamond shapes didn't work with my layout, so I used circles instead.
Challenges: Use Your Stuff #361 - Summer Fun (and what says summer fun like watching a July 4th parade for the first time?); The Paper Girls #177 Top Five (I chose "5 Things that make today great")