Monday, May 20, 2019

National Gallery 1500s Layout

I ran out of pictures from 2014 to scrapbook, so while I'm waiting for my order to arrive, I turned my attention back to my London photos from 2017. Since we took a little over 3000 photos and I'm currently on Day 5 of a 14 day trip, I have a feeling I will be scrapping these photos on and off for the next five years! Anyway, for these photos from the National Gallery, featuring some of our favorite paintings from the 1500s, I decided to scrapbook just a few and place some more in a pocket page. Not including the white, there are only two colors on this layout: Barn Red and 3 shades of grey. I did this for a challenge I'm hosting over at, and let me tell you, it requires a lot of self-discipline not to add more colors - LOL!
Picture Perfect, All the Details, Alphabet Solo "R" & Love Life stamp sets
Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment
Barn Red, Linen, Whisper & Grey Wool cardstock
Barn Red, Slate, Whisper & Grey Wool ink
Steel Gray marker (Zig)
PML Tabbed journaling cards
Grey  Wool baker's twine
Magic Mesh
CTMH Stripe embossing folder
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title banner
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #146

Challenges: Lasting Memories #447 Sentiment stamps (picture perfect, all the details, love this, remember); Heart 2 Heart Scrapbook Layouts (I could have chosen many of my layouts for this challenge, but I felt pretty proud of what I managed to do with some discontinued product, so here's my entry!)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Happy Summer Memories Layout

Layouts with a diagonal orientation are always a challenge for me, but I couldn't resist trying to create something using the May double sketch from Stick It Down. When you run papers diagonally across a page, a 12" long piece of paper is too short to fit all the way across the page, so I had to piece together the striped paper strip in a few places. Hopefully you can't tell!
Magnolia papers (MME)
Cocoa ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
Hopscotch PML card
Paradise & Floret Just Blooms paper flowers
White Daisy & Chocolate brads
Ribbon Boutique ribbon (Berwick)
Decorative brads (from my stash)
Dreamin' Big Complements "happy"
Pattern: Stick It Down May 2019 double page sketch

Challenges: Scrap With Stacy photo inspiration - I was inspired to add pink flowers to the layout, even though there are actually no flowers on the plants my kids are watering! I also used a script "happy" just like in the photo.

Monday, May 13, 2019

A Classy Christmas Party Layout

Taking a detour from my 2014 photos to scrapbook a layout for my daughter's school album. Heart 2 Heart has a florals challenge on their blog this month, but I didn't have a ton of pictures that went with florals, so I decided to add poinsettias to these Christmas party photos. Plus there are flowers in the patterned paper, so even though it's subtle, this is actually a floral-y page!
Glamour Uppercase & Lowercase Alphabets stamp sets
Snowhaven papers
Glacier, Cranberry, Black & Whisper cardstock
Glacier, Cranberry & Whisper ink
Black marker
Dreamin' Big Complements cardstock stickers
Red enamel gems
Cranberry velvet ribbon
Black tulle ribbon
#Life Cards - Enjoy
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: poinsettias, tag
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: scalloped photo frame
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #20

Friday, May 10, 2019

Fun in the Sun Layout

For the last of my Sea World pictures (for now), I had some miscellaneous ones of the kids enjoying the sun, the splash pad, and the animals, so I combined them on a traditional page and a pocket page. Here's the traditional page:

And here's how it will look with the pocket page:

Perfect Summer Day papers & chipboard (source unknown)
Autumn Terracotta & White Daisy cardstock
Autumn Terracotta ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
Fun in the Sun title block, frame, quote, and Popsicles (DCWV)
Studio Calico enamel dots (American Crafts)
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: sunscreen tube
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #118
Challenges: Double Trouble #28 Spring/Summer (Thing 1 - I chose summer photos of the kids playing in the sun + Thing 2 - played along with the Three Amigo's food/drink challenge by adding some Popsicles to my layout)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Mother's Day Card 2019

I was working on a layout when I suddenly realized Mother's Day is this Sunday and I hadn't made a card for my mom yet - bad me! I wanted to try something a little different, so I pulled out the Happy Place stamp set that I had purchased a while ago but never used. The little nesting dolls are so cute, and I thought they would be a fun image to use on my card. The rest of the pieces took a little longer to fall into place, but I ended up using a bunch of random stuff that managed to look good together. Just an FYI: the patterned paper is from a Christmas kit and has mittens on the back (which would take me forever to use here in Southern California), so I re-purposed it for a Mother's Day card. Sometimes out of the box thinking can really help use up some of your stash!
Happy Place & Background Builders stamp sets
Pear & Partridge PML card
Cotton Candy, Bamboo, Desert Sand, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Cotton Candy, Bamboo, Desert Sand, Black & Cranberry ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Xmas Red Stickles (Ranger)
Heart punch (EK Success)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: sentiment
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap card sketch #77
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug Mother's Day

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

On Cloud 9 Layout

For my little boy, the highlight of his day at Sea World was getting to meet the Sesame Street characters. He was totally on Cloud 9! I scrapbooked a few pictures of him and my daughter posing with them, and put the rest plus a journaling card in a pocket page. The Studio Challenges blog is asking to see lots of threes in our layouts, so I included a 3 word title, 3 photos, 3 patterned papers, 3 circle embellishments, and 3 Thickers. That's a lot of threes!
And here are a couple of photos from my pocket page showing Angel meeting Bert and Ernie.

DCWV Summer Stack papers
Canary, Goldrush, Star Spangled Blue, Pixie, Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock
Star Spangled Blue, Pear, Cranberry, Pixie, Goldrush & Canary ink
Green baker's twine (from my stash)
Escape the Ordinary Thickers (American Crafts)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #6

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Thrill Seekers Layout

Another layout I completed on National Scrapbook Day, also from Sea World. The roller coaster die-cut from my Cricut You are Here Cartridge is so darling but not something I think I'll use often, so I jumped at the chance to include it here.
Extreme Caps Alphabet stamp set
Tinkering papers
Sky, Slate, Lemon & Cranberry cardstock
Cranberry, Twilight & Clover Meadow ink ink
White enamel stars
Our Adventure circle sticker (MAMBI)
Field Notes Thickers (American Crafts)
Red ric-rac
Cricut You are Here cartridge: roller coaster, cars
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #167 (rotated right)
Challenges: The Crafter's Cafe #218 - make your own background and/or use dies or punches (I went with die-cuts, although I kinda created my own background with the little visual scene of the roller coaster); Double Trouble #27 - SomeThing, AnyThing & EveryThing (Thing 1 - I never used the roller coaster die-cut before, Thing 2 - I also played along with the Crafter's Cafe challenge, Thing 3 - I stamped my title plus added 2 sentiment stickers).

Under the Sea {World} Layout

Did anyone else get to scrapbook on National Scrapbooking Day? I got four layouts completed, so here is #2. We went to Sea World twice in the summer of 2014, so it might be a challenge giving a unique look to all the layouts I will be scrapping, but I'm going to try. Here's my first one, using the same title I used for my daughter's Open House layout I did in February. Since they are from different years and will be in different albums, I don't think my family will even notice - so don't tell them! This layout was lots of fun to embellish; I especially enjoyed creating the large starfish, which I die-cut and then embossed with small dots and lines up each leg.
Caboodle, Central Park & Cherry-O papers
Sunset, Lagoon & White Daisy cardstock
Sunset, Lagoon & Crystal Blue ink
Ocean marker
Honey Triangles & Lagoon washi tape
Field Notes Journaling Ephemera (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope Thickers (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope cardstock stickers (American Crafts)
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder
Cricut Artistry cartridge: starfish border
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: starfish, title
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #56

Joy of Sets May Tic-Tac-Toe (stripes, blue, emboss)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Everyday Ordinary Life Layout

It's National Scrapbook Day, and I'm playing along with the challenges over at and anywhere else I can find! Anyone else scrapping today? Here's my first layout of the day, using a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. I seldom scrapbook only one photo, but this sketch was perfect for this single picture, and my layout just flew together. Thanks for the inspiration!
Sarita papers
Gypsy, Cotton Candy & Outdoor Denim cardstock
Goldrush, Cotton Candy & Outdoor Denim ink
Outdoor Denim marker
PML tabbed journaling cards
Color Kaleidoscope Sticker Book (American Crafts)
Studio Calico enamel dots (American Crafts)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: arrow
Pattern: Let's Get Sketchy May 2019

And their moodboard inspired me to add flowers and use orange and yellow.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Happy Together Layout

For this bunch of photos of the kids riding scooters and skating around our cul-de-sac, I decided to feature three photos on a traditional layout and put the rest in a pocket page. The design is actually a scraplift of Sandra's "Biker Dawls" layout from over on Down the left side of her page, Sandra had a bunch of sayings she had cut out of a piece of pattered paper, but I chose to ink up my stamps and get to work stamping and cutting! I used the rainbow paper from my brand new "I Heart Us" paper pack from CTMH, and that gave me a whole rainbow of colors to chose from when stamping the little sentiments.
And here's the journaling card from the pocket page:
Boys at Play, Framework Alphabet, Friendship Word Puzzle, It's Your Day, Just for Boys, Kid Power, Later Sk8r, Take Note, This & That, Whooo's Your Valentine & You and Me stamp sets
I Heart Us papers & My Complements stickers
Canary, Bluebird & White Daisy cardstock
Canary, Pixie, Thistle, Key Lime, Lagoon, Sweet Leaf, Raspberry & Bluebird ink
ShinHan Touch Twin marker
Hopscotch PML card
Stargazer and Cats & Bats Dots
Thistle striped ribbon
Star punch (EK Success)
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Happy Times challenge; Lasting Memories #444 alphabet stamps (used to stamp "happy" in my title); Double Trouble Something, Anything, Everything challenge (for Thing 1, I pulled out a bunch of stuff I have never used before - the I Hearts Us papers, Bluebird cardstock, Bluebird & Raspberry ink pads, and a roll of Thistle ribbon, then for Thing 2 I played along with Heart 2 Heart, and finally I used tons of word stamps for Thing 3).

Friday, April 26, 2019

#Old Spaghetti Factory Layout

I'm getting more into decorating some of the pockets when I do pocket pages (my usual M.O. is just stuffing photos into every pocket), but I have to say I admire scrappers who do it on a consistent basis. It's a lot of work to think up a design and embellishments for every pocket! On this layout series, I have a pocket page between two traditional pages, but I only embellished the first side of the pocket pages because I needed space for six photos on the back.

FYI: I'm not a Tweeter, so I may have gotten the use of the # in the title wrong, but one of the challenges over at included putting a hash tag on your layout, so I did my best!
Used a Sketches in Thyme sketch for the left side.

Used a EMS Sketch challenge for the right side.
Brothers papers & Stickers (Echo Park)
Kraft, Canary, Sunset & Outdoor Denim cardstock
Canary, Sunset & Outdoor Denim ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Outdoor Denim spiral clips
My Crush Best Day Ever Assortment sticker - "It's all good"
Sunset grosgrain ribbon
White ric-rac (Wrights)
3-D foam tape
Star punch (EK Success)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title, arrow
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #367 & SCS Sketch15Oct3
Challenges: The Studio SPRING Challenge
S - stickers, spiral clips, stars
P - plaid, polka dots
R - ric-rac
I - ink
N - number
G - grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Easter Egg Hunt 2014 Layout

This month, Heart 2 Heart challenged us to use our favorite sketch, and I had such a hard time deciding on just one. I love creating and using sketches, but there are probably about three that I've used repeatedly. This one worked with my photos, so it's my favorite for this month!

EMS Sketch 29:
My layout:
My Peeps, Sensational Season, March Word Puzzle & This Happened stamp sets
Dreamin' Big papers
Glacier & White Daisy cardstock
Saffron, Juniper & Tuxedo Black ink
Black marker
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Sorbet grosgrain ribbon
Opaques mini pearls
Challenges: Joy of Sets #4 (I chose the column with ribbon, floral, and pearls)
Scrap With Stacy photo inspiration (bunnies, children, and eggs)

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Zoo Play Park Layouts

A few weeks ago, I created a layout with some fun photos of my kids at the zoo, but I never finished the companion pages. Since today is Blah Blah Blah Day, a time to complete unfinished projects, I made it my mission to have this layout done by today! There will be a pocket page in between the two sides of the layout, so I decided to post the pages as they will look in my album.

Here's the first side of the pocket page:
And a close up of the pocket card:

And here's the back side of the pocket page, along with the traditional scrapbook page:
And these are the pocket cards I made for this page. The top one was simple since it was a pre-printed card and all I had to do was journal and embellish a little. The bottom one was my own design, and I was inspired by a couple of challenges. Heart 2 Heart has a "Weather or Not" challenge going on, so I decided to add the sunshine, cloud, and Liquid Glass raindrops, plus I used a few lines from a poem about "the sunshine of your smile" as my journaling on the big page. Since Double Trouble was also asking for "showers," this gave me double inspiration!

Jeepers Creepers papers
Lagoon, Tangerine & White Daisy cardstock
Goldrush, Gypsy, Whisper & Black ink
Black marker
Jeepers Creepers washi tape
Purple glitter gems
Field Notes Journaling Ephemera (American Crafts)
Escape the Ordinary Thickers (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope stickers (American Crafts)
Liquid Glass
Cricut Artiste cartridge: sun, clouds
Heart punch (EK Success)
Pattern (for traditional page): Sketch-n-Scrap #174

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Zoo Daze Layout

No, the title of my layout is not a mistake! Sometimes these zoo photos tend to all run together since we have visited so often, hence the daze. The last time I scrapped zoo photos, I realized I didn't have much animal themed paper, so I picked up some zoo prints at Hobby Lobby. The only problem was, when I went to use it, it was really too wild for my layout so the pictures were being overwhelmed. I flipped it over and used the more muted backside, and just used a small strip of the animal print. Easy fix! The purple may seem like an odd choice for a zoo layout, but both Brianna and I wore purple, so it was calling to me, and I like how it turned out.
In the Wild stamp set (SU)
Friendship Alphabet Small stamp set
Safari Beast papers (Bo Bunny)
Gypsy & Colonial White cardstock
Tuxedo Black, Brown Bag & Saffron ink
Black marker
Black enamel dots
Escape the Ordinary Thickers (American Crafts)
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 18
Challenges: Use Your Stuff Flora and Fauna challenge (I definitely have fauna with all those zoo animals, and for my flora I added grass under the stamped animals' feet, plus my hubby is posing next to a sign all about the carob plant)

Friday, April 5, 2019

Farewell Party Layout

Let's Scrap has a great sketch this month, with lots of spots for photos, a big draw for me with my photo heavy layouts! I combined it with the Heart 2 Heart color challenge to use Emerald, Smoothie, Glacier, Canary, and Peach, substituting Taffy for Peach since I didn't have that color. I must admit, I wasn't sure about this color combo to start, but I ended up loving how it looks, especially the vivid Emerald, which made a great contrast to the lighter colors.
It's Your Day stamp set
Canary, Glacier, Smoothie, Emerald & Taffy cardstock
Canary, Glacier, Smoothie & Taffy ink
Black marker
Fancy Cuts Botanicals
Let's Go Tidbits (Chic Tags)
Field Notes Journaling Ephemera (American Crafts)
Escape the Ordinary Thickers (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope Puffy Stickers (American Crafts)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: sun, sun border
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folders
Pattern: Let's Scrap 4-1-19 sketch
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart color challenge

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Me & My Father Layout

This was our last Father's Day before our two youngest kids came to live with us, and I love these photos of my boys goofing around with Dad! I started off with a Sketch-n-Scrap sketch from last month and built the layout from there, using some super old papers and stickers that I wanted to clear out of my stash. Still have a little bit left but I'm always happy to make a dent in the pile.
It's a Guy Thing & Fresh Air papers
Cocoa, Indian Corn Blue & New England Ivy cardstock
Cocoa, New England Ivy & Barn Red ink
A Father's Love stickers (Bo-Bunny Press)
Twill ribbon
Durables round studs
Wood grain washi tape
Pattern: loosely based on Sketch-n-Scrap #172
Challenges: Double Trouble #25 - use something that looks like it's made from wood (I used woodgrain paper and washi tape). No optional twist this time but I'll try to include it on another layout this month!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Great Expectations Layout

Considering how far behind I am in my scrapbooking (working on 2014, in fact), it seemed like this day would never come, but it has finally arrived. Today, I started scrapbooking our adoption journey for our two youngest children! I was fortunate in that I had journaled about how it all unfolded at the time, so I was able to format the information and print it out to use on my layout. There's a lot of it, but since the kids came to us through the foster care system, I had to be careful in how I shared it in a public forum. My solution? Hidden journaling. I added a 12" x 6" Flip-Flap to the side of my layout, with photos on the visible side and the journaling on the back. My title is from the Charles Dicken's book, and it seemed fitting since this journey began with such high expectations for a short and simple adoption. We ended up being more like the family in Instant Family, but this is how we started out!
Here is what the left side of the layout looks like once the flap is opened. For privacy reasons, I  faded most of the faces and the journaling.
Chantilly papers & My Complements chipboard
Cotton Candy, Buttercup, Twilight, Pear & Grey Wool cardstock
Cotton Candy, Twilight, Pear & Grey Wool ink
Mind Your Manners Ephemera (Bella Blvd)
Field Notes Journaling Ephemera (American Crafts)
Illustrated Faith Family & Go die-cuts (Bella Blvd)
Pear Bigger Brads
White Daisy crocheted flowers
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title
CTMH embossing folder: stripe
Pattern: Rochelle Spears April 2019 sketch
Challenges: Splitcoast Stampers Tell Me a Story challenge

Monday, April 1, 2019

EMS Sketch Challenge 73 + Just Fooling Around Layout

Welcome to a new sketch challenge! I made this sketch up a while ago and never had the perfect time to use it, but when I was asked to guest design for the April Fools challenge over at the Paper Girls, this sketch seemed like a perfect jumping off point for a light-hearted layout. I didn't have specific April fools pictures, but figured these photos of the kids goofing off at the zoo would do the trick.The bottom photo lifts up so you can see two more photos of my over-dramatic son, a handy trick if you want to fit more photos on your layout than are featured in the sketch. If you play along with the sketch, please post a link in the comments section below, and feel free to check out the Paper Girls challenge, too!

The Sketch:

My Layout:
Jeepers Creepers papers
Lagoon, Raspberry, Willow, Tangerine & White Daisy cardstock
Black, Pansy, Goldrush & Whisper ink
Black marker
Jeepers Creepers washi tape
Snapshots complements cardstock stickers
Field Notes Journaling Ephemera (American Crafts)
Purple Glitter Gems
Sunset baker's twine
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: circles
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Dream Big Little One Layout

Kids are always so cute when they're sleeping, and I love these sweet photos of my boys sleeping on a sofa bed with their cousin. I was originally going to go with a title like "All Tucked Out," but then I happened across that great Picture My Life card, and I decided to combine it with the Scrap Our Stash Cartoon / Sketch challenge. The Snoopy cartoon inspired me to add a few things I think the kids might have been dreaming about: a golden crown and a puppy (the robot is a bonus)!
Enchantment Paper Fundamentals - Pomegranate
Color Kaleidoscope paper (American Crafts)
Lagoon, Sorbet & White Daisy cardstock
Black marker
Childhood PML card
Gold Stickles (Ranger)
Illustrated Faith Family die-cuts (Bella Blvd)
Escape the Ordinary Thickers (American Crafts)
Green ribbon
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: ovals
Cricut Artiste cartridge: robot
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: crown
Cricut Artistry cartridge: dog
Pattern: Scrap Our Stash March Saturday Cartoon Sketch Challenge (used a heart instead of circle and moved the title to the big card. My green embellishment is a ribbon).

Friday, March 22, 2019

1 Fully Amazing Day Layout

For this layout featuring pictures of my sons and their cousin at the pool, I pulled inspiration from several challenges (see below). Since I had just purchased some new Vicky Boutin papers and accessories, I really wanted to use them, but it took me forever to actually cut into the papers. I guess I have a fear of messing up or using that paper that will be perfect for a layout three years in the future - LOL! At any rate, the layout is now finished, and I now have scraps to enjoy on another project.
Distressed Backgrounds stamp set
Color Kaleidoscope papers (Vicky Boutin for American Crafts)
Honey, Kraft, Lagoon, Desert Sand & Sky cardstock
Desert Sand & Lagoon ink
Clover Meadow marker
Later Sk8r PML cards
Red & Teal shimmer trim
Honey Triangles washi tape
Ruby glitter buttons
Color Kaleidoscope Thickers, stickers & puffy stickers (Vicky Boutin for American Crafts)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped border
Cricut Artistry cartridge: whale
Pattern: Let's Scrap 3-15-19 (subbed hearts for hexagons)
Challenges: The Studio Challenges fussy cutting (not something I do well, but I cut hearts from the heart paper to scatter around my layout); Lasting Memories photo inspiration (inspired by the bright colors so I tried to include as many as I could)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

EMS Sketch Challenge 72 - Let's Go {Kart} Layout

It's been a couple of months since I posted a sketch, so here's one that is quite picture heavy. Honestly, I came up with this sketch by laying my photos down on my Versamat and moving them around until I liked what I saw, so feel free to change up sizes and move things around a little until they work for you! The rectangles with rounded corners are based on pocket cards, since the gals at assure me they have too many of them, so here's a way to whittle down your stash by cropping them and using them as design elements. FYI: I will no longer be including a link-up for my sketches, but please feel free to post a link to your completed layout in the comments section below if you use the sketch. I would love to see what you do with it!

The Sketch:

My Layout:

Heart 2 Heart has a challenge to show a favorite tool we use when creating. I was thinking about my Cricut or my stamps, or even my trimmer, but I would have to say the tool I use every time I craft is my 2 Versamats. They aren't showy, but I love how they help me arrange my projects; whether laying out my pictures in a 12" x 12" grid, creating a sketch, figuring out where to adhere papers, or using the soft side to do some stamping, they come in handy every time!
Timberline stamp set
Later Sk8r papers & PML cards
Slate & Whisper cardstock
Slate ink
Steel Grey marker (Zig)
Durables round studs - antiqued gold
Cricut You are Here cartridge: title
Challenges: Double Trouble #24 - Metallic & Transportation (I added metal studs for Thing 1, used a transportation while on vacation theme for Thing 3, and played along over at Brown Sugar for Thing 2); Brown Sugar #288 Transportation