Monday, November 18, 2019

Fall 2014 Layout

I don't have much call for falling leaves layouts here in Southern California (palm trees don't lose their leaves - LOL!), so my supply of fall themed paper and embellishments is quite small. I had to deep dive into my stash to find some leaf paper scraps to use on this fall themed layout. Even though there aren't any leaves on them, the photos were all taken in fall, so that inspired my title. I also tried a little mixed media on this layout, with stamping, paints, and embossing. It's not my forte, but hopefully it looks okay!
November Word Puzzle, Diverse Backgrounds & Canvas Art Workshop stamp sets
Leaf paper (from my stash)
Almond cardstock
Barn Red, Cashmere, Saddle & Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Fall Leaves Accessory Kit (Amscan)
Chocolate Brown leather stickers (All My Memories)
Anita's earth Brown acrylic paint
Mocha Opaques pearls
Pattern: EMS Sketch 62
Challenges: The Paper Girls #188 family theme (since my photos were already family themed, I was inspired to dig out the tiny "Family Fun" stamp and use it on this layout); The Studio Challenges mood board inspiration (I was inspired by the fall color scheme, the leaves, the gold embossed book cover, and the texture of the brown sweater)

Friday, November 15, 2019

EMS Sketch Challenge 81 + Football Fans Layout

I didn't get around to creating a double page sketch earlier this month, but I did manage to get creative and designed this single pager with space for three uncropped 4" x 6" photos. I kept my sample pretty close to the sketch. Thanks to my hubby who wrote down the details of this event so I could journal on the layout. I never go to these games so it was great to have a first hand account! Remember, if you use the sketch, please post a link in the comments section below so I can check out what you did with it.

The sketch:

My layout:
Illustrated Alphabet stamp set
Celebrating Freedom Pinwheel & Patriotic papers (Bo-Bunny)
Sapphire, Chocolate & White Daisy cardstock
Sapphire & Cranberry ink
Black marker
Red Pearls
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, football
Challenges: Lasting Memories #472 striped paper

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dad & Me Layout

I had a few miscellaneous photos of my little ones with my husband, so I cropped them and used them to create a layout about a daddy's love for his children. The journaling is from George Strait's song "Love Without End, Amen" and it perfectly expresses my husband's love for these children, even during the difficult adjustment phase when they were first learning to call him Daddy.

Wide Journal Block stamp set (Scrappy Cat)
CTMH Fall 2019 Mix-In papers
Color Kaleidoscope papers (American Crafts)
Hydrangea ink
DE Monograms "D", "A", "M", "E"
Milepost Shapes
Narratives by Karren Russell chipboard (Creative Imaginations)
Color Kaleidoscope Puffy Thickers - Phrases & Icons (American Crafts)
Pattern: Stick It Down November 2019 Single Page Sketch - I rotated the sketch to the left and replaced the swags with parentheses and patterned paper strips.

Challenges: Lasting Memories # Polka Dot patterned paper; The Paper Girls #187 Mixed Up Manufacturers (I used products from CTMH, American Crafts, Creative Imaginations, and Scrappy Cat)

Monday, November 4, 2019

Trunk or Treat 2014 Layout

This layout finishes up the last of my costumed photos from 2014, and there were lots of them! I kept this layout kinda simple, but I did create the title in Cricut Design Space by modifying a pre-done title that said Trick or Treat so that it said Trunk or Treat. The kids got candy at every decorated car trunk at this event, which meant they took home lots of candy, so I went with a candy theme rather than a spooky Halloween or costume focus.
Jeepers Creepers papers, stickers & shimmer die-cut
Black, Gypsy, Lagoon & Clover Meadow cardstock
Gypsy, Lagoon & Clover Meadow ink
Black marker
Lagoon enamel dots
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, candy
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 2
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug fall holiday (obviously I chose Halloween); Heart 2 Heart Full Circle (if you include the enamel dots, there are a bunch of circles on this layout!)

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Finding Our Tree Layout

I was asked to be a guest designer this month over at The Joy of Sets (see the tic-tac-toe grid below), and I decided to go with the top row for CAS (clean and simple), winter, and heat embossing. Clean and simple can look really dramatic on a card, but for a scrapbook layout, you have to get it just right or it looks boring. Hopefully the winter scene struck the right balance, and I certainly had fun using my Versamark pen and white embossing powder to add snow to the trees and title! The challenge goes to the end of November, so please pop on over and play along.
Trinity Alphabet stamp set
Red plaid paper (CM)
Carolina, New England Ivy, Pacifica & White Daisy cardstock
New England Ivy ink
Black marker
Versamark pen
White embossing powder
Natural hemp
Liquid Glass
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: trees
Cricut Here & There cartidge: car
Challenges: Joy of Sets #11

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Not So Awesome Injury Layout

For these pictures of my son's broken elbow, I wanted to play along with Lasting Memories icon paper challenge, so I pulled out one of CMTH's Something Fierce papers that has everything from dinosaurs to ice cream cones on it. I combined it with a sketch from Sketches in Thyme and the big "awesome" title, which I took in a completely different direction than most people would!

Update: This layout was picked as a top three for Sketches in Thyme - woohoo!

Something Fierce & I Heart Us papers
Raspberry, Bluebird & White Daisy cardstock
Bluebird, Carolina, Canary, Clover Meadow & Raspberry ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Slate washi tape
Color Kaleidoscope stickers & puffy stickers (American Crafts)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: subtitle
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #394

Challenges: Lasting Memories #469 icon paper; Heart 2 Heart anything goes

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Carnival Fun 2014 Layout

Between using a few of these photos last year for my daughter's school album and some more for a layout of the kids in costume, I feel like I've scrapped these photos a lot, but I think this is my last time! I scraplifted a layout from and played along with several challenges for inspiration.
You're My Happy, Art Philosophy Seasons & Express Postage stamp set
Trick or Treat double sided paper from my stash
Creme Brulee, Lilac Mist, Sunset, Canary & White Daisy cardstock
Sunset, Lilac Mist and Greg Wool ink
Black marker
Sunset twine
Sunset metal tag
Orange eyelets (Making Memories)
Cats & Bats enamel dots
Field Notes Ephemera (American Crafts)
Cloud edge scissors (Fiskars)
Artistry cartridge: pumpkin, arrow
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug Pumpkin theme; The Studio Challenges one piece of patterned paper (mine was two sided, so I used both sides); Use Your Stuff #379 tic-tac-toe (I chose the enamel dots, metal and stamp column plus the enamel dots, arrow, and blue row)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

EMS Sketch Challenge 80 + Capture Layout

I meant to post this yesterday but was having trouble finishing my sample page. However, better late than never, and you can use this any time, so enjoy! For these photos taken at our city's Public Safety Open House, I thought it was appropriate to use the title "Capture," especially since my son posed in the (fake) jail cell. I was inspired by Adeline Hill's song "Moments to Memories," where she says "time is moving faster than ever" and we need to capture those moments before they are just memories.

The sketch:

My layout:
Fall 2019 Mix-In paper pack
Sapphire & French White cardstock
Sapphire, Saffron & Juniper ink
Black marker
Color Kaleidoscope Puffy Thickers - Phrases and Icons (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope stickers (American Crafts)
Let's Go Tidbits (Chic Tags)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped border
Challenges: Double Trouble #41 - Thing1 = Halloween colors (I used blue, green, and yellow) + Thing 2 = play along with Crafting Happiness #19 Halloween colors (I used the colors but not the Halloween theme) + Thing 3 = include something that flies (birds); Heart 2 Heart use the color Julep (fun new color for me!)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

So Fun {Public Safety Open House} Layout

My husband took our three boys to this annual event in 2014. It's hosted by the city fire department in order to reach out to the community regarding public safety. He took a ton of photos, so I'm  scrapping a few and putting the rest in photo storage pages. Here's my first traditional page for this event.
Jennifer's Hand Alphabet stamp set
Whippersnapper Argyle & stripes papers (Rusty Pickle)
Kraft cardstock
Indian Corn Blue, Sapphire & Ruby ink
Moonstruck marker
Ruby chevron ribbon
Bamboo arrow photo turn & brad
Silver mini brads
Whippersnapper fire engine sticker (Rusty Pickle)
Color Kaleidoscope sticker & Thickers (American Crafts)
Say Cheese stickers (Simple Stories)
Pattern: October sketch challenge #4
Challenges: Lasting Memories #468 word challenge - include a product for each letter of the word CRISP
C - chevron ribbon, Color Kaleidoscope Thickers
R - Rusty Pickle paper and sticker
I - ink
S - Simple Stories Say Cheese stickers, stamps
P - photo turn

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Blessed Layout

Even though several of the kids are squinting at the sun, I still love this picture because it's the first posed one we have of us as a family of six. I used words from Martina McBride's song "Blessed" as my journaling. It expresses my feelings towards my family and all God has given me quite well!
Victory papers
Outdoor Denim, Olive, Goldrush & Colonial White cardstock
Outdoor Denim, Olive, Goldrush, Bamboo & Chocolate ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Cork Color-Ready alphabet stickers
Floret Just Blooms paper leaves
Burlap ribbon
Bronze Magic Mesh
Olive frame
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: hearts
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder
Pattern: The Studio Challenges

Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Fall challenge (with Fall being a season of gratitude, I went with a theme of counting my blessings); Joy of Sets #10 (I used the top row across with paper leaves, burlap ribbon, and bronze Magic Mesh)