Wednesday, September 29, 2010

EMS Sketch Challenge 20 - First Dance Layout

In case you're wondering what's up with the timing of this post, I am officially changing my EMS Sketch Challenge to every other week on Wednesdays. Sundays are generally busy times at our house, and it's been too hard to get a sketch and layout ready for Monday every week. You can still use the sketch any time; just leave me a comment so that I can check it out! So, here's my sketch for this week. I just love these photos of my son and his first dance partner. This layout used more pictures from Danielle's princess party, and we thought it was really cool that Danielle's parents hired a dance instructor to teach the kids how to dance! I designed and cut the curved pieces using my Wishblade, and I did the journaling in storybook style, like my previous layout from this party.

The Sketch:

My Layout:

The Present, Friendship Alphabet Large & Friendship Alphabet Small stamp sets
Free Spirit Level 2 papers
Indian Corn Blue, Creme Brulee & Colonial White cardstock
Indian Corn Blue & Creme Brulee ink
Indian Corn Blue marker

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Something Old Something New Layout

I know this title seems like it should have wedding photos involved, but it was the perfect fit for Mother's Day this year. We combined the old and the new for a thoroughly enjoyable day. The design of the layout is based on 2 sketches by Sally from Split Coast Stampers: #216 & 217. Of course, I revised them a bit, as I can't seem to help doing, but you can still see the bones of the original sketch. Here's a fun stamping tip I picked up somewhere that I want to pass along to you: if you ever want to use a stamped image but it's facing the wrong way, simply stick the design side of your stamp to your acrylic block and stamp the back side of your clear stamp! This will only work with images that don't have words on them and that are cut out closely following the design (as CTMH's are). You can see how I did it with the bird on the right hand page. He's now facing right instead of left, and since there is no design on the back of the stamp, I was able to use a patterned paper for his body without it looking too fussy.

Hodgepodge Alphabet & Felicity stamp sets
Bella, Grace & Stardust Level 2 papers
Bamboo cardstock
Dutch Blue & Desert Sand ink
Antique Copper brads

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

EMS Sketch Challenge 19 - Mariposa Grove Layout

It's been almost exactly a month since my last sketch challenge, and I must confess that my mojo is hiding somewhere other than in my brain, but at last I finished a sketch. This one is extremely photo-focused, and it uses mostly 4 x 6 photos, so it should be easy to throw a layout together. I didn't put my title next to the journaling block for my layout, since I instead wanted to repeat the ribbon that stretches across the other page. As usual, feel free to change elements around to suit your photos, and please leave me a comment and a link if you use the sketch!
The Sketch:

My Layout:
Back Country Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Olive cardstock
Outdoor Denim ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Twill ribbon
Outdoor Denim spiral clips & brads

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Something Special Layout

I'm having a hard time getting back into the scrapping groove, so it took me five days to finish this layout. I'm just thankful it's done and I can move on! I tried something new this time and added some paper pleats to the layout. Not sure if I love it, but it was fun to try.

Tiny Typewriter stamp set
It's a Guy Thing Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Desert Sand, Barn Red & New England Ivy cardstock
Barn Red & Cocoa ink
New England Ivy & Cocoa markers
Antique copper brads
Natural hemp
3-D foam tape

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Princess Party Layout

Hi everyone. I'm back. After 2 chaotic weeks trying to get the house ready to sell, we finally had our first open house yesterday. For some reason, maybe because the smell of paint fumes is finally dissipating, I woke up this morning in a scrappy mood! I am finally posting the layout I created for EMS Sketch Challenge 18. It features pictures from the coolest princess party I've ever been to. Danielle's parents went all out, and my kids had a blast. I had made a princess themed mini album for the birthday girl, telling the story of her great celebration, so I just used the same journaling for my layout. You can't really see it in the scan, but the crown and scepter on the layout are covered in glitter, and the jewels on them really sparkle.

Elegant Script Alphabet stamp set
Daydream Level 2 papers
Lilac Mist cardstock
Black ink
Black marker
Prisma glitter