Friday, May 30, 2014

Remember When Layout

The last of my pictures from our second trip to the Natural History Museum in 2012. I used a Page Maps 5 photo sketch but managed to sneak in two more tiny photos by adding them to the stamped filmstrip pieces. I also went for a mostly black color scheme with just a little bit of kraft and white. I was so tempted to add in other colors, but I'm glad I didn't because I like the way it turned out!
Flight of the Arrows, Take Note & Cherish the Day stamp sets
Spellbound Level 2 papers (polkadots)
Stripe & Grid paper (KI Memories)
Kraft, Whisper & White Daisy cardstock
Black & Desert Sand ink
Cabana Titles stickers (CM)
White ric-rac (Wrights)
Star punch
CM Curvy cutter
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: ticket
Pattern: Page Maps September 2013 Double Page sketch
Challenges: Clear It Out use lots of black & stickers (3 title stickers); Frosted Designs use stars & stripes, 1 2 3 Get Scrappy top row (my rectangle pieces are the strips of Patterned paper and cardstock)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SCS Variety Challenge 204 - Rose Garden

I'm tickled pink to be hosting another Splitcoast Stampers Variety Challenge, and this may be your golden opportunity to try something new and make your friend green with envy over your talent! Okay, enough with the color puns, but hopefully they inspired you to play along using the link below. I'll be really blue if you pass up this chance to have fun (couldn't resist one last pun)!

SBVC204 - Top Marks
I’m a little slow to get on the coloring craze that’s sweeping the scrapbooking and card-making world, but seeing other people’s artwork is getting me motivated! Today’s challenge is to pull out the markers or colored pencils and add some coloring to your layout. You can start with a stamped or digital image, or you can go wild and freehand something. Whatever you decide, you’ll get top marks for completing this challenge!

And now on to my layout. In 2012, we had a membership to the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, so we went there a lot, and, of course, we took lots of pictures! Here are a few photos of the rose garden that is next to the museum. For those who watch the t.v. show Bones, this is where the exterior shots of the "Jeffersonian" were filmed. Anyone recognize this building?
For my layout, I created a garden border to match the flower garden. The scalloped borders worked nicely as planter borders, and I went to town coloring the stamped flowers. I even popped up a couple to create a 3-D effect.
A Flowering Bunch, You Are My Happy Alphabet & Enjoy the Little Things stamp sets
Cashmere & White Daisy cardstock
Pink vellum (Hot off the Press)
Sweet Leaf & Whisper ink
Black pigment ink
Ruby, Cotton Candy, Blush, Smokey Plum, Sweet Leaf, Honey, Desert Sand & Chocolate markers
Black journaling pen
Clear embossing powder
Mocha Opaques
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: scalloped border
Pattern: Let's Scrap 8-9-13 (right page only)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Family Layout

We managed to get a really nice family photo at our neighbor's wedding. My hubby and the boys were wearing Hawaiian shirts because the wedding had a luau theme, so I went with an island feel for the layout.
Extreme Happiness & Love Tags stamp sets
Moon Doggie Level 2 papers
Bamboo & Colonial White cardstock
Cranberry, Ruby, Indian Corn Blue, Bamboo, Desert Sand, Honey & Garden Green ink
Cranberry baker's twine
Garden Green safety pin, spiral clip & button nail heads
Pattern: I scraplifted this layout from Pinterest

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bride Layout

Another wedding layout from my neighbor's big day. I loved the pictures of the bride with the children in the wedding party, so I made a special layout to celebrate those relationships.
Bella Level 2 papers
Gypsy, Amethyst & Garden Green cardstock
Gypsy & Olive ink
White Daisy metal tag
Amethyst organdy ribbon
Bitty Opaques pearls
Trinkets Wooden Shapes (arrow, heart)
Wood Flourish (Kaisercraft)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title, hearts, flowers
Pattern: Stuck Sketches May 15 sketch (I omitted the strips of paper at the top since they just didn't look right on the layout)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Always & Forever Layout

Isn't  Laughing Lola the perfect paper to highlight photos of my neighbor's wedding? I've been trying to figure out an "unusual embellishment" ever since Lasting Memories posted their challenge a couple of weeks ago, and I finally decided to use black pipe cleaners to form a heart and the letter S (our neighbor's new last initial) on my layout. I saved a space for journaling in the lower right hand corner of the layout but didn't write out any yet since I want to add complete names, dates, and location but don't want to publish them for the world to see.
Love Life stamp set
Laughing Lola Level 2 papers
Gypsy Laughing Lola Gold & Amethyst cardstock
Black & Gypsy ink
Purple Glitter Gems
Lavender ribbon (Offray)
Heart punch (EK Success)
Black pipe cleaners (from my kid's art box)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, silhouette
Pattern: EMS Sketch 44
Challenges: Stampin' Royalty Wedding challenge (okay, this was a no-brainer!); Child's Play Scooby Doo challenge (I was inspired by the two purple tones of Daphne's dress and the green/gold of her scarf); Lasting Memories Unusual Embellishments (pipe cleaners)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Stash Busters May Week 4 - School Days

Another Stash Busters Challenge coming your way! Click on the link below to play!

This month, I am challenging you to use up certain items from your stash and then link your completed layout at Splitcoast Stampers so we can all get excited over it! I'll post a new list the first four Thursday of the month, and you have until May 31st to scrap your layout using the products. If you complete all four layouts, you will get an honorable mention for the month!

Please use:
• 4 patterned papers
• 3 die-cuts
• 2 fibers
• 1 tag
Caprice, Cherry-O, Emporium &  Everyday Celebration Level 2 papers
Chocolate, Crystal Blue & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate, Sweet Leaf & Crystal Blue ink
Chocolate marker
School Days die-cuts (MME)
Beige Adornaments (EK Success)
Trinkets Wooden shapes
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: frame, notepaper borders, tag
Pattern: Stuck on You Sketches May 9 Sketch
Challenges: 4 Crafty Chicks No Stamping (this was harder than I thought it would be); Child's Play Etch-A-Sketch challenge (I wrote the words "kindergarten" and "teachers" in one continuous line like you would on an Etch-a-Sketch, but it came out a lot neater than I ever would have managed on the real thing - LOL!)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Art Philosophy Welcome Banner

I made this banner for a ladies' luncheon at church and then decided to hang it up in my entryway at home. I had made a welcome banner once before using the Art Philosophy cartridge, so I already had the template saved in Cricut Craft Room, and that gave me a jump start in getting the banner done. I went with flowers and butterflies for the end pennants since it was for a women's event, and the colors are, of course, very girly. Fortunately, my husband doesn't seem to mind!

Hooray Bouquet stamp set
Gypsy, Cotton Candy, Sky, Creme Brulee & Sweet Leaf cardstock
Gypsy, Cotton Candy, Sky, Creme Brulee & Sweet Leaf ink
Black marker
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: pennants, butterflies, flowers
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Banner Day challenge

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Butterfly Pavilion Layout

My hubby took some absolutely gorgeous pictures of the butterflies at the Natural History Museum's Butterfly Pavilion, and of course I couldn't decide which ones to scrapbook, so I ended up using them all! I created a single page layout with some of the beautiful butterflies plus a photo of a little girl who accompanied us, and then I used a photo storage page to showcase all the other photos.

And here are a few of the other photos hubby took:

Topstitch Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Baby Pink & Chocolate cardstock
Chocolate & Vineyard Berry ink
Chocolate marker
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, butterflies
Pattern: Let's Scrap 4-14-14
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart In the Garden challenge (yes, those are CTMH papers and colors, long retired but I still have some left!)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Creating Cards Layout

We're over half way through the month, so I thought it was a good time to revisit this month's sketch challenge and bring you a little more inspiration. Here's the sketch:
I turned the sketch on its side and added a tag with a picture on it. The tag would have also been a great place to put journaling, but I didn't really have much, so the picture worked for me. I realized both my samples this month have been from crafty events! I think I'll try to use the sketch a third time but for a totally different theme. Don't forget you have until the end of the month to play along with the sketch challenge and share your results.
Balloon Talk & You Are My Happy Alphabet stamp sets
Dotty For You Level 2 paper
Lagoon, Buttercup & Colonial White cardstock
Lagoon, Sweet Leaf, Creme Brulee & Cotton Candy ink
Steel Grey marker (Zig Pens)
Sweet Leaf & Lagoon ribbon
Paradise Just Blooms (flowers)
Sweet Leaf brad
Sunset button brad
Yellow brad (from my stash)
Pattern: EMS Sketch 56
Challenges: 1 2 3 Get Scrappy Challenge board 10 (I used the bottom row, and decided to use word balloons instead of traditional balloons).

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Celebrate {x2} Layout

With two boys, I seldom get to scrapbook girly pages with pink and flowers, so I love doing Mother's Day pages. In 2012, my husband's birthday also fell on Mother's Day, so I had to incorporate the celebration of his special day with Mother's Day. Hopefully this pink, red, green, and blue layout strikes a balance between girly and manly elements!
Tea Time stamp set
Cherry-O Level 2 papers
Chocolate, Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate & Blush ink
Chocolate marker
My Crush Best Day Ever Assortment (journaling card)
Felt flower
Mocha Opaques pearl
Sweet Leaf ribbon
Blush ribbon slide
Scalloped border punch (Fiskars)
Heart punch (EK Success)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, book clip, camera, 2
Cricut Artiste cartridge: x, brackets
Pattern: Sketch 'n Scrap 56
Challenges: May 5 Ingredients challenge (color: green apple, cluster, bracket, edge punching + ribbon/ribbon slide inspired by sample layout); Frosted Designs Mom theme + photo inspiration (I added a pink tea cup and a flower to my layout); Clear It Out Challenges Mother's Day + use flowers (it's not a card but it helped me bust out some stash!); Stampin' Royalty create a scrapbook page (how easy is that for me? LOL!)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Anatomy of a Bubble Layout

This month, Lasting Memories challenged us to make our own background for our layout. I wanted something with circles to mimic the bubbles my son was blowing, so I pulled out a piece of textured White Daisy cardstock, placed cut circles in four sizes on the paper, and brayered over the circles. I inked up the brayer with a pretty blue ink (Sky) but must have forgotten to clean the ink off my brayer last time I used it, because I ended up with another color (brown? green?) in the mix. Not what I intended, but I decided to work with it. The circles seemed too stark once I removed the masking circles, so I went over the whole page again with Sky ink to create a more muted feel. I let it dry overnight before adhering the circle overlay, title, and journaling envelope. I kept it pretty simple to let the focus remain on the photos and my background. Hope you like it!
Vintage Type stamp set
Textured White Daisy cardstock
Cocoa & White Daisy cardstock
Sky, Lagoon & Cocoa ink
My Crush Best Day Ever Assortment (journaling envelope)
Aqua Dots
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: circle overlay
Pattern: Page Maps
Challenges: Lasting Memories make your own background; Little Red Wagon Seeing Spots

Monday, May 12, 2014

Snowy Hike Layout

This layout came together really quickly with the aid of a CM kit I received about four years ago at a scrapbooking retreat I attended. Since we don't get a lot of snow in Southern California, it's been sitting in my stash, but it seemed perfect for this winter-themed page. The embossed snowflake was hard to see since it was the same color as the background, so I placed it face down on my Indian Corn Blue ink pad and gently tapped on the back of it to apply some color to the embossed sections.
Wishful Border Kit (CM)
Holiday Cheer Decorative cardstock (CM)
Indian Corn Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Indian Corn Blue & Moonstruck ink
Moonstruck marker
Blue sparkles
Heavenly Blue polka dot ribbon
Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge: title
Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge: snowflakes
Pattern: Let's Scrap 5-7-14

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Easter 2012 Layout

This week, Clear It Out Challenges is asking us to create a project that reflects our personal crafting style and uses a favorite product. My style is usually pretty linear and clean (although I've been experimenting a bit more lately) and I almost always use a sketch, so this layout is pretty typical for me. I have two favorite products that I tend to use a lot, brads and ribbon, so I added a little of both to my layout.
Card Word Puzzle stamp set
Pemberly Level 2 papers
Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Bamboo & Vanilla Cream cardstock
Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue & Honey ink
Outdoor Denim & Pacifica markers
Outdoor Denim grosgrain ribbon
Bamboo Bitty Brads
Trinkets Wooden Shapes (butterfly, bird, heart)
Fiskars scalloped edge punch
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title & journaling spots
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title
Pattern: Nuts About Sketches Week 314

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Stash Busters May Week 2

I'm running a little behind on my Stash Buster's challenge for the week, but here it is at last. Click on the link below to play along!

This month, I am challenging you to use up certain items from your stash and then link your completed layout at Splitcoast Stampers so we can all get excited over it! I'll post a new list the first four Thursday of the month, and you have until May 31st to scrap your layout using the products. If you complete all four layouts, you will get an honorable mention for the month!

Please use:
• 1 full sheet of patterned paper (If you do a two page layout, you can either use a full sheet for each page or divide up one sheet between 2 pages)
• 2 pieces of baker's twine
• 3 brads
• 4 staples

My Life Cricut, All the Details & Enjoy the Little Things stamp sets
Dream Pop Level 2 papers
Clover Meadow, Honey, Raspberry & Colonial White cardstock
Clover Meadow, Sunset, Honey & Grey Wool ink
Cotton Candy, Sunset, Honey, Buttercup & Black markers
My Crush Besties Assortment (stickers, journaling spot)
Green Epoxy Bubbles
Sunset baker's twine
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banners, arrows
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: word bubble
Pattern: Nuts About Sketches Week 316
Challenges: 4 Crafty Chicks flowers challenge; Stampin' Royalty flowers challenge; Boys Only challenge & Scrap With Your Scraps challenges

Friday, May 9, 2014

Skylark Cards

I finished the cards for my Skylark workshop just in the nick on time (my workshop is tonight), so I thought I'd share. I usually use sketches as a guide for my cards, but this time, I went with some Pinterest inspiration plus a couple of ideas that just happened as I was pushing pieces around on the card bases.

Uses Wild About Love & Balloon Talk stamp sets

Uses Thank You stamp set

Uses Art Philosophy Tags stamp set
Uses Chantilly WOTG stamp set
Skylark Level 2 papers
Lagoon, Desert Sand, Juniper, Sweet Leaf, Bamboo & Colonial White cardstock
Lagoon, Desert Sand, Juniper & Sweet Leaf ink
Chocolate & Cotton CAndy markers
Lagoon Houndstooth washi tape
Colonial White grosgrain ribbon
Topiary mini chevron ribbon
Seam-binding ribbon
Teal Shimmer Trim
Aqua Dot
Liquid Glass
All die-cut shapes are cut using Art Philosophy & Artiste cartridges

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Partying with Some Angry Birds Layout

For my son's 7th birthday, I made Angry Bird invitations, and I've been saving the leftover invites in a baggie for the last two years until I finally got around to scrapping this event. Even though the large Angry Bird doesn't seem to be the same shade of red as the patterned paper I chose, hopefully it still works on the layout. If you're interested in directions for making the Angry Bird invitation, check out my original post.

Swirl Stroke Caps & A Typeface stamp sets
Elemental & Superhero Level 2 papers
Kraft, White Daisy, Cranberry & Moonstruck cardstock
Black, Moonstruck & Bamboo ink
Black marker
Black ribbon
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title block, arrow, eggs
Cricut Artiste cartridge: stop sign
Pattern: Let's Scrap 3-31-10
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Take 5 challenge (I used 5 die-cut eggs on my layout for my 5 of the same thing)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Crazy Hair Day Layout

Happy day after National Scrapbook Day! In case you missed it, I posted a bonus sketch yesterday in honor of NSD, so feel free to pop over and see it, and hopefully you can use it soon. Today's layout was kick-started by a sketch from Paper Secrets. The sketch showed diagonal corners, but I tried to create the same effect with paper strips. Even though the papers I chose don't match the colors of my photos, I keep hearing that matching is not so important anymore, so I thought I'd try it. Hopefully you all will like the results of my experiment!
Dream Pop Level 2 papers
Slate & Honey ink
DE Heart & Stars chipboard
Lagoon ribbon
Silver washi tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title, heart
Challenges: 2 photo challenge;  Paper Secrets 5/1/14 sketch with a twist - use items starting with the letters in the word shower: S = star, H = heart, O = orange, W = washi tape, E = elephant (bet you didn't see that one coming!), R = ribbon

Saturday, May 3, 2014

EMS Sketch Challenge 57 - National Scrapbooking Day Bonus Sketch!

Today is National Scrapbooking Day, and although I will be celebrating all month, here's a little extra tidbit in recognition of the day: a new sketch! This is a just-get-it-done sketch, so it has room for seven photos that require minimal cropping. Just take your photos out of the developer's envelope and get down to business. I didn't include a link-up on this one, but feel free to leave a link in the comments section and I will add your layout to this post. Happy scrapping, everyone!
My Layout:
It was so fun to do a girly layout for a change!
You Are My Happy Alphabet & Spot On Backgrounds stamp sets
Boom-di-Ada Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Buttercup, Hollyhock & Sweet Leaf cardstock
Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf, Barn Red & Creme Brulee ink
Barn Red marker
Hollyhock zipper lace
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title block, flowers
Challenges: Stampin' Royalty Mom theme (celebrating the mommies-to-be!); Little Red Wagon DIY flower

Friday, May 2, 2014

Stash Busters May Week 1 - Hello Mother Nature

Another Stash Busters Challenge coming your way! Click on the link below to play!

This month, I am challenging you to use up certain items from your stash and then link your completed layout at Splitcoast Stampers so we can all get excited over it! I'll post a new list the first four Thursday of the month, and you have until May 31st to scrap your layout using the products. If you complete all four layouts, you will get an honorable mention for the month!

Please use:
• 1 patterned paper
• 2 wooden shapes
• 3 buttons
• 4 pieces of embroidery floss

For my layout, I only used one patterned paper for the background but I stamped two more papers to create patterned papers. Except the cardstock, all the materials for this layout were retired items from my stash!
Hello Friend, Noted Backgrounds, Swirl Stroke Caps & A Typeface stamp sets
Topstitch Level 2 papers
Sky & Cashmere cardstock
Olive, Chocolate, Cashmere, Desert Sand & Slate ink
Chocolate marker
Chocolate embroidery floss
Blue & Green craft buttons
Timberline Assortment wooden shapes
Pattern: Let's Scrap 4-30-14
Challenges: Scrap It Girl Mothers or Mother Nature; May Stamping challenge with a twist: stamp your background (I didn't stamp the whole background but I stamped the animal paper and the grid paper)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

EMS Sketch Challenge 56 - Crafty Chicks

Welcome to the May sketch challenge! This month's single page sketch lets you focus on a main photo while allowing three smaller photos to support your focal picture. Although the measurements show an 11" long and a 10.5" long piece of  paper, it's possible to piece together shorter scraps to create longer pieces, as long as you hide the "joins" under the photos. Enjoy the sketch, and don't forget to link your completed layout based on the sketch below so I can leave you some love. For every five participants, I will choose a guest designer for July!

The Sketch:

My Layout:

Ariana Level 2 papers
Crystal Blue, Slate, Sweet Leaf & Outdoor Denim cardstock
Crystal Blue & Slate ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Just Blooms Floret paper flowers & leaf
Crystal Blue & Outdoor Denim Bigger Brads
My Crush Besties Journaling block & stickers
White Daisy friends rub-on
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: arrow, title
Challenges: Color My Heart Color Dare 91 - Crystal Blue, Outdoor Denim, Ariana Grey (I used Slate), Ariana Green, Ariana Coral; Heart 2 Heart Flowers challenge; Frosted Designs Spring Has Sprung 3 word challenge (I used flowers, chicks, blue & green)

Please link your completed layout here by 5/31/14 at 11:59 pm PST!