Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A New Definition of Fall Layout

I wasn't sure where I was going to go with these photo and the sketch from Stick It Down, but I am pretty happy with what I eventually came up with. When I printed the photos, I had the idea that I wanted to talk about something sad that happened while on the way to the pumpkin patch, so it inspired me to create the title and journaling as I did. If you are curious about what happened, click on the photo to get a better view of the journaling!
Hello Friend stamp set
Newsprint Alphabet stamp set (SU)
Pathfinding Level 2 papers
Glacier, Goldrush, Kraft & Colonial White cardstock
Glacier, Goldrush, Autumn Terracotta, Saddle, Chocolate, Barn Red & Olive ink
Black marker
Kraft Color-Ready border
Antiqued copper photo hangers
Sunset Ribbon
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title block, circle
Pattern: Stick It Down August single page sketch

Monday, August 29, 2016

Our Little Goalie Layout

I am not a speed scrapper by any means - I've been known to take days over a layout - so when Lela over at Splitcoast Stampers posted a challenge to complete a layout in under an hour and a half, I wasn't sure I could make it! I decided to "go for the gold" and threw together this layout. Even though it's really old school, I really wanted to use the grass paper because I have a bunch of it, so I painted the white section across the middle of the layout so my photos wouldn't disappear against the grass background. While waiting for the paint to dry, I put together all the other elements, so I managed to make it within the time frame. Who knew I could scrap that fast?!
Elemental, Bella & Olive Paper Fundamentals Level 2 papers
Grass paper (from a mystery box donated to me by my neighbor)
Pacifica cardstock
Creme Brulee ink
White gel marker (Sakura)
Elemental Complements chipboard
3-D foam tape
White Delta Ceramcoat Paint
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: title, stars, ring
Pattern: Scrapbook Challenges Sizzlin' Summer Sketch #11

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Family Always & Forever Layout

After a long hiatus, the Picture This challenge blog is back, so I really wanted to jump in and participate in at least one of their challenges this month. I decided to go with the Not So Picture Perfect challenge, because this photo of my family certainly fits the bill! In fact, it was a deciding factor in getting a new camera, since all the photos from this weekend, including my brother's wedding, turned out grainy and overexposed. I was so bummed, but I really wanted to scrapbook a photo of my family with two of my sibling and my parents, so I overlooked the poor picture quality and the fact that my dad is scowling, and used it anyway!
Family Ties - Adults, Family Ties - Children & Alphabet Solos "F" stamp sets
Brushed & Lollydoodle Level 2 papers
Pixie, Thistle & White Daisy cardstock
Black pigment ink
Canary, Pixie, Thistle, Juniper & Lagooon ink
Black marker
Aqua Dots
Junebug Puffies stickers
Lagoon washi tape
Watercolor pencils (Prismacolor)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: flowers
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #213
Challenges: Lasting Memories add an image you color to your layout - the family grouping at the bottom is all stamped and they took me a long time to color, but it was fun to do.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Go Bolts! Layout

2013 must have been the year of the Chargers for my hubby, because this is the third Chargers layout I have scrapped from that year! I'm running out of creative ideas for football layouts, so I'm going to have to re-charge (pun intended) by checking out Pinterest or Here I used older papers but a new sketch from Brenda Ragsdale that I rotated side-ways to fit my picture orientation. Loved this sketch, so I'm going to have to save it in my archives to use again.

Brenda's sketch:
My Layout:
Universal Backgrounds, Connections, My Game & Save the Date stamp sets
Stardust Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Bamboo, Honey, Sapphire & White Daisy cardstock
Moonstruck, Topiary, Sky, Honey, Chocolate, Dutch Blue & Bamboo ink
Moonstruck, Autumn Terracotta, Baby Blue & Topiary craft buttons
Moonstruck, Autumn Terracotta & White Daisy embroidery floss
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title, lightning bolt
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Boys Will Be Boys challenge - what could say boys better than a football game, right? I used older paper and supplies, but hopefully a few people recognize it as being CTMH products!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Coolin' Off Layout

For someone who doesn't even like the beach, I sure am scrapping lots of beach layouts this summer! My hubby usually takes the kids to the beach so I don't have to deal with all the sand, so I still get to scrapbook beach photos. For the layout design, the sketch had the pennant on the left, but I switched it to the other side so it wouldn't cover up the surfer on the patterned paper. Instead of journaling on the pennant, I added another photo and some embellishments, and the wave overlay lifts up to reveal hidden journaling underneath. I haven't used Liquid Glass in ages, but adding some to the die-cut surfboard gave it a nice, shiny effect like a real board.
Surf's Up Level 2 papers
Crystal Blue, Saffron, Sorbet, Surf's Up Teal & White Daisy cardstock
Crystal Blue & Saffron ink
Hopscotch Assortment Flair
Junebug Puffies sticker (flowers)
Liquid Glass
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, pennant, wave overlay, surfboard
Pattern: Scrapbook Challenges Sizzlin' Summer Sketch 10
Challenges: Lasting Memories Summer Nights inspiration (I was inspired by the pinks and blues in the photo, so I picked papers that featured those colors).

Sunday, August 14, 2016

@ The Beach Layout

A sketch is usually the starting point for my layouts, but I couldn't find one for these photos so I wasn't sure what to do with them. Then I remembered the scraplift challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers was summer themed, so I checked out the summer gallery and found this layout to use as my template. My photos were larger, so it was a challenge fitting all those layered papers on the page, but I did my best.
Perfect Day Level 2 papers
Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment cardstock
Kraft, Tulip, Cocoa & White Daisy cardstock
Tulip, Cocoa, Juniper & Bamboo ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Hopscotch Assortment flair
Let's Go tags (ChicTags)
Fundamentals stickers (CM)
Wonders of the Deep Border stickers (Personal Stamp Exchange)
Wonderful Words Beach stickers (Deja Views)
Aqua Dots
Bling (Scrapbook Bitz)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Awesome Party Journaling Card

Today's project was a UFO - Unfinished Object! I had a bunch of photos from my son's birthday that needed to be put into a photo storage page, and then I needed to make a journaling card to fill in the one empty spot on the page. I used the current sketch from Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style to create my own journaling card. It was a relief to get this finished since I scrapped the rest of the pictures last year!

Here's the card:

And here's my finished page:
Celebrate the Everyday stamp set
Free to Be Me Level 2 papers
Buttercup & White Daisy cardstock
Juniper, Cranberry & Creme Brulee ink
Black marker
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banner
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: arrow

From Germany with Love Layout

I'm hosting the Stash Busters Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers this month in order to give Ann a break, so I had lots of fun piling stuff onto this layout! I'm also playing along with several other challenges, so feel free to check out the links at the bottom and jump right in. FYI: the butterflies didn't come out very well in my scan - they are actually pink - but I wanted to include them since they were a gift from one of the exchange students.
World Traveler & Timberline stamp sets
Sweetheart Level 2 papers
Cotton Candy, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Cotton Candy, Black & Baby Pink ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Paradise & White Daisy Just Blooms - flowers
Butterflies (Rossler)
Black craft button
Black button brad
Baby Pink embroidery floss
Blush ribbon
Cotton Candy polka dot washi tape
Stuck on You Puffies - mini arrow
Black label tape (Dymo)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: arrow overlays
Cricut Artistry cartridge: globe, hand
Cricut Art Philosophy: tag
Pattern: Creative Scrappers Sketch 297
Challenges: Scrap Our Stash book cover challenge (I was inspired by the hand and the map to scrap these pictures of our German exchange students. I had no decorative paperclips, so I made one using a paperclip and some pliers - hope it counts!); Rochelle Spears' This or That challenge - use washi tape; Lasting Memories' Black and White plus one additional color (I guess you can tell I chose pink!)

Monday, August 8, 2016

EMS Sketch Challenge 61- Toes in the Sand Layout

For the last year and a half, I've been the scrapbook sketch designer for Splitcoast Stampers, so it's been a long time since I've posted an EMS sketch on my blog, but today I need a design for a layout and couldn't find one on any of the sketch blogs I usually visit, so I made up one myself! There was a die-cut in my stash that I was dying to use (pun intended), so I substituted it for the title circle on the sketch. Hope you enjoy the sketch and, if you have a chance to play along, please post a link to your layout in the comments below!

The sketch:

My layout:
Distressed Backgrounds stamp set
Moon Doggie & Grace Level 2 papers
Cranberry, Honey & Garden Green cardstock
Cranberry, Honey, Gadren Green, Indian Corn Blue & Autumn Terracotta ink
Petal marker
Toes in the Sand die-cut (Dancing Daisy)
DE Framed Fun & Awards chipboard
Autumn Terracotta spiral clip
Indian Corn Blue embroidery floss
Challenges: Lasting Memories rainbow challenge (I used all the rainbow colors ROYGBIV); The Studio Challenges summer layouts

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Kingdom Rock VBS Layout

For this month's single page sketch on Splitcoast Stampers, I decided to use a sketch that I had created several years ago but never posted, so I'm hoping it stood the test of time! I pulled some older papers and came up with the idea of the shields as complements for the layout's theme. The sketch didn't really have a place for journaling, so I added some strip journaling across the vertical photo.

The Sketch:
My Layout:
Noted Backgrounds & Victory stamp sets
Animal Cookies Creative Basics papers
Tulip, Sunflower, Chocolate & White Daisy cardstock
Tulip, Sunflower, Chocolate, Desert Sand & Dutch Blue ink
Dutch Blue marker
Tulip brads
Scalloped border punch (Fiskars)
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: title tabs, cross ("t")
Cricut Noah's ABC Animals cartridge: lion
Cricut Wall Decor and More cartridge: crown
Cricut Artistry cartridge: shields
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch16Aug1

Thursday, August 4, 2016

#Bowling Layout

I always seem to start out the month with great intentions ("I'm going to scrapbook 10 layouts" or "I'm going to post twice a week," etc.) and then my productivity dives, so I'm going to try to get some layouts in before I peter out! This layout was a challenge because I had picked out a background paper that I thought went well with the neon sign at the bowling alley, but then it took me a while to figure out what color combo to use with it. Hopefully the shades of the colors I chose work as well as I think they do!
Brushed Level 2 papers
Buttercup, Gypsy, Pixie & White Daisy cardstock
Black marker
White gel pen (Sakura)
Black Bigger Brad
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: straight arrow
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: curved arrow, frames
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch16Jul1
Challenges: The Studio Challenges multi-photo challenge