Saturday, February 18, 2017

Parents vs. Kids Layout

As I was preparing to scrapbook yet more photos of our trip to Mesa Verde, I thought it would be fun to go a different direction from the nature-colored palette the subject matter suggested, so I played along with a couple of color challenges to come up with a black/white/red layout. The title idea sprang from the long-suffering look on my son's face in the bottom photo; he plainly wasn't as excited about visiting ancient ruins as Mom and Dad were!
A Typeface stamp set
Animal Cookies & For Always Level 2 papers
Tulip, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Black metal tag
Black & White embroidery floss
Black baker's twine
Black gingham ribbon
Decor Journaling Spot
Heart brad (from my stash)
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: title, hearts
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag, circles
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: triple hearts
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #122
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug 2 Red + White challenge; Another Colorful Creation Black & White + One challenge (I chose red as my third color); Picture This It's In the Air Blog Hop (for Ali's stitching challenge, I stitched a line through the hearts plus added Xs to the bottom picture)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

At the End of the Day Layout

When I first got these photos developed, I had no idea how I wanted to scrap them, but a sketch from the Memory Nest and a couple of challenges (check them out below) came to my rescue!
Life is Sweet, Charming Cascades & Star Power stamp sets
Clementine Level 2 papers
Whisper, Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Twilight, Goldrush & Colonial White cardstock
Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Saddle & Twilight ink
Twilight marker
Coffee marker (Zig)
White gel pen (Sakura)
Twilight brads
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artistry cartridge: pennant
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, stars
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: Day circle, sunburst
Pattern: The Memory Nest Make It Monday sketch #81
Challenges: Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge - use the word Today; Picture This It's In the Air Blog Hop (for Christine's stars challenge, I stamped stars on my background cardstock and traced over them with white gel pen, plus I added 3 die-cut stars)

Crafty thought for the day!

Can anyone relate?!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Time Goes By So Slowly Layout

I was invited to be the single page guest designer at Stick It Down this month, and although I didn't have any single photos I wanted to feature on a layout, I thought the circles in the sketch could easily be converted into photos. I combined the sketch challenge with the February VSBN Music challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, Sharon wanted us to use lyrics from Unchained Melody as inspiration for a layout, and when I noticed the lines about "Time goes by so slowly," they seemed like a perfect title for a road trip layout! Anyone who has ever traveled hundreds of miles with young children knows it sometimes feels the trip will never end, right?

Here's the sketch:
And here's my layout:
Update: This layout was featured on the Use Your Stuff blog!
Cherry-O Level 2 paper
Slate, Outdoor Denim & Twilight cardstock
Slate, Outdoor Denim, Twilight ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Outdoor Denim grosgrain ribbon
Later Sk8r Picture My Life cards
Timberline Assortment wooden veneers
Cuttlebug embossing folders: Wicker weave, Swiss Dot, CTMH Chevron
Crist Artistry cartridge: title
Challenges: Picture This It's In the Air Blog Hop (For Arianna's 3+ photo challenge, I used 4 photos); Use Your Stuff Bingo challenge: I used the bottom line across, tucking 3 journaling cards behind my main photo, and adding 3 wood veneers, ribbon, and lots of embossed circles.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Battleship Buddies Layout

I love these photos, from the intent look on my older son's face to the huge grin my younger son is sporting, so it was a pleasure to scrapbook them! I went with a color palette of blues with touches of grey and yellow, and added some nautical touches like the knotted "rope" and the waves because my boys were playing Battleships.
Timberline stamp set
Babycakes & Proplayer Level 2 papers
White Daisy textured cardstock
Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Slate & White Daisy cardstock
Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Slate & Buttercup ink
Natural hemp
Cobalt circle bling gems (Jolee's Boutique)
Yellow enamel dots (American Crafts)
Liquid Glass
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, stars, teardrop
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: waves
Pattern: Creative Scrappers Sketch 303
Challenges: Lasting Memories' Celebration of Love challenge (I chose to celebrate a special moment when my boys bonded over a game - love when that happens!)

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Remember NHM with Emily Layout

I love the bright colors of the Free to Be Me kit from CTMH, so I enjoyed using them on this layout with the addition of a kraft background so they wouldn't overwhelm the photos. Our family has been to the Natural History Museum so many times that I wasn't sure how to accessorize this layout without being repetitive from past layouts, but I managed to pull out a few embellishments that I hope work for the theme!
Alphabet Solos T & H, Atomic Caps & Atomic Lowercase stamp sets
Free to Be Me Level 2 papers
Free to Be Me embossed cardstock
Kraft, Lagoon, Pomegranate, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Black, Lagoon, Pomegranate & Flaxen ink
Black marker
Remember wooden veneer (Heidi Swapp Wanderlust Collection)
Stuck on You Puffies (heart)
Junebug Puffies (water droplets)
Trinkets Wooden Shapes (arrow, flower)
Cricut Noah's ABC Animals cartridge: deer
Cricut Art Philosoph cartridge: butterfly, leaf
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: friends forever brackets
Pattern: Let's Scrap February 1 sketch

Monday, February 6, 2017

U Have My Heart Layout

I have been feeling frustrated by a set of three random photos that I kept pulling out and putting away because I couldn't figure out how to scrap them, so today I decided to create my own challenge and see where it took me. Since it's February, I'm doing a word play challenge by adding an element to the layout for every letter in the word February. Here's my list of what I finally added:
   F – Flight of the Arrows stamp set
   E – Embroidery floss, EMS Sketch 13
   B – Brothers Chevron patterned paper, Boy's Pocket die-cut
   R – Ribbon
   U = "U" chipboard
   A – Arrows
   R – Ric-rac
   Y – Yellow enamel dots
It ended up being fun as I pulled together papers and embellishments from at least five different manufacturers, and I love how it all ended up melding together without being too matchy! If you enjoy this challenge, feel free to play along and leave a link below to your completed layout.
Flight of the Arrows stamp set
Brothers Patterned paper (Echo Park)
Cashmere, Chocolate & Sky cardstock
Cashmere, Twilight & Buttercup ink
DE Monograms chipboard "U" 
DE Arrow chipboard
Sunset grosgrain ribbon
Yellow ric-rac (Jo-Ann's Craft Essentials)
White Daisy embroidery floss
Yellow enamel dots (American Crafts)
2nd Avenue Boy's Pocket & Star die-cuts (MME)
Let's Go Tidbits (Chic Tags)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title, heart
Challenges: Lasting Memories Hearts and/or arrows (I used both!); Use Your Stuff hearts challenge

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Valentine's Day 2014 Layout

It's the month when we celebrate love, so I created this lovely sketch for Splitcoast Stampers that showcases two pictures embellished with hearts and a hand-holding couple. I had some Valentine's Day photos in mind to use, and I pulled out my Cricut Artbooking cartridge to die-cut the couple. My pictures were taken at a dinner theater, so the gold dotted vellum seemed like a good accent for the bright lights, but it turned out I had no other gold paper. I improvised using gold embossing power around the photos and on the circles, and I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out. Hope you like it, too!

The sketch:
My layout:
Spot On Backgrounds stamp set
Enchantment Paper Fundamentals - Pomegranate
Free to Be Me Vellum
Black, Pomegranate & White Daisy cardstock
Pomegranate & Versamark ink
Black marker
Gold gel pen (CM)
Gold embossing powder
Licorice Opaques
Organdy ribbon
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: silhouette couple, hearts
Cricut Artistry cartridge: tie
Challenges:Lasting Memories All in the Name of  LOVE challenge (L - Licorice Opaques, O - organdy ribbon, V - vellum, E - Enchantment Paper Fundamentals, embossing); Bitten By the Bug 2 Valentines / Love challenge; Heart 2 Heart Falling in Love challenge

Thursday, February 2, 2017

EMS Sketch Challenge 63 - Cousins & Friends Layout

It's the start of a new month, so I'm excited to be bringing you a new sketch to play with! This sketch features seven pictures and still has plenty of room for embellishments and journaling, plus a little bit of white space. There is a split picture in the middle of the page, but if you don't have a photo that works, you could just use a 4"x 4" on the right hand page and add another 6"x 4" photo to the left page in place of the 4" x 4.5' one. If you decide to use the sketch, please leave a comment below with a link to your blog post; I would love to be able to leave some love for you!

The sketch:
My layout:
Click on the picture to see it full size; it's worth it!!!
Jackson Level 2 papers
Desert Sand, Barn Red, Glacier & Creme Brulee cardstock
Barn Red, Glacier, Cocoa & Creme Brulee ink
Chocolate marker (Zig)
Pearl & Mocha Opaques
Jackson Picture My Life journaling card
Lily White chipboard "&" (Doodlebug Designs)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: "Cousins", hearts, blue flowers
Cricut Artistry cartridge: "Friends"
Flower punches (EK Success & Emaginations)
Challenges: 123 Challenge Blog red + Friends + flowers (my red is a really dark red but it's there!); Scrap Our Stash tic-tac-toe challenge (I chose the diagonal row with a dark shade of red, lots of hearts, and a mixed alphas title); More Than Words Together & ampersand challenge (I journaled about getting together with family, and I added a big chipboard ampersand to my title)
Picture This tic-tac-toe challenge (I chose the bottom row with 2+ pictures, hearts, and a really dark red)

Update: Here is a layout using the sketch from Jamie over at Scrap Queen. Thanks for playing along, Jamie!