Thursday, February 28, 2019

Brianna's Red Ribbon Week Layout

I decided to do at least one more layout for my daughter's school album. It's funny, the original idea was for her to do her own album so I didn't have to, but she didn't seem too into it and I kept coming up with ideas for layouts, so I've done most of it! Oh well, we'll see if she gets more interested later. The main reason I decided to work on this layout was the fun light bulb paper. I found it in the box of papers my neighbor gave to me when she moved, and I thought it would complement the idea of being too bright to do drugs. Never would have purchased this paper myself, but it came in handy today. BTW, I know I used a yellow ribbon on a red ribbon layout, but I didn't have a matching red one, so I had to make do.
Light Bulb paper (from my stash)
Grey Wool, Tulip, Lemon & White Daisy cardstock
Grey Wool & Tulip ink
Steel Grey marker (Zig)
Tulip brad, paper clip & Photo turn
Maize grosgrain ribbon (Offray)
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title, light bulb, banners
Pattern: February 2019 2 page sketch

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Under the Sea Layout

I was having one of those days when I didn't want to scrap any of the pictures I had been working on recently, so a detour to my daughter's school scrapbook did the trick. The layout is probably a little too busy, but I had so many fun pictures and they inspired ideas I wanted to use. Not sure what I could have cut out, so you get to enjoy (or endure) them all - LOL!

The picture on the far right flips up and there's another photo and this journaling card hidden underneath:
Pet Shop papers & stickers (KI Memories)
Sky, Chocolate & Goldrush cardstock
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
Let's Go Tidbits (Chic Tags)
Autumn Terracotta organdy ribbon
Hopscotch PML card
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: waves, turtle, fish
Cricut Artistry cartridge: octopus, whale, crab, starfish
Pattern: Let's Scrap 2-15-19 sketch

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

B-17 Sentimental Journey Layout

My husband and sons got to tour a functional B-16 Flying Fortress bomber named Sentimental Journey at the Chino Air Show. They didn't take a ton of pictures, but enough to show the exterior and some interior. For the layout, I used the February sketch from over at Splitcoast Stampers and added some really old plaid paper (anyone remember when CM sold 10" x 12" patterned paper sheets?) and some of my newest embellishments, the two sentiments and the star circle. The loopy border had been languishing in my pile of cut-out-but-never-used die-cuts, and it seemed like the right touch for this page.
Red Plaid paper (CM)
Ruby, Desert Sand & Black cardstock
White Daisy textured cardstock
Black ink
Black marker
Petticoats & Pinstripes Ephemera (Echo Park)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: hearts, loopy border
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banner
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: title

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Vesuvius Now & Then Layout

When we went to the Pompeii exhibit at the Natural History Museum in 2014, I snapped photos of a few things that stood out, and I was able to bring them together in this layout. First of all, I was amazed by the artist's rendering of what the town of Pompeii would have looked like early on in the day of the eruption of Vesuvius, and then 24 hours later. It was almost overwhelming to think of the amount of devastation wreaked in that short time span. Equally affecting were the plaster casts of victims, created when the excavators who were uncovering human remains noticed that the skeletons were surrounded by voids in the compacted ash; they carefully poured plaster of Paris into the spaces to reveal the final poses, clothing, and faces of the last residents of Pompeii. In contrast to these tragic glimpses of long ago, the modern picture of Vesuvius shows an almost pastoral scene of a thriving city and beautiful blue skies, which inspired my layout title.
Extreme Caps stamp set
Autumn paper pack (American Crafts)
Sky paper (origin unknown)
White Daisy & Black cardstock
Sapphire & Black ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
My Crush Best Day Ever alphabet stickers
Escape the Ordinary Thickers (American Crafts)DE Signage chipboard
Magic Mesh (Creative Imaginations)
Petticoats & Pinstripes enamel dots (Echo Park)3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge: arrows (welded to title using Design Space)
Pattern: EMS Sketch 64
Challenges: The Paper Girls #170 Now & Then; Lasting Memories #342 Black + White + Blue

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Magic of Butterflies Layout

One of our favorite places to visit as a family is the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and it's extra special to go there in the late spring and summer when the Butterfly Pavilion is open. I've scrapbooked photos of the butterflies several times, but can never get enough of these magical creatures! For my layout, I started with the cool February sketch from Let's Scrap (see below), and then Scrap With Stacy's photo challenge inspired me to change the rainbow and stars to a garland of flowers with butterflies. I also journaling (with a white gel pen on the black background) about the magic of seeing a caterpillar turn into a butterfly.
And here are a few more pictures of those magical creatures (I will be inserting these into a page protector):

Hooray Bouquet & Spot On Backgrounds stamp sets
Dotty for You papers
Black, Smoothie, Sunset, Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, Cotton Candy, Glacier, Bamboo, Autumn Terracotta, Lagoon, Sky, White Daisy & Colonial White cardstock
Green vellum (Hot Off the Press)
Sunset, Sky, Creme Brulee & Cranberry ink
Black marker
White gel marker (Sakura)
Smoothie grosgrain ribbon
Seagull decorative edged scissors (Fiskars)
Decorative brads (from my stash)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: flowers, branch, small butterflies, scalloped frame
Cricut Artisry cartridge: large butterfly
Small flower punch (Emagination)
Pattern: Let's Scrap 2-1-19
Challenges: Double Trouble #22 - Thing 1's Tic-Tac-Toe board (I chose die/punch + vellum + ribbon) & Thing 3's Show us a little magic (butterflies are pretty magical!); Use Your Stuff #348 Do You Believe in Magic? (butterflies again)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Chino Air Show Layout

My hubby loves air shows! Need I say more?
Victory, Flyin' High & Kudos stamp sets
Victory papers
Desert Sand, Outdoor Denim, Bamboo & Colonial White cardstock
Desert Sand, Chocolate, Outdoor Denim & New England Ivy ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Star brads (creative Impressions)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Desert Beauty Layout

My hubby took lots of photos of plants and flowers at the Living Desert, and I couldn't resist scrapping a few of my favorites while putting the rest in a pocket page. I was able to use up lots of scrap pieces on this layout, including most of the butterflies and the daisies - woohoo!

And here are a few more of the beautiful plants my hubby photographed:

Dotty for You papers
Sky, Smoothie, Autumn Terracotta, Blush, Buttercup, Lagoon, Baby Pink, Sunset, Sweet Leaf & White Daisy cardstock
Let's Go Tidbits (Chic Tags)
My Crush Besties alphabet stickers
My Crush Best Day Ever stickers
Beauty sticker (CM)
Polka dot washi tape
Craft buttons (from my stash)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: butterflies, daisies
Pattern: scraplift from Rhonda (YourScrapAttack) at
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug Everything is Coming Up Daisies; Double Trouble #21 - flowers and things with wings

Friday, February 8, 2019

Let's Hear It for the Boys Layout

Gotta confess, I had a totally different title in mind when I started this layout, but I loved the look of this big die-cut and the fun saying on it. I haven't been able to stop humming the song all afternoon! This layout is a little unusual for me since I didn't use any Cricut cuts or ink on it, but sometimes it's fun to go in a different direction than your tried and true.
Autumn paper pack (American Crafts)
Ruby Fundamentals paper
Glacier & Black cardstock
Petticoats & Pinstripes Ephemera and enamel dots (Echo Park)
Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon
Honey triangles washi tape
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #359

Challenges: Use Your Stuff #346 In the Kitchen (these photos weren't taken n my kitchen, but they are food related!)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

I Love My Boy (x2) Layout

Whenever we go on a family outing, I can count on my boys to be a little silly, and it's always fun to scrapbook the madness! Since it's February (the month we are forced to celebrate love - LOL), I made this into a layout about how I love my boys. I wanted to use the sticker sentiment "I love my boy!" for my title, but since I have 2 boys, I changed it up by adding the (x2) under the sticker.

Miscellaneous patterned paper from my box of scraps
Kraft, Cranberry, Smoothie & White Daisy cardstock
White gel pen (Sakura)
Lily White Hopscotch Font chipboard (Doodlebug Designs)
Wonderful Words for Sons stickers (Deja Views)
Papier Playful Hearts stickers (Mrs. Grossmans')
Heart banner (Michael's)
Stardust Stickles (Ranger)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: conversation heart, small hearts
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: (x2), large heart
Pattern: Stick It Down February 2019 single page sketch
Challenges: Splitcoast Stampers Variety challenge "Set the World on Fire" (I chose to use the flame color red); Joy of Sets tic-tac-toe challenge #2 (I chose the top row for glimmer, red, hearts); The Paper Girls #169 - red, pink, and white

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Each Little Bird Layout

I did a furry animal layout from the visit my husband and sons took to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, so I thought I would give equal time to the feathered creatures they saw there! Since I had no clue what the birds were and didn't really want to do the research to identify them, I just used a generic title that included all birds.
Chantilly paper & My Complements chipboard
Twilight cardstock
Pear, Buttercup, Ruby & Sky ink
Hopscotch PML card
Illustrated Faith Family die-cut (Bella Blvd)
Field Notes Journaling Ephemera Collection (American Crafts)Cricut Artiste cartridge: title, hearts
Pattern: Rochelle Spears February 2019 sketch
Challenges: Double Trouble #20 - Love Is in the Air (I included cloud paper and journaling card, chipboard birds, a cloud die-cut, and three photos of birds for my "in the air" items, plus hearts for the love part and glitter gems for the sparkle); The Paper Girls #168 - Sparkle and Shine (I used pink glitter gems)

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Wolf Layout

I really wanted to scrapbook this picture of a wolf that my husband photographed at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, primarily because this was the thing he remembered most vividly when talking about his trip there with our boys. However, creating the layout was sort of like seeing a car accident on the freeway: a little bit horrifying yet I couldn't look away! I must have pulled things off a dozen times, discarded my original papers, chose new ones, went with a different idea for the paw prints, etc. before I finally called it a day. It took me almost two weeks of walking away and coming back to get it done, but I'm glad the memory will finally be able to go in our family scrapbook. Anyone ever had a scrapping experience like that? Here's hoping my next layout will come more easily!
Stripe paper (from my stash)
Cocoa, Slate, Whisper & Cashmere cardstock
Whisper ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
Silver metallic marker
Epoxy Bubbles - green
Bark washi tape
Natural Papier Alphabet stickers (Mrs. Grossman's)
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder
Wolf print - purchased through Cricut Design Space
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers January 2019 Sketch