Friday, May 31, 2019

Let's Roll Layout

It's always hard to get good photos of my kids roller skating because the rink lighting is so weird, but I managed a few snapshots of them goofing around on their skates. I used some old SU papers (from 2006ish) and combined them with a skating die-cut I purchased today from the Cricut store, so I brought together old and new for this layout!
Loves Me papers (SU)
Espresso, Blossom & Baby Pink cardstock
Chocolate & Lagoon ink
Mind Your Manners stickers & Ephemera (Bella Blvd)
Aqua Dots
Baby Pink organdy ribbon
Cricut Nifty Fifties cartridge: roller skate
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #176

Adrian's 13th Birthday Layout

For these photos of my son's 13th birthday, I used some papers that I think came in my CTMH consultant kit when I signed up back in 2008. They are really cute papers, but I didn't have much that matched the exact colors. I finally decided to just use them even if they're not a perfect match, because I really need to make room in my stash for new paper! Can anyone relate?
Pennant Alphabet & You & Me stamp sets
Good Times papers & My Stickease
Buttercup & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate, Twilight & Pacifica ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
Chocolate baker's twine
Twilight brads & Bigger Brads
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: pennants
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #107 (rotated left)
Challenges: Lasting Memories #448 - Stamp Free for All! (I chose to use alphabet stamps again, but with the twist that they were pennants)

Thursday, May 30, 2019

End of School Year Cards

My son is graduating from eighth grade tonight, so I whipped up a fun card for him. I thought the sunglasses were a perfect fit for his teenage attitude!
Elemental & Universal Backgrounds stamp sets
Stargazer papers
Canary & White Daisy cardstock
Poppy, Pacifica, Canary & Grey Wool ink
Cricut Artistry cartridge: balloon
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: graduation cap, sunglasses
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap card sketch 143
Challenges: BBTB graduation theme

And for another teacher thank you card, I made this ice cream card for his English teacher. I thought she would like the play on words!
Take Note stamp set
Free to Be Me papers
Mint, Kraft & White Daisy cardstock
Juniper, Goldrush, Desert Sand & Tulip ink
Cricut Artistry cartridge: ice cream & cone
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap card sketch 140

Welcome to Westminster Abbey Layout

We weren't permitted to take photos inside Westminster Abbey, but I was able to purchase a bunch of postcards from the gift shop. The real challenge came in trying to scrapbook these, since they were almost 5" x 7" size, and I had ten of them! What to do? After contemplating a while, I decided to create a layout where four of the postcards are immediately visible, and the other 6 are hidden in Flip-Flaps under three of the visible postcards. I also used clear photo corners to mount the postcards, rather than sticking them on with adhesive, so I could actually remove each postcard and read the description on the back. I know I won't do that very often, but maybe in twenty years I will want to remember what all these photos depict! The postcards on the left page are of the Nave looking west (with grave of unknown warrior) and the Henry VII Chapel, and the postcards on the right are of the East Cloister and the tomb effigy of Elizabeth I.

And here are the postcards that are under the Flip-Flaps:
Shine of Edward the Confessor and the Coronation Chair

The High Altar with the Cosmati Pavement and the Henry VII Chapel ceiling
Tomb effigy of Mary Queen of Scots and Poet's Corner
Honeycomb, Diverse Backgrounds, Universal Backgrounds, You Are & This Happened stamp sets
Pemberly, Skylark & Elemental papers
Kraft, Indian Corn Blue, Barn Red & White Daisy cardstock
Desert Sand, Flaxen, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim & Barn Red ink
Cork heart stickers (American Crafts)
Mind Your Manners Ephemera (Bella Blvd)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banners
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: Remember
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #177 (left side) & Sketch-n-Scrap Inspired By Sketch #8 (rotated)

Challenges: Lasting Memories #446 - Tiny Stamps (I used a partial daisy stamp to add detail to the zip-strip scalloped border - it looked okay before, but I love how it now emphasizes the flow across the two pages)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Abbey Layout

For these photos of the north entrance of Westminster Abbey, I showcased one 5x7 and a 4x6 close-up, and then I placed another photo and my journaling in a Flip-Flap under the larger photo. I did start with a sketch but had to make some modifications since I didn't want any other page elements to overlap the Flip-Flap and prevent it from flipping up.
And here's the hidden journaling . . .
And the other photo.
Color Kaleidoscope papers (American Crafts)
Almond & Black cardstock
Black, Chocolate, Sapphire, Citrus Leaf ink
Cork Color-Ready alphabet stickers
Color Kaleidoscope Sticker Book & Thickers
Illustrated Faith Go die-cut (Bella Blvd)
Square Sparkles
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #136

Friday, May 24, 2019

Teacher Appreciation 2019 Cards

Needed to whip up a few cards for teachers, so here are a couple that I came up with!
Beautiful Friendship papers
Kraft, Smoothie & White Daisy cardstock
Sapphire, Smoothie & Canary ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Shinhan Touch Twin markers
White enamel dots
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartridge: tea cup
Pattern: Try Stamping on Tuesdays #409
Challenges: Double Trouble #29 (Thing 1- kraft cardstock base, Thing 2 - played along with TSOT sketch); Paper Girls #176 (my favorite beverage is tea!)

I Heart Us papers
Raspberry cardstock
Juniper & Lagoon ink
Lagoon Shimmer trim
Childhood PML card
Heart punch (Ek Success)
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap card sketch #146
Challenges: Heart 2 Heart Minty Fresh (I don't have much yet in mint so was happy to use a background from the I Heart Us papers to get me started)

Monday, May 20, 2019

National Gallery 1500s Layout

I ran out of pictures from 2014 to scrapbook, so while I'm waiting for my order to arrive, I turned my attention back to my London photos from 2017. Since we took a little over 3000 photos and I'm currently on Day 5 of a 14 day trip, I have a feeling I will be scrapping these photos on and off for the next five years! Anyway, for these photos from the National Gallery, featuring some of our favorite paintings from the 1500s, I decided to scrapbook just a few and place some more in a pocket page. Not including the white, there are only two colors on this layout: Barn Red and 3 shades of grey. I did this for a challenge I'm hosting over at, and let me tell you, it requires a lot of self-discipline not to add more colors - LOL!
Picture Perfect, All the Details, Alphabet Solo "R" & Love Life stamp sets
Paper Fundamentals Basic Assortment
Barn Red, Linen, Whisper & Grey Wool cardstock
Barn Red, Slate, Whisper & Grey Wool ink
Steel Gray marker (Zig)
PML Tabbed journaling cards
Grey  Wool baker's twine
Magic Mesh
CTMH Stripe embossing folder
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title banner
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #146

Challenges: Lasting Memories #447 Sentiment stamps (picture perfect, all the details, love this, remember); Heart 2 Heart Scrapbook Layouts (I could have chosen many of my layouts for this challenge, but I felt pretty proud of what I managed to do with some discontinued product, so here's my entry!)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Happy Summer Memories Layout

Layouts with a diagonal orientation are always a challenge for me, but I couldn't resist trying to create something using the May double sketch from Stick It Down. When you run papers diagonally across a page, a 12" long piece of paper is too short to fit all the way across the page, so I had to piece together the striped paper strip in a few places. Hopefully you can't tell!
Magnolia papers (MME)
Cocoa ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
Hopscotch PML card
Paradise & Floret Just Blooms paper flowers
White Daisy & Chocolate brads
Ribbon Boutique ribbon (Berwick)
Decorative brads (from my stash)
Dreamin' Big Complements "happy"
Pattern: Stick It Down May 2019 double page sketch

Challenges: Scrap With Stacy photo inspiration - I was inspired to add pink flowers to the layout, even though there are actually no flowers on the plants my kids are watering! I also used a script "happy" just like in the photo.

Monday, May 13, 2019

A Classy Christmas Party Layout

Taking a detour from my 2014 photos to scrapbook a layout for my daughter's school album. Heart 2 Heart has a florals challenge on their blog this month, but I didn't have a ton of pictures that went with florals, so I decided to add poinsettias to these Christmas party photos. Plus there are flowers in the patterned paper, so even though it's subtle, this is actually a floral-y page!
Glamour Uppercase & Lowercase Alphabets stamp sets
Snowhaven papers
Glacier, Cranberry, Black & Whisper cardstock
Glacier, Cranberry & Whisper ink
Black marker
Dreamin' Big Complements cardstock stickers
Red enamel gems
Cranberry velvet ribbon
Black tulle ribbon
#Life Cards - Enjoy
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: poinsettias, tag
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: scalloped photo frame
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #20

Friday, May 10, 2019

Fun in the Sun Layout

For the last of my Sea World pictures (for now), I had some miscellaneous ones of the kids enjoying the sun, the splash pad, and the animals, so I combined them on a traditional page and a pocket page. Here's the traditional page:

And here's how it will look with the pocket page:

Perfect Summer Day papers & chipboard (Lisa Bearnson June 2007 Kit of the Month)
Autumn Terracotta & White Daisy cardstock
Autumn Terracotta ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
Fun in the Sun title block, frame, quote, and Popsicles (DCWV)
Studio Calico enamel dots (American Crafts)
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: sunscreen tube
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #118
Challenges: Double Trouble #28 Spring/Summer (Thing 1 - I chose summer photos of the kids playing in the sun + Thing 2 - played along with the Three Amigo's food/drink challenge by adding some Popsicles to my layout)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Mother's Day Card 2019

I was working on a layout when I suddenly realized Mother's Day is this Sunday and I hadn't made a card for my mom yet - bad me! I wanted to try something a little different, so I pulled out the Happy Place stamp set that I had purchased a while ago but never used. The little nesting dolls are so cute, and I thought they would be a fun image to use on my card. The rest of the pieces took a little longer to fall into place, but I ended up using a bunch of random stuff that managed to look good together. Just an FYI: the patterned paper is from a Christmas kit and has mittens on the back (which would take me forever to use here in Southern California), so I re-purposed it for a Mother's Day card. Sometimes out of the box thinking can really help use up some of your stash!
Happy Place & Background Builders stamp sets
Pear & Partridge PML card
Cotton Candy, Bamboo, Desert Sand, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Cotton Candy, Bamboo, Desert Sand, Black & Cranberry ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Xmas Red Stickles (Ranger)
Heart punch (EK Success)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: sentiment
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap card sketch #77
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug Mother's Day

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

On Cloud 9 Layout

For my little boy, the highlight of his day at Sea World was getting to meet the Sesame Street characters. He was totally on Cloud 9! I scrapbooked a few pictures of him and my daughter posing with them, and put the rest plus a journaling card in a pocket page. The Studio Challenges blog is asking to see lots of threes in our layouts, so I included a 3 word title, 3 photos, 3 patterned papers, 3 circle embellishments, and 3 Thickers. That's a lot of threes!
And here are a couple of photos from my pocket page showing Angel meeting Bert and Ernie.

DCWV Summer Stack papers
Canary, Goldrush, Star Spangled Blue, Pixie, Cranberry & White Daisy cardstock
Star Spangled Blue, Pear, Cranberry, Pixie, Goldrush & Canary ink
Green baker's twine (from my stash)
Escape the Ordinary Thickers (American Crafts)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #6

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Thrill Seekers Layout

Another layout I completed on National Scrapbook Day, also from Sea World. The roller coaster die-cut from my Cricut You are Here Cartridge is so darling but not something I think I'll use often, so I jumped at the chance to include it here.
Extreme Caps Alphabet stamp set
Tinkering papers
Sky, Slate, Lemon & Cranberry cardstock
Cranberry, Twilight & Clover Meadow ink ink
White enamel stars
Our Adventure circle sticker (MAMBI)
Field Notes Thickers (American Crafts)
Red ric-rac
Cricut You are Here cartridge: roller coaster, cars
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #167 (rotated right)
Challenges: The Crafter's Cafe #218 - make your own background and/or use dies or punches (I went with die-cuts, although I kinda created my own background with the little visual scene of the roller coaster); Double Trouble #27 - SomeThing, AnyThing & EveryThing (Thing 1 - I never used the roller coaster die-cut before, Thing 2 - I also played along with the Crafter's Cafe challenge, Thing 3 - I stamped my title plus added 2 sentiment stickers).

Under the Sea {World} Layout

Did anyone else get to scrapbook on National Scrapbooking Day? I got four layouts completed, so here is #2. We went to Sea World twice in the summer of 2014, so it might be a challenge giving a unique look to all the layouts I will be scrapping, but I'm going to try. Here's my first one, using the same title I used for my daughter's Open House layout I did in February. Since they are from different years and will be in different albums, I don't think my family will even notice - so don't tell them! This layout was lots of fun to embellish; I especially enjoyed creating the large starfish, which I die-cut and then embossed with small dots and lines up each leg.
Caboodle, Central Park & Cherry-O papers
Sunset, Lagoon & White Daisy cardstock
Sunset, Lagoon & Crystal Blue ink
Ocean marker
Honey Triangles & Lagoon washi tape
Field Notes Journaling Ephemera (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope Thickers (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope cardstock stickers (American Crafts)
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder
Cricut Artistry cartridge: starfish border
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: starfish, title
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #56

Joy of Sets May Tic-Tac-Toe (stripes, blue, emboss)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Everyday Ordinary Life Layout

It's National Scrapbook Day, and I'm playing along with the challenges over at and anywhere else I can find! Anyone else scrapping today? Here's my first layout of the day, using a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. I seldom scrapbook only one photo, but this sketch was perfect for this single picture, and my layout just flew together. Thanks for the inspiration!
Sarita papers
Gypsy, Cotton Candy & Outdoor Denim cardstock
Goldrush, Cotton Candy & Outdoor Denim ink
Outdoor Denim marker
PML tabbed journaling cards
Color Kaleidoscope Sticker Book (American Crafts)
Studio Calico enamel dots (American Crafts)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: arrow
Pattern: Let's Get Sketchy May 2019

And their moodboard inspired me to add flowers and use orange and yellow.