Sunday, March 29, 2020

Spring Forward Layout

Our church has a fun springtime tradition of letting the kids and Sunday school volunteers come to church in their pajamas at the start of daylight savings time, in part to help the parents who have lost an hour of sleep! The old saying of "Spring forward, fall back" inspired my title.
Beautiful Friendship papers
Linen, Smoothie, Canary, Slate, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Smoothie, Canary & Sapphire ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
Gold Metallix marker
Paradise Just Blooms paper flowers
Pizzazz Irresistibles chipboard
Stargazer enamel dot
Smoothie grosgrain ribbon
Gazebo Great Lengths stickers (CM)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: Spring title
Cricut Artiste cartridge: subtitle, clock
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: butterflies
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #196
Challenges: Double Trouble #52 - Die-lirious and Punchy (Thing 1 - used the spring title, spring event, and flowers and butterflies + Thing 2 - link up with Bitten By the Bug's Spring Equinox challenge); Heart 2 Heart paper tearing

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Visitation Layout

As a (former) foster parent, there is so much I could say on the topic of visitation, but I kept it short for this layout featuring my two youngest all ready to leave for visitation with their birth mom. Those days are far behind us now, and all visitation is voluntary, but they were definitely a challenge back when we had to do them!
Stitched Journaling Panels stamp set (Autumn Leaves)
Spring Fun scrapbook kit - papers, epoxy sticker (KI Memories)
Toffee, Saddle, Lagoon & White Daisy cardstock
Saddle & Bubblegum ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
Trinkets wooden shapes
Oh Happy Day scrapbook kit - chipboard, ephemera, stickers (Simple Stories)
White Daisy rub-on
Flower ribbon (American Crafts)
Ric-rac (Craft Essentials)
Flower sequins (JoAnns)
Cricut Design Space: welded title
Pattern: Scrap Our Stash March 2020 sketch

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Snowboarding Layout

I usually avoid papers that feature a large pattern because I have no idea what to do with them, but I couldn't resist this cool paper with a scene of a snowy slope, perfect for scrapping photos of my son snowboarding with his dad. I found a layout on that showed a creative way to use the paper, so I ended up pairing it with this awesome snowboarding phrases paper and a little bit of glitter paper to add some bling! A die-cut banner with the title stamped and embossed on it, plus a few fun die-cut pieces completed the scene. Hope you enjoy the finished product.
Newsprint Alphabet stamp set (2004)
Snowboarding Mountain left & Snowboarding 2 papers (Scrapbook Customs)
Glitter paper (Recollections)
Crystal Blue, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Crystal Blue & Versamark ink
Black marker
White embossing powder
White Daisy brads
Black baker's twine
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banner, tag
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: snowboarder, snowboard, snowflake
Pattern: Scraplift from gallery
Challenges: Retro Rubber Challenges #131 Tic-Tac-Toe board (I chose the middle row with embossing - die cut - twine)

Monday, March 23, 2020

Sweet Humphrey? Layout

For these photos of my son's hamster Humphrey (named after the one in the Humphrey book series), I included hidden journaling because I wanted to share my true feelings about this horrible pet but didn't want to hurt my son's feelings, but while I was scrapping this, my son came into the room and said, "Oh, is that the hamster that bit my finger?" Guess he wasn't as fond of Humphrey as I thought!
And here's where the journaling card is tucked away:
Atomic Caps stamp set
Color Kaleidoscope papers (American Crafts)
Almond & Lagoon cardstock
Lagoon, Citrus Leaf, Saddle, Chocolate & Black ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
PML Tabbed Journaling card
Milepost Shapes corrugated cardboard
Sunset baker's twine
Color Kaleidoscope Thicker & puffy stickers (American Crafts)
DIY Shop cork arrow (American Crafts)
Field Notes Journaling Ephemera (American Crafts)
Oh Happy Day Bits & Pieces ephemera (Simple Stories)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: Humphrey
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #413
Challenges: Lasting Memories #490 Texture (used a cork arrow, puffy stickers, corrugated cardboard, and baker's twine); The Studio 5-4-3-2-1- challenge.  (I used 5 patterned papers including the hearts which were fussy cut from one piece of patterned paper, 4 printed die-cuts, 3 photos, 2 pocket cards, and 1 arrow)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

EMS Sketch 87 + Coachella Valley Preserve Layout

Since I posted a single page sketch at the beginning of March, I thought I would create a double pager for those who need some more space for all those photos you have taken. This features seven uncropped 4" x 6" photos in a variety of orientations, but feel free to move them around or use different sizes if this doesn't work for you. And as always, post a link to your completed layout in the comments section below so I can check out what you have been creating with the sketch!

The Sketch:

My Layout:
Honeycomb, Universal Backgrounds & Vintage Type stamp sets
You & Me papers
Lagoon & Smoothie cardstock
White Daisy textured cardstock
Smoothie, Chocolate, Lagoon, Creme Brulee & Buttercup ink
Just Blooms Paper Shapes - Paradise, Flutter & Floret
Aqua enamel dots
Round Sparkles - brown
DE Signage chipboard shapes
Colonial White ric-rac
Chocolate embroidery floss
Adornaments Fibers: Beige (EK Success)
Magic Mesh (Creative Imaginations)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: Coachella title
Challenges: Stinkin' Inkers Pastel Palette - use one or more pastel colors; Lasting Memories #489 Pressed Leaves or Flowers (they okayed any type of flowers, which was good because I only had paper or stamped flowers!); Cupcake Inspirations #489 - Butterflies
Scrap Our Stash Color Combo Challenge + add stash item for each letter of your first name: My items were:
C - chipboard
H - Honeycomb stamp set, hexagons
E - embroidery floss, enamel dots
R - ricrac
Y - You & Me patterned papers
L - leaf, Lagoon cardstock

Friday, March 20, 2020

Legoland Hotel Layout

I haven't felt much like scrapbooking the last few days between the frightening things happening in the world and having to homeschool my kids (also a frightening thing). But today I forced myself to sit at my desk while my kids were busy with school assignments, and I pulled out the brightest papers and stickers I could find that went with my photos, and I got to work. I loved Sketch #112 from Sketches in Thyme (see below), but I had 4 rectangular photos, so I had to adapt it a little to make it work.
Dreamin' Big papers
Glacier & Poppy cardstock
Juniper, Poppy & Goldrush ink
Magical Adventures cardstock stickers (Echo Park)
Cricut Artiste: title
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #112

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Miniland Layout

If you've never been to Miniland at Legoland, you are missing out on a real treat! I love these photos of my kids and a friend enjoying the miniature scenes created by the designers there.
So excited my hubby was finally able to fix my scanner so the colors on this layout are true to life - yay!
Stargazer papers
Carolina & White Daisy cardstock
Sapphire, Poppy & Canary ink
Black marker
Magical Adventure cardstock stickers (Echo Park)
Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Stargazer enamel dots
Black hemp
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: title
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Pattern: Rochelle Spears March sketch (modified slightly)
Challenges: Scrap With Stacy March Tic-Tac-Toe board (I was going to use the row with epoxy + banner + tag, but I accidentally used enamel instead of epoxy, so I had to add some wood shapes to use banner + wood + die-cut title!)

Friday, March 13, 2020

Best Day Ever @ Legoland Layout

I posted a Legoland intro page a few weeks ago, so here I am to pick up on the other layouts from our fun day. For this layout, I used one of my old sketches and some pastel yellow base cardstock so that the bright colors of the Lego block patterned paper wouldn't be overwhelming. The stickers are actually from a Disney pack, but once you exclude all the mouse-themed ones, a lot of the other ones are multi-purpose. Anyone else ever re-purpose products like that? Gotta confess, it's one of my favorite techniques for using up stash that would otherwise sit on my shelves for years!
Sorry about the off colors of this layout. My scanner is still not working,
and taking photos with a camera is just not the same!
Building Blocks papers (Scrapbook Customs)
Canary, Bluebird cardstock
Black marker
PML tabbed journaling card
Say Cheese III cardstock stickers (Simple Stories)
Cricut Art Philosophy: arrows
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch17Mar

Monday, March 9, 2020

Create Your Own Path Layout

I am pretty sure when you saw the title of this layout, you assumed it was all about being an individualist and not following the crowd, right? I decided to have some fun with a "Create your own path" Thicker I had in my stash, and so I journaled the following under the title: "Except when you're on a ski lift. Then it is probably better just to go wherever it takes you!" Sometime I have to get creative about using up items in my stash that I don't have any pictures for, so hopefully you enjoyed my little misdirection!

Frame It Up stamp set
A Perfect Winter papers (Echo Park)
Grey Wool & White Daisy cardstock
Outdoor Denim & Cranberry ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Gold Metallic marker
Escape the Ordinary Thicker (American Crafts)
Emoji stickers (American Greetings)
Metropolitan Great Lengths sticker (CM)
Winterscape Design Lines (Mrs. Grossman's)
Tree die-cuts (from my stash, source unknown)
Petticoats & Pinstripes enamel dots (Echo Park)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: journaling block
Pattern: EMS Sketch 31

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Moving on Up Layout

My previous two layouts featured photos from our snow trip to Mt. Baldy, so today I'm going back in time and showing you how we got there - on the ski lift! I also went back in time and snagged an older sketch I created for Splitcoast Stampers, and I used that for the foundation of the design. This was always a favorite sketch of mine because of the tilt (that's something I seldom do), so it was fun to work with it again. My final "back in time" was the stickers and patterned papers I used. The papers have been in my stash since 2007 and the stickers since 2008. so hopefully I was able to give them an updated look on this layout.
My scanner still isn't working so pardon the uneven lighting in this photo of my layout!
Magnolia papers (MME)
Kraft, Fern, Cashmere & White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry, Fern, Cashmere & Cocoa ink
Brown marker (Zig)
Open House Holiday stickers (CM)
Escape the Ordinary & Hello Friend Thickers (American Crafts)
Enamel & Glitter Duos - blue dots
Cricut Design Space: title using Lemon font
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch15May1
Challenges: The Paper Girls 1#95 - glitter (I avoided the whole "to glitter or not to glitter" controversy by using enamel dots with glitter inside them - all the sparkle and none of the mess!)

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Joy of Sets Challenge # 15 + In a Winter Wonderland Layout

It's the first Saturday of the month, so that means it's time for the Joy of Sets Tic-Tac-Toe challenge reveal! Not gonna lie, the board this month was pretty challenging for me, but that made it even more rewarding when I came up with some photos that incorporated the right hand column of silver (the snowflakes), weather (snow and fog), and paper piecing (the snowmen). I have some other ideas for the birthday, punch, food column, too, so you may see me posting a second layout based on this challenge later this month. Feel free to play along until the end of the month by choosing any row across, down, or diagonal and sharing your completed project on the link above.

My scanner broke last week, so I had to take a photo of the layout instead of scanning it, and some of the detail got lost. Here's a close-up of the snowmen and the stamped snow flurries. Aren't these little guys cute?

And here's the Joy of Sets board:

All Decked Out stamp set
A Perfect Winter papers (Echo Park)
Snowhaven papers
Crystal Blue, Tulip, Twilight, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Crystal Blue & Tulip ink
Twilight & Black markers
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Heartfelt Wonder felt snowflakes
Glitter Embossed Snowflake stickers (Recollections)
Holiday Joy rub-ons (Frances Meyer)
Red enamel gems
Aqua enamel dots
Liquid Glass
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title, snowmen
Pattern: Stick It Down March double page sketch

Challenges: Lasting Memories #487 Patterned Paper (there are actually four different patterned papers on here!); Use Your Stuff #393 Favorite Embellishment (definitely die-cuts for me - here I used two snow men and a die-cut title)

Friday, March 6, 2020

EMS Sketch Challenge 86 + Baby It's Cold Outside Layout

Time for a new sketch challenge! I haven't done a single pager in a while, so I thought I would share one I created for my snowy-day-but-we're-snug-inside-sipping-hot-cocoa layout. The photos can be either full size or slightly trimmed 4" x 6" ones, and if you want more of a heart shape for your overall layout design, you could always center the bottom photo. I added a strip of vellum across the page because my title wasn't showing up very well again the busy papers, so don't be afraid to make modifications to make the sketch work for you. Please post a link in the comments section to your completed layout if you use the sketch. I love seeing what others do with my sketches!

The sketch:
My layout:
A Sip & Whooo's Your Valentine stamp sets
Cup of Cocoa paper (Frances Meyer)
White Pines paper
Cranberry, Glacier & White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry & Glacier ink
Black & Gold Metallics markers
Durables Triangle Studs - antiqued gold
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: title
Cricut You Are Here cartridge: snowflakes, mug
CTMH Confetti embossing folder
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug anything except a card; Double Trouble #51 Go Green (Thing 1 - use lots of green + Thing 2 - play along with Heart 2 Heart's Put Your Green On challenge + Thing 4 - added antiqued gold studs and used a gold marker around the heart to include something gold)