Monday, January 30, 2023

Measure - Stir - Mix Layout

I've been playing along with a challenge from that requires us to pick a sketch and create 5 layouts based on the sketch, in addition to four other elements (stamps, washi tape, distressing, journaling). It's been fun to figure out how to make each one look unique! Here's my latest, and I decided to flip the sketch upside down and use a horizontal photo instead of one of the  vertical ones.

Love These People stamp set
One Wish papers (Sweetwater)
Kraft, Tulip, Shortbread, Cocoa & Colonial White cardstock
Cocoa & Cashmere ink
Brown & Black markers (Zig)
Red gel pen (Sakura)
Slate polka dot washi tape
Cricut Shabby Chic Tea Towel Designs digital cartridge: stir, measure, mix, measuring cups & spoons
Cricut Whisk It All SVG file: mixing bowl & whisk
Sketch: EMS Sketch Challenge #94

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Hey Santa Layout + Lasting Memories #635

For my final challenge as a guest designer for Lasting Memories, I needed to scrapbook about a family tradition or event that happens year after year. One thing we do every Christmas morning is listen for the sirens on the fire trucks that tell us Santa is on his way with treats for all the kids, courtesy of the local fire department. It's a really old tradition in our city, so I thought it would be fun to scrap it for this challenge.

Star power stamp set
Happiest Place & March/April 2022 Mix-In papers
Jingle All the Way papers (Simple Stories)
Sage cardstock
Candy Apple & Black ink
Black marker
Jingle All the Way chipboard stickers (Simple Stories)
Black baker's twine
Clear sparkles
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title
Pattern: Stick It Down January 2023 single page sketch (rotated right and with larger photos)

Challenges: : Lasting Memories #635 Traditions; Cupcake Inspirations #561 Polka Dots (mine are huge but hopefully they still qualify)

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Ashurbanipal's Library Layout

It's been almost a year since I scrapped any photos from our 2017 trip to London, so I though I should get some more done. I would like to see this trip completely scrapped before I die! These photos were taken at the British Museum's Assyrian exhibit. Since I am such a bookworm, I loved seeing King Ashurbanipal's "library to contain all knowledge." Compared to the capacity of my Kindle Fire, his library seemed pretty tiny, but I got a kick out of someone in ancient times loving reading and knowledge as much as I do!

I'd Rather be Reading & Quotable Words stamp sets
She's Magic One More Chapter & Kind Heart papers (American Crafts - Dear Lizzy)
Flamingo, Crystal Blue, Cotton Candy, Ballerina & White Daisy cardstock
Crystal Blue, Juniper, Cotton Candy, Sorbet & Black ink
Black marker
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Freshly Baked enamel shapes
My Crush Besties Assortment journaling card
Field Trip Puffy Thickers (American Crafts)
Color Kaleidoscope stickers (American Crafts)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped border
Cricut Design Space: cat & book stacks (I scanned the stamps and imported them into Design Space, then used them to make a cut file that I will be able to use any time I use these stamps, which could be often!)
Pattern: scraplift from (this really was my starting point, although I made lots of changes as I went along)

Challenges: Cut It Up #270 Love + a die-cut (this is probably not the type of love they had in mind, but I am an unashamed book lover, so that's where I went!)

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Winter Recital Layout

For my daughter's first piano recital, she played Good King Wenceslas. The first verse has lyrics about the king looking out and seeing, by the bright light of the moon, a woodsman gathering winter fuel, which inspired me to add the crown, woodgrain washi tape, snowy slopes, and trees against a big moon.

Back to Nature stamp set
Bus Trip stamp set (Inkadinkado)
That's Amore & Stargazer papers
Ruby, Chocolate, Saddle, Almond & White Daisy cardstock
Ruby, Chocolate, Pine, Whisper, Almond & Black ink
Sienna fineliner pen (iBayam)
Gold metallic marker
Ruby chevron & woodgrain washi tape
Red enamel gems
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: banner, scalloped border
Cricut Wall Decor & More cartridge: crown
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: title
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #94 (reversed)

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Engage Layout + Lasting Memories #634

One Little Word has become a popular trend among scrapbookers to help focus their minds on what is important during a given year. I had never done this or even considered it, but the latest challenge from Lasting Memories was - you guessed it - One Little Word! It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do for this, but I eventually chose the word "Engage" and found a sketch and a recent photo of myself to use for my layout. I bought a 9" x 9" shadow box that I will use to frame the layout, and I plan to hang it in my scrapbook room to help me remember to engage throughout the course of the year. Hopefully seeing it all the time will help keep me accountable! If you have been thinking of picking a One Little Word for the year, the Lasting Memories challenge is open until the end of the month for you to join with your scrapbook page containing your word. Hope to see you over there!

Take Note & Cherish the Day stamp sets
My Happy Place papers (Doodlebug Designs)
Sage, Pixie, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Sage, Pixie & Black ink
Black marker
Oh Happy Day chipboard stickers & washi tape (Simple Stories)
Heart to Heart Shape Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: title
Cricut Artistry cartridge: tab
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: notebook paper
Pattern: Page Maps Sketch

Challenges: Crafter"s Cafe #293 Colors of the Rainbow

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Winter Blast 2016 Layout

I'm skipping around a bit in my scrapping, so here is a layout with photos from an event at our church in December 2016.

Just for the Holidays & Snowflakes stamp sets
Jingle All the Way papers (Simple Stories)
Ruby, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Ruby, Black & Versamark ink
White gel pen (Sakura)
White embossing powder
Jingle All the Way Journal Bits
Ruby chevron washi tape
White Daisy organdy ribbon
Clear Sparkles
Nested Stitched Eyelet Rectangle die-cut (Cottage Cutz)
Cricut Design Space: title using Austin Hearts font
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped border
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #94 (rotated right)

Challenges: Festive Friday #126 Wear Red Day (red, ribbon, rhinestones)

Friday, January 20, 2023

Winter Wonderland Layout

We never get snow in Los Angeles, but we are fortunate enough to have mountains within a short drive, so we occasionally are able to take the kids sledding. I loved being able to pull out a bunch of my winter themed stamps - that I can't resist purchasing but seldom get to use - and put them to work creating this layout!

Snowflakes, Flakey Friends, All Decked Out & Take Note stamp sets
Snowhaven & White Pines papers
Cranberry, Glacier, Pewter & White Daisy cardstock
Cranberry, Glacier, Pewter, Almond & Black ink
Black marker
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Jingle All the Way puffy stickers (Simple Stories)
Red & White pearls
Cranberry grosgrain ribbon
Cricut Artistry cartridge: title shape, snowflake
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: notebook paper
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: postage stamp frame
Pattern: Stick It Down January 2023 double page sketch

Challenges: Use Your Stuff #475 Inspired by a Book - my son's kindergarten teacher gave him this book many years ago, and even though we didn't build a snowman on this trip, I added a couple to my layout anyway!

Sunday, January 15, 2023

London Title Page Layout + Lasting Memories #633

Lasting Memories' third challenge of 2023 is live today, and as a guest designer this month, I was asked to create a title page for one of my albums. Just like last week's "year in review" challenge, I do not usually create title pages but just jump in with whatever event or group of pictures comes first. Fortunately, however, I had always planned to have a title page for my London album, so I selected a few photos from our London trip and was able to create a intro page for my album. Feel free to join the challenge over at Lasting Memories and get a title page done for one of your albums. All of the challenges are open the rest of January.

My little stuffed lamb travels with me everywhere I go (I use him as a neck support for sleeping), so I added a stamped lamb to show that he got to come to London with us! The maid at the hotel had a sense of humor and left a chocolate for him on the bed in addition to the ones she left for my husband and me.

Love You Forever
Smarty Pants, Spring 2020 Mix-Ins, Oct - Dec 2022 Mix-Ins & Four Seasons - Winter papers
Desert Rose, Sage, Kraft & White Daisy cardstock
Desert Rose, Peach, Sage, Mink & Black ink
Black marker
Let's Wander stickers (American Crafts)
Slate washi tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: scalloped border
Cricut Design Space: title using Austin Hearts font
Pattern: Rochelle Spears January 2023 sketch (I really wanted to use the banners but once I added the flower in the corner of the vertical photo, there just wasn't room!)

Challenges: Double Trouble #129 Cuddle Up (Thing 1 = 3 Colors of your choice and 2 Layers and 1 Warm & Cuddly Image + Thing 2 & 3 = play along with Color My Heart Color Dare #530)

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Play Date Layout

For these fun photos of a playdate with my eldest's son's birth mom and siblings, I pulled out a stamp set I had purchased last July in anticipation of scrapping this layout. Can't believe it took me this long to get to it! I stamped the "Play Date" title on a pocket card and then colored it in using my ShinHan markers.

At the Park & Notice the Details stamp sets
May/June 2022 Mix-In papers
Honey Butter, Capri, Gypsy, Blush, Hollyhock & White Daisy cardstock
Flamingo, Mint, Capri, Gypsy & Black ink
Black marker
Ink Blue fineliner pen (iBayam)
ShinHan TouchTwin markers
Childhood PML cards
Crisp Air & Seas the Day enamel dots
Craft buttons
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: butterfly, large flowers, banner
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: scalloped photo mat
Small flower punch (EK Success)
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #59

Challenges: Cut It Up #269 Anything Goes with a die cut (mine were all cut on my Cricut)

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

We're On a Roll Card

Today was my 31st wedding anniversary, so I needed to make a card for my hubby. We recently went roller skating with our kids, and he commented how he would love to have his own skates since the rental ones at the rink were so uncomfortable. His comment must have stuck in my mind, because the idea of creating a skating card sprang to mind last night. The only skating cut file I own says "Let's roll," so I had to purchase a new file to use in Cricut Design Space, but it's really cute and easy to assemble, so I think I'm going to get a lot of mileage out of it - pun intended!

Friendship Alphabet Small stamp set
Stargazer & May/June 2022 Mix-In papers
Ruby, Pebble, Charcoal, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Ruby & Black Ink
Cricut Design Space: Layered Perfect Party Icons
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap Card Sketch #233

Challenges: Allsorts #710 Something New (Cricut roller skate cut file); Crafting Happiness #138 Celebrations; Let's Craft & Create #191 Anything Goes with optional black & white (I also added some red)

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

EMS Sketch Challenge #106 + The Real Deal Layout

I remember crying the day my eldest son got on the bus to go to science camp. He struggles with extreme anxiety, so I was sure he would be terrified in this strange new environment. Turn out my fears were groundless, because he had a great time, and even brought back a bunch of photos on the disposable camera we bought him. I couldn't figure out what to do with this random selection of his facial expressions, so I decided to create a sketch, which I am now sharing with you! The photo sizes are just suggestions, so you can adapt it to whatever sizes work for your pictures, and the "white" space on the background can either be kept very simple or it's a great opportunity to show off one of those busy papers you're never quite sure how to use. As always, please post a link to your completed layout in the comments section so I can enjoy it!

The sketch:

My layout:

Fresh Air paper
Happy Trails Take a Hike paper (Simple Stories)
New England Ivy cardstock
Toffee ink
Burnt Sienna fineline pen (iBayam)
Jackson PML card
Fresh Air Complements die cuts
Circle Double Stitched steel die (Art Impressions)

Sunday, January 8, 2023

2016 In Review Layout + Lasting Memories #632

As the second challenge for my month as guest designer for Lasting Memories, we were asked to create a year in review layout. When I first read this, I groaned because this is not something I usually do, but I am so glad now for this challenge! It was really fun figuring out what photos to use (I ended up choosing one per month), what embellishments to use to tie them together (I picked stickers from multiple sources), and what journaling to write (used a bullet pointed list).

Summer Vibes papers
Kraft, Glacier & Black cardstock
Candy Red, Sunny Yellow & Glacier ink
Black marker
Candid Moments PML journaling card
Blue Belle shimmer trim
Happiest Place Acrylic Shapes
Emoji sticker (American Greetings)
Slice of Life mini puffy stickers (American Crafts)
I Heart Us Complements sticker
Smarty Pants cardstock sticker
Let's Wander sticker (American Crafts)
Birthday cake sticker (CM)
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #78

Challenges: Use Your Stuff #474 Real or Faux Stitching (I used a pen to add stitching the the border under my photos)

Thursday, January 5, 2023

A Fine Romance Layout

I was invited to be a guest designer at Time Out Challenges this month, so here is their first challenge of 2023: Romantic! Since my anniversary is in January, I decided to pull out photos from our anniversary dinner in 2017. My hubby took me to the restaurant where we dined the evening he proposed back in 1991. It is about an hour's drive away from where we currently live, and with a bunch of little children in the house, we hadn't been able to make it back very often, so I appreciated his efforts to be sure we had a lovely evening. The restaurant has since closed its doors permanently, so I'm glad I have these photos to remember this wonderful place. If you have romance themed photos to scrap, or want to get a jump start on a Valentine's Day card for your honey, head on over to Time Out to join in this challenge. The winner will receive a $20 gift voucher to spend at Jane's Doodles.

A Perfect Day papers
Black, Toffee, Tulip & Juniper cardstock
Black, Toffee, Tulip & Juniper ink
Heartstrings Complements cardstock stickers
Shape Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)
Colonial White ric-rac
Oatmeal grosgrain ribbon (Offray)
Cricut Design Space: title using Thick Typeface font
Cricut Artiste cartridge: large heart
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #61

Challenges: Time Out Challenges #229 Romance

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Lego Fun Layout

We have lots of places for kids to have fun in the Los Angeles area, including the Discovery Center of Los Angeles, the subject of this layout. 

Friendship Word puzzle stamp set
Building Blocks Backgrounds paper (Scrapbook Customs)
Bluebird & White Daisy cardstock
Clover Meadow & Bluebird ink
Peacock Blue fineline pen (iBayam)
White gel pen (Sakura)
Jeepers Creepers washi tape
Stargazer Dots
Love You More Shape Sprinkles (Doodlebug Designs)
Color Kaleidoscope Thickers (American Crafts)
Edge distressor
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title
Pattern: EMS Scrapbook Challenge #94

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Who Wore It Better Layout

Love these photos of my son and my hubby wearing the same hat, and I had so much fun creating this layout. This finishes up my 2015 photos (except one layout I will be posting in a couple of weeks), and I just have November and December left to scrap from 2016, so I will officially only be 6 years behind in my scrapping once those are done - LOL!

Cassidy Alphabet stamp set
Mistletoe, Sparkle & Shine, Evenson & Jingle papers
Brenda Walton Peppermint Twist Large Holiday Trees Foil paper (K & Company)
Scrappin' Fun Christmas papers (Creating Keepsakes)
Black, Topiary, Tulip, Chocolate, Kraft & White Daisy cardstock
Topiary, Tulip, Cranberry, Juniper & Whisper ink
Silver & White gel pens (Sakura)
Black marker
Jingle All the Way Decorative Brads, Puffy Stickers & Journaling Bits (Simple Stories)
Black epoxy bubbles
Red pearls
Pine Shimmer Trim
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: curved square, banners, scalloped border, brackets
Cricut Artistry cartridge: snowman, long banner, title
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge #77

Challenges: Scrap With Stacy January 2023 Tic Tac Toe (I used the top row across with circle + banner + ink)

Sunday, January 1, 2023

The Force Awakens Layout + Lasting Memories #631

I was excited to be invited to guest design for the month of January at Lasting Memories, one of my favorite crafting challenge blogs. Their first challenge for 2023 was "Firsts." Although there are so many ways to interpret this, I decided to scrap a photo of my younger kids and myself at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, because it was the first time any of my kids were old enough to see a Star Wars movie in the theater. Since I only had one photo from this event, I found line drawings of  Rey and Kylo Ren online, printed them out, and colored them in using markers. The journaling is supposed to reflect the opening crawl of the movies, but in black with a yellow background.

Let's Wander Mixed Media paper (American Crafts)
Black & White Daisy cardstock
Sky & Moonstruck ink
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Silver gel pen (Sakura)
Gold Shimmer Trim
Black buttons
Cricut Artiste cartridge: filmstrip
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch18Oct