Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Just under the wire ...

..,.with a couple of October challenges from the Scraptastic Club blog! I love design team member Susan Stringfellow's sketches, and this month's was no exception. I used the fantastic Thriller kit and add-on along with the sketch to show off my youngest grandchildren in their Halloween finery:


The October 9 challenge asked for at least five digital files (print or diecuts) on a project. I used several different bat cut files, as well as the orange scallop circle, a banner and cobweb corner files, on this layout, again using the Thriller kit and add-on:


I also loaded up a few Halloween cards with multiple die cuts from various files:


 I used individual files for the moon, raven, tombstone, zombie hands, and the RIP letters on the left; and various bat files, a frightful font, the moon and tombstones for the right.

For these two, I used Jillibean files for the cute owls (styled after the Jillibean die cuts that came in the Thriller kit), and more files for the moom, bats, letters, fence, grass and pumpkins.

I L O V E D the Thriller kit and add-on! In addition to the two layouts above, I also completed these two layouts with the kit. I used a PageMaps sketch for this one. The photos are from 1990:


I used a Nuts About Sketches sketch for this one, featuring my oldest three kids back in 1987:


I have a two-pager in progress now using the same kit, with paper for at least a couple more projects (probably for next year's Halloween cards for the grandkids) Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday to scrap, even more so than Christmas. I can just go wild with the patterns, colors and embellishments and have fun.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Scrapbookers Blog Tour!

 Welcome to this stop on the Scrapbookers Blog Tour. I was invited by Tina Gale; you can visit her blog here
Here's a little bit about my creative process:
What am I working on right now?
I'm staying with two young boys in their home this week while their parents enjoy a much-deserved vacation on a warm, sunny island. But before I came over here, I grabbed a couple of scrapbook kits, some extra cardstock and essential tools. I plan to create a double-page layout using the kit and an assigned sketch for Nuts About Sketches, where I'm proud to be on the design team.

My most recently finished project is this layout featuring my third child (now in his late 20's) the year he was Dracula for Halloween. With his normally blond hair spray-dyed black and with his white face paint, I couldn't find him at first when I walked into his kindergarten classroom -- a kind of scary moment! My husband suggested this before-and-after layout, which I thought was a great idea.


I used a Pagemaps sketch and the wonderful "Thriller" kit from Scrapstastic Kit Club. 

How long does it take me to create a project?
If I'm on a roll and it's a good day, I might finish a layout in one day. However, I tend to be a slow scrapper, taking my time in choosing a design, papers, embellishments and so on. Sometimes a layout can be on my table for two or three days. I used to think I should "get faster" but now I just enjoy the process, however long it may take.

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I received a Silhouette Cameo in December as a combination Christmas/birthday gift, and I love making things for my projects! In the layout above, the kit came with a set of adorable Jillibean owls (see the witch). I wanted the Frankenstein owl to be bigger, so I bought the file on the Sihouette site and made my own; I'll use the Jillibean one on another project.

How does my creative process work?
Most of the time, I start with a photo or group of pictures. However, I often start with a sketch (especially for design team work or a challenge on a blog or forum). I love sketches and rarely do a layout without one. They just help me get down to what I love most about scrapping -- putting down that paper and those photos. 

After I have the sketch and photo(s), I choose my patterned papers. My backgrounds usually are neutral colored cardstock, but occasionally I will use patterned paper. Usually I have my journaling and title in mind. I was a journalist for many years, so these two components are always an important part of any layout. Last (but maybe the most fun) is choosing the embellishments. They add the character to the page! And somehow the process doesn't feel "finished" until I share the layout on Facebook, forums, and/or my blog.

 How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I actively look for inspiration -- either in photos I've taken or that my children send me (or those I snag off Facebook, I'm notorious for that), in challenges on blogs and forums, when I see an interesting sketch. I also find inspiration in other scrappers' layouts and projects I admire. Sometimes if I'm not feeling especially inspired, I make a card or two. Even if they're very basic, the simple act of putting paper together seems to get the creativity flowing again.

 What is my signature style?
I keep trying to name my "style", and I'm not sure I really have one. I know I love layers and I love pouring on the embellishments. I also like some "white space", 

These are a few of my current favorite layouts. They all started with a sketch and a kit:








I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

One more Scraptastic challenge ...

I don't do double-page layouts as much as I did a few years ago, but I really love the way this one turned out! It's my design team layout for  Sketch #338 from Nuts About Sketches; I used the April Worth Wondering Kit from Scraptastic Kit Club. This one is in response to the September 4 challenge on the Scraptastic Blog, to use five different sized circles in five different patterns.


I have circles in 1, 1 1/4, 1 1/2, 2 and 2 3/4 inches, with photos and several other patternsed papers. I had to piece together the black and white border along the outside, so those embellishments are hiding a multitude of sins. LOL

Thank you for looking; have a great day!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Scraptastic sketch challenge

I love Susan Stringfellow's sketches, and I'm really happy that she's the sketch artist for Scraptastic Club.  This is my take on the September sketch, which was posted on the Scraptastic Blog on September 25. Most of the items came from the August Boys of Summer kit from Scraptastic.


You can see Susan's sketch here

Another Scraptastic challenge ....

The September 18 challenge on the Scraptastic Club Blog  is to scrap Instagaram photos. I have to admit that I have but really don't use my Instagram account, so I snagged my younger daughter's Instagram photo from Facebook for this layout:


I liked the way the photo looked almost like an oil painting, due to whatever "action" or filter she used on it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Scraptastic September "gold" challenge

I somehow missed all of the month of August, but I'm working on the September challenges on the Scraptastic Club blog.  I started with the September 11 challenge, "Get Glittery". This also was my  take on sketch #336 at Nuts About Sketches, where I'm proud to be a design team member. I used the July Either Way kit from Scraptastic. My gold touches include some gold glitter tape from Walmart and some shapes cut from gold WOW glitter paper from American Crafts.



Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The final Scraptastic challenge for July

The fourth July challenge at the Scraptastic Club Blog was a wonderful sketch by Susan Stringfellow. You can see the sketch and Susan's example layout on her blog, Sketch Savvy, as well as the Scraptastic blog.

Once again, I used the July "Either Way" kit for a Disney layout. The bright, fun patterns and colors are especially suited to Disney photos, and there are plenty of whimsical embellishments to go along with the papers. Here's my take on the sketch:


So far, I've gotten six layouts from this kit and add-on with plenty of papers and embellishments for more. Gotta love it!

Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend!