Sunday, April 26, 2015

A scrappy weekend for sure!

With all the wedding planning, family activities, birthdays and holidays, my regular scrapbooking time has been limited the past few weeks. This weekend, I decided to take a break and do some scrapping "just for fun". It's been productive so far!

Scraptastic Kit Club has a Thursday challenge on the club's blog each week, with a prize drawing for a $20 gift card at the end of each month,. In my last post, I showed my creations for two of the April  challenges. Here is the one I made for the sketch challenge (featuring a sketch by design team member Susan Stringfellow). I used the April "I Lived" kit and add-on:


The fourth challenge this month from Scraptastic was to make a 30-minute layout. I used my 30 minutes to make a smaller, streamlined version of the above layout. It's another in my series of 5 x 7 layouts that will be framed and displayed on the tables at my son's wedding reception. I also used the April 15 sketch from the  STUCK?! sketches blog for this one:



(My scanner mysteriously and repeatedly refused to capture the red border on the right side of the layout.)

In addition to sketches and challenges, I also love kit clubs. I've been a member of the Citrus Twist Kit Club almost from its beginning three years ago, and the kits never cease to amaze me for their beauty and versatility. CT recently started a "3 to Inspire" weekly challenge on the club's blog. The April 18 challenge called for a black and white photo, patterned paper and a brush script. This is what I came up with, using a PageMaps sketch and the April CT kit, paper and sprinkles add ons. Yes, it's another wedding table layout:




This is Sunday morning, and I have the whole day and evening ahead of me; hoping to get another layout or two done today. Thanks for stopping by -- have a great day!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A few challenges ..

I love challenges and sketches .... and prizes! The Scraptastic Club Blog features a challenge each Thursday, including a monthly sketch by Susan Stringfellow (one of my favorite sketch artists). Each completed challenge earns you an entry into the monthly drawing. The prize? A $20 gift card to the Scraptastic Store. I always use mine on the monthly kits and add-ons, but you also can use it in the online store.

Here are my takes on two of the four April challenges. The first challenge was to use at least three elements to create a title block. Here, I used diecuts, patterned paper and alphas to build my title area:



The title, bunnies, basket and eggs are cut files from PPBN Designs (Nicole has some adorable designs!) All the papers are from the March "Rivers and Roads" main kit and add-on from the Scraptastic Club. 

The third April challenge was to use numbers on your layout. I used the Scraptastic April "I Lived" kit and add-on for this one, featuring my youngest grandson in a straw hat from our box of toys and dress up stuff. Don't you just love his curls?

I used the April 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches  for my layout. Stuck?! offers two sketches a month, and yes -- there is a prize drawing. 


There are still a few days left in April, and it's the weekend, so I'm hoping to complete the other Scraptastic challenges and hopefully the other Stuck?! sketch also. Happy Scrapping -- and thank you for stopping by. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Stuck?!"

I love sketches; in face, almost all of my layouts and many of my cards start with a sketch. Recently, through another scrapbooking friend, I found Stuck?! Sketches, a fantastic blog owned by sketch designer Laura Whitaker. This is the first of two January sketches posted on the blog. (I used the January 15 sketch for "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!", which I posted earlier).


The title of this layout could have been "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth", since granddaughter Anna showed up for our Christmas family get-together with this gorgeous gap-toothed grin. I used the December "Crazy Beautiful" add-on kit from Citrus Twist Kits, with a few goodies from previous kits. Loved the way this sketch came together!

The layout also satisfies one of the 31 January "Scrap Your Stash" challenges at Cookin' Up Creations. There's still time to join in the challenges this month. And we invite you to share in the fun as we return to our Monday through Friday "Blue Plate Special" challenges in February. The February theme will be "Love Is In The Air"!

My ongoing project right now is a true labor of love. My third child is getting married in August, and I offered to make a series of mini-layouts that can be put into 5x7 acrylic easels and displayed on the dinner tables and other places at the wedding reception. (I did this for my youngest daughter's wedding, and the guests loved looking at them). My son's fiancee also loved the idea, so I'm hoping to get a very nice pile of these done by mid-August. This one is my favorite of the ones I've completed so far:


 

Thanks for looking -- have a fantastic day!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New year, new challenges!

I love scrap challenges; they're a great way to get my creativity flowing.This week I found a new-to-me sketch challenge site, Stuck?! Sketches. The January 15 sketch was perfect for scrapping a photo of my husband's favorite Christmas gift. When he was a kid, he and his seven(!) brothers always wanted a BB gun, but their mom said no. Like Ralphie's mom in the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story", she was afraid they would shoot someone's eye out. This year, my oldest daughter saw a display for the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun and bought him one. He has been happily shooting at paper targets and cans in the ravine behind our home.

 
I used the December main kit and paper add-on from Citrus Twist Kits; those of you who are familiar with the movie will "get" the glasses embellishment. I cut the red title pieces with my Silhouette Cameo.

The Cookin' Up Creations forum also features weekday "Blue Plate Special" challenges -- a new one each day, Monday through Friday, with a prize drawing at the end of the month. This month, we're offering something a little different -- a "Use Your Stash" month-long challenge, with a total of 31 challenges. These are just a couple of projects I've completed so far:

#12 -- Wooden items: (This also qualified for a December sketch challenge at Scraptastic Club)


#16 -- Mist or paint a background: 



The little layout above is one of a series of 5x7 layouts that I'm making for my son's wedding in August. The completed layouts will be put into those clear acrylic easel frames that you see at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, etc. and placed on tables throughout the reception area. We did the same thing for my youngest daughter's wedding in 2010, and the guests loved them! The lines on the layout are for the couple to add a bit of journaling about the photo.

Thanks for looking --- have a great day!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Scraptastic Sketch layout!

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Susan Stringfellow's sketches, and I always look forward to her monthly sketch challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog. Here's my take on this month's sketch:


I used the November "Shake It Off" kit and add-on from the Scraptastic Club. The adorable little dreamer is my youngest grandson.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

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:








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