Sunday, July 17, 2016

Keeping it simple

Often, my layouts end up with multiple layers and piled-on embellishments; paint, glittered elements and more. Other times, I like to keep the layout itself simple so the photos can shine. That was the case with the layout I made using the July 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

This is the sketch:

I had taken some photos of a glorious sunset earlier in the week. This photostrip motif was perfect for the photos; but after I added a couple of simple embellishments, I decided that in this case, less is more. Here's my finished layout, using the June kit and add ons from Citrus Twist Kits:

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Color inspiration

When I start a layout, the initial inspiration usually comes first from a photo (or photos). Next come the sketch and then the papers, colors, and products to help bring the layout to life.

For these photos of a llama at our local zoo, I wanted a bright color palette since the photo colors were mostly neutrals. I found a nice combination of yellow orange, violet and teal in a Citrus Twist kit from last October. Sketch #208 from the Sketches in Thyme blog  was perfect for the photos and a journaling tag. This is the completed layout:

For my other weekend layout, I didn't have patterned papers that readily matched the colors in my photo, so I chose papers that had colors in the same "family" -- light orange and pink papers to go with the red/rust in the couch, some blues and blue greens. I used the second July sketch from Let's Get Sketchy and the July kit from Citrus Twist.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Oh, Peggy Sue ....

The newest "member" of our family (whom I have yet to meet) is Peggy Sue, an adorable Olde English bulldog. She belongs to my youngest daughter and her family. So far, she is fitting right in. She just hasn't figured out yet that she is a dog, and not a human child. She wants to sleep in their beds, sit on the new couch and ride in the car seat.

My daughter posted these photos recently on Instagram with the title: #doeesntknowhowtodog. Apparently, not knowing how to dog is a "thing" on Instagram. I thought the hashtag was hilarious, so I stole it along with the photos. I used the July -- Week 1 sketch from the Let's Get Sketchy blog , along with the June main kit, embellihshment kit and paper add on from Citrus Twist Kits.

Hopefully by the time I get to Wisconsin to meet Peggy Sue, she will have learned "how to dog".

Monday, July 4, 2016

We have a roller derby girl!

Our 8-year-old granddaughter Anna, who lives in Milwaukee, has tried out several activities over the past couple of years, including tee ball, ice skating, dance and gymnastics. This summer, she mayhave discovered her true calling -- roller derby! The women's league, the Brew City Bruisers, have started a junior league, the MicroBruisers (love the pun!) for girls under age 18. Even when Anna takes a spill, she comes up smiling!

I snagged a couple of her mom's Facebook photos for this layout. I used sketch #207 from the Sketches in Thyme blog, along with the June main kit and add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits.

And here's our Micro Bruiser .....

Thanks for looking. Have a wonderful day!

Creative Scrappers is back ...

... and I'm thrilled! I love Kristine Davidson's sketches (they always hold so many design possibilities) and I've been inspired by the creative team and guest designers.

The July sketch, #296, includes a link to get a free "chopstick design" cut file from JustNick. This is the sketch (with the cut file represented):

And here is my layout. I used part of the cut file to cut the chopstick design into my white background paper. I used paint and ink on my background paper, then adhered patterned paper onto another piece of cardstock and put that behind the cutouts. Loving the effect! The patterned papers and embellishments came mostly from the Citrus Twist Kits' main June kit and add-ons.

I also used the June sketch to make a layout, which I posted here on my blog and linked to the Creative Scrappers site. Then, somehow I deleted my blog post. The photo is still up on the Creative Scrappers blog, so here it is again:

I used the same June kit from Citrus Twist and a few things from my stash. This was the sketch:

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Fourth of July and a great week!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Last week in my scrap room ....

Recently I've gone back and scrapped photos from my older daughter's wedding in 2001. That was before digital photography came along and before I started scrapping.

For this layout, I used sketch #202 from the Sketches in Thyme blog. My embossed and cut out circle behind the photos is difficult to see in this photo. The papers arew from the "Epiphany" line by Prima, which I had been hoarding.

For this layout, I used  sketch #294 from Creative Scrappers (it was the second time I had used that particular sketch; love it!) and the Belle Vie paper collection by Julie Nutting for Photoplay Paper Company. The bling swirl was in my stash; I cut the roses with a Spellbinders die and the title with my Silhouette Cameo.

The next two layouts were quick and fun ones starring our furbabies. Both use sketches and kits from Citrus Twist Kits. The first layout uses the June 5 sketch fron the Citrus Twist blog and the June "Capri" main kit, embellishment and paper add on.

The second uses the June 12 sketch and the May "Beach Glass" main kit and add ons. I played with a mini stencil by Tim Holtz and acrylic paints from Claudine Helmuth. It was fun, quick and easy!

Thanks for looking; have a great day!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Re-scrapping older photos

Thursday, June 2 was my oldest daughter's 15th wedding anniversary. When she and her husband married in 2001, digital cameras were just starting to appear. The wedding photographer still shot photos on film, which meant the photos had to be developed through a process, and prints from the photographer were pricey.

When my younger daughter married in 2010, and my younger son in 2015, digital photography was in full stride and I had discovered scrapbooking. I have albums full of layouts I created with photos from both weddings. I also made a few layouts of photos from my oldest girl's wedding, but that was early in my scrapbooking and I wasn't crazy about most of them. So, I have started scrapping new layouts of those photos from 2001. 

For the first layout, I used the May 22 sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog along with the May main kit, paper and embellishment add-ons. 

For the second layout, I used the first June sketch from Stuck?! Sketches along with some pretty papers from Belle Vie by Julie Nutting for Photoplay Paper Company. Here's the finished layout:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!