Sunday, August 21, 2016

One kit, many different layouts

I love scrapbooking kits because they save me a lot of time in choosing and matching products and, in the end, they save me money. I know that everything in the bag has been chosen because it all "goes together", so I can get down to the much more enjoyable business of creating

Right now I'm creating with the August main kit, "Sprinkles" embellishment add-on and patterned paper add-on from Citrus Twist Kits. The papers and colors this month are especially fun. I've made six layouts so far and still have a lot of kit left. The first layout, "You're Gonna Hear Me Roar", already has been posted. For this one I used a sketch from PageMaps. My new daughter-in-law earned her Doctor of Nursing Practices degree in May. We couldn't be there but I borrowed some photos from her parents for this layout.

I ran out of current pictures to scrap, so I rummaged through some old photo books and found this one from 1989 or 1990. My second child needed extra practice in reading, so he often read aloud to my youngest daughter. The photo quality wasn't great, so I converted it to black and white, I used a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches. I just loved the hot air balloon paper from Shimelle's "Starshine" collection that was in the August kit; the balloons are just made for fussy cutting!

I used a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for this fun layout; I also used it for a challenge on the Citrus Twist blog to journal about emotions or feelings. The journaling tag, tucked under the photo, tells about how I admire birds from a distance but get freaked out if they get too close.

I used a Citrus Twist blog sketch for this one; the pictures are from 2009.

My kids and grandkids all know I'm a Facebook photo snagger, and that's how I got these pictures of my daughter, her fiance and his daughter. The sketch is by Susan Stringfellow and it's one I've used several times. 

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A couple of "dandy lion" layouts

Lions seemed to be a recurring theme this week in my scraproom. Here's another Graphic 45 Safari Adventure layout, again feauturing the Pueblo Zoo lion family. I used the sketch from the Creative Scrappers blog . This is the sketch:

There was a code for 25% off any cut files from The Cut Shoppe through the end of August, so I picked up that leafy background file. (Note: the photo of the lions is not mine, but isn't it fantastic the way the three of them are "posing" for their family photo?)

And then there's my "dandy lion", Ed. He joined me this morning for coffee on our back patio, so I took the opportunity to snap a couple of pictures. For this layout, I used the August 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches and the main kit, patterned paper add on and "sprinkles"embellishment add on from Citrus Twist Kits

This is the sketch:

And this is my layout:

Thanks for looking; have a great day!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Loving that Graphic 45!

I've loved Graphic 45's paper collections since I first encountered them at the local scrapbook store near our former home in Illinois. Love the rich colors, the over the top graphics, the beautiful embellishments. I've missed them since the store closed a couple of years ago and was thrilled when I found a store, not too far from our new home here in Colorado, that carries some of their lines.

I picked up some of the new Safari Adventure collection last week to go with photos that I took at the Pueblo Zoo. Now I wish I had picked up more; maybe next trip. I paired the papers with sketch number 213 from Sketches in Thyme and a photo that I took of our zoo's lion family:

Baby lion (his name is Mumford) is hard to spot but he's napping in front of the daddy lion while his mama sits nearby.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Last layout for July

And the last layout for July: This was a quick, fun one using Sketch 210 from Sketches in Thyme and the July Citrus Twist kits. It doesn't rain often here in Pueblo but when it rains, it often pours and we get 3 inches of rain in 15 minutes (very different from Illinois rainstorms)

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Trying to stay cool

This is our first summer living in Pueblo, Colorado, which is located in the "high desert" region of the state. We are in a bit of a "pocket" at 4700 feet altitude that protects us from the heavy snows that Colorado Springs, Denver and the mountain areas receive, but it also means that we get about 5 degrees hotter than then higher mountain towns. That means for some pretty hot days. We've learned to go outside early in the morning or toward evening, when temperatures are cooler and there is often a pleasant breeze.

With this week's high temperatures, I found a little more time in my scrap room and was able to complete four layouts. All four of them were made primarily with supplies from the July main kit, embellishment and patterned paper add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits. All four of them also used photos that I snagged from Facebook.

I used an older sketch by Liz Chidester for this layout of my oldest daughter's "baby bump":

 I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog for this one. It's rare to get the teenage boy in any photos, so I had to snag and scrap these!

I used a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for the next one. There is a photo of the previously mentioned teenager, who looks less than thrilled to be on that boat. The misted splats and spots were created with a Tim Holtz mini stencil that I've definitely been over-using because I love it:

I used a Sketches in Thyme sketch for this fun page. I cut the title and the smirky shark (isn't he a hoot?) with my Silhouette Cameo.

Yesterday my mom and I took a little trip over to Colorado Springs and visited Simple Pleasures, a beautiful scrapbook and stamp store. I picked up some Safari Adventure papers and cardstock stickers from Graphic 45; papers from Kaiserkraft's Pitter Patter baby girl collection; chipboard stickers from Crate Paper's Little You girl line and some sweet blossoms from Prima. Looking forward to making some new zoo layouts and a baby girl mini album or layouts.

Thanks for looking. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

That's me in that picture ...

Like many scrapbookers, I usually stand behind the camera lens rather than in front of it. For that reason, I'm not in my own scrapbook albums very often. The Challenge YOUself Blog offers a new challenge each month. The topics vary but one requirement is always the same: you must use a photo of yourself.

In July, the challenge was to use the posted PageMaps sketch to create a summer scene. I used a photo of myself and my husband, taken in 2009 on our 25th anniversary. We spent a week in southwestern Michigan; the photo was taken on the top of the dunes in Saugatuck.

This is the challenge:

And this is my layout. I used the July main kit, embellishment kit and paper add on from Citrus Twist Kits:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

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!