Thursday, September 29, 2016

.......and MORE baby layouts

My grandchildren have always been my favorite subjects to scrap. And with a new granddaughter and loads of photos coming my way, you can expect to see baby layouts for a while. 

The first layout is sort of a round-up of photos from little Charleigh's first week "on the outside". Not a lot of action unfortunately, since like most newborns she spent most of her time sleeping. I loved the simplicity of this sketch from Sketches in Thyme:

I used scraps from my Kaisercraft "Pitter Patter" papers and some chipboard embellishments from Crate Paper's "Little You - Girl" line. (Don't you just love that bunny?) The doilies were from Hobby Lobby and I used a Silhouette file to cut the little roses. Then of course, there are those sweet baby pics:

This sketch came from the Citrus Twist Kits blog.

I re-interpreted the large photo into a series of smaller pictures. Charleigh's second and third week included more awake moments, as seen in the photos. I used the August and September kits from Citrus Twist Kits and came up with the title when I found that doll ephemera from Crate Paper's "Cute Girl" collection.

This sketch came from Let's Get Sketchy; again, I liked the simplicity.

Like many scrapbookers, I don't often show up in my own layouts. My daughter took this photo with my camera so I have no excuse. I used the August kit from Citrus Twist Kits; loving the Cute Girl ephemera pieces!

And just for variety, here's a zoo layout (also a frequent scrap subject, since my mom and I have an annual pass and visit our local zoo fairly often). This is the sketch from Citrus Twist Kits:

And here's my layout, using the September main kit and add ons from Citrus Twist Kits. I loved the red kangaroo's pose as he watched the visitors go by and stayed cool under the trees.

There are more baby photos every day; looking forward to getting some from a professional "newborn photo shoot". I'm also looking forward to Halloween photos to scrap in a few weeks (Halloween is my favorite holiday to scrap. I love the Halloween themed collections!) 

Thanks for looking; have a wonderful day!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Two more baby layouts

I will admit it -- I'm a little bit obsessed right now with baby photos and baby layouts. Charleigh, our eighth grandchild (and fourth granddaughter) made her appearance last Tuesday morning. I'm heading to Rochester, MN., this coming Tuesday to meet her in person and take some photos of my own. I can't wait to cuddle that little girl!

Meanwhile,  I used the September main kit, Sprinkles embellishment add on and patterned paper add on from Citrus Twist Kits to make two baby layouts. The kit featured some elements from Crate Paper's Cute Girl line. I love the quirky colors and bright, happy embellishments.

The the first layout, I used this sketch from Creative Scrappers.  Here is the sketch:

And here's my layout:

In a little twist of cooincidence, I was inspired for the above layout by one createf and submittted by Laura Whitacker of Stuck?! Sketches. Laura included a link to her process video, which showed the plastic packaging technique for creating backgrounds. I had so much fun with that technique on both of my layouts.

I used the same kit for the second layout, this time with a sketch from Stuck!? sketches. This is the sketch:

And here's my layout:

I had made a mini album and a couple of layouts with a "baby line" and was growing weary of pastel pink, so the raspberry, teal and black color scheme was a nice change of pace.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A new granddaughter!

First and foremost, I'm happy to report that my husband, Michael and I welcomed our eighth grandchild into the family this week, Charleigh Janise was born at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday, September 13 in Rochester, MN., to our daughter Heather and her husband Dustin. Charleigh is welcomed by two brothers: Ethan, 15 and Cameron, 11. I'll be flying from Colorado to Minnesota next Tuesday to meet her; so excited!!!

As you can guess, three of the four layouts I completed this week feature photos of Charleigh.  The first features a photo taken shortly after her birth. I used patterned papers from Kaisercraft's Pitter Patter collection with chipboard and ephemera from Crate Paper's Little You Girl collection. The sketch is from Citrus Twist Kits. This is the sketch:

And here's my layout of our new little sweetie:

The second uses photos taken Tuesday evening when the boys came to the hospital to meet their new sister. Littlr Charleigh already has both of them wrapped around her tiny finger, I used the September kit from Citrus Twist Kits along with a sketch from the Sketches in Thyme blog. Here's the sketch:

And my layout:

The third features Charleigh having cuddle time with Momma. The sketch is from Let's Get Sketchy. This is the sketch:

Once again, I used Kaisercraft's Pitter Patter with chipboard stickers from Crate Paper.

I also scrapped a non-baby layout (while I was waiting up anxiously for word from Minnesota on Monday evening and into the wee hours of Tuesday). I used a sketch from Citrus Twist Kits and the Citrus Twist main kit for September. This is the sketch:

And this is my layout, featuring goats from the Pueblo Zoo (which has become a favorite go-to spot for my mom and me on a pleasant late-summer afternoon)

I also made a mini-album for baby Charleigh using Kaisercraft and other assorted papers with Crate Paper Little You chipboard and ephemera. The inspiration was a book made by Angie Gutshall for Citrus Twist's "Oh Baby" album class earlier in thre summeer. Here are a few of the 18-plus pages, mini bags and inserts I made for it:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Scrapping about a cherished heirloom

We moved to Colorado from Illinois a few months ago, and I still have a few unpacked boxes of things (both crafty and otherwise) in my scraproom. As I was emptying a couple of boxes and finding homes for the things inside them, I found a small tin that had belonged to my Grandma Josephine, She saved buttons from old clothing, past sewing projects and so on, and put all of the buttons into metal round containers such as old cookie tins, gift boxes for candy or soap and other metal cans with pretty prints and tight lids. She was always happy to share buttons with all of us for school projects and for crafts. When she died, I was able to bring home one of those tins. It's sitting now where I can see it every time I scrap. It reminds me of Grandma Josie and her generosity, love and kind spirit.

I decided to scrap a photo of the tin, using Sketch #214 from the Sketches in Thyme blog. This is the sketch:

and this is my layout.The patterned papers are from the August kit from Citrus Twist Kits. I cut the border, flower and title with my Silhouette Cameo.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

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!