Sunday, October 4, 2015

Why yes, I should be packing ....

We're moving from Illinois to Colorado in about seven weeks. There is so much to pack, arrange, and do between now and then! But since my better half is watching the Bears game with friends,  I decided to take this chilly Sunday afternoon to work on a quick scrap project,. It's a great stress reliever!

I started with the October 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches (if you haven't discovered this blog yet, you need to check it out) and combined it with the Saturday, October 3 "Three to Inspire" challenge on the Citrus Twist Kits blog (another great place!) The challenge was to 1) machine or hand stitch on your layout 2) stamp on your layout and 3) use a large photo. I stitched in pink on my chevron stripes, which were cut by hand; stamped the date; and used a larger photo than I usually use. I also used the Citrus Twist September main kit and patterned paper add on,

This was fun!

Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout. I rotated it sideways to better fit my vertical photo:

This one was from yesterday, using the September 27 sketch from the Citrus Twist blog and the September kit, along with a few items from my stash.

And now, back to packing. Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A busy summer, and a busy fall too!

My summer was a busy one, with a visit to my oldest daughter's in Rochester, MN; a week on a private cabin resort in Minocqua, WI with my youngest daughter and her children; and a trip via AMTRAK to Pueblo, CO for a week with my husband. The biggest occasion by far, though, was my son's wedding at a beautiful forest preserve venue north of Chicago.

All of them have added up to tons of scrapbooking fun! 

I used the current challenge at the Challenge YOUself blog  for this one. I rarely put photos of myself in my scrapbooking. When I saw the photos from my son's wedding, I wasn't happy at first with the way I looked in them. The "Note To Self" challenge, however, caused me to reflect on that and to embrace the way I look at 59 1/2 years old. The papers and embellishments are from the September main kit and ad-on at Citrus Twist Kits. The photo is by Melissa Ruggerio of Melissa Marie Photography. 

Here are a few of my favorite layouts from the summer:

We visited Colorado last summer in search of a place to retire ... and we found it! We're having a new home built in Pueblo and will be moving there (along with my mom, who will live with us) in mid-November. My scraproom will be  packed up for the move, so my scrapbooking will be a bit limited to a kit or two and some basic supplies until we get settled.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A few new layouts ....


Well, so was I until I checked out this month's sketches on the Stuck?! Sketches blog this month! The May 1 sketch provided great inspiration for this layout of my youngest daughter's Walt Disney Marathon run:

I used the May 15 sketch for this layout of my youngest granddaughter striking a couple of poses in her skate show costume. I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to accomodate my photo size. Both of these layouts used the January "This Must Be the Place" main kit and add-on from Scraptastic Club.

Stuck?! always has a couple of generous prize sponsors each month, and you get one entry into the monthly prize drawings for each sketch you complete. I was a lucky winner last month and received a $25 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments. I chose a really fun selection of wood veneer pieces and a background stamp. (Thank you, Nicolle!)

And here are a few more layouts I completed in May --

I also played with pocket page scrapping this month. Here are my first two pocket pages:

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

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


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!