Tuesday, February 6, 2018

More sketch challenges

It's the beginning of a new month, which means new scrapbooking challenges across the internet. My favorite challenges involve sketches, and already I've found some great ones.

I used the February 1 layout sketch on the Rubber Buggy Challenge Blog for my first layout. This is the sketch. I liked the simple "bones" of the sketch, which left room for adding extra elements.

This is my layout. I rotated the photos to a vertical orientation to accommodate these great photos from my oldest daughter. The papers and embellishments are mostly from Crate Paper's Show & Cocoa collection:

I used this sketch (February 1) from Stuck?! Sketches for my next layout. Here's a look at the sketch:

And this is my layout -- featuring the first"picture" of our grandson, who's due in mid-May. I used the November and January kits from Citrus Twist Kits:

I used the February 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for this layout. I also used the November kit from Citrus Twist: to show off this adorable official photo of the lion cub triplets at our local zoo. I've also used the layout to satisfy a challenge on Mercytiara's 27-day scrapbook challenge on Facebook:

Thanks for stopping by; have a wonderful day!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

I started with a sketch....

For me, coming up with scrapbook layout ideas is really hard; that's why almost all of my layouts (at least the full-size ones) start with a sketch that someone else has drawn and shared. Most of the time, I stay pretty close to the sketch design.

But occasionally, I go beyond the design, as I did with the January 15 "Let's Get Sketchy" sketch by Brenshevia:

It's a fantastic sketch in its own right, but I decided to combine it with another challenge. That led to my adding several additional elements, which added up to this layout:

The little snow bunny is my youngest granddaughter, who took her first sled ride this weekend. The papers and embellishments are from Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa and Falala collections,

I also finished two layouts inspired by the "Stick It Down" weekend crop on facebook. The first is my creation from a "blind challenge", using the January kit from Citrus Twist Kits:

The second one is my take on the January 21 sketch on the Citrus Twist Kit blog, using the December kit and add-ons. I had some lighting issues (we live in one of the sunniest cities in the country, but it was overcast this weekend)

And this one was based on the January 14 sketch on the Citrus twist Kits blog; I used the main December kit:

My scrapbooking time is still limited as I continue to rehabilitate from hip replacement surgery, but I'm hoping to increase that slowly over the nextfew weeks. Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

"Life is what happens....

...when you're busy making other plans"....

That's kind of what happened to my scrapbooking plans in December. My scheduled two-night hospital stay for a left total hip replacement turned into a two-week stay in a skilled care facility, which included Christmas day. It was another week before I could tolerate sitting at my scrap table for anything other than a few minutes of time.

Happily, although I have a long way to go in my recovery, things are progressing well; and this week I was able to return to my scrap space (in half-hour stretches). I completed two layouts for sketch challenges. It felt soooooo good to be creating again!

I used the December 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for a fun layout of my youngest granddaughter's Santa Clause encounter. At 15 months, she was fine sitting on her daddy's lap next to Santa; but she wanted no part of sitting on Santa's lap!

This is the sketch (isn't it fabulous?!):

And this is my layout, using Crate Paper's fun "Snow & Cocoa" collection:

I also usedthe January 7 sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog to help chronicle another granddaughter's debut as a jammer with the Brewcity Microbruisers roller derby team. Her derby name is "Anna maul". She was knocked down in the course of the meet but got right back up. We're very proud of her!

This is the sketch:

And here's my layout, using the November main kit, paper and embellishment add-ons from Citrus Twist:

This was a good start toward getting my mojo back; hoping to gai  momentum as my recovwry continues. Thanks for looking; have a great ay!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Let's Get Sketchy: 2018 Design Team Call!

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Two autumn challenges

Here are two autumn-themed projects that I created in response to recent challenges; we'r nearly through November already, so I thought I should post and link them up before I forget!

My husband took some photos of the beautiful Riverwalk here in Pueblo with its fall colors. He managed to get some great shots of the reflections in the Arkansas River, which runs through the Riverwalk. I was surprised that he got this much detail from his camera phone. I used the November 15 sketch from the Let's Get Sketchy blog and Prima's Amber Moon to showcase his photos:

I created this card for the first November challenge on the Rubber Buggy Challenge Blog. This is a fairly new challenge site and is worth checking out! I used the amber Moon collection collection:

My scrapbooking time has been a bit squeezed lately by preparations for an upcoming surgery in mid-December. It turns out that my left hip joint is shot, so I'm getting a shiny new one. The rehab afterward also will take some time, but I'm hoping I can stilll get plenty of creative playtime too!

Thanks for looking. Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Post-Halloween projects

I love scrapping Halloween! It's okay to mix garish colors, sparkle, and so on. There's no such thing as "too much" or over the top. Today I have a couple of Halloween related projects to post:

My two grandsons in Minnesota created their own creepy costumes. The boys are 16 and 12, so I wanted to create a layout that wasn't too kid-ish or cute. I used Pebbles' Midnight Haunting collection with its non-traditional patterns and colors, along with Susan Stringfellow's sketch #176. I flipped the sketch horizontally to better accommodate my photos.

The characters are (on the left) Anonymous, with a V is for Vendetta Guy Fawkes mask; and (right) Bendy, a video game character. My grandson and his dad created the mask.

Bendy also showed up on a jack o'lantern. This layout was for GrandDiva's Scrappy Friends challenge, using a sketch from PageMaps:

Again, I used the Midnight Haunting collection.

Then, at the same household, there was an adorable elephant... I used the Midnight Haunting collection again, but with a more feminine look:

The November sketches are up on the challenge blogs; and it's back to everyday photos and layouts. This is the November 1 sketch at Stuck ?! Sketches:

I used the October main kit from Citrus Twist Kits with the sketch for a layout  of my youngest granddaughter, who seems already to be developing her own style and wanting to pick out her own clothes:

The Rubber Buggy Challenge Blog  posts challenges twice a month. For the November 1 sketch challenge, I created this layout with the Space Academy collection by Carta Bella. I wish my daughter had photos of the grandkids' faces, but that's hard to do in a videogame arcade. This particular arcade has games like the ones that were popular 30 years ago. the kids loved Pac-man!

Thanks for looking -- have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Two more layouts

I'm using the sketch challenges at my favorite blogs as inspiration for pages in my board album about our Boston terrier, who died October 1 at the age of 13. Although we're sad about losing her, it has been fun to put her story down on paper and in pictures.

Both of the layouts I completed today began with sketches from the Sketches in Thyme blog. For the first one, I used sketch #297 by Shawn Lahr. This is Shawn's sketch:

I loved working with this fun sketch! I used the Bark! Collection from Echo Park, along with some fun photos of Coco with our big yellow cat and some of the grandkids:

The album is 6 x 6 inches, so everything is half the size of my normal 12 x 12 pages; but I like the challenge of "shrinking" things occasionally. The flowers were fussy cut from some paper in my stash.

I also used sketch #298 by Bev code for the page that will go on the book's final page. This is the sketch:

I pulled out some stamps and ink for this one.. The journaling is tucked inside the smaller square.Again,I fussy cut the flowers. I stamped the leaves, colored them with watercolor colored pencils and then brushed a wash of gold paint from a kids' paint set over them.

Pictures of jack o' lanterns and kids in costume are starting to pop up on Facebook; hoping to snag a few cute ones to scrap. I love making Halloween layouts!

Thanks for looking, and Happy Halloween!