Monday, November 21, 2016

MORE baby layouts

My daughter keeps sending or posting cute baby photos of our new granddaughter, so there are still more baby layouts.

I used Echo Park's adorable Bundle of Joy Girl Collection for three layouts last week. I didn't use sketches but I did gain inspiration from Pinterest.





For this one, I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog and a Citrus Twist kit from September 2014. I loved that Basic Grey "fresh produce" patterned paper but had been at a loss as to how t use it, This was a fast, fun layout:
 I used the November main kit from Citrus Twist kits for this sweet photo of baby Charleigh at two weeks old.


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by -- have a great week!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Furbabies and grandbaby

My youngest daughter's Olde English bulldog pupshe suffered a case of raw paw from playing on the asphalt play yard at doggy day care. She was named "office dog" and allowed to stay inside one day. She promptly fell asleep on the office couch. (If she weren't so cute, sleeping on the job could get her fired) I used a sketch from Sketches in Thyme for my layout:



I used this month's sketch at Creative Scrappers  for this fun grid layout of our cat, Lily playing sentinel in the living room window:


I used the November 1 sketch at Stuck?! Sketches with leftovers from my October Citrus Twist kits for this layout. The photos are from my older daughter's wedding in 2001:

 And last but certainly not least ... I used the November week 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy with the Echo Park Bundle of Joy Girl collection for this layout, featuring a photo from granddaughter Charleigh's 2--week-old photo session:



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Monday, November 7, 2016

"Doesn't she EVER run out of baby pictures?"

My daughter, who is thrilled to have a baby girl after raising two boys (ages 15 and 11), keeps me pretty well supplied with photos of baby Charleigh, who is now almost two months old. And being retired with loads of free time, this grandma is happy to scrap them. 

I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog and the September Citrus Twist kit for this layout. The photo is from Charleigh's newborn photo shoot with a professional photographer when she was about 2 weeks old, with her proud and loving mommy.
 

At about six weeks, Charleigh starting responding to smiles with her own smiles, gurgles and coos. I used an older Citrus Twist kit and another sketch from the CTK blog.


When people stick out their tongues, Charleigh tries to imitate the movement, accompanied by bubbles and the raspberries noise. (The photo on the lower left is my favorite) I used a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy and a Scraptastic Kit Club kit from about two years ago. (My stash of leftovers from monthly kits is getting a little unwieldy, so I've been going in and using some of the lovely papers and embellishments that remain.)



 I used the October Citrus Twist kit and a sketch by Susan Stringfellow for this non-baby layout of my youngest daughter and her kids. I loved those leaves that came in the ephemera kit for the "Gather" by Maggie Holmes collection (Crate Paper) and wanted to be sure they made it onto a layout.


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Friday, November 4, 2016

Halloween .... my favorite holiday to scrap!

I've always loved Halloween -- the costumes, the decorations, Trick or treating (and trick or treaters) and candy! This was our first Halloween here in Pueblo, CO. We had about 50 costumed visitors and gave away all our candy.

I also received some photos from some of my family members, so I've been a busy scrapper this week.

My 11-year-old grandson Cameron carved his jack o' lantern all on his own this year, puttoing the New York Giants' logo on one side and a scary face on the other. I used Halloween stash leftover from last year for this layout. which was inspired by one on Laura Whitaker's blog Scrappin' Around the Clock:


Cameron, his friend Nathan and baby sister Charleigh attended a trunk or treat event Saturday near their home in Rochester, MN . I used the fun "Bootiful" collection by Photoplay Paper (designed by Julie Nutting) and made some fun embellishments with my Silhouette Cameo, 

                           

This layout actually has a beautiful grape-y purple border to it, but for some reason my camera refused to see the purple and made it BLUE instead. Several attempts with Photoshop didn't help, so just use your imagination on that grape color! This is also using the Bootiful collection and a sketch from PageMaps for November. The bats and ghost were from my stash.


Each year my oldest daughter and her husband get together with friends for a themed Halloween party. This year was SuperheroeTHs and Cartoon Characters. The Bootiful collection had those two couture cuties that were perfect for my layout. They're stickers, but I used foam tape to attach them and give them some extra dimension. The inspiration for the layout came from a double-page sketch by Susan Stringfellow; I condensed it into one page.


This also was inspired by a Susan Stringfellow layout, and also uses the Bootiful collection. The border paper and title stickers are from my stash. I cut the ghoulish group with my Cameo out of a gunmetal shiny cardstock and outlined with a silver pen. This turned out with a nice grungy look to it, which made me happy (I don't do grunge very often)


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New layouts and another baby mini-album

Fall is in the air here in southern Colorado. We've had some nice, sunny 70+-degree days with cool evenings. Because this is "high desert" country, we don't have the lush apple orchards and pumpkin patches that we enjoyed back in Illinois, but there are other seasonal delights to savor. The city park is full of trees turning gold; we need to take a drive through there tomorrow and maybe visit the lion family at the Pueblo Zoo.

Meanwhile, I completed two  more layouts with my Citrus Twist Kits' October main kit. When I first saw it online, I wasn't sure what I could do with it, but this kit is proving to be extremely versatile from baby to wedding to pet pages. For this layout of my cat Eddie keeping me company in my scrap room, I used Sketch # 222 from Sketches in Thyme.  I cut the clouds with my Silhouette Cameo and used embossing folders, chalk ink and Nuvo Drops to dress them up.


I used the sketch from the Citrus Twist blog's October 16 posting, as well as the October kit, for this layout of photos from my older daughter's wedding in 2001. The floral and bird patterned papers from Crate Paper's "Gather" collection have lent themselves well to wedding pages.


This layout was inspired by MercyTiara's (Tracy Banks) youTube process video, "Mall Rats". I played along with her process, adjusting along the way to fit my style, and came up with this layout. I used mostly Crate Paper Cute Girl patterned papers and embellishments.



Back in September, I started working on a mini-album pending my new granddaughter's arrival. It was based on an album made by Angie Gutshall for the "Oh Baby! Mini Album Class" offered by Citrus Twist Kits. I started out fairly modestly but I was having so much fun and had so many ideas that it just grew .... and grew .... and by the time I was done, there were 18 pages plus the covers and the album wouldn't shut. I sent it off to my daughter earlier in the week; now that she has received it, I can show it here.

I used patterned papers from Kaisercraft's "Pitter Patter", Crate Paper's "Little You" and Prima's "Heaven Sent", and chipboard stickers and ephemera from Crate Paper. I had a chipboard 5 x 7 ring binder and pages from 7Gypsies from a long-ago kit; I made some vellum and paper bags with my Cameo, using them as pages and to hold mini layouts and additional photos.

Spine with baby Charleigh's name:


Front cover: 

Page 1:

Pages 2 and 3 (decorated vellum bag)


Pages 4 and 5 


Pages 6 and 7 (another vellum bag)


Mini-layout inside the bag

Pages 8 and 9



Pages 10 and 11 (paper bag holding photos)


Pages 12 and 13


Pages 14 and 15


Pages 16 and 17 (another paper bag)


and the collage tucked inside the bag

My older daughter sent me the first of the Halloween photos today -- she took her younger son, his friend and the baby to a Trunk or Treat event at a local church. I can't wait to get more photos -- Halloween is my favorite holiday to scrap!

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Baby boy mini album

SkeOur "backyard neighbors" (our back lawns adjoin -- or at least our fencelines do) welcomed a new grandson into their family just two weeks after our new granddaughter Charleigh was born. AnnMarie, who is a lovely woman, gave us a cute stuffed elephant for Charleigh, so I made a mini album for their little Enrico. Hobby Lobby had all scrapbooking papers, ribbons and kits on sale for 50% off, so I bought an adorable Echo Park Bundle of Joy kit for $5. I spent another $2 on ribbons and cardstock.

 Meanwhile, I had some 6 x 6 chipboard album covers from some long-ago kit or project. I used thin chipboard from Silhouette (also in my stash) to cut inside pages. The finished book has 8 pages plus the front and back panels, and I still have enough supplies left for another one if I were so inclined.

This is the finished book:

 
The Bundle of Joy boy collection has an adorable lion, but there wasn't a sticker large enough in the kit so I found this one in the Silhouette Store and cut it with my Cameo. I also cut the owl with an Echo Park cut file from Silhouette because I needed a small one here.


I added the Baby Stats journaling block by backing it with  lined journaling block, then punching a hole and tying it to my O-rings with baker's twine. I cut the balloons with the Cameo, Both title blocks and the snail are adhered with foam tape for extra dimension.



Isn't that cow sticker adorable??? I made the "to the mooon and back"  journaling block.



Again, I backed the title blocks with foam tape. I also inked all the white cardstock photo blocks so they can be used as mats for the photos. And since Enrico's mommy will add the photos, I put waxed paper behind the foam or stickers that cover any part of the photo mats so they can be easily pulled away and then re-stuck.


The barn and tractor stickers are really cute too! 


It seems that making mini albums is contagious. I also made a (much more elaborate) one for Charleigh, which should reach her tomorrow. After her mommy and daddy have seen the album, I can post it too.

I also completed five layouts this week, all using the October main kit from Citrus Twist Kits.  This layout started with the October 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches, When my oldest daughter was married in 2001, I wasn't into scrapbooking, so now I'm going back and scrapping her photos.



I used an older sketch by Laura Whitaker for this layout.  It seems that most of my granddaughter Charleigh's photos show her sleeping; but then, she's only 5 weeks old. Love her little sweater dress!






 I loved this baclkground paper from Pinkfresh Studios and couldn't wait to use it. It was perfect for granddaughter Anna's cheerleading camp photo. The sketch is from My Creative Sketches.


I used this older sketch by Laura Whitaker because I loved the big star graphic. Cutting it in a sunny color went perfectly with my grandson's smiling face. 




I used a sketch from Citrus Twist Kits' blog (I think it was late September 2015) for this layout.




Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Friday, October 14, 2016

A little blast from the past ,,,,

I love to scrap, and I try to make some time for it every day, Recently I ran out of "new" photos to scrap, so I started looking through one of my photo boxes from past years. I found two photos from 2008 that I wanted to scrap.

The first photo is from fall 2008. My late mother-in-law had Alzheimer's disease the last few years of her life and didn't always remember the relationship, but she adored my granddaughter Anna, who was an infant at the time. I took the photo one weekend morning at the coffee shop uptown in our old home town. The papers were from the April 2016 main kit from Citrus Twist Kits; I used various embellishments from my stash and a sketch by Laura Whitacker:


The other photo was taken during our family Christmas get-together in 2008. My grandson Ethan joined his cousins (also my grandchildren) Ryan and Shelbie to frost some sugar cookies. I don't know how many cookies actually got frosted but the kids had fun. I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog and the remnants of my December Daily kit from last year.


.... and the card I didn't want to make

My October kit from Citrus Twist Kits (as well as some things for my December Daily) arrived Tuesday afternoon and, as usual, the box was full of lovely papers, embellishments and the like. I had looked forward to spending some time Wednesday planning my DD and creating a fall layout or two. However, all that came crashing down as I checked into Facebook and discovered that a lifelong friend's son had died Tuesday afternoon in a traffic accident. Wanda and I met in Sunday school when we were two years old; we have shared countless milestones over the years (prom, graduation, wedding, losing a parent, raising children ...) but this was one we never thought we would have to deal with. Her son Danny, 29, was driving his pickup down a two-lane highway when a semi truck drove into his lane and hit his vehicle head-on. Danny died at the scene. He is survived by his mom, his sister Laura, his wife of three years, Rachel and their six-month-old daughter Sadie. The semi driver has been charged with improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and use of an electronic communications device while driving (i.e. texting). Danny was well liked in the community, and his death is hitting hard. Someone started a GoFundMe account Tuesday evening in the hopes of raising $10,000 to give to his wife for funeral expenses and for Sadie's education fund. The total this morning is $46,000 and is still growing. 

Unfortunately I now live 1000 miles away from the area where we grew up and where Wanda (who is widowed), her daughter, and Danny's family reside; but I made a card to send. Usually my cards are fairly fussy and ornate; this one is simple. I think it's lovely, but I had a tough time making this one.


My scanner had trouble catching the off-white border on the card's outside; but the three papers are all from Crate Paper's Maggie Holmes "Gather" collection. The stamp is from Stampin' Up; the die cut by Silhouette.

Today is going to be devoted to making a mini-album for my neighbor's new grandson. I also feel the need to talk to my children and grandchildren and tell them I love them. If they lived close by, I would go give them all a hug.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!