Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sketches in Thyme sketch #329

Today is my "debut" as a design team member on the Sketches in Thyme challenge blog!  I'm really excited to share sketch #329 by Sketch DT member Bev Code:

My take on this fabulous sketch features my 11th -- and newest -- grandchild, Theodore (Teddy). The photo was taken as he was heading home from the hospital; You can tell he's excited LOL. I turned the sketch counter-clockwise to accommodate my vertically oriented photo and moved a couple of elements around.

Please be sure to visit Sketches in Thyme and check out the June sketches . There's a newone each Monday. If you enter your layouts by June 30, your name will be entered in the monthly prize drawing, Each completed sketch earns you another entry.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 11, 2018

On to new adventures in scrapbooking....

My blog has been quiet for the past few weeks or so while I dealt with some health issues (mine and my mom's), family events and so on. But I'm back and excited about two NEW opportunities!

I'm a new member of the Sketches in Thyme design team, beginning June 1. My "debut" will be with the June 15 sketch. This is really exciting because I've been playing along with SIT for several years and loving it.

And I'm also joining the Creative Inspiration forum design team on July 1. I was guest DT in April and I'm thrilled to officially join the team!

Meanwhile. here are a couple of recent layouts:

I used the May main kit and add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits and a sketch by Susan Stringfellow for this layout of my oldest daughter and her children at a local zoo:

I used the same kit for this one, along with a sketch by Laura Whitaker:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mini crop project

I'm the guest design team member this month on the Creative Inspiration forum. The theme of this month's mini-crop challenges is based on colors. I chose to work with baby girl pastels; this is my challenge layout. I used a sketch by Susan Stringfellow and a combination of Authentique's "Beginnings" and Echo Park's "Bundle of Joy" paper collections.

The crop (along with other challenges) is running through April 29, if you want to check it out and join in.

I also took some time to play with sketch #320 on the Sketches in Thyme blog. My little granddaughter enjoyed some coloring on the porch, with help from her daddy (who also took the pictures) Most of the scrap papers and pretties are from the Citrus Twist Kits' April main kit, embellishment and extra paper add-ons.

Thanks for looking! I hope you have a wonderful, scraptastic day 🌞

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Creative Inspiration DT Spring Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Saturday April 7th Creative Inspiration DT BLOG HOP challenge. I'm excited and honored to be joining today's blog hop as the April Guest Design Team member for Creative Inspiration.
Please hop along through all 10 designers' blog challenges. Please leave a comment on each blog so we know you took time to visit. Be sure to finish at the Creative Inspiration Blog, where you will be entered for a bonus ballot to win a Blog Hop prize. These are the participating blogs in today's hop:
Today I'm sharing a mini-album that I'm creating for my newest grandchild. Isla (pronounced EYE-la) Elizabeth is my younger son and daughter-in-law's first child, and my 10th grandchild. As a proud Grandma, I've already scrapped several 12x12 layouts featuring Isla for my own scrapbook album. This little 6 x 6 board book is a gift for the new parents when I travel back to the Midwest this summer to meet Isla.
I love making these little books, but it's a challenge to translate my usual pages into miniature. Usually I start with a sketch and use the resizing tools in my photo editing software to shrink it to 6x6, and go from there.
For example: I chose this sketch from PageMaps:
I resized it to 6 x6 and adjusted the photo sizes a bit. then I used it to create this page:

So far, I've completed 8 pages, using the "About a Little Girl" collection from Photoplay, "Beginnings" from Authentique, embellishments from Echo Park's "Sweet Baby Girl" and miscellaneous goodies from my stash.

 My challenge to you is to work with a size that you normally don't scrap. Have fun exploring something new and be sure to share in the comments on the Creative Inspiration blog (see below), thanks for stopping by!
If you choose to play along with our challenges, then play along with any one or as many of the projects as you like from those you saw in the blog hop. Post your project in the comments section and tell us which ones you played along with. You have all month long to play along. Can't wait to see what you share with us.

Thank you for visiting today and have fun!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

March sketch challenge at Stuck?! Sketches

March has proven to be a busy month for me; finally getting around to completing a few sketch challenges. I love Stuck?! Sketches, like this one from March 15:

This sketch was perfect to showcase a photo of my newest granddaughter, who was born February 18 (four weeks ahead of schedule; her mommy developed pre-enclampsia, necessitating an emergency Caesarian section) I used the Beginnings collection from Authentique and Photoplay's About a Litle Girl collection:

Both of these collections have lots of pastels, which are gorgeous but unfortunately can be difficult to photograph.

Baby Isla is home and doing well; there will be many more baby layouts to follow!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Guest designer!

I'm so pleased to be the guest double-page designer today on the Stick It Down  sketch challenge blog! check out this fabulous double-page sketch:

 I was really excited about using this double-page sketch because it's different from the usual sketch with photos on both sides of the layout. It was perfect for the border-strip piece of patterned paper that came in the doggy-themed "Bark!" collection from Echo Park. I replaced the chevron arrow on the right-hand page with a cute banner sticker from the kit and used one of the photo spots for my journaling. I loved adding a really BIG title, too!

This is my layout:

The big title letter stickers were part of the kit. I usually don't use these huge alphas, but I loved the look here.

Be sure to check out the Stick It Down blog! thanks for looking, and have a great day!

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!