Friday, July 30, 2010

So many pictures, so little time!

Summer has brought visits with various grandkids, and I'm not in any danger of running out of photos to scrap anytime soon. There are wonderful challenges going on at several sites, including the "Filmed in Front of  Live Studio Audience" month long challenge at Cookn' Up Creations. I had hoped to have lots of scrapping time this week, but other things have gotten in the way. I did finish these on Sunday for the Just Beachy Crop at Simply Obsessed Scrapbooking.

 I'm loving my October Afternoon Fly a Kite kit from ScrapbookDeals4U! The colors remind me of ice cream and summer, and the patterns remind me of my grandmother's sewing remnants. The "Beach Baby" in question here (the little brunette) is my youngest granddaughter. She has lived a few blocks from Lake Michigan for about six months now, and she doesn't understand that we don't all have a "big bwoo wake" in our neighborhood.

During a recent visit with us, I wanted just ONE cute smiley shot of Miss Anna. I followed her around with a camera saying "Look at me, Anna"; and "Over here" and "say cheese". I got this really cute series of shots, punctuated with dialogue that only a 2 year old can provide. "Hi Aga!" "Cheezze!" "I water the flowers now". She sang for a while: "Lalalala". I kind of like the series better than if I had gotten that one "perfect shot". (?And check out the eyelashes in that top middle photo)

The background on the layout above started out as a piece of plain kraft cardstock. I bought a cute set of Autumn Leaves flower stamps on close-out, piled them all onto a clear block and went to town with some white ink. The stamping isn't perfect but I liked the effect.

If you're looking for mojo inspiration, check out the ABC Summer Crop at My Sketch World -- click on the blinkie in the sidebar to get there!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Two weeks later ...

and I'm still scrapping photos from the visit to Minnesota. The visit to the wildlife park, my grandson's fifth birthday, and small things like a stop at Dairy Queen were all memories that I wanted to preserve.

Grandson Ethan decided to imitate the tom turkey's strut at the park, much to the confusion (or maybe the amusement) of the hen. My daughter took the pictures of Ethan, and my 12 year old granddaughter took the turkey shots. The sketch is from Sketch Inspirations.

This sketch also was a Sketch Inspirations design, but I found it posted as the Sunday sketch on The Everyday Scrapper. My daughter took that adorable little goat portrait. I think I used parts of four different kits on this one:

I took this photo of the kids from the front seat as we headed back to town amid their squabbling about being crowded, about someone's arm or hand or foot being in someone else's space, etc.

I scraplifted this layout from one by Misty Willis, a Design Team member at Simply Obsessed, as part of a challenge for this weekend's Just Beachy Crop there. I couldn't wait to dig into my Max and Whiskers kit from ScrapbookDeals4U! The little ice cream cones were cut with the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge.

And another Sketch Inspirations sketch ... The "five" is a design from the Cricut Graphically Speaking cartridge.

And a couple of cards...

This one went to a friend who loves purses and shopping ...

and this was for my husband on our anniversary (we celebrated 26 years last Tuesday)

Our youngest grandchild, 2 year old Anna, is staying with us for a few days. (She came with her parents Wednesday, and I talked them into leaving her here yesterday.) Already she has provided a couple of photo op's that most likely will find their way onto layouts.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Back from Minnesota ...

... and with several new layouts to share! It was a week of photo op's with three of my grandkids -- Chuck E. Cheese, Cameron's birthday, trips to the pool, park and Dairy Queen. I finished a total of two double page layouts and a single page one. I've finished a couple more since I got home.

First, the ones that I completed last night:

SWIM: Based on a sketch from Inspired Blueprints. I'm loving these Crate Paper Brook papers! The little sun (cut with a Cricut and embossed) hides someone's big old tennis shoe.

The layout is a shameless lift from Scrapbooking and Beyond magazine. The papers are October Afternoon Fly a Kite. Cameron took his first solo ride on his two wheeler on his 5th birthday, and he was so proud!

These are the ones that I completed in Minnesota at my daughter's:

These are the adorable cubs and their parents at the Racine zoo; and that Crate Paper Brook again. The sketch is by Lucy Chesna of My Sketch World.

MERMAID: More Crate Paper and a sketch from Pencillines, via The Everyday Scrapper. The mermaid is my oldest granddaughter enjoying the chute slide at the pool during our visit to MN.

MONDAY AT CHUCK E's: The page on the left used a sketch by Zoe Nemburt, following her tutorial for pleated paper in a wavy border. The right side is the result of a "telephone scraplift" game at Cookin' Up Creations. With photos from the mouse's house, the papers had to be bold and bright!

And finally .
.. granddaughter Kaycee had fun scrap stuff shopping and cropping with Aunt Heather and Grandma. Here's a composite of her pages:

Thanks for looking -- have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Scrapping over the holiday weekend ...

In between a cookout and fireworks, visiting grandkids and everyday chores, I finished three layouts this weekend. My scrap room looks as though a cyclone went through! Probably should clean it up, huh?

I scraplifted a design by Tammy at Cookin' Up Creations -- loved the squares of patterned papers! To fit a "make your own embellishment" challenge at ScrapbookDeals4U as well as Scrapfit Challenge Blog, I made my own "sparkle chipboard" embellishment.

First, I googled and found this tree online. I added a title quote in Photoshop, then printed it out.

The color and sparkle were added with glitter markers and Stickles.

As soon as I saw that TV commercial for some insurance company -- the one that says "the day you went from dude to dad" and shows a new daddy at the hospital -- I thought of my son in law, Dustin. The design was inspired by a sketch at The Everyday Scrapper. (And if anyone has any hints on how to make those vinyl Thickers stick better, I would love to hear them! I always have trouble with them, and I see one of my d's in "dude" is looking a little precarious here)

And this one was for a brand new month of television inspired challenges on Cookin' Up Creations. The "I Love Lucy" challenge called for a title that began with "I Love ....", at least one big heart, and photos in a filmstrip style arrangement. The design was inspired by a sketch at Sketch Inspirations.

My last task tonight and/or tomorrow morning is to make up some scrapping kits with supplies and photos to take with me to Minnesota. My oldest granddaughter and I are spending a week at my oldest daughter's house (home of the "from dude to dad" guy and two of my grandsons too!) Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Almost the Fourth of July ....

When I was a kid, school ended right around Memorial Day and started again just after Labor Day. The Fourth of July sort of marked the middle of the summer, even though technically summer had just begun. Now that my own kids are grown up, we don't go to the fireworks most years; but this year we're going to a party along the Illinois River -- my husband's cousin has fixed up the former office building of the brewery that their family operated for four generations, and he lives there now -- so we will see the fireworks over the water. Looking forward to that!

Do you love zoos as much as I do? My mom and I spent a couple of days in Kenosha with my youngest daughter's family. While we were there, we visited the "Pride of Racine" -- two 3-month-old Transvaal lion cubs at the Racine Zoo. Talk about adorable!

This layout features my very own jungle cat, Ed -- or "fast Eddie". He is an indoor kitty, but he does love sitting outside. His favorite place is in the grass and foliage under the neighbor's hedges, which is where I found him when I took this photo. The inspiration for this layout was the Summer Lovin' Crop blinkie at Simply Obsessed:

I finally completed a layout done using one of my favorite photos from among those I took of little Anna playing in the puddles. Couldn't wait to dive into this October Afternoon "Fly a Kite" paper -- so cute! The inspiration for the design was a sketch from Pencillines, via The Everyday Scrapper site.

And this was an "experiment". I followed a tutorial that was linked on The Everyday Scrapper to use stamping and ink on a layout. The green paper is stamped with various medallion and snowflake stamps; then the inside background was inked, stamped, distressed. I think I got a bit carried away with the inking and stamping. So totally out of my style but it's growing on me!

I'm heading up to my older daughter's in Minnesota right after the Fourth of July. I'll be there for a week; planning to pack a couple of kits and some photos so I can scrap there. Have a great holiday weekend!