... but it's also great to be home!
I spent a wonderful four-day weekend with my oldest daughter and her family in Minnesota, accompanied by my youngest granddaughter (who belongs to my youngest daughter and lives in Wisconsin). We visited the Minnesota Zoo , where we saw the penguins and the dolphin show; enjoyed street music and bought fresh local veggies at the farmers market; went swimming; walked to the park and Dairy Queen. We also met Izzy, the new "grand dog" -- an adorable teddy bear (bichon-shitzu mix). I took scrapping supplies but never really got around to scrapping, but I did take quite a few photos that will be showing up on layouts soon.
Since my oldest daughter has two boys, she enjoys the occasional "girly fix" with her niece. They had fun splashing each other in the kiddie pool:
This layout was the example on my Blue Plate Special challenge today on Cookin' Up Creations. I used this week's sketch from Sketch Inspiration for the layout design; and a paper technique by Kate Vickers as shown on the Inspired to Scrap forum. The title came from Christa's challenge to use a "summer song" title on the forum at My Sketch World.
The sketch and the inspiration for this layout came from Master Chef Sandy Liles at Cookin' Up Creations. My youngest two grandkids enjoyed a spirited game of their own design; both of them "won", which is always a good thing! For Scrapfit's Workout #48, I "put a bird on it" -- a sticker on a button -- and a quote that I love -- "Play is the work of children" by Bob Keeshan. For those of you over a certain age, you may remember him as the beloved "Captain Kangaroo".
Scraplift a Member at Cookin' Up Creations
I am so excited to show you this layout -- finally! The Master Chef Challenge Team at Cookin' Up Creations chose a layout by member Rebecca in MI to scraplift. We do this periodically and since it's a surprise to the original artist, we keep our creations under wraps until the big reveal.
You can see Rebecca's original layout, "Laugh", here. We all loved her use of white space, her placement of her elements so they all stood alone but yet were cohesive and worked so perfectly together; and her great photo. Here's my version, featuring LYB's Twig collection and a photo of my youngest grandson, Cameron, that his mom took on their recent vacation to Colorado:
Some of the elements came with the Twig line, but I made several embellishments for this. The clouds were cut with a Spellbinders die (exclusive design for Scrap Mart) and the zig zag, with a Sizzix die. I freehand cut the cirles for the lollipop flower and the triangles for the banner. The tree was cut with the Cricut Lite "Bloom" cartridge, but I cut the leaves freehand. I turned the photo placement and filled up a bit more of my white space, but I tried to keep my elements as "separate yet together" as Rebecca did with hers.
Thanks for the inspiration, Beck!