Saturday, August 27, 2011

I made the team!!!!!

I made the team!!!!!

Posted on  by Stacey Lokovic

Choosing a new Design Team was really hard…there are so many amazingly talented and sweet and wonderful women out there! I hope you will all stick around and join us in being inspired together for the next few months. I can’t wait to get more pages completed with you all.
Announcing our new Design Team:
Barb Prendergast
Julia Short
Kate Vickers
I know you will all love these ladies and their fabulous work! I hope you will join us on the forum and in our classes to be inspired by them. :) They won’t “officially” start until September 1st, but you can check out their blogs and gallery submissions until then. ;)
**Watch for Guest Design Team Contest details in September!**
If you check out Julia and Kate's blogs, you can see why I'm so honored and thrilled to be chosen along with these talented ladies. My first post on the I2S blog is September 2, and our first challenges go "live" on the forum September 1. We also have lots of other fun things planned for the next four months -- come on over and join in the fun!

The past week, again, has been ultra-crazy. New job, impending move, a health issue with my mom, dealing with realtors and getting ready to sell our house -- not a lot of time left for scrapping! But I do have a work in progress, one that makes me happy. Before her memory failed, my late mother in law gathered some old family photos into an album (in plastic sleeves, thankfully, and not glued to the pages!) along with a brief list of who was in each photo. Her sister celebrated her 80th birthday recently, so I'm making a board book with some copies of those old photos for her. I won the Crate Paper "Portrait" collection, along with a Glue Glider Pro, on the GlueArts Facebook page a while back. And I have a Georgian Board Album by Kaisercraft that is perfect for this little gift book.

This is the cover of the book; the couple is my mother in law's parents back in their "courting days", probably taken in 1915.

I've chosen to keep the pages fairly basic in design, securing each element thoroughly to keep the possibility of detachment to a minimum. I want the pages to be pretty, but those photos should be the stars. These are two of the inside pages. The left side includes my mother in law's grandparents; on the right, her parents' wedding party. Would you believe the couple in the top photo were on vacation at a resort? Apparently, everyone "dressed for dinner" even on vacation.

This page is in progress; both photos show my mother in law's parents at different stages of their lives. After this page, I havethree more photo pages to go. The back of the book is merely covered in paper.

My goal is to finish the book this weekend; we'll see how far I get. Kind of hoping to do a traditional layout or two also, even if I have to lock my craft room door!  Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back to School!

The kids in town are going back to school this coming Monday; and with that, I have a new job! I accepted a position in the before and after school program at a local child enrichment and care center. Since I've been subbing at the center since May, I already know most of the staff, kids and parents. Looking forward to set hours and  a "room of my own" -- I'll be in charge of the third through fifth graders.

And it's back to school scrap-wise, too. I combined some Karen Foster papers and rub ons with some Crate Paper Portrait designs for two layouts of my grandsons. I used sketches from the August sketch class at Inspired To Scrap 

My grandson Ryan lives in Tennessee. He sent his spring school photo, along with his citizenship certificate and honor roll ribbons, to me so I could see them. I scanned, reduced and printed them on cardstock so I could scrap his achievements and send his awards back to him.

I sent his awards back to him along with this card, using a sketch from My Sketch World

My grandsons in Minnesota attend a year round school; after six weeks of summer vacation, they started back to school on July 27. They most likely are already looking forward to their three week break in October! 

Our annual September festival here in town has a patriotic theme this year, so I used another Inspired To Scrap layout with papers from Piggy Tales, Around the Block and Treehouse Memories for a layout celebrating grandson Cameron's almost-July 4 birthday

The stars were cut with a Spellbinders die set from the flap of a corrugated box. Loved the way they turned out!

All three layouts are on display now at Scrap That Moment, our local scrapbooking store.  Thanks for stopping by; have a great week!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sketch layout class at Inspired To Scrap!

I'm following along with the August sketch class at Inspired To Scrap, or at least trying to (I am behind on my "homework" right now, but hoping to catch up soon!) The best part is that all the sketches are designed for 4 x 6 photos. Love it!

The only scrapping I completed in the past week was a double page layout for sketch #3. I used my July Juicy kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop -- loaded with papers from Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket, and October Afternoon. A friend sent me those tickets, which went perfectly with the papers and theme!

I added numbers to my photos that corresponded with lines in my journaling, so I would remember fun details like the kids hurrying in front of my daughter and me, and of Anna dancing to the music from a young lady's fiddle. Here's a close-up:

And here are a couple of quick cards that I made using Echo Park's For the Record newsprint paper with some vellum diecuts, stamps, colored pencils and Stickles, and Divine Twine.

Each one took me about 10 minutes to make.

The last couple of weeks have been super busy and full here; I NEED some scrapping time!!!!!!  Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Monday reveal and other projects ....

The August sketches at My Sketch World went "live" on Monday. I paired the layout sketch with the Crate Paper Portrait Collection and some photos of granddaughter Anna feeding leaves to the giraffes at the zoo:

I used some papers from Scrap Within Reach for my version of the card sketch:

I created this layout for a "Blue Plate Special" challenge that I presented at Cookin' Up Creations. It's a simplified scraplift of my "Take Time to Smell the Flower" layout from last week, which in turn was based on a sketch from Sassy Lil' Sketches. Everything except the rhinestones came from the Burlap  & Buttercups June kit. 

I signed up for the August sketch class at Inspired 2 Scrap, and it's great fun! Stacey designed all the sketches to include only 4 x 6 photos, so we can use our pictures "as is" or make changes to accommodate our preferences. I used The Sweet Peach Crop Shop's July Juicy kit, including papers by October Afternoon (that's what I used to cut those cute round "embellishments), Crate Paper and Cosmo Cricket. I added the polka dot paper from my stash.

This is another Sassy Lil' Sketches sketch; the papers are Echo Park For the Record. The photo includes my husband's maternal grandparents (on the right) when they were "courting". The photo was taken in about 1914 at a local swimming lake.

I have a double layout in progress for the I2S class that I started at last night's crop at Scrap That Moment, our local scrapbooking store, We have a wedding reception to attend this evening so I'm not sure how much scrap time I'll get, but hey -- there's always tomorrow, right? Thanks for stopping by; have a great weekend!