Saturday, September 24, 2011

Here's what I've been up to ....

Have you seen the new "Clementine" line by Cosmo Cricket? It's totally adorable, with cute retro patterns and graphics. Lynette, the owner of Scrap That Moment (the new store here in town) asked me to scrap a few layouts with it. Here's what I came up with:

The Clementine papers were perfect with these black and white pictures from 1962. This month, one of the challenges at Inspired To Scrap is to "put a slant" on your layout. (By the way, there's still time to get in on the fun and get your name into the prize drawing, too!) Love the flower and butterfly stickers too! 

My youngest granddaughter, Anna, had her face painted at the fun fair over Homestead Festival weekend but didn't feel like posing; so I caught this "cheeky" shot. I adore that paper pattern with all of those little retro stamp motifs! 

And this one ... I loved that green floral paper and "had" to do a layout with it. Kept this one clean and classic; it was tough to refrain from adding more embellishments! I did add a little Stickles to the flowers, just for a bit of bling.

My Sketch World hosted another One Hour Sketch Challenge last Saturday night; this is My Mind's Eye Union Square, with a little bit of Basic Grey thrown in. The printed canvas stars are by Jillibean Soup:

This one just makes me happy; it's the Le Cirque line by Graphic 45, another display layout for Scrap That Moment. There is a ton of fussy cutting and layering; I used foam tape to give the curtain and some of the elements more dimension. And I used a ton of Stickles, especially that beautiful turquoise "Lagoon". The photo is from 2001 when I took my youngest daughter, who was 13, to a weekend clowning event near Columbus, OH. I also used this one for my example on a Blue Plate Special challenge at Cookin' Up Creations. The challenge? Use bold colors and a "loud" print!

Thanks for looking -- have a fantastic weekend! 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Two new layouts!

After working on the board album for the past two or three weeks, it felt great to get back to layout scrapping. The owner of our local scrapbook store gave me some Bella Blvd. "Finally Fall" papers and coordinating Ciao Chip. I created two layouts that are on display in the store now.

My oldest daughter took these pictures of her two sons and a friend at Nickelodeon Universe in Mall of America. The title, arrow and borders were all cut from Finally Fall papers.
I adore the cute tree, owl and cloud chipboard! Here's a close up of the title and chip:

This apple paper was so much fun to work with! Again, the papers are Finally Fall and the chipboard is from the same coordinating Ciao Chip. Loved the look of the banner layered with the cloud and "fall" chipboard pices.

Both layouts were based on sketches by Stacey Lokovic of Inspired To Scrap from her August sketch class. The sketches were so easy to work with, and the best part was that they all called only for 4 x 6 photos. No special sizing or cropping needed!

My Sketch World is hosting a month-long ABC crop. There is a new challenge, based on a letter of the alphabet, each day, and the challenges alternate between a layout and a card. This fun card was created for "D is for Diecut". The cake was cut with the "Summer in Paris" Cricut cartridge. The bling doesn't scan well, but those are pink rhinestone swirls.

The annual local Homestead Festival (named in honor of our historic showpiece, the restored homestead of abolitionist and congressman Rev. Owen Lovejoy) Three of our four children (along with two children in law and three grandkids) are in town for the weekend. Hoping to get a few photos from the Fun Fair, parade and other events.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

It's finally done!

I've spent the past two weeks working on a vintage themed board book, and it's FINALLY done!

Before my late mother in law's memory was overtaken by Alzheimer's disease, she put together a binder of old family photos for each of her sons, along with short notations of who was in the photos and when the pictures were taken. I paired a Georgian board album from Kaisercraft with Crate Paper's Portrait Collection, along with a few odds and ends from my stash. I traced and cut the papers to fit the boards, adhered and then sanded the paper. I stained all of the wooden book edges with Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink, then sponged Antique Linen on the along the edges of the papers.

Here's the completed book, from cover to cover:

As I mentioned in my post last week, the top photo shows my mother in law's paternal grandparents on vacation; the bottom photo, her maternal grandparents.

I love the bridesmaids's hats in this photo from my mother in law's parents' wedding in 1916. The bride looked a little less than amused; my guess is that this was still in the day when flash photos required the subjects to remain still, it was after a long day, and she was tired of yet another photo.

The photos show her parents during their courting days in 1915, as a stylish young couple; and at my mother in law's wedding in 1948. They look like the prosperous business owners that they were (he was the third generation  to own and operate the family brewery in LaSalle, IL)

The left photo shows my mother in law on her wedding day, along with her sister Jean; and the other photo includes Jean and their brother Jack. My mother in law was one of nine children; Jean and Jack served as the maid of honor and best man.

 My husband and I already had decided that my mother in law's surviving sister, Nancy, should be the recipient of this board. Since I thought of it as "Aunt Nancy's book" by the time I reached this point, I included two photos that I found of Aunt Nancy as a young woman.

And this is the final photo. It was taken at a family reunion in perhaps the late 1970's and includes the seven siblings who were still alive at the time. My mother in law is that short lady right in the middle.

I didn't put photos on the back cover, since most likely it will be lying on a table; but I did "sign" it. 

My husband was very happy with the way the book turned out (so was I!)  It was on display at the local scrapbook store for a few days. The book will be on its way soon to Aunt Nancy in Michigan, along with some copies of photos of my late mother in law. I hope she enjoys looking at the book as much as I enjoyed creating it! 

Thanks for stopping by -- have a great Labor Day weekend!