Saturday, October 29, 2011

Another mini album ....

This month at Inspired To Scrap, the design team has been featuring a free series on mini albums. I shared mine last week, using mini file folders and featuring faux epoxy letters. Inspired by the work of my fellow designers, I also created a little 6x6 chipboard album for my youngest granddaughter. The features fun, bright animal prints from Canvas Corp, along with a little Bella Blvd and Fancy Pants.

Usually I take photos of everything I scrap -- but I was in a hurry to get Halloween cards sent out to the grandkids, so I didn't take photos of the ones I made. We're in Wisconsin today, getting ready to attend Boo at the Zoo with our youngest granddaughter. Looking forward to scrapping some cute Halloween pics next week! We've moved to our new home, things are still in boxes but I will be digging out those scrap supplies ASAP.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

"Fast, Flat and Fabulous" class starts Tuesday!

November 1-30- “Fast, Flat and Fabulous!” --  This fun new class starts Tuesday at Inspired To Scrap, with a  full month of inspiration to help you create quick pages that look great with products you already have. The Design Team will be presenting pages and ideas with embellishments no thicker than a button in this fun class! *Look for a few new sketches sprinkled in along the way! We’ll have sharing, prizes and encouragement along the way.There will be a class PDF sent out after class ends with all of the information presented. To register, go to Inspired To Scrap! 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Where does the time go????

I feel as though I'm meeting myself coming and going lately (to use one of my grandmother's phrases). Between a split work shift and moving, it seems that time for scrapping and relaxing is at a premium.

I created a mini album for a free class that's going on now at Inspired To Scrap. I made a mini file folder album, using a summer kit from Sweet Peach Crop Shop  and a template from the book Outstanding Mini Albums. The photos are from an afternoon at the pool with my older daughter, her family and my younger daughter's little girl.
I presented a tutorial on making those faux epoxy letters. I used the same technique for the butterflies on the last pages.

You can see the entire class and all of the Design Team members' albums and tutorials here

I also finished a layout for a challenge at both Inspired To Scrap and Cookin' Up Creations. This is my oldest granddaughter when she was not quite 2 years old, telling our then-young dog to "Shh, go sleep doggy!" Ironically, that's exactly what poor Pepper was trying to do when this little girl kept bothering him.

I'm still in love with the "Le Cirque" line from Graphic45 and created a card and a set of Artist Trading Cards for Scrap That Moment, our local scrapbooking store. This is the card:

and the ATCs:

Finally, my card for the September card sketch at My Sketch World, using the Blackbird line from last year by My Mind's Eye:

Next week I will post another mini album (this time created for Scrap That Moment and Canvas Corp) and the result of my first-ever designs working with Hambly Screen Prints. Have a great week!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Is it spring already????

For the past few days, we have had gorgeous weather -- sunshine, blue skies, and temperatures in the high 70's and low 80's. It's hard to remember that it's the beginning of October and not May!!!! We're in full packing mode (hoping to move into our new home next weekend, if all goes well) but I've been able to set aside a little time to scrap. It's kind of my little oasis of calm in the middle of a hectic week.

This layout was based on a layout by Jennifer Larsen, which in turn was based on a sketch by Allison Davis on the Sketch Support blog. I loved the grid design, the white space and the way in which Jennifer's layout used minimal paper and embellishments but still managed to look fabulous. Here's my version, featuring photos of three of our grandchildren during our recent hometown celebration. The papers are s.e.i.'s Corinne collection.

I used a sketch by Lucy Chesna of My Sketch World  for this layout of my older son when he was a year old. I've had this photo in a little frame for the past 30 years; I've always loved it because it's just so typical of his sunny disposition at that age. I used the remainder of my June Juicy kit from  Sweet Peach Crop Shop kit -- great way to use up some scraps!

I designed this little card for display at the local scrapbooking store, using a card sketch by Lucy Chesna. The acrylic dress form from Clear Scraps was so much fun to work with!

The Worldwin cardstock works wonderfully with my dies and die cutter. Love it! The zebra print is from Canvas Corp; so is the green and white print that I used for my lollipop flowers. I dressed up the clear dress form by first stamping it with a little Studio G stamp and Staz-On ink, then coloring with Ranger alcohol ink. I gathered a bit of lace and added dots of Stickles (in Lagoon, my new favorite Stickles color!) and some little pearl stickers. I covered brads in Versamark ink and then in holographic embossing powder for a little extra bling.

This month at Inspired To Scrap, Stacey and the Design Team are offering a free inspiration class on Mini Albums. Stacey's little travel album is featured this week and is so cute; be sure to check it out! Right now I'm working on my mini; it's coming along nicely so far. Here's a sneak peek:

Thanks for looking; have a great week!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Hooray for the weekend!

The past week has just seemed so long, and I've had little time to spend scrapping. I've been looking forward all week to a little time by myself in my scrap room, just in time for all the World Card Making Day challenges and events online.

Again this week, I used the Graphic 45 "Le Cirque" collection for some serious fussy cutting. This time, the subject was a family portrait at our youngest daughter's wedding last year. It already had been a long day when we started posing. By that time, we were all getting a little tired of "smiling pretty" for the camera. One grandson didn't want to be in the  photo and, in fact, was not in the first two shots. The younger kids were distracted, we were all looking every way except at the camera, and my new son-in-law probably was looking around for the exit door .... A year later, I love this photo more than the more perfectly posed ones, because this one is "us."

The layout was based on a sketch by Heather Landry from the Scraptastic Club blog. Other supplies include the striped paper by Fancy Pants, Peeled Paint Distress Stickles by Ranger (over the title letters), various other Stickles colors, Carolee by Adorn-It alpha stickers, and Worldwin cardstock. I used this layout as the example for my October challenge on Inspired to Scrap: you can check it out here!

I finished this one last night using some scraps from Basic Grey's Hello Luscious line and a ledger paper from My Mind's Eye. The photo is a copy of my parents' wedding photo, taken in 1955. The sketch is from Sketch Inspiration. (Sorry for the rotten photo of the layout; for some reason, it would not photograph well and I finally just gave up.)

Finally, I just created this card for my October challenge at My Sketch World. The challenge is to take inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night".  Here's the painting:

... and here's my card:

The village is a Tim Holtz Sizzix die; the tree is from the  Cricut Lite Bloom cartridge; and the cat and raven are from Spellbinders. I used gesso for the wisps of fog, and acrylic paint and Stickles for the highlights and the moon.

Thanks for looking. Have a fantastic World Card Making Day and a great weekend!