Friday, June 29, 2012

An "extreme" layout ....

I like to "scrap girly". But sometimes, going grungy can be fun ...

My younger son and some co-workers took part in the Warrior Dash  in Chicago on June 16. Now, this is no ordinary 5K run -- it's an extreme event, with obstacles such as scaling a tower of cargo netting, crawling through mud and jumping over fire. Each participant is individually timed;  but you may compete with friends and help each other along the way. At the end, there are awards, a medal for each finisher, and beer, roasted turkey legs and music. 

When these photos appeared on my Jeff's Facebook wall (via "tagging" by a friend), my husband said right away, "You need to scrap those pictures". I snagged a few photos from Facebook and was pleased at the way they printed. There were the remains of some Scrap Within Reach papers in my stash, along with some forgotten rub ons and stickers. Here's my resulting layout:

The handsome young man on the far right (shirtless in the bottom photo) is my son. He is also the one jumping over fire in the middle photo. I used Nuts About Sketches' #219, turned on its side, for the layout design. The background paper already had some printed, gears, numbers and circles, but I misted and dripped walnut ink over it, stamped it, added rub ons and distressing. The silver letter stickers didn't show up well enough, so I used a bronze metallic paint pen to outline them. The gears were cut with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, and the stars with a Spellbinders die set. I gesso-ed, painted and embossed just for fun.

Then, I realized on the smaller photo that I had actually blocked out my son's face. Not wanting to risk hurting the layout by taking everything up, I reprinted a part of the photo (larger, so my son would show up more) and added it to the top. I like the torn edges and the collage effect:

Last of all, I uploaded to Facebook and "tagged" him so the page would show up on his wall. Right away, my youngest daughter replied on his wall, "There needs to be a disclaimer that pops up when someone tags Jeff in a picture. We the undersigned hereby agree to get scrapped by Jeff's mom." The young lady who supplied the photos "liked" the layout right away, as did another friend. Hopefully Jeff won't be embarrassed that his mom not only scrapped the photos, but tagged him so they show on his wall.

So .... what are you scrapping this weekend? In stark contrast to the layout above, I have some beautiful new Prima "Fairy Belle Collection" that I will be working on for the local scrapbook store. It's soooooo pretty! Now to find some photos that will do it justice.

Thanks for stopping by -- have a great weekend!

Friday, June 22, 2012

One more ballet layout ....

I love the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook line with my granddaughter's dance recital photos! They have just the right note of girliness and fun. My recital photos technically are not "good pictures". The stage was big and I had to stand back a bit; the lighting was more than a challenge; and the subjects were in motion. But scrapbooking is about preserving the memories, so I scrapped them anyway. The design is Nuts About Sketches -- sketch 218. Our little ballerina did us proud!

I made this next layout for a product reveal challenge at Cookin' Up Creations. Each of us received two sheets of blue cardstock, a sheet of words patterned paper and one of a grass motif, a package of ribbon, ribbon stickers and letter stickers, and some cute tab embellishments. I used mine for this:

The "summer" letters are foam started out white; I used alcohol ink to color them. I also used ink on the stickpin head to turn it from clear to yellow. This definitely isn't my usual style of products, but I like the fun, bright feel to it! I also made a card, but didn't add a sentiment. Instead, I'll choose the appropriate sentiment when I use the card.

What's on your scrap table? I have some photos (that I swiped from Facebook) of my son and some friends at the Warrior Dash last weekend in Chicago. It's not every day that I get to scrap my handsome, meticulous son covered in mud! 

Here's the "big picture" -- my son is the tall shirtless one on the right. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend! 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

"Telephone Scraplift" and a ballet recital

I love "Telephone Scraplifts". That's when someone creates a layout, then passes it by email to the next person, who scraplifts it. She in turn sends only her version to the next person on the list, and so on. Each participant sees ONLY the layout done by the person immediately before her. After the last person has completed her layout, everyone's work is revealed. It's always interesting to see how the design has changed (or not) from the first person to the last.

This layout was created for a recent telephone scraplift on Cookin' Up Creations. The photos were taken by my oldest daughter when her two sons met my youngest daughter's new baby boy. I love these photos and this layout! I used the May Faded Jeans kit from Scraptastic Club.

That same baby (Hamish, who was born April 9) looks so much like his daddy, right down to their facial expressions. I scrapped my favorite photo of the two of them for the Sketch 216 reveal at Nuts About Sketches, using the Bella Blvd Baby Boy Collection. I had been waiting for just the right design to use that adorable chipboard giraffe!

Granddaughter Anna participated with her ballet class in a recent spring dance recital. She looked like a little princess in her tutu, ballerina bun and -- her favorite part -- a little lipstick and blush. Of course I took photos ... and yes, I scrapped them! I started with the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection and Sketch 217 from Nuts About Sketches for this double pager featuring our little ballerina:

I loved the bold, bright colors of this line and jazzed it up a little more with some stickers, fussy cutting and a touch of Stickles and Liquid Pearls.

Anna and two of her little friends entertained themselves backstage by playing Ring Around the Rosy. They looked like little sugar plum fairies and had such a good time chanting, falling down and giggling. They had a long wait -- they were the 24th dance group of a total of 26! This layout was inspired both by this week's Sketch Inspiration sketch and by a Birthday Bash scraplift challenge at Cookin' Up Creations. 

Today I was fortunate to spend a few hours in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, with one of my favorite people, my 14-year-old granddaughter Kaycee. We had a lovely time browsing the shops, strolling the  lakeside and dining at a waterfront eatery. She lives in Tennessee but is here in Illinois for a few weeks, making the rounds of area relatives. Not sure how much scrapping I'll get done tonight; it's been a fun but long day!

The Birthday Bash continues at Cookin' Up Creations! There is a new challenge each and every day (check out my Birthday Banquet Menu Challenge), with some fun games and prizes. The party lasts throughout the month of June. Come on over and check it out -- still plenty of time to participate! 

Thanks for stopping by -- have a GREAT weekend!

Friday, June 8, 2012

The party's started ...

... at Cookin' Up Creations! The site is celebrating our third anniversary throughout the month of June with a new challenge each day, plus games and prizes. Come on over and check it out!