Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Scraptastic Sketch layout!

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Susan Stringfellow's sketches, and I always look forward to her monthly sketch challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog. Here's my take on this month's sketch:

I used the November "Shake It Off" kit and add-on from the Scraptastic Club. The adorable little dreamer is my youngest grandson.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Just under the wire ...

..,.with a couple of October challenges from the Scraptastic Club blog! I love design team member Susan Stringfellow's sketches, and this month's was no exception. I used the fantastic Thriller kit and add-on along with the sketch to show off my youngest grandchildren in their Halloween finery:

The October 9 challenge asked for at least five digital files (print or diecuts) on a project. I used several different bat cut files, as well as the orange scallop circle, a banner and cobweb corner files, on this layout, again using the Thriller kit and add-on:

I also loaded up a few Halloween cards with multiple die cuts from various files:

 I used individual files for the moon, raven, tombstone, zombie hands, and the RIP letters on the left; and various bat files, a frightful font, the moon and tombstones for the right.

For these two, I used Jillibean files for the cute owls (styled after the Jillibean die cuts that came in the Thriller kit), and more files for the moom, bats, letters, fence, grass and pumpkins.

I L O V E D the Thriller kit and add-on! In addition to the two layouts above, I also completed these two layouts with the kit. I used a PageMaps sketch for this one. The photos are from 1990:

I used a Nuts About Sketches sketch for this one, featuring my oldest three kids back in 1987:

I have a two-pager in progress now using the same kit, with paper for at least a couple more projects (probably for next year's Halloween cards for the grandkids) Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday to scrap, even more so than Christmas. I can just go wild with the patterns, colors and embellishments and have fun.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Scrapbookers Blog Tour!

 Welcome to this stop on the Scrapbookers Blog Tour. I was invited by Tina Gale; you can visit her blog here
Here's a little bit about my creative process:
What am I working on right now?
I'm staying with two young boys in their home this week while their parents enjoy a much-deserved vacation on a warm, sunny island. But before I came over here, I grabbed a couple of scrapbook kits, some extra cardstock and essential tools. I plan to create a double-page layout using the kit and an assigned sketch for Nuts About Sketches, where I'm proud to be on the design team.

My most recently finished project is this layout featuring my third child (now in his late 20's) the year he was Dracula for Halloween. With his normally blond hair spray-dyed black and with his white face paint, I couldn't find him at first when I walked into his kindergarten classroom -- a kind of scary moment! My husband suggested this before-and-after layout, which I thought was a great idea.

I used a Pagemaps sketch and the wonderful "Thriller" kit from Scrapstastic Kit Club. 

How long does it take me to create a project?
If I'm on a roll and it's a good day, I might finish a layout in one day. However, I tend to be a slow scrapper, taking my time in choosing a design, papers, embellishments and so on. Sometimes a layout can be on my table for two or three days. I used to think I should "get faster" but now I just enjoy the process, however long it may take.

What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I received a Silhouette Cameo in December as a combination Christmas/birthday gift, and I love making things for my projects! In the layout above, the kit came with a set of adorable Jillibean owls (see the witch). I wanted the Frankenstein owl to be bigger, so I bought the file on the Sihouette site and made my own; I'll use the Jillibean one on another project.

How does my creative process work?
Most of the time, I start with a photo or group of pictures. However, I often start with a sketch (especially for design team work or a challenge on a blog or forum). I love sketches and rarely do a layout without one. They just help me get down to what I love most about scrapping -- putting down that paper and those photos. 

After I have the sketch and photo(s), I choose my patterned papers. My backgrounds usually are neutral colored cardstock, but occasionally I will use patterned paper. Usually I have my journaling and title in mind. I was a journalist for many years, so these two components are always an important part of any layout. Last (but maybe the most fun) is choosing the embellishments. They add the character to the page! And somehow the process doesn't feel "finished" until I share the layout on Facebook, forums, and/or my blog.

 How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I actively look for inspiration -- either in photos I've taken or that my children send me (or those I snag off Facebook, I'm notorious for that), in challenges on blogs and forums, when I see an interesting sketch. I also find inspiration in other scrappers' layouts and projects I admire. Sometimes if I'm not feeling especially inspired, I make a card or two. Even if they're very basic, the simple act of putting paper together seems to get the creativity flowing again.

 What is my signature style?
I keep trying to name my "style", and I'm not sure I really have one. I know I love layers and I love pouring on the embellishments. I also like some "white space", 

These are a few of my current favorite layouts. They all started with a sketch and a kit:

I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

One more Scraptastic challenge ...

I don't do double-page layouts as much as I did a few years ago, but I really love the way this one turned out! It's my design team layout for  Sketch #338 from Nuts About Sketches; I used the April Worth Wondering Kit from Scraptastic Kit Club. This one is in response to the September 4 challenge on the Scraptastic Blog, to use five different sized circles in five different patterns.

I have circles in 1, 1 1/4, 1 1/2, 2 and 2 3/4 inches, with photos and several other patternsed papers. I had to piece together the black and white border along the outside, so those embellishments are hiding a multitude of sins. LOL

Thank you for looking; have a great day!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Scraptastic sketch challenge

I love Susan Stringfellow's sketches, and I'm really happy that she's the sketch artist for Scraptastic Club.  This is my take on the September sketch, which was posted on the Scraptastic Blog on September 25. Most of the items came from the August Boys of Summer kit from Scraptastic.

You can see Susan's sketch here

Another Scraptastic challenge ....

The September 18 challenge on the Scraptastic Club Blog  is to scrap Instagaram photos. I have to admit that I have but really don't use my Instagram account, so I snagged my younger daughter's Instagram photo from Facebook for this layout:

I liked the way the photo looked almost like an oil painting, due to whatever "action" or filter she used on it.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Scraptastic September "gold" challenge

I somehow missed all of the month of August, but I'm working on the September challenges on the Scraptastic Club blog.  I started with the September 11 challenge, "Get Glittery". This also was my  take on sketch #336 at Nuts About Sketches, where I'm proud to be a design team member. I used the July Either Way kit from Scraptastic. My gold touches include some gold glitter tape from Walmart and some shapes cut from gold WOW glitter paper from American Crafts.

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The final Scraptastic challenge for July

The fourth July challenge at the Scraptastic Club Blog was a wonderful sketch by Susan Stringfellow. You can see the sketch and Susan's example layout on her blog, Sketch Savvy, as well as the Scraptastic blog.

Once again, I used the July "Either Way" kit for a Disney layout. The bright, fun patterns and colors are especially suited to Disney photos, and there are plenty of whimsical embellishments to go along with the papers. Here's my take on the sketch:

So far, I've gotten six layouts from this kit and add-on with plenty of papers and embellishments for more. Gotta love it!

Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

We've been enjoying our TV SHOWS challenge theme this month at Cookin' Up Creations! My challenge today on the forum features the original Mickey Mouse Club show for children, which aired from 1955-60.

I used a sketch from Nuts About Sketches  (week 326) and the "Either Way" July kit from Scraptastic Club for my layout:

If you would like to play along with us at Cookin' Up Creations, the deadline for all July challenges is August 5. Each completed challenge earns you an entry into the July prize drawing. And you won't want to miss our August theme, "ON THE RADIO", featuring some of our favorite songs and artists.

Thanks for stopping by; have a wonderful day! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Button, button ...

Who's got the button(s)? That's the question asked by the third July challenge at the Scraptastic Club blog.  This week's challenge is to use buttons on a project. I dug out my "button jar" and added a few to this layout:

Each year, the Quad Cities Botanical Center in Rock Island, IL., hosts the Flamingo Follies. Local artisans take pink plastic lawn flamingos and turn them into wondrous creatures. This one was a fabulous play on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover and was my favorite. My mom and I spent an enjoyable afternoon at the gardens, viewing the 75 or so flamingo creations and enjoying the new children's garden.

This layout also will be featured on the "Potluck Friday" challenge at Cookin' Up Creations. We have a new challenge each day, Monday through Friday. Every completed challenge earns you one entry into the prize drawing at the end of the month. Come on over and join in the fun as we celebrate "TV SHOWS" through July 31!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It's July .....

... and that means new challenges on the Scraptastic Club blog! I'm loving the July "Either Way" kit and add-on with its bright colors and playful patterns.

The first July challenge called for using natural elements. I used a burlap heart, arrow and star, as well as some burlap-patterned alphabet stickers:

The second challenge included using a BIG photo. This photo of granddaughter Anna, taken by a Disney photographer at Disney World, was perfect for the challenge. Again, I used the Either Way kit and add-on:

Speaking of challenges, the Cookin' Up Creations forum has added some new challenge categories to its weekday "Blue Plate Special" challenges. We now have Meatloaf Monday (recipe challenge), Taco Tuesday (sketch challenge) Soup of the Day Wednesday (scraplift challenge), Take Out Thursday (a focus challenge) and Potluck Friday (using your stash). Each completed challenge earns you an entry into the monthly Dessert Tray prize drawing. So come on over and join in the fun!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Featured on the Citrus Twist blog!

Citrus Twist Kits owner Trina Craig introduced some new weekly features on the Citrus Twist Blog this month, including Wednesday's "A View From Our Gallery". I am proud and excited that my layout with the June 29 sketch, was chosen as the first layout to be highlighted!

This is the layout, using the June Citrus Twist kit:

Citrus Twist posts a sketch by Kasia each Sunday; scrappers have until the following Saturday night to post their layouts. Each week, there's a random prize drawing for a $5 gift certificate from among the members who posted layouts. I love Kasia's sketches, and I also enjoy winning those certificates to put toward kit "extras". And their kits are always amazing. 

I went back to my April Citrus Twist kit for this layout, which is dear to my heart because it's in memory of my brother-in-law, who died in May 2013, and his wife, who died last month. They were one of the most devoted couples I've ever met and both left us way too soon. I've always loved this photo of them with their beloved border collie, and it's how I want to remember them.

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Two more Scraptastic challenges ...

... and another fun sketch from Susan Stringfellow! I loved the big sun motif and the circles in this month's sketch challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog.

My son and his fiancee recently enjoyed a trip to sunny Mexico; and I couldn't resist snagging a few photos from Facebook. (Honestly, that's the only way I get photos of these kids sometimes!) I still had some papers from last July's Rock Lobster kit, which seemed appropriate for the photos. I also had a piece of yellow dotted paper from an even older kit, which made a perfect sun:

I cut the sun, circle, banner and little palm trees with Cricut files. The alphas were from some my stash, also.

I also completed the second challenge on the Scraptastic blog, which was to use punches. I need a birthday card for my grandson who is turning 9 next week, so I dove into the Daylight kit and pulled a few punches.

I made the frame for the shaker box using a 2 inch square punch. I punched the square, then cut the paper around it to the size I wanted for the frame. The little button at the left actually took a scalloped circle, 1 inch circle and 1/2 inch circle punch, along with that cute little froggy punch from the Target bargin bins. I used a notebook edge border punch for the bottom.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For the love of Disney ....

I love scrapping Disney park photos, even when they're not my own! So far, I've scrapped some of my own from a trip in 2012, as well as photos from trips by both my daughters and their famliles. I never grow tired of Disney!

In May, my youngest daughter and six-year-old granddaughter enjoyed a "Mommy and Me" trip to Walt Disney World in Florida, leaving Daddy and two-year-old brother at home. They came back with some delightful photos that have kept me scrapping for the past month, with the promise of much more Disney scrapping fun.

This one is for the June 12 challenge on the Scraptastic Club' s blog to use a "feminine" kit for a "masculine" project or vice versa. I had thought of the May Daylight kit, with its blues, greens, and yellows, as a kit to use for scrapping boys. However, there were a few B sides of papers with flowers and tiny dots; I used those to scrap this photo of my daughter and granddaughter meeting Ferb of "Phineas and Ferb".

When I saw this photo that my daughter had embellished with the Hollywood Studios border, I thought of old postcards from my childhood. The postcards usually said "Wish you were here" on the back, so I chose that for my title. I used the May kit from Citrus Twist kits and a sketch from the CT blog.

The June Citrus Twist sketch and another sketch from the CT blog (Kasia is a wonderful sketch artist!) inspired this layout with my granddaughter meeting Sofia the First, a Disney Junior character. The patchwork effect was inspired by a layout created by design team member Gina Rodgers.

The June "Best Day of My Life" kit from Scraptastic inspired two more Disney layouts (so far). The girly colors and some added embellishments were perfect with the photos! A sketch by Alda Stevens of Flying Unicorn inspired the first one. I made the watercolor background by scribbling with water based markers onto an acrylic block, spritzing lightly with water and allowing some of it to run off, then "stamping" on the paper. 

This one was inspired by a layout from design team member Carol Monson:

Scraptastic design team member Sherri Funk used her Cameo to cut a design into her background paper, then backed it with patterned paper; so I scraplifted her idea for this layout using the April "Worth Wondering" kit and add on. The dinosaurs and volcano are cut files from the Silhouette Online Store; the title is from Paper Piecings by Nikki. This is out of my usual style, but so much fun! 

And because I hadn't done a two-pager in a while, I found a sketch by Susan Stringfellow and used the November kit from Citrus Twist Kits. My daughter took these pictures at the Perfectly Princess Tea, hosted by Aurora and Rose Petal of "Sleeping Beauty" fame. The little guests received a tiara, necklace, bracelet and other gifts, including that beautiful 18-inch doll. Everything was served on pretty china, and each guest received one on one time with Aurora. As expected, this was a highlight of their trip. 

As expected, there are many more Disney photos from this trip to scrap. My scrap room also is full of kits and products just begging to be put to use, so I should be in Disney mode for some time to come.

Thanks for looking -- have a great day! 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Thinking in Three's!

The  latest challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog is to use embellishments and elements in groups of three. I used the January "Baby It's Cold Outside" kit from Scraptastic with a few extra things from my stash, along with a sketch from Susan Stringfellow, to create this layout:

I used three clouds (cut with my Silhouette Cameo), three wood veneer snowflakes and three teal "pearl" dots. This will also be the example for my upcoming challenge on March 19 at Cookin' Up Creations Scrapbooking Forum. This month we're "MAD ABOUT SKETCHES", and we're thrilled that Susan graciously gave us permission to use 25 of her sketches for our challenges. The cute music flair button is from Joyful Moose Etsy shop, the prize sponsor for March. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Another Scraptastic challenge!

Scraptastic kicked off its March challenges last week with Nathalie's Tic Tac Toe board. I chose the combination of using yellow, two different alphas and wood veneers. I used a sketch by Susan Stringfellow of SketchSavvy and the March Scraptastic "Lost in My Mind" kit. This is my youngest granddaughter scrapbooking; she takes it very seriously!

The buttons, glue die cut rosette and wood veneer bird were from my stash of leftover embellishments from past kits. 

Also completed so far in March:

We're celebrating "MAD ABOUT SKETCHES" all month long at Cookin' Up Creations, with challenges featuring sketches by Susan Stringfellow! I used this fantastic double-page sketch with the February main kit and add-on kit from Citrus Twist Kits to commemorate my oldest graanddaughter's 16th birthday last weekend.

 The beautiful flairs are from the Joyful Moose Studio:

I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist blog and the February main and add-on kits for this layout. Felt almost like a bad grandma for snapping that bottom photo before we helped him out of his "questionable situation"!

This, too, was created using a Citrus Twist sketch and the February kit and add-on. Another grandson, another humorous situation:

I love the look of sunbursts on layouts but always hated the work of cutting them out on my own. I found this one in the Silhouette Studio store; it's actually held together by a center circle (hidden behind my photo). All I had to do was trim a little bit and glue down.  

Thanks for looking -- have a great week!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Using hearts!

The challenge this month on more than one forum or blog has been to "use hearts". Well after all, it IS February with Valentine's Day smack in the middle!

I made these Valentines for my two youngest grandchildren, just in time for Sherri's challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog! I was fortunate to receive a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, and I've been having too much fun with it! For this first card, I used Scraptastic's February Feel Again kit papers and cardstock. The adorable bear, with her little bee costume and heart antennae, was cut with a Silhouette file. I also cut the sentiment alphas with the Cameo. 

I used another Silhouette file for this "wheelie" cute car Valentine for my youngest grandson. This time, I used papers from Scraptastic's Mr. Big Stuff kit. The sentiment was part of the car file; the heart banner was separate. 

I made these earlier in the week for the other five grandkids. All involved the Cameo and were tons of fun to make:

I used paper scraps from some almost-used-up kits for these 'angry-style bird" cards. I designed the birds myself using very basic shapes with the Silhouette Cameo software. I'm hoping my older three grandsons like them (and hoping they know "who" the birds are supposed to be)"

 These are for my two teenage granddaughters. They're 13 and 16, so I went for "pretty" more than "cute" for them. The papers are from the Feel Again kit.

The cards also work for various challenges at the Flying Unicorn scrapbooking forum and for the LOVE IS IN THE AIR Blue Plate Specials challenge theme at Cookin' Up Creations Scrapbook Forum.  Here's a layout about something I love -- the sight of grandchildren's shoes near our door. I used the January kit and this week's sketch from Citrus Twist Kits.

Thanks for looking -- have a wonderful Valentine's Day and a great weekend! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

First Scraptastic challenge for February and a Nuts About Sketches sketch!

Scraptastic Club's first February challenge  by Nicole Nowosad was a fun one -- use a quote from someone in your photo as a title for your layout. I had the perfect photos of my youngest grandson and his "Bapa" (his grandpa, my husband) There were several of little Hamish's quotes, most noteably "Ah, Bapa" as his grandpa picked him up, and "pat, pat, pat" as he patted Bapa on the back with his little hand. Then there are "uppies" (pick me up) and "huggy". 

I used Sketch #204 from Nuts About Sketches  and the "Mr. Big Stuff" February kit from Scraptastic Club. And I had way too much fun creating that viewmaster reel with my Silhouette Cameo. 

This also features the Mr. BigStuff kit, a PageMaps sketch, some Cameo cuts and that cute little blonde guy on his first day at his new day care center. I created this one for a challenge at Cookin' Up Creations. Our theme this month is LOVE IS IN THE AIR, and there's a new challenge each day through February, with a prize drawing at the end of the month. Come on over and check it out! 

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!