Monday, November 30, 2015

One sketch, two looks

Hello from southern Colorado! We arrived from Illinois two weeks ago, but since our new home isn't quite ready we are living in a model home courtesy of the home developer. We will be in our house in about 2 weeks and it will be worth the wait.

Until then, I'm scrapping out of my crop bag. Over the weekend, I used the October 30 double page sketch from the ScrapMuch? blog for two layouts. This is the sketch:

For the first one, I used the sketch as-is along with the November kit from Citrus Twist Kits to showcase some fall festival photos:

For the second one, I flipped the sketch and moved the title. 

(We don't have our big old dinosaur of a computer system set up yet, so I'm really missing my Photoshop for processing photos!)

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

I've been featured!

So excited to see that my layout from my last post, "The BOO! Crew", was featured on the Sketches in Thyme blog this week!

This was my layout featuring sketch #171 by one of my favorite sketch artists, Shawn Lahr:

So now I can sport this badge:

We're still heavily into packing up for our move (the van picks up our stuff Friday Nov. 13 --- oh no, I'm not superstitious...) but I "childsat" Saturday for two boys while their parents went to an all day meeting. Since they're older, they don't need a lot of "sitting", just supervision, so I was able to scrap. I used the Nov. 6 sketch on the Scrapmuch? blog and the Citrus Twist Kits October kit to make this layout. My oldest daughter and her husband attended a 90's party -- they just have all the fun!

A few of the Halloween-y bits came from my stash. (Have I mentioned I love scrapping Halloween? And I still have photos of this same daughter and spouse at a Haunted Trolley Tour in their town that I'm hoping to scrap soon)

Back to the packing. My scrap room is nearly empty, but I do have my crop bag packed with essentials and a couple of kits so I can still scrap until my new room gets set up on the other end of our move.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Just ONE MORE layout before I pack up ...

.... my scrap room! The moving van will be here a week from tomorrow to pick up all our worldly possessions and transport them 1100 miles away to our new home in Colorado. In the midst of sorting, purging and packing, I managed to carve a little time out for some Halloween layouts using leftover supplies from the past two years. (I love scrapping Halloween!!)

I used the first November sketch (#171)  on the Sketches in Thyme blog. I've always loved scrapping with Shawn's sketches, and this was no exception. This is the sketch:

And here is my layout. I have tons of embellishments left but not a whole lot of Halloween paper, so I went heavy on the stickers, flairs and other bits and pieces. The photo of my grandson and his friends seemed to call for a bit of crazy, anyway,

I also scrapped these two layouts earlier in the week during my packing breaks. Both used supplies and sketches from Citrus Twist Kits. The first one also used more of that Halloween stash.

Hoping to get the rest of the scrap room packed up and ready for the moving van tonight, or tomorrow at the latest. One benefit of moving is that it's a great motivation to purge all of those supplies that have been hanging around for a while. Two large boxes of leftover kits, paper, cardstock, embellishments and some little 6x6 mini albums (just waiting for some mini pages!) are heading tomorrow to our local shelter for abused women and their children. Freedom House is a wonderful place offering shelter, guidance and support to victims of domestic violence. The Thursday night art group hopefully will put everything to good use. It's so much easier letting go of my hoarded stuff when In know it's getting a great new "home".

Thanks for looking; have a great day!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween scrapping fun

I love scrapping Halloween, probably more than any other event or holiday. My youngest two grandchildren attended a company-sponsored party last weekend at my daughter's work, and she kindly forwarded some iPhone photos.

For my first layout, I used the October 25 sketch from Citrus Twist Kits. Instead of traditional Halloween products, I used the lovely October main kit, Sprinkles and patterned paper add on from Citrus Twist. The layout's color scheme also fit the October color challenge on the ScrapMuch? blog.

This is the color palette from ScrapMuch?

I used the October 16 sketch from the ScrapMuch? blog for this one. It also falls pretty well into the October color challenge. I didn't buy any new Halloween papers or so on this year because I had tons left from the past two years of kits from the Scraptastic Kit Club. I laid the embellishments pretty thick for this fun and busy layout:

We're making progress in our packing and other moving-related activities. My scrap room is slated to be packed within the next couple of days, but I plan to fill my "crop bag" with basic supplies and a kit of two, so I can continue to take a scrap break now and then.

Thanks for looking! Have a great day

Monday, October 26, 2015

Too much fun!

After packing up a few more boxes today (mostly Christmas things), I took a "craft break". Let's Get Sketchy  posted a new sketch (the 4th and final one for October) and I couldn't wait to try it!

Here's the sketch:

Our town held its annual Scarecrow Festival over the weekend, with a scarecrow/punpkin decorating contest. The one in front of The Flour House, a charming little coffee house and bakery, was my favorite. Here's the layout I made featuring the photo of "Perky", using the sketch:

This was just too much fun to make. Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Let's get packing!

With just three weeks until our scheduled "move date", most of my time is spent packing our belongings into boxes. My scrap room is on today's agenda. The plan is to pack a kit or two and "essential supplies" into my rolling crop case, so I can still scrap a bit until we get settled in our new home, and to box up all the rest. As I look around my crowded and messy craft room, I can say I'm not looking forward to sorting and boxing all of this!

I created just one layout in the past week, using October sketch #2 from the "Let's Get Sketchy" blog.  Here's the sketch:

I liked the open feel of the design and thought it was perfect for showcasing a favorite photo from my son's wedding. After the initial layout was done, I kept trying to add more embellishments but kept taking them off. Sometimes simple is best:

I used the October kit from Citrus Twist Kits, with the addition of gold foil paper (leaves cut with my Silhouette and  a digital cut file from Citrus Twist), lace and a paper flower from my stash. I printed the words to the song "At Last" on gray cardstock . 

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Two more to wrap up the weekend!

It's Sunday. and I'll be heading home tomorrow . It's been a a productive week for me scrapwise, in spite of not having "all my stuff" at my disposal.

 I actually finished this one last night, using Sketch #167 on the Sketches in Thyme blog. (Can you tell that I love sketches?)

This is the sketch:

And this is my take on it, using the June main kit, paper and "sprinkles" add ons from Citrus Twist Kits:

The first sketch of the month on the ScrapMuch? blog is for a double-page layout. I used it to create this layout of photos from my son's wedding.

This is the sketch; you can find it and many others on the ScrapMuch? blog.

Thanks for looking; have a wonderful weeik!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Scrapping on this beautiful afternoon!

Still in Minnesota, where the weather today is sunny and breezy but mild. The grandkids are occupied with video games, bike rides and friends, so I've had some quiet time to scrap,

I used the October 9 sketch on the ScrapMuch?  blog for this fun layout of my daughter's ancient cat, Lenny. My older grandson's friend said the photo of Lenny is "purrfect"!

Here's the layout:

I used the September main kit (along with a patterned paper add on) from Citrus Twist Kits, borrowed my grandson's colored pencils and just had fun with this one.

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful weekend

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Scrapping away from home

I have a very well equipped scrap room at home, which I tend to take for granted. It's always a big challenge to pack for scrapping anywhere except home. What should I take? What do I want to work on? What will I need? What if I don't have something that I need or want?

This week I'm staying with two of my grandsons in Rochester, MN,, while their parents take a much-deserved vacation in Key West. Because the boys are 10 and 14, my role is supervisory more than caretaking, which leaves me plenty of time to scrap. I brought four kits and my basic supplies; so far I've managed to make two layouts with what I have on hand.

The first layout is for the Let's Get Sketchy blog. I love this sketch (October Week #1)  because it gives me a great plan for my layout while leaving room for interpretation. Here's the sketch:

 And here's my layout, using the June kit and a couple of kit add-ons from  Citrus Twist Kits;

This one is my take on this week's sketch challenge on the Citrus Twist blog, using the September "Haight" add-on kit from Citrus Twist:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Why yes, I should be packing ....

We're moving from Illinois to Colorado in about seven weeks. There is so much to pack, arrange, and do between now and then! But since my better half is watching the Bears game with friends,  I decided to take this chilly Sunday afternoon to work on a quick scrap project,. It's a great stress reliever!

I started with the October 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches (if you haven't discovered this blog yet, you need to check it out) and combined it with the Saturday, October 3 "Three to Inspire" challenge on the Citrus Twist Kits blog (another great place!) The challenge was to 1) machine or hand stitch on your layout 2) stamp on your layout and 3) use a large photo. I stitched in pink on my chevron stripes, which were cut by hand; stamped the date; and used a larger photo than I usually use. I also used the Citrus Twist September main kit and patterned paper add on,

This was fun!

Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout. I rotated it sideways to better fit my vertical photo:

This one was from yesterday, using the September 27 sketch from the Citrus Twist blog and the September kit, along with a few items from my stash.

And now, back to packing. Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A busy summer, and a busy fall too!

My summer was a busy one, with a visit to my oldest daughter's in Rochester, MN; a week on a private cabin resort in Minocqua, WI with my youngest daughter and her children; and a trip via AMTRAK to Pueblo, CO for a week with my husband. The biggest occasion by far, though, was my son's wedding at a beautiful forest preserve venue north of Chicago.

All of them have added up to tons of scrapbooking fun! 

I used the current challenge at the Challenge YOUself blog  for this one. I rarely put photos of myself in my scrapbooking. When I saw the photos from my son's wedding, I wasn't happy at first with the way I looked in them. The "Note To Self" challenge, however, caused me to reflect on that and to embrace the way I look at 59 1/2 years old. The papers and embellishments are from the September main kit and ad-on at Citrus Twist Kits. The photo is by Melissa Ruggerio of Melissa Marie Photography. 

Here are a few of my favorite layouts from the summer:

We visited Colorado last summer in search of a place to retire ... and we found it! We're having a new home built in Pueblo and will be moving there (along with my mom, who will live with us) in mid-November. My scraproom will be  packed up for the move, so my scrapbooking will be a bit limited to a kit or two and some basic supplies until we get settled.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A few new layouts ....


Well, so was I until I checked out this month's sketches on the Stuck?! Sketches blog this month! The May 1 sketch provided great inspiration for this layout of my youngest daughter's Walt Disney Marathon run:

I used the May 15 sketch for this layout of my youngest granddaughter striking a couple of poses in her skate show costume. I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to accomodate my photo size. Both of these layouts used the January "This Must Be the Place" main kit and add-on from Scraptastic Club.

Stuck?! always has a couple of generous prize sponsors each month, and you get one entry into the monthly prize drawings for each sketch you complete. I was a lucky winner last month and received a $25 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments. I chose a really fun selection of wood veneer pieces and a background stamp. (Thank you, Nicolle!)

And here are a few more layouts I completed in May --

I also played with pocket page scrapping this month. Here are my first two pocket pages:

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A scrappy weekend for sure!

With all the wedding planning, family activities, birthdays and holidays, my regular scrapbooking time has been limited the past few weeks. This weekend, I decided to take a break and do some scrapping "just for fun". It's been productive so far!

Scraptastic Kit Club has a Thursday challenge on the club's blog each week, with a prize drawing for a $20 gift card at the end of each month,. In my last post, I showed my creations for two of the April  challenges. Here is the one I made for the sketch challenge (featuring a sketch by design team member Susan Stringfellow). I used the April "I Lived" kit and add-on:

The fourth challenge this month from Scraptastic was to make a 30-minute layout. I used my 30 minutes to make a smaller, streamlined version of the above layout. It's another in my series of 5 x 7 layouts that will be framed and displayed on the tables at my son's wedding reception. I also used the April 15 sketch from the  STUCK?! sketches blog for this one:

(My scanner mysteriously and repeatedly refused to capture the red border on the right side of the layout.)

In addition to sketches and challenges, I also love kit clubs. I've been a member of the Citrus Twist Kit Club almost from its beginning three years ago, and the kits never cease to amaze me for their beauty and versatility. CT recently started a "3 to Inspire" weekly challenge on the club's blog. The April 18 challenge called for a black and white photo, patterned paper and a brush script. This is what I came up with, using a PageMaps sketch and the April CT kit, paper and sprinkles add ons. Yes, it's another wedding table layout:

This is Sunday morning, and I have the whole day and evening ahead of me; hoping to get another layout or two done today. Thanks for stopping by -- have a great day!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A few challenges ..

I love challenges and sketches .... and prizes! The Scraptastic Club Blog features a challenge each Thursday, including a monthly sketch by Susan Stringfellow (one of my favorite sketch artists). Each completed challenge earns you an entry into the monthly drawing. The prize? A $20 gift card to the Scraptastic Store. I always use mine on the monthly kits and add-ons, but you also can use it in the online store.

Here are my takes on two of the four April challenges. The first challenge was to use at least three elements to create a title block. Here, I used diecuts, patterned paper and alphas to build my title area:

The title, bunnies, basket and eggs are cut files from PPBN Designs (Nicole has some adorable designs!) All the papers are from the March "Rivers and Roads" main kit and add-on from the Scraptastic Club. 

The third April challenge was to use numbers on your layout. I used the Scraptastic April "I Lived" kit and add-on for this one, featuring my youngest grandson in a straw hat from our box of toys and dress up stuff. Don't you just love his curls?

I used the April 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches  for my layout. Stuck?! offers two sketches a month, and yes -- there is a prize drawing. 

There are still a few days left in April, and it's the weekend, so I'm hoping to complete the other Scraptastic challenges and hopefully the other Stuck?! sketch also. Happy Scrapping -- and thank you for stopping by. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I love sketches; in face, almost all of my layouts and many of my cards start with a sketch. Recently, through another scrapbooking friend, I found Stuck?! Sketches, a fantastic blog owned by sketch designer Laura Whitaker. This is the first of two January sketches posted on the blog. (I used the January 15 sketch for "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!", which I posted earlier).

The title of this layout could have been "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth", since granddaughter Anna showed up for our Christmas family get-together with this gorgeous gap-toothed grin. I used the December "Crazy Beautiful" add-on kit from Citrus Twist Kits, with a few goodies from previous kits. Loved the way this sketch came together!

The layout also satisfies one of the 31 January "Scrap Your Stash" challenges at Cookin' Up Creations. There's still time to join in the challenges this month. And we invite you to share in the fun as we return to our Monday through Friday "Blue Plate Special" challenges in February. The February theme will be "Love Is In The Air"!

My ongoing project right now is a true labor of love. My third child is getting married in August, and I offered to make a series of mini-layouts that can be put into 5x7 acrylic easels and displayed on the dinner tables and other places at the wedding reception. (I did this for my youngest daughter's wedding, and the guests loved looking at them). My son's fiancee also loved the idea, so I'm hoping to get a very nice pile of these done by mid-August. This one is my favorite of the ones I've completed so far:


Thanks for looking -- have a fantastic day!