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!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

New year, new challenges!

I love scrap challenges; they're a great way to get my creativity flowing.This week I found a new-to-me sketch challenge site, Stuck?! Sketches. The January 15 sketch was perfect for scrapping a photo of my husband's favorite Christmas gift. When he was a kid, he and his seven(!) brothers always wanted a BB gun, but their mom said no. Like Ralphie's mom in the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story", she was afraid they would shoot someone's eye out. This year, my oldest daughter saw a display for the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun and bought him one. He has been happily shooting at paper targets and cans in the ravine behind our home.

I used the December main kit and paper add-on from Citrus Twist Kits; those of you who are familiar with the movie will "get" the glasses embellishment. I cut the red title pieces with my Silhouette Cameo.

The Cookin' Up Creations forum also features weekday "Blue Plate Special" challenges -- a new one each day, Monday through Friday, with a prize drawing at the end of the month. This month, we're offering something a little different -- a "Use Your Stash" month-long challenge, with a total of 31 challenges. These are just a couple of projects I've completed so far:

#12 -- Wooden items: (This also qualified for a December sketch challenge at Scraptastic Club)

#16 -- Mist or paint a background: 

The little layout above is one of a series of 5x7 layouts that I'm making for my son's wedding in August. The completed layouts will be put into those clear acrylic easel frames that you see at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, etc. and placed on tables throughout the reception area. We did the same thing for my youngest daughter's wedding in 2010, and the guests loved them! The lines on the layout are for the couple to add a bit of journaling about the photo.

Thanks for looking --- have a great day!