Sunday, February 28, 2016

WhimsicaL wedding layouts

My younger son got married last August, and as a result I am blessed with nearly 2000 wedding photographs. Most are from the professional photographer, who captured the day and evening perfectly and with great creativity and a bit of humor. After making a dozen or so layouts, I decided to have a bit of fun and get more "whimsical" with paper and embellishment choices.

For the first layout, I chose sketch #186 from Sketches in Thyme and an older kit from Citrus Twist Kits (moving halfway across the country put me a bit behind in using up my monthly kits) I liked the oversize camera embellishment and the acrylic triangle banners. My brother-in-law (who officiated the ceremony) said something at the beginning of the vows that cracked up the bride, so I thought a lighter, fun touch was appropriate.

My second layout started with the Feb. 26 sketch from ScrapMuch?  and another kit from my stash. I didn't think too much about my choices of papers and embellishments, just grabbing what caught my eye and having fun with it.

I have a tendency to take my scrapbooking a little "too seriously" from time to time, so it was great to just loosen up and have a little fun. Thanks for looking; have a great day!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Scrapping with less than perfect pictures

When I first started scrapbooking (about 12 years ago), I thought I needed to use only the absolute BEST photos. Then I realized that most of the photos that really told my/my family's story were less than perfect. The main point is to highlight little glimpses about our lives and preserve our memories, both large and small (and that includes the less than perfect ones).

Both of these layouts use photos that never would have made the cut 12 years ago. In this one, I swiped a photo from my daughter's Facebook page that she took with her iPhone. The restaurant was crowded, the room was badly lit for photography, but this was a fun memory that I wanted to chronicle. Both of my girls and their families visited us in our new home after Christmas, and we took them to a restaurant that has been voted to have "the best burgers in Pueblo".

I used the February week three sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for my layout, along with a kit from last sumner by Citrus Twist Kits. This one was kind of messy and really fun to do. I stenciled, splattered and cut little triangles to make the background.

For the second layout, I used the February week four sketch from Let's Get Sketchy and a Scraptastic kit from last summer. My mom and I visited the Pueblo Zoo yesterday (it was a nice day and we have season passses). The black vultures hilariously checked us out with great interest. It's a little hard to see the vultures through the zoo fencing but I wanted to scrap the memory nonetheless. I turned the sketch sideways to better accommodate my photo.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A birthday layout

My youngest granddaughter turned eight years old last week. One of her gifts was a shopping trip with her mom, preceded by lunch and pie at Bakers Square. I stole an adorable selfie photo of the two of them and scrapped it, usiing the Feb. 19 sketch from the Scrapmuch? blog.

Most of the papers and embellisments came fron the Citrus Twist Kits' February main kit and paper add-on. So far I've gotten six pages from the kit, with enough goodies for at least a couple more.

Thanks for looking; have a great day!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

A double pager!

Back when I started scrapbooking (about 11 years ago or so), most of my layouts were double-pagers. I thought all my photos from a particular event should be scrapped together in one big layout. Now, I still enjoy doing double pagers occasionally to showcase a few photos from one event. 

These photos are from my son's wedding last August and show the members of the wedding party (FOURTEEN bridesmaids! -- my new daughter in law didn't want to leave out any friends, sisters or cousins). My favorite photo is the one of my 3-year-old grandson. He had been a champ all afternoon in his ring bearer duties, but he finally had had "ENOUGH!!!!" of posing for pictures. The photographer brilliantly told him to have a seat right where he was and to just "look at the ladies". It resulted in one of the most interesting and engaging group shots of the day. 

I used the February 15 sketch from the Sketches in Thyme blog. This sketch was created by Brenda Ragsdale and was perfect for my pictures. I used the February main kit and paper add on from Citrus Twist Kits. It had some flirty and fun patterns and embellishments that I loved. 

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Another "Stuck?!" sketch

I love the sketches at Stuck?!  because they always have lots of detail and lots of ways to "make it your own". For this layout based on the Feb. 15 sketch, I kept things simple. I didn't want to overpower the stunning photo of my son and new daughter-in-law (they had an outdoor wedding in a beautiful garden at a forest preserve, and it was nearing sunset when this picture was taken).

We're headed for some rain today here in southern Colorado, so my lighting was a bit spotty. A rainy day also means it's a good day to stay home and scrap. :)

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Monday, February 15, 2016

A color challenge!

This month's color challenge palette on the ScrapMuch? blog is a lovely Valentine inspired grouping of colors.

The February main kit and patterned paper add on from Citrus Twist Kits was perfect for the challenge. I also used a sketch from the Citrus Twist blog to highlight a fun photo from my son's wedding.

My layout "Down By the River" from last week was featured on the Sketches in Thyme blog!

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you have a great day and someone to celebrate "heart day" with you!

I created this layout featuring Coco, one of my little sweethearts, using the Friday, Feb. 12 sketch from the Scrapmuch? blog. I also used the February kit from Citrus Twist Kits.

That's Coco's "may I have a cookie; I've been good" face. She is 12 years old and brings us joy and laughs every day.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Scrapping with sketches

I love a good sketch, and the Friday Feb 12 one by my friend Bev Code on the Let's Get Sketchy blog was a very good one! I had so much fun with it.

The photos (from my son's wedding in August) were taken by Melissa Marie Photography of Chicago. The papers etc are from the Citrus Twist Kits' February kit, with bits and pieces from the October and November kits.

I also felt really inspired by Shawn Lahr's sketch for the second week of February on the Sketches in Thyme blog. Shawn has been one of my very favorite sketch artists since I began scrapping, and this sketch just screamed FUN! at me. The photos are couertesy of my daughter-in-law, Erica Prendergast. The papers are from the November Citrus Twist kit.

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Favorite Moment

It feels great to get back into the scrapbooking groove and break out the kits that I had to put aside for the past couple of months.

One of my favorite moments at my son's wedding last summer was the "mother and groom" dance. Jeff and I had not danced together since he was a small child. I chose Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" as our song. For this layout, I chose the February 5 sketch from the ScrapMuch? blog (it was a double page sketch but I adapted it to one page) and paired it with the October kit from Citrus Twist Kits.

I don't scrap myself very often and I'm not especially thrilled with these photos of me, but doesn't my boy look handsome!

Thanks for looking; have a great day!

I've been featured!

This layout is the Featured Layout for the first week of February on the Let's Get Sketchy blog!

There are tons of talented scrapbook artists there, so I am thrilled and honored to be featured. (My grandkids will be happy too) Thank you!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hair today ...

My 15-year-old grandson, Ethan, is a a tall, thoughtful young man who opens doors for people "because it makes me feel good to see how happy it makes therm", who plays guitar and still hugs his grandma. He also likes to experiment with hair color. I love to see what he will come up with next and decided to snag a few of his Facebook photos for this layout. I used the February 1 sketch from Stuck?! sketches and the December main kit and add ons from Citrus Twist Kits.

(The blue is my favorite so far). Thanks for looking; have a great day!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Back in the scrap room ....

We've been in our new house for nearly seven weeks now. We still have some unpacking, arranging and rearranging to do but it's "home". And finally I have a place to scrap again and some time to indulge.

Both of these layouts were created with the December main kit, Sprinkles kit, paper play 2 and cardstock from Citrus Twist Kits. The first one uses the February 1 sketch from the Let's Get Sketchy blog. I turned thr sketch sideways to accommodate my photo. Our 3-year-old grandson thinks we live in "Avocado" instead of Colorado and it's become a family joke.

I used the same kit for the second layout, along with a sketch from the Citrus Twist blog. Our 12-year-old dog never liked sweaters until this year. Now she chills easily and enjoys the cozy warmth.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My first December Daily

I decided back in the late summer that I would make a December Daily album this year to chronicle our first Christmas in Colorado. I cheerfully ordered the gorgeous December Daily kit from Citrus Twist Kits. Little did I know the twists and turns fate would take -- delays in the completion of our new house, living out of a suitcase in a "model home" for a month with our belongings in boxes, a mortgage approval process that was never ending ....

Here's my book and our story: