Sunday, July 31, 2016

Last layout for July

And the last layout for July: This was a quick, fun one using Sketch 210 from Sketches in Thyme and the July Citrus Twist kits. It doesn't rain often here in Pueblo but when it rains, it often pours and we get 3 inches of rain in 15 minutes (very different from Illinois rainstorms)

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Trying to stay cool

This is our first summer living in Pueblo, Colorado, which is located in the "high desert" region of the state. We are in a bit of a "pocket" at 4700 feet altitude that protects us from the heavy snows that Colorado Springs, Denver and the mountain areas receive, but it also means that we get about 5 degrees hotter than then higher mountain towns. That means for some pretty hot days. We've learned to go outside early in the morning or toward evening, when temperatures are cooler and there is often a pleasant breeze.

With this week's high temperatures, I found a little more time in my scrap room and was able to complete four layouts. All four of them were made primarily with supplies from the July main kit, embellishment and patterned paper add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits. All four of them also used photos that I snagged from Facebook.

I used an older sketch by Liz Chidester for this layout of my oldest daughter's "baby bump":

 I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog for this one. It's rare to get the teenage boy in any photos, so I had to snag and scrap these!

I used a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for the next one. There is a photo of the previously mentioned teenager, who looks less than thrilled to be on that boat. The misted splats and spots were created with a Tim Holtz mini stencil that I've definitely been over-using because I love it:

I used a Sketches in Thyme sketch for this fun page. I cut the title and the smirky shark (isn't he a hoot?) with my Silhouette Cameo.

Yesterday my mom and I took a little trip over to Colorado Springs and visited Simple Pleasures, a beautiful scrapbook and stamp store. I picked up some Safari Adventure papers and cardstock stickers from Graphic 45; papers from Kaiserkraft's Pitter Patter baby girl collection; chipboard stickers from Crate Paper's Little You girl line and some sweet blossoms from Prima. Looking forward to making some new zoo layouts and a baby girl mini album or layouts.

Thanks for looking. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

That's me in that picture ...

Like many scrapbookers, I usually stand behind the camera lens rather than in front of it. For that reason, I'm not in my own scrapbook albums very often. The Challenge YOUself Blog offers a new challenge each month. The topics vary but one requirement is always the same: you must use a photo of yourself.

In July, the challenge was to use the posted PageMaps sketch to create a summer scene. I used a photo of myself and my husband, taken in 2009 on our 25th anniversary. We spent a week in southwestern Michigan; the photo was taken on the top of the dunes in Saugatuck.

This is the challenge:

And this is my layout. I used the July main kit, embellishment kit and paper add on from Citrus Twist Kits:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Keeping it simple

Often, my layouts end up with multiple layers and piled-on embellishments; paint, glittered elements and more. Other times, I like to keep the layout itself simple so the photos can shine. That was the case with the layout I made using the July 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

This is the sketch:

I had taken some photos of a glorious sunset earlier in the week. This photostrip motif was perfect for the photos; but after I added a couple of simple embellishments, I decided that in this case, less is more. Here's my finished layout, using the June kit and add ons from Citrus Twist Kits:

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Color inspiration

When I start a layout, the initial inspiration usually comes first from a photo (or photos). Next come the sketch and then the papers, colors, and products to help bring the layout to life.

For these photos of a llama at our local zoo, I wanted a bright color palette since the photo colors were mostly neutrals. I found a nice combination of yellow orange, violet and teal in a Citrus Twist kit from last October. Sketch #208 from the Sketches in Thyme blog  was perfect for the photos and a journaling tag. This is the completed layout:

For my other weekend layout, I didn't have patterned papers that readily matched the colors in my photo, so I chose papers that had colors in the same "family" -- light orange and pink papers to go with the red/rust in the couch, some blues and blue greens. I used the second July sketch from Let's Get Sketchy and the July kit from Citrus Twist.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Oh, Peggy Sue ....

The newest "member" of our family (whom I have yet to meet) is Peggy Sue, an adorable Olde English bulldog. She belongs to my youngest daughter and her family. So far, she is fitting right in. She just hasn't figured out yet that she is a dog, and not a human child. She wants to sleep in their beds, sit on the new couch and ride in the car seat.

My daughter posted these photos recently on Instagram with the title: #doeesntknowhowtodog. Apparently, not knowing how to dog is a "thing" on Instagram. I thought the hashtag was hilarious, so I stole it along with the photos. I used the July -- Week 1 sketch from the Let's Get Sketchy blog , along with the June main kit, embellihshment kit and paper add on from Citrus Twist Kits.

Hopefully by the time I get to Wisconsin to meet Peggy Sue, she will have learned "how to dog".

Monday, July 4, 2016

We have a roller derby girl!

Our 8-year-old granddaughter Anna, who lives in Milwaukee, has tried out several activities over the past couple of years, including tee ball, ice skating, dance and gymnastics. This summer, she mayhave discovered her true calling -- roller derby! The women's league, the Brew City Bruisers, have started a junior league, the MicroBruisers (love the pun!) for girls under age 18. Even when Anna takes a spill, she comes up smiling!

I snagged a couple of her mom's Facebook photos for this layout. I used sketch #207 from the Sketches in Thyme blog, along with the June main kit and add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits.

And here's our Micro Bruiser .....

Thanks for looking. Have a wonderful day!

Creative Scrappers is back ...

... and I'm thrilled! I love Kristine Davidson's sketches (they always hold so many design possibilities) and I've been inspired by the creative team and guest designers.

The July sketch, #296, includes a link to get a free "chopstick design" cut file from JustNick. This is the sketch (with the cut file represented):

And here is my layout. I used part of the cut file to cut the chopstick design into my white background paper. I used paint and ink on my background paper, then adhered patterned paper onto another piece of cardstock and put that behind the cutouts. Loving the effect! The patterned papers and embellishments came mostly from the Citrus Twist Kits' main June kit and add-ons.

I also used the June sketch to make a layout, which I posted here on my blog and linked to the Creative Scrappers site. Then, somehow I deleted my blog post. The photo is still up on the Creative Scrappers blog, so here it is again:

I used the same June kit from Citrus Twist and a few things from my stash. This was the sketch:

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Fourth of July and a great week!