Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Layouts "from the heart"

My favorite scrapbooking subjects are (no surprise here) my family. Some of them appear in a lt of photographs and, subsequently, are featured often in my layouts. Others are a little camera shy and appear less often.

This first layout features my youngest daughter and her husband, "the king and queen of selfies". My daughter is one of the few people I know who can take good  photos of themselves. This is just a random "let's take a selfie" shot as they sat in the driveway of their home watching the kids play. I used the June 15 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy as my starting point (I don't do well with hexagons so I used small frames instead). Most of the papers and emvellishments came from Citrus Twist Kits' June main kit, embellishment and paper add-ons. I loved that multi-toned background paper!

The second layout features two guys who are close to my heart -- my other son in law and my grandson. At 16, grandson Ethan is NOT fond of being photographed, but he posted this on his Facebook page for Fatjer's Day. I never realized before just how much he looks like his dad! I used sketch #281 from Sketches in Thyme and an assortment of papers from Authentique's Dapper, Rugged and Durable collections. The title and embellishments were all cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

We're having a rare rainy afternoon here in southern Colorado -- a great day to stay home and scrap1 Thanks for looking; have a great day.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

It's "toadily" about the challenges

I had fun playing with a couple of sketches and challenges this weekend. Although I can scrap just as well without the challenges, they do add an extra element of fun to the projects.

I used the June 15 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for the first layout. The photo is from 2013 when the girl was 5 and her brother just 16 months old. I used the Alex paper collection from Bella Blvd and some embellishments I made with the Silhouette Cameo.

The layout also fit a challenge on the Cookin' Up Creations scrapbooking forum. June's theme is "At the Movies", and the June 14 "Nightmare Before Christmas" challenge called for using green and black together on a layout. Check out the forum for more challenges "At the Movies". There's a new challenge every Wednesday and Saturday.

It's difficult to see the children's expressions in the picture above, so here's a copy of the photo enlarged a bit. The little guy does, indeed, look "toadily"unimpressed by the experience.

The next layout features the same kids this summer (four years later). I used Sketch #280 on the Sketches in Thyme blog. I used the "Sunny" 6 x 6 paper pad from American Crafts, cutting up a few small journaling card elements to use as embellishments. I cut the title and splash shape with the Cameo. 

Thanks for looking! Have a great day

Thursday, June 15, 2017

They call her "ANNA MAUL"!

I love scrap challenges, and I love it even more when I can combine challenges. This week I found Rochelle Spears' "June Rewind Challenge" on her blog. The challenge includes this "rewind" sketch by Susan Stringfellow:

I loved the sketch and couldn't wait to use it for a recent photo of my granddaughter Anna.The photo, in turn was perfect for the "Beauty and the Beast" challenge on the Cookin' Up Creations forum.This is my resulting layout, which meets the requirements of both challenges:

. Anna is a member of a girls' roller derby team; her derby name is "Anna Maul", I used the June main kit, paper and embellishment add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits. This kit is full of great papers and fun stuff! I also used the June kit and a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog for this layout of my 5-year-old grandson with his "Jerry Lee Lewis" hair. 

I used this layout for another challenge at Cookin' Up Creations; this one required photo(s) of "things that GO". I thought the motorcycle photos fit in well for the challenge, The papers are from /Authentique's "Durable" and "Reliable" collections and Basic Grey's "Mac". I used another Susan Stringfellow sketch.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Baby's Nite Out

It's a new month, which means new scrap challenges. I had lots of fun with the first June sketch on the Stuck?! Sketches blog. You can find the sketch here

And here's my take on the sketch, using the "Family Ties" collection from Photoplay and a couple of stash items, I used my Gelatos spritzed with a bt of water to "watercolor" the background:

I also played with the current sketch #307 on the Creative Scrappers blog. I loved the sketch and wanted to use it for some photos of my youngest daughter's kids on their Memorial Day weekend visit to an amusement park. The trouble was that I wanted to include several photos. The solution: I expanded it into a two-page layout. 

Here's my double-page result:

Here's a closer look at the left side, which followed the original sketch:

I extended some of the design elements to create the second page:

Again, I used the Family Ties collection from Photoplay. I created three more pages with pictures from the park,. the first two used the same paper collection:

The last was a quick and simple layout using one sheet of paper from the Live More collection from Pinkdresh and some assoeted embellishments:

Thanks for looking. Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Did Charleigh take a selfie?!"

Our youngest granddaughter is very accustomed to having her photo taken and seems to enjoy being in front of the camera. I laughed when my daughter posted this photo of little Charleigh over the weekend:

Her pose, her expression and even her arm placement looked as though she was taking a "selfie", although at 8 months she is far too young for that. I put this photo together with sketch #277 from Sketches in Thyme and Echo Park's "Bundle ofJoy" girl collection for this layout:

I love all the pink and feminine touches in this paper line!

I used the same paper line and Sketches in Thyme's sketch #276 (and photos of the same baby!) for this layout:

I added some word stickers and floral stickers from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Today's show and tell

The May 15 sketch challenge at Stuck?! Sketches is a fun one, and I had a good time creating my layout. It features the little half-size Sears Kenmore sewing machine that I got for my birthday, as wll as the Reset Girl collection from Simple Stories,

And this is my layout:

I found some photos from a trip to Florida in 1981, when my oldest daughter was 3. I used the May 21 sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog and the May Citrus Twist main kit and add ons for a collage-type layout:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


I snagged an adorable photo of my 5-year-old grandson petting a goat from my daughter's Facebook page. It was perfect for sketch #306 from Creative Scrappers. I used bits and pieces from my stash. The viewfinder reel, kaliedescope, clouds, arrow and starbursts were made with my Silhouette Cameo and cut files from The Cut Shoppe.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

What do you do ...

... when you have no recent photos to scrap? That's the dilemma in which I've been finding myself lately. We live 1000 miles away from our children and grandchildren, so I don't have a lot of opportunity to take my own photos, The younger generation seems to be more into taking selfies with their cell phones than in snapping a lot of traditional photos.

To keep myself scrapping, I've been taking photos of things that I like -- favorite coffee mug, some ads painted onto brick walls downtown and so on. The last time I was in this dilemma, I made a mini-album of Disneyland memories from 2012. Next I think I'll start another vacation mini-album. Meanwhile, I made this "Throwback Thursdays" layout using photos my husband took last year of the Arkansas River. I also used a sketch by Rochelle Spears and random products fom my stash:

I also took photos of  the flowers my son and daughter in law sent Mom and me for Mother's Day, using a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog and their May kit.

And I took pictures of our two newly planted shrubs, scrapping them with the May 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches

.This week there were a few new photos of family members; this is Saturday night so I'm hoping for quality scraptime.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Having a "delightful" Mother's Day weekend

Mother's Day weekend this year falls within the same week as my husband's birthday(May 11) and the same day as my youngest daughter's birthday. All of our family members (other  than my mom)  are in the Midwest and we won't see them this weekend, but the Fed Ex truck has made several stops with gifts for Mom, me and my husband. We will talk to everyone via phone at some point tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I've kept myself busy in my scrap room. We have a newly licensed driver in the family, so I thought that deserved a layout:

The papers are from Authentique's "Dapper" and "Rustic" collections. The road trip icons were cut with my Silhouette Cameo. The sketch is from the Citrus Twist Kits blog.

All the National Scrapbooking Day challenges floating around were great inspiration, and I've completed 14 layouts so far in May. I just couldn't help but recognize the huge chocolate dipped strawberries that my oldest daughter senr:

I used a sketch by Rochelle Spears and the April kit from Citrus Twist Kits. (Unfortunately it looks crooked in the photo, although it isn't in real life)

That's all for today. Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What did you do for NSD?

There so many tempting online crops, challenges and events for National Scrapbook Day thar I didn't know which way to turn first! I spent most of my scrap time latr week with Cookin' Up Creations, a scrapbook forum, and on the Citrus Twist Kits Fans' Facebook page. My hands are pretty twisted looking and stiff right now from  rheumatoid arthritis, but I did manage ro complete 9 layouts between May 1 and 8, which made me happy.

I hosted a recipe challenge on the forum, using this sketch from PageMaps:

The "recipe"called for strips of patterned paper or washi tape; I used rhe latter because I have a lot of it and seldom use it. And I also included a photo that included the scrapper in the recipe because I am seldom in my own pages. My oldest daughter took this photo of my grandson and I talking. Not a great photo, but I like thar it shows us talking and laughing.

I didn't have many unscrapped family photos, so I took photos of things that I like, so there will be more pages "about me" in my albums. These 3 were all from Citrus Twist challenges, either using a sketch or lifting a design member's layouts.

Yes, I love teddy bears...

... and coffee ...

... and the sparkle from the jewelry counter at a store in downtown Pueblo...

...... and the various forms of art that decorate the buildings and public areas in our new home town:

I'll be back to show more later this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Last challenge for April

I'm getting this challenge in just under the deadline ... Today I'm showing my take on sketch #274 on the Sketches in Thyme blog.

Instead of using a current kit, I decided to challenge myself a little. I dug into a kit from about two years ago and found a very fun,busy pattern -- the kind I usually avoid because I don't know what to do with it, I framed my photos in a bright red to make them stand out from the background, then added a small journaling card with an appropriate sentiment, Last, I added a 4 x 6 journalimg card (with the actual journalimg), minimal embellishments and a title, It turned out to be fast and fun.

This is the sketch:

And this is my layout. My 5-year-old grandson had money burning a hole in his pocket. His mommy took him and his sister to Panera for lunch, then shopping at Target. He chose a fun but educational electronic toy.

This one isn't due for a couple more weeks, but I want to get it posted before I forget. (I hate it when I do a challenge and then fail to post it in time!) This one is for My Creative Sketches, and the challenge ends May 14. This is the sketch:

I used the April main kit and add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits for this one. Loved the bright patterns and colors! This is my youngest granddaughter with her 11-year-old brother.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The last of the wedding layouts (I think...)

I've been working my way through photos from my youngest daughter's wedding. It was a small wedding (second marriage for both her and her husband) and the photographer didn't take a large amount of photos, but along with a few selfie photos from their Disney World honeymoon, I've filled up a post-bound album. This layout is the latest, and one of my favorites, The groom and best man were hamming it up for the camera.

My daughter and son-in-law both are huge rockabilly music fans (they met at a rockabilly music show and had a rockabilly themed wedding), so I was thrilled to find some music-themed paper with a 50's vibe. The patterns above are from Authentique's "Dapper" line, which is fabulous, I used a sketch from Susan Stringfellow, turned sideways and rearranged a bit. I hid the journaling tag under the square photo. I used punches to replicate the bottom paper pattern of notes and bubbles across the top of the page.

I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of Laura Whitaker's sketches, but did you know she also designs some fabulous digital cut files? For this next layout of my granddaughter, I used the April free cut file that Laura offers on her blog, along with one of her older sketches that I found on Pinterest. The paper collection is "Paper Dolls" from Photoplay.

The background is a lovely pale pink color from Bazzill; it never shows up well in photos.

Thanks for lookimg. Have a great day!

Friday, April 21, 2017

That was fast!

Our youngest granddaughter, Charleighj has become my most frequent scrapbook subject. First of all. she is adorable; but probably most importantly, her Mama takes lots of photos and shares them. Last week she turned seven months old -- already! Her first year is flying by.

I documented it with a sketch ftom Sketches in Thyme and the lovely Aptil main kit, embellishment and patterned paper add ons from Citrus Twist Kits, This is the sketch:

And this is my layout. I used three 3 x 4-inch photos to accommodate the pictures that I had.

That's all for today. Thanls for looking, and have a great weekemd!

Monday, April 17, 2017

A weekend of scrapping

Happy day-after-Easter!

Since our kids and grandkids are back in the Midwest, we had a quiet weekend herein southern Colorado, I managed to finish five scrapbook pages with the April main kit, embellishment and patterned paper add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits and photos snagged from Facebook.

Our oldest daughter and her family visited two weeks ago from Minnesota. I scrapped a double layout with photos they took at the zoo. The sketch was an older one from Susan Stringfellow's SketchSavvy blog. I chose this sketch beccause I liked the wonky strips; it was a lot of fun to work with,

This is my layout, I created the giraffe, sunflowers and sign with the Silhouette Cameo,

My mom's cat (both of them live with us) was curious about the construction of the zoo layout and decided to "help" me choose patterned paper, It seems she was especially drawn to a yellow one, I snapped a couple of photos and used this sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog:

Here's my helper in action:

I used another Citrus Twist sketch and the April kit for this quick layout of two of my grandkids riding the new bikes they received for their birthdays. (My daughter beheaded her poor spouse with her camera LOL

Here's the sketch:

And my layout:

The little metal bike has been in my stash for years; glad to finally find a home for it.

And when I saw these photos yesterday morning on Facebook, I knew I had to scrap them NOW,  Some family friends babysat youngest granddaughter Charleigh one evening recently, and she came home with that cuddly bunny. I used this sketch from Sketches in Thyme:

And here's my layout, using as many of the fun patterns from the April Citrus Twist kit as I could fit in there, The bunny sticker and the hot air balloon were in the kit; so fun!

That's all for today (and you probably are thinking "That's enough!")  Thanks for visiting; have a great week!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I'm the guest designer today on Stuck?! Sketches!

My guest designer layout is up today on Stuck?! Sketches! I've been really excited about this ever since I was first chosen back in early March. This is the sketch I was given:

This sketch was awesome and I loved working with it. Here's my completed layout:

The photo of these fabulous young women was taken at my youngest daughter's wedding in December. It was a rockabilly themed wedding, and the bride was gorgeous in her Priscilla Presley-inspired hairdo and her white cinch-waist dress. Her two friends in the photo were rocking their own unique styles. I used Simple Stories' reset Girl collection because of its vintage vibe.

Thank you, Laura Whitaker and Stuck?! Sketches for this opportunity. It was a blast!

I also had fun with this sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. I

 used a Scraptastic Kit from May 2015 because of its fun, girly spring colors:

And this was from a Sketches in Thyme sketch, using the So Loved collection from Photoplay:

This was the sketch:

That's all for now. Thanks for looking and have a great day!