Friday, August 25, 2017

"Perfectly imperfect"!

Welvome to the weekly Blog Lovers Blog Hop!

We are a small (but dedicated and mighty!) group today. The stops on the hop are:

  1. Barb Prendergast-- (you are here)
  2. Bev Code -
  3. Camille Short -
When you scrap (or when you create any form of artwork), do you feel pressure to make it "perfect"? Or do you feel that "good enough is good enough?" I've been scrapbooking about 12 years now (my first pages were of my youngest daughter's prom in 2005), and I've let go of my need for perfection. Of course I try to make every layout, card or other project special, but I forgive myself for the imperfections, bloopers and bobbles. The important elements, to me, are: 1)preserving memories 2) having a creative outlet in which to express myself and 3) enjoying the process from start to finish. Recently I've begun playing more with mixed media, making a joyful mess in the process.

This layout may be the messiest thing I've done in ages! Following a tutorial by design team member Gina Rodgers on the Citrus Twist Kits blog, I used gesso, soft pastels, stencils and ink, and a squirt or two of spray ink for this layout. I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog  and the fabulous CTK August main kit. The photo of my dad and two oldest children is from 1981:

I've never been a big fan of spray inks and paints, but this layout with two of my nine grandchildren (- -- their Mom is the pretty clown in last week's post) seemed to call for a few spatters here and there. I started with sketch 289 from Sketches in Thyme and the July main kit from Citrus Twist Kits, then added photos of the kids with their back-to-school-ready haircuts:

Overall I was happy with the spatters. There were a couple areas that weren't great, but the papers and a few strategically placed embellishments made those go away.

I always look forward each month on the 1st and 15th for the new Stuck?! Sketches to be posted. The August 15 sketch was something a bit different and I had fun trying it out. The background papers are from my stash; the other elements mostly came from the Citrus Twist August kit. The photo is my oldest daughter in 1983 (she was 5). No mixed media on this one. 

I almost forgot to post this layout featuring sketch 309 from Creative Scrappers. I used the June kit from Citrus Twist:

 Thanks for stopping by; and please be sure to visit Bev and Camille's blogs for some awecome inspiration! Have a wonderful day 💟

Friday, August 18, 2017

Weekend Blog Hop/Under the Big Top

It's here -- the weekly Blog Lovers Weekend Blog Hop!

This week's participating bloggers include myself, and these two talented ladies:

  1. Bev Code -
  2. Camille Short -

Under the Big Top

The August kits from Citrus Twist Kits included some "Carousel" patterned paper and ephemera from Crate Paper. My youngest daughter (who's now a 29-year-old wife, mother and information technology specialist) has always loved the circus. In 7th grade she was a member of her school's DARE clowns group and loved it so much that I found a weekend-long clown training event in Ohio for her. We had a wonderful weekend meeting both amateur and professional clowns of all ages. My daughter invented her clown character, "Oopsie Daisie" for the Saturday parade. When we came home, my 7th grader launched what would become a busy and successful birthday and event clown business for three years. 

I have a pretty good collecton of Oopsie Daisie photos and although I've scrapped them several times, I couldn't resist another layout using some of these luscious goodies. I used a sketch #288 from Sketches in Thyme to create a page showing Oopsie's "looks" over a three-year time span:

Every baby needs at least ONE "messy face" photo; this one shows the remain of  my youngest granddaighter's chocolate doughnut and banana breakfast. The sketch and the kit are from CItrus Twist Kits:

As always, thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our Ohio summer adventure, 1996

 This summer, I was struck by the number of photos I have from long-ago family vacations that are just languishing in boxes in my closet. Getting those photos into albums we can enjoy has become my summer obsession project. Normally I'm not a pocket page scrapper, but it seemed like the easiest way to scrap these photos fast.

This is a pocket-style album featuring our family's vacation to the Cleveland, Ohio area in 1996. It was a great vacation with visits to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, SeaWorld Ohio, Cedar Point Amusement Park, a drive-through safari animal park, and more. Our oldest was heading for college in the fall, and I figured this would be the last real summer vacation as a family, so I wanted it to be crammed with cool. fun stuff.

 I used mostly the Summer Vibes collection from Simple Stories (2015) for the album. It was $5 for the collection (50% off sales rock!) at Hobby Lobby; I also used it for a Hilton Head Island album, which I shared on this blog last month.

Page 1:Opening page

Page 2: Cedar Point Amusement Park boasts several big, scary roller coasters. Their furry resident friends at tbat time were the Berenstain Bears, much to the 7-year-old dauhter's delight.

Page 3 (half-page): There's a charming little Carousel Museum in an old post office building in Sandusky. A ride on the beautiful restored carousel is part of the admission. Artisans also can be seen fixing old animals or carving and painting new ones.

Page 4 (half-page): We spent most of one day at a Lake Erie beach near Sandusky. The water was a bit cold. but the kids played in it for a while. The star of the day was the ice cream truck; we didn't have those in our small home town!

Page 5: we could see a lighthouse, a passing tanker ship and flocks of gulls from the beach. The lake had a rather wild beauty about it.

Page 6: We spent the day and evening at SeaWorld Ohio. Built in 1970, it was a bit smaller than the Florida park. We were able to easily see all the attractions. We watched the afternoon orca show and stayed for the nighttime show with its laser lights.

Page 7 (half page): The girls had fun meeting some of the park mascots, including Shamu the orca and Seamore the sea lion. Izzy, the mascot of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, also was in the park that day.

Page 8 (half page): The boys were not impressed wth cuddly mascots, but they liked the games (some of which invloved squirting water) and feeding the dolphins.

Page 9 (half-page): The SeaWorld entrance was pretty, with lots of flowers. It closed a few years after our visit, but on that day it was full of peple and fun. The sea lions  did their best to show off for their visitors.

Page 10 (half page): The kids also enjoyed the comical penguins. The boys especially loved the Bay Watch themed boat and ski show. Sadly, about three weeks after our visit, a boat malfunctioned and plunged into the seated crowd, causing injuries and fatalities. The show was discontinued.

Page 11: The main attraction at SeaWorld was, of course, the orca show featuring Shamu. Kristen, who was 7, loved the sea lion show. She begged to sit up front and was thrilled when the walrus spit water on her.

PAGE 12 and 13: Through a bit of internet research, I found the Safari Adventure Animal Park near Sandusky. You drive your vehicle into the animal compound. When  you stop along the way, the animals come to you. We bought fresh carrots to feed them. The alpacas were especially friendly; the camels and zebras were curious.Our favorite was the giraffe. His knobby knees were at our van's window height. There also was a park area with additional animals, camel rides and a pig race course.

This was a long post! Thank you for hanging in through the very end. The pocket page albums are fun but more work than I expected because I wanted to include as many photos and stories as powsible. I still have two more summer trips that I want to scrap from the 1990's, but not sure when I'll get them done. I may be PL'ed-out for a while!

Thank you for visiting. Have a great day!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mid-week challenge entries

The weather here in southern Colorado's "high desert" has been unusually rainy (by Soco standards anyway) -- a great excuse to stay inside and scrap! I've completed several layouts, but I still need to take photos of some; just waiting for some sunshine.

The first August challenge at Let's Get Sketchy  included a sketch and a mood board; the subject also had to be male. I used "before" and "after" photos of my 12-year-old grandson's back-to-school haircut, along with the sketch and the mood board. I took inspiration from the board colors and from the stars on sketch artist  Brenshevia's layout. The patterned papers are from Bella Blvd's "Alex" collecction.

This is the August 1 sketch at Stuck?! Sketches. I love the layers and little details!

/This is my layout,  featuring "the world's worst cat"! ((Not really; she is sweet most of the time as long as she gets her way),  My layout features the august kit at Citrus Twist Kits


That's all for today. Be sure to stop by Friday through Monday for the Blog Lovers' Weekly Weekend Blog Hop!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Playing with pastels

Welcome to Blog Lovers' Weekend Blog Hop!

Thank you for joining us! Blog Lovers is a Facebook group for scrapbooking and papercrafts enthusiasts who also love to share their work on their personal blogs.

Here's the line-up for this weekend's hop:

This week’s particpating blogs include:
  1. Barb Prendergast -- you are here!

  2. Patti Hamil -

. Do you to play with mixed media?

I have bought paints, inks. chalks, sprays, templates and so on over the years, but usually I lost interest pretty quickly. But last week I dropped in on our little stamping/scrap stote here i  town looking for chalks. The owner showed me the pearlescent Pan Pastels, and I HAD to have some! They're a dry pigment that you apply with a sponge tool or brush; they do need to be sealer with some type of fixative so they don't rub off.. I bought four colors and have had some fun making backgrounds.

My first pastel adventure was this layout using sketch 287 at Sketches in Thyme. Since the layout was about my granddaughter's first water park experience, I wanted to create something kind of "water-y". The colors muddied a little on the textured cardstock because I was a bit too zealous in blending them, but I liked it anyway. The paper collection is "Summer Daydreams" by Photoplay:

My next attempt was much more successful. I used smooth surfaced cardstock and a lighter hand when blending. After I blended and sealed my pastels, I stamped a floral border. The sketch is from Laura Whitaker; papers are from Photoplay's "Family Ties" collection.

 And the last was a layout with a class reunion photo. I was going for something a bit grungier, so I used a brick wall template and distress ink, then added some word stamping over the top. The layout is my response to the sketch challenge this month on Rochelle Spears' blog.  I combined it with the mood/color challenge on Brenda Ragsdale's blog. The layout talks about how my small high school class is almost like a family.

I also did some stamping on the background, just for fun.

This layout just has a bit of inking to add color and interest, the sketch is from the Citrus Twist Kits blog; the papersand ephemera are from the Citrus Twist July kit.

This last layout is my favorite for the week, featuring a PageMaps grid sketch and the Citrus Twist August kit.

Thanks for stopping by; enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Welcome to the FIRST Blog Lovers' Weekly Blog Hop!

Thank you for joining us! Blog Lovers is a Facebook group for scrapbooking and papercrafts enthusiasts who also love to share their work on their personal blogs. We have been sharing our blog posts among our group for several months. The weekly hop is new; we're hoping that it grows!

The other stops on today's blog hop:

Do you love sketches and challenges?

I do! Nearly all of my layouts start with a sketch; it saves time, so I can get to the part I love -- creating the actual layout! spent my scrapping time this week by creating and submitting several layouts for various internet challenges. The Cooking Up Creations forum  hosts scrap challenges on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The July theme was "Sesame Street"; challenges ranged from using a part of the show's theme song on a layout to using the color green in honor of Kermit the Frog.

I showed a few of my Sesame Street layouts on prebous posts, but here are the last four:

I started with a sketch by Susan Stringfellow and the "Alex" paper collection from Bella Blvd. Lenny, my older daughter's family's cat, died earlier this year (at the age of 17!). This photo is a couple of years old and shows his sweet nature.

I used the July kit and some add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits  for this layout. Youngest grandchild Charleigh stayed with her mom's friend overnight, and the cat there fell in love with her. The sketch is from My Creative Scrapbook.

I used a CitrusTwist kit and the July Citrus Twist kit to show off our flower bed, which is blazing with mums, marigolds, delphinium and petunias. My mom, who lives with us, enjoys helping with their care.

For this layout, I used a Stuck?! sketch and the Citrus Twist November add-on kit to showcase this photo of a small mountain town near us. The first 3 lines of the Sesame Street theme song are printed on the photo:

If you like challenges, scrap-related conversation and friendly people, stop by the Cookin' Up Creations forum!   (If you get there by Monday, you can play Bingo with us too)

Thank you for checking out my blog today; be sure to stop by all the participating blogs. If you have come across the blog hop by chance and would like to join Blog Lovers, leave a message in the comments with your name and we'll get back to you.

Have a wonderful day!