Monday, October 30, 2017

Two more layouts

I'm using the sketch challenges at my favorite blogs as inspiration for pages in my board album about our Boston terrier, who died October 1 at the age of 13. Although we're sad about losing her, it has been fun to put her story down on paper and in pictures.

Both of the layouts I completed today began with sketches from the Sketches in Thyme blog. For the first one, I used sketch #297 by Shawn Lahr. This is Shawn's sketch:

I loved working with this fun sketch! I used the Bark! Collection from Echo Park, along with some fun photos of Coco with our big yellow cat and some of the grandkids:

The album is 6 x 6 inches, so everything is half the size of my normal 12 x 12 pages; but I like the challenge of "shrinking" things occasionally. The flowers were fussy cut from some paper in my stash.

I also used sketch #298 by Bev code for the page that will go on the book's final page. This is the sketch:

I pulled out some stamps and ink for this one.. The journaling is tucked inside the smaller square.Again,I fussy cut the flowers. I stamped the leaves, colored them with watercolor colored pencils and then brushed a wash of gold paint from a kids' paint set over them.

Pictures of jack o' lanterns and kids in costume are starting to pop up on Facebook; hoping to snag a few cute ones to scrap. I love making Halloween layouts!

Thanks for looking, and Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Catching up on challenges

We're nearing the end of the month, which means the deadline is near -- or here -- to complete and post October challenge projects. First up is this layout I created for the Rubber Buggy 
Challenge Blog. I used this sketch by Kristine Davidson for Creative Scrappers.

I rearranged the parts to better accommodate my photos. My adorable subjects are two of my grandchildren, all dressed up as Harry Potter characters for a Halloween party last Saturday. I used the Bootiful collection from Photo Play Papers and the Midnight Haunting collection from Pebbles:

That dark background gave me a bit of trouble in photographing the layout, but I like the way the colored papers look  against it.

I used the October 15 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches twice. Here's the sketch:

My first layout features my five-year-old grandson on a visit to his local fire station with his kindergarten class. His teacher took a photo of each child to email to their parents, which I think is a wonderful thing for her to do. I used paper collections from Authentique and Basic Grey:

I used this same sketch for the front cover of a 6 x 6-inch board album I'm creating in memory of our beloved Boston terrier, who died October 2. I'm using the adorable Bark! collection from Echo Park for this one:

Coco's mini album is turning out to be a little bigger than I had planned, because I have so much I want to remember from her 13 years with us. I used this sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for another page:

And here 's my layout:

There are a few more challenges on my "hope to do" list; hoping to add at least a couple more to my "completed" list. Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fall sports -- are YOU a fan??

We often think of sports as activities that happen during the summer; but there also are a lot of sports that continue into the fall or start in the fall. The baseball play-offs are going on now (and my home state favorites, the current world champion Chicago Cubs, are still in it!!!), football is underway at the local and national levels, and in our community the soccer, cross country and swim team seasons have begun.

Already this year I've scrapped football, roller derby(!), martial arts, motorcycling and more. Today, I have two more sports related layouts. For the first one, I used a Sketches in Thyme sketch from July,  combined with patterned papers from three different Authentique collections, to showcase a photo of my handsome 7th grade grandson's "formal" football portrait.

This was the sketch:

and here's my completed layout, which I also have entered in the October challenge at GrandDiva's Creative Corner

My other football-related layout features that handsome guy's baby sister. She attended her first football game last fall when she was a tiny baby and goes to nearly all of both her brothers' games. She has no idea what's going on, but she has a noisemaker toy and isn't afraid to get loud!

I used the October 1 sketch from the Rubber Buggy Challenge Blog (my first time participating in their challenges) and the newly arrived main kit and patterned paper add-on from Citrus Twist Kits for this layout of  my pint-sized cheerleader (check out those football leggings!)

Here's the Rubber Buggy sketch (I turned the two photos into one vertical photo and rotated the embellishment placement a bit)

Since I was on a roll. I scrapped another photo of my precocious youngest grandchild, this time with the October 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy and, again, the October Citrus Twist kit;

And here's the sketch. Again, I rotated the photo orientation and placement to fit my photo.

It's Friday night and my Ott desk light will be burning late while I scrap to my heart's content. Thank you for stopping by; have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Autumn cards

I don't usually make autumn cards (other than Halloween cards), but there were a couple of fun challenges and I have some nice autumn themed papers in my stash. I used to make all my greeting cards -- holidays, birthdays, get well, wedding and so on - but then I got out of the habit. These reminded my how much I loved making cards!

These two were for a challenge on the Cookin' Up Creations forum.  I found card sketches on Pinterest and followed them loosely, using papers and embellishments left over from a fall kit a couple of years ago. The photo of the apple basket was taken at a farmers' market in Minnesota.

 This is another card made from old kit leftovers. There was the cutest pumpkin die and embossing card set in my box of dies (rarely used now that I  have a Cameo) so I used that to make the center image:

I visited a new-to-me challenge blog this week, and found a card sketch challenge that I had to try. The Rubber Buggy Challenge Blog offers challenges twice a month. Here's the sketch:

And here's my card, using Prima's gorgeous Amber Moon collection and a flower from my stash:

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Scarecrow season!

Now that we're nearly in the middle of October, scarecrows seem to be everywhere! They're decorating lawns, doors and homes. They're on sale in stores. They're in store advertisements. 

My hometown in Illinois has a Scarecrow festival each fall, with a scarecrow contest. The last one I attended, a few weeks before we moved, was in 2015. This lovely creation was built by the staff of a gift store in the historic north-end business district and was my favorite entry in the contest:

I scrapped her two year ago, but I wasn't all that thrilled with the layout and decided to create a new layout, using sketch 296 from Sketches in Thyme:

I used the Amber Moon collecton from Prima and a few things from my stash:

I used chalk ink and distress crayons for the shading, then added some stamped distressing and some watercolor splatters to jazz up the plain background. I made the gold circles by tracing the bottom of a small plastic cup with a fine point gold ink pen and then outlining with gold glitter glue (hadn't used the glue in a while; it was fun!)

Thanks for stopping by; have a great week!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

We've got butterflies!

My mom, who moved along with us when we came to Colorado (nearly two years ago already! Times does fly...), had remarked earlier in the summer that she never sees butterflies here. We assured her that Colorado does have butterflies; and the proof showed up last week!

Last Thursday, my husband Mike came in from the front porch and said there were a couple of butterflies on the flowers in our whiskey barrel  planters. They must have liked what they saw, because Friday morning there were at least a dozen of them! They mostly loved the pink lobelia in Mom's planter. I took several photos, which proved to be a bit challenging because they were small and moved quickly.

I paired some of those photos with this sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:

I used the gorgeous amber Moon collection from Prima for my layout:

The background is from Kaisercraft's Basecoat 1 paper pad. I was worried that the pink flowers would clash horribly with the papers' orange prints; but the flowers in my photos also had a lot of yellow, and one of the papers included pinkish butterflies in the print. I found a pinky-orange cardstock on which to mat my photos, so everything seemed to balance out.

My 5-year-old grandson is so proud to be in kindergarten this year. His teacher took a photo of each student in her class on the first day of school and shared the photos with the parents, which I thought was a wonderful idea. My daughter received the photo of Hamish via email.

I used this month's "rewind" sketch from Rochelle Spears' blog and the Alex paper collection from Bella Blvd. for this layout:

Gotta love that big "CHEESE-Y grin! (Well, he does live in Wisconsin, known for its cheese)

I haven't done a pocket-style layout in a while, but I felt inspired by last week's pocket page challenge on the Citrus Twist Kits' blog and thought I would give it a shot. My daughter had posted photos of her family's Labor Day weekend camping trip (the first time they have taken the kids camping). I combined the pictures with the September main kit, paper add-on and embellishment pack from Citrus Twist. I got a little more involved than I intended and ended up with two and a half pages:

The weekend proved to be fun, interesting and challenging, with hikes through the woods, cooking outdoors and rain all day on Saturday. The five-year-old looked around him as they hiked along a woodsy trail and said, "Wow, this place is very tree!" That seems to be an accurate description of a park with 2800 acres of forest.

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful week

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy fall!

I love early autumn! The air is a little cooler and crisper, the fall flowers, leaves and plants are bright in colors of red, yellow and gold, and decorations feature pumpkins, plaid bows and my favorites --

I left my straw scarecrow yard decorations back in Illinois when we moved two years ago and never got around to replacing them last year.  Recently I was in Hobby Lobby when this cute wood scarecrow yard sign caught my eye:

It's cheerful, not too big or too heavy, and it was on sale -- who could resist??? We promptly planted my new friends in the middle of our zinnias and marigolds, which are still colorfully adorning our front yard.

I decided to celebrate the scarecrows' cuteness and the beauty of our remaining flowers with a layout. I started with this sketch (#295) from Sketches in Thyme:

The placement of those "stripes" looked tricky, so I made myself a set of patterns. First I made a 6 x 6 inch copy of the sketch on plain copy paper. then I scanned the top of the layout (including the four vertical stripes) at 200% and printed on copy paper. I turned the paper and copied the four remaining sort-of-horizontal stripes, again at 200% and printed.Then I cut out all the stripes individually, numbering them from the top left (1) to bottom right (8). I used the patterns to cut out the stripes and placed them on the background. It really was easier than I thought it would be.

This is my resulting layout, featuring Prima's glorious Amber Moon collection:

As you can see, I added a trio of small photos of some of the flowers still remaining in our yard. If ou look closely, you might be able to spot the butterfly in the top photo.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!