Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Waiting for the sun to shine

It's a bit of a rainy, cloudy and just generally gloomy looking day here in southern  Colorado, This is frustrating because I have several newly completed layouts to photograph and post, but it's waste of time to do so on a day like today. The photos just turn out better with real, direct sunlight instead of the "inside lights".

After making a couple of  baby mini-albums as gifts last fall, I decided to make one for my daughter-in-law's parents. Their son and his wife are expecting a baby boy in July. This will be Betsy and Pete's first grandchild, and they are soooo excited! After a lot of thought (there are a ton of cute baby paper collections out there) I chose Carta Bella's Rock A Byb Baby Boy collection. I bought the 6x6 paper pad and the 12 x 12 sheet of chipboard stickers, then added some cardstock and some leftovers from the Echo Park Bundle of Joy collection left over from a mini I made last fall, Here's the completed album (Betsy and Pete will not see it here, as they would on Facebook, so it's safe to show it off)



This is a 6x6 inch book. I designed it to utilize standard wallet size photos, since they are easy to get printed and fit well within this small format.  For elements that will adhere over part of a photo, I added a bit of waxed paper to protect the adhesive and make it easy to slide in the photos when baby arrives.


That cow over the moon element is my favorite in the collection. Love it!



 The right side of this two page spread is for additional photos, notes keepsakes etc



It's always a little difficult to give up an album or other piece I've created, but I know the grandparents-to-be will enjoy filling it with pictures.

There was no sunlight when I finished this layout because it was nearly midnight, but it had to be posted within 10 minutes to be in the running for the $5 store credit prize, so I photographed it under my Ott light. The sketch is from the Citrus Twist Kits blog, Most of the papers, ephemera etc. came from the March main Citrus Twist Kit and add ons. This kit is so full of fun, bright colors! The flamingo paper is my favorite,


And I just "beat the clock on this layout also, The sketch is the March 15 sketch on Stuck?! Sketches, and the Linkz window for uploading layouts to the blog closes in less than an hour, The best available lighting source is in our kitchen, and it's not great for photographing layouts. This is the best I could do. Th finished layout looks much different than I envisioned in my head, but I had a good time making it, 


That's all for today (gotta get some sunshine soon so I can show the other finished projects). Have a great week, and thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

"No one said it HAD to be 12 x 12"!

I like using sketches for my regukar 12 x 12 layouts, but I often adapt the same sketches to use for mini album pages and cards, too. It's pretty easy to use my photo software to crop and reduce sketches to fit the format in which I want to work.

Right now I'm working on a 5 x 7 inch mini featuring photos and memories from my trip to Disneyland with my youngest daughter's family in August 2012. For this page about Mickey's Soundsational Parade, I used the March 5 sketch from the Citrus Twist Kit Club's blog. This is the sketch:


I sized the sketch to include the main part of the sketch within a 5 x 7 inch area and created this layout page for my mini:


I'm using a special mini album kit that I bought on sale from Citrus Twist Kits back in July 2014 (I bought it a year later) and then never used. I have 10 pages done for the book but need to take pictures so I can post.

This layout was created in 12 x 12 with the March 12 Citrus Twist sketch and the new March Citrus Twist main kit and some add-ons. My youngest grandchild turned six months old last week  (already!) so I commemorated that in the layout:



The camera didn't like this for some reason and I just couldn't seem to get a great shot of it; looks much prettier in person! This is the sketch:



That's all for today. Thanks for looking; have a great week!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spring is coming!

Like a lot of areas of the country, Pueblo CO has had some unseasonably warm weather the past couple of weeks, As transplants from north central Illinois, we love being able to go outside in a light jacket or shirtsleeves in March. The only downside is that warm, dry weather coupled with some winds of 35 miles per hour and higher creates conditions in which wildfires can start.

Our cat Lily decided to spend a recent warm but breezy afternoon perched on the window ledge in my scrap room. I took a few photos and created a layout using Stuck!? Sketches' March 1 sketch. Here's the sketch:


And here's my layout, using the January kit from Citrus Twist Kits:


This is another layout from last week, using an older sketch from Laura Whitaker and the February kit from Citrus Twist Kits:



I used the March 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy and the February Citrus Twist kit for this layout of my two youngest granddaughters meeting each other for the first time. The background is from the Embossed White Cardstock Stack from Diecuts With A View:



And a  bit of news ... I've been chosen as Guest Designer for the April 15 layout at Stuck?S Sketches! I am sooo excited -- I love Laura's sketches, and the April 15 one is fabulous. Can't wait to show you my layout next month!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!






Friday, March 3, 2017

Last of the February challenges

This was my last "challenge layout" for February. I used February sketch #264 from the Sketches In Thyme blogThis layout is really busy, but I wanted to use that cute Echo Park alphabet paper from the Bundle of Joy -- Girl collection AND the cute clothesline diecuts, which were a Silhouette design from Echo Park,


I do have a couple of new March layouts but need ti to take photos of them; hoping for a sunny day tomorrow, Thanks for looking. Have a great day!