Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Daddy's girl and our rockabilly boy

Hello! Today I have a couple of layouts featuring my two youngest grandchildren. The first is a layout I created for the Sketches in Thyme sketch blog,  using Sketch #333.  This year marked baby Isla and daddy Jeff's first Father's Day together, and mommy Erica bought them matching shirts:

I kept my layout simple, following the sketch pretty faithfully, so that sweet photo would shine!

This was another layout created  for Sketches in Thyme using sketch #337. This time, it stars little cousin Theodore (Teddy) in his new rockabilly duds. Mommy and Daddy are huge rockabilly fans and were thrilled to find clothes to fit their new little guy.

I changed the original sketch a bit so I could show the photos of Teddy a bit larger, since he's so cute! This one lent itself to the use of a lot of patterns and colors, which made this Grandma very happy.

Sketches in Thyme features a new original sketch each Monday on the blog. Participants have the entire month to create a layout from any of the month's sketches (or ALL of them!) and link them to the blog for a chance to win a prize.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Sketches in Thyme #337

Have you checked out this month's Sketches in Thyme sketches? This week's sketch #337, was designed by Shawn Lahr and is great for getting more photos onto your layout. This is the sketch:

I loved working with this sketch! My youngest daughter had posted photos of my youngest grandchild, Theodore ("Teddy") in his new rockabilly attire including rolled-up jeans, band t-shirt and "Chucks" sneakers. This is my layout:

 I changed a few elements around to better accommodate the photos:

Isn't he adorable?? (I'm kind of biased) I used the Lil' Dude collection feom Simple Stories because of all the bright colors and patterns:

Here are a few more layouts from earlier in the month:

Grandson Hamish discovered archery at a camp in Wisconsin. It's probably the first time he has concentrated on one activity for a whole hour:

I cwated this layout for the Creative Inspiration design twam.

 This was one of my favoritws this month! I used a sketch from PageMaps and the July kit from Citrua Twist Kits:

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful day

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Creative Inspirations magazine is online!

The August issue of Creative Inspiration online magazine is up on the blog:

I'm pleased to be included among the talented scrap artists and card makers from around the world. Please check it out and tell us what you think!

Due to life's various little ups and downs, I've fallen behind in posting to my blog. I'm not going to post everything I've made for the past month, but here are a couple:

This layout was a design team project created for Creative Inspirations, using a sketch by Bev Code and and a variety of products from my stash:

This card also was a Creative Inspiration design team project. Here's the sketch:

and here's my card. I used Prima's Amber Moon:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Monday, July 16, 2018

A layout for a first Father's Day

It's the third week of the month, and we have a new sketch on the Sketches in Thyme blog. Today my take on sketch #333 is featured:

Brenshevia Baker created this week's fabulous sketch, which you can see on the blog. I followed the sketch pretty closely because I loved the simplicity of the design and the "wow" factor of featuring one great photo. The subjects in my layout are my son and his new daughter, who was born February 18. Father's Day was extra special for him this year because it was his first one as a father. His wife bought adorable matching shirts for Daddy and Baby. 

Sketches in Thyme features a new sketch each week, and each day you will find a layout created by a design team member on the blog. If you create your own layout based on the sketch and upload it to the blog by the end of the month, you will be entered in the prize drawing,

Thank you for stopping by; have a fabulous day!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sketches in Thyme sketch #329

Today is my "debut" as a design team member on the Sketches in Thyme challenge blog!  I'm really excited to share sketch #329 by Sketch DT member Bev Code:

My take on this fabulous sketch features my 11th -- and newest -- grandchild, Theodore (Teddy). The photo was taken as he was heading home from the hospital; You can tell he's excited LOL. I turned the sketch counter-clockwise to accommodate my vertically oriented photo and moved a couple of elements around.

Please be sure to visit Sketches in Thyme and check out the June sketches . There's a newone each Monday. If you enter your layouts by June 30, your name will be entered in the monthly prize drawing, Each completed sketch earns you another entry.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 11, 2018

On to new adventures in scrapbooking....

My blog has been quiet for the past few weeks or so while I dealt with some health issues (mine and my mom's), family events and so on. But I'm back and excited about two NEW opportunities!

I'm a new member of the Sketches in Thyme design team, beginning June 1. My "debut" will be with the June 15 sketch. This is really exciting because I've been playing along with SIT for several years and loving it.

And I'm also joining the Creative Inspiration forum design team on July 1. I was guest DT in April and I'm thrilled to officially join the team!

Meanwhile. here are a couple of recent layouts:

I used the May main kit and add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits and a sketch by Susan Stringfellow for this layout of my oldest daughter and her children at a local zoo:

I used the same kit for this one, along with a sketch by Laura Whitaker:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mini crop project

I'm the guest design team member this month on the Creative Inspiration forum. The theme of this month's mini-crop challenges is based on colors. I chose to work with baby girl pastels; this is my challenge layout. I used a sketch by Susan Stringfellow and a combination of Authentique's "Beginnings" and Echo Park's "Bundle of Joy" paper collections.

The crop (along with other challenges) is running through April 29, if you want to check it out and join in.

I also took some time to play with sketch #320 on the Sketches in Thyme blog. My little granddaughter enjoyed some coloring on the porch, with help from her daddy (who also took the pictures) Most of the scrap papers and pretties are from the Citrus Twist Kits' April main kit, embellishment and extra paper add-ons.

Thanks for looking! I hope you have a wonderful, scraptastic day 🌞

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Creative Inspiration DT Spring Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Saturday April 7th Creative Inspiration DT BLOG HOP challenge. I'm excited and honored to be joining today's blog hop as the April Guest Design Team member for Creative Inspiration.
Please hop along through all 10 designers' blog challenges. Please leave a comment on each blog so we know you took time to visit. Be sure to finish at the Creative Inspiration Blog, where you will be entered for a bonus ballot to win a Blog Hop prize. These are the participating blogs in today's hop:
Today I'm sharing a mini-album that I'm creating for my newest grandchild. Isla (pronounced EYE-la) Elizabeth is my younger son and daughter-in-law's first child, and my 10th grandchild. As a proud Grandma, I've already scrapped several 12x12 layouts featuring Isla for my own scrapbook album. This little 6 x 6 board book is a gift for the new parents when I travel back to the Midwest this summer to meet Isla.
I love making these little books, but it's a challenge to translate my usual pages into miniature. Usually I start with a sketch and use the resizing tools in my photo editing software to shrink it to 6x6, and go from there.
For example: I chose this sketch from PageMaps:
I resized it to 6 x6 and adjusted the photo sizes a bit. then I used it to create this page:

So far, I've completed 8 pages, using the "About a Little Girl" collection from Photoplay, "Beginnings" from Authentique, embellishments from Echo Park's "Sweet Baby Girl" and miscellaneous goodies from my stash.

 My challenge to you is to work with a size that you normally don't scrap. Have fun exploring something new and be sure to share in the comments on the Creative Inspiration blog (see below), thanks for stopping by!
If you choose to play along with our challenges, then play along with any one or as many of the projects as you like from those you saw in the blog hop. Post your project in the comments section and tell us which ones you played along with. You have all month long to play along. Can't wait to see what you share with us.

Thank you for visiting today and have fun!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

March sketch challenge at Stuck?! Sketches

March has proven to be a busy month for me; finally getting around to completing a few sketch challenges. I love Stuck?! Sketches, like this one from March 15:

This sketch was perfect to showcase a photo of my newest granddaughter, who was born February 18 (four weeks ahead of schedule; her mommy developed pre-enclampsia, necessitating an emergency Caesarian section) I used the Beginnings collection from Authentique and Photoplay's About a Litle Girl collection:

Both of these collections have lots of pastels, which are gorgeous but unfortunately can be difficult to photograph.

Baby Isla is home and doing well; there will be many more baby layouts to follow!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Guest designer!

I'm so pleased to be the guest double-page designer today on the Stick It Down  sketch challenge blog! check out this fabulous double-page sketch:

 I was really excited about using this double-page sketch because it's different from the usual sketch with photos on both sides of the layout. It was perfect for the border-strip piece of patterned paper that came in the doggy-themed "Bark!" collection from Echo Park. I replaced the chevron arrow on the right-hand page with a cute banner sticker from the kit and used one of the photo spots for my journaling. I loved adding a really BIG title, too!

This is my layout:

The big title letter stickers were part of the kit. I usually don't use these huge alphas, but I loved the look here.

Be sure to check out the Stick It Down blog! thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

More sketch challenges

It's the beginning of a new month, which means new scrapbooking challenges across the internet. My favorite challenges involve sketches, and already I've found some great ones.

I used the February 1 layout sketch on the Rubber Buggy Challenge Blog for my first layout. This is the sketch. I liked the simple "bones" of the sketch, which left room for adding extra elements.

This is my layout. I rotated the photos to a vertical orientation to accommodate these great photos from my oldest daughter. The papers and embellishments are mostly from Crate Paper's Show & Cocoa collection:

I used this sketch (February 1) from Stuck?! Sketches for my next layout. Here's a look at the sketch:

And this is my layout -- featuring the first"picture" of our grandson, who's due in mid-May. I used the November and January kits from Citrus Twist Kits:

I used the February 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy for this layout. I also used the November kit from Citrus Twist: to show off this adorable official photo of the lion cub triplets at our local zoo. I've also used the layout to satisfy a challenge on Mercytiara's 27-day scrapbook challenge on Facebook:

Thanks for stopping by; have a wonderful day!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

I started with a sketch....

For me, coming up with scrapbook layout ideas is really hard; that's why almost all of my layouts (at least the full-size ones) start with a sketch that someone else has drawn and shared. Most of the time, I stay pretty close to the sketch design.

But occasionally, I go beyond the design, as I did with the January 15 "Let's Get Sketchy" sketch by Brenshevia:

It's a fantastic sketch in its own right, but I decided to combine it with another challenge. That led to my adding several additional elements, which added up to this layout:

The little snow bunny is my youngest granddaughter, who took her first sled ride this weekend. The papers and embellishments are from Crate Paper's Snow & Cocoa and Falala collections,

I also finished two layouts inspired by the "Stick It Down" weekend crop on facebook. The first is my creation from a "blind challenge", using the January kit from Citrus Twist Kits:

The second one is my take on the January 21 sketch on the Citrus Twist Kit blog, using the December kit and add-ons. I had some lighting issues (we live in one of the sunniest cities in the country, but it was overcast this weekend)

And this one was based on the January 14 sketch on the Citrus twist Kits blog; I used the main December kit:

My scrapbooking time is still limited as I continue to rehabilitate from hip replacement surgery, but I'm hoping to increase that slowly over the nextfew weeks. Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

"Life is what happens....

...when you're busy making other plans"....

That's kind of what happened to my scrapbooking plans in December. My scheduled two-night hospital stay for a left total hip replacement turned into a two-week stay in a skilled care facility, which included Christmas day. It was another week before I could tolerate sitting at my scrap table for anything other than a few minutes of time.

Happily, although I have a long way to go in my recovery, things are progressing well; and this week I was able to return to my scrap space (in half-hour stretches). I completed two layouts for sketch challenges. It felt soooooo good to be creating again!

I used the December 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for a fun layout of my youngest granddaughter's Santa Clause encounter. At 15 months, she was fine sitting on her daddy's lap next to Santa; but she wanted no part of sitting on Santa's lap!

This is the sketch (isn't it fabulous?!):

And this is my layout, using Crate Paper's fun "Snow & Cocoa" collection:

I also usedthe January 7 sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog to help chronicle another granddaughter's debut as a jammer with the Brewcity Microbruisers roller derby team. Her derby name is "Anna maul". She was knocked down in the course of the meet but got right back up. We're very proud of her!

This is the sketch:

And here's my layout, using the November main kit, paper and embellishment add-ons from Citrus Twist:

This was a good start toward getting my mojo back; hoping to gai  momentum as my recovwry continues. Thanks for looking; have a great ay!