Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Flip A Sketch!

I am happy to help with the reveal of the new challenge at Sketch N Scrap.  Please do yourself a favor and check out what the other DT members did with this challenge - simply beautiful work.

Here is the sketch and my layout:



I flipped the sketch so that the prettier backside of my paper was showing.  (This sketch is easy to do with a two-sided piece of paper.)  I also changed the staples to eyelets and twine.  Finally,  I added a rub-on and some enamel dots.

I can't wait to see your masterpieces on the blog!  Be sure to link up by November 30th.

Materials Used:  Pink Paislee - Cottage Farms papers, rub ons, and journaling cards; Basic Grey - Basics enamel dots, eyelets, twine, and Paper Trunk Benny alphabet.

Monday, November 13, 2017

November Bountiful Blessings Crop

Sketch N Scrap is hosting a Facebook crop from November 11- 25, 2017.  I am honored to help reveal the sketch third challenge for the crop.  Here is the sketch and my work:



The beauty of a great sketch is that you can adapt the "plan" to accommodate your photos and still get a fantastic layout!  As you can see, I had bigger pictures that the sketch called for.  I could not crop the photos anymore without losing the intended image.  SOOOOO - I moved the title to the side and changed the embellishments.  I also added little details like misting the page, distressing the edges of the secondary paper, and added some doodling.

You may also noticed that I continue to work on my endless supply of alphas.  Here I used two different fonts but in the same color for an eclectic look.

I hope you can join us - I would love to see your work!  


Materials Used: cardstock, scrap paper, Doodlebug Design - Hopscotch alphabet, unknown manufacturer of second alphabet, Tattered Angles - Glimmer Mist/Dazzling Diamonds, and Karen Foster Design swirl burst brads/fruit punch.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Simply Together

I am happy to reveal the new challenge at Lasting Memories.  The theme for the month is "Having Fun With Scrapbook Recipes."  Basically, you receive a list of ingredients (items) to include on your layout.  Here is this week's recipe:

November 12th - 1 large photo, 3 patterned paper, a pinch of wood veneer, a dash of Chipboard pieces and sprinkle with enamel dots

This is what I created:


I hope you can join us - just be sure to link up by November 25th.



Materials used:  Me & My Big Ideas - Hello Beautiful papers, Basic Grey Basic Enamel Dots, Heidi Swapp wood veneer ("Simply"), Prima Lace Stickers ("Together"), Prima Flowers - Innocence Collection, and Imaginarium Designs - Flourish small chipboard.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Go With The Flow

I am happy to help reveal the new challenge at Lasting Memories.  The challenge this week is to use either a page from a book or sheet music.

My original plan was to use a dictionary page on a military page that I was working on.  It was perfect - the page had army, armory, etc.  However, as the page was coming together - I did not have room on the layout for the dictionary page without cluttering the page.   I decided to finish the page and start a second page for the Lasting Memories challenge.   I am not too upset - I finished an extra page!

First is the layout for the challenge:


I used the dictionary page in my punch flowers, an element strip, and the date.  I can't wait to see the  creative ways your find to use old books in your layouts.  Be sure to link up your work by October 28th.

Here is the other page I mentioned:


I ended up having more journaling than I thought - hence the need to move on from my original plan. Though, I would like to add that my son only provided minimal detail about his week at the National Boy Scout Jamboree.   After going online, I found all kinds of information about the week.  My son enjoys remembering the details I have provided and smiles at me as if "how did you know."  Magic my son - magic.  LOL!

Oh one more thing about this military layout... I have this huge stash of alphabets and I always struggle to have the right letters.  I get creative.  In military, I needed an "L," "I," and an "a."  The I's were easy ... just trimmed the letter "k" to a straight line.  The L was a "t" that had a little trim as well and positioned upside down.  I always struggle with "A's," here I used an inverted "V" and placed a dot/period in the middle.  It isn't perfect but I think it works.


Materials Used for the "Fun!" layout:  Scenic Route - Parker alphabet, Me & My Big Ideas - Christmas Cheer papers, dictionary paper, brads, flower punches, Sizzix - Original Die - Fun Serif alphabet.


Materials Used for the " Military..." layout:  Authentique  Accomplished paper, cardstock, Thickers - Elf alphabet, Darice - Memoir alphabet.



Cork Paper....

I am happy to help reveal another challenge at Sketch N Scrap.  The sketch was easy to follow and easy to adjust to fit my bigger pictures.  Here is the sketch and my work:



So the cork paper....  It was the first time I used it and I have to admit the self adhesive was pretty nifty.  However, trying to punch circles with the paper was a lot of trouble.  The thick paper kept getting stuck in the punch and I had to spend a ton of time getting the paper unstuck!  I will use the cork again - probably because I have a stash of it!  LOL.  In all honesty though - I do like the look.

I hope you can link up your work.  Remember links are due October 31st.



Materials Used:  cardstock, unknown manufacturer of cork paper, Fancy Pants Hot Chocolate paper, Thickers - Amy Tangerine/Mediterranean alphabet, and Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink - ginger.



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Scraproom Challenge

I joined in the current challenge at Scrapbook Room.  The challenge is to follow a sketch provided by the talented Lisa Hidy.  Here is the sketch and my work:



I had fun working this layout and trying to figure out the cluster in the upper right hand side of the page.  I found all kinds of good stuff digging through the stash.  It was like Christmas morning - including all the stuff all over the floor!

In any case, the links for this challenge close on October 31st.


Materials Used:  DCWV My Sunshine papers, cardstock, Stampin UP metal frame, brads, Paper Trunk - Benny alphabet, Basic Grey - Hipster wood die cuts, fun wire, and Basic Grey - Small Details/Wander.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Scrap Something Other Than Photos

I truly love including my children's work in my scrapbooks.  I think it gives the album a great dimension and adds a little insight to a child's mind!  With that said, I am happy to help introduce the new challenge at Lasting Memories.  The challenge is to use your children's work or be inspired by a children's book.

This is what I created:


My son is always thinking and putting his inventions on paper.  In this case, he drew a diagram of his "wedeater bike."  I just love everything about this including the grammar!

I hope you can join us on this very fun challenge.  Links are due October 28th.


Materials Used:  old patterned paper/unknown manufacturer, brads, cardstock, Cricut "love" image, and Cricut - Cricut Sans font.




Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sketches In Thyme, #295

Did you know that you can cut wood veneer?  I didn't realize how easy it was until I needed to alter a letter.  Hmm.

In any case, I completed a sketch challenge over at Sketches In Thyme.  I added more pictures and distressed the sunburst paper edges but otherwise - stayed true to the sketch.  Check it out:




OOO - the letter I altered is the "U".... it was a "Q."  Not perfect but it works!  I hope you can join me in this challenge - you have time - links are due on October 31st.



Materials Used: cardstock, scrap paper, Recollections wood veneer alphabet and embellishments, brads, Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Ginger, and Smooch Spritz - Gold Glow.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sketches In Thyme, Project Life Style

I have learned to truly appreciate Project Life Style of scrapbooking.  I intermingle my traditional scrapbooking pages with this pocket style throughout my album.  Not only does this help me put together a page quickly as I "try" to catch up on my photos (does one ever get truly caught up?), but it also makes the albums multi-dimensional.  If you haven't given the pocket style pages a try - do yourself a favor and check it out.

To help make personalized pocket cards, I refer to the sketches at Sketches In Thyme, Project Life Style blog.  They offer a few challenges each month - here is the current challenge and my card.



Here is the page in its entirety and the accompanying second page.




I hope you can join me on this challenge, links are due October 31st.


Materials Used: Becky Higgins Project Life pocket page, cardstock, scrap paper, Paper Trunk Benny Alphabet, brads, Recollections - wood arrow, Creative Memories tag & circle punch, Sizzix Original Die - Stars, and Misc. Me! - Journal Box Set cards



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Have Scrap Fabric Laying Around?

If you have some scrap fabric laying around - I have found the perfect use for it!  Why not use that fabric as an accent piece on your layout?  The current challenge at Lasting Memories is to use fabric on your layout.

I had a pair of plaid shorts that I was about to toss out when I realized that the fabric would make a great accent to my son's Boy Scout pages.  Check it out!


I started with using my old Sizzix machine and die cutting the title.  Then I added strips of the fabric to repeat the accent.  However, I decided to make it a bit more interesting and frayed one edge.

I hope to see your work posted at the challenge!  The links are due October 28th.


Materials Used: Authentique - Accomplished Collection, cardstock, scrap fabric, Sizzix Die Cut Machine - Shadow Alphabet/Original Dies, brads, K & Company Boy Scouts of America Embellishment Flip Pack, and Favorite Findings button.