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!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Let's Get Sketchy: 2018 Design Team Call!

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Two autumn challenges

Here are two autumn-themed projects that I created in response to recent challenges; we'r nearly through November already, so I thought I should post and link them up before I forget!

My husband took some photos of the beautiful Riverwalk here in Pueblo with its fall colors. He managed to get some great shots of the reflections in the Arkansas River, which runs through the Riverwalk. I was surprised that he got this much detail from his camera phone. I used the November 15 sketch from the Let's Get Sketchy blog and Prima's Amber Moon to showcase his photos:

I created this card for the first November challenge on the Rubber Buggy Challenge Blog. This is a fairly new challenge site and is worth checking out! I used the amber Moon collection collection:

My scrapbooking time has been a bit squeezed lately by preparations for an upcoming surgery in mid-December. It turns out that my left hip joint is shot, so I'm getting a shiny new one. The rehab afterward also will take some time, but I'm hoping I can stilll get plenty of creative playtime too!

Thanks for looking. Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Post-Halloween projects

I love scrapping Halloween! It's okay to mix garish colors, sparkle, and so on. There's no such thing as "too much" or over the top. Today I have a couple of Halloween related projects to post:

My two grandsons in Minnesota created their own creepy costumes. The boys are 16 and 12, so I wanted to create a layout that wasn't too kid-ish or cute. I used Pebbles' Midnight Haunting collection with its non-traditional patterns and colors, along with Susan Stringfellow's sketch #176. I flipped the sketch horizontally to better accommodate my photos.

The characters are (on the left) Anonymous, with a V is for Vendetta Guy Fawkes mask; and (right) Bendy, a video game character. My grandson and his dad created the mask.

Bendy also showed up on a jack o'lantern. This layout was for GrandDiva's Scrappy Friends challenge, using a sketch from PageMaps:

Again, I used the Midnight Haunting collection.

Then, at the same household, there was an adorable elephant... I used the Midnight Haunting collection again, but with a more feminine look:

The November sketches are up on the challenge blogs; and it's back to everyday photos and layouts. This is the November 1 sketch at Stuck ?! Sketches:

I used the October main kit from Citrus Twist Kits with the sketch for a layout  of my youngest granddaughter, who seems already to be developing her own style and wanting to pick out her own clothes:

The Rubber Buggy Challenge Blog  posts challenges twice a month. For the November 1 sketch challenge, I created this layout with the Space Academy collection by Carta Bella. I wish my daughter had photos of the grandkids' faces, but that's hard to do in a videogame arcade. This particular arcade has games like the ones that were popular 30 years ago. the kids loved Pac-man!

Thanks for looking -- have a wonderful day!

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!