Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It's football season!

Yes, it's that time of year again; and my oldest daughter's family  is ready! Her older son plays varsity football in Rochester, while the seventh grader is playing on his junior high team. I snagged some scrimmage and game photos from Facebook, then used this sketch from Susan Stringfellow:

Here's my layout, using papers from Authentique, Bella Blvd, Basic Grey and Pink Paislee, I used my Cameo to make some accents; for the falcon, I diecut the bird and added chalk pastels and glitter glue for sparkle and color:

I used the September 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for another football-related layout:

And this is my layout, featuring one of my daughter's family's dogs, Zeus. I used papers from Kaisercraft, Authentique, Basic Grey and Bella Blvd:

The family also celebrated little Charleigh's first birthday. There will be photos of cake-smashing by the birthday girl later, but meanwhile I scrapped a collage of photos taken by a local photographer earlier in the summer. I used the September 15 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:

I used the adorable "About a Little /Girl" collection from Photoplay for my layout. We think she's just about the cutest little  girl ever!

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Back to school

The day after Labor Day meant "back to school" for my grandchildren in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Their moms snapped photos to commemorate the day; in turn, I snagged the pictures for layouts.

In Wisconsin, my granddaughter is a fourth grader this year; her brother is proud to be in kindergarten at the same school. My layout combines two challenges.  Rochelle Spears' "Scrappy Friends Challenge" asked participants to create a layout using at least three school supplies. A related challenge on GrandDiva's Creative Corner  offered a sketch challenge using this PageMaps sketch:

I came up with this layout, using mostly papers from Bella Blvd's "Alex " collection and some cute back to school embellishments from Me & My Big Ideas. I designed and made the ABC strip with my Silhouette Cameo:

School items represented on the layout include books, pencils, a tiny "bookworm" clip, a globe, a ruler, alphabet chart and sneakers.

The returning students in Minnesota are older (seventh grader and junior in high school) so I went for a different look on their layout. I chose a sketch from Susan Stringfellow's sketch blog:

I used the September main kit, embellishment and patterned paper add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits for a more grownup look. I cut the compass with my Cameo and a cut file from Ashley Horton's etsy store, "The Cut Shoppe".

Thanks for looking; have a wonderful week!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Catching up

I've been trying to reorganize my scrap room so that supplies are better grouped into categories and so they're more accessible. I spent some time working on that goal last week, but I need a break from sorting, organizing and catetorizing. This weekend I've been catching up on a few challenges.

First up is a layout I created using Sketches in Thyme's sketch #291 by Shawn Lahr. I used Photoplay's "Summer Daydreams" paper collection pack for this fun page: 

The photos were taken in July 2015 when I vacationed with my youngest daughter and her two little ones in Minocqua, Wisconsin. The kids loved fishing, but not touching the fish because "ewww, that's gross!"

This layout filled two different challenges (nothing like multi-tasking!) I used the Sept. 3 sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog for the kit club's weekly sketch challenge. The completed layout also filled the September 9 challenge to use the song title "I Hope You Dance" on the Cookin' Up Creations forum. I pulled papers and embellishments from my May, June and July Citrus Twist leftovers and made a mixed media background:

Cookin'Up Creations features challenges every Wednesday and Saturday; each entered layout earns a participant one entry into the monthly prize drawing for a gift card to the online store of thewinner's choice. New members are always welcome.

I created this layout for Sketches in Thyme's sketch #290 challenge, but missed the posting deadline. Here it is anyway, just because my grandson is so cute! I used the August Citrus Twist kit:

 Thanks for looking. Have a great week!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Oldies but goodies!

Just two of us on the weekly Blog Lovers Blog Hop today ...

Welvome to the weekly Blog Lovers Blog Hop! 

  1. Barb Prendergast-- (you are here)
  2. Camille Short -
Occasionally I like to go back to photos that I scrapped several years ago, when I first discovered this obsession hobby, and scrap them again. That's what I did with these photos of my oldest four grandchildren that I took back in 2011. My grandson Ethan, who was 8, stayed with us in Illinois for a few days. His Illinois cousins came over to spend one night. They had fun and got pretty silly!

I did a two-page layout because I wanted to include as many pictures as possible. The sketch is one that I found on Pinterest. I used a scrapbook kit that's been in my collection for about three years; just never used a lot of it for some reason. I liked the fall colors and fun embellishments to go with the fun photos. Today three of these kids are high schoolers and one is a college student. Time flies!

And here's a park layout of two more grandkids, with photos from two weeks ago. I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog and the July main kit from Citrus Twist.

Thanks for stopping by; please be sure to visit Camille's blog to see her latest project!

Friday, August 25, 2017

"Perfectly imperfect"!

Welvome to the weekly Blog Lovers Blog Hop!

We are a small (but dedicated and mighty!) group today. The stops on the hop are:

  1. Barb Prendergast-- (you are here)
  2. Bev Code -
  3. Camille Short -
When you scrap (or when you create any form of artwork), do you feel pressure to make it "perfect"? Or do you feel that "good enough is good enough?" I've been scrapbooking about 12 years now (my first pages were of my youngest daughter's prom in 2005), and I've let go of my need for perfection. Of course I try to make every layout, card or other project special, but I forgive myself for the imperfections, bloopers and bobbles. The important elements, to me, are: 1)preserving memories 2) having a creative outlet in which to express myself and 3) enjoying the process from start to finish. Recently I've begun playing more with mixed media, making a joyful mess in the process.

This layout may be the messiest thing I've done in ages! Following a tutorial by design team member Gina Rodgers on the Citrus Twist Kits blog, I used gesso, soft pastels, stencils and ink, and a squirt or two of spray ink for this layout. I used a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog  and the fabulous CTK August main kit. The photo of my dad and two oldest children is from 1981:

I've never been a big fan of spray inks and paints, but this layout with two of my nine grandchildren (- -- their Mom is the pretty clown in last week's post) seemed to call for a few spatters here and there. I started with sketch 289 from Sketches in Thyme and the July main kit from Citrus Twist Kits, then added photos of the kids with their back-to-school-ready haircuts:

Overall I was happy with the spatters. There were a couple areas that weren't great, but the papers and a few strategically placed embellishments made those go away.

I always look forward each month on the 1st and 15th for the new Stuck?! Sketches to be posted. The August 15 sketch was something a bit different and I had fun trying it out. The background papers are from my stash; the other elements mostly came from the Citrus Twist August kit. The photo is my oldest daughter in 1983 (she was 5). No mixed media on this one. 

I almost forgot to post this layout featuring sketch 309 from Creative Scrappers. I used the June kit from Citrus Twist:

 Thanks for stopping by; and please be sure to visit Bev and Camille's blogs for some awecome inspiration! Have a wonderful day 💟

Friday, August 18, 2017

Weekend Blog Hop/Under the Big Top

It's here -- the weekly Blog Lovers Weekend Blog Hop!

This week's participating bloggers include myself, and these two talented ladies:

  1. Bev Code -
  2. Camille Short -

Under the Big Top

The August kits from Citrus Twist Kits included some "Carousel" patterned paper and ephemera from Crate Paper. My youngest daughter (who's now a 29-year-old wife, mother and information technology specialist) has always loved the circus. In 7th grade she was a member of her school's DARE clowns group and loved it so much that I found a weekend-long clown training event in Ohio for her. We had a wonderful weekend meeting both amateur and professional clowns of all ages. My daughter invented her clown character, "Oopsie Daisie" for the Saturday parade. When we came home, my 7th grader launched what would become a busy and successful birthday and event clown business for three years. 

I have a pretty good collecton of Oopsie Daisie photos and although I've scrapped them several times, I couldn't resist another layout using some of these luscious goodies. I used a sketch #288 from Sketches in Thyme to create a page showing Oopsie's "looks" over a three-year time span:

Every baby needs at least ONE "messy face" photo; this one shows the remain of  my youngest granddaighter's chocolate doughnut and banana breakfast. The sketch and the kit are from CItrus Twist Kits:

As always, thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our Ohio summer adventure, 1996

 This summer, I was struck by the number of photos I have from long-ago family vacations that are just languishing in boxes in my closet. Getting those photos into albums we can enjoy has become my summer obsession project. Normally I'm not a pocket page scrapper, but it seemed like the easiest way to scrap these photos fast.

This is a pocket-style album featuring our family's vacation to the Cleveland, Ohio area in 1996. It was a great vacation with visits to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, SeaWorld Ohio, Cedar Point Amusement Park, a drive-through safari animal park, and more. Our oldest was heading for college in the fall, and I figured this would be the last real summer vacation as a family, so I wanted it to be crammed with cool. fun stuff.

 I used mostly the Summer Vibes collection from Simple Stories (2015) for the album. It was $5 for the collection (50% off sales rock!) at Hobby Lobby; I also used it for a Hilton Head Island album, which I shared on this blog last month.

Page 1:Opening page

Page 2: Cedar Point Amusement Park boasts several big, scary roller coasters. Their furry resident friends at tbat time were the Berenstain Bears, much to the 7-year-old dauhter's delight.

Page 3 (half-page): There's a charming little Carousel Museum in an old post office building in Sandusky. A ride on the beautiful restored carousel is part of the admission. Artisans also can be seen fixing old animals or carving and painting new ones.

Page 4 (half-page): We spent most of one day at a Lake Erie beach near Sandusky. The water was a bit cold. but the kids played in it for a while. The star of the day was the ice cream truck; we didn't have those in our small home town!

Page 5: we could see a lighthouse, a passing tanker ship and flocks of gulls from the beach. The lake had a rather wild beauty about it.

Page 6: We spent the day and evening at SeaWorld Ohio. Built in 1970, it was a bit smaller than the Florida park. We were able to easily see all the attractions. We watched the afternoon orca show and stayed for the nighttime show with its laser lights.

Page 7 (half page): The girls had fun meeting some of the park mascots, including Shamu the orca and Seamore the sea lion. Izzy, the mascot of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, also was in the park that day.

Page 8 (half page): The boys were not impressed wth cuddly mascots, but they liked the games (some of which invloved squirting water) and feeding the dolphins.

Page 9 (half-page): The SeaWorld entrance was pretty, with lots of flowers. It closed a few years after our visit, but on that day it was full of peple and fun. The sea lions  did their best to show off for their visitors.

Page 10 (half page): The kids also enjoyed the comical penguins. The boys especially loved the Bay Watch themed boat and ski show. Sadly, about three weeks after our visit, a boat malfunctioned and plunged into the seated crowd, causing injuries and fatalities. The show was discontinued.

Page 11: The main attraction at SeaWorld was, of course, the orca show featuring Shamu. Kristen, who was 7, loved the sea lion show. She begged to sit up front and was thrilled when the walrus spit water on her.

PAGE 12 and 13: Through a bit of internet research, I found the Safari Adventure Animal Park near Sandusky. You drive your vehicle into the animal compound. When  you stop along the way, the animals come to you. We bought fresh carrots to feed them. The alpacas were especially friendly; the camels and zebras were curious.Our favorite was the giraffe. His knobby knees were at our van's window height. There also was a park area with additional animals, camel rides and a pig race course.

This was a long post! Thank you for hanging in through the very end. The pocket page albums are fun but more work than I expected because I wanted to include as many photos and stories as powsible. I still have two more summer trips that I want to scrap from the 1990's, but not sure when I'll get them done. I may be PL'ed-out for a while!

Thank you for visiting. Have a great day!