Friday, April 21, 2017

That was fast!

Our youngest granddaughter, Charleighj has become my most frequent scrapbook subject. First of all. she is adorable; but probably most importantly, her Mama takes lots of photos and shares them. Last week she turned seven months old -- already! Her first year is flying by.

I documented it with a sketch ftom Sketches in Thyme and the lovely Aptil main kit, embellishment and patterned paper add ons from Citrus Twist Kits, This is the sketch:

And this is my layout. I used three 3 x 4-inch photos to accommodate the pictures that I had.

That's all for today. Thanls for looking, and have a great weekemd!

Monday, April 17, 2017

A weekend of scrapping

Happy day-after-Easter!

Since our kids and grandkids are back in the Midwest, we had a quiet weekend herein southern Colorado, I managed to finish five scrapbook pages with the April main kit, embellishment and patterned paper add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits and photos snagged from Facebook.

Our oldest daughter and her family visited two weeks ago from Minnesota. I scrapped a double layout with photos they took at the zoo. The sketch was an older one from Susan Stringfellow's SketchSavvy blog. I chose this sketch beccause I liked the wonky strips; it was a lot of fun to work with,

This is my layout, I created the giraffe, sunflowers and sign with the Silhouette Cameo,

My mom's cat (both of them live with us) was curious about the construction of the zoo layout and decided to "help" me choose patterned paper, It seems she was especially drawn to a yellow one, I snapped a couple of photos and used this sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog:

Here's my helper in action:

I used another Citrus Twist sketch and the April kit for this quick layout of two of my grandkids riding the new bikes they received for their birthdays. (My daughter beheaded her poor spouse with her camera LOL

Here's the sketch:

And my layout:

The little metal bike has been in my stash for years; glad to finally find a home for it.

And when I saw these photos yesterday morning on Facebook, I knew I had to scrap them NOW,  Some family friends babysat youngest granddaughter Charleigh one evening recently, and she came home with that cuddly bunny. I used this sketch from Sketches in Thyme:

And here's my layout, using as many of the fun patterns from the April Citrus Twist kit as I could fit in there, The bunny sticker and the hot air balloon were in the kit; so fun!

That's all for today (and you probably are thinking "That's enough!")  Thanks for visiting; have a great week!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I'm the guest designer today on Stuck?! Sketches!

My guest designer layout is up today on Stuck?! Sketches! I've been really excited about this ever since I was first chosen back in early March. This is the sketch I was given:

This sketch was awesome and I loved working with it. Here's my completed layout:

The photo of these fabulous young women was taken at my youngest daughter's wedding in December. It was a rockabilly themed wedding, and the bride was gorgeous in her Priscilla Presley-inspired hairdo and her white cinch-waist dress. Her two friends in the photo were rocking their own unique styles. I used Simple Stories' reset Girl collection because of its vintage vibe.

Thank you, Laura Whitaker and Stuck?! Sketches for this opportunity. It was a blast!

I also had fun with this sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. I

 used a Scraptastic Kit from May 2015 because of its fun, girly spring colors:

And this was from a Sketches in Thyme sketch, using the So Loved collection from Photoplay:

This was the sketch:

That's all for now. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Two new challenge creations

This weekend is much quieter than last week, when our oldest daughter's family visited. There was plenty of opportunity to create layouts with photos from their visit,

I had loads of fun with the April sketch 305 at Creative Scrappers. I used photos of the three visiting grandkids interacting with the chickens at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs. I used a past Projext Life kit from Citrus Twist Kits and made several embellishments with my Silhouette Cameo.

Here's my completed layout:

I was especially pleased with the way my Silhouette flowers turned out. The blue columbine is the Colorado state flower; I made some stylized blooms with patterned paper,

I also completed the March 15 challenge at My Creative Sketches, using the March main kit and add ons from Citrus Twist Kits, Our seven-month-old granddaughter tasted ice cream for the first time and loved it!

That;'s all for today. Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

So excited ....

It's no secret that I LOVE sketches, or that Laura Whitaker is one of my favorite sketch artists, So you can imagine how "over the moon" I am to be chosen as a guest designer this month on her sketch challenge blog, Stuck?! Sketches! My layout will be presented along with the second April sketch next Saturday, April 15 on the Stuck?! Sketches blog,

Our oldest daughter and her family drove from Minnesota last weekend to spend a few days here in Pueblo with us, Yes, I have photos and will be scrapping and sharing over the next couple of weeks😉Here is the first one. Withing a half hour after their arrival, grandsons Ethan (15) and Cameron (11) had their phones plugged in and were playing games, At least they said hello and hugged Grandma, Grandpa and Great-Grandma first!

I scraplifted a layout posted by Moira O'Reilly on Mercy Tiara's 27-Day Scrappy Challenge Facebook page. The papers and element stickers are from the Space Academy collection by Carta Bella.

I also completed this one using the April 1 sketch from Stuck?!Sketches and the March kit from Citrus Twist Kits, I simplified it a bit to focus on those photos of my youngest granddaughter in the pool with her brother; I loved these two photos and the way they showed the love between these two.

In March, Citrus Twist Kits held a mini-album challenge to honor National Craft Month. I created a 5x7 Disney Memories book for myself using mostly a mini-album kit that I bought from Citrus Twist Kits two years ago and never used. Here is my finished book:

Front cover:

back cover:

That's all for today;thanks for looking and have a great day!

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!