Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Enjoying the "pocket life"!

Hello again!

I took a bit of a break from regular layouts and challenges for the last couple of weeks to work on a pocket-style 12 x 12 album using vacation photos from our family trip to Hilton Head in 1995. I wasn't good at cataloging or keeping photos in order (before the age of digital photography anyway) and I've lost some photos over the years. I decided the best way to keep them safe is in an album. Pocket style scrapbooking is a little more of a stretch for me, since I haven't done a whole lot of it, but I really enjoyed the process. Hobby Lobby had all scrapbooking papers, including their kits (usually $10 each) at half price a couple of weeks ago. I grabbed the adotrable and fun "Summer Vibes" kit by Photoplay for $5.00. It's from 2015 but who cares?!?

Here are my completed Hilton Head pages. They'e going into a 3-ring binder "vacations of the past" album; I will add pages from other past trips as the mood strikes. There's some glare along the right sides from the page protectors, but I struggled a little with getting the contents into the pockets and didn't want to take them back out. (My hands are stiff from arthritis and it's one of those seemingly small tasks that prove to be more difficult.)







Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This post is "goin' to the dogs"

Hello! I have a quick. fun layout using sketch #279 from Sketches in Thyme  and the Alex paper collection from Bella Blvd. The photos go all the way back to 1996, when the kids were all still at home and decided that the dog needed a birthday party. He was less than enthusiastic but played along for a while, then hid behind the coffee table and took a nap.



I love the bright colors and fun patterns in this collection!

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Layouts "from the heart"

My favorite scrapbooking subjects are (no surprise here) my family. Some of them appear in a lt of photographs and, subsequently, are featured often in my layouts. Others are a little camera shy and appear less often.

This first layout features my youngest daughter and her husband, "the king and queen of selfies". My daughter is one of the few people I know who can take good  photos of themselves. This is just a random "let's take a selfie" shot as they sat in the driveway of their home watching the kids play. I used the June 15 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy as my starting point (I don't do well with hexagons so I used small frames instead). Most of the papers and emvellishments came from Citrus Twist Kits' June main kit, embellishment and paper add-ons. I loved that multi-toned background paper!


The second layout features two guys who are close to my heart -- my other son in law and my grandson. At 16, grandson Ethan is NOT fond of being photographed, but he posted this on his Facebook page for Fatjer's Day. I never realized before just how much he looks like his dad! I used sketch #281 from Sketches in Thyme and an assortment of papers from Authentique's Dapper, Rugged and Durable collections. The title and embellishments were all cut with my Silhouette Cameo.


We're having a rare rainy afternoon here in southern Colorado -- a great day to stay home and scrap1 Thanks for looking; have a great day.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

It's "toadily" about the challenges

I had fun playing with a couple of sketches and challenges this weekend. Although I can scrap just as well without the challenges, they do add an extra element of fun to the projects.

I used the June 15 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for the first layout. The photo is from 2013 when the girl was 5 and her brother just 16 months old. I used the Alex paper collection from Bella Blvd and some embellishments I made with the Silhouette Cameo.

The layout also fit a challenge on the Cookin' Up Creations scrapbooking forum. June's theme is "At the Movies", and the June 14 "Nightmare Before Christmas" challenge called for using green and black together on a layout. Check out the forum for more challenges "At the Movies". There's a new challenge every Wednesday and Saturday.

It's difficult to see the children's expressions in the picture above, so here's a copy of the photo enlarged a bit. The little guy does, indeed, look "toadily"unimpressed by the experience.


The next layout features the same kids this summer (four years later). I used Sketch #280 on the Sketches in Thyme blog. I used the "Sunny" 6 x 6 paper pad from American Crafts, cutting up a few small journaling card elements to use as embellishments. I cut the title and splash shape with the Cameo. 


Thanks for looking! Have a great day


Thursday, June 15, 2017

They call her "ANNA MAUL"!

I love scrap challenges, and I love it even more when I can combine challenges. This week I found Rochelle Spears' "June Rewind Challenge" on her blog. The challenge includes this "rewind" sketch by Susan Stringfellow:




I loved the sketch and couldn't wait to use it for a recent photo of my granddaughter Anna.The photo, in turn was perfect for the "Beauty and the Beast" challenge on the Cookin' Up Creations forum.This is my resulting layout, which meets the requirements of both challenges:


. Anna is a member of a girls' roller derby team; her derby name is "Anna Maul", I used the June main kit, paper and embellishment add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits. This kit is full of great papers and fun stuff! I also used the June kit and a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog for this layout of my 5-year-old grandson with his "Jerry Lee Lewis" hair. 


I used this layout for another challenge at Cookin' Up Creations; this one required photo(s) of "things that GO". I thought the motorcycle photos fit in well for the challenge, The papers are from /Authentique's "Durable" and "Reliable" collections and Basic Grey's "Mac". I used another Susan Stringfellow sketch.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Baby's Nite Out

It's a new month, which means new scrap challenges. I had lots of fun with the first June sketch on the Stuck?! Sketches blog. You can find the sketch here

And here's my take on the sketch, using the "Family Ties" collection from Photoplay and a couple of stash items, I used my Gelatos spritzed with a bt of water to "watercolor" the background:



I also played with the current sketch #307 on the Creative Scrappers blog. I loved the sketch and wanted to use it for some photos of my youngest daughter's kids on their Memorial Day weekend visit to an amusement park. The trouble was that I wanted to include several photos. The solution: I expanded it into a two-page layout. 

Here's my double-page result:


Here's a closer look at the left side, which followed the original sketch:


I extended some of the design elements to create the second page:

Again, I used the Family Ties collection from Photoplay. I created three more pages with pictures from the park,. the first two used the same paper collection:




The last was a quick and simple layout using one sheet of paper from the Live More collection from Pinkdresh and some assoeted embellishments:


Thanks for looking. Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

"Did Charleigh take a selfie?!"

Our youngest granddaughter is very accustomed to having her photo taken and seems to enjoy being in front of the camera. I laughed when my daughter posted this photo of little Charleigh over the weekend:


Her pose, her expression and even her arm placement looked as though she was taking a "selfie", although at 8 months she is far too young for that. I put this photo together with sketch #277 from Sketches in Thyme and Echo Park's "Bundle ofJoy" girl collection for this layout:


I love all the pink and feminine touches in this paper line!

I used the same paper line and Sketches in Thyme's sketch #276 (and photos of the same baby!) for this layout:


I added some word stickers and floral stickers from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!