Friday, May 26, 2017

Today's show and tell

The May 15 sketch challenge at Stuck?! Sketches is a fun one, and I had a good time creating my layout. It features the little half-size Sears Kenmore sewing machine that I got for my birthday, as wll as the Reset Girl collection from Simple Stories,

And this is my layout:

I found some photos from a trip to Florida in 1981, when my oldest daughter was 3. I used the May 21 sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog and the May Citrus Twist main kit and add ons for a collage-type layout:

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


I snagged an adorable photo of my 5-year-old grandson petting a goat from my daughter's Facebook page. It was perfect for sketch #306 from Creative Scrappers. I used bits and pieces from my stash. The viewfinder reel, kaliedescope, clouds, arrow and starbursts were made with my Silhouette Cameo and cut files from The Cut Shoppe.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

What do you do ...

... when you have no recent photos to scrap? That's the dilemma in which I've been finding myself lately. We live 1000 miles away from our children and grandchildren, so I don't have a lot of opportunity to take my own photos, The younger generation seems to be more into taking selfies with their cell phones than in snapping a lot of traditional photos.

To keep myself scrapping, I've been taking photos of things that I like -- favorite coffee mug, some ads painted onto brick walls downtown and so on. The last time I was in this dilemma, I made a mini-album of Disneyland memories from 2012. Next I think I'll start another vacation mini-album. Meanwhile, I made this "Throwback Thursdays" layout using photos my husband took last year of the Arkansas River. I also used a sketch by Rochelle Spears and random products fom my stash:

I also took photos of  the flowers my son and daughter in law sent Mom and me for Mother's Day, using a sketch from the Citrus Twist Kits blog and their May kit.

And I took pictures of our two newly planted shrubs, scrapping them with the May 1 sketch from Stuck?! Sketches

.This week there were a few new photos of family members; this is Saturday night so I'm hoping for quality scraptime.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Having a "delightful" Mother's Day weekend

Mother's Day weekend this year falls within the same week as my husband's birthday(May 11) and the same day as my youngest daughter's birthday. All of our family members (other  than my mom)  are in the Midwest and we won't see them this weekend, but the Fed Ex truck has made several stops with gifts for Mom, me and my husband. We will talk to everyone via phone at some point tomorrow.

Meanwhile, I've kept myself busy in my scrap room. We have a newly licensed driver in the family, so I thought that deserved a layout:

The papers are from Authentique's "Dapper" and "Rustic" collections. The road trip icons were cut with my Silhouette Cameo. The sketch is from the Citrus Twist Kits blog.

All the National Scrapbooking Day challenges floating around were great inspiration, and I've completed 14 layouts so far in May. I just couldn't help but recognize the huge chocolate dipped strawberries that my oldest daughter senr:

I used a sketch by Rochelle Spears and the April kit from Citrus Twist Kits. (Unfortunately it looks crooked in the photo, although it isn't in real life)

That's all for today. Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What did you do for NSD?

There so many tempting online crops, challenges and events for National Scrapbook Day thar I didn't know which way to turn first! I spent most of my scrap time latr week with Cookin' Up Creations, a scrapbook forum, and on the Citrus Twist Kits Fans' Facebook page. My hands are pretty twisted looking and stiff right now from  rheumatoid arthritis, but I did manage ro complete 9 layouts between May 1 and 8, which made me happy.

I hosted a recipe challenge on the forum, using this sketch from PageMaps:

The "recipe"called for strips of patterned paper or washi tape; I used rhe latter because I have a lot of it and seldom use it. And I also included a photo that included the scrapper in the recipe because I am seldom in my own pages. My oldest daughter took this photo of my grandson and I talking. Not a great photo, but I like thar it shows us talking and laughing.

I didn't have many unscrapped family photos, so I took photos of things that I like, so there will be more pages "about me" in my albums. These 3 were all from Citrus Twist challenges, either using a sketch or lifting a design member's layouts.

Yes, I love teddy bears...

... and coffee ...

... and the sparkle from the jewelry counter at a store in downtown Pueblo...

...... and the various forms of art that decorate the buildings and public areas in our new home town:

I'll be back to show more later this week. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Last challenge for April

I'm getting this challenge in just under the deadline ... Today I'm showing my take on sketch #274 on the Sketches in Thyme blog.

Instead of using a current kit, I decided to challenge myself a little. I dug into a kit from about two years ago and found a very fun,busy pattern -- the kind I usually avoid because I don't know what to do with it, I framed my photos in a bright red to make them stand out from the background, then added a small journaling card with an appropriate sentiment, Last, I added a 4 x 6 journalimg card (with the actual journalimg), minimal embellishments and a title, It turned out to be fast and fun.

This is the sketch:

And this is my layout. My 5-year-old grandson had money burning a hole in his pocket. His mommy took him and his sister to Panera for lunch, then shopping at Target. He chose a fun but educational electronic toy.

This one isn't due for a couple more weeks, but I want to get it posted before I forget. (I hate it when I do a challenge and then fail to post it in time!) This one is for My Creative Sketches, and the challenge ends May 14. This is the sketch:

I used the April main kit and add-ons from Citrus Twist Kits for this one. Loved the bright patterns and colors! This is my youngest granddaughter with her 11-year-old brother.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The last of the wedding layouts (I think...)

I've been working my way through photos from my youngest daughter's wedding. It was a small wedding (second marriage for both her and her husband) and the photographer didn't take a large amount of photos, but along with a few selfie photos from their Disney World honeymoon, I've filled up a post-bound album. This layout is the latest, and one of my favorites, The groom and best man were hamming it up for the camera.

My daughter and son-in-law both are huge rockabilly music fans (they met at a rockabilly music show and had a rockabilly themed wedding), so I was thrilled to find some music-themed paper with a 50's vibe. The patterns above are from Authentique's "Dapper" line, which is fabulous, I used a sketch from Susan Stringfellow, turned sideways and rearranged a bit. I hid the journaling tag under the square photo. I used punches to replicate the bottom paper pattern of notes and bubbles across the top of the page.

I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of Laura Whitaker's sketches, but did you know she also designs some fabulous digital cut files? For this next layout of my granddaughter, I used the April free cut file that Laura offers on her blog, along with one of her older sketches that I found on Pinterest. The paper collection is "Paper Dolls" from Photoplay.

The background is a lovely pale pink color from Bazzill; it never shows up well in photos.

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