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!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Autumn cards

I don't usually make autumn cards (other than Halloween cards), but there were a couple of fun challenges and I have some nice autumn themed papers in my stash. I used to make all my greeting cards -- holidays, birthdays, get well, wedding and so on - but then I got out of the habit. These reminded my how much I loved making cards!

These two were for a challenge on the Cookin' Up Creations forum.  I found card sketches on Pinterest and followed them loosely, using papers and embellishments left over from a fall kit a couple of years ago. The photo of the apple basket was taken at a farmers' market in Minnesota.

 This is another card made from old kit leftovers. There was the cutest pumpkin die and embossing card set in my box of dies (rarely used now that I  have a Cameo) so I used that to make the center image:

I visited a new-to-me challenge blog this week, and found a card sketch challenge that I had to try. The Rubber Buggy Challenge Blog offers challenges twice a month. Here's the sketch:

And here's my card, using Prima's gorgeous Amber Moon collection and a flower from my stash:

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Scarecrow season!

Now that we're nearly in the middle of October, scarecrows seem to be everywhere! They're decorating lawns, doors and homes. They're on sale in stores. They're in store advertisements. 

My hometown in Illinois has a Scarecrow festival each fall, with a scarecrow contest. The last one I attended, a few weeks before we moved, was in 2015. This lovely creation was built by the staff of a gift store in the historic north-end business district and was my favorite entry in the contest:

I scrapped her two year ago, but I wasn't all that thrilled with the layout and decided to create a new layout, using sketch 296 from Sketches in Thyme:

I used the Amber Moon collecton from Prima and a few things from my stash:

I used chalk ink and distress crayons for the shading, then added some stamped distressing and some watercolor splatters to jazz up the plain background. I made the gold circles by tracing the bottom of a small plastic cup with a fine point gold ink pen and then outlining with gold glitter glue (hadn't used the glue in a while; it was fun!)

Thanks for stopping by; have a great week!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

We've got butterflies!

My mom, who moved along with us when we came to Colorado (nearly two years ago already! Times does fly...), had remarked earlier in the summer that she never sees butterflies here. We assured her that Colorado does have butterflies; and the proof showed up last week!

Last Thursday, my husband Mike came in from the front porch and said there were a couple of butterflies on the flowers in our whiskey barrel  planters. They must have liked what they saw, because Friday morning there were at least a dozen of them! They mostly loved the pink lobelia in Mom's planter. I took several photos, which proved to be a bit challenging because they were small and moved quickly.

I paired some of those photos with this sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:

I used the gorgeous amber Moon collection from Prima for my layout:

The background is from Kaisercraft's Basecoat 1 paper pad. I was worried that the pink flowers would clash horribly with the papers' orange prints; but the flowers in my photos also had a lot of yellow, and one of the papers included pinkish butterflies in the print. I found a pinky-orange cardstock on which to mat my photos, so everything seemed to balance out.

My 5-year-old grandson is so proud to be in kindergarten this year. His teacher took a photo of each student in her class on the first day of school and shared the photos with the parents, which I thought was a wonderful idea. My daughter received the photo of Hamish via email.

I used this month's "rewind" sketch from Rochelle Spears' blog and the Alex paper collection from Bella Blvd. for this layout:

Gotta love that big "CHEESE-Y grin! (Well, he does live in Wisconsin, known for its cheese)

I haven't done a pocket-style layout in a while, but I felt inspired by last week's pocket page challenge on the Citrus Twist Kits' blog and thought I would give it a shot. My daughter had posted photos of her family's Labor Day weekend camping trip (the first time they have taken the kids camping). I combined the pictures with the September main kit, paper add-on and embellishment pack from Citrus Twist. I got a little more involved than I intended and ended up with two and a half pages:

The weekend proved to be fun, interesting and challenging, with hikes through the woods, cooking outdoors and rain all day on Saturday. The five-year-old looked around him as they hiked along a woodsy trail and said, "Wow, this place is very tree!" That seems to be an accurate description of a park with 2800 acres of forest.

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful week

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy fall!

I love early autumn! The air is a little cooler and crisper, the fall flowers, leaves and plants are bright in colors of red, yellow and gold, and decorations feature pumpkins, plaid bows and my favorites --

I left my straw scarecrow yard decorations back in Illinois when we moved two years ago and never got around to replacing them last year.  Recently I was in Hobby Lobby when this cute wood scarecrow yard sign caught my eye:

It's cheerful, not too big or too heavy, and it was on sale -- who could resist??? We promptly planted my new friends in the middle of our zinnias and marigolds, which are still colorfully adorning our front yard.

I decided to celebrate the scarecrows' cuteness and the beauty of our remaining flowers with a layout. I started with this sketch (#295) from Sketches in Thyme:

The placement of those "stripes" looked tricky, so I made myself a set of patterns. First I made a 6 x 6 inch copy of the sketch on plain copy paper. then I scanned the top of the layout (including the four vertical stripes) at 200% and printed on copy paper. I turned the paper and copied the four remaining sort-of-horizontal stripes, again at 200% and printed.Then I cut out all the stripes individually, numbering them from the top left (1) to bottom right (8). I used the patterns to cut out the stripes and placed them on the background. It really was easier than I thought it would be.

This is my resulting layout, featuring Prima's glorious Amber Moon collection:

As you can see, I added a trio of small photos of some of the flowers still remaining in our yard. If ou look closely, you might be able to spot the butterfly in the top photo.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Into the Woods

My layout today features photos from a camping trip my youngest daughter and her family took over Labor day weekend. It was created with the September main kit, patterned paper add-on and embellishment add-on from Citrus Twist Kits. I used sketch #293 from the Sketches In Thyme blog:

I also followed today's "Three to Inspire" challenge on the Citrus Twist Kits blog: 1) Three or more patterned papers (two journaling cards, some notebook-patterned paper for the tag, and strips from another patterned paper; 2) a circle and a triange shape; and 3) stitching (on the tag). I have to confess: my hands currently are pretty stiff from arthritis and I'm unable to thread either a hand-sewing needle or my sewing machine, so that's faux stitching added with a black pen.

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

Let her eat cake!

My youngest granddaughter recently celebrated her first birthday. We couldn't attend her party, but my daughter sent some adorable photos of her smashing her birthday cake (cupcakes were provided for the guests!)

I used sketch 292 from Sketches in Thyme to scrap a few of the photos. Photoplay's "About a Little Girl" collection was perfect with its cute motifs and soft, girly colors.

I cut the polaroid frame with my Silhouette Cameo, adhered it with foam dots for dimension, and added that cute hippo with balloons and a heart from the paper kit. The butterfly and flower also are pop-dotted.

Right now, I'm working on Halloween cards for our nine grandchildren. they're my favorite kind of card to make. I'll post when they're all completed.

Thanks for looking. Have a great day!

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!