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!