L: Label, A: American Craft Ephemera, Y: Yellow Ink, E: Enamel Dots, R: Rounded Corner Tool, S: Stickers
I'm sharing my design team layout for this month's Scrap Our Stash challenge. I've been traveling a lot and had so little time to scrap or paint. I whipped this one out quickly in-between trips. I am missing this creative release in a big way and can't wait to get back into my craft room. I have so many quilting, scrapping, and painting ideas swirling around in my brain.
I scrapped a set of selfie photos from my trip to Hawaii in May. I used spray inks applied with a paint brush to add color to the black and white background. Here's some other goodies that I used from my stash:
L: Label, A: American Craft Ephemera, Y: Yellow Ink, E: Enamel Dots, R: Rounded Corner Tool, S: Stickers
Here's some close-ups!
Here's my second July layout for Scrap Our Stash's challenge. I'm still scrapping Kaua'i pics, because I can't get enough. The photo on the bottom is a new favorite photos. I used subtle mixed media on this one with hints of modeling paste stenciled on and kept white. The background papers were already pretty busy so I didn't want to do too much. I also like the repeated sentiment of "now" on the journaling card, title, and flair.
I never would have thought to cut a photo in half. Or to use a second photo at an angle down on the botto corner. That's the beauty of using a sketch. I always turn to them when I'm stuck or looking for new ideas. For me, sketched help inspire new layout ideas more than anythign else. This one was no exception, as it was full of ideas! Link up your entries by July 29th, 11:59 PM (PST) for a chance to win this month's prize.
These photos are from my recent vacation to an island I've grown to love. It's rare that I scrap photos that I've taken so recently, but the Instax camera made it easier. Now if only I could figure out the light settings on the camera, as I've wasted a bunch of (pricey) film. My favorite detail of this layout is the doily, which my partner grabbed while we were packing and said, "Think you could use this for your scrapbooking?" Yes! I love incorporating items from my adventures into the layout itself.
This month's first Scrap Our Stash challenge is to incorporate items from each letter of the word BRADS. Play along! Upload your entry by JUNE 29th, 11:59 PM (PST).The goodies I used from my stash were the following:
B: Black thread, Brandi ONeill (Websters Pages) paper
R: Ranger archival ink pad
S: Stitching, staples, stamp, Serendipity (Dear Lizzy) paper
And now for close-ups!
I recently returned from a vacation in Kaua'i and I'm getting back into the swing of things at home. It was a welcome and much needed break from reality, with the end of the school year and some recent stressors. I love that little island. The highlights included: snorkeling with rainbow fish in crystal clear water at Tunnels beach, breakfast with a friend from high school that I hadn't seen in 19 years, enjoying the best fruit smoothie of my life, the art street festival in Hanapepe, views of Hanalei Bay that will never get old, and night swimming around a gigantic pool with my sweetheart. I once imagined myself living there, dreamt of it often, and was a finalist for a job there this time last last year. With this trip (our fourth), I grew more enamored with the island, but recognize now that it's best kept as a favorite vacation destination and not a home. For now, anyway. Who knows what the future holds!
I’m sharing this DCWV Social Media Design Teamp layout that I created using the Chick Chat Stack. I used this stack before and I can’t get enough of it! I love the bright colors, the burlap, the journal cards, and the sentiments.
To make my layout, I started by die cutting the background and added different papers behind it. Then, I added some coordinating spray ink. I matted the photo with more paper and burlap. I raised it with foam squares, because I like getting more dimension whenever I can. I fussy cut flowers, which I layered under the photos. Lastly, I added some journaling and several of the sentiments to the page. Here’s some closeups of the layout.
It's reveal day for Creative Scrappers! Sadly, this will my last layout for them, as the sketch challenges are ending. I applied for this design team on a whim, with no experiences and sure I didn't have a change. I'm so thankful to Kristine for giving me the opportunity. I learned a lot and I will greatly miss the inspiration!
To win a $25 gift certificate to SpiegelMom Scraps all you have to do is create a layout using Sketch 285 and/or 286. The deadline to submit your layout(s) to Creative Scrappers is January 31st Midnight EST.
I scrapped this photo from my trip to Arizona back in November with some of my favorites. My dearest friends live in Arizona, they are reproducing to create more fantastic people, and I get to be their aunt. Lucky me! I used the Fancy Pants True Friends collection. It's fitting, with these great sentiments on the embelishments and stickers. This is a pretty straight forward layout, with lots of cut paper layers that I outlined in pen, added stickers, some sewing, and printed journaling.
Let's start with the good news! I've been selected for the DCWV design team! I almost didn't apply, because I wasn't sure I had a shot at it. It's another lesson in bravery, the theme of my year. I was on vacation and didn't even seethe announcement. I was shocked and thrilled when I learned the news. I'm looking forward to designing for this paper company, as I've been using their products since I started scrapbooking back in the day. Also, when I got home and caught up on my scrappy blog reading, I saw that my "hey, sailor" layout was featured on Paper Issues Fan Feature Friday. Good news all around.
We returned from Arizona to a 50 degree temperature change in Portland. There were wild winds on our flight home, which made for quite the turbulent landing. I was very happy to have my feet on the ground. Today we had a snow day, only there really hasn't been any snow. Portland freaks out over the possibility of potential snow and cancels school in anticipation. No complaints here. I was happy to skip another day of work, because it meant a full day of scrapbooking. Here's the layout I completed today. While this photo is from our visit to Arizona last February, I was happy to see these two kiddos on Monday.
This layout was created almost entirely from the True Friend collection by Fancy Pants Design using their November sketch. I've been coveting this collection for awhile. It's just as gorgeous in person and I'm already envisioning more layouts with all these goodies.
In even more good news, Christmas came early and I got a new electronic cutting machine - the silhouette cameo! I've had the cricut personal cutter for years, but it was collecting dust. I had so much fun playing with the new machine and used as many cuts as possible for this page, including several of the free designs that came with the software and the hand drawn circles from 17turtles. I added this to the Clique Kits November anything goes challenge. I used modeling paste for the stars, lots of added stitching, and layers of acrylic paint underneath the title. Here's some closeups.
I'm back and sharing my latest scrapbook page for Creative Scrappers! This is Juliet, the daughter of my friend's Robert and Vanessa, and I'm her pseudo auntie. They live in Arizona and I try to visit them a couple times a year. I made this layout over a month ago, but it's fitting that the sketch is being shared now, because I'm going to see this little munchkin and her beautiful family next weekend. I've been counting down the days for two months now. I wish I was closer, but I love seeing how much she's grown and changed between visits.
Have I told you lately how much I love being part of the Creative Scrappers design team? I think Kristine Davidson and Juliana Michaels create the most fantastic sketches. Here's Sketch 281, which inspired this layout. Play along with us and get a chance to win the November Main Kit from Paper Camellia!
I made my own background starting with some silver cardstock that I've had for years and added various heart stamps and layers of washi tape, which were torn and outlined. I also used the Glitz Wild and Free collection for the paper layers and added lots of stickers, including those great triangles and arrows.
I've been thinking so much about the role of creativity in my life lately. I've been having a hard time sleeping, waking up in the middle of the night, mind spinning, questioning my life choices to date, and wondering where I'm headed next. You know, the little things. Instead of getting frustrated trying to fall back asleep, I've been getting up and paper crafting. It doesn't mean I'm any less exhausted, but I'm more productive and it puts my mind at ease. Creativity is more than a hobby these days, it's my self care, my passion, my joy, my healer. This page was started in yesterday's early morning hours and finished this morning. This is one of my favorite memories from our trips to Kaua'i, renting bikes and riding along the Ke Ala Hele Makalee, the path along the ocean heading to one of the best beaches for boogie boarding.
This page was inspired by Jot Magazine's October/November mood board. I love it - the colors, the wood grains, the fibers, and the doily. It's a departure from my normal style, but I really enjoyed how it came together. I pieced it like a collage, antiquing the edges of it all, overlapping journaling cards, adding a doily, chipboard, wood veneers, thread, and various embellishments. The background paper is Heidi Swapp and the chipboard pieces are a mix of BasicGrey collections.
Closeups and details shot below:
Here's a layout I created awhile ago, but never shared. This photo was taken while in Puerta Vallarta with my sweetheart and friends back in July. We spent a year planning the trip, the excitement building for months and I can hardly believe it's over. Good thing I revel in both the after-travel reflection and the pre-travel anticipation almost as much as the trip itself. After a day of swimming and relaxing, we'd meet every night in the lobby of the resort to take in the breathtaking sunsets and sip on pre-dinner cocktails. What a hard life we had in Mexico.
Now for the detail photos. While I still have a lot to learn in terms of photographing layouts, I can see how far I've come in the last couple months since this was photographed. I used modeling paste, gelatos, spray ink, stamps, layers of paper, a mix of alphas, wood veneers, and added chipboard embellishments. I also like taking memorabilia from the experience and incorporating it into the layout. Each night the resort would do turn-down service, leaving us chocolates and slip of paper letting us know the next day's forecast. I included the slip of paper from one of the nights.
Today I'm sharing my first scrapbook layout as part of the Creative Scrapper's Design Team! I still can't believe I was chosen to be a designer. This was such a fantastic trip to New York City and were going non-stop the whole time. I shared photos of three highlights and then listed the others. I'd been once before, but Jayden had never been. We weren't originally planning to head there for spring break, but then I won tickets to see The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and our decision was made!
Here's Sketch 279, which inspired my design. Please join us by linking up your sketch on the Creative Scrapper's blog by October 31st. You'll have the chance to win a great prize from Pretty Little Studio.
Now for the close-ups. After seeing this sketch, my ideas and design came quickly and the finished result looks pretty close to what I imagined. There's no ink, paint, or stencils, but there's lots of ripped paper. In turn, it's colorful with many layers. Two of my favorite things.
We went to a taping of The Chew, which was actually kind of disappointing. I don't watch the show, but Jayden does and he loves Carla Hall so I was determined for him to meet her. She was awesome, he was happy, and it made up for the rest of the experience.
We went to two Broadway shows while we were there, including a preview of The Realistic Joneses with Michael C Hall. We stood in the snow after the show contemplating where to go for dinner and he walked out a side door. It was totally unexpected and I was freaking out a little bit, especially considering that my all-time favorite television show is Six Feet Under.