I can't believe it's almost December. How is that even possible? It's been a relaxing long weekend full of craftiness and some baking mishaps. I'm definitely better at the former than the latter. Today I'm excited to share my latest layout for Creative Scrappers. I used my favorite photo of our little family, the only professional photo taken of the two of us with our two pups.
This was inspired by Creative Scrappers Sketch 283. Head over to the blog for the reveal, as I think it's my favorite to date. To win the December prize from 17Turtles create a layout and enter the challenges using the inlinkz widget at the end of the reveals for Sketches 283 or 284. The deadline to submit your layout is December 31st at Midnight EST. Also, go visit 17Turtles -- Facebook / Shop / Blog for some fantastic cut files!
A few years ago I took a quilting class and was hooked. I wanted to adapt this sketch to look like a quilt. I cut and pieced strips of Amy Tangerine papers before sewing on top of them and zig zagging around the edges. Seeing as if the background papers were very busy, I limited (for me!) my use of embellishments. I added some randoms from my stash, which included a pink doily, some Heidi Swapp die cuts, and Amy Tangerine thickers.
I'm going cut happy with my new Cameo! I made this layout using the pie heart cut files from The Cut Shoppe. I love that I can cut the file and then back it to show off the assortment of different papers. While I love subtle and light-colored layouts, I am usually drawn to create with more vivid colors and bold pattens. Case in point.
I used this sketch from Paper Issues Sketch Saturday. I followed it pretty closely. I started with gesso, modeling paste, and watercolor. The usual suspects in my layouts. The larger papers are from Amy Tangerine, while the heart is backed with papers from Heidi Swapp. I think they coordinated well. I used foam dots to raise the photo and journaling. For me, this isn't a lot of embellishments, because the page was already pretty busy. There are alphas and heart stickers from Heidi Swapp. Lastly, I added drops of color shine, black ink, stitching, and thread.
Here's the closeups...
Here's my latest Creative Scrappers layout! These pups, they are so cute I can hardly stand it. These two were not amused by costume time, but luckily for them, it doesn't last long. I once thought I wasn't an animal person, especially dogs. I was wrong. I spent my teen years living a small farm in Iowa. We had pigs, horses, dogs, cats, birds, gerbils, you name it, but taking care of them was always my sister's passion and I never became invested. I was too busy trying to escape my small town, reading books, and hanging out with friends. Now these two dogs have changed everything and I can't imagine a life without them. I sometimes fantasize about escaping the business of present and returning to a quiet farm life with a bunch of animals.
This came together so easily and I enjoyed the creative process from start to finish. This is great news, because lately I've been laboring over layouts and struggling to get them to come together. I make a layout and then I'm annoyed with it afterwards. However, I think it's one of my favorite layouts to date and I find more things to like when I look at it. I especially love the close ups, which I shared below.
Here's the sketch that inspired this layout, Creative Scrappers Sketch 282. Check out the blog for more inspiration and play along with us for a chance to win the November kit from Paper Camellia!
As you can see, I'm a little obsessed with pink lately, especially when mixed with teal. I can't get enough. Here's a couple process photos where you can see the early stages of this layout. I actually started with a completely different background, but after spending a morning trying to make it work, I gave up and started over. This one came together so much easier and I'm glad I didn't try to force the other. I started with gesso and mist and then mixed Heidi Swapp's color shine and modeling paste before applying to the heart stencils. Inspired by my love of free-motion quilting, I sewed different patterns on the bottom circles and sewed around the paper edges. I added different wood embellishments that I tinted with color shine. I use that stuff on everything.
Dimension, stamping, layers, and mixed media = all of my favorite things. Here's some closeups...
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 had a wild Saturday night alone while Jayden went to hockey with his mom. It included a bottle of red wine, Olivia Pope, and scrapbooking this layout. It was pretty fantastic, really. I had planned to go out both nights this Halloween weekend, but opted to stay in instead. The rain is in full force and it's getting colder every day, which means I've begun hibernation.
This page was inspired by so many challenges. Seriously, I kept toggling between a bunch of computer windows last night as I was working on it. First, there's the Scrappy Friends challenge trifecta. I used the second sketch of Brenda's Sketch Challenge, flipping the photo horizontal. I used two rows from Rochelle's Tic Tac Toe Challenge: journal cards/4+ patterned papers/button and alphas/talk bubble/button. The colors were inspired by Kelly's Color Challenge.
I participated in the Scrap Our Stash Countdown Challenge. I used 5+ patterned papers, 4+ stickers (alphas), 3+ numbers (chipboard stickers), 2+ stamps (and a rub on!), and 1 paint or miss (I used both!). I joined Scrap & Play's Challenge #13 to use something in your project that represents every letter of the work, Thankful: Tag, Head (word), Arrow stamp, Nine patterned papers, Knot (in twine), Four (chipboard sticker), Underlined journaling, and Letter "L" embellishment. Lastly, I was inspired by Scrap Around the World's November Challenge, specifically the music sheets, the twine, the colors, and the vintage feel. Whew, that was a lot of challenges for one page!
This page is almost entirely from Crate Paper's DIY Shop collection, which I've been hoarding for awhile. The colors and feel were perfect for this photo and these challenges. I started by adding gesso to the page before adding a layer of modeling paste (that I had tinted with red mist), and applied through a circle stencil. On top of that, I added some stamps and messily applied orange and black alpha rub-ons. To get even more of a vintage look, I inked all the paper layers and embellishments edges in brown and gray. The title was created with alpha epoxy stickers and thickers that I tinted with a layer of brown ink and red ink. I also added lots of zigzag stitching, twine, a button, and journaling. I love the L and B ephemera, which represent Lulu Belle's name. Here's the close-ups.
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.