Given that it's October, I decided to create a Halloween themed layout using my costume from last year. I usually spend weeks planning, but last year I waited until the last minute. (And I did that again this year!) After watching some youtube makeup tutorials for zipper faces, I made this, and was surprised that it turned out better than I expected. My mother-in-law says she can't even look at this photo, because it's too gruesome.
For this month's Scrap Our Stash challenge, you're given this sketch for inspiration and instructed to dig into you stash and incorporate a metal component, I used red safety pins attached via brads to create a banner. You can't tell, but I appreciate that they actually move and sway when you move the layout. Happy Halloween and happy crafting!
Detail shots! For the background, I dyed modeling past in red and added it with a stencil, along with some red ink drips. I also used the red ink to dye white thicker alphas. You can also tell I'm really into messy pen outlines lately.
Wine bottle replacing my nose and a play on the word wino. Get it? I thought this photo and caption were so funny and I couldn't wait to make this a scrapbook layout. This was one of the first nights of summer, spent with friends on a patio, drinking wine and playing games. Now that fall is in full force, I'm really going to miss those warm summer nights.
This was created as a Design Team Layout for Scrap Our Stash's October Challenge. As for the word INKS, I used the following: ink, numbers, KI Memories (glitter dots), and staples.
Now for the close-ups...
Before my focus turned to designing for teams, I used to enjoying creating layouts and combining as many challenges as possible. I was looking forward to this ScraptoberFest Challenge, which does just that, and it came together quickly. I changed the sketch to use one photo instead of two, I regularly use washi tape, and the palette has some of my favorite colors. All of that made it this challenge even easier!
I designed my page for the Scrap Our Stash reveal. If you create a layout, combining all (4) challenges on one layout and link it up to each participating blog, you will be eligible for a chance to win the ScraptoberFest BONUS prize.
Now here's some close-ups of this layout...
And just like that, I've totally lost all creative inspiration. I finally have some time to make stuff and I feel stuck. I keep walking into my craft room, looking around, and walking right back out. I haven't painted in over a month and I hurriedly scrapped this Scrap Our Stash DT layout last week with little motivation. Thankfully, I'm starting an online painting class with Kelly Rae Roberts in October and I have a painting/yoga retreat with Flora Bowley in November. I've been eagerly awaiting both and I hope it jumpstarts my creative energy.
The second September challenge for Scrap Our Stash includes the following sketch and instructions to use 3 or more school supplies in your layout. I made a pretty straight forward layout and I incorporated stars, staples, paper clip, lined paper, and tape.
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!
With a new job and summer still in full swing, I've been exhausted and had less time to create much of anything this last week. I'm usually a slow scrapper, but I've challenged myself to scrap quickly, get messy, and embrace imperfections. I did this one in less than two hours, which is super fast for me. And guess what? I ended up enjoying the process and the layout more.
I love a sketch challenge! For this Scrap Our Stash challenge, I added modeling paste and mist to the background and lots of scribbly lines. For the tic tac toe part of the challenge, I incorporated: Tags, Summer Theme, and Paint/Mist.
Here's the closeups!
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.
This layout for Scrap Our Stash's July challenge is in celebration of the SCOTUS decision last month for marriage equal. While I recognize the queer community has a lot more work to do towards equality, this was HUGE and felt very validating. We went to the marriage rally in Portland the day of the ruling, and while there was much celebration, the sentiment "We're not done" was loud and clear. Also, I've never been so happy with social media as I was that day. My Facebook exploded in rainbows and love.
I was pleasantly suprised to see how well my rainbowed Facebook profile photo printed. I enlarged and welded the background flowers together with my cameo before die cutting them on white cardstock. I wanted a watercolor effect so I painted the flowers with clear gesso. Then, I used an array of inks and mists applied liberally in some areas and lighter in others. I dug through my stash to find patterned papers to match each color. I die cut the small petals and randomly taped them behind the flowers. I finished with ink splatters and embelishments that corresponded to each color.
The items I used from my stash to represent PHOTO:
P - Purple flower, paper, enamel dots, and ink
H - Heidi Swapp color shine ink
O - Orange flower, paper, enamel dots, and ink
T - Tag, ticket
O - Odd number of photos (1)
Link up your entries by July 29th, 11:59 PM (PST) for a chance to win this month's awesome prize.
I hibernate a bit during winter, but then the sun comes out and my calendar is loaded with fun stuff. Summer is off to the best start with a fantastic Pride weekend, an Ingrid Michaelson concert at Edgefield, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. I've made it a goal to explore more of the Northwest this summer so there's still so much more to come. And it's hot hot hot here in Portland. Did I say it's hot? Woah. This summer heat is unlike any I've experienced since moving here 11 years ago, but it shouldn't be surprising with such a mild winter. I kind of love it.
Onto scrapbooking, here's my second layout for Scrap Our Stash's June Challenge. Given that our guest designer this month is Ashley Horton, I used one of her cut files for the hearts. I changed things up with a vertical photo strip from a wedding I attended recently and used a love theme through out. Most of the elements come from my Valentine's Day stash. For the background, I tinted modeling past with several shades of spray ink and applied it through a stencil. I sewed around a lid to get the thread circle and added silver and black ink splatters.
Your challenge this month is to create a layout inspired by Ashley's sketch AND you must create a card using the scraps left over from the stash you used to create your layout! All entries must also include a card created from the scraps to be eligible for the prize drawing. Entries are due: JUNE 29th, 11:59 PM (PST)
For my card, I kept the love theme and tried to incorporate most of the elements from the layout. I should continue making cards from remaining layout goodies, as it was really quick to pull together. I used the same mixed media techniques for the background, the hearts were remnants of the cut files, and I added leftover paper scraps and embellishments.
I think the close-ups are my favorite part of this layout.
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!