This one time I met Adele. No big deal, right? She performed a private holiday concert at a winery in Portland. My friend and fellow music lover, Caitlin, had introduced me to her first album, 19. This was before she blew up with her second album. Caitlin worked some magic, as she knew the owners of this winery and we were able to attend the event by working as security. Basically, we collected tickets and stood watch by Adele's makeshift dressing room until the show started. I remember Adele being really sick, which explains why she looks miserable here. I, however, was really excited and grinning madly.
This month's Scrap Our Stash challenge was inspired by this sketch, with an added challenge to use handmade flowers. I started with a mixed media background (something I hadn't done in awhile) using clear gesso and an array of spray inks. I was happy to read the twist for this challenge and knew exactly what I was going to do for the handmade flowers. I make and sell flower accessories out of die cut wool felt, freeform embroidery, and buttons. I've been making these flowers a lot lately and added four of them to the layout. I enjoyed bringing together two of my crafty hobbies. Play along, create a layout, and link up by May 29th to win a $25 Gift Card.
Several months ago I won an online contest and was given the Office Suite kit from Fancy Pants Designs. I was looking forward to designing with it before it's official release, but then never put it to use. I finally busted it out for this project. The lighter pastels are a departure from my usual palette and a good challenge for me.
The quilt inspiration continues! Looking at quilt patterns is my go-to for when I'm feeling stuck these days, which has been happening more and more frequently. I remember six months or a year ago reading about scrappers feeling uninspired or stuck and thinking, I can't imagine. At that point, I was dreaming about layouts, obsessively reading scrapbooking blogs, and waking up at 5am to get creative before work at that point. While my inspiration isn't gone, it's waned and I'm trying a little harder to find it.
For this Design Team layout for Scrap Our Stash, I pieced together a collection of patterned papers around four photos taken at Joshua Tree in January. I then added stitching around all the pieces. However, I just noticed I forgot to stitch one of the pieces. Can you find it? This is the list of the stash items I used: E: Enamel Dots M: Mist B: Black Pen and Thread O: Orange S: Stitching S: Staples. Play along, create a layout, and link up by May 29th, and win a $25 Gift Card.
Here's the close-ups...
Howdy! I'm sharing my DT layout for Scrap Our Stash's March sketch challenge. This photo is from the masquerade party I attended on New Years Eve. I love a theme party and enjoy any excuse to play with makeup or costumes. I painted on my mask before adding glued jewels around my eyes and used rolled glitter scrapbook paper that I glued and fanned to the side of my face.
The latest challenge for Scrap Our Stash is to create a layout inspired by this sketch and make sure to add gold embellishments to your page. Play along to win a kit from Clique Kits and make sure to upload your layout by the end of the month.
White backgrounds intimidate me, but I wanted to challenge myself with this one. I started with mists to create watercolor effect before adding stamping. In addition, I added paper layers, a doily, stitching, thickers, sequins, a frame, and a brad. Here's some closeups...
I'm sharing my latest Design Team layout for Scrap Our Stash! If you follow my instagram, you've likely seen this photo before, as it's been my avatar for awhile. I've wanted to scrap this photo for awhile and this recently acquired rainbow paper (used in the background) and unicorn paper (used to mat the photo) was the perfect choice. During last year's pride I threw a Unicorn and Rainbow theme party. It was essentially the party of my dreams and what I hope will become an annual tradition. It was also a crafty wonderland, as I made a bunch of unicorn horn party favors, my tutu and headpiece, and rainbow decorations of all sorts - banners, streamers, signs. I hope to keep adding to the decorations and coming up with more ideas as the years progress.
Want to play along with this month's challenge? Create a layout and include an item from your stash for each letter in the word S-T-E-N-C-I-L. For my layout this was: S - stitching, T - thickers, E - enamel dots, N - numbers, C - chevron, I - ink, L - letters. Please remember to list what items you used for each letter when posting your entry. Entries linked up without a list will not be eligible for the monthly prize drawing. All entries are due March 29th.
More fringe! I so loved my last fringe card that I wanted to create a layout with fringe. I picked paper from my stash (DCWV and Basic Grey) to create a layered rainbow background before cutting it into fringe. Then, I added matching color-coordinated ephemera (mostly Heidi Swapp that I staped onto the page), buttons, brads, and enamel dots. I also added the usual suspects, some stitching, a title cut from my Cameo, and some splashes of black ink. Here's my favorite part of this layout - the closeups!
It's my second month sharing layouts for Scrap Our Stash! While this Portland winter has been pretty mild, we've had some intense rain as of late. It's perfect for scrapbooking and movie watching. Every year I try to see as many of the Oscar nominated movies prior to the awards ceremony. This weekend we did a double feature of Still Alice and Whiplash. Woah. Both were intense movies. One had me in tears throughout. I would have been in full blown ugly cry if I'd been in my own home. The other had me squirming in my seat, clenched up into a ball, or hiding under my sweater. Both left me contemplative and still ruminating on the stories and performances days later.
As for this SOS layout, I spent a couple days imagining this design, but I didn't have time to scrap. When I finally got around to making this it turned out much differently than I had pictured. I just went with with it, as it came together quickly. I'm a slow scrapper so I love when things come together easily. While I'd imagined the layered half-circles turning out much differently, they turned out to be my favorite part.
For the first Scrap Our Stash challenge of the month, use an item from your stash representing the first letter of the word washi. Here's what I came up with...
W: wood veneer
I started with gesso and watercolor before adding stamping, ink splatters, and stitching. I love these layered papers and embellishments, especially with all the gold accents. Here's the closeup.
My love surprised me with my first subscription to a monthly scrapbook kit club, Citrus Twist Kits, for Christmas. I think this will help my random spending, as these are beautifully coordinated and ready to be put to good use! I made two layouts today from this month's kit. I had lots of time to scrap, because I called into work today. I'm not actually sick, but I have two sick pups and wanted to keep an eye on them. After giving me quite the scare this weekend, they are both on the mend. I didn't have to clean up any grossness today so there's that! Here's the first layout I made with more photographs from our visit to Arizona in November.
I used Citrus Twist Kit's Sunday Sketch and their January Main Kit.
I busted out the gesso, ink, stencils, and modeling paste for this layout, which I hadn't used in awhile.
When I got back into scrapbooking last year I noticed that gold was really popular and I was not into. Well, the times have changed. The gold elements are my favorite part of this kit. I can't get enough.
Hi, folks! I'm back with another layout for Scrap Our Stash! This time it's a layout inspired by a sketch challenge. I chose two photos from my friend Caitlin's visit back in October. Her visit was a great reason to celebrate and celebrate we did. Portland is a city obsessed with brunch. So while we waited two and a half hours (which is admitedly ridiculous) for one of the best brunches in town, we enjoyed some tasty bloody marys. The next day we headed north to Hood River for some wine tasting.
Play along with us at SOS for a chance to win a $20 gift card from the January sponsor 17turtles. I love the cut files designed by Juliana Michaels and used the Swirl and Twirl cut file for this layout. I actually cut out two from floral paper and sandwiched them between paper layers.
This layout features a lot of distressed paper layers, most of which come from the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm collection. The mason jar comes from the same collection, which I fussy cut and used for journaling. I used red and black ink to color the "hi" wood veneer. I outlined the glitter thickers with ink in the same colors and sewed them to the page. Then, I added some embellishments from my stash before finishing with sequins.
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.
Today Scrap Our Stash (SOS) introduced me on their blog and revealed my first layout as part of their design team! I wanted to scrap this photo of my cousin's daughter Isabella. She may be the most chill baby I've ever met and she's one sweet kiddo. During our last visit she was just starting to walk, giving kisses, and stared at me ever so intently.
For this January challenge I created a layout with items from my stash representing letters in the word TWINE. In addition to ever type of star in my stash, I added the following:
T = Theresa Collins rub-on
W = Wood veneer stars
I = Ink
N = Nursery Rhyme (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
E = Ephemera from Heidi Swapp
I started by cutting out the nursery rhyme with my Cameo on this great constellation paper from Dear Lizzy. I'd seen this negative cut idea used several places recently and I was looking forward to trying it myself. I imagine I'll play with this style more, as I really like the look. I added watercolor behind the lettering using an assortment of inks and then I outlined the words in pen. I layered a bunch of stars cut from Heidi Swapp's September Skies papers. Then, I added an assortment of embellishments. Here's the closeups...
Play along with us at SOS for a chance to win a $20 gift card from the January sponsor 17turtles. I love the cut files designed by Juliana Michaels and will be using them for my next SOS layout. Thanks for visiting and I'll be back to share that layout later this month!
Here's the latest Creative Scrappers layout! This is a baby Bruno photo, likely taken about 8 years ago. How is that even possible? She's always been a ball of energy, but she's suddenly started to show her age, tiring out quickly when we play ball and going to bed early every night. She's my first dog, raised from a puppy, and I want her to stay my baby forever. Getting a dog was truly one of the best decisions I've ever made. We have two now and I have to stop myself from getting a pack of them.
This layout was inspired by Creative Scrappers Sketch 284. I used my new silhouette cameo and the circles within circles cut file from this month's sponsor, 17turtles. To win a $20 gift certification to the 17turtles Etsy Shop all you have to do is create a layout using Sketch 283 and/or 284 and enter them on the Creative Scrappers blog. The deadline to submit your layout is December 31st.
I've wanted to use the Heidi Swapp September Skies collection and I chose this photo, because Bruno's harness matches the background paper perfectly. Truth be told, I have a love/hate relationship with this layout. It did not come together easily or quickly. I added gesso, modeling paste circles, and watercolor to the background, but decided it was too bright. I almost scrapped the background all together, but kept trying to salvage it. I added more gesso to tone it down. Still, it was bugging me. I kept playing around with embellishments before finally adding layers upon layers of flower die cuts in one area. I decided to continue collaging flowers along the edges. It's grown on me, but I still waver between thinking it's too busy and really enjoying the overall effect.
Look at that adorable dog embellishment! It's perfect for a layout with one of my french bulldogs. So cute!