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.
It's hard to believe the holidays are over and it's 2015 already! I'm excited for a new year all shiny and full of promise. This last year had it's highs, including two of my favorite things: travel (NYC, Boston, Arizona, and Puerta Vallarta) and live music (Cher, Brandi Carlile, DMB, Elton John, Katy Perry, Trampled by Turtles, Josh Ritter, Gregory Alan Isakov, Passenger, and Patty Griffin). I'll also remember this year full of creativity, where after taking the Brene Brown art journaling course, I rediscovered my love of scrapbooking, started this blog, and joined three design teams. Other highlights included visits from two longtime friends (Caitlin and Terri), the start of a a gratitude practice, and the start of a regular yoga practice. This year also had it's challenges, given that I learned I had "widespread and worrisome pre-canerous cells" in my uterus. I was a half step away from full blown cancer, I spent all summer on hormones that made me super ill, and worried that I would need more invasive treatment. I was thrilled when the medication worked better and quicker than the doctors anticipated and eradicated all the cells! We'll see what this next year has in store, but I'm hopeful that it's going to be a good one. Jayden started a new job, which has been a great move, but it means less vacation time with my favorite partner in travel. So we're going to spend more time exploring the Pacific Northwest and tackle some house projects. I'm looking forward to more craftiness, working on mindfulness, an abundance of dog cuddles, continued good health, strengthening my relationship and friendships, and so much more.
Here's one last holiday inspired post for Creative Scrappers. This photo was taken on Christmas Eve last year. We met up with friends to take a tour of the city lights via trolley while sipping on wine. It was lovely.
Here's the sketch inspiration, Creative Scrappers Sketch 285, created by Juliana Michaels. To win $25 off a purchase of $35 or more to Spigel Mom Scraps, all you have to do is create a layout using Sketch 285 and/or 286. The deadline to submit your layout(s) is January 31st Midnight EST.
I started this page with some stenciling and misting. I distressed the edges of the background paper before inking and sewing it. The embellishments are mostly from the Crate Paper DIY Shop. It's not a holiday collection, but it worked so well with the gold, greens, and reds. I layered them and raised some to create depth. I finished with journaling, thickers, small alphas, a rub on, and some enamel dots. As always, here's some close-ups.
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!
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.
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...
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'm back with another layout for Creative Scappers! With Halloween coming up, I decided to scrap last year's costume. My friend throws a Halloween party every year with a changing theme that helps inspire my costume choice. Last year was a nautical/sunken ship theme and I started prepping my jelly fish costumes over a month ahead of time. I made Jayden one along with mine and these photos are the two of us all dressed up. We were lit up, being goofy and dancing around in the dark. I bought battery operated lights, built our headpiece out of foam and stuffing, and added iridescent ribbon, tulle, and plastic. It was easily my favorite costume to date and I ended up winning a costume contest. In contrast, this year I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing and the party is this Friday. Ack.
Here's Sketch 280, which inspired my design. Play along with 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.
For the background I added a bit of gesso, modeling paste with an arrow stencil, and Heidi Swapp color shine. I used stamps, washi tape strips, and strips of paper. Most of the paper is from Amy Tangerine's Plus One collection with added acrylic paint that I applied messily around the edged. Then, I added my favorite embellishments, which as of late has included lots of hearts and arrows. I wanted to scrap the holiday, but my style doesn't lean towards traditional Halloween embellishments and colors.
I excited to share that one of my scrapbook layouts has been published in the book, Creating With Sketches V3, by Kristine Davidson! Published, folks! As a newbie in the scrapbooking world, I'm happy to be checking off paper crafting goals left and right.
It's funny to me that my last two layouts have featured concerts with big pop icons, as these were bit of a departure for me. I usually attend more indie, folky, singer songwriter shows. Truth be told, I'm not a huge Katy Perry fan, but I think she has some catchy tunes and I appreciated her more after watching her documentary. On the other hand, Jayden loves her so I surprised him with tickets for our ten year (dating) anniversary. Yep, we celebrate both the anniversary of our first date ten years ago and our wedding anniversary five years ago. I think these were two of the best days of my life and I enjoy any excuse for a celebration. The show was ridiculous, but in the best way. There were lots of wild costumes (both in the audience and on stage), background videos, and themes. I danced and sang non-stop right along with the plethora of adolescent girls in the crowd!
If you're interested in purchasing the Creating with Sketches V3 ebook, use the code V3Becky for a 10% discount. You'll find me on page 29! The offer expires on November 1st. The sketch book is gorgeous, with so many creative sketched and layouts. I'm very impressed with my fellow designers and can't wait to use this for further inspiration.
Of course, there's close-ups to share. I used a Heidi Swapp stencil with modeling paste and other Heidi Swapp goodies, like color shine and clear die cut embellishments. Most of the papers are from Amy Tangerine, along with her thickers and a stamp that I embossed and fussy cut. I added the Prism Vision glasses given away at the concert, as I like incorporating memorabilia from the event itself. I colored in the hearts behind the glass lenses with color shine and a glitter pen to model their effects. I think it's a fun, colorful layout and it came together quickly.
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.