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'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...
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 wanted to challenge myself to scrap with a large photo and this one of Bruno and Lulu was perfect. They snuggle up to each other more now than they ever have, but it's still pretty rare to get a photo of these two together and both looking at the camera. Jayden took this one a couple years ago and sent it to me for Valentine's Day. Gah, I love these faces so much. I'm totally biased, but they are the cutest.
For this background, I started by adding gesso to tone down the brown and create a more weathered look. Then, I added some stencils and light modeling paste, which I colored lightly with gelatos and watercolors. Lastly, I used a palette knife to add random splotches of acrylic paint.
Here's some closeups. As always, there's lots of paper layers. I inked just about everything in this layout with vintage photo Distress Ink. I added several chipboard pieces from the BasicGrey Hey Girl/Boy collection. I can't believe I debated on buying them when I found them on super clearance, because now I'll be bummed when I've used it all. I also added a journaling card, some eyelets, and some stitching. Overall, I used less embellishments than normal, because the background is really busy and the large photo encompasses so much of the page. I wanted to keep the focus on the photo.
Of course, this is inspired by some challenges. This time it's two Scrappy Friend's challenges. The first being the Color Challenge featured below. The other being the Tic Tac Toe Challenge where I used the top line: stencils, stitching and eyelets.