Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Window Into My World

I created this layout for part of my application to a new design team for a new site.  The sketch can be seen at Sketches With Color.

Paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Cardstock: Bazzill, Recollections. Bling & Pearls: Prima, Queen & Company. Border Punch: Martha Stewart. Digital Cutter: Silhouette. Butterflies: Etsy shop. Twine: The Twinery. Stitch Template: Oriental Trading. Stash: DMC floss, doily. Sketch: Sketches with Color.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Giggles (a digi layout)


I used an old sketch from Sketchy Thursdays for this digital layout. I combined a variety of kits including: Summer Solstice, Season of Change Falling Softly Elements, Season of Change Borders, One Fine Day By Your Side Bits, One Fine Day Hello Sunshine Elements, In the Garden, Insta Frames and Eclectic Comfort(discontinued). I did re-color some elements to match the layout better.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Graduate

I started with a sketch from Volume 3 by Scrapbook Generation. The background cardstock is from Coredinations. The other cardstock is from Bazzill and American Crafts. I cut the title out on my Silhouette using a design from their store.The patterned paper is from My Mind’s Eye. The butterflies are from an Etsy shop. The silver stickers are Dazzlers from Hot off the Press. The doily is from my stash. The journaling card is from Fancy Pants Designs. The bling is from Basic Grey. The twine is from Technique Tuesday (grey) and The Twinery (brown). The buttons are from my stash (Oriental Trading and Maya Road) and I coated them with Glossy Accents for the shine.

Friday, October 26, 2012


So this past summer I had my oldest nephew, Austin, with us for a month.  He came to visit before our big move and then he wanted to stay while we dealt with the movers and cleaning.  This was also so he could visit his grandma (my mom) since we planned on staying with her for a week before our big cross country move.  I have planned several layouts about his time with us, and just the guy he is now.

I used a Creative Scrappers sketch for this layout about my nephew. The cardstock is from my stash. The patterned papers (including fussy cut stars) are from Fancy Pants Designs. The journaling shape is from an Etsy shop. The washi tape is from Recollections. The title letters are chipboard Thickers that I sprayed with Mister Huey Spray ink and then covered with chunky Doodlebug glitter. I roughed up the edges of the photo with my Tim Holtz distresser.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A new challenge site!

First off, I posted a new layout this morning, so scroll down to see it.

A couple of days ago I stumbled across a new challenge site called Sketches with Color.  They will be starting challenges soon.  Right now they are offering a fabulous give-away!  So go and check them out!! 
Here is the prize:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Picture Perfect (digi layout)

Picture Perfect

I created this for the 1-hour challenge at Club CK on October 18th. I got to the challenge late, and created this layout in less than 30 minutes. I used a Page Maps sketch from February 2012 and a digital kit called Memories in the Making(discontinued).

Nana & Me (digi layout)

Nana & Me

So my favorite Digital Scrapbooking site has a challenge every Monday called “4 Play”. They offer one kit for free and three others for $1 each. The challenge is to create a layout only using these four kits. This week I decided to participate. The kits are: Vanity Fair Papers, Family Tree kit, 2013 Calendar Kit and Stamped Alpha. I really love how this turned out! I altered a September 2012 Page Maps sketch for this layout.

Monday, October 22, 2012

So Fun

I love challenges!  I created this layout for the Recipe Challenge at Club CK by Queen & Company. The items to use are: Washi Tape, Bling & Twine.

I used a sketch from the May 2012 Page Maps. The background paper is from Bazzill and I sanded it to show the design. The patterned paper is from My Mind’s Eye. I hand cut the artisan edge. The bling and washi tape is from Recollections. The twine is from The Twinery. The butterflies are from an Etsy Shop. The journaling card is also My Mind’s Eye. The flowers are from my stash. The flower centers and title letters are from Making Memories.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Double Yum (a digi layout)

I love it when a digi layout comes together so easily.  It is always an added bonus when I am able to pull elements from so many different kits for a one-of-a-kind layout.  I just adore these flowers on this layout!

Double Yum

I started this digi layout with a sketch from Scrapbook Generation. I combined several kits for this project. They include: The Sweet Life, Aged to Perfection, Carolina Chic, Leather Alpha and Cool Summer Alpha (discontinued).

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sheer Delight

This layout came together really quite quickly and I just love how it turned out!

I combined two sketches from the September 2012 Page Maps to create this layout. The patterned paper is from Echo Park. The washi tape is from Recollections and target. The brads are from SEI. I splattered ink from Mister Huey. I cut the title out on the Silhouette using a design from their store and created an extra layer. The blue cardstock is from Recollections. I used my sew easy and DMC floss to add the stitching between the paper strips. I also sanded the edges of my pictures.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Amazing Saturday layout

There are times when I have a bunch of pictures that I really love and want on one layout.  However, it can be hard to include 12 pictures on a layout without the pictures getting too small.  Which is why I love how this layout turned out!

I started this layout with a Page Maps sketch. The black cardstock is from Cordinations. The patterned paper and stickers are from Echo Park. I used a Martha Stewart punch on the patterned paper. I added dots of Stickles and Glossy accents to the page. I wanted to keep this page simpler because of how many pictures I wanted to use on this layout.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Destination: Kuwait Mall

So this layout is another flash from the past.  Right before we moved I stumbled across a bunch of pictures from my husband’s first deployment.  I had never really scrapped them, so I figured I would go ahead and scrap some of my favorites.

This layout took me quite a while, but I really love how it turned out. The sketch is from Scrapbook Generation. The cardstock is from Coredinations. The patterned paper and stickers are from Basic Grey. The washi tape is from Recollections. I cut the word Destination in the title out on my Silhouette using a design from their store and Recollections cardstock. The snaps are from Making Memories. The journaling card is from my stash. The stars are from Heidi Swapp that I inked with Colorbox chalk ink. The jewels are from Kaisercrafts.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

If I Were a Fishy I Would Swim Here

These pictures were a little hard to scrap at first because of the colors.  But I have to say I really love how this one turned out.  I think the long cute title is my favorite part!

I used a sketch that I found a long time ago on the Basic Grey blog. The background cardstock is from Coredinations. The blue cardstock is from Bazzill. I used the Echo Park Splash Collection for this layout. The letters in the title are from various Echo Park collections. I cut the waves on my Silhouette using a design from their store and Echo Park paper. The corner punch is from Martha Stewart. The drops are from Recollections. I added Glossy Accents to the eyes.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Taking Chances (a digi layout)

I will admit that I normally scrap girls.  If I do a masculine layout, they usually are about my hubby’s military career.  So scrapbooking about my 12 year old nephew was quite the challenge.  It doesn’t help that most of my paper and digital scrapbooking supplies have a girl feel to them.  I think that although it took me a long time to complete this layout, it really does work.

Taking Chances

I started this digi layout with an old sketch from Sketchy Thursdays. I used a wide variety of digi kits here including: Cool Change, Cool Kid, Let’s Go, Essentially Me, Life Is... , Mist v.9, Holiday Doodled Alpha at Persnickety Prints, and Border Stitches. I re-colored several of the elements, especially the mists.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Paper vs Digital Scrapbooking for me

So this is a topic I have been thinking about for several months now.  First some background. I first really learned how to use Photoshop back when I was in college for Photography.  I really loved using the program to edit my pictures.  I then started scrapbooking back in 2005-2006 after my husband joined the Army.  While we were stationed in Germany I created several theme albums.  Then two big things happened, my daughter was born in 2007 and we moved back to the states in 2008 and I really dove into paper scrapbooking.  Somewhere around 2009-2010 I tried my first digital scrapbook layout and I hated it.  I didn’t like the process of creating it or even the finished project.  So I stayed with paper scrapbooking.  Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE paper scrapbooking.  I love playing with paper, glue, embellishments, etc.  I just love the feel of working with my hands on scrapbooking.  I continued like this until the spring of this year.  I was on my first design team and about to move across the country.  So I thought I would dabble in some digital scrapbooking while in the middle of moving since all my paper supplies would be packed up and moved for about 2.5 months.  So this time when I tried digital scrapbooking again, I loved it!  I will admit that the quality of digital supplies over the last several years has greatly increased.  There is so much to choose from.  But when I sit back and think about it, I have realized that my digital pages have a very paper feel to them.  My style is the same both in paper and digital scrapbooking.  I really love that I have seemed to develop my scrappy style.  I will even show an example:

First up is my paper layout.  Below is a digital layout.

Love The Sand

So, I don’t know what my scrappy future is, I am sure that it is going to include both paper and digital scrapbooking.  There are times that I find digital scrapbook so much easier for me.  Those time are especially after I have taken a break from scrapbooking for one reason or another.  I find that I get back into my scrappy groove much faster with digital.

I think my next big goal is going to be to start cutting down on my stash.  I am already pretty good at using what I buy and only buying what I will use.  But this move has shown me how much scrappy stuff I have and all this paper is heavy.  Military moves have a weight limit, so I think I will slowly start getting rid of some stuff and also using up some of what I have here.  Although maybe this plan will go into effect after my next Creating Keepsakes Convention next March.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Love Being With You (digi layout)

So I ended up making this digi layout twice.  The first time I tried to make it, I had an idea in mind, but none of my digi kits were really making me happy.  So I ended up buying a new kit at Design House Digital.  The colors were perfect and then this layout came together pretty quickly (if you only count the time I was actually at the computer and not the time it was sitting on my screen waiting for my attention).
Love Being With You
For this digi layout I used a Page Maps sketch from June 2012. I combined a bunch of kits for this layout including: Mixed 2 Elements, Life is Beautiful, Seasons of Change Painted Wood, Seasons of Change papers, Season of Change borders, Season of Change Paint, Season of Change Buttons and Falling Softly Elements.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Celebrate the end of Deployment Destruction

There is quite the story behind this layout.  During my husband’s first deployment his parents flew the Deployment Flag.  When he got home from the deployment and we went home for Christmas it was his job to take that flag down.  Then it was decided that we should destroy the flag.  It took lots of ammo and time, but eventually it became quite torn and destroyed.

I used a Scrapbook Generation Volume 2 sketch for this layout. The cardstock is from Bazzill and I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist and Mister Huey’s spray ink. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey. The letter stickers in the title are from Basic Grey, October Afternoon and Pink Paislee. I added various rub-ons from Daisy D’s. The rhinestone stars are from Queen & Company. The ric-rac is from my stash.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Just an Ordinary Day layout

This is my first paper layout in my new space.  I was surprised at how long it took me to finish this page because usually I am a pretty quick scrapper, but I guess it is going to take a little bit to get back into my creative groove.

I used a sketch from Ann over at Sketches: Creatively Yours for this page. The background paper is Double Dot from Bo-Bunny. The patterned paper is from Authentique. I got the burlap from my old local craft store and I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist. The cardstock is from Coredinations, Bazzill and Recollections. The snaps are from Making Memories. The US Army brad is from my stash. The journaling tag is from Maya Road. Finally the Washi tape is from Recollections.

Monday, October 8, 2012

A couple new cards

One of my first project was to make several cards.  I made six cards with two different sentiments.  I love how simple these cards are.  I made them with some twine from The Twinery and paper from My Mind’s Eye.

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