Saturday, March 31, 2012
This layout titled "Today" is for my oldest, Wyatt. We recently got him his first 4-wheeler and it was such a proud day for me as a mom to be able to make that dream come true for him. He just loves it- and is such a natural!
Here's a look at my layout, using the April sketch by Nadia Cannizzo- be sure to check out the blog and play along!I just love how versatile the "My Private Happiness" line is from The Scrap Cake- you can go very feminine or quite masculine- and being a mother of two boys, I definitely need to be able to make some of my projects more masculine. The greens and blues accomplished that quite well I think!
And, of course, some closeups for you:I'm just still SO in love with this kit- you definitely need to check out this stuff! Leslie puts together the most beautiful, coordinating pieces- and with a flower add-on and embellishment add-on in addition to the main kit- your scrappy possibilities are endless! So get on over there and have a look around- you won't be disappointed, I promise! :)
But I should get to bed now- hope you all have an amazing weekend- I know I will!
Thanks for stopping by,
Thursday, March 29, 2012
So here's a layout I made for the sketch challenge over at Let's Get Sketchy! What I love about this layout is, I pretty much forced myself to use only what I had sitting out on my extremely messy desk. I had tons of scraps from recent projects, little flowers and embellishments strewn everywhere...So I challenged myself to use what I had sitting out, instead of making more of a mess! The whole time I was putting this together...I kept thinking, "this is all wrong...everything clashes!" But in the end, I think I was quite successful in pulling all the colors together. It's quite the accomplishment, to me, to make Jillibean Soup, My Mind's Eye, and Echo Park all "work" on one layout!
Now, I have a question...I have noticed my tendency to really stray from sketches, and make them my own. While, in my opinion, I think this is a great thing to do, I often wonder if maybe the challenge sites don't like you to do this so much? Or is it perfectly ok? I think this layout is a pretty good example of that, the sketch really left a lot of "play" in it, being as it was a pretty simple sketch. And while I can still see the basics of the sketch in my layout, I definitely moved things around a bit and did my own thing.
What do you think? Is this perfectly ok to do, or do you think that sketch challenge participants should try to stick closer to the sketches? I'd appreciate any feedback :)
Anyway...here's my layout!! Another older photo of my Lilah, at about 3 months old. She looks so sweet...looks to me like she's thinking "I'm adorable and I know it!!"
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I am here today to share with you my entry for the current challenge over @ Once Upon A...Sketch- bet you thought I was going to sit this one out, eh? ;)- nope! I never miss one of their challenges- just getting to it a little later than usual- been rather busy of late!
The journaling prompt this time is "I Miss..."~ and naturally, I thought of my dad (Papa) who I lost at the age of 13. But since I've done a few layouts about him and the subject of his death- and also because my sister did her page on him for this same challenge-, I decided to go in another direction.
I chose to focus on my childhood. Even though times were not always good or happy, I miss the innocence and simplicity that go along with being a kid. The photo I chose to scrap is of myself and my two very best friends, Desi & Carrie. We were 12 years old and I remember this special day as if it were yesterday. My journaling reads as follows:
I miss days like this one- August 1996- Carrie's 12th b-day. I remember years later, Carrie referring to this day as the best day of her life. I'm sure that now, being married & having had a couple of children, she would no longer refer to this day as "the best"- but perhaps one of the best. And I'd agree.
We were just a few carefree, silly girls. I love that Carrie has here Walkman on here! If I recall, an Alanis Morissette tape was in it. Her totally awesome mom Darnell trucked us around all day long & we just had a blast. We thought we were so cool & couldn't wait to grow up.
And then we did.
Yet often I find myself wanting those innocent days back again. It's sad how incredibly short childhood is compared to the rest of our lives. It makes me want even more to keep my kids little for longer, and remind them that- soon enough- they'll be grown. And they themselves will look back on their own memories & say, "I wish I could go back- Mom was right."-
Just as I do.
Here is my layout, using the Prima "Sun Kiss" collection:Based on yet another fabulous sketch from Nadia:A closeup of the amazing flowers, most touched up with gesso:I documented my journaling on a cluster of handmade tags and partially hid them behind my photo:While painting my cardboard pieces, I got the idea to, while still wet, press it into my pile of the tiny bits and pieces from my border punching. It acted as a glue to create this fun confetti look:Thank-you so much for stopping by and taking the time to have a read. I'm hoping to get the time today to get around to all of your blogs and leave you some love...this mirgraine business really takes me out of the loop when it strikes- sorry I haven't been around much!
Take care :),
Monday, March 26, 2012
Here is my layout (using GORGEOUS papers from The Scrap Cake!):Based on this amazing sketch:I really hope you get the chance to play along with us- you could be the winner of the FABULOUS prize sponsored by Manor House Creations!! You have until March 31st!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Anyway...down to business! I have a layout to share that I made for the My Mind's Eye Blog Challenge #33. I used mostly the "Fiddlesticks" collection. One thing I love the most about MME is that their products, for me, make a page so easy to put together. Everything coordinates so nicely, even if you mix and match lines a little bit! Here's my layout, photos are from our very first "Springy" day we had here, Lilah was absolutely thrilled to go for a walk and check out all the melting snow, and mud, too! I switched up the sketch a bit, too, I added a second photo, and some extra clusters, to make it more "me".
I also would like to enter this one for the A-Z challenge at Scrapbooker's Anonymous, using the letter "H." I used "H" for my title "Happy Day."
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
This particular one of Gunner and his "fish face" I just fell in love with! I love this little guy SO much, I cannot even relay it to you properly...he is such a joy to me. He has the funniest and most quirky personality...I do not know what on earth I would do without him!! And even though he's proving his stubborn ability to almost NEVER look at the camera here, I still love being able to capture his sweet little face...
Here is my project, using the GORGEOUS Pink Paislee "Spring Jubliee" papers:Based on this sketch created by the fabulous Melenia for Get Creative:And, of course, some closeups. Here I wanted to show you the little bundle of sticks I nabbed from the porch after Gunner left them there. I just broke them down, painted them with gesso, and tied them up with some twine and lace remnants:Here's a closeup of the layers beneath the photo. I have fallen back in love with cardboard. It's SO versatile and adds that perfect amount of texture. Oh, and fabric too- love it.:Here I wanted to show you a couple of things. I used gesso and a Studio Calico mask to create the white painted design. Also, I stitched my paper circle and then tore the edges afterwards. Finally, I'm totally digging the confetti trend I've been seeing EVERYWHERE- it's fabulous. I punched some hearts from scraps and used a plain hole punch as well to create my confetti, and lastly added some bling and pearls:But I'd better get busy. The kiddos are already outside playing (and fighting, of course!)- so I should probably go play ref. I hope your day is beautiful :)~ take care,
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Here is my project:Based on this sketch:Some closeups:
I created my banner by first painting some cardboard with gesso and cutting banner shapes from it. Then I used my Martha Stewart "Garden Rail" border punch on some strips of Meadow Lark scraps, inked them with a Prima "Old Rose" fluid chalk ink, and sewed them onto the tops of the cardboard banner pieces. Finally I strung them together with some pink jute cord. I love the rustic texture I ended up with:For my hidden journaling, I created my own tag using some more Meadow Lark scraps:
I do hope you all had a really great weekend. We spent our St. Patrick's Day on our 4-wheelers. We hauled Wyatt's 4-wheeler to the gravel pit where he had the greatest time racing through the mud, getting stuck, and climbing hills. It's so fun watching him!
Today, my husband is working on putting up the pine paneling in our new living room addition- after several months of doing NOTHING! It's so nice to see a little progress...getting anxious to actually have a scrap space!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate your company :)~
I made this one for the awesome dual challenge going on over at The Paper Variety and ScrapFIT. TPV provided a wonderful sketch, and ScrapFIT's challenge is to do your journaling in a list style. I chose to title/journal about the signs of spring...which around here, mostly involves lots of mud, and dirty, melty snow. Lilah has definitely been enjoying every bit of it, especially jumping in the mud puddles and making a huge mess!!
I used Bo Bunny's Ambrosia collection, I've been staring at it for over a week now, and was unsure what to do with it. The colors are so gorgeous and rich and bold, but they are also kind of difficult. I think I pulled them together nicely on this one, so glad I just tackled it!
Thanks so much TPV and ScrapFIT for a wonderful challenge!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I'm totally shocked. Did not expect to see my name on their list at all!! I am definitely going to be ONE BUSY LADY, lol...but it's a good thing. I like to be busy. I like to be challenged. And it seems I create really good stuff when I'm under pressure...so I accept this new challenge.
I know very little at this moment other than what was posted on the blog:
Announcing the Scrap FX 2012 Design Team
First of all, thanks go to all the ladies who applied for the Scrap FX Design Team 2012. We were overwhelmed by the response, with so many amazing layouts, cards and other projects, from artists around the world.
The first Design Team members for Scrap FX are……..
- Michelle Hernandez USA
- Kristine Henanger Norway
- Misty Russell USA
- Rachelle Sigurdson Canada
- Yuka Hino Japan
- Agnieszka Manu Canada
- Scarlet Salamone USA
- Sharryn Thomson Australia
- Erin Blegen USA
Congratulations to all these talented girls. We look forward to some wonderful creations!
We are currently negotiating Guest Design Team Members…….to be announced soon, and we’ll be introducing the new Design Team over the next week……..
SO I will be sure to fill you all in on the details as they come!
The challenge was to finish this sentence: "I Miss.." I decided to finally create a layout about my dad (Papa), it is the first one I've done, partially because I have very few photos of him, and also because I prefer to scrapbook happy things, and this story really isn't a happy one. Papa took his own life almost 15 years ago, when I was 10 years old.. I won't go into details, but I miss him all the time. I found these two pictures, and I think he just looks so handsome and happy, winking and smiling. I have no idea when they were taken, but this is the face I remember.
Friday, March 16, 2012
So today I wanted to share a layout with you that I created for my guest designer spot @ Scrap Africa. I was one of the winners of their very first challenge and was asked to guest design using one of their fabulous sketches. Here is what I came up with:Based on this sketch:And one quick closeup for you:
So head on over to Scrap Africa and play along! They offer two challenges a month, one sketch challenge and one other challenge. There are some great prizes to be won and international participants are welcome!!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Here are the stunning TSC "My Private Happiness" papers:And here's a look at the flower-add on:And the embellishment add-on (as of the time of this post, there was ONE of these left!):Finally, without further ado, my very first layout for C'est Magnifique using the April 2012 kit and add-ons:I just adore the bursts of amazing color in this kit. I've been having the greatest time creating my design team projects with it over the past week and can't wait to continue to share them with you! For more details on how I went about creating this project and how you can get your hands on these amazing products yourself, head on over to the C'est Magnifique blog today!!
We have a special Workout for you today! ScrapFIT has teamed up with The Paper Variety to offer you 2 challenges in one!
ScrapFIT has offered up a jounaling challenge and The Paper Variety has created a sketch challenge. Put them together and you will get an awesome layout and a chance to WIN a prize from both places!
Workout #64- Its Easy as 1, 2, 3...
Be sure to incorporate this journaling workout with the Sketch below from The Paper Variety so you can enter you layout at both places!Here is my take on the challenge:
Sponsoring again is Paper Quirks:
Offering up this prize!:
And as an added bonus, ScrapFIT is sponsoring this prize!:
So please head on over to ScrapFIT and play along!! Can't wait to see what you create!