Monday, December 15, 2014

Stringing Holiday Lights

Today I bring you a new layout for Chld's Play Challenges.  It's a two pager inspired by a design found in Sketches for Scrapbooking, Vol. 7, from Scrapbook Generation.

Our challenge at Child's Play was to get inspired by the children's classic actvity/craft, Lite-Brite.  Remember that one?  Did you own one?  I did not but I had friends who did so got to play around with their's once in awhile.

I was inspired to scrap these photos of my husband and our youngest stringing the Christmas lights on our house one year.The colored lights from Lite-Brite led me to the colored lights of Christmas.

 And a couple of close-ups:

Sadly, this is my last challenge for Child's Play as they have decided to close up shop.  There is still time to participate though, in one or both of this month's challenges.  So hop on over to Child's Play, get inspired...then scrap, photograph and link up!  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Let it Snow!

We were so lucky to get this beautiful blanket of snow last February.  I created with page with a couple of challenges in mind...

First, for Scrap Our Stash we were given this gorgeous image for inspiration.  I was inspired by the fluffy white stuff on the tray that looks like snow.  The stash rule for this challenge was to use something that sparkles.  I chose sequins!  I also used silver washi and a silver pen for my journaling.  In my book, that's kind of sparkly!

Next, for Child's Play, we were challenged to create a layout inspired by The Polar Express movie.  I bet you can't guess where I gained my inspiration for on this one...the SNOW!!!  I know...real original, right?  Oh well.

Some close-up shots:

I hope I have inspired you to get your sparkle on with a little Polar Express on the side.  Now come join us at Scrap Our Stash and Child's Play and link up for your chance to win!

Monday, December 1, 2014

SG Blog Hop Time!

It's the start of a new quarter which means it's time for another blog hop brought to you by Scrapbook Generation!  If you love sketches and creating layouts with them, this hop will be full of inspiration just for you!

If this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link. I wouldn't want you to miss a single thing!

Each blog will share a project using one of the SG sketches as a starting point. You can find the sketches in their books and downloads in the SG Store. You can also download free sketches every month as part of their digital magazine, CREATE.

Here is what I have for you today:
***Fancy Pants Memories Captured collection***

This layout was inspired by a sketch from Sketches for Scrapbooking: One Page Sketches, Volume 1.  The design called for two photos and a journal spot.  I didn't have much to say here but had an extra photo so I traded out the journal spot for the photo.  Otherwise I stayed pretty true to the sketch.  The only other thing I added was the horizontal strip of patterned paper and washi near the bottom.  I felt it gave a resting spot for the corner elements and added some additional color and interest.  
Plus...I love my washi!!

Next on the hop is the lovely and talented Devra.  Be sure to visit each blog and leave a comment.  One lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the Scrapbook Generation store.  The winner will be drawn on Monday, December 8th,  which leaves you one week to comment and see all the creative projects provided by each participant. 

Scrapbook Generation blog -
YOU ARE HERE----> Steffanie -

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Good Friends

Hi!  It's time for sketch+stash challenge at Scrap Our Stash!!
 Our sketch is provided by Rochelle Spears (co-owner and admin at Scrap Our Stash).
The stash challenge is this:

"Thank Goodness For..."

Create a layout about someone that you are THANKFUL for and include 5 STASH ITEMS on your page that you are thankful for.

I created a layout about this group of friends that I am lucky enough to share my passion for scrapbooking with---Denise, Sheryl, Kimberly and Suzanne.

***My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste collection***

Several items that I am thankful for:
wood veneer
enamel dots
baker's twine
washi tape
oh...and let's not forget patterned paper!

Here is the sketch that inspired the design:

You have until the 29th of the month to link up at Scrap Our Stash for your chance to win.  You can use this challenge or the one from the 1st of the month
---or both!---and double you chance to win!  Good luck and happy scrapping!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Crash. Bang! BOOM!!

It's mid November and here I am with a new layout for Child's Play Challenges.  This one is about those little toy cars known as Hot Wheels.

***Echo Park All About A Boy collection***

I love just about anything miniature and Hot Wheels are no exception.  I remember my brother playing with these and him persuading me to get down on the floor and play with him.  I guess that prepared me for my future as I now have two boys and spent many back-breaking hours playing with them, too.  They have rather extensive collections of these cars and played with them constantly. But wouldn't you know that when I went searching for photos of them in action, this was the best I could find?!?  You can barely even see the's that tiny silver thing falling to the ground...hence, the title.

I had a lot of fun with this page.  I have to credit Echo Park with creating some of my favorite boy collections.  This one even had a race car included which was such a perfect compliment to my theme.  The misted/splattered background, though intentional in using it, provided an unexpected embellishment to the title area (the orangey-yellow trail).  It's just the way the paint landed.  I was actually disappointed at first.  Now I am so glad it turned out the way it did! 

You probably noticed my little wood stars again.  What can I say...they are the perfect embellishment every time and I just can't get enough of them!

All right.  Now it's your turn.  Go to Child's Play.  Check out the inspiration from the other design team members.  Then create and upload your Hot Wheels inspired layout.  C'mon...I know you want to!

Monday, November 10, 2014

November CREATE is here!

Oh what a happy beautiful day! 
 I am so excited to share the November issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE with you!

In case you missed it, I have been invited to continue on with the new CREATE team through 2015!!  You will see the announcment in the pages of this issue along with introductions of all the team members.
To say I am over the moon excited would be an understatement!

HERE is the link to the latest issue of the best digital scrapbook magazine out there (I'm not biased or anything, right?!?)

I created a 2 page layout based on a sketch provided by Allison Davis. 
Here is a sneak peek:

***Bella Blvd Hello Autumn collection***

I also created a book mark based off of a card sketch.  
Another sneak peek:

To see the full reveal you will have to click on the link above and check out the magazine.  It's completely free to view or even download.  Now to use a well known quote, JUST DO IT!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Santa's Secret Spy

It's NOVEMBER!!  Can you believe it? I can't.
Anyway, it's the beginning of a new month which means I have a new layout to reveal!

I have combined three challenges to create this page.
First, Scrap Our Stash has a new stash challenge.  This one is a countdown and here are the specifics.
Create a layout adding the specific items and quantities on the list below:
5 ~ Patterned Papers 
4 ~ Stickers or Cardstock Stickers
3 ~ Numbers (year stickers)
2 ~ Stamps or Rub ons (stamped tree, reindeer rub-on, 1+1=2!)
1 ~ Paint or mist (misted background)

Second and third,  Child's Play is doing a crossover event with Paper and Pixels Challenge Blog.
 The Child's Play portion of the challenge is a recipe.  You might notice that it's much like the countdown challenge above.  You use specific items named by the challenge host.
The recipe:
gold (mist)
animal (reindeer rub-on)
something older than 1 year (glitter alpha)
3 patterned papers (I used six)
bling (sequins)

 From Paper and Pixels we were given this photo as inspiration:
I took inspiration from the colors---red, green, gold and cream---and also the Christmas theme.

I was able to combine these challenges really easily with the use of a collection pack.  All my papers were already coordinated and I also had lots of cardstock stickers to choose from, in addition to some alphabet and number stickers. The hardest part was selecting the photo...until I stumbled upon this one in my stash.  It fit in with this paper collection from Echo Park perfectly! 

The sketch is one side of a 2 page sketch by Allison Davis for Scrapbook Generation.  It's from her 6x6 Paper Pad Class and is availabe for purchase and download HERE.  Turns out I did not use a 6x6 pad for this layout. Fortunately there were several patterns in this collection with smaller prints to make this work.

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Christmas layout in November!  I hope I have inspired you to participate in some of these challenges---or all three!!  Be sure to stop by Scrap Our Stash, Child's Play and Paper and Pixels to see what other DT members have created for your inspiration and also to upload your layout for a chance at some awesome prizes!

Supplies:  Echo Park Reflections Christmas collection, American Crafts Thickers (green glitter), Stampin' Up Holiday Happiness set (tree), Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (mustard---looks gold to me), October Afternoon rub-on (reindeer), Ranger Ink (gathered twigs and antique linen), sequins unknown (they are ancient craft supplies I purchased when my kids were little!).