Letter to the Editor

Saturday, February 6, 2016

I had a little free time this week so decided to get my scrappy on!
***Echo Park For the Record collection***

This sketch from GrandDiva's Creative Corner really inspired me.  I came across this pic in my remaining Disney photos and then also found the actual newspaper that she autographed in my memorabilia stash.  Creativity was starting to flow!

I really loved the filmstrip and just HAD to include one on my page.  I think you can see the basic core of the sketch on my layout although some things were changed a bit for aesthetic reasons.  I needed to make sure that the newspaper was still accessible so I made a large pocket with the patterned papers behind the photo.
I included a Polaroid frame to fit the challenge at Through the Eyes of Rochelle Spears.  It's a "This or That" challenge---use a Polaroid frame or chipboard frame on your page.  I thought about using a large Polaroid frame for my photo, but in the end I went with a wood veneer Polaroid accent.  Hopefully that's okay!

A close up of the actual letter that she submitted and her autograph:
And the Mickey detail that I like to include on all of my Disney pages:
I really love how this one came together.  Kind of vintage but with some whimsical elements.  This old Echo Park collection really came through for me!

Full of Wonder

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hey there.  I have a page showcasing some cute baby photos for you today.  These were taken on our first trip to the beach with Andrew.  He was just eight months old and taking in EVERYTHING!!

*** Fancy Pants Nautical collection***
This page was inspired by the current challenge at Scrap Our Stash.  You can see the details in the image below.
I was mostly inspired by the title.  I was looking at these photos (which are quite old, by the way) and I was thinking about how Andrew just looks so absorbed by everything around him. This led me to think of how a baby's mind is big and empty when they are born and how they quickly and eagerly take in all that surrounds them, creating their life story.  Kind of a crazy round about way to get from big-hearted to a big mind full of wonder...but sometimes that's how inspiration works!  The red and blue from the cover are obviously represented.  Later I was looking at the book cover again and saw those big innocent eyes on the moose...much like Andrew's in the horizontal photo!

As you can see, the image does not have to be a direct translation to your page.  If you can explain how you got from point A to point B, that's all that matters.  So I hope you will come on over to Scrap Our Stash and take a stab at this latest challenge.  Hope to see you there!

A New Door...

Friday, January 29, 2016

When one door closes...
For two years I designed for Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine and loved it.  In November of 2015 however,  the owners made the difficult decision to end publication.

Now just a couple of months later, a new door has opened for me....
I'm joining The ScrapRoom!

They are "the only online Coffee House that specializes in monthly Scrapbooking Layout Kits!  Treat yourself to a steaming hot helping of fresh scrapbooking supplies, delivered straight to your door every month." ---The ScrapRoom

Rochelle Spears (from Scrap Our Stash) is taking over ownership beginning February 1st and she has asked me to join her in this new adventure.  I couldn't be more excited and honored to be invited along in this journey.  So begins a new chapter...

I will be starting with the March Flavor of the Month kits.  My layouts and projects will be posted on their blog, The ScrapRoom, as well as here on my personal blog.
You can find out all kinds of details about the kits, an ideas page and other TSR links by going HERE.  I invite you to come on over and take a look around.  And if you haven't already, please join our Facebook page for fans and subscribers right HERE.

That's it for now.  Look for some TSR inspiration in March!


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Scrap Our Stash has come up with a fun new challenge for you---

This is what I created based off this latest challenge:

***Bella Blvd Riley collection***

I LOVED playing with this sketch. I turned the line of three photos into a single 4x6 and paired it with a 4x4 card that I liked as my title. Instead of using a circular element in the background I decided to play with some twine which I thought was purr-fect for my kitty photo! Ha-ha!  Pun intended!
For the stash challenge I used an arrow and the avocado color from List 1, the color blue from List 2 and the cardinal red color from List 3. I wanted to include some chipboard but I just wasn't finding anything in my stash that seemed to fit.  I kind of feel like I took the easy way out going mostly with the the colors in the lists...but, the bottom line is that I completed another page AND used some stash!

I hope you will feel inspired and join us at Scrap Our Stash.  There is always a great monthly prize up for grabs!  Have fun :-)

Paw Prints

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year!

First off, let me say that I am grateful to the wonderful ladies at Scrap Our Stash  for wanting to keep me on for another term---Yay!!

Now without further delay, I bring to you the first page for the first challenge of 2016!

*** Echo Park Wintertime and Winter Park collections***

The gals are changing things up a bit, which is good as it keeps things interesting!  
This is what we have on tap for you this time around:

My layout was inspired by the winter theme and also the colors (red, white and blue).  I splattered white paint on the navy background before I got started to mimic the idea of snow falling.

I love these photos of my husband taking Toby, our 7 month old golden retriever, out for his first adventure in the snow.  Sadly its the only one he has ever had as snow does not come often where we live.  This particular snowfall was a pretty good one...even got the kids out of school for a couple of days!

I hope you are inspired to come over to Scrap Our Stash and play along.  You can find complete rules there and also see what prize is up for grabs this month!

Got Snow?

Sunday, December 13, 2015

I'm a little late getting my layout up for the Scrap Our Stash challenge this month.  Life happens and sometimes priorities have to be rearranged.  Anyway, thankfully someone was willing to trade reveal dates with me so here it is...

*** Fancy Pants Winterland collection***

This month's challenge: 

These are the products I used:
D – doily
I – ink
E – eyelet
C – circle punch, photo corner
U – uniball pen (white to make faux stitching and outline letters)
T – tag, twine
S – stripes, snowflakes, sticker letters

I decided to step up the challenge for myself and work in the December Scrappy Friend's challenges as well.

The sketch is from from Brenda Ragsdale and can be found on her blog, GrandDiva's Creative Corner.  I think the sketch design stands out pretty clearly in my layout.  I made very minor changes only.

This challenge is from Rochelle Spears and can be found on her blog HERE.  I went with a diagonal row using an eyelet, the winter theme and a tag.

The color challenge comes from Kelly's blog, Creating with Paper & More, and was by far the most difficult for me.  One, I don't use many muted palettes when I scrapbook.  Two, as a result, I don't have much of anything in my stash with these colors in them. The closest I had to matching this color scheme was an older Fancy Pants collection called Winterland.  I went with coral pink, pale green (which looks more blue here than it does in person) and the slate grey/brown color.  I know it's a stretch and it may not meet the criteria for the challenge but it was the best I could do.

Since my son was wearing a very blue coat, I went with black and white photos to better coordinate with the papers.  The best stash items I finally put to use are these delicate snowflakes---they had been in my stash for Years!  

Here's a few close ups of my page...

That's it.  Thanks for stopping by!

CREATE: November Issue

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I have some good and some bad news....

The good news is that the latest issue of CREATE is live!

The bad news is that this is the final issue...(sniffle, sniffle).
The editor's note reveals the why behind the decision.  I have had an amazing time working with these talented designers and would not have traded it for anything.  Sad to see it go but so glad to have had the opportunity.

Now, here are some sneaks at what I created for this last issue.

Journaling challenge:

Altered tag sketch:

Altered card sketch (I did two for this one):

Theme challenge (Christmas):

To see these projects in their entirety, please go to the link HERE.
Sit back and savor every last bit of creative goodness contained within!