Friday, October 2, 2015

Life is an Adventure

Hello!  It's a special day here as I have a second post and layout to share.  Scrap Our Stash has teamed up with three other challenge blogs to bring you SCRAPTOBERFEST!!

Here is what I created based on the challenges you see below:

Scrap Our Stash and Challenge YOUrself challenges:

My Scraps & More color combo:

Here is the breakdown...
Scrap Our Stash - use two different washi tapes.  I actually used four (two different pinks, dark blue and kraft).
Challenge YOUrself - use a photo with you in it.  That can be tough but I took this selfie recently with my phone (and it's one I don't hate) so I let it inspire my layout.
My Scraps & More - this color combo was a bit of a struggle for me in that I don't have a lot of pink in my stash.  I went to my one and only Project Life kit thinking thinking that I would pair up a 3x4 card with my 3x4 photo.  I ended up being drawn to a larger 4x6 card that had a title/quote that inspired me further. The colors actually kind of worked except that there was no kraft.  I thought briefly of using kraft cardstock but didn't like how it looked.  I started brainstorming other ways to add kraft which led me to the stitching under the title.  I had this one roll of kraft washi but wasn't sure I would end up using it...obviously I did!  Feeling the dark blue in the lettering wasn't enough, I threw in a few small strips of washi in that color to bring it out more.  My yellow might be a little off from the color swatch, but we can't always be perfect, right?  The pink and aqua I think I covered quite well ;-)
The Memory Nest - this sketch was pretty basic, leaving a lot of room for interpretation.  As I mentioned above, I went with a single small photo and a larger journal/title block so that changed the look right away.  As a result, I went with some larger cuts for my background papers and decided to create a large banner strip for more interest.  I think you can still see the basic design of the original sketch though.  It was the inspiration that got me from point A to point B.

Now for some close ups...

That's it!  I hope you will join us at Scrap Our Stash for Scraptoberfest.  It's sure to be lots of fun!

1, 2, 3...Click!

Time for the first October challenge at Scrap Our Stash!!

My layout:

Another one for the Disney book!
  I went with a basic grid design for this one, using the non-photo spaces for the title, journaling and embellishing.  This was inspired by a free sketch from Scrapbook Generation (Oct 2012).

Here is a list of the items I used to meet the challenge:
I - Imaginisce, ink
N - numbers
K - Kaiser Kraft (bling)
S - staples, splatter (mist), string (twine)

There you have it.  Another layout to inspire you to complete the challenge at Scrap Our Stash.  C' know you want to! ;-)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CREATE - September issue is here!

Yes, it's true...the September issue of CREATE is Live!!  

Here are some peeks at what I have featured in this month's issue.

For the product challenge (stamps):

The theme challenge (Halloween):

And the card sketch:

You can see full projects along with those of many other talented designers right HERE on the Scrapbook Generations website.  

Drive Time

It's me, back again with another reveal for Scrap Our Stash!!
Since most schools are back in session by now, our mid-month challenge is rather fitting...
create a layout inspired by this sketch and include at least three (3) different types of school supplies:

This sketch was very inspiring for me.  I can sometimes be a very literal scrapper, particularly when it comes to themes.  The fact that this sketch looks school-ish really guided me in my thought process.

There isn't much change from sketch to page, in my opinion.  The photo sizes are different.  This seems to be one of the first things I change, either the size or the orientation or the quantity.  Otherwise, the sketch stayed pretty true.  

I was so excited to use my road washi---a perfect fit for the theme of this page.  And speaking of themes, it may not be school, but it kind of still is.  He passed the test for his driver's permit.  He had to study.  You following me?  Not that school themed was a requirement...just demonstrating how my brain works!

In case you missed my school items, I used staples, a paperclip, graph paper to make my tag and a notebook border punch.  Four items in all.

This little city transparency---totally fun to use!  I have been generally afraid of tranparencies, not knowing how to use them.  I think I might be a little less afraid now...

OK, you know the drill.  Head on over to Scrap Our Stash and play along!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Featured at Stuck?! Sketches

In honor of our joint venture this month with Stuck?! Sketches, my layout is being featured today along with some of the other talented ladies from Scrap Our Stash.
Remember, if you use the current sketch along with the challenge at Scrap Our Stash and then upload to both blogs, you have twice the chances of winning!  Good luck!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Hello!  I'm here today with the first September challenge for Scrap Our Stash.  This month we are joining forces with Stuck?! Sketches which means if you upload to both sites, you have more than one chance to win a prize!  
Pretty sweet, huh?

Here is the September 1st stash challenge:

This is the sketch provided by the talented Laura Whitaker at Stuck?! Sketches:
***use of the sketch is not required if you are only participating at Scrap Our Stash***

And here is the layout I created:

***Basic Grey Adrift collection***

 The first thing you will notice is that my photos are larger.  They were 4x6 to start but I trimmed the sides down just a bit.  This obviously moved the horizontal strips a little lower on my page.  I eliminated the circle.  I suppose I could've made a larger one but I didn't feel it was necessary.  The final change I made was relocating the journal spot to the lower left instead of the right and tucking it under my border strip instead of putting it in the corner.  It just felt better there.

For the stash part of the challenge, these are the items I used:
L - lined paper
A - airplane
Y - yellow (probably in the yellow mustard category, but yellow nontheless!)
E - eyelets (yes, I still use them!)
R - rik-rak, red
S - scallops, stripes, stickers (numbers, alphas, speech bubble, "explore")

Now it's your turn.  Remember, if you use the sketch along with the stash challenge, upload on both sites for a second chance to win a fabulous prize!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ice Cream Perfection

You would think I would be getting tired of scrapping these photos from our trip to Disneyland now over 3 years ago.  But I'm not.  It's one of my favorite subjects to scrap.  I think one of the things I love is that I don't feel confined to a particular theme.  The colors and experiences are versatile enough to go with a variety of paper I never get bored!

Anyway, lets get down to what brought me to today's layout.

Guest sketch artist Audrey Yeager provided the Scrap Our Stash team with this sketch while our admin challenged us additionally to use items from any row of our choice on the Tic Tac Toe board.

You may be looking at my layout and the sketch going, WHAT???  At first glance, it may not look much like the sketch...but if you rotate the sketch do you see it?  Besides the rotation, I also eliminated the larger circular element in the central background.  I grouped two photos onto a single mat for the focal point.  And instead of a smaller circle embellishment, I chose to include another smaller photo in that spot.

Feeling like the lower half of my layout was missing something, I added a vertical strip of diagonal striped paper and then my title below that.  It also helped to ground and unify everything.

 For my Tic Tac Toe items, I chose the top row.  I created a tag for my journaling which I tucked behind one of the patterned paper squares.  Speaking of patterned paper, I used FIVE...which qualifies for the 4+ patterned papers.  Finally, to complete the row, I used stripes.  They are diagonal, but nonetheless, stripes.  Polka dots and wood veneer and, one could even say, summer theme made it to my page...but none made an additional tic tac toe.  That's okay though...regardless, I still used more stash items!

Now it's your turn.  Head on over to Scrap Our Stash and get inspired to play along!