Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Aim High

Good morning!  Today I am sharing a layout inspired by a sketch from Ashley Horton.  She is our guest designer for the latest challenge at Scrap Our Stash.

***My Mind's Eye Adventure collection***

Here is Ashley's sketch:

As you can see, my page definitely took on a more masculine feel.  As I'm plowing through my Disney photos, I just wasn't seeing the hearts working for any of the photos I had left.  So I decided to see the hearts as a vertical element and that translated to vertical strips on my page.  A little secret here...I used a 6x6 paper pad, which means I cut my papers and hid the ends behind the photo block to make them appear longer.  One of the many things I love about 6x6 pads!

Most of the sketch stayed relatively the same.  I used two photos and matted them into a block. Mine are just vertical instead of horizontal.  The title shifted to the left a bit. I used twine to create a whimsical "circle" around my photos rather than the stitched circles shown on the sketch.

We were also challenged to use the scraps from our layout to create a card.

As I mentioned, I used a 6x6 paper pad for the layout.  I gave myself a little bit of creative liberty and created a card using any of the paper scraps I had from this particular paper pad.  The bonus is that these papers are all double sided, too!  I was inspired by this card sketch from Case This Sketch!

That's it for this reveal.  I hope you can join us at Scrap Our Stash!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

To all who come to this happy place...


*** Fancy Pants Memories Captured collection***

Scrap Our Stash has a new challenge up!

I'm loving these stash challenges!  Aren't you?
Here is what I pulled out of my stash to match each of the letters:
B - buttons, border punch
R - retro camera, railroad station (photo)
A - arrow
D - doily, die-cut title
S - striped paper, scallops, strips of paper

I would've never thought of this collection as being very supportive of Disney photos, but I have been amazed.  I have used these papers and the ephemera pack on several layouts.

Once again, I am inspired by the talented Susan Stringfellow.  The layout that inspired me can be found here at Creatively Savvy.  What really drew me to this one was the long cut title...which I lifted!  Of course, the photo is very much like the one I had and I really liked the overall design of her page...so I pretty much lifted the whole thing.  With different papers/products and a swap in photo/title placement.  I just love her work!

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

Monday, May 18, 2015

CREATE - May issue is here!


Time to open up the latest issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine and devour all the goodness that lies within!

Here are some sneaks at what I created for this issue...

Two-page layout sketch:

Card sketch:

Tag sketch:

Manufacturer challenge - Paper House:

Enticed to see more?  Head on over HERE to view CREATE in it's entirety.  You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Always Be YOU

Time for another challenge at Scrap our Stash---and another Disney page!  Yay!!

***Fancy Pants Be Different collection***

Here is the sketch we were given along with the challenge to add handmade flowers:

At first I found the circles a little intimidating. But then suddenly I saw a giant Mickey head and the creative juices started flowing! 

I pulled out this collection from Fancy Pants which I felt was perfectly fitting for these photos of my husband being...well, himself. I had fun splattering mist and stamping painted circles (even stamping a Mickey in the lower right corner!). This layout just really came to life for me. 

Admittedly, I wasn't all too creative with the handmade flowers. These are tiny punched flowers that I scattered across the page. I lifted the edges a bit and placed black rhinestones in the centers. As many of you know, I am not a big user of flowers in general due to the more masculine pages that I tend to create. But this felt ok...it added to the overall goofy, whimsical feel of the layout.

Thanks for stopping by today and letting me share yet another Disney layout with you.  There are many more to come...which either brings you back or has you saying, "seriously?"

Anyway, if you feel inspired by this sketch, head on over to Scrap Our Stash and link up for a chance to win a great prize!

Monday, May 11, 2015

#nevermissamonday - May 11

In case you're wondering, it's true.  I didn't blog last week's #nevermissamonday.  I just didn't feel like blogging.  That's ok...right?

Today, however...I'm baaaack!

Believe it or not, I sometimes struggle with what to photograph.  I try to take photos of the natural beauty that surrounds me...flowers, foliage, clouds, rain puddles (which have been in short supply this year), the various paths I run on...whatever catches my eye.  But after doing this for a while now and running in the same general area, it can be challenging to find something new to capture.  

Anyway, all of this blah, blah, blah leads me to the photo you see today.  Rather thank focus on the run, I chose to focus on the after-run....that feeling of relief you get when you know you have completed your run for the day.  Some might even call it euphoria.  In any case, I always like that "done" feeling.  Another success under my belt.  Even if the run wasn't my best...even if I had to walk more than usual...even if I didn't go as far or as fast as I wanted...it's still a success.  Something to be proud of.  Something to feel good about.  The after-run.  Enjoy it.  Embrace it.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Monorail: By Day or Night

Time for another challenge from Scrap Our Stash!

*** Echo Park That's My Boy collection*** 

Another Disney page!  Surprised?  You shouldn't be!

Here is the challenge:

There were lots of letters for this challenge and I think I covered them pretty well with items from my stash (and a few creative ideas!).
E - enamel dots, Echo Park papers, EK Success punch
M - Mickey punch, metal staples, the letter "m", monorail (photo)
B - buttons
O - orange, the letter "o"
S- stickers, Simple Stories (red alpha)
S- staples, stitching (faux), striped paper

My layout design was inspired by Susan Stringfellow.  You can find the layout that inspired me on her blog, Creatively Savvy.  

Now step on over to Scrap Our Stash and see what's going on.  Take a stab and join us in this month's challenge.  I promise, it will be fun!

Monday, April 27, 2015

#nevermissamonday - April 27

Hey there. Guess what?

Another Monday...DONE!!  It's always such a good feeling to be on the other side of a run.

But I will admit, today wasn't easy.  Maybe it was the warmer temperature coupled with the humidity from the rain the night before.  My feet got hot which makes me very uncomfortable.  I swear, my feet are like barometers!  It wasn't even that hot out...maybe about 65.  But those first few runs in warmer weather always seem to get me.  Like my body has to get all acclimated again.  

Also, my legs were aching.  Particularly my shins.  I'm pretty sure that was from the speed walk I did yesterday with a friend.  I always find it interesting that my legs often hurt the next day after those walks.  Yet I can run and not be sore at all...using muscles different ways, I guess.

I actually had thoughts of stopping...calling my husband to come get me.  But then I thought, why?  I can always walk.  It will just talk longer.  Funny thing is, I got a phone call from a co-worker at about the 4 mile point.  That was just enough distraction to break my thought pattern.  And I finished the run.  The pain was a little less.  The heat in my feet a bit more tolerable.  Thank goodness for distractions.

 DONE.Until the next run!

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