Wednesday, November 18, 2015

CREATE: November Issue

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!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cozy Up With A Warm Friend

Hi!  Time for my sketch plus stash layout for the latest challenge at Scrap Our Stash!!

***Echo Park This & That collection***

Lynn Shokoples is our guest designer this month and she provided us with this sketch.  I found it challenging in that it's a departure from my usual style, but after a little thought and planning, I think it turned out pretty well!

For the stash challenge, we needed to choose a row from this bingo card and use all the items in that row.  I chose the second vertical row from the left---paper clip, doily, glitter (I used glitter brads), journal card and metal (I used staples).

So, there you have it.  Now it's your turn.  Head on over to Scrap Our Stash and play along.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Stay Forever Young

Hi!  Time for another Disney page and a layout for Scrap Our Stash!

Echo Park That's My Boy collection

The challenge...

Here is what I used:
A - arrow, (chipboard) alphas
L - lime green, (sticker) letters
B - mini banner
U - upcycled coffee cozy
M - mist, Mickey punch
S - stars, striped paper

Most of the letters were pretty easy with the exception of U.  I fought this one until I looked up the defintion for upcycle.  This is what I found:

When you upcycle an item, you aren’t breaking down the materials. You may be refashioning it — like cutting a t-shirt into strips of yarn — but it’s still made of the same materials as when you started. Upcycling only requires your own creativity and elbow grease.
Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. When you upcycle you are giving an item a new purpose. 

After reading this, I decided that what I do with cardboard coffee cozies fits the description perfectly.  I had always thought that what I did was recycling, when in fact it is Upcycling!  And suddenly I had my U!!

Here is a close-up view...

I cut a thin strip of the coffee cozy, dabbed some paint on the ridges and then followed that with some Stickles.  Voila!

This page was inspired by Susan Stringfellow's sketch #121.  You can find her sketch and layout HERE on her blog, Sketch Savvy. 

Now come join us at Scrap Our Stash and show us what you can do with this word stash challenge.  Be sure to uplink so you can have a chance to win the monthly prize!!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Toes in the Sand

Today I have a layout that falls into the pile of "this is one of my favorites".  We all have them...those ones that come together better than you thought and really make you happy.  This is one of those.

***Bo Bunny Boardwalk collection***

I created this for Scrap Our Stash using this sketch from Christine Meyers.

The stash part of the challenge was to use metal on our layout.  I have had this metal title for-ever...I am not kidding you.  At least 10 years that has been sitting in my stash.  When I saw this challenge, I immediately thought of this item and it became my inspiration for photo selection.  It feels so good to finally put this treasured title to good use!  It could have stood alone as the metal for my page but I decided to add some swirly paper clips as well, adding a little more interest and facilitating the visual triangle.

I hope you like it as much as I do.  If you'd like to create a layout based on this sketch---and use some metal---head on over to Scrap Our Stash and link it up for your chance to win the monthly prize.  I hope to see you there! 

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.