Friday, January 16, 2015

Just Run

Time for the latest challenge at Scrap Our Stash

*** Studio Calico Here+There collection***

The mid month challenge always includes a sketch and this one is provided by guest sketch artist Bev Code.  I kept the vertical and hozontal lines of the original sketch design.  You'll notice that I added an additioanl photo but made them narrower so they basically cover the same amount of space.  The title also remains beneath the photos although I shifted it to the right.


Our sponsor this month is 17turtles.  If you are not familiar with this Etsy shop, it's owned by Juliana Michaels who creates some fabulous cut files for use with your die-cutting machine.  We were lucky enough to get to work with some of her cut files for this challenge---Yay!

Just Run Digital Cut File | Perfect for all your craft projects including paper crafting, scrapbooking and more.Run Run Run Digital Cut File | Perfect for all your craft projects including paper crafting, scrapbooking and more.

I chose these two files.  I figured I could get a lot of mileage from these with all the running that I do. I had a lot of fun using them on this page!
The stash part of the challenge is to include sequins.  I used sequins to represent raindrops supporting the theme of my page.


Now it's your turn.  Create a layout based on the sketch above and don't forget to use some sequins.  Then upload to the link on the right sidebar at Scrap Our Stash.  That's it.  You'll have a chance at winning a gc to 17turtles for some fun cut files!

I am entering this layout into the following challenges:
Red Carpet Studios challenge #85
Use stars and something new (new cut file!)
Rochelle's Tic-Tac-Toe challenge
Top row---sequins, 2+ photos, die-cut

Monday, January 12, 2015

CREATE---January issue!

Yes.  It's that time again...the latest issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is live!
The creative team has grown---by A LOT!---which means there is even more inspiration and variety and creative styles for you to enjoy!  

Here is the beautiful cover featuring the amazing works of Allison Davis.
You can see the entire issue at this link right HERE
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I have a couple of projects featured in this issue.
First up, is a layout.  The assignment was to showcase die-cuts.  I used three different cut-file images on this page: hot cocoa mugs, snowflakes and mittens.

I went with black & white photos this time.  The reds and blues in the original photos would have never gone with these papers (they were very bright and primary).  

I dabbed Stickles on the corrugated letters with my fingertip to give it them a little sparkle. 

I combined two die-cut files to create these adorable mugs of hot cocoa. I grabbed some snowflakes from one file and sized them to fit on the mugs, creating a wintery-warm-cozy feel.  I used a glitter pen to draw the steam coming off  the hot cocoa.

I used the mittens to reinforce the wintery-warm-cozy theme.  The original file had a paper cut for the tether between the mittens.  I decided to replace it with twine to make them more "real".

My journal spot.  A little washi, vellum and wood along with a label.  Nothing fancy...just simple.

Second, I have an altered notepad.  The assignment: create a different item with the tag sketch provided to us.

I rarely create something just for me so this was kind of fun...makin' something girly!

A little machine-stitching always adds a nice finished look.  Not something I do everytime...just when I want that little something extra...and have time.  Love the look of notebook paper and also flashcards.  HAD to include them both on the cover!  

I have really fallen for the banner strip trend.  They are so easy to create and use just about anywhere.  I love mixing the patterned papers and creating the different sizes and then layering them up.

Alright.  Now that you have seen what I created for the magazine, click on THIS LINK and soak in all the scrappy goodness to be found within!  The creative team has been expanded to over 30 members which means more projects for you to see!  And in case that's not enough to entice you, the featured manufacturer this issue is Jillibean Soup.  Their design team has been busy crafting fun projects using their gorgeous products.  So come on, check it out!

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Magic Starts Here

Happy New Year and welcome to the first challenge of 2015 at Scrap Our Stash!
They are changing things up a bit with the coming year and adding some different challenges to get us to use our stash.  
First up, a recipe or alphabet challenge of sorts...we are challenged to use items in our stash that begin with each letter in the word TWINE.


Here is how I used my stash to create this layout:
T - twine
W - washi tape

I - regular ink on the edges of all my papers and photos, also spray ink for the background
N - negative cut from the mickey punch to create a tag
E - eyelet on the tag

I am diligently trying to get through these photos from our trip to Disneyland in 2012.  Someday, they WILL be done!
Design inspiration came from Susan Stringfellow.  She does tons of Disney layouts and I often get inspration from her pages.  The one that inspired me can be found HERE.


Now it's your turn.  Stop by Scrap Our Stash over the next few weeks to see what other design team members are creating with this challenge.  Then get busy and create your own.  Don't forget to link up for your chance to win a fabulous prize!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sweet treats with friends

Hey there!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to get back to scrapping---maybe even with some new goodies you received!

Today I have a new layout for the Scrap Our Stash sketch+stash challenge.
Here is the sketch we were provided:


The stash part is called anything goes which just means you are to create a layout inspired by the sketch and use as much stuff from your older stash as possible.

Here is what I made:



I flipped the angles of the sketch around.  This was initially an accident in the way I cut my paper but I ended up being happy that I made that mistake.  With the way that I placed my photos and the banner pieces in the top right...I think the angles the original way would not have worked as well.  I also eliminated the middle angled cut that you see on the sketch.  In adding the 3rd photo spot (where the invitation is), I covered more territory leaving little room for that cut to be noticed anyway.



In place of the tag in the upper right, I cut banner strips.  I mimicked this in a smaller version on the left side  about midway down the page.
As far as supplies...I'm not good at using a lot.  I'm a less is more kind of girl.  But I did use a good variety of patterned papers (even mixed different manufacturer's together---which is something I rarely do!).  I also pulled out some ribbon and a border punch that I haven't used in a very long time.  These glitter snowflakes were a recent acquire from Melissa Priest in the form of a RAK.  I don't know how long she has had them but if not for this layout, they might have sat in my stash for a long time (not much of a glitter girl but they are perfect here). The stickers I chose are also ones that might be new but not ones I would be first drawn to use.  Again, this layout is a perfect home for them.  They likely would have been among the last on the sticker sheet...you know what I mean...we all have them.  Of course, since I have a boat-load of these wood stars and because I love them so much, I added some of those too.

Now it's your turn!  Go to Scrap Our Stash and link up your page using the sketch provided.  You have just a couple of days left to enter for this month's prize!

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 - http://scrapbookgeneration.blogspot.com/
YOU ARE HERE----> Steffanie - http://steffanies.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!