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!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Always Stay This Innocent

Surprise---I have a shocker for you today!
I'm sharing a layout that is not part of a design team assignment.  
I know, right?  It seems lately that I do very little "free" scrapping, meaning anything not created for an assignment.  And since I am only on two teams, that just goes to show how little time I actually spend scrapping these days.  But thanks to a recent crop getaway, I managed to create a few non-dt pages done.  And it felt good!

***Echo Park Little Boy collection***

This page was inspired by a challenge over at Picture This!  The challenge is to use a black background + 1 photo + 2 patterned papers.  

The black background and using one photo wasn't too hard.  I think the more difficult part was limiting myself to only two patterned papers.

  I made up for it by using several strips of washi tape and also a sticker border for more color and interest.  

 I splattered a little white ink spray onto the background and went with a large title to fill in some of that empty space.  The yellow doily was a last minute addition, suggested and donated by a friend.  I like the bright splash of color!

This photo was in my stash for a long time, along with several from my youngest's first trip to the beach.  I'm really glad to finally have this one out of the paper envelope!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Our Hotel

Hello blog readers!  
Here is the latest challenge at Scrap Our Stash:

This is the page that I created:

The items I used to represent each letter are:
P - punch (Mickey, circle)
A - arrow, alphabet
P - polka dot (washi), patterned paper
E - enamel dots
R - red, rub-ons

Normally, I would not include patterned paper for the letter "p", since it's something so commonly used on just about every layout.  I listed it here only because there is no carstock at all on this page.  It's either patterned paper or washi. that I take a second look, I did use just a bit of red to cut the word "Our".  Close enough though!

My layout design is inspired by a page I found at  It's by Skrapaddict and is called "Road Trip".  You can find it HERE.

Now I want to see you take the challenge.  Head on over to Scrap Our Stash and play along.  You just might win the monthly prize!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Pirate's Lair Awaits!

Do you like pirates?  I do, thanks to Johnny Depp and all those Pirates of the Carribean movies.  Fueled by the fact that I have boys and we have watched them all...multiple times!

Okay, so this layout isn't exactly about pirates, but it does point to Disney's very own pirate playground.

***Echo Park Happy Camper collection***

Guest sketch artist Emma Straface provided this sketch for us at Scrap Our Stash.  The stash part of the challenge is to include a banner.

I didn't change much from the original sketch.  Used a 4x6 photo instead of one 4x3...and I did not cut my photo in half as suggested by the sketch.  I moved my journal card to the right...I just liked it better there.  And I changed the angle of my smaller accent photo.

I love this little banner punch that I purchased through Stampin' Up.  I use it more for cards but it works well on layouts too.

And there you have it...another Disney page for the book.  Or books, as it may turn out!  Don't forget to come join us at Scrap Our Stash!

Monday, July 13, 2015

CREATE - July Issue

Has the suspense been killing you?  Well wait no more...
the July issue of CREATE is finally here!

The talented ladies at Scrapbook Generation have put together another stunning issue full of layouts, cards and other projects for your viewing pleasure.  As a design team member, I am proud to once again be creating layouts for this amazing magazine!

Here are a couple of sneak peeks at a two-page layout for the summer theme:

And this is a peek at a single page layout for the journaling theme: click on over HERE to read the complete issue and see full reveals of these pages created by Me!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Are you excited?

I know I am!  

The July issue of CREATE magazine will be coming to your favorite electronic device very soon!

Here's a peek at the cover.  Layout by the ever talented Allison Davis!

Stay tuned for the complete reveal!

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Hello!  Time yet again for a Scrap Our Stash reveal!

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

Here is the challenge:

What I used:
P - pictures, punches, polka dot, pink, princess castle
H - heart (wood), handwriting
O - orange, olive green, opalescent Stickles
T - twine, tag, tape, teal
O - old October Afternoon rub-ons, odd number of photos
S - Studio Calico, stars, scallops

My layout is inpired by a page created by one of my favorite Disney scrappers, Susan Stringfellow.  You can find the inpiration layout and her accompanying sketch on her blog, Sketch Savvy.
 I put some crystal Stickles on the heart and a couple of the stars for  some opalescent shimmer.  The "Once upon a time" rub-on was a hidden treasure I found in my stash from October Afternoon.

I used the negative of this punch to create a tag.  Dimensional adhesive between the layers gives the shadowing effect.

A "hidden" Mickey here, with the enamel dots.

That's it for today.  Now head on over to Scrap Our Stash and play along, OK?