Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The new (expanded!) CREATE Team!

The announcement is official...
I'm staying on the CREATE Team for another year!  

And look how we have grown..
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I feel so blessed and honored to be among such a talented group of women.  You can go to the blog post at Scrapbook Generation to read a little about each member and what they bring to the team.  We will be sharing our first creations with you in January so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lava Molds

Ready to play with some color?  It's time for sketch+stash at Scrap Our Stash!


This time the stash challenge is to find stuff in your stash with these colors.  No, you don't have to use them all...just choose four (or more).  The only other colors you can include are white, black or kraft.  I 'll be honest here...I'm a little intimidated by these choices!


I gravitated toward the ones found in nature to showcase my photos.  I chose cypress, cognac, misted yellow, aurora red (which looks like a deep orange to me) and some small splashes of royal blue.  The blue worked out well since it pulled in the blue from the t-shirt my youngest was wearing that day.  

Here is the sketch created by Brenda Ragsdale:

As you can see, I followed thes sketch pretty closely.  I tried the vertical title but it just wasn't working for me.  Once I changed it to horizontal, the rest of my layout fell into place.


Child's Play also has a new challenge up!  We want you to be inspired by the children's classic tale of Alice In Wonderland.  For me, as soon as I saw these photos, I knew they were perfect for this challenge.  After all, Alice's story begins with her falling down a rabbit hole!  While these may not be rabbit holes, they are holes left behind by trees.



I hope you have enjoyed this layout and feel inspired to check out these two challenges:
Scrap Our Stash
Child's Play Challenges
Have fun and happy scrapping!!

10-23-14 Addendum:
I would like to share this layout with Paper Issues for their current issue
Woodn't You Know, It's Fall 
This layout is about trees (or at least, the ghosts of trees) which are wood, right?  And I have a few wooden stars on there as well.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 13, 2014

I love October---and CREATE magazine!

Yes, yes, yes...you probably get tired of hearing me rave about Scrapbook Generation's CREATE  magazine but it really is THAT good.  And not just because I'm in it...ha, ha...

Anyway, here is the link to the mag: October CREATE

And here are some sneek peaks at what I have to share in case you are not convinced yet to check it out!

A two page layout for the October color challenge

A card from the October tag sketch

Do I have your interest piqued now?  Hopefully!  Don't stall any longer...click on the link above to check out the full reveal and also all the other beautiful creations made by the rest of the team.

Happy browsing!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

POP! Goes my Andrew

You ready to play some Bingo?  At Scrap Our Stash this month, you can!  

***Echo Park Little Boy collection***

Here is the bingo card we were given: 



If you have not played scrap bingo before, the rules are pretty simple.  You just need to choose a row and use everything in that row on your layout.  Then tell which row you chose.  As with regular bingo, it can be vertical, horizontal or diagonal!
I chose the second horizontal row from the bottom.  I think it's pretty easy to see where everything is!


I also created this page for Child's Play Challenges.  This month our first inspiration is a classic toy---Jack in the Box!
I think you can see where I went with this one.  The toy made me think of the many times my boys would play in large boxes that made their way into our home one way or another.  These photos are from Andrew's 2nd birthday.  He received a shopping cart---which he loved---but not until after he was finished playing with the box.  My title comes from the end of the tune that a Jack in the Box usually plays---Pop, goes the weasel!  Sound familiar?


Now head on over to Scrap Our Stash and Child's Play and show us what you can create.  Dont forget to upload and share!

10-23-14 Addendum:
I would like to share this layout with Paper Issues for their current issue
Woodn't You Know, It's Fall 
I have included several wooden shapes on this layout---stars, camera and a speech bubble.
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September CREATE

Yes, it's time again for another great issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine!  It's all digital and all free...all the time.  It went live a few days ago but it's never too late to pull up a cozy chair and settle in.  Then prepare to be inspired!

Here are a couple of sneak peeks at what I created this month:



I'm pretty excited about these projects so I hope you will check out the magazine for the full reveal.  If you like them, come back here and leave me a comment (there's a link back to my blog right on the page next to my project---neat, huh?).  That would be awesome...and totally make my day!  Thanks :-)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

best. box. EVER.

Today I have a reveal for Scrap Our Stash.  The second challenge of the month is always sketch + stash.  Rochelle Spears provided us with this lovely sketch:


The stash part of the challenge is ABC+123.  You can check out the details on the blog HERE.

And this is what I created:

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

I am loving this collection by Studio Calico.  I've gotten a lot of mileage out of it---especially when it comes to scrapping my furry family!

How I met the challenge:

Required---
1=journal card (tucked behind the photo on the right)
2=two photos (easy peasy!)
3=patterned papers (technically I used 5, but surely they meant AT LEAST three, right?)

My choice---
A=arrows (one stiched and one wood)
B=buttons, baker's twine
C=circles (punched), chipboard alphas

It's not often that I start with patterned paper as my background.  But this just seemed to work.  It's also what threw me off in my patterned paper count...oops.  And then I figured, "well, I already goofed so why not add in the green and make it five?" I'm just SURE they meant at least three patterned papers.
I digress...


I struggled with the paint in the background.  You have heard me say that I don't do messy well, right?  This was me trying to create a more blank space for my title and such to rest on.  But it wasn't going on like I wanted and rather than overdo it, I stopped while I was ahead.  Unfortunately I ended up doing so little that I nearly covered it all up.  Oh well.  I tried!

When I thought I was done with this page I was looking at it and just had this feeling of  "something is missing".  I had initially wanted to do some machine-stitching.  But then I came across my stitching templates.  Found this arrow and the zig-zag...I love it.  I think they are among my favorite things about this page.

This layout is also created for Child's Play Challenges.  Our current inspiration is the childrens' classic book, The Cat in the Hat.



I was inspired by the title which led me to these photos of our kitty in the box (instead of cat in the hat).

Now it's your turn!  Head on over to Scrap Our Stash and show us what you can do with sketch + stash.  And while your at it, join us at Child's Play Challenges and double your chances to win!

Adn by the way, Paper Issues has a new issue up---ANYTHING GOES!!  And it's sponsored by Whisker Graphics so I thought this layout would be perfect to link up.  Thanks Paper Issues!!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Scrapbooker's Blog Tour

 Blog surfing...fun, right? It's such a great way to be inspired and learn new things. So when I was asked to be a part of the Scrapbooker's Blog Tour, I was both honored and excited!

I was invited by Devra Hunt. I am blessed to count Devra as one of my very dear friends.  We first met in the virtual world of the internet but have since met up on several occasions over the last few years  I have also had the pleasure of working with her on a few different design teams.  Right now we are working together at Child's Play Challenges.  She is the owner and the brains...I help with blog posts and admin stuff.  She has a wonderful style and a great sense of capturing moments and telling her stories with a sense of humor.  I admire her and want to  be like her when I grow up.  Really, truly...she is superworman in my eyes!

Thank you, Devra, for including me in the blog tour!

Now it's time for me to answer the blog tour questions:

1. What am I working on right now?
In between design team assignments, I am trying to complete some layouts that I did at a long weekend crop back in April.  I know, right?  That's sad!  They are all from our family trip to Disneyland back in 2012.  (Yes, I am behind....but I choose to ignore that fact these days).  Most just need some finish work...like a title, a date, some simple journaling, or some other small detail that I didn't have with me at the crop.  Or sometimes it's just simply that I got tired of staring at that page and wanted to move onto something new.  That often happens when I get stalled and feel like my crop time is ticking away....rapidly.


        2. How long does it take me to create a project?
Well...let me just say that I am a sloooooowwww scrapper.  I cannot ever complete a layout in under 2 hours.  It takes me nearly that long to select photos and paper!  Usually if I am at home, a single layout will take me a couple days.  Mostly because I don't complete it in one sitting.  I come and go as life demands.  At a weekend crop, that's different.  Then I can complete several in a day because there are no interruptions to my flow.


***as seen in CREATE magazine, May 2014, pg 170-171***

        3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
Surprisingly, I am really liking my sequins.  But I need to find new ways to use them.  Right now I mostly just sprinkle them randomly on my page.  I also am enjoying my growing collection of washi and enamel dots.  Love wood shapes (especially stars, cameras and arrows) and my twine.  I generally prefer brighter colors and stay away from anything pastel, ever distressed or muted.

***created for Child's Play Challenges---SIMON (game)***

        4. How does my writing/creating process work?
If I'm scrapping for design team work, I often have either a sketch or a type of challenge (color, product) to start me off.  They often drive me to certain photos.  If I am not scrapping just for me, I usually will start with my photos and then select a sketch that will work with them.  Either way, most times it's photos, then sketch, then papers. I struggle most with embellishments.  For this, I often look at other people's work for inspiration.


        5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
Challenges.  Being on design teams.  Checking out  other blogs and following different designers and manufacturer's on facebook.  But mostly I'm inspired by my photos and the memories I want to capture.
  
***as seen in CREATE magazine, March 2014, pg 146-147***

        6. What is my signature style?
I would say that I like my clean lines.  Even when I get a little messy (by my standards!), my layouts still have a pretty clean look to them.  I am a self-proclaimed inker, meaning that I will ink the edges of EVERYTHING before it get's stuck to my page!   And I probably tend to go lighter on embellishments than most---partly because I have no idea where to put them!

***created for Scrap Our Stash***

Now it's time to tag a couple of scrapbookers that I admire. The ladies I chose today each have their own unique style of memory keeping. I hope you will find them as inspiring as I do.

Ruth---uber talented and a fellow member of the CREATE team
Stephanie---this girl ROCKS the color challenges like no other

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by today!