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!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pool Time!

It's time for our first September challenge at Child's Play.  This time we are playing with sequins!  I will be honest here...I never thought I would use, much less even purchase, sequins.  I mean, they're girly, right?  And I scrap boys...right?  Well, I'm finding that they are pretty versatile and add just a little extra something to a page sometimes.

I am sharing another layout from our 2012 trip to Disneyland.  Again, not at the theme park, but still part of the trip.

*** Echo Park Splash collection***

I chose to use sequins to accentuate the theme of the layout (sparkling water) and also to give the illusion of water trickling down, like it is on my son in the lower left photo.  Just a little sparkle...that's all it needed!

This layout is inspired by a sketch found in Sketches for Scrapbooking: Travel edition.  It's sold HERE at the Scrapbook Generation store.

I hope that you will feel inspired by sequins to create a layout.  If you do, be sure to upload it at Child's Play for your chance to win our monthly prize.  Be sure to hop on over and see what the other team members have created, too!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The BIG Slice

I've been slowly plucking away at the huge volume of photos that I took while we vacationed in Disneyland in 2012.  I don't know that I have shared very many yet as some of them are not truly complete (ie., they need journaling or an embellishment or a title, etc.).  

All that said, I do have one to share with you today.


You are probably thinking, "what does pizza have to do with Disneyland?"  Well, you do have to eat while you are on vacation, right?  This was the first meal we had after a long day of travel.  We checked into the hotel and then headed toward Disneyland through Downtown Disney and found this pizza place.  The slices were HUGE!!!  So of course, we had to eat there and, of course, I had to take a photo (or two!) and scrap them.

This layout is my reveal today at Scrap Our Stash.  The challenge is to use school themed products.  You pick items from two lists and create a layout that can be school themed or not.  Obviously, mine is not.  But it is about the size of the pizza.  So I thought the numbers and ruler fit in very nicely.  

For my challenge I used:
List A - lined paper (my background)
List B - ruler, paper clip, library card, numbers, alphas

As a bonus I also threw in a piece of paper that I punched using my notebook border punch.  And then there is the washi tape...like scotch tape only prettier, right?

I hope you will join me at Scrap Our Stash for this challenge and many more.  They always have great prizes up for grabs so come check it out!

9/19/14:  Paper Issues has a new issue up---ANYTHING GOES!!  This issue is sponsored by Whisker Graphics. I decided to share this one there. Thanks Paper Issues!!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Time for the Fall SG Blog Hop!


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 to share with you this month.

***Imaginisce Perfect Vacation collection***

This is based off a sketch found in Sketches for Scrapbooking: One Page Sketches, Vol. 1.  It originally called for 4 photos (1-4x6 vetical and 3-3x3's).  If you follow me at all, you know that one of the things I do best with sketches is to change up the photos to suit my needs.  In this case, I had two 4x6 photos and one 3.5 square.  The placement of the photos is essentially the same, it just covers more real estate.  This worked out fine as I really have no journaling to add to this page---the photo of the plaque serves this purpose.  

Next on the hop is Ruth.  
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, September 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/

Happy hopping!

Monday, August 18, 2014

CREATE---August issue!

Yes, it's true...the August issue of CREATE is here!   Personally, I think it's about the best thing since sliced bread---at least in the scrapbooking world.  Really.  I'm serious.  So if you haven't taken the time to check out this magazine yet, you really should.

Here's the link:  CREATE magazine

And here are a couple of sneak peeks at what I have published in this issue:



Now grab your beverage of choice, get yourself comfortable and prepare to be inspired!  
Oh!  I almost forgot. There's a design team call as well...in case you're interested :-)