Just Call Me Sophie

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's Bonus Day! Yes...yes it is. That means you get two layouts in one day. Yay!
This one is for Scrap Our Stash using the latest sketch + word challenge that went live yesterday.
Here is the sketch created by one of our talented leaders, Rochelle Spears:

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This is the word challenge:

Create a layout inspired by this sketch and add a stash item from your stash that starts with each letter of the word - GOALS.

My layout contains the following:
G - geo tag, graph paper (journal spot)
O - October Afternoon (star paper), orange
A - arrow
L- lined paper (journal card), letters (sticker)
S - Simple Stories, stars, scallops (border punch)

There you have it! Now it's your turn. Come on over to Scrap Our Stash and play along. You just might win the monthly prize awarded to one random winner!
Good luck!


Good morning! Today I have some adorable puppies to warm your heart!
This layout was created using the last of the January FOTM kits from The ScrapRoom.
This kit features a super cute collection from Jillibean Soup called Hardy Hedgehog.

I think it goes without saying that the inspiration behind choosing the puppy photos came from the puppy patterned paper and the cute puppy embellishments. I just couldn't help myself! 
I cut a banner from the chevron piece of patterned paper. I love the colors in this collection from Jillibean Soup...they make me happy!

If you don't already know, each month the designers from The ScrapRoom take one of the FOTM kits and create a 2 page layout for you along with a recipe card to follow so that you can recreate these layouts for yourself. So, if you are feeling stumped and need a jump-start or just want to get some pages done fast, these kits and their recipes can make it happen for you. You must be a subscriber to access the recipes. Ready to learn more? Go HERE for more information.

Ta-ta for now!

Beauties & the Beach

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hey there! I have another FOTM kit for you today from The ScrapRoom!

Here is some Pink Paislee, the Moonstruck collection---
As I was trying to decide what direction to take with this FOTM kit, I happened to lay eyes on this photo on my magnetic board near my desk. As I pulled it over and laid it amongst these papers, I knew what I wanted to do.
The soft muted tones along with the pops of more saturated colors gives this photo a nice dreamy, but vivid, look. And I love the cork pieces, adding that natural feel to the page.
The design for this layout is my own.  I know...sometimes I surprise myself and actually create something I like without a sketch!

For more information about The ScrapRoom and purchasing kits, go HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! 🌺

Snow Day!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hello again! Thank you for returning for my second reveal of the January FOTM kits for The ScrapRoom!

Today I have some Echo Park for you...I Love Winter!
(design inspired by sketch from Scrapbook Generation)

This is the pairing of two things I love---Echo Park and snow photos! I have always preferred the bolder winter collections over the softer, muted ones. Probably in part due to the fact that I have boys and they are always wearing bolder, brighter, more saturated colors. So, as you can see, this kit was a perfect fit for these photos of my boys playing in some rare snow that fell for us a few years ago. 
I love all the different patterns to choose from in my kit and adore the stickers and chipboard elements!

This was just a fun page to create with one of my favorite manufacturers!

Again...want more information on these amzing kits from The ScrapRoom? Go HERE and get yourself going!

Celebrating Together

Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome to the new year!
Hello 2017 and hello to a new month and new kits from The ScrapRoom!

First up is a FOTM kit featuring Joy Parade from Fancy Pants:

The balloons in this kit made me immediately think birthday. Luckily, I just happened to have some recent birthday photos on hand!

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I took the sketch and rotated it 90 degrees but kept the photo orientation horizontal. This meant I had to make some adjustments to photo and paper sizes but the inspiration of the sketch is still there. 
The flair and vinyl stickers (also in my kit) were the perfect accompaniment to my photos.
Journaling for this page moved to the tags---the small one at the top and then a larger one tucked behind the middle photo. These were both included in my kit. 
 I love how this one came together!

If you're interested in trying out these kits or becoming a subscriber to The ScrapRoom, check out the information HERE.

Stay tuned later this week for another kit reveal for The ScrapRppm!

Making A Splash

Happy New Year!!
Time for a fresh challenge from Scrap Our Stash. We are starting things off with a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge. 

My layout:
***Imaginisce Party Me Hearty collection***

The challenge board:

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I used the far left vertical row---mist, 5+ patterned papers and twine.

Adding a banner is an easy way to get in several patterned papers in small doses. Although, I pretty much had it covered without the banner!

Using some memoribilia is a great alternative to journaling. These are our fast pass tickets from that day.
I really enjoy the tic-tac-toe boards. I find them both fun and challenging! I hope you will find time to scrap this month and join us at Scrap Our Stash. There is always a fun prize up for grabs to one lucky random winner!

Favorites of 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Can you even believe that it's the last day of 2016? I can't. This year seems to have flown by.

Scrapbooking is still a passion of mine and luckily 2016 has been good to me in that regard. I was invited to join the design team at The ScrapRoom, a monthly kit club that provides four flavors of the month (FOTM) kits featuring different collections from the industry's top manufacturers. I have also continued to design for Scrap Our Stash, an online scrapbooking challenge blog.
In addition, I was able to enjoy some scrappy time with friends:
Camp Wanna (6th year running!)
Beach Retreat, times two
Overnight scrapping with my friend Mendi Yoshikawa
Meet up & crop with the girls from The ScrapRoom

As a result of all this scrapbooking, I've created A LOT of pages!
Although it's very hard for me to choose, some are more near and dear to me than others. 
Here are some of my favorites from this year:

This one stands out to me because of the nostalgic vibe I managed to create for the photo and also the inclusion of the newspaper that she's writing on. This taps into some old stash from Echo Park---For The Record.

I love this photo of my husband so getting it onto a scrapbook page makes me happy---as do these sunny papers from Studio Calico!

It has taken a long time for me to get comfortable with splattering paint on my backgrounds...so you can probably imagine how hard it is for me to stamp paint! I mean, I gotta know where everything is gong to go first and then go in and stamp, let it dry, remember where everything goes...anyway, I love how this one turned out. And this collection form Fancy Pants is one of my faves from them this year.

This collection from Pink Paislee pushed me out of my comfort zone---by a lot! But sometimes it's just the push you need to create beautiful things. This photo of my mom is one of my all time faves.

This one, I just love the whimsical-ness of it. The curious and playful little boy in the photos, the hand-drawn stitch lines and butterfly flight path...and I'm a total sucker for wood-grain!

This is one of those rare layouts with just me. It shares my passion for running and getting a few photos while I enjoy my surroundings! This was another collection that pushed me creatively.

Love my doggie. I really like how these papers from Echo Park make my photos of my pup shine. I also had fun playing with the hexagons!

This one, just because I love that it's our family. All together...and only a year ago! This collection from Bella Blvd really helped me to give these photos the look I wanted to achieve.

One of my first two page layouts for The ScrapRoom. Having lost both of these beloved parents in the last year made this layout extra special. So glad to have these memories.
You might be able to guess why I chose this one...I'm scrapbooking! But I also love it for the fact that my son took these photos of me. The bright colors are fun too (it helps that my clothing matched!).
I don't know...something about this double just really works for me. Of course, I love scrapping outdoor activities. I think I like the fussy cut edge, the title and how the embellishment clusters came together.
Jillibean Soup really won me over with this collection. I loved every piece---so much that I didn't want to use it all up! Tthe die-cut pieces and the sticker sheets, also awesome. It makes embellishing such a breeze! And, more outdoor activities with my family---my favorite!
There you have it! I encourage you to look back over what you created in 2016. It can be a great source on inspiration for 2017!!