Art Finds

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hello!  Time to get May started with my first reveal for The ScrapRoom!  This FOTM is brought to you by Fancy Pants, the Attwell collection.

I love the colors in this collection but some of the prints are not really my style.  However, I stumbled across these photos and found the Attwell collection to be a good fit for them. Art meets art...right?

My kit came with some fun epoxy stickers.  They added a fun artsy flair to my layout which was very fitting to my photos. These acetate flowers have been in my stash for who knows how long...I don't even remember where or when I purchased these.  They are from Heidi Swapp, in case you were wondering. The striped epoxy stickers came in my TSR embellishment kit.  They fit in nicely with the overall theme.  I do wish they were a little larger, but they still work.

That's it for now. If you're interested in The ScrapRoom and the FOTM kits, you can check them out HERE.  They're a lot of fun and have really helped me get pages done!


Monday, May 2, 2016

Good morning! Today I am here to share a page created for the newest challenge up at Scrap Our Stash!
***My Mind's Eye Market Street collections***
Here is the challenge:
I took my inspiration from the sunrise/sunset depicted in the image. In my case, it's a sunrise. I also chose a background paper that has a subtle ombre effect going on (although you really can't tell in the photo). I got really lucky in my search for papers and stumbled upon a couple of collections from My Mind's Eye, Market Street Ashbury Heights and Nob Hill.  The majority of the my selections are from Ashbury Heights with I think just a couple accent pieces from Nob Hill.  Anyway, I was thrilled that they coordinated so perfectly with my  photo.  
The hardest part for me, as you can imagine, was the flowers. I just don't know where to put them, what color, size...and then I struggle if they are not the same type of flower....anyone else have this much trouble?
Anyway, it's done and I'm happy with it. I hope this has inspired you to come play along at Scrap Our Stash with us this month.  We'd love to have you!

Live Loud

Friday, April 29, 2016

Good morning!  I got my scrap on yesterday and created this layout for the sketch challenge at Imaginisce.
***Imanginisce Live Loud collection***

I have had this in my stash for a long time.  I'm pretty sure I scored it on sale and there wasn't much left. I only have two pieces of patterned paper and a package each of rub-ons and stickers. But, feeling inspired by this sketch and a recent selfie, I put it to work. Thank goodness for double sided paper---seriously, why was there ever NOT double sided paper?

I flipped the sketch horizontally so that my photo would be loooking into the layout rather than off the page. I went with a large journaling block in the place of the other photo spot. I used my silhouette to cut the messy circle background. One of the rub-ons became my title. I used a bit of Glossy Accents on the album centers. A bit of road washi adds to the other part of my theme which is running ("pounding the pavement").  Some coordinating buttons finshed it off.

The list of songs was so hard to do!  I had a difficult time narrowing it down to what I could fit on this card. I really like all the songs on my playlist...otherwise, why would they be there?!?  So my strategy was not to list any artist more than once.  But truly, Maroon 5 rules my actual playlist!

(By the way...I'm not at home with my regular camera and editing software so I apologize for the less than stellar photo!)

Cards from Scraps

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Once again I have used some of the scraps from the April FOTM kits at The ScrapRoom to create a couple of cards.

Featuring Simple Stories Carpe Diem...
...and another featuring Elle's Studio Little Moments...
I think what's really cool about these kits it that you can create so much with what is provided.  I still have lots left to create with!  If you are considering a kit club, be sure to check out The ScrapRoom.

Ta-ta for now!

All Smiles

Monday, April 18, 2016

Hello again!  So many posts this month, right?  
An overnight crop at a friend's house helped make this possible.  In addition to my regular design team work, I was able to crack out a couple of non-design team layouts for a change.  

Here is one for the current sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches
I really like the look of Laura Whitaker's designs.  The central focus of this single photo was just what I needed for this square pic I had printed of our family.  I spread out my "stuff" a little more which lead to my design taking up a bit more real estate, but the design is essentially the same.

The title and the goofy, relaxed nature of the photo convey what I wanted the share about this moment.  However, the reality of the moments behind this photo are something completely different.  We had actually just returned from memorial services for my mother-in-law, Mary.  She didn't pass unexpectedly, but a difficult loss none-the-less. Anyway, the boys (all 3 of them) never dress up like this.  In fact, we had to shop for proper attire for my husband and our youngest. At least my teen had been to a formal dance once and the clothes still fit him.

So, with a dressed up family, what's a photographer/scrapbooker to do?  I'll tell you...  You set up your tripod, take some test shots and then drag your family out in front of the house for all the neighborhood to see and snap away!  My boys were not thrilled but I did get this gem.  A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

I hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Having a Whale of a Time

Saturday, April 16, 2016

There are few things that beat the smile on your child's face, right?  Andrew was definitely a water hound as a toddler and few things made him smile more that splashing around in the tub.
I decided to use this FOTM kit from The ScrapRoom to complete my assignment for the current Scrap Our Stash challenge.  I just thought these papers spoke so well to the design of the sketch and the photos I had in mind.  In case you are wondering, this is from Doodlebug's Anchors Aweigh collection.

For the stash part of the challenge, this is what I used:
List 1 - journal card
List 2 - kraft, KU Crimson
List 3 - lined paper (to create my tag)
I hope I have inspired you to get busy scrapping.  If I did, come join us at Scrap Our Stash.  There are always two challenges per month and you have until the end of the month to link up for your chance to win a prize.  So, c' know you want to... ;-)

Love What You Do

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hello! I have something very bright and colorful to share today!
This is the Believe collection from Bo Bunny and it's one of the FOTM kits from The ScrapRoom!
When I first opened this I thought...oh, my word...what am I going to do with this?  But I embraced it and decided it was time I scrapped some photos of me doing what I love---scrapbooking!

The assignment for me with this collection was to create a 2 page recipe layout.  These "recipe" layouts are created each month with each of the 4 kits, one assigned to each designer.  The idea being that you, as a subscriber, could take your monthly kits and quickly create four double page layouts without having to do much thinking or planning.  The designs, complete with dimensions and placements, are all done for you.  You do have to subscribe to have access to the recipe cards but how awesome would it be to complete 4 layouts per month and all you have to do is select the photos and start assembling???
I used some mists in coordinating colors to splatter the background before I got started.  I should also make note that I swapped out the black cardstock that came with the kit for white instead. The chipboard word "love" inspired my title.  I then raided my sticker stash and used my silhouette to create the extended title.
I hope you like what you see and will consider subscribing the The ScrapRoom monthly kits.  You can check out the idea gallery by heading over to the blog and clicking on the current FOTM image in the upper right sidebar. 
Have a happy scrappy day!