Friday, July 29, 2016

Christmas Story Layout - DT Sketches In Thyme

First Christmas layout of the year! It was only 40'C with the humidity this week so seems appropriate to work on Christmas layouts. Bev Code made the latest sketch at Sketches In Thyme so I hope you will try it out. It is super easy to work with and can go as simple or detailed as you like.

Here is the sketch:

Fancy Pants Wish Season
Black Sharpie (journaling and outlined the page)
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Winter Wonders Layout

Not sure why I'm on a Christmas kick when I look forward to summer during our awful winters. I think all the challenges lately have worked well with Christmas and I haven't used those kits for a long time so it's like new again! Here is a picture of my daughter at three weeks old and my sister-in-law. I just love when pictures turn out perfectly like this one.

I really wanted to try the challenge at Pinkfresh Studios this month. It is a recipe challenge and I haven't done a lot of those. I'm so glad I did because I never would've thought to combine some of these elements and I like how this turned out. Here is the recipe from their site:

You will have to create a layout/card/any kind of project with these elements...
1. Only 2 patterned papers  (I used the background and it's B side plus one more paper).
(you can use the double-sided ones, that makes 4 pattern already)
2. Puffy Stickers (the deer and one tree are stickers as well as the ones on the picture)
3. Stamps (snowflakes, date and title before embossing).
4. Mist/Watercolor (mist)
5. Black & White photo.

I used this sketch from Let's Get Sketchy because I figured I could get away with using only 2 patterned papers with this!

I'm also joining the Paper Issues: Gleam Catchers challenge as this is one sparkly layout!

There is an Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp and I actually used stamps on a layout!
Pinkfresh Studios: Christmas Wishes (paper and puffy stickers)
Gold paper - Fancy Pants: Life Is Beautiful
Mist - Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Tea
Black Embossing Powder - Close To My Heart
Snowflake Stamp, Title Stamp & Date Stamp - the stash
Ribbon, Gold Thread, Sequins and Glitter Glue - Dollarama
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Celebrate 2014 Layout

This was one of those layouts that came together one piece at a time. I had a sketch, cut file and inspiration picture but no real plan. This usually frustrates me as I plan most things in advance but this time the final product turned out better than I expected.

I began with the sketch from Paper Issues and the free cut file from their store. It has the holes for string art already punched so all I had to do was size the file and cut.
I used the challenge from Creative Embellishments as inspiration so I decided the star would be red to match the picture.
Originally, I had chosen a completely different paper kit but the picture that matched the best was Christmassy so I switched to Fancy Pants Oh Deer. The Christmas theme worked well with the stars and I chose a picture of my daughter on her birthday that had balloons on the bag like the inspiration pic:) I painted the title, glued some buttons and cord and splatted some gold and finished! It sounds fast but I actually agonized over every step!
Fancy Pants: Oh Deer
White paper - Bazzill Basics: Avalanche
Title: Creative Embellishments - Celebrate Word Set
Gold paint: Deco Art Dazzling Metallics Splendid Gold
Gold cord from an old Creative Circle cross-stitch kit
Stars - Fancy Pants: Happy Place
Most buttons - Stampin' Up: Brights
Date - MME: Just Sayin'
Red embroidery thread
Gold embroidery thread
Fine tip Sharpie pen
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Happy Day Layout

How awesome is the Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness collection?! I just got it so I had to use it right away. The dark pink is the colour of most of my daughter's shirts so I will have no problem matching pictures plus I can scrap my lake pictures. I used two lake pictures from last summer where the kids were painting rocks and birdhouses.

I was inspired by the sketch at Grand Diva's Creative Corner because it has that large strip down the left side. This kit comes with some ready made strips like that so I thought this would be a good place to start.
This layout started well but then I think I ran into the problem of having too many awesome papers and embellishments to choose from and I changed my design a million times. I debated putting the title "Painting Rocks" but I couldn't find alpha's that looked right and the pictures have that dead space in the middle so I went with the premade title in the kit. I sprayed some mists and because I used so many buttons, I decided not to make the two stitched circles in the sketch. The buttons came from the Paper Issues Take 5 challenge. I used:
- white
- blue
- buttons
- patterned paper
- stripes
I also made sure to add a paperclip (or two!) so I could participate in Rochelle Spears's This or That challenge.

Overall, I'm pleased with how this turned out!

Simple Stories: Sunshine and Happiness Kit
Stampin' Up Bright Buttons
White and Yellow paperclips
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Butter and Raspberry Mists

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mulan Layout

This picture of my daughter and Mulan turned out so well, I knew I wanted to make sure it was scrapped in a special way. I love how this turned out!

This layout began with the sketch from Creative Scrappers and the cut file from Just Nick.

The name of the cut file is Chopsticks which made me think of my Mulan picture. I remembered having this DCWV paper sitting in my bin of random papers and found a random pink sheet to go behind. When looking for the background paper I came across the cherry blossom paper and got to work fussy cutting. Then I tried to think of other items I could add. I found the fan PNG file here. The title font I found here. The scroll I made by distressing some white paper. I painted two toothpicks with brown paint. Then I found the larger beads and added a tiny bead on the end of each toothpick. I also found the lantern sticker and had a few others but I didn't want to have competing colors or objects.
I'm also playing along with the Paper Issues Gleam Catchers challenge. I have a sparkly title, gems, beads and date stickers.
I also am joining The Paper Girls for their travel challenge.
Background paper - DCWV: Water
Flowers - Recollections: Water Color Cherry Blossoms
Pink paper, brown cardstock, lantern sticker, and beads - the stash
Gold title - Fancy Pants: Life is Beautiful
Date stickers - MME: Just Sayin'
Gold gems - Forever In Time
Toothpicks and brown paint
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Yeehaw Layout

So I'm still working my way through last summer's vacation photos. Here is one of LEGOLAND. I just love how the flowers outline the picture so I've been waiting for the perfect sketch to showcase some flowers.

I used the sketch from the Midweek Mojo Orchid #4. I was too busy the week it came out but made this today so I could be a part of the series finale.
I chose my picture based on the Paper Girls Challenge #108: Vacation/Trip/Travel.  
I'm also playing along at Clique Kits: Anything Goes.
Best of all, I get to join the Cut Shoppe Challenge as I now have some of their cut files. Super excited to use them all. I used the Floral Frenzy for the flowers on this layout.
Fancy Pants: Life Is Beautiful
Cut Shoppe: Floral Frenzy cut file
Brown Twine: Stampin' Up
Yellow Twine: the stash
Tags: Fancy Pants - Attwell
"Going Places" embellishment: Fancy Pants - Office Suite
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Midweek Mojo Orchid Finale

I have compiled one blog post to showcase my Midweek Mojo Outstanding Orchid Grand Prize layouts. Enjoy!

Orchid 1
Orchid 2
Orchid 3
Orchid 4
Orchid 5
Orchid 6
Orchid 7
Orchid 8
Orchid 9
Orchid 10

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Go For It Layout

Here is a layout about an old board game that I played for the first time. I had no idea what I was doing so betting my house several times seemed like a good idea. Well, it was because I won! Everyone else was shocked I would do such a thing.

I used the sketch from the Midweek Mojo Orchid #10.
I am also playing along with the Clique Kits Anything Goes Challenge this month.
Jillibean Soup: Healthy Hello Soup Collection

Ultra Fine Tip Sharpie Pen
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Hello Layout

Back from a family vacation and ready to post some layouts. Unfortunately, because I was gone, I couldn't link up before the due date but I'm pleased with the layout. I used a bunch of hugs and kisses photos which I was going to make my title but couldn't get the fonts right with my limited vacay supplies so I went with using lots of hello's.

I used this sketch from My Creative Sketches.

I am playing along with the Clique Kits Anything Goes Challenge with this layout.
Jillibean Soup: Healthy Hello Soup Collection
Blue and Yellow Rik rak: Michael's
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Sweet Girl Layout - SOS GDT

Hi there! I hope you'll join the challenges this month at Scrap Our Stash. I'm pleased to be the guest designer this month and I just love this challenge! Here is my layout:


The challenge is to follow the sketch and use one item from each column.
I began this layout with the Fancy Pants Me-ology kit as it has mini folders which I had no idea how to use. From there I chose two pictures that would match. I used Simple Stories frames, twine around the quote at the bottom and a Uniball pen for the journaling. I really thought a lot about the background as I have some awesome Teresa Collins stencils but after making my cluster, I decided to sew the background like the picture. I'm so glad I did because I never would've come up with this idea without the sketch. I found some tags I liked in the kit so I had to move the title for balance. It is from Creative Embellishments with some black embossing. Even though the quote at the bottom wasn't part of the sketch, I had to include it because it described the pictures perfectly.
Fancy Pants: Me-ology Kit
Frames - Simple Stories: Carpe Diem
Title - Creative Embellishments
Black embossing powder: Close To My Heart
Black Uniball pen
Pearls and twine - the stash
White thread
Thanks for stopping by! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's creations!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Dream Big Today Layout - SID GDT

I'm so happy to be joining the Stick It Down challenge blog this month as their Single Page Guest Designer. It is a great sketch to work with and I knew just what I wanted to do with it.

Here is the sketch:

I just purchased the Simple Stories Carpe Diem mega pack which came with a bunch of frames. I began by selecting five frames and corresponding circles to highlight in each one. Then I chose these pictures of our trip to Walt Disney World as the blue in Ariel's dress matches this collection. I love these flowers and fussy cut them. Everything came from the kit so it was a super easy, super fun layout to make. I hope you'll try this sketch too!

Simple Stories: Carpe Diem
Black fine tip Sharpie pen

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Toothless Besties Layout

And now for my third layout from my week at the lake. This picture is of my daughter and her friend when they learned they had both lost the same tooth. Unfortunately, my daughter pointed her face down so you can't see her teeth and they ran off before I could get another picture. At the end of the day it is a great picture of them so I can't be disappointed.

I used a sketch from Stuck!? Sketches. You should see the stuff the design team made. Amazing!

Simple Stories: Carpe Diem
Black twine from the stash
Yellow letters - Glitz Designs: 77

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Hotel Weekend Layout

Here is layout number two from my relaxing week at the lake. These pictures are from our family stay in a hotel for a weekend to celebrate my parent's 40th wedding anniversary. This is the second time we have done this as a family and I highly recommend it! The kids named it 'hotel weekend' as we didn't leave our city. The hotel was close to restaurants, shopping, had a waterslide and a spa. Something for everyone. I love this picture of my daughter walking her suitcase. She was soooo excited!

I used this month's sketch (#108) from Sketch-N-Scrap. I had to play with it a little bit as my papers were so busy and I really wanted to have the words on the middle strip to show.

Jillibean Soup: Healthy Hello
Green letters - Bella Blvd: Lucky Starz
Fine tip black Sharpie pen

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Artist In Residence Layout

Just got home from a wonderful week at the lake. I managed to complete three layouts so I have a lot to post. The first one is of my daughter drawing at her little table that we keep in the kitchen. I highly recommend having a permanent art space in your living area. It is so nice to see my daughter choose to go there and begin creating without needing to ask for all the supplies.

I used the sketch from the Midweek Mojo Orchid #9.

Simple Stories: Carpe Diem
Fine tip black Sharpie pen
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Graduation Layout - SOS GDT

I was very happy to be asked to guest design this month on the Scrap Our Stash blog. Here is my layout:

The challenge is to be inspired by the following book:
I found it a little challenging to decide which direction I wanted to go with this, but due to the requirement of using 5 patterned papers, opted for circles. They also match the shape and colour of the rings in the book. Since this book is often read at graduation, I chose a picture of my daughter graduating from pre-K. I chose the Atlas collection as it matched the photo. I used the brads as my round embellishment. The twine I originally wanted going to all the circles but it meant my title wouldn't lie flat so I opted for the side ones. It looked like my daughter had spider legs so I put some twists and turns in the twine! I like how the twine implies all the different directions she can take to all the different places in life. I did an Internet search and found the Doctor Soos Bold font. It is such a close match to the book and it cut easily.
Paper - Pink Paislee: Atlas
Arrow clip - American Crafts
Black fine tip Sharpie pen
Brads and twine - the stash
White cardstock
Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to see how everyone interprets this challenge!