Saturday, October 22, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


If you haven't figured it out - I truly enjoy working with sketch challenges.  It takes all the guess work of putting a page together.  The sketch I used to put this page together was a really fun challenge at Stuck?!

I adjusted the sketch to accommodate three photos instead of four.  Here is my page:

I hope you can join me on this challenge, the link closes on October 29th.

Materials Used: Lillybee Design - Buttercup Blossom paper, cardstock, Teresa Collins - Memorabilia enamel dots, Cricut Font - Cricut Craft Room font, Echo Park - For the Record paper & tag, up-cycled clothing tag twine, and brads.

Dusting Off My Dies

I don't know about you, but for myself, I love to re-discover old tools and use those items that have been in my stash for more years than I can remember.  The current challenge at Scrap Our Stash, helped me do both!

The challenge is called Sketch + (3).  The idea is to follow the sketch and include one item from each list showcased.  Here is the board to help understand the challenge.

I followed the sketch and included the follow items: from list 1 - diecut (crayons), list 2 - envelope, and list 3 - flowers.  Here is my work:

This was a great way to use your stash - at least for me!  I dusted off my original Sizzix die and found an envelope that has been sitting around for at least 10 years (*gasp*).  Join me and scrap your stash!  Links are due October 29th.

Materials Used: Bazzill cardstock, scrap paper (bonus!), Cricut - Alphalicious font, Recollections flowers, My Mind's Eye - Collectible Tiny Word stickers, Sizzix Original Die - crayon, and a Sticko vellum envelope.

Pretty In Pink

Girls and pink... goes together like peanut butter and jelly!  Well - at least for our family.  There is no shortage of either in this layout.

I completed another page and had a little help from the sketch challenge at Let's Get Sketchy.  Here is the sketch for Week 2 and my work:

I knew this paper was perfect for these photos but I was concerned about the pattern being too busy.  With that in mind, I used gesso to reduce the "noise" a little.  

This was a great sketch to follow and I hope you can join me on this challenge.  Links are due October 30th.

Materials Used: Scrappy Cat LLC/Stamp Effects - Retro Mania paper, Doodlebug Design Inc - Petite Prints paper, Making Memories - Garden Party Flower shimmer stickers, K & Company Smash List Pad - Blank cards, Liquitex gesso, and unknown manufacturer of chipboard flowers.

Monday, October 17, 2016

In Search Of...

I enjoy doing Project Life Style pages - especially when I want to include lots of photos.  However, there are few Project Life Style challenges that I have found.  (And challenges keep me motivated to keep working on my albums.) So I am taking the liberty and getting a little creative.  I decided to use a card sketch from Sketch N Scrap for my title card on this Project Life Style page.  Here is the sketch and my work:

I hope the folks at Sketch N Scrap do not mind I did this - but I appreciate the motivation to get this done!  To join me in this challenge, be sure to link up by October  31st.

Materials Used: Becky Higgins pocket page and Tropical pocket cards, paper clips, brads, scrap paper, My Mind's Eye - The Sweetest Thing Tiny Word Stickers, and Doodlebug Design Inc - Love Letter alphabet.

Lovin' The Mojo!

I have not scrapped all summer.  Now, I am finding myself searching for an opportunity to scrap.  I honestly think scrapping is a great form of therapy - not sure if it is cheaper than actual therapy - but I digress.  In any case, I am tickled pink to be making progress on my albums.

I completed this Project Life page with the help of the friendly folks at Sketches In Thyme Project Life Style (#47).  They had a great sketch challenge and I used it for my main card/title slot.  Here is the sketch and my work:

I rotated the sketch to fit my pocket and then I coordinated the other cards.  I even had my daughter journal about the experience (though a four years later...).  

Join me in this super sketch challenge - the links close on October 31st.

Materials Used: Becky Higgins Project Life page, Recollections washi tape and wood veneer banner, Paper Trunk - Benny alphabet, cardstock, Me & My Big Idea pocket cards, Smash date stamp, and brads.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Favorite Fall Activity...

I have so many favorite fall activities -- it is hard to choose one.  Really.  However, for the new challenge at Lasting Memories I went to my "to scrap" pile to see what I had on hand.  I found a school paper where my then 8 year old was writing about our Thanksgiving traditions.  I truly enjoy seeing my kids school work and craft projects.  I particularly love reading about what they are thankful for.  So - I am declaring that my favorite fall activity - looking at my kids schoolwork (I never get as much stuff to look at in the spring - hmmmm).

Here is my example this week:

I have to mention that sometimes - you have to just stop and let it go.  What I mean is -- for some reason this piece of schoolwork would not let me punch the paper edge.  It kept getting caught and ripping.  I was determined to make it work and soon I realized that I was ruining the schoolwork!  ACCKK!  Obviously I can not replace it.  So, I just left it as it is as soon as I realized my error.  Hence the goofy edge.  Oh well.... what can I do?

I hope you can join us in this fun challenge - links are due October 28th.

Materials Used:  Simple Stories - Harvest Lane paper & alphabet, cardstock, Queen & Co. Felt Fusion - Leaves, Lawn Fawn/Lawn Ornaments - Into the Woods mixed sequins, Basic Grey - Woolies/felt stickers - Pyrus, and Krylon Make It Acid Free spray. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pink & Creepy...

Who would have thought that when doing a page of creepy, crawly things that make the hair on your arms stand straight up - would be designed in pretty pink papers, flowers, and a bow?  I wouldn't but I did.

If you are following me, you know that I am working on my Girl Scout's overnighter to the zoo.  Tons of pictures - perfect use of pocket pages.

I followed a pocket card sketch at Sketches In Thyme Project Life Style for this page (#46).  Here is the sketch:

Here is my card and the complete page:

Join in the fun - links are due October 31st.

Materials Used: Project Life pocket page, scrap paper, Thickers - Subway alphabet, ribbon, glitter brads, Stampin' Up paper ants from a very old collection, and Cricut - Cherry Limeade font.

Using Project Life A Little Differently

Most people that use Project Life (online or in person) use it as it is intended - to document a period of time - most often a week.  I am not that organized nor current enough to make that happen.  However, the concept is still brilliant.  I use my Project Life pages to quickly scrap an event that has a TON of photos that I just have to include for one reason or another.  One perfect example is a trip to the zoo with my Girl Scout troop.   To help me try to get a little creative with these pages - I use challenges.

One of my favorite places to check out first is Sketches In Thyme Project Life Style.  They post weekly sketch challenge.  Love it!  Here is the challenge for the first week of October:

This is what I created:

And the complete page:

Give Project Life/Pocket Pages and Sketches In Thyme Project Life Style a shot - you won't be disappointed.  Be sure to link your work by October 31st.

Materials Used: Project Life Pocket Page, scrap paper, glitter brads, unknown manufacturer of glitter do-dad & hearts (I do not know what to call that arrow looking thingy), Paper Trunk - Carson alphabet, and Me & My Big Ideas Pocket Pages themed cards.

Anything Goes...

I have another double page spread for a challenge at Srapping 4Fun Challenges.  This time - the challenge - super easy - anything goes (#76)!  This is what I created:

There is no excuse not to participate in this challenge - you even have time - links close) October 27th.

Materials Used: cardstock, Pink Paislee - Indigo Bleu papers, Recollections flowers, 7 Gypsies - Le Journal Petals rubs, Cricut - Making The Grade font, Stampin Up - Brilliant Blue ink, ribbon, and sequins.