Monday, January 15, 2018

When Was The Last Time You Just Used Plain Cardstock?

I didn't realize I was using just plain cardstock until I was just about done with this layout!  It has been a long time since I have done that!  Nice change of pace...

In any case, I am here to help reveal the new challenge at Sketch N Scrap.  The sketch challenge is posted below followed by my layout:

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I tried something new and attached my banner together with brads.  I think I will do that again!  Other than adding extra cardstock and extra photos to the layout - I followed the sketch to the T!  I hope you can join us in this challenge, links are due January 31st.

Materials Used: cardstock, brads, and Doodlebug Design Inc. - Hopscotch alphabet.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

What Are You Dreaming About?

I am happy to help reveal the new challenge at Lasting Memories.  Challenge # 378 is to use the word  "dream" on your layout.  Dream can be in your title, journaling, or even as a design element!

I choose to use dream in my title and this is what I created:

The original base paper had a design element printed in the center bottom.  I wasn't a fan of the design so I placed a number of embellishments on top to cover it up!  I can't wait to see your "dreamy" layouts!  (Sorry - couldn't resist!)  Be sure to link up by January 27th!

Materials Used:  Webster's Pages - Everyday Poetry paper, DCWV paper, Webster's Pages Journaling card, Webster's Pages - Storytellers alphabet, Studio G pearls, silk flower, and Petaloo flower (white).

Friday, December 15, 2017

Work Is Easy With A Sketch

When you have a great sketch at hand, the design of a layout is pretty easy.  This is exactly the case with the new sketch challenge at Sketch N Scrap.

Here is the sketch and my work:

I added an extra photo but for the most part followed the sketch.  This layout came together so quickly!  I hope you give it a shot - it is definitely a challenge worth checking out!

Links are due December 31st.

Materials Used:  Me & My Big Ideas Hello Beautiful papers, cardstock, Recollections flowers, Basic Grey Candy Buttons, Queen & Co. Pearls, Recollections wood veneer (arrow), and Imaginarium Chipboard Phrases.

Monday, November 20, 2017

New Card Challenge at Sketch N Scrap

I am helping reveal the new card sketch challenge at Sketch N Scrap.  Here is the sketch and my card:

Card link-ups are due November 30th.

Materials Used:  cardstock and Me & My Big Ideas - Hello Beautiful papers.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Another Great Recipe Challenge!

Lasting Memories has just released a true challenge this week.  The challenge is to follow this recipe:

November 19th - 2 photos, 2 different fonts for title, 4 patterned papers, 5 buttons, 1 ribbon/trim/twine, 4 die cuts and sprinkle with mist.

Wowza.  That is a lot of ingredients!  This is what I came up with:

I hope that you are able to join us in this challenge!  Links are due 11/25.

Materials Used:  Smooch Spritz - black, cardstock, scrap paper, My Mind's Eye - Sunshine die cuts, Echo Park - Paradise Beach alphabet (lighter blue), Echo Park - A Boy's Life alphabet (navy), brads, buttons, and twine.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Flip A Sketch!

I am happy to help with the reveal of the new challenge at Sketch N Scrap.  Please do yourself a favor and check out what the other DT members did with this challenge - simply beautiful work.

Here is the sketch and my layout:

I flipped the sketch so that the prettier backside of my paper was showing.  (This sketch is easy to do with a two-sided piece of paper.)  I also changed the staples to eyelets and twine.  Finally,  I added a rub-on and some enamel dots.

I can't wait to see your masterpieces on the blog!  Be sure to link up by November 30th.

Materials Used:  Pink Paislee - Cottage Farms papers, rub ons, and journaling cards; Basic Grey - Basics enamel dots, eyelets, twine, and Paper Trunk Benny alphabet.

Monday, November 13, 2017

November Bountiful Blessings Crop

Sketch N Scrap is hosting a Facebook crop from November 11- 25, 2017.  I am honored to help reveal the sketch third challenge for the crop.  Here is the sketch and my work:

The beauty of a great sketch is that you can adapt the "plan" to accommodate your photos and still get a fantastic layout!  As you can see, I had bigger pictures that the sketch called for.  I could not crop the photos anymore without losing the intended image.  SOOOOO - I moved the title to the side and changed the embellishments.  I also added little details like misting the page, distressing the edges of the secondary paper, and added some doodling.

You may also noticed that I continue to work on my endless supply of alphas.  Here I used two different fonts but in the same color for an eclectic look.

I hope you can join us - I would love to see your work!  

Materials Used: cardstock, scrap paper, Doodlebug Design - Hopscotch alphabet, unknown manufacturer of second alphabet, Tattered Angles - Glimmer Mist/Dazzling Diamonds, and Karen Foster Design swirl burst brads/fruit punch.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Simply Together

I am happy to reveal the new challenge at Lasting Memories.  The theme for the month is "Having Fun With Scrapbook Recipes."  Basically, you receive a list of ingredients (items) to include on your layout.  Here is this week's recipe:

November 12th - 1 large photo, 3 patterned paper, a pinch of wood veneer, a dash of Chipboard pieces and sprinkle with enamel dots

This is what I created:

I hope you can join us - just be sure to link up by November 25th.

Materials used:  Me & My Big Ideas - Hello Beautiful papers, Basic Grey Basic Enamel Dots, Heidi Swapp wood veneer ("Simply"), Prima Lace Stickers ("Together"), Prima Flowers - Innocence Collection, and Imaginarium Designs - Flourish small chipboard.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Go With The Flow

I am happy to help reveal the new challenge at Lasting Memories.  The challenge this week is to use either a page from a book or sheet music.

My original plan was to use a dictionary page on a military page that I was working on.  It was perfect - the page had army, armory, etc.  However, as the page was coming together - I did not have room on the layout for the dictionary page without cluttering the page.   I decided to finish the page and start a second page for the Lasting Memories challenge.   I am not too upset - I finished an extra page!

First is the layout for the challenge:

I used the dictionary page in my punch flowers, an element strip, and the date.  I can't wait to see the  creative ways your find to use old books in your layouts.  Be sure to link up your work by October 28th.

Here is the other page I mentioned:

I ended up having more journaling than I thought - hence the need to move on from my original plan. Though, I would like to add that my son only provided minimal detail about his week at the National Boy Scout Jamboree.   After going online, I found all kinds of information about the week.  My son enjoys remembering the details I have provided and smiles at me as if "how did you know."  Magic my son - magic.  LOL!

Oh one more thing about this military layout... I have this huge stash of alphabets and I always struggle to have the right letters.  I get creative.  In military, I needed an "L," "I," and an "a."  The I's were easy ... just trimmed the letter "k" to a straight line.  The L was a "t" that had a little trim as well and positioned upside down.  I always struggle with "A's," here I used an inverted "V" and placed a dot/period in the middle.  It isn't perfect but I think it works.

Materials Used for the "Fun!" layout:  Scenic Route - Parker alphabet, Me & My Big Ideas - Christmas Cheer papers, dictionary paper, brads, flower punches, Sizzix - Original Die - Fun Serif alphabet.

Materials Used for the " Military..." layout:  Authentique  Accomplished paper, cardstock, Thickers - Elf alphabet, Darice - Memoir alphabet.

Cork Paper....

I am happy to help reveal another challenge at Sketch N Scrap.  The sketch was easy to follow and easy to adjust to fit my bigger pictures.  Here is the sketch and my work:

So the cork paper....  It was the first time I used it and I have to admit the self adhesive was pretty nifty.  However, trying to punch circles with the paper was a lot of trouble.  The thick paper kept getting stuck in the punch and I had to spend a ton of time getting the paper unstuck!  I will use the cork again - probably because I have a stash of it!  LOL.  In all honesty though - I do like the look.

I hope you can link up your work.  Remember links are due October 31st.

Materials Used:  cardstock, unknown manufacturer of cork paper, Fancy Pants Hot Chocolate paper, Thickers - Amy Tangerine/Mediterranean alphabet, and Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink - ginger.