Monday, June 26, 2017

Stay Gold - a JOT mood board

Just a quick post to follow up on my Instagram post the other day using this month's amazing mood board from Jot Magazine.

I had to find a good photo for this gorgeous mood board. A selfie usually can't be done on a 12x12 page in my book, so it got an 8.5x11 layout - a common thread in my work lately!

Here's the beautiful mood board:

A few more details:

Such a fun color combo! Thanks, Jot!

Family Retreat

Hey everyone!

Today, I'm sharing another "rare" double page layout. I created this page with photos from a fall, family retreat.

Here is the left page alone:

And the right page alone:

I used the bag technique again, to house all the extra photos I had.

I really love this cute collection from CraftSmith Co - I feel like mixing the blue into the fall palette is unique.

I still love inking the edges to help things stand out better. Do you still ink? Or no way?

Totally did not plan to make the papers coordinate with my boys' clothes, but hey - it works! I sewed some orange twine into my borders in random spots for added texture.

I cut the glitter title from some cardstock & used some puffy letters for retreat. I seriously cannot get enough of skinny puffy alphas!

Paper - CraftSmith Co.
Alphas - Fancy Pants
Autumn Blessings ephemera - Echo Park
Fall stickers - Me and My Big Ideas

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Family Bonding - a LM challenge

Hello friends!

Today I'm bringing you another page I created for a fun challenge over at the Lasting Memories blog! It's apparently Log Cabin day this week, so we're asking you to create a rustic and/or outdoorsy page.

I created a layout about a rustic, outdoorsy adventure we recently had on a canoe-trip gone-wrong.

Lately, I have been loving creating fun watercolor and speckled backgrounds - heavily inspired by the lovely Christin Gronnslett. Check out her work, it's amazing.

I will say, although it looks completely random, there has definitely been a learning curve to this!

I actually cut a title out with my cricut, but then stuck with alphas. It's just so much easier, AIR?

 I need a lifetime supply of skinny alphas, please and thank you!

A few simple word stickers, and my rustic layout is complete.

I hope you will play along with us at Lasting Memories for our last June Challenge. And come back next month for challenges of MY choice! 4 challenges, chosen by yours truly, in the month of July.

Thanks for looking!

Paper - Echo Park
Green alphas - Amy Tangerine
Yellow alphas - Fancy Pants
gray alphas - Webster's Pages
Stickers - Webster's Pages and Echo Park

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sweet Summer - a Stuck!? sketch

It's Fri-YAY!

Let's celebrate with a fun, summer layout!

I created this page for my cruise scrapbook with a great sketch from Laura over at Stuck?! sketches.

Here is the original sketch:

The background heart that seems faded gave me the idea to use the transparency. I love how it turned out.

Those ice cream cones on a cruise ship are no joke. They're so joy-filling!

I had a lot of fun with my layers here and just pulled some things from my stash.

These "build-your-own-sundae" diecuts from Pebbles are the cutest!

I added some mint twine to me letters for added interest. And I love accenting with that pink!

As usual, Laura's sketch was perfection & very inspiring. I'm actually trying to get into process videos more, and tried my hand a speedy little one here. Hope over to YouTube & let me know what you think!

Thumbs up for YouTube!

Yellow striped paper - American Crafts
Green banner acetate - American Crafts Dear Lizzy
Turqoise paper - Craftsmith Co
Ice Cream - Pebbles
Striped card - Me and My Big Ideas
Puffy stickers, enamel dots, banner stickers - My Minds Eye Palm Springs
Love sticker - Webster's Pages
Sweet alphas - Target dollar spot
Mint alphas - a beautiful mess

Thanks for looking!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hike TN - a SIT PL sketch

Hey hey!

I'm bringing you a quick pocket page today that I created with a sketch from Sketches In Thyme PL.

 I used Sketch #75 for this top card.

Here is the full page. These outdoor photos were from JANUARY! It was so crazy warm here this year.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Good Dad - a MTW challenge

Happy Hump Day, friends!

Today, I'm bringing you a layout I created for this month's main challenge over at the More Than Words blog. I always love their challenges & participants - using multimedia is still new to me & very exciting!

This month's challenge played off of the Father's Day holiday & challenged us to use the word Father with the theme of steampunk. So fun!  Here is the layout I created:

I super love combining blue & copper! I busted out these little gears I had for the steampunk portion of the challenge.

I used some liquid water colors I had to create the blue background with black splatters. Then I used black, metallic texture paste to do a tiny bit of woodgrain stencil.

I also used this compass stamp. The background actually, coincidently replicates my husband's tattoo! It was a total accident really, but probably I subconsciously did it. His tat is a black compass with blue water colors splattered about. Ha!

I subscribe to the Cocoa Daisy daisydori kit every month & she always includes a cute little thank you card. I used one to put my journaling on and tucked it behind the popped up photo.

This was a fun color scheme, although I have about exhausted all my stash papers in this family.

This is a shot of the hidden journaling card pulled out to read.

 I feel like hot air balloons fall in the steampunk category somewhere.

I basically hoard these few pieces of Studio Calico paper I have that say different names for Dad! They have really come in handy for this dude.

I echoed the compass with some more gears above my title.

I had sooo much fun creating this fun layout - especially the mixed media background! It never hurts when I'm scrapping my three favorite subjects.

Blue checkered cardstock - WRMK
Dad paper - Studio Calico
Blue/gray paper - Heidi Swapp
Stamp - Prima
Stencil - Prima
Texture Paste - Heidi Swapp
Blue alphas - Fancy Pants
white alphas - American Crafs
foiled vellum - Studio Calico
Thank you card tag - Cocoa Daisy
Small stickers - Webster's Pages

Thanks for looking!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Cool Pool Dude - a SID sketch

It's Fri-YAY!

I hope you are planning a relaxing, Father-lovin' weekend.

I'm bringing you another cruise vacation layout today using an awesome sketch from the wonderful Stick It Down blog.

Here is the original sketch:

I had so much fun with this!

I loved how the paper seemed to fade on the original sketch, so I tried to recreate that a bit.]

I gessoed my patterned white paper in a faded way and placed a transparency over the gessoed portion. Then I used gesso again along the seam and used HS Metallic Texture paste with a triangle pattern (to match the boy's bathing suit). I love how it turned out!

I've been working on remembering my pop dots lately!

I also used this fab mood board from my Paper Issues friends:

I just loved how BRIGHT it is, so I totally went with it with this pink/orange paper I've been hoarding for years. I was also influence by the popsicles, our current family obsession!

He is such a cool pool dude! :)

and we for sure had

Thanks for looking!!


Pink/orange paper - Doodlebug
Diamond paper - Pink Paislee
transparency paper - American Crafts
Ephemera -  Pebbles
Chipboard - me and my big ideas
Texture Paste and stencil - Heidi Swapp
Green alphas - Amy Tangerine
Yellow alphas - Fancy Pants
dude alphas - Sassafrass
Pink cloud sticker - Studio Calico

Thursday, June 08, 2017

How many photos can one layout hold?

Hey hey hey!

Today I'm bringing you a layout defnitely out of my normal realm - a double page spread! I had printed many small photos from our zoo trip earlier this year & wanted them to fit on one page. I spied this little bag a dear friend sent in a scrappy care package, and this double page spread came alive!

I managed to fit 21 photos on this sucker! What's the most number of photos you have ever put on a page??

I love this Pink Paislee Atlas collection & it was perfect to keep it low key enough for all the photos. And it matched my bag so well!

I highlighted some of my favorite photos with an orange border to tie together the orange theme.

Even more photos! I used my Cricut to cut these little files & to write the words on the tabs. Then I put our tickets & more photos on them, and tucked them in the bag.

This would also be a fun way to tuck away a long story you'd like to tell in your scrapbook.

I tried to keep my embellishments pretty minimal, since the photos make the page busy enough.

Ha that sticker says spring, which it was, but this day at the zoo felt more like Summer!

I never really knew what to use that little mask ephemera for, but the zoo was perfect! Pays to be a crafty hoarder, I say, LOL!


I love how this turned out. I wanted to be able to see the dots well, so I used vellum & some transparent embellishments. LOVE!

I enjoyed making this double page, and I"m happy with how many photos I fit on the layout. It definitely took me some time!

Leave a comment with how many photos is the  most you've fit on a layout!

Thanks for looking!!