Sunday, January 29, 2017

Baby Book...Month 2

I started this layout so long ago, I can't even begin to tell you what site I took the layout from.  It's a little rough, but, I got it done is the important part!!!  Hopefully, they'll all improve from here.  I should mention, I have no idea what pictures my sister will want to put on her pages.  I just steal them from anywhere I can as long as they fit the time frame and some are less than ideal quality!!  I figured my sister can print the pictures she prefers once she gets the whole album.  This page actually looks a lot more cohesive in person than in this picture.  I REALLY miss daylight/sunshine! 😉⛅

Patterned Paper and Stickers:  Echo Park Bundle of Joy
Cardstock:  CTMH Glacier, Blush, Flaxen, and Cocoa 
Ink:  CTMH Blush (to color banner) Cricut Cartridge: Create a Critter, Plantin SchoolBook (title)
Accessories:  Recollection Adhesive Rhinestones, Stickles, Heidi Swapp Banner, and Art Chix Studio wood cloud.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Baby Book..Month 1

This is another super simple layout, but, it helped me get started.  I really love it though, but, I think it has more to do with the super sweet picture than anything!  I copied the layout almost exactly from the cover of Close to My Heart's Summer 2010 Idea Book.  They used the Cherry-O paper pack, it was super cute!

Patterned Paper and Stickers:  Echo Park Bundle of Joy
Cardstock:  CTMH Glacier, Blush, Baby Pink, Pear, and Cocoa
Ink:  CTMH Glacier and Blush
Cricut Cartridge: Flower Shoppe (leaves) and Plantin SchoolBook (Circles on flowers, tag, and title)
Accessories:  Stitch'z Bazzil Floss, CTMH paper flower, Martha Stewart border punch, Icicles Stickles, CTMH ribbon and chipboard flowers.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Baby Book...Cover Page

So, as I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm trying to put together a baby book for my beautiful niece Lizzy.  I'm ridiculously behind the eight-ball as she's already a year and a half old, but, sadly, I'm further along for her than my own kids!! 

Please excuse the poor lighting, but, there's not a lot of natural light to be had lately with all of our snowfall so that makes for a lot of adjusting!!  I used the "Backstage" layout template in Close to My Heart's Magic book to get me going.  I was really struggling to get my scrapbooking mojo back and the templates in the book are a great way to get started!!

Patterned Paper and Stickers:  Echo Park Bundle of Joy
Cardstock:  CTMH Glacier, Blush, Baby Pink, and Cocoa
Stamp Sets:  CTMH Playful Flourishes (Sorry been too long, not sure which flower stamp I used)
Ink:  CTMH Hollyhock and Pear
Cricut Cartridge: Create a Critter, Plantin SchoolBook (heart and title) and Flower Shoppe
Accessories:  CTMH and Recollection Adhesive Rhinestones, Stitch'z Bazzil Floss, CTMH paper flower, Martha Stewart flower punch, Icicles Stickles, Fiskars Border Punch, and  (title is done with stickers that came with the paper pack).

Thursday, January 26, 2017


So, completing two layouts in one month is probably not all that impressive for most, but, kind of a big deal for me considering my long hiatus!!   Although, I've actually scrapped more than you might think, just didn't post.  Anyway, this layout was so much fun and went together so fast, that never happens for me!

I combined several challenges for this one which I hope is o.k.!  First and foremost, the sketch came from Let's Get Sketchy.  Such a fun site and they do a new sketch challenge weekly, so amazing and so much great inspiration on their blog!!  

The second challenge that I used for inspiration was the Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge from Scrap Our Stash.  For their challenge you had to dig through your stash and use three items in a line from their tic-tac-toe board.  This challenge blog is new to me, but, I LOVE it because I have SO much stuff to use and they encourage you to add more to your layouts...I may not have been a prolific scrapper during my time away from my blog, but, I was definitely still a good shopper! 😜 I chose Paint/Mist, Winter Theme, and The Color Blue.  I've had this picture of my son and pup for a year now and just think it's too cute.  Max is getting older and not doing well, Owen will be devastated when we have to say goodbye, they've been inseparable since the day we brought Owen home from the hospital.

The final challenge that I came across when looking for new inspiration was on the challenge forums.  MarciLB challenged us to scrap a pet using a winter theme....I live in Alaska and have plenty of pets, so, maybe not much of a "challenge" after all, haha!!  The forum has quite a few challenges and I am looking forward to playing along with more soon!

Patterned Paper and Stickers:  Little Yellow Bicycle Winter Twig
Cardstock:  CTMH Sky and Twighlight
Stamp Sets:  CTMH Snow Flurries and All Decked Out
Accessories:  Paint and Dauber from CTMH distressing kit, Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, Comic Markers, Versa Mark and CTMH embossing powder, Fiskars border punch, Maya Road Mini Chipboard Snowflakes, Martha Stewart Glitter (used on snow flakes...hard to see in pic), Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge, and Zig pen.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Belated Baby Book...Month 3

I cannot believe it's been SO long since I last posted.  I think having a little princess in the house was kind of my crafty undoing, I don't get the "alone" time I had before with just a boy in the house!!  She's my constant companion and NEVER stops talking!! 😊  But, I can't blame her for it all, I've been struggling with back issues since she was born and would rather lay down and take a nap than sit to scrapbook or post a layout on the blog.  Fortunately, I think, I finally have had someone take a closer look with xrays/MRI and determined I have three tears in my lumbar disks...turns out I'm not just a whiner!  I'm currently working with a chiropractor that seems to be helping.  I've gotten actual quality sleep the past couple weeks!!  It's amazing what a difference being rested does for your entire life, I'm SO thankful and hopefully, will be on here more often.

Anyway, enough about me!  After being away for so long, I realized, most of the challenge blogs I used to follow have called it quits.  So, I went on a search for some new ones!!  I'm trying to do a baby book for my sister's now 18 month old...nothing like being behind!!  So, I was especially looking for layout challenges.

I've always loved the Stuck?! sketches, but, this may be the first time I was able to play along and submit on time!  I'm still trying to get back into it, it's amazing how hard it is to put a layout together when you haven't done it in forever.  Scrapbooking is definitely a skill that takes practice to make it look good like the design team on Stuck?!.  I had hoped to participate in the second challenge this month too, but, thats not going to happen this time!!  I had fun with this one though!

Patterned Paper and Stickers:  Echo Park Bundle of Joy
Cardstock:  CTMH Glacier and Blush
Cricut Cartridge: Create a Critter, Plantin SchoolBook (heart and title)
Accessories:  Fruit Punch and Icicles Stickles, Wilton Heart Doilies, Recollection Adhesive Rhinestones, Stitch'z Bazzil Floss in Geneva Brown and stitch guide, Recollections Embellishment-flower button (that's really all the packaging says), paint/brush from CTMH distress kit, and lace by the yard from local scrabpbook store (no brand available).

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chasing the Clouds Away...

I was SO excited about this week's CSI "Case" (Case #58), especially since this was the monthly challenge with the sketch from Page Drafts tied to it and the colors were totally geared to earth tones.  But, when I actually got started, I really struggled!! I ended up adding a LOT of pink which is REALLY not like me!!

Anyway, how could I lose with these shots of Olivia! ;O)  I found a tutorial online at by Photo Gavin and was able to make my own film strip...complete with texture, color of my choice, and a drop shadow...not to shabby eh? ;O)  This layout really came down to the wire for the CSI deadline, so, it got rushed.  But, I actually really like it even though I'd probably have done some things differently given some extra time.

Evidence Used:  Clouds, wood (heart button), and jewels
Testimony:  Document a Getaway or take inspiration from the word "escape" (whichever you think is in Olivia let's you "escape" or "getaway" from reality with the way she makes you laugh even when she's sick...I really pushed it this week with my Testimony, not sure it qualifies!!)
Cardstock: CTMH Baby Pink, Cocoa, Juniper, and Grey Flannel
Paper: My Little Shoebox Sky's the Limit (clouds), Three Bugs in a Rug Happy Bird-Day (both polk-a-dot papers), CTMH Let's Get Together (yellow stripe), and CTMH Chantilly (pink)
Ink: Buttercup (around journal strips) 
Other: Fiskars Border punch, CTMH Bitty Sparkles with Copic marker to color, Cricut Elegant Edges and Paper Lace 2 cartridges, Recollections Button, and Zig Pen

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Stole Our Hearts...

I can't believe it!  I was mentioned under "On the Watch List" at CSI for my "Baby Face" layout, so incredibly honored!! ;O) Lots of talent over there, can't believe mine was even noticed!

Thought I'd share the other layout I managed to finish over the past couple of weeks and since it was fitting for Valentine's Day...I've literally had this sitting on my scrap table since last June.  Usually, when something sits there that long, I end up getting so sick of looking at it, I just throw some things on it to get it done.  But, I love how this one turned out and didn't really agonize over it like normal.  I used Case File #24 posted on 6/24 at the CSI blog for this one.  Evidence used are jewels and silver accents and my Testimony was to add jewels to the journaling spot.

Cardstock: CTMH Grey Wool, Baby Pink, and Tulip
Paper: Kaiser Craft Tiger Lily Collection and Echo Park Yours Truly
Ink: Tsukineko Tuxedo Black
Other:  CTMH crocheted flower and metal embellishment,  Cricut Elegant Edges, Designer Calendars, and Gypsy Fomt Cartridges, Recollections adhesive rhinestones, American Crafts TradeMarks (rubons), Inkadinkado Mini Stamps, KaiserKrafts Paper Flower, Stampendous Embossing Powder, Stickles, Making Memories Embroidery Floss, and CSI Coordinates

I'm so sad to say that this was my first and apparently last challenge with the Scrap Fit Blog as they have decided to end their challenges.  I didn't realize they'd decided to end the blog until today when I went to find "Workout #69", the sketch I had used from way back on June 1st to do the layout below.  I'm so disappointed.  Obviously, I didn't get to participate much after finding the blog, but, I did really enjoy the variety of challenges they had each week and found it very inspirational.  For example, I also incorporated "Workout #70" posted on June 15th to "Develop your Own Polarods"into this layout.  I found the free polaroid picture frames online somewhere, but, it's been so long, I wouldn't be able to tell you where to give them credit.  I think I also used a grunge frame from one of Jessica Sprague's online courses to give the photos more depth. 

Anyway, hope you are all enjoying what's left of your Valentine's Day!  Dave, Owen, and I all have tomorrow off which would have been great, but, Owen's come up with a nasty flu bug!  We'll be watching him and his sister very closely the next couple of days!!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Baby Face...

I FINALLY have had time to sit and scrap a little bit again over the past couple weeks and have not one, but, two layouts to share.  I should be working, it's reporting season and the company I contract to acquired another oil company's assets here in Alaska on the first.  But, I'm already burnt out!!!  Not a good sign for year-end reporting! ;O) 

The lighting is weird today, very green, I apologize for the photo.  I hate to tell you how many pictures I took and in how many different areas of the house!  Its overcast today and in the 40s...we've gone from one extreme to the other all winter, I'm SO over it!

Anyway, have you heard?  Inspired Blueprints is back!!  I'm so excited and used their Sketch #81 for my layout.  I also used Case File 57 at the CSI blog.  I just LOVE their site, it's so inspirational.

Evidence Used:  Hearts, Flowers, Leaves/Vines, Birds, Solid background, Die Cuts, and Punches
Testimony:  Heart shaped journaling spot


Paper: CTMH Floral Tapestry Paper
Cardstock:  CTMH Baby Pink, Twighlight, Sweet Leaf, and Tulip
Ink:  CTMH Baby Pink and Tulip
Embellishments:  CTMH Twinkle Brads, Kaiser Craft flowers (pink), CTMH Just Blooms Flowers (white), Martha Stewart Border Punch and leaves, EKSuccess Border Punch, Cricut die cuts, and CSI Embellishments

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sketch Savvy #77 and CSI #23...Olivia

Grrr....I literally had this done, photo taken, and was ready to post when the clock ticked down missing the deadline by minutes.  I don't pretend to think I would have won, but, it's the principle of the thing!!  Anyway, how great is this color scheme!!  I had so much fun with this one and was so proud of myself for mixing and matching all kinds of paper!!  Here's the Case File from CSI:
And here's my layout:
Evidence:  Flowers, Monogram, and Border Punch
Testimony:  My journaling is written as a letter to Olivia
Paper:  CTMH Twitterpated and Discovery, Basic Grey Origins, and Kaiser Craft Tiger Lilly Collection
Cardstock:  CTMH Buttercup, White Daisy, Sorbet, and Blush
Stamps:  Journaling Jots
Ink: Pear (around journaling spot) and Grey Wool
Other:  CTMH flowers and Color Ready Wood Pieces (can't remember exact name), Martha Stewart border punch, Hero Arts and Recollections adhesive sparkles, Cricut and Gypsy, and Zig pen

Here's the layout from Sketch Savvy that I used.  Its another great one!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sketch Savvy and CSI...Love

I was so excited to get to enter a CSI challenge, but, although my layout was almost done, everything went downhill...I dropped my letter "V" stamp and ripped it in two while I was trying to peel it off the photo.  Of course, the stamp itself peeled up the color off the photo anyway forcing me to place one of the journaling spots over top that specific spot.  Then, if that weren't bad enough, I'd messed with my rubons until they were stuck to the wrong side of the plastic and I made one heck of a mess of the other photo trying to use them anyway.  I guess since it's taken me an additional two weeks to get a picture and post it on my own blog, it obviously just wasn't meant to be!! ;O)  

Oh well, if you haven't tried a CSI challenge (Color, Stories, Inspiration) yet, what are you waiting for!!!  I can't believe how much fun they are and how much I've stepped out of my box and used product/ color challenges I never would have thought of without them!

Here's the Case File for this one...
Evidence: I used doilies and flowers (the doilies being the stretch for me!)
Testimony: I used both 3 different size journaling spots as well as 3 perspectives...each journaling spot is each one of us telling Olivia about our thoughts the day she arrived.  Owen wasn't so cooperative, so, I just told about what he was thinking/doing in the days leading up to her arrival. 

Now that I look at the case file and layout side by side, I was off on the color scheme some...the pinks aren't quite right are they!  Well, I tried anyway!
Paper: Basic Grey Urban Prairie and DCWV Green Stack
Cardstock: CTMH Colonial White, Hollyhock, and Sweet Leaf
Stamps:  Friendship Alpha
Ink: Hollyhock
Other:  Bazzil Basics flowers, Doilies from my stash, K&Company rubons, Butterfly sticker from Walmart, Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Stickles, EKSuccess corner Rounder, Cricut, and Spellbineders/Cuttlebug

The sketch I used for the layout was this one from Sketch Savvy.  I'm so loving her sketches and am so thankful, I wasn't sure I'd find another I loved as much as Sketchy Thursdays!!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pencilines and Fly Boys...

This is another layout I started when I was still pregnant for my mother's album and have just now wrapped up.  To put it in perspective, I think it was the current challenge at Pencil Lines (who closed up shop months ago) when I first began!!  Sad I know.  Needless to say, I'm SO tired of looking at it and had little brilliant inspiration to contribute, so, its pretty simple.  I didn't glue the pennants down quite right and I see in my picture the "F" has slid off a little...I'll fix that! ;O)

Gotta love these pictures though...that was my little man at almost a year and my brother at 8.  They just happened to have coats that were almost identical, too cute! 
Paper:  Imaginisce (Can't find any name of the line)
Cardstock:  Barn Red, Desert Sand, and Colonial White
Stamps:  Pennant Alphabet, Confidential, and Star Struck
Ink:  Desert Sand and Barn Red
Other:  Hemp twine, Zig pen, and CTMH Cork Alphas

Baby Book...Month 2

I started this layout so long ago, I can't even begin to tell you what site I took the layout from.  It's a little rough, but, I go...