Gettin’ my scrap on :)

Got a few layouts to share today now that we are back from vacation. I finally think I have figured out how to consistently squeeze out some time for scrapping and other projects…I just quit going to bed a reasonable hour!
This first layout was for Erika’s Issue Challenge at Club CK last week. We had to use a monogram. I also had fun using my new Studio Calico hexagon mask, some mists, and fun Echo Park papers to complete this Easter layout. I also busted out some ancient chipboard from my stash and it matched perfectly!

Next up is one that I just did for fun. I had been wanting to scrap these photos for a while and I recently bought this beautiful new Carta Bella paper (a line I’ve never used before, but love)

This layout was done for my friend Ashley Horton’s Sketch it Out Challenge also at Club CK. I love Ashley’s sketches and I think this one is one of my favorites. As soon as I saw it I knew exactly which photo I wanted to use. This one came together super quick using some of my This and That by Echo Park and the cool little “Adore” folder from Heidi Swapp.

And last but not least, my favorite…it’s a layout for Weston documenting his very first vacation. It’s a hybrid layout that I did using multiple photos and lots of journaling. I used some really old curly paper clips and some baker’s twine to form the border around the layout. I submitted this one for this weeks’ Issue Challenge, which was to use paper clips. I recently bought a ton of new product, so I’m trying to incorporate a lot of old stash with the new stuff to help use it up.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend!!

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Scrap Challenges for the Week

I got some quality scrappy time in this week (woo hoo!) and was able to crank out a few late night layouts for some of my favorite challenges. First up is my layout for last week’s Issue Challenge over at Club CK. The challenge was to use a die cut on a layout. I don’t use these too often, even though I have a lot of them in my stash. I used the cute swirly star I got in a toss a while back and Echo Park papers. I also used some misting to sort of mimic the messiness of a first feeding.

Next is my layout for this week’s Issue Challenge. The challenge was to do a summer layout and use a sun. I was appalled to discover not one single bit of beachy paper in my stash, so I used some of the new Studio Calico papers instead. I think it works:

This next one I just did for fun. It’s for Natalie to document when her XLR8 dance team performed at half time at the AT&T Center for the WNBA Silver Stars game.

The next one I did also just for fun. I was inspired by Kelly Purkey’s “Together” layout in the July/Aug issue of Creating Keepsakes.

And last but not least, my submission for ScrapFit’s Warm Up #29, to use a long title that is a complete sentence or question. I had this hilarious photo of Ashley at my nephew’s birthday party. She took one of the little kids’ mask and cape and we had fun laughing and taking pics. I thought it was a funny twist using the “To the Moon and Back” boys paper by Fancy Pants for a 20 year old girl! Hopefully when she sees this she will appreciate my warped sense of humor 🙂

Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesdays 5.1…and more!

Good morning everyone! Today is going to be a good day because I finally slept all night! 🙂 This week has been going well so far…yesterday I was thrilled to be chosen as this week’s Featured Artist at Let’s Get Sketchy for my “Spring Cutie” layout (see last week’s post). I also was able to get a layout done yesterday. But before that, here is this week’s reveal for Frosted Designs:

The Sketch:


And here is my layout, again using those awesome Authentique papers:



To play along with this challenge and win a kit from Artful Delight, be sure to complete your project using this sketch and link it up to Frosted Designs.

Sidenote: I am also using that layout as one of the Club CK Issue Challenge entries for March/April. We were challenged to create our own circle embellishment. I pieced together the circle using scraps of this same line of paper and topped it off with the large button in the middle.

Yesterday I completed this layout, also for the March/April CK Issue Challenge round.



We had to create a layout with a button banner. I used some of my MME On the Bright Side papers and a sketch by Diana Fischer. I liked using non-traditional colors and papers for an Easter layout.

Well friends, I am off to start my busy day. The girls have dance class and I promised Sophie I would take her to Build A Bear today as a reward for finally getting rid of that pacifier (or as she likes to call it, her “B”). Stay tuned later this week for the Mother’s Day Blog Hop, which will feature lots of fabulous inspiration for your mother’s day projects!

Club CK Featured Layout…Plus 2 Scrapfit Workout LOs and a bonus!

I’ve got a lot to share with everyone today! First off, last week one of my layouts was chosen at Club Creating Keepsakes as a gallery highlight. It was one I created completely on my own, without the use of a sketch or anything. I’ve loved using this Dear Lizzy Neapolitan line recently!

Next up is a combined challenge layout. I used it for the weekly Issue Challenge over at Club CK, which was to use stitching through your title. I’m not very good at sewing, so this was the best I could do. I also used the sketch for Workout #63 at Scrapfit and Little Yellow Bicycle papers. I’ve missed Diana’s sketches since Sketchy Thursdays shut down, and was thrilled to see her over at Scrapfit now. This layout has special meaning for me, as it’s about 3 generations of men in my family.

This last layout is for Workout #64 Its Easy as 1,2,3… & A Sketch From The Paper Variety. I really liked this simple sketch to highlight the photo of my oldest daughter, Ashley, holding her baby brother. I finally was able to use my October Afternoon Sarsaparilla goodies that I’ve been hoarding!

And finally I did this one early last week just for the heck of it…I loved the pic so much of Sophie and her Opa and of course there’s the Neapolitan again 🙂

I got all of my work done yesterday so that means scrappy time for me today!! I will be working on my next Issue Challenge layout, and planning to do something scrap related this weekend after Natalie and I go see the Hunger Games tomorrow–can’t wait!!

Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesdays 3.20

First off I want to say Happy Birthday to my baby boy–he’s 3 months old today! 🙂
This week we had a wonderful sketch by Jenny Evans to work with over at Frosted Designs. I recently FINALLY got my items I’ve been waiting for from Stop and Scrap and one of them was the Echo Park “A Boy’s Life” set of papers. The very first sheet I pulled out of the package inspired me immediately to create this layout of my son:



And this was the sketch for the week:



Make sure to stop by Frosted Designs to play along! Just create a layout using the sketch and upload it to the Sketch Challenge. I can’t wait to see what you all create!

Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesday 3.6

Hi everyone! So sorry that I am posting this late, but as some of you may know we had a serious incident with our three year old daughter, Sophie, late last week and through the weekend. What we thought was just a lingering cold turned out to be a viral pneumonia and resulted in a long hospital stay and a diagnosis of asthma. Two days after we got home we found out that our two month old son, Weston, had RSV. It’s been a long and difficult week, but they are both on the mend now. And I am grabbing a few moments in between breathing treatments and nose sucking to post my layout for this weeks’ challenge at Frosted Designs. Here is the sketch:



And here is my layout of Weston hanging out on his playmat and enjoying some tummy time:



Make sure to link up your project using this sketch to Frosted Designs for a chance to win a prize from Apron Strings designs.
I will try and get back later today with a few layouts that I’ve been working on for a few other challenges.

Valentine’s Day Card Blog Hop

Hello everyone!! Well, February is here and with that…thoughts of Valentine’s Day! This month I am participating in the Valentine’s Day Card Blog Hop with some of the gals from Club CK. If you didn’t arrive here from Heather’s Blog , please go back to the start at Amanda’s Blog. For this hop, Amanda sent all of us a small pack of goodies to work with and create our own take on a Valentine’s Day card. We were also welcome to add a few bits of our own. For my card, I turned the paper into inchies, and put them together in a patchwork pattern. I covered one of the chipboard hearts in patterned paper, and painted 2 of the smaller chipboard pieces and stacked them, topping them off with a jewel. The red and pink polka dot pieces were actually packaging from some Christmas stickers my daughter had received from her secret Santa swap in December. Here is my card:

I am not really much of a card maker, but I enjoy challenging myself with one every so often.
And now for the fun stuff…I have a prize to give away. One lucky winner will receive this :

To win, become a follower (for a double entry) and leave a comment telling me one of your favorite Valentine’s gifts that you’ve received. If you’re already a follower, you may also comment and you will be entered in the drawing once. Winner will be announced on Monday, February 6. Thanks for looking a good luck! 🙂
Your next stop is Jordan’s Blog 🙂

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