Well, well, well….

Guess who finally was inspired to get scrappy? 🙂 After a long drought, I finally found some time and scrapping mojo. I think with the pressure of no design teams I am feeling a lot more inclined to create. That combined with the LifeBook class that I am taking has really got me feeling inspired. For the past 2 weeks I’ve been knocking out some layouts. I can’t believe how fast some of them came together. Although like any other scrapper, I know that I will never really be caught up, I feel like I’m making some good progress. This is going to be kind of a picture heavy post, but this way I can share with you what I’ve been doing and get caught up on my blogging all at once. I have many friends’ blogs to visit and catch up with as well 🙂
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The Pumpkin Patch and The Day You Were Born layouts were based on sketches from Creating Keepsakes Fast 4 x 6 pages
I hope you enjoyed the layouts are maybe found a little inspiration here as well 🙂
Take Care!

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Christmas in September!

Soooo……I have had this huge envelope of pictures sitting on the corner of my scrap desk for the last few months. I’ve slowly been working my way through them, carefully skipping over the dreaded Christmas pics. I don’t know why this is…I love Christmas–very much!! But scrapping Christmas…well, I just can’t get very excited about that for some reason. These layouts weren’t done for any particular challenges or anything, just my personal challenge to myself to finally get these done.

Weston’s first Christmas:

Supplies used-Patterned papers:Echo Park, Stickers:Echo Park, Pen: American Crafts

Next up is Natalie’s Layout:

Supplies used-Patterned paper:Echo Park, Borders and stickers: Echo Park, Pen: American Crafts

And Macie’s Layout:

Supplies used-Patterned Paper: Recollections, Washi Tape: K&Co, Stickers: Echo Park, Pen: American Crafts

All I have left is Ashley’s and Sophie’s layouts!! It may seem crazy to do a layout for each kid (especially since I have 5), but I like for them to have their own special holiday pages for their own books. It’s more work, but I think they will appreciate it later 🙂

I will be back later this week with my latest 2 Issue Challenge layouts, and then next week my first reveal for Challenge Me Happy!

Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesday 2.20

First I would like to say Happy Birthday, Baby Weston! My son is 2 months old today 🙂

This week’s sketch at Frosted Designs was created by Roberta. The sketch was absolutely perfect to showcase a large single photo, and wouldn’t you know I just had ordered one from Shutterfly last week. 🙂 At Christmastime, my daughter Natalie was chosen to dance with the Moscow Ballet’s production of The Great Russian Nutcracker. The photo on the layout was taken professionally on opening night, and sadly I have no information on the source of the photo. I was disappointed though in the quality, so I decided to brighten it up by using bold colors and patterns which also mimic the colors and patterns in her costume.

Here is the sketch:



And here is my layout:



Don’t forget to use this sketch and link up your project at Frosted Designs for a chance to win this prize. You have until noon (est) Sunday, March 4th to link up your project.

Creative Scrappers Sketch Challenge

I recently discovered the Creative Scrappers sketch blog. They have some really nice one page sketches. I’m behind on scrapping all of the Christmas activities and when I stumbled on this sketch I thought it would do perfectly for the Winter Fest layout I had in mind. Natalie and her XLR8 dance group were performing, but I had Macie and Sophie along to watch and wanted to document the day in their books as well. Here is the sketch I used:

and this is the layout I created:

Thanks for looking! Don’t forget, later this week I will be participating in the Valentine’s Day Card Blog Hop with some of the CK gals. Be sure to stop by Feb 2 and 3rd. I’ll be giving away something I think you all may like… 🙂

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop!

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog!! For this blog hop, we were asked to make a special Handmade Holiday project using items from our scrappy stash. If you didn’t arrive here from Heather’s Blog, please go back to the start of the hop at Amanda’s Blog.

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do a canvas project, so when this blog hop came up I knew exactly what I wanted to try. In my November/December issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, I was inspired by the reverse collage painting article by Holly Christine Moody. I really wanted to try out this new (to me) technique. It was a lot of fun, but definitely more difficult than I’d anticipated.

To create this piece, I first cut up all different sizes of Christmas patterned paper and collaged them on to a 12 x 12 canvas with Golden Gloss Gel Medium. When dry, completely cover the entire canvas in another coat of the gel medium and allow to dry completely. Now comes the hard part. Working in about a 5 x 5 section at a time, cover the collage in a thick coat of Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Burnt Umber. While it’s still wet, carefully draw in your design by wiping away the paint. I started out using my finger and a paper towel but that got really messy and hard to control, so I switched to using Q-tips instead which gave me better control over the design. Work over the entire piece adding and taking away paint until you have covered the entire canvas. Allow to dry completely. Then I just used my white Gelly Roll pen to finish off around the snowflakes. The next step was to computer generate the words and adhere them using the gel medium after inking around the edges with Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. Finally, I finished the piece by painting all of the edges with opaque Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Cadmium Red and added the red bow for hanging. Here is the final product:

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If you would like to win this piece of holiday decor, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. I will pick one random winner on Monday, December 5. If you become a new subscriber I will enter your name in the drawing twice. I want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season!!

To continue hopping, please visit my very talented friend Amanda’s blog 🙂