I Love Challenges

This week I was able to knock out three…count em…THREE layouts!! Yay! All of these were done for various challenges. The thing I really love about challenges is that:

1. They encourage me to try new things
2. They help me get motivated to scrap all of these photos that are sitting on my computer
3. They’re just plain fun πŸ™‚

I’ve met some very sweet and talented people through these challenges. Especially with Erika’s Issue Challenge at Club CK. Not only is Erika a very talented scrapper, she is one of the nicest people I’ve never met. I say that because we haven’t met in person, but have known each other online for the past 2 years. Every week she takes the time out to really analyze and critique each person’s layout that played along with the challenge. I can not imagine how much time this must take, but her positive and caring words each week mean a lot to everyone who participates. With that said, here is my layout for her challenge this week–Use Hexagons. I love hexagons. Yes, they are trendy and are everywhere in scrapbooking right now. Do I care? Nope. Still love them!! πŸ™‚

Supplies: Patterned Paper-My Mind’s Eye, Ephemera-K&Co, Carstock-DCWV; Letters-American Crafts

My next layout is for Warm Up #30 at Scrapfit (Doodling) and also for this week’s “thought” at *Thinking Through Design*. Their thought this week was on the use of chevrons in scrapbooking. Another trend that is hot right now that I love. It’s such so bold that I feel comfortable using it in smaller doses, like I did in this layout. This is not to say that at some point I might not use more of it, especially after getting so much new product! Not only did I use the gorgeous Amy Tangerine Sketchbook papers (that I FINALLY got!), but I did a little bit of my own personal doodling. Do you see it? πŸ™‚

Supplies: Patterned paper, stickers, letters-American Crafts, Pen-Zig, Circle Cutter-Creative Memories, Cardstock-DCWV, Punch-Fiskars

This layout is for this weeks’s sketch over at Let’s Get Sketchy. I haven’t played along with them in a while, but I loved this sketch and thought it worked well with these pics. I did another layout previously with the same pics using different papers. This one is for my youngest daughter’s book. I wanted both of them to have a page documenting this special memory. This layout features the new Everyday Eclectic collection from Echo Park. Love those papers!!

Supplies: Patterned paper, stickers, letters-Echo Park, Cardstock-DCWV, Font-Ariel, Doilies-Wilton

As I was writing this post, I realized I had also done this layout just for fun. It’s Macie’s Easter layout using an old sketch from Creating Keepsakes Fast Pages with 4 x 6 Photos (an oldie but goodie):

Whew! Sorry for the long post. I’m also working on a post for my new art journaling blog so make sure to swing by and check it out tomorrow! I’d love to see you there as well πŸ™‚ Take care, friends!!

“Love is in the Air” Blog Hop Winner and Valentine’s Layouts!

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in the Frosted Designs “Love is in the Air” Blog Hop. I really appreciate all of the nice comments, and I hope you enjoyed “hopping” along to all of our blogs. Today I randomly chose a winner for a small Valentine’s RAK and the winner is:

Shaunery Wharton

Please email me at melissajohnson8 (at) gmail.com with your info so I can get your prize in the mail to you! Congratulations!!

Today I was blessed with a couple of well-behaved little ones (which has NOT been the case the last few days!). They let me get a couple of layouts done while they kept me company in the craft room. The room is a complete mess now since Sophie was “crafting” with me, but that’s ok. Sometimes we just have to ignore the mess and enjoy having fun and spending time together doing something we both enjoy. Baby Weston watched us from his little playmat while he catnapped and jammed out to his classical baby tunes :). In honor of Valentine’s day I created these layouts for the two younger kiddos. Here is Weston’s layout:



I used a Page Maps sketch for this layout, but ended up changing it up a bit (which I normally do when I’m using a sketch). I used Jenny Bowlin papers that I had in my stash. I really wanted to do a sort of masculine Valentine layout; I don’t want him to be embarrassed looking back at his scrapbook with his wife or girlfriend someday πŸ™‚ I think I’m finally mastering the art of scrapping a boy–I LOVE IT! I am also entering this layout in Scrapfit’s Workout #62, featuring XOXO.

This next layout is for my 3 year old daughter, Sophie. I was inspired by this layout that I found on Pinterest. Yes, I am a Pinterest addict. I changed it up by adding some doodling and a mixture of circles and hearts with some faux stitching. I altered the photo of my daughter using the BeFunky app on my iPhone. I love that app!



I used a bunch of old K&Co paper that I had from last year for this layout. I have been busy ordering new CHA goodies, so I’m trying to use as much old stuff from my stash as possible. I sense a big purge in the near future!