Monday, January 15, 2018

Stuck?! Sketch Reveal

Hey friends! It's already time to share another sketch with you from Stuck?! Sketches. I hope that you are not sick of Christmas layouts, because today's sketch was perfect for me to document the kids and their visit to Santa.

I modified the sketch by substituting a vertical 5x7 photo for the two smaller photos. Santa visit layouts have their own album, and for continuity I created the beginning ones with a kraft cardstock base. White is definitely my preference now, but I did want to keep with the theme of the album, yet maintain my current style. Adding a gorgeous specialty paper to the background with a kraft border allowed me to do both!

Most of the products used on this page are from Crate Paper's Falalala collection. The Santa is from Carta Bella and I fussy cut him from the 6x6 paper pad. The specialty paper is Recollections, and the enamel dots are from various sources.

This little bird is one of my favorite elements in this collection. I think that I have now used them all with the exception of patterned paper.

Clips and banners are a bit of a challenge for me and I used them both on this page! Yay for me!! I am so happy when I am able to use things like this that challenge me on my layouts.

This month we have three amazing sponsors! We'd love for you to participate in the sketch challenge this month. Be sure and link up your project to the blog for a chance to win. I've included a link to the process video if you'd like to take a closer look at how this layout came together.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Hello friends! It's a new year and time for a new sketch from Stuck?! Sketches. This is a fun sketch and my layout doesn't really look too much like the sketch in the end, and that is okay. Remember sketches are to be used as inspiration in whatever form that you need them. Of course you can follow them exactly, which I will often do when I am lacking mojo. 

I love the diamonds that are falling down the page. I am not ready to stop scrapping Christmas though, so I challenged myself to create another page. This cut file by Paige Evans has the same feel which is why I chose to use it. 

I had a blast creating this background. I first used a clear gesso to prime the cardstock, then used Shimmerz mists to add color to the background. After that was dry I stamped tiny gold stars with gold ink and adhered sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.

The letter stickers are an older collection from Pinkfresh Studios. The cursive font works well and stands out from the mix of serif fonts that are on the papers and stickers. 

Yes, I am just a bit crazy and I did stitch the entire cut file in gold thread. I can't help is a sickness, but I just love the end result.

All of the papers used are from Crate Paper's Falala collection. At this point I have almost used up the 6x6 paper pad and am wishing that I had a second one. I love it that much!

If you watch my process video you will notice that I stamped directly on the layout. I did not use the right ink though, and the top phrase bled a little and it was just bugging me. I pulled out some labels and layered the phrases on top to fix it. The stamp set is an older Citrus Twist stamp that is no longer available, the puffy sticker is from Pinkfresh Studio, and the gold alphas are Heidi Swapp.

I will be documenting the ornaments in my December Daily and will be telling the stories behind the ornaments. I did not really have room on the layout to journal and I did not want to cram it on the page and make it look like an afterthought.

We'd love for you to play along this month with this fun sketch designed by Laura. Be sure and link up your project to the blog so that you have a chance to win a prize from one of our fabulous sponsors.

Here's a link to my process if you'd like to see how this page came together. Take care, Happy New Year, and have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Relaxing Moments for Citrus Twist

The end of the year is quickly approaching and I still have a few more projects to share. Today I have a layout using the Citrus Twist main scrapbook kit "Sonoma". The colors of this kit are so bright and cheery and a breath of fresh air among all of my Christmas supplies that are out. The photo that I am scrapping is my view from the balcony of the cruise ship while we were sitting in port. The water was a gorgeous blue, I was reading a good book, and all was well in that moment. 

One of my favorite things to do is to incorporate different fonts in my title. The mix of the green and gold just makes me happy. 

The cork embellishments included in the kit have great little sayings and are very versatile. I tried to incorporate the ampersand in the title, but could not get it to work. However, I think that it reads well with the cork phrase.

 Thanks so much for stopping by today. I have linked my process video below if you'd like to take a closer peek. Have a great day!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Xmas Jammies for Stuck?! Sketches

Oh gracious where did this year go? Today I have up my last layout for the year for Stuck?! Sketches. This is a fun sketch with a holiday feel and it was perfect for these pictures of my kids in their jammies.

The pictures that I chose are several years apart. I meant to add the dates on before I took the photos for the blog, but I forgot. Incorporating photos that show change are some of my favorite photos to document. I will either write the year above each photo, or use tiny number stickers on each one. 

To create this layout I used primarily Crate Paper's Falala collection, and the black patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye. The sequins are Shabby Chic Christmas from SpiegelMom Scraps

I thought that the contrast between these colors was nice and a bit different for me. The black chipboard phrases are from Freckled Fawn and they are quite possibly my favorite embellishment from them of all time.

The white background was a bit plain and I struggled a bit on what I could do to add some interest to the background. I pulled some dies from my stash and cut snowflakes out of vellum, and then glued a sequin in the middle. 

This sweet bird is one of my favorite icons in this collection (I'm sure that doesn't surprise anyone), so I had to get her onto this page. It was only fitting that I chose the phrase "my favorite" to go underneath the bird, because she really is my favorite :)

The holiday season is usually a busy one, but if you find that you have time to play along with us this month we'd love to see what you create. Be sure and link your project up to the blog for a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors. 

If you'd like to take a closer peek at how this layout came together, here's a link to my process video. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope that you have a great day!

Friday, December 8, 2017

My Little Artist for Citrus Twist

This past week I hosted a sketch challenge for Citrus Twist and used the December Sonoma main and PL kits. The sketch is perfect to use a bunch of your scraps at the end of your kit, or to use the smaller papers that come in the PL kit.

I stayed pretty true to the sketch with minor changes. The page needed grounding so I added photo corners on two sides which also help with the diagonal design. I also added another paper layer underneath which added a bit of warmth to the page and allowed the bright colors to shine.

Machine stitching adds a subtle texture and is one of my favorite things to add to a layout.

This emoji face kills me! Seriously I squealed when I saw them in the kit and the fact that it mirrors my daughter's expression is just the icing on the cake. This is hands down my favorite part of the layout!

 Thanks so much for stopping by today. I have linked the process video below if you'd like to take a closer peek. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

December 1st Reveal for Stuck?! Sketches

Hello my friends! Today I have a fun sketch to share with you, and it is perfect for using up your scraps! The paper strips make a fun mat behind the photos. This sketch is easy to tweak as well by using a 4x6 photo, or turning it on its side with a vertical photo. 

I dug deep in my stash using scraps of paper that I have had for a long time. I know the music notes paper is by Echo Park, the navy blue is by Heidi Swapp, and the white with black open dot is by Studio Calico. 

I find it best when working with themed products to limit my use to one or two themed items on the page. The flair is by A Flair for Buttons, the puffy stars, chipboard word, and puffy camera are  by Freckled Fawn. The sequins are from SpeigelMom Scraps and Felicity Jane.

The Thickers that I used are older and from my stash, and I was unable to find a source for them. 

Stitching with silver metallic thread is an easy way to add some interest to the layout. 

We'd love for you to play along with us and use this sketch. Be sure and link it up to the Stuck?! Sketches blog for a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors. Bramble Fox is also offering a discount with the code listed. 

Here's a link to my process video if you'd like to take a closer look at how this layout came together. Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope that you have a great day!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hello Punkin' for Citrus Twist

Every now and then I look back at a photo and fall in love all over again. This sweet photo of my baby girl following her daddy with her pumpkins is most certainly one of them. I can still hear her saying "punkin" and still remember her excitement at choosing her very own punkins to take home. 

To create this page I used both the main and PL Citrus Twist kits, as well as used one of the sketches for this month. I'm always looking for inspiration on creating pages that are a bit outside of my norm, and the title placement on this sketch is a bit different for me.


Stitching the paper strips adds a bit of texture and allows me to ruffle the edges of the strips for more dimension. I fussy cut a few leaves from the patterned paper add-on from October. The little acorns make such a sweet accent to the cluster.

Hello gorgeous teal thickers and puffy was love at first sight! The hello Thicker nested perfectly around the label sticker making the title cohesive. I also added a little zig zag stitching to the cluster as well. 

It can be harder to add meaningful journaling to a layout when scrapping a photo that is several years old. I kept it simple and to what I remembered, and yet I still think that it brings a lot to the page. 

Here's a link to my process video in case you'd like to see how this page came together. Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope that you have a great day!