Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches Reveal

Goodness gracious can you believe it is time for another sketch reveal? I know I sound like a broken record, but Laura designs some great sketches that I find so easy and inspiring to use. I had my Valentine's Day supplies still out from my February 1st layout, so I decided to use them to document this fun picture of me and my daughter in matching shoes :)

I am still crushing on white texture paste on white cardstock. When I find a technique that works and I love, then I will do it again! Most everything that I used on this page is from Crate's Kiss Kiss collection with the exception of the wood enamel shapes (Recollections), the printed tag (American Crafts) and the gold cursive alpha (Heidi Swapp).

The best part of the layout for me, is using holiday themed product on a non-holiday layout and I find that Valentine's day products are super easy to use. The "Seriously Cute" sticker and the "So Fun" chipboard heart were the perfect embellishments for this page. They complemented the journaling and I love it when my embellishments add to the story that I am telling.

For added whimsy I outlined a few of the paper layers and added polka dot tissue paper under the photo. Some pops of gold and black helped to make the page stand out, and worked beautifully with the colors in the photo.

 We would love for you to play along with us at Stuck?! Sketches. If you do so, don't forget to upload your layout to the blog so that you have a chance to win a prize from one of these two sponsors. 

I have a process video if you would like to take a peek at my process. I was having trouble uploading it and will update this link when I have it ready to view. I hope you have a great day :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Stuck?! Sketch Reveal Day

I cannot believe that it is February already! Time just will not slow down, and I am trying my best to stay caught up :) It is time for the first sketch of the month to be revealed. This is such a versatile sketch and I'm sure that I'll be referring to it at a later time. 

Before I chose my photos, I had already decided that I wanted to do a Valentine's Day inspired layout and use Crate's Kiss Kiss collection from last year. I held off on buying the collection this year since I had barely touched what I bought last year. It was hard to resist the cute things but I prevailed!! I printed my photos 3x3 to allow me some room to layer some patterned paper under the photos. 

The edges of the heart were getting a bit lost on the page so I stitched around it several times with black thread to give the heart a whimsical look. 

 The background was a bit boring so I switched the cardstock to this dotted swiss by Bazzill and then used some Heavy Body Acrylic paint to jazz up the background. Any type of acrylic paint will work, I tend to prefer the heavy body because it is a bit thicker and easier to control. I used a dry brush to paint broad strokes behind the heart and the photos. This was a great way to add some visual interest and mixed media without it getting too messy. If you're scared of the mess, try this technique. It's minimally messy and I think that it has a pretty big impact for the little bit of time that it takes. 

The layout did not originally have a title, but I felt like it needed one. These Thickers are from the Kiss Kiss collection and I love the font. Titles are not my strong point, and I didn't want a generic title, so when I came up with the title "Mine" I was very happy. It is Valentine themed, perfect for the page, and not my usual title of "Love". Definitely a win!

 Be sure and stop by the Stuck?! Sketches blog post and see what the rest of the design team has made with this sketch. We'd love for you to play along with us!! If you upload your layout link to the blog you are entered into a raffle to win a prize from one of our sponsors.

I have a process video if you'd like to take a peek. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you have a great day!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches

It's time for the reveal of the sketch for Stuck?! Sketches and as always it is a great one! Believe it or not, I'm not sick of Christmas photos and supplies so I decided to scrap these adorable photos of my kids when they were babies. I dug into my stash and used October Afternoon Christmas lines for this page. I have hoarded products from this company for a very long time, and I have decided that it is time to use them rather than hoard them.

The sketch calls for two photos but it could easily be tweaked for one or three small photos. I had these printed at 4x6 and cut them down so that they would fit across the page and leave me a little bit of room to embellish.

Normally I can choose my favorite cluster on the layout, but it is really hard to on this page. I love all the  die cuts in the collection and thought they just worked well with these photos. This little elf poking his head out is so stinking cute!

My son was a handful up until age 5 or 6. Oh my goodness he is lucky that he has a sister because there were days that we contemplated having only one child. A sweet elderly lady told me early on though that boys either give you trouble when they are little or when they are teenagers, and thank goodness she was right in this case! I tell you this so that the title makes a bit more sense :) This boy was always into something!!

I used my favorite mini market stickers to add the date to the label. These are my favorite letter stickers and I'm so sad that Ocotber Afternoon is out of business :(

We'd love for you to play along with us this month, and if you decide to do so don't forget to upload your layout on the blog for a chance to win a prize from our sponsors.

I have included a link to the process video if you would like to take a peek. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you have a great day!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cocoa Daisy

Today I have my first layout using the Cocoa Daisy January kit Buttercup. It is absolutely stunning and primarily comprised of Pink Paislee's Moonstruck collection along with some exclusive CD products. The theme is a romantic one and I knew right away that I had the perfect photo to scrap with this kit.

My husband and I went on a date to a historic hotel and they had this beautiful bench surrounded by flowers. While the photo may not be the best quality, it is still one that I wanted to document since it was our first Christmas visit. We hope to make this a new tradition for us every Christmas.

The gold butterfly is gorgeous and unfortunately the photo just does not do it justice. I wish that the die cut package had more than one because it is that pretty!

The pink vellum tag is an exclusive to the kit this month. I tucked it behind the photo and the frame and love the subtle visual interest it gives to that cluster. Leaving a tag plain without ribbon or twine just seems wrong to me. It is such an easy way to add another texture to the page without bulking up the layout. Gold twine seemed to be the perfect choice and this was from my stash.

 The kit came with several alphas that are beautiful, but I really wanted the title to be a bit more subtle. I used the alphas that came in January's kit since they worked well with the hints of gold throughout the page. I also stamped the two small hearts in the bottom cluster with gold ink. Again, I love it when I can add small details to my page.

I have a process video if you'd like to take a peek. Thanks so much and I hope that you have a great day!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New Year and a New Sketch!

Happy New Year! Today I have the first sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for 2017 and it is a fun one!! This sketch is a perfect one if you have scraps, border strips, or washi tape that you want to use. Charms Creations was kind enough to send us some beautiful embellishments to use on our page so I chose the papers based on the embellishments. 

This photo is one that I took while getting our Christmas card pictures. It's not the photo that we chose to use on our cards, but I really love it and wanted to get it on a page. 

I really liked the circles behind the photos, and decided that wonky gold stitched circles would be a perfect addition to the page. I knew that I would need a template to follow since I have trouble stitching a straight I used a circle die to trace a circle on the background. Since the circle would never come out perfect, I stitched many circles that increased in size.  If you look closely, you can see that a few of the circles are covered by the doily. These were the first few circles that I stitched, and I like the effect of them peeking out behind the doily.

Originally I added stars on the page randomly and in the embellishment clusters. As I was moving them around, a few of them ended up on the circles. They looked so good that I decided to add the stars all around the circle and it's one of my favorite things on this page.

 The title Merry and all of the papers are from an old Hip Kit club kit. The washi is from my stash, the tag is Basic Grey, sequins are Felicity Jane, and die cuts and word phrases are Pinkfresh studio.

I have a process video for this layout as well if you'd like to take a peek.

Be sure and check out the blog to see what the rest of the design team has created. We'd love for you to use the sketch as inspiration, and if you upload it to the blog you have a chance of winning a prize from one of these sponsors. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you have a wonderful new year filled with lots of scrappy time :)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Highlights of 2016

For the last challenge of this year, Mari and I decided to do a highlights page of 2016. This challenge proved to be one that I loved and I hope that you try this as well. For this layout, I ended up choosing 8 photos from the year, and making sure to include one of the entire family, and one of each child's passion (music and softball). 

In order to keep the focus on the photos, I printed them in black and white. The colors were all over the place and I did not want to worry about trying to find papers that would look good with all of them. These are stories that I have either already told in my album, or plan on telling, so I did not feel the need to have elaborate journaling included on the layout. Instead, I decided to have the focus be on the title, which is a bit unusual for me but I love the end result. Underneath the title I printed out captions for the photos and love the way that it fills in the space below the title. 

Using the Impact font, I used my Silhouette to cut out the year. If you do not own a die cutting machine, you can still achieve this by printing out numbers on paper, tracing them onto your background page, and then cutting them out with a craft knife. Once I backed the numbers I poked holes around the numbers and then proceeded to stitch around them with dark grey embroidery floss.

All of the supplies that I used are from my Felicity Jane kits, with the exception of the enamel dots, twine and embroidery floss.

 This is one of my favorite layouts from this past year. I will most certainly be doing this type of layout again next year and I hope that this inspired you as well. I have linked my process video if you'd like to take a peek at how this page came together. Be sure and check out Mari's video as well...her channel is linked in the details section of my video :)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Stuck?! Sketches Reveal

It's the fifteenth of the month and that means it's time for the second sketch of the month from Stuck?! Sketches. I love this sketch...yes, I know that I always say that but I really mean it!

I decided to pull out my Crate paper Bundled Up collection from 2013 for this page. I fell in love with the colors and the snowman in this collection and it was so fun to use on this page. I stayed pretty true to the sketch altering sizes and directions to better suit my layout.

 On the background I used white modeling paste through a Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil. I didn't want to add a lot more to the background and thought that this was a great way of adding texture and visual interest.

 The snowflake stamp set is from HoneyBee that was a Clique Kit exclusive last year. 

I have a process video for this layout if you'd like to take a peek at the process :)

We would love for you to play along with us this month and show us your take on the sketch. Be sure and link it up on the blog for a chance to win a prize from one of these two sponsors.