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 line...so 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.






Saturday, December 3, 2016

Scrap the Challenge #24 Mood Board

This week Mari and I decided to use a Christmas Mood Board as our inspiration. There are so many things that I love about this mood board. 

The colors are a bit softer, and the overall feel is light and bright. The ornaments have a vintage feel, the trees are gorgeous, and the pop of gold is just pure magic. There are so many ways to get inspiration from a mood board. Let me share some of the things that I thought of looking at this board. 

1. documenting a favorite ornament
2. finding papers that match the color scheme
3. documenting my love of Christmas florals
4. creating a page that has hanging ornaments as my design element
5. using jute, twine, a bow or ribbon on my page

As I was looking through my pictures from last year in December, I stumbled upon a photo that I had taken of my husband's craft tree that he decorated as a young boy. This immediately became my story that I wanted to tell.

After his mother died the family went to clean out her home. We found this special tree in storage. I couldn't believe that she kept it for so long (some 40+ years) and we happily took it home. The cardboard tree was decorated with gold tinsel, styrofoam egg cartons  for the ornaments, and sequins were glued on top. The tinsel was coming unglued, and styrofoam ornaments were cracking and falling off, and you could see that many ornaments had lost their sequins. I didn't just want to throw it away though, so I took a picture of it so that we could remember this sweet tree. 


I was inspired by a layout that I saw on the Felicity Jane Facebook group using the FJ cut file available in the Silhouette shop. I did use the single tree and made my own background by welding several of the trees together. The journaling will be added to the tag that is tucked in the kraft bag behind the photo.


I chose to change the muted colors in the mood board to those that are brighter but in the same color family. The bow in this cluster was also inspired by the board.


These alphas are one of my all-time favorites. I am running low on lower case vowels, so I alternated upper and lower case throughout the title.


The papers and word phrases are Crate Paper Snow & Cocoa, flair from Pretty Little Studio, gold alphas are Studio Calico, gold glitter hearts and enamel shapes are Freckled Fawn, and I'm not sure about the kraft bag.

Here is a link to my process video. Be sure and check out Mari's beautiful layout as well. I have linked her channel in the description box on my video. Have a wonderful day and I hope that this mood board inspires you like it did us!



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stuck?! Sketches December 1st Reveal

Today I have a new layout up for Stuck?! Sketches and I have to say that the sketch is one of my favorites. When I first saw it my immediate thought was to scrap a Christmas layout since stars and Christmas just go together. However, I decided to scrap a photo of my daughter's softball team instead and love the way that it turned out.


I remained true to the sketch with the exception of adding a paper strip at the top of the layout. Most everything used on the layout is from my Felicity Jane kits with the exception of the Maggie Holmes puffy word stickers, and the branding strip at the bottom of the layout.


The colors in the uniforms are my albatross. I like to scrap pretty colors and burnt orange is just not my idea of a pretty color. I chose to ignore it and picked neutral papers and added a pop of yellow. The tiny black sequins are so cute. I tried for quite a while to make them have a random look in the clusters, and finally just decided to glue them down. 


Stitching straight lines is not always easy, especially around a shape. I started underneath the paper layers so that if my stitching did not line up it would not be noticeable. If I started stitching at one of the points on the star, the likelihood of me matching up the ends perfectly is practically zero. I'd have a better chance of winning the lottery :)


While the saying on this wood veneer piece isn't the most appropriate, it does work and I really liked the way that the banner looked underneath the title. Speaking of titles, let me just say how much I love these alphas from Felicity Jane. The white outline around the black letters just looks amazing. It's the little things that make my day!


I am going to go back and stamp the date on the labels. I didn't have it when I was making the page, and I forgot to do it before I took the pictures. I have a process video for this if you'd like to take a peek at my process.


We'd love for you to play along with us at Stuck?! Sketches and have a chance of winning a prize from one of these two sponsors. Have a wonderful day!