Saturday, April 15, 2017

April Sketch Reveal

Hello scrappy friends! It's time for another sketch reveal from Stuck?! Sketches. Today's layout calls for one larger photo, but you can easily switch it to two or three smaller photos. This sketch was a bit different than pages that I have been creating lately, so I chose to work pretty closely with the sketch. 

The Oasis collection by Crate paper has been calling my name, so I decided to pull it out for this layout. I like the bold blues that are in this collection and knew that they would be perfect with the blue in my top. 

I tried to work a title onto the page, but just could not come up with something that I liked. Either the size was wrong, or it just didn't fit well under the photo, and let's face it...titles just aren't my strong point. So I made the executive decision to let Vacation Time stand as my title. The phrase works well, and sometimes there just really isn't a whole lot to say about the photo.

I splattered some mist onto the page and I didn't like it on this cluster. The splatters were more like blobs. So, I pulled out these hearts to help disguise the blobs and I think that they did a pretty good job of fixing my mistake.

Be sure to check out the Stuck?! Sketches blog to see what the other designers created with this sketch. We'd love for you to participate and you would have a chance of winning a prize from one of our sponsors listed below. Just make sure to link your project on the blog.

Here's a link to my process video if you'd like to take a closer look at my process. Thanks so much and I hope that you have a great day!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Sketch Reveal!

It's that time again...time for another great sketch to be revealed over at Stuck?! Sketches. I know that I always say that I love them, and this month is no exception. If you haven't ever used a sketch, what are you waiting for?! Seriously, though...give it a try! Using sketches is most helpful for me when I have lost my mojo. Having decisions made for me is super helpful, and I can always tweak the sketch to fit my photos.

The sketch calls for a large heart on the background of the page. Never feel like you need to incorporate all of the elements on the sketch. I love hearts on my pages, and use them frequently. I decided to challenge myself though to use something different. I decided on a shamrock so that I could scrap these photos.

I used various Felicity Jane papers from my stash, the tag is American Crafts, the word stickers are Dear Lizzy, and I'm not sure who makes the puffy stickers. The white alphas are from Freckled Fawn and the black Thickers are the Doll font. I punched gold hearts out of gold washi that has been in my stash for ages and it was purchased from JoAnn's.

The layout really needed the pops of black with the alphas and the stitching. I debated on hand versus machine, and ultimately decided on the machine since it would be easier to stitch along the border.

 Be sure and stop by the Stuck?! Sketches blog to see what the other design team members created. If you decide to play along with us, be sure and link your layout up to the blog for a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors!

Here's a link to my process video. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sketch Time!

It's time for a new sketch to be revealed from Stuck?! Sketches and it's a fun one :) This sketch calls for a vertical design and four small photos. While I love it like this, my photos just did not work and if you watch my video you will witness my struggle. This is the beauty of sketches though! I just turned it and made it work for me and I love how the layout came out.

The problem that I was having with my photos is that the orientation is different. Dora is looking to the right, and Backpack is looking to the left. When I had the photos on top of one another it just didn't look good to me. Switching the orientation allows the photos to look at each other which makes for a more pleasing presentation.

I put some gesso on the background and used some mist to make my own background. I had a lavender mist which was a great way to incorporate the lavender in the photos. To finish off the background I used modeling paste with a heart stencil to scatter some hearts across the page.

The papers and alphas are from various Felicity Jane kits, as well as the sequins below the photo cluster.

I am so glad that I took these photos of some of my daughter's favorite toys. Honestly, I wish that I had taken more photos like this. My nostalgia has been in high gear and making this layout was just so much fun.

If you have a chance, stop by the blog and see what the other DT members have created using the sketch. Better yet, make a layout with the sketch and link it to the blog for a chance to win a prize from one of the sponsors.

As soon as I have the video for this uploaded, I will link it below. Thanks so much for joining me today! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1 Reveal

Happy Wednesday! It's the first of the month and that means it is time for a new sketch for Stuck?! Sketches and as usual it is a great one! There are so many ways that it can be changed can use 2, 3, or even 4 photos. It is also easy to change the size and orientation by using rectangular photos as well. 

Here's my take on the sketch. I kept things pretty close to the sketch except for backing the photos with a circle paper layer. Instead of the circles, I decided to loosely paint a square to help unite the photos in a loose grid. 

Most of the supplies used on this page are from Dear Lizzy Saturday line. This puffy sticker of the girl with the bun is so stinking cute! I have tried to work her onto a page several times now, and am so happy that she finally has a home.

The aqua alphas are from Freckled Fawn and I am in love with them. They are slightly smaller than Thickers, but still large enough to create a great title. I also busted my stash and used my favorite October Afternoon mini-market alphas and the flair. I miss that company :(

To bring a few circular elements to the page I added two doilies. The heart enamel dots are from an old Amy Tangerine line, and the enamel dots are Freckled Fawn. The phrase stickers are from Simple Stories.

I have a process video for this layout if you'd like to take a peek. I will link it below. We'd love for you to play along with us at Stuck?! Sketches! Be sure and link your project up to the blog for a chance to win a prize from one of the following sponsors.

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!