Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Stuck Sketch Reveal

I am so excited to be sharing with you this sketch and layout! I pushed myself out of my comfort zone with this layout and am so pleased with the end result. 





I searched hard through my stash to come up with papers that would work with this layout. Everything except that background patterned paper came from my scrap drawer! I found two patterned papers that had the appropriate shade of green, but neither were the right type to back the badge. So, I pulled out my watercolors and Shimmerz, and created my own background.  


To create this Slytherin badge, I did a google search and found an image that was not too detailed so that it would cut nicely in my Silhouette. To make the different layers, I copied and traced it three times and cut it out with different colors of cardstock. Then, it was time to layer them on top of the watercolor paper and glue the pieces down. 


The glitter bats are from the Target dollar spot and I think they are a few years old. The sequins are from SpiegelMom Scraps and the perfect shade of green. I cannot tell a lie...I did specifically buy them for this layout. However, the shades of green are quite lovely and will work well for other projects.


The "Under Your Spell" sticker has been in my stash for a very long time. These Thickers by Pebbles are similar and have some great phrases.  The black word stickers are by Tim Holtz. I think that it is incredible just how versatile these phrases truly are...I would have never imagined that I could find one to work on a Halloween layout.




We would love for you to play along with this sketch! If you do so, be sure and link your project to the blog for a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors. 



Thanks so much for stopping by today. I have linked my process video below if you'd like to take a closer peek at how this layout came together. I have also figured out how to share the link for the Slytherin silhouette file that I created. 






Monday, November 13, 2017

Hello everyone! I'm back today with a Traveler's Notebook spread using the gorgeous Citrus Twist PL kit. I've decided to dedicate an insert to documenting things that I am grateful for, and working in it throughout the year.


Several years ago I injured my back while at work. The recovery has been slow, but fortunately for me I have been able to return to work a day or two a week. One of the things that has tremendously helped me is massage therapy. I am blessed to have found this therapist, who not only has healing hands, but has become a true friend.


The plaid paper is a Citrus Twist exclusive and one of my favorites this month. I'm a sucker for a pretty plaid. This one is perfectly suited for this photo even though the blues don't quite match. 


One of my favorite things about this spread is the tag embellishment cluster. The sweet little flowers fit perfectly on the tag, and the phrase die cut completes the cluster and balances the pop of black from the left side of the spread.

I am new to the Traveler's Notebook scene, and have been enjoying working in it tremendously. I'd love to hear from you on things that you are documenting on your inserts. I have included a link to my process video as well. Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great day!




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Citrus Twist November Stories kit

Oh my gracious I love this kit! It's gorgeous, and the exclusive paper this month seems like it was made just for me! If you have followed me for a while, you know just how much I love floral papers, and this paper is no exception. 

I've had this photo in a pile to be scrapped for years...yes, years! I was waiting for inspiration, and this kit certainly inspired me to get it documented. I chose cut file by Paige Evans that is available in the Silhouette design store. 


The orange floral paper is the first one that I chose to back the cut file with and since I love it so much it had to go in the center of the pumpkin. The aqua triangle paper and the yellow and white diagonal striped paper are perfect choices to place beside the floral since both colors are found in the floral. To finish off the ends of the pumpkin, I backed the file with the soft coral-red paper which pulls out colors in the photo.


 This cut file begged me to stitch around it...yes it truly begged :)  I used all six strands of embroidery floss and did a simple backstitch all around the pumpkin. I'm in love with the way that it turned out.


This photo makes me laugh because it is near impossible to get two toddlers to look at the camera at the same time, much less smile. The main kit has a lot of die cuts included and this circle one that says "not happening" needed to be on this page. 


I've included a link to my process video if you'd like to take a peek at how the page came together. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Stuck?! Sketch Reveal

It's time for another sketch to be revealed at Stuck?! Sketches and this was a fun one. I adapted the sketch ever so slightly by adding a patterned paper strip on the top and using larger photos.


Recently I was in a wedding, and the bride arranged for the entire bridal party to have their hair and makeup done that day. I have not had my hair styled other than getting it cut since my wedding, and it was a treat. I felt amazing and I decided to take photos of my hair and document it. These photos were taken after the wedding and reception at midnight in my bathroom. It just goes to show that you don't necessarily have to have natural light, or a great background to get photos of something that you want to document.


I primarily used the Kate kit from Felicity Jane, however the cursive alphas are Heidi Swapp, the small tile alphas are Recollections, the twine is from Target, the vellum is from Studio Calico, and the star sequins are from an older FJ kit.


This layout just would not be complete without a doily. To change things up a bit, I placed the title on the doily and stitched down the side in gold thread. This cluster was my favorite part of the layout, and it was exactly what I had envisioned for this page.


We'd love for you to join in the fun and create using this sketch. If you do so, be sure to link it up on the blog for a chance to win a prize from one of these two sponsors. 




I'm having issues with my video editing software. I'll have my process video up as soon as I can get it straight!  I finally got it working!! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope that you have a great day!



Saturday, October 28, 2017

My First Traveler's Notebook Spread...

Yes, I swore to myself that I did not need to get on the Traveler's Notebook train....but I did it anyway and am so glad that I took the plunge! Creating the spread was definitely a challenge due to the smaller surface area, but I love the end result and will be creating more pages in the near future.

This spread was created after the Las Vegas massacre. My heart was broken for all of the families and I needed to get something down on paper. Since the world is in need of more love, I chose that as my title. 

In creating this spread I used the gorgeous October Citrus Twist kits. Unfortunately the kit is now sold out but you can sign up to begin a subscription with November's kit.


The exclusive stamp Life is Good is still available in the shop as of this moment. One of my favorite phrases on the stamp is "yes. this.", and it was perfect for this spread. I stamped it several times on the labels and love the way that it turned out.


As a Christian I look for comfort in the Bible. There is always a verse that speaks to my heart and gives me comfort, and I wanted to include it on this spread. I'm thinking that this insert of my TN will be dedicated to Bible verses, devotions, or other forms of worship. 


I don't play with SnapChat often, but the heart filter was perfect for the selfie that I sent to my husband to let him know how much I missed him when he was out of town. It became the perfect photo for this spread. Paige included some really great phrases in her new collection, and this die cut spoke to me...it is what I have to believe. Good things are coming.


Here's a link to my process video if you'd like to take a closer peek. Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope that you have a wonderful day!





Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sketch Challenge for Citrus Twist

I'm excited to be sharing with you my second project for Citrus Twist using this wonderful sketch. I was drawn to the title on the vertical border, and I ended up staying true to the sketch.


The products that I used for this layout come from the Main, Embellishment, and PL kits.


These photos are from the first day of school. I love the phrases in the collection and find that they are extremely versatile. These phrases would also be great for a new job, moving, friendships...the list goes on and on. 



One of my favorite things on this page is this sweet bird and the speech bubble. It is so stinking cute!! Layering the labels underneath the bird gave him a sweet perch plus adds interest to the cluster. 


The main kit this month included doilies which are one of my favorite things to use to embellish my pages. 


I messed up on the stamping so I stamped on plain cardstock and covered it up. While it is not perfect, it is good enough and definitely not worth me tearing up the page like I've been known to do :)

Be sure and check out the Citrus Twist blog so that you can see what Veera created using the same sketch. Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope that you have a great day! I have included a link to my process video below if you'd like to take a closer look at how it came together.


Stuck?! Sketch Reveal

 It's time for another sketch to be revealed at Stuck?! Sketches and as always it is one that I love.





I challenged myself to scrap a photo that has been mocking me...the colors in it were challenging, and to top it off it is of a special place and I really wanted to do it justice. My jumping off point for this sketch was the black scallop border on the top. I'm not going to lie to you and say that this was an easy layout to make. The most challenging bit was finding colors that worked well with the photo, but having a sketch to help made creating the layout much easier.


The supplies that I used are from various Felicity Jane kits with the exception of the camera puffy sticker, small tile alphas, the chipboard phrases and enamel dots. They are all from Freckled Fawn


Although it is barely noticeable, I layered and distressed a thin border of pale pink paper between the top strip and the scallop border. I didn't want the top border to be too thick and heavy so keeping it thin helped to give it some extra texture without making it too heavy.



Black intimidates me yet I love it. It is hard for me to find a good balance without making the page feel dark and overwhelming. I envy other scrapbookers that effortlessly use dark colors and make them look fabulous.



I chose not to add journaling to this layout, but may go back and add it at a later date. Right now my plan is to create a couple of more pages that tell the story but I haven't figured out exactly which ones I want to use and how I am going to address the journaling. 


We'd love for you to join us and use our sketch! If you choose to do so, be sure and link up your creation on the blog to have a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors. We are so thankful to have their support!



Here's the process video if you'd like to take a closer peek at how the page came together. Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope that you have a great day :)



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sweet Moments with Citrus Twist

I'm excited today to be sharing my first layout for Citrus Twist. The main scrapbook kit this month is right up my alley with the colors and patterned papers.



The rose gold foil accents in the collection are lovely. This butterfly is my favorite embellishment and I stitched through it not only to secure it, but for some added texture.


Hand stitching has been a love of mine since I was a little girl. These die cuts come to life with a bit of stitching in the centers. Choosing embroidery floss to match the die cuts made my stitching easier and gave me a bit of wiggle room in case my stitches were not quite on target.


To jazz up the background I chose a heavyweight acrylic paint by Liquitex and used a large dry brush to paint it on the background. I find that using the heavyweight paint that my paper does not buckle nearly as much, nor do I need to use gesso.



We all know that Thickers are notorious for not sticking to the page. These alphas have a gorgeous design which allowed my stitching to blend in. Subtle details are some of my favorite to add to my pages.



All of my supplies can be found in the Good Vibes Scrapbook Kit . I have a process video if you'd like to see how this page came together. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!



Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 1st Reveal for Stuck?! Sketches

Today I am excited to share with you another fabulous sketch designed by Laura for Stuck?! Sketches




I chose to stay pretty true to the sketch, but flipped the orientation since my photos looked better on the left side of the page.





Most everything used on this layout is from Maggie Holme's Carousel collection with the exception of the ivory button (unknown) and the pale blue flower sequins which are from Spiegelmom Scraps



The floral paper in the collection is perfect for fussy cutting. I love the way that the flowers look in the clusters around the page. 


As always, we'd love for you to play along with us at Stuck?! Sketches. If you do so, please upload your project to the blog to have a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors listed below.




I have linked my process video if you'd like to take a peek on how the page came together. Thanks so much for joining me today, and I hope that you have a great day!




Friday, September 15, 2017

Hello friends!  We have something special going on for our September 15th challenge!  Along with the reveal of a new sketch challenge, and 2 amazing sponsors, we have loads of bonus inspiration for you, in the form of a blog hop with our generous friends at My Creative Scrapbook!!


We are teaming up with My Creative Scrapbook to bring you a super fun blog hop, to share loads of inspiration from both design teams and to give you an extra chance to win their prize!  The My Creative Scrapbook design team members will be using a variety of their fabulous September kits to showcase our sketch. Each of the blog hop commenters will earn a ballot and have the opportunity to win one of My Creative Scrapbook's gorgeous September main kits (shown below)!  Read on to find out how you can earn a second ballot to win this prize!






As usual, we have a second sponsor! Thank you also to the amazing, supportive and long-time friend to Stuck?! Sketches, Creative Embellishments  who are also sponsoring this challenge with a $25.00 gift certificate to their online shop for our second randomly chosen winner!




Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company that was created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. We are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, wood and rubber stamp products. It is our mission is to offer fun and inspiring products to bring out your inner creativity that you can add to any project. In the near future we will be expanding into other mediums such as rubber/acrylic stamps and acrylic embellishments.

ALSO, We want to show you how much we appreciate that you play along with us and share your designs and talent with us so we will be choosing one scrapbooker from this challenge to guest with us for our November 15th challenge!



Of course, we still need to share our sketch with you, check it out:


And now here is your hop order!










You can also earn a second chance to win the My Creative Scrapbook September main kit by playing along with our September 15th sketch challenge and linking up your entry as usual!  As always all winners will be chosen randomly, though we will be doing a random manual draw for the My Creative Scrapbook prize, and our usual random.org draw for the Creative Embellishments prize.

Here's my layout that I created using a Felicity Jane kit. 


I decided to use two photos of my sweet baby girl instead of one. They are sized at 3x4. The photo quality is not the best, however, I would rather make a layout and work with the photos that I have and document the memory.


Everything used with the exception of the trim (Crate paper), doily, sequins (Spiegelmom Scraps) and word stickers are from a Felicity Jane kit. 


This may seem like a weird photo, but this is a close up shot of my layout after I used a craft knife to scrape Versafine ink off the layout. The ink was on the inside of my finger and I did not see it until after it was on the page. Hopefully you won't make this mistake, but if you do at least you know a method of fixing it!

I have a process video if you'd like to take a closer peek at how I created this layout. Thanks so much and I hope that you have a great day!