Saturday, March 25, 2017

Washburn Point Layout

Yosemite is so beautiful that all our pictures are naturally beautiful as well! For this layout, I chose to accent the blues in the pictures by using blue cardstock, blue ink, and patterned paper with blue and earth tones. The butterflies were a playful touch inspired by the March More Than Words challenge.
And here's my layout. I also used a stamped quote from Helen Keller about "beautiful things."
Beautiful Things & Treasure Life stamp sets
Dreamin' Level 2 papers
Pacifica, Crystal Blue, Chocolate & Colonial White cardstock
Pacifica, Crystal Blue, Sky, Chocolate & Desert Sand ink
Black marker
Cricut Jasmine cartridge: title
Cricut Artistry cartridge: butterflies
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: flourish

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Yosemite 2012 Layout

It feels like I've scrapbook Yosemite pictures many times before, so it will be a challenge to keep this batch of pictures from our 2012 vacation looking fresh, but I am going to give it a try! Here's my intro page for the vacation, and I included a fun little envelope with hidden journaling about driving to Yosemite and our first stop there. Any guesses where these photos were taken?
And here's the open envelope with the card:
Beautiful Things stamp set
Huntington Level 2 papers
Whisper & Colonial White cardstock
Olive, Desert Sand, Chocolate & Cashmere ink
Sap Green, Clay & Cerulean Blue Shin Han markers
My Crush Wildwood Assortment
Chocolate Organdy ribbon
Chocolate metal arrow & brad
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title
Pattern: Sketches in Thyme #269

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Monument Valley Layout

So close to finishing my Colorado vacation scrapbook! Here's my next to last layout . . . We spend a few hours at Monument Valley, but since we came during the windy season, there was so much dust in the air that it was hard to see anything.
Flight of the Arrows & Friendship Alphabet Small stamp sets
Back Country Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Goldrush, Outdoor Denim, Colonial White cardstock
Goldrush, Outdoor Denim, Barn Red ink
Outdoor Denim marker
Outdoor Denim & Colonial White craft buttons
Outdoor Denim& Autumn Terracotta maker's twine
Circuit Art Philosophy cartridge: tag
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 42

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blastoff Layout

One of the kids' favorite activities from Elliot's Despicable Me birthday party was making and launching their own rockets. For the layout showing the event, I used the right half of the Splitcoast Stampers March sketch, and added some fun details like a stamped rocket blasting off to the moon and a countdown to launch.
Atomic Caps, Atomic Numbers & Outta This World stamp sets
Animal Cookies Level 2 papers
Honey, Sunset, Whisper & White Daisy cardstock
Dutch Blue, Tulip, Sunset, Whisper & Slate ink
Dutch Blue, Black & Gold metallic markers
Carmine & Clay Shin Han Twin Touch markers
Red enamel dots
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artiste cartridge: rocket
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: arrows
Challenges: Lasting Memories Lots of Number + Birthday themed layout challenge (I was inspired to add the countdown to my title)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Villains in Training Layout

No party would be complete without games, so for my son's Despicable Me birthday party, we planned games around the idea of getting ready to be a super villain! We created an obstacle course for the kids to conquer, plus we had a few other games based on the movie, like the unicorn horn ring toss inspired by Agnes' love of unicorns. Using the left side of the March sketch I had made for Splitcoast Stampers, I created a layout featuring a few pictures from the game time and then added a photo storage page with a few more pictures.

The sketch:
My layout:

As part of my photo storage page, I used a sketch from Sketches in Thyme, Project Life Style to come up with a journaling card. I wanted to include a photo, so I rearranged and resized some of the elements of the sketch, and I added that adorable unicorn die-cut and a quote from Agnes: "He's so fluffy, I'm gonna die!" As you can probably tell, the birthday boy got the honor of wearing the unicorn horn for the ring toss. He wasn't thrilled, but he was a pretty good sport about it!

The sketch:

My journaling card:

And here's my completed photo storage page:
Atomic Caps, Atomic Lower Case & Spot On Backgrounds stamp sets
Animal Cookies Level 2 papers
Honey, Dutch Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Dutch Blue, Tulip, Honey & Sunset ink
Dutch Blue, Black & Gold metallic markers
Cricut ZooBalloo cartridge: unicorn
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: arrows
Heart punch (EK Success)
Challenges: Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog anything goes (I used several Cricut cuts!)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What a Boy Wants Layout

For my son's 9th birthday, he really wanted a Despicable Me party, complete with themed games, decorations, and cupcakes. And of course, he was thrilled to receive lots of presents to delight a young boy's heart. Instead of writing down each gift and giver, I decided to have him pose next to the person who gave him the gift, figuring that would be a more meaningful memory than a list. I just scrapbooked a few of the photos, and put the rest in a photo storage page. The layout ended up being pretty clean and simple, but I will always enjoy the funny expressions on my son's face!
Fanfare Level 2 papers
Canary cardstock
Pacifica ink
Pacifica & Black markers
Elemental envelope & tag
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title & stars
Pattern: Lasting Memories March challenge sketch (birthday layout using sketch)
Challenges: Bitten by the Bug 2 birthday challenge

Friday, March 3, 2017

EMS Sketch Challenge 64 - Cliff Palace Layout

I took a week off scrapbooking to enjoy some time with a few favorite books, but I'm back with this month's sketch challenge. It's a single pager with room for four uncropped 4" x 6" photos. The style is similar to a pocket page layout, but there is some overlap in order to fit in a bottom border and a photo mat. Hope you enjoy the sketch, and please link up your completed layout below so I can ooh and aah over it!

The sketch:

My layout:
Passages Level 2 papers
Cocoa, Bamboo, Garden Green & Brown Bag cardstock
Cocoa, Bamboo & Garden Green ink
Black marker
Dreamer charms
Natural hemp
Burlap ribbon
Tumbled Stone Alphabet stickers (All My Memories)
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: sunburst, curved arrow, pennant
Cricut Artistry cartridge: arrow
Challenges: Use Your Stuff  #253 Use a favorite sketch (my most recent sketch is always my favorite!); Scrap Our Stash March tic-tac-toe board (I used the left vertical column, and it really helped me get some stuff out of my stash pile, so thank very much!)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Parents vs. Kids Layout

As I was preparing to scrapbook yet more photos of our trip to Mesa Verde, I thought it would be fun to go a different direction from the nature-colored palette the subject matter suggested, so I played along with a couple of color challenges to come up with a black/white/red layout. The title idea sprang from the long-suffering look on my son's face in the bottom photo; he plainly wasn't as excited about visiting ancient ruins as Mom and Dad were!
A Typeface stamp set
Animal Cookies & For Always Level 2 papers
Tulip, Black & White Daisy cardstock
Black metal tag
Black & White embroidery floss
Black baker's twine
Black gingham ribbon
Decor Journaling Spot
Heart brad (from my stash)
Cricut Simply Sweet cartridge: title, hearts
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag, circles
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: triple hearts
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #122
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug 2 Red + White challenge; Another Colorful Creation Black & White + One challenge (I chose red as my third color); Picture This It's In the Air Blog Hop (for Ali's stitching challenge, I stitched a line through the hearts plus added Xs to the bottom picture)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

At the End of the Day Layout

When I first got these photos developed, I had no idea how I wanted to scrap them, but a sketch from the Memory Nest and a couple of challenges (check them out below) came to my rescue!
Life is Sweet, Charming Cascades & Star Power stamp sets
Clementine Level 2 papers
Whisper, Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Twilight, Goldrush & Colonial White cardstock
Creme Brulee, Sorbet, Saddle & Twilight ink
Twilight marker
Coffee marker (Zig)
White gel pen (Sakura)
Twilight brads
3-D foam tape
Cricut Artistry cartridge: pennant
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title, stars
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: Day circle, sunburst
Pattern: The Memory Nest Make It Monday sketch #81
Challenges: Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge - use the word Today; Picture This It's In the Air Blog Hop (for Christine's stars challenge, I stamped stars on my background cardstock and traced over them with white gel pen, plus I added 3 die-cut stars)

Crafty thought for the day!

Can anyone relate?!!!