Friday, September 26, 2008

Scrappin' Goals

This weekend will be gloomy and rainy and a part of me is happy about that. That is my excuse not to leave the house and make everyone else happy. I want to stay home with my son and just play and scrap.

Yes Scrap!

I have a bunch of pictures printed that I want to do layouts with. I am even hosting a sketch challenge on myspace and I want to do the layout based on the sketch I choose.

When my son is home and awake while I scrap, it tends to work out pretty well. I scrap on the dinning room table and he likes to line up all of his cars on the table. It keeps him near me and occupied. He even likes to run a car over my layout as I work but that's ok :)

So that is it.... I want to at least do 2 layouts this weekend, if I can get more than that done - I will be ecstatic!

Monday, September 22, 2008

I'm Lovin' this!!!


My 3rd sketch challenge and I won it! I can't believe it. Again, there were so many talented entries and they all deserved to win.

Here is my winning layout:

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sketch Challenge: 1 Picture

I joined another sketch challenge on myspace. These are addicting and fun.

This one was quite a challenge. This is the sketch that Liz challenged us with:

Here is my version of the layout.

I used a cool picture I have of my son trying on my husbands pricey Gucci sunglasses. I had to get a picture of it because my husband is always complaining about the fingerprints so I had to show him the guilty party!

It's a bit hard to tell but I used 3-D foam dots on the light blue card stock and on the red circle just to give it definition. I always try to do that in my layouts, I don't want them to always be flat.

I printed the Gucci logo on Vellum. The silver index tab is from Making Memories and it says "Chillin" and it just slides onto the paper - cute addition. The word "Genuine" is chipboard and from K&Company Wild Saffron line. The ribbon are self-adhesive which is a real plus because it can be tricky to get the ribbon to adhere with other products. I got the ribbon at Oriental Trading and there were about 5 different colors and patterns in the pack - all fun colors.

I definitely know this is not a winning layout, there were soo many great entries.

Hope you like it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hurry up Fall!

Fall is my all time favorite season. The crisp air, cool enough for a sweater or light jacket but warm enough to still do outside activities, and the crisp leaves on the ground.

I need to take a picture of my son jumping and stomping in a great pile of crisp leaves so I can do the perfect layout.

I just bought the greatest fall paper pack at A.C. Moore, and got a package of die-cut leaves by K&Company as well as other Fall themed embellies and my wheels are turning. There is a great layout waiting to be made!

So Fall, please hurry up and get here!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Halloween Layouts

Since Halloween is quickly approaching, I thought it would be a great time to catch up on my Halloween layouts.

My son is now 3 years old and I have never scrapped any of his Halloween pictures. I have done fall layouts just not Halloween. So these past few weeks I was able to do 3 layouts for the past 3 years.

I am hoping that this years layout won't be as late as these. Maybe I will make a goal to scrap them quickly - maybe in the month of November. Let's see if I can do it.

All of his Halloween costumes have been cute - nothing scary so far :) This year he will either be a spider or a turtle (he wants to be a monkey, so we are still tossing the idea), but I am sure which ever he is will be cute, not scary.

His 1st Halloween 2005 - ROOSTER:

Here I used a traditional Orange and Black color scheme. I used double mats behind the 2 pictures and rounded the corners of the mats as well as the pictures. I love my corner punches! I cut out the title using my Cricut and layered it.

The number 1 and the H in Halloween have a raised dimension by using some foam dots. I was once again able to use Stickles in yet another layout - I love that stuff! I created my journal in MS Word and added a clip-art image to it and then ink'd the edges for the antique look. Other embellies are store bought.

His 2nd Halloween 2006 - SHARK:

Here I used a black background with orange, green, white and purple dots. I matted the pictures in orange and rounded the corners on both the pictures and matts.

Using foam adhesive squares, I raised the 'Happy Halloween' tag, the journal square and the year.

I used a variety of embellishments from Jolee's jack-o-lantern filled with treats, to felt leaves.

His 3rd Halloween 2007 - LION:
Here I used a solid orange background paper and matted the pictures with a carmel color brown paper. I added a patterned harvest paper to the background for a something little extra. I added brads, buttons and embellies by Jolee's and Pebbles. In the center is a great fabric adhesive in a pumpkin design that I got at Oriental Trading - another fabulous spot for great deals.

This years layout to follow in November.


Friday, September 12, 2008


I can't believe I won another sketch challenge! I can not believe it. To some, it may be no big deal but when you submit a layout with a bunch of other talented women and you win - it is such an acheivement.

This was the winning layout:

Friday, September 5, 2008

I WON!!!

The first sketch challenge I ever joined and I WON!!!!

Wooo Hooo!

I have never won anything for scrapping!

I won a kit but haven't gotten it yet - I can't wait!

This was the winning layout:

Why I Scrapbook...

Why I scrapbook? That can be a loaded question.

The thought of scrapbooking emerged while I was pregnant a few years back, sitting home watching home shopping network and if you know me I am an impulse shopper. I ordered a bunch of stuff and no clue what to do with it. Eventually it all ended up under my bed because I had a baby to take care of.

Fast forward almost 2 years and I made a new friend who likes scrapbooking. Also, my local Rag Shop was going out of business and again being an impulse shopper bought out almost all of their scrapbooking supplies.

I finally started and now I am totally addicted.

Scrapbooking keeps my mind occupied and keeps my juices flowing. I never thought I had a creative bone in my body until now. It's funny how things change... I couldn't draw a straight line before and now look what I can do.

My husband is in the restaurant business and comes home late at night and works weekends so once the baby goes to bed I am all alone. Instead of dwelling on being lonely I sit at my dinning room table and scrapbook. It makes me happy. The feeling of accomplishment once a layout is done is such a great feeling. And knowing that the current layout is better than the previous is a feeling of success and that is why I want to share my work with others.

Don't get me wrong, I am not the best, far from it, but I think I am pretty good considering.
I have yet to show you all of my layouts, there are plenty, hopefully in time I will be able to share them all.

So this passion has made me a shopaholic for scrapping supplies. You name it, I most likely have it. And I am the type of person, who when I find a bargain or a great new item, I buy more than one so I can share with fellow scrappers.

I am still battling the organization of all my supplies. I have space issues so it is a never ending battle. I hope to one day have my own room dedicated to scrapbooking.

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

What excites me...

A SALE! A good ol' SALE, that is what excites me!

A.C. Moore has Glue Dots on sale this week. 2 boxes for $5! That is incredible as 1 box typically goes for $3.99 to $5.49!

This sale holds true in New York, not sure about other areas.

I was got there this week and grabbed 6 boxes!

Big smile on my face for a great find!