Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sketch Challenge: 5 Pictures

I joined another myspace Sketch Challenge hosted by Larissa. I was excited about this layout because I have always wanted to use a 5x7 picture in a layout. This layout called for 4 pictures but I ended up using 5 pictures because I didn't have a 5x7 available (they were all framed) and this is the theme I wanted to do. I was also looking through my albums the other day and noticed I only have 2 layouts done from 2006! This was an opportunity for me to use pictures from that year.

Original Sketch:

My layout:

I finally got to use the Making Memories Passport Stamp 12x12 paper. It has green rigid edges with a blue and beige pattern. I used baby blue paper as the background of my pictures. I did not matt my pictures and that is a first for me. The journal square is part of the Noteworthy line and I think it matches nicely.

There really isn't too much to this layout, it is pretty simple but it matches the sketch. I hope you like it.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fall Layout: 2 Pictures

A few months back I was at a typical trip to Michaels and came across this free booklet. I usually don't take the booklets because I feel they are out of my league but this one caught my eye.

I ended up buying the entire Me & My Big Ideas Cornucopia line, except for the felt leaves which I could not find. At home I knew I had tons of smaller felt leaves that I could possibly make work.

I finally took 2 pictures of my son near some leaves... we never got to actually play in them but for the sake of this layout I got 2 pictures :)

I altered this layout to make it my own. I followed the guidelines in the sample picture but I changed it by using 2 pictures instead of 1 and used a "FALL" title instead of "Thankful". I figured I can save the Thankful idea for a Thanksgiving layout.
I didn't use my felt leaves, instead I found very large package of these die-cut leaves by K&Company. I scattered them on the layout, some with and without 3d-dots. I used Stickles on some and also used some jewels on some.

I found the cutest little owl by Jolee's by You and was able to add it to this layout, it fit the theme perfectly.

All of the other items on this layout, besides the leaves are "Me & My Big Ideas". The background 12x12 paper is green and velvet embossed. The die-cut 12x12 is also velvet embossed and I laid that onto the green 12x12 using 3d-dots. I worked on the entire layout on the die-cut 12x12 and when I was done placed it on the green background.

I hope you like it as much as I do... I think this has taken the spot of my favorite layout!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Finally got it!

I finally took a picture of my son in some leaves so I can do that perfect Fall layout I have been planning for the last few weeks!

Stay tuned....

Sunday, November 16, 2008

To End the Weekend

This was a very production weekend. I finished 5 layouts and that is a record for me in such a short time frame. I posted already about the first 4. Here is the last one I did this weekend:

4 Picture Layout:

Pumpkin Picking 2008. I had many pictures to choose from and I typically try to stay away from doing a 4 picture layout, I always think they look sloppy but I wanted to use these pictures and I am pretty satisfied with the way this one came out.

I used an orange/yellow 12x12 background paper that has a leaf pattern. I matted my pictures with a brown cardstock. I had this great Pumpkin Patch set from Soft Spoken and it worked perfectly in this layout. I added brown/white ribbon to the edge and stapled them down with decorative staples.

Hope you like it!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Busy Little Bee...

I was a busy little bee today.... It rained all day, my brakes were being replaced on my truck so I was home all day with no car. Thomasino behaved and I was able to get some scrapping done! I am glad that the numbers on my Goal Ticker is going down! But I still have a lot more to go.

1 Picture Layout:

I finally got to use some of my new Making Memories Note Worthy Collection! The 12x12 paper and the journal card is from the collection. I had fun with this one, it was more for me and a little bit girly.

The Smile title was naked chipboard and I used my Pebbles chalks to color them and then inked the edges with my Cat's Eye inks. I used the Queen & Co felt flourish and brightened it up by adding blue and purple jeweled felt flowers, a bulk purchase from Oriental Trading.

2 Picture Layout:

Another trip to the NYC Aquarium and pictures of my son his his gal pal Catie hanging out and watching the Penguin feeding.

I used Making Memories foam letters in the title. I finally got to use a penguin laser die cut that has been sitting in my stash for quite sometime now. The die cut got 'lost' on the gray paper so I backed it with white card stock and cut it to fit. I added my favorite 3d-dots to that for a layer effect. I used my new Martha Stewart border punch and I have to say, I should have practiced first - not sure if you can notice my mistakes :)

1 Picture Layout:

A cute picture of my son from this past summer. In my friend Teba's father's garage, my son was eyeing his Harley and was soo happy to get to sit on it. He looks a little scared in this picture, I think because he didn't want to wear the helmet.

I liked what I did with this one. I used my Fiskars paper edger for a taring effect and then I realized I had all this empty black space at the bottom so decided to add the rest of the paper that was ripped off - that piece was in my garbage stash! I added a journal square to the center and used 3d-dots on that for some pop! I added a vellum quote, attached by 4 black square brads. And the motorcycle embellies are from the Sandylion Essentials line.

4 Picture Layout:

I have to be quite honest... the pieces to this layout have been in a folder for over a year now and I had no inspiration to do it. I finally just broke down and did it today... it is not fancy nor does it have the wow factor... I am just happy to get it done and over with.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Might be Impossible

My goal for this year was to create 75 layouts. At the time I thought 75 was not a big deal, but now I am sitting here realizing it took me 10.5 months to create 31 layouts and about a month and half left to create another 44.

Impossible? No. But that means I can't do anything else but scrap and that is impossible considering I am out of my house 14 hours a day during the week.

I have seen others with goals in the 100s and have gotten them done - good for them. I wish I could be that accomplished. I think I got wrapped up in other projects in my myspace groups and that is why I didn't do as many layouts as I planned. I do however have tons of pictures printed and have ideas, I just need to find the quiet time to sit and put them together.

So I will try my best to get as many done as I can but I don't want to rush for the sake of meeting my goal.

I will try better for next years goal.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sketch Challenge: 1 Picture

My myspace friend Liz, hosted a 1 picture sketch challenge. She choose a layout sketch created by Deanne Burton. Deanne has such great sketches, I have been eyeing a lot of them and hope to get to them soon. You can visit Deanne's blog here A-Scrapaddict and she is also on my blog role of blogs I visit frequently.

This is the sketch:

And this is my version of it:

I was trying to go for the colors in the crayon box theme but I am not sure if I accomplished that. I wanted a bright yellow background but this was the best I could do. How do I not have plain yellow 12x12 paper? **note: add to shopping list**

There really isn't too much to say about this layout as it is quite simple.

I finally found a use for the Queen & Co. felt adhesive star ribbon! I bought a bunch of them and hadn't found the opportunity to use one until now. For the title "Coloring", I used red chipboard letters that have little white stars on them and of course I used 3d dots on them - what is a layout without a little 3d? :) I had gotten this set in red and blue when Rag Shop was going out of business over a year ago and I got a bunch of packages. This was the first time I got to use the red ones. I find it very easy to forget all the supplies I have. I have so much and I try and try to organize but never go back to the old stuff. I guess I have to re-think my organization.

And my favorite item on this layout is the Jolee's by You, crayons,and drawing. So cute! I had bought a whole bunch of them and I finally got to use it!

I hope you like it!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Another Victory!

Another sketch challenge win under my belt! I was very surprised when I won this one, I honestly didn't think it that good, at least not compared to the other ladies that entered. And yes there were other entries!

In the myspace groups we typically average about 5-10 enteries per sketch challenge and I do have to say, they are quite fun!

Here is my winning layout:

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sketch Challenge: 2 Pictures

I joined yet another sketch challenge on myspace. I hadn't done one in awhile and this one was fairly simple. This was my second sketch challenge hosted by Denise.

This was her original sketch:

And this is my version of it.
I went with the neutral brown theme and had these 2 pictures of my son putting cookie dough on a cookie sheet. I titled it "Made with Love" and that sticker, the brackets and the tab are from Flair Designs Keep on Cooking collection.

I used my Fiskars paper edger to get the ripped effect on the 2nd toned paper.

I antiqued the edges on the matts with my Color Box Cats Eye inks.

The 3 embellishments are by Jolee's by You (cookie tray, milk carton, cookie jar) and I used 3D-Dots on those. For the journlaing I used one of my Remarks journal sticker books. I wished I would have thought to mat the journaling square and have it raised, I think it would have looked better.