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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I'm still here!

I've always been frustrated when a blog just stops posting and no explanation is given, so since I haven't posted in over a month, I thought I'd just pop in and let everyone know I haven't given up bloggin! April and May have been extremely busy months for me, with my daughter's birthday party and a two week trip to England to plan, and now I'm recovering from jet lag while catching up on all the things that happened on the home front while I was gone. Throw in my husband's and my birthdays and Mother's Day, plus starting up a new Bible study and joining the worship team at church, and you have the recipe for slight exhaustion. Scrapbooking is still on my mind (I have tons of pictures from London to scrap), but I'm not feeling very inspired at the moment. All that to say, I'm on a little break but will be back at the beginning of June with a new sketch for everyone! Enjoy the rest of May.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Glacier Point Layout

One highlight of our Yosemite visit was a trip to Glacier Point to check out the beautiful views. I scrapbooked a few favorite photos on this layout and then added twelve more photos to a photo storage page. I'm hosting the monthly scrapbook challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, so I created this layout for my Stash Busters challenge to use 1 piece of ribbon, 2 colors of cardstock, 3 photos, 4  pieces of bling, and 5 patterned papers. Feel free to play along with us!
Recipe:
Skylark Level 2 papers
Colonial White & Kraft cardstock
Lagoon, Sweet Leaf & Desert Sand ink
Snapshot Complements
Hopscotch PML journaling card
Mocha Opaques pearls
Lagoon ribbon
Cricut Artiste cartridge: title

Monday, April 3, 2017

Exploring the Southwest Layout

For my new Splitcoast Stampers Sketch for April, I actually started with a layout and loved it so much, I decided to create a sketch so I could use the arrangement of the photos again! I know this is a picture-heavy sketch, but you can always delete a few photos if you don't need that many.

FYI: I'm also hosting a month-long scrapbooking challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, so if you need some inspiration, please head on over and check out the fun!

The sketch:
My layout:
Recipe:
Diverse Backgrounds stamp set
Lucky Level 2 papers
Bamboo & Sky cardstock
Desert Sand, Sky, Outdoor Denim & Olive ink
Chocolate marker (Zig)
My Crush Wildwood Assortment "Documented" card & stickers
Enamel and Glitter Duos blue dots
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: heart
Cricut Alphabet: title

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cat Party Card

My daughter asked for a cat party for her birthday, so the first step was making her invitations. I started with a cute card sketch from Atlantic Hearts challenge blog but, since I wanted to go vertical on my card base, I tightened up the design by moving the circles together. The card went through several revisions and I ended up simplifying it a bit because I just couldn't face hand cutting glitter tape for 30 cards (can anyone relate?) but I'm pretty happy with the final result!
Recipe:
Fanfare, Welcome Baby & One Way Borders stamp sets
Laughing Lola Level 2 papers
Slate, Whisper, Crystal Blue & White Daisy cardstock
Crystal Blue, Thistle & Black ink
Black & Gold Metallic markers
Purple Glitter Gem
Cricut Artistry cartridge: banner
Cricut Chore Chart cartridge: cat
Challenges: Bitten By the Bug 2 banner or sign challenge

Monday, March 27, 2017

Taft Point Layout

Taft Point at Yosemite is a bit of a hike, but always offers amazing views that make me glad I went! I created the base layout at my scrapbook retreat, but it needed some extra pizzazz, so when I got home, I decided to play along with some challenges to add punched borders, chipboard, and baker's twine.
Recipe:
Everyday Celebration Level 2 papers
Chocolate, Sweet Leaf & Colonial White cardstock
Chocolate, Sweet Leaf & Dutch Blue ink
Dutch Blue marker
Chocolate baker's twine
Nutmeg Memories chipboard (MME Indie Chic)
Cricut Stone Script cartridge: title
Fiskars scalloped border punch
Pattern: EMS Sketch Challenge 2
Challenges: Scrappy Friends Bingo challenge (I chose the row with border punch, green, ink, chipboard shape & twine); Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge chipboard & something old from your stash (my old was the papers I've been hoarding for at least five years)

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."
Recipe:
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:
Recipe:
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.
Recipe
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.
Recipe:
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:
Recipe:
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!)