Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Peach Picking - DT Layout

It is the last Tuesday of the month, that means it's time for a new Double Page sketch from Stick It Down.

This sketch was lots of fun to work with. The only problem I had was trying to find pictures that fit the current arrangement. I had the perfect picture for the largest spot, only it would have looked off the page instead of towards the title, the look I prefer. While most of the time you can simply use photo editing software to flip your photo to orient it in the way you want, you can't when there is writing visible. So I flipped the sketch to accommodate my pictures.

Now it fits my photos perfectly. This year I have a goal of using some older product and decided these photos would be the perfect opportunity for some stash digging. I finally settled on mostly old Echo Park, all but the dot in the background and the large cloud are from their first collection Sweet Summertime. Talk about a blast from the past! The cloud paper is from Echo Park's Summer Days collection, and the small polka dot you can see around the edge is from Snap by Simple Stories.

 The butterfly is a stamp and die combo from Papertrey Ink, another quite old product. You can't really tell but I went over the stamped portion with my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen. Leaving the white edge plain really gives the butterflies the look of a pre-made embellishment.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Steppin' Out - Layout

Hello again! I'm here with a current favorite layout. These photos were taken when we were walking from The Guggenheim to The Met, my son was acting like his normal crazy self and I had to document it. These types of everyday layout are my favorite.

I used a sketch from Scrapbook Generations One-Page sketches Volume 1. I'm trying to incorporate layering more in my layouts again. This layout is the perfect example of how layering and embellishment clusters don't have to be over the top and complicated, sometimes simple is better.

There is a nice close up of a basic embellishment cluster, a shape for the base, an element with writing, a sticker with writing and enamel dots finish it off. You can see that I've made sure to follow this same pattern in three different areas. The journaling is another that I didn't get a close up of, you can see though the same elements are there just a tiny bit more spread out and almost appear to frame the journaling. Framing key areas is something I like to do, you can see another example of this in the next photo.

This final cluster is just slightly different. I didn't have an element with writing left that I really liked, like the "so random" and "always an adventure" pieces that I used in the other two clusters. I went through my stamp collection and came up with "pure joy" from Elle's studio and it was the perfect giving me the element with writing to finish off the cluster beautifully. Originally I had it stamped and cut out of a piece of plain cardstock to give me the same look as the other pieces but in the end I wanted to keep the pattern of that green chevron paper and it turned out cute.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello Roomie - Layout

Can you believe I've been scrapping well over a decade and I haven't made a single page that was just for me? I've made pages for my niece, vacations, etc. But, nothing that was just mine and something no one else would really care about. That changed last week.

I'm on the left and Stephanie is on the right. We belong to a message board that is rather close knit and a large group, almost 50 people, met up at a scrapbooking retreat. Stephanie was gracious enough to be my roommate and it was so much fun getting to know her in person.

If you ever have a chance to go to a scrapbooking retreat you should try it. Getting to set up for a crop and have several days to work on things was great. It was so much fun that I'm signed up for another multi-day crop, not a retreat but close, in May.

This layout uses a sketch from the Scrapbook Generation One-Page sketches, Volume 1.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

First Subway Ride - Layout

Hello, all! I'm back with another travel layout. At the rate I'm going I might have this trip scrapped in about 10 years. That is just fine with me, makes sure I have something to work on all the time.

I used a Scrapbook Generation sketch from the One-Page Sketches, Volume 2 book. Using their sketches really helps to speed up my process, any sketch does really but have the photo sizes printed for me helps the most.

I honestly thought subways in NYC would be scary, but really they aren't. The only issue we had was routes aren't really clearly marked, if you are used to public transportation maybe it would be easier for you. These Arkansas folks that have to drive their own car to get anywhere, are not. I'm used to signs tell me to turn here, or there, to find a landmark and there wasn't anything like that. On the inside there is a map that lights up to which stop you are at, I really wish they would have that same type of map on the platforms so you know which side to use. You would think a grid system, like the streets of NYC, would be easy to navigate but I guess we are just too used to our own system down here. I'm sure if we had gone on more than one ride we would have gotten the hang of, at least I hope so.

On to the layout. I used mostly Simple Stories Urban Traveler. I do have a tiny bit of October Afternoon and Thickers from American Crafts. I also used stamps from Technique Tuesday, October Afternoon and Stampin' Up!.

I'm starting to get back into clustering more around my titles, it's a look that I really love and have gotten a tiny bit away from. This was my way to slightly ease back into it and I'll have more next week that I add even more.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Vampires are Coming - DT Layout

Hello all! Another month means another Stick It Down double page sketch. This one was a blast to work on and I know as soon as I saw it any layout made from that sketch would look fantastic.

Here is the sketch.

I still love the banner look and knew it would be perfect for pictures of my son and niece trick or treating.

They are so cute in their coordinating vampire costumes. You can see I stuck pretty close to the sketch, it is missing the top stripe piece but I had quite a big of multicolored patterned paper and didn't think it need the extra pop. That spot with the doily was just itching to be replaced with a spiderweb, that was cut from my Cameo and I did some hand-stitching to give it texture.

My title blends a little and that was done on purpose. The Bella Blvd. Trick or Treat collection had a lot of pattern and color, I didn't want my title to battle it out with the other elements. I did add a little extra big of glitz with my Wink of Stella glitter pen in clear, I love that thing and you can see more glitz I added in the next photo.

I used it to glam up three of the colors in the arrow piece and my little happy pumpkin peeking through the heart. It is so incredibly easy to go overboard with thing, I highly recommend it to everyone.

That wraps it up for this months Stick It Down sketch. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Flying High With Daddy - DT layout

It's time for my first layout with the Stick It Down DT. I'm nervous and excited at the same time.

Let's jump right into the sketch and layout.

I loved this sketch, it includes some of my favorite elements such as a large background and banner pieces. It wasn't hard to make something adorable with it.

Here is my layout. You can see I kept it pretty close to the sketch but I don't have a large strip going down the left side. To make up for that I took my embellishment cluster and brought it up to the title creating a sort of vertical element. It's ok to leave something out or add something else to a sketch, they are guidelines, not hard and fast rules.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will play along with the Stick It Down February double page sketch.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Stick It Down Double Page team intros

The big double team intro post went live today for the Stick It Down design team. Hop on over and get to know the rest of the great group I'll be creating with.

I know I've been rather silent this month, life seemed to kick my butt in December. I'll be back in the new year with projects, including the preparations for my son's 2nd birthday. 2014 is going to be great and I can't wait to share it with you!