Sunday, June 1, 2014

Daddy is the Best Jungle Gym - SG Blog Hop

Hello! I'm excited to be back in the SG sketch blog hop, I took off for the last one and I missed it. Let's jump in to the good stuff shall we?

Welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for June. If this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link.

My sketch comes from the downloads. There is a slight snag, it isn't in the new store and I didn't think to check before starting this blog post to make sure it was there. It was from October according to the file name, and was a single page sketch. The main difference I made, besides ignoring their embellishments completely, was to make the center photo larger. I really wanted it to stand out and the be the focal point, if you look closely at my husband and son you'll see why. I just couldn't let those faces be any smaller.

Here are a few close-ups. I really loved playing around with my embellishment clusters for this layout. All of those label stickers you see tucked in have been in my stash for a number of years, remember Scenic Route, and it was satisfying to actually use them.

I even tried out a new method of dating the layout. Normally I would just use a roller date stamp and a label but the actual day wasn't important. The geotag tells you it was a night in NYC, which was only one of 4 that year, it wouldn't be hard to narrow it down. This did happen to be the first night and I'll add journaling later explaining that, for some reason I don't always add journaling before blogging.

That's it from me so I'll thank you for stopping by! Also if you like process video check out my posts from last month and you'll find a couple from me. It's a new thing that I'm so very excited to be doing.

You can find the SG sketches in their books and as downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out.

Next on the hop is Lori, leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store. The winner will be drawn on Monday, June 9th which leaves you one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Scrapbook Generation blog
Tina Gale
Tasha *ME*

Saturday, May 31, 2014

So Not Funny - Layout + Video

Hello. I'm here with another process video. This is also a sketch from the Big Picture Classes, Sketch Solutions class.

And a quick close-up of my main embellishment cluster.

On to the video. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, May 26, 2014

First Checkup - DT layout

Back with another two page sketch from Stick It Down. I adored this months sketch and had a blast working with it to create a cute page about little guys first visit to the doctor. Which ended up being a major event. His peditrian's wife is also a pediatrician and was having an article written about her in the local paper. They needed a child for a photo op and asked if Riley could be in the picture. It was so neat seeing him in the paper, even if he was very unhappy in the photo.

First let's look at the sketch.

And here is my take on it. Along with a couple of close ups.

I did change a few things up, like turning the three strips of paper into one. I almost cut the plaid paper into three strips to give the same look but in the end it was so cute I had to leave it intact. The rest is fairly similar. I did make my focal photo larger and stacked my square photo the opposite way. There are times when I use a sketch and by the end you can't even tell they are related, this I think you can.

Thank you so much for dropping by! If you are new or missed yesterdays post you might want to check it out, it includes my very first process video.

Storytime with Nonna - Layout + Video

I'm here with my very first process video. I'll warn you that it's jumpy and a little all over the place but it's done and I hope to just keep getting better.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Wood Veneer Storage Solution - Video

Here is a little video on how I now store my wood veneer. I've tested it out for a few months and even took it along on a scrapbooking weekend trip and it worked beautifully.

It's a fantastic solution that holds even the tiniest of piece in place. Plus, it's completely customizable for all of the larger designs that have been coming out more recently.

Amazon link to Storage Case.
Hobby Lobby link to Storage Case.

I do apologize for my recent hiatus, my son's birthday party took up a lot of my time and I haven't had much free time since. I'll be back with regular layouts and more storage posts soon. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by!