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!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I have news!

I posted last month about the Stick it Down design team call, that I myself entered. I got a spot on the double page team! I can't wait to officially start with the team and challenges in the new year!

I hope you join us!

Monday, December 2, 2013

SG Blog Hop - Tailgating is Exhausting - Layout

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

My layout is coming from the downloads this time, specifically the April 2013 Individual sketch #1. I love the individual sketches, you can't beat the value.

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 up is Pamela. You can find her here: http://reflectionsofmyartandsoul.com/blog, 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 draw on December 9th, so you have one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs:

  • Scrapbook Generation blog - http://scrapbookgeneration.blogspot.com/
  • Ruth - http://scrapmachine.com/
  • Michelle - http://ownerofchanel.blogspot.com/
  • Steffanie - http://steffanies.blogspot.com/
  • Stephanie - http://craftyholidaygirl.blogspot.com
  • Devra - http://mycreativeview.blogspot.com
  • Tasha- http://tashascreativejuice.blogspot.com/ <--You're here!
  • Pamela - http://reflectionsofmyartandsoul.com/blog
  • Brenda - http://roseblossomlegacies.com
  • Sharlene - http://inspirationstationbysbe.blogspot.ca/
  • Louise- http://madeatnumber27.blogspot.com.au/
  • Brenda R ~ http://granddivasscrappyplace.blogspot.com/
  • Cassie - http://allsmilesandsunshine.blogspot.com/
  • Lori - http://loriannie670.blogspot.com/
  • Elizabeth - http://ejoym.blogspot.com
  • Mandi - http://mjskraze.blogspot.com/
  • Cicily - http://www.pinkdalmatianscrapper.com/
  • Laureen - http://mybusyscrapbookinghands.blogspot.ca/
  • Janelle - http://stillscrappinlettersize.blogspot.com
  • Melissa - http://www.scrappyjedi.com/
  • Corrina - http://anotherthingoffthelist.blogspot.ca/
  • Lindsey - http://www.scrapping-by-the-sea.com
  • Nicole - http://www.lovemesomepaper.blogspot.com/
  • Tina Gale ~ http://tiggersscrapplace.blogspot.com
  • Thanks for stopping by!

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    Very Protected - Layout

    Hello! I'm back with another challenge layout. This time I'm playing with the November 1st sketch over on the Stuck?! blog. Here is a look at the sketch.

    And here is my take on it.

    Very Protected

    I loved this sketch and kept a lot of elements pretty close. Even kept the stars, but added a lot more and they of course are the tiny wood veneers from Studio Calico, one of my favorite embellishments ever.

    Very Protected title close-up

    I chose to challenge myself on this one and use letter stickers. I'm good about using my smaller alphabet stickers but usually use Thickers for my larger letters. To help my letters standout I outlined them with a thin, brown sharpie. I'm really happy with how it turned out and will be breaking in my larger letter sticker stash more often. Using the flat letter stickers I was worried that my layout would lack the dimension that I love, but popping up layers at different heights gave it all the lift it needed.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Stick It Down DT Call

    I did something big today, put my hat in the ring for a Design Team. Eeek! It is super scary to put yourself out there and I can't believe I actually took the plunge.

    Stick It Down Design Team call. They are looking for Single Page, Double Page, Card and Project Life submissions. I'm excited to see more of what they will offer. If you been around here a while you will know that sketches are my thing and I can't wait to see theirs, I'm always looking for something new to add to my sketch collection.

    If you like sketches you should take a look and consider sending off your submission.

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    13th Birthday Girl - Layout

    Another layout for the Photo Arrangement Replay class. I can't get over how much I like this class and even though it's over I still have lots of sketches to use from it. If you are looking into taking a sketch class to get your creative mojo working take this one.

    13th Birthday Girl

    My niece last year, it's still hard to believe she's a teenager. This layout was a little challenging because she's at that age you don't want to really use cutesy papers, yet more grown up looking lines don't really work either. I ended up going with Bella Blvd.'s Sunshine and Happiness. There isn't a lot left to say because I wanted to keep the embellishments to a minimum. The papers and stamping along the top were enough, I didn't want a lot more to compete for the focus, which I wanted to be the photos.

    I will admit that it isn't my most favorite layout ever, not all of them can be though. It's cute and a little quirky, just like my niece.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Friday, November 1, 2013

    WOW! Top 3 at SOS

    I recently played along at Scrap Our Stash for the first time. I'm so glad I did, I made the top 3!

    Here the layout that they chose and the link to original blog post.

    Yummy Little Toes

    Thank you so very much to the team at Scrap Our Stash for the incredible honor of choosing my layout for your top 3.

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    Big Family Thanksgiving - Layout

    Here is my week 4 layout for the Photo Arrangement Replay class. This has been a lot of fun and I highly recommend it.

    This time I did change up my photos just a bit, I need one photo a bit bigger than the sketch allowed. That is one thing I love about sketches, you can follow it to the letter or change it to better fit your needs.

    Big Family Thanksgiving

    Sorry about my lighting, it has been raining and overcast all week, not the best situation for photographing layouts.

    Not a lot to say about this one, for the most part I used one collection. I do want to mention the stamping because it features Memento's new Luxe inks. They are fabulous! You can see it stamps extremely well on Kraft cardstock, not something you can say of very many inks. Plus they cover more solid image stamps beautifully. The "Happy Thanksgiving" greeting on the side has some fine detail among a large amount of solid, a hard image for any ink and this one handled it well. I will be picking up the other colors for sure.

    Sunday, October 27, 2013

    Tummy Time - Layout

    Two posts in one day isn't my usual style but I'm running out of time to link up to some challenges. For this layout I've played along with Let's Get Sketchy, October week 2.

    I did change a few things up because I'm not usually an askew kinda girl. The top two photos are slanted but that was all my inner control freak would allow. One of these days I will be able to throw caution to wind and let paper and photos tilt, today is not that day.

    Tummy Time

    Normally I mix lots of manufacturers on my layout and this one only has three, proving you can get more out of minimal supplies. I really wanted to see if I could like the end result with fewer lines being used and to my surprise, I did. It includes lot lots of embellishments, that poor brad pack took a beating on this layout. I'm happy with the stash usage here and it makes me feel less guilty about the amount of shopping I do.

    Tummy Time embellishment makeover close-up

    This is my favorite embellishment and also a great stash busing technique. That piece wasn't a favorite in the layered chipboard pack because of the design, the shape was great. I took the pinked circle off of the plain circle and recovered the pinked circle with paper from the same Echo Park collection. After gluing it back together and adding a couple of pieces from the brad pack I had the perfect embellishment for my page. I tend to forget that it's ok to change something if it doesn't work you and that silhouette head certainly didn't work me.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Brand New Nonna - Layout

    Hello, taking a break from my Photo Arrangement Replay class to post a layout based on a sketch from 2 Broke Girls Scraps.

    I changed up a few things like the sizes of the layers. Plus while I do have the five embellishments pictured I placed them around the layout rather than just in a row. On to the layout.

    Brand New Nonna

    This uses more of the mirror sheet from Tim Holtz that I used on a layout last week. Papers from Lily Bee and Studio Calico gave me the perfect palette that's both soft and fun. I'm enjoying breaking out my stamps again and this incorporates a baby set from Technique Tuesday and a tag set from Lawn Fawn.

    Brand New Nonna star stamping close-up

    Something I often forget about is second generation stamping. Above you can see some very light stars that add a nice touch. In reality that yellow is far too bright for it to blend in as well as it does. Second generation stamping allowed me to get a nice soft yellow without buying an ink pad just for the job.

    Thanks for stopping by!