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!