Thursday, August 30, 2012

September Calendar Page- ScrapFit #74

I have my September calendar layout done, with a couple days to spare! For this one, I went to ScrapFIT for inspiration. Workout #74 is a sketch challenge with a sketch by the awesome Diana Fisher. It is a one page sketch, but I made it work for my two page spread by rotating it 90 degrees and extending it.
I also used the "play" challenge from 8/16 at My Scraps and More. This was a bingo challenge and we had to select a row, column or diagonal and use those elements on a layout. I ended up using the bottom row: mask, ribbon, brads, and glitter.
I had fun playing with mists on here.  I started by spraying white mist on the layout.  I was going to leave it alone, but decided I wanted to add some more interest so I used a Crafter's Workshop mask and did a couple of spritzes of yellow mist.

I also played with clustering embellishments.  I used some more rub ons for the base layer and then added some die cuts.  I finished off with a gromlet flower.  I accented the center of some of the flowers on my layout and the stars with some Stickles for the glitter.

Cardstock- Bazzill, American Crafts
Patterned Paper and Die Cuts- My Mind's Eye
Die cut letters- Creative Memories
Tape and Ribbon- Target
Yarn- The Robin's Nest
Ink- Ranger, EK Success, Studio Calico
Mask-The Crafter's Workshop
Transparency- Little Yellow Bicycle
Rub ons- We R Memory Keepers, Fancy Pants Designs
Stickers- Fiskars
Brad- Basic Grey
Gromlet- We R Memory Keepers
Pen- Creative Memories
Glitter Glue- Hampton Arts, Ranger

Monday, August 27, 2012

Nuts About Sketches #228- August calendar page

Hi all! I hope you are having a good Monday! Today is my last reveal at Nuts About Sketches. I have had a great time working with Shawn's sketches and being a part of this team and I look forward to continuing to work with the sketches in the future!

 Well, some of you may have noticed that I never shared my calendar layout for this month. That was because I used this sketch and had to wait for the reveal! I really enjoyed this sketch because there were so many places for photos. I also liked that some of the spots were for larger photos, which makes them easy to split to squeeze even more photos on! I am currently using the left hand page for my calendar.

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper- American Crafts, The Robin's Nest
Die Cuts- K and Company, Crate Paper
Buttons- Pink Paislee
Chipboard- Pink Paislee
Rub Ons- We R Memory Keepers
Font- CK Carefree
Rubber Charm-October Afternoon
Ribbon- The Robin's Nest
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Live Simply
Transparency- Hambly Screen Prints
Ink- Clearsnap, Tsukineko

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Lovely Pics

I have a quick layout to share today. I didn't do this one for any challenges, just did it to get the photos scrapped. I used Crate Paper's "Sweet Branch" Collection which is several years old.  I have found I really like working with collection packs lately because it makes the mixing and matching of papers so easy!  After completing this layout, I had no whole sheets of paper left of this collection, so it is now a "card kit."  I can grab it when I need to make a card and there are bits and pieces of matching papers to make creating a card quick and easy!  For this layout I used some of the die cuts in the kit, punched some scalloped circles from some of the paper, and fussy cut some flowers  and then used pop dots to give the page some dimension.  The page when together quite quickly!

Patterned Paper, Rub ons, and Die Cuts- Crate Paper
Foam Letters- Pink Paislee
Pen and Ink- Tsukineko
Tape- Target
Flower- Prima

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Baptism Layout- Sketches in Thyme

I finished a layout earlier this week using the Sketch #88 at Sketches in Thyme. I flipped the sketch horizontally, used two horizontal shots in the place of some of the vertical spots and reduced the number of vertical photos spots by one.

To add some texture and interest to the plain background cardstock, I sprayed the bottom section with some white mist.  (Sorry about the glare on this photo, I am still trying to figure out the place with the best lighting to photograph my layouts.)

I had some fun altering some grungeboard elements for this page.  I started by coloring them white with by white Distress Stain.  Then I sprayed them with turquoise Perfect Pearls Mist to give them some shimmer.  Finally I rubbed a Versamark inkpad over the raised areas and sprinkled on some maroon embossing powder.  I sprayed my flowers with the Perfect Pearls mist as well so there is quite a bit of shimmer on this page!

Cardstock- Core-dinations, Bazzill
Patterned Paper- Bo Bunny, October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket
Die Cut- Cosmo Cricket
Stickers- Me and My Big Ideas, Cosmo Cricket
Pen- Marvy
Rub Ons- Autumn Leaves
Flowers- Prima
Chipboard- Basic Grey, Advantus, Studio Calico
Ink- Studio Calico, Ranger, Tsukineko
Punch- EK Success
Dew Drops- Robin's Nest

Friday, August 17, 2012

Night Night

I got another layout done for the My Scraps Got Talent Contest which ends today.  I did this one for challenge #3 which was to use the sketch below and 5 manufacturers.

As I was making the layout, I was thinking that it meant AT LEAST 5 manufacturers, but now I am not so sure.  I think it may have been ONLY 5 manufacturers.  Oh well, I got another page done.  For the stars on the background I wanted a soft look so I used a Crafter's Workshop template and my white Distress Stain Dabber.  The die cut paper was a yellow color that didn't go with the rest of the layout so I sprayed it with some white Mister Huey's spray ink.  The vellum saying doesn't stand out much, but I decided to make that my title mostly because I couldn't find another place to put a title without making the page feel unbalanced.  :)

Cardstock- Bazzill, American Crafts
Patterned Paper- Karen Foster Designs, My Mind's Eye, Pink Paislee
Die Cut Paper- KI Memories
Mask- Crafter's Workshop
Ink- Ranger
Vellum- K and Company
Felt- Fancy Pants Designs
Rubons- American Crafts
Brads- Basic Grey and Making Memories
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Cartridge- Cindy Loo
Sticker- Little Yellow Bicycle
Glitter Glue- Ranger

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dakota County Wins

I completed another layout last week for the My Scraps Got Talent II contest. This time it was the first Pre-Contest Challenge. The challenge was to use the sketch below and also use some paints or mists on the layout.

 I did another layout with ribbons I won at the fair in 2010. I usually really struggle to make these layouts work, but the challenges at My Scraps have really helped me!  To make the rays on the background cardstock, I cut an old bag into strips to make the mask.  I sprayed that over the plain cardstock.  I dried that with my heat gun and then attached the white patterned paper.  Then I splattered some blue mist over that.  
I also played a bit with the Scor Pal board I bought a couple of months ago at a garage sale. I made both of the yellow medallion flowers. I am really happy with how they turned out and they were pretty easy to make with the Scor Pal so I think they will be appearing on more of my projects!

Cardstock- Stampin Up
Patterned Paper- My Mind's Eye
Die Cuts- My Mind's Eye, K and Company
Brads- Doodlebug
Tape- Target
Rubons- We R Memory Keepers
Ink- Ranger, Studio Calico, Tattered Angels
Stickers- Basic Grey, other
Pen- Tsukineko

Monday, August 13, 2012

Nuts About Sketches #226

It's Monday so I am back with a new layout for Nuts About Sketches. This week we had a fun two page sketch to work with. I have been waiting to print these photos until I figured out the best way to display them and this sketch does so beautifully!

I used a mask and Sugar Maple Glimmer mist for the misting behind the title.  I fussy cut the balloon shapes from a sheet of Basic Grey paper.  For the three dimensional balloons I took three of them, folded each one in half length wise and the glued them together.  I played a bit with clustering and layering and used some more rub ons.

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper- Deja Views, October Afternoon, Die Cuts With a View, Basic Grey
Stamps- Autumn Leaves
Rub Ons- We R Memory Keepers
Ink- Clearsnap, Tattered Angels, Ranger
Chipboard- American Crafts
Corrugated Arrow- Jillibean Soup
Stickers- Little Yellow Bicycle
Pen- Tsukeniko
Paint- Pebbles
Punch- EK Success
Mask- The Crafter's Workshop

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Happy Birthday!

I have a birthday card to share that I made for my nephew who turns 4 tomorrow. I used the current sketch at Mojo Monday for this one. I also took on the current challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2, which is to use a hot air balloon or airplane.

 I chose to use the airplane from the Boys Will Be Boys cartridge. I used a bunch of papers that I have collected for my "boy" pages. to give the airplane a finished look, I inked the edges of all the pieces before assembling it. I also decided to mat everything with white to make all of these busy patterns work together.


I have been busy scrapping while watching the Olympics! I have layouts completed for 2 of the 3 remaining sketches for Nuts About Sketches for this month (which I can't share) and I got this one done for the My Scraps Got Talent Contest.

This one is for the first challenge which was to use the sketch below and the added challenge was to choose a row from the bingo board and use those elements on the page.

Yes, this is a scrapbook page about scrapbook pages.  :)  I entered a couple into a county fair in 2010 and won a couple of ribbons.  For this challenge, I used the items in the bottom horizontal row.  I did the misting on my chipboard flowers.  First I painted them with pink and then misted them with a couple of different masks.  I also misted the green fabric butterfly.

Cardstock- Bazzill
Patterned Paper- American Crafts
Chipboard- Oriental Trading Company
Pearls- K and Company
Paint- Plaid
Ink- Tattered Angels, Ranger, EK Success, Clearsnap
Mask- Crafter's Workshop
Stickers- Fiskars, American Crafts
Punch- Tonic
Pen- Sharpie

Monday, August 6, 2012

Nuts About Sketches #225

It's Monday which means a new sketch at Nuts About Sketches. This week it is a single page sketch. This sketch is a little different than my usual style, with the separated photo areas, but I had a lot of fun with it!

I used photos from our visit to an apple orchard/ pumpkin farm from a couple of years ago.  I've really been enjoying using rub ons lately, I like that they add texture to the page without bulk.  I also used a couple to dress up some chipboard buttons.

Cardstock- The Paper Company, American Crafts
Patterned Paper- Basic Grey, Bo Bunny
Rub Ons- Bo Bunny
Stickers- Bo Bunny, Target
Chipboard- Stodio Calico
Journal Spots- Making Memories, Michael's
Gems- Michael's
Ink- Clearsnap, Ranger
Pen- Sharpie
Twine- Pink Paislee
Die Cutter- Provo Craft
Software- Craft Edge
Font- Gorilla Milkshake