Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sketches In Thyme: Sketch #210

Here's Sketch #210 from the Sketches In Thyme blog followed by my take on this sketch. 

For the past few years, we've tried to grow some things in a spring/summer garden -- all credit goes to my husband and younger daughter. Each year, I've tried to document their efforts! This time, I picked green gingham paper for the background. Gingham reminds me of a country setting and a "homespun" feel. 

These wood embellishments (Basic Grey) were in my stash and I wasn't sure I'd ever use them....But, they seemed to go perfectly with this "garden" page and I'm pleased with how they look. 

Until next time...Happy scrapbooking and papercrafting.

Trip to the Japanese American National Museum

Today I'm sharing two layouts featuring photos taken during a June 1st trip to the Japanese American National Museum. My friend Tiffany knows I love origami and surprised me with a trip to the "Above the Fold" exhibition. This special exhibit is open until August 21, 2016, so if you are in the Los Angeles area you still have time to see it in person!

The first layout was inspired by Sketch #211 on the Sketches In Thyme blog
For this sketch to work with my selected photos, I turned the sketch on its right side. For the page title, I cut from the exhibit brochure and also included the yellow admission sticker we were each given to enter the museum.
 For some of the background papers, I used origami papers because they are so pretty and kept with the theme of the museum exhibit.
The second layout was inspired by the July 15th sketch from the Stuck?! Sketches blog:
Since these pages will go next to each other in an album, I used some more origami papers for the background layers so that the pages would feel "related." I also used some of the same flowers to embellish this page.

 Once again, the page title (as well as the vertical photo next to it) were cut from the exhibit brochure.

Until next time...Happy scrapbooking and papercrafting!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Let's Get Sketchy - July Week 3 Sketch

Here's the July Week 3 Sketch from the Let's Get Sketchy blog:

Until next time....Happy Scrapbooking and Papercrafting!

Sketches In Thyme: Sketch #209

Check out Sketch #209 from the Sketches In Thyme blog:

Here's my take on the sketch. I kept with the "triangles" suggested by the sketch, but I think it would be fun to try this sketch again but with circles next time!

Until next time....Happy Scrapbooking and Papercrafting!

Scrap Our Stash: July Sketch +3 Challenge

Here's the July Sketch +3 Challenge from the Scrap Our Stash blog!
Here are the items I used from each list:
List 1: Simple Stories (chipboard frame)
List 2: Twine
List 3: Ultramarine

Until next time....Happy Scrapbooking and Papercrafting!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Let's Get Sketchy - July Week 2

Here's the July Week 2 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy

For my take on this sketch, I used a photo taken on a recent flight from Los Angeles to Chicago. There was a time when I was such a nervous flier that I couldn't look out the window. Gladly, I'm much more relaxed now .... so much so I even found myself taking pictures out the window! I saved the checked luggage tag/sticker from my suitcase and used it as an embellishment on this page.

Lately, I've been organizing my scrapbook room. (You can see some of my organization efforts on my Instagram feed @egrupp284). One of the many benefits of getting organized is that I've "rediscovered" my collection of markers and gel pens. Thanks to this, I've been adding "doodle borders" to many of my recent pages -- including this layout. 

Until next time, Happy Scrapbooking and Papercrafting!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Creative Scrappers - July Sketch 296

Here's the July Sketch 296 from Creative Scrappers. 
For this page, I used a lot of things that have been in my stash for a LONG time! For the background, I used several adhesive boarder strips (after curring them in half lengthwise). The chipboard embellishments have been hanging around for some time -- and I liked the whimsical feel they added to the page.

Until next time....Happy Scrapbooking and Papercrafting!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Let's Get Sketchy - July Week 1

Today I'm sharing a page created using the July Week 1 sketch from the Let's Get Sketchy blog. After a week full of tragic news across this country, with a heavy heart I find solace in the creative process. The title of this page is "Love grows here" and I hope that in time love and forgiveness will help everyone heal.  May God bless this country and all those in this world touched by senseless acts of violence.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Stuck?! Sketches - July 1 Sketch

For this post, I’m sharing the page created with the July 1 Sketch on the Stuck?! Sketches blog.

One afternoon last week, my husband and younger daughter enjoyed a perfect afternoon for flying a kite. He texted me these pictures and I knew right away I wanted to create a special page with these images! 

One Page with Three Challenges

Today I’m sharing a page inspired by combining these 3 Challenges!

Ken Oliver Color Burst Powders were used to create the large photo mat and also to paint the border on the background/base page.

For the SOS Book Inspired Challenge, the book title inspired me to think about all the places we’ll go during this summer vacation. “Here We Go” seemed like a perfect way to tie-in with the book title's them. For the round embellishment, I used a doily under the large photo mat. The last part of this challenge was to use 5 different patterned papers – since I have a HUGE bin of scraps, I had no problem finding them! (See if you can find all 5!)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Make It Monday #62 - The Memory Next

For the past year, I've used a sketch for almost all the pages I've created. With sketches, I'm able to work a little faster because I don't have to figure out how to arrange elements on the page. More importantly, sketches give me the freedom to focus on selecting photos, papers and embellishments. Today I'm sharing a page created with the "Make It Monday #62" sketch from The Memory Nest blog.