Sunday, August 17, 2014

@ Mt Charleston

Happy Sunday!

Today I am sharing a double page layout I made with my August Trio Kit from 3 Scrappy Boys and Sketch #331 from Nuts About Sketches.

The nice thing about using a photo collage (this one is from Kerri Bradford Studio) is that you don't need a whole lot paper or embellishments.

The Trio Kit came with some textured white cardstock and instead of using it as my base pages like I normally would, I chose to use it for some of the new print and cut shapes by Simple Stories in the Silhouette Store.  The feathers, journaling spot, compass and arrow are all print and cut shapes. 
I used the second sheet of white cardstock to make some "polaroid" type frames in place of the 3.5x5 photos that were shown in the sketch.  I loved the added interest they gave the page.
The Trio Kit came with another set of the Jillibean Soup alphas that I love.  They make for such quick titles.  I added a few travel phrase stamps and was all done.  This was probably the quickest double page layout I have ever done!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nuts About Sketches #326

Hello!  Today I am sharing the layout I made for the Design Team at the Nuts About Sketches blog.  New sketches and design team inspiration go up every Monday, so be sure to check them out if you love using sketches.

I usually gravitate towards to sketches that allow for a large amount of photos.  So as soon as I saw #326, I immediately knew that I wanted to use a photo template/collage for the suggested 8x10 photo in the sketch.  I used a template from Kerri Bradford and really love how easy they are to use and that I can get so many photos into a page.

All of the supplies are from my July kit from 3 Scrappy Boys. 

I also have a process video for this page with some detail photos at the end and how to make the ribbon/circle embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 21, 2014

December 2013 kit is killed!!

I am still playing catch up on my blog as far as all of the kits I have been working through.  Today I am sharing ALL five layouts I put together with the December 2013 Super Sketch Club kit from Scrapbook Generation.  For more information about these kits and my challenge I issued to myself, see this post.

Lets take a look at the contents of the kit and items I pulled to add to it:

First up are the three Super Savers.  I LOVE how fast these are to put together and am constantly amazed at how nice the pages look with only 4 sheets of pattern paper for all three pages!

And here are the two Sketch Day layouts.  I had a lot of fun incorporating little bits and pieces from my stash to help make these more of my own design in a way. I love how they turned out!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Playing Catch Up

I really need to get better about updating my blog and having this be the "home" for all of my different scrappy things.

I already blogged my finished layouts from the Super Savers portion of my May 2013 (yup, 2013...) Super Sketch Club kit from Scrapbook Generation.  Today I am going to share the last two pages from this kit.  These are the sketches that Scrapbook Generation calls Sketch Day 1 and 2.  Both pages have process videos in case you want to see a look into how I personally assemble these kits and what I add to sort of put my own stamp on these pre-designed pages.

Here's the process video:

And then the fifth and final layout for my May 2013 SSC kit:

I am so glad that I was able to pair up photos to all five layouts and get an entire kit assembled and added to my albums.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

3ScrappyBoys - newsletter project

Hello!  If you are currently subscribed to the 3 Scrappy Boys newsletter, than you already saw today's layout.  If not, you can sign up HERE

When I first received my March main kit, I was a little stumped on how to use what all was in it.  I have never been a big fan of Studio Calico's papers, so I was starting to sweat when I had 6 sheets of the stuff in front of me and no creative thoughts coming forth.  SO, I ran to an online community and through out the Peep signal asking for advice on what to do or even just some suggestions based on the kit photo, found HERE

I played around for a bit and made some cards and let my mind process what all was scattered across my desk.  I discovered that the patterns were more appealing to MY eye in smaller doses.  And with that thought my mind was off on the creative brainstorming wave.

I have mentioned before that I find a TON of inspiration from other crafters and am trying to really make an effort to try new techniques or even scraplift others to learn new things.  Boy did I learn a lot on this page!

I LOVE the film strip pages that Nichol Magouirk has been posting on her blog over the last few months so I tried to incorporate those and I liked the result a lot.  I even pulled out a sheet of grey cardstock from a previous kit (December maybe?) and tried the double layer on the die cuts...LOVE!  I've taken her True Scrap classes and learned a LOT about stamping so I also did some of that - the tone on tone for the orange cardstock, and the blue.

I keep all my previous kits together in one iris container, and I was sooo glad I did because for this page, I went digging through for lost treasures I hadn't had an opportunity to use before and I found some things that really matched well - the blue cardstock, camera charm, orange polariod, grey cardstock and the ledger pattern film strip.

I even went WAY out of my comfort zone and tried some "messy" stuff.  I sanded the orange coordinates cardstock to tone down the brightness of the shade.  I used the stencil that came in the kit with some orange ink and sort of smooshed a sponge dauber into the pattern to make a little pattern peeking out from behind the film strips.  Totally learned that from youtube!  I then sprayed some Studio Calico shine mist for an extra layer with the stencil.

I loved those Tim Holtz rub-ons that came in the kit this month.  Since they were the only black element(s) on the page at that point, I colored some of the wood veener hearts with a black copic marker and the camera charm (which was from an older kit) - learned that little trick from Nicholjones911 over on youtube!

I hope this inspires you to find new techniques and skills from all those amazing scrappers online!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SSC May 2013 - Page 3 with VIDEO

I'm back today with the third and final layout that is part of the Super Savers sketches from the Super Sketch Club kit by Scrapbook Generation.  All three of the Super Savers use the same line of paper and an entire 12x12 sticker sheet. 

Here's the entire layout:

I love how fast all of the Super Saver layouts are put together AND how easy it is to modify the pages to fit what I have.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 17, 2014

SSC May 2013 - Page 2 with VIDEO

I'm back with a quick post today to share the 2nd layout from the May 2013 Super Saver Layouts which are part of the Super Sketch Club kit by Scrapbook Generation.

All five layouts as well as the kit contents and my plan of attack can be found on the May 2013 playlist on my Youtube channel.

Here's the completed layout:

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

SSC May 2013 - Page 1 with VIDEO

Good morning!

Today I am sharing the first double page layout from the Super Savers portion of my May 2013 Scrapbook Generation Super Sketch Club Kit.  I can't say enough great things about these kits. 

In yesterday's post, I shared the video where I explained my process.  Prior to putting this kit together, I sat down with the sketches and sample pictures and went through my photos on the desktop and figured out what I wanted to use, edited, resized and saved them all to a folder that I then uploaded to send out for printing.  It was so easy to just have the photos all ready to go when I went to put the kit together.  I even saved my notes so I knew EXACTLY where each photo was going to go.

Here's the video and photos of the first layout:

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kit Challenge Update

Hi everyone, just popping in to update my blog on how my Kill Our Kits Challenge is going.  So far I have only been able to finish two Scrapbook Generation's Super Sketch Club kits.  BUT that means that I now have TEN, yes 10 double page layouts done and filed in an album.

Today I am sharing a video I uploaded awhile ago to Youtube, but wanting to post here to catch up and let anyone readers know I have a channel for process videos and scrappy stuff.

It basically explains my process for getting the kit done and how I will break down the videos for all five pages.

(And this is the May 2013 kit from SG)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Last page from February's kit

I really need to get better about posting here - lately I have been doing videos and I keep forgetting to come here and keep this up to date as well...

Today I am sharing the last page I made with the store product I received for my February DT package from 3 Scrappy Boys.  I combined the basic grey papers with a sketch that will be released in the upcoming weeks from Nuts About Sketches.

By the time I did this page, I was running pretty low on supplies!  I did pull some 3x4 cards from my stash for a title and then some green pearls from my stash as well.  I just needed a little something since there was green in the card.

Here's some details:

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Sneak Peek!

Are you subscribing to the 3 Scrappy Boys Newsletter??  Here's a peek at what I have up for March's edition:

To sign up, just visit the main site HERE and scroll down to the bottom and enter your email address.
Be sure to check out the monthly challenges going on in the forums as well.  I was up for the challenge on the 10th this month and it's all about Getting Inky!  Here's a link to the thread:

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

...I'm still here...

Oh boy, I need to be better about uploading here - or scheduling a bunch of posts when I DO sit down to blog.

Today I am sharing a two page layout I did for 3 Scrappy Boys this month.  I used my DT package which included the collection pack from Basic Grey's Kneehigh line, some thickers and a Maya Road mist.

I used a sketch from the Scrapbook Generation Travel book found here.  And here are some details of the layout - which is super simple and quick.

I wanted to use white embossing powder on the stamped vellum circles...but I couldn't find it.  So instead, I used some white ink and clear embossing powder and it was almost what I was going for!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I'm in February's Create!!!

I was so excited when I received an email from Debbie at Scrapbook Generation that my layout I submitted for their February Reader's Gallery had been selected!  It's such an amazing magazine - beautifully designed, so inspiring, over 200 pages and it's FREE!  Be sure to download your copy!

Oh and I'm on page 211, lower right!

Click HERE to download.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

More from "Kill Our Kits" challenge

Good Morning!

I managed to finish up two double pages from my September 2012 (ya, you read that right!) Super Sketch Club kit.  I had already assembled one of the three pages a long time ago.  But it was very fast and simple to grab photos from the same event and finish up those two pages.  All I have left from this kit are the two Saturday Sketches, which are both double pages as well.  Here's my finished pages:

I cannot say enough amazing things about this kit club.  I love how fast and easy it is to put together beautifully designed pages in a relatively short amount of time.  And with two kids, I don't have a lot of time!  And I love that most of the kits includes papers from collections I would normally never buy or think to use, but after I'm done I LOVE the results.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

PAR week #3

Hi - I'm stopping in for a quick share from the Photo Arrangement class by Allison Davis with Scrapbook Generation. 

I used Simple Stories Sn@p line and love the bright colors.  The stamps are Ali Edwards by Technique Tuesday.  Buttons are from my stash and the little round tags are from Chic Tags.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Ringing in the New Year with CHALLENGES!

Hi all!

Sorry it's been awhile, the holidays just sucked me out of blog-land.  For 2014 I am participating in a couple of challenges.  The first is "2014 in 2014" and it involves keeping track of supplies throughout the year and attempting to use 2,014 by the end of the year.  I think I may actually be able to complete this challenge.  I'm participating with other scrappers through an online forum and have a cute little counter image under my signature there that keeps track of how I'm doing.  As of yesterday I am at 807!!!  What is helping me is the fact that I am purging a ton of stamps by selling them online right now.  So I have been counting EACH stamp in the set as a single item.  Plus I've been scrapping so that is using supplies as well.

The second challenge I'm doing this year was started by ME and I posted it where I chat and a few other girls have joined in as well.  I called it "Kill Our Kits" and it's basically a personal challenge to get through the kits that I have piled up.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Super Sketch Club that I subscribe to from Scrapbook Generation, but I have been really bad about keeping up with them.  After I pulled all my kits out, I had (1) HSN kit (which is actually 12 double page layouts), (23) Super Sketch Club kits and (22) additional kits I purchased from Scrapbook Generation.  Yikes!  Here's my proof and shame:

What's even worse - as I was piling them up I put them in order by months and noticed I was missing a few that I know I did not put together yet.  So somewhere in my craft area I have even MORE kits!

I've already started working my way through these, and I started off easy.  I selected a kit that was a double page kit I purchased from SG.  It was originally part of the Allison Davis Hall of Fame subscription kit, but it must have been an extra they listed for sale.  The info on that subscription can be found here.  The exact kit is now sold out, but it includes papers from the Cut & Paste line by My Mind's Eye.

I did change up the photo placement and sizes a bit to accommodate my photos.  I had 15 photos pulled and just couldn't leave any of them out, so my solution was to add a 6x12 page protector between the two pages and I love how it turned out.

 Be sure to come back and see how I'm doing with my "Kill Our Kits" Challenge!