Monday, September 22, 2014

The Scrappy Blog Tour

If you enjoy looking at scrappy blogs, you may have noticed some designers participating in a blog tour that is passed from one to another to share the inspiration. I was super honored when my sweet and talented friend, Madeline Fox passed it on to me.  Visit Madeline's blog here to see her beautiful work. She has a real eye for color and her title work often great fun. Everyone finds different inspiration when looking at layouts, but the one thing that I have always been jealous of with Madeline, is her titles. I think its the way she combines different alphas, die cut words, and embellishments for a really unique design. It goes from being a title to an embellishment. 

Ok now on with the questions:

 1. What am I working on right now?

I have to admit that I am actually finishing up the last couple of pages of my December Daily Album from last year. LOL! As the new fun holiday papers have been coming out recently, I felt like I had to get it finished now or it wouldn't happen at all. Hopefully I can get some ok photos and share it with you all soon. That is one difficult project to photograph!

 2. How long does it take me to create a project?

Oh, this one had me laughing because I was thinking about Madeline's hilarious answer. I am guilty of being a pretty slow scrapper too. I usually say that it takes me about 4 - 5 hours for one layout. I rarely finish one without walking away and coming back the next day or at least later in the day. I will say that I do not start more than one layout at a time. I have been known to let a project like December Daily sit unfinished for months, but not layouts. 

 3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I love so many things, but number one is always patterned paper. That's not really a fun answer so I will tell you about the embellishments that I am loving lately. The first thing I thought of was GOLD, White, and Vellum. The sparkle of gold just adds that extra something and because of the years of dark papers and of course dark photos, I am loving adding alot of white and vellum to my layouts lately. I really am addicted to the Foiled Vellum stack by DCWV. 

I also love sequins! The obsession started when I was a kid making ornaments with my grandmothers, so I am enjoying that they are a current trend. 


but my constant fave is die cut packs, miscellany type packs and chipboard packs. 

 4. How does my writing/creative process work? 
First I have to clear off the mess from the last layout. I have to put it all away. Next I always start with the photos and most of the time that means at least one good old full sized 4x6" photo and maybe a second or third photo. I want to see my photos so most of the time they are not going to be tiny. I then pull out paper collections and choose about 5 - 8 patterned papers that I think will work. Next I go to my embellishment lamp thingie and browse for coordinating goodies. I always choose too many and that's why there is that clean up part before each page. :)

 5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I totally get my inspiration from mfg and designer blogs and Pinterest. Well I "borrow" ideas from many of my scrappy friends and I love Skype scrapping with a couple of my bffs so they can tell me when to stop adding and call it done, or how to fix a page when it just doesn't feel right. If I am still blocked, I go to my sketches (SketchSavvy) because even if I have done a sketch once, if I liked it, I might do it again another direction or something.

 6. What is my signature style?
oh I really don't know what to call it. You guys tell me. I mean, I have noticed that I like my photos to be linear and I rarely place papers or photos on angle unless its in layering a bunch of papers under a photo. I like lighter layouts to allow the photos to pop, and I tend to have a horizontal strip or block of paper to ground my designs. I am also trying to make my pages less chunky so that they will take up less space in my albums. Some of my older layouts are so crazy thick or dark, and if I could, I would go back and mat every single photo with white cardstock! Those days of not matting photos had them disappearing on my pages. 

Here are some of my recent faves:

Thanks for hanging with me!  
And now it's my turn to pick someone who inspires me to continue with this Scrappy Blog Tour! I have volunteered my good friend and crazy impressive scrapbooker, Nancy Burke to be the next stop on this inspirational blog tour.....mostly because she is on holiday and can't say no. LOL!!!! No, seriously, she is uber talented and has been inspiring me for many many years. She is a great friend and has taught me most of what I know about the paper crafting industry. Her layouts always have whimsy...ok I am not sure what word describes it, but in my head, the word is whimsy. (little fun stuff?) Her photos are gorgeous and then she picks the best papers and on every layout there is something I want to copy so to me, that is perfect. 

Visit Nancy's Blog here and just take time to scroll and scroll! Also here is a link to her Scraptastic Gallery and A Cherry On Top gallery.   
Also check out her creative hand lettering book HERE


Sunday, September 21, 2014

October Scraptastic sneak peeks!

Oh you guys will like the October Sneak Peeks from Scraptastic! Take a look and tell me which one is your fave.
First up is the October This Life Noted kit with lots of great colors and just look at that awesome stamp set!

Next is the "Heart It Races" kit. Awesome gold accents. I totally love this and that little fox is reason enough to order this kit.

And finally the "Thriller" kit which is my kit of choice this month because it looks totally fun, I love the glitter alpha, the wood veneer kitty and 31, and just look at that flair! I have to have that flair. I can't wait to play with it.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Yellow Watermelon

I LOVE YELLOW WATERMELON! I know it's not that much different than normal watermelon, but it always seems sweeter and it's something that you only get for a short time each summer so I just love it. I am not joking when I say I could eat the whole thing myself.

I used the cool star burst paper in this months "We Will Rock You" kit and Add on kit from Scraptastic. I also used "The Girl" stamp set from Scraptastic. It was designed by Kaitlin Shaeffer and I had see her use the stamps this way so I had to do it on my page.

For the stamp handle I inked the stamp with a light grey ink and then lightly inked the edges of the stamp with a darker grey before stamping. Gives it a bit of dimension. And here is a peek at the awesome The Girl stamp set.  

 September 2014 The Girl Stamp Set

Make that a 3 pager!

If you saw my post yesterday with the layout "Astro Orbiter", I mentioned finding more photos of my family on that ride. It was a fun time. That ride is on top of a building in tomorrowland and it is high to begin with, then add the fact that you use controls to make your rocket go up and down. My son does not like heights so he was looking toward the center and not going up at all, we had to give him a hard time. Also my husband and I were stupid and got in one rocket together and almost couldn't breathe! We were cracking up and the photos will not be scrapped - too scary! LOL! But the other photos were just too fun not to use so I turned it into a 3 pager.  Its easy to do, just do one page on it's own and then a two pager.

Here is the rest of the ride. While I had the papers out I continued with the fun Thats My Boy collection by Echo Park Paper, and I used the same sort of mist and embellishment look to tie it all together.

For my rocket I used an older Inque Boutique stamp of mine and made a paper pieced rocket. I haven't done that in a long time :)


Monday, September 15, 2014

Astro Orbiter

First, I have to tell you guys that I borrowed the idea of the goodies around a circle on this page from a few other designers. I have seen several people do this sort of thing with mists, paint, stamps, embellishments, and stitching. Most recently I fell in love with THIS LAYOUT by the talented Kim Jeffress . I will totally be copying her Mickey shape at some point but for this layout, the circle was more appropriate.

I used the Thats My Boy collection by Echo Park Paper for its fantastic Disney colors.

To create the circle, I placed a plate on my layout and then unscrewed the nozzle on my mists and started dragging the tube part of the sprayers around the outside of the plate here and there, so I would have a nice circle.  Next I flung mist at the page with that same nozzle/tube piece for the splatter. ***COVER stuff - including yourself- before that kind of flinging. Trust me, I have alot of splatter on several pairs of pants LOL!

Next I machine straight stitched around the page and gathered some little cute things in the same color range to scatter around the circle. 

Now here is the funny part. I loved the way the page turned out but I remembered that I have other photos from this ride since my sister and I were both taking photos. I found some great ones that I totally need to include, so while this collection was on my desk I made another 2 pager to go with this! Stay tuned for me to post that tomorrow. :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Working with Sketches part 1

Hey do you use sketches? If so I hope that I can inspire you to look at them a little bit differently. I did a blog post for Scraptastic Club Blog this week that I would love to share. It's about how to take a sketch design and make it your own. To see the sketches and my tips visit the Scraptastic Blog HERE.

Here are my two layouts using the Scraptastic September We Will Rock You Kit, Add on kit, and Stamp Set. Lots of fun papers and embellishments in this kit and look at this awesome flair!

This music staff is actually a nice wood veneer and I inked it with an orange chalk ink pad - love the woodgrain showing thru.

 Now just look at Brownie, my brothers mini chihuahua. He is too funny! He really believes he is a big dog. The little hipster dog on the arrow inspired my page because it reminded me of the photo of Brownie that I took a couple of weeks ago.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Scraptastic August Sketchy Thursday

I hope you are ready to play along with a Sketchy Thursday challenge from Scraptastic Blog. This sketch turned out to be alot of fun and I used the August This Life Noted kit so most of the pieces are the cards from the kit that I cut, punched, or layered. I also used the cool Brush Script Stamp Set.

Visit the Scraptastic Club Blog HERE to see pages from some of the other Design Team members because they are amazing!

I added a little bit of chevron washi from my stash and a patterned paper for the background. The stars are from one of the past kits.

 For my title I stamped the Brush Script stamp letters close together and used a black tinsel embossing powder on vellum and then cut it out and mounted with adhesive foam tape.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cat treats

This is my example for Sketch #129 at Sketch Savvy. Noel is a super picky eater but she does love cat treats. She isn't really allowed to have them very often now since she has renal failure, but I found these photos and had to scrap them. We have always brought her back these cat treats when we have gone to Disney parks and then of course we rationed them so they would last longer and when they were gone, I put other small treats in the can. I have no idea why she goes so crazy for those things, but you do NOT want to put your hand near those treats if you want to keep it. :)

I used an older BasicGrey collection "Max and Whiskers". Its ideal for pet pages and most especially for Noel's coloring. LOVE the kitty sticker and I had to make her some mouse ears. I sponged white paint over a stencil that had the same sort of pattern as the papers. I added a star punched from cork paper by DCWV and also some leftover corrugated flags (DCWV Corrugate Stack) from my last layout.

Specialty papers from DCWV

This page is my example for Sketch #128 at Sketch Savvy.  I wanted to show you how I used mostly older DCWV papers from the Safari Chic stack with a couple of prints from other older stacks, and updated them with some of the new specialty papers from DCWV.

 I used the awesome gold chevron vellum from the Foiled Vellum Stack for one of the layers under the photo and then also for a strip along the lower edge. It adds a nice touch of gold to my safari-ish page. The coral banner and strip along the lower edge are from the Corrugate stack and those corrugated papers are just the best for adding a bit of texture and depth without bulk. Plus they are easily cut, stitched thru, and can be punched with most punches.

I got the design for the animal border from the signage at Animal Kingdom.

Here is a look at the stacks. There are actually a couple of different color combos of the corrugate stack. There are also patterned cork and burlap stacks, handmade paper, canvas ... lots of options for that extra pop on your next layout.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

September Scraptastic Sneak Peeks

I can not wait to get my September kit from Scraptastic! I just can't decide on which kit I want! LOL I love both of the big kits and I can think of so many things to do with them. Which kit do you like the best from looking at these peeks?  Check back on after the first to see which kit I got. :)

September 2014 This Life Noted kit

September "The Girl" kit

September "We Will Rock You" kit


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New DCWV Melon Twist Stack

Today I want to share some really awesome new goodies from DCWV. First I have to start by saying that my photos are just terrible today with the direct sunlight. I could not get the gold to photograph properly unless I tilted it just right.

I used a bunch of New goodies from DCWV, starting with New Melon Twist Stack of patterned papers, some are embossed with shimmery light glitter gloss and some have texture embossed designs that are really nice but I didn't really get that part to show since my layers are hidden.

I also used three of my very favorite new 6x6" DCWV stacks of specialty paper. The gold dot vellum is from the Foiled Vellum Stack - my fave stack ever! Then I hope you can see the woodgrain embossed texture of the white piece from the White Embossed Stack.
And lastly I used the new Printed Burlap Stack. I really like the tiny white dots. If you look at the strip below I used some scissors to cut fringe, but not the fringe scissors I have seen around. I found a inexpensive pair of Herb Scissors by Ball - you know, like the canning people (found at walmart for $8!) and it cuts fantastic, even thru burlap! 
Oh and this super cute doily stamp is from one of the past Scraptastic Club and I heat embossed on vellum like I always do. 

And here are the scissors and the blade guard that comes with them

Adventure Awaits

This is a page that I have wanted to scrap for a long time but just didn't want to mess it up. Do you do that with special photos? The photo is just a fun photo from Disney World but after our trip, our son went into the Marines and while deployed, I sent him some photos. His buddies took this photo and put it over the door. I had him do the journaling for a tag that pulls out from behind the photo with the hidden mickey.

I used papers from My Minds Eye and the burlap and printed corrugated paper from DCWV. I used the wording from the Adventureland dedication by Walt at disneyland.

Monday, August 11, 2014

This Life Noted - *August Scraptastic Club

At Scraptastic the "This Life Noted" kits each month are designed to work with pocket page layouts mostly. Here is the August This Life Noted kit. I know that some of you guys don't scrap using the pocket pages and some of you are doing a little bit of the pocket pages while also doing traditional layouts or cards. I mostly scrap 12x12 traditional layouts and a card or two here and there. When I looked at the kits this month, I really liked the This Life Noted kit and wanted to give it a go because all of the elements looked so fun. So I am going to share a few of my creations today as an example of another way to use these kits.
For my first layout I started with cardstock from my stash for the background and worked with a block design to feature my photo. I felt like the Pleasure Pier photo needed some banners. I punched some tiny banner shapes from a couple of the cards in the kit so that they would coordinate nicely.

I also used the wonderful Brush Script stamp set to create part of my title. I stamped the letters touching, and heat embossed on vellum, then cut out my title and mounted it using foam tape for dimension.

For the background dots I used a DCWV stencil and gesso. 

This paperclip is a wood veneer element but I really wanted it to be lime green so I used lime green embossing power to cover the surface and it turned out really well. 

 For my next layout I began with cardstock from my stash for the background and also for a circle die cut design. I cut or punched the cards to suit my page design. even the banners in the upper left are cards. The green strip is two pieces cut from one card. I love the cards as they are sometimes, but they work great in pieces so next time you get cards think of how they can be altered for your creations. I added a little bit of twine and paint from my stash as well. Also the cute little arrow and star stamps are from the August This Life Noted Stamp Set and the August Celebration Stamp Set.

 And finally I wanted to share a birthday card that I made using this kit because it was alot of fun. I loved the calendar card so I cut out the calendar and circled the birthdate. I stamped the Happy Birthday from the August Celebration Stamp Set onto one of the cards and heat embossed with yellow embossing powder.
And a close up just because its cute