Monday, December 22, 2014

Last Family Night

Still working on 2014, I did my last night with my whole family of five.

The color was from Let's Capture Our Memories, from their December color scheme:

And sketch from Stuck?! Sketches

And mine:

Just used red's sister color pink instead! 

Night #1

On our first actual night to explore and more of Madison. Rather than a hotel and boxes as far as you could see, we went down to State Street. A cute downtown street for eating, drinking and shopping.

The layout if from Let's Capture Our Memories, and I gotta say this has been one of my favorite sketches. I love the big number on the top! This is their #101 sketch challenge:

And here is mine:

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fall Madison Leaves


So now I jump ahead to 2014 to when I had the greatest weekend when my family came to visit me and we explored Madison's amazing fall color.

I used Color Me Scrappy's color challenge, and so thankful for my family for the great visit:

I used DCWV's November sketch challenge: 

and here is my page:

Friday, November 28, 2014

State Fair '07


I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving, and I am very excited to say I got a page done while my turkey was cooking! It was my first time making a turkey and it came out really good. (Also traveled back to my 2007 book for this page!)

So my page colors came from Color Me Scrappy:

And the sketch from Stuck?!:

And here's my page:

I did only a little Black Friday shopping... that was for myself! So now i'm going back to craft! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Job offer

Sorry I have been gone for so long, I haven't scrapped in so long! Well now my friends that's about to change because I am back!

Where have I been you might be asking? I took a great job and moved across the country... to Madison, WI. I finally have settled in and down in life. I have my little craft area all organized and ready to go. Right now it's all in a bookcase and I'm missing my scrap room with my mom.

I decided to start a book about my move and transition up to Madison. So the first page is about the job and offer.

The sketch is inspired by Stuck?! and their layout:

And here is mine: 

I went with a black and white theme since there was so much text. The addition of red is from the company's logo is red. 

Hope you liked it and I will be back with more! In my new space, life, and desperate need to craft!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Winner at the Boardwalk


Oh what a crazy couple of weeks and I am so behind on my scrapping, as always. Sadly! So I had the perfect page in mind for the Studio Challenges next challenge:

I chose the first row down: hot pink, 4 patterned paper and something sparkly!

Here is the page! I had a lot pink, which I am not the girly girl of loving pink so this was kinda fun for me. The blue ribbon and blue pieces of paper are sparkly though you may not be able to tell. I found lots of patterns! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Seaside Heights


This weekend's goal: to finish our New Jersey trip! I'm getting pretty close. I also may need to do a little fall scrapbooking shopping.

This page was our day at the beach at Seaside Heights, where my mom grew up and spent her high school years.

Studio Challenges' mood board served as the color inspiration:

The layout was inspired from Let's Capture the Memories Challenge #83 challenge: 

and here is my layout:

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Flower Techinique

Hello there!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I've discovered what could possibly be my new favorite thing to play with ... color mists! What started out as one bottle has rapidly grown to 6 bottles almost over night. Another thing for me to collect! I love all the rich colors they come in as well as the luminous glitter in it. I like my sparkle, and these create such an interesting rich shimmer.

There are so many fun things to do with them, and I found another way to use them. Seeing all these gorgeous summer flowers around, and no way to really save them I went straight to the mists. I turned real garden flowers into stamps.

I used the technique on a page where I made my Mom and Auntie their own flower bouquets, how perfect to make my own paper of flowers inspired by their flowers.

And I'll show you the process, which was a bit messy, but really worth it in the end result!

Flat flowers or petals that are a bit
stiffer work best! Hold the flower
 and spray a few times, shake the
excess off so it isn't so soaking wet. 
Place on paper and press down.
Make sure to push the petals down
 and the center so you can get as
 much of the texture as possible.
Lift up! Repeat again, the second time usually works better to get more of the texture since there isn't as much mist so it won't look so much like a blob.
The possibilities of these sprays are really endless and can be used in so many creative ways! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

White Castle

Hello there,

Oh goodness how can things get so busy so quickly? Leaves no room for scrapbooking, which just isn't fair!

So for my next page I worked on another challenge, and it was the perfect fit for my photos. The challenge is from Color Me Scrappy:

I used the layout from Studio Calico from this Sunday's sketch:

and here is the page:

This page is for my mom who loves White Castle, and when my parents moved out here they were so sad there was no White Castle anywhere near here. Growing up in New Mexico I always heard about these famed hamburgers, so when we traveled back east in New Jersey it was absolutely necessary for me to try them and them to finally get their treasured burgers. 

I just switched up the layout a little bit to accommodate all the pictures I wanted to include. I had this idea I wanted to use all diagonal paper, and was thrilled when I found the paper to match perfectly. 


Monday, August 11, 2014

My own challenge


I hope everyone had a good weekend, and I managed to get one page done this weekend. I tried to do something new and challenge myself! I wanted to make a really muted page. I also bought the new DCWV vellum 6x6 stack, that I was dying to use. So I put them together...

and this is what I got! I loved the vellum, and that I could see through it and it made my muted paper even more muted. 

 I also made myself stop being so afraid of using the sewing machine to sew stuff on. I am pretty inept at sewing. The sewing machine and I usually wind up in some some battle. So it was a triple personal challenge: muted, vellum and the sewing machine.

Show me what you have personally challenged yourself to create, and have a great week!


Friday, August 8, 2014

Gloversville NY

Hello there!

The weekend has just started and I have already started my scrapbooking. Those are the best weeks when you can squeeze in pages.

This page was full of last minute inspiration for me. I wasn't originally working off the sketch and the color scheme for August 1st Stuck?!'s challenge, but it came together so nicely.

Here's the sketch:

and the colors from Let's Capture Our Memories:

Ever find the piece of paper that is exactly what you wanted, but couldn't put your finger on it. Well I had that moment with the star retro piece in the middle. And this is how it came together,

That piece had almost all the colors in the August Color Spot. I wanted to make a vintage and retro feel, since that is what Gloversville is like. 

Have a good Friday and may your weekend be full of creating! 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Gloversville High School


So in addition to my Red River layout, I worked on our next trip and adventure for 2007. We took a trip up to Gloversville, NY for Dad's high school reunion. So here was the layout from Stuck?! 

I was so excited for this layout, with the triangles since I had never done something like that. Well... because of that I struggled with the layout for some time. I just couldn't wrap my mind around it and what I wanted to do!

I had more pictures and kinda moved things around. In the end made a bit of a retro theme as well, a happy accident! I went for a monotone theme, since Gloversville's HS colors are maroon and white. DCWV's Guys Stack was the background piece and all the other paper was left over scraps. So who knows where they are from! 

And for a nice laugh at my dad's yearbook photo I tried to recreate the pose. 


Red River Camping


It was a nice weekend, can't say I did much other than scrapbooking! At this rate I am catching up, slowly but surely. So I'll show you my double page layout I did. Seven years ago, at Red River. A gorgeous city northern New Mexican city, and always full of fun.

Ta-da! I couldn't believe my luck when I found that blue paper that perfectly matched the sky. The black and creme diamond paper is a classic stack of DCWV's Le Creme, and the green square paper is DCWV Cotton Blossom. We have used that stack like crazy. Almost out of it. So sad, but so glad there are so many more stacks I want!

So a good weekend, and now hopefully a good week!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Time to Drive


So even though our poor craft room was torn apart and a mess. I managed to clear a 12x12 spot to craft, being around craft stuff and not crafting was just killing me. Especially since cleaning dug up so many things I was dying to use! So here is the page, I worked with two different challenges.

The lovely sketch came from Stuck?! Sketches , which I love all that negative space! I was so excited when I saw I could use three pictures since I gripe about sketches that don't feature a lot of pictures and here I used one picture. 

The color scheme came from the picture and also fit the color challenge palette from The Studio Challenge.

I tweaked the color palette slightly, instead of hot pink I used red to match the car. 

So here is my page: 

I think the color palette works perfectly with the picture, since my pictures always inspire the color theme or theme to my pages. The orange paper is from DCWV's Spring & Summer Stack and the great highway sign paper is also from DCWV, Travel Stack. 

The little stop sign was one of my clean up finds! As well as the red car. I thought the little stop light was just too cute. I love adding little theme touches. 

Now I want you to go to those fabulous blogs and join in the fun challenge. 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Double Cheers


Monday! Are you really back again!? Well I finished this layout the week or two, oh boy two weeks ago already.

I am always doing double layouts, and can never find sketches for them. So that inspired me to create a sketch of the layout I made. This is my very first sketch! So I hope you like it, and if any of you use it I would love to see what you make with it! Please please post your creations.

Now I'll show you the layout that was my inspiration:

And now the sketch: 

I think it is a great way to have a lot of photos, and still highlight a lot of great paper! I had a lot of fun embellishing this one as well. I hope you enjoy the sketch and maybe put it to use this week! 

My craft room is in demolition right now, it was long over due for a good organization clean up. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Hello there!

It's scrapbooking weekend! First I needed to do a bit of organization of my books. Taking me away from creating, but it has to get done sometime. So while I was organizing I found some of my favorite pages I did a while ago, and thought I would share. I'm a bit late on throwback thursday.

A Christmas layout, I love the colors on this one. It's traditional colors, but with a bit of a twist. I also love the parenthesis, and using typography in fun different ways. Like below as well..

An old track layout. I love the colors, how the coordinate with the pictures so well.

I do so many camping layouts, and this one is so different and fun from so many of mine so it has a fond place in my heart. The pop of pink is different and eye catching, it also coordinates with the wood print.

These two pages were a double layout, so I copied the layout but did in a very different color scheme and theme. I love how the waves and stars move diagonally across the page. And the subtle similarities to tie them a bit together like the use of gold. I love the layering on this one.  

So this may be my all time favorite layout! I love the colors, and just how beachy it is. I live in the middle of the desert and this makes me crave a good beach day so much. I also love using pearl dots. Also it just indulges my nautical obsession!

So now I would love to see some of your old layouts that you love.