Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Smokey Day creations

It feels like the entire West Coast is on fire.  Yesterday the smoke was in the hazardous range with AQI at 464.
So instead of constantly monitoring the sad situation, I prepared what I could, sent out messages to friends that we have space for evacuees and then got crafty.

I recently joined two new facebook groups and used sketches from both to make the following layouts.
The first one is from  Creative Memories layout ideas (unofficial).  I used the #CMvirtualcrop3August2020 sketch even though the crop was 3 weeks ago


I used CM Merry little Christmas paper and embellishments with White Script alpha's

The next two layouts come from sketches over at FB

This is the September 2020 Sketch
I mirror flipped and rotated the sketch

For the August sketch I did a single photo mounted on the three segments instead of using three photos but the basic idea is there.  I used a combination of Simple Stories fall lines.


Monday, June 8, 2020

Sketches in thyme #424

Got another layout done tonight using sketches in thyme #424

The basic layout is there but I added some embellishments to add a few punches of turquoise to a rather drab color scheme.  Turned out well and I was able to use more Creative memories paper from my stash.  I’m on a buying freeze for now until I know how the work share/ under employment payments are going to workout.  3 more days of distance learning but I’m contracted through June 17th so we’ll see what I’m doing next week.  Still delivering meals to students but tutoring via zoom will probably slow to a trickle. Hopefully I can get in a few more layouts.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

This weeks goal and a layout

I started the week with setting three goals. Our middle school track team just finished up its virtual season with a healthy rhythms challenge and every Monday I try to post something motivational.

Motivation Monday:  What’s your goal for the week?  Monday’s are a good day to set a new weekly goal.  Set the bar high and go for it.  Remember it doesn’t have to be fitness based.

I have three goals this week

  1. Cut down the time I spend playing mindless games on my phone.
  2. Create some art at least twice a week
  3. Every time I hit the road for a run it has to be at least 3 miles.

So what are your goals?  Sharing them helps you be more accountable.

Progress report/check in:

I set three goal for the week this past Monday and have managed to get 2 of the 3 accomplished.

Today my run was a 1.6 miles but did do speed work so still feel good about it.

How’s everyone else doing?  Did you set some goals?  If not join me this Monday for a new set of goals.

The layout I shared was the second of two I did this week.  The first one can be found here.

I used last month’s sketch from  scrap our stash.  I changed it up a little with two photos and since the challenge has past I didn’t adhere to all the requirements. Also the bottom embellishments are larger than the ske as I was trying to cover up som pre printed text on the paper.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Sketches in thyme #423

I used the June sketch from Sketches in thyme #423

I was pretty close to the sketch but couldn’t find the right large embellishment to replace the camera.
The title is super large and long as I hand wrote the in the park under the chip board letters.
Up to July 2017 in the scout album getting closer.  I might actually get caught up as the troop has been meeting virtually and is just now getting back to in person meetings.

Sunday, May 3, 2020


Got a third sketch completed for the virtual crop before the deadline.  Will probably work my way through the rest of them but not use CM products as stipulated by the crop.

This last one is a combo of primary color paper and a year to remember paper and embellishments.
I was close to the sketch but added my own spin as I thought the arrow paper reinforced the theme so I moved the journal area.  


I’m so excited that it’s raining hard enough not to have to work in the garden so I get to hang out in the craft room and play with another Creative Memories sketch. #CM2

I stuck fairly close to the sketch subbing in circles for flowers.  I used some older papers from CM again, this time it was discover and delight mixed with rugged. The bear, paw prints and white title are not CM products.

I even used the circle cutting system to cut and as a tracing template for the brown pen lines on the circles.  So fun to use tools I haven’t used in a while.

NSD World wide virtual crop #CM1

I just finished the first creative memories sketch challenge at #NSDWWVC2020

I flipped the sketch right to left sides to make it work for my photos.  I used some older CM paper from 2007 “Cottage” collection.  Finally finished of all but a few bits of the paper.


Monday, April 27, 2020

Work weekend with CM sketch

I totally missed playing along with Creative Memories World wise virtual crop.  Finally made time tonight since it’s raining and the garden is pretty muddy.  I used Sketch #CM11 #WWVC2020.

I flipped the layout so that right side is now on the left and I added embellishment clusters but other than that it’s pretty close to the original. I didn’t use CM products for the layout as I’m trying to use up kits that I have.  This is 2018 Simple Stories “Happy trails”

Totally in love with this cluster as the owl is speaking to me.  I feel like I need to escape from the here and now of this pandemic and hide out in nature.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Lasting memories Spring Challenge

Finally got back in the craft room aka guest room/ oldest daughters room.  I had it all to myself from New Years till SanFrancisco shuttered the Job Corp site where Ashley is studying advanced culinary skills.  Getting back in here required a chocolate bribe but I’m in and crafting again.

Today I’m using a sketch by Cheryl over at even more scrapping and have combined it with lasting memories Spring challenge 

For the letters in Spring I used:
S-splattered ink
P- punch plaid tag
R- round cutting system by CM
I- inked edges
N- numbers
G- grid layout

Still making progress on my son’s Scout album currently up to February 2017.