Saturday, March 17, 2018

New creations

The typical scenario  goes something like this.  
I want to scrap, the kids and husband are out playing pathfinder with friends. 
So I pull out some photos and maybe some paper too, but then I'll go throw a load of laundry in the wash and while I'm making a cup of tea to sip on as I scrap I start the dishes. 
 Before I know it the family is back and I have got nothing done other then housework.
 I'm finding that if I don't go to retreats or crops I don't create. 
 Lucky for me I had the opportunity to escape to
 the Salem 4H center for a scrap retreat this past weekend. 

I've simplified the way I pack and have been mostly taking just kits and extra embellishments

Here's what I got done and some of my inspiration:

These layouts were created using the
exclusive papers from croptoberfest




This one is older CM ( red, White and Blue) paper pack


I used this sketch from Throwback Thursday challenge at creative memories, but used a TSR kit
Creative-Memories-Sorbet-Scrapbook-Sketch


I'm happy to say that I polished off the last of my illustrated faith TSR kit this weekend
documenting the Ia's first Christmas.



I altered the March jumpstart sketch from TSR 

to be a 2 page spread with a few more photos and flipped it upside down



 I used Sweater weather kit because the blue paper looks like Ice cubes.
I also added the rhinestone border to make it feel more the ice encrusted branches from the photo above



Crate paper " Chasing dreams" 3/2017 kit

Echo Park "once upon a time" 5/2017 almost finished off this kit too.

 Crate Paper "Heart Day" 2/2017


 This next lay out uses the March Freaky fast formula


fancy pants joy parade 1/2017 

Echo Park "just be you" 2/2017. 
 I added a few buttons and enamel dots and alphas from my stash

Echo Park "I love winter" 1/2017
 using the Bee mine project recipe from Creative memories. 



And then one from a random kit I picked up from big lots years ago.


I hope to get back into a regular grove of creating, but how knows

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Creative memories online crop

I got to play along with Creative memories online crop this weekend in between the ballet of Girl Scout cookie booths.  Only got to enter 2 of the 6 challenges as  orchestrating the smooth transitions of cookies, money and booths is a bit time consuming.  So glad to be almost half way through the season and am going to escape to a scrap retreat in March.  So this might be it for a few weeks, but how knows.

Challenge #4


VirtualCrop_Sketch_Challenge4.jpg

I used older Cm paper.  Forgot what it's called, but it's the one with the Hot air balloons (Dream?)


and Challenge #6
VirtualCrop_Sketch_Challenge6.jpg

I used a year to remember 2 and solid cardstock from Croptoberfest





Saturday, February 3, 2018

Stick it down online crop

Last weekend Stick it down hosted an online crop.  I tried to play along but life had other ideas for the weekend.   Saturday 1/ 27 Danielle and I did a couple hours of service with another scout troop working on their Silver award.  Sunday was church and run club.   Good thing the deadline to submit layouts ran through the week and into this weekend.

I did manage to get BLIND Scrap challenge done on the day it came out.

 1 portrait and 1 landscape 6x4 photo.
2 Patterned papers(12x12)
2 cardstock (one is backing and won't be seen)
ribbon
small embellishments
a large monogram letter.

Instructions.
Cut along the diagonals on both patterned papers making 2 large triangles.
Adhere to backing cardstock with the right angles on top left and bottom right corners.
Mat each photo with plain cardstock.
Cut a circle the size of a saucer from remaining cardstock.
Ink around this circle if desired then place in top left hand corner so that it goes over the edge.
 Trim off excess pieces.
Cut out monogram letter of your choice to fit in the middle of this circle.
Adhere monogram in centre of circle.
Take 3 pieces of ribbon about 5cm long and fold in half.
Staple or use a brad to adhere these to the corner of your photos.
Adhere photos to page.(portrait in the top right corner and landscape in the lower left hand corner, under the monogram circle.
Add journaling or title to the lower right hand corner.


I also got the double page sketch/ tic tac toe challenge done last Saturday too


I used the center row across with the sketch below


to create this fun Halloween layout



This Friday I managed to get in one more challenge with the Grab 5

Here is the list of supplies you need to include in your layout: a stencil, stamping, alpha stickers, sequins and this sketch.

I flipped and rotated the sketch as it didn't want to cover up all the cool stencil work.
  I also used a larger photo as it had to have the whole finger in the frame.
I made my own stencil and texture paste. Stamped element is the journaling lines on the arrow


The stencil work reminds me of the shape of the blade on the mandolin that cut Eric's finger and all the round dots look kind of like the texture of a band aid.  By far this is my favorite layout of the crop.  Wish I could have got more done, maybe next time 

Glad to be back to it.  Hopefully I'll be able to sneak in a few more layouts during the super bowl


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Hanging up the scissors at lasting memories

I thought I could make it till the end of the year over at lasting memories, but I just haven't been getting much crafting time in.  So I've left a little early but have no fear as I will try and play along when I can and I the team just added a fabulous new designer too.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Lasting memories Holidays/traditions - with more than 2 photos

In keeping with our theme - December Holidays/traditions - create a layout with more than 2 photos to use up that stash of holiday photos.


I'm almost through all of my Christmas themed Kits.  So excited about that as I'm trying to work my way through a year and a half worth of TSR kits.  I'm going on a kit diet after my Birthday, so starting February 1st instead of New Year.  No new kits or product except solid base card stock.
  Going to get creative and us my stash for the next year.

.  I'm stepping down form the design team at  Lasting Memories but will be there till the end of the year so come join me for some holiday fun

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lasting Memories recipe for November 19th

This month at Lasting memories we have been utilizing  recipes to create our layouts.  I'm all for recipes when trying something new or pushing outside of my comfort zone, but I find that I have a hard time sticking to them exactly.  So for the November 19th recipe of  2 photos, 2 different fonts for title, 4 patterned papers, 5 buttons, 1 ribbon/trim/twine, 4 die cuts and sprinkle with mist I altered it to fit my needs and to work with the items I took to retreat with me.  I could have probably have misted but that would have required extra table space which was at a premium at the retreat. Space in case of over misting and then somewhere to let it dry so I could keep working.  I also didn't carry buttons or twine with me as I tried to pack light and stick to the kits I've accumulated in the last year.  I think I'm done with purchasing kits for a while.  Need to work through the ones that I have.   


If you have the chance to join use this week feel free to alter and adjust the recipes as needed

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Lasting Memories Recipe for November 12th

This month at Lasting memories we have been utilizing  recipes to create our layouts.  I'm all for recipes when trying something new or pushing outside of my comfort zone, but I find that I have a hard time sticking to them exactly.  So for the November 12th  recipe of 1 large photo, 3 patterned paper, a pinch of wood veneer, a dash of Chipboard pieces and sprinkle with enamel dots I left out a few things, but also did something I haven't done in a while.  I merged two picture together to create a panoramic photo of the kids canoeing in the field behind our house.



Come whip out a recipe this week with us and don't let a few ingredients hold you back