Sunday, October 27, 2013

Journaling at lasting memories

This weeks challenge at lasting memories is to Journal, Journal, Journal

Don't worry about the number of times I said Journal in the first line.  You don't have to write a novel for this challenge.  My journal sections are rather small
Even though my class is officially over at  Big Picture I'm combining my DT layout with the class/ challenge.  If you're a class member then you've already seen this layout posted on the gallery and if not here's my two takes on the journal challenge
For the left brain challenge we are to write only on a pre-designed journaling card that is then incorporate into the design of the layout

As you can see I grab an all time favorite tag from a colobox journal pad.
I actually used the tag as my starting point to pull together the colors of the layout as well as the embellishments.  I like how the journal tag gave me the freedom to pull random pictures from mother's day weekend and make it all come together as I got to list my favorite things about the weekend.
For the right brain challenge we had to finish the layout and then add a handwritten story.  with the added challenge that everything must be adhered to the layout, so that you couldn't move the elements to make room for the journaling

So glad for the right brain challenge because I only had two photos from my daughters birthday.  The one with her and the cake and the other is of her sister frosting the cake.  So instead of a lame two photo layout I was able to combine two birthdays and united them with the journaling about my daughters budding culinary skills.  I did adhere all the elements as I built the layout and decided that the background was too busy to journal on directly so I used one of the paper tiles to write on.  No do overs but I did have to shorten the journaling and use numbers instead of spelling it all out

21/22 out of 50

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Grandparent at lasting memories

This weeks challenge is to scrap about your grandparent(s)
It can be anything... A trip to visit, an outing a fun story or even some heritage backgroung stuff that you want future generations to know.
We'd love to hear a favorite memory if you have one to share as well. Leave us a comment. One lucky person will receive a package in the mail full of scrappy goodness. You have to play along AND leave us a comment telling us of a memory you share with your grandparents.
I have tried to include one of my children's great grandparents in each of their 1st year albums
This page I did for my 3rd daughter Danielle and it is of my grandmother.
I really wanted to show case the photo so  I kept the color scheme in line with the sepia tones of the photo and tucked all the other elements are under the photo to let the viewer know there is more to be seen. I also add a tab at the bottom of the photo. 
These are the translations to the typed poems in her own hand writing.
I have them under the photo as I didn't want to detract from her beautiful photo
I included a copy of the obituary as well
Hope you'll join us this week

Friday, October 18, 2013

Simple Scrappper Stash bash

Hi all.  I signed up for Simple scrappers stash bash class and have been having fun creating more layouts with scraps.  That's actually part of the challenge.  The other is to stream line your stash by organizing.  I did some sorting and purging of my hidden clutter. 
You know the stuff in covered boxes that you stuffed there to get it out of the way
You can't really even see my base sheet for this layout (Circle swirls under the photos)
These three layers were made with scrap.
I punched the gold and blue with my Cm border punch system. 
Trying to use it more

some of the last stickers from a pack I bought a while ago

All the reds on this page are from my scrap pile.
I used the EKG stripe from when the EMT's hooked Jessica up to the machine in the back of the ambulance

fussy cut this photo of the station emblem
and made it into a dimensional embellishment by sticking it on a pop dot

And another one from my scraps.
 Even the ribbon is the last from the roll
here's the second page for the of the 3 cheers LO
Made the badge by color coping the badge from the handbook and mounting it on card stock

one more LO from scraps. 
 This one you can kind of see where the blue is cobbled together, but we got some more scraps used

and I also broke out some of my liquid accents. 
Bought it a while back and this is only the second time I've used
That was another one of the challenges too.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Coke Gnome

This is my latest crafty endeavor
I'm going to an adult girl scout conference  and will be Dutch oven cooking
 with Gnome ( a.k.a. Susie Rangle)
Susie was so kind to bestow camp names upon us at Hooky weekend in September
Fly boy and Xena
Anyway Susie is a coke addict and had never tried the Mexican coke. 
Yes it's bottled in Mexico with pure cane sugar. 
So I had to make this for her

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Black background at lasting memories

This weeks challenge at lasting memories is to make a layout with a black background
The last challenge posted Monday at big picture and I only have two more challenges to go before class closes on the 9th.  Still need to make  layouts focusing on product and embellishments

 Hope you had a chance to see the sneak peek and the left brain design challenge

Now onto my full reveal of my right brain design challenge. For the right brain challenge is to design a layout that uses at least three different shapes without making a visual mess.

   I used a creative scrapper sketch for some inspiration and then added to it.
The original sketch is from Creative scrapper sketch volume  #1 and is intended for a vertical 4X6 photo.   I did 3 smaller 2 1/2 X4 and used circle, stars and rectangles as my shapes.
flicked the white paint using a tooth brush.

Close up of journaling
"the jog-a-thon happens rain or shine, but this year it rained so hard that Danielle only ran for 30 minutes before they had to stop.  Just doubled the laps"
Hope you are inspired to try using a black background and joining us this week



Saturday, October 12, 2013

Stash busting layouts 28-30

Some of the Lasting memories Design team have been on a stash busting challenge for almost six weeks now and I'm excited to say that I've made it to more then half way.  The main objective is to us up our stash while making 50 layouts, before we can buy new stuff. 
 I'm pleased to say that I've been pretty good so far and have only really bought adhesives like I promised, but it's getting harder.  The class at big picture helped push me to get several of my layouts done, but now I'm stuck on the challenge #7 product.
I don't really have any kits and have started looking at what's out there.  Lots of cool stuff...good thing I can't spend.  I'm sure I'll figure something out for the Left brain  kit based challenge,
 the right should be easy.
I did reward myself when I got to the half way mark with a new cricut cartridge and will probably do the same when I get to the end.  It's the little treats that help keep us motivated
In the mean time I'm working on getting 2012-2013 GS scrapbook done so I can take it to a recruitment night
rededication ceremony
 GS paper from K and company that I scored at big lots two years ago.
$2 for a 12X12 pad, had to buy 3 of them. Wood grain washi tape 
 that I picked up just before the start of the challenge and super old stickers that I bought from the girl scout shop
Christmas Crafts
The awesome background paper is  a goodwill find. I got a bunch of mystery paper as it was all packed together in a giant Ziploc. (like almost everything in it)  The ornament stickers are CM from way back.  I ran out of pop dots so I used some orange buttons and glue dots to lift the sticker off the page.  This is the first time I've used dollies.  Kind of fun that they are from the same pack that the girls used to do the wrapping paper rubbings.

close up of dolly and ornament sticker

Christmas Caroling
This page is from a Christmas album that I de constructed. It's one of the few that I left intact and actually added to.  Under all of the rhinestones is a coordinating colored dot, except for under the diamond were yellow dots.  I think that's why I didn't like it at first as the yellow clashed with the silver on the tag.  Definitely like it now that it's blinged up
So there you have it.  I still have more layouts to go to finish off the scout book, but I'm getting there

paper bakery sketch challenge and UIT

I've been working away and staying up late to scrap.  The kids have had the last two days off from school and my husband is out of town for a few more days. I am missing a few of the local corptoberfest, but you wouldn't know it though with the amount of layouts I've cranked out so far.

paper bakery sketch challenge

The girls in troop 20397 helped sort and box food for Irving families during the annual Irving cares food drive.  We were so busy sorting and boxing that I almost forgot to take a photo of the girls. 
I'm excited to be using the silk leaves that have been sitting in my stash for ages. Not sure where they came from.  The Brownie GS paper I bought 2 years ago at big lots.  $2 for a 12X12 pad.  I actually bought three of them even though most of the girls aren't brownies.  The themed paper works for all of the levels, as most of the pages don't have the word Brownie on it.  The cool little dots are left over from a prize pack that I won last year.  Only have a few red ones left.
The leaves really drive home the fall/ Thanksgiving feel don't you think?
I'm entering this layout at Paper bakery sketch challenge
Use it Tuesday.  I should play along with them more often as I've been in major stash busting mode
This is layout #27 out of 50 in the LMDT sister stash busting challenge

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Embellishment challenge at Big PIcture

Got another two layouts done for the class/ challenge at Big Picture
For the Left brain embellishment challenge is to use visual triangles and odd number of embellishments on a layout. This is not new to me as I try to get in a visual triangle of some sort on most of my layouts.   On this layout I did visual triangles with both color and embellishments.
I used a scrap piece of yellow under the corner of my 4X6 photo in the upper right, then at the lower left I have the same paper as a banner which ties into the color and circular shape of the tube slide in the upper two photos on the left.  I also did a triangle with the cast of Hexagons from my border punch.  Popped them up on pop dots and stuck hearts on them.
There are actually 5 hearts in the layout and they came from the I in the title.
So I have 3 sets of odd embellishments- 3 pennants, 3 aqua hexagons and 5 hearts

For the right Brian challenge we had to build a photo foundation, then add a layer of paint and several stripes of washi tape directly to the photos.
I love this challenge the most so far as I haven't painted directly on a photo till now.  I even added a nice thick coat around the edges of the layout and into the opposite corners as well.
Washi tape no problem as I've done that before.
Totally love the hazy effect the paint gives to a rather angular layout.
I did carry over the visual triangle from the left challenge.  Can you see it?  Yup I used the photos looking down at the bark to make the triangle to more the eye around the page.  otherwise It might have been too much blue in the background.

I used washi tape with lots of red in it to complement the photos.
Also carrying over the odd numbers of embellishments from the left brain challenge as I used 3 stripes of washi

Now to finish the product challenge and I'll be done with the class
I hit the half way point in the stash busting challenge that some of my DT sisters started 25 & 26 / 50.
Some are doing better then others in not being tempted to buy new things.  I decided to reward myself for getting half way through with a new cricut cartridge.  My Creative memories consultant had  a CM exclusive total sports cartridge.  I didn't think I wanted it till I saw the fonts and extras.  My kids don't do sports, just scouts.  Anyway with CM bankruptcy and not knowing if the company will ever partner with cricut again I decided to get it.
I figure a reward system is going to keep me motivated to finish.  Now to get 24 more done so I can get either art booking or edge to edge cartridge

Monday, October 7, 2013

Design challenge for Big Picture class

I'm on a roll.  The last challenge posted today at big picture and I only have two more challenges to go before class closes on the 9th. 
Left brain design challenge is to use the provided sketch to create a layout with one larger image and numerous smaller, supplementary photos
I stayed fairly close to the sketch as I did my smaller photos about a quarter inch larger then the sketch.  Other then that and a couple of embellishments it's right on.

For the side bar I used  close up photos of Aunt Diane with her finished afghan as well as mounted the photos to give them more weight.  The journal tag reads " Aunt Diane's Afghan- this beautiful blanket was started by Diane when she retired.  It was put aside during cancer treatments, but is finally finished in May 2012" 

I added a few embellishments to the bottom corner to hide that I had to patch pieces of scrap together.
For the right brain challenge is to design a layout that uses at least three different shapes without making a visual mess.   I used a creative scrapper sketch for some inspiration and then added to it.
The original sketch is from Creative scrapper sketch volume  #1 and is intended for a vertical 4X6 photo.  Here's a sneak peek
Circles, stars and rectangles, but you'll have to come back because
I  am saving  full view of the right brain layout for my lasting memories layout this coming Sunday. .
Now onto starting and finishing the product and embellishment challenges
This is 23/50 in my DT sister scrap busting challenge.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Just one color at Lasting memories

This weeks challenge at lasting memories is to use just one color.
I went with a range of browns.
  I'm not sure that brown really is a color so much as it is a neutral
(At least that's how I have it's categorized in my paper collection)
If I haven't mentioned it before I'm a left brained type of girl that likes structure and organization so all my paper is sorted by color and  put in categories such as warm, cool and neutral. 
I'm again combining my DT layout with the class/ challenge over at Big Picture.
For the left brain challenge we are to select products that are neutral or faded in color and embellishments that go with almost anything.
I used  sketch 252 from creative scrapper as my inspiration
I used the barn wood paper as my starting point and pulled the browns from it

close up of title cut with plantain schoolbook font on cricut.
I hand drew the outline on the letters to make them stand out a little more

most of my embellishments are made from coordinating paper and are just shapes that tend to go with anything, I did add a little sparkle with 3 small brown colored rhinestones.

For the right brain challenge
We were to take a color first approach to creating a page: by obtaining paint swatches (or in my case grabbing a palette from (design-seed) displayed in specific color combinations.  We were also to use the proportions shown and pull papers and embellishments to arrange as we mimic the color proportions.  We could use any combination that make us happy and not have to know what pictures we're going to scrap when we start pulling colors.

I like cool colors and have a closet full of varied blues and green.  So I decide that since it was sunny(1st time in almost a week of rain) and I got to mow the lawn , that I should go with those colors.

Here's the palette that I found
color ray
color ray posted on 3/6/13

I used a large section of yellow, but most of it is hidden by the green so the portions are closer to the inspiration photo on the color palette

Finally digging into the green plastics that I got a while back
love the transparent swirls nestled in the photos
and the circles below
two more layout down in my 50 layout stash busting challenge


Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday featured artist at lasting memories

Welcome to this wonderful first Friday of October.
 So glad you can join us here at lasting memories for our featured artist this week.
Joefil Cate from Cate's Corner
Here's what she has to say about herself

Hello everyone, My name is Joefil Cate. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada  and am a stay @ home mom. I am married to a wonderful husband that encourages my scrapbooking. I have a 4 yrs. old daughter named Chelsey who is my inspiration! She is my favorite topic to scrapbook and I use her photos all the time. I started scrapbooking three years ago and fell in love with it right away. I am now officially addicted! I scrapbook whenever I feel like it which is a lot. I don’t have a particular style I just go with the flow. I get many good ideas from sketches and challenges online. I love the online challenges. I started blogging online more than a year ago so I can better share my layouts with others
Joefil joins us on a regular basis here at lasting memories and you may recognize some of her past layouts from the following challenges:
Scavenger Blog hop and winner of my blog bling

Want to be a featured artist here at lasting memories?

Play along on a regular basis and you just might see yourself in the spot light.