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CREATE Magazine September: Oh, the Leaves!

Thursday, September 17th, 2015




These are some of my favorite photos from last fall in our new home.  The leaves that drop from our maple trees are HUGE and plentiful!

Please stop by to see more Fall and School themed layouts in this September’s CREATE Magazine!

Products used: Patterned papers: SEI, We R Memory Keepers, Heidi Grace, Bella Blvd; Letter Stickers: Basic Grey, Authentique; Journaling block: Little Yellow Bicycle; Ribbon: Basic Grey; Dies: Cricut Chalkboard Font; Dimensional stickers: unknown; Sketch: Scrapbook Generation

Our Early Morning Visitor

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

One morning, we came downstairs to find a great blue heron in our tree right next to our upper porch.  Tobin was super excited and we went all around the house trying to find the best view.  When the bird finally flew off, Tobin was sad and signed “again” alllllll day.  “I’m sorry Tobin, short of tying fish in our tree, I just don’t think I can make him come back.”

Products used:  Patterned papers: SEI (pinecones), The Paper Company, jillibean soup;  Stickers: Martha Stewart (pinecones);  Letters:  mls, Making Memories, American Crafts, SEI;  Tools:  Cricut Gypsy Wanderings cartridge (branch);  Sketch:  Sketch Support

Some Good Old-Fashioned Relaxing

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Warren’s first Father’s Day.  We had a very nice, relaxing day at home with a walk around the neighborhood.

I made this layout for the Nikki Sivils product challenge over on Sketch Support.  Go check it out!

Products used:  Patterned papers: Nikki Sivils;  Accents: Nikki Sivils;  Letters:  American Crafts (white), Nikki Sivils;  Stamps:  Close to My Heart;  Tools:  Cricut CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge (stars)

Please Feed the Animals

Monday, May 7th, 2012

As I was taking these photos, I could wait to scrap them!  I know, I’m obsessed.  😉  But serious cuteness was going on here with Tobin feeding the turtles and my dad teaching him how to flick the food off of the railing.

Products used – Patterned papers: SEI (most papers), Creative Memories (background);Accents: Deja Views (journaling block), Little Yellow Bicycle (quote); Letters: American Crafts Thickers (grey), Making Memories; Tools: Silhouette (turtles);  Sketch:  Sketch Support

Sketch Support Blog Hop!

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Thanks for joining our Sketch Support Blog Hop today!

If you joined us somewhere in the middle, be sure to start back at Sketch Support.  And be sure to read my whole post, because there is a GIVEAWAY at the end.  😉

Here is my take on Allison’s excerpt from the new volume of one page sketches:

Products used:  Papers: American Crafts, Colorbok (silver);  Letters:  American Crafts (white), Sassafras (green);  Stickers: American Crafts (white foam), Me & My Big Ideas (green arrow), Heidi Grace (“travel”);  Journaling block:  Creative Imaginations;  Sketch:  Sketches for Scrapbooking

I made a few tweaks to Allison’s sketch.  Here is what I changed and why:

One:  I, as always, have more vertical photos than anything else, so I needed to fit one into this sketch.  I decided to expand two of the square photos into one skinny vertical photo.

Two:  I used really busy patterned papers so it caused a bunch of movement.  I shifted the journaling into a block and moved the central part of the layout downward so I could sit the title up on top.  I also matted the 4×6 horizontal photo to keep it as a focal point.

Three:  My style is pretty simple, so I kept the accents to a minimum.  These patterned papers added enough visual interest for me.  😉

Some more info about me:

How long have you been scrapbooking?
I started scrapbooking in high school, but I was too busy in college to continue.  So I picked it back up again in 2007.  There is a clear progression in my work from the early albums through my current work.  I have found a lot of inspiration online and at crops and I have slowly evolved my style.
Why did you start scrapbooking?
I love to keep things like ticket stubs and pamphlets from events that I have attended.  Anything with a date on it, I consider to be precious and irreplaceable.  So I started scrapbooking to have a place to keep all of these momentos.  I began with just photo corners to hold everything on pages.
What is your favorite time of day to scrapbook?
During the middle of the day when I’m awake (I’m not a morning person) and there is great sunlight coming through my windows.
How often do you scrapbook?
I used to scrapbook all the time!  But now I have an almost 2 year old, and free time is a little more sparse.  I try to get some scrapping in atleast twice a week during nap time or after my son has gone to bed.
Where do you scrapbook/what does your space look like?
Well, my scrapbook “room” is in a strange little nook near the front door and divided from the living room by a double sided fireplace.  I’ve done my best to use the space efficiently for storage and a large desk for working.  Thankfully, I have tons of windows, so the lighting is fabulous during the day.
When I’m not scrapbooking you can find me…
Entertaining my son, knitting, reading, going on walks, taking photos, trying new restaurants, and traveling.  Lots and lots of traveling.
What is your favorite thing about using sketches?
I have to start by saying what is my favorite part about scrapbooking.  I love choosing color combos and playing with patterns.  I’ve learned a lot over the years about how to pair patterns in fun ways to add interest to layouts without overwhelming the photos.  I love using sketches because that way somebody else tells me where to put my colors and patterns on the layout and I can stay focused on what I love most.
What is your favorite sketch from Sketch Support?
I have thoroughly enjoyed every month at Sketch Support, but I fondly remember working with one of the very first double page sketches to debut on Sketch Support.  Here is the sketch and my take is below it in the post.

And now for the giveaway!

I have 2 books to share of Allison’s newest work.  There is the One Page Sketch Book Volume 2, and the exciting travel themed Sketch Book with lots of 4×6 photos so you can scrap your trip faster.

Please comment on this post and let me know if you use sketches (and if you don’t yet, you should try them out soon!).  I will draw two random winners on Monday morning who will each get a new sketch book!

Also, be sure to comment on all blogs along the hop to be entered for the grand prize drawing at Sketch Support.

Please now continue on to visit Christine!

The Beach

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Photos from our recent trip to Stuart, Florida to visit family.  This was Tobin’s first real beach day.  He loooooved the sand, especially throwing it in his hair.  But he thought the waves lapping at his feet were too much!  So he hung out in the sand with his Nana dug up seashells for us to pick through.

Products used:  Patterned papers: SEI (most papers), Creative Memories (background), Cherry Arte (orange strip);  Accents: SEI, Me&My Big Ideas (title), Scenic Route (journaling block);  Tools:  Cricut (sun)

This layout was created for the April double page sketch over at Sketch Support.  To see the sketch and many more projects made from it, please visit Sketch Support!

Tobin’s First Birthday Party

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Finally I got around to scrapbooking Tobin’s first birthday party.  We had a robot theme complete with a robot tshirt, cupcake holders, ice cubes, and paper robots displayed on the window.

Products used – Patterned papers and stickers: TPC Studios; Letters: American Craft (Thickers), Making Memories (glitter); Tools: Cricut Robotz cartridge

I designed this layout based on Sketch Support’s March Double Page Sketch.  Please visit Sketch Support to see the original sketch and more great projects made with it.

Happy 2nd Birthday Card

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

I made this card for our friend Ivy’s 2nd birthday party.  I included a $2 bill on the inside just to complete the theme.  Her family invited us over for a fabulous party including a baked potato bar, amazing desserts, and a petting zoo in their backyard.

Products used – Patterned papers: Jillibean Soup (stripes), Chatterbox (pink); Stamp:Close to My Heart; Tools: Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge

This card was designed based on the March Card Sketch on Sketch Support.  To see the sketch and how the other designers transformed it, please visit Sketch Support!

Celebrate Card

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

This card was designed for the February Add On sketch week over at Sketch Support.

Products used – Patterned papers: Cosmo Cricket; Stamps: Close to My Heart; Tools:Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge

To view and download the sketch and see more inspirational projects, please visit Sketch Support!

A Family Surprise

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Photos from the surprise baby shower my cousin Nikki threw for me.  All of my Maryland family attended and it was wonderful!

This layout is made on 8×8 inch paper.

Products used:  Patterned papers:  Cosmo Cricket (stripes), Bella Blvd (rain drops);  Flowers: Making Memories, Prima;  Stamps:  Close To My Heart;  Letters:  Prima (cream), American Crafts Thickers;  Sketch:  Sketch Support

This layout was designed from a Sketch Support sketch.  Please visit the site to see more great inspirational projects!