Sunday, March 4, 2012
Now for some layouts... I have been thinking a lot about why I scrap and what I really what to come out of it lately. I love playing with paper and glue and creating pretty pages but, I feel a real desire and need to tell the stories of our lives. As a result, I think I need to simplify and get more pages done with less fuss and pressure to create a masterpiece each time. I have long admired Cathy Zielske's classic and graphic style but wasn't sure how to make it work for me. Recently I took her class Ten tips for Type at Big Picture Classes and thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned some great tips for making my typography more professional and readable. If you aren't familiar with her check out her blog here, you will be blown away! So I thought I would share the layout I made for the class assignment.
The layout is a hybrid, the white background and journaling are one piece created in Photoshop, the title strip was also created in Photoshop and added with the photos and patterned paper. I am really pleased with the result. Now that I have overcome the learning curve of figuring out how to make the tips work for me, I will definitely do more layouts like this one. I love the classic clean lines and the ability to add as much journaling as I want. I believe that BPC may be offering her class again and I would highly recommend it.
Before I go, I will share one more simple layout. This was created for a sketch challenge on Lily Bee's blog. I have wanted to scrap this photo of my son but, hesitated because I really didn't have a story to go with it. I came across this sweet poem and thought it would be perfect. I love all the white space on this one especially since I adore the wood grain paper.
The poem reads:
With little rosy cheeks, and a cold pink nose, he's all dressed up in his warm winter clothes.
As I watch him laugh and play in the snow outside my door, I thank my God above for this child that I adore.
A blessing from the Father, complete with heaven's glow, I'll always cherish the memories of my angel in the snow.
I will be back soon with another simple layout using Cathy's great tips.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
for the duration of the Let's Scrap blog hop so please scroll down to see newer posts!
And here is my take on the sketch...
This Christmas, my son's cousins sent him a sweet advent with miniature ornaments and treats inside. He really enjoyed the surprises he found each day. I made sure to take a picture of my son with his little Christmas tree covered in his new ornaments to send to them so they could see how much he enjoyed the gift. So when I saw the sketch I was given I knew it would be perfect. I took the photo of my son and created a frame with papers from Crate Paper's Snow Day line and some pop dots. I added some dimensional adhesive and glitter glue to the brown frame to make it shine. The trees are fussy cut with a bow of floss and the sentiment is stamped on a die-cut. Love it! Let me know what you think. :)
Monday, February 13, 2012
I loved the sketch for this month's MME challenge so I decided to play along. The theme for the challenge was "you" which was perfect for the page I wanted to do about all the things my son learned last year in Pre-K. You can see the original sketch here. For my take on the sketch, I flipped it and used my journaling block in place of the second photo.
I used the Alphabet Soup collection and one October Afternoon tag. I LOVE this collection and am going to be sad when I use it all up. In fact, I love it so much that while I had it all out on my desk I created another two page layout using the Let's Scrap sketch from last week. It was another great sketch from Cheri, check it out here. And here's my layout...
I just love the colors and patterns in this collection, and the animals are so much fun. I am now down to scraps and will certainly use each and every one of them. Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Next, we have an oldie. I created this LO with a sketch from My Minds Eye from way back in November. The challenge was to use the sketch found here and you had to include brown in some way. I use brown all the time so that was easy. Of course, then I didn't get around to posting it in time. Does that happen to anyone else, or is it just me? Anyway I like the resulting LO of my son and his cousin.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Don't you just love the colors in this collection? SEI is one of my go to companies because they package all the perfect elements together and make it so easy to put together pages. There are some amazing prints in this collection that have a bit of a retro feel that I love, but for this layout so heavy on colorful photos, I stuck to the smaller patterns to keep it from looking too busy. Here are a couple of close-ups.
Friday, September 30, 2011
The link party ends Oct. 2nd so you still have a little time to play along. And don't forget to link it to the SEI blog like I did!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I drafted this post almost a month ago, I guess the summer heat melted my brain! We are going on day 40 something of high temps over 100 degrees F!
Isn't summertime great! Love the warm days, kids running through the sprinklers,time with family, ice cream, cold watermelon, and hot corn on the cob. The only problem with summer is that there is no schedule and as a result, less time for scrapping. I am about a week behind on blogging, so you get two Lets Scrap sketches today since I missed last week.
The sketch for this week was perfect for all those summer events. There is room for several photos and plenty of journaling.
I decided to use the pictures of my son playing soccer last year. He is not a very aggressive boy and HATES being the center of attention, so we had pretty low expectations for soccer. We really just hoped he would get out on the field and run around and maybe, just maybe kick the ball a few times. In the end, he did get on the field, but there was very little running, and he never purposely touched the ball. :) Needless to say, he doesn't think soccer is the sport for him. Maybe T-ball...
Ok, so last week's sketch was a quick and easy one.
I had a hard time finding 7 photos, so I decided to use just the left hand side of the sketch.
I couldn't find Halloween paper that I liked for these photos, so I decided to make my own PP by using these Making Memories stickers.