Monday, January 31, 2011

sei challenge with Julie Bonner sketch

I created this sweet layout of my son for the sei blog challenge using one of Julie Bonner's sketches.  Can I just say, that I love Julie's sketches.   She makes them so versatile so that you can make a simple layout or go wild and crazy if you want.  I usually am a very simple and clean scrapper so I appreciate her simple to scraplift sketches.  Whenever I am struggling to put together a layout I just find a layout I love and scraplift it.  With all the gorgeous layouts and sketches out there I am never stumped for long.  I loved this sketch from Julie and the layout she created for sei so I decided to play along and create one of my own.  So first, here is the sketch.
For my layout, I wanted to focus on a single photo of my son and his beautiful brown eyes. 
The patterned papers are from the Jocelyn line from sei, the journaling card is from kris kringle, and the paper clip is from moonrise.  The alphas and flowers are thickers from AC.  I am really pleased with the way this layout turned out.  I definitely strayed from the sketch, but it really helps me to have a place to start.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Happy New Year!!

It has been a long time since I posted anything on here.  I guess moving during the holiday season meant that some things just didn't get done the way I would like.  The good news is that we had a wonderful time with family and friends and truly enjoyed celebrating together.  I have decided that my crafty new years resolutions are first, to scrap more pages about myself and second, to try some new styles and techniques.  In the spirit of trying new styles, I created this layout of our apple-picking excursion from 2009.  It is more free-form and fussy than my usual layouts and  I love the way it turned out.

I was inspired by the Catching Fall collection from Lily Bee.  I love the softness of the colors and the classic patterns.  I used a few of their papers and added some of my stash.  I am definitely encouraged to break out of my scrappy box and try some new things.  I'll let you know how it goes...