Sunday, July 20, 2014

You are My Home

My very first mood board challenge over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook!  CLICK HERE to see the entire reveal.  This is an awesome board and you can take whatever inspiration from it that you want to create your layout.  We also have a great sponsor for this challenge...Scrappy Canary (formerly Polly Scrap! Kits)!  Scrappy Canary is Australia's premier crafting kit club, offering monthly Scrapbook, Pocket Life and Embellishment kits. Their kits offer a handpicked selection of the latest papers, embellishments and exclusive items all coordinated and shipped direct to your door. In addition to kits, their store also stocks other coordinating embellishments for those who love extra goodies to play with. CLICK HERE to check them out! 

And here is the mood board that inspired it.  I loved the colors, and I loved the "Home" elements.  I put a little twist on it and instead of scrapping my actual physical home, I scrapped my metaphoric fabulous hubby and daughter.

 I started with a watercolor background colors in a softer tone of the ones in the mood board. Looking around our house and considering what makes our home a "home," I found myself drawn to the huge photo wall we have in our living room.  The photos of my family are definitely a part of what makes our house a home.  That is how the doodled picture frame idea came to be.  I've seen some doodled frame on pinterest and loved the idea, but they never seemed to fit with what I was working on.  This time they did! Woot woot! :)

Lots of vellum ephemera on this layout, and I added some pen doodles to alot of that as well so it would contrast against the soft watercolor.  There's Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper, Basic Gray, and Heidi Swapp all mixed in there.

I also cut a couple of squares of vellum and made little pockets to fill the side frames, stuffed with sequins and hole-punched hearts in various sizes.  I need a sewing machine in a bad way...I would have loved to stitch the pockets but didn't want to go through the agony of handstitching so I just hot glued them.

Come be inspired by this month's mood board and take advantage of the chance to win an awesome prize from this month's sponsor! 



#131 Happy Camper

Hello there!  Today I am sharing my layout for CSI's latest case file, Case File #131.  We have an awesome sketch from Em Stafrace of PageDrafts too!  CLICK HERE for all the details and to see the rest of the design team's inspiration.

Here is my layout featuring my little camper.

And here is the awesome case file and sketch:

For my evidence, I used the following:  wet medium (seafoam Heidi Swapp color shine spray), woodgrain (a Mod Podge stencil with modeling paste, covered with Tattered Angel mist), and the wooden "Explore" arrow, string (on the banner), and animal accents (the little snail at the bottom).

Then for my evidence, I used the "outdoor" inspiration word, which was perfect for the photos because the Little Lady is going to summer nature camp at a local nature preserve.  She is most comfortable and at home when she's out exploring, so it has really been the absolute best summer camp experience for her!

So there you have it.  I hope you will come play along with us at CSI.  Have a great day!



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sketchabilities #119 - The Bridge

I'm hitting these vacation photos hard and loving how well they're working with the July challenges!  The latest sketch at Sketchabilities is no exception.  We've got a fabulous sketch for you with an awesome sponsor for both challenges this month - Flying Unicorn!   CLICK HERE to check out their amazing kits, one of a kind paper crafting embellishments, and more. 

Here is my layout and the sketch.  Apologies for the uneven edges here - the watercolor warped the paper a bit and made it impossible to get a good square shot.  C'est la vie.  CLICK HERE to see the rest of the design team's amazing reveal.

And some close-ups.  I started out with a watercolor like background made from 4 shades of blue gelato.  I used a piece of scrap mixed media paper to mix my watercolors before brushing them on, so then I stamped this fun anchor onto the scrap paper I had used to mix my colors, and fussy cut it out.

Lots of layers here - mostly papers from Basic Grey's Capture line, although the red and white chipboard is a frame from Recollections that I cut up and used pieces of.

I pulled in some Creative Embellishment chipboard circles, but left them unaltered because I thought the natural colors complimented the color scheme of the layout.  More layers and a Basic Grey chipboard frame as well.  The little nautical string of circles is Studio Calico - Boardwalk line maybe?  It is leftover from a summer 2013 Citrus Twist Kit.

Loving these kraft colored Thickers from my June Citrus Twist Kit.

Another bit of vellum ephemera from Studio Calico, secured with a straight pin.  The "Next Adventure" chipboard sticker is Heidi Swapp.  My journaling, that talks about the bridge to Cape Cod, our favorite summer vacation spot.

I hope you are inspired to play along with us at Sketchabilities.  Remember, you have 2 weeks to link up your creation.  Happy scrapping!



Monday, July 7, 2014

Challenge YOUrself #8 - a color challenge!

I'm back to share my layout for July's color challenge over at Challenge YOUrself!  It's a gorgeous hazy summer color scheme that can be used so many different ways!  I was inspired by the colors and the circles to create this watercolor layout.

Here's the color challenge!

My title was handwritten on white cardstock with Liquid Pearls and then cut and adhered.  Picture Perfect is from a Basic Grey ephemera pack, and the buttons are Heidi Swapp. I love how they sparkle!

I gave the photo an ombre tint treatment to match the color scheme and added in some fun Maggie Holmes ephemera circles here and there.

Another closeup of the circles. I started with a base of watercolor circles, and outlined some with black watercolor, and a few others with a black pen to pop them out a bit.  Added some velum circles to play off the hazy effect of the color palette.

And that's all she wrote!  Remember, you have all month to get your layout linked up over at Challenge YOUrself.  Hope you can play along!



LPS July Sketch Challenge is Live!

Hi there!  Back from vacation and back to work today.  That part is not so fun, but it's also time for my first layout reveal as a new design team member over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook!  CLICK HERE to see the rest of the awesome reveal.

The July sketch was the perfect chance for me to start scrapping our vacation photos and I couldn't wait to dig in.

And here's the sketch:

I started out with a watercolor background with some neutrals for the "sandy" area, and a mixture of blues double as sky and water.  Then I added some modeling paste for a wave/cloud effect and added some Tim Holtz stamped birds.  I also went over the sandy area with some Tattered Angels mist to give it a little sandy sparkle.

When I was working on the gala signs for the Little Lady's school fundraiser, I came across this awesome package of moss at Michael's.  Even though it is actually just moss and dried mushroom type stuff, I think it feels beachy and I grabbed it hoping to use it for just this purpose some day.  I attached it all to the sand with a glue gun...and may have burned my fingerprint off in the process. ;-)

I love this Citrus Twist Kits stamp to the left of my journaling.  So true...and so far this summer is shaping up to have LOTS of stories!

Closeup of my photo arrangement.  At first, it may seem like this layout is nothing like the sketch, but the photo placement, the journaling and title placement are right where they should be in the sketch.  I just went a little crazy with the moss which makes the sketch a bit tricky to see.  Hehe.

Aaaaand the canvas thickers show up again!  Shocking, right?

So there you have it!  You have until July 28th to link up your take on the sketch.  See you in the gallery!

PS.  Come back and visit me this evening...I'll have another post revealing the July color sketch over at Challenge YOUrself.  If you can't wait to see what this month's challenge entails, CLICK HERE now to check it out!  Have a great day!!