New Layouts for a New Year

Happy Monday everyone! And I suppose since I haven't posted since December I should wish you all a Happy New Year too lol! Seriously though, what. just. happened to the first half of January?? I can only attribute this loss of time to the kids being all off schedule for basically the last four weeks. First it was Winter Break with all the holiday mayhem, they finally went back to school on January 5th, and then just when we all got used to being back on schedule...the kids are currently on a four-day weekend. Personally I've been discombobulated since Thanksgiving. I'm pretty sure my brain is a bit like a toddler's...it requires consistent schedules to keep me in line lol.

Anyhow, I actually have been getting a fair amount of scrapbooking in...especially after January 5th (wink wink). But alas, even in Texas Winter rears its ugly head. We've had a fair amount of gloom, cold and gusty wind...and days that were decent I was taking the kids to the park to combat cabin fever. So I haven't had much opportunity for photographing my completed projects. So I'm going to have to apologize up front for the quality of photographs for the next few posts because I finally threw up my arms, said "enough is enough" and attempted to take photos in poor sunlight. Unfortunately, in my opinion, no amount of editing can properly correct that. And frankly I need to just move on and not agonize over it.

Without further ado, the two below pages were inspired by sketches from Let's Get Sketchy...

For this first layout I used the January Week 1 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. The photos are from the last day of Paolina's art camp this past summer. She absolutely loved it, and I love that she's really becoming a little artist. She adores painting and scrapbooking, and she has requested to take a clay & pottery class for art camp this coming summer.

My second page was created using The January Week 2 sketch from Let's Get Sketchy...

This is one of those pages that started out looking very much like the sketch, but then it just started to take on a life of it's own. Not only was this layout inspired by a Let's Get Sketchy sketch but also by the January challenge at Pixels and Paper which was to take inspiration from the below photo and to use "paint" on your project...

As you can see, I was inspired several ways by this image. When I saw it, I was immediately reminded of the photo I had of Paolina with her face painted at a festival we had gone to a few years ago. And then the background paper I found, not only looked perfect with my photo but was ideal for the challenge as well.

Thanks so much for looking at my pages, and have a fantastic week!


Sketches in Thyme

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas. Today our family is just relaxing after all the festivities. You know that Christmas gifts were a hit when the kids do not complain once of boredom even when you stay at home all day.

Anyhow, I'm seriously finding it difficult to believe that not only is it nearing the end of the month, but the end of the year too! I have two final pages to share with you, both of which were inspired by December sketches from Sketches in Thyme, This first page was based on Sketch #175.

I'm usually all about the mixed media on my background, but I really loved the watercolor feel of the Easter eggs on this patterned paper so I decided to leave it as is. I did do handstitching through all of the squares to add a bit of texture. I really love these photos of Paolina. She's not much for posing, but when I capture her off guard she's very photogenic...always so full of joy!

My next page was based on Sketch #177 at Sketches in Thyme...

I didn't really do much mixed media on this background either...just a few paint splatters. This page also has some handstitching, which I thought made the circles pop a bit more. The best part is all the scraps I used up. When I'm creating a page, I always look through my paper scraps before I do anything else. I don't think there's any sense in cutting into a full sheet of paper when I could make a dent in my scrap stash! All the bright colors of the photo was perfect for creating almost a rainbow of a color scheme.

Well thank you so much for looking. I'm pretty sure that I will not find any time between now and the end of December to create any more pages and get them photographed. So I wish you all a Very Happy New Year!!!



Merry Christmas! I'm guessing that those of you with younger kids may understand this, but our kids were up before 5am wanting to open gifts. We made them climb into bed with us and wait until 6 o'clock. But of course, they were bouncing around in anticipation for that entire hour. So now it's only 9:30am and we've already opened gifts, eaten breakfast, and played with all our gifts. The kids are currently in their rooms playing some more with said gifts so I thought I would sneak away for a few quiet moments. You have to get them where you can right?

Anyhow, I just wanted to share this layout I created using one of the December sketches at ScrapMuch? (which I flipped vertically)

Not that I actually need a reminder of warm weather, it's been in the 70s here the last few days.,(Yay...reminds me of home!) but this page has photos of Santiago this past summer on "Diving Board Day," the much anticipated day of his two weeks of swim lessons.

Thanks for looking. And once again Merry Christmas!!


Stuck?! Sketches

Happy Wednesday everyone! My hubby took the day off and the kids are at a Holiday Camp so we're trying to use this time to finish up some projects around the house. So...unfortunately I'm not getting to scrapbook today, but I did want to pop in and share a page with you that I created using the December 15th sketch at Stuck?! Sketches. I did flip the sketch vertically because the journaling card's arrow would have been pointing away from the photo if I had used the sketch exactly as it is. 

Paolina absolutely adores taking selfies with me. When she was still in preschool, I would pick her up first and then we would go to wait for Santiago's school bus to arrive. On nice days we would get out of the car and sit on a bench, but sometimes we would just stay in the car and take silly photos. This particular day was my birthday, and when we pulled up to the bus stop she started singing "Happy Birthday" to me. I did catch it on video, but you can't really scrapbook that, so I thought I would document the moment with one of our selfies. Love this sweet girl!

Anyhow, it's back to assisting my hubby with my "honey-do list." Thanks so much for looking!



Happy Tuesday! Can you believe it's only three days until Christmas? Do you have all your shopping done? Have you had any time to scrapbook? I haven't been able to do any since the kids have been out of school, but I definitely have hopes that I will squeeze it in. In the meantime I still have several pages that I completed in the last three weeks to share. The below layout was inspired by a sketch from ScrapMuch?

I took these photos when I went with Santiago on his school field trip to see Skippyjon Jones at the Dallas Children's Theater. I used lots of scraps and mixed media on this one. It can be so much fun to get messy on a page, and I always love the result!

Thanks for looking.