Paper Secrets - Part Two

Since InLinkz won't allow me to link up twice from the same post, I've created an additional post for a second layout using the other Paper Secrets August challenge. Below is the sketch for the August 15th challenge...

I changed it a bit to accommodate a single photo and came up with this...

The other part of the challenge is to include items, colors, brands, etc. beginning with each of the letters of the word CAMP. I used the following..Circles, Arrows, Modern Miss (Bo Bunny line of product), Polka Dot (patterned paper).

Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend!

Paper Secrets - Part One

I hope everyone is having a good weekend...a three-day holiday weekend depending on where you live. Today all our family has done is take one of our cars to have some work done on it, get some errands run, and now we're all sitting in our family room just relaxing...the boys watching a football game while Paolina listens to the Frozen soundtrack with ear buds. Having the kids back to school this week had really made me appreciate our weekend time together...running errands together is actually fun and I don't feel like I need to escape into my crafty space mid-afternoon since I've had plenty of "me" time during the week. Speaking of which, I cannot believe how many layouts I got done this week. Pretty much one each day. The following I did with inspiration from the Paper Secrets' August 1st challenge. Part of the challenge is to use the below sketch...

And this is what I came up with...

The other part of the challenge is to include items, colors, brands, etc. beginning with each of the letters of the word SWIM. I used the following..Stitching, White (cardstock), Inking, Modern Miss (Bo Bunny line of product).

Thanks for looking and stay tuned for the layout I made using the other Paper Secrets August challenge...InLinkz won't allow me to link up twice from the same post.


Another School Layout

Wow...Friday already?! This week really flew by for me...must be because the kids are back in school. I got to scrapbook almost every day this week. And my husband will be happy to know I also got a lot of household chores done *wink*.

In keeping with my school-theme layout that I posted yesterday I created the below page with Creative Scrapper's Sketch #275. I am also linking it up to the Red Carpet Studio Challenge #77: Billy Madison.

This was Santiago's "formal" kindergarten photo taken last fall. In the spring they have their photos taken again, but they don't have to wear their uniforms. The background paper is from Amy Tangerine's Ready Set Go line, which I have been hanging onto and waiting for the perfect photo. I splattered some glimmer mist on to the background, and believe it or not I also did some masking work, but it just doesn't show up in the photo since the white paint is so close to the color of the background paper. The paper scraps are Bo Bunny's Pop Quiz and Studio Calico's The Pier. The chipboard elements are also Bo Bunny's Pop Quiz as well as a school line of theirs from one or two years ago.

Thanks for looking!


Scrappy Friends

This back-to-school season has inspired me to create some school-themed layouts, and since I have hardly scrapped any of Santiago's school photos from prior years I figured I had better get moving. For the following page I was inspired by the Scrappy Friends August challenge, which was to use the below sketch from Brenda's blog and color palette from Kelly's blog . There was also a tic tac toe challenge on Rochelle's blog, but I did not manage to incorporate it into my page.

I flipped the sketch and came up with this...

The background paper is from the Echo Park Capture Life line. I had just received it in the mail from the My Scraps & More shop a day or two after I found this challenge and couldn't believe how perfect it was for the color palette! The green paper is so old...Basic Grey's Sultry line. The rest of the patterned paper, as well as the stickers and chipboard elements are Bo Bunny's Pop Quiz line (one of my favorite school lines ever!)

Thanks for looking!



The kids have only been back to school for two days and I've already found the time to create two layouts! Over the summer I was lucky to get that many done a week.  For inspiration I used two different sketches from ScrapMuch? to create adjoining pages.

This year we opted to not take Paolina for "formal" photos to celebrate her birth milestone. But honesty, I am more than satisfied with these fun photos that I took right out in our backyard with the camera I received for Mother's Day. I feel like they really captured her personality, and I didn't have to settle for a mediocre, awkwardly posed photo from a cookie cutter photo studio.

Back when we lived in California I became friends with a fellow scrapper, and our boys became friends as well. Around the same time that we moved to Texas, their family moved to Israel. Two birthdays after the move, and our kids are still exchanging birthday gifts, just now across the globe. I promised Paolina that if she would let me do our little photo shoot on her birthday, I would let her open her gift from them.

For both layouts I used some papers that my mom gifted to me from one of her paper pads. I wish I could remember the manufacturer and line...it's a super fun pad with lots of gorgeous colors, faux watercolor effects and touches of glitter, On the "Fun to turn 4" page I used some dimensional elements from Studio Calico's The Pier line.

Thanks for looking and please enjoy the rest of your week!