Stuck?! Sketches

Have you heard? Stuck?! Sketches is celebrating their anniversary this month. I had actually never seen this challenge blog until Laura took over as administrator last year, but I am sure glad I did! Laura is such a talented sketch designer...I love working with them!  Here's their September 1st sketch...

And here's what I did with it...

Isn't this the sweetest photo of Noé and Santiago? I love it so much that not only is it framed and displayed in our living room, but this is the second time I've scrapped it lol.

For product I used some of Crate Paper's Love Notes line...I love being able to use a line intended for a particular theme (in this case Valentine's Day) in a different way. I also used some scraps from Crate Paper's Portrait line and Prima's Little Guy line.

I am also entering this page into a challenge over at Sketches4All which was a Tic Tac Toe board, and I chose "Paint/Alphas/Stencil or Mask".

Thanks for looking!



It's only the second week of September and I'm already missing summer activities. One of the things I loved about living in Southern California was being able to go to the beach or pool any time of year. Now here we are in Texas, where it's still in the upper 90's, but since it's after Labor Day all the pools are closed. *SIGH*  So I guess I'll just have to pull out all my summer photos and get scrapping! For this layout I used a sketch from Sketchabilities.

And here's my take on it...

This is a photo of the little sandcastle that my nephew was helping Santiago build in the layout I posted here. The background paper and the cute little bucket & shovel embellie are Paper Studio, the title is a rub-on from the My Mind's Eye Breaking Free line, and the yellow frame is Fancy Pants Nautical. Everything else is miscellaneous scraps and bits.

I also entered this page into one of the September challenges at sketches4all which was to create either a Fall or Summer themed project.

Thanks for looking!


Let's Scrap

Over the summer the time I had to work on my scrapbooking was few and far between, so I found myself sticking strictly to single-page layouts, as I personally find them much quicker to put together. Now that I have more time I decided to get back to working on double-pagers, so I headed over to the Let's Scrap site which is where I often find good two-page sketches. To my surprise and utter excitement I discovered a message that they would be transitioning from a full-blown website to a blog. Yay! And below is their first sketch on their new challenge blog, which you can find here

And here's what I did with it...

I decided to print out these photos in black & white with some focal color for two reasons. First of all there were of a ton of conflicting colors in our clothes and balloons, and it was just too busy. I also wanted to really focus on the balloons which are the main topic...Santiago sending his letter to Los Tres Reyes for the very first time.

I'm also entering this layout into a challenge at the My Scraps & More challenge forum, which was to use a collection at least two years old and to draw something on my layout. I used two older collections...the purple paper is some My Minds Eye from about 8 years ago, and the patterned paper is Basic Grey's Kioshi. And then I used a black pen to outline around some of the white painted circles in my masking work. I love a challenge that gets me to not only use up my stash but also inspires me to be creative as well.

Thanks for looking!


Let's Get Sketchy September Week 2

It's Monday and back to reality for Noé and me. For the first time since the kids were born we got to spend an entire weekend away from them. We left Friday morning and drove down to San Antonio, and we got back to Dallas late Sunday afternoon. It was so nice to stay in a hotel for two nights and spend some spontaneous & child-free time together. And while we were both excited to see Santiago & Paolina after our time away...it was instant back-to-reality when my parents brought them to our house last night. We immediately had to get them bathed, and after we got them to bed I had to put together lunches for school today as well as unpack everyone's suitcases.

So please forgive this short post...I have a mountain of laundry, an empty fridge, and somewhere I need to squeeze in some gym time (we ate ourselves silly on our trip and my waistline is suffering lol!)

Today is another sketch reveal over at Let's Get Sketchy. This week is a fabulous sketch from Laura...

And here's my take on it...

While I'm glad that it's back-to-school season (I love routine and consistent time to myself) I'm already missing time at the pool. And I will always be homesick for the beach. So it was fun to pull out these old photos of my nephew building sandcastles with Santiago when he was a baby, and reminisce about summer fun!

The background paper is Fancy Pants Nautical and the dimensional elements are from Paper House.

Thanks for looking, and I do hope you will take the time to see what the rest of Team B came up with using this week's sketch.


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!