Scrap Our Stash Guest Designer

I always love playing along with the challenges at Scrap Our Stash, so it has been such an honor to serve as their August Guest Designer. The second challenge of the month is to use the below sketch and 75% of the product used must be from some of your oldest stash...the older the better.

And here is my take on it...
I really enjoyed working with this sketch! It's different from anything I usually do, but I like to stretch my creativity in order to grow my style. I also love using up older product. I find that it's easy to get caught up in purchasing the latest & greatest before I've even gone through what I already have. The patterned papers are from the Sassafras Lass "Whale of a Tale" line, which I think is about 5 years old, and the background paper is My Mind's Eye Meadowlark. I also used some blue alpha stickers from Bo Bunny that must be over 6 years old because I remember buying them before Santiago was born. This sketch and challenge were the perfect way to make my older product look totally current!

Now I hope you will dig into your oldest stash and use this sketch to create your own page! You have until August 29th to link it up at Scrap Our Stash for a chance to win a prize from Nani ke Ola.

My Scraps & More Sketches #89

Happy happy Friday! And since it's the third Friday of the month it's time for a new sketch at My Scraps & More Sketches.

And here's my take on it...
When I saw the sketch, the first thing that popped into my mind was a paper from Studio Calico's Lemon Lush. 
And the paper made me think of this photo of Noé and myself when we were at a 70's themed costume party. Let me tell you...I have had the picture for quite some time (the party was back in 2007) but I just have not been able to get it scrapped. Take a look at those colors we're wearing and you can clearly see my dilemma. In any other circumstance involving clashing colors in a photo, I simply print it out in black & white. But since the obnoxious colors are part of the "charm" of our 70's style costumes, I knew I needed to maintain the integrity of them. Needless to say I was thrilled that between the sketch and the paper, this layout fell into place perfectly!

I hope you are also able to find some inspiration from the sketch, and please head over to the My Scraps & More Sketches blog to see what the rest of Team A did with it.


Let's Get Sketchy August Week 2

Another Monday which means it's time for another sketch at Let's Get Sketchy...

I rotated the sketch and came up with this...
I don't usually scrap the same photo twice, but I had gotten this photo developed in both color and black & white, not knowing which I wanted to use. In the end I decided to use both...the previous layout I used it on will go in our family album for 2014, but this one will go in my "Book About Me". Several years ago I thought I would start one since I tend to scrap my kids 95% of the time, and although I've only done a handful of pages at least I'm creating some pages about me.

As always our design team has lots of inspiration for you using the sketch. I hope you will take the time to head over to the Let's Get Sketchy blog to check it out, as well as join in the fun!


Get Inspired Magazine

Have you heard the news? Get Inspired Magazine Issue 4 has gone live! You can view it here. And below are my contributions...

For this page I used a few photos of Paolina & Santiago getting ready to release their balloons to Los Tres Reyes in January of this year. For product I used mostly Bo Bunny Modern Miss, although the animal print paper is left over from a project I did with a jungle theme, and I believe I originally bought it from Hobby Lobby. I couldn't resist incorporating it since it matches Paolina's vest so perfectly. For inspiration I used a sketch by the Get Inspired Magazine's assistant editor Laura Whitaker.

This layout uses a photo of Santiago when he was 9 or 10 months old. I miss his round baby cheeks! Almost all the product I used is older...the background paper is Scribble Scrabble, the scraps are Dream Street Papers and Basic Grey Granola, the dinosaur chipboard is My Mind's Eye Abbey Road, and the title is American Crafts Thickers and Bo Bunny alpha stickers. The Studio Calico cork arrow is the only "new" item which was part of a prize I received from a Scrappy Friends challenge.

For this final layout I used a photo that Noé took of a sunset on Laguna Beach, CA, when we were there to celebrate Valentine's Day back in 2007. All of the paper is from Paper House. The doilies are Bo Bunny, the rub-ons are My Mind's Eye Laundry Line, the ampersand is American Crafts Thickers, and the chipboard words have been in my stash for so long I have no idea where they are from.

I really hope you will take the time to check out this issue of Get Inspired Magazine. The editors worked so hard to put it together, and there is so much inspiration from our amazing design team as well as the submissions from our readers. If you are interested in being published in issue five, you can get more information here.


Scrap Our Stash Guest Designer

Back in June I had the honor of having a layout chosen as a Top Pick at Scrap Our Stash. Along with this distinction I was doubly honored by being asked to guest design for them in the month of August. So here is my layout for the first challenge of the month...

Challenge #17 is to create a layout using a selfie photo and to use a premade/packaged frame from our stash. I used a selfie of myself that I took on St. Patrick's Day this year. Back before kids I usually celebrated by drinking a Guinness (or two...or three lol), but since I've had little one(s) home with me for the last six years, now I opt for just wearing  my Guinness cap. Since I created this page for Scrap Our Stash, it seemed like I ought to use as much older product & scraps as possible. My background paper is Scribble Scrabble...is that manufacturer even still in business?? And the scraps are from Basic Grey Fresh Cut, Crate Paper Love Notes and Bo Bunny Modern Miss. For the frame I dug into my stash and found a pink one from My Mind's Eye Just Dreamy 2. I cut it in half and tucked it behind the layers to give an illusion of it being much longer than it actually is.

Thank you to Scrap Our Stash for not only asking me to guest design this month, but also to make a small dent in my ridiculously large stash of scrappy product! I hope you will head over to their blog and join in with this challenge as well.