7.01.2016

Stuck?! Sketches

Happy Friday! I can't believe it's already July...our summer has really been flying by! I haven't had as much time as I would like to scrapbook, but I've been having fun with the kids swimming in the pool, doing crafts and teaching them to do some cooking & baking. We've also had a dear friend, who is moving to our area, stay with us while he found a house and as he waits for the movers to arrive. Good times!

Maybe some of you are having a less hectic summer and are itching to get busy in your craft area. Lucky for you, Stuck?! Sketches has a brand new sketch up on the blog to provide you with some scrappy inspiration...


And here is my interpretation...


When I saw this sketch I immediately thought of a filmstrip diecut that my mom cut for me a few years ago with one of her diecutting machines. For what ever reason I have been hoarding it, but this sketch made me decide to finally put it to use. I've also been hoarding that cute little tricycle embellishment ever since we bought Santiago his trike. And as you can see by the date on the layout, that means it's been in my stash for about five years. Seriously, am I the only one who has such horrible hoarding tendencies with my scrapbooking supplies? The rest of my life does not reflect that...I'm constantly purging and giving to charity, selling or throwing away. But those scrappy goodies just accumulate. I digress...

Back to the awesome sketch! As you can see you are not constricted to using all photos. I replaced the line of three small photos with the filmstrip diecut. If you would like to see more inspiration as to how to use the sketch, I encourage you to check out the Stuck?! Sketches blog. I also hope you will decide to join in. If you link up your layout by July 29th you will have an opportunity to win an amazing prize from this month's sponsor.

Thanks for looking...have a fabulous weekend!



6.15.2016

Stuck?! Sketches

Happy Wednesday! I know it's not officially summer yet, but for a lot of us it is summer break from school. I hope yours is going well so far. Ours has been a bit busy these first two weeks because the kids have a day camp and then evening swim lessons, but next week the swim lessons are done so I'm hoping for life to slow down just a little bit! I've barely had any time to get any scrapbooking done...maybe two layouts in the last ten days. So sad. Maybe you're more free than I am to scrapbook. In which case, you will be delighted that Stuck?! Sketches has a brand new sketch up on the blog...



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

I stayed pretty true to the actual sketch. I had this series of small photos that I've been wanting to get onto a layout for awhile, so it was really perfect for them!

Please take a moment to head over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and check out what the rest of our Creative Team did with the sketch. I'm sure you will find tons of inspiration to create your own layout. Just make sure you link up to the blog by June 29th for a chance at an awesome prize.




6.01.2016

Stuck?! Sketches

Happy Wednesday. Can you believe it's the first day of June? Where has the year gone? And where has the school year gone? The next two days my kids have early release and then tomorrow is the last day of school!

While my scrappy time is more limited when the kids are home for breaks, I know that some people have more time over the summer. Do you fall into that category? Well then here is a brand new sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for you to get your creative juices flowing...


And my take on it...


Speaking of summer, this photo was taken last summer. I don't remember what we had been doing, but I'm pretty sure we had all been out and about staying busy. When we got home Noé said he was going to take a nap and asked Paolina to join him. She lay down on his chest with an impish little grin, pretending to sleep, but then about 5 minutes later they were both down for the count. I couldn't resist getting a photo of them...such a super cute picture!

I hope you take the time to head over to the Stuck?! Sketches! blog. Our creative team has some awesome inspiration for you. And while you're there, check out the info about how you can win a prize for linking up your own layout!


5.15.2016

Stuck?! Sketches

Happy Sunday everyone! Who's ready for a new sketch to play with this? If so, please check out the May 15th sketch from Stuck?! Sketches...


Here's what I did with it...

I had a lot of fun with this page. The photos are my favorite part...they are pictures of Paolina a few weeks after she had turned one, completely buried in all of the kids' stuffed animals. At first all you could see was her face, but then she popped up and said "Boo!"

I had fun working with the sketch too. At first I looked at the circle elements, which is an aspect of the design that I love, but I wondered how I could achieve a similar effect since the only electronic cutting machine I have is a basic Cricut, Then I had an "Ah hah!" moment when I remembered my stash of KI Memories lace cardstock. I found a sheet of white hearts, used some of my Glimmer Mists to make it a coordinating shade of pink, and then trimmed it down to the desired size. I also did some minimal mixed media work on the background paper...just a little gesso to tone down the busy pattern and then some ink splatters. Normally I don't gravitate towards pastel color schemes, but I like that this paper had a few pops of bright pink mixed in, and it really went perfectly with the colors in the photos.

I hope this gave you some inspiration. For tons more, please head over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog to see how our talented Creative Team interpreted this amazing sketch. Don't forget that if you play along and link up your page by May 29th, you will have a chance at an awesome prize.

Hope you have a great week!



5.10.2016

National Scrapbooking Day

Happy Tuesday! Did anyone get an opportunity to scrapbook on National Scrapbooking Day? I wasn't able to get a lot done on Saturday, but between then and yesterday I completed a lot of challenges that were floating around. Today I'm going to share with you the page I made for the combined Scrap Our Stash and The ScrapRoom challenge.

The SOS portion of the challenge was to use a pre-selected stash item from each of the letters in the word STASH. For this page I chose Sequins, (Washi) Tape, Arrow, Striped Print and Hashtag. The ScrapRoom part of the challenge was to choose from five sketches. I chose this one...


Thanks so much for looking.