Happy Wednesday! Today I want to share a page I did using the April 1st sketch from ScrapMuch? It's seriously hard to find good two-page sketches, but Laura Whitaker and Becky Fleck (PageMaps) nail it every time.

I changed up the number of photos but pretty much stayed true to the sketch...

These photos are from Halloween 2012. Check out that awesome title...it's a custom diecut. Photos don't do justice to how amazing it is in real life. If you're looking for super good-quality diecuts I encourage you to check out my friend's etsy shop The Dancing Daisy. I can't recommend her work enough!

Thanks so much for looking...have a great day!


Sketches in Thyme

Happy Monday all! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Are you ready for some scrappy inspiration this week? My sketch is up at Sketches in Thyme and I would love for you to join in the fun...

You have until April 30th to link up your take on the sketch for a chance at an awesome prize! Happy scrapping!


Stuck?! Sketches

Happy Friday everyone! Do you have scrappy plans for the weekend? If so, then please check out the April 15th sketch from Stuck?! Sketches...

And here's how I used it...

For this page I used a photo of Santiago and Paolina with the Easter Bunny when we went to an Easter Egg Hunt at a local church last year.

I thought the background paper, which is from the Dear Lizzy Serendipity line, was perfect with the colors in Paolina's outfit. I faded the center out a bit with some gesso, and then I used the packaging technique with my gelatos to get a bit of a watercolor effect peeking out from behind the layers of paper. I also took a watercolor brush and splattered a bit of the paint around the layout. Since I don't have a sewing machine, I just did some handstitching. Most of the layers and fussy-cut embellishments are also papers from the Dear Lizzy Serendipity line, but the glittery pink & turquoise circular/floral paper is a scrap from an older SEI line. I think it might have been a birthday-themed line?

Thanks so much for looking. I really encourage you to head over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog to check out what the rest of our Creative Team did with the April 15th sketch. And we would love for you to join as well! Make sure you link up by April 29th for a chance to win our monthly prize.


Scrappy Friends

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope you're enjoying your day. We have some fabulous weather here so we've been getting some yard/pool work done. And now that those chores are done I just wanted to pop in and share a layout I put together last night. I was inspired by the April challenge at Scrappy Friends that was just posted yesterday.

I loved all three of the sketches and had a difficult time deciding which to use! But in the end I was especially drawn to the unique design of the sketch on the lower left, and I set to work...

Along with using one of the sketches I also used Rochelle's "This or That" challenge.

I did a little thinking outside of the box for this one. I didn't see a place in the design of my layout for me to use an entire "card" so I decided to fussy cut two Project Life cards. I used one as an element in the top right corner (the "hello there" speech bubble"), and I used the other as the title (Star Student). I was very glad for this challenge as I have quite the stash of PL cards that have come with paper pads or kits. Since I don't do Project Life style scrapbooking it was helpful for me to find a creative way to use them on a traditional page.

Thanks for looking and enjoy your weekend!


Stuck?! Sketches

Happy Friday and Happy April Fools Day! Have any of you fallen prey to jokes or pranks today? I thought for sure my son would get me this morning...seven-year old boys love that kind of thing. But I guess he just forgot about it. Of course the day is not over so I suppose I had better keep an eye on him after I pick him up from school!

On a "serious" note I am super excited to share with everyone my first layout as a Creative Team member over at Stuck?! Sketches. Here is the fabulous sketch I had to work with...

And my take on it...

Instead of using two photos, I decided to use a single picture from our family photo shoot at Crystal Cove Beach, California, back in 2011.

I got pretty messy with the background. First I covered the entire paper with clear gesso. Then I used the packaging technique with my gelatos for a watercolor effect, Over that I used some white acrylic paint with a stencil by The Crafters Workshop. I finished it off with splattering some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Heidi Swapp Color Shine. I created the layers behind the photos with lots of scraps from my stash...Basic Grey Kioshi and some older 7Gypsies papers.

I decided to move the embellishment cluster that's on the right side of the sketch to the opposite side for my page. The little chipboard clock is Prima, both of the dimensional butterflies are K & Company, the doily is from Hobby Lobby and the alphas are American Crafts Thickers.

I really hope that you will take the time to head over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog. We have such a talented team, and I would love for you to see what they have all created with the April 1st sketch. We would also love for you to join in by linking your layout over in the blog's sidebar. You will have until April 29th to link up for a chance at winning one of our randomly drawn prizes.

Thanks so much for looking!