Monday, March 10, 2014

Color Splash

This week's Simple Sketch inspired a fun Spring layout at the end of winter. Nice to use such joyful colors.



And my joyful take on it.

The kraft cut out is from a Cricut Cartidge from Close to my Heart called "Artbooking."
It's my favorite!!!
The papers and chipboard are American Crafts "Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm" collection.
They make me smile.


Add your own take on this sketch here:
http://simplesketches.blogspot.com/2014/02/simple-sketches-25.html

Saturday, February 1, 2014

They can't all be winners

Despite having plenty of time to scrap, sometimes we just don't have the inspiration or the "mojo." What's that about? When you have a deadline on a Design Team, it really doesn't matter if you want to scrap, you just have to plug through. Today was that time.

Here is the sketch I was assigned. A perfectly good design...but it just didn't resonate with me on this day.
So I scrapped it using some pics the Florida Travels 2011pictures I'm working on.
First, with a green background that said nature and went with the color of the fruit while adding in some homemade painted paper I made using a gelli plate. Simple but it just didn't sing to me. Might also be that I'm not a huge fan of green.
Since I wasn't impressed (but was done with it), I tried again to work with the sketch and choose some pictures that I liked more, hoping they would give me that happy feeling. I love Christmas Gingerbread houses and we were able to go through a BIG one. 
So I like this one better and it actually highlights the negative space a bit more which I liked, but it only felt half way there. And then I remembered- they can't all be winners. Sometimes, good enough is good enough. Hopefully next week when I'm scrapping, I'll be in a better mood. By the way, I'm coming down with a cold. Can you tell from my attitude? 


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Simple Sketches

I have been cranking out pages. It helps that I have some local friends who want to get together weekly to craft plus a church group who gathers once a month. Throw in that I'm a speedy scrapper and I'm creating more pages than I can keep up with! A fine problem to have.

Here are some recent sketches from Simple Sketches and my take on them.

Simple Sketch #19
Croquet in Florid
Croquet- I went really simple with this page. I loved the design with the clever little inchies along the sides. It didn't need much as the design was interested enough without fussing it up with too much. Plus I got to use up some really old papers in my stash and that always makes me H-A-P-P-Y!



Still in the travel theme, I then got the assignment to create a sketch that had a sun ray on it. I adore sun rays on pages and have made a couple recently that really pleased me. So I printed some small summer pics (perfect for sunshine) but when I created the page, the sun rays didn't work. I used a background I created with paint, brayer, gelli plate and template. And I used a HUGE accordion flower that I had made as party decor previously. I then laid transparent letters over the accordion folds. 
Simple Sketch 21






Summer at Grandpa's






Check out other people's takes on these simple sketches
http://simplesketches.blogspot.com/2014/01/simple-sketches-21.html

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sketch Diggity

Check out the great sketches over at Simple Sketches.

My Son's professional portraits from his swim team along with a ribbon her won. Go Piranhas!

I usually start and finish a page on the same day. This one sat and sat with the pics and squares laid out. Then I got the cork arrows and stitched tags in a page kit from The Scrap-Room and the page came together. 



I adore this sketch and will use it again with more white space. But I still like how this page came out, with the country warmth of the burlap mat and and stitched on gingham. 
My son created this rectangle with tissue paper and his cut out photo at VBS. Using the sketch from Simple Sketches I was able to save it in his scrapbook. 


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Going green

The fun part of this page, in my opinion is definitely the textured, colored background. I used molding paste and a rough diamond mask to create a raised texture on scrap paper. Then I went to town with colored mist- light green, dark green, brown and some turquoise. When I created this background, I had no pictures or page planned for it. I just created for the sake of trying something new.

Then I got a sketch assignment from Simple Sketches. I wanted these "dressy" pictures of my hubby and I dressed up for a wedding in San Francisco to work with it. I pulled some "fancy" papers and tried to force it. I happened to be at a crop with my friend Sonia who informed me it wasn't working and to use the papers she happened to be working with at the time. Here scraps of paper, my pre-made textured-colored background and these photos worked together.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ups and Downs

Simple Sketches put out a sketch that had 3 up, 3 down with a combo of 3 pics and 3 decorative tags.
When I started to scrap it, my design went towards clean and simple. I used some die cuts I bought for a bargain at the recent scrapbook flea market.

Here's the sketch:


Here's my take on it:


One item of note, the page is about us viewing the sea lions at Pier 39, a San Francisco tradition. The bottom die cut is a sea otter - also adorable and precious and in the area but NOT a sea lion. I was aware of this when I put it on the page, but although not accurate, it worked aesthetically and well, I like it.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Christmas time anytime

On a discussion board, someone mentioned they have a mental block to scrapping Christmas pictures.  I get it. Christmas to me is such an important holiday- the embodiment of my faith, family, generosity, good will. There is pressure to scrap those pictures JUST right. And I take soooo many on Christmas. But alas, I recently challenged myself to get all of 2010 photos done and those pesky, wonderful Christmas pictures need to be scrapped.

So I used the sketch #5 from Simple Sketches to capture the joy.

Tilting the vertical elements really added a playful touch to the page. 
I used a textured paper for the center strip that was pre-sewn with curly stitches. Then I added some older Basic Grey Figgy Pudding paper (which likely came out around when these photos were taken). 
Simply Sweet!