Saturday, 27 August 2016

Scrap Our Stash August 2016 Sketch + 3 Challenge #41 Reveal

Hello, scrappy friends! Today's the day I reveal my take on Scrap Our Stash's August 2016 Sketch + 3 Challenge #41. Here's the Brenda Ragsdale sketch:


And here's what I came up with:


I went to a crop a month or so ago and brought this sweet pic of Éloïse and her Pépére (my father) and the Basic Grey J'adore collection. However, I never got to start a layout for this photo while I was there and the collection along with the pic were lingering on my scrappy table ever since. When I saw, Brenda's sketch, I thought to myself, there you go. I just had to wait for the right starting piece of inspiration! Thanks, Brenda! ;)

Set on a piece of Carta Bella's Rustic Elegance patterned paper, I layered a ton of elements from the Basic Grey J'adore collection - 12X12 and 6X6 patterned papers, die-cut cardstock and transparency pieces, chipboard stickers, stickers and alphas. I also added some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, a hand-stitched title using an American Crafts stitching template and some DMC floss, Queen & Co. washi tape, Stampin' Up vellum, a Prima tag, and finally random brads and a clothespin I found in my stash. See the three items from each challenge list provided? You got it - vellum, washi tape and the letter X (stitched one and on one of those brads!).

Hope you're inspired to start those layouts you've been telling yourselves you'd get to one day. And if you upload your own layout inspired by this challenge over on the SOS blog, you'll get a chance to win some sweet, scrappy loot! For more information about this challenge, please hop along right over here.

Happy scrapping!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Stuck?! Sketches: August 15th 2016 Sketch and Reveal

Hello, again! It's Stuck?! Sketches second monthly reveal today and I am SO excited to tell you all about it. Now, we can always count on Laura Whitaker for some great sketchy inspiration, but I am particularly in love with today's sketch. Here it is:


This is such a versatile sketch, it's not even funny! Hee!Hee! No, but seriously, isn't it amazing? L-O-V-E it! Here's what I created:


And OMG! Not one piece of Basic Grey on this layout! I know! It's a scrappy miracle for me! Hee!Hee! Set on a piece of Crate Paper's Storybook collection patterned paper, I then layered patterned paper pieces of Echo Park's Paper & Glue and Little Boy collections under one of my most recent pics of my son during his most recent science fair experiments. I also layered a piece of Bella Blvd alpha transparency to tone down the orange paper piece as well as some Magenta mesh and some random industrial mesh I received from a scrappy friend - thanks Isabelle E... or was it Cecile.. ;) In any case, I do believe we all have some of it in our stashes. Hee!Hee! There's also some pieces of random cardboard boxes I saved for a scrappy day, some splats of Heidi Swapp mist, Studio Calico wood veneer stars, a Heidi Swapp sentiment sticker, alphas by American Crafts and Echo Park, Echo Park stickers, a Maya Road arrow clip, stamping using a Close to My Heart stamp and Versamark ink, and of course, come stitching using a Bazzill Basics circular stitching template and some DMC floss. Just love how this all turned out. So scientific if I do say so myself. Hee!Hee!

Want to see what the other design team members came up with? Hop along right over here and be prepared to be inspired! And when you link your own design based on today's sketch over on the Stuck? Sketches blog, you'll get the chance to win some fabulous scrappy loot from these amazing sponsors: Lindy's and Evalicious. YAY!

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Scrap Our Stash August 2016 Book Inspired Stash Challenge #41 Reveal

Hello, hello! Today's the day I reveal my take on Scrap our Stash's August 2016 Book Inspired Stash Challenge #41. Here's the challenge:

And here's my interpretation:


As soon as I saw the book cover in this challenge, it immediately made me think of Basic Grey's Out of Print collection, c. 2011. The color scheme, the fonts included in the background - it's all there. Set on a Bazzill Basics piece of cardstock, I created a grid with nine different patterned papers. I then layered this sweet pic of my sister's sweet dog on some Magic Mesh and Fancy Pants' flocked transparency pieces. Then, the real fun began. I began layering embellishments around the photo. You'll find some stickers and alphas from the collection along with some label pieces and that super sweet glittered bow paper clip (stapled on with some Making Memories staples) all by Heidi Swapp, Basic Grey rubons, a Studio Calico wood veneer arrow, an Amy Tangerine by American Crafts metal flair, splats of Glimmer Glaze by Tattered Angels, and some random buttons. However, what really brings this layout together is that stitched square around the perimeter of the page using a Crafter's Workshop stitching template and some DMC floss. On it, I stitched some punched hearts using a few Stampin' Up punches and a piece of coordinating My Mind's Eye patterned paper and a piece from the mentioned BG collection. Sketch by Becky Fleck over at PageMaps.

Hope I inspired you to see those products you've had in your stages for ages now in a totally new light. Head over to SOS' blog right here for tons more inspiration for this awesome challenge. And if you upload your own layout inspired by this challenge over on the SOS blog, you'll get a chance to win some sweet, scrappy loot! For more information about this layout, please hop along right over here.

Happy scrapping!

Monday, 1 August 2016

Stuck?! Sketches: August 1st 2016 Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! It's reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches where the amazing Laura Whitaker has done it again - designed a brand new, fabulous sketch for us all! Here it is:


Isn't it fantastic? I just love it! Here's my take on it:


I don't know what's going on, but ever since Basic Grey announced that they wouldn't be releasing any new scrapbooking products, that's practically all I've been scrapping with! Weird! Anyway, this layout is no different. Set on a BG Little Black Dress piece of patterned paper, I then orbited most of my attention on incorporating items from BG's Serenade collection on it - patterned papers (both 12X12 and 6X6), a chiffon flower, an eclectic button, stickers, alphas, and garland. I also added BG metal studs, a Maya Road clip, a Freckled Fawn wood veneer word arrow, American Craft alphas (isn't that L-O-V-E so perfect for the color scheme?), Magic Mesh, and some hand stitching using a Close to My Heart stitching template and some DMC floss. Oh! And that leaf button stuck between the chiffon flower and the eclectic button? A gift from a scrappy friend - thanks, Stampy Pam! ;) Photo by Philippe Dumas.

Want to see what the other design team members came up with? Hop along right over here and be prepared to be inspired! And when you link your own design based on today's sketch over on the Stuck? Sketches blog, you'll get the chance to win some fabulous scrappy loot from these amazing sponsors: Scrapmatts and Scrapbook Circle. YAY!

Happy scrapping!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Scrap Our Stash July 2016 Sketch + 3 Challenge #40 Reveal

Hello, everyone! So excited to reveal my interpretation of Scrap Our Stash's Sketch #40 by Rochelle Spears. And what's fun about this monthly sketch challenge is that there's always a twist - to make sure to use one item from each list provided. See?


And here's my take:


Now, I dug deep into my stash for this layout... Any ideas where those products come from? Let's go back to 2009, when Crate Paper came out with this fun Christmas line. Remember? Yes! It's Crate Paper's North Pole collection!! I've been hoarding that collection since it first came out. Imagine! With that cute pic of my sweet daugther, Éloïse, it was the perfect time to use it, don't you think? Patterned papers, brads, rubons, die-cuts, chipboard pieces and sticker elements - the sky was the limit with this collection matched with Rochelle's sketch. Set on a a 12X12 piece of Close to My Heart cardstock, I also used some Prima and October Afternoon alphas as well as some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze. And that stitched title? I used an old Bazzill Basics alpha stitching template along with some good ol' DMC floss - two strands instead of my usual single strand hand-stitching. Oh! And what elements did I use from the three lists? A Maya Road star stick pin, Stampin' Up baker's twine and journalling using a Uniball Pen.

Hope you're inspired to start using those collections and items you've had in your scrappy stash for the longest time. And if you upload your own layout inspired by this challenge over on the SOS blog, you'll get a chance to win some sweet, scrappy loot! For more information about this challenge, please hop along right over here.

Happy scrapping!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Stuck?! Sketches: July 15th 2016 Sketch and Reveal

Hello, everyone! It's reveal day over at Stuck?! Sketches! Here's the brand new Laura Whitaker sketch just for you:


And here's my interpretation:


Once again, I turned to my Basic Grey stash for this layout - the Persimmon collection to be exact. And tons of it, too - patterned papers (both 12X12 and 6X6), mixed brads, label stickers, die-cut shapes, and alphas. I also added Echo Park stickers, a Maya Road metal camera embellishments, Studio Calico wood veneer shapes, American Craft cork alphas, Stampin' Up cardstock, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, and hand-stitching using a Bazzill Basics stitching template and some DMC floss. Photos by Philippe Dumas.

Want to see what the other design team members came up with? Hop along right over here and be prepared to be inspired! And when you link your own design based on today's sketch over on the Stuck? Sketches blog, you'll get the chance to win some fabulous scrappy loot from these amazing sponsors: DCWV and Creative Embellisments. YAY!

Happy scrapping!

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Scrap Our Stash July 2016 Book Inspired Stash Challenge #40 Reveal

Hello, everyone! I'm SO excited to share my very first Scrap Our Stash (SOS) reveal with you all!! Today, I get to share my take on SOS' July 2016 Book Inspired Stash Challenge. Here it is:


And here's my take on it:


As soon as I saw this book cover challenge, my eye was immediately drawn to one thing - the color scheme. It brought me way back to my early days of scrapbooking and to a specific Basic Grey collection, Kioshi (c. 2009). Remember that one? ;) And for me, playing with at least 5 different patterned papers was right up my alley. Layering is actually one of my favorite scrappy things to do! How many pieces do I have on this layout? Let me count for you... 1, 2, 3... Wowzers! A whole whopping NINE!! I not only coordinated the Basic Grey patterned papers, but I also added a few other pieces by My Mind's Eye and Ruby Rock-It. And that piece of ruled paper? I've had that in my stash from my very first years of scrapbooking, but I have no idea who manufactured it. Would L-O-V-E to find some more, though... Hee!Hee! ;) What else did I add on my layout? A Stampin' Up corduroy button (my round embellishment for this challenge!), puffy stickers and alphas from Basic Grey's Kioshi collection, title elements by Jillibean Soup (I lightly painted that one with some Shimmerz Dazzlerz) and American Crafts, a heart-shaped wood veneer piece by Studio Calico, Making Memory staples, ink splats using Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, and good ol' fashioned hand-stitching using a Bazzill Basic stitching template and some DMC floss. And finally, I couldn't help but adding the title of the book as part of my journalling for my sweet girl - "Oh, the places you'll go!" Indeed.

Hope I inspired you to dig deep in your stashes to finds some true treasures to use for this challenge. Head over to SOS' blog for tons more inspiration for this awesome challenge. And if you upload your own layout inspired by this challenge over on the SOS blog, you'll get a chance to win some sweet, scrappy loot! For more information about this layout, please hop along right over here.

Happy scrapping!