Monday, September 1, 2014

Scrapbook Generation September Blog Hop


Good morning and welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for September. I hope you all are enjoying this long Labor Day weekend. You should have made your way here from Lori's beautiful blog.  If this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link.

 I have chosen to use the free double page sketch from the June edition of Create magazine for my layout. You can download a copy of this sketch here.

My granddaughter turned 8 months old on July 30 and I got a little carried away taking pictures of her. Can you blame me? She is pretty darn cute and lucky for me, she is a pretty willing subject, at least for now! This sketch was perfect for me to get quite a few photos on one layout.

I am still working on my 50 projects, (I'm almost there - this is 42 of 50!) so I went through my stash, and mostly my scraps, to make this layout. I used some old Jillibean Soup, Echo Park, Cosmo Cricket, Fancy Pants, and Close To My Heart papers. I wish I could say that it looks like I'm making a dent in my stash, but I have a lot of paper!

You can find the Scrapbook Generations sketches in their books and as downloads in the Scrapbook Generation store. There are four free sketches every month in case you want to try one out.

Next on the hop is Katy.  Check out her blog to see her beautiful creation and be sure to leave a comment on each blog. One lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store.

The winner will be drawn on Monday, September 8th which leaves you one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Scrapbook Generation blog -
Steffanie -
Ruth -
Cassie -
Devra -
TinaGale -
Lori -
Lori S - are here!
Katy Taylor -
Cicily -
Corrina -

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Destined To Be A Gamer Girl {32/50}

Hello again! I am back to share the first of several layouts over the next few days in my quest to catch up posting my 50 Projects progress! First up is this layout of my sweet Ada with her Pops:

I can't believe that I used a "boy's" collection for a page about my granddaughter! But, these papers from the Boy's Rule collection by Crate Paper were perfect for this photo of Ada with Pops - checking out the PS4 controller.

Ada loves anything that her Pops loves, so of course, she is going to love video games. Like I say in my journaling - With a Mom & Dad, Grandpa, and 2 uncles that love to play video games, one thing is for sure - Ada is destined to be a gamer girl!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back soon!

50 Projects Progress Report

This last part of summer has gotten pretty busy around here and time has just seemed to fly by. It doesn't seem possible that summer is the same as over, especially since we are just now experiencing our hottest days of the season. The boys have been back to school for 2 1/2 weeks now and it has been hard getting back into the old routine.

Things have been busy, but I have been working diligently on my 50 projects, I just haven't had the extra time to get them posted. This process has been slow going, and I hope that my next round will go a little faster! Since my last post, I have made 22 projects - 11 cards and 11 layouts. Over the next few days I plan on getting caught up with posting these projects, starting with the cards. 3 of my cards I will not be able to share as I sent them off before I remembered to take a picture, and the other 8 are for my Christmas in July challenge. Sadly, I only got 8 of 31 cards made for this, but that's 8 more than I had at the beginning of July!

I was able to use up quite a bit of my stash of Christmas goodies on these cards, so I plan on buying some new Christmas papers for this year!

I think this little angel card may just be my favorite! She has been in my stash for years, and I am so happy to finally get her used on a project.

So, there you have it. We'll call these projects #21-31/50 projects (that includes the 3 that I am unable to show). In the coming days I will be posting the layouts that I have made, until I am all caught up again.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 11, 2014

CMS #65 - First Fourth {20/50}

Good Friday morning! I can't believe that it's already the weekend! I have a layout of the super cute Miss Ada to share with you today. We celebrated the 4th of July on the 5th this year at  Jenny and Art's with a bar-b-que, fireworks and homemade ice cream - Yum! Before we left for the party I took some photos of Ada in her red, white and blue. She's such a big girl now sitting up all on her own! I couldn't wait to get these photos back and to make a layout with them.

Supplies used - Patterned Paper - Bella Blvd. All American, Stamps - Autumn Leaves - flourishes and stars, Close To My Heart - D1320 Shining Star, Ink - Stampin Up - Real Red, Close To My Heart - Outdoor Denim, Alphas - First - Doodlebug Designs, Fourth - Wallflower - Sizzix, Die cuts - Scalloped Circle - Sizzix, Circle - Spellbinders, gems.

Color Me Scrappy had the perfect color combo to use for this layout. Along with the color challenge, you needed to highlight a celebration. I figured Ada celebrating her first 4th of July was the perfect celebration!

 Here's a look at the color challenge if you want to play along:

I've made it to 20 projects so far - almost half way there!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll leave you with a few more pictures of Ada.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pizza Boy and Fantastic Four

Good morning! I am back today with a couple of layouts I made during Inspired to Scrap's June Weekend Warriors class. I love Stacey's sketches and even though I didn't get to all of them during class, I have them printed off for future layouts.

Both of these layouts feature photos of my boys way back when they were little things. I've had these photos on my desk for about the last 6 months just waiting to be scrapped.

This first layout is of Shane in 2004. We had just gotten home from preschool and while I was getting things put away, he helped himself to some cold pizza from the fridge. This might not be a big deal for most people, but this was the first time Shane had done anything like this.

I have such a hard time using patterned paper for my base. I love it when I see other layouts using it, but I just feel like it looks busy. But, I am trying to mix things up a bit and try new things and who knows - if I start using it for a base more often, maybe I'll get used to it!

I used some of Echo Park's Scoot collection for this layout. I love those primary colors!

My second layout is of Matthew on his 4th birthday. It took me 12 years, but I finally got them scrapped - at least part of them. I still have pictures of him opening his presents that will go on another layout.

I used Crate Paper's Party Day collection - that I have been hoarding for a while now. I don't know why I am hoarding it because, not only do I have several pieces that I bought at the scrapbook store, but I also picked up the paper pad of the entire collection at Hobby Lobby a while back - so it needs to be used! Thank goodness the majority of the papers are generic and can be used for layouts other than birthday layouts!

There you have it - projects 18&19 of my first round of 50! Stay tuned for a summertime layout of my adorable granddaughter from the 4th of July, and the first card of my Christmas in July card challenges.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Playing Catch Up

Oh my goodness! I can't believe how far behind I am with posting my 50 Projects progress. This summer has been way too busy! I hope it slows down just a bit, because it will be "back to school" time before we know it.

In order to get caught up on posting my projects, I am going to do one post with all of the cards I have made the last couple of weeks. There's not that many, but I'd rather do them all at once or they may never get posted.

My first card {13/50} is based off of this sketch from Try Stampin' On Tuesday:

And here is my take on it:

I used the super cute Pink Paislee Pen Pals 6x6 paper pad and the ephemera pack for this card and I love the way it turned out!

Next is a summer card I made for one of the weekly prompts at Scrappin -N- Chattin', which was to make a summertime card. {14/50}

I'm not thrilled with this one, but I did get to use up some Doodlebug paper and stickers that have been in my stash for ages.

My next two cards {15 and 16/50} are patriotic cards. The 4th of July is my favorite holiday, so it's always fun for me to make a couple of cards for this holiday.


And my last card {17/50} I have to share today was for another prompt at Scrappin -N- Chattin.

I am not a fan of this card, either, but I think it's because it's colors are a bit more muted than what I like to work with.

That is it for now. I have a few layouts to share before I am completely caught up, but I'll save that for another post! I have also joined in Scrappin -N- Chattin's Christmas in July card challenge again this year - which I am horribly behind on already - so hopefully I'll have a few Christmas cards to share in the coming weeks.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Backyard Golf {12/50}

Good afternoon! Two posts in one day...I am on a role!

Inspired to Scrap is having another Weekend Warriors sketch class this weekend. $5 gets you access to the class section of the board where you will find great tips and techniques and a total of 7 new sketches. Of course there is a ton of great inspiration from the other class members, too, and did I mention there is an awesome prize?! Things got started yesterday with a pre class sketch, and I actually found some time to get it done!

Supplies used - Patterned paper - grey grid - My Mind's Eye, green stars - Crate Paper, blue dot - Echo Park, enamel dots - Doodlebug Designs, Alphas - EK Success - Golf, EK Success stamps - backyard, Chevron stamps - Sassafrass Lass, border punch - Fiskars.

I really, really, really love  the sketch and I'm sure it's one I will use again. I've had these old pictures of Matthew laying on my desk forever. I think I've had them out for the last two classes and they just didn't make it onto a page. Matthew was 5 in these photos, so yeah, time to get them scrapped!

I used up more papers from my stash and scraps and I even dusted off the chevron stamp and put it to use, too!

Have a great day and until next time!

Ada & Trigger {11/50}

Summer has definitely arrived around here. Temps staying right around 90 and the nice, bright sunshine...I love summer! And those hot days are great for staying inside where it's nice and cool and scrapping!

Things have been pretty busy around here this past week with my birthday and then Father's day being celebrated - throw in keeping Ada over night on Friday and it seems like time is flying by! I do have a layout to share today. I have had this sketch from Let's Get Sketchy printed off for over a week now and I finally got to put it to use. Here is the sketch:

And my take on it:

Supplies used - Patterned Paper - green dot - Echo Park, orange dot - CTMH, Alpha stickers - Thickers, Cat die cuts and stickers - Simple Stories, tab stamp - Take Ten Kits.

I used some pictures of Ada "petting" her kitty Trigger. She's really pretty good with the little fur ball, but once in a while she'll grab a handful of fur and pull! When I first saw the pictures, the Soft Kitty song from The Big Bang Theory popped in my head, so I had to add that, too!

I am up to project #11 of my 50 Projects! It's been slow going, but I'm getting there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Thinking Of You LCOM #75 - Card

Good Monday morning! I came across this sketch this weekend over at the LCOM blog and knew that I wanted to make a card using it, so I pulled out one of my favorite 6x6 paper pads from Pebbles and got to work.

This is what I came up with:
supplies used - Patterned Paper - Pebbles - Front Porch 6x6 pad, wood butterfly - Recollections, scalloped border punch - EK Success, sentiment stamp - Hero Arts, charcoal chalk ink.

And while I had my scraps out on my desk I made a couple of filler cards for my Project Life album.

I even based one of my cards off of the card sketch. Love how these turned out!

Be sure to stop by the LCOM blog and check out their beautiful creations. They also have a great layout sketch that I hope to use before the end of the month.

I am also linking this up over at The Memory Nest for their Crafty Creations #19.

I have made it to project #10 of 50 Projects!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Project #9 - Ada

Cookin' Up Creations is turning 5 and they are celebrating their birthday all month long. That means a new challenge posted every day. This morning I finally got a chance to play along with their first challenge which was a sketch and color challenge.

Here is the sketch:

And the color scheme:

And my layout:
Supplies Used - Pattern Paper - October Afternoon, Alphas - American Crafts Thickers, Flags - DCWV, "Cute" sticker - Michaels, heart punches - Martha Stewart - small, Marvy Uchida - mini.

I always struggle with color challenges because I want the colors to match exactly - that's just me. The colors on these papers are pretty muted compared to the brights, but I do have a blue, pink, green, yellow and orange on there! I used some of the Cakewalk collection from October Afternoon that I'd won some time last year.

That's it for today - thanks for stopping by!