Monday, February 8, 2016

Scrapbook Challenges #470

Hello again! This is my second post of the day. If you are looking for my Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge reveal, please scroll down or go here.

I am back to share the latest sketch from Scrapbook Challenges with you! It's another fun sketch to work with!

A few weeks ago Matthew told me that he needed some photos of himself from the time he was a baby, all the way up until now, for a slide show for graduation. We spent a couple of days going through old photos to find some for him to take. While looking for them I came across a lot of old photos of him that I have not scrapped, so I kept out quite a few to start working on.

These photos were taken on August 10, 2003. That was a Sunday, so I am sure this was the last weekend before he started kindergarten the next Thursday. I guess this was the last bit of summer fun - spending a day at the pool!

I had picked up the Splash collection from Echo Park at Tuesday Morning right after Christmas for $5.99. I just love a great deal! They were the perfect papers for these photos of my cute boy!

Head on over to the Scrapbook Challenges blog  to see the layouts from the rest of the design team. I hope you find some time to play along with our challenges this month!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #146

Good Monday morning! I hope that you are having a good start to the week!

We have a new sketch posted over on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog today, and it is a fun one with lots of possibilities.

For my card I pulled out my favorite Pebbles 6x6 paper pad - Seen and Noted - and created another Valentine's Day card. Just when I think I've made my last one of these, I turn around and make another!  I just love the colors and the patterns in this collection. Teal, red, and grey is one of my favorite color combos and this collection is made up of just that.

Be sure to stop by the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog and read all the details about the challenge. I hope that you are inspired to play along with us!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I will be back soon!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Some Happy News To Share

Hello everyone! I am just popping in to share some happy news with you on this Superbowl Sunday.

I am excited to announce that I am on the design team for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge blog! This is an incredibly talented group of ladies and I am so thrilled to be working with them.

I am on Team B and my first reveal will be tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Be sure to check out their blog - Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge - they have a fantastic new sketch posted every Monday morning. Your project doesn't have to be just a card, it can be a layout or anything else, as long you use the sketch.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see my first reveal!

Friday, February 5, 2016

SBC - Sketch Crew Crush - "Kelly!"

Hi guys! Happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? I know I am!

Scrapbook Challenges has a new sketch crew crush today! Today we have a crush on Kelly!

Kelly has a clean and simple style - something that I can totally relate to - and that is our challenge to you. Create a clean and simple layout.

Here is my clean and simple layout inspired by Kelly:

Kelly's style is a lot like my own, so this layout was a quick and easy one for me. I even scraplifted this layout from Kelly from last month.

You are getting a sneak peek at the collection I am using for my use it or lose it challenge to myself for February. (I will hopefully have that post up in a day or two. I am still tweaking what I'm going to do/use.)
Head on over to the Scrapbook Challenges blog to check out the inspiration from Kelly and see how the other design team members were inspired by her style. If you want to see even more of Kelly's beautiful work, check out her blog here.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Use It Or Lose It January Wrap Up

Hello everyone! I hope that you are having a good day! I am popping in today to share my projects that are a result of my use it or lose it challenge to myself. If you've visited my blog at all over the last month you've probably seen most of these, but I thought I would take a picture or two of all of it together.

So, back in January I challenged myself to pick a paper collection from my stash and get it used up. Whatever was left would go in a donation box, or go in the trash. For January I picked Crate Paper's Love Notes collection. Here is what I started with:

All together I made 9 cards and 2 layouts.

I cut down what scraps I could into a 4x6 size and a 3x4 size for pocket style cards.
This is what I had left:
3 full sheets - the cut apart sheet will definitely be kept, and the other paper is actually the same, just showing both sides of it. I may keep one sheet of it because I know I could use it for cards if nothing else.
Here are the scraps that are left:
I will keep a few of the larger pieces to embellish my pocket style cards with, but the rest will just go in the trash.
Let me tell you, by the end of the month I was wondering why I had challenged myself to do this! I was so tired of this collection and I think I could've thrown it all in the trash without a second thought. I wasn't sure I would continue on in February. It's definitely going to be a challenge for me to stick to one collection until it is done.
Looking back I am happy with what I made and how much of the collection that I got used up. I have decided to give it another try in February, with maybe a change or two. I have a feeling I will learn a lot about my scrappy self and what does and doesn't work for me. (I am already figuring that out!) We'll see if I can stick with it for another month, or if I have to throw in the towel!
Stay tuned to see what collection I have chosen for February!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sketch Crew Crush @ SBC

Good morning everyone! I hope that you are having a good week!

We are doing things a little different at Scrapbook Challenges for the month of February. We have a new sketch posted every Monday, but every Wednesday and Friday we will have a special challenge inspired by one of our design team members!

Today is our first challenge and we have a Sketch Crew Crush on Mandi!

If you look at Mandi's pages, she always layers in a lot of layered little bits behind her photos. Check out her blog - MJ's Kraze - for more inspiration.

Our challenge to you is to be inspired by Mandi and use lots of layered bits on your layout.

Be sure to check out the SBC blog to see how the other design team members have been inspired by Mandi.

We also have a design team call going on until February 14. If you are interested, check out this post and fill out the application.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday #256

Hi guys! Happy Tuesday to you! This week is moving right along. Before we know it Valentine's Day will be here. I have one more Valentine's Day card to share with you using Crate Paper's Love Notes collection and the latest sketch from Try Stampin' - Or Not - On Tuesday.

Here's a look at the sketch:

This week we only have a sketch for you - no theme to go along with it - so, just create a card using the sketch.
For my card I used a few of the scraps that I had left of this collection. I'm glad that I challenged myself to use up this collection, and I am so glad that I am done with it!
Check out the Try Stampin' blog to see the cards from the rest of the team using this sketch. You have two weeks to play along with us, and you can link up with us either on the blog, or on our Facebook page here.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a terrific Tuesday!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Crazy For You - Use Your Stuff #209

For The Memory Nest reveal go here.
For my Sketch N Scrap reveal go here.
For my Feeling Sketchy reveal go here.

Hello again, lovelies! I am back with the new challenge from Use Your Stuff! This week Tammy is challenging us to be inspired by a love song.

There are so many love songs to choose from and I was having a hard time deciding on one. So, I googled "love songs" and found a link to the "Top 100 Love Songs Of All Time".  When I came to Madonna's Crazy For You song, I knew I had found my inspiration! What better way to tell someone that you are crazy for them, than with a Valentine!

I was able to use up some more of my scraps from Crate Paper's Love Notes Collection! I've still got another project or two to share using it, and then I am done with it!

Please stop by the Use Your Stuff blog and see the projects from the rest of the team. I hope that you are inspired to play along with our inspired by a love song challenge!

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

Feeling Sketchy #138

For The Memory Nest reveal - go here.
For my Sketch N Scrap reveal - go here.

Hello! I am back again with my third post of the day. Feeling Sketchy has a new sketch posted for you today, and if you love circles like I do, then you will love this sketch!

I chose to keep my card the standard A2 size instead of making it a long skinny card. I think this sketch works well either way.

We've been having some beautiful weather the last couple of days, and that put me in the mood for a bright, cheery card. I have several friends that are going through some hard times with health problems right now, and I hope that this card will help to brighten one of their days.

I used Pebbles Happy Day 6x6 paper pad. The colors in this collection just make me happy!

Head on over to the Feeling Sketchy blog to see the projects from the rest of the design team and to read more about our sponsor Crafty Sentiments Designs. I hope that you are inspired to play along with us!

I have a couple more projects to share with you today, so come back soon!

Sketch N Scrap #98

Hello everyone! I am back with my second post of the day. Today is going to be a busy day on my blog. Not only is it Monday, but it's the first as well, and that means lots of design team projects! If you are looking for my Memory Nest reveal, please scroll down or go here.

I have a fun new sketch from Sketch N Scrap to share with you today. This sketch is courtesy of the talented Heather Hall.

A Christmas layout in February?! Usually by this time I am so done with anything related to Christmas, but I haven't had a chance to scrap many photos from this past Christmas, and I thought this sketch was perfect for these photos of Abby, Shawn, and Ada.

I was getting the camera set up to take a family photo of us, and Abby was trying to get Ada dressed for the ornament exchange. I snapped these photos of Ada with her Mommy and her Daddy, and then I had to include their family photo. They are such a cute family!

I used KaiserCraft's Holly Jolly collection. The colors in the papers matched their outfits perfectly! The center paper was actually a die cut paper with a scalloped edge. I loved the scalloped edge, but went ahead and cut it down to fit my layout.

Check out the Sketch N Scrap blog to see the layouts from the rest of the design team.

I will be back soon with another project, so stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by!