Thursday, July 3, 2014

Models - another layout with Balloon Ride

Today's layout has a lot in common with the one I shared on Tuesday: I used Balloon Ride paper, I included three photos and the story is prominent in the design. There are also a couple of major differences: I focused on the browns in the paper, and I used a one page design.

I emphasized the brown (Saddle) from the paper pack many ways on this layout. I used Saddle cardstock for my base page and chose to feature one of the pattern papers that is a simple pattern in Saddle ink.

I also did all of my stamping using Saddle ink.
* Quick tip: choose one color ink to use throughout a whole layout. It simplifies your stamping and your clean up!

I chose to use these three photos on a single page to emphasize the similarities. The photos work together as a group to tell the story so I wanted them grouped together on the layout.

The story I'm telling is important to me on this layout just as it was on my layout on Tuesday. (As it is on a majority of my layouts, really.) The design emphasizes the story since the journaling is the same size as the photos and is aligned with them.

So there you have it, my two very different takes using three photos and the same paper pack. 

How do you take on a three photo layout? What choices do you make? I'd love to hear about your process!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Paper Trail - Balloon Ride

Welcome to the paper trail!  This month we are hopping along with the Balloon Ride paper pack. You may have arrived here from Diane's blog or this may be your first stop. Either way, I hope you travel our circular path to see some lovely creations with this paper pack.

Although I've never been in a hot air balloon, I was immediately drawn to the soft colors of this paper pack. Something I appreciate about Close to My Heart paper packs is that themed packs also include papers that coordinate but don't extend the theme. For me this means if I like the colors, I can use the pack no matter what the theme. This month it meant that I could use thus vintage travel themed pack to tell stories about my kids in our own yard.

 My layout this month plays on the blues and pinks in the paper.

It seems I often end up with three photos of an event and then I debate: one page or two? For this layout - design inspired by Cathy Zielske - I spaced the three photos over two pages. This let me showcase the paper and still focus attention on the photos. I also like that this design gives the story the same presence as the photos.

I punched circles from other papers in the pack to accent the layout and included a bit of Metallic Baker's Twine for sparkle.

I had some circles leftover when my layout was finished so I decided to make a coordinating card. (This is one of my favorite quick and easy, supply saving techniques.) Here is the card I came up with:


I love the variety in this paper pack. The pinks and browns look so different without the blue. Come back Thursday to see another layout that focuses on the browns! In the mean time, I hope you'll hop on along to Linda's blog to see what she created. 

Happy crafting!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Jubilee Paper Trail Blog Hop

Come celebrate with us on the Paper Trail Blog Hop! This month we're featuring the Jubilee paper pack. If you've arrived here from Tracey's blog, you're on the right track. If this is your first stop, I hope you'll follow the links through our circular hop to see what we've created with this fun paper pack.

I love the vibrant colors of this paper. They seem like the perfect way to celebrate summer and what says summer more than the last day of school?

I wanted a simple design to focus on the photos. I used to of the pattern papers as well as Indian Corn Blue and Kraft cardstock.

I added a bit of flare to the title are using one of the adhesive badges from the Jubilee Assortment.

The bold patterns are also perfect for using as background papers as I did in this layout about our home.  I started with one of the more embellished pieces of paper so that I only had a to add a few touches.

 I matted my photo with another patterned paper from the pack and stamped my title.

I added the journalling tag tied with some twine to tell the story.

With a few more badges from the assortment to support the title and theme of the page, this was a quick and simple page, and I am very happy with the way it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by. Won't you leave me a comment and then be sure to continue on to Trisha's blog. I'm sure you'll like what she's created!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Challenge week - why take the challenge?

I challenged myself this month with my scrapbooking. I wanted to create 31 pages - one for each day of May - even though it was a school month, and a busy one at that. I am about 10 pages short. I know there are still a few hours left in May, but I also know with my calendar today I won't complete 10 pages.

When I realized earlier this week that I probably wouldn't meet my challenge I was disappointed, and then I looked at all of the layouts I have created this month. More than 20 pages. How can I be unhappy about that? I've shared photos and stories and also played with paper and stamps. Seems like a win to me.

Also as a part of my challenge to myself, I started visiting challenge blogs again. I was totally inspired by what I found! Some layouts I shared earlier this week and entered into the challenges. Some, like this one,are too late to be entered.

This page was inspired by a sketch at Stuck?! I captured this memory because of the sketch challenge.

I love the way the white space in the design emphasizes the photo. A photo that has been in my box for about three years.  So, although I'm sad I missed the deadline, I am so pleased that I was inspired to create this page and share this story.

Why do I take challenges? Because they motivate and invigorate me. Because I get ideas and inspiration from them. Why do I take challenges? Mostly because they help me to share photos and tell stories. For me, that is what this all about!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Challenge Week - Let's Get Sketchy

I'm challenging myself this month and completing some challenges along the way.

Today's layout was inspired by this sketch from  Let's Get Sketchy.

Here is the layout I created:

I used a CTMH May special paper pack from two years ago to create this page. I also dug into my older embellishments to add a bit more pizazz.

The title, I promise, sums up the story. We were at the park for a fun day. I don't remember the special occasion now. Both kids decided to have their faces painted. They were very excited at the time, although I didn't capture that in these photos. Still, I promise, they were having fun!

Thanks for the challenge! Check back later in the week to see what other challenges I've taken on this month!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Challenge Week - Sketch N Scrap

I decided to celebrate May as scrapbooking month in a big way. I've set a layout challenge for myself (more about that later in the week.) I know that one way I get inspired to get pages started and finished is to participate in challenges from other sites.

Today's layout was inspired by this sketch from Sketch N Scrap.

Here is the layout I created:

I liked the triangle elements on the sketch, but the triangles I cut didn't work as well. Instead I substituted tags. I used paper and fabrics from the Jubilee pack by CTMH.

I love that this layout uses small pieces. All of my scrappy work this month has left me with a big scrap pile!

And the title and embellishment area. I love the flare badges in the Jubilee Assortment!

Thanks for the challenge! Check back tomorrow to see what other challenges I've taken on this month.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Everyday Thoughts

I challenged myself recently to use one of the first Close to my Heart stamps I every purchased. The set was Rustic Flowers. I bought it at the first CTMH party I ever attended in 2007, and it is still in my collection. I used it to make the background paper on this layout about my everyday routines.

Since it is a layout about things I do daily, I used my go-to colors - Outdoor Denim and Bamboo - as well as a pop of Smoothie for contrast. I wanted to explain the daily significance of the photos, so I tucked journaling tags in behind each. 

I added interest to the Outdoor Denim cardstock using the dots embossing folder and rounded out the embellishments with some brads and word stamps.

Challenge to myself complete - I used Rustic Flowers, and I documented a bit of my daily routine right now.

Do you have a tool from your first party, crop, scrapbook night? Do you have soemthing in your stash from 2007? Why not use it on your next layout?