Friday, September 30, 2011

Paper Trail Blog Hop - October Believe

Welcome to the October edition of the Paper Trail blog hop. If you arrived here from Karen's blog, you are on the right track. This month we're featuring the Believe paper packet.

I pulled this packet out on a scrappy day with a friend last week. I knew I wanted to create a layout using some photos from last Christmas, but I was amazed how versatile this kit turned out to be! I ended up creating four pages including one that about a summer day at the park!

My first layout, the one I planned to create, includes cute photos of Christmas morning getting ready.

I used the Art Philosophy cartridge to cut the present tag, title and the star embellishments. I finished the layout off with a few stamped stars on the corners of the base card stock.

While I had my supplies out, I found a couple of photos that felt more classic, but still fun. To my surprise, they also fit well on the Believe papers.

This layout came together with some Cricut die cuts, a punched border and some clear sparkles.

My next photos were a summer day at the playground. Imagine my surprise when the colors of my kids clothes matched perfectly with the Believe paper!

I embellished this one with buttons and Waxy Flax.

I really enjoyed creating with this versatile paper packet.

Thanks for visiting! Now, click on over to Betsey's blog to see what she created!

The Miracle of the Moment

Well, I'm squeaking in just under the line with a layout for the September challenge over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles. The challenge this month was to create a layout that focuses on the miracle of the moment and to use stamps as you create.

 While many moms would agree that a sleeping child is a miracle, this is especially the case for our family. My daughter has not gone to sleep easily since she was born so this photo of her napping - while we were on vacation no less - truly shows a miracle moment for me. I added some hidden journaling to share a bit more of the story.

The title block, the title itself and the bracket on the journaling block are all stamped. The paper is from CTMH's Dreamin' packet.
Thanks for the challenge! I had fun playing along.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What I know for sure

One of Paper Thrills new challenges for the week is a theme challenge: what I know for sure. I found a fun photo of myself and then tried to figure out a few truths in my life that I know for sure. It was fun - and therapeutic - process(check out #2 and 3).

So, what do I know for sure? Check out my layout.

Head over to Paper Thrills to check out the other DT members' layouts. Then, why not consider what you know for sure, create your own layout and play along!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fun Fall Layouts

Alright, so I actually finished these layouts this summer before school started, but my photography time has been cut into by my day job at school. I'm still scrapping away, but most of my creative time is after dark - not an ideal time to photograph layouts at my house. Still, better late than never, here are a few fun fall layouts:

The patterned paper here is from CTMH's Olivia kit (sadly no longer available). I actually stamped the leaf embellishments using a coordinating stamp set, some layering and the rock and roll stamping technique. I'm happy with the way they turned out.

Another layout using the Olivia kit. This one is loosely based on a layout from a Creating Keepsakes from last fall. Can you tell I love the bracket shape?

This layout is based on a sketch from Sketches for Scrapbooking Volume 7. It is a book of 30 two page sketches and one of my current go to idea books. The paper is CTHM's Lucky. I used the Lucky chipboard assortment to embellish. I'm really loving those pieces, and the pack comes with so many I don't feel guilty using seven on one layout!

Inspired to create? Check out my sketch challenge for the month.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Heavy Metal

Challenge # 25 this week at Paper Thrills is to use metal as your only embellishment.

I created a layout of items in my parents' house that make me feel very nostalgic - like I'm 5 again.
Here is a of sneak peak at my layout:

Want to see more? Head on over to Paper Thrills. While you're there, why not play along?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Dreamin about a workshop

Would you love to make a two page layout in one evening? Are you feeling the back to school vibe? Ready to try some new products and learn new techniques? Attend the Dreamin workshop on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:30 and you will create a layout like this one:

The workshop uses Close To My Heart's new Dreamin paper pack, exclusive stamp set and Glitz glitter gel.


There are two ways you can participate in this workshop. One option is
to purchase the workshop kit that CTMH offers for $29.99 (plus shipping
and handling) and at the end of the workshop take the entire kit home
with you. If you're not sure about this, why not try the $10 option?
(shipping and handling included) Come to the workshop, complete the
layout and take home your finished product and your scraps. Less
commitment, less mess.

Interested in attending the workshop? Just email me to let me
know if you would like the full kit or the $10 option by September 9. 
I hope to see you on September 20!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

September Challenge

The challenge for September is a sketch.
Here is my take on  it the sketch:

The papers are from a Close to My Heart special from a couple of years ago. I added the new canvas badge buttons in the embellishment cluster. These are one of my favorite new toys from CTMH. They are adhesive backed and you can alter the front in any number of ways. Here I stamped using the stamp set that coordinated with the paper and viola - a coordinating embellishment!

Want to play along with the challenge? Create your own layout inspired by this sketch (interpret this however you will.) Post a link to your layout as a comment sometime before September 30. If 5 people play along, I will draw a random winner for a small prize!

I can't wait to see what you create!