Saturday, October 31, 2015

Unforgettable Day

Hi there I'm back for the last time tonight :) Got my last LOAD layout done for the month! Wow got all 31 done and then some. LOAD31: Sailing in to Home Port! The prompts: Story: Tell of the one thing you would save in a fire that always says “Home” to you. Product/technique:  Paper piece a house element Image: A retro family shot:
The sketch I used for this layout is from My Scraps and More: Sketch #116
 I rotated the sketch for my layout because of the pictures orientation.
I had fun working the background for this layout wanted to make it playful. I used from this month's counterfeit kit, current LOAD kit and my stash for this layout.
 My journaling
My title and a fun vellum quote I found in my stash.
See you tomorrow night :) tomorrow is the 1st and that means a new kit to counterfeit!

Me & Gram layout

Another challenge layout to get posted :) This is Tristan and I together spending some quaility time together when we were over at Brad and Katherine's for their Father's Day gathering the day before father's day. It may have been the for the Fathers that night, but this Gram was having her own special moments with Tristan.
This layout came about from LOAD29: Sails and Rigging and from a sketch over at My Scraps & More Sketches. LOAD29: Story: Tell of a time that you improvised something in a creative way Product/technique: Create a banner Image: That includes something blowing in the wind. I had no where to go with this! I spent an hour going through this past year's photos for anything that looked like something blowing in the wind. Nope, I had nothing! I guess it's not something I take pictures of :)  So decided on doing the banner. Okay easy enough so now what am I gonna scrap! So I looked through my monthly sketch challenges folder for a sketch to do:

I found this one over at My Scraps & More Sketches and chose sketch #115 I thought this sketch would work for a banner element, so that was figured out :) So next I went through my printed photos on my craft desk and found these and thought yep this would be the perfect story to tell. So a different process for me for a layout, but it all worked out Boy LOAD is really stretching my comfort zone.
 The banner was created with scraps from my current counterfeit kit, the trim I added to my side kit from LOAD this past week and I fussy cut the rose frame from a cutout sheet from DCWV Dear Jane stack pad
The journaling block came from the same stack pad.
I also brought the banner element down into this section of the layout. Another favorite layout, one that capture's a very special moment.
Thanks for stopping by once again today :) Now to go and get today's LOAD prompt done :)

The Castle layout

Good day :) Happy Saturday to you :) I've got a busy day ahead with household things to do, but wanted to try to get the last of these layouts for challenges posted today. Well atleast that is my intention, you just never know what might take place throughout the day :) This layout comes from LOAD25: Cannons. the 3 prompts are: Story: Tell a story with a loud sound described in it. Product/technique: Use an explosion of tiny elements Image: A castle or fort. I think I covered 2 of them very well:
When I seen the prompt of an Image for a Castle, I got to thinking of where I may have seen one. Well we went to Gettysburg, PA in April of this year and with a google search I found that this monument was called the "castle" my layout was born! I printed the pictures and went to my favorite sketch challenging sites to find one that would work and Scrapbook Challenges had the perfect one for this layout :) I will have to keep a hold of this sketch because I think it'll work out for lots of layouts about or Gettysburg, PA trip.  I used sketch #455
I found lots of information about the "castle" on line and that middle part of the layout is perfect for that information. I found some pattern paper in my current counterfeit kit for the journaling spot. Created a document that I can reuse over and over again if needed.
 The journaling I found online about the "castle" Finding this made me excited about the stories of all the other monuments that I got a picture of.
 A close up of the pictures I took of the "castle" A view that I saw from inside through one of the windows. It's a view of the battlefield..
 My personal journaling of seeing the "castle". I was more in Awe of this time than what I was when I was a kid seeing it.
 The title work, I found this fun Alphabet in my stash to use and this is where I used the 2nd prompt with the explosion of elements. I can see that this scrapbook is going to be a blast to do! I'll learn quite a bit while putting it together. These are my adventures at Gettysburg, PA while Dave was attending to the vendors at the MMCI Winter Convention that the MGCA club hosted. It was great that we were in a city like this so I had something to do. I know we will get back soon to Gettysburg for Dave wants to see the battlefield too. Since I got all the pictures taken this time around it should be more enjoyable just to see the area.
On Sundays during LOAD we can create a BONUS KIT: Sundays the prompt will be your inspiration to pull a quick kit from your supplies! If you create a kit you may post it & be granted “Shore Leave” from doing a page. Or you could do both!
This week create a paperless “Add-On” kit with only dimensional &/or textural elements (flair, buttons, wood veneer, ribbons, brads, fabric, stickpins, bows, resin embellishments, layered dimensional embellishments, etc)
This is the kit I pulled for this past week. I did get to use some of it on this layout and a few others this past week. Thanks for stopping by and seeing the view from my little corner of the world....

Friday, October 30, 2015

A Fine Lady layout

Hi you all :) How is the weekend for you. So far my Friday has been very crafty, but I have some LOAD layouts to get posted for challenges yet before the chime of midnight on Halloween night. So this layout came from LOAD19 (Mother Tattoo) they did come up with fun words for each day that related to a pirate one way or another. LOAD19: Story: Tell of a woman with a strong influence in your life Product: Use a feminine color scheme Image: A mother & child:
Katherine is my DIL and she is marred to Dave's youngest boy Brad (my stepson), she has amazed me from the time I met her to now and throughout with all that she has done and accomplished along the way. I got a bit feminine with the layout but with all the male going on I had to accent a bit in that direction too. The combination made for a good layout though.
To help with the layout I used the sketch over at Sketch N Scrap: Sketch #91

I had to adjust the photos slightly to fit my larger photos to within the sketch, that was about the only alteration that I made it, the rest of the layout falls in pretty good to the sketch.
 I used the velvet ribbon and the stars for most of the embellishing on the layout. All the papers and the embellishments came from my current counterfeit kit.
 When I seen the You Amaze Me chipboard in the CTMH Chalk It Up line I knew that it was perfect for this layout, so I brought in the puffy arrow & stars and the chipboard stars from the same line to embellish the layout.
I used DCWV Mary Jane stack paper that was in the weekend kit I made for LOAD for the title piece and the journaling piece. She is a pretty great mother to my grandboys :)
 My journaling and yes I embrace my flaws in my handwriting :) The pictures were taken the day before Mother's Day this past year.
The bottom corner embellishing. This has to be one of my favorite layouts it all seem to come together and I just love a sketch that helps me with layering :) Something I've been working on and trying to get better with. Thanks for stopping by and seeing the view from my little corner of the world.

Sympathy card for Funday Friday

Good Morning bloggers :) Oh I guess it's afternoon by now here on the Eastern Coast of the US. Today is Friday, it's Funday Friday with and Anything Goes for the theme this week. Over at Jo's Scrap Shack the sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps:
 I made a sympathy card with this beautiful Rose Tag digi stamp from Bugaboo Stamps. I colored it in with my bic markers but I also used SU chalk to tone down the white background of the cardstock. The card was pin-inspired from my Cardmaking Board. The yahoo group I belong to that was the theme for this week's card challenge. I pinned this beautiful card from splitcoaststampers:
I see she CASE'd it too. I just loved the use of all those paper scraps the were on the front of the card and good background for any theme card and will keep this one around to do again. It would make a great Christmas Card base too :)
 The inside of my card, I brought in more of the front elements and a few of the pennants too. I rather be ahead on cards like this than to have to scramble to get one put together at the last minute. This was created also with scraps from my current and past counterfeit kits. I have had this pile of scraps on my craft desk for awhile and work with them when I can (there is still probably enough left to make a couple of more cards yet. I've gotten a few of this pile of scraps so far.
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Water Receding Layout

Hi you all, I'm back again with another layout :) Yep the end of the month and I got to get these posted and to the right challenge. This layout came about from LOAD18: Story: Tell of a crisis you have been through Product/technique: Use a dark background Image: Where weather is a feature. This layout fits all 3 parts of the prompt. I had started a new theme album this month with a layout about the Flood from Ivan in 2004. The title page has been done for a future challenge so you will see that at a later date. But this is the next 2 pages of the album about the water receding:
I took a single page sketch and used it for both sides for a 2 page layout. I used my current counterfeit kit, one of the fall theme kits. The sketch I used was from Scrap Much?: Sketch-y Friday with Team A | October 16 2015:
 The only addition I did was add another photo to the top corner on both pages. My journaling ended up on the 2nd page where the title was to be from the sketch. So the pages mirror each other.
 The left hand page: Shows the water receding and what we saw when we took a chance to look around. We had to come down from the railroad tracks to get to as the water still covered the driveway.
The right hand page: Shows alot of what we saw walking around the property. In the top corner picture all the way back in the field was what was left of the skid of pumpkins that we had in front of the garage.
 The title work I added dark grey washi tape under the lettering to get it to pop more. Fun sticker I found and wood veneers to finish it off. I also had done some inking to cover up the design on the paper but luckly the photos covered it up but you can see the ink peaking out.
 The bottom corner layering work
The journaling tag that explains the details.
 A closer shoot of the pictures on this side of the layout
This side also has some added layering Where the today sticker is you can see in the photo the water line of how high it was out back. We started losing room in the house to bring thing up from the basement so we thought that piling stuff on the picnic table would not get effected. Some did and some didn't as is seen from the water line.
This I think is going to make an interesting scrapbook. We had to take lots and lots of pictures for the insurance company and after about 7 or 8 rolls it got pretty spendy because we had to get double sets too. This helped us in 2004 to decide to buy our first digital camera. This will also provide and idea to future generations of some of the real life we do deal with, something that wasn't capture in 1972 during Agnes that left some old memories for me and at one time we had lots of paperclippings but were not found when I went through Mom's stuff.  Thanks for stopping by once again today

Life Is Sweet

Hi you all :)
For this layout is from LOAD 13: Story: Tell us something that you think others find annoying about you & why they are wrong! Product/technique: Use a direct quote as your title Image: A special pet. I had already used a special pet layout already with being silly with Buddy so this layout came about from the inspiration picture that we always get with the written prompts:
and this is the inspiration photo:
I went with a bird theme for my layout. I also used the October sketch over at Memory Nest for my layout inspiration: Make it Monday No. 48:
 I decided I wanted to use some stamps on this layout. I added the stamps to my counterfeit kit to purposely use them, so they got used. With 2 of them I was able to come up with a fun title for my layout.
 Lots of fun photos, papers, veneer birds and glittery hearts took over the layout.
 My journaling states about me enjoying playing with my new camera. Also my love of birdwatching in the winter time. I could never get good pictures of the birds with my camera, but my new camera changed all that! I took these pictures from inside the house through the window while drinking my coffee.
I added this pink stripe paper to my LOAD kit that week and thought I would use it right away and this layout did work for it. I added stickers for to make that edge longer to represent on the sketch.
Now about the LOAD prompts: I've done a story about my pet, so the parrot helped me choose my topic with my love of birdwatching. What people find annoying about me sometimes is I'm always pulling out the camera to capture that special moment (some people just don't get into it I guess) but if I didn't use the camera that much I wouldn't get beautiful pictures like this. (Story: Tell us something that you think others find annoying about you & why they are wrong!) This is why I live for myself and not others :) Hey you all have a great rest of the day today :)       

Cool Kid layout

Hi you all :) This is a layout I did using the Week 1 sketch over at Let's Get Sketchy
This is our grand daughter Isabelle :) She is the main reason why we went to the County Fair this year, just so we can see that fine artwork that she did. When I seen what was up for LOAD11: Story: Tell of what makes you feel rich Product/technique: Use GOLD on your page! Image: Getting an award I knew exactly what pictures I wanted to scrap.
Let's Get Sketchy Week 1 sketch was a cool one to use for the pictures and for the layout:

I was able to follow it pretty darn close.
This is one Cool Kid :) and We are very proud of her. Her mo posted this picture of her on Sept 18, 2015.
We were so glad to see her take 2nd place for what she created. I used gold lame smooch to cover up some elements on the chipboard ribbon to make it work with the color scheme I had going for the Scrappin N Chattin yahoo group football challenge (I used 49ers colors)
 The journaling wrote in white pen. Added some fun elements to the layout I used my current counterfeit kit, an older kit and a kit that I made up for LOAD that weekend (Which was Gold theme)
The picture of Isabelle's Artwork.
Thank you for stopping by today ans seeing what's happening in my little corner of the world

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My take on the Scraptober Fest Challenge

Hi you all :) Wow what a challenge to take on :) The Scraptober Fest Challenge is put together by 4 different challenge blogs and when you put together the whole challenge on one layout then your in for the Bonus Prize. Here is what I created:
Out with the old and in with the new as the saying goes. This layout is about when my favorite car would not be passing inspection in 2014 so I knew that I had to find a new car.
Here are the challenges:
I used 3 Washi tapes on my layout
I'm in the photo with the new car
I just loved working with this color scheme! When I seen it thought that the last color was more of a purple than pink so that is where I leaned more too especially since my old car was purple. But the dots in the washi and the look clip is almost identical for the color.
What a fun sketch to work with :)

This layout comes together from the challenges and also from LOAD27 prompt: Story: Tell of something useful you cannot live without Product/technique: Use twin embellishments Image: Two photos
I used 2 of the prompts :) A car is now something I can't live without. and I used 2 photos. I used my current counterfeit kit for my layout, but I grabbed the washi from my stash for the challenge :) 
 I added some layering to both corners. This corner added some fun elements
The bottom corner I added the similar elements (maybe I did get in the twin embellishments after all ) I added my journaling on the fun tag and adding the washi to the element :) I had a blast putting this layout together. So I am linking this layout up to:
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