Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Creative Inspirations blog. Each month, a designer for the blog creates a project using an item from our stash that we haven't used in a while. I decided to use my square punch for this challenge. My daughter's high school has a theme for every football game. This picture features the "Country Out" where the student section dressed up like cowboys or cowgirls. I used papers from Authentique's "Frontier" collection because I loved the farm vibe of the line. So I could use a variety of papers without overwhelming the project, I used the square punch to make a patchwork design on the left side of the page.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Let's Scrap using the following sketch. I recently travelled to Waco, Texas with one thing on my mind; Fixer Upper. I love Chip and Joanna Gaines. I feel like they are my dear friends even though I have never met them. So when cheap airfare became available from my neck of the woods to Texas, I jumped on it. I toured the Silos, saw houses renovated and featured on the show, and ate at Magnolia Table, Chip and Joanna's latest venture. Of all the things I saw in Waco, Magnolia Table was my favorite. I absolutely loved EVERYTHING about Magnolia Table. Not only was the food delicious, but every detail of the restaurant was perfectly Joanna Gaines. If I could have my kitchen look like Magnolia Table, I would turn into a gourmet chef. I was captivated by every detail of the restaurant from the black and white mosaic tile floor to the subway tile on the walls. I could have stayed there all day sipping on coffee enjoying the atmosphere. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Pebbles Inc "Simple Life" collection because it reminded me of everything I saw at Magnolia Table.
Use Your Stuff using this week's featured item; enamel dots. A few months ago, my daughter had, what she called, the greatest night of her life. She went to a G-Eazy concert with her friends. She had so much fun, AND you could see a tiny bit of her on TMZ.com which she thought was pretty cool. So to document this night, I used a variety of papers from Hobby Lobby's "The Paper Studio" collection, a few scraps of paper from Bella Blvd, and enamel music notes to give my project a concert feel.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Creative Inspirations using the following sketch. The sketch was so elegant with all the flower embellishments and circles that I decided to go sophisticated with my project as well. My daughter is friends with lots of students at a neighboring school district. She was invited to attend their Homecoming Dance this year, and these are a few of my favorite pictures of her all dressed up with some of her favorite people. To pull this project together, I used papers and embellishments from Kaisercraft's "Gypsy Rose" collection.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Creative Inspirations using the following sketch. I was completely inspired by the giant circle in the middle of the layout, and I knew EXACTLY what picture I wanted to use. Over Labor Day weekend, my daughter had a soccer tournament. Game two became the victim of Mother Nature. To keep their backpacks from getting soaked during a nasty thunderstorm, a parent on the team gave the girls garbage bags to keep their things dry. My daughter and her best soccer friend threw their trash bags over their backs and looked like little soccer hobos walking back to the car. I decided a big soccer ball circle would be the perfect accent for this soccer themed picture. To pull this project together, I used a variety of soccer themed papers from Doodlebug Design, Moxxie, and Scrapbook Customs.
Monday, October 1, 2018
Let's Scrap using the following sketch. This is my favorite time of the year to scrap; I LOVE HALLOWEEN! I may be slightly addicted to Halloween themed paper, so when I saw Echo Park's "Bewitched" collection, I knew I had to use it in some way. I dipped into my picture archives and found pictures of my daughter when she was six and the cutest little witch I've ever seen complete with her own "familiar;" her puppy chihuahua that she carried with her everywhere.
Sketchy Boards Challenge. I was completely inspired by the peace signs in the sketch. My daughter's high school has themes every Friday night at the football games. Two weeks ago, it was a "60's out" or dress up like a hippie. She and her friends gladly sported their tie dye and round glasses to rock the flower power look. To pull this layout together, I used all sorts of papers including papers & cardstock stickers from Ella & Viv's "Groovy Collection," Doodlebug Design's "Fairy Tale" collection, and The Paper Studio assorted papers from Hobby Lobby.
Use Your Stuff. Our theme this week is "Forest Frolic" or create a project that features woodland animals. Well, this was a no brainer for me. My poor dogs have been taunted by an evil squirrel for the past month. I didn't realize how bad it was until I was home for a week recovering from an unexpected appendectomy. This squirrel will hang upside down on a tree, twerk it's fluffy tail, or sit and devour an acorn in front of the dining room window tormenting my poor dogs to no end.. And they bark. Oh dear lord do my dogs bark! So I decided to feature my furry kids in this layout since a squirrel is a "woodland creature." To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Photo Play's "Campfire" line.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Creative Inspirations. Our end of the month mini crop for September is a "Back to School" theme. Each of us took a different "subject" from school, and being the American History teacher that I am, I chose to do the "History" theme page. In Ohio where I live, September is the start of football season. When my Grandfather was in high school here in my hometown, he was an incredible football player. Not only did he hold several school records when he played, his team also was undefeated for two years. My Aunt recently posted this picture of him on social media, and I knew it would be perfect for this challenge. I used a variety of papers from Photo Play's "End Zone" line to pull this project together. In addition, I used a sketch featured at Creative Inspirations from earlier this month to highlight this picture.
Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch. This time around, I was completely inspired by the colors of the sketch. Last September, my daughter and her soccer friends went to the USA Women's Soccer Game in Cincinnati, OH. My daughter lives and breathes US Women's Soccer. She was so excited to meet the players and watch the game with her friends. And of course, she had to wear her Tobin Heath jersey that is red, white, and blue. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's Patriotic Parade and Stars & Stripes Collection. I also printed a copy of the US Women's Soccer Logo and soccer ball stickers to bring forth the soccer theme of this project.
Monday, September 17, 2018
Use Your Stuff. This week's team was to create a project about friendship. I decided to focus on my daughter's friendship with her four legged best friend. Lila is our chihuahua that was supposed to be a teacup, but she is 20 lbs. of fun. She is the funniest dog. And she loves her humans fiercely. When she was a puppy, my daughter would push her around in doll strollers and toy shopping carts. She's a little too big for those things now, but she is more than willing to sit on your lap. And in the case of this picture, play Monopoly. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's "Puppy Love" collection.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Friday, September 7, 2018
Creative Inspirations, and I absolutely LOVE this group! Not only are the sketches easy to translate, but also they sponsor all types of challenges that push my creativity. This week we are having a "Birthday Bash" challenge. At first my mind went safe, and I thought, "I will make a gift card holder that my daughter can use for a birthday gift..." But then I decided I wanted to make something with a more adult feel. One of my daughter's and mine's favorite things to do is to make drink coasters out of scraps of patterned paper and leftover letter stickers. So I decided to make coasters that could go with a bottle of wine as a gift. I used scraps of paper from Hobby Lobby's "The Paper Studio" collection to design the coasters and a few swipes of Mod Podge to prevent the paper from warping if they get wet. Then I created a tag to tie around the wine bottle with the message "Cheers to another year!" This project took very little time to complete, and would be perfect not only for a birthday, but also a housewarming gift.
Monday, September 3, 2018
Use Your Stuff where the theme this week is "School is in." In other words, we were to make a project with a school theme. This has been a bittersweet back to school season for me. My older daughter is a senior. This year is going to be filled with lots of lasts, so I decided to feature one of the lasts in this project. I have taken a picture of my daughter on her first day of school every year since 2006. So for this project, I decided to feature a picture of her on her first day of kindergarten and her final first day picture taken on the first day of senior year. It is amazing to see her transformation. She may be twelve years older and a bit taller, but I can still see that sweet five year old in that seventeen year old face. To pull this project together, I used a variety of October Afternoon school themed papers to give the project a vintage feel.
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Let's Scrap using the following sketch. For this challenge, I was completely inspired by the Bo Bunny "Summer Mood" collection when I spotted it at my local scrapbook store. The bright blue hues and the lemon print fired off the creative juices in my brain. And I knew exactly what pictures I wanted to feature. My younger daughter was diagnosed with food allergies to milk and egg at five months old. Although her diet is limited, she has become a connoisseur of all things frozen. From popsicles to slushies, she loves all things sweet and fruity. So for this project, I used as variety of pictures from her toddler to her teen years enjoying her icy treats. To pull this project together, I also used cardstock embellishments from Bella Blvd's "Fruit of the Spirit" collection.
Sketchy Boards Challenge using the following sketch. I've become quite sentimental the past few weeks. My daughter is a senior in high school. In the past month, we've been on college visits, scheduled senior pictures, and I'm starting to realize the end of an era is in sight for her. Of course I'm not sending her out into the great unknown, but with her graduation on the horizon, I've found myself getting extremely sentimental. So when I saw the clocks on the sketch, I started thinking of my daughter throughout the course of her time on Earth. For this project, I featured pictures of my daughter at different times in her life; as an infant, on her first day of kindergarten, at an ice skating competition when she was a tween, and finally, a photoshoot she had in June of this year. I used chipboard clock embellishment along with cardstock stickers from Recollections to pull this project together along with a variety of patterned papers from Michael's and Hobby Lobby.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch. A month ago, my work friends and I took a girl's trip to the Hocking Hills region of Ohio. This part of Ohio is filled with incredible landscape and beautiful hiking paths. We trekked through an area called "Old Man's Cave" and without a doubt, it was some of the prettiest landscape I've ever seen. With the sketch asking for six smaller pictures, I thought my snapshots of our hike would be perfect for this project. Not to mention, when you crop down pictures, you can really focus in on the item you were hoping to capture when you were taking the picture. I found this "shiplap" paper with botanical prints at Michael's and thought it was the perfect background for nature photos. I strung twine from two eyelets and attached leaf embellishments along it. And finally, I used a variety of cardstock stickers from Echo Park's "The Wild Life" collection to pull this project together.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Use Your Stuff. This week, we were asked to use the mood board found below for inspiration. I decided to hone in on the yellows and pinks of the mood board for this project. At the start of summer this past year, my daughter and her friends went to a local artsy town to take pictures of themselves. They posed in all sorts of beautiful locations, but this one made me happy. My daughter is with one of her best friends, and they are having such fun being sassy for this picture. To pull this project together, I dipped into my stash of papers and used a variety of Bo Bunny summer themed papers.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Let's Scrap using the following sketch. For this project, I featured pictures of my family and I on a recent trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Being a history teacher, every bit of soil in this town, to me, is hallowed ground. I tell my students had the Battle of Gettysburg turned out differently, our nation may not look or be like it is today. So I decided to go with a patriotic vibe for this project not only because of the significance of the battle, but also because we visited right before the 4th of July. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Pebbles's "Land that I Love" collection.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Creative Inspirations using the following sketch. A month ago, my family and I took a trip to Washington DC. My girls and I flew to DC to meet my husband who was taking a class in the area and then drove home. On our way back to Ohio, my husband wanted to take us to Shanksville, PA were Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001. I've been to a few 9/11 Memorials, but none hit me with such emotion like this one did. In the field pictured on the left, a plane intended for DC crashed upside down at approximately 500 mph. The passengers heroically stormed the cabin of the airplane and fought for control of the aircraft until the plane crashed into the field. On September 11, 2001, this field was the site of a strip mine. The earth had been carved and depleted of all trees and natural beauty. Without warning, the land became the site of unimaginable sorrow. Today, it's been restored to it's natural state as a memorial to those who perished. As my girls, husband, and I were looking at this field of wild flowers remembering the tragic events of that horrible day, we spotted a mama dear and her twin fawns. It was so peaceful. So beautiful. New life where there was once a tremendous amount of death. It really was a moving experience to see. I was looking for the perfect sketch and paper to highlight these pictures, and I felt that the Creative Inspirations August 12 sketch captured exactly what I wanted to convey. I kept thinking about the circle of life with the circles on the sketch. During an impromptu trip to my local scrapbook store, I found Authentique's "Meadow" collection that I thought did a perfect job spotlighting not only the nature aspect of the photos, but also the innocence of the deer family grazing in such a hallowed site.
Monday, August 6, 2018
Use Your Stuff. For this week's challenge, we were to use triangles on our projects. I must admit that this challenge pushed my creativity a bit. When I use shapes on my layouts, I don't typically lean towards triangles. So as I walked my dog thinking on what I wanted to create (I tend to get my best ideas walking my dog), I decided to use pennants. My original thought was using pics of my daughter at an Ohio State Football game. When I came home and started rummaging through my stash, I came across this paper kit from Photo Play called "End Zone" that reminded me of a vintage football team. Suddenly this page came together in my mind. I decided to use pictures of my Grandpa when he was in high school and a star football player. He held the kick off return yardage and touchdown records for my high school for almost seventy years. Cool thing was it was my brother who broke the kick off return record. I typically don't do heritage pages, but the older I get, the more I realize it's important to document these stories as well. I wish I knew more about my great grandparents and their lives. Hopefully my daughters and their children will appreciate this little nugget about their Great Grandpa.
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Creative Inspirations design team. For this project, we were to use the following sketch. The vintage looking mannequin reminded me something you would find in a high end boutique. So I decided to feature a picture of my daughter in her most elegant of attire; her prom dress. I pulled this project together using a variety of papers from Photo Play's "Vintage Girl" line along with Carta Bella's "French Flea Market" collection.
Thursday, August 2, 2018
This week, I am a featured guest designer for Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog. Thursday's at this blog are called, "Thursday Stash" day where a designer picks an item from their stash, typically an item they haven't used in a while, to inspire others. For this challenge, I picked photo corners. A while back, I came into possession of more photo corners than a scrapbooker can imagine. And for a long time, they remained dormant in a glass jar on shelf in my scrapbook room. Recently, I've been breaking them out and using them on projects. I really like how they make pictures visually pop off a page. So for this project, I decided to feature recent pictures of a trip my girls and I took to Washington DC. We flew into the city, and my oldest daughter was able to capture a picture of the National Mall from the air. It reminded me of a post card, and I definitely wanted to highlight this incredible shot on this page. To pull this project together, I used a sketch created by Bev Code, Creative Inspirations's founder.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Let's Scrap using the following sketch. For this layout, I was inspired by the film clip art and decided to feature pictures of my daughter at her first Taylor Swift concert. She had a blast! If you are an Ohioan, it is etiquette that if someone says to you, "O-H" that you respond, "I-O." This unspoken rule was not forgotten by Taylor Swift who did this at the concert and was my daughter's favorite part of the night. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Hobby Lobby's "Paper Studio" line that I thought looked like the colors and feel of the Taylor Swift concert. The font used on Taylor Swift's concert poster is called, "Engravers Old," but I used a similar one called "Canterbury" to make the title for this page.
Sketchy Board Challenge using the following sketch. For this layout, we were asked to use pink. I decided to use a picture of my oldest daughter sitting next to our gorgeous, pink hydrangea when she was a tiny girl. I forgot about how much of a contradiction she was at age five. With curls in her hair and while wearing a dress, she's playing with a toy snake. She was the perfect mix of tom boy meets girly girl. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Carta Bella's "Spring Market" line.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch. Last month, my husband and I finally bought my daughter her dream car. She had been eyeballing this convertible for months, and after much convincing, we decided to put an offer on it. To say she has been in heaven would be an understatement. And I believe the greatest day of her being a car owner was when she finally got to take her dog on a ride with the top down. He approved of the car as well. To pull this project together, I splattered gray and black paint on white paper to simulate a car's oil and a variety of papers and cardstock stickers from Bella Blvd's "Let's Go" collection.
Monday, July 16, 2018
"Use Your Stuff" that required us to create a project with a birthday theme. I decided to feature pictures of my nephew on his 4th birthday. He was super into the cartoon "Paw Patrol" at the time, so he had everything from a costume to a cake that was "Paw Patrol" themed. To pull this project together, I dipped into my stash of dog themed papers using a variety of papers from Imaginisce and Kaisercraft collections.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Let's Scrap using the following sketch. For this project, I was inspired by the vintage mannequins on the sketch and decided to feature pictures of my daughters when they were tiny girls at a fun beauty shop called "Sweet and Sassy." The girls would go there to get manicures, pedicures, their make up done, etc. After they were done with their beauty appointment, they would get a chance to strut down the catwalk like real supermodels. My girls LOVED going there! I decided pictures of my girls having fun at Sweet and Sassy would be perfect subject matter for a sketch with a fashion theme. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Echo Park's "Fashionista" collection.