Use Your Stuff where we were asked to make a project with a sports theme. Soccer season has started up again in our house. My daughter eats, sleeps, and breathes soccer. So for this project, I decided to feature three of my favorite action shots that I took of her at a soccer tournament last Fall. She was ferocious trying to get the ball from the other team. She was fun to watch throughout the game. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's "Goal" collection. I was also inspired by this sketch from my former design team 2 Broke Girls.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Sketches in Thyme using the following sketch. I was inspired by the circle at the top of the page when I started planning this project. I kept thinking, "clock..." So I started inventorying my pictures and thought, "graduation..." My oldest graduated from High School in May and is getting ready to leave for college in tomorrow. I decided that a graduation themed page would be a perfect subject for a layout with a clock. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Kaisercraft's "Documented" collection.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Let's Scrap using the following sketch. For this project, I decided to feature pictures of my youngest daughter from her first day in Kindergarten to her first day of Freshman year. I can't believe how much she has changed; it's one of the reasons I like to make pages like this. Documenting the changes, to me, is one of the greatest things about scrapbooking. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Kaisercraft's "Documented" collection along with the line's corresponding embellishments.
Creative Inspiration. This week, I'm in charge of the Thursday Stash challenge where we pick an item in our crafting stash and use it on our project. I decided to use my favorite punch in my stash of punches; the banner punch. I love making banners for projects. It's a great way to use scraps of paper and add a fun finishing touch to scrapbook projects. For this layout, I decided to attempt to get into back to school mode (I returned to the classroom last week) by featuring a football themed project. My daughter LOVES to go to Ohio State football games, so I decided to feature a picture of her and her friend last year at the Horseshoe in Columbus, Ohio watching a game. I used a variety of papers from Doodlebug Design's "Touchdown Collection" line to give the page a football feel. I decided to use the April 14 sketch from Creative Inspiration as a blue print since it used a banner below a picture. To connect my banner together, I put eyelets at the top of each punched out flag and eyelets at each side of where the banner would be connected on the page. A piece of green baker's twine fished through each banner flag and anchored through the two holes keeps everything secured.
Monday, August 12, 2019
Use Your Stuff. This week's theme was to feature a summertime activity. I feel the Earth spins faster in the summer. Literally I blinked, two months passed, and it's time to go back to school. One thing that my daughter did do quite a bit of in, what feels like, the shortest summer break ever was float around our swimming pool. She bought all sorts of floaties for the pool this summer but this one has been her favorite. She loves her flamingo, and it's sturdy enough that she can float around on it and not have to worry about it tipping over. I went outside one afternoon and found my daughter and her best friend living the teenage dream floating around the pool checking their phones. I thought they would be the perfect subject matter for a summertime activity layout. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Michaels's "Recollection" collection. I was also inspired by the following sketch from my former design team 2 Broke Girls.
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Creative Inspiration using the following sketch. A few weeks ago, my daughter and husband took a trip to Canada to see Niagara Falls. They had a great time using their passports for the first time, exploring the area, and riding the Maid of the Mist around the falls. I thought the sketch was perfect to highlight two of my favorite pictures my husband took of the falls and my daughter getting soaked on the boat. I used a variety of blue hued papers to create a watery feel for the project along with "Niagara Falls" paper from Reminisce's "Passport" collection.
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Let's Scrap using the following sketch. For the past 10 years, I've travelled to Washington DC with my 8th Grade students. And each year, we stop at the American History Smithsonian. Once I enter the museum, I make a beeline to the American Stories section where each year they have a different Muppet on display. Why? Because ever since I was a little girl, my mother would take me to get my picture taken with one of my Muppet stuffed animals (as seen on the left side of the layout). I loved the Muppets. From Sesame Street to the Muppet Movies, I was a fan! I even went to a special screening of Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas this year (which everyone I told said, "What on Earth is that?") because I still love everything Muppet. So every year, I make sure I get a picture of myself for my Mom with the Muppet the Smithsonian chooses to display that particular year. I've posed with Elmo, Grover, Bert & Ernie. It's a treat every year to see who I get to pose with. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Bella Blvd because I felt the bright primary colors looked like Muppet colors.
Sketchy Board Challenges using the following sketch. For this project, I used pictures from a recent trip my daughter and I took to Costa Rica. This trip contained a lot of firsts for us. This was my daughter's first time out of the country, and it was the first time both of us ever saw the Pacific Ocean. Costa Rica was the most picturesque, beautiful place I have ever seen. I picked two pics from the Manuel Antonio Beach to feature in this layout since we spent so much time admiring the lava rocks and greenery going straight out into the ocean there. To pull this project together, I used a variety of papers from Kaisercraft's "Havana Nights" collection.