Always Radiate Sunshine

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hi there.  I can't believe it's the end of July already. Where has this summer gone? Well, seeing as it is Monday, that means it's time for a new sketch challenge at Let's Get Sketchy.  We have an awesome sketch today that is easy to use.

Here is what I did with it.

It's really a simple page. with little details. I decided to go black & white with this one so I could highlight the red shirt in the photo. I extended the photos across the page, but pretty much eliminated the strip under them. Instead I used the die cut arrows on two sides of the page. The journaling around the edge of the page seemed to act as an additional embellishment, since they are minimal. I also did something new; drew a white frame on the photo.

Come join us this week at Let's Get Sketchy.  Thanks for taking a look today at my creative view. There is always more to come, so check back in a few days.

Supplies: PP, brads, die cuts-MME, CS-Bazzill, pearls, Freckled Fawn, pen-Souffle, Silhouette cut file

Send in the Clowns

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hooray! It has been so long since I have a done a page just for me!  And not just one. I have two pages!

These papers are from a kit for a class I take monthly at my LSS. Not my favorite papers to work with so I decided to go a little out there.  For some reason, the hexagon paper made me think of these clown photos from a visit to a Science and Industry museum several years ago. And for some reason, these papers work.  I got the idea for the remaining product choices from Scrap Our Stash. I used 3 arrows, 3 buttons, washi tape, enamel dots, wood veneer and 3 stars.

This one is an idea I got from a class I'm taking at Creative Passion classes. It's the World Series of Scrapbooking. If you know me, you know hoe much I love baseball. How could I say no to this class?  

The idea is based on a home run and running all four bases. In this case, creating a square on the page and adding an embellishment to all for corners. ok, so I have more of a rectangle, but it still works!

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view. Come back again soon. I have lots coming up that I'll be sharing.

Supplies-Clowns: PP-Autehntique, CS-Bazzill, arrows-Fancy Pants, Wood-Basic Grey, buttons-random, washi & enamel dots-MME,  stars-Freckled Fawn, mist-Studio Calico, alphas-Simple Stories, American Crafts

Supplies-Woof: CS-American Crafts, PP, scallop sticker, star sticker, and white alpha-Bella Blvd, enamel dots-MME, all other embellishments-Freckled Fawn, mist-Tattered Angels

Dodger Blue

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hi there.  Today's LO is courtesy of ScrapStuff'z Inspired by...It's my turn to share.  Here is our inspiration photo.

I have to admit, this was a hard one for me. No birds, not even any photos of wine bottles.  But I loved the color blue of the bottle.  I came across some photos from a family party, where coincidently, BLUE was the featured color of the evening....

Yup. Dodger blue! We celebrated my Grandfather's 90th birthday at Dodger Stadium. Everyone was wearing Dodger blue. It was a fantastic evening and celebration.  
Inspired by the blue bottle, I chose to do this LO in a variety of blue patterned papers that were deeper shades of blue than in the photo. I added little bits of red and yellow for contrast, and just a few baseball themed embellishments.  

The page came together quickly thanks to this fantastic sketch from Boys Rule Scrapbook kits.

I kept the concept the same but added a few layers, changed the shape and size of some of them and moved the corner detail to the top of the page. I also moved the title.  

Thanks for looking today at my creative view. Now it's time for you to create something  Inspired by. the photo.

Supplies: CS-Bazzill, PP-Theresa Collins, Reminisce, Sassafrass, Echo Park, unknown, washi-Recollections, enamel dots-MME, clip & epoxy-Freckled Fawn, Wood chips-Freckled Fawn, Basic Grey, Mist-Studio Calico, Alphas-American Crafts. 

Close Up

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Good Morning. I have a LO today for the latest Child's Play Challenges reveal. This weeks theme is Classic Games and it's a good one.


My son loved this game, however he much preferred carrying around the heads. He'd make them in to  silly faces, using the legs as ears or the mouth. The photos I chose reminded me of this. I used some really close up head shots of the boys.

I used a sketch and some simple patterns so the photos would be the feature on the page. They are every bit as goofy as they appear here.

Thanks for looking at my creative view today. Head on over to Child's Play Challenges for more inspiration and to enter your LO in the challenge!

Supplies: CS- Bazzill-PP, stickers and alpha-Echo Park, enamel dots-MME

We're In!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Good Morning. I'm up on the Get it Scrapped blog today with a LO created in one big giant cluster that spreads over two pages.

I created a LO that shows how we got into the Seahawks spirit, and their road to the Super Bowl.  I included some photos that made me laugh, such as signs in store windows, and the giant bin of Skittles.

To create the cluster, I printed photos in a variety of shapes and sizes. I placed them randomly into what turned out to be a stacked cluster across both pages.  I used the embellishments as the foundation for the cluster. This worked well to ground the photos.  Using a dark solid background also helped to give the page a cohesive feel, without being messy. 

As always, thanks for taking a look at my creative view. Go read this fantastic article about clustering, and learn about the Get it Scrapped Membership.

Supplies: CS-Bazzill, PP-Doodlebug Designs, SEI, washi & brad-Queen & Co, wood veneer-Recollections, Basic Grey, Buttons-The Button Co, Bling-Hobby Lobby, Alpha-American Crafts, Die Cuts-Silhouette, pen-Souffle, adhesive-Ek Success, photo printer-Epson.

(Love) This Face

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Oh it's a happy Monday today.  I have a LO to share today for Let's Get Sketchy. It features a cut file created for a new challenge blog, A Cutt Above.  You can find and purchase this and many more creative cut files in A Cutt Above the Rest Etsy shop.

Here is this week's sketch

Here is my LO

I love photos of my boys with different expressions on their faces. I should probably edit more and use only one, but I knew here he didn't want to smile, but did anyway. I didn't stray much from the original design. I did use larger photos, and eliminated the circular elements.  I kept the embellishments simple here because I wanted to feature the title "(Love) this face", from A Cutt Above

As always, thanks for taking a look at my creative view. Please go check out Let's Get Sketchy for more LO's created from this sketch. And if you have an electronic die cut machine, you'll want to bookmark and follow A Cutt Above.

Supplies-PP-MME and Basic Grey, Washi-MME, labels-Jillibean Soup, Freckled Fawn, MME, Brads-Making Memories, clip and epoxy-Freckled Fawn, Mist-Tattered Angels, Cut file by A Cutt Above the Rest 

New Smile means New Lips

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Please go here for today's Child's Play Challenges post.

Hello! Just a quick one today. I'm sharing for Get it Scrapped today. Creating layouts with still life photos. I do this a lot. More than I thought. Most are random and silly like the color of my toes after a pedicure or a pretty flower I saw on a walk. Some though, are random, but really have a lot of meaning to them. Like this one today. 

In a nutshell. I celebrated getting my braces off with a trip to Nordstrom to buy new lipstick to show off my new smile.

Why is this significant?  I have an irrational fear of the dentist. I have since I was 19 after a bad experience getting my wisdom teeth out.  As a reward for being brave,  I would buy myself a treat each time I go to the dentist.  The fact that I had braces was a milestone in over coming my fear.  Here, the lipstick is my treat, and a representation of my story.

A quick tip: When I take still life shots, I play around with the angle of the photo to give it a little interest, as I've done here.

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. Head on over to the Get it Scrapped blog for more tips and ideas on creating layouts with still life photos.

Supplies:-CS-Bazzill, PP-Basic Grey, My Minds Eye, die cuts, chipboard & brad-Basic Grey, enamel dots-Doodlebug designs, Metal shapes-My Minds Eye, Pearls-Freckled Fawn, Alphas-American Crafts, Basic Grey, Mist-Heidi Swapp-Ink-Prima, Pen and adhesive-EK Success, Sketch by Scrapbook Challenges


Please go here for today's Get It Scrapped post.

 Hi and good Wednesday to you.   Today is the first reveal of the month for Child's Play Challenges. And it's definitely a throwback. Even though it's Wednesday...COLORFORMS!

I knew I wasn't going to look deep for inspiration on this one.  I wanted to use the shapes and colors. For this one I actually chose the papers and design before I chose the photos. The design is based on a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches. There are many visible circles on the page. There are triangular elements and a few rectangles. All the papers are primary colors.  

It was fun to put together this way. Once I decided on the photos, the title came to me quickly. I added the camera details. They seemed to be a great choice to go with the title. These photos are from the summer of 2009. Not the best summer of our lives, but somehow, seeing his smile makes it all better.

As always, thanks for taking a look at my creative view.  Come join us at Child's Play this week. We'd love to see what you come up with.

CS-American Crafts, PP-Fancy Pants, Wood veneer-Studio Calico, Crate paper, Sequins-StudioCalico, Thread-DMC, epoxy stickers-Freckled Fawn, Washi-MME, Mist-Tattered Angels, pen-EK Success, Alpha-BoBunny