Seeing Red

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Good morning! I'm sharing a page today that is part of the newest reticle at Get It Scrapped. As always, the ideas at Get It scrapped are all about making scrapbooking easier. Well, what could be easier than a sketch?  

When I first started using sketches, I tried to follow them exactly. That took the design process away from me, which is something I struggled with. As I became more confident in my own decisions, I began to use sketches as a starting point. Even though I take a lot of creative freedom when using a sketch, I make suer you can see the original design in my finished page.
When I first looked at this sketch I thought it was very sharp, and geometric.  As I began to play with it, I found it to be more like designing on a band, but with more shapes.  I flipped it upside down, putting the weight of the page at the bottom. That gave more balance and flow to it. Tilting the photo still gives the viewer the full image of the flowers. When choosing my embellishments, I used circular elements to soften the sharp lines.

We've made visiting the tulip fields an annual family outing. They are indescribably beautiful. This year, I was overwhelmed by all of the colors in the tulip fields, but was particularly drawn to the bright red.  I literally immersed myself in the rows of flowers. 

You can find even more inspiration from several other great pages created with this sketch in the article today. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. Come back again soon, I've got much to share.

Supplies: Cardstock & Washi tape-American Crafts, Patterned Paper, Stickers, Chipboard, Die Cuts-Pink Paislee, Alphas-Studio Calico, Jellybean Soup, Enamel Dots-My Minds Eye, Sequins-Doodlebug Design, Spray Mist-Heidi Swapp, Pen and Adhesive-EK Success 

Just for Fun

Monday, June 27, 2016

Hello there! I'm finally getting around to posting a couple of pages I did using my new Imaginisce prize product I received in the mail! 

This first page is based on the June sketch

First, I flipped it, then used a horizontal photo. I love when I can take a themed collection and repurpose it to any topic.  The fall colors in the Give Thanks collection complement the color in the photo. The B-sides worked great, as did the animals and some of the thankful phases. I exaggerated the circular element, using Scribble Scrabble cut files from The Cut Shoppe, then adding some smaller Pop Cap circle cuts into the embellishment clusters. 

I can't say it enough. This boy and this dog. I'm not sure who finds more comfort in whom. I also think this dog thinks he's a cat. He's always curling up into a ball or inserting himself into small spaces. as he's done here. 

This second page is based on the Imaginisce May sketch. I was late getting this page posted last month, but I wanted to share it anyway. 

It was time to break out the Par-r-ty Me Hearty for this page!  I used a combination everything that came in my generous prize package. Patterned paper, die cuts, stickers, alphas and the foam coins. I pretty much left the sketch alone, rearranging embellishments to suit me. The only things I added from my stash are a few pieces of washi tape, sequins, (because they look like gold coins!), a bit of twine, and some drops of paint. 

So, my son turn 16 last month. Sometimes he's so serious, becoming so grown up. I never know when he's going to be loose and silly, or when I'm going to get the eye roll. Fortunately for all of us, his silly side came out when it was time to celebrate. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my creative view today. Summer means I like to be outside, which means I may not be creating as often as usual. I've always got more to share this week though, so come back again soon.

Supplies-Comfort Found-CS-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, stickers, wood buttons-Give Thanks by Imaginisce, wood veneer-Studio Calico, Puffy hearts-Crate Paper, alpha-October Afternoon, Cut Files-The Cut Shoppe, Silhouette, mist-Heidi Swapp

Supplies-Silly @ 16-CS-American Crafts, PP, Die cuts, stickers, alpha, foam pieces, Par-r-ty Me Hearty by Imaginisce, twine-DoodlebugDesign, washi tape-Queen & Co, sequins-Michaels, mist-Tattered Angels


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Oh hooray for me! I got to play. I mean play. Just for fun. So now I get to share what I made. 

This photo has been staring at me for quite a while. I just hadn't been inspired to get it onto paper, until today! I saw a page in the Paper Issues FB group for Scraplift Sunday that I loved. It was easy for me to make it my own. Combining this with the Scrap Our Stash Book Inspiration challenge gave me the reason to use this photo as well as the finishing touches.

Like I said, this photo was staring at me. When I looked at the book inspiration again, I saw the family sitting together. Boom. From there I continued with the scrap lift idea. The pops of yellow are the scripted words, little bit of paper peeking out from behind the photo and the flowers at the top of the page.

There isn't really a huge story behind it, more like a moment in time. My Nani loved when we came to visit. One of her favorite things to do is walk to the park across the street, sit on the bench facing the ocean and enjoy the view. It's something we can all do together. It's something we all like to do as well. I guess this photo is just a visual reminder about time spent together.

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I'm getting back up to speed, so come back again soon. I will have more to share.

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, tags, puffy stickers-Fancy Pants Design, mist-Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico

Caucus Day

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hey there! I know Ive been lacking on the blog posts lately. Eventually I'll get back up to speed. In the meantime, I have for you today the new sketch challenge at Stuck?! Sketches

This was a fun one for me. I generally use 4x6 photos and will adjust a sketch designed for smaller photos when I can. This sketch just didn't look right to me with larger photos.   It was a fun challenge to use smaller photos. I originally just had the larger rectangular paper instead of a circular element. i realized it was too angular and needed a soft edge. I chose a doily, sprayed some mist over it to get the shade of blue I wanted.  I really like the way this page turned out.   

I have never lived in a state that holds a Presidential caucus instead of a Presidential primary.  I didn't really know how it worked, but I wanted to participate in the 'voting' process. I found out that the caucus location, date and time all happened to magically align for me to attend, so I did! The process was interesting and I also learned how the political parties work in our state. The morning was educational, a new experience for me and fun because I bumped into a friend while there. 

Playing along gives you an opportunity to win prizes from our generous sponsors. Please read the rules on the Stuck?! Sketches blog.

$20 gift certificate

2 large pieces of chipboard

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I have lots to share, and lots to say, so come back again soon.

Supplies: CS, alpha-American Crafts, PP, chipboard-BellaBlvd, sequins-Studio Calico, Michaels, mist-Studio Calico, Tattered Angels, Heidi Swap, Doily-BoBunny, glitter-Martha Stewart,  Stitch Template-Bazzill, thread-DMC, 

Walk & Roll

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hello there and happy June!  Today I have a page to share using the new sketch at Stuck?! Sketches
Here is the sketch

Here is how I used it.  Once again, I used one of my favorite paper collections. My photo is facing the other direction, so I flipped the sketch. I moved around some and added extra layers of paper. I love this maze cut file from The Cut Shoppe. It made me think of him going all over the place. I always write a little bit on my pages, so I added some journaling and called it a day. 

This is his new walker and the first time he is using it. I had no idea if he would push it away, or take to it right away. He is always so unpredictable. Well, he loved it! If I could say he ran down the hallway, that's what he did. That walker has made a huge positive impact in his life. I'm sure there is more to come.

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. Head over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog for more inspiration and to see what prizes are up for grabs from our sponsors. 

Supplies: CS-American Crafts, PP, die cuts, sticky brads, stickers-Simple Stories, cork tape-Recollections, alphas-Basig Grey, mist-Studio Calico, enamel dots-MME, wood piece-Gossamer Blue, ink-Colorbox