May 17, 2011

Document 2010 ~ 2 page layout from Sketch Savvy

Still working on Document 2010 ~ I think I am about 1/2 way done finally! In June last year, I graduated from Bellevue University near Omaha, NE, so we made the trip out there so that I could walk with my class. Finishing my degree was just one more thing I wanted to check off my list, and I finally got to do that. :)

Based on a sketch from Sketch Savvy:


May 13, 2011

A New Challenge Site...

Eek!!! I found the most amazing site this week ~ The Color Room ~ where they post weekly color pallettes *plus* a sketch in case you are layout-challenged like myself. :) This week's pallette is #58 ~ featuring the colors: Buttercup (yellow), Eggshell blue, Bright White, and Woodland Green ~ what I love about it is the fact that I would so NOT pick these colors or put them together... so the idea is that I am going outside my comfort zone weekly now ~ YAY! Here's the pallete:

I ended up doing 2 pages with these colors since: 1. I am still working on my 'document 2010' project. and 2. I had WAY too many photos on this particular evening... and yet, I realized once I finished that I never printed any of the actual pictures of Jordin Sparks on stage that I took!! Here are my layouts:

The one above is based on the pallette sketch ~ I highlighted the sparkley letters I had ($1 Target bin!) and the doodle I did for the date. I also stamped the swirl and added a few rhinestones to the whole thing. The one below was my second page for the document 2010 since I had these extra pictures and of course, I had forgotten the tickets, too! I actually doodled A LOT on this one in addition to the punches (Creative Memories) and the rhinstones.

Apologies on the color on these - lesson learned: take all of the photos (whole page + details) at the same time of day (and during the day for that matter!). This gets me (mostly) through July ~ which means I'm finally HALFWAY done! That just makes me laugh every time I think about it because I've been working on this what feels like forever now. I also 'expanded' the scrapbook for this project today, because it started out in a book with only 10 pages and those were full ~ I actually have 26 total layouts now for 2010! For those that know me, this is a major accomplishment because I am the typical 'so far behind' scrapper. :)


May 8, 2011

National Scrapbooking Day Challenges...

This weekend, I participated in several online challenges to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day and thought I'd post a handful of my pages here. :)

Scrapbooking Day Challenge 1: Use patterned paper for your page background.
 I used this SEI patterned page for my background and added very few embelishments to it.

Scrapbooking Challenge 2: Create a triangle
 My triangle consisted of the 3 flowers I cut out of another patterned paper.

So the challenge then: Use a border between two photos.
 I loved this challenge because made me think outside of my normal pages...

That’s scrapbook day challenge numero quatro: Create a page with the story behind a photo.
 For this challenge, I added several photos that were random so that I could explain them.

So that’s challenge five for this lovely day of scrapbooking: Try a new photo edit.
 One of the other challenges I saw this weekend was to photograph everyday things - so I made this edit based on a photo a took with my camera phone this week.

It was so much fun to take some time to concentrate on creating this weekend!!!


May 6, 2011

SEI May 2011 Challenge

A new month has begun! This month's sketch from SEI really had me excited to try it out! When I saw the rounded shapes in the background, I immediately thought of this patterned Jocelyn paper and actually cut around the shapes myself with scissors - something I rarely do (way too OCD for this - which is why I love my Silhouette machine or a punch or stencils). The example on SEI's blog actually had some stitching, too, and since I haven't braved that yet... I decided to scribble around the outside with a fine tipped marker instead - another technique I've never used.

For the title - I actually had stuck the letters onto a light yellow cardstock that was the back of the primary brown piece - but then I thought it was too bright, so I used my Black Cherry glimmer mist to tone it down. I tried to take a couple of closeups so that you could see the details on this page since it's a lot more detailed than my usual pages... :)


4x6 Photo Love: March 2011

Using another Shimelle sketch (March 4x6 Photo love) for my Document 2010 project for April when Ryan's cousin, Nikki, came out to visit us from Chicago. We had a blast hanging out for a few days together.


May 5, 2011

4x6 Photo Love: April 2011

I've skipped March... although, I do have my photos picked out finally for that layout! For some reason, this one was easier for me to put together. This is based on the sketch from Shimelle's class: 4x6 Photo Love for April. Thanks for checking it out!!

This will also be used in my Document 2010 book for May 2010 (two birds, one stone, right?). The hidden journaling reads: Ryan and I went to visit Mark and Lindsay over Memorial Day weekend and had a blast in the beautiful beachy So.Cal. sun and weather!