Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Scrapbook Process: My Starting Points

I love Shimelle's Starting Point series, but confess I've rarely used one of her examples. Instead, I take my scraps and come up with my own starting points, like I did here with what's left of my Echo Park This and That Charming collection.

From this starting point, I added my photos, title and journaling.

A few embellishments later, and the page is finished!

It's pretty convenient that I have some products that were a great fit for a page about Phil's recent interest in wood working. Actually, he's always been interested, and now finally has some time and discretionary income to pursue this hobby.

The background paper, title letters and buttons all have a wood theme. I am especially loving the wooden buttons that are available now. I totally see myself stocking up on these!

So far, Phil's woodworking projects have found a place in my scrap room! He made these table easels a while back, and recently completed this little project to store my ink pads. Notice I have slots that still need to be filled...

But his next project is much bigger and very exciting. It's almost completed I can't wait to share it with you!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My Scrapbook Process: Current Favorite Techniques

This layout documents our minor kitchen remodel last year. We kept the cupboards, but Phil stripped outdated border paper and re-painted the entire kitchen. The new floor, countertops, sink and back splash were hired out. I chose two photos showing the biggest difference between before and after.  Echo Park's This and That Charming collection helped pull the page together.

This patterned paper reminded me of receipts, so I layered pieces behind the photos. I thought this fit the theme of the page nicely without being over the top about it. I'm enjoying the freedom of playing with bits and pieces of paper. I see what I can come up with and then add the photos on top.

These do-it-yourself embellishments create a visual triangle. I'm still all about the visual triangle and have to tell myself it's okay if I occasionally make a page without one. Lately I'm buying fewer embellishments and investing in punches and die cuts so I can create my own custom touches. 

Adding border strips and a bit of sewing is a new favorite technique of mine. I seem to be using it all the time these days. I really like the finishing touch it adds.

And that's how I put this page together. Do you have any go-to techniques or new design elements you are loving these days? Do tell!

(p.s. my next kitchen project is new appliances, so if you could leave a comment about how we need to replace that white stove, I'll be sure and share those with Phil!)

Monday, April 23, 2012

April Add On Sketch

You can download and print this sketch over at the Sketch Support blog. It includes instructions on how to make the pinwheels.

Confession: I had never made paper pinwheels before working with this sketch.
Conclusion: They are easy and fun to make, thanks to double-sided paper. Definitely worth repeating on future pages and cards.

Pinwheels remind me of a party, so I added them to this page featuring some cute kid photos from our church's Block Party. I used a sketch from Sketches for Scrapbooking, One Page Sketches, Vol. 1 and supplies from my Studio Calico March kit to create this layout.

If you use this sketch to create a layout, please consider adding it to the Sketch Support Flickr Gallery!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Two-Page Tuesday: Using Memorabilia

You can download and print this sketch over at the Sketch Support blog

Lots of paper, lots of photos. That's how Allison describes this sketch, and that's pretty much what I thought when I first saw it. And that made me happy.
A perfect showcase for more photos from our vacation to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Most of my supplies came from the Studio Calico March main kit. My title work was inspired by this brochure.

The Amy Tan fabric flowers that came with the kit are totally adorable! Since I got a "D" in Home Ec sewing class (oh so many years ago), this is about the only way fabric will ever find its way onto my layouts....
If you use this sketch to create a layout, please consider adding it to the Sketch Support Flickr Gallery!

And now for the winners of the Sketch Support Blog hop. First, thank you so much for all your kind comments and a warm welcome to the new followers! I was completely blown away by your responses. The online scrapping community is simply the best! Using my manual random number generator (aka Phil) - 
The winner of Sketches for Scrapbooking: Travel Sketches is:

Great layout! Love the colors and the subject!!

The winner of Sketches for Scrapbooking: One-Page Sketches, Vol. 2 is:

Your colors are so beautiful!

If you both will email me, I will get these in the mail to you right away. Just click on view my complete profile in my sidebar, then select EmailCongrats!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Take Twelve: April 2012

Technology. Sometimes you can't live with it, especially when Blogger is acting up. But these days, you can't live without it. At least we can't. The suggested theme for April's Take Twelve over at Ella Publishing was the perfect opportunity to document some of the gadgets that are part of our daily lives.

Phil and I have our own cameras, our own computers, our own cars. Phil's camera and car are definitely cooler than mine, but I think I have him with all my Mac goodies. We also share plenty of gadgets; stuff that didn't even exist when we were first married. No doubt about it, we love our technology!

You can see my other Take Twelve pages here and here. And yes, March is missing. I just didn't get to it last month. These layouts will be going in various albums, so month-by-month continuity is not important. At least it isn't now!!

There's still time to enter my giveaway for the two newest books from Sketch Support! You can find the details here.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sketch Support Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome to the Sketch Support Blog Hop and Giveaway! You should have arrived here from Michele's, but if you are just starting at my blog, make sure to go to Sketch Support to begin. Don't forget to leave a comment at each blog to be eligible for the big grand prize giveaway! (I have a giveaway here, too. Details are at the end of this post) 

This sketch is taken from one of the new books, Sketches for Scrapbooking, One-Page Sketches, Volume 2. Here's my take.....

Yes, someone thought it would be a good idea to douse our pastors with water balloons at our annual Block Party! They were good sports about it all, but I doubt the event will be repeated...

This is also a "get to know the team" type of hop, so here's a little peek into what makes me tick as a scrapbooker.

How long have you been scrapbooking? I started scrapbooking in 1999. That seems like a long time ago now!
Why did you start scrapbooking? We had just returned from a fabulous trip to Israel and Egypt. I knew I wanted to do more than just slap photos in an album, so I went in search of ideas and ended up at a Creative Memories party. From there, I was completely hooked!
What is your favorite time of day to scrapbook? Anytime works for me! I usually scrap in the morning during the week, and afternoons and evenings on the weekend.
How often do you scrapbook? I scrapbook every day, but I include many activities in my definition of "scrapbooking." Downloading photos, writing blog posts, organizing projects and supplies all count in my book!
Where do you scrapbook/what does your space look like? I'm glad you asked! I have an area in our basement, which you can see here.
When I'm not scrapbooking you can find me...playing and teaching piano, spending time with family, reading, knitting, watching NCIS, spoiling my two cats, and traveling.
What is your favorite thing about using sketches? I love the versatility and solid design of the sketches. They are so much fun to adapt to whatever I want to scrap!
What is your favorite sketch from Sketch Support? That is a hard one! I think the 2-page sketches are my favorite. I rarely make a 2-page layout without referring to one of the sketches. One of my very favorites is this one.
Here's the order of the entire hop:
Sketch Support
Sue - that's me

As promised at the beginning of this post, I am giving away one copy of each of the newest books, Sketches for Scrapbooking, One-Page Sketches, Volume 2 and Sketches for Scrapbooking: Travel Sketches! The travel sketches are two-page sketches, easily adaptable to all types of pages, but especially handy for all those summer vacation photos. All you need to do is leave a comment, and I will randomly choose two winners on Tuesday, April 17th. You do not have to be a follower to win, but I would consider it an honor if you became a follower!

Now you can hop on over to Virginia's blog and continue the fun. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ten Things On the 10th

Ten Things Within Arm's Reach at My Scrap Table
(okay, technically this is way more than ten things, please cut me some slack...)
1. smaller trimmers and a corner rounder
2. 6x6 paper pads
3. sewing floss and ribbon
4. miscellaneous brads sorted by color
5. tool caddy
6. raised adhesive
7. cardstock scraps
8. black and brown stamp pads
9. drawers filled with alphabets, stamps and embellishments
10. small shape punches

What do you keep within arm's reach?

Ten Things on the 10th: Participants will share something totally of their own creation - but always ten things. Some will share ten photos, ten crafty ideas, ten sources of inspiration, ten recipes, ten things in a collection... always ten things and always on the tenth of the month. If you'd like to see more Ten Things on the 10th posts, click here to visit Shimelle's blog. (and find out how you can join in)

Monday, April 9, 2012

April Card Sketch

You can download and print this sketch over at the Sketch Support blogI decided this card sketch would make a very nice scrapbook page!

I stayed close to the original sketch, with these minor changes:

  • adjusted the sizes to create a layout instead of a card
  • added two more strips of patterned paper
  • inked the edges of all the strips
  • placed the background off-center

Most of my supplies came from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan collection from American Crafts. This line is a big winner in my book! 

If you use this sketch to create a layout, please consider adding it to the Sketch Support Flickr Gallery! 

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Sneak Peeks

Spring Break has finally arrived! I'm taking a blogging break this week, but I've got plenty to post after Easter. Here are a few sneaks. I'll be back next week - hope you will, too!