Friday, August 31, 2012

Embossed Puzzle

Took me all month but I'm finally posting Nancy's Squirrely Challenge. Woo hoo. I bought a new embossing folder last week and just had to use it. I love it already and I know it will work well on many oceanside and aquarium layouts on my agenda. From Club Scrap, I used a card base from the Raku kit as well as the stamp image from Castaway. The panel and image panel are Bristol Smooth. Gelatos used to color the frame. Distress ink on the embossing folder. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Week 32 - Weekly Chronicles

So I am trying to stay on top of my Weekly Chronicles. This posting is from last week. Created it on time and got it into Club Scrap on time. I actually won the prize last week as well. The prompt for this particular week was Farmer's Market and we were supposed to illustrate our consumption of fruits and veges in the summer. I portrayed one of my nightly salads and my new obsession of pears. Layout done on Bon Appetite  kit from Club Scrap. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Week 33 - Weekly Chronicles

Yes, I am back doing my Weekly Chronicle on a consistent basis. This week, the prompt from Club Scrap was to focus on the friendships we've made through our online message board. I have made so many wonderful friends through Club Scrap. Early in 2009, Farley invited me to join her with Alison at a Tim Holtz event at Stampers Corner in Elk Grove. Shortly after that, Lucy who invited me to join West Coast Scrappers. I met many of them at Scramp Camp at Green Tangerines in Rocklin. Since that time, I have been to Retreat with Chrissie and met many more of the gals (and guy) of Club Scrap. I have also been to many House and Shop Crops in the Bay Area with the Westies. It is a great group of women and I am fortunate to share this love of Club Scrap and crafting with them. 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

28 Sketches - Day 14 - Signs

Saralee and I were charmed by the quaint and unusual signs and vernacular in New Zealand. This page captures a few of those memories. Layout created on paper from a DCWV stack called Timeless Type. USE YOUR STASH! It's a little busy, I suppose. But it's done. And that makes me happy.
I still have eight sketches to complete. Last night I ordered up some new photos from Shutterfly to accomodate the sizes called for in Lisa Day's sketches. Still have to come up with a slew of 2x2 inch pix. Not my usual size.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

28 Sketches - Day 23 - Auckland City

Just some random extra shots of driving around in Auckland City. Used the Ornamental kit from Club Scrap. Not all that thrilled with this particular sketch. But it works for these photos. Thanks for looking.

Friday, August 17, 2012

28 Sketches - Day 18 - The Shire

I love this layout. I love these photos. This time, I was able to follow instructor Lisa Day's sketch quite closely. That's a first!!! In case you don't remember, these sketches are for a Big Picture Class called 28 Days of Sketches. 

Created on Club Scrap's Refresh Design Classic or Remix. Not sure. The photos reflect our drive through the New Zealand countryside later used to depict The Shire and Hobbiton in Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. We scouted it out ten years before Peter Jackson did. Should I request a Finder's Fee? Thanks for looking.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

28 Sketches - Day 28 - Life is a Daring Adventure

Well, the class is over now but I'm not finished. Still have several layouts in various states of completion as well as a few which I haven't tackled yet. This one features photos of Mallory at three months old, swinging in her airplane swing. Love those chubby little legs. Bet she won't. The paper is from a Club Scrap Retreat Remix kit called Aviation. Didn't think I'd really have a use for it until I stumbled across these pix and a lightbulb went on in my head. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

28 Sketches - Day 16 - Baron von Klenzy

Yes, these are photos of my hubby washing the rental car on the first day of our trip. The unsealed roads of New Zealand were no match for Baron von Klenzy (as he was named by our travelling partners). Papers used are from the Far East collection from DCWV. All edges inked with Distress Inks. Sorry the photo is crooked. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

28 Sketches - Day 11 - Queue Here

Still working on my Big Picture Class. The sketch for Day 11 was quite straightforward. Unfortunately, I just can't use the minimal number of photos our instructor includes on the sketches. So I have fattened it up a bit by adding all the photos I needed to tell my story. This layout is about our ferry ride across the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. All materials except sticker letters from Club Scrap. Oh, yeah, an old Mrs. Grossman border sticker is also used. Thanks for looking. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

28 Sketches - Day 19 - Lovely Girl

This one is from the sketch for Day 19 of 28 Days of Sketches. I followed it fairly closely and used my August kit from Simon Says Stamp which is called Flower Girl. I have been concentrating on these layout sketches so haven't had time to attack the kit. However, the colors of the kit reminded me of these vintage (?) photos of Mallory from 1997. Perfect, don't you think. The base and orange cardstock are American Crafts. All other paper and the stamp are from the Flower Girl kit. All edges inked with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

28 Sketches - Day 22 - Russell

I have been working diligently on my 28 Days of Sketches Class even though you haven't seen results. I have quite a backlog to post here and you will be seeing them over the next few days. This first one is from Day 22 and called for some embellishments scattered up the left side of the layout. Initially, I planned to cut some hexagons to sprinkle on the page. And then I had a lightbulb moment. I dug deep into my old stash and found some naked chipboard seashells. I then dug even deeper (and I mean, waaaay back) to find some Art Accentz Micro Beedz which I bought from QVC who knows when. I applied gesso and then Pool Adirondack Paint Dabber to the naked chipboard. While still wet, I sprinkled them with the micro beads. Let's hope they stay put. Here's a photo of my homemade embellies. 
Layout is about our wonderful visit in Russell in the Bay of Islands on the North Island of New Zealand. A spectacular place. I could have stayed there forever. Materials used (other than the embellies mentioned above are from Club Scrap (By the Seashore remix and Poetic kits). Oh, and some seashell stickers. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

28 Sketches – Day 12 – Boots & Bonnets

So I have fallen behind on my class as well as Weekly Chronicles. I don’t know what I was thinking when I signed up for a class requiring a LAYOUT A DAY. HA!

I’m doing my best to stay on top of it but I just don’t work that fast. First of all, it takes me a day or so just to decide what photos I’m using, what colors I need, what kit I wants, etc. Then to do the actual assembly…?! Oy, vey!

This layout is for Day 12 of my 28 Sketches class at Big Picture Classes. I didn’t follow the sketch exactly as I had too many photos I wanted to include. I realize it makes it a bit busy, but I wanted to use all of these photos on one layout. I’ll have to deal with it.

Still working on New Zealand photos. These are random photos taken all over the North Island on our trip. Most taken at the request of DH as they contain automobiles and trucks. We tried to come up with a title that would reflect the Kiwi vernacular. This is the best we could do. The kit used is Cruisin’ from Club Scrap. Old stickers from the ancient stash. All edges inked with Black Soot Distress Ink. Not much else to report.

Week 31 – Weekly Chronicles

Week 31 8x8 Blog

I'm baaaaaaack!

I haven't posted my Weekly Chronicle since Week Sixteen. I know. I should be ashamed of myself. Have no fear, I have taken a photo every day in the interim. Just kept procrastinating, thinking I needed to start with Week Seventeen. Now I realize, I should just jump back in where we are and try to catch up as I can. So here is my offering for Week Thirty-one.

Karen at Club Scrap provides a weekly prompt of a topic to address in your Weekly Chronicle. I sort of forgot somewhere during the week what the prompt was but I did capture a screen shot of my movie popcorn coupon on Thursday. Certainly couldn't do that without the WWW. Actually, the WWW is SUCH a part of my life that I don't think I could even journal about it. Sometimes I am embarrassed about how much time I spend (er....waste?) on any one of my devices. But I love it and will continue. So why stress about it?

So in case you have forgotten what I'm doing this year....I'm actually doing Project 366 with a photo a day. I try to capture at least one pic in the week relating to Karen's prompt. Also, I am working from Sunday to Saturday. My page templates are from Becky Higgins' Project Life through Jessica Sprague. This week, I used my Club Scrap Wildflowers digi kit for mats and base papers. The journal card is a freebie from Miss Tiina on the WWW (again!). Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hexagon Love - 28 Days of Sketches - Day 13

I am in love with hexagons lately. As are about a million other crafty chicas. Anyway, I created this card based upon a layout sketch from my 28 Days of Sketches at Big Picture Classes. I am struggling with doing a layout for this particular sketch but a guest designer used to to create a card. I pretty much copied her. All materials are Club Scrap (Stratosphere, Lotus Pond, Tilescapes and Dream in Color kits) except for the pearls and the Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. Hexagons were punched with my old Creative Memories punch. Sentiment block cut on Silhouette. Butterfly cut with Spellbinder die. This card is for the August Card Sketch Challenge over at Club Scrap. Take a look.