Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hello Story Weeks 3 and 4

A little break for a birthday trip and now I'm back, hard at work on Weeks 3 and 4 of Hello Story from Ali Edwards over at BPC. Week Three was about direction in our life. Week Four is about the passage of time. I think I covered both topics on this two page layout about my 6oth birthday and the things we did to celebrate it. Papers are from the Snapshot Stack from DCWV. Digi elements are all from class materials from Ali. I am pleased with the result. Even if, as usual, it took much longer than it should have. Thanks for stopping in.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello Story - Newport

The next timeline from Ali Edwards and Hello Story is a circular pie chart. I am really loving this design and will be using it again and again. This one will be the opening page for a trip hubby and I took to Newport, Oregon, last August. A little bit of journaling telling about each day's highlights. I shamelessly copied Ali's technique of cutting sections of each pie slice and raising it. Doesn't show much in the photos but I think it's fab. All supplies are Club Scrap except for arrow stamps from Close to My Heart and letter stamps and brads from my stash. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lexi 'n Me

Still working in Week One of Hello Story with Ali Edwards at Big Picture Classes. The topic is Timelines. For this one, I decided to do a layout showing photos of my niece, Lexi and me during our infrequent visits. I used the Papillon kit from Club Scrap and two Embosslits from Stampin' Up for the butterflies and hearts. The word stamps are from various sets, mostly The Stamps of Life. The arrows are from Close to My Heart. I'm very pleased with how this turned out and I thank Ali for her inspiration. Although Ali's sample was done on white and kraft giving a very crisp look. I will use that in the future for another story. But my goal this month, in keeping with my motif self-assignment, was to use my stash and "winged things." The locations have been blurred to protect the innocent. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Have a Nice Day!

Running a little late this month. This is the card I made for the Monthly Card Sketch over at Paperartistsonline. It's loosely based on a sketch from Papertrey Ink. I used stamps from Close to My Heart. I had been itching to use this Washi Wonder set and I am firmly in love with it now. Will have many uses for it on scrapbook pages and cards. Thanks for coming by.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello Story

Last Thursday, I started another class with Big Picture Classes. This one is called Hello Story and is taught by Ali Edwards, a scrapper I have followed for years. She is introducing us to what she calls Storytelling Structures which give us the tools to tell our stories with confidence. She hopes they are designs we can use over and over again. As you may have noticed, I'm not much of a journaler on my layouts but I would like to include more information than I do. I'm hoping by starting with the story in mind, I may achieve that goal. Rather than tacking it on as the last thing when a layout is complete. 

The videos and digital content provided with this class are amazing. I have learned so much already and feel really excited to get these layouts from my head or computer to paper. This first assignment is a Timeline. I chose to make a photo showing the quick change in weather upon our arrival at our motel in Newport, Oregon, last August. This is just a 6x12 photo right now but will be used on a layout depicting more of the story. Just wanted to share it with you so you know I'm doing my homework. More will follow once I pick up my prints at Target. I am so excited about some of these designs.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Blue Bell Lodge

Another South Dakota layout. This one shows Blue Bell Lodge in Custer State Park. It had such a rustic old-timey feel. I loved everything about it. The kit used was Lodge from Club Scrap. No particular sketch. Just wanted to get the photos down and maximize the beautiful design on the paper. Title is computer generated and embellished with a Lodge stamp along with a dragonfly brad. This month I'm doing "things with wings" so I used a dragonfly. I'm not really much for embellishing. One little brad is enough for me. Thanks for stopping in.

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Multi-tasking once again. It is past time for me to post the April scrapbook sketch over at Paperartistsonline. I realized I could use this layout I finished last night so I dug up the sketch and posted it. After the fact. Is that cheating?

Also, I used die cuts from The Stamps of Life so I will be posting it over there for the monthly challenge. The Crazy Daisy dies were colored with gelatos to simulate a stained glass look. 

Again I used gelatos with Club Scrap's Tilescapes stamps to create a bit of texture on the plain blue paper. All papers are from Club Scrap, the same kit. 

The photos were taken at Our Lady of the Sioux in Chamberlain, South Dakota. I was a bit excited to see a stained glass of Kateri Tekakwitha whose biography I read as a child back at Corpus Christi. I thought the Tilescapes paper and stamps worked well with the images. Very daring of me, I handwrote my own journaling. I really don't like to do that but I'm forcing myself to do it. To put a bit of me on my pages. I assume in twenty years, I will say, hey, my handwriting was good back then. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Take Another Shot

I loved all of the neon signs in Rapid City so, of course, I had to photograph them. Now that I'm posting, I realize I didn't create any notes describing where these signs are located. So I'll have to get on that. But the layout is essentially finished. I used the Club Scrap Get The Picture kit along with some photography stickers from my stash. And another wood veneer camera from my stash. Perhaps I should copy Shimelle and place a camera on every one of these South Dakota layouts. Perhaps I already have? I should check that. Anyway, I ramble on. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Wishing You A Snappy Birthday

As Sketch Hostess over at Paperartistsonline, I post a monthly card sketch for the crafters to use if they so desire. It took me all month in March to create my sample but I finally got my act together and made a card from the sketch. It's not super-close to the sketch but I DID use the sketch as my base. I have two not-so-little-anymore girls with birthdays on April 1. I made them both the same card. This feels like cheating but they don't know each other and I'm really really really trying to stay focused on my scrapbooking this year so I think it's okay. 

I used paper from Doodlebug and a stamp and camera dies from My Favorite Things. A little Stickles on the heart. And it's CAMERA month for me so this fits that goal as well. Thanks for looking and for playing along with me.