Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I Won!

I was shocked and honored to find out that I won Meg's "You Gotta Have Friends" challenge at Swirlydoos! This is a picture of my dearest cat, Rosie who passed away this summer. She was 14, and a very dear friend to me.

I used the November "Irresistible" kit and sketch for the layout. The circles are the new Artisan Elements by Pink Paislee- I used Glimmer Glam and Glimmer Glaze on them for color. I also used some pink distress ink and turquiose Stickles, which you can't really see from the pic.
I also used the new House of Three stamps along of the edge of the bottom blue paper.

Lavender Escape Layouts

The Swirlydoos Lavender Escape kit is gorgeous! It was a busy month for me, so I didn't get a chance to play with it as much as I wanted to, but I managed to crank out a couple.

This was my entry for the monthly sketch challenge. The pic is of me and my daughter when we went to Disneyland.

These pics are of my daughter's first week of school. She got to pick out all of her own school clothes, so I thought it would be nice to take a picture for every day of the first week.
I don't do many layouts with multiple pics, so it was a little challenging to come up with a design, but once I got the right size of pics, it all came together. The jewel swirls are Prima, and I used coordinating stamps underneath the swirls.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Getting Over My Fear of Red with the Swirlydoos Mon Amour Kit

I can't really say why, but I have a fear of red being the main color on a layout. I can pair it with another color, but I do not prefer to have it be the primary color. I didn't really think much about this until I opened the September Swirlydoos kit, Mon Amour. I admit it: I kind of panicked!
So, I started out with Jannike's "No Patterned Paper" challenge, and this is the result:
I had three different shades of red on there, and it made me a little uncomfortable.

This is a pic of my little ones taken about five years ago. I had this printed at Costco that long ago, and I thought it might go nicely with the kit. I have never used brown and red together, but I like the effect.
I used a Beggahuna sketch. I decided that I was done with the kit because I wasn't really enjoying the creative process that it took to wade through my fear of red!

But, not using a kit really isn't my style. I decided to bust it out for the October Round Robin challenge, and this time, I think I found my groove with red. I was surprised with how easy it was to come up with this layout. I guess it's had to use pictures of the kids and red- it looks too formal to me. But my other types of pictures seem to work with red. I hope I get up the courage to use it again!
The stick pin is from Karen Foster, and the black velvet roses are from Petaloo; I put tiny prima roses in the middle. The pearl flourish is from Zva Creative.

Do It Yourself Contest at Swirlydoos

Swirlydoos had a contest during October to create a layout by making your own patterned paper. This was my entry. I used a Creative Imaginations die cut paper to get the doily effect around the circle. I used purple and pink Glimmer Mist. then waited for it dry. Once dry, I sprayed again with black Smooch. This was my first time using both types of mists on one area, and I really like the effect.
The five flowers and ribbon is Prima scrap jewelry. I used extra pearls from another one to get the bunched ribbon look. The butterfly and "Beautiful" chipboard are both Dusty Attic, which I embossed with gold powder. The cameo came in the November kit.

Swirlydoos Shabby Ambition Layouts

The paper in the August kit was some of the prettiest paper I have ever seen. I love blue! Here are a few layouts I did with the kit:

This layout was done for the September Round Robin challenge at Swirlydoos, of course. Lisa Gregory was kind enough to edit this photo of me and my son. (Thank you, Lisa!)

There aren't a lot of techniques on this layout, except for the frame, which is Dusty Attic chipboard. I used different colors of alcohol inks to make it look distressed, which is more pronounced in real life.

I did this layout for the August Round Robin challenge. I got a handful of people asking how I was able to get this shot of my daughter and the cat, and the truth is, that the cat is just really that cool- he loves to get kissed!

My husband took this picture of us when we were sitting on the beach on Coronado Island.
I used wet distressing on the main blue paper, and it's the first time that I tried this technique where I was happy with the results! The chipboard vines are from Creative Imaginations; I used three colors of green alcohol ink on them to create a watercolor effect. The big flower is a creation that I made by ripping apart a Prima flower, and putting a Petaloo flower on it. It looks better that way!

My daughter looks so cute with "bed head" in the morning! This was taken a couple of years ago, and I hadn't scrapped it yet.

I cut up two pieces of the same die-cut paper for this design.

Swirlydoos Summer Serenity Layouts

The July Swirlydoos kit was to die for. Unfortunately, I kind of burned myself out on the Basic Grey Cappella line when I was doing a mini album with it. I did manage to squeeze out a few though.

The pic on this layout is so old! I edited it in Picasa so it would go well with the colors of the papers and flowers.
I went crazy with the Zutter Distrezz-it-all on this one. The bottom vine is Dusty Attic chipboard, and the small vine is a cut of the same shape that I made with SCAL. I used Cat's Eye chalk in in Burnt Sienna on all of the papers.

This is a pic of me! I am not fond of the 70's background of the picture, but I tried to make the layout look a litttle "70's" to make the pic work with these papers.

I painted the chipboard with green paint, then used gold and black distress embossing powder. The foam letters were colored using an alcohol ink pen.

I used the monthly sketch that came with the July kit for this layout.
I used alcohol inks to color the swirly jewels- they are more vibrant in real life. The black vines were cut with the Cricut. The title is a rub-on by Kaisercraft.

Converting a One-pager into a Two-page Layout

I came up with the idea for this layout in the middle of the night, and I couldn't get it out of my head! There are a lot of different techniques, so it took me a few days to finish, but it is one of my all time faves. I took it to my local scrapbook store, to show one of the owners to convince her to start carrying Dusty Attic chipboard, and to also see if she would like me to do a different layout using cardboard, if she liked it. When I brought it in, she went nuts! She didn't want me to do a different layout, she wanted me to convert this into a two-page layout to do as a class now! That is a lot harder than you think, because I two-pagers really aren't my style, and this one was already done!

So, I had to start over! And, this is the result:
The stitching is done by hand, and takes just way too long. The cardboard was done with white paint and Glimmer Mist. I used a tutorial by Jan to make the border around the circle: And, I had to change the title, because another teacher had just used "Free Spirit"! The fairies were covered with black glitter, then the wings were sprinkled with Diamond Dust.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Life Unscripted Mini Album

One of my favorite projects are mini albums. This is one that I created with Basic Grey's Cappella line. I also taught a class on this at my local scrapbook store, Scrappy Do , which is why I left it blank.

For the cover, I used two pieces of paper- I glued one to the album, then used the other by ripping for a distressed look. The title was cut with the Cricut and Design Studio from the Calligraphy cartridge.

Pages 1 &2
On the inside cover I used a piece of plain yellow paper from the Cappella line, but I used Anitique Linen distress ink over it, then followed with dabbing on Peeled Paint Distress Stickles.

Pages 3 &4

Pages 5 &6

Pages 7 & 8
The back cover looks like the front.

More Vintage Layouts

These layouts are made with pictures of my Grandma Peggy. She lived far from us, so I didn't get to see her often, but she was a really neat lady.

This one is her first portrait.
I used wet distressing that I learned from Robin Schelin, designer for Swirlydoos.

I love this picture. When I was going through all of these old photos, I was irritated that my grandma wrote all over the pics, but I have since learned that it was a very popular thing to do! Besides, it's neat to have her handwriting preserved like this. She gave this picture to my grandpa, so it's kind of special.
This was also another attempt at doing wet distressing. And, I did fussy cutting on the the blue scroll on the right side.

This picture is another senior portrait.
I used a ruffle technique on the large patterned paper. I saw this on many of Gabrielle Pollaco's layouts, which gives an elegant effect to any layout. The chipboard frane is from Technique Tuesday; I used brown and yellow distress inks and sporadically placed blue chalk ink to create the rusted effect.

Vintage Layouts

I love vintage layouts! I was finally able to get my hands on some pictures of my dad’s side of the family. The Swirlydoos June kit, Antebellum Beauty is what I used for most of these layouts.

Here are the results:

Here is the only family photo taken of my dad’s family:

Kaisercraft Pearls are one of my favorite embellishments! The fence is piece of Dusty Attic chipboard.

This is my grandparents on their wedding day:

This layout is pretty simple, but I wanted to really keep the focus on the gorgeous picture! I misted the Prima felt with Antique Brass Glimmer Mist. The lamp post is Dusty Attic chipboard. The pearls around the photo are Kaisercraft Pearl Strips again.

This one is done mostly with the Le Romantique line by Graphic 45. It’s my great-grandma Thyra.

I actually made this layout for a challenge I was hosting: “Buttons, Ribbon, and Stamps, Oh My!” The point of the challenge was to incorporate all of those elements in one layout.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May Swirlydoos Challenge Layouts

Besides chatting on the forums with a group of great ladies, there are awesome challenges at Swirlydoos! There are four challenges every month. This layout is for Meg's "Round Robin" challenge. I got to go first this month:

This is an older picture of my daughter, but I just love it. The brown "stitching: is actually just doodling: I don't have a sewing machine, but I love the look of stitching! The blue cardstock die cut is from an SVG file I made from a picture of the Basic Grey Origins Doily. That shape is so hot right now, and it's really addicting to use.

Here is my submission for the monthly sketch challenge:

I really struggled with this sketch! I think it's because I wanted to use these pics, but the papers from the May kit didn't exactly go well with them. Again, I used my own form of "stitching." I used Stickles to color the die cut vines- I thought it gave a nice subtle look.

"My Boys" is the layout I came up with for Bonnie's "Use Your Scraps" challenge, which is self-explanatory. This was a fun idea, and I was surprised at how quickly this came together: 30 minutes from start to finish.

I adore this pic of my husband and son. I took it at the Muir Woods in March. I knew I wanted to use it for this layout, but it was too colorful with their clothes and background, so I used a black and white. I sprayed the flowers with the special Glimmer Mist called "Piece of Heart": the proceeds go to Autism research. (Yay!) I also used copper paint for the square chipboard, which I used a heat gun on so the paint would bubble up. I love that look.

The picture on this layout is of my daughter playing outside of my in-laws' house on Mother's Day. She loves those hollyhocks! I knew it would be perfect for what I had in mind for Tina's "Distress and Layer" challenge:

My Zutter Distrezz-it-All got a workout! Every layer except for the oval got "Zuttered"! We had to use at least six layers, and I could only come up with five, and something seemed off until I put that piece of green paper in the mix- it really ties in all the colors from the picture. The twist for the challenge was to make your own rose, which I did by following Tina's tutorial that she posted on her blog.

I love the challenges at SD- they make you stretch your imagination and inspire creativity!

Monday, May 24, 2010

7 Gypsies Printer's Tray-- "Timeless Love"

This is my first project from the Swirlydoos June Kit, Antebellum Beauty. I used mostly the main kit, some things from the add-on kits, and a few things I had in my stash. The paper is Ella Blue by GCD Studios- so beautiful!

The chipboard pieces are from Dusty Attic. I inked the chipboard clock with Distress ink, used Smooch on the blue ring, and painted the middle. I painted the photo frame, then randomly rubbed it with Distress ink when it was dry.