Saturday, April 30, 2011

Location location location

SO I have completed another challenge over at Once Upon a sketch
I loved the sketch soo versatile of course. Gosh I am really hung up on their sketches over there. These photos are of my husband at our condo in Gulf Shores. I am sitting down at the pool with the kids while he is up there watching football. I went waaay outta my way to make sure when I made the reservations that we would be able to watch our beloved Tn Vols play while we were at the beach. So when we were done with our game me and the kids went to the pool and he hung out watching all the other games that day. Some people think why would you scrap that well I wanted my kids to read the journaling and maybe someday they will be gracious enuff to think of others when doing the same thing.

I got to use up some of my fave line Cosmo Cricket Snorkel(which I am holding onto the rest REAL tight cuz its almost gone-insert sad face) and it mixed really well with the Studio Calico County Fair line. Hope you enjoyed looking!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

WOWZA I had 27 comments on my blog post for the MS Spring Blog Hop. Thanks to all you ladies who participated and to those of you who decided to become followers. Now its up to me to keep you entertained with each new post--hope I can live up to that!

So I am guessing you wanna know how is the winner for the special prize. Well I needed a lil help fromthe Random # generator and it gave me #25--which would be


congrats girl-now email me your addy and I will get you some goodies!

Stay tuned ladies I aint done typing yet today! =)


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Step into Spring Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to my blog! Today we are celebrating the beginning of a new season with the Step into Spring Blog Hop brought to you by the Design Team from Memorable Seasons! If you did not start your hop today on the Memorable Seasons blog, please jump back over there so you do not miss anything.
Today we are looking at the word S-P-R-I-N-G and taking you through all the steps for creating a fabulous layout using an exclusive sketch created for this blog hop by Liz Chidester , which was the first step! And of course that would be for the letter S. If you have followed each step you should now be on the letter N.

And its my turn, so we have seen the sketch, picked the papers, used on packaging and inked everything up. So what comes next?
N= needs embellies

How appropriate that I "Miss Gaudy" get to do the embellie part of the lo. Now now girls don't be scared. This is alot easier than you think. Think of it like getting dressed for work, church or wedding. Ya know you have the outfit now you need some accessories to jazz it up.

So when deciding what to accessorize with I usually pick a bunch of stuff that would work well with the lo. So here's a photo of where my lo stands after the prior steps. Looks a lil naked dontcha think?

Here's some photos of the stuff I drug out to play with for my embellishments.

Now you dont have to drag out that much stuff but I wanted to show you a variety of stuff that would work. Remember there are no rules to what you can put on your lo. Heck I like to put "not normal" stuff on there it makes it more interesting and fun to look at.

So this first photo I pulled somethings and played around here in this first photo and I dont like it. The 3 buttons on the circle or the lil bunch at the top of the photo-just not working for me.

So here's the next take on it. Its getting better-we'll just keep playing around

Now here are some good rules to remember when adding embellishments to a page.
1. When you have busy, bold pattern papers-less embellies is a must. You dont want the page too too busy so that we are pulled away from our photos. Cuz isnt that whats this is all about?
2. When you have small pattern papers, 1 photo with a plain background aka wall, white background, black ground (you get the picture) well to me thats an open road to go embellishment CRAZY!
3. Now not all of us have "The Camera" so all of our photos arent just perfecto. So when you have something in the corner or the sides that are distracting from your photo-try putting some embellishment to cover it and watch how it draws your eye to the subject of the photo. I have done this on this lo-notice how I covered the staircase?
4. Lastly my own personal piece of advice--have fun with your embellishments-keep them packed in close together on your lo-it draws you to the photo better that way, and layer layer layer girls.
5. When making a cluster put the biggest item on the bottom and start layering from there making sure each piece shows thru-this is my FAVE thing to do. Besides I have an obsession that everything must be touching each other-ok now you know something weird about me--hehehehe!!!

And here is my example up to this point. Remember the rules stated up above-becuz these papers are soo bold and busy I decided to go with just a few embellies, but I did layer them up for added impact.

I have my photos and papers picked and have them placed as I have interpreted Liz's sketch, repurposed some Prima packaging, ink'd everything and dressed it up with embellies. Now we are off to Telah's blog to see what's next.

Be sure to leave me a comment telling me what you think about this step. By doing so, you will be one step closer to a fabulous Memorable Seasons prize as well as getting your name entered in for a RAK from me! Also, be sure to hop all the way until the end, where you will be taken back to the Memorable Seasons forum, where you will see a complete reveal of all the Design Team's finished layouts!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Creative Scrappers 2nd chance #147

So I read the post from Kristine over at Creative Scrappers that Mr Linky wasnt working for sketch #147. YIPEEE cuz we got a second chance to get this done in time for the challenge. So of course i jumped on it. I got to work with some of my new fave paper from Teresa Collins--Sports Edition II.

This is the youngest son-who choses to wear his Dad's baseball # and lucky for me Dad let me snap these pics (soo soo rare) and this sketch was perfect for these photos.

So first of all here's the sketch and following it is my take


Monday, April 11, 2011

A day of happinees and a wee bit of sadness.

Well today is my youngest sons 10th birthday. Double digits--make me sad. It only puts him closer to the teenage years. He is the youngest that means my days of having "children" are becoming no more. Soon I will be a mom of young men. UGH!
I think this has been secretly bothering me for a couple of weeks becuz without hesitation I have been scrappin his baby pictures (which BTW are looon overdue for scrappin) with such ease. Since I started scrappin late in their childhood I have this thing about saving these photos for the just the right paper or just the right challenge only becuz there arent as many to scrap as I would like. See I was a digi camera rebel for waaay too long. The first ones were soo horrible and the camera I had was one awesome 35mm that I had for years and it took such good pictures, until the day it gave up. Of course that day came at one of our low points economically wise so I had to make do with some disposables (worst pics EVA).

Anyways I saw a challenge for lots of handwritten journaling with a sketch of I knew when I saw it - it was perfect for the only picture I have of me and him when he was a baby. Oh gosh the amt of emotions I had swirling thru my brain during pregnancy--it was soo good to get them down on paper after all these years. I wanted it to come out just right and even now that I have finally done the page I am still not sure it sounds like I meant it. But it is done and boy did it feel good to get it done.

So if you have something like this on your mind-trust me this challenge is just for you. Hop on over to Once upon a sketch blogspot and get 'er done!

Here's my take

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Gettin Sketchy Thursday with EP

Okay so I am soo hooked on this line of pp by Echo Park--you know the For the Record. And this weeks sketch over at Sketchy Thursdays was perfect to work this paper is small bits. Ya know so I can stretch it as far as possible =) Yes I could just go buy some more but I am trying to be frugal and make my purchase last longer--just like I do that large bag of shredded cheese I buy every stinkin week and then have to police it--cuz its ridicously expensive-LOL!!!

This lo is about the storyteller on the train ride we took at Christmas time. Yes I am scrappin Christmas-SHOCK I know. But for some reason when I saw these pps they made me think of these photos. This sketch works so well for it too-all those layers-its like the pages in the story to me. Kinda a weird thing to scrap but I couldnt resist cuz I loved her outfit and she was one of the best storytellers I have ever heard!
Anyways on to my lo----here it is! Would love to hear whatcha think ladies?

Happy Hump Day & toodles