Reluctant Model – layout for Sketchabilities #104

For my example of sketch #104 at Sketchabilities, I picked a photo that was taken of Matthew shortly after we got home after a haircut. He was tired and didn’t really want his picture taken at the moment, but I really thought he looked cute with his new cut, so I asked him to smile for one. He agreed to just 1…AFTER I’d taken this picture. lol I scrapped the photo of him grinning broadly a few weeks ago…this is actually a pic a took just seconds before that one. 😀

Reluctant Model

Here’s a close up of the top right cluster:

reluctant model detail 1

Close up of the bottom left cluster:

reluctant model detail 2

Karan’s awesome sketch #104 for this challenge:


Creative Embellishments Funky Alphas
CE Chunky Alphas
CE 3/4″ chipboard gears
CE 1″ chipboard gears
CE 1 1/2″ chipboard gears
CE Punchinella panel
7 Dots studio papers
Webster’s Pages trim
Tim Holtz ticket, clip and film strip ribbon
Prima camera shaped paper clip
Acrylic ink
Tattered Angels glimmer mist
Prima stamp
Unity Stamp co stamp
Stazon ink



Rockstar Attitude – dt layout for the SWAT neon challenge

Each month, SWAT (Scrap Warriors Advanced Training) offers 2 “Drills,” which are challenges that are posted on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, a “Basic Training,” which is a tutorial, tip or technique post on the 2nd Saturday, and a “Special Op,” which is an off-the-page project posted on the 4th Saturday. All challenge entries are due by 11:59 pm EST on the 28th of the month the challenge is posted.

For Drill #11 the challenge is to use NEON colors on your layout, card, tag, altered project, etc. Even if you don’t already have a bunch of this trendy color range in your existing stash, you don’t have to run out and buy a bunch of stuff. Just check your supplies and you might be surprised by what you find! 😀 I didn’t think I had anything neon except for 1 neon orange washi tape that I received in a Freckled Fawn grab bag. I was surprised to find that I also have a white and neon yellow striped one and a neon green acrylic spray paint sample that was sent to me from Liquitex. 😀 I also found a variety of neon trims and a few patterned papers but did not end up using those on my project. Sorry my pic didn’t capture the colors just right, but here’s what I came up with:

I took a piece of white cardstock and layered the orange washi tape in strips across it, then trimmed to size. I repeated the process, but made sure to match up the stripes for the yellow and white tape, so now I had created my own neon papers. 😀 I used those 2 pieces to mat my photo of my oldest son, Taten. Isn’t he cute? This pic was taken a couple of years ago at his grandmother’s house. He’s now a full blown teen with the attitude to prove it! 😉 lol


American Crafts black and white cardstock
Prima stencils
TCW stencil
Liquitex acrylic spray paint
Liquitex white acrylic ink
Liquitex silver acrylic ink
Dusty Attic chipboard title piece and winged guitar
Viva Decor Inka Gold
Webster’s Pages trim
WP dazzle me gems

TFL! To see the other dt projects for inspiration and to enter the challenge, which is due by 11:59 pm EST July 28, 2013, CLICK HERE!

Life List Journal – Inspired by Tracy Weinzapfel

This is another fun project inspired by Tracy Weinzapfel, Pres of Helmar USA. Each week LIVE via Ustream, Tracy or Jess (Kinderstampo), presents a project and shows how it was created. Last Monday, Tracy challenged us to create a Life List Journal. It could be created any way we wanted, but here’s the the post on her blog where you can find the recorded video for hers: Tracy’s Blog

Inspired by her creation, but not imitating it, I came up with this:

I altered the cover of a binder so that I would not be afraid to play along with this challenge. I’m going to be using watercolor paper and adding pages as I go without fear that I’ll accidentally destroy the previous pages as I create! LOL

For this cover, I went with a sheet of Teresa Collins Notations paper. Cut to size, cut the detail for the top and fussy cut that fab semi-circle design, then adhered those two pieces with Helmar acid free glue. Inspired by Tracy’s multi-medium, artsy approach, I used watercolor pencils for the first time to color in the design…which was soooo much fun! 😀 I will def have to do THAT again! The quote was added using a Unity Stamp and Staz-On ink. Tracy also inspired me to *gasp* use my own handwriting, a fountain pen (you know, the kind w/a NIB?!!!) and ink. When I think about life and growth, I think green, so I went with a lovely green acrylic ink by Liquitex. TFL!