Having Fun layout for Scrapbook Challenges

Scrapbook Challenges is having a Seasons of Change Hop On. If you’re wondering what a “Hop On” is, it’s a blog hop with a twist. Once you finish hopping along the trail, you can choose to create a project based on the same sketch the dt used and post it to your own blog. Then you add a link to your blog to the appropriate thread in the forum. 😀 It’s simpler than it sounds.

You begin the hop on Brynn’s Blog (http://www.bzb-designs.com/blog), her blog links to the next stop and they link the next person until the end of the hop. Then you go to the Seasons of Change Hop On Thread. Leave a comment, check out the other members posts and follow the instructions on how to Hop On too! 😀

Here’s my take on Brynn’s sketch:

Materials:

American Crafts solid cardstock
GCD Studios Funhouse papers
GCD Studios Funhouse garland
MME Bohemia rubons
distress ink

Adhesives:

Helmar Liquid Scrapdots
Helmar adhesive runner
Helmar Zapdots

Here’s the sketch my layout is based on (the hop sketch):

As you can see, I flipped the sketch horizontally. 😀 TFL!

Life – Helmar’s June Challenge

Helmar posted their first monthly challenge on their blog and I was really excited to see it! It’s a gorgeous sketch by DT member Lydell Quin! Well, I was a bit intimidated considering I wanted to make sure my project was Helmar-worthy for one, but also because when I think of Helmar’s fabulous adhesives, I think of Tracy Weinzapfel (who I didn’t find out until later that she’s the president of Helmar?!!) and when I think of Tracy, I think artsy artsy artsy! Pretty and artsy. Not exactly my comfort zone kinda stuff? Anyway, if you know Tracy, you know she’s a high-energy, you gotta try it, very inspirational, very motivational type of positive person, so I just HAD to do something that was outside of my norm.

When I looked at the sketch, I first thought of a photo of Christian I’ve been wanting to sketch, but the idea that formed wasn’t really do-able w/o being about the resize the photo, so I scratched that idea. Then I remembered that I’ve been wanting to scrap one of the last ultrasound photos of Christian…it was from a series that came out exceptionally clear and you could see his profile perfectly. The rest came to me immediately after, but I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it look the way I’d like. In order to create my layout, I had to flip and rotate the sketch. I replaced some of the floral details with Larry’s and my sketched hands, but still included a few close to the central image. I combined this challenge with one hosted by Becky (fellow DT member) on Sketches4All. Her challenge is to journal around your page and add one other technique she uses in the sample posted in the thread. Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s a close up of my sketching. I haven’t sketched a thing in years and have never taken a single class, so please excuse the amateur quality to it:

This is the fabulous Helmar sketch I got to work with:

This is how I flipped it to make it work for me:

Materials:

Lily Bee (Helmar Prefered Partner) This & That patterned paper (“pretty fabric”)
Core’dinations (Helmar Prefered Partner) G45 Core Impressions cardstock
American Crafts white cardstock
Prima flowers
Webster’s Pages Vintage Inspired Netting (original version)
Webster’s Pages Sparklers
Pink Paislee Cushies foam alphas
Pink Paislee (Helmar Prefered Partner) Artisan elements circle
Queen & Co. Rhinestones
Tattered Angels Shimmer mist (used to “paint” the bg paper, circle and alphas)
Distress Inks

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Gemstone Glue
Helmar Craft Glue

TFL!

Can’t I get just 1 smile? Scrapbook layout

Christian is nearly a year old and I have hundreds of photos of my little guy. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them look just like these. For months, if he saw the camera, he would just stare at me like I had 2 heads, look really confused, or pissed! Now that he’s 11 months old and walking, he runs towards me and tries to grab the camera, so I get blurry action shots or images of his face up close and waaaay too personal. lol

For this layout, I combined 2 challenges. I used sketch#2 for the SYAO contest on Paper Secrets (due May 28th) and combined it with challenge#3 on Sketches4All, which requires 5+ patterned papers, 5+ alphas and exactly 5 buttons (due May 21st). Here’s what I came up with:

Materials:

Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden papers
American crafts cardstock
MME chipboard
Maya Road chipboard swirls (I took a piece apart to create a question mark)
PP Butterfly Garden Clear Pops stickers
PP Butterfly Garden Baubles buttons
white shirt buttons
Webster’s Pages Silhouette
WP Vintage Inspired Netting (original)
WP Storytellers Alphas
October Afternoon Mini Market stickers
Tattered Angels Shimmer mist
Distress Ink
Folk Art Acrylic paint
Stazon ink
Fiskars Baby Clear Stamps

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Zapdots
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac

TFL!

True Colors – Layout for Stuck Sketches

A lot of factors came into play when making this layout. It started with finding this fab sketch on the Stuck Sketches site, then reading this post on the Cosmo Cricket blog that really spoke to me. It was only too relevant to what was going on in our lives the moment I read it and struck so incredibly close to home I was smiling yet in tears as I read it. Over the last week or so, I was thinking about scrapping a page for my son, Alex, who is also 9. At first, the song F***’ing Perfect by Pink kept coming to mind, but he seems quite a bit young for that one. Then, True Colors by Lauper came to mind last night and I knew I just had to scrap this layout. I went with the most recent photos of Alex that I have printed except for the 1st day of school photos. The baby is in his lap, but if you really know Alex, it’s only fitting that he would be. 😀 Since I was inspired by a post on CC’s blog, I went with a blend of their papers. Red and black are his favorite colors, but he also likes some greens and ocean blue. I added a twist to the sketch from Stuck Sketches, but attaching a sleeve of sorts to the back of the strips under the photos so I could slide journaling strips under each one listing some positive traits my son possesses. I used a different color of ink to write on each strip. Here’s what I came up with (this is with the journaling strips fully inserted):

Here’s a view w/the strips pulled out slightly:

Here’s a close-up of the strips:

Here’s the sketch I worked off of from the Stuck Sketches site:

Materials:

Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 12×12 cardstock papers
CC Circa 1934 diecut stickers
CC Salt Air 6×6 paper pad
CC Social Club 6×6 paper pad
CC Tiny Type alphas
Webster’s Pages Storyteller Alphas
Paper doily
Tattered Angels Shimmer Mist

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrapdots

In case you’ve never heard the song that further inspired me for this layout, I’ve embedded it here. I picked this version from youtube rather than the official video, because it also includes the lyrics. TFL!

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