Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sketch 101 is fun!

What a fun week this is! The Scrappiest one of my all time fav sketch blogs is celebrating their 100th sketch this week with a week of super fun sketches, loads of inspirations and fun prizes! If you haven't checked it out, you should! I must say I really miss being on the DT there and being one of the first people to play with Liz's fun sketches! I decided to play along this week as much as I can and was able to squeeze some time in last night to play with sketch 101. I used Echo Park's Walk in the Park papers from my September Personalscrapper kit for this layout of my cute little nephew. I was honored to be able to give him his first tub bath when we visited last October and I can't wait to go see him again, sooner rather then later, as he is growing by leaps and bounds! Everything on this layout, the doodlebug letter stickers, the Echo Park papers and stickers (lil' duckies), cardstock and American Craft flair came in the September Personalscrapper kit...this is a great kit company if you are looking for a fun kit company to join, you WILL not regret joining Personalscrapper, I've been a member since 2007 and have loved EVERY kit Erica has put out! I must say Echo Park is fast becoming one of my favorite paper companies, check out THIS preview of their new FOR THE RECORD line, it's on my must have list of new releases for this Spring! Don't forget to hop on over to The Scrappiest and play along this week, you will have a great time! Well, I'm off to work on sketch 102...or maybe I should go back to 100.....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Fun New Challenge Blog

What a better way to start out the New Year with a fun new challenge blog! My blogging buddy and one of my Personalscrapper cyber friends, Carly, has started her own challenge blog. Through the end of January she is doing a practice run, getting things ready to run smoothly for her grand opening on February 1st! I love a challenge and if its a sketchy challenge I love it even more, so I knew this was one challenge I was going to take on! Now, mind you this challenge was fun, but for some reason my mojo wasn't with me yesterday when I had time to work on this fun sketch, so I ended up setting it aside and coming back to it today and guess what? I ended up finishing it up surprisingly quickly considering how slow and uninspired I was yesterday! LOL! I ended up using up some more of my May Scraptacular kit featuring papers by Bella Blvd's Man of the House line (my fav line by Bella so far!). Tied it together with some Basic Grey Chipboard letters and Crate Paper and Bella chipboard embellies, and I think it turned out great, although it may go down in the record books as my longest layout ever, and as you can see, that is really silly considering I used a sketch! LOL! Don't forget to hop over and check out Carly's new venture, Scraptivations, and maybe even try your hand at this fun challenge!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sketchy Sunday

Hi friends! Back with another sketch to share with you. I created this sketch for the December Personalscrapper monthly sketch challenge. The layout I created with it uses a mix of Fancy Pants' Like Father Like Son and Rough and Tumble lines. I thought they worked well together. I love this picture of my son on his 12th birthday, it was one of my fav pictures of him from 2009. I did get some scrappin' down this weekend while hanging out at Personalscrapper's New Year's online crop. Go check it out HERE....lots of inspiration not only in the challenges but in the lovely layouts everyone created! I hope you will find inspiration in my sketch and if you use it please post the link in the comments section so we can all enjoy your creativity! Have a wonderful week everyone!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sketchy Sunday

Wow, it's a New Year's miracle, two posts in two days! LOL! I was able to squeeze in some scrappy time earlier in the week and was able to create this layout based on a sketch I designed for Personalscrapper for the January sketch challenge. I had been hoarding these papers and stickers from We R Memory Keeper's Teen Angst line and thought they worked well with my photos from last New Year's Eve. I figured I had better scrap them before we rang in another New Year. I wanted to use all three of these photos, so I altered the sketch just a bit by making a collage out of the bottom 4x6 photo and making it two photos instead of one. The letters are Thickers, love these little ones, just perfect when you are have a big word but not a big space. The rub one was another hoarded item from my stash by Stampin Up (I will say I kept thinking, what if I found a better layout to use it on...and my hands were actually shaking as I rubbed it was so FINAL! LOL!) But it the end it felt good to use up old stash. The ticket is by Tim Holz. This layout ended up being a bit different then originally envisioned on my drive home last Wednesday from work, but I still like it! Hope you can play along with the sketch, if you do please post a link here so we can all be awed by your creativity! Have a wonderful week and look for new sketches every other Sunday here on the blog, I think that's a fun way to get creative in 2011!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

I am really liking the idea of a resolution free New Year and instead picking a word to concentrate on and help influence and guide you in the coming year. When I starting contemplating my word I was thinking of BIG words, like "simplicity" or "abundance" and then it just came to me: "BE" That's it, sometimes the smallest word can pack the most punch. So in 2011 I will: BE creative, BE content, BE positive, BE thankful, BE loving, BE kind, BE the person God created me to BE, and most of all just BE. Roll with the punches, take things in stride, cast aside the little nagging doubts, appreciate the little things and the small blessings that we all fail to see right before our eyes. I don't have to change, I don't have to try harder, it's OK to just BE who I am. So sorry, no mountain moving changes or great wisdom here, so for those of you wishing I was different, your stuck with me! I'm just chillin' and BEing people...who's with me? I would love to know what your one little word is for 2011, feel free to share it with us. In fact, I think I feel a scrapbook page coming on about my ONE little LIFE CHANGING, LIFE ALTERING and MOOD ENHANCING word!!! More on that later! Happy 2011 friends, wishing you all blessing beyond measure!