Sunday, October 31, 2010

52 Inspirations - Delightful!

I've been really enjoying the 52 Inspirations subscription from Oscraps ... a little treat every week that inspires you to create beautiful things!

Samantha and I went to a bridal shower and I got this beautiful shot of her lounging in the special 'bridal' chair. She was a very good girl (even though being in a small room with 80 women made her nervous) and I loved being able to share this 'girl' time with her :)

I used mostly Week 38 from the 52 Inspirations kit (paper, butterfly, word art, swirl and paint). Also using Week 32 (very bottom paper, recolored), Week 30 (small frames), Week 28 (pink paint spray) and Week 5 (photo mask with flowers).

I let my husband give me some input on this layout ... he preferred the busier grungy paper, so I went with it. He doesn't like white space at all ...

I hope you like it!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sisterly Love ...

My sisters are the best ... and they're not afraid to pose for pictures :)
Here they are on a road trip ... goofing around as usual :)

I used a limited edition kit from Danielle Young that was sold to support Breast Cancer.

I hope you like it!


Chipboard Album

I made this album for my sister and her husband for their one-year anniversary. I used a chipboard album and kit from K&Co. and can't remember the line of papers and embellishments ... Gypsy or something like that.

The front cover with lots of layers and a wonderful peek-a-boo center to the chipboard flowers. It's a great way to open the book :)

The first two pages. Another layered, dimensional chipboard flower (with 3-D glue dots giving it even more pop) and several dimensional stickers. I distressed the edges to the second page and drew on the stitched look. A little bit of lace, some buttons and it a journaling tag make it look fabulous!I love this page because it has a two page pocket. I only attached the outer sides and the bottom so the the whole pocket can be opened if you want to. However, it is creased and folded so that it fits nicely. Journaling tags, awesome chipboard pieces, and some 3-D glue dots make it really pop!This one was challenging be because of the size of my photos. I wanted to create interest by angling them, but not too far off the page. Journaling tags, some letter stickers and more dimensional stickers are lovely!The back ... I used lots of fibers and lace to make it special. I really loved this chipboard album. It's nice and sturdy and I made my job a lot easier! I hope my sister loves it too :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tweet! Makin' a Mess!

Oscraps came out with a new collab kit when they joined Twitter. It had a very 'twitterish' theme. Here's the layout I did with it (and yes, I did post this message on FB)
All products used are from the collab kit. It was free for those who 'followed' Oscraps on Twitter :)

I hope you like it!

I was recently going through my giles and found several layouts that I haven't shared with you guys. So ... prepare for a bombardment!

I did this one in April. My two kids enjoying their time together and doing funny poses for me. They're so cute!

I used several 52 Inspirations kits (Week 16 - paper, frames, staple, Week 15 - metal swirl and ribbon, Week 12 - butterfly) and some Sue Cummings word art.
I hope you like it!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Little Shop of Sketches - Sketch #72

This time we have a sketch from the lovely Kim. Tanya should be back next time ...

Here is Sketch # 72:

And here is my take on it:
This is my sisters and I at a rehearsal dinner for our good friend. Three of us were in the wedding and the last one was the special pianist ... good times :)
I used a retired kit from Kim DeSmet, word art from Sue Cummings and the title is from Danielle Young.
I hope you like it!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Templates Repurposed

In my last post, I showed you the album that I had made using Danielle Young's Bloom and Grow Layered Album Templates. I made very few changes and basically used the templates as they were. However, there are so many ways to use templates.

One way is to use the template for a single layout as I did here:
This is from a wedding I went to recently. I was in the bridal party, so I didn't get any pictures of the ceremony ... but I really liked this picture I took from my reception table while they cut the cupcake. The flowers above are the centerpiece and the flowers below were my bouquet.

This layout used page 14 from the templates. I added a few elements to complete the layout - word strips and a date tab from Danielle Young's Blessed Blooms (the same kit that the templates were made with) and the title is from Danielle Young's 'I Do' kit.


You also don't have to be limited by the original templates. Yes, the album came with beautiful papers and some embellishments, but you could completely make them your own.

I'm so proud of my daughter and her desire to learn to read and write. She's only 4 and has quite a ways to go, but she really tries very hard. I also chose the title because it's a semi-inside joke with my husband (he says 'brilliant' quite a bit).

For this layout, I used page 8, but changed the background paper, recolored the circle mat (included in the template) and added new elements (everything is from Danielle Young's Creative Chick kit).

As you can see, there are several ways to use templates. I hope that you have found some inspiration to go out and create something beautiful for yourself!


Bloom and Grow Template Album

Danielle Young has created a new template album called Bloom and Grow. It features her Blessed Blooms kit. It's also on sale now for 33% off!

I used it to create an anniversary album for my Aunt and Uncle. They are celebrating 25 wonderful years of marital bliss. I love them and I'm so excited to be able to create this for them:

Click here to view this photo book larger

The wonderful thing about this template album is that you can customize it! I duplicated a few of the pages and moved a few around ... and created exactly what I needed.

You too can create something special ... head on over to Oscraps to get it!

Also, you should head on over to Danielle Young's blog. She's having a giveaway for a FREE printed album! You can enter before October 15th.

I hope you like it!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Too Cute! Speed Scrap layout

This past Saturday was another Speed Scrap at Sugar Hill Co.

It featured an awesome FREE template from Miss Tiina (available on her blog)

Here's my layout:

I used Danielle Young's Blessed Blooms kit (paper, flowers, paint splat, swirls, labels, words, staples and circle mat), Danielle Young's Freestlye Alpha set ...

I love it ... I hope you do, too!


Monday, October 4, 2010

The Daily Digi

Have you heard the news? The Daily Digi is starting a subscription program.
If you haven't heard of The Daily Digi ... you should really take a look. Every month they put a package together with several different, wonderful kits from wonderful designers and bundle it together for only $5! That's right ... $5.00!!!
This huge collab kit was offered during Ali Edwards 'A Week in the Life' back in April. It is now available as the first exclusive collab kit available to the monthly subscribers and beyond. Danielle Young let us CT members use her part of the kit back then and I've been waiting to show you this:

The kids are so cute :) They're helping Grandma water the flowers ...

So, if you're interested in subscribing, or just checking it out, head on over HERE!

I hope you like it!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Just Me - Speed Scrap

Last weekend I participated in another Speed Scrap at Sugar Hill Co. and complete another layout! Woohoo! Once again, I would like it to be a bit different and had some challenges, but once again, I'm happy that it's done :)

I had been at a Bridal Shower up until a few hours before the Speed Scrap. I'm one of the bridesmaids, so I was very involved and it was very intense, but it was marvelous :) My sister-in-law took these pictures of me (with my camera) at the shower. It was actually kind of nice to have pictures of me from an event and especially nice to have pictures that I didn't have to ask to have taken. It feels even more special and more natural ... and even though I don't love the way I look in the photos, the fact that I need a haircut or that I look tired, they are still who I am and represent me at this time.

For this layout, I used the Sugar Hill Blog Train collaboration kit that I got for free about a week ago. It is no longer available, but pieces of it will start showing up in their store soon. I also used Danielle Young's Pink Striped alpha available at Oscraps :)

I hope you like it!