Thursday, September 29, 2011

Month Long Sketch Contest at My Scraps & More

Hi ladies! I thought I'd share with you a contest I came across today. It's for a month long contest at My Scraps & More where they post a sketch each week day. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get them all done but am thinking it will be a great place to find continuous inspiration. Come on over and check it out!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Scrap Retreat Layouts

Twice a year I go and attend a Scrapbook Retreat up in the mountains. I truly look forward to getting away and reconnecting with all my scrappy friends. Last weekend was our get-away and I loved every minute of it. With 20 women getting together, you never quite know what to expect. But this time it was so peaceful. Plus, I got 11 layouts complete. Wow! I had a great time and thought I'd show a few of them to you. Of course, I almost always scrap using some sort of challenge so I'll try to remember to include those as we go.

The first one is using a Sketches in Thyme. It's a very simple one...way more simple than I usually do but the photos aren't a big event. More of a small detail.

This next one is using 2 challenges. The first is a sketch from Let's Capture These Sketches #99. Loved it! And then I combined it with Tracy's challenge at Memorable Seasons to use the letters of a show you like for your layout. I chose Top Chef. I used t=tiny alphas o-oval, p-patterned paper, c-coral cardstock, h-heart, e-embossed (my butterflies are embossed), and f-flower. Fun challenge.

The next layout I created was using a sketch from My Sketch World. These photos are from a few years ago when we learned how to make rag quilts. So fun!

The next layout is using a sketch from Let's Scrap These Sketches #98. Loved it for this photo of my dd on her graduation day. Plus I was so excited because I found i-rock studs in her school colors so I added them around the edges of the scallops. This also works for a challenge at Global Scrappers where we're to scrap an important day in the lives of our "girls". I still can't believe she's all grown up! Oh and I used this sketch for the 3rd week challenge at Sketches in Thyme where you get to pick your own sketch.

This next one is created using a sketch (I know shock right?!LOL) from Creative Scrappers #173. It's a very simple layout but at least I'm in my scrapbooks now and then.

This last one is one of my favorites. It's for a challenge at Global Scrappers using a sketch from Page Maps. I came across a bunch of photos of my dd with her friends and have had a good time scrapping her. I really do miss her and am thankful to have photos of her. I guess I should work on my others kids too. Oh...and this is also for a challenge at Memorable Seasons to use a song as your title. I kept getting the tune of "Best of Friends" from Fox and the Hound (an old Disney movie).

Well...that's it for now. I'll come back and share more later. Thanks for taking a look!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Scrapbooking From Scratch

While I was visiting StuckSketches I came across a post about a website doing a month long challenge where they post a sketch every day. I love sketches so I just had to go and check it out. It did take me awhile to figure out that it is an Australian site called Scrapbooking From Scratch. I decided that I just might need to give this challenge a try. With the 17 hour time difference I'm not sure I'll have any chance of actually completing a challenge on the actual day but I'm having fun. I have completed 3 sketches so far.

One is the same layout below called Sister and Friends.

The second one is from one of the members there and I used it to help me with Carol's and Jennifer's challenges from Memorable Seasons. It's the pink layout called Strike a Pose.

The last one is this one from Sassy Lil' Sketches:

and here is my take on it:

Be sure and come check out their challenges. I figure if nothing else I'll have a lot of layouts complete when I'm done.

Memorable Seasons Members Crop

At Memorable Seasons, we've been enjoying a crop where the members do the challenges. There have been some amazing challenges and though I couldn't get to all of them, I did get a few done.

One challenge was from Carol to Embrace the Negative using negative space and I actually combined that with Jennifer's Grunge it Up challenge. This is what I came up with:

Patricia issued a very unique challenge and to be honest one that scared me a little. You had to go into your stash, close your eyes and pick out 3 papers and use them together on a layout. I held my breath each time I reached in but I lucked out as all three of mine weren't bad together. Here is what I created using those 3 papers.

And Kimmer issued a summer challenge. To create a layout using those summer photos. Since I don't have this year's photos even printed, I picked some leftovers from a few years back and came up with this layout using a Let's Scrap sketch.

Today is the last day of the crop and to be honest I'm kind of sad last week didn't go better so I could get more of them done. Thanks ladies for a wonderful crop!