It irks me when people apologize for not updating their blogs, so I'm not going to do that here. It's been a very long time since I've felt the desire to post something, so I haven't. My blog, my rules ;-)
Most days, I don't even know what purpose this space on the internet serves for me anymore. Things have changed so much! Facebook and Instagram seem to have taken over the social media aspect of our scrapbooking community (IMHO).
So, until I have things figured out (which may never happen, let's be realistic here...), I'll post some of the layouts I've been working on during the last 6 months.
If you're an occasional scrapper like me, and have limited scrappy time... then you will love these sketchbooks published by Kristine Davidson of Creative Scrappers!!! They are wonderful to help kickstart your mojo when you find yourself pushing paper around your desk (as I often am these days!).
She has just released Volume 3 and I'm over the moon excited! I was asked to create a layout for the publication based on one of the awesome sketches, and I chose to scrap a funny photo of Ralphie with some Studio Calico/Sassafras goodies.
You can download a digital copy of the sketchbook HERE, and see below for a discount code!
I prefer to have both paper AND digital, and there are still some sketchbooks available to order HERE.
Here's an update on the Scrapbook Projects I've been working on over the last few months. I've been going through a creative block or shift lately, and haven't been as motivated to work on anything. I dig out my Studio Calico kits and just shuffle paper around my desk... I'm tired of my layered rectangles!
One of my favorite of all time scrappers (and awesome friend) Nicole and I were chatting about this last week, and she just said "find another shape!" ha! It sounds so simple, but that's exactly what I'm going to do. Really try and get out of my comfort zone... and maybe try and scraplift a few of her beautiful layouts. ;-)
If you take a look at my online galleries, you may notice I tend to shy away from circles. The only time I incorporate them is when I'm working on a CS Sketch! (I guess my creative brain just likes rectangles LOL)
I wanted to try something a bit different with this layout, so I grabbed a piece of white card stock and cut out the six circles with my Silhouette Cameo. I used this as a stencil to create my circles using the Hero Arts Daubers (Love these!).
It still looked a bit plain, so I dug out my watercolors and got my fingers messy. At first, I wasn't keen on the results and almost threw it in the trash. However, I decided to wait until it dried before getting rid of it and I'm so happy I did! When it was wet it looked so gross and muddy. I loved it once it dried!
A good "lesson learned" for me this week: no hasty decisions until my watercolors have dried completely :)
This layout was tons of fun as it includes: Letterpress (the Ampersand), hand cut star and triangles, watercolors, ink daubers, stencils and white mist, individual letter stamps and lots and lots of messy stitching!!!
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Have a great week,
This boy and his cat crack me up... they are like two peas in a pod! Lucky has the perfect personality for a rambunctious fella like Rohan!
Rohan has very good cat manners; he is very gentle with Lucky and doesn't tease or annoy him intentionally. All he wants is a snuggle, and even then he doesn't push too much. However, he is still only 6 after all, and little boys can play LOUD! When Lucky has had enough, he just goes upstairs to his quiet place to recharge.
This paper and embellies were all part of a past Studio Calico kit... and I have to admit, I love the concept, but I really struggled with this beautiful graphic design paper.
Sometimes I think I'm just in a scrapbook rut, in that when something is outside of my wheelhouse I can't figure out which direction to take. Sure, I got the layout done... but I feel like I haven't "wowed" myself in a long time. You know that feeling when you are finished a layout and you can't wait to show someone else because you are just so thrilled with it?! Yeah, I haven't really had that lately.
I'm sure it will pass... I probably just need to find more time in my Scrapbook space and work out those creative blocks.
I've been collecting Blythe dolls this past year, and one of the trendy items to outfit your doll with are these beautiful critter hats by Sweet Days. When Ingrid posted this pink cat hat I just had to have it!
It was just by chance that one day when I was sorting through my Blythe hats, and poor Ralphie was sleeping on my desk, that I noticed the hat would probably fit him. Well, it's safe to say that Blythe doll heads are about the same size as a Persian Cat's head! haha!
Since that day, whenever I receive a new Blythe hat, Ralphie has a little photoshoot with it first. I have to schedule them just after a nap while he's still groggy, but I don't think he minds much anyway ;-)
Here is my take on yet another fabulous Creative Scrappers Sketch! I really enjoyed working with this two photo layout. I struggled a bit with the color combo since the photos have such a bold background, but all in all I think it worked out well :-)
These Photobooth photos are one of my absolute favorite things about a S&CT Crop and Create! The floral backgrounds are always the same, so the only way to really tell which photo was taken at which crop is by our clothes! (Ahem... I've been known to wear shirts to the crop that match the photobooth LOL)
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I was thrilled when Isabelle from Let's Capture Our Memories contacted me to participate in their monthly Color Spot Challenge! I loved the inspiration board and digging through my Maggie Holmes collection seemed like a perfect fit!
Here is my layout of our Ralphie! I can't get enough of those crazy ears!
Here is the lovely Inspiration board!
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