Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Christmas Card Photo Page For Two Years Together

Hi! This page is for an 8&1/2x11 album that is hosting all of our photo Christmas cards from 2013 & 2014.  Most of 2013 will come first, then 2014 will follow.  In between, I will include a couple pages of photos from both years.  These photographs came from a friend/ prior co-worker who includes a photograph of her son every year in a traditional Christmas card.

We love receiving photos and look back over the years since I started saving them in albums in 2001.

I have done various things over the years in smaller albums.  This year, there is no common theme from page to page.  I figured that this works well since the pages are bigger.  I used a sketch from Let's Capture Our Memories.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Christmas Party at My Place

Over twenty years ago! We were so young!  :) A couple of the girls I worked with at my first job out of college in tax accounting.  We would be working lots of extra hours this time of year.  But, we sure had time to bond.  :)

This layout was made to accommodate two challenges at Scrap Our Stash.  Most of the papers are from Carta Bella, so This Is Christmas.  I covered an old chipboard ornament with papers and stickers, filed and inked the edges.  Then, added the little bow.

First, the sketch challenge:
We are to add sequins.  Mine are white.

Second, a word challenge.  We are to use each letter of T-W-I-N-E.  Mine is:

T = Tree Embellishment
W = Wooden Holly Leaves
I = Inked Edges
N = Notes (musical) on the tan and black pp that you can hardly see
E = Eight different patterned papers

I really enjoyed these challenges!

Hope you have a blessed day!

Found Another Photo With Donna

I'm pretty sure that this photograph, (now), is the last one that I have with her.  It was mixed in with Christmas photos from about the past twenty years. (I have only a dozen or so left now.)  But, I wanted to do another couple 12x12's with my remaining Christmas themed paper before I cut into the rest to work on my 8&1/2x11 Holiday Photocard Album.

 In case you hadn't read my last post about her, she committed suicide two years ago.  As close as I thought we were, I had no idea of her level of despair.

This page was tough to make.  It brings back guilt, doubt, joy, love and so many other conflicting feelings.  But mostly, as time goes by, it becomes easier to recall more feelings of happiness.

Since Donna's Christmas tree, in the background, was decorated in all gold; I wanted to try a monochromatic, gold, page.  I think the papers are mostly Simple Stories and WRMK.  The circular heart was a remaining embellishment from My January Counterfeit Kit.

Another terrific sketch by Laura Whitaker at Stuck?! Sketches:
I didn't stray much from the original design.

Hope that you have a marvelous rest of your day!! Blessings!!

More Christmas Photo Cards

I used My Creative Sketches for this one.
Have a terrific day!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Longwood Gardens: My Happy Place

For Mother's Day, I get to chose a family outing.  I, almost always, chose Longwood Gardens.  The weather is usually perfect for walking around outside and the scenery is beautiful.

I wanted to use a few more items from my January Counterfeit Kit for another layout. Those items are the soft blue paper in the doily die cut and large banner, the light minty blue chipboard "happy place", zigzag, asterisk and arrow points, the small rub-on near bottom left and the "love this" die cut.  I colored the die cut with the same mixes that I used for my bookpage flower from the "rest" layout.

The patterned papers with circles and dots are from My Mind's Eye Abbey Road. The decorative border, the heart paper and the flower and leaf chipboards are from Sassafras Lass.

Thanks for taking a look! Hope that you have a terrific day!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


I'm kind of surprised how much I ended up liking this layout as I thought with many of the parts dark, old, rustic and slightly grungy, I would dislike it. I even took a break from it, and came back about a week later. As a result, maybe, I like it better because my expectations were so low.  But, somehow it feels a lot fresher than I expected.  (Must be the touch of vellum and copper).

The argyle and plaid patterned papers were from Chatterbox.  Anyone else remember their "Scrapbook Walls" lines? Billiard Room was one of them.  I'm talking about ten years old paper.

The chipboard buckle is SEI and a few years old.  Once I saw the chipboard had the same copper metallic color as the pink vellum starred circle from My January Counterfeit Kit, I thought I might try to work them into this layout together.

I used a patterned paper scrap from my Main Kit as a mat, and the vellum circle to embellish the top right corner.  The plant stamp was part of my add-ons, and is from Papertrey Ink.

The flower was made from recycled print.  I pulled back out the mica's, alcohol inks and blender solution from my January kit, (that  I had pulled aside to donate), to put together a solution to color the print of the flower.  Since I already knew it wouldn't work through my sprayer/mister, I painted and splattered bits of color on the print.  I cut the flower with a Papertrey Die.  The print flower was made to participate in Counterfeit Kit Challenges #2 for January.

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog is very fun.  Just in case you are not familiar, the beginning of each month, they post an image of a recent scrapbooking kit that everyone who participates tries to replicate, using their own stash.  It is terrific mojo to use the stuff you've got! :)

Lastly, (but not least), I used a super sketch from Let's Get Sketchy:
Hope you join the fun at either challenge!

Have a marvelous day!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Stretch a Sketch!

LOL! I stretched this sketch from ScrapMuch?! to suit my portrait photograph:
I used Simple Stories DIY Christmas.  
Thanks for looking!