Friday, November 30, 2012

The Christmas Crop at Two Scrapbook Friends: Making a List and Checking it Twice

Looking for a chance to get some last minute creating in before the holiday rush begins? Two Scrapbook Friends is inviting you to join them for an online crop in their forum.

There are lots of great prizes and fun challenges. Here is a great layout I created using the November sketch from Canadian Scrapbooker.  Every year Santa makes his list and checks it twice so I am challenging our friends who play along to use a LIST on their creation.

This design showcases my daughter while we are on vacation in Florida. Her sunburned cheeks didn't melt away her great sense of humour.

I also took a few 12x12 shots so I could share a bit more of the details:
After splattering some watercolour paints on to the back ground, I used my Creative Memories Punch to cut the great hexagons. I also stitched a few in floss too. The swirls are from an older Bo Bunny sticker sheet.
On the right hand side I added more paint in swathes of colour (most of it disappeared under the photos) and some more splatters. The hexagons add a little bit of weight under my focal photo and journalling.
I added some doodling around the main title, and on a few of the hexagons to tie it all together.
It wasn't hard to find ten things I love about her! I printed the text on the printer, inked the edges and added some tiny Momenta numbers.

I hope you will stop by and say hello and play along.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Inspiration Elevator #7: Regrets and the Path Not Taken

You may recall from last month's challenge that the purpose of this challenge group was to take our scrapbooking to the next level, to stretch our creative process and to grow as artists by embracing challenges that make us think, work and grow.  You can view all of the challenges on my blog here.  

Please join me in welcoming Katherine Sutton.  She is a very talented designer and we are excited to be working with her!  You can see more of her work on her blog, Fruits of my Scraps.

 This month, our challenger was the super talented Cathy Harper. Here is her challenge, in her words:  "I have been thinking about my challenge for months now. This is such an amazing team, I am thrilled and humbled to be a part of IE...each of you are amazing designers. I often wonder what I am doing here amongst you. I scrapbook for the joy of it, the creativity part of it, the love of paper part of it....I hardly ever bare any of my feelings in any of my work! I often tell my kids that they can make up there own stories to their pages..I am that terrible about journaling. I guess it is a bit superficial or a whole lot superficial. So here is my challenge. I want you to create a page about REGRET. “No regrets”…they say we should live our lives without regrets… if it were only that easy, right? Most of us hold onto 1 or 2 (or a mountain full) of things we feel regretful for in our lifetimes. A lost love, those words you WISH you had said, the weight you wish you had lost….you know them, right? I encourage you to confront them….take those suckers on and scrap about them… or just one. This can be something superficial to something serious and painful… it’s up to you how far you want to dig. I DO encourage you to use this as an opportunity to really stretch yourself. Journaling is very powerful and you might be surprised by how you feel afterward. This is going to be super tough for me (I may already regret it, lol ) I am one who lives with a mountain of regrets and know in my head that I should move on, let it go. I am hoping this challenge will help me actually "let go" of some of these things. Maybe by putting in down in 12x12 form, creating it, seeing it and feeling it, that I can put some of it to rest! It's worth a shot! Pictures, no pictures...that is all up to you!"
I hope you will stop by and see what the designers on this adventure have created:
Katherine Sutton, Guest Designer

IE challenges always begin with lots and lots of thought. I takes a lot of planning for me to be able to represent my feelings about these challenges and this one was no different. In fact, I was up finishing this design at the very last second. So difficult when I knew what I wanted to say but I didn't have the photo or photos to best represent my journalling. Finally it all came together with the new app for my iPad, don't you know there's an APP for that?!

I want to begin by expressing how I feel about the idea of having REGRETS. I don't have any. I don't spend my time thinking about what might have been; the should-haves, could-haves and would-haves don't play a roll in my life. It's a concept I decided on when I was quite young actually. My mother always told me not to spend the minutes of my life thinking about the past because you can't change the past but you can choose what you carry with you into the future. It is SO important to scrapbook these things that are at the core of our being, don't you think? Those thoughts and ideas that make us who we are? Thanks Cathy for that..otherwise I don't think it would be something I would preserve for future generations but it IS something they should know about ME.
On to the design part of this process!
As of late you may have heard me talking about my creative 'constipation' (sorry for the imagery) and I sometimes turn to Basic Grey to get it all 'flowing' again. This new collection called Lucille had some beautiful teal colours with browns and it really spoke to me creatively. As mentioned, I also decided to use these Pocketbooth photos from my iPad App to fully express this part of me. (this is a great app and for those of you who love your iPhone/iPad you should definitely check it out for 99 cents!)
I began with my paints and added splatters and crinkled some scraps and watercoloured over top for a very aged distressed look.

I added some fancy sewing machine stitches down the right side. I like to think they represent the ups and downs; ebbs and flows of life.

 I usually leave my title to the end as the design sometimes leads me in a direction I didn't plan, but this time I had it before I even stuck one thing on paper. I think it very aptly expresses the ideas behind my philosophy of life.

The hardest part for me though is the journalling. Firstly, because I almost never plan for it visually in the design and secondly, because I find it hard to say exactly what I want to say...succinctly.
Here it is though...even if it is a bit long! (I also chose to highlight some of the words in the matching teal colour. The special words actually fit together in a shorter little saying. Cool, eh?)

Thanks for sharing this journey with me. I have felt myself grow through this process and am thrilled to have a piece of myself in the scrapbook for those who come after me.
We'd love to see what you are inspired to create about your own regrets or lack thereof.  Or if you want to share something just add a comment below and we will be sure to drop by and say hello!

Next month's challenge is even more of a 'dig deep' challenge bur that's why I love Inspiration Elevator. Until next time, keep doing what you love.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fall For You and a great new sketch blog

Good afternoon! Today, I want to share with you a design I created using a sketch created by Kristine Davison from My Scraps and More. Every month there will be at least 4 new sketches! You can link up your creation's post/photo to the blog and share in the fun! You can check out the first sketch here.

And here's my creation.
I used two older photos of my daughter and trimmed them down to 3.5 x 3.5. After splattering some watercolours, I matted them together on one sheet of white and layered them over a pieces of patterned paper that was stitched in contrasting thread. I added a tabbed piece to allow my title to 'pop' off the page, the banner and the 'ribbon' shape add flow across the design.

I really enjoyed playing along this week and already have plans for sketch #2!

I hope you'll stop over and be inspired! Until next time, keep doing what you love.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Best Friends Every Day of the Week

Good Morning! After another great weekend scrapbooking with my friends Sue, Jennifer and BFF, Ann. I used Authentique's November sketch to create this design about Adriane and her BFF, Jordyn.

I love the Lively collection and keep it handy in my stash. It's bright pinks, browns and lime greens really represent Adriane and make her layout lovely and "lively".

I chose the woodgrain as my background, sprayed it with some acrylic paint. I then added a feminine doily. The little banner pieces come from the large sticker 'Details' sheet from this line. My little title stickers too. The larger ones are Thickers from American crafts which I sanded and inked.

I love this photo and I hope the design does it justice. Until next time, keep doing what you love.

Product List
Authentique Lively
- Flutter design
- Bright Design
- Details stickers

American Crafts

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Playing Along with Let's Get Sketchy: Let's LIFT!

Happy Sunday! This weekend I spent some wonderful time withe Ann and my pals Sue and Jennifer. I spent lots of time scrapping and getting my Mojo back!

I was really inspired to play along with Let's Get Sketchy and they challenged us to 'lift' a layout that inspired us from their designers own 'lifts'.  I chose Eileen who had lifted her design from Yuki. I  adored all the white space here and when I pulled out my photos, I realized I had chosen the same paper line from Fancy Pants! I love these designs Eileen and Yuki! Thanks for being so easy to lift!

I really like the brackets, the little brads on the banner and the colour combo especially . I used Thickers for my title and you all know how much I love BUTTONS! I even added my favourite yellow pom pom trim.

We really don't get the opportunity to "lift" a layout, since in the world of design, we are always thinking about original inspiration but I really enjoyed this process, and I created a layout JUST FOR ME!

Thanks Let's Get Sketchy, until next time, keep doing what you love!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

He's My Lucky 13

At our house there are lots of special dates that fall on the 13th day of the month, so any superstitions that may exist certainly don't apply to the Uttley's! In fact, this year was a very special 13th day. Max turned 13 in September and he is even more awesome than last year. It seems to be a trend for him!

I had these great photos of him from our most recent trip to Disney where we celebrated his big day. He was so goofy and silly and actually let me take his photo. I was so thrilled they turned out perfectly.

I found the great line from Authentique called "Original" and even it's title seemed a perfect match. I pulled out the November challenge (in the form of a sketch) from True XOXO blog and VOILA! a page was born.

I began with sanding and misting the back ground. I also like the look for the distressed edges and inked them with a brown ink. The Title is cut from the Silhouette and the Tim Holtz kraft core cardstock really adds depth. I even stitched a messy stitch all the way around.

The journalling is simple but speaks to his personality and how I love being with him and how he always makes me happy in my heart.

I hope you will pop over to the XOXO blog and check out what the other Lipstick Chicks are doing and play along with our challenge this month. You could be the next Guest Designer!

Until next time, keep doing what you love to do.