Friday, March 22, 2013

New SIWAS DT Layout

I have a new layout up at the Scrap It With A Song blog today! Our theme of colorful songs this month continues with a classic - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland.

Its one of those songs that you know all the lyrics to and and you find yourself humming or singing to yourself every now and then. I love how timeless this song is. It was originally written for the movie "The Wizard of Oz" in 1939, won an academy award and became Garland's signature song. Over the years it's been re-recorded by many artists, and a ukelele version by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole has become super popular and been used in a variety of soundtracks in recent years.

As I was looking through pics to get started on my layout, I came across several photos from one of our off-roading trips from last summer. We had reached a beautiful meadow at the summit of a trail and we got out to enjoy the view. The sky was so vast and blue and I snapped photos of the boys racing across the meadow with the sky stretching endlessly in the background. When I saw the photos, I immediately thought of the lyrics from the song "...skies are blue", and used that as my title.

I used products from the brand new Candy Shop Power Palette for this layout. I love how the bright colors in the patterned papers, journal box, alpha stickers and epoxy stickers that I chose from the huge variety in the collection work with the green grass, bright blue sky and colors in my boys shirts!

Make sure to drop by Scrap it With a Song and see all the layouts by the design team that were inspired by this song. And if you play along and post one of your own layouts, link up by March 31st to win a chance to be a guest designer on SIWAS in May! Good luck!

Friday, March 15, 2013

March Sketch of the Month

I'm a little bit late getting this month's sketch posted, but I'm a little bit late with everything this month it seems!

I have heard from quite a few ladies in my customer base that have enjoyed using these sketches, but I haven't had any link-ups yet.  I probably need more followers to get some responses, but I'm not going to worry too much about it. For now, I'll just keep posting sketches and tips and enjoy hearing back from those of you who use them! (Psst...that's a hint that I would love a few comments!)

This month I worked a little differently. My scrap space is going through a major overhaul...I am moving furniture and bringing in additional storage and possibly painting, so most of my traditional scrapbook supplies are currently packed up. I usually create the SOTM digitally using Storybook Creator 4.0, but this month I created the sample digitally as well.

The sketch is a two page spread with space for six(!) 4 x 6 photos, title, embellishments and journaling. Once again you can create it using my quick 1-2-3 method...1 piece of double sided patterned paper, 2 pieces of cardstock for the base and only 3 cuts (or in this case, 2 punches and one cut!)

I didn't provide a cutting diagram this month because when you cut or trim border pieces, you will have a different amount of wastage depending on the type of border maker you use, so here are some quick general directions instead:

1) Take your 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper and punch or cut a 12" decorative border. Trim the border down to about 1" wide. Repeat to create second border.

2) Cut your remaining piece of patterned paper (which will be approximately 10 x 12") in half to make two strips measuring  about 5x 12" each.

3) You now have two borders and two strips. Decide which side of the double-sided paper you will place up for the strips (dominant) and then turn your borders over to reveal the other pattern (accent).

4) Place one border and strip vertically along the left edge of the first piece of cardstock, and the second border and strip horizontally along the bottom edge of the second piece of cardstock as shown in the sketch.

5) Add photos, a title and maybe a few cute embellishments to finish it off.

You get so much mileage from just one piece of double sided paper using this 1-2-3 method.

For the sample layout above I used a free digital kit from Creative Memories that I would love to pass on to you. CM has created four "Customer Appreciation" seasonal paper and embellishment kits for use with the Storybook Creator 4.0. I used the Spring kit here, but all four sets are equally cute! And when you purchase the Storybook Creator 4.0 DVD or download the digital copy , I will send you these digital freebies to help you get started with your digital scrapbooking!

Speaking of digital freebies....don't forget to check out the CM digital blog every Friday to snag some freebies. Today's freebies are super cute and feature artwork that matches the new Candy Shop Power Palette! Check out all the digital freebies here and have fun adding to your digital collection!


I plan on getting my scrap space finished this weekend..what scrappy projects do you have going on? Whatever you have planned...enjoy!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Just You & Me

Sheesh...2 weeks since I last posted? Where does the time go?!

I have a new layout up today over at Scrap It With A Song. This month we are playing with color-themed songs, and the Rock Chicks were given the song, "Lady In Red" by Chris DeBurgh. Love this song...I remember it as "the" slow song at many a High School Dance!

I knew I didn't have any photos that could be used in a literal way (ie: no pics of ladies actually wearing red!) so I took a closer look at the lyrics. The phrase "There's nobody here, it's just you and me. It's where I want to be" resonated with me and reminded me so much of our wedding...Shane and I went off to Jamaica to get married without any other family members. It truly was just him and I and we were so happy to have done it that way. This photo was taken by a friendly bystander at our wedding dinner overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea.

I am in the middle of revamping my scrap space and didn't have access to my tools and paper, so I decided to work digitally this week. The layout was created using Creative Memories Storybook Creator 4.0 software with the Cottage Garden Digital Kit and a word art embellishment from the Reflections Digital Power Palette. I edited the original picture to a sepia tone to work better with the vintage style and colors of the digital papers and embellishments in this kit.

Make sure to head on over to Scrap It With A Song and take a look at all the other DT layouts...they are just lovely! And don't forget we want to see your take on any of the songs on our March playlist...just upload your layout by March 31st.

I'll have a new Sketch of the Month up for you in the next day or so...I promise it won't be two weeks before I post it!