Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November Challenges

Happy November everyone! Let the holidays begin!
I'm so excited for Thanksgiving this year because we will be actually able to spend it with family!

Here's my take on Grand Diva's sketch challenge! Thanks for the great sketch Brenda!

**Note: I have intentionally blurred the faces of my students to protect their identity**

Here's a two-page layout documenting my visit to Judy Garland's house! It was a fun summer stop! :)

Monday, October 2, 2017

October Challenges

Happy Harvest Time everyone! My husband has been busy on the farm which has given me some extra time to scrapbook! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful season too :)

Thanks to Rochelle's amazing sketch for helping me get this page started. I also included Grand Diva's title challenge of only using one word (and I actually only used one letter--the Stanford "S" logo!) This layout is highlighting our recent visit to see my brother at Stanford University. It was an absolutely gorgeous campus and we had a great day exploring the grounds!

Stuck?! Sketches helped me out with this page! I loved this sketch and had to try it out for myself. I'm finally finished scrapping all my pictures from my trip to California this summer! Yay!
Here's my take:

Thanks to Let's Get Sketchy for this next sketch! I love seeing all of the creative design teams inspiration! Here's my take:


Here's some other pages that I've been working on:

Thanks for swinging by my blog!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

September Challenges

Yay for the beginning of FALL! This is my absolute favorite season and I love that the days are starting to cool off. Also, I'm one of the PSL (pumpkin spice latte) crazies! So bring it on Starbucks! I've been waiting all year!

Thanks to Let's Get Sketchy for the great sketch this month! I'm trying to use up some of my Pink Paislee, Summer Lights before the season truly ends. Here's my take:

Thanks to Stuck?! sketches and Grand Diva's Scrappy Place for the inspiration on this one! Clustering is one of my favorite things and I found a great spot to use up some more of my Summer Lights collection! 

Anyone else out there love old Volkswagen Vans? MEEE! I couldn't help but include one on this page showcasing our road trip down the coast of California this summer! 

Last Layout of the month for me! It's been a crazy month so I'm happy I got anything done! Thanks to Let's Get Sketchy for this awesome sketch! Thanks Scrap Our Stash for the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge (I used wood grain paper, a circle and some arrows around the bottom of my title). Finally, I was inspired to stamp (the subtle brown circles) and was drawn to the "doodling" on the Creative Embellishments mood board this month. Thanks to all these great blogs for the challenges!

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a lovely day!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August Challenge

Whew...I feel like I'm sliding in here at the last minute to complete this August challenge! Thanks Stuck?! Sketches for the fun sketch this month! It was the motivation I needed to finish my last Easter layout. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

July Challenges

Happy summer everyone! I have to say, the absolute best thing about living in Minnesota are our amazingly gorgeous summers! Living on a lake has it's perks too! 

Here's a page I did documenting our trip to the Redwoods National Park. I used my Silhouette to draw and cut some tree rings and misted/distressed the background paper. I'm entering it in  Scrap Our Stash's Tic Tac Toe Challenge (I used twine, Red/White/Blue and numbers). 

Once again I'm having some real fun using the Simple Stories Cabin Fever collection to document my recent trip to California! Thanks to Let's Get Sketchy for the great sketch and the Blue/Read color scheme. I'm also grateful to Challenge YOUrself for the handwriting challenge! I often want to hide mine, but I know its important to document our memories!

More Simple Stories! <---Yep! You're going to be seeing a lot of this collection for this month! This layout was inspired by Brenda's sketch and Rochelle's color scheme using brown, red and navy blue. 

Thanks Stuck?! sketches for the inspiration on this one! Check out their sketch:

This page was inspired by Paper Issues free cut files (which are always fabulous!). I was challenged to use the geo star, but with this specific layout felt that it would be better as a subtle background element. The journaling reads: "There are few places in this life where we can enjoy true solitude. I found a few quiet moments here in the Redwood National Forest. The beating waves combined with a soft breeze created a lasting memory. Redwoods National Forest.

Thanks to all these blogs for the fun challenges!

Monday, June 12, 2017

June Challenges

Yay for SUMMER! I'm so excited for all the fun things we have planned this summer! I can't wait to go and spend time with my family at our lake home, and enjoy some good cookouts with friends! I hope you're excited for some fun things this summer too!

My first layout was inspired by The ScrapRoom's sketch challenge. This was certainly not an easy challenge for me, but I loved it once it was complete! I used the new Illustrates Faith "You are so loved" line to showcase a few photos of my dad! He was so sweet to come and visit us in Florida and then drive our car all the way back to Minnesota! <---Real props to this road warrior! 

I was also inspired by Grand Diva's Subway Art challenge and included the phrase, "Makes me laugh. Makes me smile." into my journaling. Colorful Creations also inspired me to dig out some of my old alphas (the green "is", twine and rhinestones) and mix them with this new line!  Thanks for all the fun!

Layout number 2 was inspired by the 123 Challenge Blog. I really liked that this challenge had so many creative possibilities! I used white paint, the word "Love" and glitter/rhinestones to bling up the page. Thanks for the fun challenge!

My third layout was inspired by Let's Get Sketchy's sketch challenge. I took a more simplistic approach to the design, but I'm happy with how it turned out! 

Finally layout #4 was inspired by the sketch at Stuck?! sketches. I had a flowery cut file that I had been wanting to use and thought that this would be the perfect layout for it! I used chalk to change it to the colors I wanted and viola! A pretty good looking page! Thanks for looking!

Up close of chalking/layering of embellishments:

Monday, May 8, 2017

May Challenges

Happy May!
Yay! The month all of us teachers have been waiting for (t-minus 13 days and counting for my school)!

Thanks Scrap Our Stash for the fun tic-tac-toe board. I used a journal card, the color yellow and 3 patterned papers. I cut the "lattice" with my Silhouette and then used different chalks to to color it.

I loved this new "Faith" line from Simple Stories. It was perfect to document this time of my life. God has been teaching me so many lessons about trusting Him. It's always important to look back and remember our victories. So, even though I'm still walking through the unknown, I will look back at remember how He saw me through each and every challenge.

I also used the Simple Stories Faith line for the challenges from Let's Scrap Sketches and Let's Get Sketchy and created this layout.  I used the sketch from Let's Get Sketchy and Tania's beautiful mixed media ideas as a spring board to create this layout. I then embellished the page using the Tic-Tac-Toe grid from Let's Scrap Sketches (hearts, the color gold and brads).

I've also been playing with my new Fuse tool and decided to create a photo sleeve to contain my main picture, glitter and journaling. I added another picture underneath the flap because I had a color copy of the same photo and couldn't decide which one I liked better! Haha! 

Using my Fuse tool I sealed this photo sleeve and added some glitter for a fun punch.

Here is what the journaling inset looks like!

The final product (with the journaling flap open)

Thanks so much for swinging by my blog! Have a great week!