Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{Be Happy} with Fancy Pants September Sketch

Hello, hello scrappy friends!  

I have a layout to share with you today based on the Fancy Pants "Sketch This" for September.  I'm actually sharing with you my 2nd attempt for this sketch.  If you've ever worked on a layout that just didn't seem "right", you know what I mean by "2nd attempt". Maybe I'll be able to use the other base another time!  For now, I set it aside.  :)

I visited Washington DC early September for work and had the chance to do a little sightseeing the morning of Sept. 11th before I left.  While I took a lot of scenic photos, I also took a few selfies...and I decided to focus on the subject of "me" for this layout.  I don't do that enough!  And I wanted to capture the beauty, serenity, and sense of peace that I felt in DC on the anniversary of Sept. 11th -- I'll scrapbook the sights another day, though.  The top photo was taken along the National Mall.  In the bottom photo, I was struck by the beauty of the ceiling in the Lincoln Memorial - not sure how many visitors actually look at the ceiling, but I was smitten.

I began with the black corrugate paper borrowed from Burlap & Bouquets as my base, and I chose various papers from the Fancy Pants Me-ology collection.  The papers are so fun and feminine without being girly.

I inked the edges of each strip using black ink and then layed them out until I got the combination I liked.  I matted the two photos and then layered them over stamped Fancy Pants Artist Edition Filter Paper embellishments, Me-ology small decorative tags,and Me-ology stickers with a few gems.  Here's the top photo area:

And here's the bottom photo area:

For the title, I used the hot pink alpha stickers from Me-ology and Fancy Pants black Large Alpha Stickers.

To create a journaling spot, I used the orange library card with white polka dots from the collection.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you are scrapping a bit about yourself too.  It's fun to scrapbook about your family, friends, vacations, etc., but to have something just about you is a must!

Enjoy a little chocolate today,

Winner, Winner! Practical Scrappers September Blog Hop Giveaway

Hello everyone!

Thanks so much for hopping along with Practical Scrappers as well as the lovely comments for my "Sweet Taste of Summer" layout!

Today is winner announcement day! There were some awesome projects in the hop, so if you missed it, go here.

Today's winner was chosen using random.org once again, and this time #12 is the winner! 

Scrolling down to the 12th comment, the winner of the $20 e-gift certificate to My Scraps & More is Angela.

Congratulations to Angela!  Please email me at majkenmarie at yahoo dot com to claim your e-gift certificate!  You have until midnight Central time on Friday, October 3, 2014 to claim your prize.

Thank you to all who participated in the hop, commented on projects, and joined my blog...it's a joy to scrapbook and share in the fun blog hops!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Giveaway with Scrapping Our Stash Blog Hop with Practical Scrappers! {Sweet Taste of Summer}

Hi everyone...I'm back today to participate in the Practical Scrappers monthly Scrapping Our Stash blog hop.  I love these hops!  You should have arrived from Bobbi's blog.  Isn't her fall card amazing?

Today I'm sharing a layout of my son enjoying some watermelon this summer...he was so cute eating it while it dripped down his belly!  This is why he got to eat it outside.  :) Take a look and then scroll down to enter for your chance at a $20 e-gift certificate!

For my layout, I used the Simple Stories Summer Fresh collection and kept it simple.

I used the denim sheet as my base and then trimmed the sunshine rays just above the sentiment because I wanted the rays and an area for journaling.  I cut the green polka dot paper at an angle to create a pocket look.  I used the yellow polka dot paper to anchor the photos, and included a chevron border trimmed from another sheet of the collection.

I sewed along the top of the sunshine ray paper to help frame the page.

For my title, I sewed several lines along the top left to create a "mat" for the "Sweet", which I die cut using my Mama Elephant alpha dies.

For the bottom part of the title, I used the same die cut alphas to create "Summer" and then punched some banners out for each letter.  Then I sewed along the bottom of the yellow polka dot paper to help tie the banner in.  I used green Simple Stories alpha stickers for the middle part of the title.  I used the red gingham check paper to mat the photos...what a fun pattern!

To create interest along the top, I created a small embellishment area using ribbon, a yellow sticker, and a button.  Then I journaled in the sun area in curved writing to mimic the curve of the sun.

On the bottom, I included a red sticker and some Studio Calico cork arrows...they are so cute!

I know soon enough we'll be missing summer and those sticky days of eating watermelon in the back yard.  :)

I'm giving away one $20 e-gift certificate to My Scraps & More online store!  All you have to do is:
  1. Be or become a member of my blog with Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin AND
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post
Refer a friend who joins my blog for an extra chance (please note it in a 2nd comment or have the referral tell who referred them in a comment).

Easy!  You have until Monday, September 29, 2014 at noon CT to enter for your chance to win. International entries are fine.  I'll randomly choose one lucky winner and announce it here on my blog on Tuesday, September 30th.  Good luck, and thanks so much for joining my blog and referring your scrappy friends!

Next up is Ruth sharing some Basic Grey, and I know you'll enjoy her project.  If you lost your way or want to start from the beginning, here's the full list:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ninety Years Young! #TBT

Happy Thursday everyone-

Earlier this week I shared a fun photobomb layout and promised to post another project today in my #TBT series.

Today's Throwback Thursday project is of my grandmother "Mommo" at 90 years - we drove down to celebrate with her, and it meant so much to me to scrapbook that weekend with the whole family.  She's been gone only about 2 1/2 years, and I really, really miss her.  Here's my lovely grandmother.

I chose to use the My Mind's Eye So Sofie "Graceful" papers because not only did the colors match her outfit nicely, but my grandmother was truly a graceful woman.  She danced from a young age and owned a successful ballet studio most of her life.  She taught/choreographed ballet, tap, jazz and even had a musical theater class (yes, I participated. :)  I can still recite all the songs from Annie!).  

Anyway, I included only some light embellishments with CTMH organdy ribbon along with a maroon brad and heart pin from Maya Road because I wanted the lovely photo to really stand out.

Here's one of her baby photos, and she was precious!

Don't forget to see some of my previous TBT posts, and have a wonderful day!

Chocolate and scrappy hugs,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Best Photobomb *Ever*

Hello everyone!  I hope you enjoyed the long Labor Day weekend.  I definitely did not "labor"...in fact, I got crafty.  It feels like I just don't get as much time as I want in the ol' scrap room, so this was extra fun knowing there was an extra day to enjoy it.

So, today I am sharing a layout I made using the Creative Scrappers Sketch # 275 (though I missed their August deadline) and Simple Stories Summer Paradise.  It features my husband's two lovely cousins, but hidden in the background is my daughter in the swimming pool with the most fabulous photobomb I've ever seen.  :)  Check it out:

I decided to try some mixed media with this layout (top left and bottom right corners), so using a sheet of textured white cardstock I scribbled some blue Faber Castell Gelato and brushed it with water.  Next I rolled the dotted American Crafts brayer in gesso and rolled it over the two areas.  After they dried somewhat, I spritzed the corners with red, teal, and mustard inks.  I like how some of the inks spread and mixed).  I added shimmer to one of the inks that you can see below.

I inked the edges of all the Simple Stories paper in retired CTMH Moonstruck ink and adhered them to the page after it had dried.  

For the title, I used Jillibean Soup Alphabeans - Roma Red for "the best" and Blueberry teal for the "ever".  I cut "photobomb" out using my Cameo and retired CTMH Moonstruck cardstock as well as white textured cardstock, which I used as a shadow effect to help the word "photobomb" stand out.

I inked part of the zig zag stamp (from CTMH D1516 "Have a Happy Day") in red ink and used it to emphasize the "ever".  I added the journal spot, some Doodlebug Designs Sprinkles (swimming pool assortment), and some sticker elements from Simple Stories.  I stamped the "love it!" in Moonstruck ink (stamp is from CTMH D1555 "All the Details").

Have you scrapbooked some fun photobombs?  Share them with us if you have.

Stay tuned for another #TBT layout that I'll share later this week.  Enjoy your short week, hopefully with some chocolate.

Scrappy wishes,