Thursday, October 1, 2015

Last couple of layouts until

we get back from our cruise...unless our house sitter takes up the  At Scraps of Art the other day when my friends were taking a card class, I got to crop a bit.  And, still using up my gorgeous papers from Maja Designs that I bought on line from Funkie Junkie Boutique, I created these two layouts. 

This one came so easy...Leighton and her Papa sharing a kiss.  (btw: my name is Chopped Liver Nana when Papa is  This is Papa's favorite picture of the two of them and one of mine as well.  Nothing could do this photo better justice than the Maja papers.  I love the fact that the tear sheet at the bottom is solid design on one side (see the hearts border).  I only know of one other company that does this (Monte Paper Mill) and the two companies papers are so perfect together!

I struggled with this one.  For half of last year, Leighton spent every Monday with us and we did spoil her rotten.  She got chocolate pudding earlier than her older twin brothers along with a lot of other spoil things just for girly girls.   I wanted this to be perfect but sometimes, just letting the picture speak louder than the design, says it all.  So, with the help of Maja papers and one other (no clue who made the stripe paper), I am happy with it.

I wish a store here in the Tampa area would carry Maja Designs and Monte Paper Mill.  But, until someone does, I'll just have to order them from Funkie Junkie and the Paper Inn where I found Monte Paper Mill

As always and heartfelt...thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sketches in Thyme September Smash Up

As a Smash Up contributor for Sketches in Thyme, I have the  "job" of interpreting, combining, rearranging, flipping, designs from the fabulously talented sketch designers on the team.  Talk about fun!

This is my interpretation of two sketches (following the layout).

Two summers ago, I was able to cross an item off my bucket list...paddle boarding.  I surprised myself by not only being able to get up on the board but paddle it around as well.  I credit the yoga classes I took for so long.  (memo to self: get back into yoga)!

And here are the two great sketches I combined to get the layout above.
                                                         (sketch designed by Shawn Lahr)

                                                        (sketch designed by Rochelle Sprears)

Check out more sketches and interpretations at Sketches in Thyme.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Croppin' with the Women Who Do Lunch bunch

Diane Johnson was our hostess yesterday for a day crop.  When I crop with these women, the inspiration flows almost as fast as the talk.  We were missing several of our group and hope to see them all very soon.

I managed to get the basics for 5 layouts done yesterday and put the finishing touches on them today.  Without further ado...

These two use my newest favorite papers by Maja Designs which I order through Funkie Junkie on line.

And I've also been trying to use up more of my stash..some of these are from Creative Imaginations, others from who knows where.  This photo was taken last summer on Ft. Myers Beach.  It was my 29th year of ownership at Estero Island Beach Club.  We are three generations here now. 

Colvin and his new "friend"...also taken last summer on Ft. Myers Beach.

The last one was simple and quick.  The last over night in early Sept., Colvin rode his bike on the Pinellas Trail for the first time.  We'll ride the Trail together one day, little guy!

I've had the paper forever and the 3D bike embellishment was a door prize for a crop about four years ago...told you I was using up!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Having a Scrap Happy Day

We've had rain off and on most of today and I can't think of a better way to spend it than in my work room scrapping.  I have a bunch of new papers, a few old items and more pictures than I'll ever scrap in my life time.  Today, things all came together and I really like how these 4 came together. 

I love papers that make for quick layouts yet still allow for creativity.  This layout main paper and the next are by Pink Fresh Studio.  
The green paper is from Monte Paper Mill, a new company for me. They come in 12x12, 8x8 and 6x6.  
The gingham is by Maja Design out of Sweden and is currently my favorite go to paper.

The next two layouts are done front and back from one sheet of paper.  I used a paper plate to cut out the circle from the Maja Design papers and flipped the circle over.  I used think rick rack to attach the circle and then went to town on both sides.

 Leighton on her play cell placing a call to her Mommy.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sketch me happy

I hit a major slump in my scrapping a month or so juices flowing, no energy and no creativity.  What got me out of my slump was trying some sketches to kick start me and they worked.  I tried several sites and one of my favorites, Sketches in Thyme, was having a DT call.  If doing the sketches at the site could get me motivated, just think what doing one for the site would do, so I applied.  I am happy to say I've been accepted and will be doing a Smash layout of any or combos of the sketches each month (1x a month).

Thanks, Sketches in Thyme...head on over and meet the rest of the new Mavens and say hello.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Place d'Armes courtyard

I used sketch 161 from Sketches in Thyme to add another page to our New Orleans album.  We love the courtyard at Place d'Armes on St. Anne Street for its shade, peace and serenity.  The courtyard has several areas that are perfect for our breakfast and, later in the day, our happy hour pool side.

A couple more in the works.  As always, thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Go fly a kite...

I am pulling photos from here, there and everywhere to scrap these rhyme or reason...just whatever strikes my fancy.  
Last summer, while we were all at the beach, Linda Adams' son, Bryan, found a kite that had been discarded as the string was all tangled.  He patiently untangled it and launched the kite, letting all the little kids have a turn.  The twins, in particular, were having the time of their lives.  Here is Colvin.  It was hard to capture both the kite and Colvin so I improvised.

I have a couple more in the of Leighton's dedication day at church and another based on the Week 3 sketch at Sketches in Thyme.  Watch this spot.