Wednesday, October 31, 2012

10-31-12 Sketch

Here is today's sketch @ Let's Scrap.

And, here is my take on the sketch.

I know...I know...this shoulda been a Halloween layout. It's not like I don't LOVE Halloween, I just don't have any little vampires, witches, or goblins to use in a layout.  I do, however, have a really cute dog...maybe next time...

It's the Great Pumpkin!
what time do the trick-or-treaters get here?
Anywho (pun intended), football is a great fall activity and a Denver Broncos game makes a great layout!  Bill has season tickets and absolutely loves the Broncos.  I tease him that he has orange coursing through his veins.  I only get to go to the game on a rare occasion...(and I only like the "warm" ones).

Here are the technical notes for the layout:
  • Instead of pockets on the lh side, I chose to include our tickets from the game.  They are anchored with photo corners and ribbon.
  • I used MS Publisher to include 8 additional photos of the game and printed one large 8" x 11" photo (no fancy or high priced software needed!).  Truth is...I love this format for including a lot of pictures on a still have lots of room for artistic/creative embellishments!  There are 11 photos on this two-page layout!
Products used:
  • Football paper, stickers & chipboard accents:  Creative Memories
  • Football photo corners:  Jolee's
  • Washi tape:  Queen & Co.
  • Orange striped paper: Colorbok
  • Cardstock:  orange & white
  • Title (downloaded from the internet) was printed on white cardstock and "fussy cut" by hand
  • Ribbon:  American Crafts
Thanks for stopping by...don't each too much candy...just the chocolate. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Let's Scrap

Several things happening at Let's Scrap that I'd like to share with you:

1.  Card sketch for today:

And, here's the card I made:

The sketch just says "hello...I'm a camera" to me so that's what I made!  I was thinking that the sentiment could be just about anything using a camera as the main embellishment.  'Cause let's face it, we use a camera for just about everything these days...good or bad.

The chevron background paper is from My Mind's Eye.  The rest of the card is simply "paper piecing" of a camera design loosely based on the instagram logo.  I added a round brad (hugz) and a printed sentiment to the center.  I also glued some twine around the hugz.  Easy peasy.

2.  I've just come home from a three-day retreat in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.  Finished 44 pages, a furbaby book for Gracie, and almost finished a digital book.  Very productive.  Love, love retreats.  I feel like I really can get away and get absorbed into this hobby I love so much.  I have such a sense of accomplishment after a retreat.  Fourty-four finished layouts means I've met the LOAD challenge...see that icon to the right?  Up to 48!  Wonder how many more I can get in before the 31st?

3.  Remember the sketch contest I won?  My sketch will be featured on Wednesday, November 14.  Can't wait for the big reveal.  Can't wait to see what 4,100+ members can do with my design.  Stoked!
Wait!  There's more news!  Even bigger news.  I submitted five sketch designs for that contest -- loved designing so much that the ideas just kept coming.  Turns out...the fine ladies @ Let's Scrap want them ALL!!  You will see the rest of my designs appearing over the next term @ Let's Scrap!  The new term (and a new Design Team...for which I am very sad) starts in December and will run through the end of March.  Of course, all of my sketches will also be featured concurrently here on the blog.  Whew!!  Who knew that my very first attempts at sketch design would be so fruitful! 

I may just keep on going and going and going... 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Fabulous PINK Weekend

This past Sunday I walked with 40,000 other men, women, and children @ the 20th Anniversary of the Denver Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure...four thousand of which are women dressed in pink t-shirts.  Women who've been diagnosed, in or through treatment.  Women who fight.  Survivors.

Yay Denver!
I celebrated my sixth year as a survivor.

Notice the pink hair extensions?  Fun!
I celebrated with a very special team of friends and family.  Their love & support touches me deeply.

My "team" gets a bit bigger each year.
Love 'em dearly.
I celebrated hope.

I celebrated mammograms and for "catching it early."
I celebrate LIFE!
Although I walk in PINK, I:

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Winner. Winner. Chicken Dinner.

Remember, the sketch design contest @ Let's Scrap?   Well...drum roll please...I was one of four winners!! 

I cannot reveal any of the details until my winning layout is featured for the weekly sketch sometime in November.  I don't even know which week my winning sketch will be showcased...but I am stoked!!  Stay tuned to the blog or check in every Wednesday @ Let's Scrap for a new layout design and challenge.

My very first attempt at sketch design produced a winning layout!

Yay me!

Friday, October 5, 2012

One Pink Nail

This is not my idea.  However, I am participating.

One small thing.  Lots of meaning.

I usually wear 10 pink nails the entire month of October, but I noticed something different recently. 


I hope many of you reading this will join me with ONE PINK NAIL for the month of OCTOBER!

Wear your chosen polish color on the other nine, but make your left ring finger the ONE PINK NAIL!

Why the left ring finger? It's said to have the vein connected to our heart (as in the reason behind the "traditional" wedding ring finger).  Hmmm, is that true?

Why one pink nail?

It will catch more attention than a full pink manicure and will give each person the opportunity to answer the question everyone is sure to ask, "Why just ONE PINK NAIL?"  (Everyone that knows me, will know the reason why and won't have to ask.)  It's to remind us during October (breast cancer awareness month), to do our monthly self-exam and for those over 40...get your mammogram!

That one pink nail may just save a life!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

10-3-12 Sketch

Good Wednesday morning  scrappers!

Here is today's sketch @ Let's Scrap:

And, here is my take on it:

This layout is all about our adorable Mini Goldendoodle, Gracie.  Yup.  Center Stage.  She may love water, but she doesn't love getting IN the water!  To refresh your memory, I previously blogged about our "day at the pool" here

I fell in love with Little Yellow Bicycle's (LYB) Splash line that came out this summer.  I had to have it.  All of it.  I hope you can see the clear water drops and splashes that are embossed/printed on the paper. 

This particular sketch calls for 2.5" square photos. 19 of them!!  I did not want to print so many 4" x 6" photos and then crop the crap out of them!  I downloaded a free photo manipulator called Photosheet (it is a huge time saver to print smaller photos without losing any of the detail).  I used the 2.5" x 3.5" wallet size option, saved the photos (two up on a 4" x 6") and uploaded them to Costco for a whopping $1.98!  So much easier!

Oprah says, "love is in the details." I hope you can see the clear water drops and splashes that are embossed/printed on the paper and the shimmering sparkle of the Gelly Roll pen (they come in many colors!).

Here are the "technical" notes for the layout:
  • Paper & embellishments:  LYB Splash
  • Paper clouds:  cut with QuicKutz cloud shape
  • Stitching:  Blue Star Gelly Roll Pen and Paper Pizazz Easy Stitches template
  • Paper inking (for edge distressing & paw prints):  CTMH Outdoor Denim & Citrus Leaf
  • Bark-n-Splash logo downloaded from the internet, printed on my computer, and inked
  • White Textured Cardstock:  Bazzill
  • Journaling is computer generated, printed on LYB coordinating 6x6 paper pads (perfect use for this size!), and mounted on CM Pop Dots
  • Paw print Rubber Stamp:  Michael's
You can probably see why I fell in love with the LYB Splash line.  Details.  Love.

Monday, October 1, 2012

What is a LOAD?

An acronym: for LayOut A Day

You know... all those piles of photos waiting to be scrapped,  computer sticks full of photos waiting to be printed, OR unfinished layouts sitting around the room, or page kits staring you in the face? 

Well, this is the time to get it done!!  Let's Scrap is hosting a LOAD challenge.  One LO for every day of the month = 31 finished LO's.  The whole idea is for you to get stuff done...this is not supposed to be a chore!  It's supposed to be fun.

Here are the rules for this challenge....
  • each page counts as one layout
  • a double page spread counts as 2 (size of page doesn't matter)
  • each card counts as one (on the fence about how easy this is for card makers!)
  • you don't have to use Let's Scrap Sketches.  If you do, you can put them in the gallery to show off your work.  If you don't, you can still post them in the group here. 
This is just for fun and to challenge ourselves to get LOAD(s) of scrapbooking done.  There are no prizes just the satisfaction of getting LOAD(s) of scrapbooking done!

I hope you will join me with this LOAD, get your scrapbooking caught up, use up a bunch of your stash, and have some fun. 

I'm participating...will you?  Heck, I'll even publish my progress.  See it over there on the sidebar?  Tomorrow that had better say at least 2!!