Thursday, June 30

DT- layout for Frosted Designs

Here is my DT take on the challenge over at Frosted Designs this week to use black and White and one color, which I choose orange. I used my own sketch or layout so I could get all these pictures on one page for my sons scrapbook. I also wanted to wish everyone a very safe and fun Fourth of July weekend coming up. I will be out of town for about 6 days visiting my family in Upper Michigan.  
This was taken back in 2005 of my daughter who ended up beening the CHAMP at the Fear Factor Live stage competition. It was so much fun watching her compete at this Live production doing all kinds of very hard stunts and challenges for about 2 hours. The photos here are pics that I took of the large screen tv on the set, so I could get pretty good pictures during this event otherwise they were to hard to get. I used a dark grey cardstock which I dry painted the background white and then painted white around the photos as mats or borders I used black and orange cardstock for my title cuts from Printing Press 101 Cricut cartridge, some grey and black gross grain ribbon on top and bottom, and white painted dots on the titles. This layout is for one of my sons scrapbook since he was also their in the audience cheering his sister on!!!

Tuesday, June 28

Scooby Do and Shaggy Too!

Here is my Design Team take over at Sketch Along Tuesday at Frosted Designs for July 28th titled Scooby Do and Shaggy Too..  This is a photo of my son and daughter and their two new friends at Universal Studios taken back in 2005 when we were on a family vacation. If you look closely- my son has a look a like--it's Shaggy himself! This was just so funny when we ran into them- because they did kinda look alike and they had similar clothing on that day-too!
Here is the sketch we worked with designed by Libeeti at Frosted Designs
Materials used for this layout: Lots of plain color cardstock in brown-forest green-,mint green and white
 I challenged myself to not use patterned paper on a layout and thought this one was a good one to try this out on- not to distract from the picture. I used my Cuttlebug and circle pattern folder for all the embossed square areas  and a sanding block and inks to distress the embossed papers. Martha Stewart cookie alphabet stamps which I used pink acrylic paint on to stamp the letters and then outlined them in white acrylic paint. One chipboard felt letter "S" which I tied a ribbon onto and added some stickles also. One big metal blue button/brad and some brown polka dot ribbon.

Monday, June 27

Fear Factor LIVE...champ

This layout is for Sassy Lil Sketches this week and it worked out great because I had alot of photos to put together of my daughter trying out for the fear factor Live challenge at Universal Studios back in 2005. And guess what she WON- she was the CHAMPION that day. It was so much fun as her mother and sitting in the audience watching her do all these stunts and competing with others to win. Most of the pictures that I took were of the huge tv screen on the set when she was on it- otherwise the photos wouldn't of turned out to great. This competition lastest about 2 hurs long and they had tryouts for aver an hour before they picked 12 contestants- so it was an all day event for our family and we had such a great time. This page is for my sons scrapbook who was there watching the whole event and wishes he was old enought to try out at the time.
I used papers by Daisy D's and yellow cardstock- Cricuts cuts from Printing Press 101- for the titles,  black ink and a marker for the faux stitching and distressing and some misc stickers. I then painted with white acrylic paint uneven edges on all the photos as the mats for them to stand out a bit more.

Thursday, June 23

Creative Scrappers #161

I really liked this sketch- love the square idea- so thought why not do this layout right away. But, I'm not going to use any new papers- instead I have challenged myself to do at least one layout a week using my older stash or scraps- since I have so many 12 x 12 plastic totes of them right now. So, to the stash of scraps I went to find what colors I was looking for and I came up with blues and greens this take for Creative Scrappers.
Since- my one son has a green shirt on I went to my cardstock and found a matching green for my background and went from there. I inked all the edges with Tim Holtz distressed inks and torn some of the papers and used pop dots for all the squares. I then journaled on the right bottom corner brown gingham papers in black ink which is kinda hard to see in this photo. My title are just my kids intials E (eric) C (cheryl)  B (brian) again another quick layout- since I have been pretty busy getting my house ready to put on the market- so don't have as much time to scrap as I would like lately- so some quick layouts are fine- to get away from all the cleaning I've been doing.

Tuesday, June 21

Sketches in Thyme #50

Here is my take for the Sketches in Thyme challenge this week and again another few repeat photos for all the different albums I work on for all my kids- but at least they are all different layouts with all the sketch challenges that I do weekly. I used My Mind's Eye-Complete Boy stack and grey and white cardstock -very simple papers here- which makes it fun to do a  layout in a short amount of time. Other materials used are; circle punch, stamps, silver glitter glue, misc stash sayings, fine glitter by Martha Stewart, red marker, pop dots and a sewing machine using blue thread.
On the left side border I used a circle punch to punch out the circles and add them to the right side of border strip with pop dots and then used the negative circle space and stamped an image in the middle of them with the grey cardstock showing through

Sunday, June 19

The Scrappiest #123

Here are a few candid shots that someone else took and gave me- of my daughter and son when they were visiting their sister at College for family week back in 2005. I used the sketch from The Scappiest #123 for this layout and used all scrap papers from my huge stash. I told myself I have to start using my scraps more often because the pile is getting so large. I believe some of the papers are My Minds Eye and the others I'm not sure of. Also used scallop punch, Stickles, blue inks, painted with blue acrylic for mats on photos, pop dots and blue zig marker for my own lettering for titles.

Wednesday, June 15

Pencil Lines sketch Curious George

Here's another layout with same photo- but this one is for my son's book and I used the sketch from Pencil Lines- I like this page better (but- I won't tell the kids that.) I used alot of the same papers and stamps for the monkey and the banana's that I cut out and added to the layout. I used Ashley's Alphabet Cricut cartridge for the George (part of title) and hand drew my own vine branch and inked. The Curious is chipboard letters which I painted red and used   black Stickles for little dots - which are not to noticeable in this photo. Used brown ink for distressing and black fine marker for sub title and journaling

Curious George and The Man with the Hat

This is my take for  Sketches in Thyme this week for my daughters scrapbook. It's a photo taken at Universal Studios with some friends we met on our day visiting at the park  Curious George and the Man in the yellow Hat "Ted".
I used my Cricut cartridge-Graphically Speaking ( which I forget about this one- and boy there are alot of good cuts in this one- will have to use it more often) on the circle and letter G- also the large white circle with circles cut out in the middle, also used Wild Card cartridge. Recollections stamps, markers in green and brown, red wire ribbon, pop dots, brown ink and a  red brad. The Curious George paper is by Blue Sky Designs- which I found somewhere a while back and remembered that I had it- just for these pictures. I stamped the monkeys and bananas, cut them out and drew my own green vine on around the circle.

Tuesday, June 14

Sketch Along Tuesday- Design Team Layout

I'm so glad you stopped by to see my Sketch Along Tuesdays- Design Team layout- which I (Debbie Bakk) designed and Debbie Burns drew up for this week over at Frosted Designs. I am also donating the prize package (sponsor) for this sketch challenge.. I am so excited about these handmade flower doileys that I have been making lately- so I thought you would also be excited about entering your take on this great sketch to have a chance to win some of these beautiful flowers and lace trims to add to your future projects( I have a picture of them later in my post)
                                             Here is the sketch we designed for you to work with in the next two weeks- you have until June 27th-Monday afternoon to enter/link up your creation
     Now onto the 2 page layout that I created - and of course - there are a few of my flower doileys in this layout. This is a 2-page ( which, if you want you can interpret into a 1 page for your entry) of my Parents Wedding Day and a actual newspaper clipping of my mother- her engagement announcement. So this was a very special page for me to create & cherish- forever

 DCWV from Lace & Linens Paper Stack and K&Company papers , cream and black cardstock for the cuts of the oval and title-subtitles-
Cricut cartridges for all the cuts were from Serenade, Heritage, TieThe Knot and Wild Card.
The lace around the oval frame is one of my handmade laces that I inked with one of Tim Holtz distressing Inks to give it the old world look- or you could die it also. I then added some pearls to every other scalloped edge loop. Which ties in this page with the other page -color wise with the  newspaper clipping of my mother's photo
 Another lace I made I used to go in the middle of the page and added a string of pearls across the top of that. I used Fiskar edger scissors-many silk flowers and some of my handmade doiley flowers scattered on both pages- which I also added some pearls to the center of them.
The picture of my mother is a bit discolored- because it was the actual newspaper clipping which I just photo copied it- but I like how it turned out and gives it that heritage-vintage feeling. The other photos are the old black and white polaroid pictures from back then and of course the original photo of my dad. Their Wedding was held back in August of 1958.

 Here is a close up of some of my handmade flower doileys( some on top or on the bottom of the silk flowers)  which I left natural . Also a few Maya Road decorative pins were added to a few flowers. I used a Ultra fine glitter to all the cricut cuts- birdcage- dove and church also the words to add a bit of sparkle - but not to much- just enough. I hand drew some flourishes in behind some of the flower accents with a fine black marker.

Another close up of my handmade lace trims that I also  have been making alot of lately- they turn out so nice and are actually just as nice if not better as the store boughten ones- I might say. And I can make them any color I want by inking/dyeing them or crocheting them with the many color choices of thread that they have on the market these days.
So here is a picture of the handmade crocheted flower doileys -lace trims and a few decorative pins that I also handmade ( the sponsor prize) that will be given to one lucky winner- with an entry to the sketch challenge over at Sketch Along Tuesdays-at Frosted Designs-so be sure to join us- we would love to see what you create with this wonderful sketch. I also have more info for you if you are interested in purchasing some of these handmade crocheted flower doileys and lace trims from me- go to my side bar- under Pages and click on Handmade Items just for you-or click on picture of doiley flowers- I have a seperate page explaining all the details about them - just send me an email.

Over 50 pieces in a variety of colors in  this lovely prize package = 10 lace trims-10 decorative pins and 40 handmade crocheted doiley flowers.

Monday, June 13

Strike a Pose-with Marilyn Monroe

I just love how this layout turned out using the sketch from Sketchy Thursdays this week...Strike a Pose is for my son Eric's scrapbook. He really liked the moment/ photo he had taken with Marilyn. All papers used were from one of my favorite Stacks..Complete Boy by My Mind's Eye and used brown inks for distressing, die cut flower strip which I added embroidery floss to in green and rust is from K&Company, green buttons and scalloped punches to make the flowers with some yellow Stickles added for some bling, Cricut cut for the title in black cardstock, and faux stitching around the border of layout in brown marker.

Sunday, June 12

Let's Capture These Sketches- Graduation 2005

What a wonderful sketch to work with from Let's Capture these Sketches for the month of June. I used DCWV Lace & Linen Stack- K&Company precut borders, Prima Flowers and misc flowers, rhinestones, Stickles, Inkadinkadoo Stamps (owl), Marth Stewart butterfly stamps, Recollections border punch, distress inks, pop dots, Maya Road decorative pins, and other Stamps by Stampendous.

Here are a few close ups. I hand colored in the stamped words with a silver gel pen and inked the edges of some pale green cardstock. Layered the flowers and added rhinestones and AStickles for some added bling. Used the border ppunch for the mats behind photos also in the green cardstock and added a fine line in black around photo edge. The butterflies I layered and added Stickles and pop dots. and a few draduation stamps just cut out and added to the layout. This is a layout for my daughter's book of her Senior Year Graduation from High School and also one photo of her grandmother with her on her special day. 

Friday, June 10

Sassy Lil Sketches layout

I had so much fun with this page- and to find three pics that were vertical to go along with this sketch- kinda just fell in my lap and turned out great with the photos that I'm working with right now. I repeat alot of my photos-because I have several books for my kids that I work on at the same time so pardon the repeatifness
of the pics. I try to do a different layout with them .
This is a wonderful sketch this week over at Sassy Lil Sketches and I love the idea of the banner in this layout- so I used it to display my title. I finished this layout in just over an hour also -which was great because I needed to get it uploaded in a hurry.
I used EK Success paper and cut out the flowers added ink and Stickles with pop dots, misc stash papers in pink and green, Hero Arts banner stamp, circle punch and a fine black marker for my own lettering on the banner and sub title on bottom.
 This page is for my daughter's book- several photos of her Striking a Pose throughout the park and she loves the one taken with Marilyn Monroe. I used the colors pink and green to go with my daughter's outfit that day in the photos.

Wednesday, June 8


Here is my take this week for Sketchy Thursdays-sketch challenge this was taken at Universal Studios
back in 2005 with Scooby Do & Shaggy and his two new friends (my one son and daughter_other son didnt want his picture taken)
     I used misc older papers from my stash and the main background paper is from The Paper Studio.
Thickers for the alpha title which I inked a bit and added stickles and some scrappers floss tied on. Distress Inks,ARecollections border punch, flower punches, brads and some misc embellies. Inkadinkadoo stamps for the flourishes in a moss green ink. And did my own hand writting on the journal strips.

Tuesday, June 7

New Studio-Friends

 I will be appying this at two blogs: my first entry over at Pencil Lines for the sketch #240  and over at  Frosted Designs for the" friends" challenge this week
Here is my take from the challenge (sketch#240) over at Pencil Lines- a very simple layout which was nice to do since it's been awhile since I have scrapbooked so I had to ease into it and this sketch was perfect for me to get done in about an hour. It was taken at Universal Studios and this one is for my daughter's scrapbook.
I used Paper Studio for background and a few misc. scrap papers for the rest. Flowers were cut out of the scrap paper, Hero Stamps used for the banner with floral punch and letters hand written  for part of the title. The chipboard "Friends" is from my stash and the butterflies were stamped, cut out and Stickles added, gold cord for the banner  and some pop dots.

Monday, June 6

The Scrappiest #122 sketch challenge

2 gruelsome twosome- my son and his look a like friend " Shaggy" at Universal Studios back in 2005. This was such a comical moment when we just happen to run into Scooby and Shaggy and my son Eric at the time kinda looked like Shaggy and they both just happen to have on kinda the same color of clothes. So we had to get a photo of this moment- they thought it was pretty cool also. And the other pic is of my son and daughter by the mouth of Jaws at the park also. This layout if for my other son's scrapbook- who was there- but had an attitude this whole trip and didn't want to be in any pictures.
I will be applying this layout at The Scrappiest and also over at  Scrapbookers Anonymous- which you are to use mini papers at least 3 of them which I have used 4 of them in this layout. I used K&Company and Provo Craft bitty scraps pads for all the papers. Brown and cream cardstock and used a Cricut cut for the large square scalloped edge with some eyelets in the 4 corners. I also used K&Company chipboard embellies and some twine in several areas. I used white acrylic paint for the mat borders and blue and brown inks for distressing, and a distressing tool for the edge of blue mini pad paper

Saturday, June 4

OMG- are we really going to do this?

This is a layout of my two middle children when we were in Orlando Floriday back in 2005 and they decided to go on this thrill ride- with reservation! I used the sketch from Creative Scrappers #158. Very simple layout using red and yellow textured cardstock, Provo Craft Bitty scrap papers in blue and greens, Staz-On black ink and Alpha stamps on photo paper, Acrylic paints  in white for mats, 3 different circle punches, green Stickles and an Ultra fine black marker and lots of pop dots.