Tuesday, February 19

Formal Night-with new friends

Get it- "Friend Ship"meeting new friends on their cruise...this 2 page layout has very large photos that they had taken as their souvenirs- so I didnt want to cut them or put anything on them to cover it up so I went very simple yet elegant .
As you can see I pulled out the colors in the photo's gold black white and touch of burgandy. I used my cuttlebug/folder for the gold paper squares and simply inked the edges of the black & white floral paper squares. I punched many little flowers in burgandy and gold papers and just added Stickles to the centers of them. Then with some Tulip paint I made my own florishes in gold and copper. added some chipboard that I painted white and added the titles to them in black tulip paint also and tied a black ribbon them. Then lastley added some sticker square bronze colored dots to the photos in a few places as I was done.

Monday, February 18

Cloth cute

I really like the idea I came up with for these next three pages I did of the cute little cloth critters that the staff left in their rooms cute are these?
This first page is the welcome aboard page of the room- with the port hole and anchors and one cute critter. I was stumped for awhile about embellishments to use on these pages- then I had a light bulb moment!!!. I was at my scrapbooking retreat and thought I'll make some do-dads out of a washcloth- kinda like the critters were made of..So I went to my hotel room and grabbed a washcloth (I know, bad me) and cut out circles and folded them a bit and added a flower brad to the centers of them
This next layout is of two more critters and their stateroom number..I used the same papers on all three pages and cricut cuts for the words and chalked them in blues and peachy like colors or left them white. I matted all the photos in brown cardstock
and the last of the 3 layouts of Cloth critters I also added their names to the layout and inked all the 12 x 12 edges in simple yet, so adorable I think. I know she will really like these pages when she finally sees them.

Sunday, February 17

The Crew and more

Some misc. photos that she wanted scrapped but I wasnt sure of the event -so I just grouped them together as I saw fit. So this first one I used my Gypsy and cricut cut the title with a ship and anchor and did a little doddling on them. With one of the scrap your trip ..papers as the background very very simple.
Its hard  or should I say a challenge to scrap someone else's photo's and you dont know the story behind them ...and she doesn't want to many journal areas on them either so with that  I just try to pull out details or colors for scrapping some of these pages like the next two pages also.

Saturday, February 16

Bon Voyage....

Bon Voyage 2-page layout turned out great-I had some map like papers which had money and passports in the middle of the pages- but I covered them up with the photo's- so you can only really see the map part of the papers- which is what I wanted. I matted the photo's in red cardstock to really pop out and stamped the banners on primary colors -blue, yellow and green with black ink and pop dotted them onto red cardstock for 3-D look. All the other embellies where just saying which I cut out and put again on red cardstock and added a few rhinestones to the corners of them along with the large chipboard "bon voyage"  as the title.
Cruisin Buddies was another pre lazer cut which Im using as the title and simple black mat on large photo. I selected the paper from the paper stack of world travels and just added a few sticker embellies and cut out a cloud shape from lined paper with some chalked edges for them to journal on later. Oh yeah I had cut the little blue waves for the bottom of page also.

Friday, February 15

Voyager of the Seas

  The voyager of the Seas is the cruise my friend was on and this large photo was a keepsake of hers so I put it on some black wave paper and matted in a sky blue cardstock. Found this flag/banner paper and thought it went well so I inked the edges and made a few banners for top and bottom by the titles- and a few embellies that she had in her stash for me to use.
Now this next layout was so simple - just add photos to it- which was kinda hard to find the right ones to fit - but we managed to find some great ones to work with this pre lazer cut two page layout

Thursday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day

I did this project with my daughter the other day and we had so much fun and great memories as we did this project. She wanted to save all her wedding cards but didn't want them just in a shoebox- but yet she didnt want me to scrap them all either  lol. So we came up with the idea to use a OLD photo book and make a new cover for it and then we just hold punched all the cards and put them inside this 3" binder  and it worked out great and we didnt spend very much money at all on this either- that was the best part.
 This is the front cover(above) with a paper from DCWV black and white paper stack and we used the Gypsy and Cricut to cut out all the word and some embellies. inked the edges and added a few wedding theme stickers we found at Walmart for $1.00.
 Happily Ever After is of course the back of the album
And to finish it off we added a black gross grain ribbon to tie it all up - since it was so thick filled with all her wedding cards- which she can cherish in many years to come- instead of putting them in a box and storing them in a closet, where they will never be looked at again...In fact this just gave me another idea for ME..I save all my cards especailly the handmade ones and they are just in a shoebox---maybe Ill make me a book to keep all my special cards in--I like this idea!
                                     Wishing all of you a Happy Valentines Day!!!

Wednesday, February 13

Markets in Barcelona

St. Josep La Boqueria...Sweets- Candy and Seafood  what a combo on this 2 page layout. Lots of Cricuts cuts and matting only 4 photos with black or white cardstock and it was done- with some simple cream tan peach tone striped paper for background.

And the following two page layout was on the fruit market- which again had such colorful photo's I went with the same background paper and no mats just a few cricut cuts for title and market like building- plus 8 photo's

Tuesday, February 12

The Cathedral of Barcelona two-page layout was giving me problems becaus of the subject matter in the photo's so I decided to work with the colors instead, and she had this really thick book she wanted incorporated into the pages -somehow. So I made this heavy duty pocket on the left side page and added many colors of border punch stripes to hold the big book in. Did a cricut for the title and simple matted photos.
Another place they visited was the Santa Maria del mar Church- again this was a challenge for me to do these layouts with lots of buildings and architech features in most of the photos- which have some meaning to her and I didn't want to take away with adding alot of embellishments.
The bottom of this layout is 3 pictures which I kinda melted them together to look like one.

This next page is all photos- four 4 x 6- which doesn't leave alot of room for anything else-but managed to add a few metal keys and some postage stamps and some cut outs with sub titles...again simple but effective layout.

Monday, February 11

Out and about in Barcelona

 These few layouts are of them out and about on their first day in I used alot of the papers she gave me along with embellishments that fit the subject matter and page.
This last layout was a bit diferent- of this sculpture- or is he real? not sure but I worked with it and came up with these papers that I just thought were perfect. I did a cricut cut for the Title and just inked all the edges in copper---how fitting is that! Love the paper with the park bench- fits these photos just right.

Sunday, February 10

Park Guell-Barcelona

The next three layouts of my friends Europe trip are taken in Barcelona Spain at the Park Guell. She also wanted to incorporate some memorabilia or papers that she saved from her trip- so I have included as many as I could on the pages where I thought they worked best. Below I have made a rosette in black and white with the yellow center to represent the colors of spain's flag. I yet to think of something else to add to the centers of them.     (postcard on left) Papers from Scrap My Trip
Let the journey the title for the next layout which I really like how this one turned out.  Making the flag banner and adding alpha stickers and inking the edges in red- and a journal area for them to fill it later.

Another layout of Park Guell in Barcelona- but one of the photos is really a postcard (on left side) and as you can see how I came up with the florette to match the design on the medallion in the photo. Crimped some papers and added some gold brads for the simplicity of this layout. Which I still need to write on the florette the name of this place. My background paper resembles columns -again which I pulled from photos.

Saturday, February 9

From the beginning of the Europe trip

Well im gonna start back at the beginning of this scrapbook that I'm doing for a friend and her vacation/cruise in Europe. I have almost finished- 75 pages done so far and expect to do about 10 more. She, also gave me some papers and embellishments that she had bought to go along with some of the layouts that I did for her. This page is a weird one to work with-(topic) but I managed to get all 4 photos on one page and a few embellies.

The Explore/Travel 2 page layout is very simple and I just matted the photos in blue grey cardstock and did some distressing on the edge of the polka dot paper stripe and added a yellow ribbon and few embellies and some embossed die cut butterflies that I chalked.

Friday, February 8

Pompei Ruins- Italy

I really like how this above 2 page layout turned out. I used several scrap papers that were in my stash that I thought really brought how the feel in these photos of the old cobble stone and colors. I torn edges and added several sub titles or saying with red arrow brads (to pull out her shirt color) and some other metal square brads. I matted all pics in grey cardstock and inked the edges in black

 Now this above 2 page layout was quite interesting- as it took me along time to figure out what I was going to do with these I finally found this texture grey paper and a greenish grey paper and simple cut the paper in half and laid it on diagonally and same with the photos. I took white acrylic paint and a fan brush and did a dry brushing affect and then with black ink just touched a few areas in the middle and all the sides. I then with the white paint gave the photos mats by painting a sqiggle edge to them all. Added journal psot card for them to add there thought later. Very interesting layout/photos I must say! along with this last page of Ancient Rome- writing and paintings on the wall..again I didn't come up with to much for this page- might have to add something later when I figure something out- If you have any suggestions that would be great...

Thursday, February 7

Vatican City- seven pages

These pictures were kinda of hard for me to scrap and add embellishments too- wasn't to sure what to use- since these photos are of a friends vacation and wanted simple layouts done -with lots of 4 x 6 pictures. So I did what the customer wanted and I hope she likes how they turned out. I will be posting over 80 layouts in the next few weeks of all the pages I did on her vacation to Europe.
     These first two are a 2 page layout of Vatican City- lots of architectual pictures. I used some papers that pulled out the colors that I saw in the photos and then torn some areas and just inked all the edges- for some embellies I added the two keys with cord tied on them in gold and 2 large square black brads- very simple but I thought fit well

 This next layout was another hard one to do- St Peter's Church -the largest church in the World- statues what kind of embellies should I have used here? Iwent with the paper stack  from Europe papers are pulled out the blue in the photos and then hand stitched with blue and white bakers twine. Add recycled the outside frame which I had previously cut out for another layout in charcoal brown cardstock

  The next is a 2 page layout of the Cathedral Bell Tower Church in Italy and using my Cricut and Gypsy to cut out the title and chalk itadded dots with fine marker and then added some Stickles to each letter.
 The Roman Forum 2 page layout is very simple with two papers for background and some handmade flourishes I did with tulip paint and the cricut cut title with rust and gold papers.

Wednesday, February 6

SOUS blog hop challenge

     I had such a great time doing the Blog Hop over at Stuck on U Sketches (SOUS)  last friday- its been awhile since I've joined one and I got so many great ideas and inspiration. They are celebrating  their 100th sketch along with the blog and this is what I came up with for the wonderful sketch. I am currently working on a Europe vacation scrapbook (with over 80 layouts) for a friend of mine -so my theme is not a valentine theme- but I did follow the sketch pretty good and made it work with my photo's.
Supplies I used:
background paper by Prima Marketing
grey and chocolate cardstock by Bazzill
Cricut cuts- Accent Essentials- which I put together with my Gypsy for the border frame
the scroll and book  from Heritage (?)
St Peter's- title were cricut cut on the grey cs.then-backed with chocolate cardstock
Rhinestones in gold
silver marker for dots
distressing tool for 12 x 12 edge
stamp by Penny Black
black marker

Tuesday, February 5

Meant to Bee...

     I just love love this one- I did almost all of the decorations at my daughters wedding at the barn last spring and of course I did all the embellishments to be the same on this page also-  I hand stamped all the sunflowers on the pale yellow cardstock and them colored them in and added brown fluff to the center of the flowers, I cut little squares of burlap and painted on with tulip paint- Meant to bee and hung them on twine with the 3 little clothespins- just like at the wedding. I do believe this is the last post of any wedding layouts I am finally done- with all 3 books that I did  this has taken me all summer and fall to finish.

Monday, February 4

LOOKOUT below!!!!

I love this one that I did for my friend Tracey of her kids Ziplineing at Wisconsin Dells. I used some papers from a fall stack and cricut cut the title in the large arrow to show the movement that was going on. I also tied twine around some brads to represent the rope and of course the word bear-since there was a bear in the trees.(it wasnt real tho). But, I thought of a clever way to arrange the pictures on the right side- I cut them to they look like a continious picture of her daughter on the zipline. I'm sure this will be one of their favorite layouts when I finish the book for them- well its one of mine anyways.

Sunday, February 3

Lets Do This...r we ready?

Here are two seperate pages for my friends book-yet they look similar. Thats because I did the same sketch and used the same papers from T Holtz's collection stack, cut out squares and put brads in the center of each of them. I used my Gypsy and a cricut to cut out the titles in white cardstock for title and mats.
     The top page went first in the book then all the pictures of them actually ziplineing- then the second layout after they all accomplished their new adventure.

Saturday, February 2

Good Times....for tracey and friends

This was a very hard page to layout- because my friend wanted me to use this designed paper with the margarita glass and this photo of them celebrating...Sooo this is hwat I came up with and I'm happy how it turned out- really stepping out of the box for me. I used some scraps from the previous page I did for them and the same frog stamp and same green polka dot paper for the torn mat on picture. I then found some lime green thickers for the title and it ws done.

Friday, February 1

Senor Frogs- establishment

a very colorful and fun 2-page layout another page for my friend when they visited Senor Frogs place while on a vacation to Mexico. I had some pretty colorful pictures to work with so I used orange as my background and some simple colorful strip papers. Then I stamped all the frogs on green polka dot paper cut them out and pop dot them all over the 2 pages and sticker alphas for the title- plus plain white cardstock for all the mats.