Who loves Meerkats?

Me! And here is a scrapbook layout using Let’s Get Sketchy sketch for September.

The cross stripes are washi tape. There is an extra vertical piece that wasn’t on the sketch, but I felt it brightened up my dark background. I have repeated the hexagon shape, smaller ones are punched from vellum and attached with brads. Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy my page and that it will bring back your own memories of having seen these interesting animals at your zoo.


The Fun Of Homemade Vellum

A friend on ScrappinPeeps blog shared a video on how to make vellum from our own paper. I watched a few more and had to try it. After searching for some vintage-looking images I printed a few on regular computer paper, just the thin 20# weight.

Worked out pretty nice. I used cotton balls and rubbed the paper with baby oil on my glass mat, both sides. Then laid out a dish towel and rubbed both sides with a wash cloth to remove as much oil as possible. They dried over night.

Today I made a card with a cut from one. Using Stazon I stamped with a #RGstudio360.com background stamp. To be safe I heat set the ink. To adhere to the card base I pasted just the left and right edges, because I would add paper strips along there. The flower and sentiment are also from RGstudio360.

What do you think? I’m really liking the look of the soft look of the vellum.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a blessed day.

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Sketches in Thyme August Layout

This is my page for this fun sketch this month. There is always inspiration to be found here – Sketches in Thyme!

Used Sketches in Thyme sketch #386

The base papers are from a DCWV pad, plus a solid. The top flowers were fussy cut from a sheet of patterned paper. The big fabric flower was in my stash. I used glitter paper for a large sprig and a few little ones using a punch.

I was fascinated with the sketch calling for vellum. Always love the look but rarely use it. That’s because it is not handy – out of sight, out of mind. Plus, it is perplexing when it comes to adhering it down so it doesn’t show. In this case, it is layered under the photos, for one, and then with the added elements on top it was easy to stick some glue under there.

Hope you are inspired to scrap a layout today!

Be safe, be brave – the storm will pass. Trust God and follow the teachings of Jesus.

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Double the Projects

I made a greeting card with papers used to make a scrapbook layout. Efficient. With my supplies already out, why not?

For both I followed Sketch N Scrap sketches. Sketch are a great source of inspiration.

The scrapbook page was also made from an older sketch from Sketch N Scrap. Loved this one, well proportioned and just the right amount of layers to make a quick but pretty page.

The paper pad is by DCWV. The film strip stamp is by Crafty Individuals-Inky Boarders. The hearts were made with punches and the flower I fussy cut from the paper. Title was cut using Cricut Explore Air. I was further challenged at A Cherry on Top and hope you will check out their challenges for inspiration, too.

A Card from Scraps

I can’t throw anything away. I save scraps, possibly even pieces that are too small, hoping I will make something useful from them. Today I made a card from scraps and used the Sketch N Scrap card sketch #151.

So this is the sketch I used. I turned it, but I think you can still see the original theme of the sketch.

Three different pieces of patterned papers. I kinda like the weirdness of the different prints together, a bit romantic or nostalgic a bit. Anyway. The stamped image is by Unity Stamps. I used circle punches to make the rings by punching the smaller punch first then sliding over the paper where I made the hole with the slightly larger punch. The gems are actually lighter for real, couldn’t get the shading right for the photo. Hope you get an idea of what it looks like.

It’s always nice to have some general cards ready to send. This can work for a nice little message to a friend for what ever occasion arises, or just to let them know you are thinking of them. Taking the time to send a “paper” note is way better than just a digital email or text, don’t you agree?

I’m excited to have been picked to be the Featured Scrapper this month at Sketch N Scrap – my page that I entered in July was selected, what an honor! Check out their blog – really great selection of scrapbook layouts and CARDS! I encourage you to go and pick a sketch and make something!

Bubble Bash in Tempe

For these fun little photos of the great grands I used the Sketch N Scrap sketch #180 again. It has been fun and challenging to find all 7 layers and figure out the dimensions.

Except for the solid, all papers were found between two pads – DCWV and Recollections. Title letters cut with Cricut. Added some leftover circles from where DD cut out a die on alcohol ink over photo paper. Added one Rainbow Drop.

Photos of Christmas at St. Joe’s

This layout was created with two challenges in mind. One was the Christmas challenge over at A Cherry on Top. I also chose to use Graphic 45 as the main manufacturer. Being a G45 junkie I have plenty, and what you see here are only scrap pieces!

I picked this sketch (#180) from Sketch ~ N ~ Scrap. It all came together so well. I have these two photos left over from my 2017 Christmas photos and had figured I just wouldn’t ever get any thing done with them. Until these challenges!

My paper pieces are too big. My photos wouldn’t cut down any more for me. My title got out of hand. But – you should be able to see my inspiration using the sketch. I sponged all the paper edges with a ColorBox ink pad, ‘cocoa’, and it was old. It was still inky but the pad was ever so crumbly. I got those crumbs all over the place. As soon as I was sure I didn’t have anymore edges to ink, that pad went into the trash. Titles was cut with Cricut Explore Air and the sub title strip on the G45 sticker was cut right out of an old bulletin.

Sweet Baby Girl

This layout was fun to put together. Always great when I have a lovely sketch to start with, too.

Check out this sketch today at Sketches in Thyme blog!

I played with watercolor paint, added a stamped image with some heat embossing, and die cut the title with Cricut Explore Air. I also used some metal bits for the stamped words, punched hearts and a die cut filmstrip.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a marvelous time filled with some happy moments you want to scrapbook about!

My Birthday Lunch

This was the perfect sketch to finally scrap my birthday luncheon with my daughter this past year. It is a Sketch – N – Scrap sketch (#179).

When I went looking for papers to use I thought about the red and black theme because of the restaurant. As soon as I spotted this floral by Carta Bella I wanted it. It is part of a recent order of florals I made through A Cherry On Top.com. This is the first one I’ve used from that batch. Do you ever do this, buy pretties then hoard them? Anyway, I kept the rest of the pieces solid since the floral is so busy.

Color quality seems a bit off and I tried to fix it, didn’t word too well. The bottom two pics my dear daughter slid in there as I was returning from the sushi bar. I used them because it shows the inside of Sakura well.

I don’t know if your birthday is coming up soon, or just passed, but whenever it is I wish it to be a very happy one!