Sketches in Thyme Sketch from Me

At first look this sketch appealed to me. I went with open circles and did some stenciling inside.

Sketch #422, forth one for October 2020.

Instead of the single photo as per the sketch, I used 3 pics of daughter and I at supper on our little trip. The getaway was great.Years ago I purchased circle templates from Fiskars and with them the circle cutter. They often make it so much easier to get a medium circle without having to work it out on the Cricut. Once pasted down I outlined them with a Sakura Shadow Gold pen. The insides were made with a Carabelle Studios mask. The flowers were heat embossed and lightly sponged with color. The work strips are from an old Stampin’ Up! sentiment set. The title was cut with Cricut.

Hope you like it and feel inspired to go check out the Sketches in Thyme blog for more inspiration. Play along so I can see what you make!

Have a crafty day or make happy memories!

Thanks for stopping by.

Adventure Awaits Layout for Sketches in Thyme

My little guy willingly posed for me. We had made the half hour drive from the housing base to the main base in Yokosuka for shopping at the commissary. When Sketches in Thyme posted this sketch I know exactly which pictures would be a joy to use.

Being a believer in sticking close to the sketch I didn’t deviate. My dot pattern base paper is by Graphic 45, the solid strips are Bazzill. I stamped images, some are heat embossed, then fussy cut.

Thanks for stopping in, hope you scrappers out there take a look at the Sketches in Thyme blog and find a sketch that inspires you.

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Who Knew – A Layout About School

I made this page with photos of my precious great-grand daughter. It follows some challenges from blogs.

I used the sketch #209 from the Sketch N Scrap blog. And for the content, I went with challenges from A Cherry on Top, which account for the title and some of the items I used. My flowers are from Prima and the papers are from a Recollection pad. The title and journaling were printed from my computer, taking a short cut with such a long title.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy my efforts. Please hop on over to Sketch N Scrap for some great sketches to try, they are always inspiring.

I’m a bit amazed that I started this layout in the late afternoon and actually finished it now. It’s rare for me to not take at least 2 days on a layout. I’m sure the inspiration I got from the mentioned sites really helped!

Have a good evening, or day, depending on when you stop in for a little visit!

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Made My First Thanksgiving Card for 2020

This design follows the sketch offered by Sketch N Scrap #177 on their blog.

Can you see the gold embossing powder? I added Versamark to the leaf and placed it on a piece of patterned paper, the scrip collage piece, and pressed it by running through the Big Shot. Then added the powder and heated it with the heat tool. I did it again with the second leaf. I think this made an awesome background. The pumpkin was stamped and fussy cut out, colored with pencils and some die cuts I made for the leaves were added. After stamping the sentiment and cutting the strip I sponged on a few different shads of ink and finished it off with Vintage Photo, added a brad and pasted everything down. Nothing popped up, bad enough it has a brad, but hoping it will still go through the mail okay.

Hope you will pop on over to the Sketch N Scrap blog and check out their sketches and play along.

Have a happy day!

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Watching it Rain

My dear granddaughter sent a picture of her two youngest sitting in their chairs watching it rain. It was the beginning of July and they would be moving soon. They were not sure what to do, other than having the desire to go outside, since that was the one thing that was out of the question.

Big sister was across the street with her friend and that played into it, as well. If she had been home they would likely have found what ever she was doing to keep them occupied also. I was so happy my DGD snapped this shot and had to make a scrapbook layout.

For the left side of the page I sponged a couple inks over a raindrop stencil, added fussy cut FSJ stamped umbrellas and some rhinestones. The three flowers are from a Unity stamp and the two little cuties are also FSJ stamps.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a happy rest of your day, doing what makes you happy.

Hugs, JoyceAnn

Poppies and John Keats for My Little Journal

Another page complete in my little handmade art journal.

The rubber stamps used here are from Crafter’s Companion, FSJ, Ranger Dylusions and Carabelle Studio. Only the bird is stamped and fussy cut, the others are stamped directly to the book. I lifted some of the color from the leaves. I tried adding some color but wasn’t sure about it, so abandoned that and just did some coloring with pencils. For the main poppy image I lifted some of the background color here too. Then painted with acrylics a bit, some white centered and red on the edges. Once dried I added black pen and pencils. The quote says “Through the dancing poppies stole a breeze most softly lulling my soul.” This is from John Keats. I find I really enjoy reading this line over and over, it does brings a comforting feeling of a light breeze washing over me.

My daughter is really into making art journal pages, and she has been for a long time. I’m only just now getting a feel for this type of creative play. For me it was always writing. But I must confess there is something deeply satisfying in playing with media in this way. Normally I just make cards and scrapbook layouts with paper and ink. Once I put this book together I have decided to just relax and let it happen. I knew I wanted to use images of birds and flowers and find a quote to add. When I first wrote out this quote it was big enough for a scrapbook page! Old habits! Once I went down in scale I printed and sponged on some ink, Archival Sepia, before cutting out the individual words. Once pasted down I outlined the words and the bird with a black Posca pen.

This is different for me and I thank you for stopping to share it with me!

Please feel free to share any ideas you will about your experiences with art journaling. May you have a pleasant rest of your day, and remember that if you hear His call, do not harden your heart!

God bless you!


My Handmade Art Journal Little Book

My daughter loves art journaling. I have watched her make many pages. She has amazed me with many books she has made from scratch. The desire to create one of my own finally overwhelmed me. Although it is really out of my comfort zone, I asked her to help me create one.

The first step was to make the pages. Kristy showed how she made her pages using spray inks and stencils. Then, we cut them to the size that will be used to make the signatures. The size I chose is approximately 8 1/4 by 5 5/8. These are folded in half and each side will become a page.

My colors are bright and quite bold, not exactly what I first thought I would make, but the colors are so pretty!

Once the pages were pasted together and the canvas was on the spine I was pretty amazed at how good this little book felt in my hand.

My decision was to use stamps and sayings. I enjoy birds, so I figured that would make happy images to play with. My first work was to fussy cut some birds and feathers. The sentiment from that set was good, too, so it went in. I pulled out a border stamp and used white embossing powder to edge the double page. The birds were lightly colored with prismacolor pencils, pasted onto the page, and stamped over with floral flourish stamps.

With so much contrast, the quote wasn’t likely to show well so I used a slightly damp cloth and blended the colors. I found another stamp to use, also.

Once I decided on a quote for the right side I penciled it in. I first wrote over it with black Micron but I didn’t feel it showed up well. Writing it in with my white Signo still wasn’t enough so I outlined parts of the letters with a darker gel pen. While I was at it I outlined everything on the left side.

I have started my next page. I stamped with a poppy stamp and stamped with some Dylusions leaves.

Hope you will feel free to tell me about your art journal adventures. I am so grateful for my talented daughter!

Collecting Special Mugs

This scrapbook layout started when I needed to find photos for this latest sketch from Sketches in Thyme.

Finding just one photo to make into a square wasn’t the hard part, for me it was deciding what to do with the other 3 squares. I spotted a page on A Cherry on Top where a mug from Starbucks was used on her layout and that clicked for me. My daughter had 3 mugs! I would just put photos in the 3 squares and a title in place of the one photo in the sketch.

Instead of making the lines that encompassed the 4 sections I chose some Deco scissors and cut the card stock. This gave a fun edge. Each cup was staged on the coffee pot for their picture. To finish it up I made clusters and added a descriptive tag for each. The idea for the title came to me and I cut it on Cricut Explore.

Please check out the Sketches in Thyme blog for more inspirations. I hope you are inspired to play along, too.

Thanks for stopping by. I’m off for my morning walk.

Hugs, Joyce Ann

The Fun of Scrapbooking Siblings

When a very challenging scrapbook challenge comes along, do you run from it and move on to something a bit easier? I admit I do sometimes. This time I embraced it!

This clever scrapper presented us over at A Cherry on Top challenges with a two-step process. First she gave us a list of choices to make. Once that was accomplished she revealed what we were to do with those choices. Some of my choices were standard, but some pushed me way outside my usual scrapbooking style and made me really think how to pull this off. I actually loved it!

Lots of different products and techniques were used.

Hope you can pick out something different to try on your layouts!

Thanks for stopping by to have a look at my post. Have a blessed and crafty day!

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Saying Hello Card

What a good time to make a simple “Hello” card. This card is made with all scrap papers. I found the sketch on the Sketch N Scrap’s Monthly Challenges on Facebook. Loved the banners because I could rummage in my baggie of strips for a color scheme. Even the dotted panned, it’s backing and the dark green base were in my scrap bin.

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The stitches and sentiment are from Bo Bunny stamps with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The ribbon is very old Stampin’ Up.

Have a good day and thanks for stopping by!


Joyce Ann