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!

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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!

My 4 Sweet Girls

Following a sketch from Sketch N Scrap blog I had a good time putting this page together. When ever I look for photos for a sketch challenge I try to match the size and orientation whenever possible. These two are from a set of pics taken at a restaurant so I’m sure I will make a companion page with some of the others. These worked together as they are my precious girls, between the two pics they are all accounted for.

I took some liberty with the added elements but kept the main sketch. Some of these elements I used are pulled from odds and ends, like the glitter strip. I cut the strip from a scrap I had recently used and still had out, where I was intending on using a ribbon.

The flourishes are stamped and heat embossed. I enjoyed making this page. Of course, gazing on these happy faces is always a delight. The added fun came as I scouted around for the additional goodies to add on.

Thanks for stopping by. I wish you lots of loving memories with your family and friends.

Sweet Baby Boy

Here is a page I did using a sketch from Sketch – N – Scrap and two photos from 2016 of my great grandson.

I swapped the locations of the title and journaling. Look at the photo on the right and please tell me if he looks like any 5 day old baby you have ever seen. This sweet and precious fella was delivered naturally by a 5 foot one inch mother weighing in at 10 pounds 5 ounces. Thankfully, both were, and are, healthy. This is another layout for the 8 x 8 album I have been building for him. Although a bit over due, hopefully he will still enjoy looking through the pages himself some day.

I am happy to have been on a scrapbooking streak, and thank you for stopping by to check out what I’ve been creating. Please visit the challenges at Sketch N Scrap for lots of inspiration.

Using Your Stamps with Scrapbooking

Do you have a favorite way to used stamps when you create a scrapbook layout? This whole month at Lasting Memories Layout Challenges blog focused on stamping on layouts.

When I was introduced to rubber stamps around 2005, it was to make greeting cards. However my world of making memory pages for photos expanded. I began to make my own embellishments to add to the pages where I used to add stickers or simple cut shapes. That is probably my favorite – stamp my own embellishment for my pages.

This sweet face, smiling up at the camera in the sun, is for my last offering to Lasting Memories blog as their guest contributor with the design team. First I stamped directly on the base page, the borders over and under the photos. The bird and flowers were heat embossed with gold detail powder from Nuvo, water-colored quickly, and fussy cut out to use as my embellishments. I die cut the greenery, added some pearls and a bit of doily. Then for the title, I stamped a sentiment from rubber stamps with the same color of ink I used for the border, drew around it with gel pens, and fussy cut it for this page.

It was a beautiful day we spent with this precious child. Having these photos is good, of course, but having created this scrapbook page for an album is even more delightful. What a joy for me to flip back through the many pages and get that loving feeling we spent together. She is 7 years old now and the beautiful moments continue, but because children grow so fast it is nice to view these glimpses of her over the years. She is the sunshine in my life and I am thankful for her. I see God’s love for all in that sweet and joyful face.

Thanks for popping in to check out my post. If you are a scrapper, I hope you have found some inspiration. For more inspiration, please click over to the Lasting Memories blog, lots of crafty fun and inspiration will be found there.

How I Use Stamps on Layouts

All this month, over on the Lasting Memories Scrapbook Challenges blog, the challenges have been about incorporating our stamps with our scrapbooking. I have been the “Guest” this month so was privileged to create layouts for each challenge. In spite of my vow to make more posts on my WordPress blog, I failed to post some of those pages. Hopefully you visited the blog for some awesome inspiration in your own scrapping endeavors. Sunday another, and the final challenge for May’s stamping set of challenges, goes up. So I will not reveal that page of mine yet, however, I want to tell you about the two in the middle I didn’t share here.

The first challenge was “Alphabet Stamps”. The 2nd was “Patterned Stamps”. Here is my layout using patterned stamps on my background.

Following a sketch I utilized papers from an Amy Tangerine pad; matted some items. On the background I lightly stamped with two stamps: hearts and spatters. The bird was also a stamp that I fussy cut out. I added some Nuvo and heart bling. Even the title is from the pad that I fussy cut.

The next week we were challenged to use “Tiny Stamps” for our layout. I chose a sea star stamp and various shades of pink ink, making a sort of swirl. The title was cut with Cricut.

By throwing down some pink scraps and a couple of embellishments from the Julie Nutting mermaid pack I had the page. Just needed the few blue sequins to go with the glitter paper for the title.

In my last post you saw the “Sentiment Stamps” challenge, a technique I often enjoy employing. Stop back Sunday for my final page, won’t you? And get to using your stamps!

Enjoy! And be Awesome

I was challenged to use some word stamps on my scrapbook layout. We often overlook those stamps and use them strictly for card making. This page utilizes lots of words and I applied a couple of my favorite techniques for adding them to scrapbooking.

Love the challenges at “Lasting Memories Scrapbook Challenges Blog” this month. We have had some interesting challenges for using our stamps so far. Hope you have been playing along, too!

I often do not have many, if any, of the pre-packaged cutouts of cute words, so this challenge was for me since what I do have is lots of stamps! I even used some swirly stamps on the base. After using my Fiskars circle cutter and templates for the circles, I used some spatters before pasting down the photos. That’s a nice plus for me since I usually forget to do the spatters BEFORE and have to cover the photos with some scrap paper.

Did you notice the techniques I used for the stamped words? Some are simply cut to shape or a punch was used. I’m kinda fond of the pen work idea where I make a loose ring and then fussy cut it out. Recently I discovered the line work where the word is boxed that I think is fun.

These are some older photos of my princess taken by a friend of her mother’s. I thought it was so nice of the young woman to take the series of shots for her friend, and, to share them with me too. It’s just proof that doing something loving for each other is always worth the effort. Kat may never know how much enjoyment her time has brought to me and others. Seems that has been the ‘message’ this weekend – “Love others as Jesus loves us”. So, my love to you for stopping by; do something creative and loving!

“The Wait” Scrapbook Layout

This is my first Guest Designer layout for Lasting Memories Scrapbook Challenge. I was doubly excited. First to be offered this for the month of May and then when I learned it was all about stamping I was over the top with delight.

“Wait” created with white embossing powder using Stampin’ Up! alphabet stamps and hand cut out. I used to do this all the time until I got my first little Cricut. I had forgotten how fun it was to do this technique, and a lot less trouble than Cricut. Of course the variety is a lot less than with Cricut, but good to get the stamps in my hands again. The rest of the words are stamps as well as the gold embossed arrow. The butterfly was stamped and gold embossed before hand cutting out. The bottom right flowers are from the same paper pad as the floral print that I fussy cut and coated with some ivory pearl Nuvo drops, I think you can easily see what else happened here on my page.

This is my precious granddaughter ready to deliver child number three. I doubt the 2 and a half year old sweet boy had any idea what was in store, but after his baby sister arrived he fell in love with her.

Thanks for taking a look. Hope you have a chance to scrap your own memories. Making a scrapbook album with real paper is so much better than storing pics on a cell phone.

Have a wonderful rest of your day! I wish you love and happy memories.

Hugs, Joyce Ann

Impala Layout

Today I have my scrapbook page based on the sketch offered on the Sketches In Thyme blog. This is a delightful sketch full of potential for turning a photo into a memory page just as you see it. I loved this sketch and feel sure it will be one of my favorites to go to again.

This was a fun one to play with layers. I have admired pages with layers for a while now, so I am spreading my wings of imagination and taking a go at it. Funny thing how something left out on my workstation often inspires. In this case it was the softly patterned background paper from Heartfelt Creations. It seems right for my base since it speaks of nature in a gentle pattern. Impala are such gentle creatures and coming upon them at the zoo offered me this opportunity to take their picture. To give the base a little extra texture I used some Versamark ink through a KaiserCraft stencil, then heat embossed with some Nuvo detail powder. With a patterned paper for the base I chose solids for my layers. The title was cut with Cricut. See the stamping? I love to add bits of stamping when ever I can. The flower was stamped directly to the background, the camera stamped on gray card and fussy cut out, and I stamped a layer of gray with an interesting pattern for a layer.

Thanks for taking a look at what I have made. Do try this sketch, won’t you?

Have a beautiful day filled with love and art.

A Day of Fun

My challenge from “Lasting Memories Layout Challenge” #441 was titled No Housework Day. I grabbed these photos of my daughter and me at the zoo enjoying our day and taking a train ride.

The title and train image I made with Cricut Explore Air. Lots of stamping, die cutting and work to make the flowers. Also DD cut the insert under the photo of us with a Tim Holtz die in chipboard, then rubbed it with Distress paints and stains. Strips from a catalogue of Lionel trains were pasted down. The entire page got a good washing of paints, inks and stains some areas over stencils. Hemp twine and Nuvo Drops added to among the flowers with Stickles in the centers.