June 26, 2013

summer memories

So I believe I promised to post a layout today. I made this one for Sketchy Thursday on the Pebbles blog a couple of weeks back. You can see the sketch that inspired my layout, here.

Most of the time when I work with a sketch I follow it pretty closely. Especially if it is one I have made myself. Every now and then however I like to use a sketch more for a starting point of inspiration rather than as an exact blueprint. For the layout above I looked at the sketch only once or twice to get an idea of the main design elements before I began creating.

I knew I wanted to use this photo of Gabe and Sam together at the Safari Park. Aren't they cute? Big brother and little brother... and oh my, Sam does love his big brother.

I began by converting the photo to black and white so that it wouldn't clash with the colors of the Lakeside collection (which is absolutely gorgeous, as I mentioned yesterday). Here is a sampling of all the patterns:

When I first saw the collection online I didn't take to it right away. I thought some of the patterns were okay, but I wasn't too sure about the pink, and the camping theme (we are not campers just yet). But once I saw all the colors and patterns in person, well, I did in fact fall in love. It really isn't too theme-y, and the pinks are balanced by the greens and blues, and to round it out are the pretty gray and brown wood grain prints. I already have more than one favorite paper...yeah, it has totally grown on me. =)

Back to the layout, the journaling card to the right of the photo adds a pop of color, and to keep things simple I used one of the printed chipboard pieces as a title. I am all about keeping things simple these days.

I don't know if you've noticed, but since the release of Seen & Noted (otherwise known as my all-time favorite Pebbles collection) most of the collections have come with these coordinating journaling cards:

Included is a mix of 4x6 and 3x4 designs, and they are doubled-sided. While obviously designed with Project Life in mind they are great on layouts and cards too. I sort of love them. Especially that orange one I used above. Kind of proud of myself for actually using it and not saving it. Something I am definitely getting better at, let me tell you. Although, perhaps another day. Right now I am going to eat peach crisp and watch Inspector Lewis with my husband.

Until next time. =)

June 25, 2013


Hello out there! Six more days of school guys. Six more days. Trying to tie up all the loose ends, as they say. We're getting there and then we are going to enjoy a much needed break. Well, I know I will be enjoying the much needed break.

Yesterday was Mix and Match Monday on the Pebbles blog. I've been wanting to create a set of cards with the Basics Cardmaking Pads using a common foundation and color scheme. As part of the collection there are coordinating Phrase and Sentiment stickers in all of the colors. These stickers sheets are one of my all-time favorite products. They are only $1.99 a sheet and are perfect for both cards and layouts. My favorite color combinations are the Aqua & Green as well as the Honeycomb & Melon.

I chose Apricot (which is the melon color in the stickers), Aqua and Leaf (this matches the green stickers) colored bases and then added patterns from Walnut Grove and Lakeside. The base of each card is created from a piece of patterned paper matted on white cardstock then layered with a shipping tag and doily. Once the bases were completed I added elements such as chipboard and the die-cut pieces. I finished each card with a sentiment sticker in a contrasting but complementary color.

I have said before that I am not a fast scrapbooker. I like making cards because they have always been something that I can finish quickly. For some reason I just don't agonize over design choices as much I suppose. These cards came together even quicker than usual though. Once I had decided on my base design, putting the details together was fun and fast. And I haven't mentioned this yet, but Lakeside, it's gorgeous. Really, it is such a beautiful collection and one I know I'll be using a lot this summer. I'll be back tomorrow with a layout using Lakeside. I know. Blogging two days in a row. Amazing.

Until then. =)

June 6, 2013

June Gloom

Having a gloomy kind of morning here. And I kind of like that. I find the constant sunshine of Southern California to be, well, oppressive sometimes. Have I said that before? 'Cause I feel like I'm repeating myself. You need a cloudy day every now and again. In May and June we get quite a few cloudy days, or rather mornings. In the end, the afternoon sun beats through the clouds and ends up winning. But I'll take what I can get.

I've got two boys that are sick and one that's been in a kind of funk lately. I'm not gonna say who is who or name names. I'm hoping it all resolves itself soon. I'm sure it will.

Lately I've just been trying to take it one day at a time. We've got about three more weeks of school left to finish everything up, and I'm really concentrating on ending our first homeschool year on a high note. So that is where a lot of my energies have been focused recently. I keep meaning to stop in and post something, but by the end of the day - I'm pooped!

So, this is just a little note to say, hello. I'll see you again soon. ish. I hope. =)


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