Saturday, October 30, 2010

Another Amsterdam Layout

I had a hard time figuring out how in the world I was going to scrap the pictures I took in Amsterdam's Red Light District. I mean really, how often are "the women of the night" a known tourist attraction when you go on vacation. At some point, I remembered seeing a fantastic layout over at Amazing Grace of a lingerie bridal shower using the underwear images on Sweethearts cartridges and an apt phrase from the Forever Young cart, so I decided to scraplift it. I think it turned out great, and I keep cracking up when I'm looking at it.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy Blogaversary!

One year ago today, I started my little blog and figured that I would be posting pictures of scrapbook layouts and cards I was making just for my own edification. I never dreamed that anyone would follow my site or that I would be introduced to a community of individuals who are amazingly talented and thought I had any talent myself. So on this little anniversary, I just wanted to say thank you those who are taking this blog journey with me and that I look forward to the what the next year brings!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Spain Redo Layout #2 - Plaza Real

I'm continuing to work on my Spain "redo" pages, and I'm quite pleased with the outcome. Back in January when I tried to scrap these photos, taken outside of the Spanish royal castle, I was plagued with scrapper's block and figured that I was putting too much pressure on myself to come up with a masterpiece rather than creating a page that captured a moment. So, I simply matted a couple of pictures, cut a small castle on my cricut (from Doodlecharms, I think) and used some Thickers to spell out my title "Royal Palace" (yeah, really original). The end result was horrible, so much so that I couldn't bring myself to take a picture of the "before" because it was so embarassing.

This time around, I chose to use the same pictures, but focus on a different theme. It's rare that I can ever get a picture of my mom and dad together, since my dad is the photographer of the family (seriously, he's really good). So when I had a chance to get a photo of them in Madrid, I took it. I came up with the title "Royal Clarks" because they are the king and queen of our little family. I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm never going to be one of those scrapbookers who comes up with really elaborate designs, so I kept with the motto of "keep it simple" and came up with this layout. I also included a slide-out journaling tag behind the picture on the bottom. Thanks for looking and have a great day!



Recipe:

I used Bazzill Swiss Dots paper for the entire layout.
Castle: Once Upon a Princess - cut at 6.29 x 7.76.
Plane: New Arrival - cut at 3.64 x 2.88.
Banner: New Arrival - cut at 8.00 x 4.40.
Clouds: New Arrival - cut at 5.24 x 2.88.
Title: Wild Card font - welded and cut at 2.70 x 2.02 (Royal) and 3.45 x 2.02 (Clarks).

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Barcelona Train Layout

Last December my parents and I went to Spain for the holidays. When I came back, I put together some layouts but hated most of what I created. Therefore, I decided a couple of weeks ago that I would revisit some of those creations and try again. This is the first of my "redos." The layout captures the train trip we took between Madrid and Barcelona. The first layout included a set of train tracks and various strips of paper on a white background. The "redo" still incorporates the train tracks, but I was able to use just one design and increase the size using my Gypsy. This time around, I included a train, some hills to mirror the terrain and of course a happy sun. The recipe is below.

Train tracks: Everyday Paper Dolls (11.74 x 4.18 in - on Gypsy)
Hills: Everyday Paper Dolls (10.97 x 2.65 in - on Gypsy)
Train: B is for Boy (3.25 in - on Cricut)
Sun: Create-A-Critter (2 in - on Cricut)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Another Amsterdam Layout

This is a quick layout that I pulled together last night while going through my Amsterdam photos. Marken village was this quaint little tourist village where you can see how wooden shoes are made. I loved the homes throughout the village and the plethora of greenery everywhere.

I use the font on Winter Woodland to make the title on my Gypsy. The house is from the Sweethearts cartridge and was cut at 4 inches. The trees are from Stretch Your Imagination and were cut at 2 inches. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the grass. The dotted papers are Bazzil.

Halloween Card - Spook!

I have to admit that I have been in a cafting funk lately and just have not liked anything that I've made recently. But, I got some new paper in the mail at the start of the month and pulled together this Halloween card. I still like a week later so hopfully my crafting mojo is returning.