Wednesday, January 25, 2012

He Wants to Ride His Bicycle

This summer, finally, my 7 year old learned to ride a two-wheel bicycle. It didn't take long actually, and once he learned we couldn't get him off of it. We'd take him over the high school parking lot and let him cruise. It was the highlight of his summer for sure...and ours too!

So I was really excited to scrap the memories at this weekend's scrapbook retreat. I used Lawn Fawn's Cruising Through Life stamp set (how cute are they?) for the bicycle and the pinwheels (colored with my Copics) and Harold's ABCs for the banner (cut from the Cricut Wild Card cartridge). The patterned paper is an old sheet that I had from Queen & Co, but I love the green, yellow,and brown combination.

Of course as soon as he saw the layout it reminded him that he wanted to ride his bicycle again.  He'll just have to settle for the memories until the spring, I'm afraid.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

PageMaps Sketch Challenge

I haven't actually scrapped in a while and certainly my book is feeling very neglected, but I couldn't resist the challenge that Becky Fleck of PageMaps posted on Facebook earlier this week. 

The challenge was to make a page based on our interpretation of her sketch. I am sure that I took the sketch a bit too literal for it to actually win the challenge...but I have to say, it was so much fun to create and the ideas just kept popping up. In the end it turned out to be one of my favorite pages and I might just have to put this one in a shadowbox and hang it on the wall.

It's hard to see in the picture, but I used a lot of dimensional elements to make this layout really "pop," beginning with the little heart box (made from the Cricut Wild Card cartridge for both the box and the heart shaped opening). After making it first in a silver color, I realized it would look better in white cardstock stamped with a script text background. Once it was assembled, it reminded me of the conversation hearts boxes that you see at Valentine's Day and I just happened to have some red hot candy pieces to put inside for the perfect effect (and keeping in my red, white, and black color scheme). The second picture shows how it pops off the page.
I was also able to use some Grungeboard cutouts by adding painted flourishes on top of the patterned paper squares and popped up the hanging heart by coating it in Glossy Accents, which really made it stand out.

If you have never tried a PageMaps sketch, you really should check it out. They are the perfect thing to help you expand your skill set and add some fresh elements to your scrapbook pages. I turn to my PageMap books over and over again to find inspiration and new ways to combine elements on my pages. And each month, Becky posts new sketches on her website.  My layouts are so much better now that I’ve found her sketches! Thanks Becky!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy New Year Cool Friends!

Well, I've been a little negligent with the blog posting, but fortunately, the crafting hasn't stopped...just the sharing.

I've been playing with a lot of my new stamp sets, and right now, I am loving my Lawn Fawn stamps. For this card (a thank you card to our wonderful friends for hosting a New Year's eve gathering), the cute little snowmen from the Making Frosty Friends set were the perfect images. I stamped the two different snowmen on Neenah White Cardstock and then stamped their hats, mittens and scarves on some scraps of patterned paper that I had left over from my holiday cards (I think the paper is from Recollection's...but can't be sure).

The two little birds (also from Making Frosty Friends ) are holding up a banner from the Bannerific set (another favorite). The two sentiments that come with Making Frosty Friends are "you are a cool friend" and "friends warm the heart," but I combined them for my sentiment "you're cool friends." The spacing is a bit off...but it'll do.

I cut the front of the card into a hill shape so that the snowmen could be peaking out from behind. And I used the large polka dot QuicKutz embossing folder to create the snowbank. I rounded the top corners of the card and finished it off with a couple of Martha Stewart snowflakes and some Stickles for sparkle.

I can't wait to put this one in the mail!