Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fill 'Er Up

Acting silly in Toontown is pretty much a requirement! And it's pretty easy to do when you feel as if you've walked into a cartoon. 
This page was done using the March Scraptastic Club kit "I Lived". I selected this kit not only for it's fun primary colors but also because "I Lived" is one of my favorite songs from my favorite band.  It made the choice pretty easy!
Back at Disney Scrappers, there was a color challenge featuring LGM.  Otherwise known as Little Green Men, the aliens from Toy Story.  This fits in that challenge quite well.
I've actually used this sketch before but I've made it completely different by turning it in its side and removing the circle.  It's amazing how turning a sketch can make it completely different.All of a sudden you've opened up many possibilities.

Supplies by:Scraptastic Club March 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Magical Journey

I hadn't been to the Universal Orlando Resort in many years.  The dizzying crowd levels since the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure kept me away. While I waited for crowds to subside, Diagon Alley opened at Universal Studios Orlando causing crowd levels to surge yet again.  So if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
In November of 2014, I had the opportunity to visit UOR with two of my co-workers, Leah & Kayla. As a big fan of the books and movies, I was in utter awe of the attention to detail that was put into these lands.  I have many, many more layouts to complete in order to showcase all the photos I took in fascination.
The Hogwarts Express operates between the two parks for those who have park-to-park theme park tickets.  If you stand in the right spot you can even watch your friends and family pass through the wall between platforms 9 and 10 to reach Platform 9 3/4!  It was pretty cool!
As we took the short journey between London (Diagon Alley) and Hogsmeade, we say Hagrid ride past us on his flying motorbike. We were even attached by dementors!  It was truly a magical journey.

Supplies by: Creative Imaginations (Harry Potter Collection) , Basic Grey (Basics), Tim Holtz, American Crafts, and collectors train tickets I purchased in the Universal Studios store inside the Orlando airport!

Play All Day

This layout was completed many months ago. But it took some time playing in Photoshop to get the colors to calm down about in the photos! There is wonderful color in this layout but the photos make it look overwhelming.  Thankfully it's not so bright in real life. 
This layout is my overall tribute my trip to the 2014 Epcot Food & Wine Festival  with some of my best friends.  The colors were a challenge.  Matching the colors used in the 2014 Festival logo wasn't easy!  So I did some serious stash-busting on this one.

Supplies by: Basic Grey (Lauderdale & Lime Rickey) and miscellaneous stash items.

Monday, March 30, 2015


This one is kinda funny.  I wanted to create a layout using my Scraptastic Club "Rivers & Roads" kit following their Sketchy Thursday sketch.  I had no idea what photo to use.  I just let the sketch, papers, and embellishments guide me.  I had the photo mats in place but no photos.  I completed almost the entire page before stopping and deciding I needed to find some photos! 
I poured through my photos trying to find just the right ones.  For a good hour.  Without success.  Then I remembered that I had one of my parent's photo albums in a closet.  I pulled it out and on page four I found these snapshots of me on my 6th birthday. They were even the perfect colors!  
The photo quality is clearly sub-par.  But It made me smile to use photos of myself as a child. I only added a few final touches to the page to better identify the occasion.  I guess you could say I did this layout backwards! 

Supplies by: Scraptastic Club Kit, sequins and dots from my stash

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Banana Puddin

When one of your closest friends grew up in the South with banana pudding, you quickly learn to respect the puddin! One evening we were watching Alton Brown's "Good Eats". This episode featured banana pudding and Paul watched intently. Alton was making it all from scratch.  
No Nilla Wafers from a box. 
No Jello instant pudding.
Everything from scratch! 
Paul, Susie, and I got to work.  We followed Alton Brown's recipe and even had the episode qued up on the iPad to reference when needed.  As you can imagine, the end result was completely delectable!  
Once again I tried the technique of spraying some color on to the white background using water, a bit of paint, and a Mini Mister.  

Supplies by: Echo Park (Made From Scratch), Bazzill, Dress It Up Buttons, Making Memories, American Crafts, October Afternoon, and TPC Studio
Sketch by Susan Stringfellow

Smile Marie!

With these cute little pink bows in the March Scraptastic Club kit, it's almost a requirement to scrap a photo of Marie from the Aristocats!  
I am still fairly tentative about using stamps, stencils, sprays, etc on my layouts because I am notorious for making a mess of  the whole thing.  But I've been lucky as of late so I tried inking the floral stencil that came in this kit.  Practice makes perfect so I played with it on some white scraps first.  I was very pleased with the result. Pressing my luck, I decided to spray some gold Glimmer Mist to give another layer of color to the design. And I got lucky again!  What's even more impressive is that I did the entire layout from start to finish on about 4 hours flat.  Being an incredibly slow scrapper that usually takes days to complete a page, that's a pretty big deal!

Supplies by: March Scraptastic Club kit, Bazzill, Tattered Angels, and Jillibean Soup

Peaceful Moments

Precious serenity. When time is marked only by the sound of the river flowing past you. The sun warms your face and the cool water tickles your toes. Birds twitter in the trees. A peace comes over you like a warm blanket. The North Shore is my happy place. 

Supplies by: Basic Grey (Vivienne) and Bazzil