Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 11 of 2011...

One of my FAVORITE things to do around this time of year is to check out my favorite scrappers'
"Top Layouts of the Year" blog posts...so inspiring & so fun to see all their favorite work together in one place!

I started following suit last year, & definitely want to join in on the fun this year as well...a great way to reflect on the memories I've documented & the creative fun I've had in the past 12 months.

So here we go...my top 11 favorite layouts of 2011:



















































































































































































































































































































































































Years scrapped in these layouts:  2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
Favorite product types I notice:  trim, twine, doilies, flowers, butterflies, word stickers
Often-used techniques:  stitching, inks/paints,  punching, distressing
Topics scrapped:  holidays, birthdays, vacations, daily life, cousins, thoughts, personality traits

Overall, a fun mix and a great year of making & keeping memories...here's to yet another year of creativity & an appreciation & celebration of life!

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Fond Farewell to Sweet Peach...

As most of you will have already heard, the kit club I sketch-design for, Sweet Peach Crop Shop, has now closed.
It was a great kit & a WONDERFUL team to work with...I truly enjoyed working with these fabulous ladies:

Angela Gutshall
Corrie Jones
Jing-Jing Nickel
Julie Rainbolt
Melissa Stinson
Missy Whidden
Sara Zenger
Shannon Morgan

As a final goodbye, here are my last two sketches & layouts for Sweet Peach:


Medallions, pennants, & banners are still on-trend in the scrapping world right now, and this sketch uses all three!  Here's what I created with it:





























Love the little fabric Webster's Pages tag in the kit, and all the gorgeous soft-palette papers.


The last sketch has lots of great photo/paper-blocking options, plus a fun large-circular accent.



































I used the gorgeous ribbon from the kit...with the kraft MME background, it makes for a great holiday page:






























One last THANK YOU to Sweet Peach Crop Shop for being so wonderful!

And, Happy Holidays to those who will be celebrating this weekend...wishing you ALL a cozy weekend full of love, family, & fun!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Get Picky Sketch Time!

Don't ask me what happened to the rest of December...it's all a blur since my post on the 1st, LOL.
Lots of holiday happenings...throw in the flu + lots of scrappy assignments = blog neglect.

But, the Get Picky sketch challenge is up HERE...a great one:


I love this design, great use of columns and circles, flourishes and accents...here's my interpretation:
I flipped the sketch so I could use a vertical column of photos...photo-booth strip-style.



























Used an eclectic mix of old & new...KI Memories calendar, Hambly, Prima, Tim Holtz, & Maya Road.



































Seems like yesterday, when my little one was just 3, with all those cute misspoken words that come along with toddlerhood.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Get Inspired with Get Picky!

This month's inspiration challenge over at Get Picky is great....it's All About Words!
The idea is to focus on the story, the words, the journaling,
and I just love the image to go along with it:


Love the idea of letting your imagination "take flight" while reading, so for my layout I focused on telling the "story" of how, in the past couple years, I've made more time again for reading in my daily life:



































I knew I had to use the Studio Calico Ex Libris paper for this, so I cut out two of the images, then used the 2-space negative left over to house my journaling (seems to have a very cool Jill Sprott vibe, both the journaling AND the idea of words...loved her recent Miss Art's journaling class!!!).































I tucked a tag behind the journaling, to document some of my recent reads. 
The two smaller book-stack photos also do a great job of showcasing what types of books I've read in the past year:
































To join in on the fun of capturing a story on a layout of your own, check out the details and other DT examples HERE.