April Layout Sketch #5

Monday, April 30, 2007

Its the end of April and the last of the series of sketches for this month! Lucy and I have had a blast sharing these and seeing all the different layouts so thanks to the sketch girls and to everyone who has been hooking me up to show me their sketch layout! Awesome work everyone! As always I have the digital template available for this one available, you can download that HERE
have fun with it! And remember to leave me some love in the comments, and hook me up with a link if you do a layout using any of my sketches/templates! I love to see them being used!

beautiful you kit by Shelle Pukas; Alphas by Kim Hill (CG essentials)

Layout by Tammy Gray
Supplies: Sassafrass Lass PP; Bazzill Cardstock; Queen and Company Felt; Buttons Galore Bling flowers; Doodle Bug Paper Frills; American Crafts Thickers; Sakura pens

Layout by Renee' Morris-Dezember
Supply list: My Mind’s Eye: Magnolia & Tres Jolie, Bazzill, Avery, American Crafts, Scenic Route.

Digital layout by Julie Ann Shahin
Credits: Journaling lines, Papers: Kim Him CG Essentials Teen Spirit; Frame: Tracy Ann Designs Spring Dance (Disc Talk Radio kit); Ribbon tie: Gina Cabrera; Stitches: Jessica Bolton, Tabby Lewis, Kim Christensen; Paper clip: Theresa Kavouras Scrapgirls

Digital Layout by Egle Noel
FONTS: Girlie and Moonlight (by Melissa Baxter @ Scrapbook-Bytes); KITS: Daydreams by Lena Brandenburg (A Cherry On Top); Bloomed and Buttoned Up by Lena Brandenburg ((A Cherry On Top); Little Flower Shoppe :: Flower Clippies + Action by Anita Stergiou (anitastergioudesigns.com)

Digital layout by Krista Pearl
Credits: Aqua Paper- Traci Murphy Designs, Miles; Green Paper - Gina Miller, Miles; Funky Plaid Paper- Christina Renee, Miles; Frame - Welli Designs (Sonja Vanderhaegan), Miles; Painted Cardboard (Aqua Circle - resized) - Gina Miller, Miles; Yarn Star (resized) - Tiff Brady, Miles; Gold Felt Star - Sonja Vanderhaegan, In Memory of Miles; Clippy Ribbon - Chere Edwards, Miles; Index Card - Amy Knepper, In Memory of Miles - Eclectic Team Kit; Ruler - Tiff Brady, Miles; Title - Alpha by Dixi French - In Memory of Miles - Eclectic Team Kit; Font - Pea Kristy - Fonts for Peas; Smiley Face - Pea Carrie Script - Fonts for Peas; % symbol - Goudy Stout; Interview concept and some questions inspired by KSharonK LO on 10-22-06, Artistic Musings Blog; Special Note - I used 2 different freebie kits celebrating the short life of Kellie's son Miles, blessings to the family and the designers for their generosity!

Digital layout by Dawn McDowell
Credits: Papers and dandelion chain paper from Dandelion papers and elements by Tracey Gilbert Monette; Deckle frame - Distressed Deckle edge pop up frames by Tracey Gilbert Monette; Cardboard arrow, word art, overall buckle and button (w/jean), staple and index card - Cornfed by Jessica Bolton stitching - Ephipany by Jessica Bolton; notepaper - ksharonk - wishing you notepaper; Photo editing actions - Black and white and Urban grunge by Michelle Pearson; Shadow actions - Traci Murphy

Digital Layout by Megan Shanor
Credits: Doris Castle's Funky Fun, Doris Castle's Doris Castle's Ink Stamps and Spots. The fonts are Pea Katie Shea and Pea Jessi.

Digital layout by Brigette v. Tienhoven
Credits: Vera Lim Digital Kit Warmth - The DigiChick Newsletter Freebie; Swirl brushes : CottageArts Flourish Brushes; Font Prissy Fat Boy

Digital Layout by Tracy Madsen
kit: Beauty in Bloom, Manuela Zimmerman, Digital Scrap Street; alpha: Black Leather, Jennifer Trippetti, SBB; font: Comic Sans; photo actions, Kim Hill, SBE

Layout by Dawn Inskip
Supplies: Patterned paper (Basic Grey, Imaginisce, EK Success), Jewel brads (Dovecraft), Sheer blossom (Maya Road), Bling Blossom (Bazzill), Paper flower (Prima), Button (Dress it up), Rub-on (7 Gypsies), Chipboard (Maya Road) – 1 painted and the other inked/doodled and embossed with Amazing Glaze (Judikins), Transparencies (my own), Frame, Embroidery thread, sewing thread and Ribbon; Title lettering (Lettering Delights). Art by daughter Carly

Digital Layout by Michelle Salgado
fonts:Kunstler Script, LD Brush Stroke; A Waltz To Remember Kit @ Scrapgirls.com

Layout by Lisette A Madsen
product used: papers from Sandy Lion, brads and foamletters from American Craft, Zig pen, flowers from Prima, brads from KI-memories

Layout by Pearl Liu
Supply list : Heidi Grace Oh So Moody Flocked paper, chipboard stickers, photo borders, Metal words die cut tags; Bazill Bling CS; Heidi Swapp XL photo corner; Making Memories Fresh Anthology Velvet Brads; MM Shimmer Letter Stickers; Luxe Design Circle Rub ons;


Time for some layouts!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Ok first I want to start off by saying that the last month has been awesome! I've been in a couple of competitions and thought today I'd share scrapstreets competition entries. I didn't win the contest.. however I DID get offered a spot on the ezine team! Don't worry I'll still be having the same content on the blog but there will be some changes, as always change is good! I'm already on their digital team, and hope to get more involved in that too, but this spot is on their ezine team so I'll be writing articles etc.

Ok Round #1 was to scrap 'IT'. 'IT' could be anything, so I chose to go a little tongue in cheek with it. A pic from my self portraits back last year. Almost everything in this digi layout is a freebie!

Credits: shabby princess free digital kit: splended, spring breeze (alpha); font: SP wonderful wendy;dot circle: saskia bokkers

Round #2 we were given the challenge to include 3 numbers in the project. As you can see I met that! This is one of the hybrid layouts I did during the contest and I love it! The middle panel with the photo is all done on the computer and printed. Also see the dotted circles again!

Edit: removed for publication in Scrapstreet June issue!

Supplies: Font: century gothic; cardstock: DCWV; paper: crate paper; chipboard alpha: heidi swapp; photo corners: 3L; paw print: boxer stamp;

Round #3 we had to do a "how-to" article. As I'd done hybrid the previous week I thought I'd do it on hybrid. I did a whole step-by-step on how to create reverse text printing (revamped article from a while back) and created a layout to go with it. Again another current favorite. I'll share the how-to later in the week, trying to get done so I can walk the dogs and crash for the evening!

Edit: Removed for Publication: Creative Techniques Spring 2008

Supplies: font: century gothic; cardstock: DCWV; paper: chatterbox; brad: queen & co; flower: heidi swapp;

Round #4 was a challenge round. I did a sketch challenge (cos you know I love those) created a card and layout sketch and created samples to go with them. I also did the digital templates for each. And I will be offering those on the blog next weekend, national scrapbook day is the 5th May so look for it then!
supplies: cardstock: bazzill; paper: imagination project, chloes closet; stamps: autumn leaves; pen: zig; alpha: making memories velvet alphabet stickers; stitching;

Round #5 the final round. We had to create an article just like you'd see in the ezine with a 'cover' layout. Again I will share that later, I gotta get off here! Dogs crossing their legs! I did my article on the importance of getting US in the layouts and in the photo instead of behind the camera! Again another current favorite! Loving some of the stuff I've been doing this month!
Supplies: cardstock: DCWV; papers: one heart one mind; rub-ons: one heart one mind; photo corner: one heart one mind; chipboard alpha: heidi swapp;

Ok so that's what I've been working on! Lots more to share throughout this week! Layouts from another contest which REALLY pushed me. And I'll share the article, how-to and sketches from scrapstreets contest. Plus the last layout sketch for April. Catch you all tomorrow!


Saturday fun

Saturday, April 28, 2007

busy working on an assignment for one heart... one mind just popping in to say Hi! Bob went out shopping earlier and came back with a present! I got a body armor 'thing' for riding. It has a name, darned if I can remember. Basically back armor, shoulders, elbows, forearm. Bob is out in the garage fiddling with his bike. He had to get one of the forks sorted today as he bust the seal. So hopefully we'll be out on the bikes tomorrow! Yay!
Lots to share soon, some exclusive things that I can start posting elsewhere :) so should be lots of projects on the blog soon. I wanted to leave you with a quote today:
instead of counting time,
make time count!
Food for thought huh? One project I want to do sometime in the future is a mini book with all my favorite quotes in. Might MAKE time to do that soon!
catch you all tomorrow!


Studio Friday - 7 deadly sins

Friday, April 27, 2007

This weeks prompt for Studio Friday continues the 7 Deadly Sins theme with #6 Envy.
What do you desire that you are lacking and someone else has? If you could have it would you really want it or is it just a notion? How come you want to have it? What can you do to still that desire so that there is no need to be envious of any thing or anybody?
I could go on another rant about this industry lately, and the total lack of respect for others that some people exhibit but I'd just be rehashing what I wrote last week. So instead I'll share a little of my story. in 2005 I got my first project picked up for publication (yep nearly 2 years ago!). I got the bug and got it bad. I wanted to get on a design team and so I applied, for lots! And I got turned down, for all of them. I got turned down for other publications too. I started to get envious of other designers getting published and getting design teams and didn't like that it was taking the joy out of my creating, so I took a break. This was back when I had blog #1. I stopped blogging too! I just kinda dissapeared from the scrap world for a while, I didn't even create really, bar a few birthday cards.
Then I got my joy back. I realised that I wasn't getting picked because someone else was better, because my work wasn't up to par, and honestly I realised I wasn't putting the time in needed to get better. So I put that time in! And guess what? it paid off! Literally weeks later I got another publication. Then a month or two later another publication and design teams. Since then I haven't looked back. Whilst I LOVE my design teams and resume of published work I do this because I LOVE to create! Once that joy goes its obvious in your work.
As is also evident I restarted the blog, cos I love to share. I love to promote other people (sketches) and will do my best to help anyone with advice, information etc. If you have a question I'll do my best to answer it, if I don't know the answer I probably know someone who does, lol!
So yes once upon a time the green eyed monster lived here, but I got over it! Moved forward and worked through it. I'm still working through it, its ongoing because I'm changing all the time, learning new things, going in different directions.
So how about you? Does the green eyed monster reside in you?


How did it...

Thursday, April 26, 2007

get to the end of April before I realise I haven't shared some published projects from February/March? Seriously, where is the time going? Ok sharing projects from Ready Set Create Feb/March issue. I had a few things in this one, love Jen at Ready set create as she tells you pretty quick if she wants your project or not, wish all publishers would do that! lol! This issue featured love theme projects for valentines day, which I had a few things to submit. A few paper bag books, cards, altered box, and one of their other calls was for ATCs so I submitted the ones I had done.

10 reasons I love you - paperbag book
Supplies DCWV papers; MM rub ons; sizzix die cuts; misc ribbon and supplies

Love - paper bag book
Supplies: DCWV cardstock + ribbon; Heidi swapp heart; misc ribbon; MM 'leather' corners

Love - paper bag book
papers ki + other; dcwv cardstock; mulberry paper(!); heidi swapp heart

Love You - card
All products by Boxer Scrapbooks

Heart - card
All products by Boxer Scrapbooks

Altered Trinket Box
7 gyspies; scenic route; making memories; may arts and lots of misc supplies

Travel themed ATCs

Today, so far, I made 5 cards and started a layout (Ok I printed photo's off!). 2 cards I'll be sharing later this week (more guest design team work for scrappin trends) and 3 are for one heart... one mind. I'm definately feeling the black and white lately and their formality line is the BOMB!!! And if you haven't seen their new doo dots and frameworks, go check em out! Seriously YUMMY!
Other than that been thinking about lots of stuff: how to gain back more time; next months blog project (already behind on that!); and just general creating. Back tomorrow!


Card Sketch April #4

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Final card sketch for April! Wow this month went fast! This one I got back to basics. I've used this one a lot lately. It has so much room for potential! You only have to look at the sketch girls interpretations of the sketch to see the diversity! As always the newsletter will be going out later today with the digital template link for the card. Hook me up with your cards in the comments or email me. Have a great Wednesday and I'll be back soon with more sketches, busy creating!

Card by Di Hickman
Supplies: Basic grey papers; bazzill cardstock; doodlebug brads; (kit by Treasures to Scrap) plus royal rub-ons

Digital Card by Di Hickman
credits: Shabby Princess - Wonderful kit

Card by Tammy Gray
Supplies: Bazzil Cardstock; Prima Flower; Magic Mesh; Vintage Button; Sead beads; Paint chips; Transfer by It Takes Two; Ribbon by American Crafts

Card by Renee’ Morris-Dezember
Supply list: Bazzill Bling, Heidi Grace Designs for Fiskars, Around the Block

Digital card by Krista Pearl
Credits: Backgrounds (Dots - PP1 , Stripe - PP3, Floral - PP6), Ribbon 01, and Label 02- Holly McCaig, April Showers, My Digital Muse April Grab Bag 2007; Font- Pea Shirley, Fonts for Peas; Leopard "2" - Gina Cabrera, Spotted Alpha Essentials, DigitalDesignEssentials; Glitter Alpha - Amanda Roberts, Bundle Up Baby Cardboard Alpha Green

Card by Keianna Price
Supplies: PP: Prima; Flower: Prima ; Ribbon: May Arts ; Rub On: 7 Gypsies ; Brad: Unknown; All products from April Color Your Memories Kit Club

Card by Joanne Atkinson

Card by Linda Flinders

Digital card by Angela Shetzer
Credits: whitewashed wedding collection from Mandy Steward available from scrapgirls.com for all papers and embellishments. The font is Love letters

Digital Card by Renee' Morris-Dezember
credits: all elements by Andrea Designs - midnight frenzy kit

card by Pat Taylor
Supplies: Basic Grey Blush 6x6 papers, Making Memories white glitter stickers (& quickutz flowers & squares)

Card by Kelly Nelson
Supplies: Cardstock; pp Grant Archival shabby chic pack; brads Making Memories; stamps Autumn Leaves, Hero; Ink Versamark, felt for punched flowers


6 years ago

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

we hopped on a plane and landed at LAX to start a new life. Yep today marks the 6 year anniversary of use moving to America. How ironic that today we went for our medical exams for our greencard processing. So I sit here with needle marks in both arms from tests, and I'm already bruising from the blood test. We went out for lunch and I did a little scrap shopping, nothing major. The medical stuff we have to go back and get our results on Friday. Six years flies by though! Amazing how much STUFF you accumulate in 6 years!

ok I gotta go work on assignments this afternoon, lots of work due this week. Card sketch coming tomorrow!


April Layout Sketch #4

Monday, April 23, 2007

Template number four for this month! I've been seeing some great layouts! Thanks to everyone who is emailing me and leaving comments about the sketches, love to get feedback. This one was tough for me, not sure why it just didn't flow for me. I flipped it (as did a couple of the sketch girls) and I layered the photo OVER the ribbon instead of under it. I think this is one of the reasons I like sketches, you don't have to stay exact to it! Turn it, flip it, rotate it, just take inspiration from it! For the digi girls the Digital template is available HERE
As always hook me up in the comments if you create a layout!

Edit: sorry its gone! Published in scrapstreet June issue!

Digital Layout by Di Hickman
credits: papers and title tab- Anne Langpap Nov05 freebie (2peasinabucket); ribbons-Shabby Princess sweet sprinkles kit; Stamp-shabby princess; Brads-shabbyprincess wonderful kit; all from www.shabbyprincess.com; Fonts: Arial (journalling), Monotype Corsiva (title)

Digital layout by Renee’ Morris-Dezember
Credits: All elements by andreadesigns.blogspot.com – Midnight Frenzy Kit

Digital layout by Brigitte v.Tienhoven
Credits: Papers-Paperpack Red-Black at scrapkit.nl; Font-Charlie; flower by Brigitte v.Tienhoven

Digital layout by Angela Shetzer
credits: Angie Brigg’s Beloved Collection (scrapgirls.com)

Digital layout by Julie Ann Shahin
Credits: Everything Michelle Coleman Girl Talk Kit available to Disc Talk Radio Subscribers except where noted; Notebook Edge: Corina Nielsen; Graph Paper: Jen Wilson New Garden Accessories; Stitching: Tia Bennett Joined at the Hip; Inked edge: Jan Crowley Little Black Dress kit

Digital layout by Dawn McDowell
Credits: popup frame - Popups by Tracey Gilbert Monette at SBE; Staple - Signature Collection by Shabby Princess at Shabbyprincess.com; white tag - Bella Kit by Shabby Princess at Shabbyprincess.com; Everything else - Smarshmellow kit by Shabby Princess at Shabbyprincess.com; Photo editing actions - Michelle Pearson - black and white at SBB; Kimberly Gesweins Photo border action; Shadow Actions - Traci Murphy at TraciMurphydesigns.com; Font: KGDDawnM Print - Kimberly Geswein

Layout by Lisa Haas
Supply list: Bazzill Cardstock; We R Memories pattern papers and ribbon (Urban Windows/Peasant collection); Brenda Walton jewels; Bazzill BLING flowers and brads; Daisy (dollar store find) pop dots; L'il Davis vintage wood alphas; Tim Holtz Distress Ink (vintage photo)

Digital Layout by Egle Noel
Creditis: FONTS:CK Hunting, CK Man's Print; KITS: Garden Melody by Kelly Shults (ACOT); Garden Melody Add-On Pack by Kelly Shults (ACOT); Oh Boy! Kit by Kelly Shults (ACOT); Pier 49 by Amy Teets (ACOT); Blooms and Blossoms - Cardboard by Christine Nash (ACOT); Pipe Cleaner Doo-Dads {Hodgepodge} by Lena Brandenburg Designs (TDS); Pipe Cleaner Doo-Dads {Arrows} by Lena Brandenburg Designs (TDS); Ribbon Twirlies by Bella Gypsy Designs (ACOT)

Layout by Lisette A Madsen
Supply list: papers from American Craft, Bazzill, Crate Paper

Digital layout by Tracy Madsen
Credits: Shabby princess kit