November CREATE Magazine

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Hey Hey! It's release day for the new Scrapbook Generation CREATE eMag! I'm pleased to share the two, yes TWO layouts that are in the Reader Gallery. 

This first one is a two page layout of my husband and I at a Cubs game in 2005. This was not just any Cubs game, it was Ryne Sandberg's jersey retirement game. He is my favorite Cubs player. One of my children's middle name is Ryne.  Really. 

I adjusted the sketch to suit my photos, but the original design is there. I used a combination of a Doodlebug 4th of July and a baseball product collection. 

Now for the single page layout. Every year that I have created a Halloween page,  I have always titled the page "X meets Y". I don't know why, it just seems to work for me. Maybe it's because the characters they were dressed as were so out of context form one another. Anyway, Buzz and Harry got together this year and allowed me to create this bright and colorful traditional Halloween page. Again, I stuck to the original design of the page, but added a few extra layers of paper as well as the web behind the photos.

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. It's going to be a busy week around here. I'm very happy to day that. It's been a while. Come back and check out what's new.

Supplies:Baseball Idol: Cardstock-Bazzill, Patterned Paper, die cuts, washi tape, stickers, alphas, enamel pieces-Doodlebug Design, pen-EK Success

Supplies: Buzz Meets Harry: Cardstock-Bazzill, Patterned paper, Doily, stickers, die cuts, washi tape, alphas and enamel pieces-Doodlebug Design, Mist-Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels, Pen-EK Success

We Love the Cubs

Eeeek! I finally can share this page!!!  I have had so much fun crating the last few weeks. Some for myself, some for gifts, and some for assignments. This one falls under assignments for Get It Scrapped. Today's blog article is discussing what you do when you have no mojo

This topic came at a great time for me. I had not had consistent time to craft and felt like my mojo was out of sync.  When this happens, I turn to sketches. Page design has always been a stumbling block for me. Using a sketch gives me a starting point. I find my sketches from several challenge blogs I follow, then Pin them to my Pinterest boards. My boards are set up by number of photos on the sketch, so it is easy for me to find a sketch that inspires me, as well as it being appropriate to the photos I have ready. The other thing that helps wit mojo, is inspiring product. I was giddy over this Doodlebug Design baseball collection and used it on several projects last month.

The sketch I used for this page is from Sketch Savvy.  I flipped it on it's side, and reversed it in order for it to work with my photo. I liked the design in combination with the photo and the product I chose. The papers are boldly colored and printed. The blocked design enabled me to used several prints without overwhelming the photo, and the page as a whole. 

The Cubs were in the playoffs this year. We found a Cubs family photo from the last time they were in the playoffs in 2007, and decided it was time for a new one.  If you know me, you know I love baseball. I live for baseball season. I also love the Chicago Cubs, and have since I was 16 years old. It is a BIG DEAL when  they are in the playoffs. So we have to make the most of every game.

Thanks for taking a look at my creative view today. Come back again soon, I have lots to share.

Supplies: Cardstock-The Paper Company, Patterned Paper, stickers, twine, die cuts, enamel pieces and Alphas-Doodlebug Design, adhesive-CosmoCricket, EKSuccess, pen-EK Success


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Good Morning! It's mid November which means time for new challenge reveals.  First up is the new sketch at Stuck?! Sketches. Once again, our co-challenge this month is with Scrap It With a Song. Their inspiration song is Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. Without further ado, here is the new sketch: 

Here is my page. I love this sketch and everything that can be done with it. I wasn't feeling the circle, so I replaced it with a 4x6 photo instead. Because I chose busy patterns in my papers, I left the edges blunt, but I added banner shaped stickers to add interest. I oversized the embellishment clusters, well, just because. 

My song inspiration comes from the very first line of the song: "There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold". I used gold glitter, and a photo of my Grandma, who always wore gold. I'm pretty sure this is the last photo of us together. Im not sure the is what I had in mind for this photo, but my Grandma took pride in her appearance, always wore jewelry, and taught me to be the same way. So maybe the gold, and flowers and femininity of the page is just right after all. 

There are two great sponsors for this challenge. Please read the rules on the Stuck?! Sketches blog:

A $15 GC is up for grabs. If yu haven't played with Freckled Fawn goodies, you will love what you find there.

A $20 GC to get yourself some more embellishing goodies

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I've got more to share, some check back again soon.

Supplies: PP, die cuts, stickers, alphas word, chipboard-Crate Paper, mist-Heidi Swapp, pen-EK Success

Brunch Bunch

Well Hello, hello and welcome to the mid month challenge reveal at Picture This. For this next challenge, we are asking you to use:


Sounds good to me! So why did I have such a hard time with this?  Because I had too much to choose from that's why. I chose this photo a while ago, but got stuck on how I wanted to scrap it. Then along came another challenge, from Paper Issues. I put the two together and voila. A cardstock base, one great photo, and lots of gold...alphas, thinkers and transparencies. 

I have finally found myself with a good group of friends. We get together regularly for brunch. One one such occasion, we talked about what we could call ourselves. The title of this page is essentially what we came up with. A combination of several movies about women all rolled into one.  

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I've got lots of new things to share, so come back again soon.

Supplies: CS-Paper Accents, PP-My Minds Eye, Crate Paper, Stickers, chipboard, die cuts-Crate Paper, alphas-Sassafrass, American Crafts, My Minds Eye, Lily Bee, Silhouette, mist-Studio Calico

You Can Go Your Own Way

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hey there! My promise to post regularly still isn't happening. Since it's November, can I blame it on the season?  Anyway, I am sharing a page that I created for today's Get It Scrapped blog article, Ideas for Photo Short Cuts to Make your Scrapping Faster.

On our way to the park, my son couldn't decide which direction he wanted to go. He kept turning around, looking at everything around him. He wound up standing backwards in his walker. He didnt want to miss anything!

I knew I would scrapbook this photo as I was taking it. To speed up my process, I printed it at home, then put it in an envelope with notes about the photo. These notes included a possible title, and ideas for the design, which in this case included arrows. When it was time to work on this page, these notes led me to the product that supports the story and design.  I chose a travel themed collection, but again, I used the embellishments to create some humor.  I over emphasized use of the arrows, but they really show the true meaning of the story behind this photo. The page came together in under an hour.

Try this tip or head to the Get It Scrapped blog to see how some of the other team members speed up their process.Not only are the ideas fantastic, so are their layouts.

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I have so much more to share, it's just making the time to write and post. I'm trying!

Supplies: Cardstock-SEI, Patterned paper, dies cuts, epoxy stickers and wood veneer-Crate Paper, brads-My Minds Eye, Alpha-Lilly Bee, pen and adhesive-EK Success

How Many?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Good morning! Wow. November. This year has flown by. Well, a new month means new challenges. First up is Picture This. Today we are asking you to use:

Die Cuts, scraps, buttons and your choice of photos

Sometimes I forget that I have cool paper that I love in my scrap bin. I went digging and came up with some basic shapes in primary colors for this page. The photos were taken on a phone, but several years ago. They aren't great. Keeping it simple was the way to go here. I layered up some of the papers, then used the washi at the top that has all the colors I used to tie everything together. I added circles in the flair button and die cut to soften the lines the page. A sprinkling of bits down the page helped create some balance. 

This kiddo and his books. Once he began to read he never stopped. There was a Barnes and Noble so close to our house. Most Saturdays, he and his Dad would go on Special Outings together. This usually included the book store. It wasn't a matter of getting a book, it was always "how many can I get"? Then the agonizing decision of which one(s) to get. Our feeling were, if he wants to read, get him a book. We still feel that way. 

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I know I've not been consistent here lately. I think things have calmed down around here. You will see lots more going on this month.

Supplies: PP-Carta Bella, Fancy Pants, My Minds Eye, Simple Stories, October Afternoon, die cuts & Alpha-Basic Grey, Flair-UmmWowStudio, wood pieces-Gossamer Blue, American Crafts, enamel Dots-My Minds Eye, Misr-Tattered Angels,  Washi-Freckled Fawn, Pen-EKSuccess

Sir Paul Sings

Hey there and welcome to November. Yes, November. I'm shaking my head too.  Well, It's time for my second reveal of the day. This one is for Stuck?! Sketches. We have teamed up this month with Scrap It With A Song. If you use our sketch and inspiration from their song, you can enter your project on both challenge blogs. 

The song is Octopus' Garden by The Beatles. You can use the title or lyrics as inspiration. Here is our sketch:

Here is my page using the sketch and Octopus' Garden as inspiration. I used 2 photos, but changed their size. I used several patterns, so I opted to keep the edges straight and not create the flagged edges. To balance the page, I also flipped the placement of the title and journaling.

My sister and I were at the Paul McCartney concert in Los Angeles last summer. The photo of us is a selfie, and the second photo is the set list, which included many old Beatles favorites. How is this related to Octopus' Garden? Well, Sir Paul was in The Beatles, and Octopus' Garden is a Beatles song. A stretch? Yes, but pretty relatable just the same. 

That's it for today. Join us at Stuck?! Sketches for this challenge and your chance to win a prize provided by our generous sponsors. 

is offering a group assorted embellishments

is also offering a group of assorted embellies

Thanks for stopping by my creative view today. I'm off to a good start this month. I hope to keep it up.

Supplies: CS-Bazzill, PP, die cuts, stickers, chipboard, alphas, thickers-Crate Paper, sequins-Hazel & Ruby, Mist-Heidi Swapp