Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Field Day scrapbook layouts

Hello my dear friends and welcome to another week of layout shares. I have been busting out some pages as I enjoy my "summer vacation" from school. I'm taking this time to really make a dent with some crafty projects cause I know that when school is on, there is very little time for my creative pursuits. Do you feel the same way when our other "jobs/roles" take over our lives?

Part of my need to be efficient with my scrapping lately is to use a sketch for more than one layout. An example of this is this sketch from the Scrapbook Challenges blog. I used it to create two individual layouts. The photos are from the same event but I plan on putting them into my kids individual albums. 


For this first one, I opted to just use strips of one paper on the ends instead of blocks of various designs. I thought that the arrows were already quite busy that there was no need to add anymore. I did like the large strip for photo in the center of the sketch. It allowed me to add five 3x4 photos plus one block of paper for journaling. 

Last May I went to the Scrapbook Expo and took a class from Bella Blvd. They gave us a ton of products so I pulled out that bag and used the products in it to make my this page. I popped up some of the stickers with fun foam to make my own dimensional adhesive.

The top right photo had quite a big white space on it so I used that spot for my title. I added some starts to the centers of the D to add some dimension.


For this page, I have a circle die with stitching designs on them and when I ran them through my die cut machine, it created a framed circle from the negative of the cuts as well. I saved them and used that on this page. I added scraps of paper on the backs of them in which I added some embellishments on some and one housed my journaling.

I'm sure you can tell by now that I treated the photos exactly the same way as my first page. I only moved where the 3x4 paper would go in the center.



I love how these two pages turned out and totally different from each other, even though they were both inspired by the same sketch. I hope this share inspired you.

Till next time,
Grace

Friday, July 22, 2016

"Easter Blessing" layout

Hello my dear crafty friends. Today's share was based off of the following sketch from Sketch N Scrap. 

I liked the stars and the multi pic design of the sketch but I had way more photos so I just added another line of photos on the top of the existing lined up photos. 

I used all scraps on this page except the white cardstock background. To make my title and journaling stand out better against the triangle paper, I added a piece of vellum in between the title and the papers.
I recently purchased some word dies from Echo Paper so I used that to create my script "blessing" part of my title.


Thanks for stopping by.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave them in the comment section below.

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, July 21, 2016

"My Sweet Life with Them" layout

How's it going friends? Today I'm sharing a layout inspired by the following sketch from Stuck?! challenge blog. 


The sketch lend a perfect way for me to add the funny photos that led up to my fave picture of me and my two older kids. These was taken in 2013 and so I only had the two then. 

I've been inspired by using scraps lately and trying to use up some stickers. I added a bunch of them here.
I also was inspired by the Scrapbook Circle blog's challenge for the month, which is to use some wood elements on your page. I decided to add some wooden hearts on the page. I've had this pack for a while now so it felt great to bust it open and use some on a layout.

I did a long title to use the "sweet" sticker.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Live, Laugh and Dream" layout

Happy Wednesday. Today's sketch inspiration was from Sketches in Thyme. I love the multi pic design plus the triangles were out of my comfort zone. 

I flipped the page 180 degrees so I can have the vertical photo on the right. I used a bunch of scraps here, both papers and stickers. You can tell because my long title is a bit of a hodge podge of things. I like it though, they all seem to work well together. 
I didn't know what to do with the triangles so I added flower stickers on some of them, and for the big one, I added it to the side. Still not sure if I really LOVE the look of it but it's done and I'm ok with it. 

Thanks for stopping by.

See you tomorrow.

Till next time,
Grace

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

"Celebrate Easter 2013" layout

Hi guys. I'm here to share another layout. This one was inspired by the latest sketch from the Stuck?! challenge blog. 


This is also my entry for Mercy Tiara's 27 day challenge. The prompt for the month of July was to scrapbooking a favorite holiday and why I love it so much. 

With this page, I wanted to document my favorite part of Easter, that is our annual family photo. My family puts up with me as I plan the color scheme and also the coordinating outfits. We wear our outfits on Easter Sunday and then take pictures after church. We've been doing it for about 10 years now. 

With this layout, I wanted to go with a "spring" color scheme and so I used my Jen Hatfield collection from Pebbles. I love how the collection makes the dark blues in our outfits stand out really well. I also like the dainty/feminine touch of the papers.

Because there were a lot of great images from the collection, I used them to make my embellishments. Here I punched out some words and flowers with my 1 3/4 circle punch and then added a scallop punch on the back. I also hand cut the flowers from paper and added that to my page.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Make sure to check back tomorrow for another new page.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, July 18, 2016

"Wonderland Adventure" layout

Hello dear friends. Sorry I've been MIA here on this blog. I went on a much needed vacay to see family in California and it's taken a while for me to get back into the crafty swing things. But now that the important life stuff has been taken cared of, I am now able to get back to scrapbooking. My first page to share would be this double page spread. 

This was inspired by the latest Clique Kits challenge which is ANYTHING GOES. I love parameters but anything goes is always a fun way to work on too, especially if I'm a bit rusty in the creating arena. 

With this page, I used some papers from We R Memory Keepers, some die cuts created by a steel die cut (Wonderland) and my Silhouette Cameo. I also used some embellishments from Basic Grey and tiny sequin flowers from SpiegelMom.com.

I handcut these tags from a pattern paper. I love using papers as part of my embellishment.

With some tags, I added twine while on others I used some brads.

I used my typewriter to create my journaling strips.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a creative day.

Till next time,
Grace

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Giveaway winner announced

Thank you all for your support. It means so much to me that I have friends all over that shares, inspires and supports me.

I have collected all of the names from both my blog and YT channel and the random winner is...

Tiffany H.

The winner has been contacted and if she doesn't respond to me by the end of the week. I will pick another winner.

If you want to check out my class again, here's the link.

And because this post seemed to be kinda lonely with out a project a share, here's a card I did recently for a sketch challenge...



I hope you all are having a great day.

Till next time,
Grace

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A NEW CLASS + giveaway!!!

Hello my dear friends. Today I have a fun and exciting news to share. One of my goals this year was to put together an online class and I'm happy to announce that after months of sweat and love I have published my first class

What is it about? Well if you know me, my favorites are two page layouts so this class is full of inspirations for it. It is called "Twice the Inspiration" 

In this class you will get the following:

-5 Double page layout sketches (10 12x12 pages in all)

-Process video for all layouts. You will see me create each page from start to finish. 

-PDF version of the class for easy download and access later on. 

-Complete material supply list for all projects. 

Are you ready?


The price of the class is a mere $15.00
BUT WAIT....

If you purchase between now and June 27th (Monday) you can get a 15% discount off of the class price. Just put in the code- FIRSTCLASS


BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE....
Because I'm super excited about this class and have felt the love and support of many of you through the years, I'm offering a giveaway for a lucky blog reader. Here's the fun stuff I'll put in a box for the lucky winner...

Here's a little video of me sharing the items in the giveaway...



To enter the giveaway all you have to do is share the link to this blog or the landing page of my new class in any of your social media accounts. Come back to this post and leave a comment stating where you shared the link and that is it!

I will pick a winner on Wednesday and announce it no later than Friday of next week. 

Thank you again for stopping by and I hope to hear from you soon. 

Till next time,
Grace

"Thankful for family" layout

I was excited to know that the Creative Scrappers challenge blog was up and running again. If you've been following and reading my blog, you know that I'm addicted to sketches and Creative Scrapper sketches were one of my go to places for inspiration and layout design. This month their sketch was this...


and here's my take on the sketch...
I loved the layers behind and around the photos. It was perfect for me to use up scraps. Yes I have big scraps too and I love incorporating all of them in this layout.
I focused on pink because that's the color of the sweater I was wearing in the photo. There was a lot of black and white in the clothing of my family members (understandable since the photo was taken after a funeral) so choosing a color that is not common in the photo helped the picture stand out a lot better.

I added the tags by punching my own with pattern paper. I also added some hearts instead of stars. 

I'm into long titles lately and mixing up types and fonts. This one consisted of a die cut made with my electronic die cut machine plus a couple of thicker stickers.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Make sure you stop by again tomorrow as I have a fun announcement + a giveaway.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"Fireworks" layout

Hi friends. Today I'm sharing a page inspired by the following sketch from the Stuck?! challenge blog. 


I love the linear arrangement of the photos. I have these images of fireworks from a few years back and although they are all vertical, I couldn't make them small like what is shown in the sketch. But it's all good, I was still able to add layers of papers, stickers and other embellishments around the photos. 

I used this foam glittered thickers to emphasize the fireworks theme.

I did some layering of stickers in this corner. I love the clusters created around my photos.


Thank you for stopping by.

Just a heads up, I have a fun announcement and giveaway on Friday, so make sure to stop by then.

Till next time,
Grace