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Celebrating (all kinds of things!)

May is a month filled with celebrations: Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Graduation, National Scrapbooking Day. OK, I realize that most people don’t celebrate National Scrapbooking Day and honestly, I didn’t really do much to celebrate the day itself since it’s on a Saturday and I don’t tend to have time to scrap on Saturdays, but it’s still fun to celebrate! I’m thankful for opportunities to celebrate scrapbooking since it’s something I’m passionate about.

There were five different challenges that the layout I’m sharing today qualifies me for and two of them are celebration challenges and the layout is from my birthday so I think that’s something to celebrate!

It all began with a sketch. I know, it’s shocking. I’m glad you are sitting down ;-)! The first challenge is from PageMaps. This is one I could enter a bunch, but I will follow the rules and only enter once. I got to pick any PageMaps sketch from 2013 or 2014 to celebrate their 8th anniversary! I chose a double page from February 2013:



I loved all the room for journaling, the different background paper layers and the photo groupings. I also loved that the elements in the sketch were about nature because that’s the subject of my layout, too! Now I included 10 total pictures on my layout, but I think you can get the general feel of the sketch.




I used the Simple Stories Snap Life and Color Vibe papers and elements throughout my layout. This has really been a versatile collection for these vacation layouts. It includes lots of fun bingo cards, so I used the fun “awesome” bingo card on the left side for my Scrappin-n-chattin Yahoo! group challenge for May to use a bingo card.

For the other challenges, I’ll be entering the Stuck on U Die Cut Challenge – Tree (had fun using a die cut palm tree from Miss Kate’s Cuttables I adapted a coconut palm tree from her beach scene – I really liked all the layers on the trunk and the foliage.) And along with the tree I cut the title from a Simple Stories file in the Silhouette store as well as a bamboo background by Elizabeth Mayne that’s in the upper left corner.) I’d say this is Die Crazy so I’ll be entering my layout at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.



Moxie Fab World National Scrapbook Day: Scrapbooking Rocks Challenge was to scrap for fun and share – I pretty much always have fun when I scrap, so that was easy!

I think that about wraps up this blog post! Thanks so much for stopping by! I love to read your thoughts when you leave comments, so thanks for sharing! Have a great day!


Supplies not already listed: Cardstock – The Paper Studio; corrugated shapes – Close to My Heart; pens – Sakura; cutting machine – Silhouette Cameo; Adhesive – American Crafts, Imaginesce, Xyron.

May 24, 2014 edited to add:

I was chosen a top 3 for the Stuck on U Die Cut Challenge – Tree! I’m so happy! I love my palm tree! Thanks Stuck on U Sketches!





Savoring Savannah

Once again I had tons of fun creating a layout from pictures/memories of our recent trip to Georgia. As I frequently like to do, I searched for sketches to use to make designing the page go more quickly. I really find Becky Fleck’s PageMaps to be really fun to play with and very well designed so when I came upon this multi-photo sketch at Scrapbook {Express}ions:


I felt it would work well for my page. I took the idea of the stepping (from title, to pictures to journaling and down to the subtitle) and chose to use that idea for my photos. I also liked the strips down the sides, which were similar to the long hanging banner on the right side of my Ice Cream layout (see my Birthday Bliss post) which will be opposite this page in my album.

Why don’t I just share what I did now?


First, I must confess that the photos for The Olde Pink House come from their website. We were so busy enjoying the moment that I didn’t take any pictures inside and I only got one picture from the side as we walked by on our way to Leopold’s – that will likely appear on another page.

I also printed a map from Google as a background for my photos.

I’m sure you can see how well the stepping worked with my photos. I was really so pleased that I could get both the portrait and landscape oriented pics to play nicely together!

I printed the background paper on my HP Photosmart B8550 printer (Amazon reminded me that I bought mine there in 2009.) The design is from Stampin’ Up! (Basic Gray Grid) and I just love that collection of patterns. There are so many different ways to use it (I changed the opacity to 60% to get it light enough to journal on and so it would mesh better with the facing page which has a white background.) I also loved the idea of the many squares in Savannah all with trees covered in gray Spanish Moss! Too perfect!

Another challenge I wanted to participate in was from A Blog Named Hero Challenge #42: Layer Cake! I felt that this was a great sketch with lots of layering going on and I even layered the Hero Arts stamps I used (Weekdays – with Studio Calico and All the Time – for Operation Write Home) in the lower right corner. There’s dimension in the title and the place setting (as well as layering on both!)

You need something else to look at:


I also wanted to participate in Silhouette Challenges #12 “Faux Stitching Feature”

Silhouette Challenges

I thought it’d be fun to show a fancy table setting (with the proper number of forks and spoons), so I used a Silhouette sketch pen and the 4 piece dinner ware set by Samantha Walker  (making it six by ungrouping and copying the fork and spoon). I made a placemat for it to sit on and did an internal offset and a dashed faux stitched line. I used word doodle borders by Rivka Wilkins for the border on the left side, changing the line to a dashed, faux stitched line.


So, as usual I had to get in my fave wood veneer pieces (from Studio Calico) and my current fave manufacturer (Simple Stories) for the patterned papers, stickers, brads and numbers.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Sorry about all the words, I just felt like I wanted to showcase some of the techniques and products that I used! I hope you have a fabulous day!


I also used:

Silhouette Cameo 
13 arrows by Lori Whitlock
savannah skyline by Ginny Nilson
PTI Summer Camp stamp (bootprint)
Color Box ink in Espresso
Adhesive from Beacon, Cool Tak and Xyron

05/02/14 Edited to add: I was chosen as a Heroine on A Blog Named Hero for the challenge #42 Layer Cake challenge!

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