Living in Paradise – Stick It Down June Reveal

Hello and Happy June!

It is once again time for a Stick It Down double page reveal.  This is also my last reveal for this term, and I will be going on a bit of a design team hiatus after.  Life gets a little busy for me from August through October, and I still have a ton of UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) from past scrappy trips I would like to work through. So, with limited crafting time ahead, it was time to take a break.  That being said, I have had a sneak peek of the upcoming sketches and they are AMAZING!

So, here is my final (for now!) reveal for Stick It Down.

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I stuck to using the Summer Sun collection pack from Fancy Pants to scrapbook pictures from our first trip to Cuba.  The cardstock is Stampin’ UP!, the enamel dots are Bella Blvd, the twine is American Crafts, and the washi is from my stash.  I have really loved playing with this collection.

Here is the sketch we had to work with for June:

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Thank you to all for joining me on this fun Stick It Down journey! Thank you to the awesome crew at Stick It Down for being so welcoming and supportive.  It has been a pleasure creating with you.

Do hop on over to the Stick It Down blog and see what the rest of the team has created for your June inspiration. I happen to know that if you link up your creations with us you have a chance to win a prize or be an upcoming featured designer!  As always, I can’t wait to see what you create.

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Stick It Down Design Team Call

Hey have you heard the news?! Stick It Down is having a design team call for the next term that runs from July 2017 – December 2017!

From the Stick It Down page, here are the details:

We are looking for double page team designers and card designers and we’re also looking for sketch designers.

Our next term will run from July to December 2017. Please do not apply if you cannot commit to this time frame.
What you will do:

  • provide one project per month, with possible additional special events during the six month term
  • comment on all submissions as you are assigned
  • post our challenge to your blog and other social media outlets
  • have projects completed and posted one week before the deadline

What you need:

  • an active blog
  • a Facebook account as this is where the DT “meets”
  • a love for sketches
  • organizational and time management skills

What we will do:

  • provide the sketches one month in advance
  • provide your posting schedule and commenting assignments
  • be supportive and encouraging
  • share your photo and your blog link on the SID blog
  • share your project on various social media outlets

How to apply:

  • send an email to Ashley at StickItDownChallenges@gmail.com with the subject line “Design Team Call”
  • include your name and location
  • include a list of current commitments (no experience necessary!)
  • include three of your favorite projects that best display your style and suit the requirements of the team you are applying for (ie submit cards if you are applying for the card team)
  • introduce yourself in few brief sentences
  • If you have experience or are interested in designing sketches, please include a few of your sketch designs in your application as well.

This call is open to everyone, including our current team members, and will run until 11:59pm on May 31. The new team will be notified by June 5 and announced on the SID blog on or around June 12.

Worth Remembering – Stick It Down Reveal

Hello and happy May! Saturday was National Scrapbook Day so I hope you found some time to be crafty this weekend!  It’s time for the Stick It Down double page team reveal for this month.

I dug into my stash for this one for pictures, papers and embellishments.  The sketch design reminded me somewhat of a quilt, and the Bazzill Basics Worth Remembering line also reminded me of some quilt patterns.  I have an abundance of Creative Escape pictures I haven’t scrapbooked yet so this was the perfect storm.  The final Creative Escape was based on the theme of Worth Remembering, including those papers and vintage feel embellishments.  So here is what I came up with for this month:
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I added some quilt style stitching around the patterned paper sidebars to continue the quilting and vintage feel.  The title was cut on the Silhouette and then some Wink of Stella red glitter was added over top.  Some photo stickers were added from the Simple Stories 24/7 collection as they have a similar colour palette.  And finally the page was finished off with some stamping, journaling, pearls, clear button, and twine.  The paper, flowers, pearls, button and twine are all Bazzill. The stamps are Stampin’ UP! and American Crafts Dear Lizzy.  The ink is Close To My Heart.

Here is the sketch we had for inspiration:

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Hop on over to the Stick It Down blog and see what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration, and then join us in any or all of the sketch challenges for the month.  Linking up gives you a chance to win a prize, or to be a monthly featured designer.  As always, I can’t wait to see what you create this month!

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Aria – April Stick It Down Reveal

Happy April everybody! It’s time for my Stick It Down double page reveal.

I dove into my stash and used some of the papers and embellishments I was “saving” and “didn’t want to ruin” for this month’s layout.  The pictures were from my most recent trip to Vegas where I stayed at the Aria.  I plan to use this page in a mixed traditional and pocket page album since I tend to take a lot of pictures and collect a lot of “stuff” when traveling and pocket pages are perfect for that.  So, here is my page for this month:

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I used papers from Teresa Collins, Studio Calico and American crafts.  The cut file I made myself on the Silhouette. The photo stickers are by Simple Stories. The phrase stickers are Tim Holtz. The mists are Heidi Swapp Color Shine. And the 3 little gems are by Teresa Collins.

As for the pictures, one view is of one of the towers at Aria, a pool selfie where I spend a few hours every day until I need to escape the heat, the spectacular brioche french toast and bottomless rosé from brunch at Bardot, and the super cool tequila wall at Javiers.

Here is the sketch for this month so you can join us over at Stick It Down for a chance to win a prize, or be a featured designer! Fun! Check out their blog today to see what the rest of the double page team has created for your inspiration. As always, I can’t wait to see what you create!

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March Stick-It-Down Feature Reveal

Hello and Happy March!

I am thrilled to be back with Stick It Down this month after missing last month.  Thank you to the wonderful team at Stick It Down for being so supportive as I looked after some family matters.  I did eventually complete February’s layout and will post it at some point.

March is also the month where I am the featured designer for the Stick It Down double page team! (no pressure!)  We have a really fun layout for your double page scrapbook inspiration.  Once again I took a few liberties with the sketch and had a little bit of fun with it.  I opted to stick with photo and embellishment clusters like in the sketch, but used a bunch of journaling cards and changed the sizes of the elements to work for me.  I worked with the Fancy Pants Summer Sun collection that I picked up at ScrapFest last year. I just love the dreamy colour palette and all the fun embellishments that are great for building fun clusters.  The paper is also an amazing weight and texture.

So here is what I created for this month:

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I used pictures from our amazing January trip to Playa del Carmen and Cancun Mexico. I added in some misting (Heidi Swapp and Tattered Angels) and inking (Tim Holtz), as well as a few fun rhinestones from Recollections.

Here is the sketch for March:

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So now it’s your turn! Hop on over to the Stick It Down blog to view the sketches (single page, card AND double page!) and be inspired. To see what the rest of the double page team has created you will want to go back on Monday the 6th to see their reveals!  Make sure you share your creations with us by the end of the month for a chance to win a prize AND to be a featured designer for May!  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Peace and Joy – Stick it Down January Reveal

I really didn’t intend to take 8 months off of blogging. I am happy to announce I will be blogging again at least once a month as I have joined the double page team at Stick it Down sketch challenge blog. For those unfamiliar, Stick it Down posts a single page, double page and card sketch monthly. Scrappers and card makers are invited to join in the challenges by sharing their work and may be selected to be a future guest designer, and occasionally prizes are offered too.

This month I chose to scrapbook some pictures from this Christmas. I won a My Mind’s Eye Comfort and Joy page pack at a recent scrapping retreat and I thought it was a great time to use my new goodies. I often buy beautiful Christmas paper and then so seldom scrapbook Christmas because I don’t take very many pictures.

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The title is a Silhouette cut file. I used some Christmas washi from my stash that I think is My Mind’s Eye as well, and finally some American Crafts twine behind the chipboard stocking.

In typical to me fashion, I took some liberties with the sketch to suit my style a bit better. That’s the beauty of sketches for me. I used to view them as very limiting, but have learned to treat them as more of a suggestion or guideline.

Here is the original January sketch we had to work with:

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So, now it’s your turn to hop on over to the Stick It Down blog and see what the rest of the team has created and join in any or all of the challenges!

Finally, thank you to those who have reached out and wondered if I was going to be blogging or posting my work again. Work, school, and the seemingly never-ending house project have kept me busy. Also, aside from Ready, Set, Create! and a ScrapMuch? retreat, where I worked on my many unfinished projects, I haven’t been crafty at all. Obviously that’s changing!

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Happy – Final ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Yes, the title is true. This week’s reveal is my final reveal for the ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday design team.  After 2 amazing years of hard work and dedication heading up the design team (creating our sketches, colour challenges, and keeping us in check), and even longer as “THE”designer at ScrapMuch?, Laura is taking a well earned semi-retirement.  I feel very fortunate to have been with the team since the very beginning. I’ll never forget the feeling I had when I read the email that I was a successful applicant to the team.  It’s been a great ride. I owe a lot to Laura and to ScrapMuch? for helping me to find my scrappy “voice”, and inspiring me to expand my creativity. For many years my true passion was making mini albums and I used to find sketches nice, but limiting.  Now I can fearlessly tackle a sketch, make it my own (if needed), and take creative license if the mood hits.  Thank you Laura and ScrapMuch? for the amazing ride, for believing that my creations could be used as inspiration for others, and for giving me the inspiration to return to 12×12 scrapping. I also want to thank my fellow team members who have inspired me, supported me and pushed me to “up my scrappy game”. I hope to keep in touch in the blogosphere or other social media.

When I created this layout I had no idea it would be my last for the team. It was only with one person in mind, who was just celebrated a week ago for Mother’s Day, and will be celebrated again next week for her birthday.  I’d like to think she’s tickled pink about this page (pun intended!). So here is this week’s reveal:
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I built this page with a 6×6 paper pad (really making an effort to use these since I can’t stop buying them), some washi tape (see same reason as 6×6 pad), more minc words and shapes, and my fav flourish stamps to form part of the backgound.

Here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

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So what does this all mean? I don’t fully know. ScrapMuch? will continue to be an awesome mobile store and host crops and retreats through the year. I will continue to scrapbook, though I may try to work more on pocket pages since they’ve been quite back-burnered since I started with the sketch team. I’ll still blog but it won’t be as regular as I have been. And who knows what the future holds!

What I do know is this is your last chance to join in on the Sketch-y Friday challenges for a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize as we know it!

Here is a run down of our Sketch-y Friday rules.  Just link up your creations in our sidebar to be entered into a random draw for our monthly prize.    You have until May 29th, at midnight to participate in any of this month’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!  You may take some artistic license with your adaptation of the sketches, however if you choose to use a double page sketch for a single page layout you may only enter once per sketch, not once per side.

If you are playing along with more than one challenge you will need to link each of them up via a separate blog post for the link up tool to work. (International participants may be required to pay some shipping fees.)  Good luck, we cannot wait to see what you create!

Thank you Laura, so proud to call you a friend.

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