Neon Museum – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday

The end of January is already here and that means it’s time for another Team A ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday reveal.

In keeping with routine, the first sketch of the month is a 2 page layout.

In full disclosure, I created this layout at the end of December. I was still at home on vacation and wanted to use the time to get “ahead” with my scrappy assignments. It turns out it was a brilliant idea as January has been an extremely difficult month for me and I wasn’t sure I’d find my scrappy mojo anytime soon. So the good news is I have a layout I totally love ready to rock for this week’s reveal. The bad news is I put off taking detail shots and recording all my supplies used and it’s just not going to happen at this point. I’ll wing it and do my best! Most of the products were from my stash anyway, so even if you totally loved them, the only place you’d likely find them is in some scrapaholic stash like mine ūüėČ

So here is my layout:
Neon Museum
Supplies used: Patterned Paper-Echo Park, Bo Bunny; Cardstock-Stampin’ UP!, DCWV, American Crafts; Vellum-Stampin’ UP!; Film Ribbon-Tim Holtz; Washi Tape-Tim Holtz; Buttons-American Crafts; Twine-Bazzill Basics; Dictionary Card-Tim Holtz; Stamps-Tim Holtz, American Crafts Dear Lizzy; Ink-Stampin’ UP!, Tim Holtz Distress; Distress Tool-Tim Holtz; Journal Strips-Teresa Collins; Die Cut Machine-Silhouette Cameo; Title Letters-Tim Holtz; Mist-Tim Holtz.

On my last trip to Las Vegas I booked an evening tour of the Neon Museum and managed to get some amazing photos! The total bummer was once again I forgot my CF card for my SLR so I was relying on my trusty point and shoot as well as my iPhone to get these pictures. I say again, because I did this the year prior when I went to the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon and thankfully realized it after the Hoover Dam and managed to put a card in the camera for the rest of the trip.

I loved seeing the signs, even though not all of them light up anymore. I love the work they do to restore these amazing Las Vegas icons. I did not love that I was perpetually scolded during the tour because I had to lag behind to get clean photos of the signs because I am short and the tour was busy. I was also scolded for my foot touching a barrier rock when I crouched down to get another sign photo. So – signs great, history great, being treated like a delinquent child was not.

The photo on the left is from the Moulin Rouge, arranged to look like it says “in love”. They say many lovers get their pictures taken in front of this sign on the tour. The Stardust sign is simply a Vegas icon, and the movie Casino was loosely based on the history of the Stardust (a different name was used in the movie). The Neon Boneyard park sign sits just outside the museum and features lettering from the iconic casinos in the area. I wish I could remember all but so far Caesar’s Palace and Binions are the only ones that come to mind. To the right is a sign from the El Cortez, a true survivor in Vegas – the longest continuous running hotel and casino in Las Vegas, since 1941.

So, with all that being said I took a real Tim Holtz grungey look and feel to the page. I made sure to distress the edges of the patterned paper, ink all in my go-to of Vintage Photo. I used the matching mist on the kraft background, as well as stamped with Tim Holtz coffee stain and splatter stamps. I cut the notepaper border, frames, and viewfinders with my Silhouette. I ruffled up the washi tape then stitched it on. I did my journaling on a Teresa Collins 3×4 pocket page card then cut it apart.

Here is the sketch we had for inspiration:

So now it’s your turn! Head on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team has created. And then of course I’d love for you to play along and share your creations with us! We had so many amazing pages linked up in January! Make sure you link up and share with us what you create and you could win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous February.

PS – It’s Super Bowl weekend! GO PATS!

Santa Jingle 5K – ScrapMuch Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello! Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday, and made lots of happy memories with those who matter most to you! Hopefully you took a few pictures to scrapbook later too! I had a nice lovely break from work, got to make all my cards and send them out all across Canada and the United States, got some scrapbooking done, spent time with all my close family, caught up on naps with my kitties, caught¬†a cold, went to all my pole classes, ate far too much good food, visited friends… it was glorious!

We’re already at the first Friday of the year, and it’s time for another ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday 2 page reveal!

Here’s our first sketch¬†to kick off the new year:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Santa Jingle 5k
Supplies used: Cardstock-Stampin’ UP!, Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper-Simple Stories; Ribbon-Stampin’ UP!; Stickers-Crate Paper, Bazzill Basics; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Vellum-Stampin’ UP!; Staples-Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Die cut-Tim Holtz Alterations; Die cutting machines-Tim Holtz Vagabond, Silhouette Cameo; Roller Stamp-American Crafts Dear Lizzy; Ink-Stampin’ UP!

I admit I’m not very good about taking pictures around the Christmas time, so I don’t do a lot of Christmas themed layouts (despite loving the amazing paper lines). Thankfully, I had a photographer for this run I did a few years ago in Burlington. One chilly December Saturday morning, with about 3000 other Santas, we ran the streets of downtown Burlington. I had a pitiful finish time, the beard chafed the heck out of my face, the pants were falling apart by the time I was done, but it was still strangely a lot of fun. I do admit I almost veered off course and didn’t finish when I passed a house where they were welcoming the morning with coffee in the hot tub on their deck. That looked like a far better way to spend my morning, but I doubt they’d have appreciated company!

I’ve really taken to using my date stamp as often as possible on my layouts. I reorganized a bunch of my layouts while I was off (yay for 3 ring albums and the ease of doing this!) and found myself trying to remember the year of the event. I’m also making more of an effort to journal on my layouts for the same reason. It’s important to know why the photos were scrapbooked. What was important about those photos or that event? I’m also loving printing at home. I’m actually really impressed with the quality of my Canon Selphy, and Santa brought me the Canon Pixma iP8720 that printed off a stunning copy of one of my favourite cherry blossom photos. The cost is a little higher per print than Costco BUT I’m printing far less now and just the ones that are going on a layout. Because of that, I’m more inclined to do nice edits in Photoshop Elements (Santa also gifted me the newest version) before I print too. ¬†That totally awesome ribbon? I’ve been hoarding it for years! I’m so glad I finally used it on a layout instead of “saving” it. The snowflakes? Leftovers from my cards because I cut too many. Happy accident!

So now it‚Äôs your turn of course! Pop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created. Little hint? I think you’ll find a lot of inspiration to scrap your Christmas photos! Make sure you link up and share your work with us for the chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize!

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 January 29th, at midnight to participate in any of January’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

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!

¬†*note ‚Äď If you are playing along using Flickr the team will no longer be leaving comments, due to changes in Flickr policies and passwords.¬† However, we will be checking out your entries for sure and you are definitely eligible for the prize draw. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for popping by!

My Wild Horse Pass – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Don’t look now, but December is right around the corner! Seriously! I haven’t even assembled my “December Daily” album yet, nor have I started on my cards. I always have the best of intentions with December Daily, and usually fall in love with at least one Christmas collection each year, but I lack the followthrough on the album, and ditto to taking pictures and scrapbooking Christmas.

With the start of a new month (we’re launching it a bit early at ScrapMuch?), it’s time for Team A and the 2 page layout reveal!

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

And here is my take on the sketch:
Supplies used: Patterned paper-Close To My Heart; Cardstock-Close To My Heart, DCWV; Journal Card-Teresa Collins; Post Card Sticker-Bazzill; Twine-Close To My Heart; Button-Bazzill; Flair-Studio Calico; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Stickers (banner, letter, sentiment)-Teresa Collins; Tag-Pink Paislee; Washi-My Mind’s Eye; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress; Pearls-Melissa Frances; Mists-Tattered Angels, Maya Road, Tim Holtz Distress; Butterflies-Gift; Punches-Marvy Uchida, EK Success; Pen-American Crafts

I have played with a similar sketch a few times in the past, and it’s truly the perfect sketch if you have a lot of photos of an event, or if you have say a 6×6 pad of papers you love and want to incorporate some of them all into a layout! ¬†In this case, I have a ton of pictures of Sheraton Wild Horse Pass where Creative Escape was held the years I went. There is no way I could possibly scrap all of the pictures, but I did manage to take snippets of many photos with the help of my square punch, and create one layout full of many different memories. I have so many wonderful memories of Wild Horse Pass and used to spend a few extra days either before or after the event just to relax and enjoy the grounds and the amazing spa.

Here are some detail shots:
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I think what’s pretty remarkable to me is how long the supply list was for this layout, and yet it is still very true to my clean and simple and linear style. ¬†Another thing I’d love to note is it’s totally fitting that the silver butterflies used on the layout were gifted to me by a friend I met at Creative Escape, Suzy, from her travels. Suzy has an awesome eye for the coolest embellishments and trinkets and it was totally sweet of her to think of me. She’s also been a big part of me finding my own scrapbooking “voice”. I used to stress about my projects not exactly matching the teacher’s sample, and then I’d watch her take every single project, make it her own, and it was always awesome. It took a few years of sitting next to her to finally start to relax and make the projects my own too.

So now it’s your turn, and you get the same jumpstart on December too! Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? site and see what the rest of Team A has created for inspiration, find your “voice”, make the layout your own, and share it with us. And as always, sharing with us gives you the chance to win your very own awesome ScrapMuch? prize! I can’t wait to see what you create! Have a fabulous weekend!

Tiffany’s – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

I know I sound like “old tapes” but seriously, where has the time gone between Hallowe’en and today?! It’s Friday! It’s been 2 weeks since Team A’s last reveal for ScrapMuch?, and it’s time for some new sketch-y inspiration to jumpstart your creativity this weekend!

So here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies used: Cardstock-Stampin’ UP!; Patterned paper-Lawn Fawn; Twine-Stampin’ UP!; Sequins-Teresa Collins; Sewing machine-Janome; Thickers-American Crafts; Ribbon and plain blue circles-Tiffany!!; Ink-Tim Holtz Distress; Mist-Mister Huey’s; Journaling pen-Stampin’ UP!; Punches-Ek Success and Stampin’ UP!

I admit this sketch was a bit of a challenge for the very linear me! My clean and simple ways will generally try to straighten out lines, but I didn’t really want a filmstrip look for this either. I also moved the journaling onto a card¬†and used the other space for embellies. I compensated for my struggles with the whimsy placement of photos by sticking to a very monochromatic¬†palette, appropriately the Tiffany colours. The plain blue circles on the layout are actually punched out of the Tiffany bag, and the ribbon is the ribbon from the box. When I travel I tend to collect a lot of “stuff” and ephemera and generally find a way to scrapbook it or use it in my mini albums or pocket pages.

I know I still haven’t blogged about my Vegas trip nor Inspiration Unlimited yet, but I am slowly scrapping and sharing some memories in these reveals. This page is from my Vegas trip as well. On my last night there, I decided I was going to leave Las Vegas a winner. Let’s face it, going home with pretty jewelry is pretty much hitting the jackpot amirite?!? I had been coveting some Tiffany earrings for a while and pretty things make me happy. Since there was a Tiffany in The Shops At Crystals that was attached to Aria where I was staying, it would just be wrong of me to not go there and get them!! They went on my ears when I got home the next day, and I haven’t taken them off since!

I would love for you to hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of Team A has created for your inspiration! Little hint? There are are some pretty darn amazing layouts for you to see! And of course, as always, I would love to see what you create!

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 November 29th, at midnight to participate in any of November’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Kitty Kisses – Canadian Scrapbooker October Sketch

I’ve been spending more time in my happy place creating and I’ve been loving every second! I’ve had the Canadian Scrapbooker October Sketch Challenge sketch up in my tabs for a while because I thought it would be fun to play along with. It turned out to be a bigger challenge than I anticipated, but I’m still happy with the end result. It goes without saying I loved the process of playing with paper.

So here is the sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies used: Cardstock-Die Cuts With a View; Patterned Paper-Graphic 45; Button-American Crafts; Thickers-American Crafts; Sequins-Teresa Collins, Fancy Pants; Oval Sticker-7Gypsies; Thread-Bazzill Basics; Tab-Teresa Collins for Fiskars punch; Enamel dots-Simple Stories.

I feel like this is a lot more clean and simple than I’ve been scrapping lately, but I’m totally ok with that. I also took a little bit of license on the sketch, and I’m also totally ok with that too. I think it’s part because the Graphic 45 papers are so visual I don’t want to clutter it up too much. I also used a technique Laura Whitaker shared on her blog for embellishing buttons. It’s funny because I’ve often put a large bling in the middle of a button, but never thought to use some of the patterned paper from the collection. I also hand stitched which is a total rarity for me these days, despite loving the look on other layouts.

For the record, yes, that really is me in a cat onesie. Yes my sweet Socks is giving me kisses on my chin. She is a very affectionate cat with me in all ways, including scratchy kitty kisses!

Thanks for popping by! And stay tuned, Team A is up again this week on the ScrapMuch? blog with another Sketch-y Friday reveal, and it’s awesome!

Play – Stuck?! Sketches October 15 Sketch

When I saw the hexagons in the Stuck?! Sketches sketch I knew I had to play along. I’d been hoarding some Pink Paislee Nantucket paper and embellishments from a Pink Paislee warehouse box I bought a few years back. I was beginning to fear that I may never find the “perfect” use for the papers and embellies. Thankfully I was wrong!

So here is the inspiration sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Supplies used: Patterned Paper – Pink Paislee; Cardstock – American Crafts; Ink – Tim Holtz Distress for Ranger; Chipboard, tassel, rhinestones – Pink Paislee; Sequins – Teresa Collins; Wordfetti sticker – Bazzill Basics.

I did have a mini concern because I didn’t have the picture used printed anywhere. Have no fear, my amazing new Canon Selphy CP910 to the rescue! I am seriously in love with this printer!!! I’ve been using it a ton to print on the fly so I can finish off some of my projects, or have the perfect picture for my layout, right when I want it! I also went out on a limb a bit and actually typed my journaling. I’m definitely more of a handwritten journaling kind of girl, mostly because of convenience. Otherwise I stuck pretty true to the sketch. Sometimes that just works for me.

Here are some detail shots:

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Thanks for popping by!

My Girl – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello everyone! I can’t believe 2 weeks have passed since my last ScrapMuch? reveal, but here we are again. Team A is¬†back this week with yet another fabulous reveal (if I do say so myself!)!

Here is the sketch we had to work with:

And here is my take on the sketch:
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Supplies used: Patterned paper – Graphic 45; Distress Ink – Tim Holtz; Wood hearts – Studio Calico; Washi – stash; Wordfetti – 7Gypsies, Banner sticker – Pink Paislee; Flair – American Crafts; Metal charm – Making Memories; Thickers – American Crafts Amy Tangerine; Die cut machine – Silhouette Cameo; Photo printing – Canon Selphy CP910

I played with some of the brand stinkin’ new Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs that I got from the amazing ScrapMuch?! I’ve had a long running love affair with Graphic 45 and I am absolutely thrilled they came out with a pet themed line. This line did not disappoint at all! It’s classic Graphic 45, not excessively cutesy, and has a ton of generic papers too!

My sweet kitty, Socks, is the focus of this layout. I’m trying to scrapbook her more because I know it will be really difficult when she is gone. What can I say, she’s an awesome cat, and I’m very biased.

How about some detail shots since I took them this week?

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So now it is your turn! I’d love for you to pop over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team created (Hint: I’m the only one who didn’t scrap a Hallowe’en themed layout because I don’t have kids and it’s been eons since I’ve gone to a Hallowe’en party)! We would love for you to join us in any one of our weekly sketch challenges or our monthly colour challenge! ¬†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 October 29th, at midnight to participate in any of October’s sketch challenges, each linkup tool will remain open until that date! I can’t wait to see what you create!

Have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by! ūüôā