Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BTR Bar B Que - Disneyland

This is another layout using the Basic Grey Herbs and Honey paper. White I was looking for some farmer's market type pictures I ran across a few photos fromthe Big Thunder Ranch BBQ from October of 2010 that I hadn't scrapped.  Perfect!

Next I set about trying to decide what layout would best fit the photos and the paper I had.  I did have plenty of 12x12 but also had a bunch of 4x6 cards that I needed to use, so I decided that this sketch by Susan Stringfellow for Basic Grey would be perfect. It allowed me to use a lot of the different patterns from the 4x6 paper.

For the embellishments I used DCWV corrugated paper and cut them out with Sizzix flower dies by Brenda Walton.

 I stamped the background paper with a Tim Holtz stamp that mimicked chicken wire.
 The center of the flowers needed something, so I punched 1/2" circles out of the corners of a frame sticker and attached them to some flat brads, then covered with Glossy Accents for some shine.  Homemade decorative brads in no time!
 And true to form, my sweet shadow was right next to me as I photographed, giving himself a bath.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Liberty - A Special Disneyland Flag Retiring Ceremony

Recently my younger cousin retired from the military and took a "return to civilian life" tour of California.  Part of that included some time with me at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and a day at the Happiest Place on Earth.  I'm so proud of her and spent the entire day bragging about her to any CM who would listen.  I also made sure that she was a part of the daily Flag Retiring ceremony that takes place in Town Square.  I got a little teary.  She stood at attention through that whole ceremony.  I'm so happy that I have the pictures of it.

This layout was based on Sketch Savvy Two-Page Sketch #19.  The minute I saw it I thought of this box of old Bo Bunny paper that I had in my scraproom closet, and if you know me, you know I love old paper lines. It was perfect.  Thank you Susan!  I love it!

I didn't do anything techniquey on this page because I made it as a sample for layout kits.  Many times the samples I make end up getting sold because without kids, I often don't have photos that will fit them.  Not so when it comes to the patriotic layouts.   I have tons from Disney and from travels across the US.

If you're interested in purchasing a kit, you can check out my Etsy Shop. It's brand new! Be sure to click on the photos and read the descriptions because I usually put a suggestion for how each layout could fit Disney photos if you are a Disney Scrapper.  My layouts aren't always obviously Disney. 
Like this one. ;-)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Under the Big Top - Dumbo Layout

This layout started out as a class layout, but after I got the main pieces on it I took it a different direction based on my pictures and theme.  When will I learn to take it easy and just do the class as it was meant to be?  But I have too much fun taking the instructor's basic ideas as a jumping off point and going my own direction with it.  I know in my classes I love when people do that!

The paper for these pages was from Ruby Rock-it.  We were also given a whole package of little goodies too.  I put many of them to use on this layout.

 This layout is for a challenge on Disney Scrappers.  Dumbo is one of the topics, so I pulled this mostly finished layout out of the pile and added the few little things it needed. 

These pictures were from my mom's birthday in June of 2009.  My sister had recently finished a course of chemo treatments, so her hair is just beginning to grow back.  She looked cute with her short hair and those dimples.  The bottom picture above is a selfie before iPhones.  We used a point and shoot and had to hope for the best.  At least my sister looks good. LOL!

So that's it for this layout.  Not a lot to share as I didn't use anything but the paper and things in the kit.  I did go a little overboard with the banners, but I felt like there would be a lot of banners at a carnival, and once I got started it was hard to stop. 

Yeah!  Another mostly finished class layout DONE!! That counts and two this week. One of these days I may have to start saying "When I start something, by golly I finish it!"  We aren't quite there yet, I still have piles of mostly finished layouts, but at least I do manage to get some of them done once in awhile.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Disneyland Petting Zoo Big Thunder Ranch

Our June kit for the Basic Grey page of the month contained this paper.  It was very farmy.  I really didn't have anything I was going to be able to use with it, but then I remembered the petting zoo at Disneyland! (where else, right?)
There was also a technique that I wasn't to excited to try so as always I just did what I wanted while the rest of the class attempted the technique.  
When I went to photograph the layout for the blog, two of my four cats decided that nap time was over and that I really needed them to help with the photo shoot and a little more distressing on the fabric flowers. 
This layout is a take on this one pager from Sketch Savvy #108. I turned it into a two page layout.  It's a very loose interpretation of the sketch because I forgot which sketch I used and had to finish the layout two months later.

This layout is about the little petting zoo area of Disneyland called Big Thunder Ranch.  There are quite a few goats there that all have cute names.  In this picture are Pongo (Such a funny goat! Named after the male dalmation in 101 Dalmations) and Leota (named after Madame Leota from the Haunted Mansion and the famous Haunted Mansion imagineer, Leota Toombs.)

This side of the layout features a giant sheep named George.  He was so calm and so cool.  Unfortunately, as it says in the hidden journaling, George has since passed away. You will see other animals around Big Thunder Ranch, a horse, cow, parrot, turkeys and they used to bring in reindeer at Christmas, but don't do that anymore.
 I used some colored canvas from Die Cuts with a View to make two flowers on this layout.
 This flower was made from the paper backed canvas by Die Cuts with a View.
This banner was cut with a new Sizzix die I bought from my LSS. 

Happy to be finished with this after two months.  I really didn't like this line, but I'm so glad that it ended up being perfect for these pictures.  

And the next time you are at Disneyland, stop by Big Thunder Ranch and give the goats a little love. You can also follow them on Instagram at @disneylandgoats

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lovely Day Mini Book

I had so much product left over from my design team projects that I decided to put it to good use and make a mini book!  
I usually put photos on my projects, but I didn't really have any that went with a lot of these without spending hours and hours looking through photos on my computer.  It's usually that way with me and mini books.  I love to make them but unless I have an idea ahead of time about photos, it takes me forever to get pictures put into them. But, I like to make them anyway, photos or not.  

So here is a really cute mini book 
that would hold some fun pictures.

Products used were:
My Mind's Eye Market Street Nob Hill Paper 
My Mind's Eye Market Street Nob Hill Decorative Tape
My Mind's Eye Market Street Nob Hill 3 x 4 Journaling Cards 
My Mind's Eye Market Street Nob Hill Decorative Brads
My Mind's Eye Market Street Nob Hill Decorative Buttons 
My Mind's Eye Market Street Nob Hill Mixed Bag 
My Mind's Eye Market Street Nob Hill Chipboard Stickers
My Mind's Eye Market Street Nob Hill Labels Stickers

Tim Holtz Alterations Die - Ornamental
Tim Holtz Alterations Die - Postage Stamp Frame
Tim Holtz Alterations Die - Arch Frame
Tim Holtz Alterations Die - Cameo Frame
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper Ticket Stub
Zig Wink of Stella Brush Glitter Pen Marker - Clear

I cut the pages out of black chipboard using the Tim Holtz dies, then I cut the papers with the same dies and adhered the paper to the chipboard.  
The covers are just pieces of black chipboard and paper cut I think 5.5 x 6.5 and I cut the corners with the We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.  
I punched holes in all of them with my Cropadile.  
One of the die cuts, the Cameo Frame, has two rounded sides and made it difficult to punch holes, so I cut the rounded part off the side nearest to the binding.

Monday, May 26, 2014

I Mustache You A Question and Celebrate

More Design Team projects using My Mind's Eye Market Street Nob Hill paper and embellishments.

When I saw some of the paper in this packet, I knew I had to scrap these photos of my friend's son getting his prom-posal.  The girl that asked him wrote on the outside of the gift bag, "I Mustache You a Question"

 This layout is based on Sketch by Susan Stringfellow for Basic Grey.  But it fit so perfectly with the journaling cards in the pack I got.

The chipboard pieces and brad are all from the MME line of embellishments.  I cut the I from Tim Holtz Alterations Vintage Market alpha die. 

The color flecks are using Ranger Distress Reinkers.  I put a drop on my Craft Mat, then dipped my water brush into the ink to water it down and then tapped the brush on my finger to get it to make the color flecks on the page.  The colors I used to match this line were Barn Door, Pine Needles, and Mustard Seed.

 The word bubble is from the MME 12x12 chipboard set.  It said "What does the fox say?" on it.  I covered it with one of the journaling cards, cut around it and sanded the edges.  The ? is cut from an old Lifestyle Crafts (Quickutz) alpha called Blossom Grand. I cut 4 out of thin black chipboard and one out of a black journaling card so the black matched.  Glued all the layers together and then then attached it to the word bubble.
I thought the hashtag pieces from the die cut pack were perfect!

Another project I made using this same line of paper and embellishments was a quick card.

I used two of the MME Market Street Nob Hill washi tapes from this line of paper and then sewed around it with metallic thread.  I added some Hazel and Ruby gold sequins as well.  The Picture Wheel die cute is a Tim Holtz die.  I sprited the wheel and card with gold perfect pearls in water for some sparkle.  Then I put some sequins in each square of the wheel.  The center is more of the washi tape on white paper then die cut with the Tim Holtz Award Ribbon die.  The sticker is from the MME Market Street Nob Hill sticker sheet.
There are some stickers inside from the sticker sheet as well that say Celebrate the Day.

Sunday, May 25, 2014


My parent's 50th Golden Anniversary is this fall so I thought I would do an early layout to start the celebration.  Why not celebrate a long time for this one?

I'm on the Design Team for my LSS, and my assignment this month was to work with My Mind's Eye Market Street Nob Hill paper and embellishments. With all of the touches of gold, I felt it was perfect for a Golden Anniversary layout.

I used Sketch #114 from Sketch Savvy for this layout.

 This gold doily in the die cut packet and gold leaves just needed a few gold sequins from Hazel and Ruby Handmade for an added touch along the side of the photo.

Designer Susan Stringfellow often sews over chipboard on her layouts.  I didn't believe that it would be so easy. So, I pulled this chipboard button from the chipboard pieces and "took a leap."  It worked!  I was actually surprised at how easily my machine sewed right through it.  I went at a medium speed and used the denim needle that I use for all my paper craft sewing.

Once I knew it worked, I adhered these gold elements and sewed right through them.
The larger round gold button was actually another color.  I adhered gold paper from one of the papers in the set and sanded the edges.

 I made flowers with the papers.  Just punch some flower shapes out of cardstock, wet, crumple and layer.  I attached them all with a gold brad. Nothing fancy.

 The title is cut from an old Lifestyle Crafts (Quickutz) alpha Blossom Grand. I cut 4 layers of thick black chipboard and one layer of black paper.  I adhered them all together to make a thick letter and then put Ranger's Glossy Accents on the top.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Carthay

We had a big National Scrapbook Day Challenge week over at Disney Scrappers and one of the challenges was to do a page using a Sketch Savvy sketch for an enlarged photo.

I chose to scrap our Valentines Day celebration at Disneyland this year.

For paper and embellishments, I chose Basic Grey Lucille. I know, one of my pennants is all cattywampus in my photo.  I fixed it but am too lazy to re-photograph. LOL!

This is Sketch #120 from Sketch Savvy.   I rotated the left side and obviously made it into a two pager by keeping it right side up on the right side.  I often like to take Susan's one page sketches and stretch them into two pagers.  Just because the sketch is one page doesn't mean it won't easily make a nice two page layout.

For the left side I turned the sketch sideways. This allowed me to use the oversized picture of the Carthay Circle Restaurant which was vertical instead of horizontal. 

For the right side I left the sketch pretty much as it was but instead of one long photo I used multiple photos across the main area.  For some reason I felt the need to fit all the Valentine photos on one layout instead of several.  Thus the reason I have so many on this layout. 

And although not a Disney Legend,  a legend in her own right, Shirley Temple Black, child actress, presidential advisor, and US ambassador, had passed away that week.  So I took a few moments to honor her memory by have two Shirley Temples at dinner and taking my picture next to hers with Walt which hangs in the hallway of the Carthay Circle Restaurant.

Throughout the page I added little Mickey punches because although I know this is a Disney layout, it may not be obvious to a lot of people.

This actually came together fairly quickly once I figured out how I wanted to use the sketch and where I could fit all the photos.

Other than stretching a sketch into a two pager, there really aren't any techniques on this page.