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