Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My Top 10 Layouts of 2010

I had over 300 layouts to choose from but I have managed to pick my top ten layouts from 2010. 2010 was a record year for me. I have created so many projects that I am proud of and have achieved several of my scrappy goals. To say that I was inspired by fellow crafters this year is a bit of an understatement. I can't wait to start 2011 with a fresh perspective. I have a long list of techniques that I want to try and I am super excited to get crafting. A big thank you to all of my followers! I appreciate all of your kind words and encouragement. Here's to another creative year!

Supplies provided by Scrap Attack Scrapbooking

Supplies provided by Scrap Attack Scrapbooking




Photo credit: Wayne Maki Photography




Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just ONE With The Dollies

Supplies:
Paper: Pink Paislee
Doily: Hallmark
Flower: Prima
Sticker: Deja Views

There's JUST ONE more Design Dollies Elements Challenge for 2010. With life so busy this time of year let's keep things simple. The Dollies want to see your projects using the following recipe:

•Just one piece of cardstock
•Just one patterned paper
•Just one word in the title/sentiment
•Just one photograph/image
•Just one embellishment

With such a simple recipe, you should be able to cook something up in no time at all! Link up your newly created project by midnight EST, Monday January 3rd, for your chance at the December prize. The Dolls are taking a break for the holidays next week, so you have an extra week to work your magic! Thanks for playing with the Design Dollies!

This is my last project as an official Dollie. I've enjoyed my time as a Dollie so much and want to thank my fellow Dollies and all the fabulous followers for the all the inspiration, kind words and encouragement!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Color Library Inspiration - SNR Magazine



"Pals"
Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Bo Bunny
Paper: Onirie, SEI
Letter Stickers: Pink Paislee
Rub-on: Fancy Pants
Journaling Card: Jenni Bowlin
Paper Tape: Pink Paislee
Thread: Iris
Pen: Zig
Miscellaneous: Button

One of my favorite monthly features in Scrapbook News and Review Magazine is the Color Library. Each issue staffers explain how and why they were inspired by the color palettes and inspiration pieces. I love seeing the different ways each staffer is inspired by the same piece. This is my layout from the October issue. I thought this color palette was perfect for fall, and I especially liked the pop of blue. I have trouble creating clean and simple layouts, so I was drawn to this inspiration piece for its simplicity. The fact that it also shared the colors of the palette made visualizing my page that much easier. I thought the inspiration piece was perfect as is, so I only swapped the tag for a journaling card. I print more of my photos in sepia during the fall months because I like the way the brown tones blend with the paper colors I use for all my seasonal layouts.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Let It Snow

Supplies:
Paper: Lily Bee, Love, Elsie
Stickers: October Afternoon
Felt: Recollections
Holly: Prima
Adhesive Badge: American Crafts
Pom Pom Trim: Fancy Pants
Miscellaneous: Envelope, Snowflake

I'm am LOVING this first Design Dollies Color Challenge of December! This week's colors are so vibrant, happy and fresh. The Dollies want to see your projects showcasing the colors celery green, sky blue, red and white. I used an old Christmas card from my Grandma who has since passed away. I think this page is a better place for her card than in the box I was storing it in. Play along with us in the Dollhouse! Link up your NEWLY-CREATED PROJECT by next Sunday, December 12th at midnight EST, and you could win a yummy prize pack!

Don't forget about the Dollie Call! Remember, you have until December 10th to submit your application! Check out all the details HERE! Good luck to all who apply. It's great to be a Dollie!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Scrap Attack Scrapbooking December Reveal!

I had so much fun working with Atomic Soup by Jillibean Soup for Scrap Attack Scrapbooking this month! As a former biochemist, I really appreciate the chemical equations, elements and lab supplies that are featured in this collection. For those of you who aren't as nerdy as me, the b-sides of these papers are fabulous stripe and circle patterns and are very versatile. The primary colors of these papers make them perfect for use all year long. These papers also coordinate very well with previous Jillibean Soup collections. Some Jillibean Soup colored twine, LYB jewels and Prima flowers were the perfect embellishments for these papers. I hope you enjoy my layouts and consider purchasing this collection! Please see my {SAS}sy Design Gallery for a full list of supplies used on each layout.

Photo Credit: Rhonda C. Schaefer





Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sketch Day With The Design Dollies

Supplies:
Paper: Bella Blvd, DCWV, Hambly Screen Prints, KI Memories, Scrapworks
Letters: American Crafts
Chipboard: American Crafts
Ribbon: Prima
Mist: Tattered Angels
Sketch: Kristy Dalman

One of my favorite things about Thursday is the new sketch reveal at the Dollhouse! Kristy has another awesome sketch for this week. My second design term with the Dollies is almost complete and I have finally conquered the trifecta! I combined all the challenges posted this week while creating my page and incorporated Leah's fabulous color combo (brown, gold and a neutral), Karen's challenge to pile on at least 5 layers and Kristy's awesome sketch. The only people more happy with this page than me are my two girls, who are in love with Kesha. Yep, I get to listen to this CD 24/7! You have until Wednesday December 8th at midnight EST to create something using this sketch. If you'd like to rock the Trifecta you have until Sunday December 12th at midnight EST to submit your project.

Don't forget about the Dollie Call! Remember, you have until December 10th to submit your application! Check out all the details HERE! Good luck to all who apply. It's great to be a Dollie!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Relax - Scrap Attack Scrapbooking

Supplies:
Cardstock: K & Company
Paper: MemoryStor, GCD Studios
Journaling Card: Prima
Flowers: Prima
Leaves: Prima
Rub-on: Glitz Design
Sticker: Deja Views
Pen: Zig
Miscellaneous: Ribbon

I created this page for the December Scrapbook Play Challenge at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking. Who says there are rules in scrapbooking? Our {SAS}sy Scrapbook Play Challenges will help you “cut loose” and open your eyes to all the rules you follow, consciously or not. Who says that everything on a scrapbook page needs to be straight and perfect? Make a bold statement this month by placing everything on your page at a different angles. I usually spend a lot of time making sure all my elements are straight on my page. It was nice to relax and fun to place pieces at different angles. I took this photo of my daughter at Starbucks. We like to stop there on our way home from the park to relax and recharge.

As a reminder, all scrappers who complete the minimum amount of {SAS}sy Challenges per month are eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to the SAS Store! The {SAS}sy Team would love to see how you interpret this ad and how you are inspired by any of our other monthly challenges, which include scrapbook play, color, sketches, journaling, greeting card and croppy cat challenges. Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Elemental Tuseday with the Design Dollies


"Know Thyself"
Supplies:
Clear Sticker: American Crafts
Rub-On: 7 Gypsies
Brads: Making Memories
Mist: Tattered Angels
Pen: Zig
Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart
Packaging: Prima
Miscellaneous: Beads

The Design Dollies want to see your clean and simple creations featuring beads and brads. I kept my design simple and only used embellishments to create my page. The journaling is from a favorite Chris Cornell song and reads: I train my moods to bloom like flowers unfolding instead of fluttering around. This is so true for me. Link up your projects to the Dollhouse by Monday November 29th at midnight EST to be entered in the draw to win a shopping voucher from our fabulous sponsor Steph at Scrap-A-Doodle-Doo!

Remember, you have until December 10th to submit your application for the Dollie Call! Check out all the details HERE!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Getting Sketchy with The Dollies

Supplies:
Letter Stickers: October Afternoon
Mist: Clearsnap
Miscellaneous: Sample Ballot
Sketch: Kristy Dalman

One of my favorite things about Thursday is the new sketch reveal at the Dollhouse! Kristy has another awesome sketch for this week. I'm counting my blessings this month and am thankful for many things, including my right to vote. You have until Wednesday Nov 24th at midnight EST to create somthing using this sketch. If you'd like to rock the Trifecta you have until Sunday November 21st at midnight EST to submit your project. Don't forget about the Dollie Call! Good luck to all who apply. It's great to be a Dollie!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The XOXO Girls Get {SAS}sy!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Wausau
Paper: Hambly Screen Prints
Letter Stickers: Glitz Design
Bling: Glitz
USA Plaque: K & Company
Tag: Basic Grey
Badge: American Crafts
Cardstock Sticker: K & Company
Mesh: Magic Mesh
Rox: Queen & Co.
Miscellaneous: Ribbon, U.S. Army Patch
Inspiration: Emma Ruth Fronda

Scrap Attack Scrapbooking is the November sponsor for the XOXO Girls! If you are not familiar with the XOXO Girl site and the super talented Lipstick Chicks, they are a scraplift blog with an enormous range of scrapbooking styles to choose from. I think everyone gets scrappers block from time to time and scraplifting is a wonderful way to jump start your creating.

What exactly does scraplift mean?

Basically it means copying others' completed layouts in whole or in part, for your own personal use, by adopting design elements and ideas that you like and incorporating them into your own creations. Of course everyone likes to get credit for their ideas so remember it's proper etiquette to give credit to the person you are scraplifting.

Deadline for entry is November 30th. Please make sure you visit the XOXO Girls blog to upload your submission. This contest is open to residents with a US or Canadian address and the lucky winner of this contest will win this fabulous prize valued at over $40!

I also want to wish everyone a happy Veteran's Day! Thank you to all who have served and the wives, husbands and families who have supported them!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scrap Attack Scrapbooking November Reveal!

I had a blast working with Crate Paper's Restorations Collection this month for Scrap Attack Scrapbooking. If you haven't purchased this paper line, let me just tell you it's totally fabulous in real life! I was surprised to find that one side of the paper has the fabulous Crate texture that we all love, and the other side is smooth. I LOVE this feature and was able to add some dimension to my pages just by using both sides of the paper. If you like to mix and match manufacturers on your pages like me, try adding some of October Afternoon's Thrift Shop. The blues and yellows of this line coordinated perfectly with the Restorations Collection. Or try some of the new Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology Resist Papers. With a little bit of ink or mist, these papers can be transformed to any color! No layout of mine is quite complete without a little Prima thrown in and I was very lucky to have some Anna Roosevelt Fabric Flowers, a Clementine PRINCE 12" Floral Strip and a Say It In Crystals & Lace GRAY Swirls Flourish included in my kit. All of these products were new to me and something that I will be purchasing again! I hope I can inspire you to use this beautiful collection with my November layouts. Please see my {SAS}sy Design Gallery for a full list of supplies used on each layout.





Grandpa's Deer

Supplies:
Paper: American Crafts, Cosmo Cricket, GCD Studios, Scarlet Lime
Letter Stickers: October Afternoon
Ribbon: Prima
Journaling Stickers: October Afternoon
Miscellaneous: Snowflakes

It's getting cold outside! The Design Dollies want to see projects that include something COLD - cold water, a dip in the pool, ice, snowflakes, winter photos, and as an added twist, be sure to include SOMETHING GLITTERY on your project. My girls love taking a road trip to Grandpa's house over the holidays to see the deer. With a steady diet of corn, there are always plenty of deer in the yard! Add your link to the Dollhouse by midnight EST, Monday the 15th of November (or if you're doing the trifecta, link by midnight EST on Sunday the 14th of November) for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to Scrap-A-Doodle-Doo!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Charmer

Supplies:
Paper: Prima
Rub-on: My Mind's Eye
Flowers: Prima, SEI
Leaves: Prima
Butterfly: Prima
Ribbon: Webster's Pages
Journaling Card: Jenni Bowlin
Rox: Queen & Co.
Pen: Zig

I created this page for this month's Ad Challenge at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking. I love the new Annalee Collection by Prima. The blues and greens of this collection are wonderful. I added a fun POP of orange to coordinate with my daughter's shirt. As a reminder, all scrappers who complete the minimum amount of {SAS}sy Challenges per month are eligible to win a $10 gift certificate to the SAS Store! The {SAS}sy Team would love to see how you interpret this ad and how you are inspired by any of our other monthly challenges, which include scrapbook play, color, sketches, journaling, greeting card and croppy cat challenges.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sweet Smile

Supplies:
Paper: Crate Paper, Glitz Design
Flowers: Prima
Chipboard: Crate Paper
Stickers: Basic Grey, Crate Paper
Flower Centers: Prima
Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart
Paint: Kaisercraft

I created this page for the November Scrapbook Play Challenge at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking. Who says there are rules in scrapbooking? Our {SAS}sy Scrapbook Play Challenges will help you “cut loose” and open your eyes to all the rules you follow, consciously or not. Countless objects can be used as stamps. I want you to look around your house for something you can use to make a stamped impression and use it somewhere on your layout. I used a piece of corrugated cardboard and some paint to stamp the vertical lines on my background. The {SAS}sy team would love to see what object you choose to use as a stamp. Happy scrapping!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

{SAS}sy November Sponsor: Glitz Design!


It’s November, the month to be thankful. The team at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking is very thankful and excited to announce that Glitz Design has partnered with us and is sponsoring our November contest! The NEW Scarlett and Hoopla Collections, filled with gorgeous colors and bold fun designs, are available from the {SAS}sy Store.

We know that you will love their products as much as we do and we would love to see what you are creating using Glitz's beautiful lines. Regardless of your scrappy level, everyone is eligible to win as we will be pulling a winner at random. Speaking of winning…Glitz Design is donating a couple fabulous prize packs that will no doubt be totally fabulous! Listed below are the details of the contest:

• Your layout or project must contain at least 75% Glitz Design products.

• Your entry must be new and made specifically for this contest.

• 1 entry is allowed per person and is open to US and Canadian designers.

• Deadline for entry is midnight PST on November 30th, 2010 with a winner being announced within a week.

• To earn a bonus entry into the contest – we challenge you to “Glitz” it up and add a little sparkle or shine to your project.

Please email your submission and contact information to ScrapAttackScrapbooking-at-msn-dot-com with Glitz Design Contest in the subject line. You are also encouraged to share your work with us on our blog, message board or Facebook page but please make sure you first and foremost email your submission.

If you are in need of Glitz Design collections, we have a store stocked with wonderful collections. Please stop by the Glitz Design section of the store to pick some up!

Here is my submission:

Supplies:
Paper: Glitz Design
Letters: American Crafts
Flowers: Prima, Webster's Pages
Rub-ons: Glitz Design
Stickers: Glitz Design
Pen: Zig
Miscellaneous: Doily

Good luck, I can't wait to see all the wonderful layouts/projects submitted! Thank you Glitz Design for being a wonderful partner and sponsor!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hear Me Roar!

Supplies:
Paper: Glitz Designs, Hambly Screen Prints
Alphas: American Crafts
Flowers, Leaves: Prima
Chipboard: Bam Pop!
Paint: Tulip
Pen: Signo Uni-Ball
Photo Credit: Wayne Maki Photography

I created this layout for the Candy Shoppe Designs Animal Print Challenge. Claire can be SO LOUD sometimes! I think she likes to hear herself "roar!" The Lollipop Girls want to hear you roar! Use any animal print (zebra, cheetah, leopard, giraffe, etc.) in your creation, or you can even do something clever like use the baby phat logo. Link up your newly created projects before the end of the month for your chance to win the November prize from our fabulous sponsor Blue Moon Scrapbooking!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Smile...A New Color Challenge with the Dollies

Supplies:
Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Graphic 45, October Afternoon
Ribbon: Offray
Pearl: Prima
Miscellaneous: Lace


This week the Design Dollies want to see what you can create with the colors red, yellow, aqua and black. I'm not quite ready for the colder months so I created a quick card to help remember those wamer summer months that I love so much. Link your newly created projects back to the Dollhouse by Sunday, November 7th for your chance at winning this month's color prize pack!

I'm am very excited to announce that the next Dollie-Call will be up VERY SOON! We're looking for some dedicated crafty folks to hang out with us from January through June 2011, and we're SO excited to see what fabulous applications we'll receive for the upcoming term!

Friday, October 29, 2010

SNR Halloween Spooktacular Part 2

Scrapbook News and Review Magazine has launched their first ever Halloween Spooktacular! This year, we have a lot of tricks and treats up our sleeves! With almost three dozen projects featured, you’ll have no excuses about not getting crafty with your Halloween supplies. We have eye candy galore, some delicious seasonal recipes, lots of spooky tricks and tutorials, and even a few PRIZES!

Join us every day from October 24th to Halloween Day for some tricks, some treats and a whole lot of fun. All projects will also be posted on the forum. Don’t forget to leave some love for the staffers while you’re there. They all deserve a big round of applause for their amazingly awesome Halloween projects!

Here is one of my projects featuring my oldest daughter dressed up for Halloween.

Supplies:
Paper: Glitz Designs, Teresa Collins
Letters: American Crafts
Ribbon: Webster's Pages
Doily: Hallmark
Adhesive Stones: Queen & Company
Badge: American Crafts
Clear Stickers: Adornit

I also wanted to remind you all that the Holiday Sampler Calls deadline is coming up. Get your holiday related projects in by November 1, 2010 to be featured in our Holiday Sampler issue, debuting on November 28, 2010.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Getting Sketchy With The Design Dollies

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper: SEI
Letters: American Crafts
Ribbon: May Arts
Journaling Tag: Maya Road
Pen: Sharpie
Sketch: Kristy Dalman

I created this page for the last Sketch Challenge of the month for the Design Dollies. This week's sketch is totally fabulous! The Dollies want to see how you make this sketch your own. Link up your newly created project by Wednesday Nov 3 to get in to this month's draw! Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

SNR Halloween Spooktacular!

Scrapbook News and Review Magazine has launched their first ever Halloween Spooktacular! This year, we have a lot of tricks and treats up our sleeves! With almost three dozen projects featured, you’ll have no excuses about not getting crafty with your Halloween supplies. We have eye candy galore, some delicious seasonal recipes, lots of spooky tricks and tutorials, and even a few PRIZES!

Join us every day from October 24th to Halloween Day for some tricks, some treats and a whole lot of fun. All projects will also be posted on the forum. Don’t forget to leave some love for the staffers while you’re there. They all deserve a big round of applause for their amazingly awesome Halloween projects!

Here is one of my projects featuring my youngest daughter, casting spells in our backyard.

Paper: Girls' Paperie, Glitz Designs, My Mind's Eye, Pink Paislee
Letters: American Crafts
Canvas Sticker: Little Yellow Bicycle
Chipboard: American Crafts
Ribbon: Offray
Mist: Tattered Angels
Ink: Clearsnap
Miscellaneous: Buttons

I also wanted to remind you all that the Holiday Sampler Calls deadline is coming up. Get your holiday related projects in by November 1, 2010 to be featured in our Holiday Sampler issue, debuting on November 28, 2010.

I'm Still {SAS}sy at Scrap Attack Scrapbooking!

I'm very honored and excited to announce that I was selected to continue designing for Scrap Attack Scrapbooking for another six months! If you are looking for a great community of supportive scrappers, fun monthly challenges and contests, exciting crops and classes or a great place to shop, please stop by and join the community! Here are the layouts I submitted for the design team call:

"Sweet Summertime"
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper: Cherry Arte, Sassafras
Letter Stickers: Sassafras
Doily: Hallmark
Flowers: Prima
Clear Stickers: Adornit
Pearls: Basic Grey, Queen & Company
Ink: Clearsnap
Thread: Iris

"Pretty Young Thing"
Paper: Pink Paislee
Letters: American Crafts
Stickers: Pink Paislee
Flowers: Webster's Pages
Chipboard: American Crafts, GCD Studios
Ink: Clearsnap
Paint: Tulip

"Berry Cute"
Paper: SEI
Letters: American Crafts
Flowers: Prima
Leaves: Prima
Pearls: Prima
Butterfly: Jenny Bowlin
Ink: Clearsnap
Miscellaneous: Brad

A big congratulations to the rest of the {SAS}sy team!

Guest Designers

Monday, October 25, 2010

This Is What 2 Looks Like

Supplies:
Paper: Girls' Paperie, Teresa Collins
Chipboard: Sassafras
Alpha Stickers: Cosmo Cricket
Flowers: Prima
Calendar Notecard: Jenni Bowlin
Ribbon: Tim Holtz
Pearls: Basic Grey
Mist: Clearsnap

I create this layout for the Candy Shoppe Designs Number Challenge, my baby girl Scarlett celebrating her second birthday on July 1st. The Lollipop Girls want you to use a whole lot of numbers in your creation as well as this sketch by the fabulous Snap Crackle Pop! Link up your creations for the chance to win the October candy from our fabulous sponsor Blue Moon Scrapbooking!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

29 Things I LOVE at 29


Supplies:
Chipboard Heart and Negative: Kiki Art
Letters and Numbers: Making Memories
Butterfly Sticker: Glitz Design
Button Flair: American Crafts
Small Heart: Colorbok
Crafty Badge: GCD Studios
Pen: Sakura
Miscellaneous: Stars, Foam Dolphin

I created this page for the Design Dollies heart-filled Elements Challenge. The Kiki Art chipboard heart negative was perfect for this project and I had such a great time filling all of my hearts. I'm thinking this would make a great album cover for a BOM! The Dollies would love to see your heart-filled creations. Play along by next MONDAY, October 25th at midnight EST for your chance to win a $15 gift certificate to spend at our fabulous sponsor's shop, Scrap-A-Doodle-Doo!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October {SAS}sy Reveal!

I was lucky to have the opportunity to design with the October {SAS}sy Kit from Scrap Attack Scrapbooking this month! This kit is totally fabulous and packed with super fun papers and embellishments that work for a variety of occasions. I was able to create 9 layouts in several different themes including fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, wedding, travel and children! This kit has a little something for everyone and includes product from over 10 different manufacturers! There are also several unique items like raffia, burlap and embroidery string that will add extra texture to your projects. If you are lucky enough to purchase one of these kits before they sell out you will not be disappointed! Here is what I was able to create with this month's kit.










As a reminder, these kits are only available while supplies last so once they are sold out they are gone for good. For every $25 in scrapbook supplies you purchase you can earn a FREE {SAS}sy Scrap Pink Raffle Ticket!