Monday, October 20, 2014

OH MY MY - How Time Does FLY!!

WOW - I can't believe it has been 4 months since my last post!!  YIKES!!

Fortunately, I have been blessed to have been busy with (mostly) good things!

  • JULY - My beautiful niece's wedding! (WONDERFUL!)
  • AUGUST -My husband injuring his knee and requiring physical therapy (Not so good)
  • SEPTEMBER - Being BLESSED to be able to take our much planned for Disney Magic TransAtlantic Cruise! (FANTASTIC!)
  •  OCTOBER - My husband had to have knee surgery and is now recovering and going to PT, (more not so good,) and we celebrated our 32nd Wedding Anniversary!! (WOO HOO!)
Well,  I really needed to get some scrap/creative time in - and I was able to squeak in 2 layouts for the Design Team over at Scrapbook Challenges Blog for the month of October!!

I am sharing the photos and links to the SKETCHES on the  BLOG below, so that you can play along too!  We'd love to see what you create!

Here is SKETCH # 415

Here is my take on it ~  Tequila Tasting!

There were lots of "Sea Days" on our 14 night cruise across the Atlantic, ( 9 to be exact!) and quite a few of them were filled up with different "Tastings" as well as relaxing in the sun, on beautiful smooth seas!   

Here is SKETCH #  416

and here we are "Gettin' Goofy with Goofy!" while sailing somewhere in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, on our way through the straights of Gibraltar!

One of the "FUN" parts of the trip were the photo ops with the characters - and Goofy is one of my favorites! I Love his Spanish Flamenco Dancer outfit!  We had just left Malaga Spain, and were on our way to Tenerife, in the Canary Islands!

I hope you enjoy these layouts - you have until October 31st to submit your layout for any of this month's challenges - just CLICK HERE for the InLinkZ Link to post your entry!

Come on - Get Sketchy with it and play along!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Behind the Layout

Behind the Layout - is a feature on Scrapbook Challenges Blog that gives you an insight into the Design Team Member's thought process, as they begin the process of creating a layout, using a sketch.

I'd like to share a little "behind the scenes" info with you, on how I put together my layout for SKETCH # 396.   First off - the sketch is a 2 pager.  Now, I've pretty much been a 2 page scrapper for most of the years I've been scrapping, but I'd say, over the last 2 years or so - I've really come to LOVE 1 page layouts.
Here is the sketch:

I decided to only focus on the LEFT page of the sketch ( yes, you can do that - and you can create 2 pages on 1 page sketches too - so don't ever let that stop you from playing along! )  I picked the left page, because I have quite a few 8x10 photos that I have sitting around from our past Disney Cruises, and I thought this would be a great way to get one on a page, and in a book!  ( PS -still not in a book! - yet!!)

SO - starting with the large photo - I decided to use Bazzill Red and Navy Cardstock to double mat it - and pop out the colors on MICKEY's jacket.  I then chose BoBunny Double Dot Designs - 12" Licorice Flourish - as the Base for the layout, and then added a piece of BoBunny Somewhere in Time ( the gold piece) along the bottom.

The pre-printed frames on the photos from Disney make scrapping them a little difficult, as they hold information and elements that I don't always want to cover up - for example, the dates of our cruise, the ship we sailed on, that it was a cruise to Hawaii, and it was Pirates of the Caribbean night.  I decided to cut a circle out of the black base paper ( before gluing down the double matted photo) and use that as the circle element in the sketch.

Next came the embellishing - my favorite part!  I love digging through my "scrap stash" to see what I can come up with, that will help to highlight what is going on in the photo, and add dimension, texture and interest to the layout.

I chose to use a piece of burlap behind the black circle and tuck a few color coordinating feathers in behind it, to create different textures.  

Other materials used:
K and Co Classic Gold embellie ??
Heidi Swapp Black and White Buzz Words
Thickers - Sunrise Gold Letters
Paper Wizard Pirate Mine Skull and Swords
Red and White polka dot Washi Tape
Jillibean Soup - Wood Sprinkles
Scrap-a-Doodle Doo Mickey Gem Head embellie
Distress Stains - Tarnished Brass and Vintage Photo

I always like to put a "Hidden Mickey" somewhere on my Disney Layouts - can you find it?

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, June 16, 2014

SBC -Sketch # 398 - "MY DOG"

Hello my Scrappy Peeps!

Here is Scrapbook Challenges Blog's Sketch #398 Cool one huh??!! :-)  I couldn't wait to use it!

 As you may know - SBC Blog also adds more fun for your inspiration - by added "OPTIONAL" challenges too!  I chose to ALSO incorporate the "FULL HOUSE" Challenge into my layout!

I decided to use 2 pictures from Instagram - of 2 of my favorite subjects - my youngest son Jake, and our new puppy Valentino!  I also have been on a Black, White and Teal, "binge"  - as I think the colors go so well together!  Here is my layout - what do you think??

I had so much FUN using up paper scraps and embellishments from my "stash!"  I am so happy with how this layout came out - it makes me SMILE! -

(Behind the Scenes Note:  I really found the thought of drawing those lines around the layout a "challenge" BUT let me tell you - once I got started - I had to stop my self and say - "That's enough!"  I REALLY like how they add to the layout and bring it all together - This is definitely a "RE-DO" for me on a future layout!)

For the FULL HOUSE Challenge  - 
I used (2) Different ALPHA's  - the black and white "My," and the chipboard "DOG"

I used - (2) Colors of Paint -(1) "Trunk Bay" Glimmer Mist - on the white back ground/base cardstock, and also on top of the "DOG" chipboard - after I painted it with Ranger's "Pool" Paint Dabber, and (2)  Black -which was drops and splatters of of India Ink - FUN!

Here is a close up of the Chipboard "DOG" - I also outlined it with a Black Sharpie marker.

I used (2) Wooden Elements from QUEEN & Co. - that I purchased - along with all the rest of the items for this Layout, at my FAVORITE Local and On-Line Scrapbook Store - Scrap-a-Doodle Doo!  You can see them in the close up photo below  - along with some of the (5) BUTTONS - from my stash, and my sweet Tino's face!)

(5) pieces of Washi Tape was the last item in the FULL House Challenge - I had fun using it to cover up some items in the photo that took away from the color scheme of the layout -

That's my take on #398 - I hope it inspires you to get Scrappy With It!   Check out all the other DT Member's Layouts over on the SCRAPBOOK CHALLENGES BLOG - We hope you will play along with us!
~ Sherri

Monday, June 2, 2014

My SBC DT Inspiration Sketch # 396

Hello my Bloggy friends!   I hope this post finds you all very well, and enjoying this lovely warmer summer weather!

I am excited to share my FIRST Scrapbook Challenges Design Team Inspiration Layout with you!!

This is the SKETCH for Challenge # 396 -

You can find out all the information on how to play along/enter, over on the SBC BLOG.  CLICK on SKETCH #396 to be take over to the Scrapbook Challenges Blog, to see all of the DT's BEAUTIFUL Submissions for your INSPIRATION - we really hope you will play along!

As you can see - this month's sketch was actually a 2 pager - and I opted to just focus on the Left Side - that's the FUN thing about SBC Sketches and Challenges - there are SO MANY WAYS to CREATE and make them your own too!!

Here is my take on SKETCH #396  

I decided that the LEFT side of this 2 page sketch "spoke" to me more than the right side and created a 1 page layout for my DT Inspiration.  ( Yes, you are "allowed" to create/enter a 1 page from a 2 page sketch - or a 2 page layout from a 1 page sketch, for that matter - when playing along!)

The large 8x10 photo size is what drew me to the left side - as I have lots of photos from our Disney Cruises left to scrap ( I will NEVER be caught up!)   The photo I used was from Pirate Night, on our 14 night, October 2012 30th Anniversary Cruise on The Disney Wonder to Hawaii!!  ( more details / info to follow on this sketch later this month - watch for it! )

Please visit the SBC Blog - you can also create an account on their Gallery Tab - and share all of your Scrappy Creations with us too!


Friday, May 16, 2014


Hello Scrappy Friends!

I have some EXCITING NEWS to share!

I have been selected to be on the 2014 Spring/Summer Design Team for the Scrapbook Challenges BLOG !!!

I will continue to be on the Design Team for my LSS ~  Scrap-a-Doodle Doo, and will continue to teach classes and participate there - but I am also looking forward to being part of the talented Design Team at Scrapbook Challenges, and being part of their SBC Sketch Crew!!!

Scrapbook Challenges is a BLOG where each Monday we post a sketch and two challenges. You then have a couple different options; you can complete three layouts, one for the sketch and one for each challenge…
OR at SBC we allow double and triple dipping. Meaning you can do any combination of sketches and challenges in one layout BUT still earn a prize entry for each.

Plus the monthly winner gets to be a Guest on the DT Sketch Crew too!

I am looking forward to this opportunity, and to working with some very talented ladies! I'm excited to see what we will all have to share, and even more excited to see what CREATIVITY we INSPIRE in YOU!

You don't have to wait to start playing along - check out the current open sketches on the SBC Blog! 
Or over on the SBC FACEBOOK PAGE too!

You can also join the SBC GALLERY where you can create an account, upload your layout and project photos, share them, and gain inspiration from others too!

I hope to see you over at the SBC Blog !

I am so  H A P P Y to have been selected to be part of the SBC Sketch Crew and can't wait to share lots of scrappy fun with you!

Spread the word - Invite your friends! :-)

((Hugs)) ~ Sherri