Wednesday, April 30, 2008

This one is for Uncle Steve

I started this layout before receiving the SO May kit, and Uncle Steve was still on leave with no specified return date. I guess it was my way of missing Uncle Steve. But then the May kit arrived and this was thrown aside, but I finally finished it and it is really not blog-worthy, but here it is Steve! You and you-know-who "fighting over" popcorn!!!!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Farewell to TJ

I am still working on layouts for Scrapbook Obsessions May newsletter, but I made this card for a co-worker who is leaving my team. This is actually an idea I had with Graphics 45 paper but I did not execute it: prop out a person and make the title "outstanding." DH totally did not get the title, and I might have failed in my design or maybe it's him. We'll see what my teammates say when they see it. Probably the usual: nothing. LOL. I also thought about adding an arrow to the right hand corner, showing TJ the exit, but better be safe! Interestingly enough, this is a heavily stamped card which I rarely do. The strip of black and red dots really should have been smaller, the rule of thirds is not accurately observed and it looks funny to me, but whatever, I still like the card!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Here's an oldie

I did this layout quite a long time ago for a challenge at Scrapbook Obsessions. Parts of the layout is a bit stark in my opinion, but I feel that little can go wrong with this beautiful Jenni Bowlin paper! The honest truth is that I threw everything together onto the page to meet the requirements, but it turned out well enough for me.

Since I'm busy working on stuff for the newsletter and have nothing else extra to share, I thought I would post this older but a well-loved-by-me layout.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Telling the story

I have decided that there is no such thing as too many new born pictures. Alas, recovery from giving birth was too much and even though the second time around I said I would take more pictures, and indeed took more pictures, I still don't think it was close to enough! Those first few days and weeks are so ephemeral! I look at her little tiny legs, I wish I had more pictures but I don't.

Well, thanks to Nainai's colorful shirt, this layout found a color scheme and worked out well. It was one of those that when I started, it was nothing but yuck. Thankfully, it finished with yum.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Number Challenge

This week, Nicole at Studio Calico posted a challenge to use numbers in the letter packages we get. I have never thought it a challenging thing to use numbers, because I am never anxious to use up supplies. Since I hold onto the last letter in an alphabet set as if my life depended on it, having unused numbers do not really bother me.

But this challenge was absolutely intriguing from the word "go", probably because I took it to mean to use up as many numbers as possible from a set. Naturally, my mathematical background came up with several ideas such as "spelling" out pi = 3.1415926... but I settled on this. I used almost exclusively remnants from last year's October Calico kit, it feels wonderful to use scraps, but of course, for those of you who know me, that really just simply translated into "now I have more and smaller scraps." Ugh, personality flaw!!!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

I did the picture justice

It's one of those pictures that tugs at my hearstring every time I look at it. She could not be sweeter in the Bjorn with her little hand holding onto Daddy's shirt. I am not a sentimental touchy feely person, but this picture melts my heart. I like how this page turned out, gold star awarded to myself. LOL!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

April Sketch

I really love sketches! Maybe it's because when I first started to branch out of Creative Memories, I happened upon Becky Higgins and her sketch articles in CK continues to influence me. I don't consider myself a sketch artist by any means, but I do sketch out most of my layouts before I begin. I also love all sites sketch related and find lots of inspiration in sketches as well as people's take on them.

For April's SO newsletter, I created this sketch. Before I "finalized this sketch, I had actually done two layouts just to make sure that it looks okay. So I ended up with three LOs using the basic sketch. I love this technique. It saves a lot of time because planning is reduced! And all these layouts go into completely different albums, even I wouldn't know that they came from the same sketch!!

I hope I can use Microsoft word again for next month's newsletter sketch. I did okay with this months, but let's hope I can do another one well for May.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Scrapbook Obsessions April 2008 Newsletter

The april newsletter has been posted! It's loaded full of inspiration! I really am honored beyond description to be among the talented women who are Lynnise, Pam, and Colette. And of course, where would we be without the rawking kits J.R. and Chantele put together every month?

Here is a mini I created with this month's kit. The theme is Sisters.

Here are two of the many cards I made using this kit:

This layout I did for the Sping break challenge to use this kit. I really like and use the grid a lot, especially easy to do when the challenge involves using x number of PP. My brain immediately goes to some kind of a grid to fulfill that requirement.

That almost sums up all the layouts I did for the newsletter using the gorgeous April kit! It is definitely going to be one of my favorite kits! It will be right up there with the February 2006 kit! Thankfully I ordered double paper helping, so I will have lots to play with yet for the years to come. LOL!

I will post the sketch I did for April and the layout I created using my sketch. And I will also post several other layouts using the very same sketch!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Pencilines Sketch 78

I find so much inspiration and extremely useable sketches on Penciline. I created this layout using sketch 78. Some brand new goodies used here! I got Basic Grey's Sugared line! It's been a while since I bought Basic Grey in a pack, but that 30% off coupon from Archivers was burning a hole in my pocket. I thought I was going to buy the Cupcake line, but Sugared spoke to me more. Let's face it though, there is no Basic Grey paper that I do not like or cannot use. Quantity control is what holds me back from buying everything BG has to offer!