Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
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Friday, February 12, 2016

"Quick Visit" layout

Happy Friday. Today's layout share was inspired by the latest challenge over at Kraft Plus challenge blog.

I used a "Postage stamp" stamp set and I embossed it onto the Kraft cardstock background using some gold embossing powder. I thought it gave a subtle design to my background without competing with the foreground design. 

I had a bunch of pictures for this page, and they were quiet big so I had to be very minimal with my embellishments. My title block worked double duty housing my title and a little bit of journaling.

Here are some more close ups...



Thank you for stopping by.

till next time,
Grace

Thursday, February 11, 2016

"Love Them So" layout

Hi guys. My kids are going to have a four day weekend coming up so I'm working hard in getting my finished layouts up on the blog today and tomorrow before I "play" with the kiddos. What's your plan for the long weekend?

This layout share was inspired by two challenges. 

The first one is a sketch from GrandDiva's creative corner....

The second was is from Rochelle Spears' This or That challenge...
And here's my take on the challenges...
Instead of using a Polaroid frame on the left side, I pulled out some tag die cuts from Avery Elle to add to my homemade kit. I busted that out and made a vertical row of tags using some papers from the Cedar Lane collection from Pink Paislee. I inked the edges to make them stand out from the background papers a bit more. 

And for the frame, I had some chipboard frames, also from  Pink Paislee, that I added on this page. I used one to house my journaling and the other for my title.

Because my page was pretty busy with lots o f pattern papers, I matted my photo with dark green paper to make it stand out against all the background.

Here are some more close ups....

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a creative weekend.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Wonderful date" layout

Hello my dear crafty friends. I'm sharing a new layout with you today inspired by two challenges. 

First it was based off of a sketch at My Creative Sketches blog. Here's the inspiration...

And the second was the prompt over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog which is Valentines or Love. 

And here's my page...
I had way more than one photo to remember an anniversary date that I had with hubby two years ago so my photo pretty much took over the center of my page. I did manage to use the layered papers as shown in the sketch. I tried to add hearts to the top and bottom and uses some enamel hearts instead of the larger one on the sketch. 

Since this is an anniversary date, I sprinkled lots of "love" and hearts on this page to emphasize the theme. I also used some pinks and red to help bring out the "love" part of my page.

Here are some more close ups....


Thank you for stopping by and have a great day.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, February 1, 2016

"Hello Family Good Times" layout

I'm still working my way through my January homemade kit. I love how the colors have some "pop" that it works well with neutral background like this one with the grey paper...


This one has a process video. You can view how I created this page from start to finish here...

And here are some more close ups...


Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic day.

Till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"You will forever be my always" layout

Scrap Much? challenge blog.had another great sketch challenge for this month. This one is a single page with three photos. 


On my take for the sketch, I only had two photos and used the third spot to house my 3x4 journaling block. These photos are just me and my hubby goofing around while resting during a family hike. I journaled about the things that I love most about hubby. One of them is of course, that he makes me laugh. He is so silly sometimes that my worries go away because he's that funny. 

I used my homemade kit to create this page. I love how all the colors match and there were plenty of embellishments to play with.



Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Visit to the Air Force Academy" layout

Double page spreads are my favorites lately. They help me get some "activity" or event layouts done and having a sketch like the one from the Scrap Much? challenge blog just makes it every easier and more efficient. 

Since I had more photos and they were larger than that of the sketch, you couldn't really see the pattern papers in the background, but that's ok, I like the simple style of this page. What do you think?



I have some new double page spread process videos on my You Tube channel right now. If you wanna see them, just click on the link on the right side of this blog.

Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

"Sufficient " layout

One little word has been a great way to start off the year. I've been doing OLW for about four years now. If you haven't heard about it, Ali Edwards started it a few years back. The premise is that you pick one word that you would focus on for that year. It doesn't have to be related to any specific goal but you can make the word encompass all of your plans for the year. Last year I used the word LEARN. I wanted to embrace the idea of being the student, specifically with my crafting. I watched a lot of videos and free classes and really enjoyed gaining new knowledge about my favorite craft.

This year's OLW came through with a quote that I read in one of my classes at school. Oddly enough I got it from one of my readings for an Economics class. The quote is... "Whether true or not, the thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it. . .What begins a simple expression of the hurried life, or even the challenged life, grows into the great justification for an unfulfilled life. It becomes the reasons we can’t have what we want or be who we want to be, why we can’t accomplish the goals we set for ourselves, why our dreams can’t come true, and the reason we give up on ourselves or write off other." So with that...my OLW for this year is SUFFICIENT! My supplies are sufficient, my talent is sufficient, I am sufficient.

So to solidify my word, I created the following layout, which was also inspired by the latest challenge over at  Kraft+ challenge blog. The challenge was to use a kraft cardstock as a background and then use some handwriting. I used my handwriting for the journaling as well as the lines around my page and other elements. 






Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, January 25, 2016

"Working Together" layout

Two posts in one day? Yes, I'm in the "zone" lately and I can't wait to share them to you. This one is also from the Stuck sketches blog


I tilted the sketch to it's side to make my vertical photos line up in the sketch properly. I also moved the title underneath the photo line up instead of on the bottom. 

Still using my homemade kit for this month and I love how the arrows and white letters stand out against the woodgrain background.

The pink hearts stand out against all of the more neutral items but I think it works ok with this page since my daughter's shirt in one of the photo is pink.


Thank you for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

"Just Plain Fun" layout

Happy Monday friends. I'm starting off this week with some layouts inspired by some challenges going on this month. If you've been following me, you know that I get most of my mojo from challenges, especially sketches. This one is specifically from the Stuck Sketches blog


I used my homemade scrapbook kit for this month. If you wanna see the items that I placed in this kit, you can watch this video...


Here are some more close ups....


I moved the title to the top, just over the circle so I'll have more room.

Thank you for stopping by.

till next time,
Grace