Friday, February 28, 2014

How-to w/ Moxxie & NAS

 Today I'm going to show you how to stretch a one page sketch into a 2 page layout. 
Here's the sketch I'm working with for the Scrapbook USA Expo contest:

Fantastic sketch designed by Shawn at Nuts About Sketches, I'm all about one page layouts (I just like the simplicity of working with less photos), but when you have more photos and the perfect sketch is only a one page sketch what do you do? There are lots of ways to handle this. You can mirror the sketch for the opposite side, flip it, make up an entirely different page adding similar elements or you can do what I did and stretch elements from one side to the other. Here's my layout:

I love these papers from Moxxie's NEW Easter-rific line! I have use them a bunch already and just can't get enough. They are so fun!
As you can see, I just pulled elements from the original sketch over onto my 2nd page. Here's a closeup for you:

I extended the purple bunny paper, the green stripes and the purple w/ blue polka-dots patterns all the way to the other side of my layout to keep the eye moving across. I also wrote my journaling across the "crack", along with continuing my doodled lines all the way across.

Using the chevron strip here also leads the eye to the next page. As you can see the layout is a little top left heavy with the title and embellishment. So to offset that a bit I did this:

 I let my photo hang below the "line" of the sketch and then added my 2nd biggest cluster of elements around the photo, giving the layout a balanced look. Having similar embellishments on each side also helps. If I had put all of my punched flowers on one side and all of my flower buttons on the other it would look strange.

Here's the layout for you to see one more time (click the photo for a larger view):

These Easter-rific papers are just so bright and fun! I love them!!

Do you have any tips for turning a one page sketch into a 2 page layout? I'd love hear them!

Adding to Paper Issues challenge.

Nuts About sketches - sketch
Moxxie - pps, stickers
making memories - brads
marvy uchida - punch
stampin up - markers
doodle bug - twine
adhesives - tombow, elmers, ek success
stash - buttons, staples, ink

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Great news!

Have you heard the good news??

I am super happy to announce that I am a part of the new Speedy Scrappers design team! I am so excited about this fun new opportunity in my life and I can't wait to get started. I look forward to showing you fun projects made using items from their store.

You can check them out with the links below.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my good news today! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Jumpnastics w/ Moxxie and NAS

 Today is a little bittersweet for me. Because it is my last post with Nuts About Sketches as a dt member. I have had so much fun working with Shawn's sketches! They are hands down my favorite sketches. I find them so easy to work with, but I am super happy to call her my friend and hopeful that I will be back on her team sometime in the future. In the meantime, I know that I will be stalking her blog every Monday to see the newest awesome sketch!

This super fun sketch is the one I get to work with last and here is what I did with it:

I stuck really close to the sketch using these fun papers from Moxxie. I really love the colors and designs of the papers and thought they went great with these photos of my girls goofing off on the trampoline.

I didn't need all of the journaling space the sketch provides so I just added some fun cardstock stickers that go with my theme. Using the striped paper here is such a fun and easy way to do your journaling. I love adding doodling and stickles to spruce up my layouts.

For my title, Moxxie has this cute gymnastics sticker, but since my girls aren't in a gym I used some mini alphas to change it up. I absolutely love the little star stickers, too! This sketch helped me put it altogether in such a fun way. Don't forget to check out what the rest of the dt has for you today, here.

While this is my last post as an official NAS dt member, I'm sure I'll be posting more in the future using Shawn's sketches, after all, I am addicted. lol
Thanks for stopping by! :)Ange

Adding Paper Issues challenge

Nuts About Sketches - 306
Moxxie - pp, stickers
paper studio - black cs
stampin up - marker
zig - black pen
ranger - stickles
mini alphas - october afternoon & making memories
adhesives - tombow, zig, ek success
stash - black ink

Monday, February 17, 2014

Together w/ NAS

 So today I have a NAS reveal for you! Here's the sketch:

These large photo sketches are great for getting those team photos scrapped, but I decided to go a different route this time:

My daughter took these photos of my husband and I shoveling snow together last winter and I just remember thinking, "Yep, couples shovel ALL kinds of things together" and my title was born. lol
So I cut my title on my Silhouette and then used a Scraptastic club kit. Here's some closeups:

Some of the wood pieces came from the Feb kit and some from the Jan kit. I think they work great together on this page. I layered the snowflake and hearts on top of the love you frame.

The wooden heart on the cocoa mug was colored with a red maker and attached with a glue dot.

I had a lot of fun with my title area. I did a lot of inking in blue and red, layered and pop dotted my actual title, added the wooden pieces and then finished up with the extra red heart on my title. It was just a scrap laying on my table from another project and it just set off my whole title. Perfect!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the rest of the NAS team layouts on the blog

NAS - sketch #305
Scraptastic kit Jan & wood from Feb
SEI - ink
stampin up - marker
BG - scrap heart
adhesives - tombow, elmers, ek success

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Down on the Farm w/ Moxxie

  Today I have a layout using up on the Moxxie blog using this awesome line:

I just love the rich colors and fun look of Down on the Farm! You really feel like you're on the farm when you look at these papers. 

Not too long ago we had the opportunity to take our kids to Baby Animal Days at a ranch nearby. I tell you there is nothing cuter than watching your little people hold and pet these little babies. It's just so fun to watch their tender sides come out.

My son just really loved the softness of this baby bunny. I love that you can see how delighted he is in this photo and then how gently he pets it in the other photo.
For all of the details and closeup photos please go check out my post at Moxxie.

Entering in Paper Issues challenge

Moxxie - pp, cs stickers
paper studio - kraft cs
october afternoon - enamel dots/hearts
ranger - dylusions mist and paint
stampin up - marker
adhesive - tombow
stash - twine

Friday, February 14, 2014

Lost w/ Basic Grey

Hello! Have you heard of the Original Scrapbook USA Expo, in Sandy Utah? Are you getting excited to go? I sure am! I can't wait to go play, hang with some good friends and shop some great deals!!
I received the new Highline collection from Basic Grey, one of the vendors attending the show!!  I fell in LOVE when I saw this line, its so pretty! I'm not a big fan of pink, but all the orange and color change in this line is so awesome! (It makes the pink ok lol)
As I was thumbing through my pictures, I saw these pics of my daughter at a dance competition and thought, dark backgrounds with light pink outfits, perfect!

I know these photos aren't the best. The lighting on the stage was really bad, harsh in some spots and way too dark in others, but I managed to get some photos that were not blurry and I love how you can see my daughter's pretty form. (She's front and center) Of course I had to use the photos and I found a sketch that had super tiny photos on it over at My Scraps & More, so I went for it.

The main draw for me was the design across the bottom. I loved the arrows leading the eye across the page and photos, so I used the fun Love This arrow sticker and then cut some chevrons out of some cute pink pattern paper to draw the eye. That hexagon sticker was just too perfect and it is a great way to focus the eye on my title. For the title I layered the black and pink alphas. Did you see all the alphas you get with this line?! Awesome!!

The banner here was hanging at the festival and I took a picture of it to use on my page. I used one of the border stickers across the top, but since it is a true 12x12 I had to cut it to make it longer to fit end to end at this angle. I just hid the cut behind this fun pink heart. I tried to stick with the light pink embellishments because it looks so awesome against the darker background of the page.

  I really love this line from Basic Grey and can't wait to dive in again!!
Thanks, Ange

Entering in Paper Issues challenge

Basic Grey - pps, stickers, alphas
ranger - red, orange dylusions, brown ink
october afternoon - enamel dots/hearts
zig - black pen
adhesives - tombow, ek success
stash - pearl bling

Monday, February 10, 2014

Be Awesome w/ NAS and MME

 I just got these fun chalk products from MME this weekend and I couldn't help myself, I had to break into them! Plus I knew they would look awesome with this colorful photo of my daughter from last softball season and this awesome NAS sketch by Shawn. First my layout:

Sweet right?! This photo turned out so cool!!
We had an awesome sunset happening behind her, but I did ramp up the color a bit in the photo. I love the way her hair looks like its on fire.
Here's the sketch I used:

You can easily see the sketch in my layout, but you can also see that I substituted some embellishment for the 3" photo and journaling spots, washi tape for the stitching (LOVE my washi!) and let the background pp be my title. 
Here are a few closeups:

I just let this bg pp be my title. I oriented my photo so that you can see the entire word Awesome and then add a few enamel dots to lead the eye through it. It's subtle, but with all the wording on the layout, I just didn't see the need for a big, bold title. I substituted this embellishment and enamel dots/stars for the 3" photo.

Here you can see that I cut along the inside edge of the corner flourish so that I could slide my photo underneath just a bit. I really love that look.

I wanted to stick with mainly having the black and white layout and the photo being the color on the page, but I did just a little bit of sanding around the edge of my photo mat and then inked it with a bright orange. I really like the bit of color it added. 

In place of the journaling circle I put this Project Life styled journaling card. It was a rectangular shape to fit nicely in one of those pockets. I just used an oval cutter to give it a good shape and added it with foam adhesive to lift it off the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! You can find more examples of this fun sketch here on Shawn's blog; Nuts About Sketches.
Don't forget to become a follower of my blog!

Adding to Paper Issues challenge

NAS sketch #304
MME - pp, washi tape, pl card, brads w/ attached care embellishments
OA - enamel stars/dots
Zig - chalk marker
SEI - ink
paper studio - black cs
adhesive - ek success & tombow

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Friends w/ Moxxie

Today I'm using the new A Night to Remember line from Moxxie.

It's perfect for those Prom/dance memories and has such an awesome feel to it with the disco balls and bright colors on a black background. 
  My oldest is 15 and (luckily) not dating yet, so I didn't have any recent pictures that fit the "theme". I did, however, have an adorable friends photo of my younger daughter with 3 of her buddies.

I honestly feel like this line was made for this photo! (even tho it wasn't lol)
I used this fun sketch from My Scraps & More made by my friend Wendi.
Thanks for stopping by! :)Ange

Adding to Paper Issues challenge

Moxxie - pps, stickers
MS&M - sketch by Wendi Robinson
imaginisce - bling
freckled fawn - washi
stampin up - marker
ek success - date stamp
colorbox - ink
ranger - dylusions mists
tattered angels - glimmer mist
paper studio - white cs
stash - bling
adhesives - tombow, ek success

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Challenges are fun!

I found a new challenge blog that looks like a lot of fun!
Do you do challenges? I like them because they make you think outside the box and get you creating something you might not have come up with on your own. I always love to look at my layouts that I do using a challenge and compare them to the ones I do w/o challenges. Often I find new techniques (or remember old ones) I like and start including them on a regular basis.

The challenge site is called 1 2 3 Get Scrappy.
They have a fun tic tac toe challenge every month where you can enter layouts or mini albums and wonderful design team projects to inspire you! They have past challenges up you can check out and do for fun, but their next challenge should be up on the 10th.

I'm excited to see this month's challenge. Come check it out with me. 123 Get Scrappy
And they're having  a dtcall!


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