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This layout is pulling double duty– The prompt for this week’s Sharing Memories Scrapbooking summer scrap-a-thon is to draw or doodle on your layout.  So I looked at some of the swirly/vine motifs out of the patterned paper and re-created them on the empty areas of my layout.  I sketched them out in pencil first, then filled them in with a metallic gel pen.

I don’t normally just doodle or draw on my layouts, but it is so versatile.  It’s definitely something I’ll keep in mind for the future!  Be sure to upload your take on this week’s challenge to the Scrap-a-thon Flickr pool!

The layout also uses the Sketchy Thursdays October Guest Designer challenge sketch:

The sketch reminded me of an envelope, so I decided to actually make my LO into an envelope of sorts.  Originally I thought I’d use the triangular piece as an actual flap, but it was more practical to just have a pocket along/behind the “seam”.  I slipped my journaling (fairly long– it tells about how I emailed these photos to my parents and in-laws and called them to check their email, since only Husband knew I was going to cut my hair, after a lifetime of having it long) in the pocket, as well as some extra bits, like the postcard I received from Locks of Love acknowledging that they had received my hair.

plain cardstock: Paper Reflections
textured cardstock: the Paper Studio
patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye Simply Delightful paper pad
label holder: Making Memories
pearls: Prima, the Paper Studio
pen: GelWriter
eyelets: Making Memories
ribbon: stash

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This week’s challenge for the Sharing Memories Scrapbooking Summer Scrap-a-Thon (it’s week 8 already, can you believe it?!) is to include products in your favorite color(s) on your layout….

I decided to go with red, since it’s one of my absolute favorite colors to wear :)  I also decided to kick up the challenge a notch and restrict myself to ONLY red (and black and white) besides the photos.

This layout tells the story about when I went to the Illinois State Fair for the first time– It was in 2008, and I went with my best friend, who was judging a 4-H contest.  We had a great time, of course!!  (I also decided after that trip that I would enter a sewing project (or two) into the adult competitions the next year.  (I was pleased with how that worked out ;-) )

The layout follows the sketch for the PageMaps Scrap Attack contest…  and I hand-made my flower embellishments and the title banners.

Even though I said I stuck with just red (and white and black), I couldn’t resist adding a little bit of burlap.  It just seemed *right* for a State Fair layout!  I made a layered circle flower for the bottom right, and you might remember flowers similar to the one on the top left from the recipe albums.  Of course, I used a Sharing Memories journaling spot from the “warm” colorway–it was the perfect way to add my words!

So what’s your favorite color?  Make a layout and load it up with that color– and don’t forget to add it to the Sharing Memories Scrap-a-Thon Flickr pool for your chance to win a prize! :)

The Scrap-a-Thon was a great way for me to jump back into scrapbooking after our move!  Half my craft stuff is still in boxes, so I had to do quite a bit of digging for my supplies (and in the process trashed my little craft room-ha!), but I’m really pleased with the end result.  :)  Now I’m itching to do some more layouts as soon as possible…

patterned paper: the Paper Studio
cardstock: Paper Reflections
journaling spot: Sharing Memories Scrapbooking Artisan Journaling Boxes (warm colorway)
letter stamps: the Paper Studio (“Sophie Alphas”)
border punch: Fiskars
Uni-ball Signo white pen
Bic Mark-it red permanent marker
circle punches
rick-rack (vintage)
red pigment ink
crochet thread
adhesives: foam adhesive, Zig glue pen, Glossy Accents

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Are you ready for week 3?!

This week’s Scrapathon challenge at Sharing Memories Scrapbooking is to scrap your most recent photos!

This was more of a challenge for me than I had expected– recently, I’ve been focusing mostly on scrapbooking older photos.  Not that I don’t take a lot of photos now!!  So I went to my Project 365 album and chose a recent event that I wanted to highlight– buying our first house. I will slip this page into a 12″x12″ page protector and add it to the 365 album later.

The Sharing Memories journaling spot was perfect for what I wanted to say, and I added the top of a SMS perpetual calendar in the corner as part of my date.  I printed the perpetual calendars at half size– I love the versatility of having digital files that I can print exactly the size that I want!

What will you do with your most recent photos?  Be sure to add your layout(s) to the SMS Summer Scrapathon Flickr pool!!  I’m looking forward to seeing what you do :)

Jenni Bowlin Black Bingo Alpha**
Jenni Bowlin Black Banner Stickers**
date stamp: Elle’s Studio**
journaling spot: Sharing Memories Scrapbooking
“May”: Perpetual Artisan Calendars from Sharing Memories Scrapbooking

letter sticker: the Paper Studio
patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket “Sunshine”** and “Bloomers”** from Garden Variety; October Afternoon “Front Porch”** from Fly a Kite; My Mind’s Eye “Life is Good”** from Quite Contrary
solid cardstock: Paper Reflections & others from my stash
border punches: Apron Lace by Fiskars, Doily Lace by Martha Stewart
1″ circle punch: EK Success
brown pen: American Crafts Slick Writer
white pen: Uniball Signo
brown pigment ink
machine stitching
photo corners: Scrapbook Adhesives
foam adhesive

**from Scrapbook Circle’s March 2010 kit

Update:  Thanks, Scrapbook Circle, for “spotlighting” my layout!!

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It’s only Wednesday, so get yourself over to Sharing Memories and check out Week 2’s challenge in the Summer Scrap-a-thon! Michelle has created a great inspiration layout to get your creative juices flowing :)

This week’s prompt is to use a favorite quote, saying or favorite lyrics on your layout…

Can’t wait to see what you do!  Make sure you add your creation to the Flickr pool :)

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It’s the first official day of summer!  Hurray!!  Hope you have some exciting plans ahead of you– even if it’s basking in the warm sunshine for a few hours.

And even better, Sharing Memories is kicking off our Summer Scrap-a-thon–  Check out the challenge and inspiration for week ONE on the SMS blog! Don’t forget to link up your layouts to the SMS Summer Scrap-a-thon Flickr gallery to be entered for prize drawings :)  I can’t wait to see what you do!

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Hey everyone, Sharing Memories Scrapbooking is gearing up for a Summer Scrap-A-Thon starting June 21  (the summer solstice, of course!)!  It’s going to be a great time, and a fantastic way to get 12 new layouts finished-and there are even prizes!!  Click on the badge above or follow this link to see more details about how you can get ready to scrap with us! :)

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Just popping in to let you know that there’s a great giveaway going on over at Sharing Memories Scrapbooking! You could win some Sharing Memories page packs and other scrapbooking supplies– great for stash-building ;-)

click here to go to the giveaway post!

All you need to do to have a chance to win is leave a comment on the Sharing Memories blog post sharing what supplies you have the most of. What do you “collect” – patterned paper? Tools? Stickers? Buttons? You have until Sunday June 6th at midnight (Mountain Time) to leave your comment and the winners will be posted on the Sharing Memories blog next Monday.

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Here’s another layout I made using the Scrapbook Circle March 2010 kit.  The other night, Husband and I were talking about Syracuse, NY.  He’s been there (for about a day total) and I’ve never been there.  I was telling him that even though I’ve never been there, I sort of have an image of what it’s like in my head.  When he asked me to describe it, I realized it was like trying to tell someone about a dream you had, and all I could really say was “it’s kind of yellowish…”.  He had to laugh, because everything is associated with a color in my mind!

I didn’t have any photos for the page, but I wanted to tell the story.  So I printed a map of the Syracuse area from Google Maps onto matte photo paper.

The title work (except for “yellowish”) is all cut with my trusty Silhouette SD.  I love that thing!  I went through a couple trials of paper/fonts and it was so easy to just cut out a new version.

The layout is based on the Sketchy Thursdays 04.29.2010 sketch and I also entered it into a few of the Two Peas in a Bucket NSD 2010 challenges.


From the Scrapbook Circle March 2010 kit:
Textured cardstock: Core’dinations “core essentials”
Patterned papers: Cosmo Cricket “Garden Variety” (Sunday Picnic, Sweet Pea)
Bingo letters: Jenni Bowlin
Cardstock stickers: Cosmo Cricket “Garden Variety”

From my stash:
journaling spot: Sharing Memories Scrapbooking– Artisan Journaling Printables (“cool” colorway)
rhinestones: the Paper Studio
plain cardstock: Paper Reflections
Silhouette SD (fonts Bernard MT and HoneyScript)
heart-shaped brad
foam adhesive
Zig glue pen

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In celebration of Earth Day, Sharing Memories is having a giveaway on the new blog!

Two lucky winners will receive complete set of calendar brackets and artisan bracket journaling spots, as well as the popular circular “stitched” journaling spots!  They come in a digital format so you can use them on your digital pages, or print them out to use them on your paper pages!

calendar brackets!

artisan journaling spots!

artisan journaling spots!

circular journaling spots!

There are three ways to win:

1.  Become a follower of the brand new Sharing Memories blog

2.  Share your favorite “green” scrapbooking tip in a comment on the giveaway post

3.  Spread the word about Sharing Memories (on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and let us know about it on the giveaway post

Head on over to the Sharing Memories blog to enter!!  You have until Saturday at noon (MST) to enter and the winners will be chosen at random and posted later that day.

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In March, I got to play with some pastel paper pretties (how’s that for an alliteration? ;-) ) from Sharing Memories Scrapbooking.  These embossed die cuts just cried out to be used on a spring layout, so I chose some of my favorite flower photos from a walk I took a couple of years ago and made a layout using the newest page plan by my teammate Sarabeth.


I have to say, I am quite smitten with the look of white+kraft+pastels.  I find it to look fresh and clean without looking cloyingly girly.  This layout on Two Peas was a major source of inspiration, and yes, I did shamelessly steal the title for my page.  It just fits so well!

I also couldn’t resist making a couple of baby cards for some little girls who were just born or will be born soon to friends of ours…  These are “half-sized” cards that are just the right size to go with a gift.

Supplies (layout):
butterfly embellishments: Sharing Memories Scrapbooking
white and kraft cardstock:  Paper Reflections
patterned paper: The Paper Studio
brads: The Paper Studio
Silhouette SD with font “Wendy Medium” (welded)
machine stitching
thin-tipped black Sharpie
adhesives: foam adhesive (The Paper Studio), Zig 2-way glue pen, Glossy Accents (Ranger)

Supplies (cards):
embossed buttons: Sharing Memories Scrapbooking
kraft, light green cardstock: Paper Reflections
patterned paper: Paper Studio
border punch: Fiskars “Apron Lace”
corner-rounder: Paper Studio
circle cutter: EK Success
green, yellow gel pens: GelWriter
thin-tipped Sharpie
adhesives: foam adhesive (Paper Studio), Zig 2-way glue

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