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Sitting Pretty

All Gold Everything


In making this page I played a game called “How Much Gold Can I Fit On A Page?” It’s hard to tell in this photo but there’s loads of metallic gold accents that make this page positively blinding. I started with basic white card stock and used pink ad mint geometric paper from the Paper Studio’s Mint To Be Fab stack along with metallic gold washi tape. Corresponding mint and pink card stock and gold polka dot paper made for fun layered photo mats.


I used all the gold embellishments I could find like seashell washi tape by Little B and glittery tags by Pink Paislee. I used gold heart stickers by Stick-a-bilities to add more interest to small vellum tags and I just happened to have a golden metal owl who makes a very cute addition to this page.

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This month’s layout comes from Let’s Get Sketchy’s December challenge. I rotated the sketch 90 degrees and elaborated on the heart motif.


This page was done for The Studio Challenges’ December Challenge which was, of course, to use gold! I enjoyed digging all the gold odds and ends out of my stash, some of which never seemed right for a page until now.

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Once Upon A Beach

Earthy Tones And Fairy Tale Trinkets


It may be winter now in Southern California but I have plenty of summer photos that still need to be archived. This page features some photos taken by my fabulous photographer husband Stan Moniz on one of our many trips to Laguna Beach.


There weren’t a lot of different papers used since this page is more about the embellishments. I used basic beige card stock and a floral patterned paper from the Paper Studio’s Affinity stack. The photos are matted on brown plaid paper from Recollections’ Regent Street stack, as well as some royal blue card stock that gives a pop of color and breaks up all the earth tones.


The fairy tale theme comes from Scrap the Girls’ November challenge and is the reason I chose these particular photos since they are dreamy and princess-like. The theme also inspired the storybook title which was made with Jim Holtz Idea-ology Alpha Tiles. Metal crown charms and tiny keys by Bead Treasures add to the fairy tale feel.


The color palette was inspired by Creative Embellishments’ November challenge. I love how this fall theme is so different from the usual colors associated with princesses.

This page was super fun to create! It’s a beach page without any of the normal beach embellishments, fairy tale inspired but using more masculine colors and prints, and really matches the warm sunset tones in the photos!

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Hey Love

Pink Posies And Glittering Gold


Hi again friends! I wanted to share a double page spread I made as a wedding gift for a friend of mine. I saved her wedding invitation and printed some of her engagement photos off her wedding website to create this personalized layout. Framed scrapbook pages are my favorite gift to give a wedding couple because of their personal and handcrafted nature.


I started this page with some white card stock and a sheet of pink and gold paper from the Paper Studio’s Mint To be Fab stack. I framed the photos with miscellaneous pink scraps and gold polka dot paper from the paper Studio’s Shoppe on the Square stack. I used my 2 inch Uchiha punch and assorted papers from DCVW Black and White Patterns stack to make a few tags. I found the perfect die cut title in Vicki Boutin’s Ephemera pack. Lots of silk flowers and brads complete the look.

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My page’s color palette was inspired by Color Story Inspiration’s November challenge.

Evidence Used:

  • Flowers

  • Metal

  • Something Shiny

  • Glitter

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This double page layout comes from Stick It Down’s November challenge. Instead of leaves, I filled the negative space with flowers and tags and die cuts from My Story collection by My Mind’s Eye.

That’s all for now scrappers. I hope next time you find yourself having to purchase a wedding gift, you’ll consider hand making something bespoke and personal to the happy couple. I guarantee it will warm their heart more than a lasagna dish or a gravy boat. :)

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Be Fierce, Be Wonderful

Pink And Purple and T-Rex


Welcome back to my blog everyone. Today’s sketch uses more photos taken in Borrego Springs. The last post featured an amazing dragon stature, and today I bring you dinosaurs!


This very girly page was made with a basic purple piece of card stock. All other paper was found in my stash of paper scraps. It totally pays to hang onto all your scraps from previous pages! You never know what will come in handy and it will save you a ton of money in the long run when one piece of paper can be stretched over multiple pages. I have a drawer for solids and a drawer for patterns. If you have the space, you could sort them by color too to make what you’re looking for even easier.

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This page was done for Scrap the Girls October Challenge. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, their challenge prompts bravery, strength, and the color pink. I chose these photos because I like how the scary teeth and claws of the dinosaur are juxtaposed with feminine colors, butterflies and flowers. If a t-rex isn’t fierce, I don’t know what is!

Scrap Our Stash has been doing lots of blend-a-sketches lately which a really like. They really allow lots of creativity when giving two sketches to pull inspiration from. The diagonal patterned paper I used was for the smaller tag. The original print had circular patterned polka dots arranged diagonally, but the design doesn’t really translate in such a small piece.


That’s it for today. Thanks for visiting my page. See you next time!

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Paint Drips And Dragons


Hi scrappers. This week’s page is simpler than most and lacks the usual embellishments that I tend to plaster my layouts with. That’s ok though because that means the focus of the page is really the photos. These were taken in Borrego Springs where the desert landscape is littered with these incredible metal statues that make for some really awesome pictures. Apparently there are over 100 statues in the area but I’ve only been to a few.

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I started with a sheet of dark teal paper from DCWV’s All Chalked Up Stack. This paper has such a unique texture and actually feels like a chalkboard or something painted in chalkboard paint. I placed it on a mat of red floral print from Paper Studio’s Affinity stack. I used die cut alphabet stickers by Studio 112 which happened to be a very similar color to my background paper.

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This layout was done for Scrap the Girls September challenge with the theme of “grunge princess.” I used watered down acrylic paint to create all the pain drips and splatters and brushed over various paper scraps. I felt the photos I used fit with the grunge theme.


I used this color palette from Design Seeds to create this page’s color story. I liked the muted colors and felt it fit in with the grunge theme.

That’s all for this round scrappers! Thanks for stopping by!

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Duo-Chrome: Teal And White


Hi scrappers! Today I bring you another page featuring my fluffy kitty Europa. She often sleeps with her paw over her eyes and this photo was snapped as she was peeking at me.


Basic white card stock is the background for this layout. I made it more interesting by spattering two shades of teal acrylic paint at the corners. I layered various teal paper scraps and raided my embellishment stash for items in teal and white. 


This page's teal and white theme was done for the White With 1 September challenge. The color theme woks really well with the blue in my photograph. There was a lot of variance in my teal items, some more blue, some more green, but I like the variety it brings to the page.

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The layout comes from Let's Get Sketchy's September challenge. I actually stayed pretty true to the original sketch and added embellishments as needed.


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Every Adventure Is Worthwhile

Kraft, Terracotta And Blues


Greetings scrappers! I bring you a page that I had intended to be mostly kraft colored, but as usual, the page ended up different than how I had imagined it.

These photos were taken on a trip up the 395 highway. We stopped on the side of the road to stretch our legs ad photograph some cows. While there, my husband snapped these photos as well. Can you name the movie my T-shirt is from?


My base paper is from DCWV's embossed kraft stack. I had intended for more of it to show through but got carried away. A strip of blue wood grain paper from Paper Studio's Entirely Textures stack contrasted nicely with my photos while picking up the blue tones in my shirt. Assorted scraps in blue, teal and terracotta add visual interest. With so many colors and patterns, I only used a few embellishments, like a kraft chipboard tag decorated with Studio K Words and Phrases stickers, and a terracotta tag from Bo Bunny's Mama-Razzi sticker sheet.

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This page was done for the Kraft Plus August challenge which was inspired by terracotta tones. I found a color palette on Design Seeds that I really liked and works well with the kraft.

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Scrap Our Stash was hosting another Blend A Sketch challenge for the month of August. I used the layout with three photos but turned it on its side to work with my vertical pictures. I loved the diagonal stripes in the first layout but wanted the kraft background to show so I only striped a third of the page. I included one little arrow can you spot it?


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Find Beauty In The Ordinary

Glitter and Gold and Handmade Trees


This week I bring you something a little different than my usual stye of plentiful embellishments and carefully constructed color palettes. The photos themselves are a little different too. My husband wanted to take some photos where he could experiment with using back light. We went out to some hills behind our house at sunset and he shot these photos. I like how the light catches my transparent kimono while my face is in silhouette. 


I used scrapbook paper by Recollections in Blue Ombre Canvas and used a colorful piece of paper by Fern Martin as a mat. The photos were matted on variegated orange paper from Paper Studio's BeaHUEtiful stack and then edged with Lumiere acrylic paint in Sunset Gold.  To create the tree branches, I hand drew and cut them from a piece of wood grain paper from Paper Studios' Dendrology stack. I used 2 sizes of leaf craft punches from Recollections and raided my stash of paper scraps to create the leaves. The titles is a sticker from Stickabilities Inspirational Quotes.


This page was done for Creative Embellishment's August challenge. I absolutely love this oil painting by Leonid Afremov. I was really drawn to all the colors and used them as a basis for the color palette of my own page. I used blue as the primary color just like in the painting and layered other colors on top of it. I maintained the tree motif and incorporated the colorful leaves into my own page as well.


That's all for now scrappers! I hope you enjoyed the page!

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Love, Proud, Shine

Pink And Girly!


Hi scrappers. I bring you a page that seems better suited for Valentine's Day than for summer. This photo was taken outside B Sweet Bakery in West LA, an eatery known for their Ube (purple yam) flavored baked goods. If you're every in the neighborhood, I recommend checking them out! 


Most of my pages start with a color scheme and a sketch. Apart from that, I don't really have  plan. I didn't expect this page to turn out The butterfly and rose embellishments by My Mind's Eye made this page extra girly. The pink wood grain paper from My Mind's Eye's Bramble Rose stack  made for even more pink. The white floral paper is from Colorbok's Tracy Porter paper collection and is something that's been in my stash for probably over a decade.  forgot I had it!

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This color scheme was inspired by Color, Story, Inspiration's July challenge. While their inspo photos were quite summery, that didn't seem to translate to my page.

Evidence Used:

  • Floral Pattern
  • Flowers/Leaves
  • Woodgrain

Testimony Used:

  • Put your journaling on a circular journaling spot
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This layout was done for the Let's Get Sketchy July 15th sketch. I used more ribbons and stripes than the single one in the sketch and took a cue from dedign team member Astrid's page with the torn paper details.


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Love & Aloha

A Color Story In Red, Yellow And Green


Hi scrappers! I bring you another project, this one with bold blocks of color and a summery feel. These photos were taken on Hawaii's North Shore at sunset. The pineapple patterned paper from Authentique's Utopia stack is a perfect nod to the photo's location. I used a Marvy Uchida punch to cut out hearts.


I love the red paper from American Craft's Wildflower stack that I chose as a background. The text describing adventure and beauty seemed like a good fit for my outdoorsy photos. I used a subtle green print from Paper Studio's Entirely Textures stack so it wouldn't compete with the red paper. Solid and patterned yellow scraps separate and offset the red and green.


This page was done for the challenge at Color My Heart. Their rules state I can only use the three colors provided plus black and white if desired. I really had to raid my stash looking for embellishments that fit the criteria. All of my Hawaiian themed items all had other colors besides the three needed. As a result, odd items like keys and buttons made the cut instead. As an added bonus, I noticed the colors for this challenge match the colors in my husband's shirt!


Scrap Our Stash was hosting another Blend-A-Sketch challenge. These are so fun and give lots of leeway for creating a fun and unique sketch. I wanted to keep the heart motif from the sketch on the right and wanted to reposition the photos to show as much of the wording on the red paper as possible. I really like the result!


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Dream As If You'll Live Forever

Breezy Beachy Bits And Bobs


Hi scrappers! I bring your anther summer-inspired page. This one includes some found objects from the beach like sea glass and tiny shells. The photos were taken by my husband in Laguna Beach a few months back and I had just gotten this romper with a train/cape thing. I felt so fancy wearing it!   


I started with a white and mustard geometric print paper from Heidi Swapp and mounted it on black cardstock. I used book print paper from Recollections and stippled acrylic paid in tan black and gold around the edges. I recently purchased several packs of Junk Journal Goodies by Seven Gypsies and the way they are packaged makes it hard to tell what is actually included. Opening them up was like opening a surprise present. It turns out there were some great nautical pieces, one being the blue and white striped compass piece I used. There were also some assorted burlap pieces which I cut up to add some texture to my page. I used E6000 to glue on my buttons, glass bits, and tear drop embellishments by The Robin's Nest. A few silk flowers and bronzed brads complete the look.


This page was created for the More Than Words July challenge. The prompt was to draw inspiration from the words "beach" and "seashells." The results are pretty self explanatory. I also took inspiration from the color palette, including a black mat around the edges.

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This layout was done for the July challenge at The ScrapRoom. I actually had photos matching the same dimensions as the layout, but I left out a lot of the geometric shapes to focus more on the embellishments.


Other Products Used:

  • Cottage Farm cutouts by Pink Paislee
  • Jolee's Boutique Waves Repeat stickers
  • Chevron Heart stickers by The Paper Studio

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Oahu 2018

Plums And Blues At The Beach

Guys. Can I just say it’s 97 degrees in Orange County right now and it was 110 yesterday! To distract myself from it being possibly the hottest summer on record, I’m posting another page I put together for a scrapbook challenge.


Summer is here with a vengeance and the page I bring you definitely fits he mood. This photo was taken during our latest trip to Hawaii last April. The waters of Waikiki are crystal clear and made the perfect backdrop for a selfie.


I started with purple patterned paper (sat that 3 times fast) from my new Violet Leaf Stack by DCWV. Side note: have any of you fellow scrappers heard of a store called Tuesday Morning? I just discovered one in my neighborhood and their scrapbooking section is unreal! I found embellishments, adhesives, paper stacks etc. all for seriously reduced prices. The Violet Leaf stack was $7! Most paper stacks a Michael's or Hobby Lobby are double that! I totally recommend checking out your local Tuesday Morning for fabulous scrapper finds!

I love going through my paper scrap drawer and finding pieces cut into odd shapes or have an edge that is torn or cut with fancy scissors. Sometimes I can use those as design elements that add unexpected interest.

This page was done for Lasting Memories July challenge whose theme was “selfies.” I just printed a new stack of photos to scrap and it was one of the only selfies in there!


This Design Seeds template was the inspiration for this page’s color scheme. The blues obviously complement the water colors in the photo and the purples match my lipstick. Making the background purple provided greater contrast for all the blues in the photo, really making it pop!

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The layout for this page comes from ­­­­Let’s Get Sketchy’s July challenge. I altered it t fit my vertical photo instead of a horizontal one. I like the triangles in the corners of the page and feel they help frame my photo.


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Half Dome

Scrapping In Black And White

My internet has been really spotty lately so I'll try and get this post up quickly before it goes down again!


Last summer my husband and I went to Yosemite so he could shoot a wedding. While we were there, he snapped this photo of me with the iconic Half Dome in the background.


I had a lot of fun raiding my stash for black or white items to use. I started with basic white cardstock and layered on paper scraps, paper doilies and matching strips of plaid ribbon. Paper from DCWV's Black an White prints paper stack made the perfect photo mat. It's a stack I almost never use because of the lack of color, but in this case it was just what I needed!

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This was my first time ever participating in a challenge from White Plus 1, but a really loved how my page turned out! The color to pair with white for the month of June is black (or maybe a really dark gray?) an I love the contrast between the two. I will definitely be checking in to do another one of their challenges soon!

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The layout this month comes from Let's Get Sketchy's June challenge. It was a perfect sketch to feature the single large photo I had and gave lots of inspiration as to how to embellish my page.


Some other products used:

  • Kaisercraft die cut shapes from the Violet Crush and Scrapyard collections
  • Vintage camera brads by the Paper Studio
  • Hashtag stickers by Little B

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Wild And Free

Cool Hues And Tropical Vibes


Summer is here and I have a the perfect beachy themed paged to share. This photo was a selfie taken on the balcony of a place in Hawaii where we were staying. You can't tell from the photo, but the view was gorgeous!


Once again, the perfect background paper comes from Craft Smith's Summer Dream stack. I used a piece of dark green cardstock from DCWV's All Chalked Up stacked as a photo mat, and further decorated the page with colored paper doillies.


This page was inspired by the lovely mood bard for Off the Rails Scrapbooking June challenge. I really loves the tones in the blue and green hair and made that my primary color palette. I raided my stash for beach and summer themed embellishments that also fit with the mood board.

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I have used Sketch 327 from Sketches in Thyme for this layout. While this sketch was set up for 3 photos, I only had 1, and filled the extra space with matted scrap paper and embellishments.

Some of the embellishments used:


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Cosmic Love

Stickers, Stars And Sparkles


I feel like my posts are getting farther and farther apart! There's just not enough hours in the day to get scrapping in regularly! Does anybody else feel like that?

This particular picture was taken several years ago in Big Sur, California. It was incredibly dark with no surrounding light pollution since there was the ocean in front of us and mountains behind us. My husband set up his camera on a tripod and snapped this photo of us together.


I searched through my paper collected and found the absolute perfect piece in Craft Smith's Summer Dream paper pad. This paper stack has some highly specialized papers and a lot of times they just aren't right for the page I'm working on, but when they are, it's magic! I love the bokeh sparkles that continue the starry theme. I used basic black cardstock to create an asymmetrical matte and then raided my scrap drawer for some pieces big enough to mat my 5 X 7 photo. 

Some vellum scraps became the perfect embellishment and they really popped against the dark background. However, they presented the problem of how to adhere them since any adhesive used would be visible through the transparent paper. For the scraps not partially covered by the opaque photo, I used a variety of vellum stickers, brads buttons and other embellishments to tack them in place. I scattered a few more mauve brads around to tie the page together.


This page was created for the Scrap Our Stash May challenge. This was my first time creating a Blend-a-Sketch page but it was a lot of fun. I used the rectangular embellishments from one and the asymmetrical mats and parenthesis form the other.


I often look for color palette inspiration on Design Seeds an this page was no exception. I like the combination of cool blues and purples and warm pinks that match tones in the Milky Way photo.


Some of the products used are listed below:

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Jupiter & Europa

Neutrals And Brights


I usually don't make many double page layouts and I must admit, I didn't initially intend to with this one either. However, I couldn't get both photos arranged in a way that I liked and ended up splitting this into two pages. Sometimes when making two page layouts, I will complete one page at a time, but this time I worked on both siultaneously.


I started with some kraft colored card stock from the Affinity stack by Paper Studio. I used some animal print paper from the Tattered and Worn stack and then used paper doilies and tags made with an Uchida tag punch. I love this punch and feel like I use it on almost every layout!


I embellished with wood buttons by Shimelle, some cat-themed die cuts by Photo Play and a sticker from Paper Studio's Cat Sayings sheet. I spelled out the names of my kitties with some American Crafts Chipboard stickers.

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This page was done for ARTastic Challenge's March challenge which featured this illustration by Luka Va. The challenge was simply "animals" and left it open to interpretation. I used the picture as inspiration for the color palette and featured my two favorite animals on the layout!

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Life Is An Adventure

Plaid And Flags

Do you ever find yourself using a certain element in your layouts over and over because you just love how they look? For me it's strings of pennant flags. I love how they look and there's something meditative in measuring, cutting and arranging lots of little triangles. Plus, it's a great way to using up little paper scraps! This is the first time I have used them in a circle though! Tip: put down a bowl or a plate and arrange your circular elements around it for a perfect circle!


I started with basic white card stock and and since the challenge called for paid, I raided my entire collect looking for anything plaid. It just so happened that both plaid papers were from Recollections Regent Street paper pad and bother patterns matched the color palette for the challenge.


I embellished with some matching scraps from my paper stash, some wooden buttons by Prima Marketing, chipboard cutouts from Cottage Farms' Pink Paislee collecton, and some MAMBI puffy stickers. I used a hashtag sticker by Little B for the appropriate "selfie" subtitle.

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I used Stuck?! Sketches March layout for this page. I knew I didn't want to cut paper circles to fulfill the challenge, because no matter how carefully I cut, my circles are never perfect. Instead I decided to combine an element from another challenge and framed the photo with a string of pennant flags.


This page was also done for Color, Story, Inspiration's 249th case file. Beside matching the color scheme, I used the following suggested elements:

  • Plaid
  • Banner
  • Arrows
  • Wood
  • Sign

I used Mini MAMBI Banners as a sign to journal in, and The Paper Studio's Inspirational Phrase stickers as the page title.

Thank you for dropping by my page! I'll see you all next time!

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Work Hard, Play Hard

Geometric Shapes And Masculine Accents


Today's page is a little different from my usual layouts. These photos were taken of my husband in the early 90s back when he was a pro body boarder. Because the photos are so masculine, I tried to reflect that in my page. Most of my pages are pretty girly so I had to conscientiously lay off the flowers and glitter.


I started with basic blue card stock and raided my drawer of paper scraps for paper to make the diamonds along the top. I really had to raid my stash to find things that weren't overly feminine, and even then I wasn't able to completely avoid girly fonts and pastels. I embellished around the matted photos with chipboard cutouts from K & Company and Mixed Media stickers by Momenta. I added a line of polka dot Kimono washi tape along the bottom, and added miscellaneous  brads, tags and buttons.

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Today's layout was take from Stuck?! Sketches' January challenge. I knew immediately I wanted to recreate this sketch because I really liked all the diamonds that made the page so unique. I didn't have four small photos so used two larger ones instead.


I found my color palette on Design Seeds. I liked the range of greenish blues and yellows and thought they would compliment all the blue ocean in my photos nicely.

That's all for now! Thanks for dropping by my blog scrappers!

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Salty Air, Cool Breeze, Blue Ocean

Hearts, Arrows And Owls


I know I have updated for ages and I'm sorry! I guess that's what happens when you get hooked on a new video game. Playstation has been monopolizing my time! Now that I have a few days off for Christmas, I really wanted to commit to a scrap session ad came up with this earth-toned layout.


In this particular sketch, I wasn't worried about matching the color theme to the photo. The result is a little bizarre as the rusts and chartreuse tones are definitely not the expected colors for a pink and blue photo. I don't mind a little color clashing and it definitely makes my photo stand out.

I starting with putting a black matte around my orange paper. Both this and the green damask print came from The Paper Studio's Tattered and Worn Stack. I added a few random strips from my leftover scraps stash to the bottom of my green paper. I embellished with buttons, tags, studs and die cuts from Kaiser Crafts' Scrap Yard collection. I also used stickers by Simple Stories and Me & My Big Ideas.

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This sketch was done for Color, Story, Inspiration's 244th case file. I like the non traditional take on red and green holiday colors.


Evidence Used:

  • Wood
  • Animals
  • Ribbons

Testimony Used

  • 5 senses journaling


That's all for this time. Thanks for reading!


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You're Lovely And Sweet, But With Sharp Claws And Teeth

Mixed Prints, Cupcakes And Cats


It's been so long since I've updated. It feel good to be scrapping again. Today's page once again features my kitty Jupiter who is cute as she is scrappy. She is definitely one of those cats who will be purring one moment, and trying to bite the next. I love her to death but sometimes I think she's out to get me!


I started with plain white card stock and raided my stash of paper scraps for patterns matching the chosen color palette. I paid those papers with the black and white heart print from The Paper Studio's Mint to be Fab stack and blue and gold polka dot paper by Echo Park Paper Company.

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This page was created for Color, Stories, Inspiration's October challenge.

Evidence Used:

Testimony Used:

Inspiration Words: You, Lovely and Sweet