Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sketch/Template #31 Freebie

Hello everyone! I have another sketch and digital template to share. Please feel free to pin it, or save it to your computer for later use. If you are a digital scrapbooker, please scroll down for your template freebie.

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This is my take on the sketch. Brandon really loved going to the playground with me when he was little. We would spend hours at the park as evidenced by his very red, sweaty face in these photos. Gotta love living in Louisiana! I used my Scraptastic Club Chasing Pavements kit and add on to make this layout.


As usual, my design team made some amazing examples. I love my MMD Divas so much. They do a great job showing that you can use the sketch in many different ways.


Alison says: This is the first time my kids ever got to swim in a real lake! Every year, my husbands' side of the family goes camping, and this year the location had a lake that was swimmer friendly. I wanted to use papers that mimicked the movement of water, so I chose to use Jillibean Soup's Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup papers from the 6x6 pad. Yes, they are supposed to be wintery and Christmasy, but I thought they worked perfectly for a summery layout. The blue card stock was run through my cuttlebug for a little extra oomph, the pink card stock circle was stamped a few times to incorporate more of the natural elements into my design. I inked it with Old Olive ink (from Stampin' Up).

The giant flower and vacation sentiment are both K&Co. Using a scrap piece of orange card stock that had been previously stamped on, I stamped the word summer, then cut each letter out for the block lettering portion of my title.

April Walker

April says: As soon as I saw Heather's sketch this week I was totally inspired! I had these 3 Instagram pics of my hubby and I on New Year's Eve that worked perfectly for it, and all of the layers inspired me to mix in some different colors with my patterned papers. I even did some stamping in the background to add another layer which turned out great! I really love how it all came together.

Lesley Walker

Lesley says: For my take on this sketch I had the perfect pics I wanted to use and lucky enough to have the perfect paper in my stash.  The Webster's paper line with the cherries on it had been sitting there waiting to be used for ages and all of a sudden I have 'cherry picking' pics so good start to the page.  I used my Cricut to cut the title and arrows, and my MS circle punch for the red circle.  For the hexagons I used my Crafters Workshop Template which has hexagons of all sizes on it so was able to do the small one with the '3' (little grandchildren picking fruit), and the larger ones for the journal notes.  All papers used were from the same Webster's paper line.

Marlene Murphy

Marlene says: These pictures were taken during one of our traditional holiday outings.  Sault Ste. Marie has an excellent tubing hill (tow rope included) and our family takes advantage the day after Christmas.  They have done this since the youngest; Matty (center photo) was so small she had to ride in one of her cousin's laps.  Anna, right photo's, fiancĂ© took the pictures with his cell phone.  I think they turned out very well; unfortunately I could not use all of them.  I was not there; I was home getting ready for the Boxing Day prime rib dinner, another of our traditions.  These are the things I love about the holidays.  This layout is mostly cardstock, ink and stamps.  I loved the openness of the sketch.

Mitra Pratt made not one, but TWO pages. This is her first page.


And her second page.


Mitra says: In a fit of crazy, I convinced my kids to take a quick photo outside during our bitter cold spell last weekend. That might be why they appear to be wincing…needed photos to send with my Valentine’s Day cards though! Thought I would use them on a page because I really liked the colors in the photos! I've made two pages using this sketch, both of them with Valentine's Day in mind. It was great to use up some stash and also send a page over to my next door neighbor who had the cutest Facebook profile photo from her recent visit with her granddaughter. I ended up making two as I wanted my own page with Heather’s great sketch!

Shannon Miller

Shannon says: As soon as I saw the circles and the arrows on the sketch, I knew I would be creating an amusement park lo! I sewed circles and punched circles and just kept layering everything. I totally loved the sketch! It was so much fun.

Sharon Fritchman

Sharon says: I used my January, 2013 Scraptastic kit entitled "Chasing Pavements" as the basis for my layout, featuring pictures of Anne and the basket she won as a raffle prize after her first school dance. I can't believe that she has grown up so quickly!!!!!

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Melissa says: Digital Products Used (Scrapbook Flair - Celebrations Collection: Background 13, Flourish 01, Ribbon Curly 01, 02. Scrapbook Flair - Birthday 2009 Collection: Number 0, 4. Scrapbook Flair - Birthday C1 Collection: Background 17, 14, 31, Candle 01, Mat Foil 01, Tag Over The Hill 01, 02.)

*Last but not least, please join me in welcoming my newest design team members… Sandi Pressley and Holly King!

Sandi Pressley

Sandi says: I don’t often scrap pictures of myself, let alone a picture of just me but I wanted to document some of my current favorites.  Thinking about it, I think it is very important to include myself in my scrapbooks so my children, grandchildren and others in the family can know me a little better. I loved working with this many great little details to add.  I am thrilled to be included in this design team of fabulously talented ladies and an excited to work with Heather’s sketches.

Holly King

Holly says: (Coming soon!)

I also have a digital example that I made with the freebie template.


I really love this set of photos so much! When I saw the "cozy" title in the Clementine kit from Tickled Pink Studio, I knew it would be perfect to scrap them.

My two youngest children are really close. Even though there's a three year age difference, I get asked all of the time if they are twins. I think it's awesome that they love each other this much.

If you’re a digital scrapbooker and you’d like to download the layered digital template freebie that I created in Adobe Photoshop Elements, you can download it by clicking the link above. (Please respect my TOU.)

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hip To The Hippo {Giveaway}

Did you see the announcement today on the Hydrangea Hippo blog today? I've got really big news to share!

I'm a member of the new Hydrangea Hippo design team! If I said I was excited, it would be a complete understatement. I'm absolutely thrilled to be working with a team of super talented ladies, and Jennifer's Etsy store is filled to the brim with beautiful, unique scrappy goodies that I'm drooling over.

I found out about two weeks ago, and it's been super hard to keep it a secret. I've already been puttering with my February goodies and I have a sneak peek of one of my finished projects to share.

I also have a giveaway to go with my announcement. Jennifer has generously offered one of my readers a $25.00 gift certificate to the Hydrangea Hippo store! Please enter using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below.
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Go Your Own Way (Free SVG)

This is the first in a series of travel themed .svg files that I’ll be giving away here on my blog. It’s a word art file that will cut inside of a rounded rectangle. You can keep the middle of the letters and place them on your finished project, or you could leave them out to go with the current trend.


Please download the free travel themed .svg file by clicking on the link. Enjoy it, and be sure to follow my terms of use.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Be Still My Heart

I have two layouts to share with you today! I was really inspired by the fabulous January 2013 Scraptastic Club Chasing Pavements kit and add on. Jessica really knows how to assemble a fabulous scrapbook kit. Lime green and navy blue are two of my favorite colors right now, and when you add in gray... Be still my heart!

1: A Day In My Life

Oh how I miss the days when my little man was tiny. Way back before preschool and Kindergarten! Every morning we'd eat breakfast and go outside to play. I did the journaling from Brandon's point of view. The splattered mist was intended to add a little dirt and grunge to my layout. After all, what's a boy page without some mess? This project was inspired by a sketch from Jenny Evans.

2: This Way To Adventure

This kit really just screamed little boy to me. I had so many older photos that matched the colors. It was good to get some of our older stories on a page.

Brandon really loved going to the playground with me when he was little. We would spend hours at the park as evidenced by his very red, sweaty face in these photos. Gotta love living in Louisiana! Every time we went to the park, he'd end up beet red but really happy. (He was not sunburnt, just flushed from the heat.)

I used cream colored mist on the arrows and the white die cut that came in the kit. I tucked hexagons and circles into the design and layered buttons on top. I ran a few lines of stitching on the page as well to finish everything off.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

To Infinity And Beyond!

I chaperoned Jordan’s field trip to NASA’s Stennis Space Center today. It was an absolutely beautiful day! Of course, I arrived 45 minutes early because I wasn’t quite sure where to go. I found it after a little bit of driving around.


We all were treated to a driving tour of the Stennis grounds and it was really neat to see the stands where they test the engines for rockets. People watching the engine tests have to watch from over two miles away because if they were any closer their eardrums would rupture. Now that’s loud!


Navy SEALS practice maneuvers in the canal on the Stennis Space Center property. There’s a lock system that provides lots of room for them to move around. Too cool!


We got to see astronaut food in the Infinity Museum. It didn’t look very appetizing. You’re looking at spaghetti and meatballs on the right and the silver packet contains coffee and sugar. I definitely didn’t want it for my lunch.


This rocket is so huge that it almost touched the roof. Look at the people in the background to get an idea of the scale. Jordan was quite impressed!


We all ate lunch outside after we were finished exploring the museum. Jordan posed for a photo before it was time to leave. She ate her lunch and my lunch while we visited with her special education teacher.


Here she is getting back on the bus. She wasn’t a very happy camper at all. She wanted to come home with me, but they don’t let you check the kids out from a field trip. You have to go to the school to do it, and there was a spirit rally scheduled for the 100th day of school that I didn’t want her to miss.


After the buses left, I headed home. I managed to get thoroughly lost and I ended up about 30 minutes out of my way before I got back on the right road. It was a stupid mistake and I ended up calling Ronnie to set me straight. He thought it was funny that I had a serious blonde moment. Oh well, it happens to the best of us! All’s well that ends well because I made it home safely.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Red Bluff Magnificence

I went on a brief road trip with a friend of mine last Tuesday. We traveled to Mississippi so we could visit Red Bluff. This is one of the photos I took. Scroll down to read more about this beautiful place!


I pulled this description from the Roadside America website. Red Bluff is located in Newsom, Mississippi.

‘Red Bluff is called "The Grand Canyon of Mississippi". This natural canyon is formed by the erosion of millions of years accumulation of river and airborne dirt. It is over 150 feet deep, 1/2 mile wide and nearly a mile long. It gets larger with every rainstorm. The most striking feature of this wonder is the huge variety of colors in the soils. The large trees at the bottom did not grow there but slid downslope as the canyon walls eroded.

The state had to relocate MS Hwy. 587 several times, finally moving the road about 1/4 of a mile back. The original road is now closed to through traffic and is used at both ends for parking. Red Bluff Park is clearly marked. A short walk from the parking area brings you to the precipice. Rugged trails wind down to the bottom on both the north and south ends of the canyon. Some people climb the cliffs and carve their initials in the soft cliff face. [Tophat Arte, 06/26/2008]’


The brown flat shape in the upper right hand corner of the photo below is the old road that has partially fallen into the canyon. It’s incredible!


We also walked on the trail that’s supposed to lead down into the canyon where there’s a creek, but the trail wasn’t clearly marked and we were worried about getting lost.


We found a photo shy friend. He didn’t want his picture taken.


If you have a chance to visit this gorgeous place, you definitely should. Words just can’t explain how big or how lovely it is! Just to give you an idea of scale, those pine trees at the bottom are fully grown!


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Inquiring Minds

Jordan has always been a very curious child. “Why, Momma?” “How do they do that?” “What does this mean?” Thankfully, my grandma is really good at buying her Christmas presents that engage her and keep her curiosity sparked. 


Yesterday, we pulled the microscope set that she bought Jordan a few Christmases ago down so she could play with it. Jordan wanted to look at her own hair, water from our ditch, and blood. She asked everyone if she could have some blood, but they all turned her down.


Then she turned her big brown eyes on me and begged. I couldn’t say no. After all, she “needs it so she can get ready to be a doctor”. I poked my finger and dropped a bit of blood on a slide. She was completely fascinated. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if she turns out to be a doctor. She’s been declaring that she’s going to be a pediatrician since she could talk.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hello Tiger

This is my take on Holly’s January layout challenge sketch on The Sampler blog. It’s a great sketch, so you should definitely head over there to check it out!


I used my January 2013 kit called "Live Life" from The Sampler Kit Club to make this page about my favorite little tiger. My father in law is obsessed with LSU football, and when we had a little boy he was over the moon! He gave Brandon an LSU outfit and an LSU football before he could even walk. Of course, I had to take photos to remember. There's a TON of journaling on the back of this page. I just couldn't fit it anywhere in the design.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

The Sampler’s January 2013 Card Challenge

I made a sketch for the January challenges over at The Sampler Kit Club this month. (I’ve also created a matching digital card freebie. If you want it, scroll down to download!) I hope this sketch inspires you. If it does, don’t forget to link your creation on their blog! You’ll be entered to win a sampling of products from The Sampler.


I used the sketch as inspiration for the card below. I loved the vellum hearts in the January 2013 Live Life Kit. I added them as accents on this whimsical card with masculine colors.


I used the free template file to make a digital card front to print. The gorgeous papers that I chose are from Lori Whitlock’s Fresh Air collection, and I also stamped a flourish with the amazing flourish brushes.


I have a few example cards from my lovely design team members as well. I was really thrilled when they agreed to participate!

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Thinking Of You: by Ali Krogsgaard

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Sisters: by Ali Krogsgaard

Lesley Walker

You’re A Delight: by Lesley Walker

Lesley had this to say about her card: “I've embossed the background using a Cuttlebug folder, then cut the flower edged circle using a Sissix die and my Big Shot.  Have had my first attempt at blending with Copic markers, I love them but will be more happy with a little bit more experience behind me.  Sentiment is a Close to the Heart stamp.”


Happy Birthday: by Marlene Murphy

Thank you all so much for the inspiration ladies! I’m really lucky to have you on my team and I appreciate each of you so much.

If you’d like to download the free layered card template that I made in PSE, please click on the link above.

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