Sketchy Saturday!

Today, I have two more sketch layouts to share from the Citrus Twist Kits and Studio Calico blogs.  If you’d like to play along, you can follow the links to see the sketches for the week 🙂  The first layout I’m sharing uses the 2/16 Studio Calico Sunday Sketch as inspiration:

Natural Bridge Caverns


It was really fun using a large-sized photo under a smaller photo.  The bottom half of the page uses paper from Elle’s Studio.  There’s also elements from Studio Calico (veneer hearts), Freckled Fawn (large turquoise gems), and Amy Tangerine (camera chipboard sticker) among others.  The pictures are from a large natural cavern near San Antonio, Texas.  The mineral formations were absolutely marvelous!  I couldn’t believe how large some of the stalactites and stalagmites were.  And to think they’re formed from minerals contained in slow-flowing droplets of water…talk about natural wonders!

The second layout is inspired by the 2/16 Citrus Twist Kits Sunday Sketch:

Mission ConcepcionAll the elements are from the CTK January Kits except the letter stickers.  The patterned paper strip at the left of the photo is composed of various triangles in different colors.  I decided to cut apart some of the triangles and layer them on top of the paper to create a dimensional effect.  These photos are from the same trip to San Antonio.  On our first day there, the fiancé and I were able to see two of the Spanish missions.  Mission Concepcion was the second mission we visited, and we specifically went there to see some of the original frescoes painted on the limestone walls.  The colors are designs of the frescoes are beautiful.  I just wish there was more of it to see!  Unfortunately, most of the frescoes are now gone due to natural wear through the years.

Thanks for looking!  –Tina.



Layout Share: Love Locks

I have another layout to share about my time in Paris 🙂  There are a couple of bridges that go across the Seine river on which people will put “love locks”.  The fiancé and I weren’t aware of this custom during our first trip to Paris, so we made sure to bring a lock this time around.  We decided to put our locks on the Pont de la Concorde because we were already nearby (even though there are fewer locks on that particular bridge).  I tried to place it in an area where I would hopefully be able to find it again in the future.  We all threw our keys into the river at the same time while making a wish (on hindsight, keys rusting away at the bottom of the river probably isn’t very good for the river ecosystem…).

Love LocksI got the inspiration to cut the vellum circle die cut (Heidi Swapp ephemera pack) from Sandy Ang who did something similar on one of her layouts a few months back.  I used lots of heart motifs on this page including a scrap of Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm” paper and silver heart stickers from Heidi Swapp.  I really like the look of 3 small photos lined up horizontally side by side–I’ll have to try that again soon.  The size of the photos are all 2″x3″ in landscape format.

A Little Late…

But I thought I’d share what I made for the fiancé last week on Valentine’s Day.  This was the first thing I’ve ever made for him except maybe some gift tags to go along with past presents.  He wasn’t expecting anything for Valentine’s Day from me which made the surprise present even better 🙂  I decided to make a standing desktop book with each page listing a different reason why he’s wonderful.  He can flip through the book week by week to remind himself of his good qualities.



I honestly don’t really like the cover too much, but I had to go with it since it was already Valentine’s Day when I finished the project (hopeless procrastinator here…).



Here’s one of the pages in the book.  There are about 20 pages total.  I decorated both the front and back of each page.  I got to use up a lot of random leftover supplies I had lying around.  I was almost done with the Dear Lizzy “Polka Dot Party” and Amy Tangerine “Yes, Please” die cut packets by the end of this project.

BackI didn’t follow any tutorials when making this album, even though I probably should have…The book stands a little wonky once you near the last few pages.  If I ever try this design again, I’ll definitely limit to about 10 pages so it can stand properly.  I just punched some holes at the top of each page and tied them together with twine to hold the album together.  I also used two layers of chipboard for the foundation so it’s sturdier.


Layout Share: Place du Tertre

Here’s another layout featuring the Montmartre district of Paris.  The Place du Tertre is a little square atop a hill where artists of all kinds gather to sell their art.  The fiancé and I had quite the time choosing the artist to draw our portraits.  The artists are not shy about calling after us as we walk by, and there are so many to choose from!  In the end, I let the fiancé make the decision.  Unfortunately, neither of us liked the resultant portrait.  We look like Italian children in the drawing…no joke.  It was so bad other surrounding artists actually pointed and laughed at our portrait as it was being drawn!  Definitely not an 80 euros well spent…oh well.  I’m not sure what we’ll do with the drawing.  It’s been rolled up in the corner of our office ever since we brought it home.  Next time, though, I will be choosing the artist to draw our portrait and not the fiancé.

Place du TertreI used several paper scraps to back the photo.  I felt the patterns on the scraps were competing with the bold background, so I painted a white border around each scrap to tone them down.  The mish mash of different embellishments along the vertical was fun to place.  The journaling was written on some of those embellishments as well.


Sketchy Saturday

I have a couple of layouts to share using two different sketches–the first sketch is from Studio Calico and the second is from  Citrus Twist Kits (the original sketch can be found by clicking on the respective hyperlink).

Pierre Herme

This layout uses the ultra-fun Dear Lizzy Ruffle Paper.  It was my first time using it, and I must say I’m in love!  It was a little difficult trimming the paper down to 10×10 due to the fragile tissue paper ruffles, but I managed 🙂  Tip:  do not try to trim ruffle-side up!  I found it cut much better in a paper trimmer when I turned the paper over to its plain cardstock side (duh moment!).  I added a white border around the ruffles using gesso and dirtied it up a bit with some Heidi Swapp Gold Lame and Mister Huey’s Opaque White mists.  I loved the way this layout turned out.  One of my favorites so far this year 🙂

Moments & a Sunset in the Tuileries

This second layout mostly used elements from Studio Calico’s “Printshop” line, which was featured in Citrus Twist’s January Main Kit.  The bright vellum pieces were really fun to work with.  I gave the silver washi tape on the left of the page a “ribbony” look by folding it in several areas.  The last thing I added was the hand-stitching along the bottom of the journaling and title.  The thread is a yellow/orange ombre–it’s one of my favorite things from the kit 🙂

Love is in the Air!

It’s Valentine’s Day!  My fiancé and I usually stay home and cook on this holiday because, frankly, it’s too much headache for not much payoff.  The fiancé asked for Chinese home-cooking, so that’s what I’ll give him.  In return, he’ll be making dessert when he gets home from work–chocolate chip cookies, my fave ❤  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I have a layout to share about love.  The layout isn’t directly related to the fiancé; it’s actually about my love for Paris.  But, I’ve only been to Paris with the fiancé, so it relates in that all the lovely things I’ve experienced in Paris was with him 🙂

Paris je t'aime

The photo is from Le Mur des Je T’aime (“I Love You:  The Wall”) in the Montmarte district of Paris–a lively neighborhood with many art galleries and home to the Moulin Rouge.  This wall, located in a tiny little park, has “I Love You” written in different languages all across it.  We had to search for several minutes to find the words written in English.  Once found, we couldn’t help but take a couple of “action shots” of us jumping and pointing towards the “I Love You”.  I’m not going to lie, a couple of families with their children gave us peculiar looks….But as the saying goes, you only live once!

On the layout, journaling spots were created on the background paper (Crate Paper “Love Notes”) using gesso.  Each of the journaling spots lists a reason why I love Paris.  The title “Paris je t’aime” is layered with the fussy cut Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm words that read “a day spent with a big blue sky and sunbeams”.    A mix of brads, flair, enamel dots, and puffy stickers were used to embellish the vertical line of journaling.

I wish everyone a spectacular Valentine’s!  If there’s no significant other in the picture, there’s no reason why you can’t celebrate the Day of Love with another cherished one.

Layout Share: La Creperie Bretonne

One of the things I was sorely disappointed about during my first trip to Paris in 2012 was not eating a good crepe.  Our trip took place in August–the month of traveling for many locals (a fact we missed at the time we booked the trip).  So….unfortunately, many of the restaurants and cafes I had eagerly planned to try were not open.  The fiancé and I resorted to a creperie in a more touristy part of town on the very last day of our trip.  It was the only crepe we had in Paris, and it wasn’t very good at all…BUT we made up for it during our last Paris excursion at La Creperie Bretonne.  They were one of the few better-rated creperies open (many restaurants in Paris also aren’t in business on Sundays and Mondays), and we were not disappointed in the least.  Both the savory and dessert crepes were absolutely delicious.  I’m still salivating for the salted caramel drizzle….

La Creperie Bretonne


I really wanted to use the Dear Lizzy “5th & Frolic” 4×6 Project Life card on this layout because it’s one of the few items I have in navy.  Of course, the corners of the card are rounded, so I decided to also round the corners of the photos to match.  There’s a mix of embellishments on this page.  The mason jars are fussy cut from a Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm” patterned paper.  I’ve used the mason jars on several other food-related pages in this album already.  There’s also some Maggie Holmes “Flea Market”, Amy Tangerine “Cut & Paste”, and Freckled Fawn elements.

Layout Share: My iPhone

Hello lovelies 🙂  I’ve been busy crafting, so I’ll have some new layouts to share over the next few days.  My layout today has a lot of bright, fun colors using several elements from Amy Tangerine’s “Cut & Paste” line.  

My iPhoneThere are a few sticker elements from “Cut & Paste” as well as the background paper.  The embroidery floss that creates the stitched border around the page is also from Amy Tangerine.  Another fun element are the “photo corners” around the picture–they’re actually cut from a Dear Lizzy polaroid frame.  Accentuating the corners of the photo really helped it stand out amongst all the orange in the page.  

The story:  My iPhone was a serious lifesaver in Europe when we couldn’t get internet without be charged an arm and a leg for roaming.  Everyone else in my party has Android phones, so I was the sole iPhoner.  Even with my data being off (i.e. no roaming), the GPS was still able to map my location and surrounding areas–very helpful walking around in an unknown city!!  Not only did my friends not have iPhones, but they are very anti-Apple products.  So, I was happy that my Apple-produced phone came in handy so many times when the need for directions called.


Sketch Layout: The Ultimate Cup (Studio Calico)

This sketch is from the Studio Calico blog.  The sketch has a sunburst design at the center behind the photo.  I actually find it a bit difficult using sunbursts because it’s such a bold element on a page.  I decided to give the sketch a go anyways….I do love a good challenge 🙂

The Ultimate CupWell, it’s been 4 months since moving into our new apartment, and I finally took out my watercolor paper from the packing box.  I wanted a more subtle “sunburst”, so I used three different shades of watercolors mixed with gesso to create the pattern.  I then dry painted a small amount gesso over the top to soften the look even more.   I love how the Gold Lame Heidi Swapp mist droplets kind of looks like coffee splatters.


Sketch Layout: Palatine Hill (Citrus Twist Kits)

I did another layout this week using the February 2nd sketch from Citrus Twist Kits.  It was the first time I used my January main kit and the “Epic Fun” embellishment add-on.  I got the embellishment add-on for free because I used credit I had from entering other sketch challenges 🙂  You can find the sketch here if you’re interested in entering too!  

Palatine HillEverything I used for this layout is from the January kits except the Thickers which are from a previous month’s kit.  I love the hand-made butterfly banner that was included (swoon!).  It’s definitely my favorite item this month.  I honestly didn’t think I would be able to use the cloud motifs anytime soon, but thought they might go well with the theme of this layout.  Butterflies, Roman architecture, and clouds….why not?