Walk the Moon (ACOT Challenge)

Day two of my maternity leave and the second layout I made…

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It’s been super gloomy in Texas, so the photo quality isn’t great.  Anyways, this layout is about a concert my husband and I went to last year.  I love concerts.  My husband?  Not so much.  As a compromise, we stood in the back of the venue where it wasn’t too crowded.  The band was awesome!  They have so many catchy songs I love to sing along with.

I’m still using the Studio Calico “Odyssey” kit from March 2015.  There’s actually more than one item from that kit on this page, including a few patterned papers and a couple of embellishments.  I’ve been loving the blue and orange/yellow color combo lately!

I used this layout for the A Cherry on Top December “Spelling Challenge” in case anyone’s wondering 🙂

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Sketchy Saturday

I managed to squeeze out 3 sketch layouts this past week despite being busier than usual 🙂  I used sketches from Citrus Twist Kits, Studio Calico, and Life. Paper. Scrapbook.  I made the Citrus Twist Kits layout this past Monday when it unexpectedly snowed (again!) in Dallas.  It was my first official snow day EVER, and I loved it!  If there weren’t so many car accidents, I would want more snow days just for hibernation purposes.  I felt like I was playing hooky from school even though I was given permission to stay home.

The sketch from CTK can be found here, and here’s my interpretation:

Kensington PalaceEverything on the layout is from the February Main Kit except the letter stickers (OA Flash Alpha in Meringue) and mists (OA Sprinklers in Carbon Copy and Token).  I love the lace trim that came in the kit.  The buttons were also fun to use since I don’t embellish with buttons very often.  The photo is the outer facade of Kensington Palace in London.  We decided to visit the museum on a whim as we walked by while touring the Kensington Gardens.  The Palace was home to many members of the Royal Family including Princess Diana.  There was an exhibit with several of the Princess’ gowns and other outfits when we visited.

The second layout, using this Studio Calico sketch, is about the Tower Bridge.  It’s one of the most beautifully ornate bridges I have laid eyes on.  I love the blues and gold that color the bridge.

Tower BridgeThe paper on the left and also fussy cut under the title is from Chic Tags.  All the vellum elements are from Studio Calico.  The enamel dots are from various lines including Twine + Ink, Freckled Fawn, and My Mind’s Eye.  I love the mix of colors and sizes of the dots scattered across the page 🙂  The hearts are stamped using a Lawn Fawn clear stamp set.  The background paper is from Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm”.

The March Sketch Challenge from Life. Paper. Scrapbook is sponsored by Scrapbook Circle which is a kit club I considered joining before deciding on CTK instead.  The photo is another from London and was taken at the Tower of London–one of my favorite tours from the entire vacation.

Our Funny YeomanThere is so much history that took place at this castle…a lot of it quite gory.  It’s also home to the Crown Jewels which are magnificently displayed throughout several rooms and halls.  I’ve never seen so many large diamonds and other gems in one place before!  The title is in reference to our tour guide (or “yeoman”) who kept our entire tour group of 50+ people entertained with joke after joke.  He definitely made the tour worthwhile!

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.

 

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 🙂

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.

 

Project Life: January

I’m officially starting Project Life-style scrapbooking this year!  I’m planning to do monthly spreads because weekly would be too much for me to keep up with….and I just love 12×12’s too much to part with them 🙂  Here’s the first page of my January spread:

January

 

 

I’m using Studio Calico’s Blue Note Project Life main kit for this month plus some extras from my stash.  My absolute favorite card in the kit is the watercolor month card I used as my title.  I altered the card using gelatos to color in the spaces and number stamps to fill in the dates.

Sketch Layout: Chow (Studio Calico)

I recently subscribed to Studio Calico’s Project Life monthly kit, and in honor of that, I decided to try my hand at one of their layout sketches 🙂  The sketch can be found on the Studio Calico blog here.  Now, for my interpretation:

Chow

Yup, this layout is about food!  The tiramisu at Da Francesco is absolutely amazing–the best I’ve ever eaten!  And, of course, you can’t go to Italy without having some gelato.  It’s too bad I can’t remember the name of this gelateria because I really liked it there.  The flavors were really good, but more importantly, it wasn’t too sweet!  I find that as I get older, I enjoy more bittersweet or semi-sweet desserts.

Supplies:

Background Paper:  Studio Calico “Printshop” Hashtagged

Embellishments:  Various paper scraps from Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy, and others.  Ormolu tag, Freckled Fawn Dew Drops, Studio Calico wood veneer geotag, Pebbles heart chipboard button, Studio Calico stamp, Heidi Swapp die cuts, October Afternoon and Mister Huey’s mist