Life moves pretty fast: Celebrating Ferris Bueller’s day off

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This scrapbook page uses papers from Echo Park and a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy.

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” came out in June 1986. However, a die hard baseball fan/blogger has done research on the Cubs game Bueller and his pals attended in the movie and determined that it was played against the Braves on June 5, 1985. That means this June 5th was the 30th anniversary of Bueller’s fictional yet famous day off!

Alas, Matt and I couldn’t take off the whole work day. But we did knock off early on that Friday afternoon to go out for happy hour drinks and appetizers at a nearby hangout of ours. I mean, Ferris Bueller may have been spoiled and snarky, but he did have a point:

Life moves pretty fast.
If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Product/technique notes

I was inspired by both this sketch from Let’s Get Sketchy as well as many aspects of the Paper Issues Pinspire Me image below:
Let's Get Sketchy sketch I used on this page

Paper Issues Pinspire Me June 2015

Most of the patterned papers and stickers are from Echo Park’s “Creative Agenda” collection, and I hand stitched the colors around the inverted triangle element.

One for each arm: DT layout for Stuck?! Sketches

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"One for each arm" features two photos of my dad holding me and my brother when we were babies.

Today Stuck?! Sketches is revealing its mid-month sketch challenge and design team layouts. The sketch features three small photos and lots of opportunity to let your patterned papers shine:

I followed this Stuck?! Sketches June 15th sketch on this scrapbook layout.

Please join us over at the blog and allow the sketch and the design team inspire you to play along and add another beautiful layout to your scrapbook. And don’t forget that we have great sponsor prizes up for grabs as well!

Because it’s so close to Father’s Day, I decided to use this sketch with two photos from 1968 that show my dad as a new father of two. In the photo on the left my brother is just home from the hospital in January, and the right one was taken in the same place four months later. Look how we’ve both changed in that short time!

Product/technique notes

I used patterned papers from the Echo Park “Sisters” mini theme, and the embellishments came from an old Girls’ Paperie collection. I designed the title on the Silhouette.

Kiss kiss layout and string art tutorial

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This one-photo scrapbook page incorporates a photo frame created with string art.

I’m so excited about today’s project because 1) I tried something new and 2) liked how it turned out, so 3) I want to share the idea with you! Do you remember doing string art projects as a kid? That’s what I incorporated on my layout as a frame for my small photo of Grandma helping me kiss my brand new brother in January 1968. Mom says I called him “B” (for baby).

My thought process

This idea came to me because of a sketch (as most of my scrappy ideas do). I was referencing this My Scraps and More sketch below, and I started thinking about how I wanted to create the central “tic-tac-toe” area of the page. I ticked off my options (get it?): strips of patterned paper, strips of washi tape, strips of ribbon, lines of stitching. Lines of stitching made me picture creating an elaborate hand stitched grid area to frame the photo. And then it hit me: string art!

I went to Pinterest and perused other artists’ string art in search of some ideas for making a square frame (as represented in the sketch). After successfully incorporating this technique into my page design, I thought I should share my process in case you like the look as much as I do.

My Scraps and More sketch 107

String art tutorial

After deciding to make the string art area take up 8×8 inches in the center of the 12×12 page, I created a quick template for myself in my Silhouette Designer software. If you have a Silhouette and want to recreate this, draw an 8×8 square, center it on the page, open the rhinestones window and follow the settings below. If you don’t have a cutting machine, just measure and mark equidistant holes (perhaps 1/2 inch apart) with a ruler.

rhinestones settings I used

I cut out my simple template on a scrap piece of paper, lined it up over my background paper and poked the holes. Then the fun began!

I double matted the 3×3 photo with white cardstock and patterned paper so it would pop better off the background. Then I mounted that onto another pattern that was 6.25 square. Following the numbering system in the diagram below (up at 1, down at 2, up at 3, down at 4, etc.), I stitched away with two colors of embroidery thread to create the four corners of my square frame.

String art stitching diagram

I do hope this tutorial was helpful to you. If you decide to try this technique on a page, I would LOVE to see it, so please come back and leave me a comment on this post. I will leave you kindly comments in return, I promise!

Excited to be joining the Stuck?! Sketches team

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I am honored to have been chosen as a design team member and blog coordinator at the Stuck?! Sketches challenge site! I will be sharing my layouts based on the sketches as well as blogging and working on their social media.

I have been a fan of this site since finding it last September during their anniversary celebration, and I am continually inspired by Laura Whitaker’s sketches. I am thrilled to be contributing to the inspiration the site offers to its followers.

I am a proud Stuck?! Sketches designer!

Wildflowers

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This scrapbook layout uses the Basic Grey Herbs and Honey collection.

I love wildflowers. I took these photos along the long and winding path we had to walk from the parking lot into Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas. This was back in May 2012 on the day that Matt (and thousands of others) participated in the Spartan Sprint obstacle race. It was a beautiful day in a beautiful setting…and a brutal event.

Product/technique notes

I created this page using the Basic Grey “Herbs and Honey” 6×6 paper pad and followed this My Scraps and More sketch:
The My Scraps and More sketch I used on this layout