Beauty school dropouts: DT layout for Stuck?! Sketches

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Today Stuck?! Sketches is revealing the September 1st sketch challenge, and it’s a great one. For this challenge we are also partnering with the design team from Scrap Our Stash by including an item from our stash for each of the letters in the word L-A-Y-E-R-S! If you combine the sketch with the stash-busting challenge you can enter your page for prizes at both sites!

Stuck?! Sketches September 1 2015

Scrap Our Stash September Stash Challenge

It was a real challenge for me to think this way, but these are the items I used:
L = label
A = arrows
Y = yellow cardstock and crochet thread
E = enamel dots
R = rubber charms
S = Silhouette, stamp, staples, stickers, stitches

The story of these photos is a recent one. In early August I flew to North Carolina, where my Mom and brother live, to be with my mom while she had knee-replacement surgery. When you have that surgery the doctors tell you that you must have round-the-clock care for the first two weeks! So we activated Wonder Twin powers to care for our mom. But we decided that taking care of our mom’s every want and need wasn’t enough; her adorable dog, Raleigh, needed a bath as well. (I guess once you get into caregiver mode, you can’t easily turn it off.) Phil took some photos of our dog-washing adventure, and then I took the “after” photo. Raleigh looked beautiful!

Product/technique notes

The papers and stickers I used are from Echo Park’s Walking on Sunshine collection. The swirls are ancient rubber charms from KI Memories. I designed and cut the title on my Silhouette and hand-stitched the circles

The boys of summer

The boys of summer is a scrapbook page made with Echo Park's Walking on Sunshine collection.

My brother and I started college at the same time and lived in freshmen dorms that were situated next to each other, so we had a lot of friends in common. Rich lived in Phil’s dorm, and we both quickly became friends with him because he was smart, loyal and lots of fun.

As we were wrapping up our first year and packing to go home for the summer Phil invited Rich to come up to Willoughby for a visit; this photo is from that July 1986 visit.

Product/technique notes

I followed this Boys Rule sketch and used products from the Echo Park Walking on Sunshine collection for this page. I had a lot of fun with the hand stitching on this one, too.
Boys Rule July 15, 2015 sketch

Nothing beats a good book: DT layout for Stuck?! Sketches

This scrapbook layout is about my answer to the question "Do you like reading on a device as much as from a print book?" My answer is "I love them both because nothing beats a good book."

Today Stuck?! Sketches is revealing its second sketch challenge of July, and you’re going to love the design team layouts for this one. Please join us over at the blog and allow the sketch and the design team inspire you to play along. We have great sponsor prizes up for grabs.

Stuck?! Sketches July 15 2015 sketch

Reading has always made me happy. What’s not to love about getting lost in a story or an idea?

I take great pleasure in holding a book and turning its pages. I rejoice when I can see and feel that I have passed the halfway point in the story. I get a giddy feeling when I pick up the book and find the bookmark holding my place so I can immerse myself again. I keenly feel that satisfying yet mournful moment when I close the book with a thump for the last time after reading the final words. I am a booklover…a bookworm.

When Kindles and other readers first came out, I had conversations with people who vowed not to even try to read with a device because they were certain they wouldn’t like it. I wasn’t sure if I could enjoy reading without all the tactile joys of a book, but I sure am glad I tried it! There are many reasons I love reading on devices: I almost always have one within reach, so I can read during any spare moments (including all those times I find myself waiting in lines). They’re lighter weight, so reading is often more comfortable (picture lying in bed while trying to hold an 850-page hardbound book like Outlander!). I can search the online store and download a book within moments of deciding which one I want to read next. I can sign up for notices when my favorite authors have new releases. You get the idea: it’s convenient!

But if you ask me whether I prefer one over the other, my answer would be electronic or printed doesn’t matter. Because nothing beats a good book!

Product/technique notes

I used patterned papers and a sticker from the Simple Life collection by Echo Park. Then I designed and cut the title on my Silhouette. The cute eyeglasses embellishment is from The Paper Studio; the yellow file tab is from Fancy Pants; the Tell my story die cut is from Shimelle; and the text paper in the scalloped border is from an American Crafts 6×6 paper pad.

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

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

"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.