You’re Not the Boss of Me: Pagemaps Gossamer Blue February Kit Sketch Contest

The one thing I love about sketches is that they force you to think about layout and embellishment placement differently. The Pagemaps sketches tend to be way more linear than how I usually scrap. Plus, I am a bit of a layer fanatic and as such I tend to have lots of elements overlapping and touching. This Sketch challenge required me to throw all of my preconceived layout notions out the window and get down with a grid design.

The Sketch: feb14_12x12c The Layout: Just Precious cover

The Details:  The top design of the sketch gave me the most trouble. I figured it was a design element that was cut in a grid but I decided on a different take. First, I added an additional small photo. Only reason was because she just looks so incredibly precious.  Second, I altered a Silhouette Studio Design 3×4 card into an approximate 4 by 5.5 card (exact same size as the larger photo below). Third, I layered a journal pocket on top and made it a design element which really makes the top design of the layout pop.  And we cannot forget my sojourn into the world of watercolors and gelatos to paint the die cut flowers. In order to make those beautiful flowers, I die cut them using watercolor paper and then just spent sometime channeling Monet.

Just Pr 1

Just Pr 2 Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia


Title: Just Precious.  Cardstock: Project Life (Jade 4×6 cardstock pack); American Crafts (Powder, Sunflower, Peony, Charcoal); Bazzil (Strawberry); Watercolor Paper. Patterned Paper: Crate Paper- Fourteen (Love, Crush, Cupid)- Love Notes (Sparked, 6×6 paper pad-Sweetheart, Crush, Going Steady).  Stamps: Hero Arts (Envelope Pattern); Heidi Swapp (Best Day Ever). Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Studio Design (Three Vines with Leaves #54802, 3×4 ‘love’ journaling cards #54539); Memory Box (Tulip Petals, Cherry Blossom, Norland Flower, Meadow Leaf); Elizabeth Craft Designs (Bunch of Flowers 1); Impression Obsession (Butterflies); Fiskars (Apron Lace); Martha Stewart Crafts (Popup Butterflies). Embellishments: Chic Tags (Everyday Life II-A/B Tags; Happy Place- Labels; January 2014 Exclusive Kit- Die Cut, 3×4 Card); Recollections (Washi Tape); October Afternoon (Daily Flash Alpha-Strawberry Ice Cream; Woodland Park-Tidbits); Studio Calico (Thataway- Stitched Pockets; Heart Wood Veneer; February 2014 Project Life Kit- Washi); Misc. (Gems, Sequins).  Markers: Spica (Mint, Pink, Buttermilk); Wink of Stella (White). Inks: Stampin Up (Smoky Slate, Pretty In Pink); Faber-Castell (Gelatos), Simply Art (Watercolors).


Color Challenge: Color Story Inspiration (CSI Case File #108)

Don’t blame me, blame the MEEEDIIA! Mixed Media, that is. For the classic scrapbooker, mixed media is a bit of a stretch. And for me, its more of a leap. I love all of the graphic design of patterned paper and most mixed media techniques either cover up or completely alter the paper. So this week’s CSI challenge was a challenge in deed.  But as always, I try to rise to the occasion. So, I gathered my stencils, paints, mists, stamps and sassy photos and got to work.

CSI Case file No. 108: With the CSI challenges, you must use all five colors in the scheme, at least 2 elements in your layout from the evidence list and at least 1 element from the testimony.


Case Solved- The Layout: The color scheme was interesting this time – muted colors with some interesting low lights (dark chocolate) and highlights (kiwi green). At first, I admit I was thrown because I could not see how all of these colors could work together. Then I just started flipping through my scrapbook collections mental rolodex and then POOF, it came to me. Crate Paper by Maggie Holmes- Flea Market. This collection has this running color theme of pink, aqua with hints of a yellowish green that is almost a direct match to the kiwi green. And since this week’s challenge definitely had an artistic bent, I grabbed a Prima 6×6 and the Julie Nutting stamp dolls that I have been dying to use on a layout.

hello SASSY cover

Evidence: I try to challenge myself to hit as many elements from the evidence list. This week so far was my best-  (1) Mixed Media Background (I took a piece of smooth cardstock and just went to town with inks, mists, paints and gel medium. I know it is a beginner’s shot at mixed media but this is what works for my scrapbook style); (2) Newsprint (I stamped the Julie Nutting dolls on a newsprint paper and colored the skin tone with copics); (3) Music element (The great thing about the dolls is cutting out some pretty clothes and the music paper from Prima was just the right touch); (4) Hearts (This element keeps coming up in challenges and I try to be as creative as possible by using heart stencils with mist and ink and adding a couple of wooden veneer hearts); (5) Flowers (I went with a beautiful floral patterned paper that incorporated most of the color scheme. I also added a special element by cutting the paper and adding eyelets for base to have flowers spilling forth from the layout); (6) Border Punch (I added a small scalloped border punch under my photos to ground the pictures); (7) Stamps (Anytime I can incorporate stamping into my layouts I try. Here I stamped a preview  “Autobiographical In Nature” that this layout was me telling a story about me.

hello SASSY 1

hello SASSY 2

hello SASSY 3

Testimony: I was able to incorporate two testimonial elements. The journaling was definitely inspired by me telling my story. The story behind the pictures and the smile. It is a story that I have never told, “Truth be told, I don’t really like my natural smile. It’s too gummy and my eyes squint.  Here, I was going for that perfect pose with the manufactured smile and sassy stance. Except one shot was a natural smile and for once it’s my favorite.”

hello SASSY 4

Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia


Title: hello SASSY.  Cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest (Crème); Coredinations (Sassy, Shabby Shutters); American Crafts (Coffee); Fancy Pants Designs (Mint Corrugated Paper). Patterned Paper: Crate Paper by Maggie Holmes- Flea Market (Curio, Ellie, 6×6 paper pad); Teresa Collins-Vintage Finds (6×6 paper pad); Prima-Madeline (6×6 paper pad);   Stamps: 7Gypsies (Disclaimer); Prima-Julie Nutting Mixed Media Dolls (Mia, Bolero Sweater).  Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Studio Design (Hello, Hey, Hi 46981); Fiskars (Mini Floral); Fiskars Jenni Bowlin (Tab); Sizzix (Branch w/ Leaves); Lifestyle Crafts (Pocket Scrap Dies-Today); EK Success (Scalloped Scallop). Embellishments: Crate Paper by Maggie Holmes- Flea Market (Ephemera)- The Pier (Slide Frames); Teresa Collins-Vintage Finds (Brads); We R Memory Keepers- Love 2 Craft (Chipboard Letters); Jillibean Soup- Cold Avocado Soup (Flashcards); Studio Calico-Atlantic (Wood Veneer Hearts)- Printshop (Accent Stickers); Eyelet Outlet (Eyelets); Queen & Co. (Jellies); Misc. (Embroidery Floss, Punchinella, Gem). Stencils: Heidi Swapp- Spray Stencils (Tiny Heart, Confetti). Markers: Copic (E11, E13, E15, R22, T1, T3, T5, T9, 110, Spica Chocolate); Wink of Stella Glitter Pen (Black). Inks: Stampin Up (Pool Party); Distress Inks (Tattered Rose, Shabby Shutters, Broken China); Heidi Swapp- Color Shine (Blush); Claudine Hellmuth Paints (Traditional Tan, Painterly Pink); Golden Gel Mediums (Regular Matte).

You’re Not the Boss of Me: Sketchabilities #106

Here we are again, taking layout design cues and, I confess, it feels so right. I have been bouncing around looking at different sketch challenge blogs. The one that I have been stalking for quite awhile is Sketchabilities. The design team is fantastic and the variation on the sketches makes the bossing me around not so bad.

So instead of stalking, I decided to come out of the closet and plunge right into the Sketchabilties #106 sketch challenge.


The Layout:

happyHolidays cover

I fussy cut the poinsettias from the October Afternoon paper.

happyHolidays detail 2 happyHolidays detail 1

(Apologize for the quality of the pictures it was rainy and dark the last couple of days and could not get any good daylight shots.)

Thank you for stopping by. More to come, Celia.


Title: happy Holidays.  Cardstock: American Crafts (Surf, Gold POW); Neenah Classic Crest (Natural White); Core’dinations (VC Oasis, Fudgesicle); Worldwin Paper-Colormates (Tan Ribbon). Patterned Paper: Crate Paper-Sleigh Ride (Happy Holidays, Winter Wonderland);October Afternoon- Silent Night (8×8 paper pad- O’ Holy Night, Auld Lang Syne, Carol of the Bells, Joy to the World, Sleigh Ride) Stamps: Penny Black (Christmas Story); Technique Tuesday (Celebrate the Seasons, Good Cheer); Studio Calico (December Daily Kit 2013)  Die Cut & Punches: Cuttlebug- Embossing Folder (Swiss Dot); Impression Obsession (Leaves, Small Leaf Set, Pine Sprig Cluster); My Favorite Things (Fishtail Flags Layers); Lifestyle Crafts (It Kit- Tag It); Sizzix-Tim Holtz Alterations (File Tabs, Elegant Flourishes); EK Success (Zig Zag Edger, 7/8 Scallop); Fiskars (Apron Lace); Martha Stewart Crafts (Flower Bed Deep Edge). Embellishments: Crate Paper- Sleigh Ride (Brads & Buttons, Border Stickers); Freckled Fawn (washi tape); Studio Calico-Magical (Wood Veneer Starburst)-Misc. SC Kits (sequin stars);  Basic Grey (Letter Stickers); My Mind’s Eye- The Sweetest Thing (Enamel Dots); American Crafts-Dear Lizzy Fifth & Frolic (Brads); Misc. (Brads, Enamel Dots).  Markers: Copic (BG10, BG13). Inks: Distress Ink (Evergeen Bough, Festive Berries); Hero Arts Shadow Ink (Soft Pool); Heidi Swapp- Color Shine (Gold); Brilliance (Galaxy Gold); Momento (Rich Cocoa).