You’re Not the Boss of Me: Victoria Marie Sketch Challenge

So the great thing about scrapbooking is that it fosters the most supportive and congenial  social network. I joined a Facebook group sponsored by a fellow scrapbooker Victoria Marie. Besides having one of the best sense of humors I have ever encountered, she is incredibly talented. Link to Victoria Marie Blog. As part of the Victoria Maria FB Group we are given weekly challenges. A few months ago, we were given a sketch challenge. And I decided to play along using paper from one of my fall 2015 Scraptastic Kits and additional supplies from the fall inspired Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice collection. I grabbed my favorite photo from my recent Ireland trip, traipsing around the Whitlock Mountains and came up with a fun layout.


VM FB Page Sketch

Layout: In order to work with my design story, I flipped the sketch 90 degrees counter clockwise. Other than that, I tried to stay close to the sketch but traipsed off the path when the inspiration hit me. Of course the floral paper in the Pumpkin Spice collection inspired me to pull out my floral stamps and die cut cuts that are used as embellishments in place of the circle detail in the sketch. My favorite part of the layout is the brown circle stitching underneath the floral embellishment clusters. It just added the perfect amount of texture and additional design element.

Love Now Cover

Love Now Detail 2

Love Now Detail 1

I hope you enjoyed checking it out as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Thanks for stopping by. More to Come, Celia!


Title: love now. Cardstock: American Crafts (Rust); Stampin Up (Crushed Curry, Soft Sky, Coastal Cabana); Neenah Classic Crest (Natural White).  Patterned Paper: Simple Stories-Pumpkin Spice (Pick of the Patch, Acorn, Crisp Air, 3×4 Journaling Cards, 4×6 Horizontal Journaling Card Elements, 6×6 paper pad); Echo Park-Dots & Stripes (Mustard). Stamps: Stampin Up (Beautiful Bunch, Petite Petals). Die Cut & Punches: Simon Says Stamp (Stitched Circles); Papertry Ink (Happiness in Bloom); American Crafts Knockouts (.375 Flower); Marvy Uchida (5/8 circle), Stampin Up (Fun Flower Punch, Petite Petals, Banner Triangle, Flower); Martha Stewart Crafts (3 in 1 Hydrangea), EK Success (Swiss Cheese Edger), Fiskars (Scallop Edge, 1 inch circle); McGill (Star Flower Perfect Petals). Embellishments Simple Stories-Pumpkin Spice (Expressions Cardstock Stickers, Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers); Studio Calico (Gold Leaves, Enamel Dots, Gold Frame); Twine & Ink (Gold Puffy heart Stickers); American Crafts Thickers (Amy Tan-Grace); Bella Blvd (Little Bits- Bell Pepper), Misc. (Gems). Inks: Stampin Up (Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana. Old Oliver). Picture: November 2015. Layout Completed: January 2016).




Scrapbook Therapy: Stitch Witchery

For all of you that are joining me here today are probably well ensconced in the world of scrapbooking and all of the various techniques. And for those crafty people who use scissors and glue as tools, extending those basics to a sewing machine is not a huge leap. It is actually come so popular to sew on scrapbook pages that it’s not even innovative anymore. And why, most crafty people probably already sew anyway and it is the PERFECT way to add that little bit of texture to your pages.

So this Scrapbook Therapy session will deal with my want to sew on my pages in a unique way that not only creates texture by another design element.  So I dug back into my scrappy supplies for a fun and happy Echo Park collections, some stamps and some cardstock, printed some phots and my handy dandy Brother sewing machine. Since I knew I wanted the stitching to be an integral design element, I laid out my pictures with some paper layering and embellishment clusters in the third quadrant of the layout. I also left a pocket space for my journaling to tuck in behind the pictures.  That left the rest of the page available to experiment with tone on tone with a pop of color and texture by stitching cardstock strips that match the background with red thread that matching the rest of the colors in the collection.

I have to admit that I was very pleased with the outcome. So let me show some shots of the layout and I hope you are just as pleased.


39 Cover


39 Detail 1

39 Detail 3

39 Detail 2

Thank you for joining me on the couch for another Scrapbook Therapy session. See you in group again soon! Celia.


Title: thirty 9. Cardstock: American Crafts (White, Cricket). Patterned Paper: Echo Park- We Are Family (Star Slides, Hot Air Balloons, Family Stripe, Small Floral, 6×6 paper pad); Fine And Dandy (Blue/Teal, Red/Orange), Dots & Stripes (Peony Small Dots), Photo Freedom-Volume I (Red Stripe, Be Kind). Stamps: Kelly Purkey (Happy Birthday). Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Design Studio (Design ID# 58872- Echo Park Flowers); EK Success (Swiss Cheese Edger Punch). Embellishments: Echo Park- We Are Family (Alpha Stickers, Element Stickers); Misc. (Paper Clip-Office Depot). Inks and Color: Prima Chalk Edger (Ladybug, Black Coal, Blossom Tree, Blue Jay, Worn Jeans, Olive Vine).  Picture: June 2015. Layout Completed: October 2015.