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).




You’re Not the Boss of Me: Scraptastic September Sketchy Thursdays

I have been sitting on a couple of layouts that I need to share with all you all– my small scrappy  but very loyal  following! And yes, I know it is January 2016 and I am sharing a September 2015 sketch challenge but I sometimes really suck at this #aboutthisbloglife. I endeavor to force myself to get better about sharing as part of my 2016 scrappy goals. Coming back to this space to be creative helps to calm the left brain beast that is my adult grown up work life. So thank you to my small following – which I am pretty sure mostly includes my scrappy friends and my mother! Here is to hoping for more followers of other crazy addicted crafters in the upcoming year.

Since I have become enamored with sketches, I get super excited to stretch my creative legs and add to this scrappy improv of sketch with and some’um else- whether it be limiting myself to a color scheme, a kit or, in this case, a collection, just a little something something to spice up this sketch game. For this turn on the improv wheel, I stuck with the sketch design and made use of the very popular I Am Collection from Simple Stories. With some pictures thrown in from my first day of my Stockholm travels last May, this was super fun layout to make. So sit back and I hope you enjoy the show.

The Sketch:

2015-07-Scraptastic (1)

The Layout:

I AM Here Cover

I AM Here Detail 1

I AM Here Detail 2

Thanks for joining me. More to come. Celia


Title: I AM HERE. Cardstock: Coordinations (Mandarin); Stampin Up (Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Coral Calypso, Bermuda Bay); Neenah Classic Crest (Vanilla).  Patterned Paper: Simple Stories-I AM (Fabulous, Beautiful, Journaling Cards, Grateful, 2×2 & 6×8 Elements, 2×12, 4×12, 6×12 Elements, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: MFT (Modern Blooms); Stampin Up (Pictogram Punches). Die Cut & Punches: Stampin Up (Itty Bitty Accents); MFT (Modern Blooms). .Embellishments: Simple Stories-I AM (Expressions Cardstock Stickers, Fundamentals Stickers, Enamel Dots, Chipboard Frames, Interactive Elements); Twine + Ink (Puffy Stickers). Inks and Color: Stampin Up (Daffodil Delight, Old Oliver, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry).  Picture: May 2015. Layout Completed: September 2015