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


You’re Not the Boss of Me: Fancy Pants November Sketch

I am sucker. I can admit it gleefully and happily. I cannot get enough of the Fancy Pants collections. The Meology collection is a perfect example of a mix of typography, florals and graphic design that leads to scrapbook magic. Like most of the 2014  Fancy Pants collections, the Meology collection had Brag Cards which worked perfectly with the November Sketch challenge. I added some interest to the top portion of the layout with a slant to highlight the black/white typography. Paired up some Copic colored florals with a flower punch and to unite the floral brights on a diagonal.

The Sketch:

Fancy Pants November Sketch Contest


The Layout:

She is Me Cover  She is Me4



Title: She is Me. Cardstock: Stampin Up (Primrose Petals), American Crafts (Ocean, Evergreen). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants- Meology (Oh Snap!; In Her Words Attitude, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Stampin Up (Secret Garden). Die Cut & Punches: Stampin Up (Secret Garden, Bird Builder), Martha Stewart (3 in 1 Hydrangea). Embellishments: Fancy Pants- Meology (Sticker Fundamentals, Patterned Envelopes &Folders, Brag Cards); Freckled Fawn (Enamel Dots); Doodlebug Design, Inc, (Sprinkles-ladybug); My Mind’s Eye (enamel dots); Misc. (brad). Markers: Copics (R21, R22, R24, RV23, RV25, RV29, YR12, YR15, YR16, YR27, B0000, B000, B00, B01); Wink of Stella (Fine Glitter Dust). Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot); Momento (Tuxedo Black); Stampin Up (Old Oliver).



You’re Not the Boss of Me: Scraptastic July Sketch Challenge

I wanted to pop in to share the layout I did for the July Sketch Challenge with my Scraptastic July Kit. I stuck pretty close to the actual sketch this time around with only a couple of design deviations that actually work better for my pictures, patterned paper and embellishments.  This sketch is probably one of my favorites I have done so far because it just allowed me to incorporate all of my favorite layout design elements.


The Sketch:



The Layout:

Story of Today cover

Story of Today detail 1

Story of Today detail 2

The rose floral stamps are an older Die-Namics die and stamp set that I recently discovered and it has quickly become one of my favorite to incorporate in my crafting. I have some other Wrapped Up Wednesday ideas that these stamps and dies will be making another appearance so stay tuned. Thank you for stopping by. More to come. Celia


Title: Story of Today. Cardstock: American Crafts (Black); Project Life (Midnight Edition); Neenah Classic Crest (Cream); Stampin Up (Lost Lagoon). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants-Burlap& Bouquets (Fresh Bouquet, Chic Burlap, Together, 6×6 paper pad- Floral Wreath, Vision, Variety, I Heart You, Love Arrows) Stamps: Stampin Up (Beautiful Bunch); Technique Tuesday (Today Banners); Kelly Purkey (Calendar); Papertrey Ink (Clip Tips); My Favorite Things (Contemporary Roses); Blinks of Life; Hero Arts (Brush). Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Design Studio (Carta Bella Banners #33147, 3×4 Journaling Card with Scallop Overlay #46843); Stampin Up (Fun Flower); Die-Namics (Contemporary Rose, Layered Leaves); Memory Box (Tabbed Pocket, Bitty Blooms, Bitty Blooms, Arched Stems); Impression Obsession (Layered Flower Set); Technique Tuesday (Banners); Papertrey Ink (Memory Clips); EK Success (Swiss Cheese). Embellishments: Jillibean Soup- Cold Avocado Soup (Flashcards); Chic Tags- School House (Journaling Tags); Studio Calico- South of Market (Alpha Stickers), Wanderlust (Mini Clothespin). Markers: Stampin Up (Bashful Blue). Inks: Stampin Up (Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Crisp Cantaloupe, So Saffron, Hello Honey); Momento (Tuxedo Black).

You’re Not the Boss of Me: My Creative Scrapbook Sketch Contest

Yes, it is true folks. I have become a sucker for sketches. This sketch contest was definitely a different turn for me because it was a complete deviation of my scrappy style. But when the pictures are right, the story is true and the patterned paper is bright then no sketch can get in my way. So I am calling this one a win.


The Sketch:



The Layout:

Drink Up cover

The Details:


Drink Up 3

Drink Up 1

Drink Up 4

Drink Up 2


Thanks for stopping by. More to come. Celia


 Title: Drink UP. Cardstock: Project Life (Sunshine, Midnight); Core’dinations (Primary Yellow). Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants- What A Wonderful Day (Remarkable, Strips, This Way, Swell, 6×6 paper pad). Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Favorite Geotags, Are We There Yet). Die Cut & Punches: Silhouette Studio Design (Arrow Words #33793, 3 tabbed borders #19323); Technique Tuesday (Die-This Arrow Card); EK Success (Round Binding, Binding Edge); Stampin’ Up (1’circle punch); Fiskars (Jenni Bowlin Tab, Postage Stamp). Embossing Folder: American Crafts-Amy Tangerine Plus One (Camera). Embellishments: Fancy Pants- What A Wonderful Day (Sticker Fundamentals); American Crafts-Amy Tangerine Plus One (Stitched Vellum Pockets); Project Life (Sunshine); Studio Calico-Thataway (Diecuts); Chic Tags (Tabbed Journaling Card); WRMK (Enamel Shapes Warm); My Mind’s Eye-Cut & Paste (Enamel Dots); Twine + Ink (Enamel Dots); Doodlebug Design (Sprinkles Ladybug). Inks: Stampin Up (Basic Gray).


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).

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).