Sunday, August 23, 2015

I Scream, You Scream … We All Scream For Ice Cream

All summer long, the design team over on the Scrapbook Nerd message board have been issuing challenges as part of their annual scrappy Summer Camp festivities. I've managed to get a handful of challenges done and I'm hoping to cross a few more off the list later this week. One of the challenges was to scrapbook a "summer" photograph - and nothing says summer quite like a hot fudge ice-cream sundae, right?! Here's the layout I made … 

I enjoyed this delicious concoction whilst sitting in a busy square near the Cathedral in Cologne. Alan was climbing the 500+ stairs to the top of the Cathedral, and Lisa and I decided to enjoy a special treat while we waited. Now, funny story … I scrapbooked this entire layout and uploaded it to the gallery and then realized that it actually wasn't ice-cream at all! It was an iced cappuccino thingy. *oops* But as far as I'm concerned, iced cappuccinos are also quite summery so I think this layout still counts! And I'm leaving the title and ice-cream embellishments as is because … well, it looks quite cute! 

I used a mix of Dear Lizzy products from her Serendipity line and some newer products from Crate Paper's Poolside collection. I'm not one to toot my own horn, but I really love how this turned out - probably because it's got all 3 of my favorite colors (pink, minty green and woodgrain!) It's definitely my favorite layout of the summer.

There's still a bit of time to play along if you're interested in participating in Scrapbook Nerd's summer camp! All challenges must be uploaded to the Scrapbook Nerd gallery and shared in the appropriate message board thread by August 31st in order to qualify for one of the three $15 gift certificate prizes.  Each layout posted gets you one ballot into the prize draw. Scrapbook Nerd is a really fun community, so I highly recommend you check 'em out if you haven't already!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Touring French Castles + Scrapbook Circle Sketch

I haven't participated in a sketch challenge in ages - and when I saw this amazing sketch over on the Scrapbook Circle blog, I knew I had to play along. I was instantly drawn to its layers and the clusters of embellishments surrounding the photos.

If you've been following my blog for awhile now, you probably know that I print almost all of my photos in either 4x6 or 4x4. I didn't have any small photos on hand, so I had to adjust the sketch to accommodate a size I had available. Here is my take on it using one 4x4 photograph … 

This photo is one of my favorites from our recent trip to Europe. Both my husband and I are into castle - he loves the architecture, I love the history and romance. When we were in France, we decided to treat ourselves and booked a full-day tour of French castles in the historic Loire Valley (about 2 hrs from Paris). The last castle we saw on our tour was called Chateau de Chenonceau and before we left to get back on the bus, we snapped a quick selfie with the castle in the background. 

I decided not to use any travel-themed papers or embellishments on this layout - except for that red puffy "travel" sticker, obviously. I wanted the page to look the way we felt while touring castles … elegant, romantic, ritzy, royal. I used a lot of leftover odds and ends from various Valentine's Day collections. I loved how the layout turned out and it's proof that you don't have to splurge on thematic supplies to document your travels! 

If you're inspired by the sketch and want to play along, you have until August 19th to upload your layouts (link here) for a chance to win a Crate Paper prize pack. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

My Life In Lists … Embracing The "Listers Gotta List" Challenge

A few months ago, some of the ladies over on the Scrapbook Nerd message board started talking about this challenge called Listers Gotta List. Cori Spieker, aka the "Reset Girl" for those you immersed in the world of daily planners, is the mastermind behind the Listers Gotta List challenge. Every month, she sends out a list of prompts (one prompt for each day of the month) and the idea is to take those prompts and write simple, bullet point lists outlining your answers. It's a quick and easy way to make sure that you're taking time to document yourself and the random, everyday things that make you who you are!

I've been receiving the free email prompts since the launch in April, but this month marks the first time I'll be participating and writing lists of my own. There are many ways one can participate - you can jot down your answers in a notebook with zero embellishments whatsoever, create a whole 12x12 layout or do something in-between ... it's entirely up to you! I've decided to put all my lists in a coral 4x4 album by We R Memory Keepers. I won't be doing all of the prompts each month, but I'll choose a handful that speak to me and create a cute little 4x4 card with my answers on it. Here's a peek of what I've done so far …

If you're interested to see how I put together the cover page for this mini album, I did make a video! 
You can view it right here.

For more information on the Listers Gotta List challenge …