Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Corn Maze

I am experiencing a great high while typing this.  My double take LO was picked as a top 3 at Lasting Memories.  Woo-hoo!!

I have completed this LO for last year's visit to Steed's Dairy. There are tons of activities for kids at Steed's. One of the big attractions for adults is the corn maze. What adult doesn't love a challenge? But a corn maze on a warm day (notice some kids are in shorts) is even more challenging. We managed to survive.  Notice the clues pay homage to Augusta's own Lady A!

I completed this LO following a sketch from Sketches in Thyme.


I am entering this LO in the following blog contests:
Art With No Boundaries - October and Halloween
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge - #135 Polka Dots
Fussy and Fancy - #74 Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - #87 Anything Goes
Quirky Crafts Challenges - #22 Anything But a Card Using Autumn Colors
Sketches in Thyme - #91
The Crafty Bloggers Network - #4 Anything Goes

CTMH "Dotty For You" paper pack
DCWV Jewel Colored Cardstock Stack
Cricut - "Corn Maze" cut at 1" on Cuttin' Up; circles - 1" and 4" on Cricut Classic Font (italic layer)
Sharpie marker for journaling

Til next time,

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Using Hoarded Supplies for a Double Take

This LO shows just two of the beautiful homes my husband and I saw while on a horse drawn carriage ride in Charleston, South Carolina. After a while we stopped taking pictures just to admire the beauty of the architecture.

I am submitting this LO to three challenges.
Use It Tuesday - challenge 42, Use Orange. Most everything on this page is hoarded or forgotten about supplies. Even the pictures are two years old. As far as orange, the adhesive paper ribbon (gift from MIL years ago), background paper (Creative Memories gift, at least two years old), orange cardstock (in scrap folder).
Lasting Memories - #111, Double Take; two homes in downtown Charleston
Lets Get Sketchy! - Week 2, Oct. 8 sketch

the sketch:

my version:

Creative Memories paper, photo mats, and scallop punch
Close To My Heart - "Beauty" gift stamp set, Ocean ink
adhesive paper ribbon - found in my stash, no idea where it came from
brads, cardstock - from in stash
Cricut - Gypsy, cut at 5" and welded

Til next time,

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Duck Races

What a busy week!  But I managed to complete a two page layout with two challenges in mind.  These are more pictures from Steed's Dairy (see first post).  With many corn mazes, Steed's has water pump duck races.  I used the sketch from Scrap Much? Oct. 19 sketch challenge.  And I also cut ducks using my Cricut for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #133 Down on the Farm.  Now my ducks are a little non-traditional in color, but I like them :)

The sketch:

My version:
(Not the best lighting.  But I finished the page at 8 PM, so natural light was out of the question.)

Supplies used:
k i Memories Classic Prints Paper Pad - printed papers
Crafts Etc! Brights Paper Pad - cardstock
Brads from my stash
Chipboard Letters (I've had these so long I don't even remember where I bought them)
Cricut Catridge: Animal Kingdom - duck (p. 87) at 3 inches and beak and wing layers using shift key (I hid cuts that would make the body). The ducks were made with cardstock found in my scraps folder. I used Sharpie markers for details.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I'm so behind...

Even though my scrapbooks are in chronological order, I am not a chronological scrapbooker. I find myself working on, well, whatever.

Now that I have started this blog, I am loving the sketch challenges I am finding. And I'm pretty sure I've only found the tip of the iceberg. If you have any suggestions for finding other sketch challenges, please leave me a comment.

I completed a layout showcasing pictures from January 2011. Like I said, I'm all over the place with my dates.  We don't get much snow in Georgia.  So when it does come, I take TONS of pictures.  The sketch is from Scrap Much? October 12 Sketch-y Friday Challenge.

Materials Used:
Creative Memories Winter Power Palette
DCWV The Christmas Stack
DCWV Jewel Cardstock
DCWV snowman stickers
Cricut - Cuttin Up' cut at 3/4 inch

Monday, October 15, 2012

4th Grade Year - time sure does fly

I created this LO with two challenges in mind. These pictures were taken during Madison's 4th grade year (she's in 6th grade now). I couldn't find her 5th grade individual picture and class pictures are not taken in middle school. At least with doing this LO, I'm getting more pictures in an album :)  I added her classmates' names after posting.

For the Luv of Art - It's a School Days Challenge
LMCB #110 - "Out of the Hat" (grab 4 items out of the hat - see materials used)

Materials Used:
CTMH Typeset paper pack
CTMH Typeset fabric stickers
Brads in a Bag brad
Ribbon - from my stash
Buttons - from my stash

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Scrap Much sketch-y Friday challenge

I completed a layout for the following October 5 sketch-y Friday challenge at Scrap Much.

I want to give a special shout out to my co-creator, my daughter Madison. She helped me choose the solids and gave me the needed, "Oh, that looks really good there!" when I was questioning my LO. The subject of the pictures is my youngest, Megan. As part of Girl Scouts Traveling Troops, she and a friend went to a local cheer and tumbling studio. The girls saw and even participated in cheers and tumbling exercises.

Momenta Cardstock - blue and green paper
DCWV The Stack 6 - printed papers and birds
Creative Memories - tag and journaling box
CTMH - Indian Corn Blue ink
Stickopotamus - white letter stickers
brads from my stash

Til next time,

Friday, October 12, 2012

Connie Can Crop October Monthly Challenge #3

I completed a one page layout for Connie Can Crop's Monthly challenge.  The requirements are to create a card or layout using the color orange and purple or black twine.  I do not own ANY twine, so one of my lovely co-workers let me have embroidery thread, which could be used instead of twine. 

My parents, aunt, and uncle just returned from a trip to Amish country in Ohio.  Having grown up on a small farm, my dad was in heaven.  One of the many souveneirs my parents came home with was an Amish made black bench that my mom is using outside as part of her fall decorations.  My mom decorates for fall for as long as I can remember.  Because my parents live off of a major highway, trick-or-treaters do not make that yearly visit.  But my mom still decorates - luminaries, pumpkins, mums, hay, scarecrow, etc.  So the bench fits right in.  I decided to make a one page layout to show off her love of fall.

Now I want my own Amish made bench, but I don't see myself making a trip to any Amish country any time soon.  I did go to a flea market a few weeks ago trying to find a ladder back chair to use for a display very similar to my mom's.  Well, no such luck.  But my dad gave me a chair from my parent's first dining room set.  My dad feels that everything can be upcycled, so he keeps EVERYTHING.  For once, I benefitted from it.  We are heading to the pumpkin patch this weekend.  Hopefully I'll have my fall decoration set up soon.

Materials used:
brown paper from my stash
orange checkered paper - k i Memories Classic Prints Paper Pad
purple embroidery thread
scarecrow sticker from my stash
Flora Doodle Handmade Flowers

Til next time,

Thursday, October 11, 2012

LMCB #109 - My Hometown

I created the following layout for a challenge at Lasting Memories. The theme is "My Hometown".

Being from Augusta, Georgia, there is so many things my hometown is famous for... The Augusta National (home of the Masters golf tournament), the Savannah River, the boyhood home of Woodrow Wilson, and of course, my hometown is the birthplace of the godfather of soul, James Brown. But when I first came across this challenge, none of the above came to mind.

So I started looking through my pictures that I need to scrapbook, and I came across pictures of my oldest's very first time at a concert, Lady Antebellum. Two members from Lady A, Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood, are from Augusta. What a better way to showcase my hometown?

As I already stated, this was Madison's first concert. David and I waited until we sat down to even tell her why we were there. She was so excited once we told her. The concert was on a school night and Madison fell asleep before it was even over. We have been to a second Lady A concert since this one, and took the youngest one in addition to Madison. We stayed the entire time at that one.

Materials used:
American Crafts Teen paper - pink solid and prints
k i Memories Classic Print Paper Pad - teal
ribbon from my stash
Cricut - Cricut Classic Font
Creative Memories pen - black

Til next time,

Monday, October 8, 2012

Day One, Am I Crazy or What?

Hello world!  My name is Melissa and I am a wife, mother, teacher, Girl Scout leader, etc, etc, from Augusta Georgia.  My #1 hobby is scrapbooking. 

So after spending Saturday and Sunday checking out the Falling for Halloween Blog Hop at http://stampcutcreate.blogspot.com/, I decided maybe I can start a blog.  You know during that few minutes when I should be sleeping.  So we'll see how this goes.

I spent the weekend at a scrapbooking crop in Flowery Branch, Georgia.  It was beyond wonderful.  I completed 7 two-page layouts.  My two favorites are below.  

Barnyard Buddies is a kit from Out On a Limb Scrapbooking (http://www.outonalimbscrapbooking.com/).  The pictures are from a visit to Steed's Dairy, a local dairy farm that opens during the fall season with a corn maze and TONS of fun for kids.   

A Brand New Look is of my girls getting feathers in their hair.  This is my own design using a piece of paper from my stash, DCWV textured jewel colored cardstock, ribbon, scissor brads, and letters cut from my Cricut.  I used my Gypsy for the first time this weekend.  Wow!  And I know there's so much more I can do :)
My goal is to post at least once a week with a new layout I created during the week.  Who knows, maybe I'll get caught up.