Scrapbook Challenges: January Mood Board!

Hi there! There's a new challenge up at Scrapbook Challenges... and it's a mood board! Here it is:

Don't you just love that color palette! For my layout, I went digging once again in my old Basic Grey and pulled out the Phoebe collection. I wanted to distress my bright papers, so I sanded the edges, misted the paper with water then crumpled it up. I also doodled along all the edges. I used a very wide rickrack ribbon to evoke waves and to support part of the title ("floating"). I kept embellies at a minimum since the papers were very busy on their own.

The title is in Spanish and means "The Floating Islands of the Uros". The Uros have been living on floating islands made of reeds for centuries (the oldest island is 160 years old!). They first developed this way of living to evade the conquering Incas. They must continually add reeds (totora) on top as the bottom slowly decomposes. Each small island has a few houses (also made of reeds) and families living on them depending on their size. There's an elementary school on a larger island. Teens go on shore to Puno to pursue their studies but come back each day after school. It was quite an experience to visit the Uros!

Be sure to visit Scrapbook Challenges to see the other DT's layout and don't forget to link up your own creation! Thanks for visiting!


Scrapbook Challenges Sketch #424!

Hi! Well, here it is, the first reveal of Scrapbook Challenges new design team! Here's the sketch we had to work with:

And here's my layout, which will be the title page for my Peru album. As you can see, I switched up the position of the papers a bit, and added a third photo to the sketch.

I dove back into my old Basic Grey collections; this one is Sugar Rush. I also used another product which was gathering a bit of dust in my scrap room: my Tattered Angels huge compass stamp! I liked the stamp but felt it was a bit too "strong" on the page, so I used White Picket Distress Stain to tone it down.

It felt great to scrap again and it was so much fun to delve into all our Peru pictures! There are more than I can (or want to!) count! Can't wait to get started on my next layout!

Don't forget to stop by Scrapbook Challenges to see the whole team's work! It's beautiful! And why don't you let yourself be inspired by the sketch and join us?

Thanks for stopping by!


Still here!

Wow! So I've been gone a really long time! My scrap room had never been quiet this long before... But I'm itching to go back now... and what better way than with Scrapbook Challenges! Yep, I made the '15 Winter/Spring Sketch Crew! There will be a special reveal this Wednesday, so make sure to stop by to see the new sketch and all the pretty layouts. 

I can't show you my new layout yet, but I will give you a peek of the main photo that's on it!

Yes, that's the Machu Pichu in the background! We went to Peru last summer. What a trip!! We came back with tons (I'm not kidding!) of beautiful pictures and wonderful memories. We loved the country and the people. The country itself is beautiful and so varied. From the tropical forest to the high mountains, from Lake Titicaca to the huge sand hills of the coast and the mysterious Nazca lines. It's heart wrenching to see the difficult life conditions that too many of its people have to endure. Despite all the poverty, we found Peruvians to be friendly and very hard-working. This is the kind of trip which opens your eyes to what life is like in many parts of the world and makes you realize how very lucky we are.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our trip.

La Plaza de Armas

Waiting to meet real ones! lol!
 Beautiful cathedral

One of Lima's parks. In the winter time (our summer), it's always cloudy and misty in Lima...

Tropical forest:

The mountains and Cuzco:

Lake Titicaca and the floating islands of the Uros:

The Nazca Lines seen from the air:

Just to show how huge these things are!!

These are just a few of the many amazing things that we saw and did in Peru! This trip will keep me scrapping for a long time! 

Don't forget to stop by Scrapbook Challenges on Wednesday to see the first reveal of the new team! See you then!


Another Layout...

Hi there! Here's another layout that I completed at my weekend crop a few weeks ago. It's from our trip to Virginia and North Carolina in 2012. We visited Biltmore, the largest private "house" in the US, built by the Vanderbilts. Mike, who loves to put his own spin on words, called it "Build More" because of its size, hence the title of my layout! The page is based on a sketch from the crop. I always love a good grid design!

I've got two unfinished layouts currently waiting for me, but I need to make some space and put some order in my scrap room so I can be creative!

Have a scrappy week!


Cool Caverns!

Hello! Here's another page I made at my weekend crop. It's about Luray Caverns, which were the first caverns we visited when we went to Virginia and North Carolina in 2012. It was truly impressive!! You can't imagine how vast they are and how beautiful!

I used this sketch by at Scrap Much? by Laura Whitaker

I used the old collection "Ambrosia" by Basic Grey. The colors were just perfect. And how about that drippy Martha Stewart punch to mimic stalactites? I thought that was pretty cool!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your scrappy time!


Another Disney Layout!

Hi there! Here's another layout I did during my weekend crop. This one's about my favorite Disney character, Donald Duck. I like him because he's not as perfect as Mickey! ;-)

It's based on this sketch by Becky Fleck at Pagemaps.

The title means "Hurray for the Duck!" and is meant as a companion page to one I did a while ago. I used another old Basic Grey collection, "Oh Baby Boy!".

That's all I have for now! Have a scrappy week!


A Disney Layout!

Hi! Here's a layout I did about the magical fireworks at Disney World! We were there for New Year's Eve in 2012. They really go all out!! Talk about magical! I used the April sketch from Anna's Craft Cupboard which took me out of my comfort zone a little bit! 

I used a sunburst stencil by Heidi Swapp and misted my dark background with different shimmery mists. The picture didn't turn out very well though. I used Inka Gold to distress the black plastic letters by Tim Holtz for the word "night". I love that cute little Mickey and Minnie sticker! It's hard to tell, but they're surrounded by their own little fireworks.

Thanks for stopping by!

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