Scrapbook Challenges: Pattern Challenge!

Hello! The latest challenge at Scrapbook Challenges is a pattern challenge... and the pattern is: DOODLED



Well, here's what I came up with. Didn't turn out at all like what I thought it would... Still, I just had to scrap this subject... my orange kitties!


The title means "If one is good, but two is better, what's four?". This refers to an old milk commercial that said that drinking one glass of milk was good, but drinking two was better! I had made a layout here of this a while back about my two orange cats... But now I have four! (all rescued from the streets) I just love orange tabbies! They're such sweet natured cats! 

I didn't have any doodled patterned paper (unbelievable given my enormous stash of paper! ;) so I decided to make my own. I just played with fun-looking fonts and wrote words that describe my kitties, along with each of their names. I printed that on vellum and attached it to the paper with heart brads.

Click over to Scrapbook Challenges to see the other team members' doodled pages! Then doodle away and share your page with us! We'd love to see!

Martine




Scrapbook Challenges Sketch 426

Hi!

Scrapbook Challenges has just released sketch #426



It's a one-photo sketch showcasing a large picture and a great opportunity to mix and match patterned papers, which I love to do! I don't often scrap with large photos, so this was fun to do. I simply tilted the sketch to the side and added an extra little picture at the bottom.


The title of my layout means "How can you resist this?", "this" being that cute little orange kitten face with pleading eyes! These are my two latest rescues, which I adopted completely unexpectedly. To make a long story short, my niece showed me that little picture one day. Her friend was looking for someone to take in an outside kitten that she didn't think would make it through the winter. I just couldn't resist those sad little eyes! Turns out there were two babies... The very next day, I was picking both of them up and bringing them home! 

Come play with us at Scrapbook Challenges and show us what you create with this sketch! 

Have a scrappy week!

Martine

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!

Martine


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!

Martine

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.

Lima:
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!

Martine





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!

Martine

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!

Martine



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