Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cards & other Pretty Stuff

First up a reminder that there's still time to comment on my One Little Word post for May and be entered to win!

Edited 5/16 My projects below were picked so that I am the DT Spotlight Designer today Yay!  Thank you Jenn! 

My items for this month's SCF-DT were made from these Beautiful digital stamps by Lil Ellaboudy-Design at mygrafico.  The set is called Natural Beauties:

I was so inspired by how lovely they are that I just kept on making more, and even a scrapbook page (Look at my last post to see).

I was also inspired by another cute  stamp  this one is the Pick a Flower stamp by JD Digi Designs, also at my grafico. 

The challenge blog at A Day for Daisies had a challenge about babies last week and I made this card:
And although I missed the cutoff for entering it in the challenge, I still wanted to share it, cause it's so Purty.  The poem continues inside & is called "Time Well Spent" by Joanna Fuchs.

In other news, One of my Items on Etsy,  the Elegant Silk Scarf was chosen to be included in Plum Creek 22's Medley of Teal Delights treasury.  I am so honored.  Thank you!

Elegant Silk Scarf

I will be back with more LOAD pages in a few days.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

More LOAD Layouts

I have had a busy month so far & it promises to get busier still.  Ryan's last day of school is the 23rd (Whose idea was it to make the last day of school a Monday?) But here are the pages I promised to share:

Day 6 This started as a companion page for day 5-but I wanted to use all the pics.  (Can you tell the title is "Smoke" from the smokestack on the train?) The prompt was about alignment.

Day 7 (was also National Scrapbooking Day cool right!) I used some of the prompts from BPC's Creative Crop to make this page. As well as scraplifting the idea (but not the design) from one of the other LOADers.  Scraplifting was the prompt.

Day8 (Beginning of Color Week) prompt was to use Color to enhance the page's topic

I got to use up an old ScrapJammies kit from 2006 (not quite the waythey designed it though close), and used the Red & bright patterns to show the effervescent personality of my kiddo.

Day 9 she showed us a really neat ColorScope from Paper Source, & told us to pick a color we were drawn to & make a page. This color is called Papaya, and don't the peacocks pop off the page?

These pics were from Ryan's field trip to the zoo.  I asked him to write what he wanted to remember about the peacocks, and he made the cute doodle & wrote peacock (in his adorable 2nd grade spelling) over & over.  It really added to the page.  I also used a sketch from Lisa Day's 28 Days of sketches class at BPC.

Day 10 was to use a color combination from nature.  I used the colors from the peacock pictures I used the day before.

Don't you just love these butterflies!  They are from a set called Natural Beauties by Lil Ellaboudy Designs at mygrafico

I used a sketch from the CropStop Challenge Blog.  As well as the LYM challenge for this week. Which was to scrap the "gadgets" you use in everyday life. So this page about my Computer & PSE.

Day 11was Black & White:

I completely love this page!  I already had the B&W pic with the feet in color, & just hadn't figured out how to use it yet.  This was the perfect challenge.  And don't you just love baby feet?

Day 12 Pick a color you DON'T normally use on a page & combine it with a favorite:

I don't use green much except as a small accent, and though I Love pink, I don't use it that much either, so I had fun with this one. I also used the ScrapHappy sketch for May, adapted of course.

Day 13 I didn't really follow the prompt instead used another of Lisa's sketches:

A very busy page, showing the highlights from the zoo trip.  I wanted the focus to be on the story rather than any particular picture. And Ryan colored the snake because it was his favorite  out of all the animals we looked at.

I haven't done today's page yet.  Stay tuned for some more next week.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

LOAD Day 5

Wow it's day 5 already & I haven't posted any layouts for you so here they are all in one shot:

Day 1 prompt-Basics, just Picture, Paper, Title, & Journaling 

 Day 2 Prompt: Contrast (show it using something other than color)

She said if you're going to contrast by making the element big- make it really big- so I did

I also did this week's LYM prompt here, which was to use a timeline. Tried to do some different things with this one, using a clustering technique I learned from TrueScrap (BTW truescrap2 is coming in OctoberYay!!) & bulky flowers don't scan too well, but I think it still looks okay.  Here are close ups of each side:

Day 3 prompt was Emphasis, Emphasize one thing over the others, don't try to emphasize everything not sure I did too well with that:

These are from Field Day- Just last Friday-Here are the  close ups:

Day 4 Prompt was white space again, I didn't leave too much white space, but I was in a bit of a hurry & used a template:

Close ups again- (BTW look how little Ryan was!):

And Day 5 prompt Visual triangle:
My nephew Aaron has just learned to crawl

Not sure why but this LO took nearly as long as the timeline one, probably because I really wanted to use the triangle to showcase those gorgeous Eyes, and so I fiddled with it a lot.

And when I finally looked at the LOAD message board this morning, I discovered that I won a prize on Day one from @thebigbluebarn...(not for the LO but for leaving lots of comments, I haven't had time to do that as much since that day, but hopefully tomorrow I can catch up on the LOs I've missed this week)I am really excited!! I will do my best to keep sharing my pages with you, at least weekly, the rest of the month. & speaking of prizes, don't forget to check out my May OLW blog hop post-There's a giveaway & you have until the 22nd to qualify.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

One Little Word Blog Hop-May

Edited: Sorry There were some technical difficulties earlier but I think we're working now!

Welcome to my blog!  I am Katrina and this is where I ramble about my life.  I am a single mother and professional crafter so this blog has lots of parenting as well as scrapbooking & crochet stuff.  If you came from Monica you are in the right place, if not, it is a circle so you can go on from here and circle back around and still hit all the blogs.  Margie is the organizer and founder of this hop as well as the first one on the list, she did a lot of work to put it together so be sure to check out her blog and say thanks!! Keep reading for the link to the next blog...

Wow can you believe it is May already? I can't, but it makes me happy because it means warmer weather is on its way!!! It also means the beginning of another LOAD.  If you've never done or heard of LOAD  I highly recommend you check it out.  It stands for Layout a Day-You get a prompt every day, which you can do or ignore at your choosing, and if you complete & upload a layout each day to the Flickr gallery not only do you get wonderful comments from the other LOADers but you also are eligible to win a grand prize at the there are little prizes throughout...And the best part is- you get a whole bunch of scrapbooking done!

In April our OLW challenge was to write a letter to your future self.  Mine gets pretty emotional so I will only share a part of it with you-

...I used to love April, all the little bits of spring that are starting to pop up, the trees are blooming, the grass is hinting at greenness...but for the past 8 years it has seemed like an old friend that betrayed me.  April always brought so much pain.  But each year it gets a little better.   My wish for you is that you love April again, and while it will probably always be somewhat melancholy, I hope there are more memories that make you smile each year and that you dwell less and less on the ones that make you cry...

We were also to get a photograph of ourselves again in April.  This was easy because I already had an appointment for family photos.  Here is the one of me:

My Little Man
Our Family of two

and here is my favorite:

 It's not because you can't see my face (as someone suggested) It's the EMOTION of this picture, just look at that sad little face! I am so privileged to be the comforter & champion of this sweet little boy.

April was a busy month and an emotional one so I am relieved that it is over...May will be better!!

I can hardly wait to see what our prompt is for May...

Last month we had a giveaway and only 3 people mentioned their favorite color or flower- but I decided to give everyone a shot anyway and our winner (thanks to the random number picker) is: #3 Julie Ann Shahin (she just happened to be one that gave her color too) Julie said: "Huge congrats on your DT's, that is fantastic! I'm so jealous of your crochet abilities. Sounds like you had a wonderful month. Best of luck in April. My favorite color is yellow! xoxo"

Thanks so much Julie! and congrats to you too!
I think the giveaways are so much fun that I am going to do it again!!! So as long as you don't mind waiting a month or so to get a bookmark from me (sorry Cassie- I promise to put it in the mail on Monday. I thought it was already sent, but I found it in my car yesterday) comment for me and you just might win. 
Don't forget to give some comment love to the other blog participants too.

BTW: there is a coupon in my sidebar that is good for free shipping from my ETSY store and there are some bookmarks you just might love.

Your next stop is: Julie Ann (Is that a coinkydink or what? It is, I promise)
And in case anyone gets lost-here is the whole shebang:

Lisa Allen

Abbey R
Jill C.
Amanda K.
Cheri A.
Rebekah P.
Lynn W.
Monica B2

Jen S.
Monica B1
Katrina Are Here
Julie Ann Next
Donna B
Karen D