Hey, howdy, hey, let’s bring on May! I don’t know about you, but the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” certainly rang true for my little corner of Louisiana this year. I can count on one hand the number of times we were able to take the kiddos out for recess. Makes for an interesting month! And now, all my irises are in bloom, and even some of my roses, and I have to say, I always feel inspired when things start growing and blooming around me. So let’s see if we can muster up some mojo to carry us through May, what’ya say? (Okay, I’m done with the corny rhymes – onto the prompts!)

Color Scheme

Color Scheme

I am in LOVE with this combination of colors, even though they’re not the pastel hues I usually think of for Spring. It was the photo of the raspberries that helped me make the final decision on the color scheme, and, as so many have before, this one comes to us from Design Seeds.

Sketch

Sketch

This easy, breezy sketch lends itself to lots of layers and cute embellishments. If you’re trying to use up some scraps, this would be an excellent starting off point. It’s from the Sketches in Thyme blog.

Embellishment

Embellishment

For some reason, when I spotted this embellishment idea, I could picture it, maybe a bit smaller, fitting right in with the sketch. You could make it any shape at all – circle, star, tag, butterfly, flower, and simply ink it up, stamp it, and voila! Easy custom embellishment. The idea is from Monica Zuniga’s blog.

 

TechniqueTechnique

So it seems we’re getting two techniques for the price of one this month (the embellishment idea also incorporates artsy ideas). I’m imagining using this technique to create a custom background for a layout or card. I love the way all the colors of the rainbow are represented here, but it would also be gorgeous just using the ones in the color scheme prompt. This technique is from the My scrappin’ life blog.

Topics

Topic Prompts

There’s something for everyone in this month’s topic list. From scrapping about self-awareness to what you love about your “mum,” you’ll find something to spark an idea for a page or journal entry. Maybe even a whole album! These prompts are from Break of Light.

So much fun and inspiration this month! I can’t wait to get into each of these prompts! What about you? I’d love to hear about your favorite(s). Leave a comment below or come join the conversation in our Facebook group.

See you next week!

 

October 18

Welcome to another week of Scraps & Stash Saturday! This week I’ve got three new single-page layouts to share with you created with my October S&S kit. Layout 3

First up is “Grad Night,” a layout showing off photos of my son and my niece on the night of their high school graduation ceremony. I layered gray-and-white and yellow-and-white patterned papers over the woodgrain background, taking color cues from the photos themselves. A chalkboard sticker and black and white round phrase element and Thickers emphasize the theme of the page.Layout 4

Next is “My Boy & Me,” a layout showing off my son and me on the day of his graduation party. I layered a solid cardstock block over the busier patterned paper to create a place for the eye to rest, and so the photo wouldn’t get lost in the bold pattern. A few strips of patterned paper, some stickers, and a brad complete the layout.Layout 5

And the last layout for this week is called “Thankful for this guy.” I started with a solid gray cardstock background and layered simple, tone-on-tone papers with pops of red and yellow here and there.The chevron element in the lower right corner is actually as stamped image, and the rest of the embellishments consist of a label sticker, an epoxy brad, and Thickers.

Kit Remains Week 2

And here is what remains of my kit. Although I know I’ve used a lot, it still looks almost like I haven’t even made a dent! I still have lots of supplies to carry me into this final week and possibly into other months’ kits as well.

Be sure to check out the video below for more details, and while you’re there, be sure to like, comment, subscribe, and/or share! I would really love to hear from you.

Till next week, cheers!

Monday Mojo Graphic

Welcome back to September’s Monday Mojo series. As you may know, the format for Monday Mojo has changed from featuring new pins and prompts weekly to sharing one collection for entire month, giving everyone plenty of time to make the most of the ideas and inspiration offered here.

This month, I’ve been excited to feature my friends Karen Siegel Fitting and Janet Carr with their super fabulous digital layouts. I’d love for you to visit their blogs and leave them some love, as they really are two very inspirational ladies.

And for this month’s final project, I’ve put together my interpretation of a combination of most of the prompts to create this card:

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I have to say, this is the most technique-driven card I’ve ever made, and it was so much fun to put together! I loosely followed the layout sketch in choosing and putting the elements together. I used stencils and Dylusions sprays to create the background (the circular stencils stand in for the circles in the sketch), and also sprayed each of the layers of cardstock with the same colors. I drew inspiration from the embellishment prompt in choosing to use sequins as embellishments. Originally, I created a hand-drawn sentiment that said “Good Day Sunshine” as a nod to the song lyric/title prompt, but in my opinion, it looked a bit too homemade, so in the end I ditched it for a stamped sentiment.

I’d love to see your creations from this month as well, particularly any that were inspired by September’s prompts. Just link me up in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win this fun prize pack of Double Dot Gems from BoBunny:

Prize

Be sure to check back next week for a whole new round of Pinspiration for October!

Monday Mojo GraphicHello again, and happy Labor Day Monday! I hope you are able to enjoy a day *free* of labor, and that you might even find a little scrappy time for yourself today.

September’s Monday Mojo prompts are all about fall. Hopefully you’ll find something here that inspires you to scrap those back-to-school photos or even finish up a few vacation layouts that are still hanging around from summertime before the hectic holiday season sets in. Whatever the case may be, if you create a project based on any of the prompts throughout the month, be sure to link them up here to have your name go into a drawing for a scrappy prize from me (photo at the end of this post)! So let’s get started:

1. Color SchemeColor Combo

This month’s color combo, “Pastoral,” is from the Color World blog. The jewel are the perfect shades for showcasing fall photos of turning leaves, visits to the apple orchard, and even pumpkin patch portraits.

2. SketchSketch

This month’s sketch is from the Sketch Savvy blog. It’s great for showing off a special photo with lots of little details and layers.

3. EmbellishmentEmbellishment

Our embellishment inspiration is from Aly Dosdall, featured on Scrapbook.com. Aly has used sequins and confetti to create a pocket tag that would be a knockout on a card or scrapbook page. Also great for using up little scraps, in the form of punchies!

4. Technique

Technique

I just adore this month’s technique, which was pinned from Flickr user Alyscraps’ photostream. The photo is simply titled “Dylusions Spray and Stencils,” which seems fairly self-explanatory. I plan to play with this technique myself, and will post any tips or techniques I discover along the way.

5. Topic PromptTopic Prompt

And, finally, our topic prompt for the month is to scrap about your favorite song title or lyrics. For me, it will be hard to pick just one – I could maybe even squeeze out an entire mini album centered around this one topic!

As always, I love to see what you create based on these Pinterest finds. Please be sure to link your projects in the comments of any September Monday Mojo post, and you’ll be entered to win this set of gems from BoBunny’s Double Dot Jewels line. Don’t hesitate! September will be over before you know it!

Prize

 

 

Technique https://www.flickr.com/photos/20248515%40N03/7506270148/in/photostream/?rb=1

 

Monday Mojo Graphic

Hello, and happy Monday!

First, let me apologize for my recent “radio silence.” I spent the better part of last week at the CHA Paper Arts Show in Atlanta, GA. I had the best intentions of blogging/Instagramming from the show, but the hotel’s connection was spotty at best most of the time, so it simply did not happen. I will be blogging about the experience over the next few days, and, in the meantime, if you’d like to see my photos from the show, you can check them out on Flickr.

Now onto Monday Mojo. I’m switching things up for this series, and instead of bringing you weekly Pinterest prompts, I’ll be doing them once a month. I’ve got some amazing guest posters lined up to share their takes on the prompts, and you have the chance to participate, too! Just link up your projects in the comments each week, and I’ll choose someone at random to win a scrappy prize from MKP at the end of the month. Sound good? Let’s get on with it!

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

This month’s color palette comes from a foreign website called In Color Balance. It came across my Pinterest feed, and I fell in love with the deep reds combined with pale blue and neutral khaki. I think it will play really well with this month’s sketch!

2. Sketch

Sketch

This month’s sketch comes from the Paper Secrets blog. It’s featured as their August sketch challenge, and if you send in a submission by the 31st, you could win a $20 gift certificate to their shop. Be sure to read the rest of the guidelines, though, as there is a bit more to the challenge than just using the sketch.

3. Embellishment

Embellishment

I am completely taken with this month’s embellishment idea, which comes from the Sweet Home blog. In fact, the entire post from which this prompt comes from is full of drool-worthy ideas. I can’t wait to play with some tags, stamps, and buttons, and I really can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

4. Technique

Technique

All right, so this month’s technique from Jill Ricci doesn’t really have an accompanying tutorial, but I can imagine interpreting it a number of ways. The quilt-like pattern could be achieved with circle punches or die cuts, or maybe even stencils and paints. This is a chance to let your imagination run wild and really get inventive.

5. Topic

Topic Prompt

And, finally, for this month’s topic, we’ll be scrapping about our “happy places.” This could be anywhere, really. It could be a place in your imagination (think Happy Gilmore), or it could be a favorite vacation spot. Whatever your happiest place is, make a page about it and share it with us!

So that’s it for this month’s prompts. I hope the wheels are turning in your mind and you’ve already got some projects in mind. To be entered to win a scrappy prize, use one or more of this month’s prompts in a creation and link to it in the comments. Can’t wait to see what you do!

Scraps & Stash July 19

Welcome to another week of Christmas in July Scraps & Stash. This week’s layouts are all about the same year – 2007. We had recently moved into our current home and we wanted to do the holidays big. We went to the tree farm and got a huge real tree and decorated all the front rooms. We also hosted both our family gatherings. I have tons of photos from that year, but I managed to cut them down to three double-page spreads.

Tree Farm Double Page Layout

Tree Farm Double Page Spread

The first layout is titled “Tree Farm,” and it documents our first trip to a tree farm to pick out a tall tree for our living room, as well as the other trees we put up around the house. I used Crate Paper Sleigh Ride patterned paper for the background, then layered blocks of green text paper and solid cardstock and Carta Bella scraps over all.

Tree Farm Left Side

Tree Farm Left Side

 

Tree Farm Right Page

Tree Farm Right Page

 

Presents Double Page Spread

Presents Double Page Spread

The second layout documents our Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning gift opening. I loved both sides of the Sleigh Ride background pages, so I decided to trim them down a bit in order to use the scraps on another project. I layered the background pages over Vanilla cardstock, then added a layer of Crimson spanning both sides. A few cut apart pieces and stickers round out the embellishing.

Presents Left Page

Presents Left Page

Presents Right Page

Presents Right Page

Family Double Page

The last layout documents our extended family gatherings. I chose kraft cardstock for backgrounds, then started stacking scraps from other layouts on top to build the layout. The photos are matted in Scarlet, and die-cuts, cut apart pieces, and stickers round out the pages.

Family Right Page

Family Right Page

Family Left Page

Family Left Page

And here’s what’s left. 4 sets of double pages for two-page spreads, several single sheets of patterned papers, lots of cut-apart pieces, die-cuts, stickers, and ribbon. If you’ve got some great ideas for using up ribbon, I’d love to see them – this seems to be one stash item I have a hard time using up. I’ve started a Pinterest board for ideas, and I can always us more.Kit Remains

I’d love to see your stash projects too, Christmas or otherwise. Leave a comment and link me up!

Scraps & Stash July 12 2014

Welcome to Week 1 of Scraps & Stash Saturday Christmas in July. Last week I shared the contents of my Christmas stash kit. I knew I had a ton of Christmas photos in my backlog, so I purposely put together a really large kit. Originally I planned to make lots of double page layouts with some single pages mixed in, but when I made an honest assessment of where I really was with my Christmas photos, I changed my strategy to also include some pocket pages. Here’s what I’ve gotten done so this week:

Double page layout – Mother/Daughter Sleepover

Christmas Layout Left Side Christmas Layout Right Side

I was able to get seven photos scrapped with this spread, telling the story of our first mother-daughter Christmas get together, which took place in 2005.Double Page Christmas Layout

Next I put together a pocket page layout. The front is full of photos from Christmas Eve 2005Christmas Pocket Page Layout 1

and the back has photos from Christmas Day 2005. Christmas Pocket Page Layout 2

Moving on to 2006 – this single page is untitled and features photos from our second mother-daughter ornament exchange. The photos are so similar in nature to the 2005 layout, I didn’t feel the need to use enough to make another double-page spread. I *did* want to include the event, though, because as it turns out, we were only able to keep up this tradition for a few years before we lost Mom.Christmas Layout

Most of our Christmas 2006 photos will be included in our Disney World album, but this leaves me with photos from extended family get togethers, so again, I reached for a divided page protector to get the story told. Here’s the front of our Feliz Navidad page, which includes a title topper, journaling box, and three photos.Christmas Pocket Page Layout 3

and the back, where the rest of the photos are on display. I may actually go back and add another photo to the topper so it won’t feel so empty. Tip: Because the top pocket in this particular configuration was open, I used a strip of washi tape to hold in the title strip. Christmas Pocket Page Layout 4Now here’s what’s left: Lots of patterned paper, plenty of stickers, ribbon and brads. Hopefully enough to finish out the rest of the photos I need to scrap in order to get caught up. That would be the years of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2014. Yikes! Week 1 Christmas in July Kit Leftovers

Are you scrapping along? Making any Christmas layouts? I’d love to see them! Leave me a link in the comments so I can be inspired by you.

Till next week – cheers!

Monday Mojo Graphic

Hello again, and happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a good start and that you’ve got some time scheduled sometime soon to scrapbook. Just in case you’re in need (or want) of a little inspiration, here are some of my latest and greatest Pinterest finds.

1. Color Scheme

Color Scheme

This gorgeous summery wedding color scheme is from the Knots Villa website. It evokes thoughts of sunshine and Popsicle, and would make a fantastic palette for a scrapbook page.

2. Sketch

SketchThis Project Life inspired sketch is from PageMaps. What’s really cool about it is that you can use it to help plan for pocket-style scrapbooking or just create a traditional 12 x 12 layout with the sketch itself. You can also use the 4×6 sketches of the individual “pockets” to help you create embellishments for other pages. Super versatile. And, wowie wow wow! Becky Fleck actually puts out a whole new set of sketches each and every month.

3. Technique

TechniqueThis week’s technique shows a great way to use up small patterned paper scraps to create a background page. Felicity Wilson at the Kreative Koncepts blog shows you step-by-step how to create this look.

4. Embellishment

Embellishment

These embellishments come from the Lou’s World blog. Another quick, easy, and fun way to use up paper scraps, this little pinwheel and butterfly really dress up plain paper clips. These little darlings would look adorable on any page or card.

5. Topic Prompt

Topic Prompt

And for this week’s topic – have you ever really thought about what your favorite book or movie is, and what makes it your favorite? Wouldn’t it be fun to document this on a scrapbook or journal page? This could even become a yearly project, as tastes change and different thing affect us differently throughout the seasons of our lives.

I hope you’ve found something here that revs your motor. I’d love to see what you create based on any of these prompts. Be sure to leave a link in the comments so we can see your creations! Got a great sketch, technique, or embellishment idea you’d like to see on Monday Mojo? Drop me a line at kwitekreative at aol dot com, and let’s see what you’ve got!

Till next time, go mojo!

Monday Mojo Graphic

Hello, and welcome to a new week and a new Monday Mojo! I hope your week is starting off with a bang. Mine sure is – today is my 25th wedding anniversary, and I am celebrating it in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My husband and I have plans to do lots of sight seeing around the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, and maybe even Cody, Wyoming and Salt Lake City, Utah. If we make it there, I’ll  have to try to sneak in some scrappy shopping – shhh!

This week’s Monday Mojo is filled with seemingly random pins from my scrappy pin boards, but I found each item interesting for one reason or another and decided to just share away. Here goes:

1. Color Scheme

Color scheme

 

I think I actually may own this print, or one very similar to it. I just love the mood it evokes, and I love the colors that have been extrapolated from it. I think this would make a beautiful card or scrapbook layout. This palette is featured at the Art Bead Scene blog, and was one of their past challenges. If you’re a jewelry maker, you might want to check it out!

2. Sketch

Sketch

I’m actually pretty excited to try this sketch from Page Drafts. I love the look of all the layers and details. This site is new to me, but I love it. Is it new to you?

3. EmbellishmentEmbellishmentThis super-cute embellishment idea is actually a Christmas post on the super-cute Amy Mattes Designs blog. Even though she’s writing about her shabby chic Christmas decor, these little flowers would be adorable on any type of papercrafting project.

 

4. TechniqueTechnique

 

The technique comes from another new-to-me blog: Raemissigman. This post is one in a whole series called 15 minutes of mixed media, and in it, she shows you a variety of ways she creates backgrounds for her art journal pages.

5. Topic PromptTopic Prompt

And the topic prompt for this week is rather timely for me this week. Where is a place that you love so much you would like to move there? What is so awesome about it? Where’s a place you’d like to visit? It could be a place you’ve never been before or somewhere you’d like to return. If you feel motivated, find some photos of the place(s), write down your thoughts and feelings about it, and make a page. Heck, make a mini-album! (I did, once, and won a prize for it! You can see it on my flickr page. 🙂

Thanks for joining me for Monday Mojo. I’d love to hear what’s inspiring you lately, or what you do when your mojo goes. Leave me a comment below. Till next time, go mojo!

S&S June 14

Hello and welcome to Scraps & Stash Saturday for the second week of June. I’m away at a retreat this weekend, and I have two new layouts to share from this month’s Scraps & Stash Kit.

Layout 1'The first layout, “That’s My Phoebes,” uses a vanilla cardstock background framed by Echo Park Life is Good patterned paper. I “gutted” the paper so that I could use it again on another project. The photo is framed by My Mind’s Eye patterned paper and layered over the hot pink cardstock block. Embellishments are bits and pieces from both Basic Grey and Jillibean Soup, a little bit of washi tape, and an epoxy brad from Basic Grey. The journaling is about how I won the heart of my Japeke (Japanese Chin/Pekingese mix). I based the layout on a sketch from Life.Paper.Scrapbook (featured in this week’s Monday Mojo post), and the S.W.A.T. blog’s Drill # 33 to use a selfie.

Layout 2Layout # 2 “My Boys” uses a kraft background layered on white and blue. The photo is matted on Studio Calico patterned paper, and the journaling block is from a BoBunny noteworthy pad. The embellishments are bits and pieces from Jillibean Soup. I outlined them with black pen to tie them in with the doodling on the journaling card. The journaling tells about the bond my two boys share with each other. Kit Leftovers

Here’s what remains of my kit now. I still have lots of paper to work with, as well as plenty of embellishments, trims, and alphabet stickers. And with the new Basic Training posted on S.W.A.T., I’m excited to see what else comes out of this kit.