The Studio Multiple Photos Challenge

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hey, y'all!  So glad to have you back!  There's one final, July Multiple Photos Challenge up over in The Studio.  Obviously, we're looking for pages with more than one photo this go around.  I kinda love multiple photo layouts!  There's just something about how two or three or even five pictures can tell so much more of a story than one.  Enjoy!
I started this page by stamping a number of bubbles, as well as a "FAV" circle, in Jet Black ink, onto a piece of watercolor paper; watercoloring the open ones; and although it's difficult to tell from the photos, coating them with Clear Wink of Stella for some fabulous shimmer and shine.  I then die-cut a number of printed circles and scattered them about the design, before splattering over everything with the same watercolors used to paint the bubbles, as well as Pure Black and Titanium White acrylic paints.  My photos, too, were cut into circles and matted with white cardstock.  I used an "OUR HAPPY PLACE" acetate circle as my title and sandwiched it between a foam, glitter "you", which I curled around its top left edge, and a "SO FUN" die cut.
A colorful, polka dot label was punched with a tiny circle; strung with a bit of white string, tied in a bow; and tucked under the far right photo.
A puffy, "Smile" sticker rounds the bottom right corner in moving clockwise around the design.
I backed a "FAVORITE" die cut with a tangle of silver thread; popped it up, with foam tape, just to the left of the bottom center photo; and grounded it with a "HEY HEY HAPPINESS!" phrase sticker.
"THIS SMILE" cut-apart words complete the rotation...
and direct our attention to the paper strips framing the look.  The ones across the top of the design were layered with a little torn, red, polka dot Washi; anchored with silver-threaded, straight, machine stitching; and embellished with a green, cut-apart label, which I used to etch the Sept. 26, 2014, date, as well as a foam, glitter heart.  Three more of those hearts were scattered about the design.
Shorter strips of those same prints and Washi Tape were secured, in the same way, across the bottom of the design.  I also stapled an acetate die cut into their folds.  Five, circular, acetate letters, which coordinate with the "HAPPY" title, as well as a number of teal enamel dots, were then scattered throughout the design to complete the look. 
Further inspiration for this page came from Citrus Twist's July 3rd Sunday Sketch Challenge.
You have until Sunday, August 14, 2016, to link up your takes, on this Multiple Photos Challenge and/or our Summer Challenge or even our Colour Challenge, in the right-hand column of The Studio blog.  Be sure to stop by the challenge link above to see how the rest of the team was inspired.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a blessed week, y'all!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hello 2015 (Elle's Studio); Coffee Stains (3rd Eye); Grunge Elements 2 (Sweet 'n Sassy) Paper: white (Paper Studio); watercolor (Master's Touch); pink stripe & aqua weave (Dear Lizzy); orange triangles (Citrus Twist); multicolored polka dot, floral, pink hexagon, aqua hexagon, black triangles, & mint squares (Paige Evans) Ink: Jet Black (Ranger); Black PITT artist pen (Faber Castell) Other: silver thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives); Cameo (Silhouette); Clear Cut Stackers: Circles die (Wplus9); Big Shot (Sizzix); acetate ephemera & die cut elements (Paige Evans); Clear Wink of Stella (Zig); enamel dots (October Afternoon); cut-apart words & phrase sticker (Citrus Twist); white string (Hobby Lobby); foam glitter hearts & "you" (American Crafts); "Smile" puffy sticker (Fancy Pants); polka dot Washi Tape (Freckled Fawn); staples & stapler (office supply store); watercolors (Kuretake); Pure Black & Titanium White acrylic paints (FolkArt); 3/16" Circle Punch (SU!)

For the Love of Books

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Welcome to the weekend, friends!  Just popping in, as promised, with my pick for this month's For the Love of Books post.  With summer coming to an end and all our kiddos getting back to the books soon, I thought it might be fun to share a playful, school-themed number.  This book, written for children ages three to six, is the perfect way to spark a little creativity and encourage a child reluctant to get back into their school-year routine or even one who may be stuck in the doldrums of a mid-year schedule.
On My Way to School, written by Sarah Maizes and illustrated by Michael Paraskevas, is the story of an imaginative, little girl named Livi, who does not want to go to school.  School, after all, "is for people who need to learn stuff," and Livi has "gone to school a hundred times and already [knows] lots of stuff."  That's how she knows how to ooze slowly out of bed like a slippery, slimy snail; dig through her drawers, in search of something to wear, like a pirate hunting for treasure; and blow her sister out of the watering hole, to get the bathroom sink all to herself, like a loud, pushy elephant.  On her way to school, she dons her enormous backpack to "lead a group of fearless explorers to the top of Mount Everest"; becomes a wild lemur, jumping from tree to tree, to avoid being eaten by the hungry tigers on the bus; and even sashays, as an autograph-signing movie star, down the red carpet of the school bus stairs.  With an imagination like Livi's, it's easy to see how she quickly forgets why she was hesitant to go to school in the first place; is able to wear a smile all day long; and even becomes the teacher herself, before the day is through.

I hope you all are still enjoying my monthly book picks.  As of this month, I've been writing these summaries for exactly four years here on my blog.  Just click on the For the Love of Books label below to read more; and whether you've been relishing in these children's books for a long time or have just started reading, I'd love to hear from you.  Thanks so much for sharing a portion of your Saturday with me!  Happy reading!

Friday Faves

Friday, July 29, 2016

It's Friday!  Woohoo!  I hope you all have wonderful plans for the weekend.  I'm hoping to wrap up some yard work, before the heat and humidity set in again next week and finish preparations for the beginning of a new school year.  My kiddos start back up again, slowly, in eighth and second grades respectively, on Monday; and I've got a lot to do to make sure that goes smoothly.  So, enough small talk.  Let's get this month's favorite sightings started with My Mind's Eye's stunning Sugar Plum 12x12 Paper and Accessories Kit.  I absolutely adore its soft, non-traditional palette; and the diversity of prints ensures a favorite for everyone.
I couldn't help but throw in their Comfort and Joy 12x12 Paper and Accessories Kit, too.  LOVE!
While I'm diggin' all the little "extras" for both collections, I'm drooling over the traditional side of the latter.  So, I had to share its coordinating Chipboard Elements...
and Buttons...
as well as the Mixed Ephemera Bag with Glitter Accents.  So much tradition and warmth was so beautifully wrapped into this scrumptious collection, that it ALMOST gets me anxious for Christmas.
I got a package of Freckled Fawn's Silver Puffy Stickers in my recent box of Citrus Twist Kit Club goodies, and I can't get enough of them.  I love the bit of extra dimension they add to a project, as well as the fantastic sheen they cast over everything they touch.  They aren't super sticky, though.  So, be sure to have a little liquid glue on hand for secure placement.
Finally, the colorful palette and playful design of this Rainbow Birds Zippered Waterproof Pouch, from Sew Yellow Co., had me at hello.  Absolutely gorgeous!
That's covers things, for this go around, y'all!  I've got a new, For the Love of Books post coming your way tomorrow.  Then, I'll round out the month, on Sunday, with my take on a third and final, July challenge from The Studio.  Until then, I hope you find plenty of time to let your creativity take root and sprout wings.  Hugs!

Creative Scrappers July Sponsor

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Afternoon, y'all!  Just wanted to stop in to remind you all of Creative Scrappers' fabulous, July Sketch #296.  We'd love to have you play along!
You can find all the details, closeup shots, and supplies used in the making of my interpretation here.
This month's sponsor is Just Nick with a $25 store credit up for grabs.  They've also made the gorgeous, Chopsticks Background cut file, that you see in action above, available to YOU completely FREE of charge, for a limited time only, with coupon code CSFREE.  Thank you, Just Nick!
Don't forget to share your pages, on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Pinterest, with the tag #CreatingWithSketches.  We'd also love for you to add them to the inlinkz found at the challenge links above and below; and Kristine will announce a random winner, of the Just Nick prize, this Sunday, July 31, 2016.  Be sure to check out all the amazing inspiration from both the Creative Scrappers and Just Nick Design Teams.  Then, get to scrapping, y'all!  XOXO

Family Update

Morning, friends!  So, today, I've finally got that Family Update, that I promised last week.  So sorry.  I'm running a little behind on all fronts.  I have good intentions and am totally a planner, but I can't help what the rest of the world does.  Sometimes, especially when your littlest comes down with the ickies, you just have to go with the flow.  So, go with the flow I shall do, beginning with a super fun 4th of July parade.  It was truly the most beautiful, weather-wise, 4th of July I EVER remember having in Kansas!
After a scrumptious lunch at Pie Five, Kaden and I got some much-needed time to nap; while the rest of my crew got their smoke bombs, sparklers, and snappers.
Then, we all came back together again for a delicious, BBQ dinner and festive dessert, topped off with firework play for all.  Such fun!
Ezekiel and I finally got that movie/dessert date we've been planning for so long.  Some days, he does well with his little brother and sister, and I know he'd miss them, if it were just him every day; but most days, he isn't very patient with or forgiving of them, and he always craves that one-on-one time.  It's crazy how different he is, when you get him alone; and it was great to catch up after all the trips he's taken this summer.
Our dog, Summer, was super excited to have him home from camp.  They're two peas in a pod.
My parents were going to come stay with our kiddos, so my hubby and I could have an anniversary dinner date; but my new niece's arrival put a little kink into our plans.  So, we snuck a couple delicious slices, from The Cheesecake Factory, to go and moved our date home.  Yum!
Summer baseball is officially over.  Ezekiel's team lost a number of players, due to other summer activities, for the end-of-season tournament and just didn't have enough pitchers/players to really show what they were worth.  But fall ball is just a couple of short weeks away, and we're already looking forward to getting started with a new team.
A couple of weekends back, we went to the Kansas City Zoo for their Friends of the Zoo Breakfast and a day filled with fun seeing our favorite, fuzzy friends in Africa.
It was so exciting to finally get to see the koalas on loan from the San Diego Zoo.  They'll be here, in Kansas City, through November, which should give me plenty of time to get a better photo ;).  Cute!
My own little bear fell asleep long before that...
but woke up in time for a quick snapshot and sack lunch before heading out.  Check out that look he's giving his big sister.  LOL!  I can't remember what he was upset about; but I love this pic, because it showcases so much about his opinionated, independent personality.
He's learning so much and growing so fast, and I'm truly trying so hard to treasure and capture/remember all his many firsts, as I soak up every bit of him being my beautiful, loved, little man.
We're off to Adina's last day of swim class this am.  I think she's past the point of learning much more from the teachers through Johnson County Parks and Rec, but I guess you have to get in there and try in order to find that out.  I've got my Friday Faves roundup coming your way tomorrow.  Until then, thanks so much for checking in on us, and have a wonderful day!  Hugs!