Celebrate Spring | 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month

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It is almost the end of the month (again!) and I am just now writing about my kit and sketch for March. I have been scrapping some—not nearly as much as I would like though–and blogging even less. Spring time has been busy!

In honor of spring, I selected a collection of supplies that celebrate the beauty and wonder of this season. I call this kit Celebrate Spring!

I began with this paper from Shimelle’s Little by Little collection. I loved the handmade look of the paper, the pretty pink color, and the mix of florals and polka dots. The rest of my papers stick to a color scheme of pink, yellow, and blue. I mixed in more stripes, florals, and polka dots.

The embellishments I chose include die cuts, puffy stickers, flat stickers, rhinestones, butterflies, chipboard die cuts, enamel dots, letter stickers, and washi tape. My favorite embellishments are these butterflies from Maggie Holmes. (**A complete list of supplies is at the end of the post.**)

I have been working with this sketch this month.

The first layout I made told the story of my son and daughter volunteering to help at various events at our church. The photographs are from the recent Valentine’s Day Pancake Breakfast. They both helped prepare and serve the food. I am very proud of their generous spirit!

The layout stuck fairly closely to the sketch. The background patterned paper I used at the top of the page is somewhat bold, so I simply used white cardstock at the bottom to give the eye a place to rest. The die cuts from the Tealightful collection from Pebbles were perfect as accents to the page!

The second layout features pictures of my son and husband at a recent grass fire. The two of them are both volunteers at our local fire department. I wanted to document their service to our community.

For this page, I turned the sketch so that the photos were at the top of the page. It was a challenge to create this page from a collection with so many pinks. I chose a color scheme of yellow, blue, and red and used the papers and embellishments I had that fit this scheme. I love the simplicity of the page and the pops of red against the lighter blues and yellows.

The final layout I have made thus far flips the sketch so that the photographs are on the left side. This arrangement fit my pictures well, since my daughter is looking off to the right in the bottom photo.

This page tells the story of my daughter taking Chinese classes at the school run by our local Chinese Association. For this layout, I used lots of layers under the photos as well as more embellishments. I love the butterfly in the lower corner symbolizing my daughter’s growth in beginning a new adventure as well as learning a new language.

I have a few more days left this month so I am hoping to get a more layouts done with the Celebrate Spring collection. Happy Spring!

Now go create!

**Complete list of supplies**
Patterned paper:
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, Seeing Magic
Doodlebug, Spring Things, Bitty Bees
American Crafts, Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day, C’est La Vie
Pebbles, Lullaby, Woodland Baby Boy
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 06
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 08
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 10
Pink Paislee, Oh My Heart, Paper 24
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, Seek the Moment
American Crafts, Shimelle, Little by Little, What a Hoot
American Crafts, Amy Tangerine, On a Whim, Sprinkle
Embellishments:
Shimelle, Little by Little washi tape
Pebbles, Lullaby Baby Girl ephemera
Pebbles, Sunshiny Days letter stickers
Pebbles, Maggie letter stickers
Dear Lizzy, Lovely Day chipboard stickers
Pebbles, Simple Life puffy stickers
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams butterflies
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams rhinestones
Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Chasing Dreams phrase stickers
Pebbles, Tealightful ephemera
Pebbles, Tealightful puffy stickers
Pinkfresh, The Mix No 1 puffy stickers


Just a Couple of Cards

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This month is almost at an end and so is my kit, Fresh Start. The kit was a lovely way for me to get back into the swing of regular crafting after the holidays. I used a very simple sketch in several different ways to document stories that I have been waiting to tell. I believe this project of 1 Kit, 1 Sketch, 1 Month has been a success!

One of my wishes for this year in terms of scrapbooking is to tell many of the stories I have but for which I may not have photographs. I have a whole list of these stories and by having a kit and a sketch all ready to go, I can focus more on the story I want to tell.

Another wish I have this year is to use up products by making various non-layout projects, like cards, tags, or home decor items. This month, I had just a few scraps of patterned paper left over from my kit, so I decided to make a couple of cards. I even let the sketch inspire my design!

I am looking forward to diving into a new kit for February and see what stories I can document next month!

Now go create!


Celebrate Everything!

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The holidays are over. All of my decorations are neatly packed away until next year. We start back homeschooling tomorrow. I’m always a little bit sad this time of year when the Christmas music disappears and the lights come down. So I try to look on the bright side–planning ahead to all of the holidays I have to celebrate between now and the next Christmas season.

For the last month in Stacy Julian’s Inspired Scrapbooking class at Big Picture Classes, the theme was holidays–not just the time between Halloween and New Year’s Day, but all of the special days we celebrate during the year. Our challenge was to make a page that shows the wide variety of holidays that are special to our family and call it CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!

I looked back at photos that I had taken over 2014 and created this page.

celebrate everything

While looking back through my pictures, I noticed that I had several photos from certain holidays, but few or none from others. There are certain days that are special to my family–such as Ash Wednesday, Father’s Day, and birthdays–that I did not document this past year. This page allowed me to recognize special days that I want to make sure to record in 2015.

Now that the year is over, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the Inspired Scrapbooking class. I was able to revisit the themes that I scrapped about in the Twelve class and add to those stories. I am looking forward to celebrate everything this year!