Monday, July 30, 2012

Pearl - Layout 3

I love the 2 pager sketch that Kristy from scrapbook steals made for this week. I especially liked the layout she made, the colors were beautiful and the photos were great too. I wish I had the Kiwi lane templates with which she made the borders, I couldn't get the same look that she had. I used cricut to cut out the borders. I don't know how to get 12 inch borders with cricut without using Gypsy. If anyone knows please leave me a comment. To top it all I lost the power cable to my Gypsy so I had to charge it with the car charger. For the first time I was wishing that my commute to work was longer.....
I really wanted to use the pictures that we took when we went to New York about 11 years back. This was before I owned a digital camera. I can't believe that I have only about 20 photos from this whole trip and not all of them are great by the way. Also I didn't have too many vertical pictures. When I started scrapbooking is when I realized that it is very important to have some of those to make a good layout and I wasn't scrapbooking 11 years back.

This trip was very memorable not only because it was the first time and only time I have been to New York but also because 9/11 happened just a week after we took the photos in this layout. We went on top of WTC and had a snack there and everything.  The majestic buildings were so fresh and real in my mind that when I was watching the buildings collapse it was so very very sad and unbelievable.

Here is my layout....

I used the following materials:
  • Cardstock : Mostly DCWV
  • Cricut Cartridges: Destinations, Accent essentials, Give a hoot, Fabulous finds and George and basic shapes
Here is the sketch from scrapbook steals:

Check out the layout made by their designer Kristy. It is beautiful.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Color Me Scrappy #8

Like the previous CMS challenge that I played, I knew exactly which photos to use when I saw the color combination. I love the combo and it was also a little more challenging than the CMS #7 challenge. But I had a blast making this layout because the photos were so much fun.

Here is my layout:

I had to make a two pager as I had a ton of photos.

I used the following products:
  • Cricut cartridges: Stretch you imagination, All mixed up, Give a hoot
  • Plain cardstock: Core'dinations
  • Paper Glaze: Aleene's
  • Pen : Mary uchida - pigmented Artist
  • Glue: ATG
I had never used the paper glaze before. It gives a really nice effect of water droplets on the layout. When you first apply it, it is a bit translucent and in a few hours it dries transparent. You need to be patient and that is a hard thing for me.

Since you can't see the outcome on the above photo, I took some close ups of the it.

Here is the color combination from CMS #8:

Check out the beautiful layouts that their design team came up with on their website.

Pearl - Layout 2

I was planning to dedicate the whole pearl series to the travels we have made over the years. I have so many photos just lying around on the hard drive. I wasn't sure how I was going to fit the Pearl 1 sketch to a travel layout so I relented to making another of Arjun's layout. But this week, the guest designer - Katrina Hunt at scrapbook steals, designed a travel layout. So it was perfect to finally start scrapping my travels.

Here is my layout:

I used the following materials:
  • Cricut cartridges: Accent essentials, Plantin schoolbook
  • Patterned paper: Happy trails by K & Company, Safari Chic by DCWV

I have so many photos from this trip.... I plan to make a coordinating layout to make this a two pager one of these days. Hope to get that done soon and post it here.

Here is the sketch from scrapbook steals:

I changed my layout out a little bit from the sketch. I wanted to incorporate more photos so I used a photo instead of the embellishments on the top and skipped the banner as it did not fit with this theme.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pearl - Layout 1

A new series starts with scrapbook steals sketch contest. This time the inspirational layout is by a  guest designer Erin Schultz. She has some beautiful layouts on her blog. You should check it out.
In order to make this layout I developed a whole bunch of photos of Arjun that were taken on this day and in a few of them it was amazing how much he looks like Surya - the little one. One of these days, I want to make a layout that has photos of both Arjun and Surya taken at the same age. That would be a fun one.
Here is my layout:

I used the following material:
  • Cardstock and embellishments: Fancy pants - Off to school collection
I bought this collection from scrapbook steals and it is nice because it can be used for general layouts and also for school related layouts. I also made a bunch of card with this collection to thank Arjun's teachers and also plan to do some school related layouts with this when I find some time.

Here is the inspirational sketch from the contest:

Monday, July 9, 2012

Totally Turquoise

I am participating in the series of 10 layouts for the first time. Check out the sketches and designer layouts from scrapbook steals here. It was fun making each of the layouts:

Turquoise 1

Turquoise 2

Turquoise 3

Turquoise 4

Turquoise 5

Turquoise 6

Turquoise 7

Turquoise 8

 Turquoise 9

Turquoise 10

Turquoise - Layout 3

I have finally caught up:

Materials used:
  • Patterned paper : Celebrations from cricut
  • Buttons : Basic grey
  • Cricut cartridges : Elegant edges
Here is the sketch from scrapbook steals:

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Turquoise - Layout 4

Still catching up.... I have completed the the 4th layout in the Turquoise series. It was a fun one to do because my younger son Surya is now 2 years old and Arjun of whom I have made the layout is 7 years old. But Arjun was 2 years old when these pictures were taken in his preschool. It is so interesting to see how they both look at 2. Memories of Arjun came flooding back....

Materials used for this layout:
  • Paper  and stickers: Max and Lucy birthday scrapbooking kit. I bought this kit oh some 6 years ago at Costco. I did use some of the material from this kit to make Arjun's first birthday album and also a 30th birthday album for one of my friends.
  • Cricut Cartridges: Life's a party
The layout turned out to be one colorful one.
Here is the original sketch from scrapbook steals:

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Color me scrappy #7 and Turquoise - Layout 1

I am playing the color me scrappy contest for the first time. The contest on this blog is based on color combinations. The color combination they have for challenge 7 is really fun and colorful. I also combined this contest with a sketch from scrapbook steals - Turquoise 1. It was single page layout and I converted it to a two page layout.

I knew exactly what photos to use for this layout when I saw the color combo. These are photos my little boy Surya who is now 2 years old but was 8 months old when these pictures were taken. At that time he was crawling all over the place, he was trying to walk but still couldn't and everything and anything went into his sweet and so adorable.

Here is my layout:

I used the following materials:
  • Plain cardstock: DCWV citrus cardstock
  • Patterned Paper: Celebrations cricut paper
  • Buttons: Basic Grey
  • Cricut cartridges: Graphically speaking
Here is the color challenge from color me scrappy:
Here is the layout from scrapbook steals:

Turquoise - Layout 10

This is the tenth layout of the Turquoise series. Very soon a new series will start. For this sketch I made a layout of Arjun in Cancun. My favorite part of the layout of the designer for scrapbook steals is actually the journalling. There is a lot more going on but not sure why, I just liked the placement and the the size of the journalling.
Here is the layout that I made:

Turquoise Layout 10

Materials used:
  • Patterned paper : Happy trails by K & Company
  • Plain Cardstock : Core'dinations, Kraft cardstock by recollections
  • Buttons : Basic Grey
  • Cricut cartridges: Plantin schoolbook, Graphically speaking

Here is the sketch from scrapbook steals:

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Turquoise - Layout 2

Okay, I am catching up with the initial Turquoise layouts. I started following the weekly sketches from Layout 5. But unfortunately could not complete 5 or 6 on time. I finally started getting the hang of it from layout 7.
So here is my layout for scrapbook steals Turquoise - Layout 2. It is a fun multi photo sketch. I changed it out quite a bit. I removed the slant and changed some sizes, I wanted it to fit with Turquoise - Layout 5 of Surya at the beach. It is not a perfect two page layout but at least the photos are from the same day and I used the same paper and colors.

I used the following materials:
  • Patterned cardstock : Alphabet Soup - I love this paper. It is very cute and playful.(Bought from scrapbook steals)
  • Kraft cardstock : Recollections
  • Other plain cardstock : Cape code collection from Recollections
  • Buttons: Fancy pants Off to school (I think)
  • Cricut cartridges: Graphically speaking, stretch your imagination
Here is the inspirational sketch:

Here is how the two pager looks:

Turquoise - Layout 9

Here is another Layout for scrapbook steals of my family. After making a layout with this photo, I have realized that we have very few photos of us together as a family. I think from now on I will go out of my way to ask people to take picutres of us together.
Most of my layouts have rectangular or square shapes and I don't do much layering either. I have to thank Kristy Lee who is the designer for scrapbook steals to literally make me think outside the box. The layout she made was beautiful.

I used the following materials:
  • Patterned paper  and embellishments : Lush from My Mind's eye (orange and blue)
  • Cricut cartridges used: Elegant edges, graphically speaking, plantin schoolbook
By the way, I have used the Lush collection for making a baby shower scrapbook. It suits the baby shower theme quite well.

Here is the sketch from scrapbook steals: