Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wonderful Wednesday!! I lost another blog the heck does that happen?  I even checked it after it was scheduled and made sure it had posted, but 2 days later it's gone...??  Blogger Black Hole strikes again!!

So last Thursday was sketch reveal at SKETCHES IN THYME and here's the sketch and my DT layout:

And for SCRAPBOOKERS ANONYMOUS their April Challenge is to use 23 eyelets.  I think I actually used 24 on this layout below.

And The SASSAFRAS blog has this awesome sketch!! 

Layout must be 90% Sass...I think mine is 100% --!! 
I used Paper Crush, Indie Girl, Starters & Count Me In!  (4 lines plus Sassafras chipboard too!)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Memorable Seasons Blog Hop!!!!

Hello and Welcome to my blog!

Today we are celebrating the beginning of a new season with the Step into Spring Blog Hop brought to you by the Design Team from MEMORABLE SEASONS! If you did not start your hop today on the MEMORABLE SEASONS blog...    please jump back over there so you do not miss anything.

Today we are looking at the word S-P-R-I-N-G and taking you through all the steps for creating a fabulous layout using an exclusive sketch created for this blog hop by Liz Chidester from The Scrappiest which was the first step!

S - Sketch (by Liz)
P - Patterned Paper & Photos (by me...Joni) -- YOU ARE HERE!

Keep hopping for the rest of the letters!!

R - Kristen
I - Megan
N - Tami
G - Telah

So, Now you are ready for the 2nd letter, 2nd step which is P.

P stands for Picking your Papers and your Photos.

I wanted to quickly discuss "patterns" ...  One general rule of thumb is to NOT use too much "small" (or tight) pattern or too  much "large" (loose) pattern.  One larger sized print piece of each (tight and loose pattern) is usually sufficient or if you want to use several small/tight patterns, be sure to use small sized pieces.  Too much of a good thing can be overwhelming to the viewer and distract from your photo.  Also, a key element to design is giving the eye a place to rest.... one good way to do that is with solid colors and/or VERY muted color with very light patterns.  --- But....Rules were made to be broken!!! 

I don't have too much to say about photos, except to use any pictures you want...don't worry if the shot isn't can make up for that in the jounaling.  Can you imagine having a "bad photo" of your relatives from 100 years ago??  With the story telling about them??  You wouldn't care how bad the photo is, right?
Also, don't worry about trying to match the "clothes" all the time... good if you can, but that's not what it's all about right?....

Now, the info above is just that!!...there is no patterened paper or photo requirement for your finished layout on this Blog Hop Challenge...   (well, you should probably USE a photo and some pp, ..?? lol!!)
So here is Liz's sketch again:

So, for my layout, I knew I had to use the Jillibean Soup Chilled Strawberry Soup line because YES, I bought the paper to go with a photo I knew I already had...sound familiar anyone?? ...
So here is the line of paper and my photo -- Oh...that paper is just sooooo pretty...  how do you choose???  Also, I really liked the die cut that says "yummy" so I set that out too so I could make sure I brought that color into the layout and it didn't look weird.

So, I ended up choosing the Strawberry as my large pattern (for obvious reasons...see my son!)... and then I just laid each smaller/tighter pattern on top until I found the one that looked the best to me. It was this green plaid that I selected.   I also decided that my background was going to be red cardstock.     Still working with that little orange die cut...

Next, I cut everything to size ..

And deciding on the Circle for the sketch, none of the pp's looked good...they all made the layout WAAYYY too busy.  So I turned over one of the pp's and used the solid Kraft color for my circle. 
I have Circle Quilting rulers that I use to make circles...since this circle is a little off center, I used 2 different sizes, and traced around them and then "roughly" cut my circle...    (sorry for my messy is what it is!!... maybe time for a new!)

So here is my layout.... using S and P --- you'll have to go to the next blog to get the rest of the fun... and then you can see my completed layout at the end of the hop!!!  -- And notice that the orange "Yummy die cut" is gone?.... It doesn't come didn't work...   that's ok.....  being flexible is good!!

Be sure to leave me a comment telling me what you think about this step.  By doing so, you will be one step closer to a fabulous Memorable Seasons prize as well as getting your name entered in for a RAK from me!  If you don't mind...can you also become a follower??  I'm really close to 100 ..and I think when I hit 100, I'll do an extra RAK!!!  So 2 chances to win.. (if you're already a follower, just mention that in your comment)...   Also, be sure to hop all the way until the end, where you will be taken back to the Memorable Seasons forum, where you will see a complete reveal of all the Design Team's finished layouts!

Now it's your turn to head on over to KRISTIN'S where she will be giving you the 3rd step in S-P-R-I-N-G!

Here is a list of all the blogs in case you get lost along the way:

Memorable Seasons blog:

Joni's blog:   (you are here!)

Kristin's blog:

Megan's blog:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy - Frosted Sketch Along Tuesday & a few extras!

This week at FROSTED DESIGNS we have this sketch:

And I used MME new lines Stella & Rose to create this:

Also over at MEMORABLE SEASONS, last week we "lifted" a Message Board member... we are honoring Caroline and I lifted one of her layouts and created this:

And we had our Happy Hour sketch too... here is the sketch and my DT layout:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Playing Catch up... I've been crazy busy.... not that is any kind of excuse...but honestly, family and stuff comes first, so I just haven't gotten everything posted to the good ole' blog.  But Julie will be happy that I did her challenge this month (and honestly, I really like it) I wanted to be sure to get it up before her deadline...and so you get all the other layouts today as well!!!

So Julie's challenge over at THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS is your fave scrappy tool... well, after a week of thinking about it....  I realized it was my paints..  so here is my layout...  I had fun throwing this one together...

Also the current challege at SKETCHES IN THYME is this sketch & my DT layout:

And over at SCRAP OUR STASH our we have a challenge to lift Helena's layout : see below

So I liked the stamped image, and "artsy" feel to the layout and created this:

And for a color challenge at MEMORABLE SEASONS to use Blue/Green & Brown...
I made this:

And for a blog hop challenge at SCRAP FRIENDZY I created this:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tuesday fun!!

So today is Sketch Along Tuesday at FROSTED DESIGNS!!!

Here is the sketch:

and here is my DT layout using MME products:

And This month at SCRAP OUR STASH our challenge is SUNSHINE....
Here is a layout I did ..  do you like my flower cluster?
I really love my title on this one!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Memorable Seasons April DT Kit - UPCYCLE by Cosmo Cricket

Ok...I got this wonderful line from Jill this month for my DT kit at MEMORABLE SEASONS -- I had a blast and made waaaayyyy more projects than were required!!!

And here is what I made:  5 layouts, 1 project & 7 cards...  I'm just going to get them posted right now and I'll come back and add info later this afternoon or evening after I get off work...