Sunday, April 7, 2013

Case File No. 65 Challenge - Jake's 1st Birthday

Well, I think I'm getting in just under the wire on this challenge over at the
CSI - Color, Stories, Inspiration Blog!

Here are the challenge "RULES:"

Case File No. 65 is due at midnight tonight, and I just finished my layout at 11:22pm!!

As some of you know, I started scrapping late in my son's lives, so now that my youngest son Jake is 18, I guess it is about time I scrap the few photos that I can find from his FIRST BIRTHDAY!

It's about time!!

I bought these great new SURPRISE papers from my Local Scrapbook Store, Scrap-a-Doodle Doo, in Ramsey, NJ -( they are on line too!)  along with the adorable Elmo Diecut!

I then had to figure out how to use the few old and pretty dark photos that I could find from Jake's Birthday, and get them on this layout!

I used all of the colors in the SCHEME, and incorporated Mini Brads, Ribbon and Stripes for the ELEMENTS, and selected the title of one of the poems, which was "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" for the TESTIMONY.

I am very pleased with how the layout came out  - and that I was able to incorporate the elements and participate in this FUN Challenge!

I hope you like my take on CASE FILE #65!

Thanks for stopping by!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Monday, April 1, 2013

No Foolin' -It is time for April's Sketch Challenge at THE DOO!

It is APRIL 1st - not only does that mean it is April Fool's Day - it also means it is CHALLENGE TIME over at THE DOO Blog!

And... I am PLEASED as PUNCH to tell you that I've created the sketch for this month's challenge - MY FIRST EVER!!!!

HERE it is:
When I created this sketch - I envisioned using buttons or flower elements where the colored circles are, and saw it as a chance to use up lots of my patterned paper scraps on a solid cardstock background. That was my intention - and feel free to use that idea, if you are stuck coming up with one - or if need a little direction...

BUT - when I selected the 2 photos that I wanted to use ( Yup, I'm still working on that book for my son's upcoming graduation) and I started looking through my "stash" of DOO PRODUCT - to see what I would "go" with them -- my thoughts went in a different direction - and here is what I came up with :
Like I said in past posts, I love using sketch challenges to help me focus and create!  I need to finish this album for my youngest son Jake's graduation gift and I have until the middle of July.  Since I started scrapping late in my boy's lives, I have A LOT of catching up to do - so I am selecting special memories or moments to include.  

These photos were from our 2003 trip to Niagara Falls.  The red in Jake's t-shirt and the tropical feel caused me to carry that theme out into the layout.  I used glitter gel pens to color in the leaves which were cut out of G45 Tropical Travelogue papers and then curled and pop-dotted onto the page (in place of those buttons!) as well as to color and enhance the beautiful flowers on the base page of "SUMMER" from Kaisercraft's Tropicana collection. 

I am really happy with how this layout came out, an glad that I found these photos - I love the look of the family behind Jake, as he is "holding" all of those beautiful lorikeets! I'm sure it will make him smile when he sees it!

ITEMS USED:  Although all of the items used to create my layout were purchased at THE DOO - only the first 3 items listed are still are in stock.

Please visit the Scrap-a-Doodle Doo BLOG to see my friend and fellow DT member Ms. Adina Medina's take on my sketch - which by the way is just AWESOME!! 

When you have created yours - ( you have until April 30th to do so ) please upload it on the DOO Blog or drop it off at the store for a chance to be in a drawing to WIN a SCRAP-A-DOODLE DOO Gift Certificate!!  

Would LOVE for you to PLAY ALONG!! 
It is LOTS of FUN!!

~ ((HUGS)) ~ Sherri

Here are CHALLENGE The Rules for your easy reference :
Online: You have until April 30th to link up a picture of your very own interpretation of this sketch, via Mr. Linky on the Scrap-a-Doodle Doo Blog. If you do not have a blog you can email a picture of your layout or submit it to our Facebook page for inclusion in this month's draw. A random winner will be chosen by April 15th and will receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrap-A-Doodle Doo  (woo hoo!!).
The Store: OR you can head over to our favorite scrap happy place and submit your crafty creation to the Doo crew in person before April 30th. Your layout will be hung up and featured in the store all month!!
You can link or submit a maximum of THREE (3) entries per sketch challenge and you can combine your submissions with other challenges as desired. Your entries must be new creations (no backlinking). 
***Winners will only be selected if they are current followers of the Scrap-a-Doodle Doo Blog, so if you are NOT a follower yet, head on over and click "Join this Site" and follow our posts regularly!!***