Friday, November 23, 2007

And just for good measure

How about a few sketches. I do hope this help you manage to get your holiday layouts scrapped in good order!

Don't forget, I'd love to see your layouts, cards or projects made from any of my sketches. Just link me in the comments!

How about a few cards?

In honor of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, how about a few card sketches.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Ad inspired...

As I mentioned yesterday (I think it was yesterday) at my doctor's visit I had a chance to peruse several magazines and MAN did I get a great eye full! Some great sketches were ad inspired. The one earlier today was (well, sort of) and here's another.

November is here!

I love November. I'm not sure why, and it's surely not my favorite month or season, but November makes me happy. I suppose it's because my mom's birthday was in November and Daddy always made a big deal out of celebrating her day. My best friend's birthday is in November and one of my other's (yes I have three best friends) mom had a birthday in November. Crazy, right!

So, in honor of birthdays, when tons of pictures are taken, and you know how hard it is to choose just one, I bring you this multi-photo two page layout.

The left side and part of the right calls for a single photo printed on vellum for a dreamy effect. Another way to do that might be to print the photo on regular photo paper, but cover parts of it in vellum to call attention to just part of the photo. Then again, just print the photo on photo paper and enjoy how ever you choose! To do this, you'd most certainly have to have a 12 x 12 printer. If you're like me, with only an 8.5 x 11 edge to edge, you can get REALLY creative with it and print in pieces.

The right side calls for a number of smaller photos and would be equally as fun with some photos and some accents. Again, your choice. I'd LOVE to see you examples! Leave me some blog love and link me to your layouts won't you?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Here's a sketch for today with more coming. I had a doctor's appointment this morning and spent a lot of time reading through several magazines and got TONS of inspirations.

Happy Spooking!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Another sketch for October

I can so see wonderful Halloween layouts from this and hope you can too! We'll be heading out tomorrow night after dinner with friends for Trick or Treating. Hopefully I'll get some fun photos of all the "Ghosties and Ghoulies" out tomorrow night.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The End of October Already?

Well, I can't believe we've nearly reached the end of October. It's just flying by without me! It's been a bittersweet month for obvious reasons. Today I got some of my sketching inspiration so I decided to roll with it. This is the first one I've gotten into PSE. Working on a few others. Hopefully I'll have more sketch "eye candy" for you later today.

Don't forget to link me or email me with your layouts of my sketches! I'd love to add them to give folks ideas and more inspiration!

Friday, October 26, 2007

It's About Time, Eh?

Well! I have been busy again and finally committed one of my new sketches to "paper". so here's my latest. I made this sketch with a photo of my mom and dad in mind, a larger photo, so it's a single photo layout.

It's also for a challenge at a great challenge blog called ScrapDragons, so I knew the colors and few more parts of my layout (paint, pink and the word "Art").

So, here's the sketch and the layout!

And here's my layout! Wish me luck!

The paint is on the letters - I painted the sage green and dotted them with Medium Gold Irridescent paint. I also added the gold to the inside of the eyelets and coated them with Irredescent glitter.

The Art of course is in the title.

You can see the pink I think! LOL

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Well if blogger would cooperate...

This is a sketch from a little bit ago and I've got a layout to go with but Blogger seems to have a mind of it's own today and I'm not able to upload more than this one (I actually had a few)...

Hopefully this afternoon it will be different.

At any rate, hope you enjoy!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

It’s time for Back to School!

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the September 3rd, 2007

I’m incredulous that my kiddos are returning (or leaving for) school and summer is done. Pools are closing (no no no!!!) and the parks will soon long for the sounds of kids.

This new sketch is dedicated to all the babies we’re missing while they return to school…


Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the August 25th, 2007

This one was inspired by Kim. She’s my son’s girlfriend and is just about one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. With luck, these two will make it four years and beyond. No matter what, I hope Kim’s dreams come true.

Dedicated to Kim. (Featuring papers by Fancy Pants - Kewl line.)

Inspired by my camera

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the August 11th, 2007

I’ve been wandering around lately with my camera in hand constantly it seems and altering photos to my liking. So today, our sketch was inspired by the back of my camera, simplified. I love being inspired by the simplest of things… (and no, my camera is not red. Red is just how I’m feeling today.)

Sunny Day

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the August 6th, 2007

Today has become a beautiful day though very humid. I love the sun shining between the branches on the trees and the pinks, fuschia’s and white’s showing on the Crepe Myrtles all around. Definitely a great day to be inspired…

The air is sticky..

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the August 2nd, 2007

and man is it hot! Decided once I got the View out today to take a bit of a break and try to enjoy some outdoor time with my little guy… that lasted about 5 seconds (and I’m being generous…).

Instead I came inside and watched my little guy and my middle guy play video games. Taylor wasn’t feeling well (just bad bad allergies) and Dalton was more than happy to have him to hang out with today. (Can I tell ya how much I’m gonna miss him when he leaves for school?)

So, here’s a sketch I finished up today and will hopefully have more tomorrow.


Today I’m thinking about water…

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the July 28th, 2007

I love water. Today, hot and muggy, is a great day for water play. That’s just what happened! Our little guy was invited to a water birthday party and they soaked each other and all the grown ups too with tons of water! Big water guns were the party favors and this was what it inspired.

Love letters…

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the July 19th, 2007

Inspired by all the romantics in the world who keep their old love letters in a bundle only to be found and read one day when you need a smile. Edges are not so edgy but worn and yellow, ribbons are faded and you can tell these photos or letters have been looked at and read, time and time again…

What a great day!

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the July 15th, 2007

Yep - my oldest child becomes a legal adult… That’s right - he’s old, I’m old, we’re all old because yes America, look out. A new LEGAL rebel is born.

To celebrate, here are two new sketches for you!

Sunrise …

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the July 14th, 2007

I was up so early this morning and watched the sun rise. It was a peaceful morning, the kind you really wish came fore often than just once every blue moon. All I was missing was a cup of coffee for a picture perfect moment. Ah well, the inspiration it gave me was good enough for me today.

A Star is Born

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the July 13th, 2007

This was inspired by a picture I found recently of my niece when she first started piano lessons. Momma would have been so pleased to hear her play!

So, here it is - A Star is Born!

Trying to get it scrapped!

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the July 12th, 2007

Have you noticed the trend now in scrapping is gorgeous one photo layouts? We’re getting more and more artistic with our scrapbooking and shying away from a lot of the moments or every day things that we’re doing with our lives. Honestly, if I tried to do this all the time, I’d never get all my photos scrapped that I want to scrap. (I know I’ve mentioned it before. I’ll be well over 100 by the time I scrapped all my photos and that’s if I stopped taking pictures today!) So, I have been creating more two page, multi photo layouts lately to help the process.

Here’s my latest two page sketch; very very simple with lots of room for interpretation and change. See what you can do with it!

It’s all in the organizing…

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the July 6th, 2007

I was taking out some digital kits this morning looking for some of my older work, and I got inspired by the different cases in which I have my discs stored. It really struck me! So here ya go - hope it strikes something in you too!

Happy 4th of July!

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the July 4th, 2007

Happy Independence Day to all! Today is a simple sketch but you can dress it up with all your favorite embellies! I really wanna see your imaginations go nuts here! So let’s go!

Happy July 1st!

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the July 1st, 2007

Wow… we’ve officially finished half the year already. I can’t beleive we’re this far int0 2007 already. We’ve got a lot to accomplish in the coming weeks! Wow!

Here’s your sketch of the day. Hope you enjoy! Decided to get into the whole “white space” thing. Fill it how you might. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!


Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 29th, 2007

Here’s a whimsical layout for you today! Hope you have fun with this one!

Last one…

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 27th, 2007

Here’s the last one in this series. Hope you share what you’ve done with this series. I hope to get busy on mine today!

Monday, Monday…

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 25th, 2007

Egads, Mondays are so iffy… who really wants to get out of bed on a Monday? I like being a little lazy on Mondays just so I can ease into the week. Today, I’m not easing into anything… today I got kicked in the stomach by a little boy who wandered into our bed in the middle of the night to sleep with his head toward the bottom of the bed and his feet dangerously close to my face. And with a very unceremonious “WHOMP” I was awakend by said kick and decided sleeping in was not on my agenda for the day.

So, what better way to spend your morning than playing on the computer, eh?

So, anyone guessing what I’m doing yet?

Here’s One for Today…

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 23rd, 2007

Okay, surely you all have some kind of idea where I’m going with this.

Well then, here are two more clues…

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 23rd, 2007

Any clues yet?

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 20th, 2007

I know this will probably give this away but anybody have a clue what’s going on with these two sketches (yesterday and today)?

Tuesday tickle

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 19th, 2007

Here’s a teaser sketch for you. See what you think might be coming from this..

Happy Monday!

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 18th, 2007

It’s really summer. The kids are all out of school and they’re already bored. Too funny…

There will be plenty of opportunities to take pictures of fun and facinating activities so we need to be ready for it! If we scrapped every single page as a single photo page, we’d be 100 before we conquered their first five years wouldn’t we?

So, with that in mind, here’s today’s sketch! Hope you enjoy!

Happy Father’s Day!

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 17th, 2007

To Honor Father’s Day I bring you four CARD sketches! These are all “photo cards” in that each one features a photograph. For Father’s Day you might want to use a photo of you and Dad, your kids wishing Granddad a Happy Grandfather’s Day etc. Try using your favorite picture of you or a fav of your dad. For a nostalgic feel, what about a photo of Dad holding you as a baby and see what emotions that one brings.

Inside each card, write your own sentiment or just a letter to your dad letting him know what he means to you.

I REALLY want to see your examples of these! See what you can come up with! Not just for Father’s Day - how about anniversary, birthday, birth announcements, just because, or anything else. And picture this using a photo of a place, an object, a sunset, just about anything. Let your imagination be your guide!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

WOW what a week!!

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 12th, 2007

Last week was such a whirlwind of activity I could hardly breathe! If you read my blog, you can get an idea of what all I did last weekend, so you can imagine the preparations that went into it.

So, today I bring you a sketch that I actually put together a little bit ago. It will hopefully be a layout dedicated to Move In Day when T goes to Longwood this fall!

It’s Hump Day!

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 6th, 2007

Wednesdays are always fun days for me. For some reason, because they’re taking me into the home stretch of my week, I love having the chance to just sit back a bit on Wednesdays and breath easier. Anyone else love Hump Day?

So here’s my “breathing easy” sketch today!

Yep folks that’s HAND doodling on there - I love the look of the “pen scratches” and this is just what I was going for here. Give it a shot! I’ll bet you can do it better than you think!

Tired on Tuesday…

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 5th, 2007

Oh yeah - I’ve got the sleepy bug… I think when school is out, you won’t find me up at this hour any more! I’m ready to be alseep again and, shhh…. don’t tell…. I took a wee nap yesterday! It was sooo nice to just lie down for those few moments. I didn’t wake entirely refreshed but I did get up feeling better than before!

So today’s sketch is all about the circles of sleep (life). I wish I could have this many “circles” (aka sleeps) in a day! *grins*

Plain Jane

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 4th, 2007

Well good Monday Morning to everyone! Since Mondays are always kind of slow starting, it followed suit that I was too today. So, today’s sketch it is kind of plain Jane too. I’d love to see this one dressed up a bit, (thinking chipboard and flourishes)…

Have a go and share yours won’t you?

As promised…

Posted in Sketch It's by Lissa on the June 2nd, 2007

Today marks our first 8.5 x 11 sketch… I love ribbon and was thinking I might use ribbon on this one behind the photo instead of patterned papers.

What would you use? (Show me, Link me!)