Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Watching the Grammy Awards the other night, I was inspired by the Highwaymen performance (Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, and Blake Shelton). Now, I'm not much of a country girl myself, but I do love seeing living legends of any genre performing! When they sang the song "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grown Up to be Cowboys" my mind went right to a pic of my kiddos back in 2005 that has yet to be scrapped. This was a perfect time to finally get this photo in the scrapbook!

Aren't they so stinking cute? This was from a vacation to Texas back in 2005, they were very happy with their new cowboy hats! To do this layout I had the help of a few great challenges, starting with this great sketch from Creative Scrappers:


The triangles were a lot of fun to play with, not something I had done before, and a great way to use all those scraps in my stash!! Because I LOVE to combine challenges, I also used the Navy, Teal, Pink and White color scheme from Practical Scrappers, of course this goes perfectly with the COWBOY challenge at Simon Says Stamp, my photo is out in the gorgeous desert for the OUTDOORS theme at Shopping Our Stash, and I used typewriter stamps for my title for the JUST MY TYPE challenge at Paper Issues

Thanks for stopping by! =) T

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pocket Scrapping- Week 5

Well I finally decide to give this whole "pocket scrapbooking" craze a try. Since I am an avid scrapper, I felt like the only way you could do a Project Life style project was to ditch scrapping, and I was NOT ready to do that. But after watching many you-tubers who do this in smaller formats, I decided that was they way for me! I already had a cute Sn@p Life 6x8 album and a TON of supplies, so it was an easy, and cheap, project for me to dive into! We are already beginning WEEK FIVE of 2014, so it's definitely time to get started. Here's what i have so far...

This is my opening page, snapped a little pic of each of us holding a chipboard # to represent the year:

 and this is my Week 1:
This page obviously has a red and turquoise color scheme. I'll be changing this up as I go, but it will mainly be bold colors like this, maybe I'll add in some yellows and greens.

I have a few friends joining me in this adventure, and we had a blast Friday night playing with all of our new Pocket Scrapbook goodies, sorting product, looking at pics, and drinking hot cocoa and chocolate wine, soooo good!

This brings me to the point of this post, I'm going to do a weekly PS post with 5 tips and tricks that I'm using in my project, and you may want to use in yours. So...onto the tips:
  1. For those snapping pics with iphones/ipads, there is a fun app called Font that allows you to add text, filters, etc to your pics. So Fun! I'll probably do this when I don't have much to say about the photo. Remember that hot cocoa and chocolate wine?

  2. What's a Pocket Scrapbook without the goodies? My friend Erica just started subscribing to Studio Calico's Project Life Kit. Can't wait to see what arrives in the mail for her!
  3. Need to organize all those goodies? Love this tip from I Am JuJu using silverware drawer organizers to sort all of her cards.
  4. Most Pocket Scrapbookers out there are doing the standard 12x12, but there are also other options like 6x8 and 8.5x11. Check out this idea for a 2014 Life Planner at Simple As That.

  5. There are some very talented paper crafters out there doing their own Pocket Scrapbooks. One of my favorites is Mercy Tiara. I was watching one of her You Tube vids recently and she said, "Come up with a system that works for you and stick to it no matter what anyone else is doing". Love that bit of advice, thank you!

    So grab those pics, and lets start filling those pockets! =) T

    To see all of my weekly PS Tips and Tricks categorized for handy-dandy reference, click on my Pocket Scrapping page.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Best Friends

Time for another layout, this time it was an all-scrap layout (other than the cardstock base). I had a cute pic of my daughter and her BFF that I pulled off her iPod- this is a treasure chest of cute pics my kids take of them and their friends. I love uploading from their iPods every few months to see all the silly little photos they've taken!

I had been working on a layout for a class I'm teaching next month, and had a pile of scraps leftover from the kits I had put together. Several strips and scraps of paper from the American Crafts valentine collection, along with a scrap of red cardstock I had punched hearts from. All these scraps were making their way to the recycle bin when inspiration struck! Since I was working with a single photo, and had a pile of scraps I wanted to use, this sketch from Sketchabilities fit my needs perfectly:

After building layers with all of the scraps, I went over to my favorite challenge blogs for ideas on how to embellish. Twisted Tuesdays has a fun challenge going on right now, to use Washi Tape, and something that begins with the letter "T", "A" "P", or "E". I put 2 little strips of Washi up in the top right corner next to my little birdy rub-on (also from my stash, probably 5 years old!!), and then threaded a piece of Twine (for the letter "T") through the button. =) T

Monday, January 20, 2014

Oh So Cozy

First and foremost, I want to say congrats and welcome back to Sketches in Thyme! I decided to end my 3 year run with the blog in August, and it has been taking a little rest for a few months. But now it is up and running again as Vanessa breathes new life into it! This is wonderful news because SIT is a great resource for sketches and fabulous design. So, since there is a new sketch to play along with, and since I have finally gotten my scrapping mojo back...here's the latest SIT sketch:


and here's how I interpreted it:

 This was a fun sketch to play with, I love a simple single-photo page with lots of white space and room for layers! For my colors I chose the current challenge over at Color Q:

I LOVE the combo of Poppy, Grey, and White with the Indigo and Pool Party! And even though I didn't have ANY of those colors in my photo, I think it works just fine. Besides, life's too short to worry about "do my papers match my pics"...just have fun and scrap!! 

I also used 3 other favorite challenges to this layout. 1-They are playing with GLITTER at Child's Play Challenges, so I used fabulous glitter stickers from my stash for the word "cozy". I also sprayed my white background with indigo glimmer mist, but I don't think that really shows in the pic. 

2-The challenge this week at Pile it On is WOOD, so I pulled out my wood grain embossing folder and used it on the indigo cardstock behind my photo mat. 

3-Finally, at Lasting Memories, their challenge is to use a snowman. I thought this would be the perfect LO to incorporate a snowman embellie, but I searched and searched in my craft room and I had nothing! No snowmen on ribbons, no snowmen stamps, no snowmen stickers, what is a scrapper to do?? Well, I went over to good old Pinterest, searched "snowman embellishment" and found this adorable card with a little Jillibean Soup snowman stamp on it: So...I pulled out the pencil and pens and drew one of my own, thank you Pinterest! And thank YOU for stopping by! =) T

Sunday, January 19, 2014


2nd post for the day! Sundays=craft day for me, and I've been having a blast! Here's my next LO to share:

As always, I turned to a few of My Favorite Blogs for the jumping-off point. I decided to go with the sketch at Stuck?! that worked really well for the 3 pics of I had. 


Ialso wanted to do the POLKA DOT challenge at Frosted Designs, so I went back to the same Dear Lizzy 6x6 paper pad I used in my previous post, by cutting those red and yellow pieces in 1/2, it gives the illusion that it was a much larger piece that stretches across the page, I love that! The pink chevron strip is actually the little strip at the top of the paper when you tear it from the pad, it was just too cute to toss!  Enjoy what's left of the weekend, =) T

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Good Sunday morning! Continuing my scrapping journey today with another "lost pic". Over xmas break I was scrolling through old and abandoned pics on the computer and found lots of photos that I had originally chose NOT to scrap, maybe the quality wasn't great, or it didn't fit with the theme of the page, but now looking back there are some great moments I passed over. Here's one:

This was taken at a family xmas party a few years back, and it just captures such a nice moment between my mom and niece. How could I have passed this one over? To get started with this layout, I first used this sketch from Unscripted:
I think it's meant for cards, but I'm a scrapper and can ALWAYS find a way to make a sketch work for me! The lines across the page  gave me the chance to use an assortment of papers from a Dear Lizzy 6x6 pad. I have used this pad over and over and over, and really had very little left to work with, but little strips were all I needed! I then popped over to Desert Island Crafts Challenge and used 3 items from their itinerary: METAL (I have 3 copper brads under the photo), NOT A CARD, and JOURNAL IT. My journaling for this LO is short and sweet, "Not sure what they're laughing about, but it sure is funny". =) T

Thursday, January 16, 2014

On the Sidelines

Hello! So if you haven't already noticed, my layouts are very soccer-heavy! I had at one time considered setting aside an album devoted strictly to all the soccer layouts (as I do for my xmas and Halloween albums), but then I thought it would just be a bit too much soccer!! Between my 2 kiddos who have been playing since they were 3 (and are now 12 and 13), and my husband who is always coaching at least one of their teams, we seem to eat sleep and breathe soccer! Me? I'm the "family historian"...I gladly watch every game with a travel mug of caffeine and my camera in hand ready to capture the next amazing moment on the field! This layout shows one of those moments OFF the field, just a simple pic of father and son watching my daughter's game- I just love this photo!

As always, I had the help of some great challenge blogs to get me scrapping! First I started with this fabulous sketch from Sketch N Scrap:

You can see I had to tweak the sketch a little to make it work for my 1-photo layout, I added 2 pieces of the rust dot paper in place of the pics. i also played with the fun color combo from Perfectly Rustics, the orange and greens worked well with the grassy green photo. 

And for one final challenge, I did the "D is for Dazzle" challenge over at The ABC Challenge. Not sure if you can tell from this photo, but see the red spots here and there on the layout? Those are dots Stickles I added along with the splats of green glimmer mist! They are much more sparkly up close and personal!  Thanks for stopping by! =) T

Monday, January 13, 2014

Team Players

Good morning and happy Monday! Had a great day of scrapping yesterday, and I have a bunch of layouts to share with you! My first step in creating a layout is to head to the handy dandy list I've made on my blog titled My Favorite Blogs and scroll through to see what strikes my fancy. I decided to go with the color combo and sketch challenge over at Color Me Scrappy, doesn't this look delicious?

Here's what i came up with:

I love the pink,red,blue combo, but would not normally have used it on a soccer layout. But...I think it works and this is why I LOVE to use challenges!!! Thanks for stopping by, =) T

  "Team Players" linking up to:
  Color Me Scrappy color combo and sketch
123 Get Scrappy tic tac toe board, I chose Bling, Stars, and Doodles
Desert island Crafts Challenge I chose Glitter, Diecuts, and Spray from the itinerary

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Hello! I have been enjoying a fabulous day in the craft room, making layouts, watching process videos on YouTube, and I mixed it up with a few loads of laundry too! The night is still young, and after I get the kiddos settled for the night, I plan to grab a good DVD and head back down for a bit more scrapping. For now, let's see one of my newest layouts. First, I started with this fabulous sketch from Stick It Down:

This was one of those pics that got lost in the shuffle and never scrapped, came across it the other day and just fell in love. So glad I found it, it's too cute to not be in the scrapbook! And how lucky that I found that "I Love This Picture" tag in my stash- not sure how old it is, but I was happy to use it on this layout. Now it's back to the craft room to squeak every last moment out of this weekend. =) T

 "Climb" layout linking up to:
 -Stick It Down sketch
-Dream Valley Challenges boys/men

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Good Night

Trying to keep that scrap mojo going...put the kiddos on the bus, made a cup of tea and headed straight for the craft room! My scrapping process starts with a visit to my favorite blogs for some scrapping inspiration. I make a list of current challenges and then grab some pics I'd like to work with. I take a look at my challenge list to see what would work with the pics I have going, and then start building a layout!

For today's layout, I started with the "I Gotta Feeling" song challenge at Scrap It With a Song. I LOVE using song lyrics as titles on my page, and since I was scrapping New Years Eve pics, this song was perfect! Next I went with the color scheme and sketch from Black With Two. I would not normally reach for black, seafoam green, and sand, so I like how a color challenge forces me out of my comfort zone! Lastly I added in the challenge from Twisted Tuesday, to use more than three manufacturers plus an arrow. It was fun to pull out scraps of various pattern papers, as well as stickers from several different lines and layer them all into one happy layout. Here's the end result:

Do you have a favorite challenge blog you like to turn to for a creative jump-start? I'd love to hear about it and add it to my "go-to" list! Thanks for stopping by, =) T

"Good Night"layout linking up to:
-Scrap It With a Song I Gotta Feeling
-Twisted Tuesday 3+ manufacturers, and an arrow
-Black with Two sketch, color scheme, "love"

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Endure- First layout for 2014

Hello and Happy 2014 to all my crafty friends! I have one basic goal for the new year, to scrapbook more! It's the age-old scrapbooker's complaint, "I'm soooo far behind"....but I REALLY am!!! I'm realizing that I spent a little bit too much time in 2013 on that darn Pinterest, and not enough time in my craft room actually creating things! I was thinking of this yesterday afternoon as I scrolled through Pinterest...so I clicked over to Blogger instead, checked out a few of my favorite blogs for their latest challenges, and set out for the craft room instead. Here's what I came up with:

It felt good to get back into the craft room and add another layout to the finished stack! Let's hope I can keep this up! =) T

"Endure" layout linking up to: 
-Unscripted Sketches Sketch #238
-Color Throwdown turquoise, slate, white, grey
-Paper Issues Lists (I listed the names of the girls on the team)
-Scrap our Stash Countdown (5 brads, 4 photo corners, 3 patterns papers, 2 metal tags, 1 rub-on)