Saturday, March 29, 2014

Lighthouse Photo Album

Last month I was visiting Anne's Paper Creations and discovered her fabulous lighthouse made with Graphic 45 papers. You can visit her blog here for a picture of her lighthouse and to watch a video of her creative process. Although she hasn't posted instructions or a how to video, if enough people are interested she might do it. Her videos are always fabulous and she shares the most incredible projects on her blog!  Anyway, my creative mind just wouldn't let go of this clever idea and I just couldn't wait for a how to video.  I used foam core for the lighthouse shape and made the album pages from cardstock and patterned papers. I don't know the source of the patterned papers as I have a collection of open stock scrapbooking paper that I purchased at a garage sale. The album pages fold up into the center of the lighthouse and can be tucked away. They swing down because they are threaded onto a wooden rod that is attached to the back and front of the lighthouse. (Go to Anne's blog, she shows this step really clearly.)  As I was trying to come up with a way to add an electric light to the top, my son came to the rescue. He discovered a battery operated light that fit perfectly in my "glass" enclosure. The top of the lighthouse lifts up so the light is accessible.  For the rocks, I borrowed a few pumice like stones from the landscaping around my house and hot glued them to a wooded base that I painted black.  This was a super fun project and I am so glad I gave it a try. Now my mind can focus on other creative projects. Since one of my sister's has a birthday next week and she is obsessed with lighthouses, I finished it then sent it off to her for her birthday. She should be pretty surprised, as we normally don't send each other birthday gifts. (I bet you're thinking that I have ruined the surprise by posting about it here....nope, she doesn't read blogs, so I am safe.)

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek! I hope you'll also visit Anne's Paper Creations and enjoy her projects as much as I do. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March Sketch

Kathy's Sketch
As the month is drawing to a close, Kathy has posted two more cards to inspire you to use the March sketch at the The Sketch File. She posted my card (above) and one of her own. Her card is such a gorgeous take on the sketch. I hope you'll take a peek at it and will be inspired enough by our cards to create one of your own. We'd love to see what you come up. Please post it here.

It's a bit of a challenge to see the sketch in my card, but if you look hard enough, I think you'll see how the sketch inspired me. I can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Blue Splatter

It's time for the March sketch challenge at The Sketch File.  Kathy has created a multi-layered sketch and to be honest, I found it challenging. I have been under a lot of stress this past week or so and the ability to be creative was somewhat hindered by all the stress. I finally came up with this card, using shades of blue. I didn't add a sentiment. I think I'll do that when the time comes to mail the card to someone.

So what do you think? Are you inspired enough to share your creation with us?  I hope you'll link something up over at The Sketch File.