Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday With Sasha and Come On Get Crafty - March 2014

Hey everyone!! Welcome to another Saturday with Sasha and Come On Get Crafty - COGC has an awesome new site, hop on for a visit when you have time! For now, since I know most of you are on your mobile device and would prefer not to click a million time to read something, here's a copy of my post over there.

I hope you're enjoying your Saturday so far :) Mine is pretty good. The weather has been awesome lately. Well, after our 'driest February since 1869' we've been having some rain for the past week! The green grass is back and that is something to celebrate! And I have two new layouts to share with you today - I always love when I create. It's not about the outcome, it's the process that I love. What about you? :)

believe in yourself

believe in yourself closeup

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I was in the mood for something simple and quite graphic to go with this photo of Nidhi, trying to build a sandcastle - but didn't want to use block font such as Bebas. I browsed through my cut files collection and settled on this 'Believe in Yourself' handwriting style cut file. I embellished it simply with a few of the Basic Grey Candy Buttons in white and yellow and some die cuts from Pink Paislee Hey Kid ephemera pack. I typed 'Love, Mom' with my manual cursive typewriter and call it done and loving this layout a lot!

Sometime, not layering is fun, you know? ;)

fun type

fun type closeup

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Meet Jack. (please tell me I'm not the only one naming my typewriters/inanimate object!) Jack is my woodgrain, Royal 260 typewriter. Jack is not in working condition, yet. I still need to send him for servicing, but he's one special typewriter. I got this while roaming the night market with my dad. A little backstory - my dad is a journalist. Way before laptops and emails, I used to fall asleep to the 'tap-tap-tap-tap-tap-ding!' of my dad's typewriter. So typewriters have always been special to me. They remind me of my dad, who is still writing to this day ♥

I typed out the little story of why I love typewriters, where I got Jack from etc on a few tags from Dear Lizzy, then I added some feathers die cuts from Glitz Wild & Free whatnots pack and clustered them on top right of the layout. I stitched some chevron using one (the yellow card, to be exact) of the die cut from this pack as a template to call some attention to the 'fun' wood veneer I used as the main title for this layout :)

I hope I've provided some ideas for you today. I hope to see you soon!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Look At You *Chic Tags*

  • If you've been following me for a while, you must already know that I adore circles. I find them easiest to work with most of the time. And I'm not afraid of repeating circles either. How about you? 
  • Some call me old-school when I crop my photos into circles. Old-school = good (to me)! And I really don't mind it at all! LOL. Why try to reinvent the wheel every single time? Why fix something that is not broken? :D Or maybe that's just the 'lazy Sasha' talking.
  • Speaking of which - here's my latest layout for Chic Tags (You can see a couple of 'in process' pictures if you follow me on Instagram. Here and here. I apologize in advance for the dark photos on IG, I was creating late into the night.)

look at you

One of the earliest photos of Zahra, my niece. She's turning one in about a month. How time flies.

look at you closeup

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  • I used Love Notes Icons and Happy Place Mini Icons for this layout. They work well together in my opinion - the different sizes only add interest to this delightful layout. I know there are a lot of colors on this layout, but that's just how I roll. Colors make me happy, so I thought to myself - "why not?!" :)
  • I have been 'spring cleaning' my scrap area - simplifying and downsizing by a lot. My back is breaking, I had to rub some heating ointment just to be able to sleep for a few days! LOL. I hope to share 'good dslr' photos with you soon - but you can see some progress snapshots on IG as well. I try to take one every now and then, as I take a break from the chaos of my scrap area. :D
Till next time

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Saturday Sketch - March

I'm a little okay, a lot late this month posting our Come On Get Crafty Saturday Sketch layout - but there is still time if you want to play along! :)



I skipped the diagonal lines on the three corners and stitched squares and rectangles to mimic those on the sketch. Love doing this - been doing it to a lot of my layouts. I noticed that I have to have a good, working background (to me) before I start on my layouts. Stitched and misted backgrounds are my favorite.

Here's a super short video I uploaded to Instagram on the day I was working on this layout. (I hope this works! I have never posted a video clip to Flickr  then attach them here before.)

achieve closeup

achieve closeup2

Shop Items Used :  Pink Paislee (Hey Kid 6x6 Paper Pad), Jenni Bowlin (Tiny Trims Gold Rub-ons), Webster's Pages (New Year New You Mini Messages Word Stickers), American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Toothpick Hearts) 

I stamped and die cut some leaves on one of the 6x6 patterned paper from Pink Paislee Hey Kid collection - proof that you don't have to use 'kids' collection on layouts about kids. The papers are versatile enough that I can easily use them for any subjects, any topics!

Also loving the addition of gold throughout the layout - Dear Lizzy glitter hearts and the Jenni B. rub ons. I'm falling more in love with gold the more I use it. Which is kinda weird feeling to me because I'm a silver girl at heart. :)

Don't forget to submit your layouts at the link above!
Until next time. . .