Thursday, February 25, 2010

March - In The House

The sample is up over at Scrapbooks Plus for the March - In The House class. I apologize for the lateness in getting it done, but there were delays in receiving the papers because of the snow and CHA...and when it finally arrived I was up to my eyeballs in the last week of high school wrestling!

This month's class has a family tree theme. Using papers from Karen Foster Designs, Bo Bunny and Basic Grey, we answer the question "Whoooo loves you baby?" Personalize your house with pictures of siblings, parents, grandparents...even great grandparents! Karen Foster themed stickers provide a place for you to record the names, birthdates, and birth places of your extended family.

Color scheme: Beautiful honey mustard, browns, greens with just a touch of paprika - sounds kind of like a salad doesn't it? We will be using foam stamps with acrylic paints to personalize the title - is your family happy, wacky or nutty? Bring your favorite brown ink - I used Amaretto from QuickQuotes. Here's a peak at one of the pages from the layout...
You must bring your craft knife and cutting mat, red line tape, dimensional pop dots, regular adhesive, scissors and paper cutter. Specify the day or night class when you sign up so I know when to expect you. Brownies included at no extra charge...see you on Tuesday!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snowmageddon 2010

We got about 30" of snow... ...we still had about another 6"- 8" to go at this point...
...the snow was piled up on the railings of the deck about 12" high...
...and it was piled up on the branches of the trees in the backyard...
...the view over the back fence...reminds me more of Colorado than Virginia...
...the snow of a lifetime!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Time Well Spent

This is the page map we used for the January DT Customer Challenge over at Scrapbooks Plus. It was designed by Loretta Cooper. I took a lot of liberties with the page map - turning it on its side, changing the dimensions of the elements - going so far as to turn it into a 2 page layout! (I always have lots of pictures, so I rarely do a one page layout.) Like most designers I know, Loretta encourages deviations from the page I felt very comfortable with my adaptations.

The papers were from Upsy Daisy Designs and I thought they had a very beachy feel to them, so I pulled out some beach pictures and created this...
...but it was inspired by another beach-themed layout my friend (and fellow DT member) Sharon created several months ago, focusing on titles. I loved the way she made the title into a focal point and carried it across both pages to lead the eye of the viewer. I tucked the idea away and waited until I found the right pictures and the right title.
The first portion of the title is made with the corrugated alpha from Jillibean Soup...
... which I painted an eye-popping shade of green to match the papers from UpsyDaisy. I did not have that shade of green in my collection of paints, so I created a custom color, by mixing my paints. After the paint dried I distressed the surface of the letters a little with sandpaper. The smaller letters are die cut from a few different Sizzix fonts (Wingo Zingo, Playground and Monde de Blonde, I believe) in a dark brown cardstock.
The letters in "Friends" are from a Heidi Swapp Foam Letter set...actually the same set Sharon used on her layout...but you wouldn't know it if you looked at them side by side, because I altered mine a little...okay, a lot!
The original letters were a bright, shiny Turquiose plaid, which I liked, but didn't work for this layout. So I sanded them down a bit to remove most of the color and inked them generously with a brown ink pad. Then I took some of Tim Holtz crackle paint and dry brushed the thinnest coat on them. After the paint dried there was more inking and sanding, until I got exactly the time-worn, distressed look I was after.
I decided since the verbage in the title was repetitive, I would echo that in the actual title design, so the last part of the title looks the same as the first:
Design-wise bottom line: Start with a pagemap for inspiration but let your own sense of style lead you. Play with your titles, alter your fonts, use your techniques to get a unique and custom title for your very unique layouts.
Real bottom line: Spend time with and enjoy your friends...and then scrapbook to keep the memories. I loved this trip - we took a couple of days during Spring Break with a family who are very dear friends of ours. We just hung out and explored - hiking to a beach, playing on a playground made from recycled tires (really cool), checking out a sculpture garden - and created great memories. It really was...time well spent.

Monday, February 1, 2010

In The House - February

I didn't find the right pictures to put in my samples this month...okay honestly, I couldn't find the time to find the right pictures...but here is the house for February:
And here it is morphed into the layout:
I used a mix of papers from Basic Grey, BoBunny, and Best Creations in lucious pinks, creams and chocolatey browns. In class, we will be trimming things out with ribbons, edge punches, and the cutest heart pins from Maya Road! Yes, there is a bit of glitter paper for those of you addicted to bling! There will be inking, stamping, heat embossing, and edge punching - and Ginger Lemon Creme cookies especially for Pat! See you in class!