Thursday, January 14, 2010

Frosted Flakes

This layout is from my final DT submission over at Scrapbooks Plus. The paper is from Upsy Daisy......I decided to play with shapes - lots of diamonds and rectangles...
...a little shine from Pearl Ex to "frost" the title...

...a little glitter (Martha Stewart Antique Silver)...trying to journal using my own handwriting..and voila!
As I said, this is from my last DT submission at Scrapbooks Plus. I have enjoyed the last 2 years on the team tremendously. I have learned so much from the other team members. My style has evolved - for the better I hope - as a result of all the interaction. It has truly been a fun challenge to push myself creatively and hopefully bring inspiring layouts to the customers each month, but I had a need to explore some other challenges this year.
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Don't worry -you will still see me around the store...teaching at least one class per month...and shopping! Lots of shopping!

Friday, January 8, 2010

circa December 1964

I am the happy and proud caretaker of the family slides. I have a goal of transferring them all to digital within a reasonable amount of time. Things are not going too well in that area. I printed this 8x10 almost a year ago. I wanted to see how large I could print and still expect a good image quality. Anyway, I had this print sitting around, waiting to be scrapped, when I received the January DT kit from Scrapbooks Plus with the Man About Town II collection from Upsy Daisy Designs. Because of the warm colors and the fabulous vintage feel of the papers, I immediately thought of this picture: A classic Madden family photo, circa December 1964. The picture of the deer in the background and the green faux leather (vinyl!) couch are icons in my mind.

With all the lovely browns, this page came together very quickly. I cut the title with my Cricut (Base Camp). Some of the letters are popped up, some are not. Some are popped up with their "shadow", some are popped up on top of the "shadow". All of the edges are inked. I added a small silver charm of a deer with antlers, and tied it with a tiny bow.

I think I am going to use it as the opening page in a family album...made from the slides...to give to my mother. Wow! Wish me luck. I think I just made a plan.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

In The House - January

Our recent blizzard apparently provided me with just the right amount of inspiration for this month's snow-themed design. It features a beautiful mix of wintery blues and warm browns - one of my favorite color combinations! And here it is morphed into the layout:
Martha Stewart's Antique Silver glitter, with it's brown undertones, is perfect on the diecut snowflakes. I also used her Drippy Goo edge punch for the icicles. There are 5 different ribbons on the layout - and hardly any Cricut cuts - how did that happen?
I've got to get cracking on February - check back in a few days!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Thank Heaven for Little Girls! Explosion Box

Here is the last item I created for the DT call at Reminisce - an exploding box with a baby theme.
There are 8 pockets for pictures and journaling, plus an additional 4 surfaces for photos. I envisioned it as being a "Baby's First Year" keepsake, where you could add a new picture for each month. Reminisce has some really cute journaling stickers that I turned into tags with a little extra cardstock and ribbon.
On the outside, I created a "ribbon" from striped paper. It holds the box closed with a velcro dot under the decorative element on top...don't you just love the heart pins from Maya Road?
I am going to offer this as a class at Scrapbooks Plus next month. I just need to take a quick look at the calendar to set the time & date, so make sure you check out the class schedule! Class size will be limited to 6.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bath Time Inspiration

I am not a chronological scrapper...I will never be "caught up"...and I am at peace with that. I have 3 children and I didn't start scrapping until the youngest was 8 years old. There are just too many exciting events going on in their lives right now (16, 14, 12) and the backlog of pictures is humongous, so from time to time I go back and pick some special moments from the past that bring back great memories. As I was flipping through my photo albums I came across these pictures of my boys from 14 years ago and I knew I had found my inspiration. Bath Time was always such a fun and relaxing ritual every evening...and as soon as it was done, I could pass them off to Daddy for bedtime stories!I had fun with some techniques, first embossing the "B" with my Cuttlebug - the "Spots and Dots" folder from Provocraft reminded me of bubbles. Then I decided to heat emboss it to add some shine! The "bubbles" floating across the page are clear acrylic stickers I had picked up from JoAnne's and had sitting in my stash for just the right project - and here it was!

I actually used this layout as one of my submissions for a DT call at Reminisce, and almost all of the elements are from that company, however, the blue cardstock in the background is from Co'ordinations. The Wrestling Layout in the previous post was also one of my submissions. I didn't find out about the contest until the last few days, so I am happy with what I was able to produce. I did not make the cut for the DT this year, but I am proud to say I did garner an "Honorable Mention" on the blog! Maybe next year!