Thursday, December 31, 2009
As you know, I'm a HUGE scrap lifter...I can lift just about anything. Some times it looks real similar and some times I just take a few elements from a few different layouts and combine them. The problem is, when I try to start from scratch, my layouts don't look very nice. So I am taking the class to try and LEARN about DESIGN so I can do my own layouts and not have to lift all the time.
OK, so here are the first two layouts from the class. The color scheme for the entire class is brown-green-red. All the layouts are based on Cathy's sketches. The 12x12 layout uses Granola alphas from Basic Grey and papers from the ACBailey May KOTM. The second layout is two-page 8-1/2 x 11 spread. It uses red CS from JoAnn's and stickers from a Disney kit I bought at Costco. I'm not quite sure why I'm into doodling, but both these layouts have doodling boxes around everything...
And I guess I should talk about the layouts...sorry. The first one I've blogged about already, it's the 2009 Alaska State Fair. The second one is the Go-Coaster at Disneyland in Jan 2009. I wrote about how Erica was really scared at first and we had to walk right thru the car the first time. But she finally gave in and eventually rode with everyone, including Grandma. The last part of the journaling talks about not letting Jeff fool ya...he doesn't like coasters and if you look closely you can see his white knuckles as he holds onto the bar.
Monday, December 28, 2009
So that's going to be the basis for my layout...and I have to have Erica take some pictures of me using my cute new S&W .38 revolver I got for Christmas...and it came with one of those red dot laser things (yes, I know what it's called...but saying "crimson trace" didn't really fit with calling it cute).
Check out the challenge and I hope it inspires you to scrap like it has me!!!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
So here are some of the cards I sent out this year. I already posted the digital card...it looks better online than in person, I didn't use good paper for printing (sorry for everyone that gets one of those...I'm still learning).
This first card I *started* making three years ago. I used the Xyron Personal Cutting System to cut the letters and the ornament.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Yup, you guessed it...I was selected as a lottery winner this year. Unfortunately it was on the weekend Jeff was hunting and I didn't really want to drive all the way by myself. So I asked Nicole and her daughter Bella if they wanted to go us...we had a blast! There was morning fog that didn't lift until we got to Polychrome pass, which I'm sure prevented us from seeing alot of wild life. The really cool thing is we heard moose in the rut. We also saw a lone, lame, caribou. I joked that we should watch it for a while and we'd probably see some wolves or a bear...although I'm sure it wasn't much of a joke, which was why he was probably alone. And Erica and Bella got to know each other better...and that started a new friendship.
Anyway, here's the layout. I used Bazzill cardstock, American Crafts Thickers, and stickers from our local scrapbooking store (thank goodness for Alaskana products!!!).
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
If you are interested in learning more about digital scrapbooking (or just in learning how to use your software) you really should check out jessicasprague.com. I've taken a few free classes and am having a blast...that Christmas card is nice, right??? See, that should be proof enough!
Monday, December 14, 2009
I didn't initially choose these papers for a set, but this week's ACBailey Freaky Friday Challenge is to do a layout or project using red and green. I found some old Stampin Up papers that worked pretty nicely (except the flower looks too red...I'm gonna have to change that!). The set I made for Erica's teacher uses the DCWV Grade School Stack. It's really neat, but the papers were hard to work with cuz they were heavy weight.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Cecile is Erica's God Mother. She and I were pregnant together...her son is about 6 weeks younger than Erica. Before we found out the sex of our kids, Jeff used to joke with Cecile that "My son will do things to your daughter..." THEN we found out we were having a girl and she was having a boy...Boy did Cecile have fun with THAT!!! She STILL has fun with turning Jeff's statement around on him!!! So Ian and Erica aren't joined at the hip, but they definitely get along together (recall the layout I did last month about Erica getting her ears pierced? She almost backed out and Ian helped her pick out earrings and helped convince her to do it...and I'll have another football story one of these days, too).
Anyway, Dustin and Cecile are raising Ian very well! He is quite a gentleman and is learning early how to treat women properly! Ian likes to buy jewelry for Cecile...and asked to buy Erica a ring for her birthday. Cecile said OK and he even picked it out. It's soooo cute!! And Erica loves it! I thought Jeff wouldn't be very happy about her getting jewelry so soon, but he was good with it.
I used a T!m Holtz mask, smooch glitter spray, and Basic Grey patterned paper from the Feb ACBailey Kit of the Month (no longer available, sorry). I can't remember where the rubons are from, but the flowers are from the Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit as well as some Primas.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
For Erica's 6th Birthday party she had a Rollerskating Party. This kids were having such a good time that after we ate pizza, ice cream, and cake, they wanted to go skate more instead of open presents...so that's what we did. Erica opened presents later with some neighborhood kids that came to the party. So here's the layout of the actual party...Erica's face was nearly the color of her red/pink tie-dyed shirt...what a hoot!!!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
So I picked a fairly easy subject...or so I thought. I adopted a retired racing greyhound in 1995 and had her until 2003. I have three series of pictures of her. One when I first adopted her, the second was our first Christmas together, and the third was our last Christmas. I didn't even realize that until I started posting the layout...and that's when it hit me. She was my "girly girl" and I miss her so!!!I have to to share my favorite story about her. She had her own couch, and was not allowed on "our" furniture. When we were around, she never broke those rules. However, we'd come home from work in the evenings to find our throw pillows on the floor, so we knew she was breaking the rules. To see if we were right, we set up a video camera on our mantle facing the couch. It recorded 1 or 2 seconds every 30 seconds. It showed us leaving in the morning with her at the top of the stairs watching us leave. As soon as the garage door closed (or so it seemed), she was up on the couch making herself comfy. She got up, ate (presumably), came back, and slept most of the day...on the couch. Then, as it was getting close to us coming home, she positioned herself where her head was on the arm of the couch watching down the stairs. As the garage door opened, she jumped off the couch and ran to the top of the stairs, eagerly greeting us at the door as if she had done nothing wrong. What a hoot!!!
And supplies for the page: Papers, button, and brads from the ACBailey Dec 2008 KOTM (Wassail papers from Basic Gray), alphas from Pink Paisley, journaling spot from Sweetwater, and unknown misc ribbon.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Ooooh, ooooh, ooooh...and I almost forgot. I got a beautiful picture of the sun coming up behind the Chugach mountains this morning at the school. It shows up a little more red than pink and purple...I was about 2 min late in getting the perfect PINK highlights. Oh, well, this is nice anyway!
I can't tell you how inspiring the ACBailey Design Team is...I have been picked for three layouts of the week and the Freaky Friday Challenge TWICE. The FF Challenge winners get $10 Gift Certificates...is that not cool or what?!?!? If you are not participating in their challenges, you're crazy!!!
By the way, you should check out this week's Freaky Friday Challenge...it's not only inspiring, it's therapeutic! I have completed my layout and will post it tomorrow. Remember, you can get a $10 Gift Certificate if your layout is picked!!!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
So Dec 1 I was supposed to take a "Welcome to Dec" pix of everyone in the family...didn't do that. Jeff shoots in a trap league on Tues and Erica had girl scouts. So I'll do this on the weekend. But the GS meeting had a WONDERFUL thing for me to put in the Dec Daily mini album:
A friend of mine is battling breast cancer. She's a very busy, involved, and sweet woman. One of the things she's been involved with is a partnership with a local Army platoon at Ft Richardson that is deployed. She was considering letting go of her partnership due to the time and effort involved, but ended up keeping it when they reached out to her...it was a VERY touching story for me to read on Veteran's Day. Anyway, she asked her friends and family who have been following her journey to send letters, cards, care packages, etc to them as a special thank you for their support to her.
Mixed in with this timing, our GS troop has been looking for a service project. Well, when I heard this, I knew it was the perfect project for our girls. Juliette Gordon Low is the founder of Girl Scouts America. She was born on Oct 31. Oct is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Juliette Gordon Low lost her battle to breast cancer. My friend had a double mastectomy on Oct 31. Wow...it was meant to be.
Sooooo...last night was a meeting night and the girls made Christmas postcards, homemade Christmas ornaments, and brought extra goodies like a mini tree (for the ornaments), chap stick, individual drink mixes, hard candy, jerky, mini hand lotions, etc. We will be sending a BIG care package to the platoon this weekend.
What a great service project for the girls!!! And it had a good holiday foundation...so that's my Dec Daily for Dec 1. Now, I just need to figure out how to capture all that in a mini album...ugh!
This week's challenge is to do a layout about a holiday meal or recipe (Thanksgiving or Christmas). Well, our favorite recipe is "Sweet Potato Goo" also known as Sweet Potato Casserole...not the kind with marshmallows, it has crumble on the top (ha, now you know why it's our favorite). Anyway, I made TWO casseroles this year and wouldn't you know I forgot to get pictures. But, I do have pictures of last year's Christmas (or was it Christmas Eve? I'm not sure) dinner. These crab legs were soooo big (how big were they?). They were soooo big we had to break them in half just to get them in the pot to cook. I can usually eat 4 or 5 crab legs (yes, I'm a piggy), but I think I only ate 2 of these puppies. YUM!!!
These products are from the ACBailey Nov Kit of the Month (SEI papers, misc buttons, flowers, chipboard), Pebbles Inc ribbon from the Aug Kit of the Month, and Maya Rd chipboard from the Dec 2008 Kit of the Month.
Oh, and here's a funny sweet potato goo story: I went scrapping all day on Friday and Saturday. I called Jeff to say hi and to talk to Erica. On one of the calls he says, "That goo tastes different today." I asked him if it was the goo in the left over tub or the one in the casserole dish. He confirmed it was the one in the casserole dish. I replied, "That's because that one hasn't been cooked yet." Ha...
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Date: Apr 10, 2010
Time: 10am - 10pm
Location: ConocoPhillips Atrium
This is an American Cancer Society Relay for Life fund raising event. Our goal this year is $30,000. We have been the top team in Anchorage for four years running, and then slipped to second in 2008 and third in 2009. I'm hoping this year we can really get some momentum going and get back into first place.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Today's post is a project for the Jessica Sprague Holidays in Hand class that I took earlier this month. The goal of the class is to end up with an album about Christmas...either memories from the past, today's holiday season, or a combination of the two. There are daily prompts (for journaling, pictures, and activities) that need to be displayed...this clipboard will be the display for my daily prompts. And it was inspired by two people...a gal that sat next to me at this weekend's crop, and one of the Design Team members from ACBailey, Dee. The gal at the crop did a beautiful 8x8 Layout with flowers and a hat pin...I loved it sooooo much I had to use it as my clipboard inspiration. This clipboard is a project for the ACBailey Jingle Bells Blog Hop that was held the weekend before Thanksgiving...and it was Dee's project.I used papers from the ACBailey 2008 Dec Kit of the Month and a hat pin decoration from a Stampin' Up! kit. There are a few kits left and they are on sale, so check them out...and remember, shipping is free on the first of every month with a $35 order.
Monday, November 23, 2009
One other nice thing about WHEN it snows...it has to be at least in the teens, so the temperature isn't toooooo bad. It's weird, but it never snows when it's in single digit temperatures or negative. I'm sure there's a technical meteorological thing...
So, for this week's ACBailey Challenge, I scrapped about being thankful for snow (dorky, sorry). Part of the challenge said we couldn't scrap anything with fall colors. Well, these are Alaskan fall colors (ha), but I don't think this is what they meant.
I used papers and swirl from the ACBailey Aug Kit of the Month (papers from Upsy Daisy, Prima swirl). The alphas are Pink Paisley from the Captivating sticker book. Oh, and the felt ribbon was adhered with Zip Dry...this stuff is AWESOME!!! As far as I'm concerned, it's a must have item for every paper crafter!!! It dries fast and doesn't warp papers like other liquid glues.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
We have been to Disneyland two years in a row the first week in January (we'll be breaking that streak this year...but will be at Disney World over spring break...YEAH!!!). Anyway, the first year we went, Autopia was the first ride we went on and it ended up being Erica's favorite. Lucky for us the lines were never very long, so we spent alot of time at Autopia. And lucky for me, we got Autopia Driver Licenses for me to scrap (woo hoo).
OK, no more stalling...Here's my inspiration...and here's my layout.
I used Prima Marketing Youth papers (they kinds look road-ish, right?) and American Crafts Poolside Thickers (up close they look leathery...almost like car tires). To try an mimic the vintage/distressed look of the frames, I used an edge distresser on the photos and then inked them.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
And speaking of Santa, here's a layout I lifted from Scrapbook Trends (it was an OLD issue). I used Scenic Route papers, the Wishblade to cut the title, Making Memories alpha stickers and Journaling box, Pebbles Inc chipboard, and Stampin up mini clip. The journaling is part of a conversation Erica had with Santa at ConocoPhillips in 2006...the words are below in case you can't read them.Erica: Santa, where are your reindeer?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Here's the layout I did...the hardest part was figuring out what to journal (hee, hee). Wednesdays she also has digi elements for a buck. I'm thinking about downloading another template...
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
- family – minimize individual activities in Dec (scrapbooking, shooting, etc) and focus on family activities (cookies, movies, crafts, reading, game night, etc).
- tradition – establish a solid family tradition (ex: open presents from family on Christmas Eve and from each other/Santa on Christmas Day...we still waffle on this)
- friends –invite friends without family to join in our celebrations
- magic – take Erica for pix with Santa and have her write a letter to ensure the Christmas magic continues
- food – make a big enough turkey for left overs! If no turkey on Christmas, make a turkey *some* time in Dec!
- sweets – make holiday cookies/sweets every weekend (you're welcome, Jeff!!!)
- stockings – decorate the house before the first weekend in Dec...make a stocking with Erica's name (Jeff & I have them already)
- ornaments – make ornaments with Erica
- appreciating – make thank you cards and mail them before New Year’s Day
- connecting – send out Christmas cards to friends and family this year!!!
- memorable – document *something* about the holidays in a mini album/journal everyday from Black Friday thru Christmas...also follows with this class by doing 20 minutes of something every day
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
So this layout is Erica's Kindergarten class preparing for the holidays by making crafts and decorating cookies. I had a BLAST volunteering that day, and the kids had a great time. Mrs Wollrich did a great job putting it all together for us!
The papers, stickers, and journaling cards are Sassafrass Lass from the ACBailey Sep KOTM. I also added a Jenni Bowlin Mini School Bingo Card (love those!!!) that was from the KOTM, too. And of course, the layout is from http://www.pagemaps.com/ and is the Nov 2-pg 12x12 map. FUN!!!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Take a look at the November maps and see if you can find some inspiration. I think you'll see a layout or two from me based on a "map" REAL soon!! I just LOVE this one, for example...
Monday, November 9, 2009
A friend of mine (at least I think she's a friend...I don't feel like a very good friend today, though) moved out of town in January. I found out she was pregnant, and in my mind I thought it was in the May time frame. I ask another mutual friend today when she's due and she says, "Oh, Michelle, she had the baby in September...you need to get on Facebook." I call another mutual friend and ask her why she didn't tell me and she laughed and said, "You need to get on Facebook."
I have no iphone, no blackberry, no DS, no Wii, no nothing. I didn't even know what "the Nook" was and had to ask. I might as well drive a car and break with my heels...UGH!!! Can you even believe I'm in the blogging world? I can't...
So, I guess I've answered myself...I really DO need to be on Facebook, don't I?!?
Sunday, November 8, 2009
The layout is lifted from a Scrapbook Etc Nov/Dec issue and uses some left over papers from Close to My Heart, Creative Imaginations, My Mind's Eye, and Reminisce. I also added some Pebbles Inc and Maya Rd Embellishments along with Stampin Up ribbons and covered chipboard from an unknown source (sorry). I had a blast with this challenge and I'm looking forward to the next several weeks...I hope you'll join me!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Cecile is Erica's God Mother and has asked for a year to be the one to take Erica to get her ears pierced. Erica has been scared and hasn't wanted to...so Cecile has patiently waited. This year, one of Erica's birthday presents was a Tiara dress-up set for four. With it was some cheap clip-on earrings. Of course Erica had to play with them, but she always complained that they hurt. I told her that clip-ons hurt ALL the time and pierced ears only hurt for a second when you first get them. After hearing that she decided she was ready to have her ears pierce.
We waited for 20-30 minutes for Erica's turn at the store. While waiting, Erica watched a girl who flinched (she didn't cry or gasp or anything...just flinched) and that was enough to scare her out of it. So I told her, "OK, you can keep wearing clip-ons that hurt all the time." She was initially OK with that...and then Cecile told her she'd buy her two more earrings of her choice if she got her ears pierced that day. Ian (Cecile's son who's just a few weeks younger than Erica) picked out one pair and Erica picked out a set with several pairs. Whew...SAVE!!! She was still scared, but wanted to get them done. I was a bit nervous that they weren't going to pierce them both at the same time...I thought we'd end up walking out with one pierced ear (ha!). When it came time for the actual piercing, all Erica said was "OW" in a very matter-of-fact voice...not a loud voice, not a whiny voice, just very neutral.
And of course, within a minute of having them done, she was all smiles and the pain was gone. We celebrated with Dairy Queen afterward...what a great day!!!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
It's called a December Daily. What is the December Daily? Here's an excerpt from Ali Edward's Blog: "December Daily is an album that documents the month of December leading up to Christmas day (and sometimes beyond - that's completely up to you). it is a chance to reflect, to share, to celebrate the season in a manageable, in-the-moment way."
Great idea, right? I hope you'll join me. Here's a link to an example one of the Designers at the store put together in 2007. Pretty cool!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
We also rode the kite ride for the first time...it ended up being her favorite ride (so she said). It was a really cool feeling, I have to admit I liked it, too.
And just to prove that Dad was there, too, here's a pix of all of us...on the Tilt-o-Whirl...the only ride Jeff will go on. Not sure why he can handle that one and not any other one. I can barely ride it with the twisting motion. Oh, well, we'll take what we can get.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Looking back at the other goals, they are hit and miss:
I did make an acrylic album (bought a kit from ACBailey)...but I haven't put pictures in it yet...so does that count? Probably not. I'll try to get that finished before the end of the year so I can count it.
I did clean my scrap room, but it hasn't really been KEPT clean. I can walk in it and find stuff, but I can't really work at either of the two large tables...they're full of stuff. In fact, last weekend for the Midnight Madness Challenge, I scrapped at the dinner table...partly because everyone was upstairs, partly because it's cold down in my craft room, but mostly because it would have taken too long to clean it. HRUMPH!!!
I haven't attended a weekend retreat yet, but I am going to an all day crop on Black Friday and Black Saturday. I'll come home to sleep and shower. Can I call that a weekend retreat since I'm away from the family and not doing anything but scrapping for the weekend? I know...I'm home on Sunday, so does it REALLY count?!? I'm gonna say yes...two full days away is a weekend, so there!
The last thing I didn't even come close to doing...host a fourth Friday get together at my house every month. Ha...I think the last time I did that was in March or April. I can't even remember when I last did it. Oh, well...I wanted to do it for ME to be productive, and given the number of layouts I've completed so far this year, I have been. I will definitely go back and count the total pages I've completed by year end. Inquiring minds want to know...
So how have you done on your goals/resolutions?
Monday, November 2, 2009
Oh, well...it's still a great project idea. If you're interested, here's the download. Enjoy!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
And I've already scrapping the fun...can you believe it? Well, I wouldn't have, except the ACBailey Midnight Madness Challenge got me digging into my layouts. One of the challenges was to find layouts (old or new) that had specific words in the title, as an embellishment, or as the main focus. They had words like leaf, candy, corn, vampire, moon, umbrella, and apple. I dug thru my stash of layouts and found a few. This layout was actually completed YEARS ago when I went to Creaking Keepsake University (CKU). I totally forgot all about it until I found it...and since I really only got two pictures (one that was VERY blurry), it was perfect to use for this year. Voila'...instant layout!!!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
So one of the challenges was a progressive layout. That's where the Design Team gives you one clue every few minutes and you are supposed to create a layout as they give you the clue. Yeah, right...I'm a bit too freaky about my scrapping to do that. So I waited until all the clues were out and did my layout. The clues were: Black cardstock background, add white, add pumpkins, add ribbon, add brads, add bling.
We had such a blast with Aaron and Ryan making cookies this year. Ryan was much better at being focused than Aaron and Erica...probably because Aaron and Erica have known each other since Erica was 3 months old (day care buddies). This year the kids all rolled out their own dough and cut the cookies all by themselves. Most of them turned out pretty good...Ryan sure liked to layer on and layer on and layer on the icing (mountains of icing!!!).
For my white patterned paper, I stamped images using the cookies cutters we used to make the cookies. The pattern papers are left over from last Aug KOTM plus Doodlebug (orange). I also have Doodlebug brads, BoBunny ribbon, and American Crafts Thickers (the bling). The pumpkins are made from misc buttons from my stash.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
For the layout, a friend of mine showed me this GREAT color blocked layout from a 4x6 idea book magazine for simple layouts (I think it was from Simple Scrapbooks, but I can't remember, sorry)...it was perfect! I changed it up to use pattern paper instead of just cardstock, and added some embellishments. The papers are from the AC Bailey Nov Kit of the Month last year (I can't remember exactly what line...I'll see if I can find out and update the post later). The metal embellishments are from one of the Stampin' Up! metal kits...I just love those!!! I also added some homemade leaves made from coffee filters (an idea from Scrapbooks Etc) and Making Memories dyes from their distressing kit. Check out the Freaky Friday Challenge at the ACBailey's blog...there's a new one every week. They're very inspiring!!! I can't believe I finally completed one on time.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
As with any scrapbooking technique, you can make this your own: put all photos in the boxes, put journaling in some, put digital pattern paper, or leave it blank. There's one layout example that left a box or two blank and after it was printed, they used regular pattern paper and it went off the template onto a layout...I loved it (and you know I'll be doing that one day, right???).
Have fun...and let me see what you do with these!!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Erica's nickname is Boo. We gave it to her when she was a baby...it was the first word/sound she made..."Ah, Boo." Then, when she was a toddler, I put her in those cute little piggies at the top of her head like the character on Disney Pixar's Monster's Inc: Boo, was her name. It was so fitting...and it has stuck. So I knew I wanted to use Halloween papers (perfect, cuz I have the ACBailey Oct Kit of the Month with the Pink Paisley papers!). I just didn't know what pictures I was going to use. As I was cleaning on Friday (in between scrapping), I found Erica's school pictures from last month. I looked at it and said to myself, "Wow...it's scary how grown up she looks." PERFECT! I pulled two pictures from Kindergarten and voila'...some of it got cut off from the scanner, sorry...
Friday, October 16, 2009
I also don't ever have to think about Erica's costume...Grandma has always made a costume for her. In past years she's been a princess. This year she's into Tinkerbell. So guess, what she's gonna be??? Yup, a fairy. And what's her favorite color? Pink and purple. Oh, my...this costume is awesome. I have one picture (which isn't really that great), so you'll have to wait to see the finished product. But here's the layout for inspiration (the white paper is a holding place for two photos). We're going to Trick or Treat Town next weekend, so I'll be able to add photos then.
The papers and clear sticker border are Pink Paisley, as is the little journaling card. The flare is from American Crafts. All the supplies are from the ACBailey October Kit of the Month (and Exclusive Add-On kits). You can save shipping and money with a 6-month or 12-month subscription. Plus, subscriptions also get you an exclusive idea package with how-to instructions for all kinds of layouts, cards, and paper crafting projects.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Oh, and for the rest of the deceiving title...once a year, Denali National Park opens up and allows private vehicles to drive thru the park. You apply for the lottery in July and two weekends after Labor Day you get to do the drive (Thur - Sun...THEY pick the day, but you prioritize your request). Well, we got drawn...YEAH!!! So we went last weekend. And we totally got lucky. The Alaskans reading the blog know how few days a year Mt McKinley (the tallest mountain in North America) can be seen...and we saw it! The morning started out VERY foggy, but it cleared by the time we got to polychrome pass (ugh...I was soooo nervous driving the pass!!!). We kept going and got some really good pix. Here's the layout:I did this for a the A is for Apple challenge at ACBailey. I think I got all the elements in it: design it according to a sketch provided, use only pattern paper or only cardstock (I used pattern paper), stamp, punch, and cut something, use red, buttons, ribbon, and hand journal. Whew...
Sunday, September 27, 2009
This is from Challenge #6. They provided a sketch and we are to do an everyday event. Well, the guitar is a gift Erica got for her birthday, but what she does is an everyday event: She's a HAM!!! I tell you, there's not a day that goes by that this girl doesn't crack me up in some way. She loves to show off and entertain. And you should see her when I pull the camera out...SHE starts directing the poses...really!!!These papers are some old left over My Minds Eye papers from a Costco pack about two or three years ago. I added some bling from the Sep KOTM, Doodlebug rub-on letters, and outlined papers using an American Crafts glitter pen (FUN!).
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I haven't been feeling very inspired lately, even with the online crop...and that's odd for me. I think it's because I'm home by myself and not with friends. Anyway, I did manage to get this layout done. I downloaded a free template from scrapbooksetc.com and used it to create the photo collage. It was fun. I think I'm getting the hang of it and you may see more of that technique (Doesn't it look alot like color blocking? Yes, that's why I like it so much!).
I posted several weeks ago about Erica's first day. Here are the photos and the final layout. Erica loves the outfit and calls it her "grown up outfit." She had it picked out WEEKS before school started. And she wanted me to french braid her hair. This is the first time I've done it...I need more practice.
The paper is from the Sep KOTM as is the chipboard. I used some left over Bo Bunny ribbon and American Crafts Thickers. Here's hoping I can get more inspiration tomorrow before Jeff comes back...wish me luck!