Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Boxes...

I purchased my Scor-Pal in December. Scor-Pal is a tool that creates professional scor lines for your cards, boxes, envelopes in a matter minutes. I love this tool. I haven't had a crooked card since.

I decided to venture out of my cardmaking realm and create this box. The box measures 3x3 and the instructions for making it can be found on Splitcoast Stampers under the "resources" tab.



I cut a scalloped circle in the lid using the Spellbinders scallop die cut and the Fiskars threading water punch to create a scallopped border along the edge.


3x3 box 1

Inside, I placed a card since I was planning to make a set of boxed cards, but you can put candy inside too. Whatever you want.

3x3 box 2 3x3 box 3

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sans Jon ~ Week 1



Our first time apart. Our first week apart. This is what I did:

· cooked (yes, I really did!)
· vacuumed without interference
· watched no TV (love the silence)
· fixed the gas fireplace (finally my home is toasty)
· bought new shoes (why not?

This is a digital page using patterned paper by Ali Edwards and journalling blocks from the Project 365 kit by Becky Higgins.

Becky has a free download for Project 365 here. The physical kit is impossible to get. Digital is the way to go. If you are into doing this project, read her blog and dive in. It's never too late to start.

I can barely capture a week in my life, let alone every single day of the year. We'll see what week 2 brings.

Friday, January 23, 2009

A recap




I made this page for a challenge from Butterfly Crafts. It is a quick summary of our year...and it was a crazy one.

The journaling on this layout reads:

"A year of highs & lows,
struggle & perseverance,
laughter & tears.
We survived & have overcome".


I used a Basic Grey chipboard shapes, Cosmo Cricket and Die Cuts with a View patterned paper, American Crafts ribbon.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Piggy Card - Oink!



I picked up the piggy card set at my LSS. As you can see from my previous posts, I really like animals.

This pig is a Sizzix die cut - small and super cute. The card measures 4x4.

I made an envelope using my Scor-Pal and stamped the front with a journalling stamp.

small envelope

Consider stamping your envelopes with a journalling stamp or adding a label. I think it gives it a very special touch.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Making of...


This is a mini-album I made for my parents describing the construction of their new home.

The album is a house album by
Maya Road. Maya Road has very cool chipboard albums in different shapes. One album in my stash is their cupcake coaster album. I can't wait to use it.

I painted the front with acrylic paint and added letter and number stickers.

I kept it simple adding very few embellishments to the album.
Just journalling and a few rub-ons.

Making of 1

I really liked that the photos could take on the shape of the mini-album.

Making of 2

Making of 3

The new house.

Making of 4

Monday, January 19, 2009

One Stylin Kid



A conversation last June.

"Holle, are you excited about pre-school?"

"When I go to pre-school, I'm gonna be one stylin' kid!"

The context: She just received some new clothes and was very excited about it.

This layout is an entry to Page Map's sketch contest. The premise of the contest is to create a layout based on this sketch. The theme: Something sweet. Nothing is sweeter than my goddaughter.

I used patterned paper from Scenic Route and Basic Grey. Flowers from Prima and other stash. Ribbon is American Crafts. The label is Stampin' Up!'s top note die cut. Letter stickers are old stash from Chatterbox, Inc.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

"That's Hot"

Paris Hilton scrapbooks. That's hot.

Well, not quite.

She is releasing a scrapbooking collection this spring. The scrapbook collection will feature haute couture papers and embellishments inspired and influenced by Paris herself.

Can't wait to see all the bling and fashion-inspired paper...and maybe a layout by Ms. Hilton? :) Not likely to happen.

The end of Simple Scrapbooks Magazine

Say it ain't so! Sadly, it is. Simple Scrapbooks is no more. The official announcement is here.

Simple Scrapbooks was the first magazine I purchased. I really enjoyed this magazine. The message was clear: focus on photos and journalling.

I'll miss the magazine, but in this economic climate, it was bound to happen.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Talk to the hand



Poor Jon. He doesn't like having his picture taken at all. I caught this snapshot of him in full concentration. I bet he was watching something sports related.

Needless to say, when he discovered he was being photographed, he hid.

J recognizing camera

Then, the hand came up.

Paparazzi

Classic paparazzi shot.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Hear me ROAR!

I have been making a lot of cards since I purchased my Sizzix Big Shot. It's an amazing tool.

My latest creation is this lion invitation. This is a pocket card that I learned to make at Colleen's
Stampin' Up! demo in December. The stamps are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "All Year Cheer". Patterned paper is some old stash from Basic Grey and Scenic Route.



The party information is tucked into the pocket for easy access.

Celebrate Lion - detail

Tonight, I will be attending another awesome card-making demo at Colleen's. We're making Valentine cards! I can't wait.

Colleen has a Stampin' Up! club event every third Friday of the month. There's still room in our club and we welcome new members. Check out her blog on how to join.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

March of the Penguin


I purchased this penguin die-cut at a Boxing Day sale. I had to get it. Jon and I really love penguins.

I cut the penguin and the scallop circle using my Sizzix Big Shot. This machine is amazing. It cuts almost anything. Patterned paper is from Basic Grey.

The perfect card for January...if you didn't get around to your holiday cards.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My new toy



This is a border punch from Fiskars called "Threading Water". I love, love, love this punch. It's a scallop punch with holes perfect for threading ribbon, embroidery floss or adding an eyelet or brad.

I used to buy the pre-made scallop strips (what?? I know, dumb) because I was too lazy to cut them by hand and I could never get a straight strip of scallops. (Do you like the alliteration?) The threading water punch gives me a perfect 12-inch strip everytime. I am in love!

Check out the card I made using the threading water punch:


Scallop party


A close-up:

Scallop party - detail

I lined up the paper along the grid marked on the punch and - tada! - the perfect scallops. I can't get that with scissors even if I tried.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Eye Candy


I love makeup!! This layout is a page dedicated to my makeup, in particular, my eyeshadows and fake eyelashes with rhinestones.

The makeup set in the photo is by "Too-Faced" which I bought off Sephora. I love that store.

To capture a photo of my eyelids, I took a self-portrait, cropped only the shot I needed and adjusted the color in Photoshop. Then I printed several images on a single 4x6.

The patterned paper, rub-ons and chipboard are from the Basic Grey's Sultry line. This was one of my fave papers and I'm glad it paired so nicely with the photos. The rhinestones and bling were from my stash.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Scrapbooking trends

The Saturday edition of the New York Times had a technology article which focused on the growing trend of digital scrapbooking.

The article, Goodbye, Glue. Hello, Digital., described how scrapbookers are becoming digitally savvy, acquiring high-end equipment and forcing change in the photo-printing industry.

I love digital scrapbooking; however, I find that I love the feel and look of traditional scrapbooking just as much. The benefit of digital scrapbooking, I find, is that it's quick. I don't have to pull out supplies for that perfect ribbon or button. I can stop in the middle of a project, save my work and not worry about cleanup. However, you lose the "touchy-feely" quality of a fully embellished scrapbook and the joy of shopping at scrapbook store!

That's why there is the middle ground called hybrid scrapbooking which combines the best of traditional and digital scrapbooking. Many retailers and direct-sales companies like Creative Memories and Stampin' Up! are now including digital products in addition to their traditional offerings.

I love how this craft has evolved and I love seeing all the creativity using digital techniques.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Gallery Pick of the Week

Whoo hoo!!! I was Pick of the Patch's gallery pick of the week. See the post here. This was the layout I had posted in December.

It is always wonderful to get recognition from the scrapbooking community. Thanks POTP!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A year captured in a mini album

I am a huge lover of the mini-album, mostly because of its ease. (i.e. Less paper, less "design space", less thinking).

This is a mini-album I made about Holle which captured 2 years - 2006 & 2007.

The album is a 4x6 mini-album from Die Cuts with a View.



Putting the album together was simple. The photos were trimmed to the desired size, added patterned paper, journalling, stickers and other embellishments.



I planned the journalling around the photos that I had available and printed it off the computer.



Embellishments were minor - just a few brads, stickers and some ribbon.


I finished this album within a day. Mini-albums are great. They're quick, easy and much less daunting than the traditional 12 x 12.

Monday, January 5, 2009

A new year...a new baby

We recently learned that another of our friends are expecting -- again. Then, just as soon as we'd heard that news, we found out that another of our friends just had a brand new baby girl. Congrats to all!

It seems that all of our friends are expecting or have just had a new baby. (In some cases, their second or third). I made a set of cards to welcome baby girl or boy.


I was intrigued by the design of this card when I went to Colleen's Stampin' Up! event. This card was in her portfolio and it's very cool. The card is a gatefold card that opens on the diagonal. It's held closed by a ribbon...

and when opened, reveals the message inside.



The tutorial for this card can be found on Splitcoaststampers.com, a site dedicated to cardmaking and stamping.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Out with the old...

in with a new blog format.

As part of my goal to simplify and minimize, I plan to give my blog a makeover. Hopefully, the new format will make it easier to read, search and follow.

Bear with me as this transformation takes place.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!




I hope 2009 brings you much joy and many blessings!

This year, I wish for a quiet year. 2008 was far too dramatic, mostly notably Jon's accident. He is recovering well and we thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support.

Have you thought about your resolution? Usually, I say I will exercise more, eat healthier and lose weight. Sure, whatever. I have never been able to follow through. This year, however, I want to focus on my scrapbooking and have decided to direct my energies to a word.

Ali Edwards, a celebrity scrapbooker, has issued a "One Little Word" challenge. She uses her word - nurture - to focus on want she wants to achieve this year.

I've decided on the word "Simplify". That also includes minimize, re-purpose, reuse. Jon and I have cleaned out and purged so much this year that I would like to continue that in 2009. Like most scrapbookers, I tend to accumulate so much stuff. I hope to start using my stuff and just tell the story.

Another blog that I love reading and focuses on simplifying is Zen Habits. I read this blog weekly as it has great ideas and thoughts on how to achieve simplicity in life. Leo Babauta, the author of this blog, has a new book out called Less is More. He's very inspiring.

Of course, simplifying doesn't happen all at once. Baby steps, I say. Here's to day one!
 

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