Wednesday, October 1, 2014

From our garden

It was a wonderful growing season here this year.  Just the right amount of rain and sunshine brought us and all our neighbors a good crop of whatever we planted.  For my husband, the gardener in the family, he picked buckets of tomatoes from his two plants, more cantalope than I could possibly eat and he is still harvesting watermelons even in late September.  The only casualty were the peaches which were hit by a late frost.

The journaling on this page is an almanac we can refer to in future years.  I particularly noted how the one tomato plant he staked did so much better than the one he let sprawl all over the place.  He has used tomato cages in the past but they always seem to topple over. This year he discovered that using rebar (used in construction) works great.

The papers are from BasicGrey's Herbs and Honey 6x6 and some 12x12 papers.  The wood veneer is from Studio Calico.

After I got started on the layout, I realized the upper right corner was kind of bare.  I added this paper and die cut from the collection.  Since staking the tomatoes was part of the story, I cut some very tiny tomatoes and a vine using my Silhouette.  I think I now know just how small you can cut and still get a good image.  It may be smaller than my hands can manage to glue easily :-)  I might even need to get an extra pair of reading glasses for my craft room.  Or, it could be just that the bulb on my light is getting bad.  You think?

Here's the process video on YouTube:

And here is the sketch:

If you like sketches, check out the 2013 Sketchbook with 52 sketches to scale and links to all the process videos for pages using the sketches --  Sketchbook.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Christmas Cardmaking Weekend

I confess that I can spend a lot of time making Christmas cards.  My husband is completely baffled by this because he doesn't understand why anyone wants to send cards much less spend hours making them.  He does always make sweet comments about the cards I make and the handmade I cards I receive but he still doesn't really get it.

I've always enjoyed sending holiday cards.  I used to buy at Hallmark right after Christmas for the next year getting the prettiest ones I could afford.  Over Thanksgiving weekend, I'd handwrite all my addresses and notes for a few friends we rarely see during the year.  Just a signed greeting for everyone else.  It was part of my holiday tradition.

One year I decided to make my own and used some clipart on the front. Coincidentally the next year just before Christmas I was invited to a Stampin' Up! event. My first SU! set was Lovely as a Tree and I made my cards that year.  Every year since then I've used new stamps on my cards.

Last year by mid September, I had a bunch of Christmas cards done or in process. I'd subscribed to Raisin Boat's rental stamp program and enjoyed all kinds of fun new images.  I spent a lot of time on my holiday cards as usual.  Last year it was all about coloring as most of Raisin Boat's images are designed to color.  It was fun, I loved the cards.

This year is a little different.  I still want to make my cards and ones for my mother to send, but I don't have as much time to commit. I have many scrapbook pages I want to make and I'm doing a few mixed media projects. I'd like to complete my next e-book before the end of the year plus getting my 2104 sketchbook ready.  So, I just don't have the time to spend an hour per card or whatever it turned out to be.  So I committed to one weekend to get as many cards done as possible.

I stretched this beyond the weekend starting late Thursday and working some even yesterday.  At present I have done or in process of assembling 49 cards!  Just about a dozen to go.  I've never made that many cards in just a few days.

Another thing different about this year is that I committed to making cards from my stash.  So far I've only bought one small roll of ribbon, two Silhouette images and some adhesive.  I think I can make the remaining ones without expenditures either.  With doing more scrapping, I'm doing less cardmaking. Operation Write Home doesn't need as many cards so I have a lot of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock - a LOT - that needs to be worked down.

I did not video any of the card process. You should be glad I didn't for the Poinsettia card.  I only made 7 of these and they will go to 7 very special people :-)  I almost slipped into my old ways of spending hours and hours on just a few cards.  Here's the short version:  The Poinsettia is die cut from a Silhouette image and then coated with some acrylic glaze.  The background is book paper stamped with Archival Ink and treated with paints to get the effect.  The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and another Silhouette image holds the stamped Merry Christmas.

I moved things along with the ornament card at the top of the post which uses a Silhouette image for the branch and just a little coloring and embossing.  I've used this image before but I doubt anyone will remember.

Later in the week, I'll share a couple of other designs.

Last Monday, I tagged Penny at Penny Scraps for the Scrapbooker's Blog tour.  Be sure to visit Penny and read her wonderful post about her journey in scrapbooking.

Thanks for stopping by.  Before all this card craziness, I did create and film a process video so I'll have that up tomorrow.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Layout 3 from Kit - Treasure Hunt

The main color for the kit I assembled from some Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden and lots of things from my stash is lavender/purple.  Yet, this page has none!  The papers had a fair amount of green and aqua in them.  I also used a lot of neutrals here that seemed to work with the photo and give me a background to showcase some gold touches for the 'treasure.'

My friend Karen wanted to find some small elements to use on mixed media canvases. We 'canvased' my house.  My husband even dug through the trash from his pinball repairs to provide broken parts that were perfect for her project.

Later on Labor Day weekend we hit the craft stores - Michaels, AC Moore and finally Hobby Lobby where the photo was taken at the very last minute.  (Why can I ever remember to take photos?) We dug through bargain bins and scoured the jewelry sections finding many items perfect for these canvases.  I found the hearts at AC Moore in jewelry.

The lower right corner of the page needed one final touch and that was ribbon from my kit.  It adds a different shape to the grouping.

I'm not sure which of the three pages from the kit I like best but this was the most fun to put together.  It isn't my usual style - if I have one - and that is one of the things I like best about scrapbooking.  You can do just about anything.

Here's the video at YouTube:

I did create a sketch part way into the process:

It says on the bottom Skeches class but it isn't from the class.  It was created for this page.  It also has some misting on the background that I chose not to do. This one definitely evolved as the page too shape.

If you like working with sketches or need a creative boost, check out my 2013 sketches here.

So those are the 3 layouts I planned with the kit.  I may have some more as we just took a short trip to visit some gardens in Georgia and I think I'll have photos that match these papers coming along.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Layout 2 from Kit - Mother and Daughter

This pretty pair are my youngest stepdaughter and her daughter.  I wasn't present when the photo was taken so I don't know the story.  I decided just to capture the moment as a obviously happy time.

This worked perfectly with the kit I shared last week in this video - Kit Layout 1.  Most of the colors are lavender, blue and greens.

When I was making this page, I'd gone upstairs without my laptop and that day my knee was hurting just a bit from a slight issue the night before.  The problem cleared up quickly but I didn't want to be going up and down the stairs a lot so I used a punch in place of the die cuts I was planning to do on the Silhouette and scribbled my sketch by hand for the video.  A better version of the sketch is shown below.

Two things that have been in my stash a looong time are the purple ribbon from the dollar store and the chipboard buckle that I think I bought about 2006 or so.  The buckle wasn't quite the right color but a little white paint fixed it up.

The punch is the 2 3/8" scallop punch from Stampin' Up! and the butterflies are EK Success that were freebies in an online order.  So I used a lot of stuff from my stash to go with the Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden 6x6 papers.

Watch at YouTube:

Here's the sketch:

The September newsletter goes out tomorrow.  It includes a video for newsletter subscribers only on altering pattern paper.  Be sure to subscribe for free on the sidebar.  Hope you have a great day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Scrapbooker's Blog Tour

Hi!  Welcome to one of the stops on the Scrapbooker's Blog Tour.  I'm honored that my friend Sue Althouse tagged me for this week.

Be sure to visit Sue's blog Life and Memories.  Sue has wonderful layouts and some great process videos, too.

So let's jump in with my answers to some questions about how I scrapbook.

1.  What am I working on right now?

I'm doing the 3rd layout from a kit I assembled using some new Bo Bunny and Prima combined with lots of stuff in my stash.  The kit is very girly with lavender, blue and green.  The 2nd layout video should be up this week here on the blog.

2.  How long does it take me to create a project?

I seldom do a page start to finish in one sitting.  Often I layout materials late in the day and create the sketch.  Then the next morning when the light is wonderful in my scraproom, I do the majority of the page.  Often I like to mull over aspects of the design.  It helps so much to walk way - or in my case go downstairs - for awhile and then return.  I also use mists, paints and other mediums that need a little drying time.  Actual time from start to finish can be anywhere from 1 1/2 to 3 hours if you count creating the sketch and fiddling with the video.  Editing and posting the video takes another hour and half or so.  I'm not a speedy scrapper and that is fine with me. I love the creating process.

3.  What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

Stencils!  Surprised?  Probably not as I just did an entire class on them.  If you would like to do more with your stencils or have been wanting to try them, check out my class here on the Class Page.  It is so great to use all my inks, mists, paints and other products as well.

I still love wood veneer and chipboard.  I love things I can recolor and customize.

4.  How does my writing/creating process work?

For me, the page helps tell the story so I rely heavily on the photo and what I know is going on to select papers and embellishments that will put the viewer in that moment.  So I start with the photo and story and build from there.  Once in awhile, I'm product driven just because I want to use something in particular.

5.  How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

For the last year and half, I've been committed to doing at least one video for my YouTube channel and often more per week.  All the wonderful comments I receive are very motivating. Thank you!

I used to do a lot of challenges and I've fallen out of that habit.  Many of the sites that had regular challenges have gone away and I haven't sought out others.  I should find some other challenges or maybe start my own ?  What do you think?  Do you like challenges?

Anyway, I loved doing challenges as they make me stretch myself and often get favorite page as well.

6. What is my signature style?

This is the hardest question.  I'm all over the place, I think.  One of the things I love most about scrapbooking is that you can do anything - really just about anything to a page and make it so it still fits in your album and you are fine.  So I really love playing with different techniques and styles.

There are though some common characteristics I see in my pages - I work to the edges and don't leave a lot of white space. I love color and am challenged by neutrals.  I've done more one photo pages in the last couple of years but I still do more 2+ photo pages than anything.  All the letters of each word in a title will be the same Thicker or die cut.  I'm more of a 'b' side scrapper though I'm not afraid to stencil on those papers.  I also love texture and will add some ribbon, wood veneer, paint, brads and lots of different types of materials.

So there you have a little about me and how I work.

To continue the tour, I have tagged Penny Grimsley at Penny {Scraps} Penny has a wonderful writing style and I'm sure you will enjoy her blog.  Visit her today and be sure to see her next Monday, September 30 when she asnwers the questions as well.

Thanks for stopping by!  My September newsletter goes very soon so if you aren't a subscriber, you can put in your e-mail on the sidebar.  It's a free monthly newsletter with a tip and an exclusive video.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

An Artsy Mini of Quotes


Back at the beginning of summer, I did a short promo video talking about what I wanted to do this summer - basically using all the stuff I've collected. One of the things I wanted to use was a small Bo Bunny chipboard mini.  I bought it along with a larger one I did for my Mother of her older photos.

Being such a small size, I was stumped on what to do with it. I asked on a message board and someone suggested mixed media.  I'd been thinking it would be fun to do something like this without much of a plan.  Just play.  I couldn't figure out what photos to use so I didn't use any.  I used quotes.  I found them on Pinterest.  They are things that speak to me right now.

So here are some of the pages.  There's also a video showing how I did many but not all of the pages. It goes at a faster pace than most of my videos.  It isn't super detailed but shares many of the processes.  And there are plenty of photos at the end.  Here are a few.

At the beginning, I shared several stamps I planned to use.  It was really the stencils I reached for over and over. the Be Free page uses a mix of gelatos and modeling paste.

This is my favorite page.  The border is made up of clear Stickles alternated with silver Perfect Pearls.  It was so easy and has a pretty overall look.

I did do a little stamping to create these leaves and flowers.

Here are those odds and ends Thickers!  I just can't seem to make myself mix them up like this on a scrapbook page.

The background here didn't quite go like I wanted so I stenciled over some gesso to fix it.

The yellow modeling paste was left over from one of the other pages.

And here is the video on YouTube:

For more on the new Scrapbooking with Stencils class, click here.

So I have this by my bedside so I can look at quotes.  It was a fun and freeing project.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Assembling a Kit

I'm not a kit scrapbooker.  I've tried.  I subscribed to a kit club a couple of years ago for several months.  While I enjoyed working with some embellishments I probably would never have bought on my own, I found many of the items just didn't work with my photos.  I'm very photo and story driven when selecting products.

Plus I LOVE shopping my stash.

However, I sort of stumbled into making up a kit.  I had a few products from Bo Bunny and Prima that I bought to go together in lavender, green and blue colors. I've had them a few months and finally matched them up with a photo that has been laying around my scraproom for weeks. Like the perfect couple that just keep missing each other, the photos and papers had never been on my worktable at the same time.  They are a good match both in color and style for the photo.

Just about that time I was sorting some new photos and found 2 more in need of the elusive lavender colors so I thought I'd just pull some more product to go with what I had and soon had a kit.

So this is the first of 3 videos.  In this one, I show the products for the kit and then create the first page shown above.  Next week and soon after I'll have two more pages using this kit.  Maybe more, as we took photos on a recent trip that might match up as well.

The selfies above were made at the cosmetic counter of a local department store.  I hate to admit that it has been at least 10 years since I had a full makeover - (hanging head in embarrassment).  I've bought a few things here and there but I knew I was out of style and out of range of my age.  Time for an update.

So I went back in June and got a new look. I was mostly wanting eye makeup and I love what she did.  It doesn't show in this photo but I still can remember the experience.  Often my albums are like almanacs so years from now when I'm wondering just how long it has been since I updated my look, I'll know.

For the page, I used two different papers from the 6x6 pad and some different background papers to emphasize the contrast in Before and After.  It isn't a drastic change but a more 'turning up the color.'  I also used a stencil and craft paint.

For more on stenciling on your pages, check out my new class - Scrapbooking with Stencils.  You can use stencils with lots of supplies you probably already have to add a lovely layer to your pages.

Watch at YouTube:

Here's the sketch:

I had this doily in my stash that really plumped up that fabric flower embellishment from Prima.

I like my new look when I have it on.  I don't wear makeup every day.  I'm perfectly fine with trotting out to Walmart in old shorts and a t-shirt and no makeup.  I hope to never get ambushed and put on that "What not to wear" show.  I really do have nicer clothes and dress for most appointments and other outings.  I'm just not too worried about being seen in public without mascara.

Monday, September 15, 2014

It's here!

My latest class

Scrapbooking with Stencils...

is open for registration!   This is a self-paced class filled with inspiration and techniques.

Stencils have been around for a long time.  The scrapbooking industry has really embraced them in the last couple of years with many of the manufacturers - Hero Arts, Prima, Ranger, Jenni Bowlin - adding stencils to their lines.  Crafter's Workshop also offers dozens of designs from wonderful artists.  And you can also make your own or use many found objects as stencils.

See how to use stencils in your scrapbooking along with many products you probably already have in your stash - mist, inks, craft paint and lots more!

Discover multiple ways to use the same stencil to stretch your budget.
Learn what to look for when purchasing stencils.
Find out how to cut your own stencils on your Cricut or Silhouette.
Learn tons of techniques with all kinds of mediums to make your pages even more beautiful and interesting.
Stretch your supplies and your imagination.

Included are
  • 9 videos totally over 4 hours of video techniques and information.
  • 8 layouts from start to finish.
  • PDF files for all lessons.
  • 7 brand new page sketches.
The introductory price is just $20 USD.

Register for this class on the class page here.

I'm very excited to share these ideas with you.  Thank for stopping by today!

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