Thursday, July 29, 2010

Scrapbook Thursday--Mojo Magic

Another installment of Scrapbook Thursday.

For the first time ever I have scrapbooked a horse page. It was fun. I think the western/horse papers out there are darling but this is the first time I've been able to use some.

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The line by Creative Imaginations has a sheet of strips that I cut up to get the different patterns and word lines. Over all I am very happy with these pages. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do the kids together or separately. Since we did it together, I scrapped it together.

My amazing scrapbooking (jealous) dog.

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Paper: Creative Imaginations (horse line) Bazzil (dotted Swiss) Papertrey Ink (kraft)
Embellishments: My box of flowers and buttons

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Scrapbook Thursday--Pumpkin Patch and Fall Pictures

Let me continue to take you back in time to fall pictures. One layout from 2007 and one from 2008. A word of caution about my all over the place scrapbooking. I often end up moving pages within my scrapbook (sometimes like 1/2 the album!) and I also end up with holes to fill when accommodating double and single page layouts. If I scrapped in order then I'd know how many pages to make each layout and I'd always know how many sleeves I need. But I don't operate that way. I will tell you if you scrap all over the place (like me) it's worth switching to the D ring binders like American Crafts makes. They are sooooooooo much easier to swap layouts around and add a page here or there. Now on to my 2 layouts to share with you.

From 2007....

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This layout was fun to make. I only used card stock and die cuts. I put the journaling on two of the pumpkins in the vine.

From 2008....

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I had that Fall transparency for literally years. I finally cut it up so I could (would) use it. I have trouble parting with supplies sometimes. I think is this layout or this person worthy of the supply. It's silly I know. Like I'm not worthy of a layout with the good stuff on it.

Paper: Bazzil (no idea on colors but they are pretty)
Tools: Sizzix (Pumpin and swirls strip)

Paper: Bazzil (Dotted Swiss not sure of the color name) Random bin at Michaels (transparency)
Tools: Quick Kutz (branch strip) Spellbinders (leaves)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Scrapbook Thursday--Halloween Layout

I have fallen off my Scrapbook Thursday bandwagon. The next few weeks are an effort to get back on the wagon and to scrap the growing pile of pictures!

I only scrapbook when the mood hits me and I only scrapbook what I want to. Therefore I am often all over the place with what I am scrapbooking. I used to try and force myself to go in chronological order but I've decided it's not worth it as I'm usually not happy with the layouts and I end up scrapping nothing instead of something. Sometimes I go back to skipped pictures. Sometimes they just get left out, but I'm ok with that. The photos don't go away there just isn't a page in the scrpabook for them.

My all over the place method to scrapbooking is how I ended up doing Halloween pictures recently. I'm not sure of the papers. I know the right side of the layout is Little Yellow Bicycle but I'm not sure about the left side. The stickers in the corners of the pictures are by Rusty Pickle. I am so sad they are no longer in business. I loved their products.

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Paper Little Yellow Bicycle (right side pattern) Unknown (left side pattern)
Stickers: Rusty Pickle
Tools: Stampin' Up (note book edge punch)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Christmas in July

The Shabby Tea Room challenge this week is Christmas in July. I love Christmas. I have been making cards the last few months for Christmas. For this challenge I wanted to make something with softer colors. I used two colors that are not really traditional Christmas colors but I have a feeling this year Christmas colors are going to be non-traditional, vintage-ish and muted. The Santa stamp I used is my all time favorite. I don't think the sparkle shows up as well as it should in this photo but it's like the 10th photo I took on the third attempt at photos so I'm sticking with it.

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Paper: My Mind's Eye, Bazzil
Stamp: Snowflake Stanta
Other: Jelly Roll Stardust pen, colored pencils

Friday, July 9, 2010

Shadow Box

I found some awesome shadow boxes on clearance for just 3.99. The boxes are by K and company and come stuffed with 12 x12 papers and embellishments. I liked them so much I went back and bought 2 more. I may have to stop and see if they still have some on my way to Felicia's Scrapbooks this weekend.

I've been dreaming up a special project for my friend Laura and this shadow box fit the bill. She has a horse, Mojo, and was so kind to let Simon and Lizzy have several rides on him one day. While I was there I took a lot of pictures of the kids and then when she let Mojo pick up the pace, I took some pictures of her. She has a really neat office that is painted green and has lots of inspiring things in. I wanted to make a little piece of inspiration (I hope!) for her.

While I do love the color scheme that came with the box, it would not quite do for her green room. I started by painting the box lid green, the inside edges black and the little curio-like item black. Then I started playing with pictures and other stuff I had to come up with this.....

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The dragon fly was created with the new Tim Holtz die Fanciful Flight. Instead of cardstock, I used acetate and alcohol inks to create the stained look for the dragonfly on the outside of the box. The inside dragon fly only has the body and the "skeleton" part of the wings. If you haven't used this die it is pretty awesome. You can cut both the detailed and the solid parts of the wings out of different materials to get a really pretty look. Plus the die can make numerous different bugs since all the pieces are separate.

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Another interesting element I made was the little clear piece on the color photo. I utilized a Tim Holtz Fragments (I think he is my new scrapbook god) with some more alcohol ink. Then I flipped it over and stamped the silhouette stem in black Stayzon. If you stamp it on the same side as the alcohol ink it isn't as vibrant and if you use and metal additive (like I did with silver) the ink tends to not stick where the additive is.

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And a final view with the lid off to stop the glare. The horse photos on the side are Mojo but I added the green tint to some of of the photos and just printed in a wallet size. The little bottle was found in the beading section (I could easily get lost in there but I need another habit like a hole in the head).

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Paper: Scenic Route (not sure of the print, other side has strips)
Tools: Sizzix and Tim Holtz (Fanciful Flight)
Stamps: Stampin' Up (silhouette stems)
Other: Making Memories (asphalt and ripe avocado paint) Making Memories (metal sentiment, millinery flowers and leaves) Ranger (alcohol ink--Lettuce and Silver additive) Ranger (glossy accents) Tim Holtz (Fragments)

Christmas Gift Cards

Another of the infamous Christmas swaps was for 3x3 cards to use in place of those plastic tags we normally add to gifts. I strive every year to make all my tags as I think it looks cool under the tree. Most people do not appreciate it but I enjoy making them.

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Paper: Bazzil (white)
Stamps: Making Memories (Fa La La)
Other: Ink, stardust pens

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Missing kiddos...

I took my children to visit Grandma and Grandpa for a few weeks. I came back to try and score a summer job and a teaching job. I miss them like crazy but they are having a great time. I wanted to send them both a card this week but I didn't have a lot of time. I dug around in my stash and found a set of puzzle cards that I bought but hadn't used. I thought these would be perfect for Simon and Lizzy. I always try to make their cards interactive since they ooh and aaah over it.

For Lizzy....

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For Simon....

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Lizzy's Card
Paper: Archiver's $2 bin of death (puzzle cards)
Stamps: Ek Success (Disney Princess)
Other: Markers

Simon's Card
Paper: Bin of death (puzzle cards)
Stamps: Heidi Grace (sea life) Studio G (shells)
Other: Stampin' Up (Caribbean blue, creamy caramel) Markers

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Christmas in August...

I've been joining several Christmas card swaps over on Inspire Swap Chat. While I usually don't use swapped cards for Christmas, there are some beautiful cards I've been receiving that I might be able to part with this year. Mostly I keep swapped creations to get new ideas from. For each swap I always make 1-2 extras for myself so by the time Christmas gets here I should have quite a stash of cards.

The August swap was to swap a card with a snowman on it. I have some cute snowman stamps but I wanted something different. I perused the gallery at Splitcoaststampers for a while and I saw a card similar to this but not exactly the same. I haven't found it again and I don't remember what the search parameters were. So no, I am not this creative but it has opened my eyes to new uses for the Nestabilities!

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Paper: Papertrey Ink (Kraft, White) Bazzil (red scraps)
Tools: Provo Craft (Swiss dots folder) Spellbinders (circle nestabilities) Unknown (small heart punch)
Other: Unknown (ribbon, gems)