Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Week of Learning Something New

It's been a bit since I've posted my Learn Something New pages for Shimelle's class. I've been a bit busy with home stuff lately, but still finding some scrapping time. Here are all of my pages from last week, and a little bit about each one. By the end of this month, I'm happy to say that this printed paper should be used up, and most of the accessories (minus the ribbon), should be used up as well. I have been greatly enjoying the narrow focus on product - it makes the creative process a little easier. When we first started dating, we used to just sit and talk for hours. Now that we are married, it's been more difficult to find that peaceful quiet time when we can just talk about nothing - no serious talk, just chatter. I used some old Amy Butler paper on this one, combined with some SU paper. I have a tin of the metal embellishments that I NEVER use, so I'm trying to find creative ways to use them.

Anyone who knows me knows that I struggle with cooking. I can bake better than I can cook. Baking, however, does not make us a meal. I like to try new recipes, but it seems they always flop, or are too bland for my hubby. I seem to have succeeded this past week in making 3 successful recipes. I received so many compliments on the scones - it was great. This page also used up a bunch of scrapbooking product - much of this is SU, but the patterned paper is some old Amy Butler paper. I liked the paper when I bought it, haven't really liked it for the past couple of years, and now I really like it...go figure!!

Ok - a little feud in the office that I have been put right in the middle of. I could have chosen to join in the little battle (that is still ongoing by the way), or throw my hands up and tell them they have to work it out. I like being on the outside of the argument much better...but I have to laugh...two grown people that are behaving like children. Stuff on this one - mostly SU, and more Amy Butler paper.

A funny time in the office....a coworker and I made a fool out of ourselves when we raced each other to the front door to greet a guest...turns out it was someone here for an interview. At least the visitor knows we like to have fun here :) Yeah for me for using more of the SU stickers that I've had for like 2 years!!!
Hmm, this day was a little odd. I went with my hubby's mother to the very small historical society museum in town. The lady knew nothing about the town, but yet she was volunteering there. Now I know this is a great way for her to learn about the town, but isn't she supposed to be educating the visitors??

He was so sweet - I wanted to hit the outlets and a local scrapbooking store in Phoenix before we drove back home, but we had the 3 dogs with us. He waited in the car for me while I shopped...kept the trip quick, but it was still really sweet. Went a little button crazy on this layout (and have been button crazy ever since). I did use up some letters that I've had for awhile. I've been on a letter kick now too...it all comes in phases.
Happy Tuesday everyone. I'll have some 12x12 layouts for you all later.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Playing in the Stream

Good Morning All!! This page was inspired by a sketch over at Inspired to Scrap. I picked out the photos, and then went to my newly found stash of papers and pulled a couple that I've been hoarding as too beautiful to use - time to use it up!! I also have this great bag of random buttons that I found on sale that had a greenish blue that matched perfectly with this page (and you can tell I was a little button happy on this page). The page did not look quite finished until I inked the edge of the page, and the edge of the cream paper with a brown color. I still have a little of this paper left over - now to use it up before I decide it's too beautiful to use again!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

3 Classes - am I crazy?? and a layout

Happy Friday all!!! I have a busy weekend ahead with a quick trip to Phoenix. My scrapping stuff is coming with me though, and I plan to make some cute Halloween tags. I'll share my creations with you next week. As you all have seen from my posts, I'm enrolled in a couple classes - Shimelle's Learn Something New class, and May's Use your Stash class. Well, crazy me decided to enroll in another class, but I just couldn't resist. It's with Stacey over at Inspired to Scrap, and is called the 15/15 - 15 Days of Inspiration class. The class starts on 16 September, but you can enter to win a spot in this class. Check it out here, but you must enter to win today. I can't wait for the class to start (and I can't wait to get my really cute kit I ordered from her yesterday as well...hopefully it will arrive before my big scrapping weekend next weekend). By the end of class I'll hopefully have 15 really great pages completed.

Ok, on to my layout I made last night. This page is based on the Sketchabilities Sketch Challenge #24. I've submitted it for their fantastic blog sponsor giveaway. You should check it out and submit your own work - the give away is some really great product, and you have until 14 September to submit your work - all weekend to come up with some great layouts. Sketch Challenge #25 just went up today, and that's on my list of things to do after I get back from a weekend away. Now for the layout:

I had purchased this paisley paper a few years ago, and totally forgotten about it. I found that along with a ton of other paper that I am still as in love with now as I was when I bought it. that was my inspiration. The polka dots on my nieces jacket just screamed out to me, and the layout began taking shape. I looked on my 'need to use my stash' board, and found these flowers that matched perfectly. I cut out the leaves and stitched by hand with embroidery floss, and added in some SU cardstock (Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, and Sahara Sand). I of course used one of my current favorite things - rick rack. The top of the layout looked a bit empty so I pulled out my rub ons, and added a bit of that, and also cut out on of the paisley images from the paper to complete the page. Here is a close up of the leaves with the flowers:

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Using up the old stuff you've forgotten about is actually fun....

I wanted to share a couple of random things, and a layout with you today. The first is my very large collection of cards that I am sending on Monday to Operation Write Home. As I was going through my cards a couple weeks ago, I realized that I have so many (over 500) handmade cards, and I don't possibly know what I would do with all of them. I almost feel like I can't make more because I have so many already. I wanted to do something good with them, and I remembered that you can donate cards to send to the troops. So after a couple hours this past weekend, I came up with the below box of over 300 cards to send out this next week. I hope the recipients enjoy them, as much as I enjoyed making them.

Next is an idea that I came up with this past weekend. I'm taking May's 'Use your Stash' class over at Big Picture Scrapbooking, and I've been going through all of my scrapbook stuff. I've had a pile of things that I want to get used up - mostly items I forget about, and haven't looked at in over a year. The 'pile' idea wasn't really working for me. I had this corkboard I intended to put on the wall....I got it up this weekend and had the great idea to pin up everything (other than paper and metal embellishments) that I wanted to use over the next month. Here's a pic of it.

It's mostly packaged stickers, rub ons, and parts from kits I've ordered (and those dreaded vellum sheets). It's actually really working for me. I look up at the board when I'm starting a layout to see what I can use.

Ok, on to a couple layouts. I've had alot of trouble with blogger allowing me to post my layouts in the correct orientation. At least for today, it appears to be working. Both of these layouts was based on using up some of my stash. I'm moving outside of my normal comfort zone and I am LOVING IT!!!
I had purchased this bright patterned paper from Stampin' Up! last year to use at a birthday party stamping class. I ended up with some leftover, and it's not really my style, although very fun. The flowers were something purchased a couple years ago as well, and have been used very little. The picture of my sister and niece in the water looked perfect with this turquoise paper.
Last for today - another layout. I absolutely love this Cosmo Cricket paper!!! I bought the paper for a scrapbook I'm still working on, but I'm ending up with too much paper. All of the words on here are from a chipboard set that I haven't touched since I bought it. I started by looking at all of the words, and realized that so many of them expressed how I felt about my husband. The idea for the page started to take shape. My hubby is a pilot, and we are flying in his airplane in the picture. The airplane rub on was just a fun last addition.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Doggie Day Care Layout

I found this great website this week, Sketchabilities. They hold bimonthly scrapping challenges, and I've decided to participate. Of course too many of the sketches were appealing to me, so I went back a couple challenges to their 15 August challenge. Check out their website for the sketch.
I had a couple ideas for the photo that I wanted to use. Going through my paper tonight, though, I found some beautiful paper I purchased a couple years ago - too bad that I don't live near the store I purchased it at :( Anyways, I found this great dog paper that I had totally forgotten about. The paper sparked the creation of this layout. Since I'm in the mode of 'use my stash' based on May's class, I pulled several different elements together for this layout - the ribbon, paw prints, flower, and alphabet stickers are all part of my effort to use up some supplies.

I then had fun with my sewing machine on this one.

Learn Something New Day 4-6

Happy Wednesday!!!

I'm a bit behind on posting these. Below are my day 4, 5, and 6 for Shimelle's Learn Something New class. I'm having a ton of fun with this class, and using up alot of my stash. I've been pushing a little outside my norm with these pages (small pages equals easy to fill), and I'm working to translate this to my 12 x 12 pages.
This is my day 4 post. Today is a funny lesson. My hubby and I were at the Chili festival in New Mexico this weekend, and it turned out to be on a dirt lot. He looks at me and remarks that he shouldn't have worn his 'city' shoes. Well, first of all I didn't know that he owned a pair of city shoes (pictured in the page above), and second of all, I don't know what you would call a pair of city shoes (maybe my knee hi boots??). I went a little eyelet and rick rack crazy on this layout, but it works for me.
My lesson for 5 September - Sometimes you just need a break from the routine - time to relax and do something for yourself. This is a lesson for me about taking time from cleaning house or going to the gym, or anything else that I don't want to 100 percent do, and take time for a nap, or time to scrapbook and stamp, or do my other crafts. Used up two tags on this one. I stamped the top tag with a striped stamp I have, and the other tag is from a tag set that I really want to get used up.
Last one to share with you today. Lets just say I was a little frustrated with this lesson -replacing a toilet on my birthday :) The lesson was - 'Don't push down on the toilet until the screws are lined up - if you do, you've just earned yourself another trip to Home Depot.' Ok, so my hubby and I earned a trip to Home Depot courtesy of me. Who knew that when I stood up, I couldn't put any pressure on the toilet...doh!! I've had the green buckle on the bottom forever. It was part of a set on clearance (so of course I had to buy), and I just haven't used it. Well, the pieces that go with it are in my pile of things to get used up on this project.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Using my stash - check

As part of May's 'Use your Stash' class over at Big Picture Scrapbooking, I spent the weekend trying to use up some of my stash. I had already planned to work on my wedding album, and bought supplies specific for that project. What I hadn't planned on using was the chipboard I bought years ago, and hadn't touched, or the rub-ons which I also bought a few years back and hadn't used at all. Here's a couple of my pages:
This is page 1 of my cake page. I used a little bit of my rub-ons on the bottom (the flowers). One thing I love about this page is the area right above the journaling. I had cut the polka dot corners out of printed papers. This left me with a rectangle cutout. One of the other ladies at my crop last night suggested that I put paper behind it and use it on my page. That is just what I did, and it looks really awesome. 'The Cake' title was made out of some letters that I haven't touched in at probably a year. I've been into stickers lately, and have forgotten about the other letters that I have. Most printed papers are from Stampin' Up!'s new paper out this year. I fell in love with the idea of black and white, and the simplicity that you get out of it. I then added in the red for a splash of color (and my colors were red and orange, so the red really works well).
The journaling reads:
"We booked the bakery for the cake almost a year ahead of time. We found a bakery online and went to visit for a cake testing - Maribelle Bakery. It was an adventure to just find the bakery. They were in a temporary location, and there was construction everywhere - we couldn't follow the Mapquest directions - streets were closed off. When we got to the bakery, the woman who was taking the order seemed a bit out of it. I have to say, we were a bit worried that they wouldn't remember our order....but they did.
I had it in my mind that it was a 14" cake (with a 16" cake plate), so I looked everywhere for the correct size cake plate. The day before I go to Arizona for the wedding, I look at the receipt again, and it's a 10" cake...doh!!!"

Page 1 and 2 of my wedding shoes. I used the rub-ons again :), and added a bit of fabric to one of the pages. I'm in love with the pre-cut borders (ie white rick-rack seen above) by Bazzill. I picked these up at my local scrapbook store last weekend. I know that I should be cutting these myself, and I have my eye on a die for the Sizzix machine that I'll pick up in the next month or so. The red polka dot border above was a pre-cut border from Graphic 45. I originally bought a bunch of that paper for my wedding scrapbook, but ultimately changed my mind. I'm still splashing a bit of it here and there - the paper is too great not to use on this album at least a little bit.
The journaling reads:
"The shoes were an amazing find. I originally had gold flat strappy sandals to wear because I wanted something comfortable. Well, the last stop of the wedding day shopping with Janet, I tried on these silver high heel shoes at David's Bridal. Amazingly, they were actually really comfortable. This is probably the only time that Tonya will help me put my shoes on, but I couldn't have done it without her.

Last one for today - this is page 2 showing where we got married (I can't get page 1 to load properly). Yeah for chipboard!!! I actually spraypainted the three squares seen here - first I used a cream color, and then lightly coated it with black. It actually has an antique look to it that you can't really see here. I also made the photo corners with a chipboard square covered with paper. Hmm.....could chipboard quite possibly be my new best friend???

Welcome to my site!!

I recently moved to Arizona a couple months ago, and am very happily settling into a new career. I was introduced to stamping over 10 years ago. I've always been into crafts, and picked back up with stamping a couple years ago. I love that I finally have the time to dedicate to my crafts, and that I'm able to share my ideas with everyone. I've seen myself grow in my creativity over the past couple years, and to those who say that they are not creative - don't believe it. Anyone can do this, and creativity doesn't happen overnight, it evolves as you learn more and more about the art of stamping. My husband is incredibly supportive as I put more time into my stamp designs and my scrapbooking.