Sunday, November 14, 2010
This week, I picked up the Anna Griffin Holiday Traditions Paper Pack along with a packet of dimensional stickers and was overrun with a bad case of Christmas Spirit. This never happens to me this early in the year (Usually it is Christmas Eve before I realize that it is Christmas already!). So I went on-line and picked up some great layout ideas. This first one is a near 100% scraplift from Scrapbook.com. I had made these fans once before and just had to make them again.
Now to find a perfect vintage family picture to place on the layout.
This next layout is half scraplift and half original. The left page was inspired by an Anna Griffin design. The complimentary right page is my own, with my glittered three-dimensional peppermint lamp posts.
The whole thing was just too fun to create. I know it is early for Christmas Spirit, but maybe it will motivate me to at least start my shopping. I'd love to do these as a class (I was thinking about a "paper pack" class. Purchase the paper pack and I'd spend a few hours showing everyone how to make both layouts and a few cards.) But not sure if I will have the time - or if there would be interest since you need the paper pack (and that's a lot of papers to purchase for just two layouts!)
But here's to early Christmas spirit...hopefully it will motivate you, too!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
There is nothing more serene than an autumn drive in the Virginia mountains. I took the day off on Friday and headed out onto Skyline drive with the kids - my hubbie decided to join us for the first time this year. The air was chilly - at 43 degrees is was a whole lot colder than we expected! But the sky was clear and the sun shining. Here's a quick layout I put together using last year's Indian Summer line from Basic Grey. Nothing fancy - just using the scraps I had left over from a couple of projects last year. There was this little bird sticker leftover from the Elements Stickers pack that I gave new tail feathers. I just love how the tail feathers transform an otherwise plain pink bird in too an awesome peacock!
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Last Saturday we took Zach, Nicky and a friend to Pumpkinville, just outside of Leesburg. It was a beautiful day! I took a ton of pictures but this one was especially nice of the three of them searching for the perfect pumpkin. As I am determined to use the papers and supplies I have been hoarding for the past few years, I put this layout together using last year's Little Yellow Bicycle line "Autumn Bliss" and two new Sissix Dies I bought last weekend on sale at Joann.
If I don't use a product line that I buy right away, it seems to sit on a shelf forever and becomes forgotten. Rediscovering this line again was such a pleasant surprise!
Monday, June 14, 2010
My boys are out of school for the summer. They get exactly 13 weeks for summer vacation. This year, we decided that each of them would journal everyday throughout the break to keep track of what they did. (It also keeps their writing skills from degenerating over the long break!). So I thought what a great idea for me, too - a small scrapbook page for each of the 91 days until they go back to school. Anyone want to play along? Day One was baseball games, Day Two was football tryouts, and Day Three was gardening and cleaning the pond. (Don't you love my little croaking friend?).,
I'll take a photograph, journal a half page or so and make a simple 8 1/2 " x 11" page to to keep it all together. That's the plan any way!
Hope your summer is off to a terrific start - we have 12+ weeks to go!!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Contents included this very cool handmade "calypso" soap and local grown cinnamon I bought while in the Virgin Islands, along with a hand made bunny, a lilac candle (my favorite scent!), a big "H" (for my swap partner's first initial), a small "dragonfly" watercolor bowl, a journal, some Starburst jelly beans, and a mini album that I made.
I made this friendship album using Basic Grey's Kioshi papers and a Rusty Pickle chipboard flower album.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Although I haven't blogged in a while, I have been very busy creating lots of projects for lots of causes this spring. First, I had to get my auction donations ready for my kid's school annual fundraiser. I made two rocking chairs and five photo journals. The rocking chairs featured papers from Anna Griffin's Isabelle line.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
It's a go! I will be teaching a class at Scrapbooks-Plus on how to make this very special "Turtle Journal". Class is scheduled for Saturday May 15 from 10am til 4pm. The journal includes 4 signatures and holds over 50 photos. For the front cover you will get a reproduction of my turtle watercolor and a gilded shell that I brought back from the BVI. Inside are more than a dozen pages, pockets and tags for photo and memories,.
You'll receive flocked yellow letters to personalize your book any way you'd like.
I've included some very cute ephemra that I brought back with me to make some very cool pages like these beautiful hibiscus stamps and a card-map of the Carribean islands that can be used as a mat for a photo or for journaling.
Trust me - there is a CD case behind this that opens up within the book.
This is one of my favorite pages. I found this shell on the beach - you'll have to replace it with one of your own since I only found one!
I am pricing the class at $50. Again, I will be donating all my instructor fees to a good cause - this time it is the Carribean Conservation Corporation - which is 100% dedicated to the protection of Sea Turtles. What better cause for a Turtle Journal!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Cherry Blossoms are beginning to POP in Washington! The boys asked me last night to take them into the city tomorrow to see them before they fall. Last year we waited too long and many of the blooms were on the ground by the time we were able to get downtown to see them (as you can see from this photo).
If I can squeeze out an afternoon this week (maybe tomorrow?), I'll yank them out of school early and head into town armed with my camera (and patience). I bought the entire line of Basic Grey Kioshi paper thinking it would be perfect for a photo journal of the annual showing of spring color in our beautiful city. Here's hoping!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Here's the layout for my class honoring the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Aprill 22. I am donating all my class fees to the Forest Stewardship Council. The layout features all recycled or repurposed materials (with the exception of the little green ribbon!). The paper is from Basic Grey's "Green at Heart" line which is made with FSC certified paper (meaning 85%+ of the content is from recycled components) and the ink used is soy-based, which uses fewer resources to make and is far more environmentally friendly than traditional petroleum-based ink. Everything else is repurposed - an old drop cloth serves as the basis for the canvas flowers, old tee shirts are used for the colorful petals, and painted twigs serve as "prima-style" sprays. I'm charging a little more for this layout - $22, so that I can maximize the donation to the FSC. The class is Tuesday April 20 from 6:00 - 8:30 at Scrapbooks-Plus in Chantilly, Virginia. If you are interested in a kit and you are not in the area, you can call the store and order one. The only additional cost will be shipping. The store's telephone number is 703-263-9503 if you want to sign up for this very cute, very earth-friendly, layout class/kit!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Heres' my progress on my squares. Since I'm on vacation, I don't have any buttons or embellishments, so I used a small shell with a hole on its top for one square. On the green square, it is a small stone from the Coppermine we visited on St. Pattie's Day. The green in the stone is actually copper. How Cool! I tried to put a small shamrock in next to it, but after two attempts, it just wasn't working for me. I'll be all caught up on the plane home tomorrow - Ugh! Back to the real world again!!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Yesterday on our sail to Anegada, I spotted this really cute Loggerhead sea turtle swimming along side our boat. I did a little research last night to get a glimpse of exactly what he looked like. Tonight I drew him (well, watercolored him) while the boys watched "Bad Santa"
It's still wet, so tomorrow morning - before the rest of the crew gets up, I'll fill in a few more details.
I just love being on vacation and having time to do what I love. Wouldn't it be great if all we had to do in this world is what we love? Sailing with our kids and painting sea turtles - ah - to dream!!! Hope you enjoy your weekend and make some time to do what you love!! And dream a little!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I've done a little sketching and watercolor while at the beach (since I don't sun bathe anymore!). I've been sitting under a tiki canopy watching the boys play in the water, attempting to capture the beauty not only with my camera, but with my pencils.
This is the southern end of Mahoe Bay. The water is spectacular, but the colors keep changing as the sun moves across the sky. Guess I need to be faster!