Sunday, July 14, 2013
For the last month or so, life was increasingly busy, and all around crazy. As a result, I seem to have fallen behind, like way behind, on my Project Life. I even considered just giving up on it, as I'm sure many who do PL have done in the past. However, seeing as how I just started it at the beginning of April, that seemed like the easy way out. It wasn't that I found the process too daunting or that I didn't have enough pictures, It's just that for the month of June all my pictures seemed to be lost in the mix somehow. I actually blame the fact that I got a new phone as the main reason I have very little to show for June. I went from an iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S4, and while I love it so much better than my iPhone, it took some time to learn how to operate a phone that runs completely different than my iPhone did. After thinking about it (a lot!), I came to the conclusion that I really do like everything about project life. I still create traditional 12x12 layouts, and don't think I'll ever give that up, but doing project life is something completely different to me - it's like the Cliff Notes version of our lives. So, because I like the process, the creating and the end product of project life, I've decided to stick with it. As for now, I've picked it back up starting in July, as well as trying to round up as many pictures as I can find for the month of June. Seeing as how there are onlyThis particular week was a challenge because, although it may not look like it, it was light on the pictures. When this happens, it's difficult for me to complete the spread because I have a difficult time using filler cards. I have no idea what the mental block is for me, but it just happens that way. For the filler pocket with the quote, I actually dug out something very old from my stash. I'm not sure who made it, but the quote came in a booklet. Each booklet is themed, and all the quotes are printed on vellum. I'm sure exactly how old it is, but I'd guess somewhere between 8-10 years old. So, I was really proud of myself for using it. :-) Here's a closer look at the left side of the page. . .
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
So often it seems that so many of us scrapbookers, myself included, become hyper-critical of our own creations. I know for a fact that, when it comes to scrapbooking, I am a perfectionist and need things to be a certain way. This type of self-induced stress may seem all for not to those who do not understand the joy we get when our creations meet or exceed our expectations. It wasn't until I saw my son and his friend scrapbooking that I felt a bit silly about how much I dissect some of my pages, even re-doing the parts that aren't perfect in my eyes. The boys started with Sn@p! albums, purchased at Michael's. After they decided that they wanted the cardboard portion of the cover decorated, they began going through my stash to find the perfect papers for their newly acquired scrapbooks. Of all the papers I had, and there are quite a few, both of them decided on the only shiny paper I had. Then, they set out picking out a ribbon to cover the seam where the paper met the fabric, and some washi for the edges. Here's the end result.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Generally speaking, I really don't like to be told what to do. And really, does anyone like to be told what to do? lol Don't get me wrong, I'm all about abiding by "the rules" most of the time. I don't go around stealing candy from kids and pushing elderly people into oncoming traffic, but thinking outside the lines is good for the soul every now and then. Ok, so what's the point? When I do creative things like scrapbooking and making cards, I tend to stay away from paper that only has one image on one side/corner of the paper. This kind of paper becomes problematic right off the bat because 1.) I feel it confines my creativity, something that I never want to happen when I'm scrapbooking, making cards, and/or being all around crafty; and 2.) I'm still using a lot of the old Creative Memories 12x12 albums, the ones that require you to cut off about 1/2" off one of the sides - this means losing part of said hindrance. I guess I could just avoid these types of papers altogether and just go on with my life, which is what I've done up to this point, but I subscribe to kits and sometimes they come in those. Yeah, I know, totally overthinking it, but it's what makes me me. :-) Last October, I ordered a special add-on Halloween kit from Scraptastic Club, as well as some papers I picked up along the way. Last week, I decided to scrap some Halloween pics. . . from 2005! (It's so great that I don't scrap chronologically, or this might really stress me out. lol) In my stash, along with the Scraptastic Club kit, I found the cutest paper with an owl in the corner - I've tried to find out the name of the company that makes it, but just couldn't. I also found this paper from the October Afternoon Witch Hazel 8x8 pad: here, I felt empowered to use at least the OA sheet. I have to say, I absolutely love the way it came out, it was so much better than I imagined.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Oh my, it's been awhile since I've posted. So why now? Why not! lol In the past couple months, I've scrapped more than I have in the last 5-6 years. It's amazing how much more a person can craft when they have their own designated craft room, and I am so thankful for having the room I have. Maybe one day I'll clean it up and get brave enough to post pics of it here. . . maybe. :-) When I first started making cards, in 2000 (oh so long ago), I bought the cutest stamps. They were wood mounted, as all stamps were back in the olden days (haha), and the wood resembled a book. Each one had a cute little dragon on it, doing things like playing with a butterfly, and looking through a magnifying glass. At the time I bought these stamps, I was living in Alaska, and there was only one store that sold rubber stamps - Arctic Stamps. My friend Heather and I went there at least once a week, and every week, I hoped they would get more stamps in this collection, but they never did. Here's one of the stamps, so you can see how cute they really are.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
... and hopefully I'll be more consistent this year. I've decided that I want to be more consistent with everything crafty in my life. So, from now on, I plan to scrap and stamp more often, and also to blog on a regular basis - I'm hoping for at least twice a week, but it will more likely be only once a week. We shall see how everything goes. I made these for my first ever swap I've participated in over at twopeasinabucket.com. The categories I chose were "bugs" and "traditional Easter." For these twinchies, you had to take a 2x2 inch piece of cardstock, and design it according to your theme. These are what I came up with:
Monday, July 30, 2012
The rules for this challenged seemed very easy: * you can only use one sheet of patterned paper * you have to use word stickers for your journaling (no hand written paragraphs here!) Sounds easy enough, right? Not so much, not for me at least. Don't get me wrong, I love the layout. However, it's so hard not to just start journaling away. Granted, there really isn't a whole lot to tell. I took Nathan to one of those places where you paint, then they fire it off and it's ready for you to pick up. But I.journal.everything! lol Despite it's challenges, I loved a challenge that took me outside my comfort zone. And, I'm really pleased with the layout. :-)
Friday, July 27, 2012
Ever since my son joined cub scouts three years ago, my biggest struggle with scrapbooking his activities has always been being able to find any kind of Cub Scout embellies. I've found a few different ones online, but shipping for a couple packs of stickers and things is just so expensive. Michael's isn't much help either, they have one (yes, only one) pack of stickers - but it's for an Eagle Scout. Although my son insists he will become an Eagle, that's a long way off. I did find a couple things, too, at Tuesday Morning and was ecstatic about that. However, it does make scrapbooking Cub Scout related activities very challenging and has definitely made me become very creative. For this layout, I used a few things I knew Nathan would want to preserve, and would help me "fill space" in this layout. So, I was able to use his participation certificate, participation patch (because he can't wear it on his uniform), and leatherworking bead holder. I absolutely love this layout and am highly impressed by the super sticky, Super Tape. I was definitely pessimistic that it would work, but it holds the necklace on the page like a boss. lol