Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Almost Done!

We're in the home stretch now - cards have been mailed, the shopping & wrapping are done; baking is next on the list. There is no way all this would have been accomplished so smoothly without Phil's help.
Journaling Tag: Basic Grey Basics Pieces
Everything Else: Basic Grey Jovial
He sends out the Christmas cards and keeps addresses updated. He wraps presents 10 times neater than I do. He dips cookies in chocolate and coats the last one completely for himself. I'm so grateful for all his help. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pages from Christmas Past, Part 3

This is the third post in a 3-part series of Christmas layouts from past years. You can see Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Today, a project for after Christmas.

Christmas Cards. What do you do with all the cards and photos you receive? Seems a shame to just throw it all in the trash, yet I'm not enough of a pack rat to keep everything. So I use this idea. Pretty sure I first saw it on Ali Edward's blog.

Just put your square punch to work and create this mosaic. You can preserve the whole season on one page. I will definitely be doing this again at the end of December.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pages from Christmas Past, Part 2

This is the second post in a 3-part series of Christmas layouts from past years. You can see Part 1 here. Today, my pages focus on Christmas Day at my Mom and Dad's house.

Food traditions. Lately, this has meant grilled bacon-wrapped scallops for appetizers, then a lunch of lasagna, garlic bread, and 12-layer jello. Everyone brings Christmas cookies. I'm happy to report we'll be following the same menu again this year. (p.s. it doesn't matter how cold it is outside; Dad will be grilling)

Opening presents. The highlight is our annual Gift Exchange which has included the practical and the ridiculous. Just like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna git.

All The Rest. Those miscellaneous photos that just define family. 

With the obligatory visual triangle.

What are your Christmas traditions? Ours have certainly changed over the years as the family has grown up. The youngest child is now 14, so our Christmas celebration is decidedly more adult these days. We still have lots of fun being together.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pages from Christmas Past, Part 1

This week I'm posting a 3-part series of Christmas layouts from past years. Today, my pages focus on Christmas around our home.

The Tree. Last year Phil set up his tripod to capture this sequence. I love having a husband who loves photography!

The Music. A few years ago, I created this page about my favorite Christmas music. While I still pop in the occasional CD, this music is now downloaded on my computer and iPod for my listening pleasure. A big change in a short time.

The Family. Gatherings on the weekend before Christmas - our parents, son and daughter in-law. Always a fun and special time.

Christmas comes every year, yet each year is unique. I love going back over my layouts and remembering - "Oh yes! that was the year when......."

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cool Colors

I've finished Nic Howard's Color Class over at Big Picture Classes. You can find my post on the warm colors here. The remaining colors were green, blue, purple, black and white. I love the 6x6 mini album, both for the visual appeal and the information I now have at my fingertips.
I love green. It was my grandmother's favorite color, and one that I can wear in many shades. Blue was my other grandmother's favorite color. I only wear royal or navy blue; other shades just don't do much for me. In scrapbooking, I like to combine these colors on layouts.
Purple. Growing up, I had a purple bedroom with pale purple walls, purple flowered wallpaper, purple shag carpet and a purple desk. It was the 70's, what can I say? I do love to wear a deep, royal purple, but I rarely use purple in my scrapping. Here is one layout where I love the touches of purple. The photos are so busy, so the minimal approach works for me.
The class ended with neutral colors, focusing on black and white. Meet my black cat, Chessie. I wear black almost every day; it's the color I build the rest of my wardrobe around. I like to wear a white turtleneck under a sweater, but that's about it. But I love a white background on my scrapbook pages.
We also touched on the neutral colors brown, kraft and grey. Love kraft and brown, don't use much grey. I think color is fascinating and love considering what color combinations to use on my pages and cards. Are you drawn to color when you create, or does some other element get your juices flowing?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Challenge

Today is the December Challenge reveal over at Scrapbookers Anonymous. This month the challenge is to use up some rub-ons, along with cardstock and embellishments. No patterned paper allowed! Here is my contribution as a member of the Design Team.

I'm pleased to have such a colorful layout without a scrap of patterned paper in sight! First, I used my rub-ons to create an L-shaped border and decorated that with embellishments from Basic Grey's Pyrus line.

I used my circle cutter, cardstock and rub-ons to create a simple title. This is one of those pages where I think the photos tell the whole story. The church kids couldn't believe it when the fire truck and firemen showed up to our Harvest Festival block party!

I hope you'll consider giving this challenge a try. You have until the end of the month and there is a great prize! You can see what the rest of the design team came up with here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

1 Sketch, 2 Ways

After this post on color, I thought it would be fun to share 2 recently completed layouts, based on the same sketch by Allison Davis. The first layout is about springtime around our house and the second layout features our son and daughter in-law living in their first apartment. The color choices and a few minor variations yield these different results:

Which makes me wonder: why don't I do this more often? Great sketches deserve more than one layout! Do you ever re-use sketches? Honestly, with as many layouts as I've made, I should be scraplifting myself!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Warm Colors

I've been enjoying Nic Howard's Color Class over at Big Picture Classes. (formerly Big Picture Scrapbooking) We've covered the warm colors: red, orange and yellow. My favorite part of the class so far has been making this 6x6 mini album.
Of course there are also layout ideas for each color. The red is my favorite because I used two photos of my grandmother that span about 50 years. The orange and yellow layouts were inspired by pet photos.
I do love the warm colors. Red is the one I'm most comfortable with, probably because it is my mom's favorite and a color I wear frequently. Orange is growing on me. And although I can't wear it, I love a bright yellow. It just makes me happy. Being a visual learner, color is one of my favorite design elements. I want to learn to use any color effectively, not just my favorites. What colors or color combinations tend to catch your attention?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Picks

Another week has flown by and I've been busy surfing, tweeting and blog hopping, just to bring my best finds your way. Starting to get into the holiday craft spirit with some of these! As always, and in no particular order:

#1 Do you own a Cuttlebug? Here are 4 YouTube videos showing Creative Ways to Use Your Cuttlebug, courtesy of Practical Scrappers. My favorite is adding rub ons - who knew?

#2 Francine has some wonderful Vintage Gift Wrapping Ideas using kraft paper and white doilies. Beautiful photos! She's added some gift wrapping kits to her Etsy shop.

#3 Debby's Gingerbread Christmas Garland just makes me smile. Instructions included!

#4 Here's a fun challenge on the Bo Bunny blog to create a page about yourself and have a chance to win $95 worth of Bo Bunny products! What's not to love about that?

#5 Eye Candy Alert - this Holiday Recipe Album made from Crate Paper products is simply adorable! I love the idea of having a special place for those favorite holiday dessert recipes.

#6 Kristina Werner is doing a Holiday Card Series over at her blog. Here's an example from Day 14. Love her cards and the how-to video for each one!

We have 3 social events on our calendar this weekend - getting together with friends - some newer, some we've known since our kids were little. I'm thankful for the blessing of all these friendships. Don't forget to check out this month's challenge at Scrapbooker's Anonymous. My post as a member of the design team is here. You still have until the end of the month to play along!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

The concept is simple: every Wednesday, well over 100 crafters from around the world show and tell what's going on in their craft rooms. You can see more if you go to Julia's blog! But in the meantime, here is what's lurking in my scrap room this week.
An almost finished layout. I'm going to let this sit and come back to it later before pronouncing it completed. There might be some finishing touch to add. Or not.
Bought this vertical storage at Joann's last weekend (with a coupon, of course) to keep current projects more compact and organized on my desk. Liking this very much.
Incorporated some of my latest purchases, using a few fun containers I already had on hand. So what's on your workdesk today? 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

I've been lurking on Julia's blog for a bit now and finally decided to join in the fun! The concept is simple: every Wednesday, over one hundred crafters show and tell what's going on in their craft rooms. Be forewarned: this can become highly addictive!

I have a nice L-shaped work area, if only I could keep so much stuff from accumulating on it! (I know, I say that like the stuff piles up overnight all by itself)
I'm still loving my Basic Grey Pyrus, so it's staying out for now, along with a few pages I tore out of the last issue of Creating Keepsakes for design inspiration.
Last weekend I made a pilgrimage to Archiver's and my LSS, Scrappy Chic. Here's the newest additions to my stash, waiting to be organized into my space. I'll feature a few of the highlights on Friday, when I do my weekly picks.
Finally, I do have some layouts in progress. So far I've cropped photos for a 2-page spread and a 1-pager and laid them out on a white background. I like to start this way to minimize distractions. Next I think I'll choose paper, hopefully later today.

What's on your workdesk today?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wonderful Weekend

This past weekend, we drove to Grosse Pointe Shores and arrived at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. Phil was signed up for a 5-hour class with a professional digital landscape photographer, while I toured the house, walked the grounds and perused the gift shop on my own. Here are a few results of Phil's photo shoot.

Entering the grounds of the estate, approaching the house...
The house itself, Cotswold Cottage style with 60 rooms and over 30, 000 square feet...
and the 87 acres surrounding the estate, including a cove, lakefront property, man made lagoon and gardens.
I had the best time walking the grounds with this app for my iPod. If you are interested in history or landscape architecture, you can download it and take the tour, no matter where you live.  We plan to return here during each of the seasons for additional photo shoots. I love stepping back in time, so for me this place is magical.