Saturday, December 17, 2011

December Color Combo Blog Hop

Welcome to the December Color Combo Blog Hop! You should have arrived from Amy's blog but if not, the entire blog hop list is included at the end of this post. Every month a group of online friends hop away the day using the same color combo to create layouts, cards, maybe even a little photography - anything goes! This month we were given this color palette from Design Seeds.  
I used mainly shades of brown, red and white, but couldn't help letting a few more colors sneak their way onto my page....
I created this layout using what I call a "fill the page" design. The page is an unusual one for me because the title and journaling are very small!

These are Christmas photos, but the page is more focused on winter weather and how we like to cope with the cold and snow these days - by staying warm and busy inside!

Now you can hop on over to Scribble Monster's blog and continue the color combo fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Two-Page Tuesday: Re-Using a Sketch

For this month's edition of Two-Page Tuesday, I've used the same sketch for both layouts. I love using a sketch more than once because the second page always comes together so quickly! This one came from the Sketch Support Class I took last summer. Finally getting last Christmas scrapped, better late than never...

By choosing different background cardstock, patterned paper, journaling method and title work, I made this second layout. The photo size and placement and the embellishments are the same. I'd like to be more creative and make my own custom embellishments. But for now, I used up the pre-made stuff already in my stash.

These layouts will go in different albums, so I doubt that anyone but me will know they are the same design, and I'll probably forget that at some point! But it wouldn't bother me one bit to place them side-by-side in the same album. So if you are catching up on your Christmas scrapping, you might want to consider using the same basic design for several pages to speed up your process!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

My Christmas Present

I know December first is really early to be receiving a Christmas present. But when the store said they could deliver this yesterday, was I going to protest? No way!
I've been hunting for a curio for some time now. Last Friday, I was digging out Christmas decorations and once more coming across tubs of family glassware still hidden behind layers of bubble wrap. So I asked Phil if we could go to the furniture store and see if they had any good Black Friday sales. I think he knew what was coming.
I love the dental molding and simple, classic design of the oak curio we purchased.
Now I just had to figure out how to arrange all these treasures. 
Here's what we finally decided on. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to finally have these pieces out of storage and on display!
The lighting and mirror make everything sparkle. My mother is just as excited about all this as I am, and has already offered to give me more family pieces.  I so wish my grandmother were still alive to see this. She would be thrilled for me. I can hear her telling the story behind each item, and giving me advice on exactly where and how I should place it.
The red shelf is my favorite. One of the pieces is Fenton glass that was a gift from my great grandmother. And the little red paperweight in the corner was always sitting on my grandfather's desk.
The gold etching on this glass was done by my other grandmother, who worked at Tiffin Glass during the Depression. Her first husband died, leaving her with three small children to raise, so she went to work. Then she married my grandfather and he didn't want her to work. So she stayed home and raised my dad and uncle.
This cake plate is also Tiffin Glass, made by the husband of a dear family friend, also probably during the Depression or even earlier. It is a beautiful piece. The photo does not do it justice.
This cut glass is by far the most valuable piece in my collection, according to my mother. But I'll never sell! Thanks for indulging my little walk down memory lane and sharing my joy in such a wonderful Christmas present! Now I can enjoy it all throughout the holidays, and beyond!

Don't forget, I have a nice little giveaway going on for all my followers in honor of another exciting recent event in my life. You can see all the details here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Exciting News! (and a giveaway to celebrate)

Today Allison Davis announced the Sketch Support 2012 Creative Team and I have the honor of being a member of the team! This is so exciting to me, first because I love her sketches, and second because I've applied for the team before and didn't make it. It's been a goal of mine for some time and I'm so happy to have finally achieved it! Here are the projects I submitted:
 The camera was an add-on sketch that I enlarged to create this page.

The two-page layouts are my favorite. I can't remember the last time I made a two-pager without using one of Allison's sketches.

And I made some Christmas cards from the card sketch we were asked to use. Love it when a project serves more than one purpose!

Please hop on over to the Sketch Support blog and meet the rest of the team. And in honor of the occasion, I have an extra copy of their latest book, Sketches for Scrapbooking, Volume 8, to give away to one lucky blog follower! 
If you are a follower, just leave a comment to this post and on Monday, December 5th, I will randomly choose the winner. On another exciting note, my Christmas present is scheduled to be delivered today between noon and four o'clock. Can't wait to show it to you!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend Crafting

Busy weekend! I attended the Great Lakes Mini Meet in Toledo with my sister and best friend. We had a good time shopping and plenty of time to work on projects.  My sister even helped me make Christmas cards! Wasn't that nice of her?
Of course, she also told me which cards she would like to receive. Not just one, but two! Does she really thing I'm going to send her two Christmas cards? I should, just for fun!
And I met an online friend, Danielle, who blogs here. It's always so much fun to meet a fellow scrapper and blogger in real life, and of course, she's as nice as can be! 
So now I'm back home, still assembling Christmas cards and making my list for Thanksgiving. The next few days will be spent shopping, cooking and enjoying time with friends and family. I'll be taking a blog break, but want to wish everyone who celebrates this Thursday a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

This should be titled "What ISN'T On My Workdesk", because I've hauled out a big stash of supplies to immerse myself in some serious Christmas card-making. It really is organized chaos around here.

I've been making a single card, then kitting supplies to make multiple copies. I have a big crop on Friday - an entire day of shopping and making cards with my sister and best friend! And during this whole process I couldn't help but indulge in a little scrap room re-organizing.

I now have a die cutting/dry embossing station that is at stand-up height. Die-cutting multiple shapes on a too-low table really made my back ache!

My ever-resourceful husband found an extra table in storage and set it up for me, so I could move my trimmers, circle cutter and score board to a new area. This is also at the perfect height for standing. He even bought me a new Ott light. I feel positively spoiled.

Here are the kits I've assembled so far. After all this work, I've only completely finished a grand total of 6 cards. (go ahead and laugh, that's exactly what Phil did) But I'm ready to make about 50 more at the crop. Any Christmas crafts in the works on your desk?

"What's On Your Workday Wednesday" is a weekly event where over one hundred crafters show and tell what's going on in their corners of the world. You can go to Julia's blog for more glimpses of our creative endeavors.

Monday, November 7, 2011

November Recipe Challenge

The November Challenge over at Scrap Our Stash is a Recipe Challenge! We were allowed the following ingredients to "cook up" our layouts:
  • 5 embellishments
  • 4 words or letters in the title
  • 3 pictures
  • 2 patterned papers
  • 1 solid paper
Here are the supplies I gathered. The patterned papers are double-sided, so I may have stretched that ingredient... like adding a little more salt for flavor?

My finished layout. Journaling reads: "Only sisters can show up at a family gathering wearing the same color shirts without any preplanning. June 2011"

Now it's your turn! All the details can be found here. Your project will be posted on the Scrap Our Stash blog and on November 30th a winner will be chosen. That winner will be offered a spot on the Guest Design Team for the month of January. Why not give it a try?

SUPPLIES (place cursor on photo for description, click on photo for link) 
Other: American Crafts Thickers

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sketch Support One Page Week

I have the honor of being the Guest Designer over at Sketch Support this month! You can download and print this sketch for free right here.

I've enjoyed working with all the sketches this month! They are fabulous and so versatile, what's not to love? For this 1-page sketch, I made some significant changes to the original design, using what Allison calls an enhanced or extreme approach.
Variation #1 - flipped the sketch
Variation #2 - added an extra border at the top and moved the banner to the bottom

Variation #3 - kept the photo groupings, but adjusted their size and orientation
Variation #4 - mounted each photo on white cardstock

Variation #5 - kept the title vertical, changed the orientation of the journaling strips
Variation #6 - changed the embellishments and their placement on the page
Variation #7 - omitted the sewing and added more embellishments

SUPPLIES (place cursor on photo for description, click on photo for link)
Other: American Crafts Remarks Paradise dimensional stickers; Thickers