Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Okay, it isn't exactly a peek at the mess on my desk, but it is in my scrap space, and I'm far more excited to share this with you than anything else right now.
I've been stalking the secondhand shops for several months, and last week my search was rewarded. I am now the proud owner of a Remington Quiet Riter, circa 1956. Why would I go hunting for a typewriter, you may ask? Besides the nostalgia factor, it serves a very practical purpose. I'll explain with a couple sneak peaks of upcoming Design Team layouts.......
First, my computer and printer are two floors up from my basement scrap room, so no more running back and forth just to produce some simple journaling strips. Being able to stay put in my scrap room helps keep the creative juices flowing.
Second, I can fit more words legibly in a smaller space than if I used my handwriting. I'm also doing less measuring, cutting, and fussing than when I rely on my computer. Third, I just like the way it looks. (trying to decide if I should let Phil fix the slightly elevated caps, or just let them be)

"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, June 27, 2011

iPhones for Everyone

I love documenting the current technology in our lives. Maybe because I can remember life without a microwave, a computer, or a cell phone, these advances fascinate me. I didn't think to take photos of the cutting edge stuff back then, but I try to keep up now. A series of 3 similar photos tells the story of getting our iPhones.
Supply List -  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: 7 Gypsies; Letters: American Crafts, October Afternoon, Bella Boulevard; Mini Paper Clips: Tim Holtz; Embellishments: Jenni Bowlin, Basic Grey, Glossy Accents
Design Inspiration - Sketch Support one-page sketch
I like to vary the size, color and dimension on longer titles to emphasize words and provide interest. Thickers + stickers = a winning combination!
My first attempt at using Glossy Accents. Guess I'm a little slow to try new techniques. The shine it gave to the sticker mimics the red shine on my title letters.
I also tried a bit of hand stitching to look like dotted journaling lines and help the paper strips stand out a bit. Not sure this was entirely successful, but it wasn't a total miss, either. Journaling reads: "Phil and I got up at 2:30 a.m. to order iPhones for all of us, and Andrew & Jennifer made a special trip to claim theirs. We spent the weekend sharing apps, downloading games and customizing our phones."

At the beginning of the year, I made this page about my iPod. But that's not the end of it. I've recently embraced a return to some old technology, which will be the subject of my Wednesday post. Hope you'll come back for that!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

A Square Deal, Part 2

After yesterday's 4-square layout, today I'm turning to the trusty 9-square grid to create a page about my husband's grandmother and a glimpse of life on the farm.
Supply List - Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye; Border Stickers: October Afternoon, Fancy Pants; Letters: American Crafts, Basic Grey; Embellishments: Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon; Punches: Tonic Studios

I love the fabric texture on these Thickers but don't care for my slightly crooked stamping. Is there a tool or technique to help me line up word stamps straighter?
I purchased a butterfly punch at Joann's, justified by reasoning that my Slice can't cut anything that small. I'm a big fan of embellishing in groups of 3; thus the flower, tag, and butterflies. And because the butterflies are so small, why not use 3 of them?
The journaling is Phil's list of memories of his grandmother's kitchen. He loved the noodles and lemonade, but left the room when they blanched chickens. The flowers were made from paper scraps and these punches by Tonic Studios, with a MME brad in the center. (here's a short YouTube video if you want to see the punches in action)

Just like yesterday's layout, these aren't the greatest photos, but using compartments of color results in a pleasing page. Do you have certain strategies you like to use when scrapping less-than-perfect pictures?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Square Deal, Part 1

What do you do when you have one not-very-good picture of a cherished childhood pet? My solution: Crop the photo and employ the classic 4-square grid!
Supply List - Paper: My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose; Letters: American Crafts; Embellishments: Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, October Afternoon; Stamp: Technique Tuesday

We named our cat Splash because she looked like she had fallen in a mud puddle. She was with our family for 19 years; the mainstay pet in a continually revolving menagerie. This title collage was created by layering My Mind's Eye papers, Basic Grey embellishments and topping it off with (what else) Thickers.
I included three simple journaling strips with a few key memories. Splash had a litter of kittens in our basement and once brought a bird into my parents' bedroom. An October Afternoon journaling sticker and Technique Tuesday stamp draw the eye to the top of the page as part of my visual triangle.

I'll be back tomorrow with another grid layout using nine squares. I love being able to design in color compartments and then allow my title, journaling and embellishments to break out of the lines.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Journaling Prompt

A Father's Day theme is attached to Journaling Junkie Challenge #106. The prompt is: Dad's are usually do-ers. Celebrate all the things your Dad (or the Father of your childen) does for you. My dad did all kinds of things for us growing up, like work two jobs, but mostly I remember all the things he did with us. That's what I wanted to celebrate with this layout. I don't have any photos from back then, so I took what I had and came up with this.
Journaling reads: "When we were kids, Dad used to take us to the pool on hot summer days and sledding on cold winter days. He turned out the lights and played scary games with us before bedtime. He played catch with us in the backyard and basketball with us and our friends in the church gym. These more recent photos show Dad still likes to have fun. Maybe he is just a kid at heart!"

Supply ListCardstock: American Crafts; Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Life of the Party; Border Punch: Fiskars; Letters: American Crafts, Jillibean Soup; Embellishments: Basic Grey

How many layouts do you have about your parents, not as a couple, but as individuals? I love it when my mom and dad talk about their parents and what it was like when they were growing up. I'm looking forward to creating more layouts that will describe my parents to future generations.

Monday, June 13, 2011

June Challenge

In honor of the most popular month for weddings, the June Challenge over at Scrap Our Stash is Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. It can be any or all of the combinations and does not have to be about a wedding!
My layout represents Something Old and Something Blue. The blue in the photos and on the page is obvious, while the barnstormer theme takes you back in time.

Here's what I read about barnstorming in Wikipedia: 
"Barnstorming was a popular form of entertainment in the 1920s in which stunt pilots would perform tricks with airplanes, either individually or in groups called a flying circus. Barnstorming was the first major form of civil aviation in the history of flight. The term barnstormer also applied to pilots who flew throughout the country selling airplane rides, usually operating from a farmer's field for a day or two before moving on."
The barnstormer we saw at the Air Show last summer was amazing, even in this day when air travel is commonplace and space travel possible. I can't imagine how thrilling this must have been 100 years ago. Now it's your turn to take the June Challenge. See all the details HERE! With this wide open theme, the sky's the limit! (pun intended)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Journaling Prompt

Journaling Junkie Challenge #105: In What Ways Do You Notice the Passing of Time?
Since my husband and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this month, a page about being together for 30+ years seemed the obvious choice for this challenge. I found a picture from shortly before we were married and paired it with a recent photo. 

Good grief, we were young! Phil had the Amish beard thing going, but shaved it off before the wedding, much to my mother's relief.

In what ways do you notice the passing of time? Looking at old photos and seeing how much everyone has changed? Birthdays coming round and realizing the years are moving quickly? Here's an opportunity to pair an older photo with a newer one and tell your story!