Monday, January 31, 2011

February Preview

I thought it would be fun to let you know what I have planned for my blog in February. I'm pretty excited about this month, so in the spirit of CHA you're getting the official Life and Memories Sneak Peek! Here goes - 


Regular Features
I've decided to officially declare two regular features on my blog: What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and Friday Picks. To keep things manageable, these will be biweekly features. This week I will post WOYWW, next week will be Friday Picks, and so on.


Design Teams
I plan to post the monthly Scrapbookers Anonymous challenge with my design team layout, most likely on February 1st after the challenge blog posts. I also have the privilege of being a Guest Team Designer on two other blogs and I have an exciting announcement! So the whole design team thing is really in full swing on my blog this month!


All the Rest
But wait, there's more! I have more Winter layouts to share using Fancy Pants Hot Chocolate, an installment of 1 Sketch, 2 Ways and some Valentine's cards that I made. That should get February off to a great start!


I'm very grateful to all of you who follow my blog and are kind enough to leave such wonderful comments. This online community of crafters is incredible and I love being a part of it all! If you are not a follower, I would be honored if you would consider clicking the "Follow" button on the right hand side of my blog. See you in February!



Saturday, January 29, 2011

Winter Layouts

A rare Saturday post for me, but with CHA in full swing I'll be close to my computer this weekend. Here are two winter layouts created with my Fancy Pants Hot Chocolate kit. (the one I laid out on my table here) This first page is based on the January 16th sketch at Creative Scrappers.
I chose to use lots of peaceful white space for a peaceful page about the quietness of winter. Love this scene Phil captured and we both love the journaling quote I found to go with it. Phil in particular enjoys a quiet winter walk in the woods. This layout really captures that feeling for me.
This next layout is based on the January 10th sketch at The Scrappiest. Now I'm going for that cozy feeling of being inside on a snowy winter day. Again, the background paper sets the mood.
Neither of these layouts features any special techniques or fancy effects. I'm just trying to use paper and color to capture the feeling of winter as I experience it. 
In this stage of life, you won't find us sledding, ice skating or snowman building. Been there, done that. We wouldn't mind doing it again someday with the next generation, but other than blowing snow and clearing sidewalks, winter is decidedly an indoor season. I'm totally okay with that. What does winter mean to you right now?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Picks

Here is the weekly installment of my best online finds related to scrapbooking. Enjoy!

#1 Details to Lift: 5 Ideas To Try On Your Own Scrapbook Pages in one of the latest inspiring articles over at Get It Scrapped!. Pick a favorite or two and give them a try on your next page!

#2 Want a peak at a cozy creative space? Check out Brenda's place!

#3 Here is Ella Publishing's 8 Is Enough Winner for January. Alexa really made the most of her 8 supplies and gives some great tips! The contest continues through March.

#4 Are you a slow scrapper? Check out this 3-Step Process for Improved Scrapbook Page Design I'll be trying this on my next pages for sure!

#5 Make sure you have a little time and your favorite beverage while perusing Elle's Studio Inspiration Galleries for January. One of my favorite scrappers, Lisa Dickinson, has her usual wonderful offerings.

Just a few days left to enter the January Challenge over at Scrapbookers Anonymous. You can find my contribution as a member of the design team here. Great way to use up your stash and have a chance to win a wonderful prize! Deadline is January 31st.

Breaking News: Friday Picks will be taking a vacation next week due to CHA. All the videos, reveals and hoopla from California will be plenty to keep me busy, and besides, how could I possibly pick from all that? So I will be back with my Friday Picks in two weeks - hope you'll stop by then! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Kitchen Help

Yesterday I posted a layout about my iPod Touch. Today's layout is along the same lines, but now we're in the kitchen. Here's a page about the little gadgets that make my life easier when cooking. Last year, I added this mini food processor and a rice cooker to my arsenal.

I love the kraft, red and black color combination, so I didn't feel a need to dress it up too much. Just a touch of patterned paper was enough to complete the design.


When we were first married, it was several years before we even purchased a microwave, something I now cannot function without. Think of how your parents or grandparents cooked, and you know we've come a long way. And for this, I am very thankful.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My iPod

I've had my iPod Touch for about 6 months and love it even more than when I first brought it home. I've discovered so many more things to do with it than the reason for my initial purchase, which was listening to podcasts while I exercise. I've listed some of these added benefits on this layout.
The design is from the January 7th post over at Sassy Sketches.  The original sketch calls for two photos, but I used one of those spaces for my journaling.



I really enjoy documenting current technology in my life. The past technology of my grandparents, parents, and even myself tells a fascinating story. For instance, I spent most of my high school graduation money on a typewriter to take to college! - and was happy to have it. I think these kinds of layouts will be fun to view in the future. What gadgets in your life deserve a page in your scrapbook?

Monday, January 24, 2011

We Love Our Ribs

Back when I was taking Nic Howard's Color Class at Big Picture Classes, she featured a layout that inspired me to finally use these 4 photos.  Here we are eating ribs at the famous Montgomery Inn on the Ohio River in Cincinnati. So worth the trip. First, these panels  were the basis of the layout. I matted the photos on black cardstock to help them stand out a bit.


The finished result. I love how we girls are smiling happily, while the guys are on the verge of hysteria. That's just what good meat will do to some people.
Cardstock: Basic Grey Basics, black
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Ooh La La
Embellishments: My Mind's Eye Ooh La La
Title: Thickers
Letters for Names: Sandylion Essentials, October Afternoon

I used a border of journaling, adhered with pop dots. This was a great way to use little odds and ends and still get the story told.
Have you ever scrapped some wonderful eating experience? Nobody in my family is shy about having their picture taken in a restaurant, but I suppose that's stating the obvious. Bon appetit!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Picks

Here is the weekly installment of my best online finds related to scrapbooking. Enjoy!

#1 Here's a great video, courtesy of Northridge Publishing. Guest designer Brie Pinale shares some of her tips for finding inspiration. She also takes a make-it-your-own challenge and creates a wonderful piece of art.


#2 Core'dinations is releasing several new lines to coordinate with other manufacturers. Here is their Jenni Bowlin paper pad and a chance to win some free product!


#3 There's a great eBook available over at Ella Publishing. Check out Double-Page Design for tips and sketches on 2-page layouts.


#4 Now here's a timely article, courtesy of Get It Scrapped!. Maybe you can use one of these 10 Ideas for Using Snowflakes on Your Scrapbook Pages.


#5 This Saturday, January 22, Practical Scrappers is having an online one hour layout contest beginning at 9:00 PM ET. Terrific prize package, so get your photos ready and play along if you're available!



The January Challenge is posted over at Scrapbookers Anonymous. You can find my contribution as a member of the design team here. Great way to use up your stash and have a chance to win a wonderful prize! Deadline is January 31st.

Time to get out the long underwear here in the Midwest! We're in for a very cold weekend. Haven't had a big snowstorm yet and call me crazy, but I'd like at least one this winter. The east coast shouldn't get all the fun. Hope you have some crafting planned for your weekend!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WOYWW

This week I'm using my December kit from Little Red Scrapbook to make some winter layouts. This kit features Fancy Pants Hot Chocolate. Love the colors. I'm planning to get one double layout and three singles out of this kit. 
"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 into our creative endeavors.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ephemera Mini Album

Ephemera: "Things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time."


January is when I update my mini-album of ephemera, meaning all the paper stuff collected from the previous year, like ticket stubs and travel brochures. Here's the ingredients that make it happen.


One basket: Where stuff gets tossed and looks like this at the end of December.
One mini-album: Where I attempt to make sense of the mess above.
Six piles of stuff: Because I have six pages per year in the album.


The results: Using none of the usual scrapbooking supplies except adhesive, the pages come together quickly. Reminds me of an old-fashioned scrapbook.
I did a much longer post about ephemera and memorabilia here. But for today, the short version will do. What do you do with all the paper stuff you collect? 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Picks

Another week has come and gone. It's time again to present you with my best finds. Enjoy!

#1 I posted my Year In Review layout earlier this week. Here's another great example on the Making Memories blog.

#2 I've been seeing Valentines cards already and especially liked Kristina's simple and elegant version, complete with video instructions.

#3 Still need to jump start your scrapbooking after the holidays? Autumn has some great tips here

#4 They explain it so much better than I could, so hop on over to the brand new Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and see what's going on. This is ingenious!

#5 Every Wednesday over at Two Peas, Nichol is featuring a Start to Finish layout. This week she combined multiple manufacturer's products.

The January Challenge is posted over at Scrapbookers Anonymous. You can find my contribution as a member of the design team here. Great way to use up your stash and have a chance to win a wonderful prize!

Still cold and snowy here in the Midwest. Phil and I are headed to Red Lobster for lunch. After that, I hope to be in my scrap room for the rest of the day! That's the extent of my weekend plans, besides watching a little college basketball. And reading and napping. Perhaps a game of Scrabble. Bake some cookies. Okay, I really have no plans. Maybe that's the best weekend of all.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WOYWW

Meaning "What's On Your Workday Wednesday", if you are new to this little game. Every Wednesday 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 into our creative endeavors. Here's what I've got going on this snowy Wednesday.


Piles. 
Piles of Christmas cards, piles of ideas, piles of these borders that I want to use. I'm an out of sight, out of mind person, so stuff I really want to use has to be where I can see it. Which means I gotta deal with the piles. So much for a staging area, now what about my actual work desk?






More piles. 
However, these piles I'm planning to turn into actual scrapbook pages, so I'm calling that progress.


See how easy this is? So, what's on your workdesk today?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Year In Review

January is the perfect time to begin a Year In Review project for 2011. I keep a folder in iPhoto and at the end of every month a favorite picture goes into that folder. By the end of the year I have 12 great photos ready for a layout. Here's the Year In Review layout I made for 2008.
What I Like: the photo collage - being a paper scrapper, I remember working hard to make all these photos fit correctly!
What I Don't Like: the lack of journaling - I know what the photos represent, but will anyone else if I'm not there to tell them? Bad move on my part!


For 2009, I saw an example - pretty sure it was on Cathy Zielske's blog - and used it to create this Year in Review layout.












What I Like: everything - the design, room to journal, the photo sizes
What I Don't Like: nothing - this one was a winner!


So what did I do for 2010? Well, I say, if it isn't broken, don't fix it!



Monday, January 10, 2011

Cabin Fever

When Phil gets cabin fever, he takes his camera and heads outside. Fortunately, he doesn't have to go very far to capture images like these. Fields and farm land lie just outside our subdivision.





I have been staying inside crafting, spending most of my time on Projects For Someone Else That I Can't Share Yet. And I still have a few more of those to do this month. I'm trying to squeeze in some scrapping Just For Me, so I can actually post something! Stay tuned...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Picks

Here are my first picks for the New Year. Lots of inspiration and ideas for a great start to 2011. Enjoy!


#1 While I haven't gotten around to posting much about my Sew Easy tool, others have. Here is Paula's review, Tammy's review, and Susanna's YouTube video. (p.s. I'm using mine and enjoying it very much)


#2 Is the colder weather beginning to get you down? Try these Ten Tips for Scrapping Your Way through the Winter Blahs.


#3 Allison Davis' Sketch Support is up and running! You can see what it's all about here. This week's card sketch is posted here. I'll be checking this site often!


#4 Ella Publishing's ongoing contest 8 Is Enough challenges you to stretch your scrapbook supplies and create stunning layouts. I might have to try this!


#5 I am very intrigued by Karen's workshop over at Big Picture Classes. I even checked my PayPal account to see if I have enough money to take the class! Anybody care to join me?


#6 I couldn't resist just one more new challenge site, especially with a name like CR84FN, a weekly color challenge blog. Wonder if that license plate is taken?


The January Challenge is posted over at Scrapbookers Anonymous. You can find my contribution as a member of the design team here. Great way to use up your stash and have a chance to win a wonderful prize!


I guess we'll take down the Christmas tree this weekend. I did an informal poll with my piano students this week, and most of them still have their trees up. One family keeps theirs up until Chinese New Year in February! Just wondering - is your Christmas tree still up?

Monday, January 3, 2011

January Challenge

Here is the January Challenge over at Scrapbookers Anonymous. This month you must use at least 17 buttons on your layout!  Here is my contribution as a member of the Design Team.
I used 19 buttons on my page, but who's counting? (beside me) Most of my buttons were used as layering for my title.
The layout is a summary of the everyday things we did this past fall. I'd like to make a page like this for each of the 4 seasons.
I used my Sew Easy tool to create this border. I didn't worry about precise measurements, tossed in a few buttons and came up with this result.
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.

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