Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Two Is Better Than One!

Hi there! Today I'm sharing a layout I created for Webster's Pages Digi challenge. Steph challenged us to use Webster's digital brushes in a layout. Even though I have never worked with digital elements, I really wanted to give it a try. To guide my design, I used Nadia's gorgeous sketch for the challenge blog Once Upon A... Sketch. This is what I came up with...




I used a Country Estate digital brush which I printed onto design paper and painted using my Distress Inks and Glimmer Mist.



Here are a few close-up photos.




Before I go, I'll also share a few photos of our Memorial Day this past weekend. We had so much at a nearby lake and marina; it was really great seeing the kids enjoy every minute of it!






I hope you all had a great weekend too. Summer weather is finally here and I can't wait for the school year to be over so I can spend more time with my children!

Thanks so much for your visit, I really appreciate you taking the time! Have a happy, scrappy week!

Friday, May 20, 2011

My Studio

Happy Friday all! Since I can't reveal my latest layouts just yet, I thought I'd share with you my craft studio. I've been thinking about changing things up a bit, this is the way it has looked for the past two years so I think it's time! I'm now more into the shabby-chic look but I still LOVE my room. I finally got things organized perfectly for the way I scrapbook and everything is easy to find.

Here we go (please excuse the shade-less lamp, LOL!)...

View from the door.



My main workspace.


Love this cute dressform where I keep gorgeous bloomers, lace and seam binding too delicate to wrap around a ribbon card.


Glimmer Mist, Distress Inks and embossing powders are always close by. The wooden letters were altered years ago!



The embellishments and tools I reach for most often sit right on my desk.









On this side of the room is where I keep most of my paper, punches Stickles, stamps and a box full of lace and trims. Other supplies and tools are stored in the drawers.



Look at all this yummy lace! Prima,Webster's, May Arts, Maya Road, just to name a few!



My punches on Ikea rods. I actually need to get a couple of more rods to accomodate my new punches.


Magnetic board and a couple of altered projects and mini albums I keep on display.



I store my clear stamps in a binder.




My layout display right above a sideboard where I keep all my die cut machine and related supplies.







My closet is where I store photo albums, raw chipboard albums, projects waiting to be altered, ribbon rings, cardstock, and tote bags.


My favorite part of the room, my embellishments shelf! I bought these inexpensive baskets at Walmart and spray painted them to coordinate with the rest of the room decor. Here, I have my embellies separated by categories such as Tim Holtz, Webster's and Maya Road, small Prima flowers, bigger Prima flowers, leaves and vines, etc.


So very accesible!



These two wall shelves are located above a second desk which is used as a work space for my daughter or myself.


Flowers and more flowers!



This shelf houses my mixed media supplies, some ribbon scraps, buttons and metal embellies.



Hope you enjoyed my studio tour! Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Bliss Mini Album

Hello eveyone! I hope you all had a lucky Friday the 13th yesterday. I'm back to share a beach/pool mini album I created recently. I used an older collection by Webster's Pages, Seaside Retreat, and a tag chipboard album I bought at Michael's a while back.




The photos were taken last summer in Florida during a family vacation. It was Dylan's first time traveling by airplane and he had such a blast playing in the water, I just had to document this memorable time. For this mini, I used burlap, sand, crushed shells, sea shells, netting, paint, embossing powder and other fun mediums. I had a blast creating it! Here are the inside pages, enjoy...

Warning - Photo Heavy!!!!!


The Jenni Bowlin bingo board inside this pocket pulls out to provide space for journaling...










The little bingo board pulls out from behind the frame to reveal another small photo.





The trifold above includes three 2.5x2.5 photos.











Lastly, the journaling card from the paper collection pulls out with a cute sentiment and more space for journaling in the back.




I also created a video describing the techniques I used...



Phew!!! Told you there were lots of photos! LOL! Thanks for sticking around!!!! I really appreciate you stopping by, becoming a follower, and leaving sweet, encouraging words. Have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

On Fussy Cutting Heaven

Hi ladies! Just stopping by to share my latest layout using Graphic 45. I have to admit that I haven't had this much fun creating a LO in a long time. I might have gone a bit overboard but with so many beautiful and fun designs, it was hard to stop myself from cutting and embellishing. I used G45's Le Cirque collection and this is what I came up with...



Though the papers have a circus theme, I thought the fun designs would perfectly complement this photo of my little ones goofing around. To keep my photo from getting 'lost' among all the graphics, I matted it using a Martha Stewart Punch Around the page punch and paper in a bright color.




One of the things I love most about Graphic 45 is that you can easily come up with a beautiful page without the need to apply time-consuming techniques. This particular page came together very quickly though if you like fussy cutting as much as I do, you will need the right tools. I highly recommend getting a glass mat ( I love my EK Sucess one) and the Fiskars Fingertip knife.



All of the cut out elements were adhered to the page with Pop Dots to add dimension.





Thanks so much for your visit today! Have a happy scrappy time!