Sunday, July 18, 2010

Farewell, Nilda

This layout was for a Bingo challenge at Scrapbook Central to be inspired by something from Donna Downey's blog.  I was immediately drawn to this canvas heart, especially since I knew I had some year-old sticky-back canvas that I have never used!

Here's what I came up with:

Products used: Bazzill Cardstock, Scenic Route patterned paper, American Crafts Thickers, Claudine Hellmuth sticky back canvas, Making Memories paint, Hero Arts stamps, Clearsnap ink, Pagemaps sketch.

The photos are from my friend and colleague's retirement party.

The canvas accent was initially going to be a diecut flower, but I couldn't get my Big Shot to cut all the way through the canvas (if anyone has any tips, please let me know!) so I cut out the heart by hand instead, stamped it with black dye ink, and dried it with a heat gun. Next I covered it with some watered-down paint, and zapped it with the heat gun.  Last step was just to fray the edges and add some more ink. Here's a close up:  

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Library of Memories Community: Weekly Challenge #2

I've been enjoying the new Big Picture Scrapbooking Library of Memories Community. I first took LOM in 2009, and then followed along again as an alum in 2010.  My own system is pretty much in place with storage binders, category drawers, and library albums, but the new community has been keeping me focused and helped me add some of the LOM "extras" like the memorabilia notebook.  I've also enjoyed the weekly challenges.  Here is my take on Weekly Challenge #2 "Browse your Memorabilia Notebook and select something to use on a layout. Locate appropriate photos and use bullet point journaling and lots of blue."
The photos are from a recent trip to Universal Studios in Florida, and I included a ticket stub and some cut-outs from a brochure for the memorabilia.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Library of Memories Community: Weekly Challenge #1

The new Library of Memories Community on Big Picture Scrapbooking kicked off last week.  Stacy Julian started us off with this challenge, in honor of the 4th of July: "Create a Storage Binder layout with red, white and You. Yes, this means there needs to be a photo of you on the page. You can add some blue too -- or any other color you like!"

I flipped through my storage binder of childhood photos and was reminded of an idea I have had for a while to make a layout about my neices and myself all playing on the same rocking horse (at different times of course!).  I've always held off on this  layout because one of the photos I have of my neice, although digital, was sent in a really small format and gets fuzzy when enlarged.  I finally decided just to keep it small, and use an 8 1/2 x 11 sketch from Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life class at BPS. Here is the result:

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fun with Hero Arts and Copics

When I was at the Scrapbook Expo a few months ago, I picked up several Copic Markers, and I have been having fun playing with much so that every time I go to my local scrapbook store (Papercraft Clubhouse) I pick up a few more! I don't really know all that I can do with them yet (although I signed up for a class at the end of the month) but I've been enjoying coloring stamped images with one color, and then using the colorless blending marker to soften it up a bit.

For the first three cards I used a Hero Arts stamp inked up with Memento black ink and stamped onto white cardstock, then colored in with Copics.  I also added some stickles & bling when necessary! :) 

These last cards are blatant lifts of a Jennifer McGuire design (click here to see it!).
 I ended up making seven of these in assembly line fashion, using a Tim Holtz embossing folder from sizzix.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Travel Album

Years ago, I bought one of those Bo-Bunny Word Chipboard Albums. I had good intentions of using it, but it sat in my scrap closet for a *long* time! I finally decided it would work well for some photos of our trip to Jamaica back in January.  I covered each page with Bo Bunny Flowerchild paper, inked the edges with brown ink, added photos and embellished.  Because the paper has so much going on, it didn't need lot...just a little bling and some Smooch. All of the other embellishments were just cut out from the paper and adhered with pop-dots.

I don't know if I would ever do this type of album again.  I love the concept of the mini-album, but covering the letters with paper was tedious! My husband did give it his seal of approval, saying it looked "cool." Of course, I should have shown it to him earlier, as he caught a few inaccuracies in my journaling (we ate jerked chicken, not pulled pork, and he questions whether our driver was really named Elvis! Oh well, I'll fix that later!).

Here's the album! 

Thanks for looking!

Three Cards and a Layout

Ahh, once again one month has passed between posts! That's not to say I haven't been playing in my scrap space, I just haven't been uploading pictures of my creations in a timely fashion!

Here's some of what I created in June:

The first card was for my cousin, in celebration of his high school graduation. Sorry for the fuzzy picture!  I think the paper is some old My Mind's Eye that my online friend Karen sent me years ago.  (I already used the paper on a LO a while back...glad to find a use for the scraps!)

This next card was for a friend who needed a pick me up.  I love how it came out...I hope the bright orange and green cheered her up! Paper is from deep in my stash of old Basic Grey, stamp is from Hero Arts.

And this last one was for a friend who is retiring and moving to Puerto Rico.  Lucky her! I dry emossed the card with a Tim Holtz die, then inked it with some distress ink.  The patterned paper in Basic Grey.

And finally, here's the LO!  This will go in my People We Love album.  Paper is by Scenic Route.

Thanks for looking!