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13 April 2014

Sketchy Decisions - Let's Get Classy About It

It seems that everyone thinks spring, May in particular, will be a good time for a sketch class.  They could be right, and as a result, I am quite torn about what I should do.

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I really enjoyed Donna Jannuzzi’s e-book from Ella Publishing (now merged with Big Picture Classes) Stretch Your Sketches.  It came out just as I was learning to use sketches.  She’s a very no nonsense kind of gal with a classic scrapping style, and I learned a lot from her e-book.  A copy of the first e-book is included in the class, as well as a discount on the second edition – Stretch Your Sketches 2.

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Kelly Purkey is also a great sketch artist.  I’ve taken all three of her previous sketchbook classes through Studio Calico, and enjoyed them immensely.  This time there is also some coordinating product available through Studio Calico to go with the class – a little extra fun for a little extra funds (wink, wink, it is SC, after all.)

Both of these classes are right at the $29/$30 price point, so that’s not a deciding factor.  Like I said - I am torn.

There is an alternative (or two):  I have been entertaining this wild and crazy idea that all my scrapbooking should be pocket page scrapbooking.  (Did I conceive this notion while sipping my way through the wine country of Napa Valley . . . maybe.)  Just consider how this would simplify my craft life.  Think of how much I could save on supplies.  (No, that would not really happen – as you can see here.)  Think of how many more photos I could give my attention.  Think of all the extra time I would have to spend on cards.  Whadda’ya think?

Okay, you may be right to call my bluff. I am not likely to go all the way there. (Although it is far short of the “dodgy deep end of going digital").  Still, I could stand to get a better grasp on pocket scrapbooking.  Up until now, I have been winging it off and on.  I am not sure if that is a confidence issue or what.  I tend to treat the itty bitty pocket inserts too much like little layouts.  I load them up with too much product taking too much time – that is a stumbling block to the ease and quickness of the concept.  This has led me to consider this class from Lain Ehmann’s True Scrap series:

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There are actually several more classes in the series, and the bundle of 6 is on sale for $45 until the end of April.  It would be self-paced since the live event is over, but that may be all the more convenient.

Naturally, Big Picture has a class called Project Life Lessons that looks interesting as well.  And it starts next week.  Coincidentally (and certainly not in blatant violation of anti-trust laws) it is also priced at $45. (Heavy sigh from ex-accounting-type!)  It is a re-run of a class that has already been offered but they open a new forum and gallery for the new class period.  It starts this week incidentally!!

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Like I said, I am torn here.  Are you interested in any of these classes?  We could take them together – and you’ll be at a safe distance so you won’t have to worry about me pulling your hair or looking over at your paper.  Well, I can’t really promise the latter, I’ve been known to scrap lift from my friends on occasion.

What looks best to you? Whadda’ya think?

Wait, wait!  Just as I was finishing this post - I learned that Debbie Hodge has added a resource for sketch users who are members over at Get It Scrapped - a sketch and layered template library.  Sketches from various articles/classes pulled together all in one spot and it is included in your membership price.  I'm telling you sketches are trendy right now!!  So let's get classy about it.

09 April 2014

One Photo Plus Twenty Words–Crafty Desktop

The album was a real crafty bargain find; if not for the fact that I wanted the insides to match!


Once a month, Abi @ Creating Paper Dreams, hosts a link party for our one picture with twenty words storytelling.  Why not hope on over there and see what others have been snapping.

I’m also posting this for WOYWW #253 over at Julia’s Stamping Ground, where crafters have been sharing shots of their desks for nearly 5 years now.

There are plenty of chances to share what’s up in your world, do take a snap or two and join in!

08 April 2014

Get It Scrapped Using Overprint

You Stole My Heart – A layout for Get It Scrapped

Story: As you can see, I am still scrapping baby pictures.  This page shows me holding my daughter on one of her first days home.
Style: After checking out the Pinterest inspiration board on the overprint technique, this scrapper was drawn to the examples where there is less overlap and more distinction between the layers of printing.  I suppose I just don’t like too much messy on my pages. 

I used stamping to make the hearts on a patterned paper with a small pattern – tiny hearts, no less.  I cut a stencil using my Cricut and daubed ink to make the title text.  I tried this with several sizes and numbers of hearts until I came to this happy medium.  To make one heart stand out more, I covered it with glossy accents.

I know that hearts are an obvious element here symbolizing love.  But I had another reason.  Did you notice that the pattern on the sweater I am wearing is a heart as well?  You can only see part as my daughter is held very close to it.  Aww . . . .
Stash: Cardstock & Ink, Stampin Up; Patterned Paper, American Crafts and Crate Paper; Flowers, Peebles; Crochet floss, JP Coats.
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I will probably try this technique again – maybe if I use it on a card, I will dare to be bolder.

07 April 2014

S Makes A Card #2

After finishing up a layout, I thought I’d cobble together a card from some leftover bits and bobs sitting out on the desk.

Start: Retro Sketches #109 provided another good one.

Steps: I used white craft ink and clear embossing powder on a wood veneer card – an idea I picked up from Doris Sander while chatting in the Get It Scrapped forum last week.  I wrapped it with both pink and red/white bakers twine and adhered it over layered scraps of patterned paper (front and back of same sheet, rounding corners on the bottom sheet and my card base).  I used a heart for the “o” in you spelled with vanilla foam stickers - as an element to represent the tab in the sketch.  The punched flowers have candy dot centers.
Stuff: Stampin Up white craft ink, confetti cream card stock and Three For You punch; American Crafts Amy Tangerine wood veneer tag and Thickers in the giggle font; Hampton Arts embossing powder; Craft Collectibles wood heart; Pebbles candy dots; remaining items from stash.
When working on my layout I discovered that my jars of Stampin Up color embossing powder no longer heated up and hardened to a gloss effectively.  Eight years is pretty old for embossing powder I suppose.  For my card, I reached for craft ink and clear embossing powder (a much newer bottle from Hampton Arts).  Next time I am at the craft store I will pick up some Zing – a recommendation that also came from the Get It Scrapped forum.  If you haven’t peeked in over there lately, you should.

05 April 2014

Just So Random . . . That’s Me Too

Every now and again, Laura @ Here’s What’s New finds a great list to blog.  And, I’ve developed a happy habit of jumping on her blogging coattails.  She’s never said whether she minds, that could be because she’s latched onto someone else’s.  Hop over to her blog to see who.

As soon as I spotted her list, I knew I’m going to blog it, so I copied and pasted it straight into Live Writer.  As I read each response, I replaced hers with my own.  That may be a weird approach, but it’s quite fun.  Feel free to try it with this post – none of us who came before will mind.

  • What are your favorite smells? Lately, kitchen scented candles – I’ve just started one scented like apple pie.  I recently started using Jaclyn Smith skincare, and the cleanser has a slightly tropical scent and the body lotion a very subtle almond scent.

  • Can you go a whole day without caffeine?  Generally – no.  Unless, I am distracted.  I realized 4 days into our vacation that I was off the stuff.  Then I got back on.
  • Who knows more about you than anyone else?  Hubby and/or my friend and former administrative assistant.  The things you tell people you work with . . . 
  • What song did you last listen to?  Brave by Sara Bareilles
  • Do you have a crush on anybody?  Nobody close enough for it to cause trouble – George Strait is on tour, but no where near here, last I heard. Don’t you go asking my admin. assistant to see if she gives you a different answer!  (wink, wink)
  • Do you like the Beatles? Yes, but I haven’t listened to them in a while.
  • If you could choose one color to wear for a whole year, what color would you choose?  Pink.
  • What was the last film you watched?  Did you like it?  I watched the Book Thief on the plane out to California and loved it; I watched Dallas Buyers Club on the plane ride back – good also.
  • Can you sew? Just like Laura, I can sew on a button or mend a ripped stuffed animal.
  • What is your favorite fruit?  Cherries – whole, dried, canned, in pies or covered in chocolate.  Any way at all.
  • Are you health conscious?  Like Laura, not really, but should be. My kids are good reminders for me to do better.  The last time I was at the gym was in January – so predictable, right?
  • Do you curse a lot?  Hardly ever, and it annoys me when others do it more than it did in the past. 
  • When was the last time you had a beer?  A year ago during football playoffs at a bar with friends.  Wine has been more recently enjoyed. DSC01155
  • Is there a food you often crave for no reason?  Potato chips dipped in applesauce.
  • What was the last book you purchased? On vacation, I picked up a new-to-me mystery writer – John D. MacDonald – A Purple Place for Dying.
  • Where was your last vacation?  Spring Break in Napa and San Fran – the next one is Florida.
  • Do you shave your pits?  Yep – but what in the world possessed you to ask?
  • When was the last time you went out without a bra? It’s been a while, and it was in an evening dress that had built in support.  I wish I still fit into that dress (any part of it!)
  •  Have you ever broken a bone? Yes, I cracked my leg bone above the ankle just a couple of weeks after becoming a stay-at-home mom.  I was in a clunky blue boot for a month.
  • How do you like your eggs?  Lately, I’ve been having them over-easy for breakfast because it is quicker than scrambling.  But today I hardboiled half a dozen and made egg salad.  I love egg salad and deviled eggs.  We had some superb deviled eggs in Napa.  Their secret: tiny bits of diced sweet baby gherkin pickles – just like Mom used to add to her potato salad.  Loved it.
    That seems like a perfect sweet note to end this blog post on.