07 March 2014
For this first one, I just cropped lots of old snapshots from an early baby brag book. I really like the play of patterns here, and the fun little touches on the file tabs up top. Great stashbusting of old brads employed here. This sketch is one that could be used over and over again, I think.
For this second single page I used class materials but the design is my own, except for the journal card idea there in the center. I pulled the bicycle die-cuts from my stash. I have supplies left for one more companion page that still needs finishing. I wonder if the honeycomb washi tape will appear on it too. You'll have to wait and see.
04 March 2014
|Story:||Some of the first snapshots in my son’s baby photo album were about the preparation for his coming. There is always lots to do for that first baby. These shots show the sign on the door when we brought him home from the hospital and his nursery. There were special memories about the nursery that I wanted to preserve, like the fact that his Grandma made some of the decorations.|
|Style:||I used a bokeh print of soft pastel spots, keeping with the nursery theme, for my background. I love this paper by Allison Kreft for Websters pages; perhaps you remember seeing it before. I had also used it as a background there, the balance of white space on this particular pattern is so good. (I might even have one sheet left, although the rest of my January kit is kaput.) |
The dots might call to mind confetti which would be perfect for a celebration of the birth of a child. Because the bokeh effect spreads in all directions, I chose to provide strong borders for the pictures with stickers and crocheted lace in complementary pastel shades. Although the borders are straight, they are softened by the materials and colors I used.
|Stash:||Paper, Websters Pages; Cardstock, Stampin Up; Lace, We R Memory Keepers; Chipboard, American Crafts; Stickers, Hambly Studios; Buttons, Crate Paper.|
28 February 2014
Today we delve into the mystery of why I could not “kill” my February Counterfeit kit. I am a serious scrapper and experienced counterfeiter, aren’t I?
Hmmm . . . that is a mystery. Let’s call in Miss Marple to see if she can put her finger on the problem. Over a nice cup of tea, I reveal to her that I truly had such fun being back as a guest designer for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Those ladies simply rock!! Although February is a short month, the shortest month, in fact, as a Guest Designer I was given a head start.
Yes, I was also working on LayOut A Day, but that should have been a help, not a hindrance. I did complete all three challenges and ended with 6 from my kit layouts and 2 cards. Still, the kit hasn’t drawn its last breath. There are others who’ve done much much more.
Well, my dear, she’s say, you did start with a pretty ambitious kit. See there. And it’s so very red, isn’t it? Were you perhaps overly optimistic that your counterfeiting skills hadn’t diminished over time by neglect?
Did you stray from your kit too much? Averting my eyes, I downplay grabbing another kit, stating that it complemented this one very well. And it was much less red.
Did you really try your best? She’d ask ever so sweetly reaching for a slice of cake, and waiting patiently for me to offer more explanation. Well, I’d say, a little but not too indignantly, in order to get around to using everything, I employ a little trick. As I use items from embellishment packs I set the packs aside to add the remainders back to my stash later, they remain at hand still in limbo. I know what I have used and what I still need to work on. Hmmm . . . she’d murmur softly, reaching for another slice and mulling that over.
Meanwhile her Christie counterpart, Hercule Poirot would appreciate the order and method to my approach. In fact, he’d applaud my sharp eye and powers of observation that allowed me to add in other coordinating supplies throughout February. Passing on tea, because I have no herbal on hand for a tisane, he would investigate the scene of the crime straightaway to see what evidence remained.
He would not see, nor be duly impressed, by all those small scraps already added to my scrap bin. He would spy that there were 3 sheets from my kit that did not get cut – two by My Mind’s Eye and the one below by Amy Tangerine. He would want know know more about my methods. Adamant about my effort, I related how I tried the MME’s with several photos during the month. They just didn’t work – perhaps it was the papers’ muddy hues.
After further probing, he would deduce that the reason Amy Tangerine’s file and fold sheet didn’t get used, is that it was not what I thought it was, a page of perforated chevron stripes. No, it is a sheet with many small right angle perforations which does not separate completely into pieces. This to my mind, but probably not to his “little grey cells”, was not at all the same. Perhaps he would volunteer Hastings, or better yet Miss Lemon, to help me with the legwork to research how this product could, should, would be used by those in the know.
"C´est ça!" he’d declare, and consider the case solved. Another triumph for him, if not for me. At this point, I prefer to leave this sheet sitting on my desk until I reach my own "C´est ça!" moment.
Lest you think Hercule superior, I must tell you that to her credit, Miss Marple also suggested that I ask around the village if any of you have the File and Fold sheet and how you might have used it. Do tell, my dears.
In fact, now let me play detective and pose a question to you: What was the last product that you were bumfuzzled about how to use? Did you eventually use it or not? Maybe now is the time?
27 February 2014
Oh my, hasn’t February just flown by. Unlike January, I have been more focused. Not of my own accord – but because of LayOut A Day. I’ve really wanted to scrap every day so I was diligent in getting all the mundane every day things done in a timely fashion. (I’ve slept less, delegated more.)
I completed 21 pages this month – by happily digging into the pictures of my kids when they were little and using old class layouts and partial kits. My scrap bin is full, my waste bin too. I have tossed 5 or 6 empty kit bags. It was invigorating and stimulating to be immersed in so much paper so often.
Another fun experience was being back on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge team as a guest designer --more on that in tomorrow’s post. Speaking of posts, I’ve blogged about every other day this month – it seems I quite like chatty typing and photo sharing!! I bet you do too.
On the homefront, it’s been a mixed bag with weather than ranged from near zero wind chills to days warm enough to spawn tornados just 40 or so miles away. Both the furnace and the hot water heater take exception to drastic swings in temperature, luckily with no lasting ill effects.
Early in the month friend L and I were calling each other daily wondering when we would get out and about so we could cure our cabin fever. Finally, last week we got away for a day of shopping, antiquing and lunch. Not many purchases were made, but we felt giddy with liberation. I was lucky to spy the second volume in a series of mysteries I started last year.
Speaking of books, I’m bogged down in the middle of my January book club book – it’s reading a little too much like newspaper accounts and not enough like a continuing story. Take it from a woman who used to work at a newspaper. (Do note that they would never let me write.) I have yet to start February’s book as the month is fading away. March is right around the corner – oh golly.
March promises to be pure madness, and not just because college basketball tournament season will be here and the menfolk will ignore everything else. I have quite a list of projects needing to be done. Don’t tell anyone that I made the list during bible study last Sunday.
Which reminds me, Lent is almost upon us. Instead of giving up something, I think I’m going to start a new positive habit. I’ve not decided upon one yet – there are so many possibilities (I need improvement on so many fronts). Maybe I can narrow down that list in this Sunday’s bible study. (Tsk, tsk, S. Shame on you! Maybe there’s a better time for listmaking?)
Well, I am going to leave it there. I hope to see you in March – maybe not so often. Now, I’m off to see who else is having tea with Abi @ Creating Paper Dreams.
26 February 2014
Luckily I didn’t have that same problem with my last layout. Yesterday Lain prompted us to “roll the die” on the order in which we put together a layout using these categories: photo, title, design, story, little things, paper.
Those are listed in the order they fell for me. I started out with the photo, then the title "I love art". I concocted a simple design using most scraps. To add to the story I used quotes. I had laid it all out on a white background and then switched to this heart paper (from my counterfeit kit) when the little things included some hearts - and lastly I adapted my title to I Heart Art. Oops, I see now that a little red heart fell of the page between the studio and the den where I snap the pictures for the blog. Still, this was a good page for using up scrap strips and old bits (now there’s a snappy title!).
I quite like how this turned out, although I wish I had looked for a simple outlined heart to stamp with instead of doodling. Oh well, doodling is more “artsy”. (That’s my story anyway.)
Speaking of story, can you believe I managed four 12 x 12 layouts from a single weekend getaway – here’s another. The title on this one ties into the postcard attached.
Clearly, hubby is going have to take me away much more often. Somebody should tell him that!! Correction -- someone should hand him a shot of fine single barrel Kentucky bourbon and tell him that. (wink, wink)
The rest of this week’s schedule has been co-opted by things I had not planned on when I made the bold statement (just 3 posts ago) about doubling up on layouts for the rest of February. You do know better by now than to listen to my wild claims, right? Does that keep happening because I’m an optimist; or could we just chalk it up to how quickly things can change in this crazy world. Yes, the latter must be it. (At least, that’s my story.)
And because it’s Wednesday, I’ll leave you with a quick shot or two of the studio. Let’s hope this is a busy spot for the next 3 days. I can always clean it up in March. (Yep, that’s a story too, and I’m sticking to it.)