eating: fruit and cottage cheese, pita chips with hummus, and looking forward to cake tonight!
drinking: tea, my fave right now is Britannia’s Hot Cinnamon Rooibos.
wearing: too big jeans and tall boots. And ugly slippers.
feeling: cold and creative and productive – getting lots of arty and crafty things done lately!
weather: cold, cold, and more cold. What I think about winter right now is not polite for this blog…
watching: Modern Family, New Girl, Big Bang Theory – when I get a chance!
wanting: warm donuts (always!) and warm weather. Plus a clean Scrap Cave – where are the elves?
needing: not much, except a clean space to create!
thinking: about an hour with Suzette this afternoon and upcoming classes – I have a lot of work to do – gulp!
wondering: if winter will ever end this year (can you tell the cold is getting to me?)
wishing: I was on a warm beach somewhere, having fancy drinks under an umbrella. A deserted beach would be even better. 🙂
It’s Day in the Life today so lots of photos being taken around here – are you playing along too?
I’m the guest blogger over at Simple Scrapper today. This month the theme is Faster Scrapbooking and my post is all about my method to get a LO done fast.
As my friends can attest, I’m sloooooow so they’ve been amazed lately to see me pull together a completed project in an hour. And I’m going to tell you how I do it!
Go check it out and let me know what you think.
For this week, I pulled out some super old, 2008 or earlier old, Basic Grey (Bittersweet) and Scenic Route (Loveland) paper. Both are Valentine’s themed but I used them to scrap one of Miss M’s 4th birthday pics.
Once again I did a bunch of layers – really starting to get the hang of it now and loving it!
I stuck on some gold chevron washi tape:
and some Uniball Signo Gold gel pen:
Added some pink twine because Krista has me hooked on that technique:
finished it off with some hidden journaling (because, as usual, I forgot the journaling until the LO was done!):
and called it done!
I love how it turned out with the browns and pinks, perfect for my brown-eyed girl and her Strawberry Shortcake birthday cake!
The Paperie is next on the hop so head over there and see what they have!
If you want to start at the beginning and see all the “old made new again”, here’s the full list of participants:
I haven’t been on the ball at all since Christmas, but here’s to trying to get back in the groove! Hope you like some of these fun things I’ve spotted this week:
1. This tutorial for making your own feathers is awesome – I’m totally making a zillion patterned feathers for a project soon!
2. This is an awesome way to show off your pictures and make them useful at the same time – polaroid inspired coasters! I’ve made stamped coasters before but I think I’m going to have to try this DIY project out. Who doesn’t have pictures they love but are hidden away? Bring them into the light, my friends!
3. If you’re an instagram fan (and these days, who isn’t?) then you need to check out this deal. A 60 picture photo book and all you need to pay is the postage? Bring it on, I’m there! But it starts Saturday morning (February 23) and is only good for 24 hours so don’t wait!
4. I love Miss Four Eyes. If we lived close to each other and I actually knew her and was single and into girls, she might be the one. I haven’t told her that yet, she might think I was creepy or something. But love her, I do. And I especially love this post – I laughed out loud several times. (warning: She’s not your gentle, sweet, innocent blogger; she blogs in the nude. You’ve been forewarned if you choose to continue to her site and laugh hysterically.)
5. Keeping up with the funny – check out “8 New Punctuation Marks We Desperately Need.” Personally, I’ve been waiting for the sarcasm font but the Sarcastises will do just fine, thank you!
Have a fun and creative one!
Another year of the Yearlong Album class is about to start and I’m super pumped about this one! It’s going to be less monthly themed than in the past, though it will still work perfectly for documenting each month, and it’s going to be a fun mixed media journey!
For a teaser, I thought I’d show the cover page we’ll be doing for the album. I won’t get into all the details, I’ll keep those for class right now, but I love how it turned out!
As you can see, the cover page is on canvas, not paper!
We’ll be using stencils along with fun and different media…
There will be some great shimmer and layering…
And awesome texture!
The only thing not included in the class are all the wood veneer pieces since I really want people to personalize this LO. So, if you’re signed up, start hunting for bits and bobs that you want to add to make the cover page really you!
I’ve also just learned that there may be a kit or two left! We upped the numbers this year to make sure everyone who wanted to could take part and there’s still time to sign up! I’d love to see you there – it’s going to be an amazing, messy, creative, and wickedly fun year! Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this one!
My kiddies had a party to go to this past Sunday and at the last minute I realized that I didn’t have a card made – of course!
So I went looking through my stash and found…. nothing. Zip. Zilch. I was plum cleaned out. Of course.
But, I found a couple of great card fronts I had made months, maybe years, ago and forgotten about. And there was a perfect one for a party. I stuck it to a premade base and called it good.
For the life of me I can’t quite remember exactly how I made it but I believe it was Distress Ink pressed on a craft sheet, misted with Perfect Pearls (back before they made it in a mist form and we had to make our own – hard times!) and then the paper was swiped through the puddles.
I think I was testing out the different colours of the powder and seeing how everything reacted. The background is super shimmery blue, which I couldn’t get a decent picture of, and the flowers are all punched circles from scrap pieces that have a variation of Distress colours and mist. All the stamps are from a Papertrey Ink set.
I really like the end result so I’m thinking I may have to try it all out again and see what happens – at least I’ll have some cards ready for the next time I need them!
Yesterday was a fun one for 12onTwelve because we had an early Valentine’s party! Here’re the shots I got for the day:
1. M reading stories to G over breakfast
2. Saying goodbye to Daddy before he goes to work
3. Playing Lego
4. Making Valentine’s
5. The kiddies love the self timer!
6. Reading stories
7. Doing puzzles during naptime
8. Working on the Yearlong Album 2013 cover page
9. G and I made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies for the party
10. My Valentines!
11. Pavlova for a party treat
12. Almost forgot my selfie – got it at almost the last minute!
Did you take pics yesterday? Link me up in the comments- I’d love to see your day!
I have a home daycare. That means kiddies running around and kiddies mean parents with birthdays. And we always try to do something about birthdays around here!
Last week, one of the moms had a birthday and so her daughter (she’s two) and I sat down to make a gift. And I think it’s one of my faves so far!
Years ago I bought some great frames, I think they’re by EK Success, and of course, I forgot all about them. Such is the life of a crafter, hey? Anyway, I rediscovered them a couple of weeks ago and thought they would be perfect for this type of project. They’re actually primed canvas board frames, ready to alter, and I bought two different sizes – one has a 3.5×5 opening and the other, the one we used, has a 4×6 opening.
I sat Miss I down with some crayons and said, “Have at it!.” And she coloured up a storm, loving every minute of it! While she was doing that, I looked for a picture of her and couldn’t find quite what I wanted.
So we took a break and had a little photo shoot to get the pic I was wanting for the frame. Then she went back to colouring and I sat down to edit her picture and although I tried not to, I just had to add an Ali Edwards overlay from Designer Digitals. Love those overlays just a bit too much!
Once the frame was coloured, I printed and added the photo and we were done! It was super easy, meaningful for the mom, and a great project for a two-year-old.
Isn’t that the sweetest face ever? Love her.
If you want to re-create this and can’t find frames, I’d suggest a primed canvas. All you would have to do is mount the picture to the top after the colouring or painting is done and you have a fabulous gift for aunts, uncles, grandparents – something that would mean so much for those hard to buy people!
Let me know what you do for gifts from kids – I need more ideas!
And remember – today is 12onTwelve and Pancake Day – yummy!
A couple of days ago, Krista decided to join Cathie on her regular Monday post about using up her stash. Since I was working on a LO using super old product I asked if I could crash the party too and Cathie’s first Bash Your Stash blog hop was born!
I had this hilarious picture of Mr.G from Halloween, with an equally hilarious story to go along with it and had to scrap it, even though holidays are my most hated scrapbooking events. Unfortunately, this hatred does not extend to paper and so I have quite the collection of Halloween paper that is wasting away in the Scrap Cave. Time to put it to use!
As you can see, I’ve also been playing with layers. I love the look of them but it’s never been the way I scrapbook and so I struggle with it. But I think I’m starting to get the hang of it!
I really bashed the stash on this one – the papers are from Scenic Route, Carolee’s Creations for AdornIt, Scrapworks, and Making Memories. I also threw on some Scenic Route chipboard, word stickers, and rub-on arrows. I really want to use this stuff up!
There are some new things – a bit of washi tape, a flair badge, and those “so awesome I have them in every colour” October Afternoon letter stickers:
But overall, it’s old, old stuff. I mean, I know Scenic Route is long gone but I couldn’t even find paper for AdornIt or Scrapworks when I searched. Are they still around? Anyone?
If you want to check out some more amazing LO’s, make sure you go see what Cathie and Krista did with this challenge today. All of our styles are so different that it’s fun to see our work together!Cathie – with Coffee in Hand Krista – Confessions of a Twenty Something Artist
Are you a scrapbook hoarder (aren’t we all!)? I challenge you to Bash Your Stash and link up your projects in the comments – we’d all love to see how you make your old product new again!