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Change of Pace, part 2

January 11, 2010

Page number three was a no-brainer.  Just added a butterfly rub-on and called it a day. 

The clear albums allow you to use the less is more rule since by the time you get to the end, you can see an awful lot of the embellishments from the rest of the album.

Had I really thought how the rub-on was going to lay on between the picture and the album, I wouldn’t have put it there, but it’s not horrible in person:)

Sorry for the terrible picture!  Apparently I rushed through that page!

These little felt flowers were terrific for this project!  Same place that I bought the felt boarder, and I just added some gems to them.  Great, easy embellishment that was quick!

And, the final page:

Those who know my scrapbooking style know that I DO NOT ever write in my own books.  I know, it’s important, that generations from now will appreciate it, however, I just can’t.  So, I felt like it was important to do it here.  Now, you know why I don’t do it:)  I can’t ever write in a straight line!  I’m sure a handwriting expert can come up with the real reason, but none the less, it’s there forever and ever.



Change of Pace

January 9, 2010

I did another acrylic album and these are probably my favorite to do!  This was for my oldest daughter for Christmas.  It was suppose to be for Valentine’s day…but my road to hell is paved with good intentions.  I did this album in under an hour and it was a blast.  It’s always nice to sprinkle in the quick projects with the never ending scrapping.

Because of the nature of the album, I kept the cover simple.  I wrote her name with stickles (I copied a stamp for the M and then freehanded the rest) and added three rhinestone flowers that I bought when I bought the album 2+ years ago at the Scrapbook Expo in St. Charles. 

I used some felt die-cuts that I bought at the expo last year.  While they are a terrific idea, I had a difficult time with them keeping their shape with all the little swirls and thin pieces.  I think that I paid a dollar for it, and I would probably buy them again, at that price, I would just have to mentally be prepared for fighting to get it laid down the way that I think it should be.  I also had imagined that when I put it on the other side, that it would match up.  Thankfully, it’s a clear glue, but it still gives it a much more cluttered look than I would have liked.

This is my favorite picture!  She knows that this isn’t the real Santa (this is the Holiday World Santa) yet she still believes and thinks that this guy has some really strong connections to the big guy!

I’ll post the rest of the pictures later this week!


Happy Holidays

December 18, 2009

Here are some out takes from our most recent Christmas card session…

They are silly but I sure do think they are wonderful!


Better late than never…right?

March 26, 2009

Ok…so, it’s almost been a month, but it’s not like I’ve been NOTHING for the last month.  Almost exactly a month ago, I went out scrapping for the night.  I got 4 layouts semi done, and while I loved what I did, I haven’t done a single thing with them (like finishing the journaling or the titles, or even adhered the pictures on the last one!)  I hurt my elbow…to the point where it hurt to extend my arm, that’s healing nicely, without the help of a doctor:)  Added to my pain, was twice weekly karate sessions, brownies, tumbling and softball conditioning, and well, didn’t leave a lot of me time.  We’re down to two things again, and I’ve been encourage to resume blogging.  So, I’m going to pick up where I left you last month.

My journal!  I love it!  Though I do need to make a couple of minor adjustments for it to be fully functional, I’m very pleased with the end result.  Here is is in all it’s glory:


I inked up the edges with a cats eye because I figured that it’s going to be distressed anyways after a couple of days in my purse.  Notice the prima’s?  Yeah…they aren’t suppose to be there, but I mispunched my holes…you can see those here:


That’s the back of the book.  Anyways, no mistakes, just a chance to embellish right?  That’s what I’m going for!

So, I added three sections…along with dividers that I have the intention of putting pockets, we’ll see if I get around to that!


I also have a calendar and notes section.  I’m so very pleased, minus the mistakes that I made, but I could see myself making more of these.  It was pretty quick, and putting in the fixes that I didn’t factor in the first time around would make it even quicker!

What I would do differently:

  1. I wouldn’t use liquid adhesieve (too long of a drying time and caused some bubbles/bumpiness).  Just a good sticking tape and running it everywhere!
  2. Make sure that I punched the holes either evenly across the project or barring that I wouldn’t want to have to figure that out (and the front embellishment might hinder that) I would make sure that I had the project in order so when I was punching holes I knew that they were all lined up.
  3. Pockets on the dividers since I’m always looking for a place to stick things…oh, an even better idea would be to have ‘envelope’ files in there to house those little papers/receipts/etc. that I’d like to be able to find later!
  4. I would add ribbon…so maybe use papers that I had some ribbon that would work.  Again, that whole thinking it out prior to making the first cut!

Ok, so preplanning isn’t in my nature, and my ideas in my head are always better…believe me, it looked AWESOME in my mind, but I’m still happy that I accomplished it, and that I now have something great to pull out and let people tell me how awesome it is (again, that whole in my mind thing!) 


PS…It feels great to be back:)

Stepping out of my comfort zone

February 28, 2009

So I’ve been wanting to make a journal for myself.  Though I realized that a journal was probably not going to be utilized all that often.  I needed something with a little more structure (the inside usefullness of it).  I’ve been mulling this over in my free time, which is to say, that I’ve been laying in bed at night thinking about it, and how I could make it work for ME.  This is what I have come up with so far:

  1. It needed to have sections
  2. Notes, to do lists and a calendar
  3. It needed to be refillable

I knew that if I was going to spend time on it, I was going to need to make it refillable, which was going to leave my Bind-it-all out of the picture.  So, I’ve spent some time on the cover and have done some embellishing of them.  Here is what it looks like so far…well, the front cover anways!


This is one of my favorite papers from piggy tales…snow white and the 7 dwarfs.  I painted some chip board, and added some bling.


This paper is unbelievably thick!  Strength was what I needed for this project, as I’m sure it’s going to get some wear in my purse!  I’m hoping to finish this up tonight, when I’m out for my scrapping night.


An old technique

February 27, 2009

but new colors!  I’ve had embossing paste for a couple of years (maybe 3-4).  HAD to have it.  Then it sat with the rest of the stuff, because well, I didn’t have everything that I needed!  LOL!  Have you ever used embossing paste?  It has a great effect on the cards, but wow, it can be a pain. 

Embossing paste is used with a stencil.  I’ve only seen it with the brass stencils, but I’m sure that it would work with other stencils.  You smear it on like frosting…take off the excess, and you have a raised stencil of whatever image you’re using.  I happen to use it with a coordinating stamp that I have, but I’ve also seen it with chalks etc.


I also added some glitter to it while it was still wet.  Depending on the amount of paste that you use will depend on the drying time.  It’s a substantial amount of time though (the amount that I used takes about 2-3 hours to completely dry).  And, the cleanup is a pain in the rear!  You have to really scub that stuff off the stencil. 


Think of the possibilities with the embossing paste?  Besides the fact that it comes in numerous colors (I have translucent and white)…You could do a reverse emboss, spreading a sheet of it, and putting a stamp INTO it.  Just using it for a raised embossing.  You can put chalk under it.  Beads and glitter.  Stickles.  The list is endless.  So, for all of the pain that it can be, it’s worth it!


Christmas, 2006

February 23, 2009

Another holiday down!  Feels so great to have another layout complete.  I took some advise that I had read in Scrapbooks Etc.  I can’t recall who it was, even the article and/or month, but the jist of the article was, just because you have 25 pictures of an event of that time period, doesn’t mean that they ALL have to be scrapped!  Even if they ARE great pictures!  So, I took that advise here!  I combined the christmas card picture along with the pictures from Christmas and came up with this layout!


I love the new Bazzill ribbon that I picked up, and feeling the need to actually USE some of the new stuff that I had gotten, brought me to this color scheme.  Plus…I love the glitter paper stack that I bought about 2 years ago (I’m embrassed to say that I’ve had the paper that LONG!)

I promise no more cold holiday layouts for at least two months:)


I even used the wishblade to get the title down.  I’m having such a rough time with titles these days.  They don’t come easy and I’m having difficulty placing them. 


Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 22, 2009

Ok…so, it’s a week late, but we’ve been busy here!  Between karate, work, homework, Brownie’s and tumbling…the last week flew by!  Our Valentine’s Day was terrific!  We all got chocolate, and both of the girls got flowers from Dad.  Not just any flowers though…flowers that they got to plant (which to both of the girls is the best thing around!)  Maggie had made mention the week before that she LOVED when Dad bought her the mini-rose plant last year, so he tried again this year.  He couldn’t find the rose plants this year, but the girls were just as happy!



Halloween in February

February 14, 2009

So, still plowing through the 2006 pictures, and I’m finally to Halloween!  Good thing right?  Not so much when you’re not prepared with appropriate papers/embellishments.  So, I do what I always do when it’s too time consuming to run to a LSS…punt and pray for rain.  This is what I ended up doing. 

First, I turned to my trusty Scrapbooksetc. Page Planner.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. 


My last two pages have been lifted out of this book.  While neither of them have come out even remotely close to the original, they gave me a terrific starting off point and the less time I have to sit and figure out how to put them on the paper, the more time I can spend on other things…like stitching and journaling!  So, I used this sketch and just turned it on it’s side because my pictures didn’t fit into the layout.


I also didn’t go with traditional halloween colors, because, I had no choice.  I really do like to tackle these older pictures in chronological order (I’m sure that there is some official disorder name for this…I just consider it my nutty side) so that I can be DONE with them.


I think maybe I missed the boat on the title on this one…it just didn’t seem to fit in anywhere, nor did I have the urge to pull out the wishblade to create a title. 


P.S. If you have a blog with a Valentines day theme project (current or old), go to and check out their Blog Carnival!  You have until the 12th to submit your link, and they will post the links on the 13th!

One of my favorite papers!

February 11, 2009

That’s saying a lot.  I own paper…lots and lots of paper.  Mostly solids, but I’m expanding out to prints.  I usually will buy print (unless it’s Piggy Tales…then I have to own that ASAP!) when I’m at a LSS and have something specific in mind.  When I saw this paper at Archivers by Heidi Swapp, I had to have it.  It’s beautiful.  It’s textured…with flock like ‘stuff’ (great adjective huh?)  Makes you want to touch it, and posses it, and never ever ever USE it…especially at $2.49 for one piece!  Look at the texture on this paper!  I wish you could FEEL it!  Amazing I tell you!


So, what does one do when they have this amazing paper and no pictures that do it justice?  Make your kids play in the snow!  So, we spent a Sunday morning playing in the snow, and I must have taken 50 pictures…hoping to get those amazing shots that would make the amazing paper even more wonderful! 


I think that this picture does it justice.  The poor child was freezing, and I was begging for 10 more minutes!  I added the title that I made using one of my sizzlet fonts and chipboard pieces…added some versamark brilliance ink and some bling, and I was set.


If you notice, I screwed up the journaling.  So, I had to do some improvising, and a little punch to cover part of the smudge that I also did, and voila, complete. 

So, I managed to use paper that scared the daylights out of me (I really did think I was going to screw it up!) and complete it in less than an hour…record time!