Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

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!

Rae

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February…in January!

January 4, 2010

This is February, from the calendar I talked about last time. 

Now, using the home made calendar does take some getting used to.  It’s hard to coordinate the colors from one month to another.  Had I planned it a bit better, I would have printed all of the pictures in black and white, and used an overall complimentary scheme. 

I also used a new product, for me, though it was in the clearance bin at Archiver’s for 25% off so I don’t think it’s a new product to the rest of the free world, but I thought it was an awesome concept.  While I think that the concept is great, either I’m incapable of doing it correctly or it just didn’t live up to my expectations.  While the white glitter worked fine, and photographs great, in person, I’m not in love with it.  I tried other colors (like blue and pink) and they didn’t cover that great…same brand of glitter.  Also tried flocking it, and anything but white, and again, it washed out.  Overall, it’s not a bad product, though I’m glad that I bought it on clearance:)

Rae

Christmas cards from the past

December 28, 2009

I happened across these in my decluttering of the girls craft/scrapbooking area.  I give them all of my cast offs, to use the card stock, to play with, whatever they decide to do with them.  They are fun to look at and see what I’ve changed since.  Without further ado, here they are:

This was Christmas 2005.  Oh the problems I had with this card were NUMEROUS!  The intention for the silver overlay was to put silver embossing powder on it and really make it stand out.  Doesn’t work so well on velum.  So, I had to improvise, thus the above results here.  Then, the sentiment…oh, that one sure does get me!  I stamped it and then cut it…again, didn’t work out so well, and really, it sucks stamping a sentiment over and over again.  You get off kilter as you go.  I have issues taking straight pictures, let alone stamping straight!  I attached the girls picture underneath.  Now, I see the possibilities of what I could have done differently. 

Christmas of 2008.  Oh what a mess this one was!  I used my wishblade to cut those circles.  I lifted this off of a card that I had seen…but my thought was, I’ll use the wishblade to make the snowflakes.  After hours, literally hours, of trying to get the snowflakes to cut small enough to fit on those ‘ornaments’ I knew that I had to come up with something else.  This is what I came up with.  The embossing was horrendous, as all of the circles were already cut.  Those of you that did receive this card last year, I HOPE that I sent you one that was WAY cleaner than this one!  Ohh…and I had the entire set of 65+ cards last year assembled before I realized, I don’t have anything for the inside, minus the girls picture!  So I hand wrote our names, thus forcing me to have a plan for this year (puts you in the mind-set of punishment writing that teachers used to give us…reinforces the lesson!  Some merit to that apparently!)

This was my very first christmas card.  I had to save the best for last:)  December 2004, and my lovely, wonderful, ever-so-helpful friend Cyndi convinces me that I should make my own Christmas cards.  It will be SOOOO much fun, she says.  I believe her.  That year, I sent out 82 cards.  Do you want to know why I remember that?  Because that time is permanently etched into my brain as I sat at my kitchen table, until 4am trying to finish these up.  Embossing powder everywhere, trying to hear the newborn that was upstairs and didn’t like to sleep, trying to stay awake.  Oh, it was a lovely moment in time, let me tell you. 

However, this first card, with all of its mistakes and flaws (one MAJOR flaw was that I had to cut 2″ off each photo to get it to fit IN the card…what a HUGE pain that was!) was what set off the card making tradition.  I do enjoy it…after they are done:)

I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane with me.

Rae

A belated Christmas card…better late than never!

December 26, 2009

This years Christmas card wasn’t hard at all.  Unlike others, I can’t (read: UNABLE) to produce more than one send worthy card (even THAT is a little iffy!)  I usually start thinking about it in September, by October, I actually move to trying to create a card, and by mid-November, I have a good idea as to the card that I will send.  Unfortuantely, I can’t rely on the people in my own house to tell me if it’s ok or not, so sometimes, I just go with the first draft.  Other times, there are 8-20 drafts made, discarded, crumbled up, etc.  Those are the cards that the kids get to play with. 

This years card involved the following:  110 score lines, 220 punches of the scalloped punch, 55 scalloped jumbo circle punches, 55 small circle punches and 440 cuts on the paper trimmer.  All of that to produce 55 cards that resembled this:

Nothing spectacular, but do-able by all means.  And, for mass producing (I’m down to 55 cards at this point) this was a project that I finished in a little under 20 hours.  For me, that’s a record!  Normally, I spend about that trying to figure out what I wanted to do.  There are a couple of things I would have done differently, had I truly thought out the construction of the card.  I wouldn’t have scored the ‘pocket’.  Way too time consuming, and not very precise, on my part (scor-pal would have come in hand at this point in the construction!)  I would have purchased more than ONE silver marker to do the outline on my cream piece.  Not all the cards got this detail, as my marker started to die, and I wanted this project off of my list of things to do! 

Now, the sentiment, that is usally what hangs me up.  Will stop me dead in my tracks, with this gut twisting desire to scrap the entire card.  Instead, I used our Print Shop (probably 2.0…the thing is older than the computer!) and made a circle that was a tad bit smaller than the large circle punch I had, and I was able to get 20 on a sheet, and then just punched them out.  Now, one might ask, why didn’t you do that before?  I have, but it never came out clean.  It usually depending on me cutting them out, which is fine, if you take margins and dead print space into account…again, with the planning and thinking ahead. 

The picture that I slipped behind the ‘envelope’ I just matted on cream card stock.  I had grand illusions of putting a silver border on that also, however, with the above mention demise of said silver marker, that was not happening. 

Now, in years past, I wasn’t as prepared as I was this year.  I had all but about 15 cards completely assembled, so the night that I got the pictures, I was able to wrap up the project.  That was a huge load off of my shoulders and list! 

Next time, I’m going to show you some cards from the past!

Rae

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!

Rae

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!

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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:)

Rae

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. 

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