Saturday, July 26, 2014

I'm Never Here...

I'm sorry I'm never here.  On my blog, I mean.  I have resolved so many times to be a better blogger.  I like doing it.  I love sharing things.  I guess life gets in the way. (Good excuse, eh?)  I thought I'd jump back in by sharing what's going on in my life right now.

Right now...

I'm watching Frasier on Netflix.  I binge watch shows.
I'm learning more about photography and...
I'm wishing for a new camera.
I'm loving my month-old nephew Denver. I'm pretty much obsessed.  Ask my sister.  I think she's okay with it.  I hope.
I'm editing photos of brand new him.

I'm scrapbooking. A lot. Since Two Peas closed, I've been finding a new home and a new scrapbooking community on Paperclipping's new forum.
I'm listening to Coldplay's Magic on repeat.
I'm hoping you all have a good day!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

There's this pretty girl I know...

Nothing steals my heart like a sleeping baby.  If a baby falls asleep on me, don't ask me to move or give the baby up.  I'm not doing it.

My cousin has the most adorable baby with BIG beautiful eyes.  But the other day I found out that she is just as cute when she is sleeping.  She fell asleep in my arms, so naturally I carefully shifted to get my phone out of my back pocket so I could snap a pic for documentation.  And then I scrapbooked it.  Like I do.

And here are some detail shots:

I am obviously still loving the whole "thread nest" thing.  And scattering wood veneers. And paint splatters.  I am a creature of habit, I guess!

Call me crazy, but lately I've been scrapbooking in my bed after the kid goes to sleep.  I have a small kit of supplies (a basket with tools, roller stamps and embellishments & a cropper hopper holder thingy with my 12x12 paper pads + sticker sheets) that I pull from and I'm finding myself very productive.  It's a little bit tricky, but I like it.  And I can just watch YouTube or Netflix on TV while I do it.  Whatever works, right?

Do you have any tricks to keep you creatively productive?  I wanna know about em...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Me and Her + a video

Some of you may know that I have a kid.  Just one.  She is about to turn eight.  I have no idea where the time went.  Holy Moly!!  On a random note - I have a really cool photo shoot planned for her birthday photos, which I will share as soon as I take them.  Collaborating with my friend Erin of Floral Design by Erin and it's gonna be amazeballs.

Anyway...I've been lamenting the fact that she is growing up and trying to keep her little.  I told you that she's been sick right?  I have been making good use of the sick girl cuddle.  :)  I came across an older photo of the two of us that I had never scrapbooked and figured that it was about time. Plus I wanted to use some the Carta Bella Wildflower collection that I just got in the mail...

I seriously LOVE the color combo of the Wildflower collection and it even includes a version of the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid!

I found that the Maggie Holmes Flea Market collection pairs with it nicely and I layered some chipboard letter stickers on top of some hemp twine for my title.

I created a few layered clusters using some floral stickers from Wildflower, some gold foil stickers from Flea Market, more of that hemp, and a few enamel dots + a dark wooden heart from Studio Calico.

I created a kind-of "messy mat" for my photo with a few patterned papers from Wildflower and Dear Lizzy's Polka Dot Party.  I added a tab to each paper layer and I really like the way they look stacked like that!

Here is that other cluster I was talking about.  You can see that I made what looks like a little hemp pretzel or something to layer beneath that two peas exclusive flair badge.  This is a technique that I learned from a Glitter Girl video and I have been using it ever since!

I created a short little video to show you how I did it.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Horse Bite, a challenge, and a PSA

Hello people!  I am back!  I said I was going to blog about my crafty weekend endeavors on Monday, but I have a sick kid (still) so I haven't gotten a chance until now!  

Well, CHA just happened and I have to say that I'm excited about a lot of fun new products coming our way this spring!  Yay!  Two Peas in a Bucket usually has a CHA social with lots of challenges and chances to win new product, but they weren't able to do it this go round because of some personnel changes, etc.  Sad day. Well, new garden girl, Stephanie Bryan, stepped up and offered us all some challenges to get us thinking and inspired.  There were three, but I just chose the first.  

Here's the first CHA challenge! Be sure to link up your projects for this challenge in this thread.  

Recipe challenge: Use the following on any project....layouts, cards, Project Life spreads, mini album.... 

2-types of alphas 
3-patterned papers 

Have fun!!  

The challenges will close at the end of CHA on Tuesday at 12:00 EST. The winners will be chosen Wednesday and announced Thursday here on the boards. 

Here is what I created:

I have been wanting to scrapbook this story for a while now.  It was hilarious.  My sister-in-law Liz got bitten by a horse that she was trying to pet.  As you can see, she was standing right next to a sign that said, "Watch Out! I Bite!"  Yikes.

I used some Lily Bee tiny alphabet stickers and some Thickers for my Title.

I used stickers, enamel dots, washi tape, and a printed transparency as my embellishments.  Here you can also take a peek at that horrible bruise.  It just got worse with time...

This stamp set by Shimelle Laine was *perfect* for this page.  I filled in the spaces with some of my American Crafts roller phrase stamps.  Also please don't judge the really imperfect stamping.  I may or may not have been scrapbooking in bed with a sick child lying next to me...

And that thumb's down (or up, if you flipped it) transparency from Basic Grey was another wonderful addition. Haha!

This was a fun page to create and I really like the way that a challenge with certain parameters makes me think outside the box or do something a little bit differently than I normally would have done.  I also like when challenges come with prizes, so here's crossing my fingers. :)

Oh, and a PSA: Please read the signs posted near animal could save your life!! (Love ya, Lizzy!!)

I'll be back tomorrow with another page share and some fun tips!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

This will melt your Frozen heart...

Happy weekend!  Hope you are doing something fun!  I am going to continue to clean out my craft's kind of a mess...

Yikes!!  I am cleaning and purging.  Then I'm going to create!  I love creating in a clean room.  I'll share what I make on Monday.  Until then, have an awesome weekend!

Oh, and PS: On a totally random note, I just wanted to share this video.  If you haven't seen it yet, you are missing out.  Unless you hate totally adorable kids belting out their favorite song at the top of their lungs. :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Good Stuff

So, I was listening to the Paperclipping Roundtable (a scrapbooking podcast) a few weeks back and it wasn't the topic of the podcast, but somehow May Flaum got to talking about what pages in her scrapbook her and her family actually appreciate and love looking back on.  And I have to say it was a real eye opener for me.

May was talking about how she likes doing pages about her family and how much she loves them and how she's so glad they are in her life and blah blah blah.  She said that those were the pages she didn't really care about, looking back on them.  The ones that really stood out and that she and her family enjoyed looking at were the pages where they could say "Oh! Remember when so and so did that?" and "Oh man!  I forgot about that!  That was hilarious!", etc.

It really got me thinking, because I love doing reflective, feeling-based pages.  I think that's important.  But in the end, everyone is going to know that I love my husband and daughter.  What they will want to see is the good stuff.  The stories we tell over and over around the dinner table.  Things that made us laugh out loud and the quirky stuff that our kids did.

Things like the fact that Malia used to love worms.  And this time she put it in her pocket.  And he didn't make it.  And she thought it was sleeping.

Or that time we took a walk around Grandma's house in Idaho and Malia kept calling the little reflectors "lollipops".

(Sidenote: I miss Sassafrass!)

Or even just the small fact that Malia HATES having her photo taken.  It always requires bribery.

These are the stories I want told.  Don't get me wrong, I still like the fluff.  I'm still gonna do the fluff.  Because I like making pages about how I feel and about how much I love people.  BUT. My One Little Word this year is LOOK and I want to make LOOKing for the story part of my journey. There's been a lot less of that kind of scrapbooking around here lately, but that's going to change.  I want to scrapbook The Good Stuff.  After all, it's the "stuff" that makes me love them even more. :)

Do you have any scrapbooking goals for yourself this year?  I wanna hear 'em...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Out of the Bag + My thoughts on Scrapbooking

Guys, the scrapbooking industry is changing.  There have been many discussions in public scrapbooking forums and podcasts that discuss the question, "Is scrapbooking dead/dying?"  Well, since this is my own little piece of territory on the internet, I'm going to take it upon myself to let you know what I think. :)

I started scrapbooking when I was 12 in the 90's.  That was a long time ago.  Well, not that long.  Anyway...scrapbooking saw a huge boom in 2002-2004.  Everyone started scrapbooking.  What I think is happening is the same thing that happens to the gym in February. Everyone who is still committed and who loves it is continuing.  The rest are slowly dropping off.  And as a result, the industry is leveling off.  I don't think that scrapbooking is dying.  It's just changing.

If you haven't heard already, Archiver's, a brick and mortar scrapbooking chain, is going out of business. Sad day.  I have to admit that I do about half of my scrapbook shopping online so I guess I wasn't a very good customer either.  (I think that the whole internet thing has a big part of the change in the industry as well, but that's a whole other discussion.)  As a result of the store closing, huge sales are going on so I decided to go and see what I could find.  I didn't *need* anything of course, but I came away with a few goodies and decided to give myself a challenge to make a layout with only the supplies I bought that night.

From left to right: Alpha Stickers from Lily Bee Designs, Simple Stories Daily Grind Fundamentals StickersSimple Stories Daily Grind Expressions Stickers, Tag Paper from Crate Paper (can't remember which line!), Woodgrain by Kaiser Craft, Jamestown Vellum Paper from the Studio Calico Atlantic Collection,  Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher Refills, Little B skinny Gold striped washi tape, Fiskars Notebook Edge Punch.

I happened to be going straight to my Mom's afterward, so I had to work with what we had.

This is my Mom's box of random craft stuff.  I am just glad she had scissors and a glue stick.  I lucked out that she had string and thread.  She is NOT a crafty person. :)

I happened to have a bunch of small photos in my wallet to choose from.  Score!

I also had a cute post-it note pad and a red striped napkin holder from TGI Fridays maybe?  I dunno.

I won't lie.  These supplies were very tricky.  I usually use several pieces of paper (I like layering) and I like for things to have some dimension and texture.  But, I did it, and I don't hate the results!  Let me show you how I used everything...

I had actually planned on using the aqua woodgrain, but the brown just worked out better with the rest of my supplies!

I had no shortage of letter stickers, so that worked great for my title.  I used the back of the tag patterned paper, which had a nice light grey pattern, to mat my photo and used my notebook punch on the sides.  You can also see a bit of that thin washi tape underlining my title. :)

I layered my photos on the notebook post-it notes and then put those on top of two tags.  I used a bit of string from my mom's basket to tie them and secured the ends with staples.  It was quite arduous, as I had to poke the staples through the paper by hand and fold back the edges...but it was worth it!

I used a sticker for my journaling and layered it with some of the vellum and another post-it.  Malia happened to buy a red American Crafts Slickwriter at the Archiver's sale, so I used that for writing.  I was so glad for the staples and the thread because it lent a different texture to the page, and it needed it!

Here's a closer view of the tags and you can see where I layered in the stripey red napkin holder thingy. I put the vellum behind the photo cluster and see that aqua woodgrain?

I gutted the base page so I could get more use out of the paper!

Working with this small set of supplies, straight out of the bag, really opened my eyes.  I have A TON of stuff.  A TON.  I am creative enough to put it all to work.  Usually when I scrapbook, I like to have all of my stuff at my finger tips.  I feel the need to leaf through everything I have for the perfect papers, embellishments, and finishing touches.  It takes a lot of time.  I made this page in an hour.  That is super fast in my book, and I had fun doing it!

This industry might be changing, but for me, a die-hard, I will always enjoy cutting and gluing.  And as long as there are people like me out there, which I think there are (*fingers crossed*), scrapbooking will stay alive.