Sunday, April 29, 2012

Family Reunions

Don't come along all that often in our family so when they do, it is something very special!  Last summer everyone on Mr B's side of the family assembled at a farm in Alberta for 3 very quick days together.  There was more fun had than should even be legal.  And the best part?  No one died!  You'd understand how noteworthy that is if you saw some of the craziness that was got up to!!  Only moderate amounts of Tylenol 3's were required for complete recovery!

I made an apple ibook of the event for all the members of the family to look back on.  It contains the best 140 photos of the 1000+ that were taken!!  (Professional and amateur photographers abound in this family!)  But I wanted to scrap some of the photos as well...some of my favorite shots.  In the end, they didn't all fit in this album, so guess what!?  I'll still be able to scrap some more!  Phew!

The thought of running out of photos to scrap wakes me at night in a cold sweat!!

For this album, I tried Heidi Swapp's fun technique for back to back binding.  No coils or's a very sleek look because it provides you with full width pages as your canvas.  I chose the paper line Follow Your Heart, Be Happy (My Mind's Eye) from Love is in the Details.  What I especially love about this line is that the designs don't require much more added in embellishments to create a really pretty page.  And have you noticed how those papers can be cut in half horizontally without losing anything from the design above or below??  So that's what I did.  Then I scored each "page" vertically at the 4.5" or 7.5" mark, so every other page is either shorter or longer than it's mate.  Hows that for completely confusing!?

Let's take a look....

The cover has a Making Memories metal bookplate from my old stash, as well as some Jenni Bowlin hexagon stickers, a Prima butterfly and Melissa Frances star die cut.  (The Melissa Frances 5th Ave line, also available at LiitD, coordinates really beautifully with this My Mind's Eye line.)
 See how every other page is shorter than the one beside it?  The back of each page is glued to the back of the next one.  That's what holds the book together and what makes each page open flat as well.
More Melissa Frances die cuts, a Sizzex leaf die cut from book paper, and some miscellaneous bits and pieces that were laying on my desk!  Happy accidents!
Between the right hand short page and the one it's glued to, I stuck a misted fabric ruffle from Pink Paislee.

See how little I've added to each page and yet every page looks balanced and complete!
Washi tape and a Prima butterfly.
 This short page got a ruffle made of dictionary paper sewn into the edge with two tags adhered back to back to form a page tab.  Sort of.

 More My Mind's Eye chipboard goodness!
 I added some minimal colored splatters with Mr Huey spray inks.
 A few more embellishments and this mini book is almost done!!

 And we can't forget to adorn the back cover of the book too.  If it doesn't move, it gets something cute stuck to it!!
Thanks for stopping by to check out my mini, and thank you to Lori for her generosity to her design team!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Some Oldie Moldies...

Been cleaning up a little bit and tidying here and there, and I unearthed these layouts that I did waayyyy long time ago and haven't posted yet!  (That would go a little ways to explaining the winter/snowflake theme)  Probably didn't get around to posting them because they weren't for any specific DT challenge.  Crazy, that!

So without further ado.....  Sweet Abby girl.  My daughter-in-law's niece.


Frosty Photo son and his girlfriend.
 Love those yummy homemade satin and organza flowers!!

And finally....Lunch al Fresco....a vintage photo of my grandmother and us siblings having lunch in the backyard...a big deal for me at that age!  The burlap flowers on this layout are handmade, the leaves are stamped on card stock and cut out, and I used my polka dot stencil with some paint (as I recall!).  

Thanks for stopping by again!!  Always love to see you!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Red and White

Red and white is a very happy color combo in my opinion! So I loved this week's challenge at Polka Doodles!! Here are two cards I made using their papers and images!

The spring card is made with paper and images from the Sundae of Seasons cd. (Also used my new Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder!)
And!? I just got some new Copics! The 2012 colors. Which made me want to play. So I printed off this image from the Sugar Plum Daisy cd and colored! The paper is from the Magical Winter 1 cd. It was grade school all over again!!
Be sure to stop by the Polka Doodles blog to check out all the inspiring red and white examples and then link us up to YOUR creation for some fun prizes!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Time to tidy up and catch up....

First off, I've posted the April Trend watch challenge over at Love is in the Details! At first I was thinking it might be hard to come up with a new trend or two every month to highlight, but things evolve so quickly with all that creativity out there, that I've stopped worrying! This month it was about the paper doilies and crepe paper.
Paper doilies add just that extra dollop of cute to pretty much any project and crepe paper is a blast from my past!! We used to use that stuff to make EVERYthing!! From streamers at bday parties to folded flowers for our bike parades! I love the crepe paper ruffles that are popping up on layouts and cards too. For my layout I used a crepe paper strip about 1" wide and sewed a long stitch line on one edge. When you pull the top thread, it pulls the whole strip into a tight ruffle that forms a rosette very easily. Adhere a button or chipboard embellie over the hole and you have a quick and cute embellishment!
This layout shows two photos of my parents standing in front of the house I was raised in. They've lived there since just before I was born. They STILL live there. Soon they'll need to be moving but at this point they've now become the people who've lived on that street the longest!!

Scrap Your Crap has a new challenge up and it was the teeniest bit challenging for me!! To use only paper on a layout. No bought embellishments, not even manufactured alphabets!
Well it was only laziness that was holding me back... Once I pulled out the alphabet dies I have and hardly ever use, I was off and running! Add some paper punches, a fussy cut branch and leaves from some My Little Shoebox paper and a Hero Arts and Sizzex bicycle stamp and die and it all came together pretty quick.
I had to try my hand at something new with the confetti, which was fun to adhere. After punch a selection of patterned papers with the Swiss Cheese punch, I "swiped" a glue stick in the approximate area I wanted the confetti and then just poured the bits on. What stuck got to stay, what didn't got dumped off to try again in another spot!! Kinda fun!!

And one more challenge and layout! Challenge Me Happy's new challenge is to take your inspiration from this photo! Bright and cheerful, huh?
I loved the colors and I used supplies sent to me by the nice people at The Scrappin Patch!
Love the white on white of the alphabets and card stock, but to prevent them completely disappearing into the background I (carefully) outlined them with a Micron pen!
The photos are of a bunch of kids who are grown and married and have kids of their own now. Some of them. Craziness!! I guess that's what can happen between 1985 and now.

Thanks for stopping by to check things out... check back again soon for more housekeeping!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's time to say Farewell....

And that's never fun to do....

I've had a wonderful year as a member of the design team at My Little Shoebox and the decision not to re-apply did not come easily. I have loved working with, and getting to know the other designers and I'm so grateful to Helen Chu for providing me with an amazing opportunity!! The creating side of this past year has been so much fun, but the relationships that have been formed have been even more rewarding. But thanks to Facebook and the intranets, we know that will just continue!!

For my last month's assignment, I created these layouts, and a card using the Up in the Trees line. It goes without saying that there is so much cute-ifulness in this line that you could make an endless number of great projects!!

This red polka dot paper is just perfect for a layout of my daughter's 7th birthday, back in the Strawberry Shortcut Dolls era! I used the round die cut paper edges, some paper brads from Candi, and my faithful sewing machine for this happy memory!

Fresh baby kittens uses the fabulous wood grain paper with HEART grain!! How awesome is this!? For some flat design elements, I used the die cut flower shape and didn't roll them up! Love how versatile these lines and elements are!

The round die cut paper edge got used again for this layout! I cut out the inside circle in order to have the center match the outside perfectly! I also added some more heart stickers dangling from the tree, and sewed them on for unity. A multi-layered mat and a paper doily keep the focus on the photos.

And finally, a card using the heart stickers, some more paper brads, and a paper doily as well as banners from the die cut sheet, and the journal paper!
I want to wish the new design team, newbies and returning members alike, another fabulous year of creativity and fun with all the great designs that My Little Shoebox keeps bringing out!!