Friday, July 25, 2008

one of My Favorite scrapping subjects...

Four years ago I joined a special club: Women who are far too young to be Grandmothers: or in other word the WAFTYBiGs. Since becoming a member I have a new subject to scrapbook about and my layouts feature my adorable granddaughter. I've decided to share a few with you. First out are layouts of Eden's 2nd birthday party.

These layouts feature papers from K&Co.'s Margo line. The chipboard embellishments are from that line too. Then there is lined, scalloped paper, rub-on stitching, letters and lots of rhinestone accents.

Eden is clowning around here, wearing the rainbow-fro. I've layered papers from Martha Stewart as well as others I don't know who manufactures. Except for the background paper, all the layered papers were scraps or leftovers that I ripped to create the layers. Ribbons, rhinestones and letter stickers are from my personal stash. The big heart brad is from Around the Block and has a bling accents, as does the title.

This last layout is one of my daughters, Jess. The journaling is on a hand-cut star tag and reads: Sometimes sweet; sometimes sassy, always complicated; at a crossroads; smart, beautiful, talented. The papers are Basic Grey Sultry, with sticker letters and fibers from the line; Thickers foam letters, and some chipboard accents and layered flower. The felt butterfly is from Oriental Trading. There is a swirl stenciled on that I sprayed with Olive Vine Glimmer Mist.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

All camp all the time

I've spent most of my time lately creating layouts for camp challenges. I did want to scrap these photos of a recent trip to the zoo with my granddaughter so I guess it worked out for the best.

Outside of the studio I've made time to see Mama Mia, which I loved on Broadway and read Me & Mr. Darcy, a Jane Austen spin off. I guess I should mention that I am a big Austen fan. How coincidental that I should start Me & Mr. Darcy just before the movie version of Mama Mia, in which the most famous of the Mr. Darcy's happens to star as one of Sophie's potential dads. He was totally believable, Pierce Brosnan, eh, not so much. Didn't matter, the music is the fun part of the film.

Enjoy the zoo layouts.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I have conquered technology!

It is no secret that technology and I are not on great speaking terms. Awhile ago my photo-printer stopped talking to my computer and I haven't been able to retrieve photos from my camera. I have been able to print which was good enough up to a point. I spent more hours than I should admit making the interface work again. Yeah, I can now upload photos, tweak them a bit, post here and there as well as save them on my computer and on disk. I should have been cleaning my pantry but this was more important.

I've still managed to be creative. I am a member of Club Scrap and am currently in the Camp Yah- Hey-n-So, cabin three. Each week we are given a challenge and create layouts using primarily Club Scrap supplies. Each cabin posts their layouts, points are calculated and winning cabins receive discounts from Club Scrap. I put together 3 two-page layouts for this week's before and after challenge. My subjects were strawberries turned into jam and the "jam-isms" that we came up with as we got tired of looking at strawberries; Christmas before the opening and after the opening of gifts-even with only four kids at the time we still made a mess; and before and after my brother had a meal at Texas Roadhouse.

In addition to the challenge layouts we can post any layouts for single points. This week we also had an Arts & Crafts challenge and made cards. I made about 15 so far, I'll post some of my favorites. Then I really need to get to my pantry so I can play guilt-free some more with my paper.

This card is Club Scrap paper from the Matrix collection with Stampin' Up stamps.
Many thanks is another Stampin' Up stamp on Sparkle and Ivory Elegance papers.

For you is on Chapter One papers with Clear Stamps (flower and sentiment) and hardware from Stampin' Up. Thank You is on A Study in Red papers with Stampin' Up flowers. All inks are from Stampin' Up. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Brand New Blog/Brand New Blogger

Here goes folks. I have been looking for an avenue to share my love of paper-crafting, scrap-booking, card-making, collage, and book-making for some time and I've finally taken this very first baby step. It feels more like a giant leap off a tall building without a safety net anywhere in sight. This is nothing new to those of you who have been blogging for awhile, give me time to get my feet wet and feel comfortable jumping in.

As to creativity today, there basically was none other than the choices needed for this blog. I did take my twin teen sons and myself out for hair styling(me) and cutting(them). We went to a local tech school and I got my long, wavy hair washed, cut, styled, dried, straightened and a facial for $2.; son got a cut & highlights for $8; the other a buzz cut for $1. Not bad. More money for paper. We also had lunch, then off to music lessons and errands. Now it's time to make a nice dinner for my husband who celebrates his birthday today.

For those in the Philadelphia area who may see this today or tomorrow, I'm teaching Technique Tags at Stacie and Gracie's Scrapbook Shoppe all day Friday; 12:30-7:00. It takes about 30 minutes to learn several new techniques and only costs $5.00 for all the materials. You don't bring a thing. For the month of July we're going grungy, the techniques will all revolve around the use of grunge board. S&G's is located on Bethlehem Pike in Erdenheim(between Chestnut Hill and Flourtown). You can check out the website:
If you come and mention this blog, I'll be thrilled. Might even share a whole untouched piece of grunge board with you. This will repeat every Friday in July. Check out the other classes S&G has to offer.

It's off to make that birthday dinner. Happy Birthday Honey.