Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A fresh perspective

Don't you just love it when you come across things that make you think?

Today I happened upon a message thread on Two Peas with a link to a guest blogger post by Shimelle Laine on the Ali Edwards blog. After watching the accompanying video I was prompted to write some journaling about being a scrapbooker.

At the moment it's in the form of a concept in a digital layout, but eventually it will make it to paper and I'll artsy fartsy it up.
Click to bigify.

As I was playing with the digital file, I happened to think about making the journaling itself into something that I could frame for my scraproom. Hmm...and I'm also thinking it might be good on a t-shirt too...

Grab it and make it a badge in your siggy or blog. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

They like me? They really, really like me?

Wednesday, when I was having a "Vitamin D deficiency has me down" kind of day, I decided to do some very important computer work from the sofa. This included writing up some blog posts and processing photos of some layouts I'd done for the Two Peas in a Bucket CHA Challenges.

Because I was in such a hurry to do nothing, I actually didn't get them uploaded to Two Peas until Thursday.

Well imagine my surprise when I headed over to the gallery Friday night for a little creative eye candy surfing and found that my "Yankee Doodle Girl" layout was in the top 3 by "most liked" and by "bookmarks." Last time that happened the page got requested by CK. Perhaps I should check out their current calls. (Hmmm... do I dare hope for a similar future?)

Oh wait, the Tim Holtz layout actually went to Tim Holtz, so it'll be a little hard to send that one off for publication unless I make a replica. Anyway. Moving on.

I of course immediately shared the news on Facebook because well, without any kiddies (furbabies or otherwise) it's just about the only exciting to happen in my life that's worth sharing. Well, that and when I catch Lance out with Betty. But really, that hasn't been exciting since I caught him on our anniversary last year.

Then my good friend Linda pointed out that I actually now had 2 of the top three layouts by "most liked" and by "bookmarks." Which I, of course, had to screenshot for posterity and share with you here.

Whenever I receive positive comments on my challenge posts, I always secretly wonder if they're sincere or just the challenge hostess(es) being nice.

I don't know why, but I'm always surprised when people actually like my work. But then, aren't artists supposed to have a healthy dose of self-doubt? I'll have to think about that one.

By the time I finished this post I'd been bumped, but it was fun while it lasted!

Friday, July 22, 2011

A layout using... a hammer.

I mean every girl needs one of those to finish her page, right?

First, let me explain.

I sat down to do a lovely fourth of July layout of my adorable, little niece. Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that I only had two sheets of the October Afternoon paper I needed (I know, I know... you're wondering how that can even be possible!? I was wondering the same thing, actually.) None-the-less... I didn't have enough in the 12x12 size, and the 8x8 tablet pages were just too small.

So here I was, needing 2 pieces of barn wood, and one piece of banners, but only having two sheets total. Darn those double-sided papers!

Trying to embrace my new "use what you have" motto I quickly began scanning my inventory of supplies to figure out how to create barn board strips for my layout. Fortunately, I had some Tim Holtz Grungeboard sheets that were perfect for the job. (More on that in a later post.)

After painting those out it was time to attach the 'barn wood" to the layout. But, as every good mid-western farm girl knows, you don't hold a barn together with Zip Dry, you need nails. 

"Nails?," you say? 

Yes, nails.

Now, most of your average home improvement store supplies aren't so archivally sound, but Making Memories brads are. So, with the use of your favorite trusty hammer, you too can make nails on your layouts.

The technique is really quite easy. Are you ready for the instructions?
Step 1 - Puncture 'barn wood" with paper piercer.
Step 2 - Insert brad through hole and spread back open to attach.
Step 3 - (And this is my favorite part.) Smash the brad with the hammer. I mean it. Really pound that thing! (If you're doing this on a soft surface, make sure the paper is well supported so that you don't push the brads through while hammering.)

After your anger management therapy session is through, you will have nails in your "barn boards" that look something like this...
Click image to bigify.

Shown for reference, the top row is "unsmashed" and the bottom row is "smashed."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Don't forget to document

There are a lot of different types of scrapbookers: the documenter, the artist, the preservationist...and more.

I tend to be in it more for the art than the story or the history, but Ali Edwards and Becky Higgins push to remind us that it's the story and the history that matters has me returning to my scrapbooking roots to make sure I do a better job of documenting life and telling the stories behind it.

With that in mind, I set out to scrapbook the obituary of my husband's grandmother. Because we don't tend to take photos at funerals, clippings from the newpaper were all I had to work with. There were no photos.

Pause for a moment to think about an obituary. On inital thought they bring news of a loss, but from the lens of a geneologist, these hold key information about a person - who they are, who they were, where they came from, who they married, where they lived. A "Cliff Notes" version of their life so to speak. To a geneologist, it's a treasure trove of information.

Today I encourage you to look beyond the everyday and the special occassions to take time to document family - in all of it's moments.

With only a few pieces about the subject of the page, I needed to find a way to fill the rest of the layout. One of my favorite hymns is "I'll fly away" and when I spotted my Martha Stewart butterfly anywhere punch, I knew it was just the thing!

Next I drew a grid pattern on the back of the cardstock. The punch area was about 2" square, and since that was easily divisable into the 12" page size, I went with it. (Have I mentioned how much I like Sharpie pens? Seriously, buy them in bulk!)

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After I completed the grid pattern, I set about punching butterflies out of the background paper. Now, this would probably be much easier to align if you used a Fiskars anywhere punch because it has a little alignment thingy that helps you see where you're punching without flipping it over. I however am picky about my butterflies and therefore had to find a way to make the Martha one work. I ended up adding a little double-sided tape to the punch so the cardstock wouldn't shift when I flipped it over to punch.

Once the butterflies were punched out, I cut two pieces of 2" x 2" squares from each pattern paper -one piece for the background and one piece to be punched. Here's where things get a little tricky because your stapler won't reach.

I put a dab of adhesive on the grid and temporarily affixed the background paper to it. Then I aligned the punch out that would become the dimensional butterfly to the square by pushing it through the "window" in the cardstock. Then I carefully pulled the square off the cardstock and stapled the butterfly to it on the body. (The Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher works great for this.)

Once the butterfly was attached to the background square, I pinched the wings together, stuck it though the opening in the cardstock and glued the background square to the cardstock. Repeat until all of the butterflies are added and it will look like this:

See what nice dimension this gives your layout?

If you want the faster, "cheater" method simply punch out and staple two butterflies together and affix in a grid pattern. :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Inspiration Station: Fabric flowers on a Pillow

Wouldn't little flowers like these be fabulous mixed with a vintage fashion layout?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Inspiration Station: Old photos

No color schemes today, just a few thoughts.

When I'm junking I often find lots of old vintage photos. Each time I come across a stack of lost photos, my heart sinks a bit. These poor people have lost their families, and that makes me sad.

Label your photos ladies. And for heavensake, get them in an album so you don't become lost 50-100 years from now.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Inspiration Station: Carnival Ferris Wheel

I don't know why, but I really like this little erector set style ferris wheel. Honestly? I'm afraid of heights and they certainly aren't my favorite carnival ride, but I do see inspiration in the colors and form.

I could see this color scheme working equally well for summer and winter layouts.