Tuesday, August 30, 2011

wreck the magazine...

I love my scrapbook magazines... I love going through them and being inspired and having ideas come to me on projects that I want to do... The same with other magazines that I get... like Better Homes & Garden or even Rachel Ray! Color combinations, layout designs, oh the inspiration!
Sometimes, though, I am not where I can run to my studio and create... like today!
I am laying on the beach, it's my last day in Florida.. and I haven't really created in a week! I am starting to twitch! I am getting all these ideas but I know if I don't get them down I will forget!
Here is what my magazines look like when I am done:
It's like turning your magazine into your own "Smash" idea book!
Hope you have a creative day!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

"Unusual" Mini-Album Blog Hop!

Happy Weekend!
Welcome to the "Unusual" Mini-Album Blog Hop!
I am so excited about this hop today... it is the first time that I have ever hosted a hop and it is showcasing some fabulous and "unusual" mini-albums!
There are some very talented ladies in this hop, so make sure you go to each of their blogs to see their take on the theme: "Unusual" Mini-Albums...
...make sure you leave some love on each and every blog to be entered to win a fantastic prize package that I will be giving away!!!

Here is my "Unusual" mini-album:
I made a mini-album using all my packaging from my Prima flowers that I have bought! It is a little inspirational quote book filled with pockets, tags, flowers, and more! I used various stamps, paper from Memory Box, and lots & lots of ink!

The tag that slides out of the pocket is Prima Packaging.

The pocket was made from Prima packaging as well as the two tags in it...

I love this page... it was created using the clear packaging that Prima uses... and it has all kinds of inspirational word on it too! I created a pocket to slip things in... and that black polka-dot paper = Prima Packaging!

The picture above & below is the tag that slips into the pocket that was created by adhering the sides of two pages together...

Packaging comes in all different sizes, shapes, and colors... most of it is super cute and can make really awesome embellishments. So think twice before throwing away that packaging next time!

Are you ready to hop???
Your next stop is the very talented Lou over at Pretty Paper & Chipboard.

If you get lost along the way, just come back here and find your place!
Here is the line up:

Happy Hopping!  

Picket Fence Distress Stain!

Happy Friday! It has been a crazy busy week! I am glad to see the weekend! I wanted to share with you a little wall hanging that I created this week:
I started with a black piece of cardstock. What I was the most excited about was using my new Distress Stain, Picket Fence! I used it to stamp the scribble in the background... I just rubbed the stain over the stamp and then stamped the image... I love how the white pops out on the black cardstock!
I stamped the sentiment on Sticky Back Canvas and then inked it up with some shimmer paint and Distress Ink. I added the flowers & the bling. I mounted it on a piece of chipboard that I sprayed with  Adirondack Color Wash, Stream and inked the edges with a gold Paint Dabber.

Hope you have a fantastic Friday and please come back tomorrow for the first blog hop hosted by Scrapbooking Technique!
"Unusual" Mini Album Blog Hop

Friday, August 12, 2011

I Love My Teacher Blog Hop!

Happy Weekend!!! Today I am part of "I Love My Teacher Blog Hop!"... Abby over at Scrapbookaholic is the host so hop on over to here to start at the beginning.. If you have been hopping along than you just came from the talented Celeste's blog...

Here are some layouts that I did to record some of the highlights of my Freshman year in high school. I have a layout like these for each year... showcasing my school picture and fun little things from that year...

 Here are the layouts that I did for my band picture and some band keepsakes... (now... don't laugh! it's not the greatest picture...)

Not only do I have my pictures scrapbooked, but all the little inside jokes from school that I wouldn't remember now if my life depended on it! lol...

Another fun way to capture school memories is to write all the great things you remember about your favorite teacher... the teacher that impacted your life the most! Or have your child tell you what they love most about their favorite teacher and write it on a frame or card as a great teacher gift!

Hope you have been inspired! Now hop on over to Emma at My Creative Time to see what fabulous project she created!

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Flowers, Leaves, & Bling... Oh My!

Hi! I am so excited to share some things that I learned this pass weekend! One thing is flower arranging...I took a Prima class so I could learn about this.... I wanted to learn this because sometimes when I try to arrange flowers on a page it kind of looks like the flowers threw up on the layout!
Here are the groupings that we did on the layouts... I changed mine up a bit from the way they were on the instructions... but I learned a few tips & tricks to share...

One thing is to start with the biggest flower and work to the smallest flower. On the grouping below I started with the blue flower and then added the green flower and then the pink.
Once your flowers are laid out.. then go back with the leaves, as fillers. After you have everything laid out the way you like, then glue down.

Another fabulous tip I learned is about bling! I love bling, but it can get quite costly... We were given one pack of a beautiful Prima swirl bling embellishment... and we used it for all three layouts! If you look at the bling you can see several different swirls and flourishes... you can cut it up and use it for several different groupings.

The blue glittery branch & leaves you see was so much fun... We took a felt sticker... it was brown on the front and sticky on the back... we used the sticky side and dipped it into the glitter creating our embellishment! So if you have any stickers that you are not wild about, you can use the back to add glitter or flocking!

Hope you have learned a little about flower arranging! Have a creative day!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fun & Easy Tags!

Good Morning! Today I wanted to share a fun project that I did for my friends! We all went to Nashville this past weekend for CKC. We made goody bags for each other and had yummy snacks and just had a blast! Here is what I did...
I bought these cute bags at Archiver's. I wanted to personalize them a bit, so I made little tags for each bag with their monogram on it.
I started with a piece of heavy duty chipboard and then painted the sides and back and just the edges of the front. I chose various pattern papers to use according to their favorite color! I inked the edges a bit and then adhered it to the chipboard with Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Multi-Medium. (I love this stuff!) I cut out the letters with my Cricut and also used Multi-Medium to adhere them... Not only is it a great adhesive, but it seals your project too! making it protected!
The last step was to add a little mist of Perfect Pearls by Ranger and some fibers & ribbon!
Here is a closer look:

Tags like this make great little happies and can be used for so many different things... it being "Back To School" time... think how cute your kid's supplies can be labeled! Christmas presents, birthday presents, or luggage when you travel! The possibilities are endless!

Have a creative day!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cards for Soliders...

Happy Monday!
The past week as been such a whirlwind... It was a scrapping week for sure! Last Monday I was able to take a class from Memory Box's own Dave Brethauer and then Thursday I was off to the Creating Keepsake Convention, in Nashville, for the weekend!
...and this is where it gets exciting!!!
At the Friday Night Crop CK hosted a card contest. You received an orange piece of cardstock (A2 card size) to use to make a card that will be sent to the soldiers so that they can have cards to send to their loved ones at home. I entered and here is my card:
I used stamps from Tim Holtz - Stamper's Anonymous and from Memory Box. I inked the card base with Distress Inks and stamped the clock tower and flourishes on to it. I then layered the Journey piece and the sentiment on to the card. Both of them were white paper that I inked up using the Distress Inks.
...and then I turned in my card.
I was talking with my friend when I heard them call my name... I didn't know what was going on at first... then all my friends were like, "You Won!" I still can't believe it! It was so much fun and an incredible honor to make a card for the troops. Here I am with my prize and my card:
I couldn't stop smiling! I was so excited!!! Here I am with Megan Hoeppner. She is the Creative Editor for Creating Keepsakes! She was so much fun!

Hope you all have a very happy Monday! I have lots to do... unpacking and work... oh and I hope I have a minute or two to create!