Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sending Our Love to a Fellow Crafter

Hello there!  Glad you hopped on over to my little ol' blog!  For those starting here, welcome to the Caring for the Cox Family Blog Hop.  Several of us ladies decided to show our love and support for our crafting buddy, Ann Cox, by participating in a blog hop that expresses cards of encouragement.

Recently, Ann's husband, Kevin, at the age of 41, endured a triple bypass.  Added to that surgery was the stress of his kidney.  He donated a kidney to his father, and the kidney Kevin has left is losing function.  So, his surgery was quite risky, but he endured on the wings of eagles and the prayers of warriors.  Kevin now faces recovery.  Ann is a fellow teacher who taught English to my own son for a few years in high school.  Kevin and she have a gorgeous toddler, Liam.  Kevin was Liam's caregiver.  Now, Kevin must focus on recovery.  They have started Liam in child care for the first time in his little life.  That, coupled with the bills that are now rolling in, called some of us to action.

The fabulous Karen Kelly started a GoFundMe page through which we have been accumulating an account that Ann can use as needed.  While our blog hop has FABULOUS prizes, we would also like to ask you for two things: 1. prayers for the Cox family, and 2. if possible, a donation to the GoFundMe fundraiser.

My card was definitely created with Ann in mind.  Clean and simple all the way!  White and black on kraft with some embossing.  I used Simon Says Stamp's Hand Lettered Encouragement set for the sentiment.  I stamped with VersaMark and embossed with Stampin' Up! white embossing powder.  The heart stickers are from Starfoam.  The heart embossing folder is from The Paper Studio.  I love this sentiment, and it suits Ann perfectly.  Click on the photo to see more detail.

It would not be a blog hop without fabulous prizes, right?  Please visit these vendors and/or give them a message of appreciation for their support.

CAS-ual Fridays $50 gift certificate 
Lawn Fawn - $50 gift certificate 
Sugar Pea Designs - $50 gift certificate 

For chances to win:
  • 1 chance: post a comment of encouragement to Ann on this blog
  • An additional chance: donate to the GoFundMe page for the Cox family
  • Even more chances: comment on each blog in the blog hop
From here, please hop on over to Rae Barthel's site!

The whole hoppin' list:

3. Tenia Nelson :


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Because one project is never enough...

I decided to do a One Little Word album this year.  My word is "real."

For January, Ali offers many journaling opportunities.  I have completed a few, and a few will take some time for me to think.  Here's what I have so far.
This is the cover of the grey binder Ali was offering (It has since sold out).

With the class comes some digital downloads.  The word "real" was written digitally by me!  I used my Wacom tablet, and finally got it to where I liked the script.  This is housed in a 3 x 8 page protector that came with the album kit.  Beneath it is a divider for January from Ali.

Ali provides the digital files and the inspiration for this page.  In the upper right-hand corner, she also used a transparency and some circle chipboard.  I did not want to put chip board over my transparency that I found at Michaels.  Here's a better look.

On the flipside of that are more digital files, under which I wrote my thoughts.  Ali offers several other card options, but I went with her lead.

She offers these next two pages, but  am still pondering my responses on them.  To me, they require quite a bit of thought about my word.  Here's what they look like sans journaling.

So, there you have it.  The unPlanner, the Fit program, and One Little Word.  Looks like it will be quite a creative 2016!

The unPlanner Begins!

I am taking a departure from my craft comfort zone as I participate in the unPlanner through Art to the 5th Academy. There is direction, yet freedom, thank goodness.  Tonight, I worked on some of the January first week prompt offered by the class.

Since the theme of January is "Going Out On A Limb," I decided to incorporate that into the binder cover.

I used Papertrey Ink's Mighty Oak stamp and die set.  I also incorporated all sorts of inks that I had in my stash.  I stamped the trunk directly on the cover, then stamped, die cut, and adhered each leaf.

The final touch included stamping the sentiment and adding some grass with my Prismacolor pencil.

I am not sure I am finished with the cover (I am thinking of a simple frame, but I am fearful to go one step too far), but I think this is an awesome start.

Also for this week, we were to work on a divider.  Those who got their kits earlier than I had a BoBunny divider kit to work with which is, alas, no longer made.  So, I used an idea I had learned during the December Daily, and I used my packaging from that to create a divider.  I cut a kraft tag in half and adhered that with Tacky Tape.

I then stamped the "Jan." from a PTI kit that had not seen ink: Clip Tips.  The stars are hand drawn with my Gelly Roll white pen.  I love these pens.

Next was to print the calendar provided. (click on photo for a larger look)

The washi tape on the side is actually from the page underneath, but I think it looks pretty cool peeking through.  I put a couple of things in that I knew were true so far.

I did not feel like dealing with hole reinforcers as art, although I think the idea is a fun one from the class.  Instead, I scribbled some circles around the holes.

 My month and my cloud were both heat embossed with Stampin' Up! white embossing powder.  The January stamp is from Stampin' Up's Day to Day set.  The cloud is from the Hero Arts/Studio Calico Hooray set (I think it may have been discontinued).

We were also to work on the first weekly printout.  Here's mine with some Stampin' Up! Bohemian washi to accent.

The doodle circles returned!

There you have it.  The start of my going a bit outside of my comfort box (other artists are majorly adding steps...).  I loved getting my stamps inked!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Fit Planning

For 2016, I am going to have a few projects going at once.  It's actually quite exciting for me to continue with my creative mojo.  For this post, I want to share an album I am doing through a class by Cathy Zielske.  I have taken many of Cathy's classes before.  This year, she is conducting a 12-month class that is, again, focused on wellness.  

Cathy is extremely organized and has handouts and videos along the way.  The class is differentiated so that anyone can document in literally any way.  It is set up in a 6 x 8 album, using Snap pocket page protectors.  She is using a Simple Stories album.  I scored this album from Project Life half off at Michaels.  I also got a Snap album with the dividers in it for $8.99 on clearance, so I have the first month of dividers.  

I spent time fiddling with a color scheme, as Cathy offers the .psd files, in which the layers are labeled such that I can change colors.  Oh, happy day!  A contributor in the private Facebook group for this class suggested this site if we were interested in using a color wheel in choosing colors.  

Then, I went back to the welcome video.  After downloading a new driver for my printer (many words were mumbled), I started deciding for the most economical way to print my cards.  Of course, the 8 x 6 pages came first.  I chose to print on Bazzill orange peel cardstock, as I love to print on that.  Then, I placed the .jpg files for the altered 4 x 3 cards in Publisher.  I fit 4 on a page and used a border around them so I could have cutting guides. I did not print them all yet, as I need to wait for some information and selfies.

When I was not ready to print, I made note to myself what files I needed to alter.  I also used Post-its to show what was going to be placed in the different pockets of the album.  I thought I would share this process in a quickie video, with a little Billy Joel background music, as I love listening to him when I am in my craft room.  I hope it is helpful, as planning things out can be a bear.  If you are in the class, don't forget Cathy has a great deal of information in her Welcome .pdf file.  

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December Daily: The End of 2015

I have been doing this little by little, as battling an ice blizzard and vertigo have kept me fairly unproductive in the area of my scrapbook.  In other words: Who knows what may have been if I had done this with room spins. :)

First, I finished up Day 16 with this calendar, using this freebie.

I made it 6 x 8 in MS Publisher and typed in the Hello Chunky font that I have been using throughout the album.  I printed on Bazzill Orange Peel (the smoother side).  The flipside is paper from the Ashley G DD kit that repeats the script "joy" in gold.

Thus begins the Christmas spread.  I love Christmas morning photos, as I believe the joy on a child's face and the tired-yet-happy looks on older faces is awesome.  Page one was simple.  I used my Ashley G card, a card from a Project Life holiday set, and I cut a 4 x 6 of the kids of my besties.  We have a tradition of meeting together at our friends' house every Christmas evening.  I cannot get over how much our kids are growing.  Age ranges: almost-19 to 9.

The flipside: I used 2 of Ali's 12 Days of Giving images.  For the stars, I foiled them on a white card you will see that in a couple pages, but liked the negative image so much, that I decided to use it as a 3 x 4!  I coupled it with a diagonal of a gold-foiled sentiment of Ali's.  The other two cards are, I believe, from Simple Stories sheets.  I used one of them to list a summary of each person's haul.

The double page spread looks like this.
I scored some gold and silver foiled labels at Micheals for 70% off!  I decided to use them as tabs for some of my pics, similar to how Ali used Avery tabs. I got lots of pics of my son's happy face.  Christmas morning is the happiest I have seen him in a LONG time.

The flipside of his pic is a photo that came to me as I was dozing in our bedroom.  The contrast of the blue sky and the Christmas lights was the perfect segue for a quick journal about the unseasonable weather.

I decided to use Max's actual list in the album.  I love his handwriting.

On the back of his list, I adhered part of a Toys R Us ad that he HAD to have to make his list.  Actually, he wanted their catalog, but the ad worked.  I decided not to be overwhelming with gift photos, so the next page has 23 different photos from that morning.  One is of me (the photographer) trying to deal with my vertigo (Merry Christmas to me!).

See them?  I used the gold foil stars in the extra 2 x 2 space. :)

These two photos are back-to-back and hold punched.  My boys and their musical toys.  Their dad loves to make sure Santa brings something wicked cool.

I placed the last pic in a modified page protector, as I feared it would take a beating being the last one.  How serendipitous that I JUST bought that Heidi Swapp washi tape?  And that I thought to take this shot?

My final journal card is on the flipside of the slumber photo.  I used another of Ali's 12 Days of Giving, and a Heidi Swapp Project Life card (from the Glitter Value Kit) I almost forgot I had. NOTE: Being overly organized is overrated.  Putting stuff "away" sometimes means forgetting you have it.  The lines for the journaling are hand-drawn.

I am so excited about this keepsake.  I did not allow it to be a time suck, and I enjoyed it very much.  If you are contemplating doing one, I am a huge fan.  

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December Daily: Days 20, 21, 22

Hooray for being "caught up."  What a strange feeling in scrapbooking!  Let's be clear: I am caught up in my December Daily.  At this moment.  I'll embrace it.  These three days are terrifically simple.

I used my Ashley G 20 card for today.  I decided to take some of the pics sent to me by my buddy from our staff Christmas party.  It was loud and insane, and she was nutty with a selfie stick she won.  I was so tired, I had to leave early, but it was a great time.  I made a 2 x 2 collage in Photoshop and printed it on a 4 x 6.  A Cathy Zielske journal card and quote card from "Elf" were the icing on the cake.

That quote card was a perfect backing for my Day 21 number card.  Two 4 x 6s for this day, plus some journaling.  Note: Am I brave or what?  A selfie while exercising.  It needed to be included.  Back on the horse!  And the sunshine was so welcome.  Simply documented.

I have run out of the page protectors with 2, 4 x 3s and a 4 x 6.  Guess which design I like best?  So, I just made this look like that design.  No big whoop.  I adhered the pancake pic and number card to the flipside of  one of Day 22's 4 x 6s, as I did not want them wandering.  These two pics and their journaling work for me.  Though I have an itchy finger to embellish the side of the 4 x 6.... hmmmmm...