Sunday, August 16, 2015

Preparing for Week in the Life

Week in the Life, as I am documenting it, begins Monday.  I am following a lot of what Ali Edwards has in her kit.  She allows for a great deal of personalization, while providing the supplies needed to make a very special documentation of what life is right now.

This is one of two 6 x 8 album choices.

I altered an AE overlay to create mt title page using a photo.

I wrote the narrative for the start of my WITL album this week.  I decided to take one of Ali's 4 x 3 cards and create an overlay.  I was going to make a flap, but I liked this idea much better.

She includes a mixture of page protectors that work in a 6 x 8 album.  Accompanying the page protectors are cards that have a variety of possible uses.  I set up Monday with the "Good Morning to You" card, because it's my first contractual day back to school.  There's something about "having" to get up and go in that is a bit different than going in and working on your room little by little.

Ali included some 8 x 3 page protectors and some papers that fit in there nicely.  I liked that she included smaller 4 x 3 cards that shared a color scheme with the longer ones.

Each day I am starting with this 8 x 3 card.  I topped it with washi because I wanted to glue the wood veneer day words to the top, and the top of the card would interfere with how the veneers looked.  The wood veneers are glued to the page protectors.  Here, on Friday, I want to force myself to remember ten things about my class that I learned in the two days I will have had with them.  It was nice to have some cards like that where I already have a purpose for them.

I am planning to use my AccuWeather app on my phone to document the weather for each day as well.  Otherwise, I will allow the photos to decide the design and the story.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Finally, this weekend saw the making of the graduation thank-you cards!  I had in my mind what I wanted to do, but mass production is so different from making one or two cards.  So I stayed really simple.

On white cardstock, I used the "thank you" sentiment from SU! Wishes Your Way.  The nice thing I learned is that when using the MISTI with this stamp set, I get a much more consistent image.  If I use acrylic blocks, I tend to have "wiggle issues."  Then, I used this Silhouette file made available for free from Cathy Zielske to make the cap.  That was no small adventure.  I think I need to change my blade, because it did a cruddy job of cutting the tassel.  You cannot see this, but I also added some Wink of Stella pen to the tassel.  

And that's it!  Now, they are in the boy's hands for the heartfelt sentiment part of the process.  We have a goal of getting them in the mail this week.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day 2015

For our guy this year.  In addition to an EBay gift certificate (he loves buying dude clothes on EBay), I made him this card inspired by this pin.  I used some Stampin' Up! and Basic Grey paper, as well as SU! punches to make the bow ties.  The background is embossed with a Stampin' Up! embossing folder, inked, and popped up with Dimensionals.  The sentiment is part of the Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday set. I used Bazzill craft cardstock. Here's a closer look.

The inside is fairly simple.  I used an Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday stamp (Always Adore set)for the message that says it all.  Stamped on white for more pow!  

Here's to all the great dads out there, like the one my kids have!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Fun!

I feel like I am truly enjoying the month of June this year.  I lovingly call it the "Friday of Summer," but sometimes the Friday of Summer flies by.  It's usually due to preparing for a crazy July or filling June with lots of stuff.  We are prepping our firstborn for college, but, honestly, that has been slow and steady as well.

This week was full of some fun cardmaking, dabbled with some scrapbooking that is not-quite-ready for photo ops just yet.

First, some cards among friends.  Our friend, Mama Kate, is moving to Florida.  So we threw her a shoebox swap to celebrate her presence in our lives.  We tried to make a card that captured the moment or captured Kate.  I think we did a great job.  Some of these cards are not "finished," as we wanted to save them for moments when we needed them.  For example, on the US card, one could color in two states from which people are separated.  For the flower card, we left the stitched oval blank to be able to choose the appropriate sentiment.

Tonight, I had some fun stamping with Lawn Fawn.  A friend of mine is going on a trip to Australia with her family as part of her son's band trip.  I felt the need for a card, of course.  I borrowed Kim's Critters from Down Under set as well as some Pinspiration from this crafter.  I also used a bit of the Bon Voyage set.

I used two Spellbinders' dies (rectangles and squares) to create the Polaroid frame.  The black frame is hand-drawn.  I loved using the woodgrain background rather than patterned paper for this one.  I think it really let the image stand out.

Loved mixing Stampin' Up! linen thread with Lawn Fawn's baker's twine.

I cut out the individual pieces with die cuts and colored them with Copics.  For the background, I sponged some Distress Inks on white cardstock.  The kookaburra is popped up.

I tried several different ways to incorporate the boomerang because I thought it was adorable.  Finally snuck it in after my sentiment inside the card.

All in all, it's been a very creative week so far!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A couple of cards

Today, I got to crank out a couple of cards with my buddy, Kim.

Card number one, an anniversary card for my hubs.

I have seen several cards like this on Pinterest, and thought I would try my hand at it.  I used my Silhouette with Impact font.  I searched on the web for a site to count the days (no, I did not sit and count the days...).  I used some newly purchased Starform heart stickers.  The cutout letters are done with Lawn Fawn patterned paper.  I used Bazzill kraft paper and black cardstock for the card, as well as a white gel pen for the border.

Card #2 is for a friend who lost a beloved pet.  

We used a couple of Simon Says Stamp sets for this one.  The cat was from You Are Pawsome. The "Always Remembered" sentiment, as well as a few sentiments on the inside, were from the Pawprints on Our Hearts set.  We used some SU! linen thread, some Basic Grey grunge paper, and some Bazzill kraft cardstock.

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Shout Out to the Engineers of Scrapbooking

Engineer (en- juh neer) to arrange, manage, or carry through by skillful or artful contrivance

This weekend, I celebrated my son's graduation from high school.  Being a Pinterest-phile, I spent some time strolling the boards looking for decoration ideas.  It is sufficient to say that I got a little overwhelmed.  I mean, come on...there are cookies you can have made in the image of your graduate!  This was a challenge for sure.  

I decided that my love of pictures needed to come to the forefront of the occasion.  I was down on myself, as I have this notion that my son has taken second place to my career for quite some time.  Lots of mama (real or imagined) guilt has been placed in my mind.  Two Master's degrees.  Two National Board certification processes.  Four different schools in which I have taught.  Dealing with my depression, anxiety, OCD (undiagnosed), and workaholism.  This kid has lived through it all. 

When I started going through photos, I realized that, one way or another, I had a LOT of moments captured in the last 8 years that I have been a diehard scrapper.  I realized that a lot of my "work" for this party was already done.  I have a few engineers of scrapbooking to thank for this.  It's time they have their shout outs.

Cathy Zielske

This pin inspired me to use some of my ribbon and my photos as a gallery of sorts.  As I looked for photos and realized many were archived already, I decided to use Cathy's digital templates to create a stairway that was a journey through time.

Looks like a lot of work, eh?  What helped is that I had long ago purchased Cathy's School Album layered template set and had put in photos of my son a while ago, only needing to finish junior and senior year for the party.  I then printed these on cardstock (although you can keep it purely digital if you wanted), and then displayed them on ribbons (Stampin' Up!) going up my stairs.  

I also took a few classes of Cathy's through Big Picture Scrapbooking.  These have resulted in some of my favorite scrapbook pages ever.  I realized that instead of recreating the wheel, I needed to just use the scrapbooks as part of the decor for the party.

I placed a few scrapbooks opened here and there to some favorite pages about my son, and had various other scrapbooks available for guests to peruse if they wished.  Which brings me to the next few engineers of scrapbooking I feel deserve recognition.

Project Life changed my entire scrapbook flow.  Boom.  I was able to display a good amount of life that I did not spend that much time doing to get a nice-looking final product.  One of the main displays was this one, where I asked my kiddo to document a week in his life.  

Now, the Project Life app is becoming my favorite, easiest way of documenting life.  I have been a "Lifer" since the beginning of Becky's adventure, having been a fan of hers through Creating Keepsakes.  Her ideas in pocket scrapbooking have helped me get memories saved in a lot less time.  I still obsess, just not as acutely.

Story.  That is what is synonymous with Ali Edwards.  While it is important to take the pictures and enjoy the craft, it's not "done" without the words that tell the story.  Ali's designs have been instrumental in my recent scrapbooking adventures.  I have "borrowed" her layout ideas and made them my own.  This little gem documenting prom was a way to pull together all that weekend offered in a timeline form.

Oh, how I adored Simple Scrapbooks magazine.  And then, it was no more.  Along came a little site called Big Picture Scrapbooking, where I could take virtual classes with scrapbooking geniuses while I was in the comfort of my own home.  All from the mind of Stacy Julian.  She is simply brilliant.

Thus ends my ode to the Engineers of Scrapbooking.  I have other people who inspire me, but these ladies gave me the outlets to create awesome things in very little time.  I thank them for their innovation and willingness to take chances in an unstable industry.

Friday, May 15, 2015

"I am too busy living life"

These words flow from some individuals when the conversation of scrapbooking comes up.  Have you ever been the recipient?  It is usually received with a bit of a guilt sting, as if one were wasting life while archiving it.  

I have always adored photos and photo albums.  It was a favorite thing for me to go to the server where we kept our albums and pour through them.  When visiting my grandmother, I would pick up her familiar mini albums and browse.  To me, this art is never a waste if someone will enjoy looking through them now or in the future.  

As I prepare for my son's graduation, I am actually using the scrapbooks I have made as part of my "decorating."  (I will share pics in a future post) If guests wish to look through the scrapbooks, that's awesome.  I have too many times talked about being "behind" in my scrapbooking.  Tonight, I decided to bury that complaint.  I have plenty of archived moments.  There are many pages that I love.  And this is the perfect time for me to allow others to enjoy.