Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I think God was bored today and needed to mess with me. Truly. At least as far as crafting was concerned.

I was very excited, because I finished photographing and preparing photographs for an upcoming online garage sale (stay tuned!)... and let me tell you, it was a purging of this room... I was finally in the scrapbooking groove, and I had time to let the groove take me. Alas, my computer, printer, and scanner all wanted to mess with me.

The layout you see here {four hours later and NOT due to the difficulty of the page itself} is mounted on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of SU! Not Quite Navy. The photos are from Christmas day, when Max first laid eyes on his new train table. I fell in love with the Making Memories Fa La La shimmer alphabet stickers at The Keepsake Element in town (see link on page).

I took Cathy's Sketch #1 from Week 6 (yes, it's Week 12 now), and, as she would say, I "worked it." Her sketch was oriented in portrait, and I rotated it to landscape. I wanted the picture of Max to be the focal point, despite the fact that it is pretty grainy. So, here's to working the sketch!
Week 6 focused on unity. Cathy's sketch dealt with grouping elements together creating a sense on "one-ness." Here, the 4 x 6 photo in the center anchors the other two photos (diagonal from each other) and the two text areas (diagonal from each other). It was hard not to incorporate other elements that I have learned from weeks 7-12, as I HAVE watched the slideshows and videos. I just need to create the pages. With Cathy's clean and simple design elements, it won't be too hard... provided technology is on my side.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Office Gifts

My husband has about 7 people whom he wishes to give holiday gifts to at his office each year. This year, I purchased several Subway gift cards from Ignatius' SCRIP program (percent of profit goes to the school, cost of card remains the same).

Scott, of course, was happy just to hand them a gift card. I wanted to make it a little more in depth, however. My friend, Kim, just returned from Florida where her daughter was married. For favors, her daughter wanted to list the wedding participants and a photo on a label on a water bottle (it was a beach wedding). I hadn't seen that before, and I thought it was adorable.

So, I went with that idea. I printed our message on Avery 2 x 4 labels using Designers (free) font and CK Becky, a free font of Becky Higgins' writing which can be found here. I used a template for an artist's trading card envelope found here. I had purchased a slab of holiday-themed paper from The Paper Studio, and I used some of it that would not be typically me. It a had red and pink grid with pink and white snowflakes. It went well with the Raspberry Ice packet of Crystal Light on the Go I attached to the bottle. I made a tag with SU! Punches Three, my square scallop punch, and SU! Real Red ink. Then, I finished it off with some Offray red grosgrain. Simple, easy, yet Scott was very impressed in the end. Will he ever trust the crafter vision? Time will tell.
Since it seems like a Becky Higgins kind of weekend, I should add that I made her Pretzel Hugs recipe today with Rolos and Hershey Kisses. Yummers. Thanks to Krystal, who made them for Karen's Christmas Crafters Gathering. I am officially addicted.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Gift of Time

Finally, FINALLY, I will have some time to do some crafting. So, stay tuned for further updates.

I thought I would post a shot of this card. I actually bought a Hallmark card {gasp}. This was a set of cards, and I found the sentiment to be hysterical (and so very me). It is sitting on one of my new shelves in my revamped "oasis" of a craft room. Photos will soon follow.

Enjoy the excitement of the season!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


I love toying with photography. The problem with being behind the camera, however, is that you are rarely in front of it. (Profound, yes?) Well, last January, Max was infatuated with cameras and would just pick one up and say, "Cheese." I took full advantage of this and tried some self-portraits. Looks like a photobooth, but the series of pictures cracks me up.

This is sketch #3 for Cathy Zielske's focus on space. This was such an easy layout, and it looks so very nice with not a lot of effort. Her idea, again, is that white space is good, not evil. I agree.
Well, with a little luck, maybe I can crank out another layout before I go to bed. Hmmm, what will be next?
Some specs for this layout:
Felt flowers: SU! Felt Fusion Too
Brown brads: Spare parts
Cardstock: Paper Reflections kraft
Fonts: Cartoonist Hand and Later On
Ink: Ice Blue Color Box Chalk