Monday, March 2, 2015

Make & Take Layouts and Giveaway Winner

As I mentioned in my post about the Mega Make & Take Extravaganza at Scrapbook Expo, there were three layouts that I started but did not complete. I have two of those completed to share with you today.

There were lots of pieces and layering on Shoestring Productions' 6"x6" piece that could be used as a layout or as a card front. I completed most of the project at the crop but chose to finish it at home once I decided how I wanted to use it.

I decided not to use the tags from the kit so that I could include memorabilia in the pocket instead. I also added mini photos to the film strip.

This piece then became one section of a 12x12 layout showcasing photos & memorabilia from the 9 to 5 theater production we attended back in 2011.

The 12x12 layout kit from A to Z Scrapbooking included a sheet of laser die cuts that were easy to punch out and assemble. One of my favorite features on this layout is the "v" shaped ribbon ends, one of those techniques that I've tried before but usually forget about when I'm working on a layout. I finished this layout at the crop and added the photos and journaling after I returned home.

I trimmed around the negative of the tag die cut to create an additional "tag" on the right so that I could include another photo. I added a button and ribbon from my stash, then included a small block for journaling.

I have two more partially done layouts to complete from Scrapbook Expo . . . and two kits of new products that I received to try out! It's still cold here this week, so I'll definitely be spending some time in my warm happy craft room.

The winner of the Sizzix embossing folder is... 
Deb.E. Ring
who commented:
That embossing folder would be perfect for my pages of the Library of Congress in Washington DC.the arches, the windows, the patterns! My machine of choice is the Cuttlebug. I like it for die cutting, but I LOVE it for embossing! Thank you for all of your great ideas and sharing with us your talent and your life!

Congratulations Deb! Please email me (there's a link to my email under my profile picture on the right side of the blog) your address & I'll get this in the mail to you!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

INSPIRATION - February Review & March Plans

Here in Texas, February ended with a week of winter weather including ice and snow - not exactly FUN for this southern girl who enjoys the sunshine. However, all those days at home afforded me lots of time in my craft room to end another month of INSPIRATION.

 February Review
1. Simple Scrapper membership - I created several layouts using INSPIRATION from sketches/templates in the Simple Scrapper membership and am continuing to use the Start Fresh planner in my INSPIRATION 2015 notebook. I downloaded quite a bit of additional material for INSPIRATION during the two months' free membership that came with the Start Fresh workshop and participated in a couple of chats this past month as well.

2. Scrapbook Expo - I truly enjoyed this event! (See my review HERE and some of the make & takes I completed HERE.)

3. INSPIRATION notebook - I completed the set-up of my notebook and shared a video walk through HERE. I'm excited to have this as a tool to help me get the most out of my year of INSPIRATION!

4. January Top Five - I completed all of my January Top Five layouts: (1) Trey & family visit, (2) "Girl's Night Out" with Mama, (3) Pun'kin baptized, (4) Twins got email & text & FaceTime, and (5) Summer said "Me, too". I'm excited to have a great start to our 2015 chronological album.

5. Strong Women Stay Slim - I enjoyed the Strong Women Stay Slim book and the INSPIRATION it provided in my quest for a healthier lifestyle. I'd read this book several years ago, but can always use a reminder about how strength training in addition to a good aerobic exercise program are so beneficial to health and weight loss.
I found lots of other creative INSPIRATION in February and completed 15 layouts, 1 mixed media canvas, 5 cards, 9 postcards and a video. I added to my Worship Journal, participated in the Pile of Postcards Valentine Exchange, watched Lain's free Scrapinar on adding glitter to projects, made a little more progress on my 2014 digital workflow, and published 21 blog posts. I even sent some happy mail to friends!

For the month of March, I'll be exploring and acting on INSPIRATION in several ways:
1. February Top Five -  I'm challenging myself to scrap my top five (photos or stories or events) from the previous month. Here's my February Top Five list: (1) Doily Days, (2) Pile of Postcards Valentine Exchange, (3) Scrapbook Expo buttons, (4) A Case of the Agents of SHIELD trading cards, and (5) Ice & Snow! [Confession - I already completed one of these and started another one rather than put the memorabilia in my to-scrap file, so I'll be sharing those in the next few days!]

2. Digital Workflow - I still need to process and order photos from the last two months of 2014. I'll be working through those photos, creating a few digital layouts, and putting photos & memorabilia in my 2014 storage binder.

3. 2011 Chronological Albums - I've made great progress on these albums during the first two months of the year. I would love to complete them in March, however it will be a busy month and I'll be happy to just make additional progress toward this goal.

4. Truth Scrap - I still want to complete my review of the materials from the Truth Scrap event, create a few things, and share them here on my blog.

5. Spring Break Travel - Yes, even though neither of us is in school and I'm not currently teaching, we still have spring break plans. First, I'm headed off for a short girls' spring break road trip with a friend, her teenager daughter, and her daughter's friend. Then Robbie's brother and his family will arrive from Ohio for our nephew's spring break week. We'll be enjoying time here in our area and taking a road trip as well. For me, there's so much INSPIRATION in travel - opportunities for photography, enjoying nature, learning new things, trying new foods, building relationships with travel companions . . . and, of course, lots of photos and memorabilia to scrap afterwards!

6.  READING FOR INSPIRATION - Throughout the year, I'm planning to read books that will inspire me in various areas of my life. Here are two that I'll be reading this month.

What kind of INSPIRATION did you enjoy in February? What are your plans for exploring and acting on INSPIRATION in March?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

January Top Five #5 - Me, Too!

Each month I am challenging myself to scrap my Top Five (photos or stories or events) from the previous month.I chose a digital template from this month's Simple Scrapper membership materials and papers from my digital stash to help me quickly complete my fifth layout before the month ends at midnight tonight!

Journaling reads: Summer spent all day Saturday with us when Kim & James took their trip to New York. We didn’t do anything special, just strolled around McKinney Trade Days, stopped at the shops on Stacy Road, ate leftovers, created cards in my craft room & worked on a puzzle. When Kim asked Summer about the day, Summer said she had a great time. Kim commented, “Don’t you just love Robbie, he treats her like a princess.” Summer replied, “Me, too!” I love the fact that although we didn’t do anything special, Summer felt like she’d been treated like a princess. Robbie’s not sure what he did that caused her to feel that way, but I know exactly what it was. He was just being himself!

I'm so excited to have my top five stories and photos from January scrapped and am thankful to Jo for the INSPIRATION to take on this challenge each month! Have you scrapped your favorites from January yet?

January Top Five #4 - Twins Got Email

Each month I am challenging myself to scrap my Top Five (photos or stories or events) from the previous month. Near the end of January, my twin nieces got their first email accounts, and I received an email from each of them. They very quickly learned that the iCloud accounts also allowed them to send text messages and make FaceTime calls, so I began receiving emails and texts and FaceTime calls regularly. So much FUN to receive random messages throughout the week.

I printed out the first emails, screen shots of some of their cute texts, and a FaceTime with all three of my nieces to use on this layout documenting all these fun contacts!

There are a still several hours left in February, so I'm off now to see if I can get the last of my Top Five layouts scrapped! What are you up to as February comes to a close?

Friday, February 27, 2015

INSPIRATION 2015 Notebook

I created a video with a look through my INSPIRATION 2015 notebook and an explanation of how I'm using it as a planner for my year of INSPIRATION. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mega Make & Take Extravaganza

When I planned to meet my friend Amy for Scrapbook Expo's Thursday night Mega Make & Take Extravaganza, I expected to create a few little things provided by some of the show vendors and spend the rest of the nine-hour crop scrapping layouts with the supplies and photos I put together to work on. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were eleven very nice make & take projects!

We started with a Magic die cut kit from Paper Wizard Scrapbook Company. I still have lots of photos from my day at Disneyland during the Play! in Anaheim event last year, so I slipped this fun embellishment into my storage binder beside those photos and will be using it on a layout soon!

Next up was a cute purse gift card holder from Sparkle N Sprinkle. We used Tear-ific Tape to adhere the glitter along the strip at the top of the purse, then used Brushable Glue to include additional glitter (which I placed along the jagged leaf lines in the green paper). Such a sparkly project that I'll definitely use for giving a gift card!

The step-up card from It's Cheaper Than Therapy was fun to put together with lots of little pieces to assemble the card, sentiment and embellishments. The flowers and leaves looked a little plain, so I outlined & added veins to the leaves with a green pen and Amy pulled out some bling for the center of the flowers.

The Craft Fantastic kit included materials to create two tray pendants along with three options for wearing/using the pendants (a necklace, a key chain and a clasp). There were five sheets of images to choose from, and I picked the letters "M" and "R" for my pendants. I especially enjoyed this project because it's something I haven't done before. On Friday, I stopped by the Craft Fantastic booth for the free make & take. I chose a sunflower image to make a glass embellishment that I'll probably use on a scrapbook layout.

The Rubber Cafe's project was a card created with a clear plastic paper as the base and incorporated a technique that I've tried before but had forgotten about (stamping an image on different papers, cutting out various pieces and reassembling them for a layered image). There were also two punched hearts to decorate the inside of the card.

We received a new-to-me product in the Scrap That card kit - a chalk writer that can be used to edge papers and to write chalk messages on black cardstock. (I didn't add the black cardstock to the inside of this card because I didn't think it went with these beautiful papers.) We also received a full package of brads, so I have some leftover to use on another project.

Krazy Kreations shared how to use outline stickers on pre-made glitter paper and shimmer sheetz to create embellishments that we used to decorate a note pad. We also included twine and a sentiment on the cover of the note pad. I think I have some of these outline stickers in my stash that I've never used, but I'll definitely be adding them to a project now that I've seen how great they look!

Next there were three layouts (one 6x6 and two 12x12), which I started but didn't complete. I'll be adding photos and completing those layouts to share with you soon.

The final project of the night from Bee Creative was a simple pocket envelope and two pre-stamped tags. The kit also included a Spectrum Noir alcohol marker for shading the stamped images and an EZ Dots Runner. This last session began at 10:30 pm and I have to admit that I didn't do anything with it as I was starting to feel the effects of a full day and tons of INSPIRATION! I did put the pocket together & add some shading to one of the tags earlier today.

You might remember that I mentioned in my first post about Scrapbook Expo that it was a whirlwind of activity  . . . this was just the first of the two days I was there!!

In one of the make & take kits, I also received a lovely Sizzix embossing folder. However, I do not have a Sizzix (or any other machine) that I can use this folder in, but I'm hoping one of you can. If you'd like to be in the draw for this embossing folder, please leave a comment letting me know what type of machine you have & how you might use this folder. (I'll pick a winner on Monday, March 2.) Otherwise I'd love to hear from each of you which of these make & takes is your favorite!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

January Top Five #3 - Family

As I mentioned in a previous post, each month I am challenging myself to scrap my Top Five (photos or stories or events) from the previous month. I used another one of this month's sketches from the Simple Scrapper membership materials for my layout showcasing photos of a short visit with my nephew Trey and his family when they stopped by my parent's home in early January.

There's actually another story I want to tell with the photo of me reading attempting to read a little book to Aubrey, so I'll be using that same photo again in a connections layout at some point.

All that icky winter weather has finally  made its way to Texas, and we are iced in for the second day in a row. Luckily Robbie's able to work from home using remote access to his work computer. Of course, it also means that our new refrigerator will not be delivered today (so I don't have to worry about cleaning it and filling it) and I'm putting off the calls I need to make about appointments and such (because many offices are closed or short staffed), so I have an entire day in my craft room! [Yippee!] I'm planning to work on my other two January Top Five layouts as well as complete and photograph the make & take projects from the Scrapbook Expo so that I can share them with y'all soon! What are you working on today?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Scrapbook Expo 2015

This past weekend I attended Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine, Texas. I met up with my friend Amy for the Mega Make & Take Crop on Thursday evening and enjoyed the eleven make & take projects prepared by various vendors, everything from cards to gift card holders to 12x12 layouts (which I'll be sharing in an upcoming post). Friday morning we hit the show floor for a little shopping, then attended a class, and enjoyed more cropping in the evening. 

Friday afternoon, I also met up with Susie, the owner of Scrappin' Goodtime, and we toured the show floor again, visiting with vendors as she chose new products for the store.  I especially enjoyed seeing all the samples on display and am looking forward to trying out some of the ideas I gathered on future layouts and projects. There was lots of INSPIRATION in the various booths and it was nice to meet some of the business owners who continue to make this an exciting and fun hobby!

Honestly, it was quite a whirlwind from the time I arrived at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon until I headed home at 9:30 Saturday evening. (Amy & I did head to our room for a short six-hour sleep after Thursday night's crop!) The expo was held at the Gaylord Texan Resort, which is a beautiful place. We had a balcony in our room overlooking the atrium.

And, of course, the decor is all Texas themed.

However, in all the shops and restaurants and vending machines the resort only sells Pepsi. Not so great for a Coca-Cola lover like myself. Luckily, Susie & Carla were willing to stop on their way to the show and pick up a Coke just for me!

All-in-all is was a FUN time filled with INSPIRATION!