Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sweet Cards

Just a few cards I worked on today. They're made from Basic Grey papers and chipboard pieces. I love Basic Grey's shabby chic paper designs. I made a total of 8 cards, but I didn't want to post all of them because at least a few will be mailed in the coming months.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Winter Cascading Album

Today, I started a cascading album using the beautiful winter line of glitter papers from Bo Bunny.

Hopefully you can see the details on the paper - they're all sparkly and shiny!

The album isn't quite finished because I can't decide which photos to use, but I'll add some ribbon and a few other goodies before I'm finished.

Valentine's Cards

Just a quick post this morning. These are a few of the Valentine's Day cards I made using the Wild Card cart. I think they turned out pretty nice. Valentine's is traditionally full of reds and pinks, but I wanted to incorporate a darker color as well since they were for women and men. I decided to use brown (and no ribbon or buttons! Ack!) so they wouldn't be totally girly. I would have posted the cards earlier, but someone wasn't home to see theirs because they were playing at Disney World instead :-) So although February is almost over, I wanted to get the cards posted since that is the reason I started this blog in the first place - A place to archive my creations (the good, the bad and the what was I thinking!).

More to come this weekend...stay tuned!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Grunge Flowers

I've been seeing Grunge Flowers all over the scrapbook blogs, websites and message boards so I thought I've give it a try. I used a really cute piece of Heidi Grace paper in shades of purple with polka dots on one side and paisley on the other. The flower base is from mini-monograms cut at 2.5 inches. I used the fill page option and was rewarded with 12 flowers. I've seen several examples using different candy in the middle of the flowers such as lollipop's and hershey kisses, but I'm just trying to make the regular kind to try it out so I used four 'flowers' to make one grunge flower. The first one was kind of rough, (that would be the wonky flower by the handle) but they became better after that. I used a glue gun to hold the wrapped paper ends together. I'm not sure regular adhesive would have been strong enough. I actually had two pieces of the Heidi Grace paper so I made the flowers mostly showing the polka dots and then made a little container using the paisley side. Let me know if they should go into the 'Yeah-Success' shelf or the 'Better Luck Next Time' bucket.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Family Album

One more post with a ton of pictures and I'm done for the day!

These are photos of an album I made and gave to my Grandmother for Christmas 2008. It's a 9x9 BoBunny bare naked chipboard book that uses BoBunny papers, embelishments and ribbon along with a ton of brown ink on the edges. I'm posting this album because in a few weeks I'm going to post a second book that is directly, but reluctantly, related to this one. Keep reading after the photos for the backstory.

PS - Comments are welcome......

The story.....Made this album and gave it to her. A very short time later, she decided it didn't have the photos she wanted so she asked/told me to add a couple more. Where??? There's so many pictures in it already, they're overlapping each other. When I balked, she said she'd 'stick them in somewhere'. At that point, I realized I could either let her destroy the book I made (and really like) or compromise with her. (You also have to understand that by compromise with her I mean do it her way).

And so began Album 2. I offered to make another book and let her pick out whatever pictures she wanted. I will never, ever, do this again. Once I give it to her, she's free to add anything she wants to it and I'm not saying a word. It's been in the works for close to a year now and I'm ready to just be done with it. I'm not very happy with the way it looks, but I think it's because the photos she picked out seem so random. It was really difficult to put them in any type of order and have it make sense. Oh to be in her mind.....glad I'm not there! Goal date for completion is March 27, her birthday. Now I just have to stop procrastinating and Just Do IT! Wish me luck.

February Sneak Peak

February is off to a good start. I'm mainly using pinks and browns for the pages and have some Basic Grey papers that fit perfectly.

Project 365 January pages are finished!

I added the final touches this morning by doing a little doodling on the numbers and title and I also added small numbers to each photo to match up with the journaling tag entries. This first photo is of the January calendar grid with my awesome snow people. Any photo can be enlarged by clicking on it. To go back to the blog, use the back arrow on the top left not use the red X in the upper right corner or you will have to log in again.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Aren't they cute! I decided January's pages for Project 365 needed a little something and snow is definately appropriate.

When I started Project 365, I had decided there were a few elements I wanted to keep consistant from month to month so the entire album would flow. First, I thought with 30-31 photos each month I would need 6 pages per month. Second, I wanted to use a calendar layout on the first page. And third, I wanted all the pages of each month to be in the same color family.

I was determined to keep up with this project, so I began working on January's pages about halfway through the month. Everything was going well. I was using 'winter' patterned paper with blues, white, silver and a little red. Then I found out how much of the pretty paper ends up covered up with 6 photos per page. Then I realized the pages were so full, I wouldn't be able to really add any embelishments. For those of us in scrapbooking, embelishments are the equivilent of the holy grail.

Now that I'm done with January, I've learned a few things and hope to make February better. I learned that 6 pages per month is OK, but more pages would be better, so February is being planned with 8 pages. I also learned that day's I'm traveling for work, it's difficult to find something to photograph - that's why there's several photos of hotels and food! I've also learned that I like pink. I have no idea when that happened and it's making me wonder what else I may find out about myself!

Coming Soon......January's pages!

Friday, February 5, 2010

These are a few Halloween cards I made last year. I love the googly eyes on the bats.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Summertime Pages

This is the book I started working on this afternoon. I'm using a lot of blues and greens, so it makes me think of summer. Here's a peek at a few of the inside pages.