Friday, December 30, 2011

Football Star

Good Morning bloggers!

I hope you all had a fantastic holiday!

I realized this Christmas just how much Steve loves me.

He loves me so much that he bought stuff for my studio!
A new a drafting chair -- so I can actually reach my work table (also, it has this cool foot-rest ring built into it so I can spin in circles till I throw up.  Bonus!!)   and an new (PINK!) Ipod, so that I can put on my headphones and ignore him at much higher volume now.  

Between those two things & the number of projects that I have on my scrappy resolutions list, it may well be a week or two before I see him again. 
Of course, I bought him a new TV for Christmas, so it is entirely possible that he won't notice anyway.

I wanted to share one last layout with you before the year ends.

It is my most favorite layout that I've made all year. 

Supplies: Cardstock: Paper Studio, Stars: Unknown Die Cuts (Colorbok maybe?) , 
Navy Zig Pen, Alpha Stickers: Colorbok (I think)

I love this layout.  

I love the simplicity of it.  

I love that all you really notice is the gorgeous man in the photos.

Why ever would you want to see anything else?


I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, safe NYE.

I'll see you on the next page.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Little Things

Happy December Friends!

Christmas is just 3 Ho Ho Ho's away!

I'm almost ready.
I have a couple of small sewing projects to finish up, but other than that I'm all done!
Oh, except I have to wrap presents.  
And I still need to mail a couple of Christmas Cards.
And I need to go to the grocery store to pick up some things for Christmas dinner...

Alright, so I'm less ready than I thought, but I'll get there!

Since we are only 3 days away, I thought maybe we could take a few minutes to be grateful today.

This layout is a few things that I'm appreciating about my life right now.

 Supplies: PP & Borders: Sassafrass, Cardstock: Flowers: Prima, K & Co, Chipboard Alpha: Making Memories, Other: Trim, Making Memories Paint in Pumpkin, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Sunset

I ordered a Warehouse Box from Sassafrass not too long ago. 
I LOVE their stuff, but it's kind of a stretch from my current style, so a layout with no photos was a good way to get my feet wet, so to speak.
 I layered K & Co chipboard flowers on top of Primas.  
Wish I'd thought of this ages ago-- I've had those chipboard pieces forever!

 I love the way the title came out.  
It was not my original intention for it to be splotchy, but I love the way it looked when it happened, so I went with it.

I layered 2 paper borders (cut from the edge of the paper) and a border sticker and the ball trim on the edges. 
I'm not a big border user, so again, this was a stretch that I was happy to make.

All in all, I'm really happy with how it came out. 

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Epic Journey

Good morning friends!

I hope you are all happy & well this morning.

Personally, I am freezing my hoobie off here in North Dallas today.

Which, frankly, just ticks me off.
I'm pretty sure I moved to TX and tolerate 120* summer days and living 1500 miles away from my family for the express purpose of NOT having to freeze my hoobie off.  
Clearly, I am getting screwed in this deal.

I have a non-Christmas-y project to share with you today.

As you know, I took a week-long vacation with my family at the beach just a few weeks ago. 
(Remember, back when it was warm?)

I printed the 8 bazillion photos that we took that week and am in the process of creating an album.
All of the photos are in the album, and all organized, I just have to make the layouts.
But, ya know, it's a slow process.
It's a huge album.
It's 8 bazillion photos.

So, I decided to make a mini-album from some of the left-over photos.

(As an FYI to the Fam-- this album and it's significantly larger sibling album are the reason that ya'll are getting store-bought Christmas cards this year.  
Just so ya know.)

Bound using 3" book rings from  an office supply store.

It's a little fat, but so am I, so I'm good with it.

Everything is 4"x6".  

I wanted to be able to just use the photos that I had, as is, so I cut all of my chipboard & PP to match the size photos I already had printed.

Here are some of the inside pages:

I really like the format of this album.
It was so simple and I love that the photos are the star.
And it was a great way to use a ton of older  supplies and stamps that I'd never even opened.

Supplies I used:
Cardstock- Paper Studio
Flowers- Recollections
White Alpha Tiles- JoAnn Craft Essentials
Red Alphas- Spare Parts
Yellow Alpha- Chip Chatter
Acrylic Emblies- JoAnn Craft Essentials
Bling Swirl- Want To Scrap
Stickers- DCWV, Bo Bunny, Heidi Grace, K & Co, Colorbok, MAMBI, October Afternoon
Page Tabs- October Afternoon
Journal Tags & Left Over Word Strip- Creative Imaginations
Red Words & Brackets- Anna Griffin
Stamps- Theresa Collins, Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday, Clearly Wordsworth, Art Gone Wild
Green Bling & Pearls- Making Memories
Blue & Orange Pearls- Glitterazzi
Pens- Slick Writers from American Crafts
Ribbons- Scraps from my stash

I'm definitely going to do this style album again.  

It was so simple & freeing to think only about jazzing up the photos themselves and nothing else.

Ok, off to get some more work done.

Hope ya'll are warmer than I am.

Maybe I'll ask Santa for some flannel jammies for Christmas.

Or a hot tub... Yeah, a hot tub would be good....