Sunday, October 28, 2007

Scrapbooking advice & projects to share

Ali Edwards found a blog that has some *great* advice on timeless scrapbooking techniques. I'm working toward including more meaningful journaling in my books so that my descendents can feel that they know who I was -- my personality, my values, my hopes -- by my album entries. I also want to capture the personalities of my family members and friends in my scrapbooks. This would add so much depth to our stories.

I've been re-organizing in my studio. My stamp collection has outgrown the CD holders I had them in. I'm also expecting a large order of stamps soon from Stampin' Up! So, I had to make room for the new arrivals. I've been eyeing this Making Memories Embellishment Center ever since it came out.

I love how it allows one to display supplies in a beautifully organized fashion. I especially like the paint display. I love the rainbow of color. The paint display is what got me hooked. I went to Michael's with my 50% off Jo-Ann's coupon and bought this gem. As I was setting it up I thought the the cubbies would be a perfect place to hold my stamp CD cases. Here's how it turned out:

I have some of my recent work to share. I used one of our theme packs and tried to make as many projects as possible with the paper. These pieces are made using Piggy Tales Goldilocks & the 3 Bears Collection. The paper set, base boards, and album are available on my web site:

I first made a hanging wall display with a fall theme using Cosmo Cricket Lacing Cards Buck Naked as the base:

Here are close ups:

Then I made a mini book using a 7 Gypsies Teeny Weeny Album. First a top view of the album -

The front and back covers with buttons and ribbon embellishments --

Now, the inside pages --

And then finally I eeked out this cute little card. The card design was inspired from something in Paper Crafts magazine:

I hope to share some more of my projects later this week.

Monday, October 22, 2007

More cards

Using up those paper scraps.

I've been inspired to use my paper scraps up to make cards. I've even thought about giving some of my cards away as Christmas gifts. I'm not sure.

Christmas Plans book - inside back cover

Christmas Plan book -- memories & blessing pages

Christmas Plans book - Jan & visitors pages

Christmas Plan book -- Nov & Dec pages

Christmas Plan book -- to do and receipts pages

Christmas Plan book -- wish list pages

Here are some of my recent projects

I saw a Christmas planning book somewhere online, I believe, and I was inspired to create one myself.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Wow, it's been a while

Okay, I've been MIA but I'm back. I've had weekly crops to attend and I've been on a creative roll. I'll post pictures soon.

This Saturday I'm attending another 12-hour crop held by the ScrapDivas. Then I'll have a weekend free before I attend an 8-hour crop held by Sharon Wilson, CMC. I love going to crops but I do feel a tinge guilty leaving the kiddos at home. But, I get over that feeling and have fun.

At last weekend's crop I was a vendor. There was a smaller turnout than the organizers (and I) expected. Even so, I made some sales. However, those sales did not make up for the ton of stuff I ordered from the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator there. Urgh. I'm supposed to be making $$ not spending it. Aw, but the creative possibilities lured me in.

Tomorrow I hope to post pictures of my recent projects.