Thursday, December 11, 2014

How to make 32 Christmas Cards in 2 hours

Bulk card making is awesome for when you need a lot of cards for a lot of people...this year I need 30 for the students in my homeroom class, and another 30 for the classmates in my two sons classes.

Over the years I've tried many things to streamline my card-making, but I have never tried using a formula from a papercrafting company. I have had this awesome book by CTMH for a while...


...and have made a few cards loosely based on the great sample shown inside it. A couple of weeks ago I was flipping through it looking for inspiration and came upon this workshop for making 16 cards (pgs 111-112):


The instructions said that this was a simple and economical workshop, requiring only the card bases themselves, 1 piece of 12 x 12 patterned paper, 1 coordinating piece of 12 x 12 solid cardstock and another portion of a piece of 12 x 12 solid cardstock to create the accents for 16 cards! The cutting diagrams and instructions seemed straightforward, and it looked like an easy recipe to create lots of cards quickly.

But I needed more than 16 cards, so I thought that just like other recipes, I could "double it" to get the amount that I needed. I found two pieces of pretty red and aqua Christmas patterned paper in my stash and knew that a card project like this was the perfect way to use them up. I had lots of red 12 x 12 cardstock, but no coordinating 12 x 12 aqua cardstock, so I used a few pieces of  8.5 x 11. I figured I could use the scraps from both to cut out some snowflake embellishments with the Accent Essentials Cricut cardtridge. I selected two sentiment stamps and a "Lagoon" ink pad from CTMH that I thought would work well with the patterned papers.



I started by doing all the cutting. I followed the guides, first stacking and cutting the patterned paper, then doing the same with the cardstock. That took about 25 minutes. (Tip: write the Number/Letter on the back of piece as you cut it out...it will save you time later when you are finding all the pieces for each card.)

Then I assembled each type of card..all the #1's, then #2's etc. That took about 45 minutes. Finally I figured out how many snowflakes in each size and color I needed and set the Cricut to work. I used the same snowflake for all, just changing the size and color. While my Cricut cut, I stamped all the the sentiments, then adhered the snowflakes as they finished cutting. The embellishing process took about 45/50 minutes all together. Not bad...two hours for 32 cards! Here's the finished batch...


And these four are my favorites of the bunch...



...but they are all cute and I love the red and aqua together! I still need about 28 more cards, so I might do another bulk workshop, or simply mass produce one of my favorites. Either way, it's nice to know that it won't take more than 2 hours to finish all the rest of my cards.

If you need a lot of cards and happen to know a CTMH consultant, ask them to see the Wishes book and give bulk card making a try!

Happy Card Making!



Friday, December 05, 2014

Snowflake Card

Still making Christmas cards!

I wanted to do a few extra techniques on a card for my MIL (hope she doesn't see this post!) so I broke out the Cricut, Cuttlebug, embossing powder and heat gun and some special silvery shimmer paper, inks and twine.




Card Size 4.25" x 5.5"
Creative Memories White and Cloud Cardstock and Gray Shimmer Cardstock
Sissix/Hero Arts "Snowflake" Stamp and Embossing Set
Colorbox Silver Inkpad
Stampin' Up Silver Embossing Powder
Snowflake cut with Creative Memories "Tis the Season" Cricut Cartridge
Michaels Dollar Bin Sentiment Stamp and Silver Twine

Tomorrow I'm planning another bulk Christmas card making session - I'll be back next week to share the cards and the first few pages of my December Daily. Have a great weekend!



Wednesday, December 03, 2014

My Improvised "Scraprack"

It seems that organizing a crafting space is a never ending process. I started a major overhaul of my scrap-space earlier in the spring but it got put on the back burner when we did some other house renovations. And since I wasn't in there very much, I sort of just let it as is. Now that I've started using the space again, I need to finish what I started so I can keep on crafting.

I've been home sick the last couple of days along with my son, and I had the luxury of cuddling with him on the couch while he watched movies and I surfed Pinterest and some of my favorite blogs. As I surfed from link to link I arrived at the website for the Scraprack, an ingenious organizational system for almost all your scrapbooking and papercrafting supplies. I had heard of the product but never really investigated it. The site is loaded with helpful hints and excellent video tutorials. The products themselves make a lot of sense, and if I didn't have so many Creative Memories storage items that already work pretty well for me, I'd be tempted to buy the whole system - the Scraprack, Create and Carry bag and the fabulous Crop Crate apron (which transforms an Office Depot rolling crate into a super functional way to get all your supplies to a crop). Ooooh...its all so delicious, and it comes in lots of colors!



As I mentioned, many of my systems work pretty well but the main category of supplies that I still needed to get a handle on was stickers and flat embellishments. Most recently I've tried keeping them in an accordian style folder, clear plastic shoe boxes and the drawers of my cube system. These options worked OK, but I found that when I needed something I would typically have to pull out the stack of items, go them to find the one that worked for my project and then have to put it all away again. As I watched the Scraprack videos I loved the premise that flipping through pages lets you see what you have without having to open a box or dig through a drawer. The less steps you have to take to find the item that works, the more time you have to work on your layout or project.

I thought about what I had and how I could adapt it for my collection of stickers and embellishments. I realized that I still had my old CM Accessory Binder from the early 2000's that had similar divided pages like the Scraprack ones. Remember these...?


I had abandoned it a few years ago because it got disorganized and I hated pulling it out of my cabinet, unzipping it, finding what I needed and then putting it all away again. And I never seemed to have a space on scrap table to lay it so it was always a pain to use. But what if it had a dedicated space to live and could remain opened and accessible, just like the scraprack?

Excited by the idea I thought about what I could use as a stand to lay it on and keep it on an angle for easy viewing. A cookbook holder? Mine was too small to hold the open binder. A plate holder or easel? Too flimsy. Then I remembered that I had a laptop desk from Ikea that I was going to give away because I never use it.




I put it on the counter that held my sewing machine. Would it work?







Yes! Success!

So far, so good. I'll see how it works and holds up in the months to come.  It has also prompted me to start purging and organizing the sticker and embellishments I currently have and sorting and organizing them into the binder. I'll let you know how that works out in another post soon.

Now, I'm not saying to NOT buy the Scraprack...but if you already own something that might work, why not try to reuse it and improvise a better solution than the one you have now? I'm betting that many of you have a similar binder from CM or another company, such as Crop In Style. What have you got hanging that might work for you in the never ending quest for craft organization? I'd love to hear and see your ideas!

Happy scrapping organizing!







Monday, December 01, 2014

December Daily 2014

In my previous post I was telling you how excited I was to get into my craft room and use up some of my Christmas stash. In addition to the cards and layouts I made, I also planned and put together my December Daily album for this year. I haven't done one in a few years, but I love how they capture the magic and excitement of the month of December...not JUST Christmas Day. (You can learn all about the December Daily phenomenon at Ali Edward's website.)

I actually plan on documenting all the way to December 31st this year because we have lots of events and activities planned and I wanted to make sure I capture all the fun! For me, part of that fun is thinking about, planning and creating the actual album, and I love pinning pictures of all the December Daily Albums out there that inspire me.

I knew that I wanted to have the album ready before December 1st came so that I could just pop the photos and journaling in. I toyed with the idea of using a 6x8 pocket page book because they are so easy and I love the way they look, but I had a cute, sparkly green 8x8 Creative Memories Album just begging to be used.




I loved the color and the shimmer, but it had the traditional strap hinge CM pages so I had to think a little about how I could pre-make the pages without knowing what orientation the photos would be in advance. I did some quick scrapbookers math and came up with two basic page layouts that were pretty flexible. Each layout uses only 2 pieces of 2 x 4 patterned paper strips (great to use up scraps) and leaves space for one 4x6 and one 4x4 photo, plus a little extra for journaling. Here's the first layout option:




And here's the second:



I figured out that with a 4x6 option and a 4x4 option on each side of a double page spread, I can probably fit just about any photos onto any page.

After looking through my Christmas papers, I found quite a few scraps from a paper pad called "Christmas Party" by Momenta/ATD that I snapped up at Winners years ago for only $6.00! It had tons of papers, die cuts, borders and punch out letter circles. I've used it for lots of projects over the years, but there was enough left for this little album. I started by cutting up the scraps into 2 x 4 strips and adhering them to the pages based on my layouts above.

 




I added these scraps to every page in the album...all ready for photos and journaling. Next I made a title page with some of the larger scraps, word strips, die cuts and letters. I added CM number stickers to the die cut tag for the year.



I separated all the remaining die cuts, letters and numbers. I sorted them and put them into a little tin for easy access. I plan on adding them in small doses throughout the album for fun and a sense of consistency.

I also printed out a new batch of my very own December Daily Date Circles, which you can read about and get by visiting this blog post. I punched them out and stored them with the other die-cuts.

Finally I put all the components for my little album in a basket along with the CM Page Protectors, some adhesive and my journaling pens. The basket will live on my desk so it will be a visible reminder of my project and will always be near at hand when I'm ready to add in the daily photos.

So, I think I'm ready! I'm looking forward to making lots memories with my family this December and then capturing and documenting to enjoy again and again. I hope some of these ideas help you with your December Daily. I'll try to post a few layouts each week and I'd love to see yours as well - make sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog or Instagram photos below!

Happy December!





Saturday, November 29, 2014

Nordic Christmas Stash-Busting Projects

In my last blog post way back in July 2013, I said “never say never” in regards to closing down this blog. Well, its a good thing, because… I’m back! Yes, after a 16 month absence I’m resurrecting the blog yet again. Why? Well…

  • In short, I miss it! I missed writing, creating and posting projects and being able to look back and see what’s been happening in my little family. I didn’t realize how much my blog was, in essence, an online scrapbook.
  • I also miss the events my Calgary Crops colleagues Carla and Heather and I used to organize. We always worked with such a great group of ladies who I really miss as well! But after various health issues and conflicts with work and family life, we stopped running our crops and retreats. We've been out of commission since last spring but are now cautiously optimistic that we may be able to run a somewhat scaled-back event in spring 2015. (Keep an eye out for more info!) 
  • And even though I wasn’t blogging about it, I was following the ins and outs of the Direct Sales Scrapbooking Industry. The demise of Ahni and Zoe and the rise of The NEW Creative Memories is another incentive to return to business and blogging. I was not a fan of the Ahni & Zoe re-organization and was sad to see that things were really just the same behind the scenes with a different name out in front. The same problems that plagued Creative Memories and led to its TWO bankruptcies were repeated with Ahni & Zoe. But, now the rights to the Creative Memories name, equipment and proprietary manufacturing processes of the strap hinge albums have been purchased by Caleb Hayhoe, who also acquired Creative Memories Japan. He has restructured Creative Memories, brought back the mission and much-beloved coversets, pages and protectors and has revamped the whole organization! I like what I see so far and I’ll be signing up as an Advisor as soon as they are open for business in the province of Alberta. I am excited to once again be able to offer my previous customers the products they love – and of course to have them available for myself! You can see the new Creative Memories website and products here, but at the time of writing, only customers in the US and the Provinces of British Columbia and Ontario in Canada can sign up as advisors and/or purchase products.

So, as I wait for CM to come to Alberta and gear up to offer events I will at least start posting projects and ideas again. I may not post with the same frequency I used to, but I'll aim for at least one or two per week. 

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After several months of not crafting or scrapbooking, the holiday season seems to have re-energized me. I dusted off my crafting table and over the last week I've been making cards to send out this year, working on some layouts about Christmas 2013, and prepping my December Daily Album.  I've been wanting to use up the stash of papers I've been hoarding (so I can make room for some new CM papers - wink, wink!). So I dug around and found a kit of leftover CM "Nordic Christmas" papers, stickers and embellishments. There were several full papers left and quite a few scraps so I figured I could make several cards and at least a couple of layouts to use it all up. Stash-busting at its best!

First some cards. I sketched a simple design:



Dimensions for card components:   
Card Base: 4.25" w x 5.5" h, Solid Cardstock: 4" w x 5.25" h, Patterned Strip: 1.5" w x 5.5" h, Image: 2.5" w x 3" h

I picked one page of striped/patterned paper to use for my cards and cut it into the 1.5" x 5.5" strips...I got 16 from one 12 x 12 sheet so I knew I could make 16 cards. I matched it up with some teal cardstock (CM, retired) and paired it with the October Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart. I found that the Cranberry ink and Slate ink matched the colors of the Nordic papers very nicely, and I cut the postage stamp shape with CTMH's Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge.


Even though I sketched the card out ahead of time, I changed it a little during the process of making it. I ended up stamping the sentiment inside the card and added a small snowflake punch and gem to the front lower corner instead. You could totally fancy this card up with ribbon, inked edges etc., but as-is it’s such a quick and easy design - I made all 16 of them in just about an hour!

Then it was time for some scrapbooking. For my first layout, I chose two identical pieces of the Nordic Christmas printed 12 x 12 paper, and flipped one around to make the base for my layout. I still had several 4.5 x 6.5 card mats in the pack, so I matted a couple of photos and left the rest without mats. I had used up most of the embellishments, but I found a cardstock sticker to use as a title, and then stamped a few designs with the coordinating Nordic Stamp set onto circles to use as embellishments. I added handwritten journaling and this layout was finished in about 15 minutes! I love these kinds of pre-printed papers for quick and easy scrapbooking and I hope the new CM will have something similar.




For the second layout I used the same process - took two papers that were the same design, flipped one to make the base, matted a few photos with plain white cardstock, left the rest unmounted and then added a couple of the remaining stickers and journaling. Another 15 minute layout.


My kit was down to just a few papers left. A single page with a blocked design was turned into the layout about our Christmas Eve traditions. I had one poinsettia sticker left so I used that on the journal box and then cut out the title and additional poinsettia embellishment from photo mat scraps using the CM 'Tis the Season Cricut Cartridge. Took about 10 minutes - yay!




And this single page already had the two photo mats, embellishments and title pre-printed right on the paper. All I did was crop down one landscape photo to 4x4 and add the 2x4 piece of white paper beneath it to journal on. A 5 minute layout - I love that!


In two hours I got 1 cards and 4 layouts done and used up a bunch of Christmas products. Not bad after a long time away from the craft room! My creative juices seem to be flowing again and I can't wait to create and share more with you - including the plans for my December Daily 2014 album.

Thanks for dropping in AND for stopping by the blog every once in while over the past 16 months - I'm amazed at the traffic that it has seen, even without any new posts. It’s SO good to be back and I'm looking forward to re-connecting with all of you!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Updates and Changes

Wow...2 months since I posted. Sheesh, life gets in the way, eh?

Yes, a lot has been going on and I have been altering my course along the way. I returned to work earlier this spring and quickly found that I just didn't have enough time for my scrapbooking pursuits, including my Creative Memories business and the local crops I helped to organize and host. Around the same time, CM filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. Although they are trying to regroup, if they continue the company will look completely different and I have decided that I will not be part of it.

As for the blog, this will be my last post, (well, I have left and returned to this blog before, so I guess I should never say never!) but I will leave the blog online in case you find any of the archived posts helpful. I may consider moving the content over to a more general blog as I do enjoy writing and posting about life with my boys, crafts and home projects. If I do transfer things over, I will make sure to post a pointer to the new location.

So I'll leave you for now with my last layout for Scrap It With A Song today. The final song inspiration? "So What" by Pink! I love this song...it always gets me singing along and channeling my inner rocker bad-girl! On our recent vacation, my 8 year old son channeled HIS inner rocker when he grabbed his dad's cool Ray Bans and showed us some rocking attitude! He was mimicking the photos of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles and other classic rockers that lined the walls of a great little restaurant in Oregon that we visited while on vacation. Since we just got back from our holidays I haven't had time yet to print photos and create a traditional layout, so thank goodness for digital scrapping:



Storybook Creator 4.0 Software &
"Some Kind of Wonderful" Digital Art Kit both by Creative Memories

Make sure you hop over to SIWAS to see all the layouts inspired by the song and be sure to play along by posting your own layouts! Thanks to SIWAS for letting me be a part of a great group of gals...I had lots of fun with the challenges. Good luck to the new admin and design team!

And, thanks to you for visiting my blog. I always enjoyed posting and sharing with you, and was gratified to see my blog traffic increase and receive your emails and comments. Perhaps we'll meet in blogland again sometime. Until then, take care and happy scrapbooking!


Sunday, May 19, 2013

May SOTM

Life has been crazy and unfortunately for me (as for many of you) scrapbooking is often the first thing that gets put on the back burner when other things pop up. I never did get the SOTM up for April, so it has now become May's Sketch of the Month - and late in May at that!

I am enjoying the challenge of coming up with layouts based on my easy 1-2-3 Formula...a layout that uses 1 piece of double-sided patterned paper, 2 pieces of cardstock and only 3 cuts! This month's sketch is a grid-style format with 4 x 6 photos interspersed with 4 x 6 blocks of paper.



And here's my layout based on the sketch...



This is a great layout for using up a lot of 4 x 6 photos in landscape mode. I seem to have a lot of these because I often forgot to turn my camera to portrait orientation. The photos in my layout are from a car show we attended last summer and every single picture I took that day was in landscape orientation!

I used two sheets of gray cardstock as my base along with one sheet of subtly patterned green/arrow striped paper from CM's It's a Boy! Stack Pack.


I love this pack because it's not JUST for baby boys. The colors and patterns are so cool and can be used for so many different layouts (like with the cars above). Two pages of die-cuts are included in the stack pack and coordinating embossed cardstock, stickers and photo mats are also available.

Here is the cutting diagram for the layout. After you make your three cuts you'll have a 4 x 12 piece of paper leftover that you can use to cut your title letters or punch shapes from. To complete my own layout I trimmed a couple of 1/4' strips from this leftover piece to add as a "ribbon" feature above the top row of pictures and paper blocks. Then I cut my title letters freehand after simply drawing them on the leftover paper and punched the stars with a retired CM punch. A few dots with my journaling pen echoed the dots on the patterned paper and polished off the layout.




Remember, the magic of these 1-2-3 layouts is in the double sided paper...after cutting you simply flip over some of the pieces to perform double duty and add extra interest to your page.

If you use the sketch to make a layout and share it on your blog, please include a link in the comment section below so we can see what you did with it! I hope you have some fun scrapbooking with this sketch this month!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Soak Up the Sun

I think Spring finally has a good hold here in Calgary and Summer is just around the corner! We've been enjoying great weather and warm sunny days this week!

During May we are being inspired by the weather over at the Scrap It With A Song blog, and this week the Rock Chicks used Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow as our jumping off point.

I took this photo of hubby and my younger son Sam a few years back as they watched my older son Grayson on a ride at our local amusement park. But, they appear to have their faces lifted to enjoy the warming rays of the sun! Either way, I love to "soak up" photos of these guys...I can't get enough of Sam's chubby cheeks!


Summer 2012 Customer Appreciation and Sweet Spring Baby Digital Kits
Fonts: Cooper Black and LD Dabble
 
 
Have a great day...hope you can soak up some sun wherever you are!
 

 

Foolish Games

Whoah...I seem to have lost a lot of time, energy and mojo lately! But I have another layout over at the Scrap It With a Song blog and to share with you here!

We are finishing up with the April Fools theme with the song, "Foolish Games" by Jewel. I took inspiration from the title of the song, although my happy layout certainly doesn't reflect the theme of relationship angst in the song!

Here's the back story:  my youngest son Sam has Autism Spectrum Disorder and one of the things he (and many kiddos with Autism) has trouble with is engaging with others in imaginative and pretend play. As part of his therapy we had a play therapist come to our home every weekday for about seven months. Her job was to play! Some days were better than others, but Sam definitely made gains in his play skills (yes, believe it or not, play does involve skills!) and we have seen an improvement in his desire to engage with others (as opposed to playing alone).

I had snapped a few photos of Amy and Sam playing, knowing that I would want to document this phase of his therapy. The title of our inspiration song - "Foolish Games" - made me think of some of the silly games we played. I found these photos with bright happy colors and created this digital layout...

Papers, Alphas and Embellishments - Just Fun Digital Kit (retired)
Ribbon Embellishments - Holidazzle Digital Kit
Font - Segoe Print
Software - Storybook Creator 4.0 by Creative Memories


Make sure you hop over to SIWAS to see all the other takes on the song by the other awesome Design Team members! (And don't forget to upload your creations inspired by any of this month's songs.)



Thursday, April 11, 2013

Love me, Love me!

We have a new song challenge up today over at Scrap It With A Song - Lovefool by the Cardigans. So cool!

I took inspiration from the first line in the chorus of the song - "Love me love me, say that you love me" to go with some great pics of Shane and I taken just before Christmas by Deanna Mae Photography. These photos didn't make the Christmas Card cut (since we chose one with the whole family!) so I thought they deserved a special layout to showcase them.


Digital Artwork: Be Merry, Fun Winter
All Creative Memories

Head on over to SIWAS to see other fabulous inspiration from the design team and get some inspiration to play along with any of our "foolish" songs this month!





Friday, March 22, 2013

New SIWAS DT Layout

I have a new layout up at the Scrap It With A Song blog today! Our theme of colorful songs this month continues with a classic - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland.

Its one of those songs that you know all the lyrics to and and you find yourself humming or singing to yourself every now and then. I love how timeless this song is. It was originally written for the movie "The Wizard of Oz" in 1939, won an academy award and became Garland's signature song. Over the years it's been re-recorded by many artists, and a ukelele version by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole has become super popular and been used in a variety of soundtracks in recent years.

As I was looking through pics to get started on my layout, I came across several photos from one of our off-roading trips from last summer. We had reached a beautiful meadow at the summit of a trail and we got out to enjoy the view. The sky was so vast and blue and I snapped photos of the boys racing across the meadow with the sky stretching endlessly in the background. When I saw the photos, I immediately thought of the lyrics from the song "...skies are blue", and used that as my title.


I used products from the brand new Candy Shop Power Palette for this layout. I love how the bright colors in the patterned papers, journal box, alpha stickers and epoxy stickers that I chose from the huge variety in the collection work with the green grass, bright blue sky and colors in my boys shirts!

Make sure to drop by Scrap it With a Song and see all the layouts by the design team that were inspired by this song. And if you play along and post one of your own layouts, link up by March 31st to win a chance to be a guest designer on SIWAS in May! Good luck!



Friday, March 15, 2013

March Sketch of the Month

I'm a little bit late getting this month's sketch posted, but I'm a little bit late with everything this month it seems!

I have heard from quite a few ladies in my customer base that have enjoyed using these sketches, but I haven't had any link-ups yet.  I probably need more followers to get some responses, but I'm not going to worry too much about it. For now, I'll just keep posting sketches and tips and enjoy hearing back from those of you who use them! (Psst...that's a hint that I would love a few comments!)

This month I worked a little differently. My scrap space is going through a major overhaul...I am moving furniture and bringing in additional storage and possibly painting, so most of my traditional scrapbook supplies are currently packed up. I usually create the SOTM digitally using Storybook Creator 4.0, but this month I created the sample digitally as well.

The sketch is a two page spread with space for six(!) 4 x 6 photos, title, embellishments and journaling. Once again you can create it using my quick 1-2-3 method...1 piece of double sided patterned paper, 2 pieces of cardstock for the base and only 3 cuts (or in this case, 2 punches and one cut!)




I didn't provide a cutting diagram this month because when you cut or trim border pieces, you will have a different amount of wastage depending on the type of border maker you use, so here are some quick general directions instead:

1) Take your 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper and punch or cut a 12" decorative border. Trim the border down to about 1" wide. Repeat to create second border.

2) Cut your remaining piece of patterned paper (which will be approximately 10 x 12") in half to make two strips measuring  about 5x 12" each.

3) You now have two borders and two strips. Decide which side of the double-sided paper you will place up for the strips (dominant) and then turn your borders over to reveal the other pattern (accent).

4) Place one border and strip vertically along the left edge of the first piece of cardstock, and the second border and strip horizontally along the bottom edge of the second piece of cardstock as shown in the sketch.

5) Add photos, a title and maybe a few cute embellishments to finish it off.


You get so much mileage from just one piece of double sided paper using this 1-2-3 method.

For the sample layout above I used a free digital kit from Creative Memories that I would love to pass on to you. CM has created four "Customer Appreciation" seasonal paper and embellishment kits for use with the Storybook Creator 4.0. I used the Spring kit here, but all four sets are equally cute! And when you purchase the Storybook Creator 4.0 DVD or download the digital copy , I will send you these digital freebies to help you get started with your digital scrapbooking!

Speaking of digital freebies....don't forget to check out the CM digital blog every Friday to snag some freebies. Today's freebies are super cute and feature artwork that matches the new Candy Shop Power Palette! Check out all the digital freebies here and have fun adding to your digital collection!

Preview_03_15_2013


I plan on getting my scrap space finished this weekend..what scrappy projects do you have going on? Whatever you have planned...enjoy!





Thursday, March 07, 2013

Just You & Me

Sheesh...2 weeks since I last posted? Where does the time go?!

I have a new layout up today over at Scrap It With A Song. This month we are playing with color-themed songs, and the Rock Chicks were given the song, "Lady In Red" by Chris DeBurgh. Love this song...I remember it as "the" slow song at many a High School Dance!

I knew I didn't have any photos that could be used in a literal way (ie: no pics of ladies actually wearing red!) so I took a closer look at the lyrics. The phrase "There's nobody here, it's just you and me. It's where I want to be" resonated with me and reminded me so much of our wedding...Shane and I went off to Jamaica to get married without any other family members. It truly was just him and I and we were so happy to have done it that way. This photo was taken by a friendly bystander at our wedding dinner overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea.



I am in the middle of revamping my scrap space and didn't have access to my tools and paper, so I decided to work digitally this week. The layout was created using Creative Memories Storybook Creator 4.0 software with the Cottage Garden Digital Kit and a word art embellishment from the Reflections Digital Power Palette. I edited the original picture to a sepia tone to work better with the vintage style and colors of the digital papers and embellishments in this kit.

Make sure to head on over to Scrap It With A Song and take a look at all the other DT layouts...they are just lovely! And don't forget we want to see your take on any of the songs on our March playlist...just upload your layout by March 31st.

I'll have a new Sketch of the Month up for you in the next day or so...I promise it won't be two weeks before I post it!