I love the look of the evergreen tree roped on to the top of a car/truck headed for home to be decorated for Christmas, so I wanted to put together a little display. I REALLY wanted to use an old fashioned red pick up truck or station wagon, but the best I could find was a silver BMW. Well, I guess it fits in with the O.C. :-)
So, here's my litte arrangement...
And, I also found this adorable cookie jar at World Market...
It's been a few months since I've created a 12x12 layout. I've been more pre-occupied with my Project Life spreads (which I have not been posting...but promise to soon).
So here's a new 12x12 layout that I just finished today. I love my iPhone app called COLLECT. It reminds me every day to add a photo for the day and then at the end of the month I can print out the whole month with a picture representing every day (or I can print out each day individually for Project Life). So I took the month of November and printed it out and arranged it on a 12x12 spread. It's nice to look at the whole month at a glance and, even though I don't have journaling, I can remember each day with the photo prompt.
"Hello" wood veneer by Heidi Swapp. All other wood veneer pieces are by Studio Calico. Papers by Simple Stories and Carta Bella.
Day file tabs by Simple Stories. Flair by Amy Heller for Lily Bee Designs.
Squirrel by Jolee's Boutique. I've moved him down to the bottom of the page since I took these pictures.
Getting into the Christmas spirit around here. I've pulled out my old decorations and added a few new ones this year. Last year I wanted to make this shadowbox after seeing this great idea by Kerri Bradford. But I never got around to it. This year I just had to do it. So, I put this JINGLE ALL THE WAY shadow box together the other night. I used a shadow box already "in stock" here at home (I picked it up at TJ Maxx several years ago). It has a convenient little hinged door on the front for changing out things. So what I did was simply add some Jingle Bell music paper (by Heidi Swapp) and two sizes of silver jingle bells from Hobby Lobby (they have 3 sizes that come in clear tubes...I used the small and medium sizes). Then on the outside of the glass I added the vinyl cutout designed by Kerri. I cut it with my Cameo and adhered it to the glass. If this was a dedicated "for Christmas only" shadowbox, I would keep it on there, but when Christmas is over, I will be removing everything.
I coloured 2 of the bells with red alcohol ink. I may try to make some green or aqua ones as well.
I made a Halloween Drinking Straw Wreath 2 years ago and I've been meaning to make a Christmas one ever since. FINALLY I made one the other day. I found some red and aqua straws at Target and couldn't resist. There are 40 in a pack and I bought three packs. I wound up only using 2 though because I mixed in some red and white straws as well.
The straws are secured to a wood circle ring that I painted red. I used hot glue and it works really well because it dries quickly. Here's the backside...
Here's the front. I affixed the red and aqua straws first and then I fit in shorter red and white straws.
Midway through it is pretty enough to be done.
But I wanted to build up some layers. I thought I was done with this, but then the next day I opted for something a bit different in the center.
I added a piece of patterned paper (Allison Kreft) and a giant rhinestone (Glitz). Now it's done!
Today seemed like a fitting date, being the 13th, to share my Halloween decorating with you. It's usually one of my favourite times of year to decoarte, but I just was not in the mood this year. I wasn't planning on decorating, but I had an internal struggle and I gave in. So I did a bit of decorating and I thought I'd share some pictures and a video tour with you today.
This is a styrofoam skull from Michaels and the eyeballs are also styrofoam balls (sold seperately). I just placed the eyes in the skull (no glue needed).
Then I wedged the skull up into this glass dome. It was so tight that it just stuck up in there and now it looks like it's floating. So perfectly unexpected and spooky!
Here's my favourite butler holding some wine, a treat basket and a yummy candle from Bath and Body Works: Halloween Trick or Treat: "Wickedly good! A scary good blend of freshly good marshmallow, smoldering woods and vanilla bean."
The eyes are giant rhinestones from GLITZ's Raven Halloween Collection. I had to hot glue those in because they kept popping out at odd times.
My favourite white pumpkins are on display under this new little table which is under our electric fireplace. On the table I have my Halloween album opened to a couple of my favourite pages: Grace the Good Witch and Pumpkin Love (which I can't seem to find on my blog, so I may not have posted it).
Here's that Pumpkin Love layout above that I don't think I ever posted on the blog.
And, in case you are curious, this is our electric fireplace. Tony and I miss having a fireplace, almost as much as we miss having a big tub, our maybe it's a tie. In any case, we can't do a darn thing about the tub, but we can improvise a little on the missing fireplace! So I found this at Costco and it fit perfectly in this space. It really does the trick for now. Adds some nice ambience at night. It does even give off heat if we turned that part on, but these nights the air conditioning has been running, so the flame is just on and adds that cozy feel to the room.
I'm looking forward to the Fall decorations at Disney this year! How adorable is this!? I found this image online and apparently this was taken somewhere at Disneyland last year. So I am going to really pay attention this year and try to find where they have pumpkin displays. I didn't notice anything like this when I was there.
These pictures are a long time coming, but I finally got around to working with them. They were taken in December 2010 while Mom was here visiting. We were in Balboa looking at the stores and this was an old fashioned candy shoppe.
Susan sent me these pictures back in May from the Strawberry Festival. I love the theme, so how could I NOT scrap them? But they've been on my "to do" list since then. I've had various ideas floating around in my head of what I wanted to design. I started out originally with this piece of paper and thought it might be perfect...
It turned out to be too hard to work with. So I moved on to a wood background that was a lot less busy. I had to add a few peaks around the edges of the red gingham and that was my new background to work with.
I felt like cork worked with this rustic, country theme so I used my metal die set to cut our the letters from some cork paper to make this title...or subtitle...because the real title is in the main picture on the banner "California Straweberry Festival". It didn't seem necessary to repeat that.
I love this jar from October Afternoon's Farm Girl collection and I was determined to (as Tim Gunn would say) "make it work" on this layout. It wasn't easy to incorporate because it's so darn big...but I REALLY wanted it. And I had to add som strawberries to it but I only had two of those chipboard strawberries. Another "make it work" moment...I scanned the chipboard, brought it in to Photoshop, arranged them casually in the jar and printed out the strawberries. Then I cut them out, glued them on top of the chipboard jar and added one of the original chipboard strawberries on top. Finished it off with a label I printed and some gingham and string at the top...oh, and a real paper napkin tucked under it. :-)
I spent this weekend finishing off my organization of all my stamps in the Avery Elle pockets.
I love how organized they all are now and how nice they look in all the same packaging
I've further organized things on my computer with the same system I use for all of my scrapbooking supplies. Each stamp set has been labeled with my P-Touch labeler in some basic categories like:
Alpha, Christmas, Fall, Halloween, Flourish, Journal, PL (Project Life), etc.
So, I could physically flip through the stamps to find what I need or if I wanted something specific, I could search my computer. Each of the sets has been scanned and labeled with tags in PICASA. For example, let's say I want to find the saying "OH SNAP", I type that into the search box and it will come up with everything I have with that saying, including stickers and other embellishments. But if I know I want to stamp the phrase I would narrow my search by typing the key words "CLEAR STAMP OH SNAP" and it would just show what I have in my stamps.
In this instance, I have two sets of stamps with that phrase.
Here is a closer shot of the two stamp sets. Picasa is limited in its database search capabilities, so it did pick up the second set that had the word "OH" and "SNAP" was part of snapshot. But it's easy for me to filter out visually. So I pick the first set that I want to use and I look at the file name under the stamp and it says "STAMPS PL 019". This is the label I need to look for in my stamps.
Everything is alphabetized, so I flip easily to PL 019 and there it is! As the Barefoot Contess would say, "How is is that!?"