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!?"
...bright, colourful gel pens all arranged in a carousel in rainbow colour. I found this at Costco yesterday and it immediately caught my eye. I was drawn in by the colour arrangement...how I could I walk away?
Did I care if the pens actually worked well? No, not really (surprisingly for me!)
Did I buy it just for the colours and as decoration for my craft room? You betcha!
Did the pens work well? YES! Better than expected!!
Does this make me happy? YES, YES, YES!!
See, small things like this make me a happy girl.
Here, let me spin the carousel so that you can see each of the colours...
I also wanted to share this fix for a clogged gel pen found on THIS BLOG. I haven't tried it, but I wanted to record this info. here in case I ever need it in the future. Some of my scrappy friends on a message board I belong to recommended this link and say that it works...so I trust them!
Such sad news to hear of Robin Williams passing on Monday. The extensive media coverage this week really reflects how much he was loved by so many people. In one of the reports they mentioned this quote from his movie "Jack" and I thought it was very apropos.
This is a layout I created yesterday featuring The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. The pictures are from 11-17-2013. During this time the Mansion is decorated for the Halloween and Christmas Seasons. I've done an overview video that you can WATCH ON YOUTUBE
This frame is an unfinished wood veneer piece I picked up at Michaels. I painted it black and added Martha Stewart's chunky black glitter around the center. The banner is from one of the pictures I took and I printed it the size I needed and let my Cameo cut it out.
The title was cut with my Cameo. First I cut "Haunted Mansion" from my black background paper. Then I cut the title again from beige paper. I inlaid the positive beige cuts into the negative space in my black background. This makes the title look like it's part of the paper because it lays flat. The only part that is raised is the word "THE" in the title because I was afraid it might not cut as smoothly out of the thick background paper. So I only cut it once from my beige paper and glued it on top.
This is the double-sided paper I used to cut out the title. The striped side I used to trim my edge after I had cut out my title from the center of the opposite side that has the skull. That way I got "double duty" from this paper. I also backed everything with a solid piece of black cardstock. This covered up the cut out title as well as giving extra strength to the layout because that oval frame is a bit heavy.
Happy Haunting Collection - My Mind's Eye
This is the background paper I used. It's interesting to look at all by itself and it was a great base to start the layout.
Happy Haunting Collection - Carta Bella (same collection name, but different companies).
Saturday my 5 year old niece, Grace, spent the day crafting with me (and we even had time to bake cookies). This is the layout Grace did. Again, it started with the wood veneer frame. When I was at Michaels trying to get ideas of stuff for us to do, I found that frame and thought it would be fun to paint for our Halloween picture of our time at the Haunted Mansion (she is in that picture too). Grace loves Halloween like I do, so I thought painting and decorating a spooky frame was something she would like to do. Plus, I want to get her hooked on scrapbooking at a young age! ;-)