A Treasure

I've mentioned my interest in Vintage Ephemera recently. Over the weekend, I picked up a package of cardstock ephemera reproductions made by 7 Gypsies. To my absolute delight, this item was one of the pieces.

I'm a Penn State grad and this is quite a treasure. I would love to know how 7 Gypsies came to have this item and why they selected to include it.

Thanks for reading.

A good day

You know when you have a day that's going to be all to yourself and you have all these things you hope to do? Well, I had one of those yesterday. And it turned out to be as good if not better than I had hoped. It started with Adam leaving early in the morning for a brief one night trip. I spent some good QT (quality time) with Shane in the morning. We went to Target and shared a snack in the Starbucks. He sat in a big person chair and looked very grown up. I have my parents to thank for giving me the afternoon and evening off.

Of course my day was going to be mostly scrapbooking. I made a quick stop at Joann. There weren't any products calling my name, but I had a 50% Michael's coupon burning a hole in my pocket. This week magazines are not on sale, and they are one of the few places that will let you use coupons on them. I've had my eye on a seasonal Stampington publication called Somerset Memories.

It's regularly $15, and I picked it up for $8 after taxes. They have a variety of papercrafting, mixed media and other magazines. This one focuses primarily on scrapbooking and comes out twice per year.

It was a rainy all day and perfect weather to be inside scrapping. My best scrapbooking friend, Kathy, came to my house to check out my scrap space (not very impressive) and to let me play with her new Gypsy for the Cricut (complicated!) EMI Scrapbooking hosted a free crop, and we spent the rest of the evening there scraping, snacking and enjoying some great company.

Unfortunately, I don't have pictures of the things I worked on last night, I can share a layout I started at last week. It appears Pink Paislee's Fetching, Fascinating and Captivating lines which were released in Spring 2009 are one of my most used paper lines. This is about my 5th layout using those products. The amazing thing is I still have some left!

I'll be sharing some details about how this layout came into being on my Sunday Sketch post at The Everyday Scrapper. Check over here Sunday morning.

While participating in the Halloween Banner Challenge during 2 Peas' Stamptoberfest, I was introduced to another kind of papercrafting that uses vintage ephemera and collage. Scrappers are probably familiar with ATCs or Artist Trading Cards. These typically include many stamped, painted or inked elements in addition to vintage papers and photographs. There is a whole world of information and artists showing their work out of the internet. As I learn more I'll share it here. These are some examples I just love:

This is an ATC made by Kris Dickinson. She has some amazing things at her blog. She also has a Halloween blog, which I totally love.

To jump start my creations, I ordered some collage sheets and a kit from ARTchix Studios.

I'm also looking forward to trying some papers from 7Gypies Gypsy Market collection. Stayed tuned!

I hope you have a Happy Halloween no matter what your plans. Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, take a few pictures and eat a piece of candy (or two or three or four). Thanks for reading.

Construction Zone

In my brief history of scrapbooking, I don't think I've ever had this many projects going at once. 2 layouts, a mini book, an accordion album, an altered project and products scattered all over the place. I'm not very good about documenting my works in progress or my scrap space. It's something I want to do more often. Last night I got finally got the camera out.

This is my workspace at the moment.

Last week Peggy talked me into trying my hand at an altered project. The challenge was to create a banner or pennant with a Halloween theme. Here's my entry.

This is a little mini book I started with pictures of Shane this summer.

This past week I got 2 kits I ordered. The first is a Halloween accordion album from Eclectica Scrapbooking in Memphis. I've got it about 50% assembled.

This is the big one I've been waiting for! It's Christine Middlecamp's Adoring Autumn mini book. Right at Home Scrapbooking put it together.

Here are the products I've picked up recently. The November Scrapbook Trends is in the bottom left. I'd already put away Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg papers and chipboard and Bo Bunny Gypsy papers from EMI, 7 Gypsies vintage ephemera, a Basic Grey Two Scoops collection pack.

Scrappers love to show off their storage solutions. I've been working in the dining room, which Adam is not happy about. This is my current setup.

I'm refrain from further vertical growth. I'll be moving to the living room after we add some shelving units and furniture. The unit on the bottom is called an iCube. It came from Costco, and was a great buy for $50. Everyone seems to struggle with how to organize and store their paper. I've settled on these 12x12 3-drawer sets. They are readily available. The retail is $19.99, but I try to buy them from Hobby Lobby or Joann when they are 40-50% off. I'm organizing system is strictly my preference. I have drawers exclusively dedicated to Basic Grey, cardstock and Sassafras Lass (there is Cosmo in there too.) I have one drawer that's a catch all for new paper lines I haven't used yet, and one drawer for all papers I've used for at least 1 project and will probably use again. I keep the scraps from each paper line together with the unused papers. This is easier for me than having to hunt through a scrap drawer or box.

Check back for some layouts I've completed and the finished Summer Fun mini book. Thanks for reading.

Good news from Hobby Lobby

I was browsing the scrapbooking section at Hobby Lobby yesterday when something caught my eye. I had to blink a few times I make sure it was really there. 3 new Basic Grey paper lines available. Want to know which ones?


Lime Rickey


These lines were released within the last year, and are quite popular. Each collection pack includes 12x12 sticker elements and a 12x12 alpha sticker sheet.

Each set is $18.99, but can be purchased with the weekly coupon which is often 40% off, or during a weekly special where all paper packs are 50% off. The manager told me there was a possibility additional lines from Basic Grey and Cosmo Cricket could be arriving soon.

Hope this new makes your day a little happier!

Fall Projects/Shopping Update

Happy Monday everyone. My weekend was filled with fall activities. The weather was cool enough for pants and a light jacket. There was lots of football to watch. Go Penn State and Georgia Tech! I won a 3 set tennis match with a tie breaker in the 3rd. Shane got to play outside at the park, in our backyard, and helping Uncle Bobby wash his car. Another reason to be excited for fall is that Halloween is only 2 weeks away. There are a bunch of Halloween events for Shane to try. We haven't made it to the pumpkin patch yet. That's on my list of to dos. These are little things to treasure.

This past week I worked with Kaisercraft's Loire Valley, Crate Paper Seasons, and Sassafras Lass Me Likey. I also completed a layout I started quite awhile ago with Basic Grey June Bug.

These are Adam's grandparents. They are truly a sweet couple. I can't wait to present this layout to them when we visit at Thanksgiving.

It seems to be another slow time for new scrapbooking products. I did see Nook and Pantry in person at Archiver's last week. The big box stores have 50% off coupons going on now. Joann's also has their open stock paper 5 for $.95. You can never have enough Core'dinations Cardstock. I picked up an EK Success embossed scallop border punch.

To get into the fall mood, I suggest picking up some things from Making Memories Autumn Splendor line. It's a Michael's exclusive, and 40% off this week.

Here is a page using that collection from the MM blog. They also have some project ideas here.

I love these new Sassafras Blossoms available on 2 Peas.

I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of Cosmo Cricket's Nutmeg, Bo Bunny Gypsy and Prima Bloomin' Retro at EMI. In the meantime, I'll be staying busy with Pink Paislee Amber Road, MME Ooh La La, and Lily Bee.

Thanks for reading!

Giving it my all

Over the past two months, I've created over 20 layouts and 2 8-page mini books. None of them have felt like work, but a few were a bit arduous. I've had the opportunity to exchange projects and ideas with awesome designers like Christine Middlecamp, Jana Eubank, Lori Gentile, and Andrea Friebus as well as my Canadian penpal, Peggy Pilgrim, and my Archiver's buddy, Kathy Valerio. It's been my privilege to create a weekly post for TheEverydayScrapper, and to design layouts for EMI Scrapbooking here in Atlanta. All of these experiences have inspired me tremendously, and helped me to produce some of my best work to date (at least in my humble opinion.) I'd like to share some work that I have not previously published on my blog with you now.

This is a layout I made for EMI using My Mind's Eye Abbey Road Stomp papers and chipboard. It is inspried by Trisha La Douceur, who is a member of the Prima and MME design teams and will be visiting EMI in November.

These photos were all taken within Shane's first 2 weeks of life. The photo below the title was the first time I held him after the delivery. The project had a bumpy start, but the photos were too important to me to leave it unfinished. The end result is quite "sweet." I used Sassafras Lass' Sweet Marmalade collection. The background paper is Core'dinations Gemstones. The flowers are Prima e Line.

The picture I used for this next layout is my very favorite from our first trip to the beach with Shane this past August. I've been saving it for just the right project. The design was inspried by the cover of Scrapbook Trends July 2009 issue. My layout is quite different, but the central element of the Making Memories lace circle cutout is exactly the same as the original. The papers are Basic Grey June Bug, Scribble Scrabble Lullabye of Birdland, and a Sassafras border strip. The title transparency is from the Fancy Pants Rough and Tough line.

This is the first layout I created with pictures from my pregnancy. I used the August line from Marks Papers in combination with Jillibean Soup. I used stickers from 7 Gypsies 97% Complete Motherhood and a Prima Pebble from the Tropics line.

These pictures are very special to me. Both were taken the day after Shane was born, in my hospital room. I created a minimalistic design to keep the focus on the photographs. The sticker framed in the chipboard reads "you are an unrepeatable miracle." It's from 7 Gypsies Unique stickers. When I saw it, I couldn't think of anything more appropriate to say.

This is another layout I created for EMI. The papers are from Graphic 45's Transatlantique line. I've never worked with their papers before, and I was very nervous about how to pair the pictures with Graphic 45's distinctive designs.

If you are a frequent visitor to my blog, you've probably noticed most of my layouts are focused on my family and my son. I know I need to do a better job of taking pictures with friends. My oldest and dearest friend, Kelly, recently moved out of the country with her husband and their 4 month old daughter, whom I haven't had a chance to meet. I don't think I'll see them for several years, and that makes me sad. In honor of their depature and my friendship with Kelly, I created this layout. The oldest picture is from 1997, but we've been friends since 8th grade.

Sometimes the sketch I follow and the products I use are irrelevant. The reason why I scrapbook is simply to remember the moments and people who are special to me. I hope you've enjoyed this tour of my work. There is plenty more to come.

Thanks for reading.

Weekly Shopping Update

I know it doesn't make much sense to have a "weekly" update on the first day of the week, but I slacked some last week and here's my attempt to make up for it. Part of the reason why there was no update was because I'm finding it increasingly more difficult to justify purchases at Joann's and Michael's. What?! Nothing to buy at a craft store? Well these are the Big Box stores, and they just are getting it done for me. In fact, I'm happy for this lull. It has allowed me to focus on some really wonderful specialty products.

In my recent blog posts you may have noticed I'm using glitter glue more. There are several companies who make scrapbooking glitter glue. Be forewarned not all are archival safe. The most popular and most expensive products are from Ranger Industries. You know how there are words in our vocabulary that are brands but when you say them, people just know what product you mean? Kleenex and Band-aids come to mind. In scrapbooking, Stickles is one of those words.

These distinctive products come in several varieties including plain Stickles, Tim Holtz' Distress Stickles, and Suze Weinberg's Glitz Stickles. I typically buy mine at Michael's or Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. The selection is limited. If you are looking for the rainbow of colors, go with Archiver's, a LSS or online retailer like 2 Peas.

I purchased these Hero Arts vintage flowers from Archiver's.

They are pricey at $3.99 for 24 flowers, but I love their look. Combining them with fabric flowers and a fabric or glitter brad to take a layout from pretty to gorgeous. Make these flowers last longer by pairing them with some Prima eLine florals. These are some of my favorites.
They are a great deal at $1.50 each. See the entire line at 2 Peas.

Some of you may know about my passion for Sakura Gelly Roll pens. They aren't cheap at $1.50 each or $20 for 10, but they add a distinctive look to any project. They are an indulgence I picked up from Christine Middlecamp. My favorite are the Stardust.

They are similar to metallic pens, but have a more delicate and glittery shimmer. One of the must haves is the Clear Stardust pen. It's perfect for tracing or outlining when you want to give something a distinctive edge. You can buy those in 2 packs at Joann and Archivers. I also have some of the shadow pens. They are available in gold and silver, and have a very cool effect.

Sakura has 2 lines, Glaze and Souffle, which offer a 3-dimensional look. I've played around with them without much success. It's recommended they be used on NON-Porous surfaces such as glass, glossy paper or ceramic.

EMI is expecting to receive all their Basic Grey papers and Cosmo Cricket's latest, Nutmeg, this week. When I was at Archiver's scrap mania on Saturday, I found a display for Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry line. I believe this will be their last for 2009.

Last but not least, if you're in the market for more scrapbooking and craft supply organization, Joann has all their storage 50% off this week.

Happy shopping and thanks for reading.

Keeping busy

I feel like I've accomplished a lot in the past week! I completed the Time Flies and Expecting layouts, as well as a new LO for EMI using Graphic45 Transatlantic papers. You can see Expecting over on the TES blog. I didn't do much shopping this week, but I placed my big 2 Peas. I'm hoping to see that early next week.

Kathy and I are meeting up tomorrow at Archiver's for Scrap Mania. I'll be starting a few projects including a scraplift of this layout by Lori Gentile.

It's for my latest TES Featured Scrapper interview. Typically I work from sketches, but they have not been inspiring me lately. Instead I've really been into scraplifting. The last 4-5 projects I have done have been based on other scrapper's work. It's a common practice in the scrapper world, and it's important to me to give credit to the designer who inspired my work.

Here are 2 interesting challenges over at scrapbook.com
October Cosmo Cricket Challenge -- Show me your Best Work with CC!!! All LOs must be 95% CC but you may create them any way you like. Show me what you got. Inspire me with your best work and win a fabulous prize and get featured on CC Blog.
October Crate Paper Challenge - The only requirement is that 70% of your layout must be Crate Paper products.

I haven't done challenges in the past, but since these are 2 of my favorite manufacturers and I've got new product from both, I think I'll try my hand at them. For the Crate challenge, I'm planning to use new papers from the Seasons line.

Cosmo Cricket has a super cute line called Nutmeg coming out this week. I'm just waiting for the order to arrive at EMI.

I've also got my eye on the Chic Bebe collection pack from GCD Studios at Michael's

The pack includes some neat glittered and die cut papers, as well as a sheet of glittered alphas and die-cut journaling spots. I think it would be perfect for some layouts I'm planning of my new nephew, Eli.

I hope you have lots of fun scrapbooking projects on the horizon. If you're feeling a bit of scrappers-block (which I've been very fortunate not to have experienced) just think about all those great Halloween pictures you'll be taking in only 22 days. But I'm not really counting.....

Goodness on the way

I've been hoarding things in my 2 Peas shopping cart for over a month. Today I took the plunge and placed my order. I had to wait until there was $50 worth of stuff I REALLY wanted so I could get the free shipping. According to their website, my order will ship tomorrow. Knowing 2 Peas and their bad track record with order fulfillment, I'll believe it when I see it.

Some of the goodies coming my way are:
Prima Pebbles
PP from Renae's House, Art Warehouse, American Crafts, Sassafras Lass and Jillibean Soup The Renae's are from their Halloween line

2 sets of Jillibean journaling spots - 50% off
3 different kinds of Sassafras embellies from the newest lines
7Gypsies 97% complete stickers - can't get enough of these. The really neat thing is this set of 3-D adhesive chipboard cut-outs that match the lines stickers.

My big ticket item was a Hero Arts journaling stamp

I qualified for the free Sassafras stickers. They are currently running a promo where you get 2 free sticker sheets when you purchase $10 of their products.

My baby is 18 month old!

In honor of Shane's 18 month birthday on September 19th, I created this 2 page spread. You see alot of this still of layout celebrating a child's past year of growth. Shane @ 1 was a ton of fun for me to create, and I really enjoyed the space a had to work with by making it a double pager.

The concept for the page came from the layout Oct '06 by Maggie Holmes. I wanted to use some PP from the BG Periphery paper pack I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby. The vintage look along with the subtle blues, greens and yellows combined nicely with the Making Memories die cut paper I'd been hoarding for quite some time. All of the red accents came from Sassafras components including border strips, red paper flower, journaling sticker, chipboard, journaling cards, little boy cutout from the Anthem line, and the dimensional button flowers.

I chose to photograph these pages individually to get a better view of the details. What you loose is the continuity of the page. Because I did not have pictures that spanned the page break, I needed to include several paper and embellishment components that would serve as that bridge. I also had the diecut paper, but if I had left it plain there would have been far too much white space. The first element I added was the blue ribbon. It looked kind of lonely, so I added some border stickers from Basic Grey, and a Sassafras border strip I enhanced with red and yellow buttons. That blended nicely with the large journaling sticker I used as a photo mat for the photo inside the circular cutout.

This layout includes quite a large number and variety of products. The last few I want to point out are from my "special stash." These are things I hoard and use quite sparingly. The blue and green vintage flower on the left side above the photos and the yellow flower in the layered emebllishment on the left side both came from Hero Arts. The one on the left is accented with a fabric covered brad from K and Company.

I've decided to create similar projects like this to commemorate Shane's future growth. Someday the collection will make a really great album. Thanks for reading.

Creating Keepsakes Super-Fast Pages for 4" x 6" Photos

I had the opportunity to pick up a copy of this new magazine at Joann's yesterday.

I've only perused the first 20 pages or so. There are not a ton of details about techniques or products, but it has some great ideas and beautiful layouts. You can enter to win your own copy from Creating Keepsakes.

My new friend, Andrea Friebus, is featured with a 2 page layout on pages 120 and 121. She and I have gotten to know each other because I used her concept of a "12 month picture pie" for my layout "Time Flies."

Andrea's layout by the same name was featured in the final issue of Memory Makers magazine. My rendition uses Cosmo Cricket Earth Love papers, and a variety of embellishments from Basic Grey and Cosmo Cricket. The Earth Love papers are from the 6x6 mini deck.

I used lots of Stickles on this project. I purchased some of the new release colors including Pine Needles, Vintage Photo, and Rock Candy. In the past I've had difficulty getting good coverage on whatever I'm applying the Stickles to. You can see how I did with the brown section under the Love Bug title and paper.

It's hard to see above but the letters on the "Wonder" title are covered with Ranger Glossy Accents. It gives a neat sheen and raising effect.

I also embellished these Urban Prairie flowers stickers. The jewel in the center came from one of Prima's new e-Line sets.

I have several new layouts to share this week, plus a t0-be-done layout for EMI using the Graphic 45 Transatlantic line. Thanks for reading!