Things to share

EK Success has just released a series of new border punch styles. Here are the 2 I picked up.

I really like the flourish because you can use the punched-out swirls as accents on a layout or other project. EK also revealed more border punches, corner punches double punch sets, and large size single punches in a variety of shapes like scalloped circles, tags, brackets and frames.

My birthday was 2 weeks ago. My very good friend and renowned stamper, Linda Adams, created this card for me. She knows just the style I like!

I also received a handmade birthday card from my CA scrapbooker friend, Andrea. Both of us have sons, and I know she was excited to scrap with purple.

Along with the card she sent me this beautiful artist printers tray made by 7 Gypsies.

I'm off to my scrapbooking retreat weekend. I promise to have lots of new layouts to share when I return next week. Thanks for reading.

Vintage projects

I really enjoy my collection of vintage scrapbooking papers, embellishments and doo-dads. I've found a great way to display all these goodies is to create themed mini books. Instead of using pictures to tell the story, I use all kinds of vintage ephemera. Some of the products include Making Memories Vintage Findings kits, papers and tags from Graphic 45's Fashionista, Domestic Goddess and Communique lines, DCWV Mariposa papers and chipboard, K and Company Que Sera Sera and Handmade, 7 Gypsies ephemera cards, art collage sheets from ARTChix, Jenni Bowlin mini Bingo cards, Nostalgiques stickers from EK Success, GCD papers, inspiration cards and chipboard.

Here is an inspiration mini I completed recently.

As I've been looking at previews of new products and pictures from the floor of the ongoing Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Tradeshow, I've seen tons and tons of fantastic new items I can't wait to try.

Vintage Love by Glitz Designs

Tim Holtz Lost and Found

7 Gypsies Avignon

Melissa Frances

There are tons more things I could show, but I don't want to make this too long. It looks like Teresa Collins, Little Yellow Bicycle, and Graphic 45 will be some of the first to get their products into the hands of local stores. Happy shopping and thanks for reading.

K and Company New Handmade Line

These items are available at Archiver's and online a 2 Peas. Just love these items. Great for scrapbooking, altered projects, ATCs and all kinds of papercrafting.

Wood die-cuts

Mini stitched florals

Stamp-size sticker book

Ephemera kit

Layered florals

Fabric floral die cuts

Embossed die cuts

Chipboard alphabet stickers

Adhesive borders

New layouts and mini books in a day or two. Thanks for reading.

My Birthday Gifts

Yesterday was my 31st birthday. I enjoyed the day, and got some scrapbooking gifts I thought I would share. One of Stampington & Company's many publications is a semi-annual magainze called Somerset Memories. A few weeks ago I ordered 2 of the most recent back issues. They are filled with beautiful pages and projects. Many of the scrapbookers including in the magazine are artists in their own right. They have incorporated painting, fabrics and metals into amazing memory-based creations. While the projects are complex and rich in texture they are great examples of what can be done applying creativity to paper and glue. I highly recommend you look for the Spring edition.

My wonderful husband presented me with a gift card to Joann in my birthday card. Speaking of Joann. They are clearancing quite a few products in the scrapbooking section this week. My hope is this is in anticipation of new products coming in post-CHA.

I think I've written before that I am not a stamper. I struggle constantly with getting the images just right. Acrylic stamps are quite popular these days. They are cheaper than wood handle stamps, and much easier to store. I've tried working with them unsuccessfully on many occasions. I have 1 set from Basic Grey's Marrakech line that I really like. I have a modest collection of red rubber wood stamps. Most of them are from Hero Arts. Something that company recently introduced are Clings. There are remountable red rubber cling stamps. So you get the benefits of acrylic and the lower price point, but eliminate the storage issue. I recently purchased this set of flowers at Impressive Ideas.

I ordered these sentiments too.

They are extremely versatile. I can use just the frame, just the sentiment or both.

One last scrapping birthday gift was the new Basic Grey Origins collection. I've already created my first layout. Unfortunately I can't share it with you yet because I've submitted it to a PageMaps contest. I hope to reveal it next month.

Thanks for reading.

Bo Bunny January Sketch Challenge

New Altered Things

In addition to my scrapbooking layout projects, I often have a few altered projects in progress. These are pictures of ATCs or Artist Trading Cards I've completed for a Favorite Music swap. The artists I select are (from left to right) Alanis Morisette, Neil Diamond, Tom Petty, and Coldplay.

This is the final one.

Last month I mentioned a mini book kit I was working on. All the products are from Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry line. The theme for the book was recipes, but I decided to use pictures of Shane enjoying some of his favorite foods. The book was 8 boards, so here are just a few pages.

Here is the back cover.

The last project I'd like to share is a work in progress. Last week I showed the new Mariposa papers and chipboard I purchased. I couldn't wait to start working with them. I took a very inexpensive chipboard album cut in the shape of star, and covered the front and back of each board with different patterns. Here is the front cover.

You can see a few more of the boards in the picture below.

Working on all these projects means my desk is an absolute mess right now! I'll be creating a few layouts this weekend, and trying to wrap up my mini books.

Thanks for reading.

New Layouts

Hello everyone. Hope you had a great weekend. There was lots of scrap-tivities going on in the Atlanta area. EMI's Donna Downey workshops were a huge success on Saturday. I attended Scrap Mania on Saturday evening, and it was the fullest I've ever seen.

It's been awhile since I shared some layouts. This first one uses Bo Bunny double dot cardstock and Webster's Pages papers.

This is a layout I made for a PageMaps sketch contest. I used Basic Grey Me Likey papers and stickers. The picture with Shane is from our trip to Destin last August. The lower picture with Eli is from the week after he was born. The cute "2" monster card is a Sassafras Lass paper whimsy from their Monstrosity line.

This third layout was featured on The Everyday Scrapper Sketch Sunday this past week. The pictures are all my nephew, Eli. The papers and Brads are from Kaisercraft Little Man. This layout can be seen at EMI Scrapbooking. I accented both green paper rings with Distress Stickles. The orange dot paper flower was made with using a Cricut. The star punch outs at the bottom of each photo mat were made using a Martha Stewart border punch I got on clearance at Michael's for only $2!

I'll be back later this week with a shopping update. Expect to see new and exciting products all over the internet and in your local scrapbooking stores since CHA is only 2 weeks away!

Thanks for checking out my work and reading my blog.

A Baby Boy Album

In December, I offered to make a paper album for a good friend who was eagerly anticipating becoming a Grandma for the first time. Her grandson took his sweet old time arriving (nearly 2 weeks late!) but he is one beautiful baby. Here is the album I created for her.

Over the weekend I'll have my top 5 favorite layouts I created in 2009. I may have to throw in a few flashbacks to my very first layouts as well. What a dramatic difference a year makes!

I want to send out a huge Toot to Jana Eubank. She announced on her blog yesterday that she was selected for the Pink Paislee 2010 design team. What an enormous honor. Congrats to her and I can't wait to see what she does with this awesome company.

Thanks for reading.

Showing off ATCs

It’s been a while since I shared some ATCs. I haven’t been cranking out hundreds, but I make a few here and there. I was really pleased with my first swap experience. The theme was exotic beauties. I sent 2 ATCs to the organizer and received back these 3.

I’m now entered in a swap with the theme favorite music. I have a concept I want to try using album cover art I printed. The artists I selected are Tom Petty, Alanis Morisette, Lady Gaga, Neil Diamond, and Coldplay. Who knows how it will turn out!

As I’ve accumulated these ATCs the question I have is how to store or display them. The most common thing people do is slide them into the 9 slot baseball card trading sheets. That’s practical and does a nice job of protecting these mini artworks. I wanted to have something customized. 7 Gypsies and Maya Road make several tins and boxes that can be altered to hold and display ATCs. The most well known is probably the ATC Carousel from 7 Gypsies

Some other nice products are this cardstock matchbox from 7 Gypsies and the Maya Road card box.

The first mini book I created for my ATCs started with a 4x4 scallop edge mini book from Creative Imaginations.

Jenni Bowlin 4x4 mini papers from the Red/Black Extension II line. After covering the inside pages and using 7 Gypsies paper tape across the seams, I added an ATC to one page and embellished the opposite page with die cuts and stickers from Graphic 45, 7 Gypsies and Making Memories. I covered the outside of the book with a single sheet of Graphic 45 red and black plaid paper. Here are a few of the finished pages.

Now I’m working on another altered chipboard project for displaying ATCs. This one uses a Maya Road mixed and the new Venice line from 7 Gypsies. All the ATCs I’m using are newly created, and I’m trying out some new techniques for this project like embossing and eyelet setting.

If you have pictures of altered books you’ve made to display your ATCs, I’d love to see them! Thanks for reading.

Shopping and CHA Sneaks

Hello all and welcome to 2010. I have no idea what this year will bring but we'll find out together! The past 2 weeks I'daily routine has been out of whack. I've been enjoying some time off from work, family visiting, traveling to Orlando Penn State's appearance in the Capital One Bowl Game, and other stuff. While I haven't scrapped nearly as much as I thought I would, I've kept up with the shopping scene.

It's only 3 short weeks until Winter CHA, and that means the product reveals and sneaks are going to be flying at us. Already, there have been print ads and online announcements for these.
Graphic45 has 3 new lines

SEI has 3 very fun new lines.

DCVW's Mariposa line is very similar to GCD's Urban Artsy.

Speaking of GCD, they have previews of 10 new lines on their blog.

Here are previews of 6 new lines from My Little Shoebox and Scribble Scrabble. Scrapbook Update has a page with links to all the CHA Winter 2010 sneaks.

Hopefully you took advantage of Michael's 50% off coupons last week and some good sales at Hobby Lobby and Joann. I tried making a list of all the things I bought. I am embarrassed to admit it became to long for me to include here! In summary, I'm the proud new owner of a heat embossing gun and it's required accessories (watermark ink and embossing powders), the EK Success Notebook paper punch, Marvy Twinklette glitter markers, and BG Sugar Rush journaling pieces. I also picked up some older paper lines on clearance: Pink Paislee Twilight, Cosmo Cricket Honey Pie, and My Mind's Eye Bella.

A quick stop in at Archiver's yesterday yielded a bunch of embellies for 25% off. Most of the Christmas lines, Crate Paper lines, BG Nook and Pantry and Indian Summer are 25% off.

Later this week I'll post more sneaks and projects I worked on over the holiday. Thanks for reading.