Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Best Friends (25 years and counting)

Hello, everyone!

It's hard to believe my best friend and I have known each other for 25 years ... which means it's been almost 25 years since my senior year of high school started. Ouch!

I used a low-quality Instagram photo for this layout. Since the photo itself was a bit over exposed, I wanted to keep the layout as light as possible. I built up my layers with white modeling paste over white paper, then text on velum before bringing in the light aqua and corals. Strips of these colors at the top and bottom of the page help to frame the layout.

Supplies: Paper: Simple Stories (I Am), American Crafts (DIY Shop); Frames, Stickers and Chipboard: Simple Stories (I Am), Pebbles (Home + Made); Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (Life in Color); Stencil: Tim Holtz; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone);  Die: Spellbinders; Other: modeling paste, India ink, miscellaneous label

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Belated Birthday Layout

Hello, everyone!

Every year I do a layout about where I am at right now. I try to do this layout around my birthday in January, but some year's it takes me awhile.  In a way, I'm glad I delayed, because it gave me a chance to take control of a few things (like my weight issues) and be in a more positive mood when I scrapped this layout.

This layout was created for a Get It Scrapped blog article on mixing a variety of textures on a scrapbook page.  For more great ideas, check out this article here.

Supplies:  Paper: Simple Stories (Homespun), My Mind's Eye, miscellaneous cardboard; Wood Veneer: Simple Stories (I Am); Cut File: Dragon Crossing; Dies: Cuttlebug; Paint: Liquitex, Gelatos; Metal: Karen Foster; Twine: Stampin' Up!; Doily: Bo Bunny; Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (So Rad)

Here are some details shots that capture all of the textures I incorporated:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Manhattan Meetup

Hello, everyone!

I've met so many wonderful people scrapbooking, including the girls of the Manhattan Meetup. It was wonderful getting together for an afternoon just to hang out and catch up.

I decided to put the pattern paper aside for this layout and play with stamps.  I stamped several flowers on white cardstock, colored them with Copics, and them cut them out. Once I had all of the pieces ready, I placed them around my cardstock background until I was happy.

Supplies: Cardstock: Recollections; Alphas: October Afternoon (Daily Flash);  Stamps: Stamps for Life; Ink: Studio Calico, Copics; Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (So Rad); Labels: Studio Calico

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Turkey Mountain

I'm very excited to be back out hiking again. A few weeks ago I was exploring trails in the southwest.  this weekend, I was out in the northeast enjoying the first signs of spring.

We stuck close to home and headed toward the Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Boonton, New Jersey. We scaled the 100-steps up Turkey Mountain.

At the top of the climb is a wonderful view of Lake Valhalla, followed shortly afterwards by an abandoned stone cabin, and later a small waterfall.

My initial plan was to do the Turkey Mountain Shorter Loop, but a wrong turn added a few miles. Oops. I guess I am out of practice. On the plus side, we climbed a few more hills and got extra exercise. Practice for heading up to the mountains later in the summer.

Here's a few more photographs:

Friday, April 8, 2016

Scrapping About Get It Scrapped Online Crops

Hello, everyone!

There comes a time in every scrapbooker's life when we scrap about scrapbooking. Actually, there comes many, many times. Or there should.  Because scrapping is fun and it brings us into contact with lots of other wonderful people.

The Get It Scrapped community is one place where I can hang out with other scrapbookers online.  Debbie opens up her Go To Meeting room every month or so for real-time interactive crops. The level of participation varies, from a scrolling chat box, to people with headsets who listen in and chat, to those of us who share a video feed.    Debbie took a screen shot during a recent crop, and I know I had to scrapbook it!

Supplies: Paper and Die Cuts: Shimelle; Alphas: BasicGrey (Highline); Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (So Rad); Dies: Die-namics (tag); Twine: Lawn Fawn; Stamp: Technique Tuesday (journaling lines); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (abandoned coral, ground espresso); misc. washi tape

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Happy 40th

Hello, everyone!

I love digging through my stash and finding beautiful papers. It was such a joy playing with this Simple Stories paper from a couple of years ago. I used layers of black and white to give the vivid colors more punch on the page.

Supplies: Paper: Simple Stories (Homespun); Ephemera and Chipboard: Simple Stories (I Am); Enamel Dots: Simple Stories (Life in Color); Alphas: Bella Boulevard (Lucky Starz); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot); Punch: EK Success (notebook)


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hiking in Arizona

Hello, everyone!

We just got back from a wonderful visit to Arizona. It's always good to spend time with friends and family. And this trip, we finally had a chance to do some hiking in the Sedona region. 

Our first hike was the Parsons Trail just outside of Cottonwood.  We didn't hike the whole length, but enjoyed some time out in the spring sunshine as we wandered a mile or so down the Verde River before heading home for Easter dinner.

The flowers were in bloom and the sky a wonderful bright blue.

Our second hike was to Devil's Bridge outside of Sedona. We started at the Mescal trail head early in the morning, and beat most of the crowds to the fabulous stone arch.

We did run into some unexpected company on the trail on the way back, startling this rattlesnake.  Given the number of people coming up the trail, we were rather surprised to find him out. Fortunately, he decided to move off the trail and no one was hurt.

For more photos, double click on the slideshow below:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Story of Ramen

Hello, everyone!

Sometimes it's good to go exploring in your own backyard. A few months ago we discovered a new restaurant on a side street and it was an instant hit. We've been going back every weekend since.

I used three 3x3 photographs on this page, placing two on either side of a strong band down the right side of the page. The map print from Shimelle's first collection was the perfect paper for this layout about exploring in the big City.

Supplies: Paper and Die Cuts: Shimelle (Shimelle, True Stories); Stamp: Shimelle; Alphas: BasicGrey, American Crafts Thickers (Hipster); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Ink: Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (blacks soot)


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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Favorite Things

Hello, everyone.

I recently returned to one of my favorite places in New York City.  I used to go to the Strand Bookstore all of the time when I was in school. Once I started work, however, I found myself in that part of town less and less often, and it fell of my radar.  Then, last month, I was invited to a reading and book signing by a popular knitting author, Clara Parkes.  It was the perfect excuse to head back. It's amazing how much joy walking through eighteen miles of books can bring!

Supplies: Paper: Pink Paislee (C'est la Vie), American Crafts; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Wildflowers), Recollections; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot); Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst (cosmopolitan pink), Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz (blazing sun), Dr. Ph. Martin's India Ink (black); Labels: Studio Calico; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Misc. Doily

To create the background, I first coated the pattern paper with a thin coat of white gesso. I then applied several coats of pink and light gold spray ink, then flicked on big spots of black India ink.  I decided that it needed even more texture, so I ran the paper through my sewing machine to create diagonal lines.  To cover areas where the ink bled into unseemly blotches, I handout flowers from the pattern paper and layered these over some labels.

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