Sunday, February 7, 2016

Quick Knit

Hello, everyone!


After spending hours and hours on my last sweater, I decided it was time for a quick knit. I dug through my stash and found a few hundred yards of Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino in Redwood. I chose to knit Heidi Kirrmaier's Circumnavigate and in a week I had a cowl.

I knit at a looser gauge than the pattern called for, so my finished object is a bit longer. I can wrap it around my neck twice without it being too tight.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Day of the Dead

Hello, everyone!

I'm back with another layout (and sketch!) featuring six photographs on a 12x12 page. This time, I am working with a horizontal orientation.


Supplies: Paper: Pink Paislee (Cedar Lane), Studio Calico (Seven Paper), Pebbles (DIY Home); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers for Studio Calico; Labels: Heidi Swapp; Chipboard: Crate Paper (Maggie Homes Shine); Glitter Stickers: American Crafts Thickers (Beautiful); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot), Dr. PhMartin's India Ink (turquoise, teal), Heidi Swapp Color Shine (sweet cherry, mustard)

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Striped Tent

Hello again.  


Switching gears a bit and posting about my recent knitting project.  One of the reasons my scrapbooking posts have been so slow in coming the last month or so is because I've been obsessed about finishing my latest sweater - Stratum by Karolina Eckerdal. It's a wonderfully relaxed, drop shoulder sweater knit in fingering weight yarn.  Unfortunately, relaxed fit sweaters in light weight yarn at my size is a lot of knitting!  I took to calling this project the striped tent.




I used Woolen Rabbit Airy in Arabian Nights and Grey Goose for this sweater. The colors worked wonderfully together, but the variegated yarn did take away from the striped pattern a bit.

Best Day Ever

Hello, everyone!

I got to relive a wonderful experience in creating this layout about an evening out with my sister and her good friend. It was one of the best dining experiences of my 20-something years of living in New York City. We discovered several hidden gems on a culinary tour of Jackson Heights (Queens), enjoying empanadas, momos, and samosas.  I couldn't leave anything out, so I designed the page to incorporate 6 3x4 photographs.


Supplies: Paper: Pebbles (DIY Home); Alphas: Making Memories Mini Marks; Wood Veneer and Chipboard: Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes Shine); Glitter Stickers: American Crafts Thickers (Beautiful)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Abigail

Hello, everyone.

I've decided to do a layout for each of my cats, capturing all their nicknames.  I finished Janice's before the holidays, and now I have Abigail, a/k/a my Abby Girl in the books.  Next, on to Zoot.

I love the soft color palate of papers from the Crate Paper Shine collection that came in the Hip Kit Club December 2015 kit. They were perfect for out little princess kitty.


Supplies: Paper and Chipboard: Crate (Shine);  Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Adorn); Dies: Crate (Wonder); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot, tattered rose, worn lipstick)

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Joust

Hello, everyone!

Getting back into scrapbooking in the New Year after a hiatus. It's hard to ramp up the mojo, so I started simple, using the Hip Kit Club December 2015 kit and some photos I took last fall of the Medieval Festival at the Cloister's in northern Manhattan. It's always a hoot watching knights and wizards walking around New York City.


Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico (Seven Paper), tissue paper; Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Ali for Studio Calico); Die: Little Be (arrows); Rub Ons: Heidi Swapp; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (broken china; worn lipstick)

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Grand Dutchess

Hello, everyone!

Working at Get it Scrapped, I'm constantly being reminded to pay attention to basic design rules. This week, the creative team was asked to do layouts that focus on alignment - placing elements on a page in relationship to other elements on the page.

For more great layouts featuring alignment, check out this article.

In this layout, I created a strong vertical line on the right third of the page. I aligned my photos along this line. I added interest by using photographs of different size and orientation.  I then aligned the title to the bottom edge of the one landscape photograph, creating a horizontal line on the page as well.


Supplies: Paper: Pink Paislee (365 Degrees), Carta Bella (Moments & Memories), Authentique (Spectrum II), Bo Bunny (Star Crossed); Alphas: Bo Bunny (Star Crossed), October Afternoon (Daily Flash); Stencil: Tim Holtz; Ink: Tim Holtz (ground espresso); Flair: A Flair for Buttons

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Standing Stone

Hello, everyone!

I just finished my latest knitting project - Ley Lines by Joji Locatelli.   It's a beautifully simple shawl knit in two-by-two rib, with increases and decreases used to move the lines in different directions.  I used the Quine & Co. Tern I had left over from my last sweater.



I began the decrease section early, because I was worried I would not have enough yarn.  However, because I knit in a looser gauge than the pattern called for, my finished project was still quite large.



Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello, Cupcake

Hello, Everyone! and best wishes for a wonderful new year.

It's been awhile since I've been able to scrapbook, but I found using an old sketch I was able to put together a page from a fall outing to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival fairly quickly.


Supplies: Paper: Pebbles (DIY Home), Authentique (Spectrum II), American Crafts (gold glitter); Alphas: October Afternoon (Daily Flash); Frame, Wood Veneer: Crate Paper; Journaling Cards: Pebbles (DIY Home); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (ground espresso, tattered rose); Dies: The Cut Shoppe , Tim Holtz (tag); Twine: Lawn Fawn

For this layout I've gone back to Sketch No. 7 (a collection of my first 50 sketches can be found here).  While the sketch was originally designed for a scattering of smaller embellishments, I discovered that it also works well using larger elements.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holiday Cheer

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!



I know I'm really behind on posting scrappy goodness and I apologize. The end of the year rush caught up with me, then I got sick and went into a zombie-like state for a couple of weeks. I finally went to the doctor, the meds are kicking in, and I'm starting to come around to my old self again. Just in time for Christmas!  Yeah!

And I even have a Christmas layout for you! This photo is from last year, but the story is almost as old as I am and it was good to finally capture on a layout.  I went to my stash, brining new life to some very old supplies.


Supplies: Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Art Angle, Wanted); Alphas: Dear Lizzy (Desktop); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Punches: Stampin' Up! (scallop circle), EK Success (1-inch circle); Stamp: Technique Tuesday (journaling lines); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (ground espresso); Paint: Liquitex (gold); Twine: Lawn Fawn; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug

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