Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Paris in Springtime

What 20-year old doesn't dream of wandering the streets of Paris.  As a 40-year old looking back, I wish I had a better camera, took more pictures, and kept a journal . . . or kept a journal that I kept.  Still, I got to go. And someday, maybe someday soon, I will go back.

Supplies: Paper: Crate (Portrait Collection), Bo Bunny (Back to Basics), velum, Strathmore water color papers, misc. gold paper; Alphas: misc. chipboard, Studio Calico alpha stickers; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (vintage photo, broken china); Paint: Liquitex (gold); Stencil: Magic Mesh; Die: Tim Holtz Alterations (tags); Punches: McGill (butterfly), EK Success (scallop border); Sequins and Washi: Studio Calico; Fiber: Hemp Cord; Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Other: Simple Stories DIY burlap stickers

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hello There, Spring

Yes! it's finally starting to feel like spring.  The blooms came out right on schedule (the second week of April), but after last winter, it seems like it took forever for spring to get here.

Supplies: Paper: BasicGrey (Capture), Stampin' Up!, Studio Calico (Tim & Beck), Studio Telturek (Sweet Memories); Alphas: Technique Tuesday (Big Timber), Studio Calico (Tiny Alphas); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick), Studio Calico Color Theory (Clean Slate); Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (Water Cooler, Pretty Pink); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Punch: McGill (butterfly); Stamp: Studio Calico ("hello there"); Enamel Dots: Studio Calico Color Theory; Washi: Studio Calico; Chipboards: BasicGrey (Highline); Other: modeling paste, doily

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hey, Kids

Gotta love scrapbooking, and playing with paint.

I knew I wanted to make leaves for the background of this layout, to symbolize spring, so I grabbed a sheet of cardstock, some gesso, and some acrylic paint and just started playing.  Unfortunately, that section of video became the victim of technical difficulties. I basically mixed a small amount of acrylic paint with a lot of water to create a wash and layered it over the background. While it was still wet, I took a bottle cap I had laying on my desk and twisted it into the paint.  I then hit the paint with a heat gun to dry it quickly. Once it was dry, I went back over with another wash of yellow paint.

Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico (Weathered, Tim & Beck, Green Acres), BasicGrey (two exclusives for Studio Calico); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Stylist); Paint: Liquitex, Folkart; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain); Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (warm calico); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug Sprinkles; Stickers: Hello Forever for Studio Calico; Other: Bo Bunny doily

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Farm Girl

Spring means babies.  Two of my sister's goats had kids last month. We got to visit when they were only two weeks old.
The design for this layout was inspired by the templates and sketches now available as part of the Masterful Scrapbook Design membership at Get It Scrapped.  

Supplies: Papers: Daisy D's (Moda, Taylor), Farmhouse Paper Company (302), Simple Stories (Year-o-graphy), dictionary page; Alphas: Jillibean Soup (Corrugated Alphas); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain, rusty hinge, scattered straw, forest moss), Stampin Up! marker (chocolate); Paint: Folkart (warm white, coffee beans); Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (shine); Die: Time Holtz (tattered flowers); Stamp: Stampers Anonymous (script); Sequins: Studio  Calico (woodgrain); Fiber: Tim Holtz (Idea-ology Jute String); Other: burlap, misc. buttons and brads

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fisherman's Wharf

I experimented with a stamped and stenciled background on this layout. I found it too busy at first, but playing with the different layers, I found something that worked for me.

Supplies: Paper, Alphas BasicGrey (Mon Ami); Cardstock: Bazzill; Ink: Adirondack (Espresso), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire); Paint: Liquitex; Stamps: Studio Calico (clouds, umbrella), Hero Arts (banner), Fiskars ("love this"); Enamel Dots: Studio Calico Color Theory; Washi: We R Memory Keepers; Stickers: BasicGrey (Mon Ami), Twine & Ink (puffy hearts); Other: Magic Mesh

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

La Jeunesse

It's hard to believe it's been twenty years since my sojourn in France, studying at L'Institut de Touraine for three months in the spring of 1994.  During my stay, I lived with a family in Tours (M. et Mme. Frisson). They often took me with them when they visited their children and grandchildren.  This layout shows a photo of their grandsons walking down the street on one of those visits.

Supplies: Paper: Studio Calico (Ups & Downs), Echo Park (Times & Seasons 2); Alphas: Studio Calico (ghost wood grain); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (orange marmalade), Studio Calico Color Theory (yes peas, well red); Stamps: Studio Calico (triangles, splatter); Enamel Dots: Studio Calico Color Theory; Washi: Studio Calico; Stickers/Chipboard: BasicGrey (Highline); Other: Studio Calico transparency, and generic tags

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Sunday, April 13, 2014


I received my April kits from Studio Calico (Bluegrass Farm, Bessie, and Clarabelle . . . I may have gone a bit overboard) last week.  I loved all the blues and greens and knew they'd be perfect for scrapbooking my most recent hike in Wonder Lake State Park.

The "you make me so happy" applies here, since Glenn doesn't like to hike. He doesn't even like the outdoors much. But he goes to make me happy, and it works. Hiking restores my soul.

Supplies: Paper: BasicGrey (Capture, Studio Calico exclusive), Studio Calico (Trailblazer, Tim & Beck, Green Acres), dictionary page; Alphas: American Crafts Minimarks (Kate); Stamp: Studio Calico; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire), Distress Paint (faded jeans, black soot); Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (warm calico); Die: Studio Calico; Punch: EK Success (1" circle); Washi: MME decorative tape; Other: Studio Calico wooden tag, flair, cork leaves

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cable Cars of San Francisco

I went stash diving for this layout, and pulled a bunch of old papers from many different lines.

Supplies: Paper: BasicGrey (Basics), Lilibee Design (Memorandum Whiteboard), Cosmo Cricket (Art Angel Virtue), Simple Stories (Year-O-Graphy), American Crafts (Craft Fair), vellum; Alphas: Studio Calico Color Theory (mint hint, clean slate); Ink: Tim Holtz  Distress Ink (pumice stone), Studio Calico Color Theory (mint hint, orange county, sunny day); Paint: Liquitex Basics (cerulean blue, bright aqua, primary yellow); Dies: Sizzix; Punch: Stampin' Up!; Stamp: Studio Calico; Enamel Dots: Twine & Ink; Sequins: Studio Calico; Other: BoBunny doily

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Muir Woods

I have a great deal of respect for John Muir and it was a pleasure visiting the woods named after him when I was in San Francisco.  The sequoia are truly awe inspiring:

Supplies: Paper: Crate (Close Knit); Cardstock: Bazzill, We R Memory Keepers; Alphas: Crate (DIY Shop), BasicGrey; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (balck soot, walnut stain), Adirondack (pitch black); Paint: Folkart (coffee bean); Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug; Stencil: Tim Holtz Alterations; Die: Tim Holtz Alterations; Stickers: Crate (Close Knit); Other: Gesso

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Starfish Circus 2014

A wonderful night of music, comedy and cuddles (explanation in video).

This is the second year in a row that I have scrapbooked this event, and I wanted to do something new and different, yet bring the same energy I captured in last year's layout (here).  I started by choosing some red papers from BasicGrey's Mon Ami line, then added texture with paint, embossing paste, stitching, and wood veneer.

Supplies: Paper: BasicGrey (Mon Ami); Stamin' Up! cardstock; Strathmore watercolor paper; Alphas: American Crafts Minimarks (Kate); BasicGrey (Mon Ami); Thickers (unknown); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot); Studio Calico Color Theory (well red, sunny day); Paint: Liquitex Basics; Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (mustard, sweet cherry); Mister Huey's (warm calico); Stencil: Prima; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Washi: Queen & Co.; Stickers: BasicGrey (Mon Ami); MME (Cut & Paste); Other: Dreamweaver's embossing paste

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wonder Lake / Laurel Pond

Yes! We went out on our first hike of the season and it felt awesome. There was a time when I would hike all winter, but not this year. (To be honest, I'm too fat for my winter gear, but I'm working on that, so hopefully there won't be any time off from hiking next winter).

We went about an hour north of the City to Wonder Lake State Park in Putnam County. We hiked the 5 mile Wonder Lake/Laurel Pond Loop.

After the initial climb, it's a pretty easy-going hike, circling around a small lake and an ice-covered pond.  While the sun was out, it was still a bit chilly.

There were few signs of spring until we were near the end of the hike.  As we worked out way down the trail, we heard an awful racket.  At first I thought it might be geese, but as we approached marshy area, we realized it was frogs. There was a small pond with dozens of frogs doing what animals do in the spring.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


My first goal on getting to San Francisco was to see the Golden Gate Bridge.  As the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, and the Statue of Liberty is to New York, this bridge represents the city of San Francisco.

Supplies: Paper: Pebbles (Front Porch); We R Memory Keepers (metallics); misc. cardstock; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (stormy sky, faded jeans, walnut stain); Stencil: Prima (background diamonds), Simon Says Stamp (leaves); Flowers: Prima, Recollections; Stamp: Fancy Pants; Gems: Dew Drops; Twine: Lawn Fawn; Other: BoBunny doily; Dreamweaver's embossing paste

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

First Day

I visited San Francisco five years ago.  At the time, it was a much needed vacation after a tough year. I had never been to the west coast and was very excited to walk around San Francisco, and to visit Muir Woods and Yosemite.  When I got home, however, I wasn't really excited about scrapping the trip.  Recently, backing up my photo archive, I came across my pictures from this trip and decided it was time to do something with them.

On my first day in San Francisco, I trekked from Fisherman's Wharf out to the Golden Gate Bridge.  It was a wonderful way to see the sights.

Supplies: Paper: Crate Paper (DIY Shop, Flea Market); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain), Stampin' Up! Stamping Writer marker (sage shadow); Stencil: Memory Box; Punch: Stampin' Up!; Pearls: Kaiser Scrapbook; Stickers/Ephemera: Crate Paper (DIY Shop); Other: Bo Bunny doily

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