Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Lounge Lemurs

Weird title.  It was the name of our team when we did a scavenger hunt at the Bronx Zoo in June.  I like the zoo. I like scavenger hunts. It seemed like the perfect summer-time adventure. And Glenn's a good sport on these things. Winners we were not, but we had a fun afternoon (and it turns out the zoo is really easy to get to from our apartment).

From a scrapbooking point of view, the challenge was how to get a large number of photos on one page.   Printing 3 4x3 landscape and 3 2x3 portrait photos, I was able to construct a grid that fit nicely within a 12x12 layout.  Since this covered most of the page, I did not get to do any of my usual painting or stenciling. Instead, I played with some wood veneer that had been gathering dust on my shelf of the last six months and papers and ephemera from the Fancy Pants Me-ology collection.

Supplies: Paper, Alphas, Stickers, Die Cuts: Fancy Pants (Me-ology); Wood Veneer: Studio Calico (bubbles), Two Peas in a Bucket (camera); Puffy Stickers: Twine & Ink; Enamel Dots and Washi: Doodlebug: Twine: Recollections: Paint: Liquitex: Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone), Ancient Page (flannel grey); Stamps: Technique Tuesday (journaling block), Fiskars ("notes")

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Saturday, July 26, 2014


Creating a more traditional layout with the new Fancy Pants Burlap & Bouquets collection.  It's rare that I get a picture of my husband with a relaxed, natural smile, and when I do, that photo needs to be showcased.

Supplies: Paper and Stickers: Fancy Pants (Burlap & Bouquets); Alphas: BasicGrey (Curio), Fancy Pants (Burlap & Bouquets); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (bronze); Doily: Bo Bunny; Pearls: Freckled Fawn, Dew Drops; Cork: Studio Calico; Punch: Stampin' Up! (scallop border)

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summertime Adventurer

I was challenged at Get It Scrapped to create my own stencils. The first thing I thought about was magic mesh. I love using this to create texture on a background. I also used a banner die as a stencil, layering the cut over the image I painted on the background.

Supplies: Paper: Bazzill Cardstock, Crate (Styleboard); Alphas, Gems and Stickers: Studio Calico; Paint: Studio Calico (Something Blue, Sunny Day), Liquitex (Gold); Die and Washi: Simon Says Stamp; Other: magic mesh, modeling paste

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I was really excited by last month's creative team assignments for Get It Scrapped.  One of my assignments was to channel Kim Watson.  Kim's work can be found on her blog - Kim Watson Papercrafts.  I love her style.  If I were to summarize Kim's work, I would say that: 1) Kim creates dynamic pages with lots of energy and movement; 2) she makes use of the whole page;  3) she uses multiple colors and patterns, 4) there's layers, starting with misting or stenciling on the background and built up through the papers and embellishments; and 5) yellow shows up time and time again. 

So, taking these elements into consideration, this is the page I created:

I snapped this picture one day when I was getting a pedicure because I loved the vibrant pink of the nail polish. The photo was taken in April, and I thought this was the perfect color to celebrate the end of winter. Pedicures are my treat to myself when I need to get away from reality for a bit and decompress.

Supplies: Papers, Alphas, Stickers, Chipboard: BasicGrey Highline; Paint: Liquitex; Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (Pretty Pink), Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Mustard); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Other: Royal Lace doily

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Glenn's IndieGoGo Campaign

Glenn's reached 30%, but still needs your help. Please visit his campaign here. The album will feature my wedding march. This is the rough cut (direct YouTube link here).

Friday, July 18, 2014

(Re)Exploring Reykjavik

IndieGoGo update: Glenn has reached 30%, which is a great start. We'd love to keep this momentum going. If you could help, it would be greatly appreciated.  My wedding march will be featured on this CD.  Here's your chance to have a copy of the recording.  Please visit http://igg.me/at/glennwhite/x. Any help, even just spreading the word, is greatly appreciated.

In scrapbooking news, I have another two-page layout from my Iceland adventure.  This layout features Reykjavik. 

Supplies: Paper, Alphas, Stickers, Chipboard: BasicGrey (Highline); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Die-Cut Cardstock: Jillibean Soup; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Faded Jeans); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Other: modeling paste

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Iceland Summed Up

Glenn's IndieGoGo campaign for his new LP is going strong. He has reached 20%, but still needs your support. Anything you can do, even if it is just spreading the word, would be greatly appreciated.  Please visit the campaign here.

In scrapbooking news, the Creative Team at Get It Scrapped was asked to contribute a two-page layout summarizing a vacation.  The timing of the assignment was perfect, because it came just when I was anxiously awaiting my departure for Iceland. I knew I'd want to start scrapping the day I got back. The layout is featured here.

Supplies: Paper: Simple Stories (A Charmed Life), Bazzill cardstock; Alphas: BasicGrey (Curio), Sizzix (Sunset); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot), StazOn (Stone Grey); Paint: Liquitex, Folkart; Stamps: Stampin' Up! (leaves); Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Flair: FindingNana; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Stickers: Hello Forever for Studio Calico Other: modeling paste, washi

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Easter Chicks Mixed Media Layout

Every now and then I just want to play with paint. I've decided to do a mixed media series, separate from my usual scrapbook pages.  Most of my work will still be more traditional scrapbook layouts, but by doing a mixed media page on occasion I will be able to learn a few things that will enhance those pages. And for those who want to watch me learn, there are videos!

And, as a special treat, my videos will now include a bit of music, courtesy of my husband, Glenn White, who wrote me a theme song.  He's a jazz composer and musician in New York City. working on his third album and is doing a crowd funding campaign to raise money. If you can help, through a donation or spreading the word, please visit this site. Thanks!

Supplies: Paper: K & Co.; Ink: Ancient Page (flannel); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (blush, georgia peach, white, gold); Paint: Liquitex: Alphas: Studio Calico; Enamel Dots: Twine & Co.; Stamps: Hero Arts (feathers, butterflies); Fiskars ("love this"), American Crafts (roller); Dies: Simon Says Stamp (leaves), Impression Obsession (feathers); Other: gesso, gel medium, modeling past

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Friday, July 11, 2014


This is a layout about an indie-folk band we saw playing in Reykjavik.  While I'm on the subject of indie music, I want to throw out a plug for my husband, Glenn White, a jazz composer and musician in New York City. He's working on his third album and is doing a crowd funding campaign to raise money. If you can help, through a donation or spreading the word, please visit this site. Thanks!

Supplies: Paper and Stickers: Fancy Pants (Burlap Bouquets); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye), Fancy Pants (Burlap Bouquets); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (tattered rose, worn lipstick, antique linen); Spray Ink: Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz (Pearlescents); Pearls: Kaiser

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

All that Jazz

I had a lot of fun creating this layout during the Get It Scrapped online crop in June. I used the new We R Memory Keepers Indian Summer collection and a Crafter's Workshop stencil with white and cold paint to create a starburst with lots of energy on a dark background.  This technique would be great for pictures of  fireworks or sparklers.

Supplies: Paper, Alphas: We R Memory Keepers (Indian Summer); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain, broken china); Paint: Liquitex (white, gold); Spray Ink: Heidi Swapp Color Shine (gold, teal); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Die: Spellbinders: Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug; Stamps: Pebbles (roller stamp), Hero Arts (journaling block); Punches: Stampin' Up! (scallop), EK Success (banner); Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Flair: FindingNana

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Minnewaska - Mossy Glen/Blueberry Run/Rainbow Falls Loop

Long, long hike today!  Well, maybe not for some people, but after traversing nearly nine miles, my feet hurt.  It was worth it, though, because my heart feels good.

I like hiking Minnewaska over the 4th of July weekend.  Normally, the blueberries would be ripening and you could walk and dine. This year, the blueberries were almost non-existent, but it wasn't too hot, and there was a lovely, big blue sky.

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Glenn was on a mission while we were in Iceland to find fermented shark. It's actually quite common on the tourist menus, but he didn't really want a full meal of bizarre foods. We found a sample size at Cafe Loki. And it's a good thing it was only a small sample.

Supplies:  Paper: American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Daydreamer), Studio Calico (Grid 01, vellum), Pebbles (Front Porch), Stampin' Up!; Alphas and Labels: BasicGrey; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot); Stencil: Prima; Washi: Queen & Co., Freckled Fawn, Studio Calico; Other: Dreamweaver's embossing paste

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Copper River

My name for the Metallurgy Shaw (by VeryBusyMonkey) that I knit out of Julie Asselin Leizu DK in  Riverbed.

The pattern calls for a fingering weight yarn, but I I thought the color of this DK weight I had in stash was a lovely match. It blocked out nicely and will make a wonderful winter scarf for someone.