Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Ice Lagoon

I'm back to scrapbooking Iceland photos. This layout of Glenn and me at the ice lagoon was inspired by this layout from the MagandScrap blog.

Supplies: Paper: Simple Stories (December Documented), Claudine Hellmuth Studio (Sticky-Back Canvas); Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Die: Studio Calico (background), Tim Holtz (tags); Washi: Queen & Co.; Flair: A Flair for Buttons; Enamel Dots: Doodlebug; Paint: Liquitex; Alphas: BasicGrey, Heidi Swapp; Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (warm calico)

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Monday, December 29, 2014


We spent Thanksgiving at my sister's in upstate New York. Almost a foot of snow had fallen the day before, and the scenery made it feel more like Christmas than Thanksgiving. Ironically, it was fifty degrees out when we drove up for Christmas.

To scrap these photos I used the December 2014 Scrapbook Coach at Get It Scrapped.  The current focus is on "sprawl" designs that feature multiple photos - great for scrapping the holidays.

Supplies: Papers, Stickers, Ephemera, Brads, Cork: Teresa Collins (Life Emporium); Stamps: Technique Tuesday (Big Timber); Ink: Ranger Archival Ink (jet black), Tim Holtz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire); Spray Ink (Heidi Swapp (blush), Mister Huey's (navy); Circle Die: Lawn Fawn; Sequins: Studio Calico

Process video (direct  YouTube link here):

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Art Journal Sunday

This week's art journal entry was influenced by a color scheme. For some reason I had red, magenta, and gold on my mind - unusual since I tend toward cool color palettes. 

Flipping through a pack of ephemera for pieces for my page, I found a seed packet that matched this color scheme and set to work layering down papers, paint, and modeling/embossing paste. The texture and alpha stencils are Tim Holtz and the flower is Donna Downey.

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Graduate

This is a remake of a layout I did last summer.  After I finished that layout and process video, one of the cats knocked a glass of Diet Coke onto it.  Oops.  I can't say I was crushed, since the original was not one of my favorites. The cat just gave me an excuse to do it again.

Supplies: Paper, Rolodex Cards, Stickers: Farmhouse Paper Company (302); Die Cuts: Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes Open Book); Alphas: Studio Calico; Flair: FindingNana;  Stamps: Fiskars, Chic Tags; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (chipped sapphire); Washi: Freckled Fawn

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Miss Gail

Abby is our princess. She's very aware of how beautiful she is and her sole purpose for existing is to be adored. That's why I love getting pictures of her acting undignified.  This pose is priceless.

Supplies: Paper: We R Memory Keepers (Indian Summer), Studio Calico (Tim & Beck), Dear Lizzy (Polkadot Party); Die Cuts & Ephemera: Amy Tangerine (Stitches), Crate (Maggie Holmes Open Book); Dies: Tim Holtz (tags), Simon Says Stamp (hearts); Punches: EK Success (1 3/8" circles), Stampin' Up! (scallop circle), Martha Stuart (butterfly); Pearls: Kaiser Scrapbook; Flair: FindingNana; Stencil: The Crafter's Workshop; Alphas: My Mind's Eye (Find Your Wings and Fly); Ink: Tim Holtz (pumice stone); Other: modeling paste, embroidery floss

Process video (Direct YouTube link here):

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Art Journal Sunday

I generally struggle to create art journal pages without some guidance. My solution has been to look at images that appeal to me.  One great source of inspiration is Pinterest, where I found this fabulous image an embroidered field of poppies by Natalia Margulis.  Her work (which can be found here) is amazing.  Her embroidery inspired this painting:

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

King Sweater

From time-to-time Glenn plays ska or rock-a-billy with comedian Greg Behrendt.  Currently, Greg is working on a routine about trying to be a rock star in Japan in the mid-1980s as the King Sweater.  If you get a chance to see it, go. He's a funny guy.  

He ran through the act a few times in NYC, and Glenn played with him.  The layout I did with the photos I took is a departure from my normal style, but the product I used supported the underlying story.  If you know Greg, the black and white checkerboard is a pretty good fit.  

Supplies: Paper and Ephemera: BoBunny (Star Crossed); Alphas: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (pumice stone); Pens: Copic (R46); Uniball Signo (white); Spray Ink: Mister Huey's (opaque white, shine); Punches: EK Success (scallop border, 1 1/4" circle); Washi: Queen & CO.; Stencil: Prima; Other: modeling paste, misc. flowers

Process video (direct YouTube link here):

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Monday, December 15, 2014

When I Can't Sleep . . .

I couldn't fall asleep. My mind was racing with all kinds of thoughts, including ideas for layouts. I thought that if I got up and sketched them down quick, I'd be able to go back to bed. But no luck. After an hour or so of surfing the net, I finally wandered into my scrap room and started playing, using up some very old supplies in the process:

Supplies:  Paper: BasicGrey, K & Co.; Die: Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations; Alphas: Adorn It, Making Memories; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (walnut stain, chipped sapphire, tumbled glass, scattered straw, rusty hinge); Other: clear gesso, unknown stamp, dew drips

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I've fixed the spelling. Warning for those who try to scrap hours past their bedtime.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Art Journal Sunday

I've decided to shift to Sundays for this post.  I need an extra day's buffer. Especially now that it's winter, and I have less light to get decent pictures.

Added bonus of posting a day late - I've had time to take pictures of the project I made yesterday in Donna Downey's class, hosted by The Ink Pad.  I had a fabulous time, and love the project she had us create - an art journal book made with cardboard and strips of fabric, with lots of texture added by using chipboard alphas, joint tape, and modeling paste.

When placing down the chipboard alphas at the beginning of the class, I couldn't help but spell words. I wrote out whatever popped into my head, without any consideration for the photos I would add later.

My neighbor for the day, Sandy, with Donna and me.