Friday, October 27, 2017

What I Did Last Summer

Hello!  It has been a while since my last post.  I'm still having trouble with wrist pain that comes and goes.  It has not forced me to stop crafting, but it has forced me to craft "smarter."  One thing that I continue to experiment with is a smaller, easy-to-handle album size for my scrapbooking.

Album by Mara Mi; page sleeves by Target.

This past summer my family took a vacation in the state of North Dakota, and I made a mini album to showcase our favorite photos from the trip.  I used a mini 3-ring binder with page sleeves that measure 5.5x8.5" (half the size of a standard 8.5x11" sheet of paper).  I photographed the album next to a tea spoon so that you could get an idea of the size.  It's a lightweight album that is easy to hold in the hand.


Most of my time in North Dakota was spent visiting relatives, but I did some sightseeing as well.  Here is a page commemorating my visit to "The World's Larget Bison" statue.
 
Cardstock by Bazzill; navy blue paper & mottled orange paper by Michael's; patterned paper by Doodlebug; floral stickers by Simple Stories; alphabet stickers by Lily Bee.

Most of the landscape I saw on vacation was very flat, since North Dakota is a Great Plains state.  That flat land makes the sky look so much bigger!
 
Cardstock by Bazzill; map paper by Echo Park; cloud paper & polaroid paper by Doodlebug; alphabet stickers by Lily Bee; pen by  Zig;

The rare occasions when a hill or a valley broke up that flat landscape definitely warranted a photo.
 
Background paper by Michael's; green patterned paper, tree sticker, & alphabet stickers from Simple Stories; plaid papers from Lawn Fawn; fussy-cut rainbow paper from Doodlebug; curve cutting template from Creative Memories; pen from Zig.

I loved working with this smaller page size, and I definitely plan to do it again sometime.  An added benefit was that the 3-ring format allowed me to add exactly the number of pages I needed.  I ended up using 11 page sleeves to house a total of 41 photos.  I hope you enjoyed this little peek at my North Dakota album!  The three pages that I've shown you here are some of my favorites.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Blogoversary

It's my five-year blogoversary!!!  Whether you have been with me for all five years or started reading my blog more recently, I want to say thank you

Outside of card: all paper from Basic Grey, stickers from Lily Bee, ink from Clearsnap, household mini stapler.

In honor of the occasion, I thought I'd share a design for a thank you card.  This design, which I call "interrupted grid," is great for using up scraps.

Inside of card: all paper from Basic Grey, ink from Clearsnap, household mini stapler.

Hope you find this card design useful.  I look forward to continuing to share many more crafting ideas with you in the future.  :)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Downsizing

Hello, world.  Did you miss me?  I missed you.  Here is what I look like, in case you have forgotten.  :)

~another library photo, of course~ :)

Due to my wrist problems, it has been a few months since I last blogged.  Over the last few months I have come to realize just how necessary wrists are for day-to-day living.  Wrist movement is involved in turning doorknobs, using scissors, grasping utensils, pressing buttons, etc.  Although, my wrists have gotten better over the last few months, I still feel a degree of pain when doing all of these things, and more.  Does this mean that I am ready to give up scrapbooking?


No, of course not.  :)  It just means that I am working on ways to make scrapbooking easier on my wrists.  After all, a hobby is no fun if it causes pain.  Right now my main strategy is to scrapbook on a smaller scale.  Those 12x12" albums are HEAVY, right?  So for this year's album I am trying a 5.5x8.5" spiral bound paper pad, which is much lighter and easier on the wrists.

Supplies: all paper & stickers from October Afternoon (they recently had a warehouse sale); pen from Zig.

Here is a sample page.  So far I have only scrapbooked January and February, and this is a page from February.  The photo on the left is a selfie from the Science Museum, and the photo on the right is from Valentine's Day.  Even though the paper pad is for mixed media, I have not felt like doing any mixed media work in it yet.  Maybe someday.  I'll keep you updated.  :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today to catch up with me.  Have a great day!

Friday, January 8, 2016

2015 Top Projects & News for 2016

Hello, everyone!  2015 has come to a close.  I hope that 2016 is treating you well!  I'd like to take this opportunity to look back at and share some of my favorite projects from this year.  Here, in no particular order, are my top ten

 1--"Yeti are Cool!" scrapbook page 


2--mosaic-look Valentine card


3--northwoods "Family Vacation" scrapbook page


4--"geek chic" robot tag


5--"Mississippi River" scrapbook page


6--birthday card with "stained glass" stamped butterflies


7--"Wild!" scrapbook page


8--dragonfly beaded necklace


9--clean & simple summer card


10--"A Cat from the Past" scrapbook page

Seeing that colorful bunch of projects brought a smile to my face.  In many ways, 2015 was a good year.

Unfortunately, I suffered a wrist injury in November of 2015, and it is still giving me trouble.  Due to the injury, my papercrafting productivity is way down.  For now, I am going to take a blog break, in order to give my body more time to heal.  I hope to return to blogging eventually, but I cannot predict when that will be.  I want to wish all my blog buddies a Happy 2016, and I hope to return to posting on my blog and visiting your blogs sometime later this year.  Take care!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Back to the Future

Hi, everyone!  I hope that those of you who are celebrating holidays right now are having a good time.  I'm enjoying the Christmas season and spending lots of time with family, but I cannot let the month of December come to an end without sharing my last de-stashing tip of the year!


This month the tip is to use sticker negatives to make your own stencils.  I bet you have some half-used sticker sheets sitting around in your stash right now, don't you?  Well, why not put the used bits to work as stencils?  If you fill in these stencil shapes with Stickles (glitter glue), you will end up with shimmery shapes that add a little bit of wow-factor to any project.  I used the negatives from star-shaped stickers to create the glittery stars that you see in the detail shots above and below.


Those detail shots come a scrapbook page called "Back to the Future Day."

Supplies: typewriter phrase paper from American Crafts; all other paper from October Afternoon; alphanumeric stickers, puffy sticker, enamel shapes, & spray ink also from October Afternoon; star sticker negatives from Basic Grey; Stickles & pearlescent paint from Ranger; acrylic paint from DecoArt; washi tape from MT; metallic tape from 3M/Scotch; stamp from My Mind's Eye; stamping ink from Tsukineko; ribbon from Scrapbook Fantasies; chipboard phrases from Scrapmatts; pens from Zig; mini frames from Hirschberg Schutz & Co.

You may ask, what is Back to the Future Day?  Well, it took place on October 21, 2015.  That's the date when the film Back to the Future Part II is supposed to have taken place.  Back in the 1980's, when the Back to the Future movies came out, the year 2015 seemed unimaginable far in the future.  But now...it's here!  This is what I had to say in my journalling on this scrapbook page: "In proud Gen-Xer style, Scott & I celebrated 'Back to the Future Day' by watching the original movie.  Maybe the second movie in the series would have been more appropriate to watch, since it's set in 2015.  But we were in the mood for the original, and we sure enjoyed watching it."  Back to the Future Day ended up being a fun movie night/date night for my husband and me.


I think you'll believe me when I say that creating this title block out of all sorts of little bits and pieces was lots of fun.  The TV sticker with a heart on the screen is my favorite part.  :)



I printed out a couple of Internet memes to use as page embellishments.   This is a good way to add interest to a scrapbook page on the cheap.  Oh, and by the way, if you click to enlarge the photo above, you can learn how to write the phrase "Thirty years ago, lightning struck that clock tower," in Russian.  :)



Anyway, back to the whole point of this blog post--stencilling with sticker negatives and Stickles.  To do this, start by trimming around the sticker negative to separate it from the rest of the sticker sheet.  Next, stick the negative shape to your clothes a few times to make it less sticky.  Then gently press the shape onto your project and squirt Stickles into the shape.  You may need to use a paintbrush or a small paper scrap to spread the Stickles around and fill the shape completely.  Once the shapes is filled in, quickly and carefully remove the sticker negative.  Then, all you have to do is wait for the Stickles to dry, which is probably the hardest part of the whole process.  :)  


Before I sign off, I also want to mention that this layout was inspired by the Berry71Bleu November mood board.  Although I did not manage to finish my layout in time to participate in B71B's November challenge, I still wanted to share the gorgeous mood board (pictured above).  Maybe it will inspire you as much as it inspired me.  In any case, take care and enjoy the last few days of 2015!  Happy crafting.  :)

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Seasonal Pocket Letters

In my last post I wrote about holiday mail.  Today I have just a bit more of my outgoing mail to share: two pocket letters.  First up is this autumn-themed letter.

Supplies: patterned paper from Doodlebug Design, alphabet stickers from October Afternoon, cat stickers from Mrs. Grossman's, pumpkin sticker from Mello Smello.

Click here for a closer look at that cross stitched acorn ornament.


Supplies: patterned paper from October Afternoon, to/from tag from Crate Paper, washi tape from 3M/Scotch, snowman stickers from my stash, all other stickers from Mrs. Grossman's.

And here is a Christmas-themed pocket letter that I recently mailed.  As you see, I use baseball card holders for my pocket letters.  My process is simple: I decorate the front of the card holder and hide the handwritten letter behind the decorations.  Long live snail mail!  :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Cute Mail

They say that letter writing is a lost art, but I disagree.  I love mail.  This time of year is great because I get to send and receive so much extra mail, in the form of holiday greeting cards.  

Product sources: aqua striped tape from MT, all other tape from 3M/Scotch.
 

This year I'm having fun adding a strip of decorative tape to the bottom of each envelope that I send.  There are so many cute patterns and styles of tape available right now.


I also love choosing the postage stamp for each envelope.  Preparing all these Christmas cards can be a long process, but it's worth it to me because I so enjoy sending mail. 


Receiving mail is fun, too.  I've already received a number of cards, but today I want to show you one of my favorites so far from this year.  It's Santa Kitty!  This card did not come through the mail; my friend gave it to me in person.  The card accompanied this gift of a reindeer mug and a box of tea.  The name of the tea--"sweet cinnamon spice"--describes its flavor perfectly.  It's a roobois herbal tea, and I can definitely recommend it to all you tea lovers out there.

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Whether you're busy with holiday tasks or just enjoying a little free time, I hope things are going well for you.  Take care!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Music, Coffee, Pumpkin Pie, and a High-Tech Ornament


Lately I've been hearing the song "Sleigh Ride" on the radio a lot.  It's a good song.  I especially like the lines that say, "There's a special feeling nothing in the world can buy, when they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie."  That is exactly how I felt last weekend, when I celebrated Thanksgiving.


Now Thanksgiving has passed, and Advent has begun.  Our family put out our Christmas decorations, including the tree, on Sunday.  I have a new ornament on the tree this year, and it's very different from the cross stitched ornaments that I've been sharing recently.
 
Supplies: green paint from DecoArt, red paint & glitter from Ranger, star ribbon from Scrapbook Fantasies.

I made this ornament in a free class at the library.  The class was on how to use a 3D printer, and each class participant could design one small item and print it.  


The ornament was white (as pictured above) when it came off the printer.  After I brought it home, I painted it and glued on the ribbon hanger.  As the ornament indicates, all this happened in 2014.  However, our family didn't put up a Christmas tree in 2014, so I'm hanging the ornament for the first time in 2015.


I hope that the first day of December is off to a good start for you.  Take care and have a happy "T-Day"!  :)