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Friday, February 25, 2011

Tin Man

Jayn and I were walking around our neighborhood today. We watched a squirrel harvest new nuts from a tree, and passed by this Tin Man - made from tins- sitting on a front stoop. About 30 inches tall I'm guessing. Very cute and clever.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Latest Scrapbook pages Part Two

I rarely use purchased stickers or titles, since I have my Cricuts. However I love these delicate lazer cut snowflakes from Jolee's. The epoxy buttons and dimensional titles are Jolee's and Soft Spoken. The cardstocks are AC and Recollections and the ribbon embellishments are from Michaels. Mom always hoped to go on another cruise to Alaska with James and I along, and she really enjoyed this trip to see the Glacier. I have started an album devoted to the photos I have of her in her later life. It's nice to do something in blues.

This is another layout from my childhood. I used AC cardstock, and papers from "Totally Girl" and more of the Tim Coffey designer mats from K&Company. I used Cricut cartridges Accent Essentials and
Gypsy Wanderings. The ribbon trim is from Michaels.
I intentionally left a lot of space in this layout. My father was an intermittent presence in my life after the age of three. I have vague memories of him doing his ball spinning trick. He was a juggler. More info about his life has been kept here. I am planning a second matching layout to make this into a double page spread.

Monday, February 14, 2011

My latest Scrapbook pages, part one.

The next SDU Scrapbooking design course at Michaels Inglewood will be starting in two weeks. It will run Saturdays, February26 through March 19th. Times: 3.00-5.00pm.

These are the pages that I have made recently, and I'm thrilled with how they are turning out.

This is a page using a Diptic I-phone photo taken by James - the three photo images were collaged together by the app. The base is from My Mind's Eye - "Totally Girl" by Jen Wilson, and the other papers are from the K&Company stack "Yuletide" and some sparkling unnamed cardstock from my stash. I used Cricut cartridges Wall Decor & More, Holiday Cakes and George and Basic Shapes for the lettering and embellishments, fastening with Recollections Mini-brads. But the coolest part is the vintage style Santa which I recycled from one of the Christmas cards we received this year. I painted the back with a bicarbonate of soda solution to reduce the acid. I love how the muted colors allow the b&w photos to take center stage.

Here's the Sweet Dreams layout I made, again based on a sheet from "Totally Girl". The cardstocks are AC Cardstocks and I inked the edges of the flowers (Cake Basics) with Michael's pigment inks. I customized the title (Wall Decor & More cart) with Slickers dimensional fabric paint. Again James took these photos.

Jayn met Minnie at her Fourth birthday celebration, at Disneyland in 2003. These are papers from "Totally Girl" again. (Can you tell I really like this stack?) and Tim Coffey designer mats from K&Company. The bow embellishments are hand drawn and inked, while the lacey medallions are made from some old generic paper doilies. The brads are Recollections brand and the title is made with Cricut carts Gypsy Font and Plantin Schoolbook (End Caps).

I couldn't decide what title to use, so I managed to sneak in two to this layout. Totally Girl papers, AC Cardstocks and chipboard glittered letters. Michaels sells these acrylic rhinestones by the bag, and they are attached with Glue Dots. The Cricut carts for the embellishments and borders are Accent Essentials and Plantin Schoolbook - although I also altered the flowers by hand.

I've started on the numerous beautiful photos from my childhood. Here in Journey to Japan I was playing around with different proportions of matting, and custom embellishments. The cardstocks are a mix of AC and Recollections stacks, while the floral paper is Origami paper from my stash. The paper flowers I embellished with pigment inks, and fastened with Recollections mini-brads. I bought them a while ago. Meanwhile as usual I made the titles with Cricut carts; Robotz and Holiday Cakes both have nice fonts. The cherry blossom branches were cut from Tie the Knot, while the rising sun image is hand cut. I found the image of Mount Fuji online, and made b&w.

More shortly.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Here's the latest

The new issue of Green Craft is about to enliven newstands. My recycled gift boxes using vintage magazine papers and hand made flowers are on page 60-61 leading an article about upcycling cereal boxes. Yay.

It's a packed issue with lots of scrumptious photos and project ideas.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Scrapbooking and rolled roses

Here are some rolled blooms that I've been making in batches. They are just a spiral - drawn, cut, inked and rolled - and some simple cut out leaves. The beautiful vintage print double sided card stock from K & Company - "Life's Journey" stack - gives the roses a soft, muted feeling. I've been using them on some special cards, although they would also make nice brooches or hair clips, or decorations for picture frames.

I wanted something eye catching and attractive to demo for my Michaels Scrapbooking courses, which are:

Fridays in February (11th, 18, 24, March 4)  12.30 - 3.30 pm at Hawthorne.

Saturdays in February (12th, 19,25, March 5) 3.00 - 5.00 pm at Inglewood.

Classes are still 40% off, all four are only $27.50.