Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Let's Art Journal

I love art journaling. A lot.

It makes me happy.

Naturally, I want to share all that is wonderful about art journaling and because I have a fabulous LSS, I can! The Paperie is helping me share my passion for art journaling in a new series of classes and my first one is this Thursday night.

This month, it's about inspiration. We'll talk about supplies, how to prep pages, how to approach a the blank page and so much more. I have so much I want to share.

Here's a look at the pages I made for the class.

Art Journal Club_Jan_1

Art Journal Club_Jan_2

And finally...

Art Journal Club_ Jan_3

I'm really excited and I can hardly wait to start with this new series. There's always room for one more. Just call or email The Paperie to reserve your space.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, 23 January 2014

around here...

So, what's new with you?

Around here, we're either sick (Ben) or getting sick (me & Sam).

Ben is sick

Before that, I was playing with The Paperie's February kit. It has fabulous Thickers and there's a sheet or two of patterned paper that I just love and am in danger of hoarding.

Paperie Kit_Feb 2014
I'm working on some projects for classes I'm teaching at The Paperie. Here's a page from my upcoming Art Journal class. It's all about getting started and finding inspiration.

Art Journal Club_Jan_1

Here's another from a mixed media class for kids called, An Artistic Altered Book. I'll post more about these classes a little later. You can see The Paperie's January schedule here and February schedule here.

Kids Altered Book Class_1

I'm also organizing and purging - mostly purging.  Seems like everyone is doing a little of that - must be a January thing.  I call this project "approaching minimalism" because I'm not sure a scrapbooker can actually be a minimalist. Especially when I'm anxiously awaiting the release of new CHA 2014 products like this, and this and this whole line.

All in all, it's been a busy and creative time. I like this kind of busy. Here's hoping for a quick recovery so I can get back to "business".

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

My December Daily...in January...Part 3

This week, I've been sharing the pages from my December Daily. You can see my previous posts here and here.

So, without further ado...

Dec Daily 10

The green page with the wood veneer stars and glitter drips was one of my foundation pages. I adhered a foil Santa is on the other side and wasn't paying attention so this is actually upside down from how I designed it. Turns out, that I prefer it this way.

The other side is an envelope I punched using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope board. This thing is amazing. I promise. (keep your eyes open for a post on it in the future) I punched the envelope from a sheet of paper that I believe came from a Studio Calico kit. Then I put all my lists from this Christmas inside.

Don't worry...

Dec Daily 11

I taped it up with lots of washi so there's no peeking. I want the lists in my album but I don't want anyone looking at them just yet. Some secrets need to be secret, right?

The other side features some shots from December 24. The boys were wild and crazy that day - taking apart the couch and playing with the cushions while I was on the phone.

Dec Daily 12

Then some shots featuring some of my favorite Christmas Eve traditions and a bit of journaling. The journaling came much later but I don't mind if my journaling isn't in the moment all the time. I like reflecting on things, too. It's another part of the story.

Dec Daily 13

And then the big day. The boys would have opened everything in 10 minutes, I'm sure. I managed to slow them down to 45 mins so I could grab some pictures.

Dec Daily 15

I'm sorry that I didn't take any pictures of the rest of Christmas Day - the people that visited us, the boys playing with toys, our Christmas dinner in our home in 13 years. That's right, for the 13 years Sam and I have been together, this year was the first time we ever cooked Christmas dinner. And I don't have any pictures - waaaaaaah.

Of course, there's nothing I can do about it. So, I'm trying to let it go and make a note to ask someone to be the photographer the next time I'm cooking or whatever. I did remember to write out our menu and journaled some thoughts about the day on the shipping tag with the gold glitter star.

Dec Daily 16

I finished up the day with a picture of the boys sliding in the backyard with their new sleds. And the backside...

Dec Daily 17

 ...is our tree before going to bed on Christmas night. I think that's a great way to end a December Daily. And something I might do every year.

I also included all the cards we received this year. I love to keep cards. So, I tucked them all into a page protector and included another foundation page on top of all them to make it look nice. The Thickers are from an old Paperie kit - Spring of 2013, I think. I stuck them on top of the page protector because there really wasn't any room inside the page protector. And just behind the cards are the letters the boys received from Santa this year.

 And that's my December Daily. I hope you enjoyed you looking at it. I must confess that I love pocket page scrapbooking for this kind of project and I will definitely use this type of album again.

And speaking of album. Here's a look at my completed album.

Dec Daily 18

Everything fits and you can see that the Christmas cards are adding the most bulk. That's ok with me.

And here's the spine. I'm not one for decorating album covers but I felt that I needed to add a little something to my albums to keep track of which year is which.

Dec Daily 19

I added a little Glitter Pow paper and some Thicker's from The Paperie's December 2013 kit.

And that's it friends! Another year of December Daily done. I like to get my DD finished before Feb so I'm pretty happy that I finished it way early this year. Makes up for the one I have out that is still undone, right? Maybe I'll take some of the leftover time this month and finish that one up. If I do, I'll be sure to post pics here.

As always, if you have any questions about products or techniques used, please leave a note in the comments and I'll get back to you.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

My December Daily...in January...Part 2

Yesterday, I shared the first half (or so) of my completed December Daily. You can see those pages here, if you missed them. Today I'm here to share some more pages and it's another long post. So, freshen up your beverage and let's get started.

We're picking up with a shot of the shoes I wore to Sam's office party. I'm out of practice wearing high, high, high (did I mention they were high?) heels. The next day I went and had my hair did - it's a tradition I call "Holiday Hair" and it's one of my favorites.

Dec Daily 1

Then some random Christmas pictures.

Dec Daily 2

The pennant page on the right side is from a pack of Heidi Swapp Color Magic Jumbo Pennants.  I didn't buy a lot of new product for this album but I couldn't resist this pack when I saw it at my LSS, The Paperie.

Dec Daily 3

I glued the 2 largest pennants together and punched holes to make a page. It was easy to make and I like the effect.

The other side is a tribute to the Kinder Egg. Gabriel and Ben just love them and this Christmas we put some in their advent calendar. Every day, the boys would hope for a Kinder Egg and devour them excitedly when they got them. This will probably be a new tradition for us.

Dec Daily 4

I don't get to spend a lot of time at my desk making things during Christmas but I did make tags for Gabriel's teachers. I snapped a quick pic to capture the creative chaos.

The other side is a screen capture of some texting about a present for Gabriel. Technology sure makes Christmas shopping different. And by different, I mean easier.

Dec Daily 5

December 20 was a beautiful sunny day and the last day of school for Gabriel. Ben was pretty excited about Gabriel being home all day, every day for 2 weeks. We had a family party that night and this snoozing pooch, Excalibur, was one of our guests. He didn't snooze the whole time. He wore himself out with his constantly wagging tail.

Here's a closeup of his cuteness.

Dec Daily 5_closeup

I mounted his picture on one of my foundation pages and added a little embellishment.

I didn't have any pictures for the 21st, so I just journaled some thoughts. And to be honest, I wrote the journaling down long after the 21st. So, I suppose they're more reflections than thoughts.

Dec Daily 6

And then some pictures of the boys being cute. Ben is Gabriel's biggest fan these days and can't get enough of him. I wanted to capture that in my album. I made the photos black and white in PSE because taking pictures in my living room at night gives all my photos a yellow cast.

And you can see what I'm talking about on the right side, here. That's not a filter - it's just poor lighting. Usually I work around it but sometimes (like here) I want to keep it...just because.

Dec Daily 7

The left side of the page is about our new Elf on the Shelf. It was our first year as Elfers. Or is it Shelfers? I wasn't going to jump on this trend but when I told Ben that Santa was watching him he said, "Santa can't see me. He's not here!" That's when I asked Santa to send a little back up.

I altered the Peace, Love and Joy card with a few letter stickers because as Christmas got closer the boys got a little stir-crazy. I spent a lot of time coming up with things for them to do to keep them out of trouble hence the cookie making.

Dec Daily 8

And here's the backside of the card. Me and the boys watching some Christmas specials.

Dec Daily 9

And yes, that's the foil wrapping from a chocolate Santa. Ben gave it to me and said, "Here you go, Mommy. You can scrapbook this." So I did.

And that's it for another day. I still have enough pictures left for one more  December Daily post. In the meantime, if you have any questions about products or techniques used in my December Daily, just leave a note in the comments and I'll get back to you.

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, 13 January 2014

My December Daily...in January...Part 1

Hello friends!

I am back again after a lovely Christmas and I am delighted to share the first half of my December Daily. I shared my foundation pages way back in early December.  And I had every intention of keeping up it with and even sharing my pages during the month.

Of course, that didn't happen because December is busy. What was I thinking?!

However,  I did finish my December Daily last week and I'm pretty happy about it. So, today I'm sharing the first half of my album. You can click on any of the pictures to get a larger image.

Here's my cover page.

Dec Daily_1

On December 1st, we decorated our tree. And yes, that's a plushie on the top of our tree - a Super Mario Luma, to be exact.

Dec Daily_2

And December 2 and 3.

Dec Daily_3

December 4 and 5.

Dec Daily_4

December 6 and 7. I love the Allison Kreft overlays. I'm trying not to hoard them but it's hard because they're gorgeous!

Dec Daily_6

And here's the back of the overlay.

Dec Daily_7_edited-1

I adhered a piece of 3x4 patterned paper to the back and wrote my journaling on it. A simple way to get my journaling on the page without the risk of ruining my overlay.

I also love my solution for December 8. I didn't have any pictures from the day so I stamped the date on a card on my desk and journaled on the back.

Dec Daily_8

On December 9, I went to my LSS, The Paperie, for their annual member's Christmas Party. I used their Christmas Card and invite as an insert for the day. It's lovely, isn't it?

Dec Daily_9_edited-1

On December 10, we went to Gabriel's school Christmas Concert. We took way too many photos that I can't share. However, I can share these photos of Ben. I gave him my iPhone to keep him occupied during the show. Here's how his pictures turned out.

Dec Daily_10

And here's the backside...

Dec Daily_11

We also had a lot of snow that day so I included a pic of the boys out playing in the snow.

December 11 and 12.

A little story about Ben and how hard it is to wait for Christmas when you're 2. I caught him raiding our advent calendar. He just didn't get the concept of counting down or delayed gratification.

Dec Daily_12

The other side of the page is a card he made for me using some foam stickers and green cardstock. Green became his favorite color during December so he made green cards for all the family.

And here's the other side. He can't write his name yet so I used some Thickers to help me remember the significance of this card.

Dec Daily_13

I'll share the rest of my December Daily this week, so please stop by and have a look. If you have any questions about products or techniques I used, please put a note in the comments and I'll get back to you.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

December Daily 2013: Foundation Pages

Ok, I'm going to say right up front, I love December Daily. 

This year, I chose a SN@P album - the red leather one - with their various pocketed page protectors. I added a few elements in advance but my plan is to leave room for pics first and then add things in as I go along.

What I did make in advance was a bunch of 5x7 pages for the 6x8 page protectors. I used watercolor paper that I cut down to 5x7 and a lot of glitter. And I mean a lot of glitter. There's something about Christmas that calls for glitter in my world.

And I made a plan. I sat down with my album and my calendar and added little notes in the pockets so that I know what's happening throughout the month. It's helping me think about what kind of pictures I need to take each day and how many I need.

Here are my foundation pages.

Foundation Page 1

 The opening page.

Foundation Page 2

Here's the back side.

Foundation Page 3

I also added some pages from an old Christmas book that I cut up. Then I randomly put them in pockets throughout my album. I'm going to move them around as I need. I'll probably add more glitter. I mean, why stop now?

Foundation Page 4

Here's a close up of that glitter star page. I used Wendy Vecchi's Embossing Paste and Tim Holtz's Distress Glitter in Platinum. The glitter didn't stick to the embossing paste so I sprayed the whole thing with a coat of sealer. It worked like a charm.

Foundation Page 6

I love how these triangles turned out. It's lots of embossing powder and glitter. Yup, I had fun.

Foundation Page 9

And some glitter drips. I think I may have gone too far with glitter drips but I'm leaving it in because I can always take it out and make a different page if I want.

Foundation Page 10

And finally, some modelling creme from Viva decor through my Blazonry 6x6 stencil, some glitter and some glitter splats.

As you can see, my color scheme is gold and silver glitter and green. And I point that out because there isn't any blue in my plan. Oh, I know there will be blue in the album but it's not a part of the big picture - I just had to point that out because me not using blue on every page is worthy of a mention.

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Friday, 22 November 2013

A Lot of Gelato...My New Class and a Layout

I'm teaching a new class tomorrow at my LSS, The Paperie, called A Lot of Gelato.  This class is all about Gelatos and the amazing things you can do with them. I've talked about Gelatos before but I've come up with few ways to use Gelatos that maybe you haven't thought of before.

We're going to make 2 layouts in class. This one is full of my favorite techniques.

Gelato_You Guys

And this layout...

Gelato_Colourful Life

Well, I can hardly wait to share how easy it is to make this colorful and fun layout.

If you're local and you would like to learn more about Gelatos, you can call The Paperie and reserve your seat. There's always room for one more!

Thanks for stopping by!