Friday, June 26, 2015

layout + sketch + blog post

I'm blogging today at Write.Click.Scrapbook. with a new layout and a sketch so hop on over there to see! The layout is one of my favorites I've done in a while so I hope you'll check it out!

Click here.

Happy weekend!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ode to simple scrapbooks magazine

I was looking through a couple issues of Simple Scrapbooks today and I felt a sense of longing come over me.
Gone are the days of solid scrapbook instruction in printed form.
You can now find great ideas online but it's either information overload or I struggle to find the voice that inspires me like Simple did.

Simple Scrapbooks and Stacy Julian changed my life.
They literally changed my life. No other way to put it.
I think differently because of the philosophies and instruction I received from the contributors.

I love that it was solid, simple information presented in the way that I process it.
Part of the appeal was the clean design of the magazine, provided by Cathy Zielske.

I also loved the voice of the magazine. I think I could feel Stacy's influence on every page.
I'm looking at the March/April 2009 issue now and there is a great article on photography.
Next is a wonderful article on journaling that really has some innovative ideas.
Next up is an article on choosing colors for your layout and the pages in it are awesome.
The layouts throughout the magazine are fun and doable and mostly 8.5x11, which is my go-to size.

There are sketches of the layouts that let me easily envision making them for myself.
There are fun reader tips on how to organize page ideas, journaling ideas and instructions on how to print smaller photos.
There's an article on using lots and lots of photos on a layout. There's another one on being an organized and inspired scrapbooker.
I could go on and on. There's so much wonderfulness packed in this issue, that I am amazed this magazine is out of business!

The magazine was a collaboration of some of my favorite people in the industry and now those people are scattered. I wish I could get them all in one place again.

I guess I will just treasure the issues I have and read and re-read them until I'm old and gray.
I'm just thankful I had the chance to know you, Simple Scrapbooks. I truly miss you.

Monday, June 15, 2015

handmade cards

I'm in the midst of prepping for my cards class which is this Thursday at 6 pm, at Hobby Lobby.
I have two of the designs planned in my head but the other two are still a mystery. ha!

Here's my favorite card from last month's class. I realized I never shared it!!

I have committed to three huge projects I'm working on right now so bear with me if I'm MIA from my blog a little bit right now! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

vlog #1

If you're friends with me on Facebook, you probably saw this already but I made my very first vlog! If you're not familiar with a vlog, it's an overview of a day in video form. I plan to do this at least once a week, especially when we're doing something fun. I almost did another one today but I think I have pink eye! Ugh! I'm going to bed at 9 pm and hopefully I will wake up well.

I hope you enjoy watching this. If you do, I'll make more, I promise. :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

busy, busy, busy, busy, busy

That's been my life all week and that's why I haven't blogged! I did stay up 'til 4 am one night this week making a fresh new banner for this blog. It's very similar to the previous one so you might not have noticed. ;)

Today I am teaching my first cards class at Hobby Lobby. Several of my former students from the last scrapbook store I taught at will be there and some of my local friends are coming too and bringing friends! Wahoo! I made extra kits and if I have them left over, I plan to put them in my shop for sale. $10 for everything you need to make four cards. I will post pics Friday. Here's one in progress...

I struggled a bit to come up with four card designs that could be easily reproduced. I taught cards classes for a couple years and it came easily to me to design them but I have gotten out of the card creating groove so Monday, I sat at my desk and hated everything I did. Tuesday I started making progress and Wednesday was spent in a panic, knowing it was down to the wire.

Finally, around 10 pm, I got into a creative groove and started feeling happy with what I was making. I know that sounds a little cuckoo to some of you but I have high standards when people are paying me to take a class. I don't just slap it together...I really have to love it or I keep trying.

The problem isn't designing four's coming up with designs that can be easily reproduced. You either have to use a punched shape, die cut, paper pads to mix patterns or stamps. It's not like I can use enamel dots or a sticker; I won't have 10 of those to give away. I can whip together a card from my stash in about five minutes but making four that are unique but reproducible is a tough bill to fill!

I picked up this Simple Stories pad yesterday to of my favorites of their lines!

Besides being out of the creating cards groove, my brain is just full of a lot of other classes I'm creating right now. I plan to launch an online class next week and it's one I've been asked for a lot. I'll tell you what it's about soon and I have two pretty big announcements coming up too. Life is amazing and unexpected every day.

Just a note: I added a link to the tabs at the top of this page that goes straight to my YouTube channel. I plan to add a video weekly. Click the tab marked "Videos" to go straight to my Scrapbooking Playlist. I have some performance videos on my channel so by clicking this link, you'll go straight to the stuff you wanna see...crafty stuff! :)

I'll be back soon with an online class that's fun and hopefully a layout or something from my memory planner which I had to let slide this week so I could prep for my class!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

quick and easy card

I made a little video to show you how easy it is to make a card using my pre-printed card bases. Just sent off an order of these today for someone!

Hope you like this little video....

You can purchase the card set right here!

Thanks for watching - see you soon!

Monday, May 11, 2015

memory planner monday

Here's my April monthly spread for my Artful Memory Planner project. I'm having a hard time getting a good picture today so I'll add put up some more when the light is better.

Click to enlarge and read journaling...

This month, I didn't have a long time to spend on this so I kept it simple by sticking with one 6x6 paper pad. I'm really enjoying using paper pads for this project because the paper all coordinates and it's not as hurtful to cut into all the different papers for just a tiny square. I used the front and back of each paper in the pad, with the exception of one, I think. I really could have kept embellishing but the patterns are what make this project pretty to me. I like to just let them stand alone. I like how this collection has a green aqua and a blue aqua together. I also like that it has red and pink and black and gold. I just love this paper pad and look forward to using more of it! 

The colors in my photo and the paper pad photo don't really do it justice. It's gorgeous!!

April was a milestone month for me. I turned 45 and left my job of 7.5 years. I will definitely be making a layout to go after this page about some thoughts I have and also adding a pocket page full of photos. Stay tuned for that! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 08, 2015

a little mini

Last month, on Write Click Scrapbook, I contributed a tiny mini-album for the gallery. I need to post it here so I can add it to my gallery of mini-albums and link back to this post. If you've already seen it, see you back here Monday! :) If not, here it is!

I made it 3x3 because I just love that size right now! To make the cover, I started with a cereal box. I cut it down and glued two 3x3 pieces back to back for strength/weight. (I put the plain side out, printed side got the glue.) Then I covered the front with strips of patterned paper from a 6x6 paper pad by Pebbles called Walnut Grove. I like mixing patterns from a paper pad because you know they will all look good together, right?

I chose 12 patterns from the paper pad and laid them all out on my desk and then laid each photo on top of the one I thought best complimented it.

I used a "currently" list of prompts to help me decide what to document.

To finish the album, I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes and binder rings to bind it. 

For the back, I used some left over strips of pattern and letter stickers to remember when the list was from. A "currently" list really needs the date somewhere!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy scrapping this weekend!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

page planning

I have some printables in my shop so I will be sharing videos about how to use them and here's the first one, using the Page Planner printable.

This printable is available in two sizes - one is sized perfectly for your planner and the other is a full sheet. Click here to order!

Thanks so much and if there are any other printables you're interested in, please let me know!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

magic memory keepers is a hoot this week.

So I almost didn't have a guest this week for Magic Memory Keepers because I was too busy to tape. Enter my always faithful friend, Jennifer Webb. She came over to the house and sat down for an informal chat about all things Disney.

If you haven't listened to Magic Memory Keepers yet, this is a fun one to start with. It's just a talk between two friends! We talk about The Polynesian at Disney World and I share the interesting info about it that the Beatles broke up when John Lennon signed the papers while staying at The Polynesian! If you like Disney trivia, here's a fun Wikipedia article all about The Polynesian. I've been kind of obsessed with it since I read this! :)

You can check out the show here, along with pictures of Jennifer's adorable mini-album!

Have a happy Wednesday!