Thursday, September 29, 2016

3 & 4 September, Going Out With A Bang

Yep, tomorrow is the end of September.  Now starts the fun!

It has been too hot for many activities here in South Carolina.  The cool weather is coming and it is time for the ballet season, theater season, Halloween and Christmas activities AND the Nutcracker.

I said I wanted to finish posting the 4th of July layouts before October so here are the last two. 

Little with her American Flag ... she is certainly proud to be an American!  
FYI:  she is VERY independent.  LOL

Bo Bunny Firecracker Collection
Paper Issues July sketch
Tim Holtz: title letters Newsprint, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Picket Fence Distress Paint, alteration die cut flag, Mirrored Stars
Vintage Street Market Tinted Tape
Blue Fern Studios (blue ... distress ink and gold...distress paint and distress glitter) chipboard stars
Prima rhinestones
We R Memory Keepers Backer's Twine
Glitz Design tiny alpha

My youngest grand just hanging out at the beach being glad it is a party!

Bo Bunny Firecracker Collection
Paper Issues July sketch
Thickers glitter letters
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Naturals Black and Cream Trimmings, Mirrored Stars, Label Letters
Fiskars circle thumb punch, Scalloped Circles Squeeze punch, Stars Squeeze punch
Glitz Design tiny alpha

Hold on to your hats because it is almost October!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

2 of 4 Have You Ever Collaborated On a Scrapbook Layout?

I guess I have two collaborations on this layout.  This is 2 of 4 Fourth of July layouts using Bo Bunny's Firecracker collection and Paper Issues July Sketch Challenge. 

The best collaboration is between me and two of my granddaughters ages 3 and 5.  I was working on this fabulous layout of their cousin when they begin to say things like "Mimi, what if I punched out a star and put it here?"  Or "I can help with the diamonds (sequins)." 

My educational philosophy is you learn best by doing.  So here we are.  A scrapbook layout collaboration by Mimi, Rae and Em.

LIBERTY with Ali

Bo Bunny:  paper, stickers, tag
Tim Holtz Idea-ology:  clear stars
Tim Holtz Ranger:  Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Glitz Design:  Tiny Alphas
Chatterbox: Letters in title
Fiskars star squeeze punch, round thumb punch
American Crafts red and white ribbon

Tip:  distress stickers by laying them on Ranger Inksentials Reusable Non Stick Craft Sheet.  This makes it easy to peel off the mat.  Using an Emory board lightly distress in one direction.  Be careful not to distress the mat.  I find it easy.  I always run my stickers back through my Xyron sticker maker to make sure I have a long lasting adhesion.  

What have you collaborated on lately?

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bo Bunny Firecracker with Paper Issues Sketch

September is nearly gone, Fall has started and I'm in July trying to do a little catch up with my seasons.  I thought I would share over the next week 4 layouts I did with Bo Bunny's Firecracker collection and Paper Issues July sketch challenge.  For me a sketch never goes out of style!

Freedom
Em loves the beach and for her and her sister the American Flag is the most special flag! 

Here is the sketch I used from Paper Issues:
Bo Bunny's Firecracker is so much fun to work with.  If you haven't started your layouts from Memorial Day, Veterans Day, 4th of July, military pages and the list goes on... oh my goodness it is fun.

I also used
Thickers,
Fiskars star squeeze punch,
Tim Holtz/Sizzix flag die,
Tim Holtz/Ranger distress ink, Vintage Photo, 
Prima rhinestones,
Glitz Design tiny alpha
Vintage Stree Market Tinted Tape
Tim Holtz/Idea-ology stars.

Check out Sunday/Monday post for more Bo Bunny Firecracker... I need to hurry so I can get into my Halloween fun!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Use It or Lose It ... A Birthday Layout

I can only share where part of these products come from that make up my layout.  Maybe you know? 

My Little is 5 years old now and growing up faster each day.

I have stashes of paper I no longer know what company made them.  I still love them, but I know that I need to use as much as I can. 
  • Makes room for the fresh stuff.  
  • The danger of not using what you have now, is it goes "out of style."  That makes it difficult to motivate yourself to use the early products when you are so eager to move on with new styles, techniques and ideas.
  • I end up donating it (which is not bad, but I bought it for a reason), sell it or let it sit right where it is stored.  
My challenge to you:  dig it out, use the old and new mixed together and make room for the new, best and brightest products!

Let me see if I can remember some of the products.
Cardstock:  American Crafts
Butterflies:  Graphic 45
Sticker letters:  Webster's Pages
Prima flowers and buttons
Little heart I think is from My Minds Eye
No idea who produced the paper, the "artsy life," or calendar.

Got a guess? 

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Debby

Gratitude List
1.  friends, friends, friends
2.  another great year of life
3.  learning and the world it opens up to me
4.  little faces that remind why I love all that is around me
5.  My heavenly Father

Monday, September 12, 2016

First Look at Santa -- Christmas Layout

Little MJ's first closeup look at Santa Claus.  No screaming, just real curiosity.


Graphic 45 paper and embellishments; Thickers silver letters, Basic Grey brads, Tim Holtz's Idea-ology tinsel and Vintage Photo distress ink.   Not sure, but probably inspired by someone crafty.

I know it is not Christmas, but it is time to get your Christmas papers and embellishments ready for those scrap-able moments.   For those of you that are card makers, I suppose you have nearly all your cards finished.  Right?  One day I am going to become a card maker, but not this Christmas.

I have already compiled my books, paper and most embellishments for my December Daily albums.  I did, however, see some new Tim Holtz stamps I am going to have to buy. 


Check out Tim's blog for more delicious Christmas products. 

On the run the week with so many exciting adventures that await.  Have a great day!

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Debby

Gratitude List
1. reminder to be kind
2. good friends
3. my wonderful children
4. the ability to fun even when it involves a clean up project
5.  Grace

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

It's a New Season for Ballet!---4 Layouts

I love watching my little grands dancing on what they call "the BIG stage."  Little was able to dance in the Nutcracker Suite for Columbia City Ballet last year.  Soon my three smallest girls will give it a shot to dance on the BIG stage.

Of course recitals ended their year in May and Mimi is not going to miss an opportunity to scrapbook their day.
Little as Red Riding Hood
This one loves the stage.  It was her third recital at only 5 years old.  Never any fear of getting up on the BIG stage and dancing.  She talks of dancing from her heart. 

Bo Bunny, Graphic 45, Prima, Tim Holtz, My Minds Eye, Blue Fern Studio chipboard, Ranger Perfect Pearls, Heidi Swapp, Martha Stewart, Recollections and Faber Castell. It is hard to tell but it is gold micro-beads on the skirt of the ballerina.
Ali as one of the lions of Lion King
This little grandgirl reminds me of the photo of all the little girls standing in a row in ballet class but the last one is climbing and hanging from the bar.  She dances to the beat of her own drum.  This was Ali's second recital at only 3 years old and showed everyone how to do it her way.

Bo Bunny, Prima Tim Holtz, Blue Fern Studio chipboard, Ranger, Sizzix and Recollection.
Little's Sister as one of the lions in Lion King
Our little star.  This was LS's first year of ballet at the age of 2.  She also loved watching her sister in her tap lessons.  The teacher noticed that LS was able to tap the steps that the older students could do.  By January they admitted her into the class as the youngest tapper. 

Side bar:  this summer LS took a short class....30 minutes each day for 4 days...at Camp Tap Tap Tap Away.  On the 5th day they had a recital and LS was given her first solo (at 3 years old and the youngest ever for this dance company) tapping and singing on stage.  Amazing!

Bo Bunny, Prima, Blue Fern Studio chipboard Tim Holtz, Basic Grey (brads), Making Memories (brad), Creative Memories stamp and Ranger Perfect Pearls.
H at Her First Recital
H did an awesome job with her first recital.  For a first year student she nailed it with grace, elegance and emotion.  I was so proud of her.  She is not going to dance this year but the "the BIG stage" is waiting for her in other arts that she is fantastic.

Bo Bunny, Prima, Tim Holtz, Blue Fern Studio chipboard, Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels mask (the leaves that I cut off the mask and used alcohol ink for color), Ranger, Basic Grey (cork butterfly) and Recollections.

The design ideas were not mine but my take on them.  I believe some of the ideas from the designers at Blue Fern Studio and Bo Bunny.    

Long post, but a lot to make up for.  LOL

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Debby

Gratitude List
1.  my grandchildren
2.  dancing from the heart
3.  my incredible husband
4.  God's work throughout history
5.  MJ's smiles

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Yeah, I'm Still Around Crafting Away

I have had several comments on whether or not I was still crafting.  Of course I am!

I just finished a summer long project teaching my 5 and 3 year old grandgirls how to scrapbook.  They each completed a book about their summer.

Em's Book
The hardest part for Em and Little was to learn how to make the roller adhesive work.  But they got really good at it.  The hardest part for me was to leave it alone when they started designing the pages themselves.



Little's Book
By the end she figured out picture placement and that you can add embellishments without covering up the pictures.  I learned, once again, it's their book and let them be their own creative self.  It worked wonderfully.




I finally got around to creating two books for my grandgirls telling the story of their adventure last October at the Storybook Ball.

Few of Ali's Pages
I do a whole different style when creating their books.  This year the theme for creating their memory book from the Storybook Ball was glitter.

In between I have created many layouts.  Often they were inspired by other scrapbookers because (1) I wish I would have thought of that, (2) they were fantastic and (3) my time has been mainly spent making memories and instead of spending a lot of time designing.
This is my youngest and only grandboy.  They don't come any happier than him.

I believe I picked up this design (her's was better) from Jana Eubank from Noel Mignon's Design Team.

I just finished cleaning up and and reorganizing my craft room so I can get ready for the season of December Daily.  I create my own books, but if you want to know more about Ali Edwards' widely popular crafting event go to Ali Edwards December Daily.  I have been documenting my December for several years now and it is fabulous.  This year I have decided not to pick out a particular line of paper but to use my "leftovers" from seasons past.  I have a stack of paper about 7 shelves high of nothing but Christmas.  My husband is delighted at my decision.  I will probably use more chipboard from Blue Fern Studios and a new place I am about to try out, Creative Embellishments.  Take on the challenge of  December Daily.  I promise the journey is awesome and the end results are the best memory keeping.


I've much more to say...but leave you with this:

Gratitude List
1.  those of you who still hang around here from time to time
2.  those who inspire me to create
3.  the sovereignty of God
4.  my dearest husband and best friend
5.  my old friends and new ones

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Debby

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