I Just Love to Make a Mess! (Giveaway)

I went through the 12 Tags of Christmas with Tim Holtz and I did not put away my "stuff" until it was over.  It was an organized mess.  I finally got it all cleaned up when I decided to play with tags again for my One Little Word book.  For the entire weekend no one but me could have found anything on my scrap table.  I finished my project and finally was able to clean it up Sunday.  I've started a new project with Tattered Angels glimmer mist and the mess is there again.  It's hilarious to try and keep my studio organized.  I guess in a way I create better with the clutter!

Have you seen the challenge Kim Whitten is doing?  It's the 52 Week Project.  Every week you take a photo.  The object of the photo remains the same.  It can be you, your child, your dog, even go for monochromatic looks like B (you have to read her site).  I'm working on 52 Weeks of my husband, Jimmy.  What's really wonderful is that B gives you help on your photograph and Kim helps with photography, prompts, and inspiration.  Her site is 52 Week Project.  I hope you join in with me. 

Giveaway (first of 2001!)
Are you starting any "challenges" for 2011?  Leave a comment about your personal challenge or if you are joining challenges like the 52 Week Project.  I'll pick a winner in a couple of days to receive some fun scrapbook goodies from the heART of Scrapbooking.

I finally finished my mini-book for One Little Word.  I'm not totally comfortable creating mini-books so it takes me a bit to get going and finish.  But there is a personal feeling of accomplishment when I do finished.

Here's my One Little Word book for 2011:  (with Things I learned through mistakes)

when planning a collage of stamped images lay it out first!

the thicker the crackle paint and more prominent the crackle

silhouettes are totally awesome

simple is sometimes better when you want to focus on your photos

alcohol ink, distress ink, archival ink, and paint are very cool together

a little hardware just adds something to your project

my favorite...i learned to fade one color into another for a cool effect...distress inks from Tim Holtz, spiced marmalade and yellow mustard (along with my vintage photo and walnut stain).

laying out the collage of stamps does work better!  LOL

stamp all your images, both front and back, before adding texture.  you'll get a better image

add a pop of color, archival crimson, to draw your eye to a focal point

I added antique lace that my mother gave me and I love my mini-book!

I have a few things up my sleeve for 2011.  Tutorials and a special project I picked up starting last week. 

Have a wonderful beginning of 2011!

Gratitude List
1.  getting back into the swing of normal
2.  trust tested
3.  a wonderful worship service yesterday
4.  a week of being able to spend with my daughter
5.  the love gave me for my husband


  1. Happy New Year to you! My plan for this year is mostly financial. I am going to use up the mounds of supplies that are drowning me in my craft room!

  2. Your mini is gorgeous Debby! I'm participating in three challenges so far. I'm currently on week #19 of a 52 Week Scrapbooking Challenge. I'm doing a 40 Day Scrapbook Challenge that is becoming a 40 year challenge! lol I'm also continuing with Patter's Scripture Challenge this year...we're doing the ABC's! These challenges give me something to blog about! I also learn a lot, both creatively and spiritually!...Nancy :o)

  3. I plan to make an effort to step up my doll making. I want to be more productive and more confidant in my work, so that is what I plan to work on!

  4. love the mini album--just fab!

  5. I always love your work, Debby. It's gorgeous! My challenge is one for myself this year. I'm going to try and think more outside of my comfort zone and try new techniques and things I've never tried before. I, also, participate in any fun challenges I found on mb that I can join in on.

  6. Anonymous8:50 AM

    Great job on the mini-album!!! I don't have any scrap challenges planned but, My challenges this year are to LIVE,LAUGH,& LOVE more as Christ did. Have a blessed day.

    Tami H. Spencer (cropper4christ)

  7. Lovely Album Miss Debby! I love your work! My personal challenge for 2011 is to try making a mini album and be more regular with crafting. Family wise..spend more time with family and let go of some of the details and be more relaxed!

    Happy New Year

  8. I am not really involved in any official challenges for the new year but I am going to challenge myself to get caught up on my scrapbooking. I am a year behind right now and want to get caught up!! I need to get busy!!

  9. Happy 2011 Deb. Your album turned out wonderful. You should be very proud of it! I love your word for the year. I don't do well with setting goals or resolutions. I just try each day to do better than the day before. I did join the Card Lifters on Fiskateers and am lovin it!

  10. That challenge sounds like a great idea! And I love the book!!

  11. love your mini! My goal is to make more time to scrap and use what I have.

  12. your mini is wonderful! My goals: want to complete at least 1 challenge on various scrappy blogs: ScrapbookCardsTodayMag and Moxie Fab for sure, and will try a couple others as well. NO pressure though...only 1/wk, and I choose which ones...Also embarking on a eating healthier kick/move more...so far, so good!

  13. I love your mini abum. You did a wonderful job on it.
    The only challenge I've taken on this year is to grow in my crafting life.

  14. Oh my - that is QUITE an undertaking to commit to a full year! Can't wait to see your weekly creations and what poses your hubby comes up with! I'm about six months behind on scrapping my one and only grandson, so that's going to be my "winter project".


  15. I have a fitness goal & I'd love to make some mini books

  16. How sweet to chose your hubby as your 52 weeks challenge subject ! Think how many wonderful photo's you'll have to scrap at the end of 2011.
    My challenge is to try and get on a manufacturer's design team this year.

  17. OMG your Mini turned out AWESOME!!!! Totally Rocked it!
    Happy News Years!
    So my plans for this year....AKA the "Chanllenge"....I'm gonna start back creating...Cause I Totally Slacked off this past year. I need to scrap soooo many things it's SO not funny, I NEED to enter my Card contest like I used to, Most of all I Need to start Enjoying myself again.

  18. I'm doing project 52 on paper, but going to take 365 photos.

  19. I love your mini book!
    I have a few challenges for myself, here is one of them. http://www.youtube.com/user/TracysTreasures24?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/90w9kEAN3MU

  20. There are several challenges this year! I definitely want to create highlights of this coming year for sure. I think I will be doing a recap of 2010. I want to document more often in 2011. Thanks so much!

  21. Happy New Year, Debby! Love your mini album. I signed up for the newsletter you mentions. It looks so awesome and a great way for me to get my mojo going. I'm doing the Project 12 challenge and I'm thinking of 52 weeks challenges for myself as I hardly ever in the pictures. Thanks for sharing

    michelesscrapycreations35 at yahoo dot com

  22. Anonymous9:03 AM

    I'am going to try and organize my scrap room.
    Joan Fiskateer #808

  23. happy new year!
    My personal arty/crafty challenges this year would be to do one painting a month and one sketch a week. Wetcanvas.com have those challenge threads there. I want to concentrate on upping my art skills this year. But still will do scrapbooking as the photos keep getting taken. ;)

  24. I'm inspired...so my challenge is to scrap and finish an album..soon!...so I will come every day and get my inspiration! Thank you!

  25. Your book is just beautiful and so inspiring. My mission this year is to tackle organizing 30 years ofpics...and begin making books for my girls...it's difficult because i get caught up in the memories and don't get much organizing done..hahaha!

  26. My mission is to scrap more layouts. I spent a year making lots and lots of cards. My own personal ones and for a group too. While I will continue making cards, but want to focus more on layouts.


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