Saturday, January 30, 2010

the name game

"This week's challenge on Who's That Girl is to document a story about your name... it can be why your parents chose your name, how you ended up with a particular nickname or any other name related story."

i scrapped about how i was sooo glad to change my last name when i *finally* got married...

used a variety of techniques here: i watered down white paint for the journaling & title blocks; punched a heart out of a coffee sleeve because i liked the texture of it; folded a strip of paper for added texture, then layered it over some ancient magic mesh; hand cut the title; and sewed on some flowers that were salvaged from a pair of flip flops that i wore out...

i really didn't know how i'd do scrapping about me. i'm glad to say that i am enjoying it!

thanks for looking...

mystery lift...

scrapfreak had their first TGIF crop of 2010 last night - i got to play along a little, since ben was at the cabin and sam was at her nana's! monica posted this challenge:

Your challenge is to scraplift a layout that you can't see. I'm going to give you the instructions which are based on the mystery layout but are still completely up to your own interpretation. I'll reveal the mystery layout on Sunday. It will be fun to see what you create!Here we go...
Use a shaped paper for your background and distress the edges.
Choose one photo to use on your layout.
Use a patterned or solid paper as a matte for your photo.
Place both the photo matte and photo in the mid to lower right hand side of the page.
Place two strips of paper at the bottom of your photo.
Place title on the left bottom of the photo and paper strips.
Embellish the bottom right hand side of your photo with a cluster of journaling shapes, buttons, and brads.
Place a small strip of paper in the upper left hand corner of your background shape.
Embellish with a few buttons. And're done!

this is what i came up with...

what a fun challenge! can't wait to see what the original layout was, and how all the layouts look...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

i've been a busy scrapper... over at scrapfreak they're having a month long challenge called jump start your scrapping! i love it - it's keeping me busy! this layout was done for a page call from pagemaps but i'm using it for JSYS challenge - 01.14 - use photo turns.

this layout is for JSYS challenge #6 - photo inspired embellishments.

this layout is for JSYS challenge #8 - sunshine (use yellow).

JSYS challenge - 01.07 - angle the elements or photos

go check out scrapfreak and be challenged!

Monday, January 18, 2010

a few more layouts...

i had today off - got to play a little!

this one is just a fun one, done for a challenge over at scrapfreak - the JSYS (jump start your scrapping) challenge - 01.13 point it out... we're supposed to use an arrow or other element to draw attention to an important element on our page.

have i mentioned i LOVE scrapping? i played around a little today. uploaded a few new ones. working on one for the dt - i love when inspiration hits like a brick!

this layout was for JSYS - 01.16 make it pop! i used pop dots to pop up the title and the flower on this page...
hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ok, so you girls want to have some fun and win prizes? Get to know the Who’s That Girl Design Team… We would LOVE to get to know YOU! START THE HOP HERE @ THE WHO’S THAT GIRL CHALLENGE BLOG, then hop along to each team member’s blog to see their wonderful takes on our VERY FIRST CHALLENGE! Our first challenge for 2010 is One Word. But not just any word, we want to know the word that describes who you are as a person. For this challenge pick a word that tells who you are and what you are all about! Here is my layout for this challenge!

My word is "optimist" and I had a lot of fun creating this layout! For this, I used Bazzill cardstock for my base, then over that I placed some Basic Grey lace paper. Over that, I sprayed a little Maya Mist to add some depth, then I repurposed some corrugated cardboard - using a template to trace and cut flower shapes, then spraying them with Maya Mist. The title was made with some dark cardstock, sprayed with Maya Mist, then I rubbed some white ink over it to make my Basic Grey letters stand out a bit. I sprayed yet more Maya Mist over some paper lace ribbon, then layered some sheer red ribbon over the top of that, added a Maya Road chipboard accent, and stitched around the main area...

1. One lucky person who leaves a comment on all of our blogs in the DT blog hop will win this collection of goodies:

2. One person who does the challenge and posts in the Flickr group will win this collection of goodies:

Next, hop on over and check out Who's That Girl! ENJOY!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

scrap history...

how long have you been scrapping? and do you still have "other" hobbies?? i used to have a bunch of other hobbies, until scrapbooking grabbed me, 12 and a half years ago. now i scrapbook and read - that's it.

(my smoke alarms are going off right now - driving me crazy. yep, i'm cooking. lol so if i sound a bit disjointed, that's why!)

i started scrapbooking when my daughter samantha was a year old. that was back in the infancy of scrapbook popularity... there were books on how to draw your own letters, books on images you could copy or trace to add to your pages, and doodling techniques. i'd always been "artsy-fartsy" and this little hobby grabbed me by the throat and still hasn't let go.

i actually have dreams about scrapbooking.

i have a dedicated space for my hobby - we built (when i say "we" i mean my husband) this house 5 years ago, and my mother-in-law was the one to suggest an office area for my scrapbook shtuff. i have a HUGE hanging file drawer for my paper and 4 drawers built in for storage. in addition, i have a bookshelf that houses a lot of stuff... i'm trying to be good, though, and haven't splurged in a while, because i have a lot of "stuff." i'm feeling the itch to oh-so-casually drop by one of the lss's though! resisting so far! anyway, i've been playing with this hobby for a good long while. i lurve it. a lot.

i've been lucky enough to be published in an online magazine, Scrapstreet, i believe that was the june or july '08 issue. i'll be in an upcoming issue of scrapbooks, etc. this summer... pretty exciting stuff for a little hobbyist like me!

thanks for reading...

this is one of my all time favorites...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

my "duh" moment...

okay, so let me explain a little about my husband and daughter... they love to try to sneak up on me, and try to scare me. it's their life goal.

tonight, i was bent over in front of the fridge, getting potatoes out for dinner. thought i heard somebody behind me, so i swung my head around, and totally whacked my nose.

saw stars.

felt throbbing - like the kind of throbbing you'd see when fred flintstone hammered his finger - and was instantly laughing...

i think i'll blame this one on ben.

don't think i'll get a black eye or anything...

i was wondering if i'd have anything to blog about.
so i finally jumped in and started a blog. haven't told the hubby yet - he'll tease me, i'm sure.

i guess my first post will be about how sad i am that 52sketches52weeks is done - that site really got me hooked on sketches! this layout is based on the last sketch julie put out for the site...

thanks for taking the time to look!