Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I did something today I almost never do: I spent a TON of money on scrapbook supplies. Wait. I do that almost daily... BUT what I don't usually do is USE those supplies! Especially not immediately. I loved this new We R Memory Keepers collection so much though that I did just that - went home and scrapbooked!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Look what I found!

At my favorite local antique store: Isn't it fantastic? The cover is in great shape so I plan on making that the cover of a mini book. Hopefully I'll actually do something with it. Unlike the album I picked up at the same store a couple months ago that is still sitting in my craft room. (but at least I'm displaying it right??)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Renaissance Album Workshop Saturday

This Saturday is my last class of the quarter at Memories Galore. There are still spots available, I hope you will be able to join me!Renaissance Album Workshop - $42: What do the Mona Lisa, Stickles and the Making Memories Slice all have in common? They come together to create this one of a kind Renaissance inspired album. You’ll use beautiful Graphic 45 papers, chipboard, ribbon and distressing techniques to create this beautiful seven-page mini book—perfect for preserving your timeless memories!

This Saturday February 13th 1-5pm at the Brandermill, Midlothian VA store. To sign up call the Brandermill store at 804-744-6500.

Monday, February 8, 2010

My not so creative creative process...

First I start with an idea and some paper... sometimes the idea comes first..sometimes the paper. Sometimes the idea is completely my own and sometimes it's inspired by a layout I've seen on the internet or in a magazine. In this case I "scraplifted" the idea from a layout I remembered seeing that was part of the Basic Grey "All About Me Series" (a year long class at our store). I just remembered the layout using the Basic Grey Eerie collection (a halloween collection) and breaking it down into parts to use it as a fall layout. I really liked the idea that I could still buy the Halloween papers (because I HAVE to have all the new papers) but that I could have a use for it (because I usually do nothing on Halloween). So with bits of that idea still in my head after seeing the layout 3 months ago I came up with a rough idea. I laid out the photos and papers how I want them to look:
And then I do everything I can to make sure the end product looks nothing like that. First off I start with my two favorite products (that I use on EVERYTHING I make now). Tim Holtz paper distresser and walnut distress ink:
I distress and ink a bunch of edges:
Then I decide I don't like the left side of my layout so I lose 2 photos, add a couple mats, and break out my slice to create a giant leaf pile:
And in the end I'm left with this:
And then I get bored and move on... yes I know it still needs journaling and maybe a title...and maybe an embellishment or two... but I can't think of anything... so I'm going to leave it with the other projects I have left to finish. Like that mini book I started and that layout I still haven't come back to.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Snowman ATCs

The great thing about being snowed in is being able to get some scrapbooking done. Unfortunately for me that means I have a lot of unfinished projects laying around. I swear I have scrapbooking ADD. Here is one project I did finally finish: snowmen ATCs for an ATC swap I'm participating in. SEVENTEEN ATCs to be exact!! I used Martha Stewart Microbeads as the main element for my cards. I used scor-tape around the edges and then dumped the beads on top of that. I also used glossy accents to make snow spots and added beads to those as well.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What I've been working on...

With all the snow last weekend I started working on a mini book for our new house:

I have most of the inside done but it still needs finishing touches. Hopefully I can share the whole thing soon...