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some more scrapbook pages

My Halloween mini-album continues with Halloween 2012 and 2011 (2010 coming soon). These are so much easier to make then a full page, especially since I’m sticking to simple, matching designs. Designing the first page takes the longest. After that it’s a matter of duplicating the page and swapping photos/papers then rearranging them.

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Scrapbooking Halloween

I got a bit of a bug up my butt earlier this week. For some reason, I just had to scrapbook something. I haven’t made a scrapbook page since 2010, but my brain insisted that this week I just must. I had forgotten how much fun it could be. Of course, it took away from my school work and the nine page paper I have to write.

I decided to do something small instead of a full 12 x 12 page. So I started with a 6 x 4 space and decorated it based on a scrapbook page I found at designerdigitals.com. At first I just did Nora’s, but I loved it so much I decided to do all the kids dressed in their Halloween costumes last year. The four mini-pages match with the same layout (the boys flipped horizontally), but in different colors that matched their costumes. I also made a lead page with all of them together. The plan is to take pictures from past Halloweens and make pages with them then print them and put them into one of those small photo albums.

Unfortunately school comes first so I only allowed myself these five pages.halloween2013_072314web

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my first scrapbook freebie

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There are 3 fixed date stamps.  One is square with days, months and years (2000-2009), another only has months and days and the third is a wheel (with years 2000-2010).

I also included the separate circles of days, months and years from the wheel so you can combine them how you please.

Enjoy.

 

[originally published Nov 7, 2008]

scrapbook page of the day

I’m still having some major creativity block.  It’s taking days to do one layout (I’ve been known to do like 10-12 in just a day and a half).

But I got this one done this morning after starting it two days ago.
surviving life

I did it for a challenge at digi-dare.  The dare was to do a page about yourself and using only 7 words to describe what you are about.  Fun.  The title: Surviving Life One Day at a Time pretty much sums up my existance.

(click the pic for credits…takes you to my Flickr)

scrapbook page of the day

I need to get back into doing my page of the day.  No real reason other then I need to show off my work, lol.  I did this page the other day for the Feb. 10 daily challenge at Sweet Shoppe Designs.  The challenge was to use the rule of thirds in a page.  Well, I almost always use the rule of thirds so it wasn’t really much of a challenge, lol.  I always keep the rule in mind when I’m creating (you’ll notice I use groupings of 3 a lot and divide my pages into 3, etc).  It’s pretty natural to me.

This is my youngest daughter in January.  She got a Fisher Price camera for Christmas and just LOVES that thing.  She took over 300 pictures on Christmas alone, many of them were pretty good.  She must have the photography gene.  It runs in my family.  I have been taking pictures since I got my first camera at 8.  My dad was the real photographer of the family.  He even had a dark room in our basement when I was a kid.  And, from what I’ve heard, his mother liked taking pictures with her old Browning camera.  He said she always had it with her.  So my daughter is just one in a long line of photographers.

future photographer

credits:
all from Sweet Shoppe Designs

papers: melissa bennett, heather roselli, libby weifenbach
ribbon, ric-rac, frame: scrapkitchen designs
flowers: heather roselli, melissa bennett
stamp: robin carlton
buttons: heather roselli, scrapkitchen designs
date bits: misty cato
fonts: blackadder, fg frederick, giggles

scrapping the past

I have been having some serious creativity block lately.  I think it is in part because of my ADD and the sudden onslaught of new kits that I “have” to scrap with for my CT’s.  Too many choices cause my brain to overload.

And then I’m having a problem because I haven’t really been taking many pictures.  I’ve used most of my favorites from the last year and I’m just having a hard time finding ones to scrap now.

So I decided to go through some old photos my sisters-in-law gave me and an old album that belonged to my grandmother.  Wow…what a flashback.  They gave me some inspiration.

So there’s my scrap of the past:

A picture I found in my Gramma’s album. I’m the baby in the middle so the picture was probably taken in 1977. The other people are my cousins and my Gramma.
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using valorie brown’s kit familiar times and a paper by scrapkitchen designs

A picture of my mother and father in law taken on their 18th wedding anniversary in 1983. I thought this was just the sweetest photo. They were so in love. My father-in-law died in 2003 just weeks after their 38th anniversary and mother-in-law has never been the same. It tore the family apart.

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using valorie brown’s new kit he LOVES me.

This one is a picture of my husband and his family from 1985. My husband is the little boy in the picture (8 years old). His one sister is to the left (12 years old) and his parents. His dad is holding his niece who was 8 months old at the time (his other sister’s daughter…she is now 24 and has 3 kids of her own who are 6, almost 5 and almost 2).
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using a couple kids from valorie brown: he LOVES me and gift of love, ribbon from scrapkitchen designs, stitches from syrin, tags from corina nielsen

scrapbook page of the day

My latest page.  I did this for a speed scrap.  I always have problems doing speed scraps because they always pick elements I don’t normally use (like bows or frame wraps) but I was determined to step outside my comfort zone again.  I went with the layering and leafy objects (what I’m now calling “natural” looking items).  I’m also suddenly stuck on the jewel drops.  Pretty much the page is just random.  I just grabbed whatever worked colorwise and looked kind of rustic.

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click on the pic to go to my Flicr and see the credits

scrapbook page of the day

I did this page last night.  It was for the weekly scraplift challenge at thedigichick.com.  The gallery we had to lift from was full of these kinds of pages and I’m not good at doing all the layering with these type of elements.  I picked a simple layout and did all the element choosing and layering before I even had photos in mind.  Once I had it the way I liked it I went to choose some pictures and realized I had no clue which ones to use.  I tried several and finally settled on pictures of Nora just after she turned 1 because the colors went well (after I muted them).  It took over an hour just to pick the photos, lol.

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For the credits click on the pic (it takes you to my Flickr account where everything is listed…I’m kind of lazy today and don’t feel like typing it all out again).

I really had fun with this layout and got to use a bunch of elements that I normally wouldn’t (in fact I think the only things I have used before are the little orange flowers and the hanging hearts) use and I got to try a new technique.  And I liked it so much I might try it again.

New CT team (and other stuff)

Ever since Shen tapped me to be on her CT (a huge honor that pretty much knocked me off my feet and made November like the best month EVER…that and winning NaNo) I have put in some apps to different designers doing calls.  I sometimes wonder why I never thought to do that before.

Well, earlier this week I got accepted to a new CT.  I’m so excited.  I’m now working for Laura Burger, too.  You can find her stuff at gottapixel.com and acherryontop.com.  Again, I feel totally honored to join the group.  I can’t wait to start creating.

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But just as when Shen offered me the position on her CT I find I’m totally lacking in time to actually start something new right now, lol.  When Shen contacted me NaNo had just started, Brenna’s birthday was in a few days and Thanksgiving was coming up.  Everything was going full speed and I wasn’t sure how I would fit her into my schedule.  Then my computer crashed…ugh.  But somehow the computer is holding together enough to scrap (yay!) and with the kids back in school I am wanting to scrap again.

But now I find I have 2 weeks worth of cleaning to do.  I did nothing over winter break since the kids were here to mess it all up again.  Now that school is back in I’m looking around the house and going “holy crap, what a mess!”.

I cleaned the kitchen on Thursday and did most of the living/dining room on Friday.  I almost had it done when my dad came down and we started chatting.  Crap.  That always happens and then I get nothing done.  I still have to get the dang tree in the basement (although, I finally got all the lights off).  Today besides finishing the living room I have to clean my room (because everything just gets tossed in there).  Then tomorrow I’m cleaning Nora’s room.  Then Monday the upstairs hall and bathroom and then Tuesday the big challenge: the kids’ room.

Plus I’m trying to keep up with my exercising.  My head was spinning this morning trying to figure out when to do everything.

Anyway, my point was I’m going to try and ease into this new CT spot.  There’s a lot more work with this one with participating in forums and stuff.  I’m going to have to make up a schedule and I HATE schedules but otherwise I’m going to lost track of everything I have to do.

I’m feeling pretty good today.  The kitchen is pretty clean (dishes are going but the floor still needs to be swept and mopped).  I have the living room to finish, my room to clean (I’m optimistic that both will get done).  The laundry is going.  The tree will get put away today.  I’ve already done 2 strength training videos (total of like 16 minutes or so so my arms and abs are pretty sore but it feels good).  When the living room is done I’m going to pop in the new country line dance video and have some fun (and burn some calories).  Oh, I might actually get to eat lunch in there somewhere, lol.

And then tonight it will all be done and I can relax and work on putting my new kits I’ve bought into the PSE organizer so I can actually use them.  Not to mention back everything up.  Or I might just watch Angel and have a bowl of popcorn.

Happy Birthday to Me

It’s my birthday today.  I’m the big 3-2.  And in honor of my birthday (since it has been the crappiest day ever and I wish I could crawl back into bed and wake up next year…or just die) I made a mini kit.  And it’s free.

So, Happy Birthday to Me and here’s a present for all of you.  I got none, unless you consider dishes and several rooms to clean a gift.

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Enjoy.

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