Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
In case you haven't heard, Kokuyo is no longer manufacturing their adhesives. The Dot N Roller and the Tape n Roller have both been discontinued. We managed to get our hands on a few more but once they're gone, they're gone.
You have 3 more days to place an order to win a Pink Slice. We're sending out Raffle Tickets to anyone who places an order of 75.00 or more. We will draw one winner and they will win the NEW PINK Slice. 3 other winners will be drawn and will receive a Pink Slice apron and some goodies from the store.
Deadline to shop is 8/31.
We also have the contests running in the Gallery. You must have your entries uploaded to the gallery by 8/30 for a chance to win.
See the special galleries set up for all contest rules.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
A little bit about you - where you're from, married, kids etc.
I am a NYC transplant now living in the Hudson Valley with my husband, Andrew and our two daughters, Brynne (6) and Catrina (4). We live in a loving home that we share with our 2 dogs, cat, numerous fish, and one frog! (his name is Pickles).
I'm happy to say that 2009 has been a great year for me in terms of getting myself noticed in the scrap world. I have been published in the "Making Memories for You" Ezine, on Scrapstreet.com, and Scapbook News and Reviews Magazine. My guest spot at "Your Scrapbook Stash" is my first guest feature and I'm really honored to have been chosen. I am also a published photographer (in 2 Schmap Guides. these are online resources for travelers)
Favorite products or something you can't live without.
Definitely could not live without Prima Flowers! I use them in almost every layout! My tastes change based on seasons and since the weather is warm and bright, I am all about BRIGHT colors. I would have to say that Cosmo Cricket has been my "go-to" paper when I need to make a dazzling layout (and no, I'm not saying that because my kit here has Cosmo in it!! LOL)
When are you most creative and why?
Being a SAHM, I have access to my craft room anytime I feel the urge to create. Luckily, my daughters LOVE being crafty too so I have a small table for them in my scrapbooking room so we have fun making a big mess together.
Any other hobbies besides scrapbooking?
YES. I am an avid amateur photographer. I always have my camera around my neck.
Describe your style.
I'd say my style varies depending on what I am working with. I like to mix styles. I'm not a "vintage" person but I love to take elements of vintage looks, like ruffles, lace, ink, and apply it to a more contemporary look. I'm not minimalist but sometimes I'll leave large open spaces while completely embellishing one area. I'm all over the place! I think it's important to not be locked into one look... I like to mix things up!
Messy or organized scrapper?
Can I plead the 5th?? When I'm scrapping I'm a disaster.... stuff is everywhere! Just yesterday I must have looked for my scissors for 2 whole minutes when I had just been holding them (they had fallen under the chair). When I finish a project I do enjoy cleaning up and reorganizing everything. Oh, and I do NOT throw out scraps. I have a crazy system of organizing my scraps by size and color (solids in one box, patterns in another). Yes, this is an illness I have.
Where do you create? Do you have a room, corner, designated spot.
Yes, I have a scrap room. It's the spare bedroom in our house but there is no sleeping happening in there!! forgive the mess!!! That was me being crafty!
Favorite color combo. If you ask me next week you'll get a different answer but I will say th
at I am LOVING Red & Yellow right now. Red is probably the color I love to use the most with just about anything.
Favorite non -scrap related store to shop at.
If $ were no object, I could max out at Pottery Barn. I also love the super soft t-shirts at Abercrombie & Fitch (yes, a 30 something can find something age appropriate there!! LOL)
3 Random things about you: I'm left handed..... I am the youngest child (and only daughter! so spoiled!).... I have a BA in history that I will probably never use!
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
For my album, I painted the Fabric Fleur De Lis with a white base.
Next I stamped all over it with a sentiment stamp.
For the flower, I did the same thing and painted frist with white and then with a mixture of yellow and orange on the petals and green and yellow for the steam. You can add more texture by stamping on the painted flower with a sentiment stamp.
Once dried, both accents are ready to be used in the album. Below are the samples of my albums pages that made use of the accent.
Remember to have fun and get your fingers dirty. :)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
You can pick any stamp that will coordinate with the page you intend to use in the sleeve. In my case I used a swirl stamp.
This page was done with black Stanz-on ink.
This page was done with yellow Stanz-on ink.
Here is my completed page. I like how the stamped swirls float above the page.
Well other than using regular 8X8 pattern papers for your layouts, another lovely option would be using canvas as your background. YSS has a lovely selection of cut canvas in 8X8 size. Here I'll show you what I did with my canvas page for my album.
First pick a stamp for your background. I've used the Small Grid stamp from Prima for my page.
Randomly stamp all over the canvas.
For added texture, glue a few pieces of torn paper to the canvas. Feel free to paint randomly all over the canvas as well.
I've actually painted the edges of my photo with paint as well.
Once everything has dried, assemble the page and glue everything down. I found that glossy accent works quite well but you will need to let everything bond before you move on to the next step. I expect fabric gule will work as well but I don't have any on hand to try with. Let me know what works for you.
And here is the completed page placed inside the stamped plastic sleeve. You could also add a few embellishments on the plastic page for more interest.
Hope you had fun with the tutorial.
Once that is dry, I painted each page with a mixture of colors to suit the photos I plan to use.
For the blue page, I mixed white and blue paint and painted a thick coat on the canvas so I had a thick layer of paint that formed a circle. When the paint dries, you will notice that paint has form a harden texture.
For this page, I painted only the bottom section. I wanted it to look like grass.
I added flowers and some ribbon for my flower page.
For this particular page, I mod podge pieces of paper onto the canvas before I painted it with white paint. The paper gave the page more texture.
With so many pages, I just couldn't paint all the canvas pages. I was tempted to mist a few and I love the results.
Using the backing of a sticker as a mask, I managed to create a dreamy feel with a mix of blue and sliver mist.
I used the cute little Maya Road chipboards as mask for this page.
The details from the Heidi Swapp mask really come through with the mist.
Other than using arcylic paint, I've used some crackle paint on this canvas page. While the paint was drying, I sprayed the page with some Maya Mist.
I hope I've given you some ideas to play with your canvas album. Do share with us your creations.
You can view my completed pages at the gallery.