Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy 2012!

Here's to a Happy and Healthy New Year!  Happy 2012!!!



Friday, December 30, 2011

Favorite layouts of 2011 - - -

Happy Friday!!!!!  Can you believe 2012 is almost here.  Where in the heck did 2011 go?  Why does time always go so much faster the older you get??!?!?!

Today, I would like to highlight some of my favorite layouts from 2011 and why they inspired me.  I would love to see your favorites from the past 12 months, so please share them.

Let's get to it.....

{January}

'Cowboy'
This is and will always be one of my all-time favorites.  This is the first layout I created using one of my parents vintage photos (which I heart so much).  This is also my first layout to be published in a print magazine.  (insert smiley face here).
I love this picture of my dad.  He has such a boyish, innocent look, and I love that!!!


{February}

'Just Me'
This layout lead me to my first ever design team  - The Little Black Dress.  (which I am still proudly designing for).  The picture is such a random, silly photo of myself - but I love those photos.
The reason this layout really stands out for me - is the quote that I used on the project.  It is a quote I truly believe in, and try to live everyday of my life.

Quote "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius...And it's better to absolutely ridiculous, than absolutely boring"


{March}

'I Love You'
This layout is one of my favorites for several reasons.  I love this picture of my oldest son.  It was one of his senior pictures and he face has so much emotion in it.  This was also one of my first 'quick and easy' layouts.  I am usually a slow scrapbooker, but this layout took less than 30 minutes! 


{April}

'Holland'
This layout takes me immediately back to my springtime trip to Holland, the countryside and Amsterdam.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this country and city.  The country is beautiful, the people are amazing, and the energy is addicting!


{May}

'Love x2'
I LOVE clustering.  I love the look of coordinated (or maybe not coordinated) embellishments, grouped together to create a visual scene.  This layout is the queen of clustering!!  It also is one of my favorite pictures of my boys!


{June}

'Dear Feet'

I love stamps and how they are used on layouts and projects, but I must admit, I am a little lost on how to use them effectively.  I have a rather large (and growing) stamp collection, but I rarely use them because of this.

This layout is one of my first layouts where I experimented with stamps - and I really love how it turned out.  I also really love the meaning behind this layout.  Life is a journey, and every day is a new day.


{July}

'the Crazy Aunt'
I love everything about this layout.  I can't get enough of banners, and this layout does it in a big way.  The real winner of this layout though, is the photo.  This photo really shows the dynamics in my family.  I am always the silly, crazy one!  And, this crazy gene has been carried on to my youngest son, who is much sillier and funnier than me.  There is one in every family, right?


{August}

'Flight 93'
I few years back, (on one of my many trips between PA and OH), my family stopped at the Flight 93 memorial.  Back then, it was nothing more than a small shed with photos of the crash site, and several fences FULL of memorabilia that others have left behind. 
It was a cold January day and the wind was blowing hard.  You could hear the wind whistle thru the valley, yet it was eerily quiet. 
This layout will always make me remember that day.  I will never forget.


{September}

'Nearly 21'
This layout is very special to me.  My oldest turned 21 this past September and this picture was taken a few weeks before his 21st birthday.  I can still remember the day he was born, the day he took his first step, and the first day of Kindergarten.  Whew, time has flown.  I wanted to capture the feeling of that day and added journaling behind the picture (which is very rare for me) to document my thoughts.



{October}

'tree'
This layout is one of my faves artistically.  I love to experiment when crafting, especially with my photos.  This one is special because of the randomness of the TREE, and the photo printing on muslin fabric.  I so love this technique and will be using it more in the future. 


{November}

'Love this boy'
This layout shows one of my latest obsessions - 8.5 x 11 pages.  This is a such a fun, different size, and I can't get enough.  This size makes you think differently (if you are a typical 12 x 12 kinda girl), and lets you experiment with different designs and styles.  I also love this picture of my youngest with his best bud Flikka.



{December}


'Dog Love'
One of my other latest obsessions, is using Faber Castell Gelatos - these are so much fun and so versatile.  You can paint with them, stamp with them, color with them, etc. etc.  I own every color (except their new ones) and you will see more of this on future layouts and mixed media projects.

And of course - who can't resist an adorable dog?  Miss Flikka!!


There ya go....my favorites from 2011.  I would love to hear your comments and which layouts are your faves!!

Happy New Years Eve EVE!!!  ;)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Another Stuck?! sketch layout and more vacation creations :)

Happy Thursday everyone!  I got back to Utah yesterday, and whew, I was exhausted.  I slept from 7pm till 9am this morning.  I just couldn't get out of bed.  Well, I'm finally up and ready to go, so I thought I'd share a couple more layouts I've created during the past week.

The first layout share is from the Stuck?! December 15th sketch.  Here's the sketch.
and my take.  I kept pretty much to the sketch.  This was a nice, simple sketch that had lots of possibilities.




While in Ohio, I was able to do some scrappy shopping, and bought the MME Kraft FunDay collection.  I have been wanting this for awhile now, so I bought it all!  :)  Here is a layout I created using mostly MME.






My next share was actually started before I went on holiday, so I finished up today.  More vintage photos of my mom.  I think I could scrap vintage photos all day long.  :)





My last share was also started before I left.  I stitched everything down, and viola!  It's done. 
(ps. my nieces will probably kill me for creating this layout.  They get so embarrassed when I create layouts of them with older, younger pictures. )





That's all for today.  I plan on scrapping ALOT this weekend, how about you?

I hope you have a HAPPY, and SAFE NEW YEAR!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Stuck?! Dec 1st sketch challenge and holiday project shares....

Hi everyone!  How have your holidays been so far?  I hope you have been able to spend sometime with your family and friends and get to relax a bit. 
I've been in Ohio for the Holidays, visiting with my family, but I've been able to scrapbook with my sister while I've been here.  We make it an annual event!  It's always a great time and we get to gossip about all the happenings and laugh about the most random of things.

Today, I'd like to share a layout (or two) I created this past week.  My first share is a layout I created using the December 1st Stuck?! sketch.

Here's the sketch...


and my take on the sketch.  I twisted things around a bit, but I was really in love with the banners, so this was my interpretation.


I was also able to create these layouts while on Holiday.  I have more to share, but still need to take some photos of my layouts, so I'll share them later this week.

The first one was created while my sis and I were scrapbooking at Archivers.  I got a fun little Fuji Instax camera for Christmas (can you say 'INSTANT' love?).  I took the pictures while we were cropping and scrapped them right then and there.  So FUN!!





My last share was created using a great little technique I found in a recent Somerset Studio's magazine (and can't remember the exact issue - I'll have to get the information from my sister).  The idea is to layer several pieces of paper and photos on a photo copier/scanner to create fun, unique paper.  I played around with this, using sewing pattern tissue paper, vintage photos of my mom, and patterned paper from October afternoon.  I layered the 3 papers to create this awesome 8.5 x 11 unique paper, which I then embellished with some other fun items..

I plan on playing around with this idea some more to see what other inspiration I can find using this great technique.





I head back to Utah tomorrow - bright and early - UGH!!!  But I still have a few more days before I go back to work in January, so lots more crafty time!!!  :)

Talk to you soon!  Happy Crafting!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

More layouts from the Paper Bakery December kit.....

Happy Wednesday my crafty friends - near and far!  By the time you are reading this, I should be on a plane, on my way to Ohio for the Holidays! - I am so excited!!!!  My sis and I will be planning out annual Christmas scrappy marathon!!!  I hope to get lots of pictures with my new instax mini - LOVE THAT THING!!!  I'll be sure and share them here....

Today, I'd like to share a few more layouts using the Paper Bakery December kit...

The first one is of my youngest, when he was young.  (He's a young man now - 19, whew, how time flies).  I love the freedom and happiness in this picture.






The next layout is of my kids this past summer - told you they were young men!  :)  The picture was taken when we went to Moab, UT...if you have never been, you should make the trip.  It's an amazing place.






My last layout is from a totally random picture - I love taking pictures of the most random, everyday objects - and this one definately is.





That's all for my Paper Bakery shares today!

Also, there is still time to vote for your favorite 'A Very Crate Christmas' challenge.  My layout was one of the finalist - I'd appreciate you taking some time and make a vote.  :)  For a picture of my layout, click HERE!

Have a great Wednesday! 

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