Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It's a rare sight

well, here in my house anyway. I haven't printed a single picture in over two years (can you believe that!) Since joining the digital revolution it's become all to easy to enjoy the instant gratification of downloading those JPEGs, enjoying the images on the computer screen, then moving on.

This little pile of 309 photographs represents January to June of last year. I'm working on the folder for the October to December 2007 and then that's another six months of pictures I'll be taking to the printers.

Tomorrow, begins the rest of my scrapbooking life. Tomorrow 12 weeks of Library of Memories classes starts over at Big Picture Scrapbooking.
It's going to help me organize ALL my photo's and memorabillia so that I can use them in different ways and make connections with them that would not happen with chronological scrapbooking. It's what I've been waiting for since I read Big Picture.

You know, Ali (Edwards) has been inspired by Stacy, Cathy (Zielske) too. If it works for them it has to work for me!
Time to breathe and enjoy this hobby again without the constraints of chronological scrapbooking.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Two more from the pile. This one is from (nearly) three years ago. There are so many pictures of our visits to the train museum - I think I'll have to make a mini "places we go" album just for this place. I've actually stopped taking pictures of us over there instead opting for close ups of the wheels, tracks, engines and anything else the smells even faintly of "railroad"!
This next one is from Spencer's very first day going to pre-school. The colours on the side of the school are just gorgeous - and there's loads of trees too - which are showing there best fall colours as we return to school each year.

I also just noticed that both of these pages use a paper from the CTMH "It's A Guy Thing" pack. This paper pack is SO much better in the hand than it appears in the Idea Book. The spot & the stripe in the 2nd one are not CTMH though - but I love how it all works together.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Big sigh...the house is cleaned of red marker and we're at the end of a week long school break. Finally I've had five minutes to take pictures of some of the recent stuff I've been working on.
Now the question is, should I just post one at a time - or give you it all in one big long blog rush.....
Here's one that I kept going back to over the last few weeks, painting some more chipboard adding and moving bits around. I love playing with the re-inkers and create a shade paint! The pearl base was just perfect for this layout.

This one is from the same paper pack (CTMH's Good Times) it uses from the right hand page of Classical Look from Imagine also next months Create & Take.

Not only is the paper pack the same for both of these - I just noticed I random stamped the sweet leaf cardstock with the Star Struck stamp set in both too!

Friday, February 15, 2008

A different kind of art......

take a look at this
I think the toilet seat portrait gives you a BIG clue as to the perpertrator - and believe me this is NOT all of the damage either.
It's taken me two days to find the Red Permanent Marker that created this artwork and roughly two days for the perp and the rest of his family to clean it up. Thank goodness for Magic Erasers is all I can say!

I have been very busy not cleaning - creating my own kind of art - just haven't gotten around to taking pic's and posting. The day will come.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Cards for February

These easy to make criss cross cards have a love & romance theme running throught them - a valentine, an anniversary card, an appreciaiton card for a friend.
These simple, non fussy cards were a big hit last night. Everyone went home with some great cards to add to their collection.

All the cards have a coloured random stamped background when you remove the insert.

All materials used were from Close To My Heart. Colours are Black & Cranberry, Blush, Bamboo and Twilight. The paper is from Serendipity. Stamp sets are Soul Mates, Make It Count, Friendship Word Puzzle & February Word Puzzle.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Creative somethings!

Last nights project a mini scrapbook page - perfect for a valentines picture!

An all CTMH product production!! Textured Cardstock in Barn Red, Silhouette Paper, Soul Mates Word Puzzle stamp set Red Sparkles and ribbon and a large black MyAccessoires concho. The black heart & words are heat embossed (yep even CTMH black embossing powder!)Red heart is stamped on the reverse side of the Barn Red textured cardstock.

A couple more Spencer pages finished.

Hard to believe these pictures are nearly three years old already. Taken during our first Spring & Summer here in Canada!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Creative Mess!

I've been sick the last few days...some bug I caught from my little guy. Even the box of goodies that arrived from CZ wasn't enough to inspire me (away from the sick sofa where Spencer & I have been watching back to back movies!)

In between movies and naps I read and read the read some more Photo Freedom the new Stacy Julian book - I am inspired, filled with creative passion ready to go tackle my own personal journal to a Library of Memories.

I also read Cathy Zielske's Clean & Simple part 2 - love it. I love her slice of life style of scrapbooking. This is where I want to go.

Late this afternoon, filled with a good dose of Motrin I managed to make it down the 5 stairs to my basement scraproom. I was met by this mess:
Lets take a closer look at that shall we?

How can anyONE make that much mess....when they haven't been in the room for like 5 days?!
I am a messy scrapper, that much is true. When I'm in full swing I just pull stuff out and pile it on top of ...the pile. Very rarely do I clean up when I'm finished. I'm a clean up before I begin again kind of girl.

This particular pile is also overloaded by that bumper pile of goodies from my winnings as well as a rather substantial delivery of CTMH products too.

All the new arrivals just got carted downstairs and dumped right in the first available spot.
I haven't sniffed a brand new acrylic stamp set, opened a new package of patterned paper and re-stacked it (have to do this, always!) or even tried out that new Versamat.

Lots to catch up on then..............