Friday, January 29, 2010
Here's this weeks sketch. I made it in Photoshop instead of Illustrator this time and it was surprisingly easy. I was able to get a little more details into the sketch. I'ts all about the details! :oP
And here's my layout. I'm not really sure I like how the title came out, but it was so much fun to play with so many flowers some of which I made yesterday! Didn't I tell you the picture was perfect or this?And some details shots for you!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
We all have so many flowers and I know most of us wouldn't have it any other way. They make the perfect last touch to some if not most of our layouts and they are super fun to play with (and look at... but that's another story.)
Today I sat wit my bucket of flowers and started brainstorming. What fun stuff can we do with these fabric flowers? Wait no more, here's a list of fun things to try :o)
- Paint 'em
- Flock 'em
- Glitter 'em
- Ink 'em
- Spritz 'em
- Alcohol ink 'em
- Stamp 'em
- Chop 'em
- Stickle 'em
- Mix 'em
- Layer 'em
- Crackle paint 'em
- Fold 'em
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
It's 9:35 and I'm just publishing my post. I guess I should blame it on an excellent episode of Chuck and the 30min power nap we took after it... Shame on me.
Monday, January 25, 2010
The story behind the challenge - I could have sworn I snapped a few shots in the Subway, of our luggage and of ourselves. I even remember posing inside the fake Subway prop that they have right when you get to the airport... Now where are these pictures, I have no clue. This story had to be scrapped with or without pictures, it was something I didn't want to forget. Plus, no way I was going to pass up using these cute American Craft travel papers! they were too perfect for this...
The new ongoing challenge - figure out how to take better layout pictures. These just don't do them justice. As hard as I tried to fix the color, its still off... The background is white not yellow! If you have any tips on how to take better layout pictures please let me know. I need help! and yours would be greatly appreciated :0)
*See* ya tomorrow!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
We have so much fun together, and this day wasn't any different than all the other wonderful ones I've spent with Wy and Eileen. I love these girls, they are so sweet, lovable, thoughtful - they are just great; I'm really lucky to have them in my life. Although I must say, there's one thing I remember most about our trip to the Flower Festival... can I say HOT?! Eileen and I were DYING. We're such babies. hehe To our defense though, we were carrying those heavy cameras with those huge lenses. That must have to count for something, right?
I'll leave you tonight with a quote... Come back tomorrow for a new layout!
"The better part of one's life consists of his friendships."
- Abraham Lincoln
Friday, January 22, 2010
Making all these layouts just makes me want to go back to all these places.. hmm.. :oP
It was an unforgettable day, I *heart* him.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
What a better way to explore and *fix* my slice than during an Indulge and Divulge? So for the third and final time Dean and I set to calibrate it with the memory card MM sent us after reporting the problem. Well apparently we were the problem, or I should say *I* Once calibrated (for the third time) it was like magic. I know, I feel like I've wasted a year of Slice fun because I wasn't patient enough to follow the instructions properly *sigh* Oh well, no point on dwelling in the past - Slice fun here I come!
First things first. Now that we have it working lets test it and see what it can cut effectively.
The Slice works really smooth when cutting:
- Thin single sided pattern paper
- Sturdy double sided pattern paper
- Textured paper
- Embossed paper
- Metallic cardstock
- Thicker double sided paper with little texture
Some of you might have seen this layout displayed at ScrappyB a little over a month ago. It was one of those I *had* to make right away or I was going to get a heart attack :oP I just finished it today with some pictures and the beautiful journaling card I cut using the Slice (One of the shapes in the Noteworthy cartridge)
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Hope you're having a great day!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
First things first. When picking out the picture you want to use for this, you have to keep in mind a few things; A close up shot will not work, and do not use a picture in which you're showcasing the background image. Find a photo with a somewhat busy, unimportant background.
Print two copies of the picture you've selected. One in color and one in black and white.
Its up to you whether you use scissors, a craft knife, or both. It all depends on the picture and how much detail you want to keep or take out. In my case I was able to do all of the cutting with my trusty Tim Holtz scissors from Tonic Studios. :o)
Once you're done cutting your color copy, you should have something like this. We're almost there, bare with me...
Adhere some pop dots to the back of the cut-out color copy
And place it on top of the black and white copy aligning it to the image, so the cut-out matches the picture thats under.
Here's an angle shot so you can see the effect a little better.
That wasn't too hard, right? This is such a great way to add a little dimension to your pages and a perfect way to give more definition to your photo.
And here's the finished layout... I used Sassafras's Amplify line, and applied this technique on all three pictures.
I just saw this morning in scrapreview.com that Imaginisce is releasing a scooter line next week! and its super cute!!!! oh, get this; scooters AND dogs... Check it out here, isn't it adorable? Now I've been hanging on to these pictures for over a year now, not really knowing what to do with them until Amplify came along. Don't get me wrong, I think the colors work great, I'm not complaining, but a scooter line? and come to find it just the next day I made this, that's just wrong. I guess we're just going to *have* to rent another scooter soon babe! :oP Gotta love scrapbooking, it gives me excuses to do all sorts of fun stuff... hehe
Monday, January 18, 2010
The story behind the challenge - I've always loved the *look* of layouts with white bg. It gives the page such a clean feel and it lets the picture(s) be the real focus of the entire layout. For some reason though, I've just never been brave enough to try this. I'm what you would call a busy scrapper; the more crowded a page, the better. Lately I've been trying to break out of that habit. Although I love the look of a busy page I also love the simplicity and cleanliness of a layout with good use of white space. There's no reason I can't do both, right?
I'd love to hear from you! Are you a busy scrapper like me, or are you more of a simple/clean scrapper? Is there a different way you'd describe your style? What is it? I'd like to know!
What can I say? I'm so in love with this layout - challenge met.
Off to get more white cardstock :oP .... and to look for a synonym for "love"
Sunday, January 17, 2010
.............OK I *have* to tell you. I just can't keep it to myself. This layout was made in February 2008. YUP almost two years ago. If this is not a wake up call then I don't know what is. Let the picture search begin!
Took the puppies to the dog park today so *they* could meet Bubba, my friend Stacy's new puppy. He's a mastiff, and just about the most adorable thing you've ever seen (besides my own, of course hehe)
Meet Bubba!! Not a good picture I know, but that's the only picture I have of him, besides the one of him sniffing Indy's butt and I just didn't think that one was appropriate :oP