Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Another hmmm...

This is the page I was working on previous to the one below. This one isn't complete either.

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I'm not totally sure what to think of this one. I'm having one of those moments of not feeling very creative. This page isn't complete, nor do I know if this is the one I will stick with, but I wanted to share just because.

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Amanda's Page

Can I (for a moment) say how proud I am of my little sister Amanda? I hope she doesn't mind me sharing this. I was just too excited to keep this all to myself. I'm a proud sister! I believe this is the first page she's ever created! Way to go Amanda!

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I had to laugh when Quent walked by and only saw the one word I had put on the page so far. It was "FREE". But now it's a finished product. (I had to close this the first time I tried to post this since I realized I forgot to add the drop shadows.)

And again, I must give credit to where credit is due (http://twopeasinabucket.kaboose.com/pg.asp?set=recent&gallery=1&cmd=display&layout_id=1292582). This would be called "Scrap-lifting". And it's legal! Sometimes we all need a little inspiration and when I do I look through Creating Keepsakes magazines, go to twopeaseinabucket.com, or look at my friend's blogs or pages. There are days when I just scrapbook and I don't need anything to get my creative juices going. There are also days when I just need a little spark of inspiration. Today was one of those days when I needed major inspiration!

Even though this is scrap-lifting, I made my own digi-paper. I found a new blog on Jessica's links called Obsidian Dawn (http://www.brushes.obsidiandawn.com). There are a lot of free brushes on there. Most of these brushes are from there.

I also used scanned paper and ribbon.
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This page was so much fun! There are quite a few things on this page that I scanned in, such as a pin, a button, butterfly stamp, and paper for the arrow. The butterfly stamp is something I've held onto for years. Scanning brings a whole new world of opportunities!

Here is my little sister Katie making some silly faces while she was swinging. I just love her!
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Monday, January 28, 2008

What I did this weekend...

This weekend the local scrapbook store had a crop. This was the first time in a long, long time that I went and actually scrapbooked. Ha! After printing some pictures, planning and packing up, I was ready to scrapbook.

I was really excited about this page. There were a few things that "happened", but it's all good! Ha! (P.S. My hair looks like that because I'm laying down. It would be kinda fun if it stuck up like that, huh?)

This is one of those crazy Christina pages. I don't know how to explain this one. Lately I've not wanted much order to my pages. I just want wild, wacky, and crazy designs. I'm hoping to add more to this page later.

I think this was my favorite page I did this weekend. I used up some rub-ons and broke out with the buttons. Feel free to take a closer look to see more detail.

I'm not sure if this is totally finished. I've really been into black & white.
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Merry Christmas

This is Basic Grey paper I got through Memory Works. I was anxious to use it!

(Carrie, remember that round embellishment? Awhile ago you said you wanted to see what I did with it...well, I finally used it!) *smile*

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Stamping Workshop projects

For my stamping club, this weekend's workshop we created a scrapbook page and a card.

The white cardstock with the picture is what we made at the workshop. I added the patterned paper and 12x12 black cardstock.

Stamp sets used for this card are by Stampin' Up!: A Beautiful Thing and Doodle This.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Paper Wishes

Today I got a scrapbooking catalog in the mail called Paper Wishes. It's packed full of a lot of scrapbooking supplies. They also have a website (http://www.paperwishes.com/).

Good Times

Have you ever started making a page and you really have no idea of what you are doing? This page started out that way. I sorta just went with the flow...and I like where it ended up! Ha! There are a lot of pages I "go with the flow" with and I'm not that crazy about them, so I guess it just depends.

These are pictures of my friend Carly and I on the beach. We set up a photo-shoot and had lots of fun!

I added the letters last. The background paper already had a lot of glitter, flowers and flourishes, so I worked off of that.

Below "friend" you will see a couple of strips of rub-ons. I used rub ons on different places on the page.

More detail and rub-ons...and other things too. Ha!
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Remember the epoxy flowers I had pictures of in a previous post? Well, here they are cut and part of a page.

I really like how this page turned out!

Bling! & flowers up close. The glitter on the flower is beautiful!

The flowers in the other corner.
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Digi & Scanned

I did something on this page I thought I would never do...put a flower in my hair. It's a digital flower. I've seen that idea many times. Most of the digital graphics are from Jen Wilson. It's the Carefree Escapes and the Simple Flourish (?) digital sets.

Some of these images were scanned. The light cyan crocheted flower is from Bohemia. The sequins are the same ones I used on a page from a previous post, but they were scanned. I'm already hooked on using the scanner, and I've had it less than a week. Another obsession has risen!
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Epoxy Flowers

You can make your own embellishments. Here is one way I made some:

1. Stamped flowers on colored cardstock.
2. Poured and spread Crystal Effects (Stampin' Up!) onto stamped image.
3. Sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds SU glitter over some of the flowers.
4. Let dry for a long time (I would give something like this a couple of hours depending on how thick the Crystal Effects is).

Then I will cut them out and use on a page. They will have a raised image and look like an epoxy. These are things to plan for, but well worth it! Stay tuned to see what I did with these.
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There are many ways to add things to your pages to make them complete.

On this page I added little sequins (sp?) and a couple of buttons on top of the stamped flourishes.

Here's the detail of those.

This isn't paper I would normally purchase. It was out of the January Express Kit from Memory Works.

Stampin' Up! rhinestone brads are one of my favorite embellishments! Don't be afraid to place these kind of embellishments "whereever" on your page! Have fun with them!
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Go clean your room!

*arms folded* NO! Haha!

This is what my table looked like a couple of days ago. It STILL looks like this, but probably a lot worse now! Haha!

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Scrapbook Class {before & after}

On Saturday I took a scrapbooking class at the local scrapbook store. It was taught by Nettie Covalt. She's a super-scrapbooker and takes an annual trip to the Creating Keepsakes convention. Wouldn't that be fun!?! Each month she is teaching a class and for each class they do a calendar page. This was the page for February. I will just be using these pages as regular album pages and not as a calendar.


This is what I made during class. It was the first time I used foam stamps with paint to "stamp". I really liked it!


This is what I did once I came home (well, actually 2 days later). I told my husband that I did it "Christina Style". Haha! We all have our own ideas and styles. Nettie encouraged us to do what *we* liked. She gave us printed instructions, but we could do whatever we wanted with the supplies that were given to us.

Oh, would you believe that the pictures on the page were from the same day as the class?!? I'm surprised at myself because I'm basically already starting on my 2008 album! This is not somthing that I usually do. And would you believe that this is NOT the first page I've done for 2008?? Haha! It's the second! *smile*
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Life w/You is Adventure!

Today I had fun with some paper and embellishments from the January Memory Works Express Kit. I realize after I scanned this in and was merging the scans that I totally forgot to put the word "is" somewhere. Oops! I guess I'll have to go fix that.

Have you ever heard of Thickers? The green y-o-u letters are Thickers. Fun! Fun! Fun!

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Many Faces

I finally finished this page. I had the background, the pictures, and the black brush frames around the pictures for a long time, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it until today.

Most of the flower embellishments are from Jen Wilson Designs: http://www.jenwilsondesigns.com/. (Jessica, thank you SO much for telling me about these!) The brown flower is a Prima flower that I scanned in, edited, and made as my own embellishment using Photoshop.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Digital Site!

They finally opened their website doors!

Being Me

My heart was spilling over with joy and so I let it spill over onto this digital page.

There's some funky stuff on this page! I like experimenting with different brushes and sweeping digital paintbrushes across the page. It's the only painting I really enjoy. Haha!
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