Thursday, October 30, 2008

An Album Begins...

This summer we went on a vacation into the interior of Alaska. We took LOTS of pictures! I really want this album to have consistency throughout it, and I want the pictures to be the main display. This will be a separate 12x12 album, owning only the vacation pages. When I'm about to embark on such an album journey, I take time to really think about what I want to do. Sometimes "perfection" gets the best of me and I wait a little too long, but when I want it to be just right, I know I had better wait until I find what I'm looking for. I don't want to just make this album just to make it; I want to enjoy the whole process AND the complete album. I thought I would welcome you to my process...
This is the very first page of the album. It has LOTS of journaling. Weeks ago I typed out all of the journaling for our trip. I am now going through and editing what I wrote. I didn't want to scrap all of the pics and then shove journaling in at the end. So this time I'm starting with the journaling first. I really like that! I want to share the story, not just the pictures.

This is an example of one of the pages. I'll be adding more stuff to them later, like little word embellishments and such. I have set up a template so I can just set the pictures on my template and then click on "create clipping mask" and then all of the pictures melt into the rounded template.

This is going to be a 6x12 journal page. I'll probably end up sewing special page protectors for these, or I may see if I can find some already made page protectors. Because the main pages are mostly going to be pictures, and I didn't want to just shove the journaling in somewhere, I will have these pages next to the main page. I'm a visual person, so if I just read that I'd be confused...don't worry, one day I'll take a picture of what I really mean. Ha! I will be using the Ali Edwards font for all of the journaling; I want to be as consistent as possible.
I am SO excited about this scrapbook! Once I saw the paper and had my idea, everything started to click! The elements you see here are all digital. You can find them at Designer Digitals.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Color Inspiration #28

Here is another go at Kristina's Color Inspiration.

I like this card, but it's not really "me". Well, it is orange...ha! And I love orange! This is the card I pictured in my mind when I first saw the color inspiration picture.

Supplies: Cardstock: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie; Ink: Whisper White Craft, Sage Shadow Craft, Ruby Red Classic; Stamp sets: Embrace Life, Eastern Blooms; Other: Ruby Red marker, rhinestone brad, stitching.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008


These pictures are rather grainy looking...sorry about that.

I am really enjoying the Autumn Vine paper by Stampin' Up! And the buttons by Basic Grey.

And the poppy flowers!!
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Christmas Cards Part 1

I apologize for how "dull" some of these pictures look. I could wait for a sunny day to take pictures of these, but we may not have a sunny day for a long time (or ever again?). Ok, I'll stop being such a pessimist. Southeast Alaska doesn't provide much sunlight in the fall. Sigh.


Here are some Christmas cards I made to show for examples. This year I'm not into the traditional Christmas colors, so you could switch the colors around to be the regular red and green. These are just ideas.

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Christmas Cards Part 3

Christmas Cards Part 2

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Check it out!

I was excited to see that Ali Edwards created something similar to this last year. Check it out!
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Weekend Pages

Sorry, but I blocked out the journaling on this page...sometimes I just don't feel like sharing everything on here. *smile*

The postcard type paper around the picture and journaling was from a sheet of 12 x 12 paper. I almost used it for the background, but then I thought it would be great to cut it up and have it around like it is. I really like how it turned out! And since this page was about "pen pals", I thought it was a perfect fit!

This was what I made for my stamping party over the weekend. Everyone's creation was different and it was so fun to watch everyone work on theirs. I should have brought my camera and took pictures of everyone's. Oops!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008


My friend Carrie and I are big fans of Jane Austen, and so I thought this quote was perfect for this page.
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Don’t Forget

To sign up for Jessica Sprague's free class.

Juicy Fruit & Blogs

I am a blog lurker...I love to look at stamping & scrapbooking blogs. Recently, I found a lot of blogs I just really adore and I thought I would share them with you.

And I am sure there will be many more!

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Weekend Pages

Sometimes it makes me laugh when I see the blue carpet behind the pictures I take of my pages. It's the best place for lighting in our house though.

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Flower Decor

I made both of these over the weekend

This one was inspired by the cover of the SU Demonstrator Stampin' Success Publication for November. It's not completely finished yet.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008


I was feeling creative with this page. In Photoshop I cut out the lighthouse from one of the pictures and then put all of the pictures I wanted to use over it, did a clipping mask, printed, and cut it out.

I totally cut off my head in one of these pictures! Oops!!

I liked making the font in a shape of "light" coming out of the lighthouse.

Also, the border idea came from the NOV Creating Keepsakes magazine. I'm really liking the new Autumn Vine paper by SU.
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Cat Box

This creation would be under the "etc." part of my blog. Haha!

Some organizing bins I ordered came in these 2 big boxes the other day so I decided to build the cat a little "house". They enjoyed it!

Tigger sticking his tongue out at me.

Shadow doing the same. rude!
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Friday, October 17, 2008

Cards with Buttons

These cards were SO much fun to make! Circles, buttons, and sewing were the theme for these cards. I still have used my sewing machine more for scrapbooking/card-making than for anything else.

This card was made with SU's new Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper; I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!! And the scissors! Ha! All I did was cut circles (imperfect is the best) and distressed them (folded the edges a bit), layered them, and put a button in the middle. I'll be making more of these soon! If you don't want to make your own, you could always buy these.

See all of those pretty buttons? Basic Grey! These are the Offbeat buttons.
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