Today I am sharing a Ghostly Banner I created with Clear Scraps products over on the Clear Scraps Blog...head over there for the tutorial!!
Hi there, I have a page up on the Pretty Little Studio Blog today, and I'm sharing some watercoloring I did on a Cameo Cut I created...
I am totally in love with Wilna Furstenburg's Art and Design Class over on Big Picture Scrapbooking. I am learning so much about art technique on scrapbook pages...I just need to make some time to play! Life just sometimes doesn't let me have the fun I want to have on the day I want to, lol. I have been working on Halloween projects for design teams, so those will be shared soon...and I'm headed up to the Bay Area over the weekend for my 30 year High School reunion. (gulp) Will share afterwards ;)
I always forget how crazy life can be in October. I don't know what it is about it, but between decorating for Halloween (which takes a few days), the high holidays, the kids in midterms, and this year, college applications, I've been a little swamped. So today I'm bringing you a catch-up post. :)
On September 30, Jillian got 8 of her top braces off for 48 hours for the express purpose of taking her senior photos. She looks so much more grown up without the braces it's ridiculous, not to mention beautiful. It was shortlived as she had to go back on the 2nd to have them put back on, but she loved all the positive feedback she got while they were off.
We should have the senior photo proofs in the next week...I have a feeling it's going to get real to see them...practically every conversation lately has to do with college...whether it's about the ACT or where she is applying or when they are due...sigh. Craziness. She is also on the planning committee for a HUGE (several hundred teens) event for BBYO (her youth group). That is taking a ton of her time and I'm very proud of her for being selected to be on the committee. It takes place in November, after she hits "send" on the college apps, so she will be able to go and just enjoy. Plus there is a small chance that she will get the braces off permanently right before then. Small chance. Teeny chance. Fingers crossed!!
Camryn made the Drill Team (cheer, but since they don't have a team to cheer for they call it Drill Team) in the Spring, but her uniform finally arrived the other day...she couldn't wait to try it on and pose for me!
So cute and she is so proud! Looking forward to some Cheer Competitions in the spring!
My college girl and her roomate Jayne have been busy with school and attending concerts at the Knitting Factory...they love the small venue and the fact that they end up with front row every time! (stolen from her snapchat)
As for me, I've been busy, too...last weekend I was in Vegas Henderson, NV for Inspiration Unlimited. It was my 7th year at the event that was hosted by my sweet friend Ginger Nelson and Teresa Collins. Heidi Swapp, Paula Cheney and Jodi Sanford of Fancy Pants Designs all taught with Teresa... Paula Cheney has renewed my love for grungy altering with the fun canvas she taught, Heidi Swapp did a great album class that I need to finish pronto and Teresa's classes were light, easy and fun. I can't share pics of everything since they will be gifts but suffice it to say I had a great time hanging out with these fun ladies...we did happy hours and dinners and laughed a lot...
and I'm super sad that Inspiration Unlimited is no more. I don't know what happened between Teresa and Ginger but I don't like the way it was handled by either of them, especially Teresa. She is usually completely transparent about her life so it came as a big surprise when changes were made (um, yes, not having the same event coordinator for the last 7 years is a change!) and not announced to the group. People left feeling betrayed and sad. We all understand that with Teresa's new successes with Fiskars, Canon and Craftwell that she isn't really under her own steam anymore. She has adult children and employees that work for her and she may not "need" Ginger anymore. But that should have been said. Ginger deserved major fanfare and a send off. And we all deserved the truth. So I won't be attending Teresa's next event in 2015. I'm sure that someone who has been on the waiting list for years will appreciate my spot (and the many others from my friends that won't return either) and I will continue to follow Teresa of my own accord. I leave with fond memories of the last 7 years and look forward to seeing what Ginger has on the horizon for us...she has the best events!! I know Paula Cheney is coming back to teach so that will be my #1! (and my fingers are crossed that Layle Koncar will be next!)
Also,my 30th High School reunion is this up coming weekend...Don't even get me started on how old that makes me feel or that I don't feel like I'm "perfect" enough to be seen by people who haven't seen me in 10 years. The vain side of me is losing though as my high school bestie and I are hitting the road Thelma and Louise style once again and going up to the Bay Area for the event. I'm not 100% thrilled but the time with her will be fun. We are taking a little extra road trip up to see Maddie and Lake Tahoe and then back down to see her son at college, too. So that is really why I'm going. LOL I'm sure I'll share pics later. ;) In the mean time, I leave you with a cropped photo of a layout I just did from inspiration from Wilna Furstenburg's Art and Design class...I had no idea how much I love water color painting...I feel a new obsession coming on....
So that's all for now...be back in the next couple days with a layout to share!
Hello everyone! Today I'm sharing an adorable Clear Scraps Mason Jar album that I altered to create this fun little mini titled "A Latte Love". It features Echo Park "Simple Life" paper and stickers, which were so fun and so easy to work with on a project like this!
I altered the mini by cutting off the "threads" of the jar, leaving me with what looks like a coffee cup. I chose to punch out the heart on the cover and save it for another project. I really like the three dimensional look the window gives to the cover. Fussy cut flowers mixed with some Cameo cuts from the Echo Park papers and a coffee filter flower all complemented the cover nicely, don't you think? I even used coffee stained ribbon for an accent throughout. The backside of the cover is below...a simple page, highlighting the photo and a bit of journaling...oh, White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha, I can't wait for you to come back!
This next page is a clear one. I chose to mat my photos on a bit of paper and use a doily for an accent. I love how the embellishments from the page behind even embellish this page! ;)
The backside of the clear page...again, simple.
This is my favorite page of the mini. I had been saving this Starbucks coffee sleeve with an Oprah quote for months. It really reasonates with me so I had to keep it. I created a pocket with the sleeve which was perfect for slipping in a tag with some journaling.
Another of my favorites, the backside of this page was matted on a pink paper bag, just like they use at Starbucks! More journaling is hidden inside the pocket.
And the last page, another doily, some fussy cut flowers and some fun stickers and this mini is complete.
The back of the album..
The whole thing is bound with rings. I do love how I used patterned paper only on the last page for the handle but you can see it all the way through the mini. That saved me a bunch of time when making this book. One more look...
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Let me know if you have any questions about creating this mini if you decide to document your love of coffee, too! I'd love to see!
Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and
YOU to take the creative process to the next level; to inspire growth
and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane.
You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at our blog and catch us on Facebook .
We are thrilled to welcome back as a guest designer with our team, the very talented Christine Meyer!
This month's challenge is issued by the creative Christa Uttley. Here is her challenge for us, in her own words:
GO BIG OR GO HOME: Scrapbookers as a rule use what photos they have on
hand or if you are designing, whatever pictures allow you to best
showcase your lines or express your paper lines. This month's challenge
is to be very deliberate about your photo choice because we are going
BIG! Bigger than 8x10 if you can do it. Recently, I saw a friend using a
12x12 she had printed at the local
Costco and was stunned at the power this GIANT image had on her story
telling. (If you'd rather not spend any extra on your photo then scrap
those large baby pictures or a wedding shot you have lying around.)
Think scenic vistas or think about all the details that go missing in
your world and blow them up. Be brave!
And my second layout...
On this one, I allowed the printed paper to do the work for me. I never would have bought this kind of paper. I always feel too limited by the design but this larger format photo worked perfectly with it! I layered a 5 x 7 photo transparency from Teresa Collins over the 8 x 10 to highlight my daughter in the photo..I really like how it turned out!! Here's a look at the smaller cluster...
and the cluster at the top..layered right on the photo...
Thanks Christa for the great challenge and for reintroducing me to my love of large photos!
Monday was a BIG day! Jillian saw her jaw surgeon, Dr. Relle again and he gave her the go ahead to CHEW FOOD. This is a Big Deal, people. For two months, she's only been pushing food around in her mouth, not able to bite or chew but now, well, as you can see in the video, she had a burger (her choice) for her first meal of chewing...and she says it was heavenly!! It's been an amazing two months and the difference is still totally amazing to us...here's a look in roughly a minute of the last two months...
Pretty Little Studio is so excited to join with Pinkfresh Studio today to inspire you with some cute creations. Pinkfresh Studio is known for their unique embellishments which are so fun and colorful. And mixing them up with Vintage inspired Pretty Little Studio products definitely has created awesome projects. We have a list of designers from both companies here who are so thrilled to share their projects with you. Make sure to visit each blog and comment on each blog to enter a giveaway-don't forget the Pretty little Studio blog! One winner will be chosen for each day and winners will receive 30.00 worth of stuff from Pinkfresh Studio and a 30.00 GC from Pretty Little Studio. This is going to be 2 days of blog hoping fun! Winners will be announced on 9/15. Good luck!
I selected the Color Block Triangles and the Retro Brad Stickers as well as a Mint and Gold alpha from Pink Fresh Studio to coordinate with the Marigold Line from Pretty Little Studio and here is the result!
The Pink Fresh products work so well with Pretty Little Studio...a match made in heaven!! I was pretty inspired so I made a card, too. I used this Umbrella card from Pink Fresh mixed with Marigold again for a cute little card for someone feeling under the weather or a little down....
What a fun partnership this was! Thank you so much for stopping by! Please leave me a comment for your entry into both giveaways, you won't want to miss out on these!! Below you will find the entire hop order in case you stopped here first or are lost...you should have come here from Ashley Horton's blog and your next stop is Clare Prezzia's blog.
Pretty little Studio… http://prettylittlestudio.com/plsblog/
Amanda de Jong… http://somethingsorta.blogspot.com/ Agnieszka Piskorz…. http://scrapbooking-mirabeel.blogspot.de/
April Joy Hill… http://damitaprilurcool.blogspot.com/
Carole House…. http://carolehouse.wordpress.com/
Ashley Fowler… http://isweatglitter.wordpress.com/
Keri Babbitt…. http://kensigtondesign.blogspot.com/
Ashley Horton … http://www.ashleyhortondesigns.com/
Lisa Spiegel….. http://lisaspiegel.typepad.com (you are here!)
Clare Prezzia … http://bearydocardsinc.blogspot.com/ (this is your next stop!)
Lisa Wilkinson… http://www.createfor7.blogspot.com/
Pinkfresh Studio… http://pinkfreshstudio.blogspot.com/
Have a wonderful day and good luck!!
I'm super excited to be asked back for my fourth term with Pretty Little Studio. I just love working with the products and the design team girls and Melissa (the owner) are nice as can be! You can see my intro over on the Pretty Little Studio Blog today :)