Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tis the Season

I know I was planning on posting some layouts and a sketch or two, but, seriously, my game got messed up! Between waiting for things to dry and then having to work some longer shifts at work to pull up the slack, I am one tired puppy! Here it is, not even 9 PM yet and I am just bushed! Could have something to do with the hot bath I just got out of, but it could also be that I have been working my patootie off! Anyhow, I am making it on here enough to post this week's sketch and an unrelated layout (or two).
Here's the sketch:
 I also want to mention that my first sketch for Spunky Scrappers will be debuting in a couple weeks! For the sketches over there, I am doing all different ones, so make sure you check us out! It's a great challenge site with lots of fun people & I am having so much fun being on the DT! Hopefully, I will have a blinkie to put on here from there, soon :)
For my unrelated layout, I wanted to share this one:


I used papers from K & Co. (The Stripes) and My Little Shoebox (The circle paper). The green felt behind the photos is from some coasters I bought at Dollar Tree a couple years ago & was finally able to use. I also used some Sassafras Felties bugs & jar, a journal sticker from Sassafras, and some flower stickers from Studio8.

This is another of my Sassafras explosions, but I just love how these all turned out!I knew that when I got these Paper Whimsies Cards and saw this little yellow fuzzy monster that I had to use him with this picture of Charlie talking & Chloe plugging her ears! We are now referring to him as the Charlie monster. The only things not Sassafras on here are the journaling card from Pebbles Inc., The Chipboard from Colorbok, and the felt from Blu Eye Dezines.

On a related note, I really want to say a huge "Thanks!" to the folks at Sassafras for picking my blog as one of their Friday winners! Seeing as how last Thursday was my birthday, I am considering it a sort of birthday gift :)  And wowee! I love all the stuff I got! I got a bunch of their Amplify line, some felties, some chipboard, and even some monograms and stickers! I was so happy to open that box and I know they will be well used... my only dilemma is which to use first!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and got really stuffed! (pun intended)

Monday, November 23, 2009

It's time to share!

Just thought I would pass on this awesome video that was on the BoBunny blog for making some absolutely fantastic paper roses!
You can find it on their blog, or at YouTube here:

Also, I have a day of rest & relaxation, so I think I may be posting a bonus sketch or two and some layouts today... Stay tuned to see.

And, inspired about the "10 things your___________" won't tell you" feature in Reader's Digest, here's some friendly advice (or they could be very helpful tips) from your favorite photographer:

-If you book an appointment on the weekend, please do not show up and expect three outfit changes on a two-year old unless you have previously discussed it with me. Not only will we be able to take the amount of time you want us to take to get the portraits you want, but it will stress out your toddler (same goes with infants, except they can't run away from us).

-If you are going to be more than 2 minutes late, please call us so we can reschedule you into the next open slot. When you show up any later than that, usually you have given up your appointment slot and then we have to "squeeze you in" between other appointments, which can make us run late for the guests that were on time for their sessions.

-Please schedule your appointments around your child's schedule, not yours. So many parents book their sessions right before nap time, which, if we are running even a little behind on our appointments, can make the difference between nice & smiley or grumpy & crying. If you want them to eat before their session, it's ok to feed them right before you come and then come a little earlier and get them ready at the studio. Also, if your child is starting to get sick, please reschedule. They will usually be in a better mood.

-If we are running behind on your appointment, it might not be our fault (see previous 3 entries). We are trying to please every customer that comes through our doors, and sometimes, it may take just a little longer.

-If something displeases you about your experience at our studio, please make sure you tell us! If we don't know that you weren't happy, we can't fix it. Yes, these photographs are a personal thing, but if you don't like something about them, we won't be offended. After all, they are for your walls, not ours.

-Even if you can't afford everything that was photographed for you or that we have to offer, please let us at least show you, chances are that anything you see will be available to order later as well, but we want to make sure you know we have it!
If you have something in mind that you want us to photograph for you, please let us know at the beginning of the session. Some of our favorite customers have lists of what they had in mind so we can capture their personal style! Likewise, if you have any prop ideas, ask us what we have in our studio so if you need to bring something with you, you know ahead of time.

-Don't expect to come to our studio and just get "School portraits". We will try to get what you are wanting first, but we are also artists, so we will also take some creative shots as well.
Please ask about bringing pets ahead of times. Some photographer have no problem with them, even set aside specific times to photograph them, but others are restricted by location or allergy issues. We know you love your little pooch, but we can't always accommodate them.

-And lastly, during your session, please listen to and trust your photographer. Some of the best portraits have been ruined by children getting distracted by their parents, or parents grabbing our props and throwing them into the portraits when they don't belong ("Here, little Suzi, hold this basketball while you're in your formal Christmas Dress!). If we need your help capturing what we want to get, we will direct you in the best way to get it. You are our #1 assistant when taking those portraits and you can be assured that we will try our best to get what you want out of them.

Does that sound like a rant? I hope not. Just a few observations from the front lines.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I hate it when that happens

I meant to get this sketch up last night, but my lovely computer decided that it didn't want to cooperate, so I am now rushing to do this now, before work. Oh yeah, it's also my birthday. No rest for the wicked I guess, right?
I also was meaning to put a tutorial on here for making the roses in the post below with actual paper, but none of my images would upload. So you only get to see the finished product. I ended up using tissue paper to start with because my patterned paper was just too stiff. I figure I need to play with the proportions more to get it to work. Anyhow, here's my rose (don't ask why this one uploaded but none of the others would...):

I got a little bit o' scrappin' done yesterday, not a whole lot, though. My ideal day would have been to spend the day scrapping, but my niece requested to spend the day with her, so I obliged by accompanying her & my mother-in-law to the mall.

The sketch for today was done specifically for this layout. I knew I wanted it round & that I wanted the photos round, and then I got stuck. For a week. I finally got myself out of that rut by sketching it out and adding to the sketch as the next few days progressed. I was finally able to get it to fruition yesterday when I got some time to play.

For my example, I used papers from Me & My Big Ideas and Sassafras (I got one of their mini stacks of Sweet Marmalade- love it for this sort of stuff!). The Monster Cards are also Sassafras. The stars are miscellaneous die cuts I had rolling around in my embellishment drawers forever & I cut the jagged felt borders from some of that pre-adhesived felt you can buy at the craft store.The stamps are ones I bought at Michael's forever ago, and the chipboard is from Heidi Swapp.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

So Pretty!

I found a blog with this awesome tutorial on how to make roses from maple leaves & in my scrap-addled mind thought, "Wow, I could totally do that with patterned paper!" Here's the link for the blog and their finished product:

I'll post my version after I've had some time to play, but isn't that just the coolest idea?

I actually found that site through my latest addiction of using "StumbleUpon." If you've never used it before, you basically sign up (you don't have to, but if you do, you can bookmark the sites that you find & like), tell it what topics you are interested in, and then hit the "Stumble" button. It will bring you to random websites that fit within the topics you set. You can either thumbs-up a site (which saves it for you), or thumbs-down it (which makes sure you never go there again). I could stumble all day if you let me. And if I actually had the time.

I'll be posting today's sketch later on today. I got a call earlier that my niece was requesting to "visit Aunt Jill", so we are off to the mall and to redeem my Lasting Memories Gift Certificates. I don't know what I want to get yet, but I hope they have some fun stuff! (Like they wouldn't... who am I kidding!)

Oh yeah, in case you didn't notice the new addition to the top right-hand side of my blog bar, I am now on the Design Team for Spunky Scrappers, both as a designer & a sketch artist :) My first sketch for them, with their interpretations, will be posted mid-December. But, I have tons & tons of ideas in my head, so I will still be posting my weekly sketch here as well. Feel free to play along & post your interpretations of my sketches to the comments so I can see too!

Monday, November 16, 2009

BoBunny Love

BoBunny has a rockin' sketch challenge going on over at their blog, so I thought I would give it a go with some of the Delilah papers I picked up.
Here's their sketch:

And here's my interpretation:

In addition to the Delilah papers, I also used a small piece of their Love Shack cut-outs, a BoBunny rub-on, and lace & bling from Michaels.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Scrappy goodness

I am in the middle of watching TV, but thought I would share a couple layouts and a couple of sketches. Up first,  a sketch that I did for a double page layout, but one that would translate well to 6x12, too :)

On the layout example for this, I used papers from Die Cuts With A View & a journal spot from Sassafras. The flowers & title were all cut with my Cricut. I also used some chipboard from American Crafts and some bare chipboard that I painted.
Unfortunately, the page was too large to photograph or scan together, so I had to split it...

This second sketch doesn't have an example... yet.

And finally, another treat of goodness using all my favorite products! I used the new Gypsy line shaped paper over a piece of Die Cuts With a View damask . I used a Teresa Collins overlay under the photo as well as a couple of Teresa Collins journal spots. The photo corners are Sassafras and the frames I used in the title are also Sassafras. I cut the flowers & title with my Cricut "Storybook" Cartridge and the Font "Vivaldi."

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Adhesive is good for something else besides scrapbooking...

My wall has a sticky spot now because as I was scrapping, this big, ugly, hairy spider came crawling out of a bird house that I have hanging that I use to put post-its in and as it started going up the wall, I killed it with the first thing I found, which happened to be a can of Helmar Vellum Adhesive that I was using. Yes, I did get it off the wall... I used the end of a yard stick to scrape it off and carry its carcass outside. Yuck!

Lots of scrappy goodness

I finally got my font uploaded to a site where it can be available... you an find it HERE. Here's a small sampling of what is on it.

Keep in mind that this is meant more as a font to be used with SCAL, so the shapes aren't super-duper detailed. I tried to create things that I knew I could use, so there's shapes for shaped papers, photo corners, flourishes and even things that would work as journal spots.Most of this is clip art I found and these are meant for PERSONAL USE ONLY. This will be available for download for 30 days, unless there's a lot of downloads, then it may stay on there longer.

I have been really inspired as of late, possibly because I went paper shopping :) and got some yumminess. First off, here's today's sketch & example. For the layout of this, I used papers from Sassafras (I know, big surprise there, right?) and K & Co. The journal spot and flowers are from Making Memories.

I also have a bunch of layouts without sketches that I want to share, so, here they are in no particular order:

For this layout, I used papers from Sassafras & Die Cuts With a View. The chipboard photo corners are from Scenic Route, the die cuts are from October Afternoon, and the alphas are from Sassafras & Miss Elizabeth's.
 This is from our getaway to Westport. Joe let Zeke off his leash and he ran towards this huge flock of seagulls and pigeons  on the beach. Hence, the tile.

This page is one I struggled with. Partially because I chose to print the photo as an 8x10, and partially because I couldn't find anything that seemed to have anything to do with gargoyles, even during Halloween. I ended up using the Sassafras Monstrosity paper as an inspiration for this one.The felt is from Blu Eye Dezines. I cut the "Gargoyle" title from a font called "A Charming Font". I like how it looks, but this was one of those fonts that is really detailed and just doesn't translate well to the Cricut. I ended up using the negative image of it because the letters all got messed up.

Aren't all these princesses cute? This is the page of the infamous brother-in-law picture lol! I totally couldn't resist using it on here. Manda, I have a wallet for you of these if you want them :) On this page, I used paper from Die Cuts With a View "Once Upon a Time" Stack.The purple is cardstock I stamped & inked. The journal card is from Pink Paislee and the flowers are all Prima.

I saved this one as last because this one is one of my favorites... I also took this photo just to use this paper. This is from BoBunny's Kitchen Spice collection. The flowers are Prima. I used pastel pencils to color in and smudge the white ones so they went a little better. The leaves are ones I bought at Michael's that came pre-glittered. The chipboard is from the dollar store. I love how the big butterfly worked on this one. I have a few of these that I saved from some Christmas ornaments we had that fell apart. I liked how they looked and figured I would eventually use them.