Wednesday, September 29, 2010

More fun flowers!

I have been playing around with my ribbon flowers lately and came up with these wonderful roses that I used on this layout:
The ribbon is from Michael's (you know, their dollar ribbon sales). Also on this layout, I used Bazzill Card Stock and papers from K & Co.and Sassafras. I hand-cut the felt rik-rak. The lace is from Walmart, and I think the pearl brads are as well. I think you will be seeing a lot of these little alphabet stamps- I got them at JoAnn in the dollar bins, and I absolutely love them!

Anyhow, on to how to make these roses (they're super-easy!)
Step 1: Cut about 12" of ribbon (mine were about 1" wide)
Step 2: Insert a brad into the end of your ribbon and attach to your paper where you want the center of your flower to be.
Step 3: Using quick-dry or craft glue (I used Helmar Craft Glue), draw a circle around the brad, approximating how big you think your flower will be and fill it in. Let your glue set for a minute or two.
Step 4: Twist the ribbon and pull it around the brad, laying it in the craft glue as you twist. You may need to add extra glue if you didn't put enough. Once you reach the end of the ribbon, tuck it under the roll it is next to.
And voila! You have a great ribbon rose!

Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What do you find when you clean?

I took my last day off to really clean and organize my scrap space. I used to have it in a corner of our unused dining room, but we decided to move the desktop computer in there because we were tired of trying to relax with the kids using it in our bedroom, so the office corner of my bedroom is now my scrappy space. I love that the desk is huge (we bought it cheap at a 2nd hand store & Joe really didn't want to try and move it because it's HEAVY), but the area needed to be organized for my convenience. It's also not quite as bright, but I have plenty of artificial light, now. So, here's my newly-organized scrappy space.
While I cleaned out my scrappy space, I decided that I needed to go through my scraps. I found so many I will never use, so I recycled them. I decided to do a sketch and layout with some of the others, to use them up. So, today's a Sunday Scrap Sketch :)
I used a bunch of papers I forgot I even had on this one... some so old, I can't remember who made them. I also mixed in some Sassafras and Echo Park products on here...

Show me how you are using your scraps!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Some More Disney, a Sketch & a Tutorial

First off, I would love to thank everyone who is following me and (hopefully) enjoying my ramblings. Please let your friends know about my site and please comment when you can, so I don't feel like the homeless lady in the park that talks to herself :) I will be announcing a contest soon... when I can get everything together for it :)

And now, to the fun part!

I wanted to share my favorite layouts I have done this week.
Remember that ad I posted a couple weeks ago? Well, I finally got my layout done using that ad.
On this layout, I used papers from K&Co. and Sandylion. The flowers are all from Prima, the bling is from Darcie, the bling brads are Making Memories, and the pearl swirls are ones I made (but bought the strands from JoAnn). The other swirls are ones that I cut with my cricut from DCWV Glitter Cardstock.
To make the pearl swirls, you will need to find a store that sells sewing notions (like JoAnn's) and look in their trims department. These ones I found were only $2.50 for 3 yards of them, and they had several colors. To get the pattern, I used the leftover pieces of cardstock from my other swirls as a stencil and then traced where I wanted the swirls with Helmar Craft Glue. After letting the glue settle for a couple minutes, I measured my pearls by holding them over where I wanted each piece and approximated how long I would need for each small strand. Then I layed each cut piece in the craft glue and let it dry. So easy and so much more economical than buying pre-made pearl swirls! As a pattern, you could also use a swirl stamp in a light color- I've done that before as well.

My 2nd favorite layout as of late is this one:

You can tell I stocked up on the Sandylion Disney papers... The brackets are from Echo Park, the "Smile" is from Cosmo Cricket's "The Boyfriend" line, The border stickers and alphas are from Sassafras, and the Pluto is a Jolee's sticker.

And lastly, the sketch. I don't have an example of this one this week, because it is one of my "backup" sketches... I would love to see your takes on it, though!

Post a link to your layouts in my "Comments" section :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Reliving the fun!

I am still working on our vacation album (if you hadn't already guessed- ha!) One of the best things about it is that I get to relive the experience with every photo I look at and every page I put together. On the other hand, I really am needing some inspiration for some of these pages! I am still stumped on some of them.
Today' sketch comes from one of the harder pages I've had.
This is a fairly bare-bones sketch because I was trying to figure out the placement of the 3 photos I had. For the layout, I used papers from K&Co and stickers & felt from Sassafras.

Happy Scrapping!

Help... I can't decide!

Becky Fleck is having an awesome sketch/ card contest that I would lovvvvvveeeee to win! Here's the prize pack & the sketch:

Anyhow, I have 2 different layouts I have done using this sketch as inspiration, but I don't know if I want to use either of them to enter, or if I should try a different one entirely.
Here they are:

Please let me know what you think:
Buzz Lightyear
Hunny Bear
or Try Again
in my comments...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I have another blog

Please check it out! It' a blog for tasty, timely recipes :) Tasty & Timely