Tuesday, January 31, 2012

dandelions for breakfast

I did this 2 page layout with Cocoa Daisy's November kit. You can't tell in the photo, but I cut some of the circles out and popped them up on the background. Yep, we ate fried dandelions for breakfast last spring. ;)

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Monday, January 30, 2012

you & us

Here's another layout from my first Cocoa Daisy kit, from November. I was struggling a little, trying to figure out what to do with that paper I used in the background. It's not really my style, though it's really cute. As I was digging through photos, I stumbled on these that I had printed out on an 8.5x11 sheet of photo paper. I'd originally printed them for a gift project, and these B&W ones I did not use. But I hated to waste them by pitching them. So I was pleased to use them for this layout. :) Not my most favorite work, but it'll do.

Thanks to Charlene's Button Box for a heart button. ;)

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Road Trip

I knew I would totally miss working with a kit after Scrapaganza closed! So I subscribed to a kit-of-the-month for a few months to see how I liked it. I chose Cocoa Daisy, and I really do like it so far!

My first kid was in November, and this is one of the first layouts I did with it. Since I'm no longer designing, I am not stressed out trying to come up with stuff the customers want to see, and that is very relaxing!

Anyway, I knew before we went to see mom that I wanted pictures of all the signs from here to there, and then I chose a few other highlights, like the red dirt, oil pumps, and my son being a good boy while we waited for a tow truck because my car broke down! :)

Oh, and one of my scrapping resolutions for 2012 is to use my stash, specifically using at least one of Charlene's Button Box buttons on every layout... because I have sooo many!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Final 2011 Pages

I went to a weekend crop in Illinois last October, it was my all-time favorite crop! I got a few layouts done, but not nearly as many as I expected! But I ended up playing most of the weekend with my new favorite Cricut cartridge; Art Nouveau. I love everything about it, the images, the font, the layering.

Alphonse Mucha and the Art Nouveau period is my favorite style of art, and the cricut cartridge is pretty true to the spirit of the style. I was full of anticipation to try out the cuts of the women. Creating a page with belly dance pictures worked well with one of the cuts.  I just love the graceful font, as well.

I also made sure to use buttons from my HUGE collection of Charlene's Button Box buttons. :)  If you look at the first picture above, you'll notice that this layout is more than 2 pages. It has an extra 6x12 page on the right. I have 6x12 page protectors. When I realized I was not able to cull my photos down to fit a 2-pager, I ended up making the extra bit to fit all the photos on that I wanted to use. Why limit yourself to a one-page or two-page layout? I've even used the back side and made a 3 page layout. My largest is a 7 page layout. :) If the pictures are that important to you, make the layout fit!

Here's another bellydance layout. :) Hey, I was in the mood! I used my Art Nouveau cartridge again, this time using a dragonfly image. I had these papers that seemed to go well with it.

I also had a dragonfly stamp I got that day at the crop, so I used that too. As well as another button from Charlene!

This concludes the layouts from 2011 that I'm going to post.  From now on, it will be 2012 layouts. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 27, 2012

random catch-up layouts

So I'm posting the last of the Scrapaganza scrapbook store layouts that I designed for the store in this post. After this, I'm scrapbooking on my own! lol

The layout above was created for the Day of Creativity kit. It was fall and I wanted something people could use for apple picking but also wanted to show that it didn't HAVE to be about apple picking! :)  This was one of the most popular kits I ever created! it sold out in less than an hour!

All this stuff was for the last Sizzix techniques class I did. Sizzix had just come out with their version of nestabilities, so I came up with this class to come up with lots of ideas how to use them. It was a pretty awesome class, if I do say so myself. I miss the Sizzix classes though, they were a wonderful challenge to come up with new ways to use the Sizzix and dies.

Our birdfeeder suddenly had a bunch of sunflowers growing around it voluntarily! I was thrilled! I've always wanted sunflower pictures with my kid, so here was my chance. I was also thrilled with BoBunny's fall line of papers!

American Crafts Nightfall collection was pretty awesome too. I had to use it! It went perfectly with our pumpkin pictures from 2010.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

October 2011 SSC (the LAST SSC!)

Scrapaganza closed it's doors at the end of November. The October Scrappinista  Scrapbook Club was the last kit I got to design for. I have to say, that after designing for that club, I didn't have the heart to scrapbook for the rest of 2011. All of us staff at Scrapaganza were quite sad to leave.

But our last kit was made of Jillibean joy! I just love Jillibean, and if I had lots of money, I'd buy every one of their collections! The above layout was inspired by one that I saw in Scrapbook Trends. Unfortunately, I can't find it now to say who it was that inspired me. :(  My mother-in-law took my son to Incredible Pizza and did the photo booth there, and gave me a copy of the photo sheet. It had those tiny photos along the end of the sheet of wallet sized ones, and I knew I had to use them somehow!

As a designer, one of my jobs was to show customers how to use the product we sold, and that included "theme stickers". Many people avoid theme stickers when they start to follow scrapping trends, myself included. But when I saw these "Phineas and Ferb" cartoon stickers, I HAD to use them! You see, it's one of my son's (and mine) favorite cartoons, and my son's imagination reminds me of Phineas. So I took the cartoon's theme song and re-wrote it somewhat to fit the photos and used it as journaling with the photos that highlight some of my son's more imaginative summer activities.

My friend Sherry's last visit to crop at the store before returning to her out-of-country home. This is a bittersweet layout, as we'd both been crying just before this photo was taken, and not just because she was leaving. We had both lost a loved one to cancer as well.

This is my "use what is left" layout. :)  Not very exciting but I don't like having lots of leftovers from a kit that I have to store. So I try to use it up!

However, I still had scraps left, and lots of them. So I did this little 4 page mini book with some leftover mini book pages from another project. Sorry I don't have interior pics. It was made to mostly demonstrate that you can use up a kit's scraps. ;)

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