here’s the story…

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 0 , Permalink 0

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© All Rights Reserved I love, love, love, love, love  getting mail. I especially love getting pretty mail. I was excited when I ordered a couple of Project Life grab bags from Studio Calico Friday.  They delivered yesterday afternoon in beautiful packaging.  This was the quickest I’ve ever had anything deliver from Studio Calico.   I felt like it was Christmas and I got “JUST WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED!” I shouldn’t have to buy any more journaling cards. But you and I both know that I will.

I was expecting more than just cards. But I am very happy. They are all beautiful and will fit perfectly into my SC Handbook. I’ve fallen completely in love with the geometric “here’s the story…” 4×6 card. I love it so much so, that it has solved my problem of not having a title page for my SC Handbook. The colors are soft and feminine. If I’m going to use this in my title page, then I MUST change the cover now, don’t I?  I love the colors I originally used but the font I used turned my A into more of an H.

I undid all my heard work previously used to sew the original line art design.  I spent about 30 minutes digging in my empbroidery floss box looking for the colors that matched the card. I then spent the evening recreating the line art design. I am so pleased with how it turned out. You too can create your own line art designs using the tutorial, found here, for inspiration.

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Mini Book Sneek Peek

Sunday, March 10, 2013 0 , , Permalink 0

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On my recent trip to NYC, I took way too many pictures to put in a single scrapbook page or Project Life entry. I was inspired by Kristina Nicolai-White’s You Tube video on matchbook style mini books that she slipped into her PL album. I decided a mini book is perfect for documenting the memories from my trip. I modified how the album is stitched together and how the binding is done on the spine. (Sorry no tutorial on that.) I love how the cover turned out and I am having fun working on the pages.

I painted the outside using my new watercolors that my Brother-In-Law gave me for Christmas. I used a splatter technique and a spray bottle to get the funky colors that remind me of the colors I saw in Times Square. I added my favorite Amy Tangerine Thickers for the album title. (I’m seriously addicted. I bought 4 packs of the Thickers. I plan on using them throughout my PL album as one of my standard fonts.)

The pages are not coming along as quickly as I imagined. I am discovering some of the pictures need to be reprinted. But it has been fun so far. Enjoy the sneek peek and look for a post with all the pages to go up soon.

Dreams DO Come True

Friday, January 18, 2013 0 , Permalink 0

I have the best godparents. My godmother sends me a birthday card every year and this year she sent me a gift card to Amazon. It has been burning a hole in my pocket. I decided to buy a Wacom tablet and it arrived today. I’ve had this on my wishlist for over a year. I dropped MAJOR hints that I wanted it for my birthday. Thanks to my loving godparents, wishes DO come true.

New Work Area

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I finally updated my bedroom to include a craft corner. I still have work to do but it is a great start.

Clear Stamp Storage Tip

Sunday, August 22, 2010 0 , Permalink 0

I found my stash of baseball card sheets and had a crafty idea. I have fabric swatches stored in these sheets and thought it would be a good way to store my mini clear stamps. I have a few sheets of stamps that I cut apart and stored in these sheets also. To keep the stamps from falling out of the slick plastic sheets I included the back packaging from the mini stamps and cut 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ pieces of cardstock for the stamps I cut from the larger set sheets. I was left with only 4 sets of clear stamps that I could not store this way. I hope this tip can come in handy for other stampers. Happy Crafting!

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