Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Workspace Wednesday/Master Bedroom Update/On My Desk

We are almost finished with our master bedroom! (These projects always take way longer than you think they are going to) We are finished putting in the new bamboo floor and replacing the baseboards:

And Eric ran the wires for the tv down through the wall. We've hung the new plantation blinds:
And the new ceiling fan:
And now, I am getting to do the fun part;putting the rest of the furniture back, hanging curtains, new bedding, artwork, etc... I can't wait to share it all when I am finished!

Now, a peek at what I am crafting today:


I am making a bit of decor for my daughter's room, and trying to use up some of my overabundant flower stash. What are you working on today?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Be Amazing

Just dropping in today to share a layout that I made for Wilna's Art and Design class. It was so much fun to pull my watercolors out and play! The embellishment strip to the left is part of a sheet of printables that Wilna provided for the class to use with watercolors.

I love how mine turned out, and thought it would be the perfect addition to this page. The rest of the supplies for this page came from my September Counterfeit Kit. I used a little pot of paper flowers that my sweet girl drew for me and gave to me as an embellishment, and it just makes my heart so happy to look at it, and know that it is saved and not forgotten or thrown away!

My layout:

Currently...

I am ...

Working on:

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Getting the home reno projects tied up for the year;I would love to be able to relax a bit over the holidays.My house looks like a scene from Dexter with everything covered in plastic as we remove wallpaper, popcorn from the ceilings, sand, and paint.We did all of the bedrooms ourselves, but we're getting to the end of the year and want to get it done, so we are getting a little help from the pros to finish the stuff like wallpaper and popcorn removal, and painting during the daytime, and my hubby and I come in and do other projects on the nights and weekends, such as as adding chair rail/trim, updating/changing light fixtures, hanging pictures, putting up new plantation blinds, etc, etc, etc.... I am trying not to even think about next week, when I will have to start removing the drywall dust that is in every crack and crevice!

Inspired By:

I'm still feeling inspired by Wilna's Art and Design class from Big Picture classes. The class is over now, but I keep re-watching the videos. They make me want to pull out a paintbrush and paint!

Scrapping:

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I am trying to use up a bunch of old kits, and knock out a bunch of layouts at a time, so I have a huge pile of  layout starters on my desk.

Craving:
Salads. There comes a time when you are just so sick of burgers and fries and all manner of fast foods-and while I am thankful for the time it has saved me during our household projects, my pants are not.

Wearing:
Ideally it would be sweaters, skinnies, and boots. But it is still a little warm for them here in TN.

Can Be Found:
Playing chauffeur for my kids most nights, even on the weekend. Does it make me a bad person to be ready for Halloween to be over, so all of the Halloween parties and events can be too? For a month or so till Christmas stuff starts, anyway?

Be sure and drop by on November 1st for a look at my newest Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CKC Challenge #3

Hopping in today to share the project that I made for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our queen for October, Laura, gave us this challenge:

Challenge #3:  Use an idea previously saved!

Do you save ideas about scrapping on your phone?  Make a quick sketch of a layout in a notepad?  Do you pin magazine cut outs to a cork board or do this virtually on Pinterest?  If you do, like me, you'll have a stack of ideas saved for later, but when is later?  I often forget to go back and actually use these gems.  This challenge is to use an idea you have previously saved - be it a scribble on a scrap of paper or a like on Instagram.  Share the idea with us, too, so we can add it to our lists!

So, I took inspiration from a couple of places for this page. I started with my Counterfeit Kit (the one from September, 'cause I'm behind-but who's keeping track anyway ). Recently, I am most inspired by the Art And Design class that I am taking from Wilna F over at Big Picture Classes. She has shared some beautiful cutfiles and techniques , so I used one of them, and had a bit of fun with some Gesso and puffy paint, and just general mess making. I wanted to use some outside inspiration as well, so I drew inspiration from a scrapbook page that I had pinned to Pinterest:
(This layout was originally shared on the My Mind's Eye blog) I loved the flower clusters especially, but I may use it for inspiration again at another date, because I love the colors and stamping, too!

So, the page that I came up with is this:

It is a bit messier than my usual style, but it was fun to make, and I love it. The texture is just so lovely in person!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Is Here!

And with the start of a new month, thanks to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and an extensive stash, I always have a new kit to play with! This month, the CKC blog was turned over to our honorary "Queen" , Laura, from Beads, Buttons and Birds blog, and her first task was finding a kit for us to be inspired by this month. Her kit of choice was a new one to me, She chose a soft and lovely kit from Hey Little Magpie:
I knew this kit was right up my alley, so I went to work straight away pulling my kit together. I had many of the same or similar papers, so it was rather an easy task this month!
Here's a look at my papers this month:


And my whole kit:
With soft, girly florals and camera prints, wood veneer, washi, fussy cut florals, stickers, brads, and more, I have plenty of embellishments to choose from this month, and I love the colors of my kit, so I can't wait to start using it! Now, head on over to the other designers' blogs to see the lovely kits that they have come up with this month:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trendy Tuesday-How It All Comes Back To Scrapbooking

In the nearly 16 years I have been scrapbooking, I have seen trends come and go, and have started to realize that fashion is cyclical, and that the same applies to trends in scrapbooking. What's old becomes new once again...for example, gold. It has waxed and waned in popularity, but this year, we have seen a lot of it in all areas of design.

Home Decor:
(photo from For Chic's Sake)



(photo from Centsational Girl)
Weddings/Wedding Cakes:




(Photos from Bespoke-Bride)

(photo from Belle The Magazine )


And in fashion:

(from Style Bistro-lots of great runway photos here!)



I have seen these trends show up in the scrapbook world, as well. We have seen gorgeous golden products from Heidi Swapp:




Teresa Collins has this gorgeous Studio Gold line, partenered with We R Memory Keepers for some fabulous albums:

Shimelle's new line has gold touches, in the paper and Thickers:






There are really too many to name! One of my favorite scrapbooking lines this past year was the Maggie Holmes Flea Market collection, and it has lots of lovely golden touches in it.


Including this beautiful piece of gold doily vellum:



Here are a few of the pages I have made incorporating gold in the past year:











You will see, if you look closely, that I have incorporated gold into all of these pages, although mostly in small doses, such as mist or 1-3 accents. It can be overwhelming if you overdo it! I love to mix it with creams and corals especially, and I find myself drawn to it at the end of the summer/beginning of fall, especially. I feel it complements and ties into fall decor beautifully, with the rich rusts, burgundys, oranges, and deep plums. What do you think? Do you like the gold trend? Or are you over gold?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member Blog Hop

It's that time of the month again-time for the blog members to show off what they have been creating with their kits and/or our challenges. 
Here's a look at my kit again:

We had three challenges on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this month, 

Challenge #1:  Own Challenge: Your turn to challenge the counterfeiters.
Challenge #2:  Selfie Challenge: Scrap a selfie.
Challenge #3:  Mixed Media Embellishment: Get messy and inky with some home-made embellies.



Since I did a sample of Mixed Media Embellishments for the blog already, I decided to go with Challenge #1 and make my own challenge. And then my brain blocked up and I could not figure out what I wanted to do for it! Finally, I was looking around my scrap room, and my eyes landed on my "inspiration dish".


 A class I took a while ago, I believe it was one of Shimelle's, urged us to write creative prompts/tools/items on strips of paper and put them in a jar or dish to grab from whenever we are feeling stuck creatively. I grabbed 3, and this is what I came up with:

Tape, Badges, Mist
So, that was my challenge, and that is what I am challenging you to use as well. I was in a hurry (When are you ever not in a hurry as a mom of 4?), so I challenged myself to make the page in 30 minutes. It ended up taking me about 40-45.
I pulled my papers from my kit, along with my required items, and went to work:


 So, here is my challenge to you:

"Make a project in 45 minutes or less, using tape, badges, and mist."

Here is my completed layout:

There were lots of fun bits in my kit that I put to good use, such as all of the fun arrow shapes,the diecut glitter title, and my homemade cork embellies, and I got the story recorded, which was the most important part to me.
Close-ups:



Tips to make it work, quickly:

  • Make snap decisions. Don't agonize over every detail!
  • Try to stick with the kit. Luckily, I had badges in my kit already, just grabbed the washi tapes that matched my papers and my favorite teal Color Shine.
  • Don't dig through all of your photos! I used the first ones that I saw that would work with the papers that I chose. I had a stack of photos sitting on my desk to be filed away, and I just scrapped them instead. 
  • If you happen to prejournal your photos, that could save time too. I had already written the journaling on a Post It and stuck it to the top photo in the stack, so I knew I could tell the story quickly, without leaving anything out.
  • The biggest tip-use the first thing that will work! Don't go searching for the "perfect" paper for your photos or vice versa, just use the first thing you see that will work, and go with it! You'll end up tweaking it to your tastes anyway!

Thank you for hopping along with us today. Jemma is your next stop on the hop, be sure to check out her lovely work! 

If you get lost, here is the full list of the hop:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Faves

This Layout by Ashli Oliver AKA Soaphousemama:
http://purplemailbox.blogspot.com/2014/09/fall-is-in-air.html

Oh my goodness, so many things to love about it! I want to be as artsy as her when I grow up . Love the stamping the embellishments, everything!

I have to try this pizza from Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life:
http://www.sweettoothsweetlife.com/2014/09/18/homemade-honey-whole-wheat-pizza-dough-bbq-chicken-pizza/

I'm looking around for fall decor, and here are some of the ones I am loving:

http://www.artsychicksrule.com/2014/09/diy-fall-wreath-fall-themed-tour.html


http://savedbylovecreations.com/2012/09/upcycled-aluminum-can-fall-wreath-diy.html

http://www.ellaclaireinspired.com/2012/08/autumn-sign-tutorial.html

And this mood board from Crate Paper's blog is just too pretty for words:

What's inspiring you this week?