My Smash journey continues. Our ministry drama outreach partnered with a local homeless shelter, Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, to present a mime during the morning service at Trinity Wesleyan Church on Sunday, December 4th. After the presentation, the pastor stood and said, "well, that's the sermon! There's nothing left to be said. We'll now light the second advent candle. . . " The twelve homeless men who participated in the mime were quite moved. They accomplished something special. They were seen as something other than worthless because they're homeless. My Smash page elements includes a December Diecut ticket from my Cricut Art Philosphy cartridge (I can order that for you if you're interested), a list ticket from the K&Company Entertainment Smash pad, scanned images of the church program cover and a reference scrap highlighting our place in the service. The photos were provided by a Trinity Wesleyan church member (Susan W.).
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Women today don't wear hats so much. My favorite is a black painter's style cap I put on when I've had a particularly bad hair day. It has also come in handy on particularly cold days. Somehow, you fell warmer with a hat on your head.
I'm still working on clearing off my craft table. That's where I found this scrap of Graphic 45 Romantique paper touting crown hats. I immediately put it on "page 2" in my Doodle Smash book. It seemed obvious that this would be my "hat" page. The vintage photo of a woman in a hat is actually Daisey Linda Belvin Boniville. I think she might have been my maternal grandmother's sister-in-law. I think we wear hats differently today than women did a century ago.
I couldn't resist adding a Cat-in-the-hat hat to my collection and a penquin's hat which I colored with my Spica glitter pens. I also colored existing doodles with my Spicas. I also found some hat quotes I liked and added to the page. The rest of the hats came from the Victorian Tea Lady in Milford, Delaware.
I wonder what will happen to page 3.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
My craft table is an absolute mess, so what more perfect a treasure trove could I find to mine for the first page of my new Red Doodle Smash that arrived shortly before lunch today? You see the evidence of my labors above. The die cut is a just like one I used on my daughter's First Turkey layout. The distressed flower is a Sizzix die cut. The butterfly is part of my effort to create other additional projects from the Martha Stewart Glittering Techniques class I teach at Michaels in Dover and Rehoboth. The blue and green flowers and the nutcracker are practice pieces for my Copic Christmas classes. I used my Copic Spica Glitter Pens to doodle flowers and I tucked my reminder list written on the back of a Redner's Grocery Receipt for items to take to my daughter's Thanksgiving Dinner into an empty hotel key envelope that held our key card while we were on vacation two years ago. How it ended up on my craft table is a mystery to me, but it now has a home in my Smash-ing Junk Journal. Now all I have to figure out is how to write on the slightly lumpy page two. Lumpy writing aside, I've experienced great victory in getting past first-page-itis and in overcoming my intense desire to create a design map. I wonder what's going to happen on the next page.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Okay, so I changed my mind! Not-so-new. On Thursday, I will begin again -- something I started to do years ago. Maybe . . . MAYBE by Thursday my new K&Company Smash will be here. But I plan to unlock the artist within a bit more with JUNK JOURNALING. I e-searched Junk Journaling for a definition and discovered the precept of making a journal from junk (cereal boxes, paper bags, etc.) That is not a definition of junk journaling that I would subscribe to. Instead, my view of junk journaling is more from a "slice of life" perspective. Our junk journals are those places where creativity hides, awaiting discovery. It's that scrap of something that impresses us (i.e. making an impression upon us) but doesn't fit on our scrapbook pages or card sets. It's visual poetry; leftover favorites seeking a home; doodles daring to mix without matching. It's more than a diary but less than a memoir. It's a place to experiment, a private moment in a public venue. Junk journaling is for the brave at heart who don't need permission to express themselves. I plan to grow several junk journals between December 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012. Since scrapbooking and cardmaking dominates my lifestyle at the moment, my junk journals will surely reflect these legacy building adventures through the coming year. It's expression at its fullest. When do I begin? Tomorrow, with or without my Smash. I'll be back, the Lord willing.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I've not added to this blog for awhile because I haven't been sure about how to proceed, until now. If you haven't had a chance to visit my website (www.scrappigators.com) then take a few minutes and see what we're up to. It's still far from finished, but it's along well enough to grasp our concept. I'm posting most of my "finished" projects on my scrappigators.blogspot.com blog. I double posted for awhile, but I didn't think that was the best use of this particular resource.
Today, two days after Thanksgiving 2012, I got an idea that speaks more into the notion of "our scrapping life" that what I'm doing on scrappigators.blogsport. com. It has to do with the process of life that we as scrapbookers and cardmakers experience as we seek to express our art on paper. More specifically, it has to do with the nuts and bolts issues like organization, storage, product and project management.
Now, I really like my Cricut, a lot . . . but it is a pretty expensive toy just for lettering. As a Paper Ed instructor at Michaels in Dover and Rehoboth, I'm pretty much expected to teach Cricut classes in our ever-growing classroom menu. That said, I'm pretty much ready to take my Cricut usage to the next level. Now that holiday sales are ramping up, I'm desparately trying to resist temptation by rquiring myself to use what I have before I add another new "thing" to my Cricut cartridge collection (I have close to 50 cartridges which translates to maybe 2,000 images or more). The real shame is that I haven't done anything with most of my collection. That's where the proiect part comes in.
To familiarize myself with the Cricut process, I started creating a "catalog" of machine-generated images to adhere to a page that I will punch and attach into a Rollabind notebook, Those that I turn into actual projects will be listed on scrappigators.blogspot.com. But each image that I use in a project will also find its way into my "Cricut catalog" along with future reference images for up and coming projects.
My first included image is "Frosty" (see below) which is found page 28 in the Winter Frolic handbook. I also downloaded the electronic version of the handbook onto my server as well as the overlay. If I add three or four images a month, I'll be doing well. Ideally I would finish one cartridge before starting another, but this is far from an ideal world. I will keep you posted via this blog.
Monday, October 3, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed teaching my first Copic class at Michaels last month and I am looking forward to the next session. As I develop new project, I find myself drifting away from my original concept of Lessons 1-2-3-4 etc and moving towards titling by type. I suppose I could have called cute little cards bugsies, but since I don't like insects that much, whimsicals or "whimsies" suits me a bit better. I try to focus on three techniques in each workshop. In this case my targets are Palette Blending, Colorless Blender Techniques and of course basic blending. The . There is sufficent coloring space to practice in and they are totally cute even to a non-bug-lover like me. I also decided to use one layout to create three different "looks". Here are the additonal products I used to make these cards:
- Colorless Blender
- B05 Process Blue
- BG18 Teal Blue
- E37 Sepia
- YR00 Powder Pink
- Naval Orange Bazzill Stock Cardstock
- Navy Blue Cardstock
- Recollections Pastel Printed Cardstock, 8 ½” x 11"
- Recollections Foam Adhesive Circles, ½”
- Alcohol-free Baby Wipes
- Recollections “Don’t Bug Me” Clear Stamps
- StazOn Teal Blue Solvent Ink Pad\
- Potter’s Clay Memento Ink (Dew Drop Collection)
- Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
- Recollections “XXX” Border Punch Item
- Martha Stewart Button Punch
- Scoring Board and Bone Folder
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Fashion may call it "vintage", but I call it my history. Last week I completed a two-page layout using Graphic 45 Communique and Romantique papers which revisits our most unusual wedding day. At the time, I was more focused on the marriage than the wedding. I prepared this page from an historical perspective (36 years after the event). My title is a "Memories" stamp from Heartfelt Creations that I received as part of class I took at CKC Valley Forge in August. I colored the flowers in the stamp with Copic markers. This layout is one of about 12 in a scrapbook I'm building titled The Times of My Life.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I am totally excited about my Copic Class at Clare's. After conducting a customer poll, we discovered that a Copic card class would be a bit more appealing than a scrapbooking one, so we're doing two cards with four images. I changed up the colors so my students would have some greens for their Christmas card-projects between now and holidays' end. I used two colors here -- G21 Lime Green and G24 Willow on this card and B93 Green Gray and RV21 Light Pink on the next one. I also took advantage of Michael's big sale last week and purchased 24 sheetsof K&Company's Addison Collage paper for about 16 cents a piece. As with the my scrapbook page project, I'm using flowers from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Blossoms Stamp Set #429. My black-glittered buttons are from Recollections which I purchased from Michaels. My class at Clare's Keepsakes is October 12 at 1 PM. The $25 fee includes everything but the markers, adhesives, and cardmaking tools. The kit contents are cut and loaded with everything but the directions. How exciting is that?
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Labels: Clare's Keepsakes and Scrapbooking Cove; Scrapbooking with Copics; CTMH, Copic, Copic Classes
Monday, August 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
I love to scrapbook. I love it so much that I love to teach others to scrapbook too! I am an EK Success certified teacher and I teach at Michaels Arts & Crafts stores in Rehoboth and Dover, Delaware. I joined the Creating Keepsakes Convention circut as a teacher for the first time this year. So far I've taught a convention organizer class in Portland (OR) and Manchester (NH). I'll be teaching in Buffalo (NY) next month and Valley Forge (PA) in August. I have two other conventions booked after that.
So, you would think teaching would be enough, right? Not so! Scrapbooking is fluid. It's a creative mechanism for chronicaling life events that ultimately define the legacy that we leave for future generations. I'll share more about that in future posts. It's that legacy building element that accounts for the simple layout that I posted above. In this case, it's my "practice" piece, my tentative toe-in-the-water moment as I contemplated applying for the Scrapbooking From the Inside Out design team. Looking at my schedule, I decided that applying at this time would be foolish. Besides, I wanted to find out more about the program and become adept at navigating their community before takijng such a forward-steppiung move. So, I decided to order the April Resilience kit to see if it would be worth the $50 price tag. I must say that it was worth that and more.
Besides featuring top-of-the line paper from companies like American Crafts, My Mind's Eye, and more, the organizers add embellishments that reflect the latest industry trends. Leaving our personal tastes in their capable hands forces us to climb out of any ruts we might be trying to navigate and work on something new. Product selection isn't the only helping hand they offer us. The website also has a healthy dose of journal-starters, hundreds of topic-related quotes, music selections and project samples. These elements are separated by monthly topic and are designed to help the scrapbook-artist embark on a journey of self-discovery as they build pheonomal page after page after page of grassroots history and accomplishemnts.
Since I'm a girl on a schedule, I can only affort to take short bites rather than long hours of introspection to complete a layout. So, anything that can streamline the creative process sounds like a good inestment to me.That's why I'm such a big fan of Becky Fleck's Page Maps. So, I decided to build my layouts using the Inside Out Products on Becky Fleck's Project 12 approach. Total time invested: about 4 hours.
I love it when a plan comes together
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed teaching at my first CKC Convention in Portland, Oregon last week. My next stop is Manchester, NH at the end of April. Beyond that, I did manage to get my Digital Delights by Louby Lou tutorial, Augustus the Dragon card, posted prior to leaving. Stop by the website for complete instructions. The best part is that this tutorial forced me to use some beautiful embellishments that I might have kept just because they're pretty!
Monday, March 7, 2011
I normally post my tutorials here later rather than sooner, but not today! Tomorrow is Technique Tuesday at Digital Delights by Louby Lou and this little princess card and her dream blessing is my latest. Isn't she sweet? I wonder if I can find an RSS feed connection to play Jiminy Cricket singing When You Wish Upon a Star? Was that in Pinnochio? I think I've somehow gotten behind on my Disney movie lore.
Of course, she's a digital stamp which adds a lot of versatility to your stamping applications. While I'll never give up my rubber and acrylic stamps, I do find digitals freeing somehow. I can size them to fit my project and, for the most part, select projects that allow me to fully expand my Copic marker and Prismacolor Pencils blending skills. This little princess is a Copic girl. I used Stickles on her dress and cap. The bling (flowers and lace border) is part of the Michael's Recollections collection. I also managed to pick up a good deal on a Fiskar's brick punch and this offered me the perfect opportunity to use it.
Visit Digital Delighst by Louby Lou for complete instructions. In the meantime, have a great day!
Monday, February 28, 2011
Digital Delights' Little Dumplin' set. The full tutorial is on the Digital Delights blog. I especially enjoyed playlng with my SparkleNSprinkle flocking (first time I've tried) and glitter. Of course, after I did the flocking I checked out the how-to instruction on the SparkleNSprinkle website and discovered it was supposed to be opaque! But I WANTED the pink to show through on the stork. I wonder if I got the transparent effect because I watered down my glue a bit in order to be frugal? (Hey! We gotta start somewhere, don't we?). Regardless, I like the way it turned out. Even moreso, I love the way the our grandbaby girl turned out. Quite by accident, my next tutorial is almost ready . . . I can't wait to share that one with you. After all, doesn't everyone deserve a little fantasy in their lives?
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Yeah, yeah, I know that Valentine's Day was eight days ago, but love is never out of season, now isit? I can't believe this month is almost over!
I want to be sure and share this cute hybrid card I prepared for Digital Delights by Louby Lou -- one of my favorite places to find digital stamps. Uh, and "yes" she did get this card before Valentien's day!
For my complete tutorial, just drop by the Digitial Delights website for a peek. I particularly enjoyed playing with my Copic markers and my SparkleNSprinkle glitters. I especially enjoyed Polly Pippin in Love, the little mouse we find inside the heart. The black dotted paper is from Close To My Heart's Sweetheart Collection (visit my website to see these enchanting papers) too see how easy it is to have the product sent right to your home.
So, what have we learned? The heart holiday may be over for another year, but love lasts forever!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I just finished my first tutorial project for Digital Delights by Looby Lou. I used larger versions of these two stamps (Happy House and TGime to Clean Bear) on my Organizational Rewards Board.
I really like working with digital stamps because I don't have to wait to receive them in the mail and, once downloaded, I can use them on a variety of projects simply by resizing them. While they don't replace traditional stamps, they are loads of fun and provide even more options for papercrafters like us.
For complete instructions regarding this project, hop over to http://digitaldelightsbyloobylou.blogspot.com after 8 P.M. EST or visit my website (www.scrappigators.com) later this week and look under the "Gallery" button.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I'm participating in an Organizational Challenge with TheScrapRack which is a product I just love. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get started with this premier organizational system. One of our first week's assignments was to design a Rewards Board for identifying rewards we would get when we finished each challenge. This one is mine. My "Time To Clean" bear and "Happy House" are from Digital Designs by Looby Lou. I used Copic markers to bring color to my digital stamps and Close to My Heart's Cranberry Red Exclusive Inks to chalk the 2-inch scalloped edges of my reward circles. I cut my pink three-inch half circles from Recollections 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock and chalked the edges with cranberry also. I added a ninth reward record the date I not only complete the challenge but that my crop room is finally organized. Then I'll do a happy dance all through the house, maybe, if I'm by myself and there's no one to see, or take a picture.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
“I was given a sabbatical from pastoring for six months," he writes. "During that time, my wife and I grieved and prayed. I also began to play the piano again for hours at a time, alone with God. During this time of sadness and uncertainty, the Holy Spirit gave me a song which I entitled 'The Anchor Holds'. As I would sing it, I began to experience God's comfort, encouragement and hope. Eventually, fresh vision came and I entered a new phase of the calling on my life." Rev. Chewning's old friend, Ray Boltz, heard about the song and asked to evaluate it for his "Allegiance" project. It was released in November 1994.
Sadly, tragedy and disappointment is an integral part of life itself. Those who are not anchored often do find themselves adrift and unable to receive the comfort and healing that's necessary to move on, to move forward. But the Lord is our refuge; He is our stronghold; He gives us strength; He walks with us in the garden and in the desert. What more can we ask? He is the anchor that holds us.
Meljen's Designs Digi Stamp Anchor Away
SparkleNSprinkle Opaque Fantasy Gold G1001
Boxer Scrapbook Productions Fish Lovers Alfphabet Stickers (Item #15036)
Recollections Music Notes Brads
Close To My Heart Chocolate Dye-Based Ink
Close To My Heart White Daisy Cardstock
Close To My Heart 3-D Foam Tape
Recollections Kraft Cardstock
SHEET MUSIC, Rainboworld by Masterpiece Studios
Gold Chord, elasticized from my stash
Tempus Sans ITC Font
Fiskar’s Scallop Tearing Ruler
Saturday, January 8, 2011
This project came together pretty quickly. Instead of ribbon or cardstock, I used foam tape to add dimension and additional glitz to this card. I especially like the Recollections rose and pink embellishment which I purchased from my local Michael's store. It provides additional depth and a sweet hint of vintage. I stamped the inside of the card with the "It's never too late to have a happy childhood" sentiment.
Marvy 3-inch circle punch
Martha Stewart fine-tipped glue pen
Card base (4 ¼” x 5 ½”)
RV29 Copic Ciao Crimson
Y08 Copic Ciao Acid Yellow
RV21 Copic Sketch Light Pink
E00 Copic Ciao Skin White
R20 Copic Ciao Blush
E37 Copic Ciao Sepia
SPARKLE AND SPRINKLE
Stamp Set 247 – Hat Ladies
Black Ice Glitter G1020
Fier Engine Red Glitter G1007
Bubble Gum G1088
CLOSE TO MY HEART
Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks
Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Dimensional Sticker #167196