Saturday, December 6, 2008

A BEAUTIFUL LIFE












My daughter's Halloweeny costume ~ A School Teacher



Halloweeny Stuff




Boston loves the hat too! I had it on him, but of course, that didn't last too long!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

PROJECTS FROM CAMP CROP 2008

Here is the clear (I don't like to spell the acrylic word, cause sometimes I miss spell it!) album that I started when I was at "camp crop" up in Sonora a few weeks ago. As you can see, I have not inked the edges of the pages in these pics. I have since inked all pages, all the way around using my Tim Holtz, Ranger Alcohol Inks. Inking these clear pages really completes the album. I will post some inked pages later so you can see the difference. I have also since then added more embellishments. These clear albums are fun, but, for me, I have to really "think", as you need to figure out what will work best since you can see everything from the back side as well. To the right, I used Kaiser Kraft Rub-ons. They work great because you get the same design and color on the reverse side of the page. There's a key that says "heart", that's another great little goodie by Tim Holtz. The black chipboard piece is by Cosmo Cricket, called Flueriste. In this package, you get all kinds of cool designs, even frames with cut out designs all around. I need to remember to use some of the frames on the my next few pages.
That red flower on the upper right side is by Creative Imaginations, it's really cool, it has a brad in the middle and around it are silverish metal beads. But I changed it, it has a bigger redish flower there now. If you look closely, I used some clear vinyl ribbon with black flourishes by Maya Road. I love her clear vinyls, and the ones I have for Fall are just my colors, the rusts, oranges and browns. Can't wait to use them. I might use some with my "Home Album". See that ivory colored ribbon above? I'm not liking that so much so that's coming off!

On the left side page, I used some red, flourishes "Say it in Crystals, yep, you guessed it! By Prima Marketing. Can you tell that I love this company? You can also see another rub-on in black by "Luxe Designs". Some more Prima on the right page, brownish-redish lace. Remember...........this album is still in the "Making"! It's really "bare" right now, when I'm done, you probably won't see much of the clear album!


Ok, on the page below - my hubby is being "crazy" with that cigar and that face! He really is good looking (well I think so!) when those blue eyes of his aren't bugging out! If you notice the black and red, some yellow here, I used some 7 Gypsies 4x6 ATC Transparencies, they work great, again, you get the same edging /color effect on the reverse side. These come in all kinds of designs, you can use them for anything!

Below - In the upper right side, next to the flowers, it says "my love". I used some Vinyl Apliques, EXPOSED Elements, by Scrap Works. The texture is great, it is vinyl, very fun to work with, goes on so smoothly. This company that makes Acyrlic Albums as well.

Underneath this Prima yellow flower (above) can you see the black felt? That's my favorite too! It's called "Viola" Die Cut Art Strips by Prima Markeing. They come in 15 different designs- just in case you were wondering! They are awesome to work with, you can use the entire felt piece, or cut them and make your own designs. The clear sticker: "ETERNAL" is by Heidi Swapp. They work well adhering them directly on your photos too (you can't tell it's a sticker on the photo). I ordered a bunch of these -they come in alot of different definitions -I purchased them from QVC - what a good deal that was! It came with a ton of clear stickers in a really cute pink long box where the lid flips up, but, I am not much for Pink in my scrappy room, so I took the goodies out of the box and threw the box up in the closet (I hide alot of stuff up there!).

On the left of this page, I used my favorite of all times ~ Lace, by Prima Marketing. I love all their ribbons and lace, so so many designs and colors to choose from. The texture is wonderful. I guess you can call me a "Prima Lover". I was talking to a vendor at the Sacramento Expo about her Prima Products. Her "Rep" for Prima is 25yr. old, he's single, and has been promoted to Senior Rep. and travels International now! Wow! What a life, to be young again, have an awesome job and selling an awesome product, but I bet he doesn't love Prima more than I do! And I'm guessing he has Prima Goodies coming out of his, well, you know what I mean. Ok, out of his ears. And I know he gets it all for FREE! Maybe we can go on a "Road Trip" and find this boy! Thank you for letting me share my scrappy goodness with you, I hope you enjoyed my un-finished projects!

PROJECTS IN THE MAKING



Here's a little something else I did at "camp crop". Our "baby girl" is going to be "18" in December. I still can't believe it. We are so proud. Especially because she has a heart of GOLD.


As you can see, there aren't any embellishments added just yet. This is a 7 Gypsies Gated Album. It turned out to be so thick after covering the pages with paper, that I had to remove the binding, added a larger one, but it still wasn't working out, remember, no embellies yet, except when you open it. I added some chip board and a leaf overlay. I could tell this album wasn't gonna work out, but I love this gated album. So, I went into the garage into my hubby's stash and found some black waxy kinda looking thick stringy stuff........ took the second binding out and used that. Now, I can add as many embellishments as I want, the book can now expand to however I want it. It's fun to go back and look at your home, how you decorated it, the things you had in it, this and that. Just yesterday, I was going through some old pics and came across our little house on the Springtown Golf Course in Livermore, CA. I couldn't believe it. I had pics of our son's room (he was 2 when we moved there) the kitchen (I was into blue country ducks, blue everything!) and the dining room and livingroom, one wall was even painted half way down in peach with a blue and peach country border. Oh, and I must not forget to mention the old turquoise ( isn't quite the color, it was darker and much uglier) carpet that everytime I vaccumed, the vaccum would suck up pieces of the carpet. That's when I thought I would ask the "owner" of our little home to please consider installing new carpet. I figured it was either yes or no-what did I have to loose, other than to keep making holes in the carpet. Well, he came through, and with all the excitement, he even let me pick out the color and texture! Ahh, what a beautiful dark peach color I choose, can you believe it? But I was happy. This new dark peach carpet completed our little home. All this in our cozy, comfy little home of approx. 800 square feet, two bedroom, two bath house on the 9th hole of the golf course. I'll make a pocket in the back of my album and add those pictures, what a treasure! I could see everything and what our son had as a "little guy", all his toys, and his Pound Puppy bedspread. What memories it brought back. I'm so happy I took those pics back then, and don't forget, I didn't even know scrapbooking even existed 20 years ago! Don't forget: making an album of your "HOME" is also good for your Home Owners Insurance. You never know. I even took pictures of my favorite treasures around my home...and yes, even my scraproom and all the items I use - Cricut Expression - Revolution, down to my trusty little tape runner! We all know that the most cherished and important is our "lives"- as we all know, love ones cannot be replaced. So, momentums and Scrappy stuff , jewerly, etc., are NOT covered under our Home Owner's Insurance unless you have a separate "rider" to cover these items. I was reading a blog: a woman that designs for Scrapbooking.com had a horrific fire in her home, the photos I viewed were unreal - unbelieveable, had she been in her bedroom, she wouldn't be here today. She's been scrapping for many years.........her beautiful albums, every little thing was gone. But that didn't matter, she and her family are safe and that's what counts. So this "HOME" album I am putting together is for good use as well. It will be in safe keeping along with my other things. Mmm, this album is taking longer than I thought. I think I will just keep adding the pics and go back and add some embellishments. Can you see my "Boston" sleeping on the floor near the T.V.?
















Here you can see where I had to remove the binding and add that waxy stringy stuff. I works really well, you can tie if off big or small. It can also be fixed later if my album gets extra fat!