Saturday, November 26, 2011

Surviving Black Friday

I was busy shopping yesterday (we went out at 6AM for our first Black Friday, and it was a success!!), but I have to show you two kits by Leora Sanford that are back in her store now! They are both really gorgeous. I love it that Leora's kits make it so easy to scrap a page! There's a Christmas kit that I truly love:


I've used this kit last year in my December Daily album and it's a classic - I love that red patterned paper! And then there's this beautiful and versatile kit:


which I've used for this page:

Mom's Visit Day 14 - Hotel

Credits:
The Promise of Tomorrow by Leora Sanford
Fonts: Pea Pumpkin Peters and The King and Queen

This page seriously came together in no time, and I love it!

Anyway, going back to Black Friday... It was our first time heading out early, but we were really lucky and got some great deals (we went for clothes mainly, but I also picked up some photo paper 50% off at Staples, which is great)! I also did some online shopping before heading out: I bought RadLab and a sewing machine. Yay!! I seriously got all I wanted for Christmas! :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Document Your December

There is a great new Christmas Collection out today at The Lilypad. It's called Document Your December, and it is basically a BYOC with Christmas products. How cool is that?? I have mixed and matched a bunch of these products to make the base pages for my December Daily album. I am loving how they're coming along so far!

DYD 2011

DYD 2011

DYD 2011

Credits:
No Peeking papers and Pocket Stuffers by Valorie Wibbens
Half Rounds by Amy Martin
Journal Everyday and December Bits by Sabrina Dupre
A Christmas Collab by Micheline Martin and Fruitloop Sally
Big Ol' Tags 3 by Lauren Reid
Very Merry embellishments by Precocious Paper and Sahlin Studio

I also used two products by Sahlin Studio to make a quick welcome card for my mom. :)



I bought a cheap watercolor set this past weekend, and I am loving it! :)

Welcome card

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I am so happy to be spending it with my mom and my husband! It's a first! :)
Here is last week's P52 Cards picture.

P52 Cards - Week 47

You can see the Week 47 card here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

As we're getting ready for the Thanksgiving celebrations, Black Friday and the awesome Document Your December releases coming Friday at The Lilypad, I squeezed in another page for my mom's previous visit's album. :) But first let me give you a sneak peek of what is coming. :) I've been working on my Daily December pages for this year with these new products, so make sure you check back to see them on Friday. :)

document your december

Anyway, going back to today's 50% off specials, I used these awesome templates by Amy Martin:

Mom's Visit Day 13 - Sassy Shoes

Here's my page:

Mom's Visit Day 13 - Sassy Shoes

Credits:
Garland mini v3 by Amy Martin
Sass Mouth and Sass Mouth Alpha by The Tattered Pearl
Petalicious by Kaye Winiecki
Sugar Shock font bundle by Lauren Reid and Darcy Baldwin
Font: Pea Pumpkin Peters

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Goodbye ScrapMatters!

After many years, it is time for me to say goodbye to ScrapMatters. It has been my digi home for three years so allow me to reminisce a bit. :) I have been on the CT there for over two years, and the hybrid CT leader for almost two years. Yes, it has been a very long love affair. I did my very first speed scrap at ScrapMatters. I still remember the summer of 2008, when the site reopened with lots of games and prizes during the Olympic Games, and I was instantly hooked. The community at ScrapMatters has always been friendly and supportive, and I felt at home right away. I got into hybrid because of the It's In the Cards challenges there, in October 2008 - I fell in love with hybrid and the rest is history! I won a guest spot on the CT by finishing in the top posters for Queen of Scrap in 2009; during my guest spot I applied to the hybrid creative team call and got accepted, thanks to Kari's (then hybrid CT leader) and the other hybrid designers' support; a few months later Kari left to be a designer at Jessica Sprague's shop, and I was asked to be the hybrid CT leader. In my role as hybrid CT leader I met my best digi friend, Kim (kimbytx), who was asked around the same time to become digi CT leader. Kim and I have been through a lot together: CT calls, designer assignments, and much more. I have met so many good friends during my time at ScrapMatters, and have been endlessly inspired by incredibly talented scrappers - I am especially in awe of the rockin' hybrid girls! I hope to have inspired people with the monthly hybrid tutorials I wrote for the newsletter first, then for the quarterly magazine. I met many of my all-time favorite designers at ScrapMatters, some of whom have asked me to be on their CT (Jenn and Krista, I wub you!!). I value tremendously the opportunity to work with the newsletter team - such a talented bunch of ladies! It was a pleasure to collaborate with so many wonderful people and I will be forever grateful for being part of the team at ScrapMatters. It is now time for me to move on, but I will carry these special memories in my heart.

My Creative Teams

Here is a list of the creative teams I'm currently on, and the ones I have been on in the past (both as guest and as permanent member). The names are linked to the posts on my blog, the blinkies are linked to the stores (when applicable). Disclaimer: I get free products from these designers/stores, but I only scrap with stuff that I can use and love.

Current Teams:
Past Teams:
  • Ju Kneipp - April 2011 - Dec. 2012
    freelance
  • Scrap'It Designs - October 2008 - October 2012
    digi team - my very first CT! ;) Bree sadly retired from designing in October 2012.
  • ScrapMatters - June 2009 - November 2011
    hybrid CT: June - December 2009; hybrid CT leader: January 2010 - November 2011
    other duties: monthly hybrid tutorial(s) for the newsletter/magazine.
  • DeCrow Designs - November 2010 - May 2011
    digi team. Molly was selling at ScrapOrchard, and retired in May 2011:-(
  • Polka Dot Plum - December 2008 - September 2010
    digi team. Lauren and Amy were selling first at Sunshine Studio Scraps and ScrapOrchard, then they opened their own store, Polka Dot Plum.
  • Amy Sumrall - June 2009 - April 2010
    hybrid/digi team. Amy was selling first at The DigiChick and then at The Lilypad, she retired in April 2010.
Guest Spots:

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Lots of Crafting Projects!

    I have been busy creating this weekend, since it will be a while before I can craft again, with my mom being here. I have started my December Daily album and i am loving how it's coming along! Jenn Barrette and Krista Sahlin have teamed up to make this fabulous Christmas kit that inspired my to start on this year's December Daily project. :)


    It is available at The Lilypad and at Sweet Shoppe Designs. Plus there are some fantastic add on packs:




    This is what my first pages look like. I recolored a few items to match my color scheme. More peeks to come towards the end of the week! :)

    December Daily 2011 - base (1)

    I have not decided what date these pages will be for yet, that will depend on what pictures I have for each day.

    Another big project I have committed to for next year is Project Life. I am in the process of buying the binder and the paper kit, and I am excited to start. I will also be printing out digi goodies to fill my album, and the new collection by Jenn Barrette and Kristin Cronin-Barrow is simply perfect for this!


    The colors are really versatile, and I am crazy about those journaling pieces! :) I made this card to start with. :)

    Happiness Lives Here card

    I also made a card for DH's birthday this week. I had fun making this - it uses a digital stamp and it is my first time using one!
    That owl is so cute! I followed a tutorial by Trish on how to digitally color stamps (well... truth be told, I skipped a few steps, but it worked for me ;) and I will be using digital stamps again for sure! :) ).

    Birthday Card 2011

    Credits:
    Hoo-ray Digital Stamp by Kaye Winiecki
    Background paper from Bring on the Cake by Karah Fredricks, Kate Hadfield and Kaye Winiecki
    Colored with brush from Finishing Touches 6 by Karah Fredricks

    Have a great week! :)

    Sunday, November 20, 2011

    Hybrid Christmas Tree Tutorial

    In this tutorial I will be showing you how to make a paper tree. I love three dimensional hybrid projects, but I'm always pressed for time during the holiday season, so I selected this project because it is especially easy to make but yields an impressive result. This project was inspired by Martha Stewart.

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    In addition to being fairly quick, this is also a thrifty project; chances are you already have all that's needed in your home right now. You will need digital supplies (I used the kit "Once Upon a Shabby Christmas" by Haynay Designs), matte presentation paper, printer, scissors, bone folder, bamboo skewers, up-cycled foam from shipping packaging, hot glue gun or Glossy Accents, and optional decorations like glitter glue, buttons, sequins, etc.

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    If you look at the completed project, it might be hard to believe that it's made only of paper circles, but that's exactly all it is! I have used circles of 2", 3", 4", 5" and 6" diameters. If you want to make a smaller tree, skip the 6" circle.

    Once you have printed out the circles (I used matte presentation paper for this project), cut them out. Your cuts don't have to be precise, so it will be very quick to cut the circles out. Here are the steps for making your Christmas tree:
    1. Start with one paper circle.
    2-4. Fold it in half using a bone folder.

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    5. Open up the circle.
    6. Fold it in half again, at 90 degrees with the previous fold.
    7. Open up the circle.
    8. Make another fold in between one of the previous folds.

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    9. Make a fourth fold, at 90 degrees with the latest fold.
    10. You have made four folds, so your circle now has 8 equal segments.
    11-12. Now we're going to fold the circle inside out and make four more folds, in between the first four.

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    13. Once you have completed the 8 folds, the circle is divided in 16 equal segments.
    14. The folds are alternating, one towards the inside and one towards the outside.
    15. Cut a small hole at the center of the circle.
    16. The size of the hole has to be big enough for the skewer to fit through.
    Repeat steps 1-16 for all the paper circles you have.

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    17-18. Cut a piece of foam shipping material into a cube and poke a hole in it with the skewer.
    19. Insert the biggest folded paper circle onto the skewer.
    20. Apply glue (hot glue is the easiest; I don't have a hot glue gun so I used Glossy Accents - you will have to hold the paper in place until the glue dries) on the skewer in correspondence of where you want the next smaller paper circle to go.

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    21. Insert the folded paper circle and hold in place until the glue dries.
    22. Repeat for smaller folded circles.
    23. Cut the skewer after you have added the last folded circle.
    24. Decorate the tree top as you wish. I used Stickles glitter glue.

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    The tree is ready! You can decorate it further if you wish, using more glitter or fake snow or beads.

    These simple paper trees make such a festive decoration! You can use them as place holders for the Christmas table or to decorate the house for the season - the possibilities are endless, and nobody will ever believe they were so easy to make!

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    December Daily

    Now that I am done with one year of December Daily and have just started this year's album, it's time to summarize a few of the things that worked or didn't work for me. Last year, my December Daily project was very ambitious. I decided I would only use Christmas kits; I bought a 6"x6" D-ring album and decided to make a 2-page spread for each day, plus an insert with the date. So my album ended up being pretty thick. I decided I liked the look of pages with different shapes, and I used my Silhouette a lot to cut borders on pages and to cut out elements and alphas. I did not have any color scheme, and I wanted to use a different alpha for each date. A part from the first couple days of December, all the other pages were done ahead of time, but since I was traveling I couldn't keep up with printing photos. I was hoping to get at least the journaling in, but that doesn't work for me because I need to do the photo editing first to know how much space I will need to leave on the page. After adding a few pages and photos in January up to Day 13 or so, my album sat unfinished until this month, when I powered through, edited all the photos, printed them out and journaled. I am very happy with how my album turned out, but I put a lot of hours in it.

    This year, I am way more unorganized. Last year I started working on my album in October. This year, I haven't even decided several major things yet:
    • Binding: I don't know whether I will go with a D-ring album again, use binding rings, or maybe try to use wire binding with my new Cinch (it all depends on how thick my album turns out...).
    • Size: I am not set on the size of the pages yet, but I have started making a few of them - all 6"x5" for now. So I will have to decide whether I want to have all pages of the same size or not.
    But I am going with the flow. Here are the things I have settled on:
    • Color scheme: unlike last year, I have a color theme for this year's album. I will use traditional Christmas colors (red and green galore, but mainly red) with pops of aqua blue. I think this will give my album a really cool look.
    • Inserts: I won't have separate date inserts this year. Too much work to come up with a unique one for each day, plus they make the album thicker. I will have a different alpha date on each page and that's that.
    • Workflow: I will probably not have my album all done ahead of time - this way I can work based on the photos I have. I'd like to incorporate some full page photo too.
    And now, it's time to finally share pictures of my 2010 December Daily album. Be ready for a picture overload. :)





    I covered the album with metalized tape. :) Hard to photograph, but it looks so pretty!


    Day 1




    Day 2




    Day 3



    Day 4



    Day 5




    Day 6 - this is one of my favorite pages. :)



    Day 7




    Day 8



    Day 9



    Day 10 - I love this page too. Too bad you can't see the stickles on the owl and snowman ball.




    Day 11




    Day 12 - this is one of my favorites too! :)



    Day 13 - I know, I am missing the number 13 on this page... :)




    Day 14



    Day 15



    Day 16




    Day 17 - love this one too!




    Day 18



    Day 19



    Day 20



    Day 21



    Day 22



    Day 23



    Day 24





    Day 25





    Day 26 - no number here, but I wanted to include the last couple days of our trip. :)


    Day 27 - and you can also see a couple of bits and pieces I had printed out but ended up not using. :)



    Forgive the blurriness of a few photos. I didn't have the energy to re-shoot them. :) Here is an almost complete list of credits (I'm sure I am missing a couple things here and there, but nothing major).
    Day 1+2
    Bundle Up by Kate Hadfield and SMJ Designs
    Bingo number by Maya Road
    Day 3+4
    Crate Paper (Snow Day Collection)
    Day 4
    Snow Much Fun by Mari Koegelenberg
    Line It Up: Templates v. 1 by Krisi's Kreations
    Day 5
    Christmas Cheer by Jenn Barrette
    Line It Up: Templates v. 1 by Krisi's Kreations
    Thickers foil sticker by American Crafts; tinsel; InkEssentials white gel pen by Ranger; baker's twine by Martha Stewart
    Day 6
    A Retro Christmas freebie by Michelle Coleman
    Day 7
    A Chance of Flurries by Jenn Barrette and Mandabean
    Line It Up: Templates v. 1 by Krisi's Kreations
    Day 8
    A Chance of Flurries by Jenn Barrette and Mandabean
    Line It Up: Templates v. 1 by Krisi's Kreations
    Day 9
    Snow Much Fun by Mari Koegelenberg
    Line It Up: Templates v. 1 by Krisi's Kreations
    Day 10
    Happiest Season of All by Britt-ish Designs
    Line It Up: Templates v. 1 by Krisi's Kreations
    Thickers foil sticker by American Crafts; baker's twine by Martha Stewart; Stickles by Ranger; red gel pen by Reminisce
    Day 11
    Very Merry by DeCrow Designs and Britt-ish Designs
    Foundations - Round by DeCrow Designs (retired)
    Day 12
    Hustle and Bustle by Britt-ish Designs
    Day 13
    Season of Giving by Sahlin Studio and Sugarplum Paperie
    Day 14
    Foundations - Square by DeCrow Designs (retired)
    Holly and Ivy by DeCrow Designs and Studio Rebecca
    Day 15
    Counting Down to Christmas by Jenn Barrette
    Day 16
    Christmas Wonder by Kaye Winiecki and Cori Gammon
    Bingo card from Vintage Charm by Jenn Barrette (retired)
    Day 17
    Christmas Wonder by Kaye Winiecki and Cori Gammon
    Crate Paper (Snow Day Collection) - right Day
    Gift from Counting Down to Christmas by Jenn Barrette
    JOY word strip from Snipettes: Season of Giving by Sahlin Studio
    Day 18
    Christmas Wonder by Kaye Winiecki and Cori Gammon
    Crate Paper (Snow Day Collection) - left Day
    Word strips from Counting Down to Christmas by Jenn Barrette
    Day 19
    Noel - A Vintage Christmas kit by Mari Koegelenberg
    Day 20
    Cozy Christmas by Leora Sanford (retired)
    Tree from Holly and Ivy by DeCrow Designs and Studio Rebecca
    Gift from Counting Down to Christmas by Jenn Barrette
    Crate Paper (Snow Day Collection) - right Day
    Day 21
    Crate Paper (Snow Day Collection) - left Day
    Gift and "wrapping gift" word strip from Counting Down to Christmas by Jenn Barrette
    Holiday Mixed Media by Sahlin Studio
    Season of Giving by Sahlin Studio and Sugarplum Paperie
    Day 22
    Element on left Day from Holiday Cheer by WMsquared Designs
    Christmas Doodles 2 by Leora Sanford (retired)
    Cozy Christmas by Leora Sanford (retired)
    Flip Flops alpha stamps by CD Muckosky
    Day 23 and 24
    12 Days the kit by Mari Koegelenberg
    Day 25
    12 Days the kit by Mari Koegelenberg
    Santa and alpha from Very Merry by DeCrow Designs and Britt-ish Designs
    Photo inserts: Falala papers by Rachel Young Designs
    Day 26
    A Touch of Winter by Erica Zane - left Day
    Holly and Ivy by DeCrow Designs and Studio Rebecca - right Day