Sunday, January 20, 2008

Text Break Up

Before you start viewing the photo's below, I want to apologize for the break in text. I previewed everything before I posted and it looked fine but the when I acutally posted something happened. So you'll read for a bit and then have some blank space, please scroll down to get to the rest of the text.

Whole Lotta Layouts Going On...

Whew, it took a while to upload all these pictures. Incidentally, I thought I would have even more pictures to upload. Turns out I have all these layouts but a lot of them are using retired stamp sets. So I decided not to upload those. Anyway...I'm done with what I have. The layout to the left is a single page layout using the Priceless set. I made this for a stamp club meeting. I try to keep my style simple but I do love to cut out images and this just happened to be one of those occasions a form of torture...or so my stamp club girls say :). This next layout is one that my stamp club made in November in anticipation of Christmas. I used the Jumbo Outline Alphabet for the letters...yes... one more form of torture. Because my stamp club members say so. Anyway... they really don't mind, they just give me a hard time! The Christmas stamp set is Wondrous Gift. I love this set! Don't you? Once a year for the last two years I have held one big scrapbooking event. I mean this sucker is a lot of work! It is a stamp camp that I hold in July. It is an all day event and we have so much fun! This layout is from last year's scrap camp. If you can't read the lettering very well it says You Are Loved. Even though you can't see it very well, every mat on this layout is stamped with a background stamp or a wheel is used. Believe it or not, I had some help from a friend (thanks Susan) pre-cutting all the hearts for everyone that came. Otherwise we would have been there all night! This layout, Happy Campers, is also a product of my scrap camp. I try to include some that are easy enough to do and others are not for the faint of heart. I think that this year instead of holding my scrap camp in July, I may hold it one month earlier... it's something to think about anyway. My You Rock layout, although quite simple, is one of my favorites. I have two boys that love to play Guitar Hero, not to mention myself and I wanted to make something that looked a bit more masculine. I do lean toward frilly layouts, isn't that ironic considering I have no girls? The You Rock letters are embossed with white embossing powder. That is the only stamping done on the layout but I went for the really simple look. What do you think? I haven't shared this with my stamp club ladies, it is just a layout I made for myself. Gotta do that once in a while. Yep... you guessed it! The Boo layout was also another stamp club project. My theory is that you don't need to stamp much as long as you have ribbon! I ribbon. I used the Year After Year set for the pumpkins. Now if only I could get my teenagers to a pumpkin patch to take some pictures! Not happening!
Alright, I know I'm a Stampin Up demo but even I fall victim to using non-Stampin Up items. This being done so with this card and the next three cards after this. Does anyone remember what a Sizzix die cut machine is? I had mine buried in a closet for the last two or three years. Since felt happens to be the new cool thing to use I wanted to incorporate it onto my cards and layouts. Hmmm.... How could I do this I asked myself? A few days ago I opened the hall closet and there in all it's glory was my die cut machine, sitting there as unused as the day I bought it, well maybe I did use it once or twice. I hadn't bought very many die cuts for it so my natural inclination was to run down to Michael's to see what I could find. Low and behold I found a die cut that cuts three different flowers that can be used seperately or layered on top of each other. So I went die cut crazy. I was in a frenzy when I got home and started using the machine like I had never used it before. I cut so many felt flowers that I had to put them in a separate container. After I had finished cutting up all my felt it was my natural inclination to use what I had of course so these are cards I came up with. The ribbon is also non-Stampin Up ribbon but I couldn't resist! I used the Celebrate Everything stamp set. So if you have a die cutter that has been collecting dust... by all means bring it into the light of day and use it! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment, I'd love to hear your thoughts! If you can't really read the title that well it says A Father's love... Priceless. This is a layout from my first annual scrap camp. I struggle trying to come up with pages that are more masculine looking, to the disappointment of my boys, they don't want their pictures on flowery layouts all the time! So I used the Loads of Love stamp set.
This was a stamp club project. Yes it is a flowery layout but don't you just love the colors? I used Only Orange with Blush Blossom cardstock for the photo mats. Oh yeah... did I forget to tell you I love ribbon! Just thought I'd mention it again, just in case you forgot. I started to take the pictures of the double page layouts side by side but found it a bit easier to do it this way. I took the words for the title, from a song: These are the moments, I thank God that I'm alive, These are the moments, I'll remember all my life. I found all I've waited for and I could not ask for more. I don't exactly know what the song title is or the name of the singer, but I love the song! If I get stuck for titles for a layout, I'll listen to the radio and come up with something that way. In this case I thought the song was appropriate for a scrapbook page.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A Valentine for my Sister

I have been trying to get my sister to stamp for the longest time. I went over to her house today and since she didn't have to work I convinced her to come over. Normally when she comes over she's looking for cards I have already made that she can use (anyone have a relative like that?). So today I told her she was going to stamp her own card. She wanted a couple of Valentine cards. This is the design I came up with. I had her stamp the hearts even though I had to cut them out and she rolled the jumbo wheel on the red background. Needless to say she was happy with the outcome! If anyone has been staying tuned, I said I would post most of my scrapbook layouts today. Well as you can see, I didn't get around to it today so, tomorrow is another day. I'm going to have at least half of them up tomorrow. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Yesterday's Stamp Club Layout

Anyone out there a procrastinator? Well, I hate waiting until the last minute to do things but with two jobs, school full time and two kids sometimes I can't help it. So here I was at the last minute trying to prepare a layout for my stamp club that met yesterday. Picture me up in the early morning hours with pajamas on, hair a mess, constantly looking at the clock to make sure I leave my house in time for work in the morning. Sometimes life is like that isn't it? So I thought the title was appropriate because even when we are in a hurry we should take breath and stop and smell the flowers. If you are curious, I know there are demonstrators out there who prepare scrapbook layouts for their clubs and don't put titles on the layout but I always do! Why? Because for me the title makes the page and it also gives me the opportunity to show my customers how to use the letter stamps. So I hope you enjoy what I've come up with so far.

Last Week's Stamp Club

Okay, I'm still learning. I think the last image was to small. I didn't preview before posting it so I'm hoping this one turns out better. This is a card that my stamp club did last week. You can't really see the glitter detail but the letters and the heart are all glittered. I used the Print Pattern and Weathered background stamps as well. Let me know what you think by posting a comment.

Stamp Club Projects

I can't believe it! I finally figured out how to make smaller images to add to this blog. It sure took me long enough. Here is a 12x12 layout that my stamp club did last month. The hostess wanted a New Year's layour so this is what I came up with. Let me know what you think. In case you're wondering, almost all of my customers are scrapbookers! So I tend to do more layouts than cards. Occasionally you'll see some cards, but I lean more towards scrapbooking myself. Feel free to use my layouts for inspiration (I'd be honored).

Saturday, January 5, 2008

New Blogger

Okay, I've been to many blog site but this is my first attempt at trying to create and set up a blog. I guess it's not so bad. I felt a little intimidated at first but google makes it so easy! Stay tuned for more posts and samples of my scrapbook work!