Wow - I hadn't realized how long it has been since I last posted to my blog!! Life has just been a whirl-wind of activity! Some if it stamping, some of it school, some of it work...So - I apologize for not being able to post as often as I like.
When I first started this blog, I had the intent to blog daily - or at least weekly, but it seems that now I only get a chance to blog one week (at most) out of the month!!
Let me tell you though - that when I miss blogging - I blog all the things I did that month, which I hope are worth the wait!
This last month, I finished a scrapbook for my Manager's mom. This was a gift that I truly enjoyed making. So - over the next week, I will post a layout or two each day to show you the album that I created. I hope you enjoy them.
Here is the first one:
This was a page I made in another class, at which I learnt a new technique. It fit perfectly for this album!
Okay - I know I promised to post on Monday night all the photos, but then my camera died and I couldn't upload them - and then life happens. So - here I am this morning posting before I head to work!
This was one of the projects my cousin and I completed on Friday. Isn't it cute?
The pictures don't do it just. But I promise they are cute!
This is one of the projects that my cousin and I did. It was a lot of work - intricate! I usually don't do such intricate items, mostly because it takes so long and I would have liked to have more than just 2 projects done in an 8-hour day! But - this was still worth it nonetheless. I really enjoy this set!
Thanks for a great weekend Kim!
These are some projects that we made at Heidi Swapp - this is my Energy book. Sometimes when we get out of bed and things just don't seem as exciting as you had hoped, or it's like you get out of bed extremely happy, but then something happens first thing in the morning that ruins it - you have this amazing energy book to remind you of all the things and people that make you happy. I just loved this project. If you'd like to make one in a class with me - not exactly like this, but with Stampin' Up papers and embellishments, I'd be happy to do one. Contact me to let me know so that I can start planning.
These are the scrapbook pages we created with Heidi Swapp. The accents (hearts, stars, brackets) were all "distressed" on with ink pads! Nothing more. They are not added stickers or anything, but stencil. I did add a few bits of bling, but the general concept is inked on. Isn't it amazing?
This is a photo of myself and Heidi Swapp! It ended up turning out really well!! Now - I wish I had my photoshop skills to add swirly things - but wait - soon enough!! I have decided to purchase photoshop and it's on its way! Okay - so I cheated and changed the photo but if you were here earlier, did you notice the huge difference in adding those funky swirls?!?! Aren't they amazing?!?! I love playing with Photoshop now!
Okay - so I've honestly attempted to post my "weekend" due post last Monday, one day late than I said, but it wouldn't let me format anything!! So - I scrapped that. Now - I'm starting over!
So - the week before I left for holidays in Mexico, I received a phone call from a co-worker/consultant who asked me to do a 2-page layout in a pet magazine about scrapbooking/crafting, etc. Of course - I jumped on the opportunity! I came up with the following projects and I hope you like them! The people and pets in the following photos did give consent, and are my awesome friends Lisa, Jared, and Otis! What an awesome family and thank you for letting me use your photos!
This idea came from my wonderful Upline - Katie, and it was soo cute and simple, that I have made a few things for my desk at work. Mostly because - I need something to focus on when I'm having a bad day so that it will make me feel better, and second because I need a friendly reminder that my family and friends are more important things in life!
This project uses the Big Shot (with Top Note die) and Rockabilly DSP. Send me photos of what ideas you come up with! Oooh - and I even added bling to my desk ones - they're AMAZING! Email me your photos at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll even post them to my site! Whomever I post - will receive my VERY FIRST BLOG CANDY!!! Be sure to include your mailing address. I want it to be a surprise when you receive a gift in the mail!
Okay - this is the inside of a Pet Birthday card! I used the NEW Pop-Up Die Cake from Sizzix/Stampin' Up! Isn't it adorable? Who wouldn't want a cute doggie birthday invitation in the mail that pops like this??
This is the layout page that I came up with. Did I mention that not only do I love birds, but I LOVE Circles! This page is so colorful and fun! The stamp set in the background is called Seeing Spots, and I used a bunch of our new corduroy buttons, along with the Big Shot for all the letters.
Okay - this basket full of Doggie Goodies is so fun, and so easy!
I made a bag of goodies with the Top Note die (and the Big Shot) as well as the Beautiful Butterfly die. I just love how the butterflies layer together and look awesome - added with some pearl bling! I then did a cute little tag on the Big Dogbone - which is also cut from the Big Shot.
The basket is using the Baskets and Blooms Die, but not using the bottom die-cut. I then just measured a piece of cardstock to make up the sides/bottom of this basket. It's so easy and what a great way to use the Baskets and Blooms Die for larger gifts!
This is the Pop-Up Ball from Sizzix/Stampin' Up! It's so awesome. You can't tell from this photo, but you can squish this ball flat and put it inside a card or gift so that when the person opens up their card/gift, it will pop up! This is a great way to add photos for someone far away - they'll love it! You can also put this inside a 6x6 scrapbook bragbook and it will not only pop up when the page is open, but it will also swivel! Isn't it awesome!!
Okay - that is all I have. I will, at some point, post photos of the best thing I saw in Mexico!
So - it's time I got back into scrapbooking! I haven't had an excuse to really scrapbook something I loved. And I still didn't - until my manager had asked me to make a book for her mom, as a gift. I have done a total of 7 albums, 1 as my very first to my sister for a present, 2 of my own, my sister's wedding album, my wedding album, an album of a long trip overseas for a friend, and then this one.
I have definitely progressed. Although - I can only show you the most recent one, because I hadn't thought to take pictures of many of these albums before giving them away.
I have received permission from my manager to post these photos - knowing very well that her mom will not find the website (she doesn't have internet) so it won't be spoiled, but because I know this is the best one I've done so far.
This weekend - I got crackin' and finished 4 pages (today I didn't work on it at all - but definitely plan to).
Here are a few photos for your own pleasure! (I did see similar ideas on SC, but this is with a touch of myself and a few mixed together). I love them.