…chomping at the bit…

…because of the fabulosity (is that even a word?:D) of even more new Memory Works goodies for Spring 2013, and I’m in love…with paper, that is :P…

So first, this month’s Express Kit, absolutely phenom: Everyday Moments

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And introducing…

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Crate Paper

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Simple Stories

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From American Crafts: Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy

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Pebbles

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Studio Calico

 And why don’t I have any little snippets for these?  Well, it’s said that the catalogs speak for themselves.  And all of these collections (not to mention the rest), I feel really do speak for themselves.  Some collections I can take or leave (and you know me, I don’t like pink), but there’s minimal pink in these collections, and I absolutely LOVE them!  Seriously, I know it’s not my birthday or any big gift-giving holidays, but yeah, they’re that cool to me!

So if anything catches your eye, e-mail me!  If you’ve got a comment on something, comment already 🙂 Please let me know what you think!  And man, if only I could buy these…heh

Happy scrapping!

 

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…happy and sad…

Yep, a two-fer today!  So why am I happy and sad?

…because I finished another layout that I made using Creative Scrappers Sketch # 249.  Uuuunfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to finish it before the March 1 deadline 😦 Side note: can’t use a noisy stapler in the same room as a sleeping 3-year-old.  Regardless, I wanted to share it with you.

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Sorry for the main pic being fuzzy, I was squatting on the floor when I took it.

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Title close-up, I put down a layer of the washi tape, then painted over them before adhereing my title.

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More tape and paint, only in reverse order as before.  I put the heart onto cardstock before covering it with glitter and cutting it out, then added the button with baker’s twine.

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Here’s the stapler bit.  Mine wasn’t long enough to staple the ribbon directly on the page, so I stpled the ribbon, then adhered it with small Zots dots.  The “XOXO” is from the same embelli sheet as the heart, again covered in black glitter.

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Used black photo corners and the dots from MME flocked chipboard alphas.

Now, wait a minute, are those polaroids I see?  They look like it don’t they 😛  I really like the look of polaroids (and am very said they’re not made anymore).  So what’s a girl to do?  I printed out a polaroid template on regular printer paper (it was white with a black photo area).  Then I measured the dimensions using a ruler and marked it off with a pencil on the cardstock.  Using my paper trimmer, I cut out the polaroid shapes and adhered over the photos, then trimmed the excess photo outside the shape.  Voila! Polaroid pictures!  Gotta love it!

Supplies include: DCWV Tattered Time and Rock & Roll, Bazzill Basics cardstock in Avalanche, Large silver chipboard letters (“goofs”), Small double-sided black and silver alphas (“my two”), Buttons, paper clip, a black clothing tag, ribbon, white photo frame, MME Black flocked alphasBlack acrylic paint, 7Gypsies washi tape, Creative Imaginations Sticky 2 rub-on embelisshments, Love collection, Black glitter and baker’s twine

…eager to share…

…tons of  new goodies coming out from Memory Works.  Spring is coming around here, albeit slowly and shyly.  So I’m going to share what some companies have to give us for the upcoming season, and then some.

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Sometimes there are collections that don’t immediately grab my attention, but I give them a second (or third :P) look and discover that I’m liking it more and more.  Fancy Pants has done that.  Bravo/a to Fancy Pants.

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Basic Grey covers all the bases with vintage, retro, sweet girly and bright anytime colors and pattersn.

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Now while I’ll admit to not knowing this name, I’m liking the new goodies for spring.  Take a look.

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I’m loving the Mama-Razzi line, personally!

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These collections have spring colors all over, with some added tones to ground them in a wonderful way.

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For those who love summertime, and for all your girly girls and cool boys, Echo Park’s got your ticket.

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Tim Holtz Distress Products!  Can you tell I’m excited? 😛

And of course, for March a lovely hostess gift:

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March 2013 Hostess Incentive

Needless to say, loads of paper and embelli goodies upon which to feast your eyes!  Does anything grab you?  Something you’re excited to see?  Or would like to see?

Happy scrapping!

…confuzzled and a little unhappy…

…I know I just posted that I was happy and now I’m not.  So what gives?  Well, it’s a dreaded topic, but here it is: money.

You know the green stuff that has value and allows us to get what we need (hopefully).  My job situation is been a roller-coaster lately, with the current events leading to me being out of work (again), temping, and looking for a permanent, full-time spot somewhere I can actually stay.

Along with that very not fun ride is health insurance and the lack of cash inflow, so to speak.  Which brings me to my blog here.  Now everyone would love to make money doing what they love.  And many are, or they’re doing two, or three things they love, and are making various amounts of money at it.  Now would I love to make a living off scrapbooking, papercrafting and the like?  Of course.  It’s not why I started scrapbooking, but it’s evolved into a hobby/hopeful-really-trying-to-make-it side business.

So I’m a consultant for Memory Works, and I really do like their products.  I’ve also gotten compliments on my work and would love to scrap for other people.  This blog is part of that effort.  I don’t have advertising or marketing skills like the pros.  I don’t want to be a pushy salesperson who you’d rather kick out your front door before giving them the time of day.  And I’ve gotten compliments from friends, family, and complete strangers (comments on this blog).  And I’m thankful for them.

But I would love, love, love to have actual people (not the crappy spam stuff) e-mail me and ask for supplies, or help with a scrapbook album for a friends/co-worker/relative, because, as I said, I’d be doing something I love and making money at it.

I don’t like doing posts about the business end, so to speak, because I can just see eyes wandering away or glazing over.  And partially, I needed to vent.  That being said, money is tight, so if you could throw some help my way in the realm of scrapbooking/papercrafting, I’d be much appreciative.

Happy scrapping!

…happy…

…to show off a new layout!  This is for two blogs, so let’s get to it!

My Scraps and More Sketch #15

Use it Tuesday Challenge #50

First the whole kit and kaboodle:

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Now some close-ups:

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This is actually a brand new stamp that I really liked, so I stamped a couple times using gold pigment ink, then a few times with black pigment ink.

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Do you know how long it took to make this title?  First off, there’s two different types of vellum: lime green and alphabet, which are 5+ years old!  I printed “Storytime” off the computer, traced it onto the vellum, then used my Fiskars multi-tool exacto blade to cut  the letters out.  I took the vellum and glued it onto Bazzill Basics Avalanche textured cardstock, then cut it out and adhered it to my photo.  I used my Sakura pen to outline the letters, the green vellum border and a border around my whole page.  I used letters from an BoBunny winter collection sticker sheet for “daddy.”

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The orange star brads have been around about as long as the vellum, and I used up all the stars!  This is a loving layout about my son getting his bedtime story from Daddy, just right for the month of love.  The ribbon and trims have been around for a few years themselves.

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I took some of my 7Gypsies washi tape and wound it around a clothing tag from something I bought.  I used red baker’s twine on an Amy Tangerine tag and adhered an orange button that has been around for about 4 years, I think.

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Here’s my other previously un-inked stamp, from an MME collection.  I stamped the ticket stamp twice, using green dye ink and gold pigment ink.  (“I got a golden ticket…” 🙂 )

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These border stamps are from the same MME kit and most inked for the first time.  I also have Colorbok Lucky border stickers that have been around for about 3 years.

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More of the 7Gypsies tape and Bella Blvd. washi tape in Pickle Juice.  Both the metal tag and the hearts embelli are Amy Tangerine.  The hearts were pink, but I painted them using Tim Holtz green Acrylic Paint Dauber to make it match my page.  See the “Little Joys” stamp with the date.  Also an Amy Tangerine stamp, first time I’ve used that phrase on the stamp.

Hope you enjoyed and are inspired by this!  I’d love to know what you think.

Happy scrapping!