…catching up…

I’d like to get more active on my blog, for myself and for you lovelies.  A reminder to myself is also my word for this past year, which was: clear.  This also means clearing out my blog drafts, or at least all the ones that have been sitting around.  Starting fresh for the new year, right?

So I realized that in both of these older posts, peek-a-boo and where’s the mail?, I promised to show more photos of these layouts.  And that I never got around to it.  Get ready for some serious scrappy eye candy 😉

First up, “peek-a-boo”

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And now, “where’s the mail?”

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Happy scrapping!

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…getting whimsical this winter…

So I’m taking a couple of online courses, one of which is based off an awesome book I have.  Joanne Sharpe has a terrific book called The Art of Whimisical Lettering, and I’m currently taking her class based off the book.  I don’t necessarily love my own handwriting, but that’s what the class is all about.  You get a composition notebook, glue every 2-3 pages together to make them a little sturdier, add some washi to the edge, and play with your handwriting.

Here’s a shot of my journal, the cover which I finially finished a short while ago:

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And here’s my page for one of the first lessons in the online course called “Pump it Up”

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Pretty cool, huh?  Do I love it?  Not quite, but it’s a work in progress.

I’m also taking a class by Dawn DeVries Sokol called Winter Wonder Full.  Being in a mult-faith household makes the winter holidays kinda crazy, but this is a great journal for me to document December and the holidays my way.

So these are my inside covers:

A combo of gesso and some Liquitex purple and Grumbacher blue.  I’m using a Canson watercolor spiral journal since it was the closest thing I could find to the journal that Dawn recommends, and since I’m not working, it’s easier than getting all the binding materials.

Anyhoo, I made a calendar page (I don’t celebrate Advent, but a calendar page to keep track of the holidays I do celebrate is very good).

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The star is a magazine shape cutout, the black and white check is duck tape, and the tag is an old Jenni Bowlin tag that I covered and then scribbled on with paint pens.  Add some baker’s twine and a little thread, and awesome.  Also stamped some TH stars from his circus collection, and (after I took the photo) a “1” from a Dylusions numbers set.

I was also supposed to make some holiday doodles, and I’m not loving this page, but I’m not that practiced at doodling or I’m my own worst critic 😛

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Another assignment was to doodle a menorah (which hubby’s family does celebrate).  Here I used Joanne Sharpe’s Pump it Up technique for my words, though they seem to have a definite Dylusions look, at least in my opinion.

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Anyway, thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…high on happy…

My entry for Scrap Around the World’s June mood board:

“high on happy”

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and the mood board:

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Most kids love jumping,  my munchkin is no exception 🙂  So the trampoline from my sister-in-law is definitely earning it’s keep.  So my layout was inspired by the quote, kind of a double meaning.  My son doesn’t NEED his trampoline to be happy, but it doesn’t hurt.  And I’m happy seeing him happy.  Hence the title and photo, of his feet in mid-jump on his trampoline.

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This is another foray into large titles.  I also played with large titles here and here.

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I used a fair amount of goodies on this 😀

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I used a Studio Calico sketch, and after a lot of fun, turned it sideways and was happy to continue.

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I incorporated both chevron goodness and circles throughtout.

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I also added some coordinated washi tape, little die-cuts, along with papers and bits from Studio Calico and Citrus Twist kits.

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Also used embellishments from Maya Road, my Amy Tangerine roller stamp, and Maya Road seafoam spray for the splats 🙂

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Happy scrapping!

…painting her hair red…

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cue Alice in Wonderland “Painting the roses red, painting the roses red” 🙂  Love that movie and Alice in general.  But I digress.  It’s Scrap Around the World‘s birthday, and there is an awesome celebratory mood board.

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I love the mix of textures, the multi-color blended typography, and who doesn’t love ice cream? 🙂

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So the backstory for the layout.  I finally decided to color my hair again (last time was about 15 years ago).  After discussing it with a co-worker, I went for an ombre red.  It would blend well with my natural color, be okay for an office setting, and while it’s growing out (which will be less time than if I’d done my whole head), it’ll still look good.  I told my little guy what I was doing so he wouldn’t freak out when I came home with a different color hair.  So what’s his first question when I walk in the door after coloring my hair? “Mommy, did you paint your hair red?”  Too cute!  And his second question?   Even better. “Can I paint my hair red like yours?”  We’ll see 🙂

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I used my Dylusions sprays with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Fragmented Flower stencil.  I also added gesso and white paint through my Dina Wakley dots and Dylusions letter jumble stencils.

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I also used Ronda Palazzari’s Christmas Tree stencil to make an ice cream cloud/banner of sorts.  For even more texture, I used embossing folders on some patterned paper layers.

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Happy scrapping!

…clearing her mind…

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Yes, it’s May, but I wanted to share this journal spread.

At the start of the new year, I chose my word for the year: Clear
I need and want to clear up my life.

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Clear and organize my scrap supplies so I can work

Clear my body of the junk that’s holding it back

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Clear out excess social media stuff so I can focus and not be overwhelmed

Clear out and use my art stuff

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Maintain a schedule of keeping paperwork from piling up, which leads to me procrastinating dealing with it.

Clear my life so I can enjoy it.

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Choosing a word for the year is pretty new for me.  I’ve done resolutions in the past, but last year was the first year I chose a word for the year.  This year my word is “clear”.  I want to clear up my life, in most ways.

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Clear up paperwork and keep a system of managing it so it doesn’t overwhelm me.  Clear my body and get healthier (and hopefully lose some excess weight that I lost and gained back).

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I also wanted to clear up my art stash.  Not get rid of anything exactly, but more organize it, that way I’m not constantly searching for stuff and can actually craft.  Paperwork extends to e-mail and stuff, too.  I don’t have to keep everything forever.

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So I had to do a spread in my little moleskine, which still doesn’t have a cover yet, but I’ll get to it.

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…fabulous…

So I’ve been trying my hand at some more tags, which I’ll post photos of once I can get some good ones.  This one is for both Simon Says Stamp challenges.  One is Anything Goes and the other is coral, either the color or being inspired by actual coral.  I chose the former, even though I don’t have any Distress Coral products.  I made do with a little Studio Calico bit saying “OFFICIAL.”

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This tag was…a process.  Not bad, just it came together kind of by accident.  And just so we’re clear, there is stamping in the background.  See those small solid black stars peeking out?  Yeah, that’s a clear star stamp I used over and over in the center-ish of the tag.  Now that I’m thinking about it, I think the letter stickers are all Prima.

The star on her forehead is to cover an oops.  As I was outlining the little elf girl, I marked her forehead, so I drew a tiny star.  Very impish.

Happy scrapping!

…up way too late…

Here’s my entry for Gauche Alchemy’s April mood board, full of color!  My kind of moodboard!  I’m also entering this for Sketches in Thyme Sketch #147

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The down pointing arrow on the top left is a transparency, it’s actually deep purple and says “WONDERFUL.”  And I flipped the sketch over.  Took me awhile to decide that, let me tell ya!  More pics soon!

Happy scrapping!