…homing in…

…on an old photo.

Sharing this layout from a challenge that I missed, but still very important, and I’m sharing the site anyway.  Lasting Memories had interesting challenges this month since not everyone celebrates Christmas.  Being in a multi-faith home, this really resonated with me.  The first challenge dealt with have a roof over your head, so this is what I scrapped.

“Hello new house”

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This isn’t my original background, but it worked out a lot better once I switched it.  Hubby and I moved back to New York after spending some time in Florida, and the muppet was still a baby, so we have this photo of hubby and monkey in front of our new home (with the in-laws).

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Lots of stuff from my stash, along with my paint pens, pen work, and spray splash.  The photo mat I cut into strips to mimic steps.  ANd most of my embellishments have to do with love, family, being thankful, and saying hello.

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The brackets are from some old alphas that I colored with my Moonlight pens and then black pen.

Happy scrapping!

…rockin the green…

…headphones, that is…

“Green Headphones”

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Entering this for the Citrus Twist Dec. 13 Sketch challenge.  I was in Target, not really looking for them, but finding cheap headphones.  I chose the green (I’m Scotch Irish).  At the time I was working in the city, walking to and from Penn Station to get to my office.  And dealing the street salespeople.

It’s amazing seeing these people dressed for an office but standing in the street, so it’s obvious what they’re up to.  However, I don’t blast my music (hearing problems in the family, too), so I can still hear these people trying to get my attention, calling on my green headphones.  Blargh.

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I drew by hand and fussy cut the “GREEN” for part of my title.

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That’s a golden doily that I folded in half and sprayed with some Dylusions.  I also used some stickers and stamps from my stash.  A lot of my layers and embellishments deal with the work week (days of the week, “daily grind”), the nature of NYC (the globe), and my feelings about being singled out for my green headphones.  The smiley faces were great!

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Happy scrapping!

…looking fabulous…

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I was trying to work out my background a few different times.  I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.

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I used the main November kit from Citrus Twist along with some thing from my stash.  My mother-in-law gets her nails done regularly.  I can imagine so many people saying that being around girls makes my son girly.

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Well, for one, I’m not girly.  For two, the boys outnumber the girls in our house.  So Grandma came back wth her nails done and little guy decided he needed his nails done.  Fingers and toes.  Oh yes.

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I used gesso through a stencil that is all about being who you are, regardless of what anyone else thinks.

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I also used some orange paint through a Dylusions number jumble stencil, as well as the “BORN TO STAND OUT” stamp from the kit.

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All the stamp and ink is Tim Holtz (distress stain, distress ink, archival ink) except the red, which is Liquitex liquid red ink.

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I used my TCW Cloud stencil and a Dylusions stencil to cut clouds and the number “10” from some of the patterned paper.

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I grabbed some journal cards from my stash, along with a manila tag sprayed with Dylusions through Dina Wakley’s dot stencil, and a planner divider from BoBunny’s Zip-a-Dee-Doodle collection (LOVE that collection).

Entering his for Citrus Twist’s Nov. 8th sketch.

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…thankful…

…for a seriously colorful and awesome moodboard!  This is right up my alley!

“U & Me”

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Scrap Around the World October moodboard

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Besides the colors, I used lots of hearts, circles, and stars along with some twine (from the hanging shapes).  My journaling card tells what I’m thankful for regarding the photos of hubby and munchkin working on a jigsaw puzzle together.

I also played with the single page sketch from Stick It Down.

Happy scrapping!

…gaining perspective…

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I had an idea pop into my head, and still had plenty of supplies that I hadn’t used, so after grabbing a couple other things, I managed to get this done in two days!  Unheard of!

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And I even added a little media to it!  So I grabbed some awesome patterned paper from my most recent Citrus Twist kit.  I turned it sideways and dripped from Liquitex liquid ink in red and yellow in two spots.  While and after it was drying, I put together my other layers.

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I’ve read from other people how it’s rather freeing to just use what you have and call it done.  I have to admit they’re right!

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For me it’s easy since I tend to grab way more stuff than I’ll actually use which means plenty of leftovers ;P

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However, a majority or this layout came from stuff that I’d grabbed but not used.  I added some washi, alphas from a past Citrus Twist kit, and a sheet of Kelly Purkey stickers.

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An UmWow Studio badge and chipboard arrow that I covered using my Sakura orange paint marker and used my white-out pen to outline it.

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That rainbow tag is actually a reclaimed envelope covered in watercolor crayons.

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The layout just didn’t seem finished until I added a little hand-drawn border.

I’m entering this in Scrap Our Stash #30 – LAYERS

Labels
Acrylic die-cut
Yellow
Edge distresser
Red ink
Stickers

and Stuck Sketches September sketch.

Happy scrapping!

…feeling spectacular…

A quick entry for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge

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A small art piece that includes two Dylusions stamps, and lots of paint marker goodness.  It started as white cardstock and me making with spatters using my water brush and markers.  Then I played with my new orange Sakura Solid Paint marker, my store-brand red paint marker and my TCW Cloud stencil.

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Then I outlined a Heidi Swapp stencil “Spectacular” using my black paint marker.  Continuing my layering, I grabbed my blue paint marker and outlined a homemade silhouette mask and then filled it in.  I added some wubway map washi tape, the Dylusions stamps (the corner arrows and “Not my problem.”)

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A little oulining with my pen, and I called it done.  And just for kicks, I’ll enter this for Gauche Alchemy‘s challenge this month.  Enjoy!  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.

SATW May Mood Board

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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…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!

…in her happy place…

 

 

…and on a side note….it’s my birfday!  *sing-song* It’s my birfday, it’s my birfday. *cough* Anyway, so I turned 35 as of about 2AM this morning (apparently I was born a night owl :P).  It’s raining today, which I don’t mind, but I’m hoping to have some good arty crafty fun this weekend.  IN the meantime, I’ll present you with another spread from my little travel art journal.

“Art is my happy place”

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So I took advantage of some scrappy sales recently and got a bunch of scrap goodies 😀  One is an Amy Tangerine rubber wood-mounted stamp set.  These stamps are a good size and the wood block is huge!  I’ve got a fair amount of wood-mounted rubber stamps, but the wood part is quite a bit thicker on these Amy Tangerine stamps.  Oh, and have I mentioned I love these stamps!  There’s a square frame and then some brush script images and ths brush script phrase you see above,

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You’ll remember from my previous post that I made the backgrounds already with my Dylusions color sprays and some stencils.  I had actually stamped the “happy place” stamp before I did a lot of the other stuff, and worked around it.  I used the striped cloud and sun from a dollar bin Studio G stamp set with my blue and orange dye ink cubes from Rubber Stampede.  I’ve had these dye ink cubes forever, and they’re nice bright colors and they dry fast.

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So of course, I had to add brackets and arrows 🙂  I used a yellow pen to fill in the open letter spaces, as well as some other doodling.  I also used a Marcy Uchida brush marker in Peacock, a calligraphy marker in yellow, and my black pen for more doodling.

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I also splurged and bought a starter paint pen set, wihch came with the primaries (red, blue, yellow), green, black, and white.  I used the white paint pen to outline the stamped text.

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I had added some green chevron and multi-colored star washi tape and doodled the words.

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You can also see my other cloud stamp peeking out underneath.  I love how the random placing ot the clouds and text stamp made a kind of heart in the lower loop of the “y”.  Happy accident!  And just for a little scale, I snapped a photo of my journal next to my TH Distress Ink pad.

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