…loving the inky, painty mess I made

….with lots of close-ups!  I actually tried to combine the sketch and color challenge.  The sketch challenge is over but the color is still going strong, so I’m throwing my hat in.

ScrapFriends Color Challenge

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And my take:

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“Transplant Pride”

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Lots of stamping, spray mist, stickers, rub-ons, watercolor crayons.  I even covered a tag with some fabric of apples (since it is the Big Apple).

 Also, big news!!!  I’m not on Twitter as ScrapMuse and Pinterest as Scrapbook Muse!  Never actually thought I’d be on either, but it is for my Etsy shop.  And I’ve added more to the shop!  So please follow me and tell your friends!

Happy scrapping!

…wondering..

..if anyone will like this card.  I know most times when making our lovely paper/paint creations, we tend to make them, well, girly.  To a degree we have to have a specific male in mind or a challenge to make something masculine.  Well for this sketch, I wanted to use some scraps and things I’ve had lying around and make a card for a man.  This ended up being something of a Valentine’s Day card simply because of the sentiment.  I think it turned out pretty well.  Any takers?

Unscripted Sketches #217

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“happy I have you”

Happy Scrapping!

…super excited about my Etsy shop!

Yes, you heard right!  I’m delving into cardmaking, and have opened an Etsy shop called ScrapMusings!  You’ll find my logo and link below.

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/ScrapMusings

I’ll have a small section for selling supplies that I don’t use, but the biggest section will be the handmade cards!  Different styles, inspired by challenges online!  If you’d like a custom card, by all means, contact me and we’ll have some fun!  Please pass the word along and thanks for following me!

Happy scrapping!

…seeing the colors of the rainbow!

…hello everyone!  I’m sorry I’ve been gone, but I have been a little busy.  Here’s a layout featuring one of my favorite subjects: my little guy.  He loves music and I was playing with the quick shutter release button on the camera (to take several photos in quick succession) and managed to get some great shots of him dancing:

Dancing a Jig

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I used think I only used a couple of “new” supplies, most of it is from my stash and is at least 2-3 years old.  Background papers include We R Memory Keepers White Out (I grabbed a TON of it since it was on clearance at the time) and DCWV Rock Star (this pack is at least 3+ years old).  The words “FUN” and “PLAY” are from an old sheet of word collage patterned paper.  The purple jack die-cut is from a K & Co. vintage die-cut ephemera collection.  I’ve had all the letter stickers, as well as the telephone die-cut sticker from supplies I bought a few years ago, and the chipboard sticker “IMAGINATION” I’ve been hanging onto for a long time.  I’m really glad I found a home for it.

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Supplies include: We R memory Keepers White Out, DCWV Rock Star, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook patterned paper; Scrap Within Reach – Urban Garden alphas, My Little Shoebox – mini yellow alphas, Doodlebug Designs – Jack and Jill alphas; Hambly Studios clear border stickers, Lucky You clear sticker, K&Co. Daydreams adhesive chipboard, Tim Holtz Paint Dabber Teal and Lost and Found clear stamp (film strip), black acrylic paint, Tattered Angels black mist, Inkadinkado clear stamp (circles), BoBunny Mamarazzi clear stamp, black pigment stamp ink, Zig Calligraphy Orchid, white gesso, baker’s twine, yellow paint mist, felt music notes adhesive border

I’m entering into Punky Scraps May Challenge – Rainbow and Use it Tuesday – Masculine.

Happy scrapping!

…a little wet…

…and ready to enter my layout into Challenge Me Happy’s Challenge # 46 – Water

“you know I’m going to”

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Unbeknownst to us, our neighbor had put his sprinkler on near his gate.  We’re out taking a stroll and come back to find it on.  My little guy’s expression says it all.  I covered grungeboard letters with washi tape and thought the light bulb stamp was very apt.  It’s hard to see them, but I used dimensional adhesive to make water “droplets” all over the page.  And the journaling I hid away on a card that’s paper-clipped behind the photo mat.

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An up close shot of a some water “droplets”

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Supplies include: We R Memory Keepers White Out, Creative Imaginations Water Transparency, Bella Blvd and 7Gypsies washi tape, ribbons/fibers/fabric/staples, Tim Holtz Grungeboard letters, Cosmo Cricket letter and word stickers, Lucky Me chipboard, Studio G copper glitter glue, dimensional adhesive, Studio G black pigment ink, stamps

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…looking for advice and info…

I made a post about this before, and while I don’t want to rant, complain, be whiny or anything else, I didn’t get a huge response last time, so I’m going to try again.

I follow several scrapbooking, mixed media, etc. blogs.  I have no idea (for the most part) what any of these people do for money in the daytime.  Some are on Design Teams, though I don’t think they earn any money from it, which is fine.  Some people have been published, again, not sure if they get paid for it, but I doubt it.  Being able to say you’ve been published in a well-known, successful magazine in your industry is awesome enough.

So yes, I’ll say it, I want to make money scrapbooking.  I’m a consultant for a company that sells supplies.  I’ve gotten many compliments on my work, so I figure, hey, I can do this for other people.  However, I don’t know how to bring it up without sounding wishy-washy/uncertain or like a used car saleswoman.  And I don’t want people to shut down in front of me.  I’m even trying to teach classes, but that’s difficult as well.

So what can I do to encourage people to do business with me.  To order products from the company I’m a consultant for.  To ask me to scrap their photos for them.  To want to know how to scrapbook, or even just what it is.

I tried at the local library, and was told that previous attempts bombed.  I get excuses such as:

  • “I just spent a lot of money on [insert item(s)], so I don’t think I should buy anything right now”
  • “I’ve got so much stuff already, I shouldn’t buy anything new”
  • “My schedule is [insert adjective or reason], I wouldn’t be able to take a class”
  • “The classes are expensive”
  • “I get my stuff from [insert store name]”

And there’s been a couple times when I would’ve loved to talk shop, but the timing was inappropriate (compliments on a birthday scrapbook I made for my hubby’s grandmother’s 100th birthday).

I know there are other scrapbooking/stamping companies that do the consultant model and are well-known on various levels.  And the ones I’ve met do a fair amount of business, however, they also hold classes/crops.

So if anyone has advice, ideas, tips, or (yes I’ll say it) orders for supplies or my services as a scrapbooker, I’m all ears.

Thank you and happy scrapping!

…showing a blast from the (slight) past…

So an awesome best friend of mine got married a few years ago, and I came up with an idea the night of the bachelorette party to put together a photo/scrapbook album of sorts for her.  The main reason being we had blindfolded the bride-to-be, so she had no idea where we were going, and the antics along the way.  So I put this together in about a month or so.  Several of the pages are layouts scraplifted from scrapbooking magazines (one or two from the UK), so I do not have copyright claim to them.

Our group is big into magic, fairies, and the like, so among other things, we made her a set of fairy wings instead of a hat at the bridal shower.

**Warning:  There is a small amount of sexual language/innuendo.  Might want to make sure the little ones don’t see.

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Comments welcome!  Thanks for looking!

Happy scrapping!

…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!