12 Tags of Christmas-Day 3

Friday, December 4, 2009
Here is my interpretation of Day 3.  I really enjoyed using the alcohol inks on these tags-they were a load of fun to play with!  I also added some extra elements using my cricut and stickles. FUN-sparkly stuff! :-)

As always-visit Tim's blog for step by step instructions on how to create a tag like this.  :-)

12 Tags of Christmas-Day 2

Thursday, December 3, 2009
Here is my interpretation of Tim Holtz's 2nd tag.  For detailed instructions on how to make your own, visit Tim's blog.  He does AWESOME tutorials.  Again, there were some items that I did not have, so I just used what I had on hand.

The 12 Tags of Christmas-Day 1

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
As I've discussed before, try as I may, I just can't seem to stop with the shopping.  And I'm not talking about closets and closets of shoes and sweaters.  I'm talking about stacks and stacks of papers, distress inks, stickles and embellishments.  I have an overwhelming desire to own all the pretty patterened papers and colored glitter glues, inks and tools, that I just can't even help myself. 

Right now, my favorite designer, Tim Holtz, is hosting The 12 Tags of Christmas and has totally inspired me to actually USE some of the stuff that I've accumulated (and also inspired me to go out and buy more stuff).  Tim is amazingly talented and creative. For those of you who aren't big into scrapping,Tim has his own line of inks in every color, stickles, grungeboard and other beautiful items,  to add to your cards, scrapbook pages and other craft projects. With the 12 tags of Christmas that started on Demember 1st, he posts a new tag that he's designed each day(or night-he's been posting them at midnight or so each night).  Then us loyal, die hard Holtz followers ooh, aah and comment over his beautiful creations and try to interpret and create something of our own using his same techniques.  Then, what's even better, is that he gives away a TON of free product to several lucky winners who have commented on is amazing works of art.  How fun is THAT?!  These tags can be used on gifts, your scrapbook pages, or cards.  So without further ado, here is my interpretation of the first tag.

For step by step instructions on how to make your own, visit Tim's blog!  I substituted items for product that I had on hand.

Family 8x8 Layout

Saturday, November 21, 2009
8x8 Layout for a Gift Album

I really didn't use much product on this page compared to many of my other layouts.  On a 8x8 layout, there simply isn't much room to go nuts, which i enjoy.  Sometimes, less is more.  The photo is of my friend Sarah and her beautiful family. 

Family is the title, and I used clocks to represent time of course....Family Time.  :-) 

Products used:
Tim Holtz Masks-The Giant clock you see.  
For those of you who are beginners, a mask is simply a clear overlay with a sticky backing. You adhere it to your page where you want the image. When you go over it with ink or paint-the colors move to the outside of the mask.  When you lift the mask, you have a negative image like the clock above.  I used Denim Blue Distress ink and Peeled Paint Distress Ink-both by Tim Holtz and Ranger and blended them together by using an ink dobber.  
Ghost Clocks by Heidi Swapp
Ghost Letters by Heidi Swapp 
Alcohol Ink by Ranger on the ghost letters "family" to give them their transparent color. I used both "Denim" and "Lettuce" colors of the ink, just dabbing it on with the alcohol ink applicator. 
I adhered the transparent letters using Glossy Accents by Ranger.

You can achieve a similar look of the clocks by just using a stamp.  There are some really cool clock stamps on the market that you can get for a really great price when using a coupon or when they go on sale. I enjoy Michaels.   

For the title, you can substitute any letter stickers you have.  Alter what you already have with ink or paint or whatever you have to match your layout.  

I inked the edges of the photo to give it more depth and to also pop it off the white background a bit.  

Thanks for stopping by!  


Jammies, Scrapbooking and Sparkly Stuff.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
T-22 hours until myself and 12 other women make our way to the fabulous Wild Rose Scrapbooking Retreat.  Click here to check out the digs!  I can't wait!  Nothing but, jammies and scrapbooking, all weekend long and anything else our hearts desire.  The craft room is a huge seperate part of the house with windows lining the walls, with the rest of the house sporting a fabulous "north woods" ambiance that puts you in a tranquil, creative state of mind. I hope to get some great photos of my current projects and post them here to begin sharing tips and ideas with you all. 

The best part?  I FINALLY get to sit down and use some of the all the fun, new stuff I've recently purchased (glitter glue and glimmer mists that sparkle, oh and some sparkly new charms I purchased) as a result of my scrapbooking addiction, I mean hobbie.  I may or may not buy scrapbooking supplies faster than I can use them.  And actually, I just unloaded probably 300 sheets of patterned paper and gave them to a friend and her daugher who are just beginning to scrapbook.  I feel pretty good about that.  1-because I got rid of a lot of clutter and paper I know I won't use, and 2-I'm helping my friend develop her addiction, I mean hobbie. 

Ta-ta for now and thanks for stopping by!

Scrapbooker or Hoarder?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
This blog will essentially be tutorials, ideas, suggestions and examples for scrapbooking and cardmaking, but while I get revved up to do that, I’ve been putting a lot of effort into buying stuff. Yes, lots and lots of stuff. Stuff that I collect for future use and think it will look great on a scrapbook page, eventually. Never mind the never ending stash of papers, embellishments and tools from years passed. I need more stuff. I figure the more stuff I have, the more creative I’ll be.

With my limited space that I call my “scrap area” in my bed room nestled in my little 2 bedroom apartment, it’s becoming something of a train wreck. My closet is ¾ cloths, with the other ¼ of the closet stacked with Rubbermaid storage containers that neatly contains my 12x12 colored cardstock (in rainbow order of course), my designer patterned papers stacks of various sizes as well as all my stamps, ink pads, paper punches, paints and adhesives along with various embellishments. One would think that those two big Rubbermaid storage containers would be enough. I also have a dozen other storage solutions that contain brads, eyelets, fibers, ribbon, metal embellishments, butterflies, acrylic frament pieces, rub ons, flowers, stickers, chipboard, alcohol inks, Stickles (my ever beloved glitter glue that you can buy in practically every color), die cutting fonts and shapes for my quickutz die cutting machine, Cricut cartridges and a Cricut die cutting machine, a Zyron design runner that allows you to bring the printer to the project, 3 other containers that contain even MORE patterned papers and of course the one thing you MUST have for scrapbooking, photos. And up until last night-this collection of stuff had no rhyme or reason to it. I spent hours last night cleaning and organizing. This has been a work in progress for several weeks. I ended up giving my 8 years old daughter who is also a scrapbooker a load of stuff. And what does she tell me? “Mom, I already have a lot of stuff to use. Why do I need more?”. Pfft. She doesn’t get it. And of course while I’m clearing the clutter, I’m thinking of more “stuff” to buy. What is this? I spend more time shopping and looking and thinking of stuff than using the stuff. And then I began to wonder, is my love of scrapbooking the real reason for all of this, or do I have a hoarding issue? Hmmmm. Considering this issue is only with scrapbooking supplies, and I've SEEN that show "Hoarders" (OMG, have YOU?!?) I think it’s safe to say that scrapbooking is really what it's all about. I have been collecting this stuff for over 10 years now, so I’m bound to have a few things, but I think I may be very very close to crossing that line. Or am I? I’m pretty sure I need more Stickles. I have a long ways to go before I have all the sparkly colors.

Side note, what's with the word "stuff"?  It sounds strange.

My bedroom turned scraproom...

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