Color Philosophy Inks

Prima has a brand new ink line called Color Philosophy. The colors are amazing and the selection of colors will keep you in crafting heaven.

My Prima Planner - In the Moment

Here is my "In the Moment" planner all dolled up for January.

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My Prima Planners

Have you gotten your new My Prima Planner? They are absolutely amazing!

Frank Garcia's Memory Hardward

I created a lovely photo album using Prima's Memory Hardware journal. Click the "read more" tab to see the entire album.

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Christine Adolph Stamps

I love to use stamping to add interest and texture to my crafting projects. I will be sharing my latest project using Prima's new Christine Adolph stamps.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

*Swirlydoos* The Ten Days of Winter - Day 1 - "Winter Wonderland"

Day One - Winter Wonderland

Aren't these twins adorable!  They are my coworker's 2 year old twins.  As you can see, they had a ball playing in the snow and plotting to throw snowballs at their father.  The January Swirlydoos kit features papers, stickers and rub-ons from Bo Bunny. 

I used my Silhouette to cut the title "Winter Wonderland" which is pictured below.  I then sprayed it haphazardly with the Haunted Shadow glimmer mist.

The snowflakes are Bo Bunny stickers which I mounted on purple cardstock.  I then trimmed the cardstock in the shape of the snowflake.  The large snowflake in the background is from Creative Imaginations and was part of my inventory of madness.  I thought it would look great with the papers.

I drew two mountains to give the effect that the twins were playing in the snow. I lightly sprayed each mountain with glimmer mist.  One mountain is sprayed with Haunted Shadow and the other is sprayed with Moonlight. I also inked the edges with Broken China distress ink.

List of Products
Bo Bunny PP
White and Purple Cardstock
Glimmer Mist - Moonlight and Haunted Shadow
Distress Ink - Dusty Concord and Broken China
Silhouette "Winter Wonderland" Download

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Winter 2009

Man, did we have a snow storm!  On Friday, Dec. 18th, the snow started to fall at 7pm and did not stop until 4pm on Saturday, Dec. 19th!  It was BEAUTIFUL!  Snow like this shuts down the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  Christmas shoppers lost a weekend as stores struggled to open and street crews struggled to clear the roads.  I, on the other hand, had a ball!  I scrapped all day on Saturday and Sunday.  Notice that I did not say I joined in the fun.  I was still fighting a cold, so I stayed inside close to my glue gun and paper cutter! lol. 

My beautiful, handsome, wonderful husband set out to shovel the snow as it continued to fall.  My daughter, home from college, soon joined him.  They did a fantastic job.  As soon as they cleared a path....behold....

Chance, my 3 year old chi-poodle (Half Chihuahua, Half Poodle) joined in the fun.  I could tell his little paws were cold, but he had a ball trying to jump over the snow mounds while the snow covered his coat.  He looked so beautiful. 

Tomorrow, I will begin posting the layouts I created featuring scenes from the storm.  I used the January Swirlydoos kit for all of the layouts.  This will mark my official debut as a design team member for them and I could not be happier.  I think you all will really like what I have put together for you. 

I will post a new layout here each day and talk about any special techniques I used.

Hold on to your's going to be a snowy ride!


Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!  Whew, I have been very busy with the new Swirlydoos kit for January.  It will be my official debut as a new Design Team member.  I can hardly wait to show you all the beautiful papers and fun layouts I created. 

This week I received a Silhouette.  I have been having loads of fun learning how to operate the machine.  There are so many beautiful designs available, it is hard to choose. 

I went back and forth for months deciding whether to buy another cutting machine.  I have a Cricut, Slice, Sizzix and Revolution.  Did I really need another tool?  OF COURSE I DID! LOL!

I would love to hear from you all to see what tools you have and what is your favorite.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Let it Snow!

I scrapped this photo earlier in the year, but I had to bring it back! It is my favorite winter photo of my chi-poodle named Chance. He is sooooo observant and he loved looking at the snow fall. I am so glad we were able to capture this photo.

I typed my journaling using Word and printed it on laser printer transparency film.  I love the look! 

The title is a beautiful vellum quote from Anna Griffin.  The parentheses are from the SEI Winter Song Collectiton.

I used Flower Soft to create the snow.  I watched the tutorials over and over and finally I ran to the store to purchase this amazing product.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Be back soon......

It's Electric! - Jenni Bowlin

No, we aren't doing the electric slide. lol. 

I absolutely love this photo of my daughter with her electric guitar.  This photo was part of her graduation photo shoot!  That's right, I call it a photo shoot.  There were wardrobe changes, props, makeup...everything!  Kids had their pets, siblings and the kitchen sink in their photos.  When I was young we were lucky to have a drape and cap and gown photo taken.

Once we arrived for photos, we noticed someone had a dog with them.  I noticed that the sample photos had props, so I asked my daughter if she wanted her guitar.  We live 2 minutes away from the school, so I hopped in my car and jetted off to get the guitar.  I am so glad I did!

I used the wonderful Jenni Bowlin Red and Black Line, Ext II to create this page.  The colors grabbed my attention as I walked by them in my local scrapbook store.

This is a close up of the beading on the layout.  I purchased this beautiful strand from my local fabric store.  It works beautifully with the design of the Jenni Bowlin patterned papers.

The glittered Making Memories lettering was in the Christmas section, but I think it is perfect for this layout.

I used several textures on this layout but I made sure that one did not overpower the other.  I cut the butterfly from patterned paper.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Elegant Christmas Beauty - Swirlydoos Kits

This is not your grandmother's Christmas layout! lol.  This is definitely a departure from the traditional red and green palettes of the holidays.  I absolutely love the elegance of this layout.  The black, white and silver are beautiful together.  I used a transparency from the November Swirlydoos kit and placed it near the bottom of the page.  The black paper has a beautiful embossed design, which is a bit difficult to see here, that I just couldn't cover up.  The beautiful silver flowers were part of the December Swirlydoos kit.  I added a few other embellishments to complete this elegant holiday layout.

Joy - Swirlydoos December Kit

This was created using the sketch, designed by Beggahuna, which was included in the December Swirlydoos kit.  I loved the papers and embellishments included this month.  I cut the trees from cardstock and embossed them using a cuttlebug embossing folder.  I chalked the raised design with white and used Stickles (Candy Cane) for the berries. 

I used my Cricut to cut the design on top of the trees.  I then used Stickles (Candy Cane) to add a bit of sparkle.

I used foam squares to raise the smaller tree. 

I love the look the embossing folder gave the trees. The tree trunks were cut from patterned paper included in the kit.

Tis the Season - Swirlydoos December Kit

This is one of several layouts I created with the December Swirlydoos Kit.  This month's kit contained so many beautiful papers and embellishments that I found it hard to stop scrapping!  I created a total of seven layouts and one card.  This is just one of the seven.  This is a photo of my mother.  I hope I age half as well as she has!

Here are a few close up shots for you.
I love the two ornaments on the right side of the layout.  I accented the die cuts with beautiful black ribbon.  I know, black at Christmas???  I love the elegance the black gives the page.  It also coordinates with my mother's beautiful jacket.

I stamped a delicate design around the green circle.  I then dotted stickles (Candy Cane) to the middle of each of the stamped designs.  I used a 5/8 circle punch to cut the three golden circles.  It adds just a little something to the black patterned paper.

Thanks so much for taking a closer look.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Loving Heart

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.  Family is so important in my life and I am sure you all feel the same way. 

I have done several layouts featuring my family members and I can't wait to share them with you.  This is a photo of my husband's grandmother Pearl.  I have done a layout featuring her before, but as soon as my husband saw it, he took it!  Not to worry, he showed it to his grandmother Pearl and his mother now owns the layout.  I am so happy that is now a treasure for them to enjoy.

Now, that left us without a layout of her, so I created this one to keep.  It is titled "Loving Heart."  She is such a wonderful woman and truly has a loving heart, so I thought the title would be perfect.

I have included these close up photos for you.

I used a book plate from Tim Holtz and turned it on its side.  I framed a beautiful cameo from Webster's Pages.  The brown fabric flower is also from Webster's Pages.

I did lots of pretty layering on this one.  I made sure not to go too fussy.

Just another photo of the layers.  I used a transparency to give interest on the left side of the photo.

Thanks for stopping by, please come again.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a little note to wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  You know how people always say "Count your Blessings?"  Well, I have tried and there are too many to count!  I am so thankful for everything and everyone and I know you all feel the same. 


Monday, November 23, 2009

Published! Scrapbook News and Review

Well everyone, I have been published! I am so totally excited and honored.  I am in the November 2009 issue in the section titled 11/09 Reader Spotlight: Robin Shakoor. I submitted four of my favorite vintage layouts and they were selected. This is something that I have only dreamed about and today that dream came true.  I have so many wonderful supporters out there and I thank each and every one of you.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Acrylic for Christmas - Swirlydoos December Kit

I knew I wanted to do something a little different for December, but what? I am always looking for new techniques to try to give a little "punch" to my designs. This month I used the beautiful papers to create an acrylic layout. I am so pleased with the result. I have had an acrylic sheet and frame in my inventory of madness for some time and I wanted to brush the dust off and use them this month. The technique is nothing new, but I guess I had been a bit hesitant to try. Not anymore! Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Swirlydoos December Kit

Christmas is right around the corner and the new December Swirlydoos kit is ready!  I absolutely love the new kit and this is my last one before I officially join the design team in January.  I am so excited.  The kit contains beautiful papers and festive holiday flowers.  I added stamping, stickling and stenciling to this layout.  I love this photo of my daughter and thought this design would suit this photo perfectly.

In addition to traditional red and greens, the kit also includes beautiful papers from Webster's Pages.  The chipboard flowers are included in the kit.  I inked the leaves in green and stickled the flowers in cinnamon and burgandy.  Just perfect for the holiday season.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Scrap Outside the Box! Altered Picture Frame

I had so much fun designing this one!  Urban Scrappers has a challenge going on and basically we had to create a scrapbook layout on or in a unique surface (for example: on a canvas, in a serving tray or on a clipboard).

I have always wanted to alter a frame and I had a 5x7 frame and a terrific vintage photo of my grandmother holding my mother. What could be more perfect?

Side view:
The 5x7 frame is framed by a 12x12 sheet which I layered for extra dimension. 

Front View:

Here you can see the layers and the placement of flowers behind the felt gate.

I love the dragonfly postage stamp.  I cut it out,  inked with Distress Ink (Fired Brick) and mounted it on foam squares.

A shot of the back of the frame.

I cut a button shape from patterned paper and placed it inside of a tack (a round disk with a self adhesive clear plastic top) from Creative Imaginations,  I had these things for over a year and had no idea what to do with them.  They looked like buttons and at the time I thought it would be awesome to make by own for layouts.  I cut the metal tack from the back of the disk and glued it to the middle of my flower.  I accented around the button with Stickles (Burgandy) and added a decorative pin for a pretty touch.

Here's the star of the show, the Dragonfly.  I cut him from patterned paper, stickled him with Cinnamon and Burgandy Stickles and mounted him on a foam square. 

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Clear Scraps Spiffy Mixable Album - Tutorial

All I can say is you need the patience of a saint to make a truly beautiful mini album.  All kidding aside, this is my first mixed album (chipboard and acrylic) and my first time using acrylic pages. I have to admit, I was a bit nervous, but I am so pleased with the finished album.  The stickles are drying, so I will not have a completed album for a few more hours.

There are so many beautiful mini albums on the market to choose from. I chose the Clear Scraps Spiffy Mixable Album for this project. I absolutely loved the shapes of the pages and the overall look of the album.

You can use any paper line you choose, but for this album, I chose the Nature’s Song Collection from Webster’s Pages. If you are a beginner you may want to use papers from the same collection since they are coordinated for you.

I am providing this tutorial for you in several parts.  Today is part one. 

Supply List
Clear Scraps Spiffy Mixables Album – Clear Scraps
Nature’s Story Book Paper Collection – Webster’s Pages
Nature’s Story Book Die Cut Stickers Sheet – Webster’s Pages
Journaling Cards – Webster’s Pages
Glimmer Chips РNature РCr̬me de Chocolat РTattered Angels
Felt Trim (Ivory) – Prima Marketing Inc.
Chipboard Swirl Border– Unique Pages
Prima Bling Swirl
Prima Flowers- Gypsy Petals Collection - Village
Prima Flowers- Gallery Roses - Novella
Making Memories - Shimmer Flourish Chipboard (Brown)
Gems - Kaisercraft
Ribbon and Trim – Maya Road
Velvet Stitched Blossoms – Maya Road
Assorted Tuille/Ribbon for book clips
Color Box Chalk Inkpad – Olive pastel
Tsukineko – Coffee Bean – Brilliance Pigment Ink
Liquid Pearls – White
Glimmer Mist – Patina and Gold
Ivory Paint – Making Memories
Stickles – Lime Green, Cinnamon and Artic Ice
Minature Frame – Making Memories
Ribbon Glue – Making Memories
Border Stamp of your choice
Detail Scissors
Paper Trimmer
Paint Brush
Zip Dry Glue

Getting Started
1. Remove protective plastic from acrylic pieces.
2. Once you have selected the pages that will be covered with patterned paper, trace the shape of the acrylic or chipboard page, then cut. Adhere pieces.
3. Paint your long chipboard swirl and allow to dry. (I let mine dry overnight)

Page 1 – Acrylic sheet (Back)
1. Cut one 2x12 piece of patterned paper. Place the paper on the back of the first acrylic sheet on the right edge. Flip over to mark holes, then punch holes.
2. Adhere the strip to the back, left edge of the page.

This is the only step I followed for the back fo the first page.

Page 1 – Acrylic sheet (Front)

1. Cut one 2x12 piece of patterned paper. Place the paper on top of the first acrylic sheet on the left edge. Flip over to mark holes, then punch holes.
2. Adhere the strip to the front, left edge of the page.
3. Select trim, cut to size and adhere to the edge of the 2x12 strip.
4. Apply one drop of liquid pearls to the edge of each scallop.
5. Apply Stickles (Lime Green) to the edges of the acrylic page. Set aside and allow to dry. (When I stickle, I like to leave it to dry overnight)

Magnifying Glass

1. Adhere the Velvet Stitched Blossom to the top of the magnifying glass handle. I chalked the edges of the blossom with the Olive Pastel chalk ink.
2. Stickle the handle and dots on the circle of the magnifying glass with Lime Green Stickles.
3. Glimmer Mist (Patina) the Glimmer Chip butterfly and adhere to the corner of the magnifying glass.
4. Glue the Glimmer Chip (Magnifying Glass) to the patterned paper as shown above.

**Helpful Hint:  The magnifying glass is actually placed so that the minature frame on page two is in the center.  I placed the frame on the second page before I glued down the magnifying glass.

Page 2 – Scalloped Half Circle (Front)

1. Adhere pattered paper to front and back.
2. File/Sand the edges of the paper to achieve a smooth edge.
3. Ink edges with the Colorbox Chalk Ink in Coffee Bean
4. Trim the ivory felt border to fit the scalloped shape then adhere vertically.  You want to make sure that you can see the border through the first acrylic page. Adhere.
5. Select a square die cut journaling sticker from your sticker sheet and glue to the back of your miniature metal frame. Adhere both to the middle, far right edge of the scalloped page as shown above.

 Page 2 – Scalloped Half Circle – Back

Part 1 – Sentiment
1. Choose the sentiment/wording of your choice to place in the middle of the page. You could also choose a photo.

Step 2 – Flowers/Decorative Elements
I always like to arrange my elements before pasting.
1. Select swirls from Bo Bunny Chunky Charms Swirls and Brackets collection. Arrange in desired shape. I elected to place them under my flowers.
2. Place flowers on top of swirls.
3. Once you have decided on your design, adhere to page.
4. Decorate with Stickles.

Page 3 Curved Acrylic Page

I kept this page very simple. I outlined the edges with Stickles and stamped a design on either side of the middle hole punch. See photo.

You could easily add a photo or other object. Just remember when adding a photo or other object, you should also attach an element behind it. This way, you do not see the glue/tape on the other side.

Page 4 – Curved Chipboard Page (Front)

1. Adhere patterned paper to front and back of chipboard.
2. File the edges and ink.
3. Attach 12 inch ribbon vertically to the inside edge of page. I placed the ribbon approximately ½ inch from the edge. Be sure not to cover the holes.
4. Glue flower to the bottom, right corner.
5. Attach Prima Bling as shown
6. Attach Tattered Angels small butterfly at the top of the bling.

Page 4 (Back)– Curved Chipboard Page

1. Glue flower to the top, left side of the page.
2. Arrange sparkle flourishes under the petals.
3. Attach magnifying glass chipboard (You can add a photo or other object to the center of the opening)

Last Page - Acrylic Sheet

1.  Cut a 2x11 inch strip and punch top and bottom with a border punch.
2.  Glue strip to page.
3.  Cut a journaling card or patterned paper to place on top of the strip as above.
4.  Glue painted chipboard swirl to page and trim with Stickles (Cinnamon.)
5.  Add embellishments of your choice.  I chose a chipboard butterfly and fussy cut a leaf from a piece of patterned paper.  I mounted my cut out on foam squares and accented with Stickles.
5.  Glue patterned paper to the back of the acrylic page.  (I glued in spots where the patterned paper and chipboard were so the glue would not show thru.)

Thank you so much for taking this journey with me.  If you try it, please send me a link to where I can see your finished book.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Swirlydoos Design Team 2010

When I arrived at work today, I received an email from Krissy Mosbarger at Swirlydoos Kit Club.  I thought it was another wonderful kit offer for Christmas or something.  When I opened the email, it was an invitation to join their Design Team beginning in January.  I wanted to SCREAM with excitement, but I was at work so a giggle or two would have to do. 

I have admired the beautiful work their DT does each month and I actually look forward to seeing how they have chosen to use the kit.  I would have never imagined being part of them!  Needless to say, I am extremely excited and honored to now be among such a wonderful and talented group of designers. 

Please stop by Swirlydoos to take a look at the beautiful kits they offer each month and the wonderful designs that the members have created.  You can click the link on the right side of the blog or simply click the word Swirlydoos in this post.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Autum Bliss

This layout was done for a customer design team challenge at Scrapbooks Plus in Chantilly, VA.  The design team invites customers to join them each month in designing layouts using selected papers.  This month, we had to use papers from the SEI Moravia Collection.  We were also given this sketch designed by Misty Samson.

I decided to do lots of fussy cutting for this layout.  The papers afforded me the opportunity to cut lots of fun shapes.  I love layering and the sketch this month contained lots of layers and one of my other favorite elements, a large circle.  I also used blue suede paper behind the photo.  It really brings out the photo and adds beautiful texture.  I inked the edges of the flower and flourishes with Distress ink in Vintage Photo.  I also lightly inked the entire circle with Vintage Photo.

The title rub on is from Little Yellow Bicycle and was part of my Swirlydoos kit for October.  I added several epoxy stickers from the Moravia collection for the finishing touch.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Croppin' Cousins

I try to schedule crops with family and friends on a regular basis.  Today two of my cousins joined me.  We started scrapping at 1pm and we finished up around 9pm.  We could go on forever!  I am sure most of you know the feeling. 

Today was an extremely good crop day for one of my cousins.  She is often hesitant when it comes to design.  We discovered today that following sketches works best for her.  I never thought about it before, but sketches are perfect for new scrapbookers.  Sketches provide the road map, and in many instances, the inspiration we need to begin a layout. 

So many scrappers have asked me for advice.  How do I get started? How many pictures should I have on a page?  I believe that scrapbooking gives us the freedom to basically do whatever we want.  How refreshing is that?!!! You will never find two scrapbookers who are alike.  Sure, styles may be similar, but never identical.  That is because it is a personal craft where only the person who creates the page owns that special touch.

Remember, scrapbooking is not an exact science, so have fun while preserving your special memories.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Urban Scrappers Cardboard Mini Album Challenge

Well, this was a fun and different challenge for me. I usually do not do mini albums. Not that I do not like them, but I always thought they were time consuming. Well, didn't this challenge changed my mind! I love it! A monster has been out friends and relatives, this is what you may receive for holiday and birthday gifts!

The challenge was to use a cardboard cover, black and white photos and stitching, distressing, etc.  I mixed chipboard album pieces with cardboard just to mix it up a bit. 

I used patterned papers from My Mind's Eye Bella Bella Collection.  I thought these papers worked well with the cardboard. 

I love the way the ribbons accent the mini.  I grabbed all the pink I could find.  I love the book plates from Tim Holtz-Ideaology.  It was the perfect element for the cover along with a Prima flower or two.

This is probably my favorite page in the mini.  I love the butterfly from Tattered Angels.  I added a piece of cardboard to the black chipboard page.  Ilove the contrast between the black chipboard and cardboard elements.

I wanted to keep this mini a bit rustic, so on these pages you see more of the cardboard.  I sprayed with Glimmer Mist -Pinecone.  I did add a few pieces of bling...afterall, what is a page without bling! lol.

I used a butterfly screen from Tattered Angels and sprayed the cardboard with Glimmer Mist (Pinecone.)  I have always loved patterned paper with script, so I decided to create my own by writing "I love flowers" over and over again.  Kinda like when you are bad and you have to write "I will be good" 100 times! lol.