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Spring Cleaning

22 Mar

Okay, so maybe its not so much spring cleaning as it is finding a home for new collections and revamping the things I’m reaching for more often.

I tend to be a bit of a bag lady (so says the man of the house)…

In my quest to “use my stuff” more than I currently do, I put together these bits in pretty dishes so that I reach for them more often:

The “journaling cards” are sitting pretty in a cheeky recipe box, and most of the misc. die-cuts are hanging out in those awesome dishes (pans? pots?) I found at the thrift store.  What you can’t see from this angle is that they are the EXACT color of my walls.  (So of course that meant they had to come home to my “kitschen”.)

Happy crafting!  Rearrange to make better use of supplies!

-B

the “bucket list” scrapbooking style: spring 2012

18 Mar

I really shouldn’t call it a bucket list.  Its not that monumental.  But, since so many are familiar with the premise of the bucket list, it will remain, “the bucket list” until I come up with something more suitable.  This list was born of my lack of creating lately.  Every day I sit at the computer for hours (literally) and think about scrapbooking, look at ideas for scrapbooking, even reading/joining discussions about, you guessed it, scrapbooking.  Sound familiar, anyone?  Anyone at all?  Today that all ended when I FINALLY went to the room where all the magic happens…the kitschen.  (I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I actually had to look at Pinterest one last time before I dove into my room.  I really don’t know what that was about.)

As you could imagine, while soaking up oodles of inspiration is a good thing, it can clog your brain a little (or a lotta) bit.  I happen to be one who is completely overwhelmed by choice.  Where do I start?  What fancy paper should I cut up?  (And just so we’re clear, to me, to “cut up” a sheet of paper feels like killing it.  Yes, I know its an inanimate object, but I’m giving you a peek into my unhealthy relationship with paper and why I have so much of it.)  To remedy the situation, today I came up with “the bucket list”.  I’m sure this list will evolve, or, maybe I’ll never do it again, who knows?  I happen to love lists so I started jotting down the techniques/trends/whatever that I most wanted to try.  And yes, I will be drawing a big fat check mark after I finish each one.

Here’s the list:

Just in case you were wondering, yes, my lists always look this ridiculous.  I use exclamation points and smiley faces and descriptions to remember what I need to remember.  I don’t know if its a skill or just weird, but it works.  Someday an anthropologist (or whatever the correct title is) will find my lists and know everything about me.

I’m hoping that between the list and the blog, there will be some consistency in my creating and blogging.  (Yes, I know I should be working on wedding stuff, but I can’t neglect the kitschen, or my mental health.)

Today I tackled “Use my garbage!”.  I wrote this down because I’ve become extremely good at collecting “garbage” as Adam calls it, with the intention of doing something creative with it, someday.  (“Someday” being, well, who knows?)  The garbage could be anything from envelopes with cool security marks on the inside to some kind of propaganda from Target, to clothing tags.  I keep it as long as I can think of a couple things I could do with it.  I don’t know if this came from the whole “repurpose”, “who can make the coolest stuff out of the weirdest crap” movement or seeing everyone’s Project Life collecting all of those random day-to-day things.  Either way, I like it.  Adam does not.  Therefore, I have to constantly make sure the garbage makes its way into the kitschen for fear it will be thrown out.  Every time I salvage something, Adam claims, “I can see my future, and it looks like a scene from Hoarders.”  SO I decided I better start using my garbage or I will have some ‘splainin to do.

This is one of the happiest layouts I have made in a long time.  You see, roughly %65 of the reason I scrapbook is for its therapeutic qualities, not memory keeping, so when I make a page about something that makes me smile, AND I get to creatively make use of my garbage (here being a piece of bubble-mailer and a business card), its a good day.  All of that being said, I don’t really care how ridiculous the content is, as long as I had fun.

This layout is about my latest obsession: Lawn Fawn.  I love their stamps, but what I love even more is their customer service.  Who else includes little touches like a handwritten greeting???  No one.  Thats who.  🙂  I really just can’t get over it-its such a small gesture, but its all about the detail for me so I shouldn’t be surprised.  Two Peas does the same thing, including bonus product in your orders.  Its so sweet!  Other businesses, take note.  I used various Lawn Fawn critters and things to make the background at the top of the page in Chestnut Roan Colorbox chalk ink, paper & miscellany from October Afternoon, a red Copic marker, Tim Holtz’s Tiny Attacher, and Old Paper Distress Ink.

Get out there and use your garbage!

-B

Product info here.

Best Wishes!

26 Feb

More pastel-y goodness from the Neapolitan line!

This card was definitely inspired by Kristina Werner’s “heart flower” creation here.

the Twinery; Martha Stewart punches; Dear Lizzy Neapolitan papers and stamps; DCWV card base.  Product info here.

Happy Sunday!

-B

You Fog My Spectacles

13 Feb

Oh, for the love of Google Reader.  I honestly don’t know what I would do without it anymore.  I also love Fossil.  They featured an artist on their blog, Nicole Martinez, who might be my new favorite.  She has a shop on Etsy called Nerdy Dirty and all of her prints make me giggle.  Go check her out!  I normally am normally not a fan of duplicating images so literally, but sometimes…well, you can’t mess with perfection.

Here was my inspiration:

Nicole Martinez

Here is my little 3×3 card, using Lawn Fawn’s “Clear to See” and a super old Fiskars heart punch.

I added some twine from the Twinery, and the hearts are adhered and covered with Glossy Accents.  Looking at it now (waaay after the fact) I think I want to emboss the glasses in black, and add some rhinestones to the corners to make them a little more retro.  I also might have to try this with the other specs from that stamp set.  Inside reads: You fog my spectacles.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

-B

My First AE Stamps

6 Jan

…and I’m definitely getting good use out of them so far!

I’ve seen a lot of Ali Edwards stamps in other people’s work

I wasn’t quite sure if I would like them…

…But who can’t resist a fun, simple, sweet sentiment now and then?

I think I was inspired by the Stampin’ Spots set that has been traveling in my scrap bag for the past week.  I’m pretty sure if these don’t qualify as CAS (clean-and-simple), I don’t know what does.

“Smooch” by Studio AE and Technique Tuesday

Stay tuned tomorrow for the Valentine (or just random love-y) set I made with the same stamps.  (Tease!!!)

-B

 

Holy Copics, Batman!

4 Jan

It was one of those nights.  I wanted to make something, but had no real ambition for anything serious (whatever “serious” means regarding scrapbooking).  SO, I decided to revisit my Copics.  And a fun challenge from the Lawn Fawn folks.

The first card is my first run with Frosty Friends.  I really love the “mix-n-match” things you can do with this set.

Next I thought I would take a shot at the challenge Lawn Fawn is having.  Make something using only the specific stamp sets listed, and NO PATTERNED PAPER?  Yikes.  Here’s what I came up with.  (After I accepted the fact that I couldn’t use patterned paper, I took another look at the first card I made and realized there was not a lick of patterned paper anywhere on it.  Hmm…  Maybe its not that difficult.)

Blue chicken?  Why not?  (I have to utilize these expensive markers somehow.)  I’m thinking this might be a fun “hey how’s it going?” card for an expectant mom (ya know, Momma chicken, waiting for her babies to arrive?).  Its past my bed time.  I may or may not be a little punchy.  Either that or all the alcohol fumes from the Copics are getting to me.

-B

p.s. When I visited my parents a couple days ago, I stopped in the local smalltown thrift store and found some awesome items, including this gem below.  Beautiful milk glass to store and display my Lawn Fawns.  Coincidence that they fit perfectly?  Hmm…

Blue Tag Floral

3 Jan

Just when I start getting into using tags, my tag die decided it didn’t want to work anymore.  To remedy the situation, I went to the office supply store and found a pack of 100 manila shipping tags to use instead.  (Its not quite as cool as patterned paper tags, but it will work.)

I busted out some Stampin’ Up stamps and inks, Martha Stewart and EK Success punches, Hero Arts pearls, and the Twinery’s Denim twine.

Have a happy day!

-B

Merry Christmas to All!

25 Dec

Lawn Fawn’s new Love & Breakfast was on my wishlist, so of course when I got it I had to do something with it immediately!  (By the way, when you order directly from the Lawn Fawn website, you will experience their stellar customer service, which includes fun little touches like a fiber-wrapped stamp set, and a mini freebie stamp with a personal thank-you handwritten on the back.  As if I could love the Alvarez’s any more…)  (And no, this post is not sponsored by them 🙂 )

Ink-Distress Inks in Barn Door and Vintage Photo, punch-Martha Stewart, stamps-Lawn Fawn Love & Breakfast, Plus One, Critters in the Forest, Hero Arts Zig Zag, twine-Doodlebug, Stickles red and gold.

What could be cuter than a muffin in a bow-tie???

I hope everyone had a safe and blessed Christmas!!

-B

Ornaments & Bows

21 Dec

While I have not found the ambition to wrap any gifts or make any gift tags, I did manage to dig thru my Christmas stash and whip together a quick card:

My apologies for a blurry photo.  I guess I was just so excited about the bow!!!  I was testing out this fun tutorial.  Also used on this card were Stickles, an EK Success punch, 1/4″ Corner Chomper, patterned paper from Basic Grey and October Afternoon, Tim Holtz’s Tiny Attacher, and a chipboard sticker ornament from Crate Paper’s Peppermint collection.

Merry Christmas!  The countdown to 2012 continues!

-B

Twine Madness

3 Dec

 

After using twine for some time now, I finally committed to some giant spools from the Twinery.

It started with Peapod for my Christmas cards, and since then has expanded to Denim, Charcoal, and Maraschino.

I took a tip from Amy (Thanks!!) and picked up some sugar shakers from the dollar store to house the spools.  Funtional “retro” pieces in a kitchen-themed room????  Its almost poetic.  🙂

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-B