Aug 18, 2014

Tagged on the Blog Tour

There is a pretty special blog tour going around in the blogosphere and I was tagged by the very lovely and talented Evie.  I was quite honored to be tagged by Evie whose art I've always admired.  I've learned a lot from looking at Evie's layouts as she doesn't seem to be afraid to try something new and her layouts always have that special something that makes me just ... sigh.

I'm up today with the answers to the blog tour questions:

1.  What am I working on right now?

I'm working on a layout that's just for me.  I was going through my photos and found a favorite from years ago.  I'm putting it together with some of my favorite supplies and just plain having fun with it!

2. How long does it take me to create a project?

FOR.EVER!  I am the world's slowest scrapbooker.  But I'm OK with that.  I try not to take on more than I can handle and just enjoy the ride.  If you think you're slower than me then we'll have to race and you'll see that I'll win ... or should I say lose.

3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?

There are so many favorites, but I'm loving rub-ons, especially these rub-ons in gold from Jenni Bowlin Studio.  I use them not just on layouts, but on diy projects too.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

I almost always start with a story.  If I start with a photo, I need to have the corresponding story in my head before I can even begin to gather supplies.  The story drives everything for me.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

Rest!  I've found that my inspiration goes out the window when I'm tired and exhausted.   Being rested helps a ton.  

I get inspiration from Pinterest, but not necessarily by looking at scrapbook pages.  I like taking other subjects and images on Pinterest as my inspiration for my pages.

6. What is my signature style?

Hmmm. Very difficult question because I'm not sure I have a signature style!  Serious here.  I would LOVE to say I have one, but I don't think I do!


Now I get to tag three of my favorite scrapbookers!  These scrapbookers have different styles from each other, and I love the art of all three.  I've worked with each of them in some way in the crafting industry and they are lovely women to boot!  Look forward to seeing their posts next Monday!

Nirupama Kumar
Leah Farquharson
Amy Kingsford

Aug 8, 2014

Using My Pins : From Pinterest to Scrapbook Page

Oh what a bad pinner I've been!  I've resolved many moons ago to actually use my pins and then blog about it.  I'm sure I have been inspired by my pins subconsciously and haven't actually connected the "pin" with the "project", but it's been a long long time since I've made the connection.

I was inspired recently to use a pin as inspiration for a scrapbook page. And it was a conscious effort, and I made note of it!  Hurray for me!

I was scrapping a photo of my sweet niece on my son's back.  Her dress was so colorful, carefree, and beautiful that I felt the background of the layout would need to accent the dress colors and motif in order for the layout to work.

Doily shapes came to mind and I used a doily table runner as inspiration for the layout.  I used patterned paper from my JBS Mercantile August Papercrafting Kit.  It's sold out now, but to avoid missing out on any more gorgeous kits like this one, become a subscriber!  I adore my Mercantile kits.

 You can read more about this layout, and how I cut the connected doilies on the SnapClickSupplyCo blog.

Hopefully this kick-started me into using more of my pins in my creative and everyday life!

Have a creative weekend!

Aug 7, 2014

Dear Dad ... It's Me Shiner ...

Dear Dad ... it's me Shiner ...

You and I got a lot of exercise together the past few days and I could tell you were a bit worried about what would happen once you went back to work.  Mom has that little problem you know, and sometimes getting exercise is not the easiest thing to do.

Well, mom asked me if I wanted to go to the Garden today. I immediately jumped up and turned on my back legs in the direction of the garden.  Mom loves it when I do that.  She's shocked when I understand her, but we know it's not really shocking, right dad?

So I led mom to the garden and we walked around and mom took pictures of course.  Mom let me go my own way, but I kept my eye on her, so you don't have to worry.

Mom was surprised at this azalea blooming in August, so she took a picture of it of course.

When it got too hot I told mom it was time to go, and I brought her home.

Mom took one last photo by the mailbox.  This one's beautiful isn't it, dad?

So you don't have to worry dad.  Mom's exercising with me too.

Love always,