Sep 1, 2014

August's Top Five

Here we go.  August has come and gone like a flash.  It was a different kind of August this year.  We were minus one young man and there was very little humidity.  So yes, in many ways it felt different.

August was also a month of knee recovery, physical therapy, and a lot more work hours for me.  All good stuff, but left just little time to get to the beach, see family, and relax.  But here are the little details and special moments that caught my eye and got on "film".  I say "film" because getting it on "SD Card" just doesn't sound right, does it?

1.  The well placed weed.  The little path leading to the beach opens up to this view.  Beautiful, no?There's one very well placed flowering weed smack in the middle of miles of tumbled rock.  It's perfect there as I'm sure everyone who goes there must agree, because It's been left alone to bloom in its glory.

2.  Irresistible kids. These two little guys are new additions to the farm we frequent.  I have a thing about goats and these adorable babies are fueling my obsession.  These guys want to be petted and scratched and follow you bleating as you leave.  What do these goats say? "Take me home!" I dream.

3.  Local grown.  The  Farmer's Market has been open, but I haven't been able to go until the last weekend of August.  Going to it makes my day.  For one, I love supporting the family farms and businesses there, and two, they very often bring goats to ours.  Today I bought tomatoes, eggplant, and mozzarella.  Thinking of inventing my own gluten free eggplant lasagna today.

4.  More irresistible kids.  I buzzed up to see my sweet nieces get off their bus on their first day of school.  Full of smiles and hilarious chatter.  Although they are just a car ride away, I wish I lived closer.  They were so funny, I just had to document it on a scrapbook page using September's kit.

5.  Purple headed surprise.  This thistle sprung up quickly in my front yard.  I've never had a tall thistle on my property before and a run away seed must have made its home here.  I know they're invasive, but I'm keeping it because it just looks cool.  I've said that before with invasive plants that have sprung up on my property that eventually become out of control messes.  You'd think that I've learned my lesson?

have a great Labor Day!

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!