Thursday, January 31, 2008
Patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye, letter stickers are Making Memories, rubon stitches are from Daisy D's (and not too reliable, dang it! They rub off with an eraser if you put them in the wrong spot, but they also roll up on the cartridge instead of adhering.) and the font is Pea Amy.
I think will go put my feet up. Maybe read a book or something.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I don't know what it is about this winter particularly, but I am sick to death of it! Usually I am much more tolerant, especially when the end of winter just brings me that much closer to 100 degree summer days and the accompanying sunburn. Anyway, I decided to do a page about it. The flower pictures are all from my backyard. The teensy stickers are from Making Memories.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
This is the page I thought I would do back on Day 3 or so. The pictures were matted, the journaling was written and I was completely stumped on a design. So I put it all in a storage thingie (BTW, these are the sturdiest I have found) and moved on to other things. One of the big benefits of commiting to a page a day has been the way I have to let something go when it's not working. Instead of beating my head against the wall when I get stumped, I move on. It's not my natural tendency, but it seems to be effective. So in addition to all the pages I got done, I'm very happy that I've learned some things about the way I scrap and that's going to help me with every future page. Cool, huh?
Monday, January 28, 2008
Striped paper is from that same Rob and Bob pack that I've been using and all the other stuff on this page is from Doodlebug. The flower is from a Halloween pack, but it went with my journaling strips. After I'd cut them and written on them, I realized I would have liked them thinner, but there was no way I could fit them through my rotary trimmer, so I left them a little thick. Better thick than crookedly cut. Oh, and the design is an honest to goodness scraplift from page 105 of February's Scrapbooks Etc. That's another first for me. I have never copied directly like that before.
BTW, my hat is off to everyone who uses their Sizzix letters. I picked the machine and a couple of alphabets up while on vacation because they were on dirt cheap clearance and I've always adored Fruit Smoothie. This was my second time using the Sidekick for a title. I suppose I could have gone faster if I hadn't been using as little paper as possible, but I didn't want to waste my glittery cardstock. I think it took about 45 minutes to cut those two words and I ultimately gave up on dotting the I's because the dots stuck to my fingers so badly. So I salute all of the Sizzix users in the scrapverse because you are much more patient than I.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
This is a digital page that uses stuff from Kay Miller's Arctic Antics kit. I did something unheard of (for me, at least) and asked my daughter to pose a certain way for the photo. This had been a school assignment and I loved her crazy ideas (though I have my reservations about her willingness to invite polar bears) so I wanted the picture to show a little goofy thoughfulness. And it worked! I also used a transparency brush on the background of her photo to blend it with the black paper, which is a style I've never used before and wasn't terribly fond of, but I like the results.
Friday, January 25, 2008
We've moved on to the next phase of this germ, so tomorrow's birthday party has been postponed a week. Will this give me time to scrap or will I obsess over studying pathophysiology? Kinda betting on number 2, but I'll try to do something for the challenge.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
But it tells the story I wanted to share so I won't quibble about embellishments. The paper is from Close To My Heart and I cut the letters on the Cricut.
I got the idea for this design from one of Valerie Salmon's sketches. She has a lot of good, balanced designs that incorporate embellishments, which is good because I don't seem to think of them as I'm mentally laying out a page.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
In case you're snoopy (I know I am -- I always like to read people's pages), here is the journaling:
27 November 2007
Even though you’re three now, you are still growing and developing at a rapid clip. Here are some of the funny things you do today that might be gone tomorrow.
You go to sleep with a little piece of scotch tape on one hand. It makes you happy. I don’t know why.
You like to nap in my bed on my outstretched arm.
You color on everything in the house, even though I know you know better.
You love the TV show “Word World” and watch it every day after lunch.
You are constantly pretending. You boss the rest of us around as pawns in whatever you’re acting out.
You love wearing lip gloss.
You still sleep like a little baby, with your arms up high over your head.
Your sandwich preferences go in spurts. First it’s a week of peanut butter and honey, followed by a week or more of tuna fish.
You think macaroni and cheese is the best kind of meal.
You hide from me and call me a burglar when I come home from school.
You are sweet and fun and I love you. Whoops, those are the things that don’t change.
Monday, January 21, 2008
I can't believe there are only 10 challenge days left. I realized this morning that I could probably plan out the remaining pages so they'd come together quickly. But the kids were home from school and I played with them instead, so maybe that kind of organization will come later. Still, I'm shocked at how quickly the month has gone and how productive I managed to be.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Moving along, I decided to pick up this page and give it a shot. Some people in the class have been posting half of a two page spread per day to eke out the required postings. I am sorry to say that I think I have fallen into this camp now. Tonight's page was designed as half a spread. But I think I want to add some journaling to the other half, so maybe it's not quite such a shady proposition.
I am feeling kind of smug because I have used ancient Making Memories definitions for the page as well as Provo Craft Slab papers. The cute little leaves are from Close To My Heart. I am always happy when I can use up some of my old goodies.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I gave up on the gingerbread making page I was working on and did this instead. The journaling had already been written, so I just had to work on the design. It's from the Easy Patterns book. The paper is from KI Memories and the fonts are Garamond and English. Again. I think it's my new favorite script font.
Friday, January 11, 2008
1. If you think the page needs one more thing, it's time to walk away. It doesn't.
2. If you decide to add one more thing, it will go badly. (It did.)
3. Late nights are never the time to set snaps with the Cropadile when you haven't set any for at least 8 months.
4. If you really insist on adding one more thing, you'd better be darned sure you can cover it with something else when it goes badly. (Note the strip of patterned paper across the bottom of the page. Does it look a little wrinkly? Huh. That must be from the snap I tried to cover and when it didn't work, I had to peel the paper back and rip out the misplaced snap with reckless abandon.)
Paper is from Rob and Bob (handy packet available at Hobby Lobby) and the snaps are from Making Memories. The font is Arial.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I have since had the brilliant idea to cut stars for last night's layout and add them in some of the white space on the page. They are cut, but not adhered. I'll post the revised version soon.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I found this photo yesterday while looking for some Christmas pics. My son had a real thing for tape measures when he was little, but I only got one picture of him playing with it. So I sniffled my way through the journaling and decided I'll put it in an album just for me. I think this is the most time-consuming LO I've done for the challenge, probably because getting my son diagnosed was a fairly emotional time and also because I spent so very long on the journaling. And then I fussed with the font sizing and placement until I was satisfied. That took awhile. I still think the page needs something, but none of my embellishments really scream developmental disorder and I like my embellies to support the theme. I may take these pages shopping with me and see if I find anything at my LSS.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Just when I think my ideas are starting to peter out, I come across pictures or notes in my scrap area that get me jazzed up all over again. I'm really glad I tried this challenge. Already, I've completed more than I expected to get done during Spring Break. And it's only January!
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
BTW, yesterday's and today's pages were both ones that I started mulling over earlier in the week. I am happy to note that I have not done anything more for any other pages. So I guess I've dropped out of my "come up with way more ideas than you can execute" funk. Whew!
Friday, January 4, 2008
This one's a digital page that I made using a template from Sarah Van Dyke. The papers and embellishment are from Ursula Schneider. The font is called English and must have been a freebie because it didn't have any initials at the beginning of the name.
You might think that I am losing steam because I'm slapping together digital pages, but you would be wrong. :) Today I pulled out my little Xyron PCS and cut letters for a school page, rooted through embellishments looking for something pool-oriented and put together a kit for a Halloween page. Hmm, I guess that means I'm ready for 3 pages on Day 4 of the challenge. Wasn't this what I wanted to avoid? Oh well, I am sure that after school starts back up again, I will be too deep in the throes of chemistry or pathophysiology to think much about scrapbooking choices. Those pre-thought-out pages will come in mighty handy around the 25th!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I'm starting to get a little frightened. Yesterday I set aside the page I was working on to do something completely different. Today I put aside 2 LOs to make this one. Does this mean I will go through 29 perfectly good ideas and partially completed pages before I make one from scratch on January 31st? I hope not! I guess I'm dealing with some bottled up creativity because I keep having ideas I like. This usually happens when I haven't had time to scrap. I feel like my ideas are contents under pressure.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The font is MB Buttercream from Melissa Baxter at Scrapbook-Bytes.com and the little flower brads are from Hobby Lobby. I have really gotten into Hobby Lobby's store brand embellishments this year. They are reasonably priced and unique.
I've got my photos cropped and ready for tomorrow's page. I'm starting to get kinda buzzed about how much I'm accomplishing. :)
Still, I mostly ignored their Get a LOAD of this! class ad because it seemed completely nutto. I start school in 12 days and that means no more scrapping until May. Then I decided to join the class (it's free!) and check it out. And I'm hooked. I went through my scrapbook bag and tallied all the pages I have planned. There are nearly 30 there, so I decided I'd give this a shot.
The teacher is very casual about it and says that previously started pages are fair game. So in that spirit, here's what I finished for Day 1:
I used a sketch from CTMH's Cherish book and Doodlebug papers. The font is PC Youngstuff.