Finished Projects!

Last post was a start to door decor for my daughters dorm door… I completed AND two more for some dorm friends!!!

Now I’m kind of addicted! Showed it to my friend Dala at Soul Sentiments and she’s like YES!!! We need a class!

These are for Erin’s dorm mates. She said I did good and the girls loved. Spending time this week to work on three more.

Thank you for popping in! Hope you liked!

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Finnabair Fun

Quickie here! Making a fun dorm room door hanging for Erin. Inspired by those monograms covered in scrapbook paper but stepped a notch!

Waiting on things to dry!!!! Come back later for more!😎

Book Club

img_4699First rule of Book Club is…. no wait that’s something else.  HERE, book club is a twice a month “meeting” at my local scrapbook store, Soul Sentiments.  We ladies chose a book and then learn techniques and assemble art books, journals, altered books, ring books… well creative fabulous stuff.  Our last book was “Nature Inspired” Mixed Media Techniques for Gathering, Sketching, Painting, Journaling and Assemblage by Tracie Lyn Huskamp.  112 pages of inspiration, how-to’s and step by step instructions for the mixed media geek in us.

With over a dozen women, it was inspiring to see what each of us created over the two month span.  We’d share, we’d learn a new technique or perfect an old one.  Mostly we shared and spit ball ideas off one another and share our different knowledges.  We have artists, art majors, art teachers, and creative souls in this mixed group, so you can image what some of these ladies created!

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We each chose different formats to bind our creations.  I chose a simple chipboard cover, with book binding tape and my spin on a travel journal and signatures.   The outside, I used dried flowers, tulle, paper flowers, chipboard, broken jewelry and a paint technique from Finnebair and Finnebair products.  I stepped outside my comfort zone and built a very soft feminine look.

We played with transfer techniques, vintage fibers, doilies, lace, trim, painting on different mediums, faux painting and sewing.  Many of the ladies quilt and sew, so their pages were outstanding!  My sewing machine is still packed away, so I improvised a bit.

Little touches here and there made some interesting pages.  Alcohol inks, vellum, chipboard, gel press… lots of playing.

And fabric… oh the fabric incorporated into the ladies books…upcycling, repurposing, tea dying.. I left with more ideas than when I walked in!

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This was a fun journey for me.  I still have more techniques to explore.  Still some blank pages to fill.  But it’s actually “finished” for now.  This month we started a new “book” and we will be exploring junk journals/altered books.  One of the ladies already inspired me with her re-purposed “trash”, another has already built her signatures for “junking up”.  I’ve been pulling out my stashes of papers, collections and mementos.  Can’t wait to see what it all turns into!

Thank you for popping in!  Hope you enjoyed.

Back to School

It’s the first day of school here in mid-Missouri.  Many have already started their school routines with athletics, marching band, FFA and such.  Others start their routines anew today.  That includes moms, dads and family too!  So, the calendar is out and I’m starting my new routine for the year.  As a SAHM I use to take the first day of school as a “fun day”.  My bestie and I would have a much needed breakfast together after drop off, then some light shopping or some mama pampering.  We’d get our Starbucks, shop some crafty goodness and be home for the pick up line or the bus drop off.  That’s changed.  We’re now in different states.  I have one left in high school, the other prepares for college next week and the third currently deployed, serving our US Navy.  She has a senior… IT’s SENIOR YEAR for her!!!!  And her youngest begins 6th grade, 6th grade BAND with a marvelous band director and like me; armed with our current IEP for our student.  (Oh fun times IEP)

Armed with my iced coffee, windows open for the first time in weeks, thank you Missouri summer heat, I’m settling in for some serious creating.  I have several projects in the works.  I’ve been doing weekly swaps, creating ‘Altered Memorydex’ cards as part of a Facebook group.  I’m involved in a local creative book club and we’ve begun creating “junk journals”, so I have homework to do for class coming up August 23.  And I have some genealogy pictures to get into a scrapbook for my MIL…  With that, hopefully I will have more to post and share.

In the meantime here’s a few more fun altered Memorydex cards I made for swaps!

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Thanks for popping by and see you soon!

Makin’ More!

Getting my swaps done… I have one “Down by the Sea” theme and one “Save the Oceans”theme… I’m liking them so much, I’m going to make me extras! One for me and one for my partner!

On the first card, I used up some papers by Kaisercraft called Sandy Toes. I had a nice stash of punch outs and stickers that begged for a new home.

On the second, I used my GelPress and created the back ground. Then using stamps by Unity Stamps and Tim Holtz I stamped off “Speedy” and some seaweed and coral.

These were fun and quick to make.. the sequins maybe not so quick but talk about wow factor. Thanks for poppin by!

I’m Back!

I’ve been away for over a year. Life got busy, the computer crashed and well I forgot! Then I started getting notifications of new followers so it was decided for me. Time to get busy! Thank goodness there’s an app and I can post from my phone.

I’ve been playing ALOT with altered Rolodex cards. Also known as Memorydex cards but the dies and punches have been discontinued by the manufacturer so I’m going back to Rolodex I think. But as you can see, I love Unity Stamps. Every image you see here is by Unity Stamp Company. Thank you for following. I’ll try harder to post weekly… there’s a lot of creativity to share and post!

Chuggin Along

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Just a quickie today.  Once I started creating these pages, they were almost finishing themselves!  This is the last spread for the album for mom.  It was fun bashing my stash and quite satisfying finding so many lines that “meshed” well with one another.  I used up nearly an entire 12×12 pad of Crate Paper and found paper scraps by MME, BoBunny and KaiserCraft that worked well!

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Other fun bits and pieces are by 7Gypsies and Tim Holtz.  I can’t think of a single project that I don’t use one of these products on!  I even used the little “paper tags” on the edge of 12×12 sheets.

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Since I’m “bashing” page protectors by Simple Stories ( I had hoped they’d fit in another product line… NOPE) I went and purchased their coordinating album.  Mom’s is in Navy Blue to match Erin’s school colors.  These albums have loads of room and come with a set of page protectors as well.  So, I have a little stash of photo’s I’ve been setting aside for mom (I’m so channeling her!) they’re now being popped into the back of this album.  (it even came with page dividers!) She’ll get a spread for each year Erin marched, her Senior prom pic and a few favorite candid shots from her senior year.   THEN I’ll call it quits and get this mailed!

Thank for popping by!

Where’s my groove?

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I’ve been gone awhile.  Don’t have any reason why.  Not sure if folks read this or not.  Admittingly this is my own gallery of self indulgence.  But I like to share, so here are some of my latest.  Recently joined a group on Facebook called Bash Your Scrapbook Stash.  It’s a closed group, but if you’re sincerely interested in getting creative and using what you have, drop me a line.  I’ll “invite” you to the group.  There are weekly challenges and prompts if you need incentive to create or a push.  And the ladies are really supportive and nice.

I’ve set my own “Bash” challenge for myself.  GET the photo’s that are already printed and stashed into an album.  I’ve noticed after cleaning and organizing my studio, there were totes, envelopes and bins with photos.  Pretty sure these were pulled out to work on at crops and retreats.  But those days are back in Texas, and my cropping is done here at home these days.  These are a few of the band pictures I have printed.  They’re from Erin’s freshman year in highschool…. yeah I’m “behind”.

These pictures I printed with the intention of putting them in my mother in laws thank you card.  But sadly, she’s coping with Alzheimer’s.  She has good days and bad days.  Some days she remembers each and every single grandchild, their name, age, school grade.. other days not so much.  On the day of Erin’s graduation/open house, Betsy found a large scrap of my scrapbook paper and intended to start taking notes, so she could remember the day.  She also jotted down family address’s.  This is where fellow scrappers suck in their breath in horror (hee hee, scrapbook paper for note paper!)  Alas, I know she will misplace that paper.  So she’s getting this simple mini album from the day.  It will have the “facts” and simple journaling.  And I need to get it done pronto quick!  This is where that *bash* group is coming in handy.

I’m making pretty good time.  My sister in laws have the hard job of daily living with Betsy.  They take such good care of Betsy, making sure she has outings, taking care of her meds/over all health and keeping her busy.  In the mean time, I’m making a concentrated effort to make sure these special memories get documented for her to enjoy at home.  So no more chatter.  I have work to do!

Back in the groove

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I’ve been away from scrapbooking too long.  Things have “settled” in the studio, most everything has a home, all the boxes have been opened and the contents rediscovered.  It’s time to get busy.  This little girl is a senior and there are four years of band pictures to get into albums.  Being a band mom, there are LOADS of pics!!  So we’re starting at the beginning, going traditional and throwing in some new techniques to get the process rolling.  When I say a “lot” of pictures…an example would be over 150+ for an eight minute routine.  Add in pics from the stands, practices and pep rallys…AND competitions, parades and showcases… LOTS!  I won’t bore folks with every single layout but here’s the first two pages of E’s Band photo album.. (too many to include in her high school album.)

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I haven’t truly cropped for about two years, so I haven’t yet warmed up.  In a sense, I’m relearning the craft.  Should be fun seeing what I come up with, what inspires me and what challenges push me to create these pages for my dd.  Thanks for popping by!