Monday, April 18, 2011

Making cards and reading, but not at the same time

Last night I cut and made about 60 baby shower invitations for my youngest sister who is due in June. I haven't made cards in a long time so I was surprised that between us we cranked them out in about 2 hours.

Papers are from DCWV stack, ribbon from Michael's, stamps by CTMH, and brackets cut from my Silhouette. The Silhouette has its own story this week! I've had the darn thing for exactly a year and had a heck of a time getting it to cut anything straight out of the box. I tried every trick I could find online and then put it away because I was so frustrated that I spent good money on a machine that didn't work like it promised. Then last week I emailed customer service about the problems I was having and they immediately sent out a replacement blade. Guess what? That was my problem all along. I put in the new blade and it cut through paper like butter! I was so happy!!

Tonight I'm trying to find some scrapbook inspiration, but I really need to read. I'm having a hard time with my OLW this year: FOCUS. I start lots of little things and can't seem to get to the end of any of them.

One of my lifelong dreams has been to become a published author. I don't consider writing newspaper articles as being published because, well frankly, it doesn't take much skill or effort. Or maybe that's just my articles.

I want to write a real story, not a real-life story, just fiction that gets published. Just one time. LOL So I'm reading this book "Story Engineering" on my iPad. It's a new experience, but I'm enjoying the digital reading more than I thought I would.

I'm also reading a Dummies book on Wordpress. I want to learn to build a website for the newspaper but there are lots of things to figure out. I'm a firm believer in the Dummies books because they really break things down in a tangible way.

And my to-read list wouldn't be complete without some vampire romance novels. They are my guilty pleasure!

So what have you made lately? What are you reading? Do you generally have multiple projects going or just focus on one activity at a time?

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Monday, April 11, 2011


This past Thursday thru Saturday, I participated in the first ever online scrapbook convention put on by Lain Ehmann. The event, True Scrap, was three days of classes put on by some of the top scrapbookers in the industry. It was so inspiring straight out of the gate!

After the keynote interview, the first class was by Nic Howard. The class was all about adding texture to your pages. In this class, Nic showed how she put a beautiful and very dimensional page together and the elements that go into building a page full of layers.

I was so in love with her page, I broke out the sewing machine. I had my sister bring a bottle of gesso from Michael's, and I even used Smooch Spritz that I bought a while back but had really not figured out when or where to use effectively on my pages. I even used a water brush so that I could wet down my page edges and roll them in.

This is the base of my layout. I sewed a white sheet of cardstock to the green. Painted on the gesso and then sprayed with Smooch Spritz. Then I watered the edges and curled them in and inked the edges.

Here I added some scraps of papers I had used in a previous project. Watered, rolled and inked the edges again.

I also added some scraps of corrugated cardboard that I ripped from a box. Put in some scalloped edging by Bazzill, a few journaling spots from Jillibean Soup, some other accents I've had for a while and some fabric. There are even a couple of tags tucked behind the photos on the right side with some journaling. You can also see some of the mess on the table that hasn't been cleaned up just yet.

And a better view of the layout.

I love this page. It's so NOT what my usual pages look like, but I had fun putting it together. I realized that I don't have a big stash of embellishments for my boy pages. I usually scrap much more flat pages. And while I can't see myself always scrapping this way, it's a nice change of pace. I might have to add more of these types of layouts into my usual routine. As for the amount of time it took? Not much more time than a regular page. I think I got this page out in about an hour just because I went looking through my stash for stuff.

Thanks for looking. Did you attend True Scrap? Create anything by being inspired by one of the instructors? Please share!

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