Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Like mother, like sons...

Sometimes I don't realize what a crafty influence I have on my twin boys until things like Valentine's day comes along... I gave them the choice to purchase any of the Super Hero Valentines from the store, or getting down to crafting them ourselves at home. To my surprise, they both headed straight to my supplies and started picking out colors, punches, and misc embellishments to use. It was really fun to see them using crafty techniques themselves like "Rock and Rolling" their punches in colored ink, and matting shapes with larger ones behind. Sam even got out the templates, traced some images, and then filled them in with foam hearts.


































When did my boys grow into having big boy hands? No longer chubby little toddler hands... This picture says a lot to me as a mother, my babies are growing up so fast!!












Can you believe it? I actually let the boys use my brand new/ right out of the package Heart to Heart punch from SU. (But you know I'm not letting them anywhere near my ink pads :-)























I was able to snap this gorgeous photo just as the sun was setting and reflecting off of the mirror... One for the scrap page for sure:















Please excuse the horrible outfits today. These are actually beach wetsuits that the boys won't let me get rid of even though they have had them since they were 2 years old... You don't even want to see the pictures of the "whole outfit" - it isn't pretty if you know what I mean. I am going to have to throw them in the give away bags while they are asleep or something...



Here are some shots of another banner that I made this week. I started with a round die cut from the Making Memories Spring Banner kit - and added the pennants, pleated some streamers, buttons, etc...























































A card that I made for Chelsea's newest arrival - Charlotte is finally here!! And - I must say - she is absolutely perfect in every way!! Congrats Chelsea and Christian!! I used a pattern from the demo site for this card and free hand cut it out. Still no Cricut here :-)






































And some Macro shots from the week....




































Some nifty new books from the Goodwill store... All were over 20 bucks originally and I only paid $2.99 for each one... Some pretty goodies in there too.... Couldn't get this one to focus in manual so I had to use high Iso mode - which turned it a bit yellow... sorry :-)


The others that I tried turned out totally yucky... It is hard for me to focus my camera if I get the image in full frame - still learning here....


I hope the rest of your week goes well and I hope you get a chance to make something pretty...

Hugs!!!


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I just can't quit you...

So I am going to try Chritina's 365 days of Macro challenge - but I might miss a day or two here and there... I don't have as fancy of a camera as you do miss Christina - but I'll try my best....

http://sometimescrafter.blogspot.com/2009/01/no-more-yellow-custom-white-balance.html





This is my biggest addiction - yes - bigger than crafting...


Yes - I know it's bad for me. No sugar though.... But coffee just doesn't do it for me unless I drink it all day long.... I might go back to coffee though because it is definitely cheaper than Rock Stars... I like to think that I am a Rock Star when it comes to crafting though - so I guess this picture is fitting....

Bonkers for Banners....

Oh my - what an addiction do I have.... not the bad kind of course - just the crafty kind... I followed these tutorials by Lori Genitle - and made a totally cute banner. And - I am trying to use more pastels (probably craving Spring after all the snow we have had).... I always tend to go for the bright and dark colors - so my Crafty New Year's Resolution is to try things that are out of my comfort zone. So - this week - pastels it is....






























































































I used the Marcella K line by KandCo called Lucy's Linens for my paper - it is really feminine and frilly... Here are the links to the tutorial that I used on youtube. I didn't have the Maya Road Chipboard banner thingy so I used my good old standby - Cereal boxes (the chipboard of champions....). I folded a piece of paper in half and drew a line from one corner to the other at the size I wanted my pennant template to be.





If you make one too - please post a link so I can see it - I just love them soooooooo.......
~Heather

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Feeling piecey...

Oh how I hit the jackpot this week with vintage goodies (well - the crafters jackpot anyway :-). I was able to pick up some great notecards and file folders at just a few dollars - believe it or not - I found them at Ross Dress for Less... I think Ross and Tuesday Morning actually have the best selection of feminine stuff like fabric covered boxes, file folders, and desk stuff like that...

So I knew as soon as I saw these that they would be perfect for cutting and piecing - but I really liked the background as well. So - I just pieced it onto itself to create dimension. I added a sash with a sentiment and lots of glitter... This one is on it's way out to an awesome girl as a Thank You... I have a few more thank you's to send out - so please be patient with me ladies :-)






Just a plain notecard but I love the vintage feel...

















After.....























Okay - so I really fell in love with these file folders at first sight. I found them like 10 feet in the door - and held onto them during my entire shopping trip... But - I just knew exactly what I would create with them and I was instantly excited. I think it actually turned out way better than I could have imagined...
Before -




outside....











inside...










After - I decided to go with a 360 degrees type of file folder album - and in the end - I really don't know which side I like better :-)




















































































































So don't forget to keep an eye out for beautiful things like these while you are out and about. Even though most of the work is done for you - you can still make it even more beautiful....


Happy Monday!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Separating the twins...

I don't always have pics of the twins together to scrap - in fact it is rare that they are both looking at the camera at the same time :-) I think it is important to treat them as individuals - not as one entity. I took Jakob with me by himself last week to do some shopping - and all he could say all day was, "Oh boy - too bad Sam's not here to see this - it's too bad he is missing this...". He is so dedicated to his brother that he started getting sad that Sam wasn't there with us to see everything that day. He is just toooo sweet... But I do scrapbook separate pages of the boys and I have had this great pic of Sammie since last soccer season. This Pencil lines sketch was the perfect layout to showcase his smiling face.





























I used some old Wild Asparagus papers and added some hand stitching to make it as "manly" as possible. I tend to buy mostly feminine scrapbooking products even though 66% of my children are male :-) I am a real sucker for flowers or polka dots. But I added to the masculinity with some edge distressing and inking.

So I am still organizing my scrap studio - but here are some recent pics of more of my storage options. I have reorganized my desk area - giving me more space to scrap. I am getting better at not spreading everything around the room now :-)






I moved an old hutch from upstairs down to my desk area. It is not as deep as the setup I had there before so it gives me more vertical storage and more desk space....










I grabbed some vintage wooden spools at my favorite antique mall downtown. I was lucky enough to get a few hours out of the house by myself while my hubby was on vacation.... They work well for my scraps of ribbon that are less than a yard.









I used to collect vintage molds when I was in to soap making - but now they are just used as containers for organization.







I am still using my old muffin pans to hold misc loose embellishments. They stack nicely inside my drawer - and these were retired after much use :-) What can I say, my children are addicted to my banana chocolate chip muffins...













Finally got my trims sorted and organized in these small containers. The slots are perfect for organizing a lot of different things - and I like having my trims sorted by color... These are just the cheap sectioned containers from Target - but I think they have them other places as well...


















I recycled my kids crayola art box for my chipboard alphas. Lots of people break up their sets and store them by letter - but I just don't feel organized if the sets aren't together. The snap and lock system on the right was purchased at Costco...










I am still using my Goodwill finds to store my paint, stickles, and misc desk objects. I also save every last bit of my dimensionals for projects...
I am getting ready to add another tier to my lamp shade clip it - so I'll post that whenever it is finished...
Happy organizing and crafting to all!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!!

Hello Hello... Happy New Year to everyone - I hope it is the best yet.... I was finally able to visit my hometown of Eugene, Oregon this week to share the holiday with my family. While I was there, I was able to make a stop to the Fifth Street Public Market. This is an eclectic little shopping center that just happens to be the home of one of my favorite stores ever, Mindy's Needlepoint Factory. This store is a scrapbookers dream - wall to wall ribbon, trims, threads, buttons, wools..... Your heart will seriously skip a beat if you visit - and my pics really don't do it justice. But here are some of the pretties they have there....






































































We also visited the fountain, the candy store, and some kitchen supply stores....



























































































And of course - I was scrapping into the late hours tonight staying up to ring in the new year... I finally used my Sassafras Lass papers. After searching the internet for ideas - I finally made this page. This paper was a bit of a challenge to work with - and most people that used this particular paper cut it apart. So piecing it really helped...







































I hope 2009 is a good year for everyone!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for visiting....