Friday, February 29, 2008

Computer Issues!

Yesterday evening about an hour before Brannon needed the computer for fantasy baseball, the computer crashed! It had been acting funny all afternoon...just really slow. Even scanning a layout took 5 minutes per side and this new scanner is super quick. So, I decided to just do a restart. When I did, I kept getting an error message saying that some System 32 file was corrupted or missing and Windows couldn't start. Needless to say, I just about peed my pants! I really needed the computer for this weekend...Crop Addict has an online crop and my shift is from 12-2 (Central) and I'm supposed to upload all my design team projects for Serendipity tomorrow. Not a good time for the computer to decide to mess with me! I ended up doing a PC Recovery which diverted the computer back to factory settings but it was able to save all my data files. But I've spent all day re-installing software and all my equipment. What a pain!! But the good thing is, that it essentially cleaned up my harddrive...I had 3 versions of Photoshop Elements because of the upgrades and that took up a lot of memory...now I'm down to one. There were other programs on there too that came with printers or whatever that I had installed but I never used them, so I didn't reinstall them, freeing up even more space. I can always re-install them later if I want or need to.

Yesterday wasn't a total bust though. I did manage to get 2 more layouts done for the 2Peas Calendar girls. I need one more to reach goal for the month but at this point, that's not going to happen.
This is the one I just finished scanning and stitching when the computer went crazy on me. I used the sketch for Feb 4th on this one.

This is the one I did after the crash. I used the sketch and the prompt (tilt page elements) from Feb 9/10 for this layout.

Well...had something else but of course Ali had an emergency so I forgot what it was. Oh well...I'll think of it later!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wedding Day


Well, I'm finally getting to my 2 Peas challenges. The calendar day I used for this is Feb 1: Record a moment in time. I saw this and the first thing I thought of was Crop Addict's Feb kit. It had a couple of calendar pages included. I decided to use the Fancy Pants one and it was so pretty, I wanted my moment in time to be about my wedding day. This page actually came together pretty quickly for me. Usually, I fiddle around with a layout for a few hours before I finally decide on placement, etc. The longest part of it was waiting for the dimensional adhesive to dry on the chipboard letters.

Here's how I made this:

First, I scanned one of my wedding proofs and then enlarged it (Brannon just bought me an Epson V500...that thing scans like you wouldn't believe!!). I fiddled around with it in PSE and then decided to just keep it color...was going to make it black and white but I love all the colors playing together on this one.

1. Print photo and cut out leaving a little border. Add rub-on photo corner (Stampin' Up!). Attach self-adhesive ribbon--says What a wonderful world this is now that I've found you!--(Die Cuts with a View). Cut a 2 inch by whatever your photo is of patterned paper (Fancy Pants Botanical Bluebell). Use a large corner rounder (EK Success) and make scallops. Ink with chalk ink (SU!). Adhere to side of photo. Use glue dots and adhere 1/2 pearls (SU!) to scallops. Adhere to background (Fancy Pants Botanical Wallflower). Ink background with chalk ink (SU!).

2. Use a marker (SU!) to color edges of chipboard letters (Basic Grey Wilma). Ink letters with chalk ink (SU!)...use two coats, if needed. Cover chipboard with dimensional adhesive (SU!). Let dry and then remove backing and adhere to page.

3. Color flowers with brush tip markers (SU!). Layer and attach to upper-right corner of photo.

4. Make flower out of wire and thread beads as you go. Wrap center with leftover wire and trim off. Wrap brad around the center and poke through paper to attach to page.

5. Put a rub-on (SU!) in bottom-left corner of background.

6. Use lines on the background page for journaling. Pencil in if you want and write over the pencil lines with a journaling pen/marker (Zig Writer-chocolate, EK Success). Erase pencil lines.

That's it!! Let me know if you have any questions about anything!

Oh and here's a little product hint...Basic Grey has a new rub-on tool out. Some of you may have seen it in stores or advertised in scrapbook magazines lately. It looks like it has a ball-tip (like a ball-tip pen). It looks like an Empressor tool (Chatterbox). I used my Empressor tool and it works like a charm!!! So maybe that'll save you a couple of bucks. :)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Finally Home

Both Crop Addict and Serendipity Scrapbooks have been featuring hand-stitching on layouts. The link for Serendipity will take you to a tutorial. Here is Jen Matott's tutorial for Crop Addict. Debbie (CA) even included it for a challenge...no prizes, just to help jumpstart us. This is the layout I did for it. I made it using Crop Addict's February kit...which includes some Fancy Pants paper that I used for this. I also used the sketch for our monthly manufacturer challenge. This month is Scenic Route. I didn't have any Scenic Route paper so I can't enter the contest this month but I love the sketch and used it here. It was a fun page to make but very time-consuming!! Check out my gallery for the supply list...TFL!!

Frugal Friday

Nancy on Serendipity Scrapbooks has declared Friday's Frugal Friday! We will post tips on how to save money on scrapbooking supplies or just whatever. My first tip is to invest in an ATG gun. Yep, cost a lot upfront--I paid $36 for mine--but so much cheaper in the long run. I bought mine from www.framingsupplies.com. You have to buy your own adhesive refill at the same time or you'll get a gun with no glue. These are the refills I buy. It's the Gold tape shown under the ATG gun (you'll need to scroll down a little bit). And the best thing about it is, the more refills you buy at a time, the cheaper they are!! And you have 36 yards of adhesive to play with!! This is really a good deal if you go through a lot of adhesive. This stuff also sticks like crazy so you don't have to worry about your projects falling apart. So for this next month or two, calculate how much your adhesive costs you per month and then compare the price to the ATG gun. Keep in mind the size of the refills and the cost and how much you use. Nope...I'm not a salesperson or representative of 3M or Framing Supplies. I just know what I like. I have gone through a BUNCH of adhesive trying to find one that works. I hope this helps you out in your quest for the perfect adhesive!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Serendipity Scrapbooks March Altered Kit Sneak Peek!!



Ok...here it is! This is 5 of the projects I've done with the kit. I actually have a few more that I've done plus one that I'm doing today. Tune in March 1st to see the real thing!!

Fun Scrappy News

Right now, Stampin' Up! is in the middle of Sale-a-Bration!! This is a great time for everyone from customers to hostesses and new recruits to earn free product! It ends March 17th so be sure to check it out and see if there is anything you can't live without. You can view the Sale-a-Bration brochure and all the information by clicking here.

On Tuesday, February 26th, Serendipity Scrapbooks is having a chat with Jenni Bowlin! I missed last month's chat with Jessica Sprague so I'm hoping I can catch this one. Click here for more information and times (Kristen has it broke down by time zone).

March 1-March 2, Crop Addict is celebrating their 3rd anniversary with a Cyber Crop!! If you've never participated in one, you'll definitely want to this time! There will be lots of games and challenges put on by the design team and lots and lots of prizes to give out. Click here to find out more!!

Remember those little boxes I made for Halloween for a workshop Make n Take?? Now you can finally make one for yourself!! Click here for the directions! My next technique I post will be March 2 at Crop Addict. Also, on March 1, the design team at Serendipity Scrapbooks will be revealing all of our new projects we've been working on all month. Keep watching...I plan to post some sneak peeks later this week. ;)

Ok...done with all my links!! I'm going to try to get some non-DT scrapping done today so I can post a project. I have one more DT layout to work on though. See you soon!! :)

Non-scrapbook news (although I could make a layout about it!)

The boys finally slept in their own beds last night!!! So one of us didn't have to sleep on the couch. It was so nice not getting kicked in the back or waking up with a baby laying on my face. Caden about scared Brannon to death though. About 3:00, Brannon woke up with Caden staring him in the face. He had awaken and just came on downstairs...without a peep too! Usually when he wakes up like that (especially if he's in his own bed) he just starts screaming. But not this time!! We thought we had it made until 3:30 when Colton woke up and he WAS screaming...loudly!! So Brannon picks his blanket and pillow up and trots to the couch and puts Caden on the little Dora fold-out couch they have. I scoot over so I can be near the alarm clock and Colton lies down where I was. After all that, I was still awake at 5:30 and I'm definitely feeling it now. So please ignore anything stupid I might do today...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Some of my projects from the Crop


For this layout, the challenge was to use polka dots, a heart, at least three brads, journaling, and stamps. I have had these pictures sitting on my desk now for a couple of weeks. I found them while looking for some other ones I was wanting to scrap. Caden was 1 in these pics. He loved trying on shoes and walking around in them. He also liked to take off with Brannon's shoes when he was trying to get ready for work in the morning.


The challenge for this one was to use a love song--title, lyrics, or even a kids song. I used Barney's I Love You song. I forgot to put on the 're for we're and I also had two other pics I was going to use...found those again a couple hours later. I was running short on time fixing this and mom dropped by so I was pretty rushed. I have fixed the title in the original but you'll have to use your imagination for the photo! BTW...another scrapper and I won this challenge! Woohooo!!


Of course this one was a fun one for me! We had to make two adult and two child birthday cards. All of these stamps are Stampin' Up! but are retired.


Christy's challenge was How Do I Love Thee? We could do a layout about anyone we considered our sweetie. I found this picture of Caden while I was looking through my Organizer and thought it'd be perfect. We had to do our journaling in list format too. I kinda messed up on that one...I did my journaling in paragraph form and cut it into strips. I already entered it before I realized it.


This challenge was about color. We had to use pink, white, black, and red. I finally manged to pull all those together. It was pretty hard adding pink to a layout about Brannon. I'm sure he didn't appreciate it! Oh well, he'll get over it!!


This one is pretty busy but Colton is 2 so it fits!! We were to use a giant 2 in our title. I cut my 2 out on the Cricut Expressions. Instead of using the two, I used the negative. I printed a contact sheet of a bunch of pictures of Colton since his 2nd birthday, cut them out, and placed them beneath the cut-out two. This one was my favorite to work on!


For the last challenge I got to work on, the only thing we had to do was use hearts as a border. Since all my other layouts were my family, I decided to change things up a little and use my scraproom. I used a chipboard heart from Stampin' Up! and traced around it on cork and cut them out. I just stapled them to the page. I found some office paper in my supplies so thought that was perfect for this.

I wish I had been able to do all the challenges. I may still go back and do them for the sake of doing them. I have a couple on Crop Addict I'm wanting to do too! And, I can't forget the calendar pages for Two Peas. So I'm going to be a busy girl!! I did get 8 layouts done this weekend (two are for one of March's kits at Serendipity...you can see those on March 1). Just need 7 more for my monthly goal of 15!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Serendipity Crop

I got a lot done this weekend as part of the online crop considering all the interruptions I had. I got 4 cards and 6 layouts done (I think). This is the first cyber crop I've participated in and it was a lot of fun! I can't wait for Crop Addict's coming up the first weekend in March! Click here to see the projects everyone did! You won't be disappointed!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Serendipity Scrapbooks Birthday Bash!

Serendipity Scrapbooks is celebrating their two-year birthday by hosting an online crop today and tomorrow. There will be lots of challenges, games, and of course prizes!! Be sure to hop on over and play awhile. You can get to it by clicking here. Hope to see you over there!!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Maze Book (mini album)

Wow...it's already time for another post in the Technique Forum at Crop Addict! For my project/technique this month, I made a maze book. It is really simple to do and takes very little supplies (one sheet of cardstock or patterned paper plus whatever you use for a cover and to decorate). You can click here to find the directions. These make great gifts for anyone! I made this one from Crop Addict's February kit and a few of my own supplies. Debbie's kits sell out fast so be sure to check them out soon!!

Supplies: Crop Addict February 08 Kit; other supplies: ribbon--blue satin (unknown) and orange (Stampin' Up!); Scor-It board; bone folder; craft knife; cutting mat; chipboard; Bind-it-All; file kit (Basic Grey); paint (Making Memories); stamp (Heidi Swapp); ink (SU!)

Saturday, February 2, 2008

First Did-it-by-Myself Digi Layout!

About a month or so ago, I tried out for the design team for Prima. I was keeping up with their blog to find out the lastest news on it and saw that Prima was coming out with a new division called Prima Hybrid. Yep...Prima has digital products now!! And you can also buy their other products in their online store. I'm so excited about this! Anyway, the first kit that they were selling was called First Blush. It's a huge kit that is a collaboration of a bunch of digi designers. Of course, I snatched that right up. I have the Digital Scrapbook Teacher's book and have finished reading it so I might as well put it to good use, right?? I bought the kit and this is what I came up with! I've done a few digi layouts before but they were ones that had step-by-step instructions to complete it or it was a quick page (page already done-all you have to do is plug in photos). I did refer to the book a lot when I'd get stuck and I always found the answer I was needing without fail! This was such a fun page to do! I can't see myself ever going totally digital...I like the mess too much...but I like being able to expand my toolbox! If digital is something you are interested in, give Patty's book a shot! It is well worth the money and the time spent reading it! You can find a link to it at the bottom of my sidebar. The book includes a DVD that is packed full of kits and tags to import into your Photoshop Organizer so you don't have to do them yourself, freebie actions, and coupons to different digi-companies. Anyway, I can't say enough about this book...you'll just have to check it out for yourself! And no, you can't borrow mine!! Smile

Friday, February 1, 2008

SS DT Entry #4 and 5

These are the last two entries I submitted for the DT call. We needed to make a card or tag for one and the other had to be a layout featuring us and showing who we are.

For the card I used Wild Asparagus papers from My Mind's Eye. I had some scraps left over from another project that I did so that was perfect for this. I just inked the edges and rounded the corners of the large piece. I colored the flowers with the side of a brush marker so it just hits the high spots.

I had fun doing the layout! I used Winnie's Walls patterned paper from SEI. I just love those colors in it! I'm totally a green and coral-orangy type person. I inked my chipboard letters with chalk ink and then covered them with glitter glue. The flowers and vines along the right side are from Stampin' Up! in the Sale-a-Bration brochure. I colored them in with markers. The rub-ons on either side of "Just Me" are from the same package. Just Me was printed when I printed my photo. I did my journaling on strips by finishing out "I am...". In the left bottom corner, you can see part of a swirl stamp. This is from Inque Boutique and I stamped it to be the stem for the flower that is on the bottom of my photo. Then, I just threw other little embellishments on there! Oh and the scallop border under my photo was made by a large corner rounder. It was by far my favorite project I turned in. I was pretty proud of all my submisisons this time though and it paid off!! :) My term starts today!! Woohoooo!!! Wish me luck!

Supplies-Card: patterened paper (Wild Asparagus by My Mind's Eye); cardstock, corner rounder, oval punch, stamps, ink, ribbon, label holder, foam adhesive, marker (SU!); distress ink (Ranger); flowers (Prima); antique brad (The Paper Studio)

Supplies-Layout: cardstock (Hobby Lobby); patterned paper (Winnie's Walls by SEI); large corner rounder (EK Success); chalk ink (Clearsnap); stamps (Inque Boutique); markers (EK Success-Zig Writer, SU!); glitter glue (Ranger); crop-a-dile (We R Memory Keepers--used to punch out chipboard periods); metal letter (American Crafts); file kit (Basic Grey); clips (Making Memories); floss (DMC); brads (Making Memories, The Paper Studio-yellow); pen (American Crafts Precision); Versamarker (Tsukineko); glue dots (Glue Dots Intl.); gel pen (unknown); rub-ons, ink, chipboard, ribbon, flowers, scallop punch, emboss powder, buttons (SU!); 1/16 hole punch (Fiskars)