Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hornung ABCs - 'I'

My second ABC layout for February: I is for Icecream!
I LOVE ice cream!!! Sometimes I love it more than others - you know, sometimes you crave it and others you could live without it ... but I still LOVE it!

Once again, sticking to a similar layout. I used the Kathryn Wilson Ink Collection Polka paper (WeRStoryKeepers), painted lace brush (I used it as a mask) from tbrady (WeRStoryKeepers) and all elements are from the Waiting to Happen kit by Monica Guerra Leiria (free download, don't know where it's from) and fonts are Adler and Another Typewriter.

I hope you like it!


Hornung ABCs - 'D'

Tanya had to mix it up and be crazy for the ABC challenge over at Stampin' Scrap. This month's letters are 'D' and 'I'.' Of course, D is for Daddy :)

The layout kept with a similar design as the last layout. If it's going to be a book, there should be somewhat of a common theme. I used the Kathryn Wilson Ink Collection Polka paper, painted lace brush from tbrady and all elements are from the Waiting to Happen kit by Monica Guerra Leiria.

I hope you like it!


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Family Album

This is another wedding gift. It's a bit of a different style ... I used the Lisa Bearnson Family album kit.
I love the box it comes in. A little bit harder to access, but so totally worth it!
The book is a little too fat for the box, though. You think they would have thought of that when they made them to go together ...

There are a lot of hidden journaling pockets and slides. On every page there is the artwork and journaling on the left and then a lightly decorated page on the right to place a photo (or a few).

I love the slide with the love rubon above!!! I wanted it!

I hope they like yellow :)
It's so hard when creating something for someone else to not think about keeping it and what you would do if it were for you ... it's an internal struggle.
You want it to look good for that other person, but you don't feel the need to have it be perfect because it won't be yours. However, you don't want to make mistakes - the cuts need to be the clean, the measurements precise, etc because it's a gift ... you may forgive some poor execution, torn paper, skewed angle, etc on your own stuff, but you don't want to give it away ... weird, but so true.

I hope you like it!


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Heart Album

Well, I finally finished. I've been working on several gift projects lately and I finished one!

This album is a wedding gift:

I used the Blush line from Basic Grey. Notice the MM charms that I attached to the ring? I love that little touch. It ties in with the quote on the cover.
These are all the pages. I got this Peek-a-boo heart album from It has both chipboard and acrylic pages. It's my first time working with acrylic pages ... and I bought rub-ons to use :)
I hung the heart charm from the heart window. It was inspired ... Ribbon and vintage lace is misc. from my collection.

Basic Grey rub-ons, K&Co. Fabric brad (isn't it fabulous!), vintage lace, Joann's heart brads, CI cardstock ...

flower ribbon from Walmart, K&Co. pink rub-on, MM love metal charm
Joann's heart brads and MM photo turns ...

misc. hemp twine ...
Heidi Swapp bling heart
Basic Grey chipboard, K&Co. pink rubons, MM letter stickers

K&Co. bling came with the pink rub-ons ...
you can't really see it, but I signed the back...
I absolutely love it! I want to keep it! I wish I'd gotten another one of these albums so I could make another one ... but, I'm happy to bless somebody with it and I hope they like it :)


Friday, February 20, 2009

Andrew & Mommy

I've sat on these pictures for a few weeks wondering what to do with them. I wanted the right feel, the right colors, the right design. Suddenly, I was feeling it:

My baby and me ... so sweet :)

Sketch from February Pagemaps
Die-cut paper/journal is from Thankful by Kitty Chen and Bren Boone available at Oscraps.
Everything else is from the Indefinitely kit by TalyorMade Designs available at Oscraps.

Kept it simple ...

Hope you like it!


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Archiving project update

You can check out my original archiving question in THIS post.

After receiving advice and input, I was planning to just use the originals. I didn't want to worry too much and I'd always have scans (however lousy) as back-up to remember. However, they're still sitting in a stack on my desk because life got in the way and I've moved on to other things.
Then, I read about this site: that scans them in for you and it seems like a fairly reasonable price. But, it would still be over $50 USD - probably more like $100 ... do you think it's worth it?

I really do hope to start soon, but I've got my travel album to finish for my anniversary (March 23rd), two mini-books for wedding gifts, one for the mini-album swap, two cards, my kids' baby albums, an gift for my parents' 50th (March 10th) ... the list goes on and on of the things I want to accomplish.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Little Shop of Sketches Wednesday!

Another two weeks, another sketch :)

Here is sketch #31:
Here is my take on it:
To see the other wonderful layouts done by the LSOS designers, go HERE. Such talented ladies!
If you do a layout based on the sketch and upload it to the gallery, you'll be entered to win a prize!

There's actually a bit of a story to go with this sketch ...
I originally started out with a picture I had just taken of Samantha ... so after fiddling around for a bit, this is what I came up with:
I did the journaling with a Journaling Junkie challenge in mind - writing a love letter to someone you care about. But, for many reasons, I wasn't entirely happy with the layout. It felt forced.

But, if I was writing love letters, I needed to write one to Justin and created this layout the same day. I'm working on the one to Andrew(baby) and debating on doing one for Kevin (hubby).

So, I just decided to do another one (refer to the layout above). I had the sweetest picture of Kevin and Samantha cuddling. It may not be the best photograph, but it brings back the most wonderful memory. Samantha was watching a Cinderella story on TV and was very into it - dancing and being excited when the characters were. It was really too cute for words. Kevin saw it and just had to go over and give her a hug. She was so happy to have daddy hug her and they watched the end of the show together. It's hard to explain, but it's just one of those moments that touch your heart.
I don't think I did the photo justice with my layout, but I'm not going to stress too much about it.

Perhaps I should do a supply list, but I am just so NOT in the mood, so contact me if you want to know something :)

I hope you enjoy them!


Monday, February 16, 2009

Christmas 2007 Layout

The gals over at Stampin' Scrap had an online class. I wasn't able to participate because of the HUGE time difference (it would have started at 2AM my time). But, I did get the instructions and did it by myself this afternoon. It was rather odd doing a scrapbook layout while the men were banging in the other room and the kids were playing all over the house. I had to pause numerous times to be a mommy.

But, this is my end creation and I'm happy with it. There are a lot more flowers than I had originally planned ... but I couldn't stop!

It's a bit different from the instructions. I had to work with what I had ...
Also, please forgive the half dried glitter glue. I was eager to take the picture before we lost daylight.

The supply list is pretty long, so let me know if you want to know what something is.

I hope you like it!


the Story of Us book

I hope you all had a very good Valentine's Day!

We have had a very big weekend. It's President's Day weekend here in the US, so my hubby has Monday (today) off. He wanted to do another household project. We started on Friday night by clearing out our 24'x6' front room, stripping the floor, and painting the walls. Now hubby dearest and my brother-in-law are installing a new hardwood floor. Our whole downstairs has double furniture and tons of clutter ... what fun.

Needless to say, the creative mood has been dampened ... but not completely!

I decided I was going to attempt a new project for V-day. I had a ton of ideas going through my head ... but ended up going with a digital project which I was going to print out and make into a mini-album. I've been having problems with my graphics program and it keeps crashing, but I was saving my work like a fiend ... until the file became corrupted - twice. Who knows why, but I lost everything! Believe me, I was not happy.

With no time to spare, I whipped up what I could *again* and had it printed out. I decided to try and have it printed in color on cardstock at my local Staples instead of printed out on photo paper at my local Walmart. They're 5x7" graphics. I could fit two on a page - so five pages for $6. Not bad.

Then I cut the shapes out and glued onto them on to chipboard. Punch a few holes and bind with ribbon ...

It's not perfect, but I like it.

My darling daughter wanted to help me out:

And then she took this rather unflattering picture of me:

Maybe this will inspire you to break out and do something new. I hope you like it!


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Craft Time!

See what I made today!
I love it!
I've been wanting to make a special poster for our craft times at the church for a while, but just haven't got around to it. Since I had all my stuff out last night for the other layout, I decided to do this as well. It has a ton of layers and I probably went overboard on the flowers, but I like it :) It makes me happy :)

I used a ton of products from a lot of different companies. If you want to know what something is, just let me know :)