Thursday, February 27, 2014

Roundup and Recap - February 2014



Hello, hello! February is coming to an end... so, I believe it's time for a little R and R. And by that, I mean...




That's right! Welcome to the end-of-month newsletter style post, here at The Mailbox.

This is the time and place where I will share what has caught my eye around the web, things I am loving, what I hope to try soon, and more...

Let's jump right in, shall we?


Speaking of Roundups... I have a fun little Recap of Reasons to use Flair up now over at A Flair For Buttons.
I also had the pleasure of joining Noell, Ruth, and Izzy on the Paperclipping Roundtable a couple of days ago. We chatted all about the balance of family time and creative play. 

This is indeed a topic I love talking about. In fact, I did a little series on this subject last fall, Fitting It All In. If you haven't read that, please take a look! And, please be sure to have a listen to the show!



There is always so much fabulous inspiration all over the blogosphere and such! I try my best to peruse my favorites on a regular basis and here is what I found most notable this month:

Leann's work is always inspiring and this layout is no exception. What I love most about it is how she manages to incorporate a grid design of two kinds as well as plenty of mixed media goodness. And, somehow, the focus is still on the photos. Fabulous!
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer recently shared a post of 48 hours in her world. I absolutely love the way she presented this and what's even better is that she linked back to a similar post she did two years prior. This is such a fabulous way to gain perspective on time and the different twists and turns one's life can take. Very inspiring. Plus, if you are anything like me... you will be jealous of how late she sleeps in :)



Watercolors
Die Cuts
Watercolors
Die Cuts

Can't get enough of them....

Seriously. I ordered some of the new American Crafts die sets that were just released... I can't stop playing with them! Not to mention some of the Simon Says Stamp exclusives that have recently found a home in my studio. There are so many possibilities!




Speaking of those aforementioned possibilities... I might just have a video coming soon :)

And while we are talking about videos, I have forged ahead with my idea to do a series on Trends and will be sharing more on that soon.

Oh yeah - and then there is the little detail of another person soon to come in soapHOUSE. It's very possible that the next time we have a Roundup and Recap post, I will officially be a mother of four little ladies! Let's hope so anyway... I am usually late and really like that my due date is in March. But, the wee one might have her sights set on April. We shall see...


Thanks for stopping by and I will see you soon!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Playing With Some Printables of My Own... and a Video!

I love the idea of printables. Pay and download once, print over and over. Basically an endless supply. Really, what's not to love about that? Well, for the most part, printables tend to be fairly clean and graphic in nature. I know they are not all that way... but for the most part, they are. 

And while that is fun and lovely, it is just not my style. I like a messy, sketchy look. Plus, I like the messy sketchiness to be of my own doing. So, I thought I might try my hand at some printables of my own....
I had lots of fun playing around with some of my doodles... coloring, enlarging, cutting, and embellishing. 

Take a look.... 
(Having trouble viewing the embedded video: Direct link here: http://youtu.be/bYYNHmejWHw)




That really was fun!
 Lots of options...
For layering and creating...
 And a variety of looks achieved...
All with one little page of doodles...
I might have to try that again!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Canvas and Paste with some Mittens and Sun Hats...

Happy Monday! We have a new challenge for you up on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog. This week are talking paste!

Stencils are all the rage, and we've noticed an increasing variety of paste mediums to go along with that. This week – we challenge you to get out your paste or stencils and make some texture on your project! Whether you’re a fan of gel mediums or embossing pastes, using gesso and a stencil to make texture or you just love ‘pasting’ bits of paper together decoupage style – let’s see what you can do!


I love building a page on 12x12 Sticky Back Canvas. And I love even more the tone-on-tone effect that plain Modeling Paste gives on this raw material...

I have chosen this stencil as it reminds me of both a sunshine and a snowflake... and since this layout is about how my Georgia-bred children dress up for the cold, it seemed quite appropriate!
Likey so! Isn't that pretty? And mixed with some of these fun bits, I think we are on our way to a lovely page...
While I wait for that paste to dry, I went ahead and put some of those scraps to use and made my own little prize ribbon embellishment. These are so much fun to make!
And now that the paste is indeed dry, let's add some color. I have marked out where my photo will be and now I am applying some watercolor. The paste makes the most interesting resist. Because it is somewhat porous in nature, it doesn't resist completely, but enough that a perfectly unpredictable contrast is achieved.
 Now, I'm just layering my elements up...
 And placing the embellishments around...
Title time! One thing I have learned is that stickers do not love to stick to this canvas, especially tiny little letter stickers. So, I just spread out some Matte Medium and am going to apply my letters into that. This should hold them well and dry nice and clear.
Once all that was dry, I finished things off with some pencil lines and journaling on the photo...

And there we have it!
 Lots of fun little bits and pieces...
 To go with my paste...
Alrighty! Now it's your turn. I can't wait to see how you get pasty this week. Go get crafty and link-up with us!

Every week a random winner is chosen to win a $50 spending spree from SimonSaysStamp.com.

How awesome is that?

Here is my supply list :)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Taking Liberty With Some Panoramas...

Back in October, the hubbs took a week-long trip to complete some course work at Liberty University. Being the scrapper that I am... most of my texts to him ended with, "Send me a pict!!!" 

Well, he was a good boy and gave me plenty of material to scrap. Two of my favorite photos that he sent were panoramas. I wanted to use both of them, in addition to a third photo, but also wanted plenty of room to play with goodies and include a section with his thoughts.

So, I just shrunk those stretched out images down a bit and this is what I ended up with:
Isn't that cute? Well, the economy hotel may not have been cute, but this little print of his picture sure is!
Due to the variety of prints sizes and the other elements I want to include, I am going to go with an informal grid design:
With all my little layers laid out, let's go ahead and sketch out the grid. I am using a heavy hand as I want the pencil lines to stay:
 With those all set, time to get messy!
The usual white paint...

The grid lines offer a wonderful guide for shading. I simply apply the color toward the point where the lines intersect and then I shade out from there. This provides a wonderfully easy way to add some dimension.
 Yep! Love the way that turned out...
While that was drying, I asked hubby to journal on that project life card. Now, I have added that back in place with my other elements and it's time for some washi...
I have everything the way I want it, but still want to add some more dimension. This time, it's Gelatos to the rescue...
 All smooshied out, with some water added...
 Then, I just play with that color... adding it in and around my grid:
 Likey so!
 A week at Liberty...
 ... documented!
Now, of course... while the hubster was away, the girlies and I had to have some fun of our own. We declared it our "Fall Fun Week." And we did have lots of fun indeed! 

I plan to have these pages side by side in my album. So, in a sense, this is a double spread. But, since they are of two different subjects and locations, I chose to focus on a similar color palette along with the grid design structure. This way, they will look like they belong together, but will read as two separate stories.

As you can see, I gathered plenty of Project Life cards, lots of scraps, and just went to town layering...
 Yes! That was fun!
 Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!
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