Monday, March 31, 2014

A New Album... And a Video!!!

Hello, hello! We have a new challenge up for you over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog. This week anything goes! 

I will be back on Wednesday to share a little tutorial. But, in the mean time, I hope you will take a look at this little video....

I mentioned in a recent post that I am starting a new album for my girls. 

I hope to approach this album as a bit of a hybrid between art journaling and traditional scrapbooking. 

I want it to be... to them, from me. Full of things that I want them to know and that I think are important for them to remember.
To begin, a picked up an American Crafts Modern Album and set about altering the cover...

Take a look! (Having trouble viewing the embedded file? Direct link here:

YAY fun!

I look forward to filling this up and sharing it with my girls...

And all of you too, of course!
See you soon!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Roundup and Recap - March 2014

Hello, hello! March 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?

We started a new video series here... Trying on a Trend. Trends can be good. They can be fun. Sometimes they can make you say "hmmmmmm????" Regardless, it is always good to try something new and step out of one's creative comfort zone. That is the best way to learn and grow as an artsy craftsy person. So, that is what we will be exploring in this new series.

If you missed the first installment, you can take a look here:

We also took a look at how I decided to document my pregnancy as a first time pregnant scrapper. You can see more of that here.
Speaking of pregnancy, there has also been lots of to-do list completing, scrapping, and napping as we await the arrival of number 4 :)

I must admit that this month most of my web surfing involved organizing and home renovation things. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that my nesting with this pregnancy took it's form in home projects. The poor hubbs. 

At any rate, I know this is not news to many of you, but in the multiple google searches and such that this led me to, I happened upon the wonderfully inspiring inspiration that the Anthropologie brand has to offer. It is completely out of my league, which is really just fine as I am typically not a shopper. But, their bedding? WOW! Full of inspiration.

This one in particular...
It wasn't right for our project, but I just love the subtle, yet geometric leaf design, the bold and speckled colors... 
There is so much of this that could translate to an art piece or a layout.

And speaking of all that nesting... I have been filing the many progress photos using hashtags on Instagram and am pondering a fun project with those. More on that soon!

Baby, Baby, Baby.

That is all.

Did I mention baby?

Oh yes - well, and some videos and craftsy things too... I promise!

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you soon!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Call Me Inspired...

At the beginning of the year, I mentioned that I have a little Pinterest Board entitled "Must Try This." I have done some of the things that I have taken the time to pin, but not nearly enough. This year, I am working on changing that.

First up, a custom cell-phone case as inspired by Meihsia!

I found this odd little case on clearance at my local big-box craft store. As you can see, it came with a clear case and a "pad" of designs. 
I simply pulled off one of those lovely designs to use as the base for my collage. After all, it is the right shape and all... seems like a good enough plan to me. I have white-washed it and am now just going to collage some scraps about:
Coming along...
A little glitter...
And this is what the backside looks like... Just need to trim it up a bit...
And squish it into that plastic case...
Likey so!
That was super fun and turned out quite cute, if I do say so myself!
Isn't it fun on that little easel? Like a little piece of art... tee hee!
It's no Otter Box and will certainly not hold up if dropped in the storm drain, but it makes me smile and that works for me!

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Building A Transparent Pocket...

Happy Monday! We have a new challenge for you up on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog.

This week we challenge you to be transparent. Will you use vellum? Perhaps share all the details of your project leaving no secrets unseen? Add a layer of frost film or use mediums that are not opaque? The choice is yours!

One of my favorite transparent products is vellum. And, one of my favorite uses for vellum is to create a memorabilia pocket. It allows your goodies to be seen, but tones them down just enough that they won't dominate your page.

Let's take a look!

We recently completed a big project at our house... a new deck! And by we, I mean my very talented husband. He really can build anything and it never ceases to amaze me. I want to document this new addition to our home and include his architectural drawing as well...

With all of my goodies and the vellum ready, here we go...
Here is the starting point for this page. The large vellum pocket will be the foundation, while the little before, during and after photos will be lined up under some vellum "windows." Finally, the little panoramic photo will be below that. Notice that in the larger "after" picture, it is covered in snow? That's right. He built the deck through wintery rain, wind and snow. What a man!
Alright. Things are moving along here. I have stitched down my vellum pocket and adhered the other elements. Now I am just adding in some vellum blocks as embellishment. I like how they pull the vellum around the page and reinforce the theme of "building."
Ah yes - this is something we say around our house quite often. If we need or want something...

"Let's Build It!"

Notice those are vellum letters as well? Perfection!

Some fun little embellies...
And now for some rub-ons! They are actually quite a bit transparent and have a vellumy feel to them...
See? All dotted around...
And there we have it!
Lots of goodies...
Lots of interactivity...
And a pocket of memories to boot!
I'd say that tells this story in a wonderfully transparent way!

So... now it's your turn! Go get crafty and link-up with us!

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Here is my supply list :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What's That You Say?

Oh, yes. Numbers and I don't get along. It's like a foreign code to my brain. I struggled with math in school and still do to this day. Luckily, for my children's sake, they seem to have escaped this particular genetic defect. 

Thanks to my helpful and very math inclined 8 year old daughter, along with my husband, and of course modern inventions like the calculator... this has never been a huge issue for me. 

Most of the time it is just humorous and quite often the beginning of many jokes at mommy's expense.

So, I think this is an amusing topic to scrap and to include in my album. Maybe one day my great, great, great grandchildren will happen upon this page and it will explain to them why all of the other pages in the album are full of unevenly cut paper and wonky grids.

Plus, I have a ton of die cut numbers that I just don't know what to do with...

Let's scrap!

Here is the basic composition that I plan to go with. Large triangular patterns with numbers scattered about...
I like the idea of the numbers being sort of subtle, but not completely hidden. A simple smudging around with some white paint does the trick...
All of those die cut numbers are in place, but I want to push that idea more. A few cuts with my Sizzix and I have even more numbers at the ready...
OK, those are all set. Now, I found this die in my stash. It is from Amy Tangerine's latest collection. As you can see, I sliced it up and plan to only use a portion of it on my page. 
And with a few more embellishments and such, that pretty much does it!
I love how easily this page came together.
Somewhat ironic, actually... seeing as I was scrapping a story about something that is a challenge for me...

Ah numbers.... they get me every time!
What's that...

You say?
No worries - I plan to stick to uneven paper and wonky grids!

Have a great weekend!
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