Thursday, May 29, 2014

Roundup and Recap - May 2014



Hello, hello! May 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 are happily settling into a new normal here with our new little one and I am even managing to squeeze in some crafting time here and there...making lots of messes again!
Oh, and my toddler has a new found love of flair. Smart girl, she is!
I have lots of things going on in the studio and I can't wait to share more...

I first became familiar with Anke Kramer's work through Instagram. She has the most lovely style of soft layers combined with unabashed boldness. This layout she recently blogged is no exception:
I personally find it so hard to make a layout feel light and airy when using large pieces of patterned paper. Anke's layout so inspires me as she has been able to achieve the light and airy feel while still using larger elements. Gorgeous!

Oh, and she has the cutest dog that makes frequent appearances on her Instagram feed:)

  • Tags. I used to make them quite a bit and I haven't in a while. Time to get back to that!

I recently asked for requests on Instagram for upcoming videos.
I got a lot of great suggestions and am getting to work on those! 
I would love to hear any requests here as well!

I also managed to convince my toddler to give me back my flair and I have a few posts coming up for A Flair For Buttons.

Also... I mentioned last month that I am hoping to create a fabric covered journal. More on that soon...



Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Vacationing with the Scraps...

I recently "cleaned" my desk. The word cleaned is in quotations because, well... let's face it, clean is a relative term. At any rate, once things were "clean enough," I still had a mound of scraps on my desk. Not wanting to throw them away, I did the only other logical thing...

I put them in a bin and packed them to take on our beach vacation!
Knowing full well that most of my evening hours at the beach would be spent with our new little one, I didn't plan a daily journal to work in or a pile of projects to complete. Besides, packing an ambitious project would only lead to frustration as I would most likely not be able to execute it. 

Frustration is not what I want in my scrapping. Ever. Especially on vacation. So... I packed a very light back of fun scrappy things. Some stamps, a few stickers, 2 pages kitted up, my watercolors, and some basics like scissors and glue. And... all of those scraps, of course!

Those binders you see in the picture? Little scrapbooks for the girls to work on too. See? I'm even sharing my bag!

So, here it is... all ready to head to the beach...
I am quite grateful that my family not only put up with, but also encouraged me to have my goodies set up on the table all week and I was able to work on my layout in little 5 minute bits, much like I do at home. Yay!
I was able to grab a few minutes here and there to shuffle things around until I got to this point. Not too sure about the composition, I snapped a picture of the layout on my phone and laid in bed, staring at the page and pondering...

Please tell me I am not the only one who does that? 
Anyway, I decided to change things up and come morning, I had a new plan for this page. Well, it's a good thing I wasn't too attached to my previous page design, because in the middle of the night, the floor lamp, complete with glass shade, fell over and broke all over the table!

YIKES! Now, I am all for thinking outside the box and using unconventional materials. But, I draw the line at shards of glass...

I'm just glad it happened when no one was sitting there!
So, with the glass carefully picked up, I set about completing my new design idea. And, here it is!

If you look really close, you can even see a spot on the bottom left of the photo where the glass made a slight cut...
 Who says scrapbooking isn't an extreme sport?
 Ahhh... the adventure continues!
What happened to the rest of those scraps? There are still in the bin I packed them in. I am sure they will find there way to lots of pages!

Thanks for stopping by. I'll see you soon!

Monday, May 26, 2014

An Artsy Intro...

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

This week, we are talking "artsy stamps!" It might be a background, a hand-drawn image, a sketchy texture stamp, or a special saying. We challenge you this week to get out your artsy stamps and play!


I just love the look of the wood veneer heart paper from Dear Lizzy's Daydreamer collection. As soon as I got my hands on these new Dina Wakley Heart Stamps, I thought they would be perfect to create a die-cut heart page of my own.

To get started, let's play with some modeling paste!
I want to try making impressions into the paste using the stamps, so I am just spreading it onto my card stock base...
 and pressing it in...
 hmmm... maybe practice will make progress with this technique?
Ah yes - it turns out that the thinner the paste and the less pressure I give to the stamp, the better the impression...
 Now, that will take a bit of drying, so while we wait, let's do some white heat embossing...
 To use as a resist with some watercolors...
 Once the modeling paste was dry, I also applied some watercolors an then I simply cut out each heart...
Now it's time to assemble my "page." I have pulled out a scrap piece of card stock to use as a guide for size. I don't plan on adhering anything to this page, it is merely a guide to assure that I don't go outside of a 12x12 boundary...
 Using my tacky glue, I place down hearts, glue, and weigh them down with my water spray bottle...
Once the hearts are thoroughly dry, we can embellish! This page will serve as the intro to my art journal scrapbook that I am working on for my girls. I wrote out my title and cut it out and now I am just playing with lots of fun die cut bits and pieces...
 With things embellished, I used a page protector as a template to space and punch my holes...
And then I painted the entire back of the page with a thick coat of white paint. Not only does this add strength to the hearts, but allows for a nice base to decorate or journal on at a later date...
 And there we have it!
My take on the fabulous wood veneer heart page by Dear Lizzy, using those amazingly versatile heart stamps!
 An intro into an album full of things that I hope my girls will always remember...
And there it is in the album! I plan on adding an additional page in between this one and the one that currently follows to allow those hearts to pop even more...

I had so much fun playing with my artsy stamps this week! I can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge.

So... 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 :)

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