Sunday, July 31, 2011

It all Starts Aug 6

Some totally awesome and exciting news from Scrapbook News and Review !!!

What does the following list of 27 totally awesome scrapbooking and stamping companies have in common? Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, of course! To help us celebrate the last bits of summer and usher in fall with zip and zeal, SNR will be featuring weekly events that will truly blow your mind and each event will be chock full of amazing artwork and technique tutorials galore!

Treat yourself to a weekly dose of learning, inspiration and fun – not to mention the chance to win some seriously cool prizes and play with some seriously cool products.

Each Monday, we’ll release all the delightful details of the upcoming week’s schedule. This way, you’ll be ready to rock n’ roll your way through the week and have everything ready to go so you can get your creative groove on.

Each spectacular scrap or stamp company will have their own event (read absolutely fabulous chance to shine in the spotlight!) AND also have a huge article inside the magazine just bursting to the gills with fresh, fun, funky paper crafting projects that will get you creating and learning in brand spankin’ new directions as well as with tried-and-true methods -- with that infamous SNR tweak cause you know we’ve gotta put our special spin on everything we do and touch! Otherwise it wouldn’t be SNR worthy, right?

And get a gander at the list of participating scrap and stamp companies that the spectacular SNR staffers will be working with (listed in alphabetical order):

Artistic Outpost

Copic Markers

Cosmo Cricket

Crate Paper

Creative Inspirations Paint

Dog Gone Stamps

Donna Salazar

EK Success

Jenni Bowlin Studios

Lindy's Stamp Gang

My Favorite Things Stamps

Nikki Sivils

Pan Pastel


Prickley Pear Stamps




Serendipity Stamps


SRM Press

Studio Calico

TaDa Creative Studios

Technique Tuesday Stamps

The Cat's Pajamas


We R Memory Keepers

Stay tuned for more info! You won’t believe your eyes or your ears!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

M is for Memories

M is for true is that.
This photo was taken in 1955 of my Great Grandparents. The woman is my namesake. Now I know that to have photos of Great Grandparents is a plus but even better when they are in as good condition as the one I have. (ok it helps that a Great Uncle was a professional photographer but still)
When I did up the layout and added the title I wasn't thinking so much on what it REALLy meant-it just looked good. Then I began sharing with my family, and they all began thanking me for reminding them about the fun times that were had. They began sharing stories about memories had on the farm, remembering stories that hadn't been told in years and sharing them again.
This is why I scrapbook, why I share my photos and layouts and spend time and money. Years from now my girls will still know family, even if they never met. Their children will know the family and the stories and memories will continue to be passed on.
M truly is for Memories
layout featured in June issue of Scrapbook New and Review

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Art Is an Adventure

Over at Paper Artists Online my friend is hosting a 4x6 challenge. You take a 4x6 piece of paper and cut it into pieces. Decorating each piece with a theme in mind.

For mine I pulled out a piece of paper I painted eons ago and stamped text (Club Scrap) embossing after. I used a piece of ribbon vine, metal flowers from Tim Holtz, and of course Prima flowers.
I cut a 4x4, a 2x2 and 4 inchies from my 4x6 sheet. This is my 4x4

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rock Hunting

This layout came about after a visit to the Coast of Maine. Famous for its "rocky beaches" I had to do something to showcase one of the many Rock Hunts we went on while there. The rocks are all shapes and sizes, most smooth after being beaten for years by the water. The search was on to find the PERFECT one.

I did the layout for the June issue of Scrapbook News and Review. Painted Gesso in areas. The brackets are Pink Paislee covered with Lumiere paint

Monday, July 25, 2011

Je T'aime

Here is a super sized tag I decided to sit down and make. The background was made by taking a piece of cardstock and covering it with Sewing Pattern tissue paper. I then added color with a bit of Distress Stains and Gelatos.
I stamped the large Eiffel Tower and embossed it with Ranger EP.
stamped some various other images, added some canceled postage stamps from France, and finally a vintage magazine image.
Last touch was a bit of bling in the form of a Prima flourish I cut up.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Routine

Given a prompt of 1 word--ROUTINE. I created this layout featured in the June issue of Scrapbook News & Review.
Now my morning routine is exactly the same every single day. I grab a cup of coffee and the local newspaper, sit at the kitchen table and read until I am done.

In order to showcase this I took an issue of the paper and tore it into pieces. Took make it more relevant to me (but hard to see in the pic) I focused on current events I was interested in or world events affecting us all.
Using Gel Medium I covered a piece of cardstock with the newspaper, then applied a light coat of Gesso to tone it down. Covered with a brown Glaze then spray with Mist from Tattered Angels and Luminarte. Finally using stamps from Blockheads and Club Scrap I stamped coffee beans, spill marks and cup stains, embossing a few for added texture.
Took a pic of my favorite coffee cup, added some foam letters and journaling.

Monday, July 18, 2011

These Days

Layout published in June issue of Scrapbook News and Review.
The background was made by tearing an old map into pieces, then using gel medium to completely cover a piece of cardstock with the map pieces.
I scribbled with Gelatos for color, then added chalkboard mist by Tattered Angels. Stamped in places with Prima and Club Scrap stamps using StazOn ink. Free stitched a circle to frame my photo using my machine.
Rubbed VersaMark ink in spots and sprinkled with UTEE to give added texture and finally finished it off with RubOns by LilyBee designs