Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Archivers or bust!

I wanted to take a second and share the great news with everyone-I have officially started training in at the local Archivers! I'm so excited, I've wanted to work there since I moved to the area and subsequently applied several times, it just goes to show that persistence pays off!

In celebration I wanted to share with you my completed Tropical Travelogue from our vacation this past January to the Southern Caribbean. I attempted my first slide show so bear with the bumps along the road I think I spent more time playing than anything else!

The album was based on a similar album seen on the Graphic 45 blog (and for the life of me I can't find the image but will keep looking!) The album itself was made using chipboard, black cardstock and a Tim Holtz large binder ring. I'm toying with a tutorial on it, so hopefully I will have that for you in the somewhat near future!

Remember this is my first slide show so please be gentle! But any feedback would be much appreciated!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Feeling French?

Good morning everyone! I'm in sunny Kansas City this weekend visiting my darling niece Avalee! She is such an energetic little girl, and so adorable! This is Ava with her 'dampa' at my parents' house this summer-such a sweet heart! So before our little tornado wakes up I've got a little amour to share with you. This page was created for a couple of challenges over at scrapbook.com, the Feeling French challenge and the Round Robin challenge. For the Round Robin I lifted Pat's (GentlewoodFarms) layout 'Bruce Almighty'. Check out the original!

The Feeling French challenge required you to choose three elements on a set list of elements to use, I opted for lace, the Eiffel tower and a french phrase. And I used my absolute favorite line of Prima paper 'Moulin Rouge'-if I could find a couple of full sets of this I'd definitely snap them up!

The photo is of my sister and her husband on their, you guessed it, wedding day. They had this gorgeous vintage Rolls Royce to bring them to the reception, and I just loved this photograph, it just has a classic feel to it which I felt worked quite well with the Prima line.

The flocked rub-on plaque behind the title is actually the leftovers. If you've ever used this product you know that once you've used the rub-on there is an outer layer of flock on the plastic backing which leaves a gorgeous negative image. Just trim the plastic as close to the flock as possible and you have a fabulous new embellishment to use!

I hope everyone has a fantastic Saint Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

I'm working on a Cigar box and mini album swap over at Scrapbook.com-another one of Martica's fantastic swaps! This round I have the privilege of creating for Throwscraps and to be honest I am a little intimidated! She is so talented and I really hope she enjoys what I've been working on for her!

The mini album isn't quite finished yet but I wanted to share the cigar box I've made for her. I started with a blank wooden cigar box from Michael's and painted it with the Martha Stewart acrylic pearl paint. Silly me forgot to prime it first so it took several coats!
I used the Graphic 45 'Once Upon a Springtime' 12x12 pp pack. I just love this line, it is so soft and pretty, perfect for this springtime swap! I had a fabulous time in Michael's looking for coordinating flowers and embellies and I'm pretty sure I broke the bank on them! But I have such a huge selection to choose from now.

The sign on the cover was cut out of standard chipboard from the Tim Holtz Alterations die 'Hanging Sign' I just flipped it upside down to cover the holes with flowers. I first inked the entire thing with Vintage Photo distress stain and then embossed it using vintage photo embossing powder. I then covered the entire thing with a thin layer of Rock Candy distress crackle paint. Surprisingly I didn't lose the texture from the embossing under the crackle paint and I just love how it turned out!

I wanted to keep the inside fairly simple so I went for schlacking the inside cover with a thick layer of matte mod podge, layering the pps and podged it again; adding a few flowers. For the interior I wanted to give the impression of the mini 'nesting' in the box so I lined it with pink silk. For the most part the mini still fits inside-but it isn't done yet! Look for photos and a tutorial to come for the mini album portion!

Monday, March 12, 2012


This is a page I created for a challenge going on over at Stay True to God, they have three amazingly generous RAKs to give out so take a peek here! I opted to try go for level three which meant using all four colors, (lavender, ice blue, cream and grey), three embellishments (flowers, bling, pearls or lace) one shape (damask or diamond) and one technique (one of three stamp tutorials or handmade flowers) and this was my final result! Oddly enough it turned out exactly the way I pictured it in my mind from the beginning. A rare occurrence I can assure you!

I've only used three sheets of paper for this entire page, including all of the handmade flowers. The blue paper and grey papers are from My Mind's Eye 28th Street Market from Michaels and I used a sheet of Basic Grey's Little Black Dress line with the damask shapes.
I handmade all the flowers using the Tim Holtz tattered florals die and the Regal Flourishes texture fade. Using this tutorial I posted in my first post. I topped them off with various bits of bling and pearls while tucking some crystal and pearl flourishes randomly throughout.
The colors turned out to be a bit harder than I anticipated, at least the lavender. It turns out I am not a big 'purple' person, so I opted to add it as an accent color. Mainly in the form of the milled lavender distress ink and acrylic paint.
I used a Melody Ross chipboard tag which I sanded down, primed, re-sanded, painted blue with Martha Stewart's Pearl acrylic paint in Jet Stream. I edged it in lavender acrylic paint and used my finger to add a grained look.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to check out the challenge over at STTG!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Good morning friends!

So I've been MIA for quite a while! Although I have been up to my elbows in glue, paint and all things mini! And having a ton of new photos from vacation to sift through and start working on I opted to skip the traditional 12x12 album and went to work on a mini album using the newish Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue papers!

Still in progress I at least wanted to share the cover of my album, I had such a great time with this project since the papers are so bright and the images are just gorgeous! I wasn't sure if I could make this work for our entire vacation since I had over 300 images, but I was able to fit about 50 photos into this 10x7.5" album!

*No the cover pp isn't from the collection, but it is still a Graphic 45 pp from the On the Boardwalk collection

I still have 3 pages left to finish so I will be back to share more photos and a supply list once I have those complete but for now I hope you enjoy the little sneak peek!