Come join me this Wednesday, September 23rd at Scrapbooks etc for a fun new class I am teaching, "Take a Memo". This is a decorative wire project where you will learn to manipulate, bend and twirl wire into a fun photo and memo display to enjoy in your home! Class is from 10:30am- 1pm. All you need to bring along in addition to your basic scrapbooking supplies are a pair of needle nose wire cutters and 4-6 2"x 2 or 2"x 3" photos. We are using some fun products from 7 Gypsies on this project, the ephemera pack, some of the mini clips and fasteners and a little bit of the new paper tape!
I love creating with chipboard and I am excited to announce I am teaching a new "Projects Now" Class at Big Picture Scrapbooking that shares my favorite techniques for creating with chipboard. The great thing about a "Projects Now" class is that you can take it whenever you like, registration is always open. I would love to have you join me. Click on the Big Picture Scrapbooking Link above and check it out! Be on the watch for other 'Projects Now' classes from me this spring at Big Picture Scrapbooking!
It has been a long while since I have collected something, I guess nothing has really caught my fancy to be honest.
This Christmas my husband put a cool iron and wooden coat hook from Anthropologie in my stocking. I had actually looked at them a few times when I had been shopping over the holidays and thought it would be fun to have one in my scraproom, so it was a nice surprise to get one as a gift. A good friend, Liz Eaton had mentioned that she was going to display a collection of hooks to hang stuff on in her son's room and I thought it might be fun to do the same in my scrap room for my ever growing collection of aprons and such.... I guess I better start collecting! Well on to hook number 2, I was internet surfing a couple of weeks ago and one link led to another and I found this completely cool boutique , I windowed shopped for awhile be fore I happend upon this
wonderful vintage coat hook from an English school classroom, it was love at first sight, one quick click of the mouse and this little beauty was mine. Does two make a collection, I am thinking so.... I loved that the vintage hook came with a lovely vintage postcard and label-shaped business card from the shop proprietess.
As I clump them somewhere on a wall I will have to post a photo to share. On an unrelated topic while cruising thru Michael's Craft store this weekend I found some super cute stuff in the sewing section that has some definite scrapbooking potential , It was a cute line of embellishments inspired by my favorite reality show Project Runway, and created by Dritz. I will post a picture below. ( so sad Project Runway's fate is unknown I miss the show already!)The trim and rosette flowers are made from twill zipper tape, the rosette zipper flowers have pins on the back so you could actually wear them if you wanted! The other item in the picture is an adorable box of straight pins with little blue buttons atop the pin head.... way cute.
Sometimes I take too long of a break from blogging and it makes it very hard to hop back in the blogging saddle again. Seems like even though I am busy, and lots of stuff if happening I keep thinking....well is it really blog-worthy? My friends, family and industry peeps are inquiring about an update so I here I go...... December is over but some definitely noteworthy things occurred so I will try to do a little recap! Christmas - it was wonderful, I was way more organized and prepared from a card sending, cookie making, shopping point of view this year largely because I took a great class from Aby Garvey at Simplify 101. I made a great Christmas binder that kept my holiday to-do's, lists, recipes and holiday stuff in order and accessible. I would highly reccommend Aby's classes on organization she has them going on her website year round check them out! Christmas did feel like it happened all at once though, even though Alyssa got done with class at NAU on 12/10 she was unable to come home from Flagstaff until the 20th due to an extended practice schedule with the NAU dance team. They are attending UDA College Cheerleading and Dance National Competition in January and had a short break 12/20-1/2 for the holidays so they could prepare. Mike had also had a crazy month of travel for work and was literally only in town on weekends, two of which he didn't feel so well on in December so we were doing much of our family shopping and planning over the phone, he finally finished traveling on the 19th! Michael was done with school on the 19th as well so Christmas hoopla officially started the weekend of the 19th!
We made a mad dash to finish up and wrap all the presents and 6 days later the holiday was upon us! Next up in my recap is the Dancing with the Stars Live tour show that my mom and I attended...... WOW was it fun. My mom and I both really enjoy watching the Dancing with the Stars program during the viewing season and we had attended the live tour show together last year too but this years show blew last year's away!To start off with we had AMAZING seats, we could see perfectly, some of the dancers even ran out down the aisles near us, and the choregraphy was so much better than last year, the numbers were all way over the top, with great costumes. All my favorite professional dancers from the show were there, as well as some of my fav stars from this season, i especially liked seeing Lacy Schwimmer and Lance Bass do some of my favorite numbers from the season. Mom and I may be making this a yearly event! The next season of Dancing with the Stars starts Monday, March 9th can't wait! As I mentioned in my uber-short 12/29 blog post I also did a fun Scrapbooking Segment on the Channel 12 Arizona Midday show. I have had the fun of appearing on channel 12 all through 2008 as their local scrapbooking expert, I really enjoy doing it, and the folks at Channel 12 a super nice. My after Christmas segment was on not being overwhelmed by your Christmas photos.
My favorite project was a little 6 x 6 book that was filled with simple pages showing my christmas card photos for the last 18 years, my family and friends have all enjoyed looking at it, and it is now a permanent part of our christmas decor. I am looking forward to getting it out again next year and adding the next picture! I used a super cute Album from American Crafts, all I had to do was slide in my mini pages, the page sleeves were already part of the book! We also had the pleasure of having some company over the holidays. Mike's sister Janet and her daughter Theresa stayed with us from the 30th -Jan 6th. It had been a few years since Janet had been to Arizona and we thrilled to have her back. We watched movies, played bocci ball and croquet, as well as Apples to Apples! We went shopping and enjoyed some fabulous dinners out! Janet and Mike both enjoy Mountain Biking so they took a bike ride in Usuary Park that Janet really enjoyed.
A few days later we all hiked up the trail to the Wind Cave at Usuary Park before coming home to watch the Cardinals play football. The photo at the right is proof that I actually went hiking, I am not the out-doorsy type but I have to admit I enjoyed the workout! I think Mike could convince me to go again, I do wish there were bathrooms at the top though, I drank lots of water on the way up and it seems like a long way down! The photo at the top of this blog post was also taken the day of the hike it is a great shot of what the desert looks like this time of year in my part of Arizona. We were all sad to see Janet and Theresa go because that signaled the end of the holidays, back to school for Michael and back to work and work travel for Mike, and work for me as well. The first week of January whizzed by, I had not really been on my computer much over the holidays and I had some work to attend to immediately,so I am sad to admit that I am just now taking down my holiday decorations, I am doing a little every day with high hopes that they will be officially stored away until next year by the end of this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing ALyssa and some of her dance team buddies tomorrow, they are driving down from Flagstaff so they can hop on a plane to Orlando Thursday morning to attend the UDA College Cheer and Dance Competition they have been prepping for, it will be fun having a houseful of girls for a night! Ok my recap is done.... I am going to make a concerted effort to blog regularly going forward.
It always seems like it is too early to talk about Christmas in October, but as soon as Halloween is over..... wow Christmas is upon us! So in the spirit of Christmas being right around the corner I am teaching a fun Christmas themed class
at Scrapbooks etc.
We start by creating a fun collage background using the new Sticky-back Canvas designed by Claudine Helmuth, from Ranger as our base , then we make a fun flip book that is mounted right on top of the collage that counts down the fun things your family does during the month of December! We are using some super fun vintage inspired papers from Jenni Bowlin and Anna Griffin as well as a little glitter to give it that holiday sparkle!
I am teaching this class here in Mesa, Arizona next Thursday, October 30th 10:30-1:30pm at Scrapbooks etc, if you live close by and want to come create with us! I had so much fun with this I am considering making some extra kits to sell online, if you have an interest in a kit let me know If I create extra kits I will be doing it in the next week or so! I am will make a little photo album on my sidebar with a few more pictures of the project if you want to peek!
A few weeks ago my friend Stacy Julian asked me if I was willing to give myself a present... the gift of present day scrapbooking that is, my answer was most definitely YES! I challenge everyone who reads my blog to do the same. So often we focus on documenting the events that we are anticipating and capturing all that has transpired in the past that we forget to glory in the beauty of the present and life's everyday goodness. I challenge you to take 10 photos that capture your everyday life and put them in a little album that you can toss in your purse or put in your kitchen drawer.. put it somewhere you will look at it often to remind you to scrapbook the present and be engaged in your every day life. Look at this little collection of ordinary beauty often over the next year, then lets all create a layout or a project next October 1st, 2009 to commemorate a year of scrapbooking in the present! ( Don't worry Stacy said she wouldn't let us forget!) I will post my little mini book pages below, I wanted to keep this simple and really reflective of what I see every day in my life, I like it , it is me and my world right here, right now, today. Check out Stacy's blog today to see who else is joining in this challenge today . Please leave a blog link in your posts on my blog if your are participating so we can enjoy your present day scrapbooking!
Sometimes changes outside your creative life bring about good changes in your creative life. I have never been much of an exercise nut outside my dance classes, I just never found anything I liked that much to do. I admit these last couple years I had grown curious as most of my 40-something girlfriends who hadn't joined gyms previously now started joining or started exercise programs. I kinda wanted to join as well.... for social reasons if nothing else! But I kept thinking I just didn't have the time. Well I guess this summer I finally decided I had the time. (might have had something to do with how I looked in a swimsuit!) I haven't wanted to mention it here on the blog until I was sure this new workout lifestyle was gonna stick..... well almost 12 weeks later I am here to say it has stuck and I am reaping the benefits health-wise and in too many other ways to count. I have to give a shout out to my cousin Dana who has cheered me on each morning I
show up at the gym at 5:15 am and work my way through workouts that can sometimes be quite intimidating. Many mornings in the beginning what got me going was knowing that she was going to be there too! Most people who know me, know that I can be a little gung ho when it comes to new activities, well the gym has been no exception I signed up to work with a personal trainer 3 times a week for a while because to be honest I was scared I was going to hurt myself on all the equipment, and it has been a great decision! I am learning lots and really increasing my strength.
Dana introduced me to the spinning classes and I quickly have become addicted, who would have thought it possible considering I haven't put my butt on the bike in my garage in years! I was actually excited last weekend when Mike took me to the bike store he goes to get a pair of the special shoes that will clip into pedals of the spin bikes we use in class. I find myself really craving my 4-5 sessions a week at the gym and truely sad if I miss them. Since starting my gym shedual I have also been working on my diet. I read a great book recommended by my trainer at the gym that has really taught me how my body works with all the food that I put in it and as a result has changed my eating habits. You on a Diet: the owners manual for waist management when I started exercising my trainer said 70% of my success would depend on my ability to eat more healthy and after reading this book I really have focused on a healthier diet. You're are probably wondering what my results have been over these first 12 weeks. The obvious ones are a weight loss of 11 lbs and I am thinking about 6-7 inches( I didn't measure myself before but my clothes are loose). I am a migraine sufferer and my migraines have decreased by 50% as has my use of my prescription migraine medication.This right here mad the whole fitness regime worth it! I sleep better and generally wake up more well rested. Less obvious results but just as important.... I feel better about ME!!! in every way. I think because I am tackling physical challenges that are really daunting to me I feel less overwhelmed by other aspects of my life that may challenge me.
I have felt for a while like I had lost a bit of my creative energy, basically I didn't feel like playing with my art supplies... and for me that is wierd. Well I am happy so say that feeling has left the building.This photo to the left makes me happy, it was taken in my art room last night. I have recently been reading a fun technique book called Acrylic Revolution and I felt like trying out some of the techniques the author Nancy Reyner shares in the book so I made the little canvas in this blog post last night. I had been wanting to use some new stamps I bought a bit ago from Label Tulip, dang they have cute stamps and they totally made the canvas! I also got some of my inspiration from Tim Holtz at Creative Escape as well as on QVC yesterday, I just love his Grungeboard and Distress Ink products. I have to mention one more book I have recently been reading that relates to this post: stepping out of your comfort zone in life and in art! Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts is a phenomenal book. I am really enjoying her inspiring written words just as much as her art, there are many projects and techniques within her book that I am anxiously awaiting experimenting with.I would highly recommend it. Thats all I have today, thanks for listening, now that I have shouted out that I am committed to a healthier lifestyle I guess that strengthens the commitment more!
Right about this time last year I got a sweet email from Jenny Doh asking me if I wanted to participate in an issue of Somerset Workshop..... Oh my gosh... was she serious? Of course I did!! I regularly purchase and admire Somerset Studio's many publications I was thrilled beyond belief to have a part in one! Jenny had liked a technique that I had demonstrated in Lifelines, the last book that Carol Wingert and myself had written where I altered images printed on watercolor paper to resemble paintings. I was asked to do some variations on that technique. During the production process I had the pleasure to getting to know Jana Holstein who took over as managing edior of the Workshop Publications while this book was in production, she is such a wonderful person and a pleasure to work with.Here is a little peek of one of my projects,
I am not going to share any details about the project other than to say the photos used were taken by the uber-talented Kim Kwan,( PS Miss Kim I mentioned in my copy that you are my favorite Phoenix Photographer!),you need to buy the book, it should be in stores any day I just got my copy yesterday. I was humbled to be in the company of the other artists in the book Audry Hernandez, Linda Trenholm, Marsha Williams, Shana Cole, and Marie Shulse.
I know this a couple days late but definitely still worth mentioning! Every couple months lately I have had the opportunity to do small segments on the Arizona Midday show on Scrapbooking. This month, on Friday the 12th, I was asked to talk about scrapbooking your childs first year. As you all know my children are far past their first years so I had to dig into my photo archives when creating some projects as well as consult some experts I know on baby scrapbooking when pulling together the samples for my segment. The whole process actually turned out to be lots of fun. The little layout on the left uses some fun new paper from PInk Paislee and was a demonstration of a quick and easy way to get a snapshot of of your childs first year all on one scrapbook page if you really don't have it in you to create lots and lots of pages. It was fun pulling all these pictures of Alyssa who just turned 18 a couple months ago! The expert I consulted on baby scrapbooking was the darling Angie Dunn, who teaches with me at Scrapbooks etc in Mesa Arizona. Angie has taught many a class on scrapbooking your childs first year, and she was sweet enough to loan me some artwork to share on the show.
One of Angie's ideas that I just love is writing a letter to your child each month of their first year that talks about what you have noticed in their life and what you have enjoyed and pairing with one of your favorite photos from that month. Another great way to capture all the fantastic firsts that your child experiences that first year is to pre-print some journaling sheets and pair them with favorite photos each month, and use the journaling prompts to help you write down all the good stuff happening each month.
Another great idea and layout from Angie... isn't her daughter Chloe a total doll!!! After creating a project using Alyssa's baby photos I thought it would be fun to bust out some of Michael's baby photos to create an example of a simple baby album using the adorable Animal Crackers line from Making Memories... Oh my gosh this was fun product to work with!
My husband called me from a business trip the week I was working on the projects and asked me what I was working on, he totally cracked up when I told him I was working an a baby album for our baby son Michael,(Michael is now 13!). But, he wanted to see it as soon as he got home, it is really great to revisit all those photos and remember the good times. The final project I brought to the show was one I had done a couple years ago for the last Autumn Leaves book I did artwork for, Designing with Paper. It was a decorative frame that I had created for my sister Tricia to commemorate her daugher Samantha's first six months. I used ephemera and colors that worked with Samantha's bedroom scheme and glued them to a photo matt. The photo mat was paired with a inexpensive frame that I distressed and a favorite photo of Tricia's it has always been a favorite project of mine.
If you are looking for something fun to do tomorrow come join me at Scrapbooks Etc in Mesa Arizona for class tomorrow, we still have a couple seats left! From 10:30-1pm we will be creating this fun Autumn colored book! I just love the products we are using, the book base is product from Kaiser Craft called the Free style book, it is made out of a type of fiber board and so fun to work with! The paper is from Creative Imaginations and Basic Grey... plus everyone knows I love orange, I really like that it is orange and black but not Halloween themed so it is a little more versatile!! If you can't come to class and want a kit let me know I may have a couple left over!