So yes, I'm guilty of "flooding my blog" today - but I like to get them up and clear the decks so I can start on new things. So pardon my inconsistency - but I love to block and tackle. And I know I could schedule my posts out - but somehow its just not as fun for me. Yes, I enjoy instant gratification in my hobby please. So thanks for looking and for reading - especially if you find my inconsistent posts annoying - and even more especially if you love or can identify with my inconsistency. Catch as catch can, right?
I was even able to find a gold beetle
which Doris says will be the next trendiest thing. My beetle is from
K&Company and Doris's beetle was ephemera carried by Jenni Bowlin.
My aunt and sister visited me recently and we had an afternoon of
photographing and discussing old photos and family scrapbooks. My
great-grandmother Maude was a bit of a difficult personality - um, well,
she was a bit "stuck-up" and her scrapbooks reflect that part of her
personality. She and my great-grandfather traveled a lot back in the
1920s and 1930s, they had money at a time when most people didn't have a
lot. They wore suits to go camping and rather than sleeping in a tent,
they rented fancy cabins. I do appreciate Maude's affinity for
photographing things - like the inside of the camping cabin - and that
she scrapbooked. These photos were in a wooden scrapbook with craft
pages and black photo corners and she even did a bit of journaling and
she did attempt humor by using cliches and other play on words for her
photo captions. Also, she wore glasses like those in the journaling
block with the title and, although I only know her through stories, I'm
quite sure she would have found the giant beetle disgusting - which
makes me love it on this page.
Supplies: Echo Park; My Mind's Eye; Kaiser Craft; K&Company; 7 Gypsies.
The Story: Earlier today I went over to my in-laws house because Sallie called and said that they called her but then didn’t talk, she wanted to make sure that my 92 year old father-in-law and 89 year old mother-in-law were ok. They live next door to me so I walked through the backyard fence and in to see Ethel, she was reading a romance novel and didn’t think the phone was on. I looked at the kitchen phone and it read “in use” so I asked where Charlie was. I found him in his office watching a home movie from 1988, their salmon fishing trip to Alaska. His phone was on. I called Sallie to let her know that Charlie was watching her parents’ trip to Alaska. I lingered in Charlie’s office for a while, watching him video the mountains and streams of Alaska. He would love to go back and I would love to go. Part of me wants to kidnap him and go on a grand adventure. That won’t happen, but a girl can dream. And someday, I want to take my family - my Charlie, and our kids Allison and Charles Mac - who is named for his Grandfather, Charlie, watcher of mountain videos, lover of adventure.
After a while I went back out and showed Ethel how to save phone numbers into the phone, then we talked about family members and the upcoming Fourth of July Party. At some point in the conversation she said “you love mountains don’t you?” Its true. I do. I wondered to myself for a bit how I ever decided to move to Florida - land of no mountains and not even many hills - it is seriously flat here. And while I love living near the sea, I also love the mountains. Both are in my blood. My ideal location would be somewhere with both. But my roots are down here and will be for some time. But I can envision a time when I go, to Alaska, to Scotland, to where Mountains meet the Sea. Best of both worlds. Someday.
Later, I was sketching some chevrons in blue and they looked a bit like mountains to me. I googled “quotes about mountains” and found this one: John Muir Quote “The Mountains are calling and I must go.”
Oh yes. That’s the quote. I can identify. And I thought I need to know more about whoever wrote that and I hit pay dirt - history and someone with a similar disposition to my own:
This is what Wikipedia said: John Muir (21 April 1838 – 24 December 1914) was a Scottish born American environmentalist, naturalist, traveler, writer, and scientist. He is, however, probably best remembered as one of the greatest champions of the Yosemite area's natural wonders. He thought that nature was a primary source revealing the character of God.
Ok, so here’s what I have in common with this man who lived long before I was born:
* Scottish * explorer * traveler * rebel thinker * keeper of journals * sketcher * impulsive * *leaves on a life changing trip with almost no luggage * climber of mountains * * happy to be alone * feels closest to God at the tops of mountains * “punky spark in my heart * * married someone who didn’t share love of the mountains and travel * able to hyper-focus *
I love following a quote to find out who said it and then “discovering” some interesting person who I think I would have liked.
P.S. He founded the Sierra Club and is pictured on the California quarter! I think I’ll add “follow in John Muir’s footsteps” to my bucket list. I want to see California someday - not just the cities but the wild wilderness too.
P.S. Also, I think lots of John Muir’s qualities are similar to those of my Dad, in fact, my Dad probably had more in common with Muir than me.
And this is my take on the new line Bo Bunny Zip A Dee Doodle line:
I am a fan of arrows and chevrons and as far as I'm concerned, they can stay trendy in scrapbooking for as long as they like. I love them and it was fun to do some doodling. Bo Bunny's line is black, white, blue and aqua and all sketchy; it includes arrows, moustaches, glasses, cameras, word bubbles, banners, clouds and all manner of other trendy motif. I think that scrapbookers who enjoy sorting their scrapbook supplies by color will love this line. If I were to pick my favorite product in this line it would be the journals and the divider pages - super cute. What I didn't like? Some of the embellishment motifs: while I love arrows, I'm not such a fan of moustaches; but there is a little something in there for everyone. Also, while I don't think that this line will be the hottest thing on the CHA floor, I do think it is FUN! and different and I respect that.
I did print out my journaling on a 8.5 x 11 cardstock sheet and turned this into a 2 page layout - meaning 2 layouts on one page -- this means that I can slip it in a page protector and you could see both sides. Or I could put another layout behind it so you'd need to slip it out to read the story. I don't think a lot of scrapbookers do this "scrap on both sides of the page" thing, but I enjoy it for something like this - pictures & scrapbook fun on one side, story on the other - the advantage over a 2 page layout is that both sides will always be in the same place - the downside is that you can't see them both at one time. I don't do these 2 pages on one sheet scrapbook layouts very often, but sometimes it just makes sense to me.
I used washi tape on the photo so that it can flip out so you can read all of the text. And it was fun to use the unused bits of my sketches. Also, I was looking through my blue letter stickers and these Stickopotomus blue letters were headed for my "to donate" box when I figured, why not. I know they are far from trendy - but they did remind me of the whimsical nature of Bo Bunny's new line. Also, I thought that Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook worked well with the theme of the Zip A Dee Doodle line from Bo Bunny.
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Last night I made 4 layouts. Whoo Hoo! I wasn't even going to scrapbook at all until I saw this "General Scrappin" post at Two Peas. My Friday night post that lead me to make 7 layouts had inspired someone! How thrilling! So I couldn't wait to play along.
NOTE ABOUT THE VIDEO: That's a flash video which sadly does not play on iphones, but you can also get there by going to ustream and searching "scrapbooking" and my channel is "Kiss and Tell Scrapbooking" there. Ustream is a bit tweaky and there are commercials but it lets me talk for 80 minutes - something I can't do on youtube.
I did usteam for most of the process which is fun, but also slows me down a lot!
Here are the layouts:
#1 Mischief Allowed:
Here's a detail shot (somehow I didn't get the twinkling of the jems despite being in natural sunlight - you'll just have to trust me that they are sparkly and fun):
And then I made another ustream video and started three more layouts that used scraps for the backgrounds:
Layout #2: Never-Ending Yum: All about unlimited ice cream on cruise ships:
I even went glitter crazy on a chipboard cherry embellishment:
#3: You 2 in 2013: I made this one with lots of pink scraps and some Primrose Shine Spray from Heidi Swapp:
Here's a detail off my mostly handcut hearts - inspired by a Corrie Jones layout - she did washi strips with white hearts over top:
#4: Making Waffless (remember donkey from the Shrek movies?).
I made the background paper with scraps of patterned paper strips and I laid them on the already diagonally striped design:
I really miss the blog "Sketchy Thursdays" so I am delighted to find another blog that seems very similar called Let's Capture Our Memories. This is the 3rd or 4th layout I've done with #LCOM14!
Journaling: "These photos were taken in March 2009 and 4 years later I miss the days when I could just say "Let's Go" and you two were up for just about anything with me - I miss these little adventures. You both have questions and conditions when I say "Let's Go" nowadays. Love Mom 4/2013."
Journaling: "Ahh the tiny rooms on the cruise ship - it was seriously lucky that I discovered that 2 rooms for 4 people was somehow $300 cheaper than 4 people in the same room. Go Figure. Mac preferred eating dinner via room service to the sit down dinners with the napkins in laps and the talkative waiters from Bali and Indonesia. I especially loved the 2 am guy who came to clean up after Mac got sick (could use one of those guys at home) and Allison loved the towel animals. March 2013".
We didn't make it to the beach today, my girl isn't feeling well and I'm feeling a little less than my normal full throttle, so I thought a scrapbook page about what we'd normally do on a day like this was the next best thing. I found the sketch on Pinterest and it led me to the Let's Capture Our Memories Blog.
We actually got to go sailing on this boat today; it was awesome! These photos were taken a couple months ago when it was getting into ship shape condition!
The Story: We owned boats for years and currently enjoy our very simple and supremely affordable ocean kayaks. We do miss having our own boat; but seriously, OPB may just be more awesome than owning a boat of our own. Other People's Boats! I actually think I might sign up for a sailing class to brush up on my skills - I grew up sailing and even took a sailing class while I was in college. I can sail but its been a while and I could use a refresher.
This layout design was based on a Shimelle.com sketch.
I've been brewing this idea of doing two pages at the same time as a time saver. So this time I used The Two Peas Challenge "What I Love About" as the inspiration for the page and I made two pages based on the same concept and basic design.
During the last 2 for 1 project, I worked on both pages at the same time; this time I worked on the hot cocoa layout first and the Christmas Layout second. I still think that doing 2 similar pages at one sitting is a time saver.
I also got out to TJ Maxx to see if they had the American Crafts Thickers for $1.49 - my store didn't but I did find these EK Success Red Glitter Stickers there.
So I tried it and I didn't time myself, but I'm thinking it took the same amount of time as one would have taken. Same design, same patterned papers and embellishments, same photo theme - different kid.
This way the layouts work as a two page spread or I can put them in separate albums. I've got to remember to try this 2 for 1 technique more often. Thanks for the inspiration Simple Scrapper!
I'm knocking them out - those Christmas photos - and getting them into scrapbooks by making super simple pages without a lot of hoopla - just a little embellishment and the date and done. 5 more photos in the book. Whoo Hoo!
I am lucky enough to live next door to my in-laws; it was actually my
decision to buy the house next door to them. I grew up near my own
grandparents and I wanted my children to have that same
experience. This past year my daughter goes to Grammy's house until we
get home from work. Grammy is 89 years old! The two of them spend time
making things, painting, playing backgammon, and doing puzzles. I
loved the papers from Jillibean Soup for this page because there were
old style phone numbers and thread spools - Allison spends time calling
us on the phone and sewing with Grammy so these papers hinted at some
of their activities.
I took this series of photos on the last day of school last year and
thought it was time to get them on a page since this new school year has
I used Debbie Hodge's layout (link: http://debbiehodge.c...ivedForWeb1.jpg
) Received as my inspiration and while I didn't follow it exactly, it
did give me a starting point for the page. I've also had the concept of
"full bleed" on the brain for the last month or so - Get It Scrapped
did a post about this a few months ago, so I decided to arrange my 5
photos in a series across the page in a full bleed way. I think that
the photos going to the edge of the page in a series hints at the fact
that this activity is ongoing (maybe that's a stretch - but it sort of
looks to me like - hey slow down and look a this - because life moves
fast and this is special so notice it).
I've also been having fun with Instagram lately and I photographed this page in progress and put it up on instagram.
I had some poor quality photos that seemed unrelated to school shopping -
my husband brought my daughter school shopping this year (something I
normally do) - and they came home with balloons. I decided to make a
photo collage of the photos and explain the context in the journaling
Journaling: "School Shopping 2012: A Reason To Celebrate: Normally
I'm in charge of school shopping & this year Charlie did it!"
Supplies: American Crafts letters, cardstock, random patterned paper scraps for the banner and machine stitching.