Friday, May 31, 2013

Sweet, simple baby cards

I haven't done much crafting this spring, but it's certainly baby season! One friend has {finally} announced that she's pregnant, and another friend recently gave birth to her second child (who is a total cutie, by the way). These are the two cards I made for them.



(Sorry, no supplies listed.)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Why hello there

In lieu of scrapbooking, I've been attempting to decorate an adorable cape cod. Mr. Handsome and I moved recently into an honest-to-goodnes house, and what began as frustration (having little furniture does that) turned into excitement as I started getting ideas and putting them into action.

Action 1: painting the living room. 

The living room was a gorgeous color of dark blue with a hint of gray. Unfortunately for the paint on the walls, our couch is also a gorgeous color of equal darkness: but it's dark gray with a hint of blue. They were too close in color and clashed. So we painted the living room. 

Then my sister and her friend visited, and we went fabric shopping. The plan had been to find fabric for the semi-transformed living room, but since nothing happens as planned, we came home with fabric for the kitchen. So the next project began.

Action 2: painting the kitchen.

There was so much dark red beadboard and so much dark red trimming. After the better half of painting a window trim and learning that white ceiling paint is entirely different than white primer paint, Mr. Handsome decided that he did not like painting anymore. So I rocked the rest. I'm a wee bit (read: very) allergic to latex, so in spite of painting with gloves, my hands grew into red, tingling puffs which clued me into the fact that I needed to take a break. So I did. Accounting for breaks, painting the kitchen took months. Months. So much dark red beadboard and trim.

Action 3: making artwork

Once I was done, I crafted myself art. I'll post about that another time. (Sorry.) I'm super proud of my crafty work, but last night, or rather, yesterday, I painted the door so it would look good with the new paint, new roman shades, and new art work. It was an old yellow-ish color that only gets that way from years of use like coffeed teeth that haven't been brushed in a week. The primer went on white (yay! so clean!) and then I went for the black. 

Eek. It may look fine on here, but in a bright little kitchen, it looks like someone dropped an anchor of doom. I have just given myself another very tough errand: painting over more dark paint. Maybe I'll just leave it for now; I still need to paint the upper part of the kitchen anyway. Next time you see me, please remind me to breathe. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Scrapbook Trends Publication!

Last month, one of my favorite pages was published in Scrapbook Trends! 

This is my cover page for my 2011 album--a quick visual summary of my visitors, experiences, and the daily grind. Some experiences are shown in pictures, others represented by stickers, but either way, 2011 is summarized colorfully in my favorite style: clean, simple, bright, and graphic. 

2011 Year in Review

Materials: Upcycle/Re:Design Paper by Cosmo Cricket (pink); Black Magic/Apothecary Emporium Collection Paper by Echo Park (orange); Sunny Sunday/Spring Flings and Easter Things Paper by Bella Blvd (yellow); Slideshow/State Fair Paper by Studio Calico (green); Family/Laurel Burst/ Indie Chic Paper by My Mind's Eye (blue); brad by Crate Paper; Sticker by Amy Tangerine/American Crafts (camera); Basic Grey (envelope); Creative Imaginations (Harry Potter Stickers), Bella Blvd Alphas ("HP"); Recollections Green Glitter Tape (under "HP"); Washi Tape by Amuse and Sweet Bella; Alpha Thickers by Amy Tangerine/American Crafts

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Simple Scrapper January 2013 Blog Hop & Giveaway

Happy New Year!

It's been a while since I've posted, but I'm back with gusto for this post! This is my last month with the Simple Scrapper Design Team. We have a wonderful group of women for 2013--some veterans, some newbies-- all with extensive talent. I'll be sad to leave them, but I'm choosing to do so for my own good. (Mainly, we've moved into a little ol' house that's gonna need plenty of work and loads of my free time!)

My layout from the Simple Scrapper Premium Membership includes a picture from the first weekend at our new home. We had visitors. And I was in a show. And loads of other stuff too that I would like to not share on the internets. (Not that y'all would care.) All in all, it was a success. Now I just need to make a page of Mr. Handsome and me from that weekend--you know, since I bought the house with him and everything.


In 2013, Simple Scrapper will have story prompts each month, and for January, it's gratitude. My layout below shows some of my own day-to-day favorites of life before our move. Being home by 6 is definitely long gone by now, but I can't wait to see what sort of day-to-day favorites emerge in our new lives.


Hop on over to the other team members' blogs to see their fun creations. You'll recognize some of the names; others are new. There are some really well done layouts this go round, including gorgeous uses of patterned paper, color, and white space. You'll love them!

Working with Jennifer Wilson and the design team from Simple Scrapper has been such a joy! Enjoy taking a peak at each one of the designers' blogs below to see how they are ringing in the new year with the January 2013 Templates from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership.

(**This is me**)


The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Want to win a one-month Simple Scrapper Premium Membership? Visit the team member blogs and look for the entry link. Entries will be pooled and one winner selected at 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, January 9. You may enter from multiple blogs. Use this link to enter the giveaway for a one month trial membership to Simple Scrapper:

Monday, October 1, 2012

October Simple Scrapper Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Simple Scrapper Blog Hop!

The Simple Scrapper layouts this month are gorgeous. I'm particularly fond of 3 of them, but I'm only showing one here! The one on the right is one of the grid layouts this month, and I combined it with one of September's grids so that I could include more pictures. (Sneaky me!)


Materials: Focal Point/Classic Calico by Studio Calico, Clam Bake/Lauderdale Collection by BasicGrey, Hambly Studios Screen Prints are Little Circles in magenta, Birds on Wire in silver, and Woodgrain in silver; thin strip under picture is River Rock/Silver Valley Collection by s.e.i; other squares are recollections (pink houndstooth) and unknown (green polka and violins); American Crafts Delight; Crate Paper Brad; Fonts are Broadway and Channel; Template from Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership
You'll notice that I went outside my box and used pink. As a general rule, I avoid pink, but crazy things happen sometimes! I'm moving mountains today!  

Be sure to hop over to the rest of the Design Team's blogs for more! Leave a little love as you go, and don't forget to use this link to enter a giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper:

Julie Aldridge (This is me!)
The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Simple Scrapper September Challenge: Maps

The Simple Scrapper Challenge for September is to create a page with maps. 

For my photo-less page, I combined 2 Simple Scrapper Layouts and relied heavily on my Silhouette Cameo to create pop-ups for added interest.  

I hope you can join us in our challenge this month! 

Materials: Map and Navy Paper by Heidi Swapp; Brad by October Afternoon, Alpha Stickers by Prima Marketing, Inc. Washi Tape by American Crafts; Mister Huey's Color Mists in Cameo and Cable Green; Stamp by Paper Trey Ink; Silhouette Cameo; Silhouette cut outs are "assorted callout shapes" by Jamie Koay, "3 thought bubbles" by Lori Whitlock "hello thought bubble" by Loni Stevens, by "airplane" by American Crafts/Amy Tangerine; fonts are Courier New, Bebas Neue; Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Template 
The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Making Paper Scrapbooking Easy Again: Using Templates

Head on over to Simple Scrapper today to view my guest post on how to use a template to create a traditional scrapbook page.

There, I guide you through my process of making a clean and simple paper scrapbook pages using a printed photo and one of my favorite Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Templates. Plus, I offer a little advice on how to use complex templates with large pictures to paper scrap big pictures for a big impact.

Using templates and doing a bit of pre-planning makes my scrapbooking process easier and quicker. Hopefully, my tips can inspire you! Click the picture to pop over to Simple Scrapper and see how to make this layout!


For more examples of Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates in use, check out the pages made by the design team for July's Challenge.