Sunday, November 27, 2011

Good Tidings and Cheer

Christmas is my favorite time of year. The merriment. The cheer. The use of my favorite colors on everything. The glowing lights. The family time. It's everything, I'm sure. From November until January 1st, every year, I'm in a perpetual state of stressful happiness. True to form, I have been this year also.

While I send out designed, picture-focused Christmas cards, I still crave to make things by hand. So I did. I made the sentiment ("good tidings and cheer" + shape) in Illustrator, printed them on luxuriously thick card stock, and cut out the shape using tiny scissors. After the 2D layers were placed, I stuck the sentiments on the cards with some sturdy pop-up tape so that the effect was 3D.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Why I scrapbook

One of the wonderful things I love about my hobby is the use of colors and layers and textures. It's the ability to take your experiences and express them more than the pictures alone can. It is by no means an important hobby, but it's a wonderful outlet for me. It's a way I look into my past and remember the good times. Working with picture after picture reminds me to be thankful for what I do have.

And working with color and texture while I do so is happy!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Holiday Happy

I've been listening to Christmas music and making ornaments. Lots and lots of ornaments. It's been a great evening activity over the past few weeks. A couple of movies/tv shows, a little music, a mega paper-cutter, and a lot of patience.

They are really easy to make if you have a paper cutter and time. Cut your paper longways into 1/2" strips. If you want the curls to hold better, curl each strip with scissors. Then wrap each strand into tight curls. I used washi tape and duct tape rollers to hold the spirals tight until it was time to put them in the ornaments. Then I stuffed the ornaments!

Double-sided paper is key
4" fillable glass balls

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I've been on a use-what-you have kick for months. Unfortunately for my new mantra and my budget, while I've been using what I have, I've also been tempted with way too many new things. For this project, I actually did use what I had! YAY! Go me! (Finally!) I bought one sheet of the fall paper a while back. I had no plans for it and had no idea how I would work that into a scrapbook since I never use florals. Plus I had these stickers from ages ago when I was obsessed with the Me&MyBigIdeas stickers. They are still adorable, but they aren't going in my books either. Solution? Thanksgiving cards! Perfect! What a great way to tell my impressively large family that I love them and am thankful for them!

They'll be in the mail soon!

Solid paper by A.muse
Stickers are Me and My Big Ideas Thanksgiving Kids (mambo minis)
Glitter paper + Embellishment strings & ribbons

Monday, November 7, 2011

Breakfast at Tiffany's

For 5 years, high school through early college, I worked at a breakfast and lunch cafe/bakery called Tiffany's. I loved that job. I hated the early mornings. Oh man, the early Saturday mornings were terrible! But the cream cheese brownies were fantastic. With little chocolate morsels. Delicious.

These pictures are of me and my boss. The page is going in one of my super old albums, so I made it somewhat simple to fit the style of the book.

Glitter houndstooth paper: Houndstooth black by American Crafts
Plaid paper by Me and my big ideas (2004)
Fleur de Lys by 7gypsies
Amplifed 8 track by American Crafts
Purple floral paper is Retro Collage by Recollections
Brad is K-OLOGY Hanna Stitched by K&Company
Letters by Amy Tangerine
Washi tape by Amuse
Basic Craft colored paper

Thursday, November 3, 2011

For a little one

One of my dear, dear friends growing up JUST had a little girl! It's crazy to think that her baby will grow up as a New Yorker. From the city. But she will!! May she be healthy and happy!

paper and ribbon are Ivory from Paper Tray Ink
Sentiment is 'baby girl' by makingmemories