Happy Friday from Mister Harley! I finally finished this layout I started at Crop on the Cape… I love how it turned out- Josie sacrificed a Vera Bradley tag for it, and Melissa O helped me in stitching it on – and then i just had a ton of fun with some My Mind’s Eye pattern papers and colorful flowers. The journaling reads ” Not sure if you were sleeping in my bag so I would’t leave again or if you truly were a comfy kitty- either way watching you inch deeper and deeper in the bag was super cute xxxooo”
Crop on the Cape has come and gone. This year was very different for me. I didn’t have to work 125 hours. I got to sit and create with my chosen family. I still got to teach. I had the best of both worlds really! LOTS of “uncontrollable laughter”, and just good ol’ silly times. My friend Matt came and spoiled us.. making lemondrops for the table – very cool! Steph and I were the last ones left in a crop room of 280 peeps… 4am :) Yummy food was had, yes we were the table with the crock pot cooking and HUGE cooler stocked! I fell in love with a typewriter, and just enjoyed USING MY STUFF! Here are the layouts I accomplished, doesn’t look like a lot when you think of the hours that went into them, but part of the fun is discussing every little detail and over analyzing the creation. Thanks to the peeps who came to my classes, a fun time was had by all!! Hopefully I will see you all next year :)
(i’m playing with my new-to-me 55m lens.. so, no judging the photos! ALSO the photos on the actual layouts were all taken with my iphone, and most printed with postalpix)
I love going to work everyday, and the building I get to work in. It is one of the oldest buildings on the Providence College campus, and it is beautiful. I found a quote by Steve Job’s and the layout seemed to come together. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. – Steve Jobs”
This isn’t the best picture, but it’s one I wanted to remember. I snapped this with my iphone at Stacy’s 30th birthday. Happy I could be there to celebrate with my “galaxy girl” as she hit this milestone.
These are a couple pictures I snapped with my iphone for the #febphotoaday challenge on instagram. “Self portrait” and “Hands”. Again I found a quote that I was enjoying and felt it was fitting for a layout about me: “Today isn’t just another day, today I’ll create something beautiful.” I also threw in a little “be brave” sticker I stole from steph, since it is my One Little Word for this year.
“I’m Artsy Fartsy, and proud of it” – This was just a fun layout inspired by my painty cup. I created this cup a zillion years ago at a paint your own pottery near college. I don’t really drink coffee or tea, so it is only fitting that it has become my water cup in my studio. I played with some new Tim Holtz background stamps that I loved the second I saw he was releasing them, a few sequins, use of my edge distresser. I found this quote on a sticker sheet I bought from ink About It’s satellite store at the crop and felt it was fitting: ” One must be brave to be an artist”
I know sometimes I take life too seriously. So i was super happy to see that Steph created this silly moment. The fact that i threw on this goofy hat she wanted me to wear, and not care how i looked… the fact that i was just living in the moment. I knew I wanted to scrap this pic at some point over the weekend. I suck at coming up with titles for my layouts, so I think it was around 2am when i put a shout out on FB asking for ideas. Matty B actually came up with this one. The kinda funny story about this layout is how much anguish the layout gave me. I always put my thickers on with glossy accents. I LOVE LOVE love thickers, but they just aren’t sticky enough and eventually fall off… so I fix that problem by putting them on with glossy accents. I layout out my letters without sticking them too much and see if it will work then when i have the placement figured out I put them on permanetly. So i did that with this layout, which was a bit more tricky because of the cursive font… i was impressed with how it came out, it was my fave layout thus far, and i eagerly posted it to instagram, pushing it to twitter and facebook. My friend gina responded on instagram letting me know i misspelled “thousand” I forgot the S!!! So i had to rip the letters off, paint in some gold and reapply- ahhhhh !!! anyways, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I love the little cameras which are from a echo park pattern paper, I cut them out and added 2 layers of glossy accents to the lenses.
Tori Amos- these photos prove how AWESOME the camera is on the iphone 4s. I absolutely LOVE them. This year I was fortunate enough to be able to see tori in Philly with melyssa, we had a blast! She toured with a string quartet which was unique and beautiful, but the one song that stood out to me was her cover of a joni mitchell song, “a case of you”. It was just so beautiful, so that is what i quoted here: “oh i am a lonely painter, i live in a box of paints. I’m frightened by the devil, and i’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid. ‘love is touching souls’ surley you touched mine, ’cause part of you pours out of me, in these lines from time to time. my blood, my holy wine – tastes so bitter and so sweet. well i could drink a case of you, darling, and i would still be on my feet… i would still be on my feet”
Just a fun layout from a pic i snapped last spring, when mister harley picked a winner from his birthday cards that were sent in for his 3rd birthday (it’s almost time for his birthday again- april 12th!) – if you click the link above you can see the video of the ACTUAL picking of a winner ;)
And, lastly I found this article Scrapbook Retailer magazine did on Colorful Creations back in 2007. I just wanted to get it out of the magazine and on a layout so I would have it to remember.
so, this year was the first where I didn’t have much role in CHA… I wasn’t doing any ordering for the store, and I didn’t need to keep up on what everyone was releasing… it was definitely weird!
I do still follow some people and companies on fb and twitter, so I thought I would share with you some of the fun things I saw that are coming out, that get my creative juices flowing! (Hoping Ink About It has ordered some of these goodies!)
My Minds Eye: On the Bright Side - I love all the wood textures and the teal and orange combos!!
Basic Grey: PB&J – I am absolutely LOVING this color scheme… and the hint of nautical theme there is
Hero Arts & Studio Calico: Abroad stamps – looks like I better plan some more travels for 2012 because i NEED a reason to get these stamps!
Creative Imaginations – of course I got a good look at all the lines they were releasing before the show, lucky me… i do have a few faves!
Oceanside - Christine Adolph always creates the most beautiful lines!!
Nautical Collection – The name says it all… Samantha Walker created this wicked fun line!
Tea Party - Samantha Walker also designed this line. I just love the color scheme and the patterns
Tim Holtz: Ideology “chit chat stamps” – I love, love love these!! Those of you who take my class know I am always making up my own “word fetti” and I love that tim explains in the catalog that we can create our own “banter with them” when I teased him about it on fb he gave it right back to me haha (TIP: also i heard him explain in an interview that these are white and kraft AND matte finish so they will take to inks really well… any color you want!!)
Those are just a few of the new goodies I am loving. I also saw a lot of wash tape and trims that make me drool… now to just get my studio organized so i can get some new goods in my stash!
I did get to design some fun projects for Creative Imaginations… they have been doing a lot of fun sneak peeks over on their blog… but I thought now that CHA is over I would share my designs here.
I have a few more projects as well, but they haven’t been showcased on the Creative Imaginations blog.. so you will have to just wait to see!
thought i would share the rest of the layouts i got done while my girls were here.
when i scrapbook.. i pretty much scrapbook for ME , i don't stress about how many photos i have, i don't stress about the order, or event i might have missed. I scrap the pics that speak to me at that time… the silly times and the memories i want to remember. I enjoy the process… some layouts can take me hours and hours…
i love just USING my stuff :) … and playing!!!!
wish i had more time to scrapbook… maybe that will work into the plan of 2011… but it's ok if not…. as long as i continue to be able to be creative one way or another :)
i was so excited to finally make it to one of liz's halloween parties!!! and the fact that cheiron was able to come up from NYC was even better!! … and how excited was i when i was going through my stash to find a "totally wicked" sticker!? perfect for us new england, north east girls!!!
as you can see.. halloween this year was a FUN FILLED weekend!! I had so many good photos from it, i couldn't stop scrapping them!! I love the title on this layout… (triple trouble toil & bubble) and all those strips of yummy basic gray halloween papers are all individually edge distressed!!! yep. i know, i'm crazy…. but it looks YUMMY in person!!
just a funny memory from the many late nights spent with chaindrive :)
I had no clue what i was going to be for halloween… last minute i found this pink gun, and the the hat.. and i just went from there! I loved being gangsta!! i actually wish i could just be that most nights we go out ;) and how perfect that i'm obsessed with p!nk's song "raise your glass"
i love how mister harley likes to "help" me with my projects, and gutting pumpkins is just one of them theres a mix of creative imaginations, my minds eye, and making memories pattern papers… girls paperie and thickers stickers
melyssa had given me and jos a print of landon's hand when we celebrated latka day…. elijah's didn't come out so pretty…. so she passed on his…. so i wanted to scrap it… melyssa had the perfect pic i could use.. landon in the super cute hoodie his auntie jenny got him. I'm so thankful for melyssa and lukes boys… they are my family and i'm proud to be their auntie jenny :) this layout was done with some old school ki memories papers…. digging through my stash :)
i loved this pic of christy and 27 from halloween.. i just had to scrap it :) basic grey pattern paper, reminisce sticker letters, and fiskars ghost punch (thanks dawn for notifying me that i owned this punch :) )
i'll post some more layouts later this week… i was totally on a halloween kick… because i realized how many halloween papers i was hoarding!!! eeeekkk!!