Monday, August 30, 2010

Birthday Layouts: What's Your Process?

Every year about this time, everything hits our house at once! Birthdays, end of summer, back to school, sports, get what I'm saying!

Today just happens to be my daughter's birthday and I know when things settle down I'm going to want to make her a special page...and have a gazillion approaches running through my mind:

  • A List of her top ten at ten
  • A retrospective of photos from past birthdays to current
  • Blowing out candles & opening presents
  • A time line of things we did on her special day
How do you approach birthday layouts? Do you plan ahead and take photos with that plan in mind? Do you just scrap from whatever you captured? Are you caught up to current birthdays?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Good-bye Splendid Sunshine

good*bye splendid sunshine

Is anyone else feeling a wee bit sad about the summer days that are quickly coming to an end? Tomorrow marks the start of the school year for me where I live and I decided to commemorate it with a layout featuring photos from this summer...and scraps that I had laying about my art desk. How about creating a layout yourself featuring the change of seasons? I'm sure you've got some special photos from summer about and certainly have some scraps to use up! :)


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Back to School

I am a big fan of showing teachers how much they are appreciated, maybe because I am a teacher, LOL?!  Here a re a few ideas that you could do to let your child's teacher know how much you appreciate them.

I love this idea of a box o' goodies.  How easy and cute is this? 

I got this idea here, although I saw it first on Nora's blog.

I love the idea of a bag...teacher's always need an extra bag or two.  I found this summer bag here, but you could easily change it up for a 'back to school' theme:

I have been away from my crafty supplies, but am returning soon and can't wait to get started on some back to school items for my kiddos teachers.  Hope you have a great Thursday!!!

Edited to add:  There was a request for some ideas for teachers who are men.  How about something like this?

*Cool coffee travel mug and a starbucks GC
*Personalized notepad
*candy jars you could personlize with a monogram
*or this:

Hope these ideas help!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday: How About a Sketch?

I just thought today felt like a good day for a sketch--Mondays always find me in need of a little extra inspiration, how about you? I made this one with August's kit in mind...enjoy!



Monday, August 16, 2010

Inspiration: Just Look Up!

So excited to be posting my first post here...and thought maybe I'd share something that has just really been inspiring me lately: clouds! Here in eastern Washington we have lovely blue skies and big puffy clouds a lot, in fact it's always something that makes my summer seem so...perfect? childlike? happy? All of those things, really. I'd love to see some layouts inspired by these images or clouds in general--should we make it a challenge? If you decide to take me up on the challenge link up in the comment section so I can see & appreciate your cloud inspired art!

1. Lost in the clouds, 2. i have always wanted to taste a cloud, 3. When child walks ahead of clouds, 4. Eastern Washington, 5. What are you looking at, Spot?, 6. Heart From Cloud, 7. clouds and hearts - wip., 8. spring cloud mobile, 9. Over the rainy clouds print.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sharing a Bit Later Than Usual...

Life this month has been a bit busier than usual and I wasn't able to get all my layouts uploaded into the Mosh Posh gallery on time so I thought I'd take the time to share my layouts using this month's kit with you here now. I had some fun pulling out some older photos of my daughter with this month's is one using photos from a couple of years ago.

Nighty Night

Here's another older photo of her painting her hand intently... :)


And these are both more recent photos...this one from this past Fourth of July...


and this one from one day that we were playing chin faces!

You Rock

A bit late but here nonetheless!

Wishing you a creative day!


Friday, August 13, 2010

Embroidered Camera Tutorial

Hey there! TGIF! This was a long week for me. So I'm glad it's the weekend.

Here is the promised tutorial for the embroidered camera I used on my layout. If you sew already, then this will be a piece of cake!

Here we go.

What you'll need: a Maya Road Kraft Journaling envelope that is in the Whip Cream & Nuts add-on, a pencil, a needle, and embroidery flosses (in two contrasting colors). I did a quick sketch of a camera with the pencil. Whatever you draw, do it lightly and make sure the pencil is sharp to create a thin line (easier to hide with the floss).

Next, I carefully opened up the envelope so the front flap was loose.

I put the envelope on top of my mouse pad, and poked holes through the envelope a few millimeters apart. This will set your stitch size.

Thread your needle with the floss. (I used four strands, most embroidery flosses come in a six-strand thread.) And start backstitching. Here is a pretty good tutorial on backstitching. Instead of knotting the ends, just leave some floss dangling. We'll tape those up later.

Once I was done, I covered the back with clear tape to avoid getting any of the floss snagged, or stitches becoming lose. I glued the envelope back together, and yeah, I was done!

If you'd like to stitch your own camera, come by my blog for a free download. Please share any of your creations with us in our Flickr group! Hope you have a great weekend!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I Challenge You...

to pick ONE photo from this summer and scrap it! You're bound to have a favorite from some event or special day from this summer...why not scrap a page around it?

Here is the photo that I'm going to scrap using this month's was taken while we were enjoying some family time in Door County. Zoey was sitting on the shore of a beach along Lake Michigan. I'm so happy that I got this shot.

on the beach

I'll be sure to share my finished layout when I'm done! Can't wait to see what photos you choose!


Friday, August 6, 2010

Shopping Cart Technical Difficulties

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our shopping cart. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you wish to order any of the add-ons for this month simply email me I would be happy to order these for you.

Also, this has delayed shipping kits. We are expecting to be able to ship these in the next day or two. We thank you for your patience! I am also grateful this is the first time we've experienced something like this in 5 years!

Thanks again!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August gallery is up!

Hey there! Our August gallery is up, and it looks awesome (if I may say so myself.) Partly because we've added a  new designer to the team: Jenn Olson. Jenn's work is fresh, fun, and full of little surprises. I think you are really going to like her stuff.

Here are some of my faves from this month's gallery:

Jen Davis'  page is clean and simple, but so pretty and fun. Especially those chin face photos!

I love kraft, and Amy Coose is the queen of kraft! She added pattern to the cardstock by spritzing mist over a hole-y mask. So very clever!

This layout by Jenn Olson is whimsical and so sweet. Plus she cleverly painted the chipboard alphas. And her handwriting? It's so good, it's a font!

And yes, I've picked a favorite from my layouts (is that lame?) I must say that I'm pretty darn proud of this layout. The idea came to me late one night, when I decided  to embroidered something to match the stitched edges already printed on the Sassafras patterned paper. I did take photos of the process, so I'll have a step-by-step tutorial next week.

Enjoy the gallery, and please share your creations with us in our Flickr group.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Prior to getting this month's kit to play with I did some investigating around the web on some of the Indie Girl Collection by Sassafras Lass (which is featured in this month's kit) and was very pleased with what I found.

Check out this beautiful layout by one of the Sassafras Lass designers.

I can't even tell you how much fun I'm having playing with these either...

This month's kit is a bit vintage, classy and very soft and subtle at the same time. You're going to love it!


Monday, August 2, 2010

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