Friday, April 28, 2006

April Garden Girl Challenge-Old is new

There is so much to say about this layout. First of all I LOVE this precious picture of Sophia (my girlfriend Elena's daughter) and second the cherryArte papers (K2 has all their lines). The scalloped cardstock rocks! Finally, so I could follow the theme "old is new" I decided to use some eyelets, but the catch was that I used my new crop-a-dile(that I also just got at K2). Boy do I love that tool. I haven't even looked at an eyelet for a long time, because I didn't want the hassle of getting out the hammer, the eyelet know! Not any more, the crop-a-dile is so easy to use and it is not a hassle to get out. I will probably be using more eyelets/snaps etc in my next pages.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Monogram Mania

I will be teaching a class on monograms at K2 on May 10th and 13th. The main objective is to show how you can use monograms to really showcase a page, card, tag etc... I made some examples (see picture) and they are displayed in the store. I also wanted to show how monograms can be so diverse. They can be made from chipboard, large foam stamps, stickers... the possibilities are endless. My 12x12 page is the first page of my "me" album. I used the large Rusty Pickle letter, and altered it with paint. Arctic Frog letter stickers. Junkitz foam stamp, silk flowers (from my Grandma), large brads from Creative Imaginations, patterned paper from Scenic Route. The cards feature the same paper from Scenic Route, and foam stamps from Making Memories, the rick rack is from a local craft store (LCS). The tag is from that same Scenic Route paper (yup, I made all four of these projects from just one piece of patterned paper), the letter sticker is from Doodlebug, and the ribbon from a LCS. In the class you will make a 12x12 page and a card or a tag. It will be a lot of fun so sign up!!! (We scheduled a class for during the week as well as on Saturday.)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

CHA 2006

Ok, I know these pages are a little bit late... Give me a break, I just learned how to properly crop and save to a size I can upload to 2Peas. These are from CHA 2006.

Weekly/Monthly Challenge

The 2 Peas monthly challenge was to scrap a page in green. On March 28,th Karen (at K2) challenged us to scrap 1 page a week about "me". So here is my weekly/monthly challenge. I love my I-pod, and it's green, and every morning during my workout it is an extension of me.
I used some new papers I got at CHA from this really cute company called Piggy Tales. I did some freehand drawing on the page, and hand wrote different artists that I have downloaded into my I-pod. The "I" is from Creative Imaginations and the "pod" letters is from Doodlebug. Rickrack from LCS. White pen is American Crafts and the Black is from Micron.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Aloha Hawaii

I know you were probably thinking are these pictures ever going to end... Well I made this album to capture all of my Hawaii memories. Last summer my best friend Sherry called me and suggested that we go on vacation together. She has a little girl, Haley who is 4 months older that my son Riley. We thought it would be fun to meet half way in Hawaii (she lives in Guam), without our husbands. What were we thinking??? I must have had a moment of insanity, because I would never attempt to go on "vacation" without Sean again. Needless to say the trip was memorable. She has been asking me to send her the pictures of my album, so here it is!!! (all 30 some pages)

I was inspired by Ali Edwards traveling scrapbook/journal that was featured in CK in Feb (I think). She had some basic supplies and created a real keepsake, so I ran with that idea. First of all I had 150+ photos that I really wanted to showcase, so I wanted the album really simple. I bought 8 pieces of Scenic Route coordinating papers and 6 pieces of matching cardstock. The tabs on EACH page were made from hotel keys, airline tickets, ribbons, brochures, and some of the patterned papers stapled down. I used my stapler as an alternative adhesive. I used pictures of my trip as the focus, brochures and other memorabilia as my embellishments. I have to admit that I am not quite done journaling. (Sherry I promise I will have it done by the time you come home next.) Hope you enjoy. Thank you for looking.

PS After looking through the pictures of our trip and scrapping the memories (4 months after we got home), I realized we had a lot more fun than we thought we did right after we got home from the trip. :)

Paint cans or Wild Asparagus Addiction???

Well, I can not decide if I am officially addicted to making paint cans or Wild Asparagus (WA) paper, or both! I saw an idea for a recipt can in one of the mags, and loved it. I wanted a specific place to put both mine and Sean's recipts, and now we keep this in our kitchen.

Note: The papers are WA, the cardstock is Die Cuts with a View, the letter stickers are Creative Imaginations and the ribbons are from a LCS except the blue gingham which is Doodlebug. The ink on the edge of the torn paper is Colorbox.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

2 Peas Milestone

I was first introduced to 2 Peas (see Links) in Jan/Feb of 05. I went to CHA Atlanta, as a designer, with Jill Haglund the President and Founder of Tweety Jill Publications (see Links). (I am currently being published in 3, possibly 4 of her latest books.) She also brought along two wonderful designers that I had the privledge of meeting last year, Kim Henkel and Dawne Renee Pitts. Kim, Dawne and I walked the show, looking (more like gawking) at all the new products. I just soaked up everything they said (as you can imagine 2 Peas came up frequently). I asked them about it and they couldn't believe that I had never heard of the site. I promised them I would look it up when I got home. Well like any of you that have been on 2 Peas, it only takes once and your an addict. For the last year, I have been promising myself I would learn how to scan and stitch a 12x12 so I could post. Well needless to say, taking a picture of it is much easier. LOL. Well, today I finally posted. The layout is not my best, it is just that I had it cropped and ready for upload. I am going to make it a point to post between 1-5 LO's a week. I am applying for a design team position for a paper company, and one of the requirements was posting on different web sites (that partially helped motivate me to finally do it). My user name on 2 Peas in everydayelegance.

Yipee, K2 Design Team

This past week I got a call from Karen (one of the owners of K2 Scrapbooking Studio) and she asked me to be a part of K2's design team. I can not tell you how honored and excited I was to say YES!!! For those of you who do not already know (and must be totally out of the loop :)), K2 is my local scrapbooking store in Sarasota, FL. I absolutely love it. Karen and I have the same taste in product so when she tells me that they just got something new in (which is practically every day) that I can not live without, I believe her, race right in and snatch it up. That is another reason I am so excited to be a part of the design team. How could you not have fun making beautiful things with products you love. The store has tons of beautiful papers with embellishments to match. I love you guys. Thanks Karen, Gail and Amy for this great opportunity to have fun, be inspired by the rest of the design team, and do what I love... Dream, Design and Create!!!!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Wedding Time Capsule

I made this wedding time capsule for my friend Kerry. She is having her bridal shower today, and I wanted to give her something different and special. I know she will appreciate it and will use it. Inside the capsule I placed her shower and wedding invitation, the journal and a special note from me.
On the tag I wrote:
Hassler-Kearns Wedding Time Capsule
Instructions: You and Nick need to collect special mementos from now till your wedding day and also on your honeymoon and place them in the time capsule. Write stories and special memories that you want to remember about your wedding and honeymoon in the journal. Seal the time capsule and on your 1st, 5th, 10th anniversary (whichever one you choose) open the capsule together and have fun reminiscing about your special day.

Note: I used K and Co. wedding papers, all the ribbons from Local Craft Store (LCS) except gingham is from Lil Davis, Tag and tuelle from LCS.