This last Christmas I had a minor panic attack because I could not find the 2012 Christmas album. I then realized I had not scrapped them! So, to avoid this happening in 2014 I made sure to get the 2013 album together ASAP. Here are a few pages out of it:
I found the album while visiting my friend in Indiana. It is by Hiedi Swapp. I was a little scared of it because it was super cool with all of these great shapped pages and tags!
I added this pocket at the end to keep the rest of the Christmas cards as well as the one we sent out. Yes I did duct tape my kids' mouths shut and wrap them in lights!
Christmas Eve Dinner! This is one of my favorite pictures and I really appreciated the tag to put the menu on.
The kids wrote their yearly letters to Santa (in which Santa took shopping with him this year because he had a hard time). I added a cute little pocket and placed their letters in them. I always save them. I think they are special :-)
Yesterday I shared with you my journal entries for the "Documented Life". Well, I had another smashbook that I wanted to use, so I decided to join another challenge group. This one is called Journal 52. I feel as though these challenges as of late really stretch my creativity. In fact, I have not finished the most recent one because I am still trying to figure out how to do it. Here are the ones I do have done:
Prompt 1: Up Up and Away. I took glossy paper and used alchol ink on it. I then used a stazon stamp pad and stamped the rocket image as well as the city scape. I then stamped the superhero on white cardstock, colored him in, cut him out and stuck him on the page as well as the conversation bubble. I finished it off with some rub ons.
Prompt 2: A Relaxing Place. Altered a bingo travel card and used that as a base after I stamped coffee rings. I then used watercolor crayons and placed a transparency over it with a stamped image on it. I then stamped a coffee and put it all together.
I have a few smashbooks and I have really wanted to use them, but I just don't know what to do with them. I thought they would make great journals, but kept hitting a wall on how to journal with them. I saw an awesome "Front Door" page on a FB group page I follow. She posted that she was doing the "Documented Life Project". I goggled it, found it and immediately jumped in the fun! Here are my entries for it so far:
First, Here is my altered smashbook!
Prompt One: My Front Door. I took a picture of my front door, glimmer misted it, added bling and flowers and stamped a wreath. I love my security screen. It allows me to see out and no one to see in.
Prompt Two: Selfie. I confess that I groaned when I learned what the prompt was. I am so tired of selfies. I am sorry, but the "Book of Me" albums have been so overdone in my opinion that the last thing I wanted to do was another page with my mug on it. Instead I used my stamps to showcase things about me, without putting my picture on it. I kind of like it....
Prompt Three: Use a mail Envelope. This is my very favorite page so far! I received a beautiful mail art piece from a friend I made on FB and knew it needed to be the center of my page. She stamped three images on the back of it. I simply cut them out, colored them in and distressed the edges. The stamps were off of a letter my brother sent me.
Prompt Four: Write a sentence or quote and paint over all but one word. I cheated. I left two words unpainted. My saying is "Work hard on yourself. Don't be hard on yourself." I really like the quote, but I wish I would have not added the blue paint. I am not happy with the effect. I do like everything else about it though :-)
Yesterday I showed you the example of the 321 swap that I was hosting. I made it another card for my partner...I mean, I could not send her the example. What fun would that be? I think it is safe to assume that she has received it and I can show what I made.
I had the privilege of hosting a fun swap in the FB paper crafting group I am involved in on FB. The swap I created each participate was challenged to make a card that had 1 image, 2 pieces of something you would sew with and 3 fasteners. This was the example I made for my group:
I am loving the sketches at http://www.bombshellstamps.com/blog.html! If you have not checked out their blog hop over and give it a look. Don't forget to take a peak in the store front too! Amazing stamps!
I am part of this fabulous FB group that is geared around paper crafting. I am participating in one of the swaps in which we send cards to a few of the gals on their birthday. These are the cards I made for my ladies:
I did this fun layout with my cupcake girl stamps :-) For Easter 2013 I turned my Grandma's carrot cake into carrot CUPCAKES and they were a huge HIT! I decided to use that as the base of the layout and added the extra pictures in the envelop I made that is in the bottom right :-)
I am committed to working through my stash this year. To kick it off I am going to follow along with a great blog that helps you do just that! Basically, each month a kit is picked from a paper crafting club and you use it as inspiration to put together your own kit. This is Jan kit:
The last kit is an add on kit in addition to the main kit. Here is my kit I put together out of my stash based on these two kits: