Thursday, January 27, 2011

Comfort Zones, Cardmaking & Blog Awards

Comfort zones. I feel safe telling my family what is on my mind. I prefer to go grocery shopping in the morning. I know my way around a scrapbook page. These are all examples of my comfort zones. 

Despite liking the feeling of being comfortable, I must face my challenges head on and learn from them to grow as a person and as a craft-minded individual. You may already know that I step out of my comfort zone when I attempt to create a layout using a sketch and you might have caught a tweet of mine saying that I don't  like to make cards. And even though I have experience designing invitations and scrapbook pages, for a long time, I wasn't feeling the cardmaking vibe...until recently.

My 2011 New Year's Resolution is to make cards and not buy them. I gave myself a trial period in December and made this card for my scrappy friend and fellow blogger Zaira Ivette Sierra:



This month, I used scraps from my Simple Stories kit to make a flower-like embellishment for a card I posted on the MemoryWorks blog and sent to my mom for her birthday:



And finally, my older sister just had her birthday this week so I made her a card using scrap paper I had accumulated last year:


Let me just say, I like making cards. Who knew?!?

Another new thing this year is that I received my very first blog award from a Layout A Day Blog Hopper, Margie! You can see her adorable family, a very cool super hero cake and the list of blog awardees HERE. Thanks Margie!
Now I must pass the award onto some of my favorite bloggers:

Sue - Life & Memories

Honorable Mention goes to Lisa - Recklinghausen Musings
Lisa would have also received the award from me if she wasn't already a recipient.

There are a couple of conditions for the award:

You have been TAGGED and if you want to participate, create a post where you add the above 'LOVE BLOG' image, then link back to me and let me know that you accept the award. Choose 3 - 5 favorite blogs which you also link in your post, then each blogger will inform you that they have been tagged. (Try to chose bloggers with less than 2000 followers to help spread the word about the great blogs you love.)

Fun stuff! Thanks for stopping by Snap.Scrap.Blog.Tweet! And if you ever wondered what my scrap space looks like, check it out HERE.

Monday, January 24, 2011

It's a Layout A Day Blog Hop!

"October LOAD 2010" LOAD Day 31 {Explored}
October 2010 Layout A Day, Day 31
Welcome to the Layout A Day Blog Hop! If you don't know what Layout A Day (LOAD) is or you haven't signed up for LOAD 211 yet, Lain Ehmann will tell you all about it HERE.

Whether you're new to LOAD or continuing your journey as a LOAD alumni, this blog hop is sure to be an exciting and educational experience loaded with fun and a few goodies along the way.

Grab your beverage of choice, a snack and sit back for some blog hopping good times! Today you will be visiting some of my fellow LOADsters to see how they are preparing for LOAD, which starts on February 1.


Before you hop off to the next blog, take a look at My LOAD To Do List:

1. Scrapbook: Buy a new scrapbook on sale. This will be a temporary home for the layouts I plan to work on during LOAD:


2. Photos: Sort through printed photos and pick out favorite ones. Edit photos on computer and order from Shutterfly. (Shh...I hadn't ordered prints since the last LOAD in October!)


3. Organize: Move all scrapbook supplies into one room. Organize everything...adhesive, ribbon, embellishments, etc. I absolutely HAD to do this! The last two LOADs, I was scrapbooking out of boxes at my dining room table which meant that we weren't eating there since this is what it looked like:


4. Paper: Organize and pick out paper to coordinate with photos and add to the scrapbook. During LOAD, I will read each day's challenge and then flip through the scrapbook and choose the photos  I want to use that day. (This is a work in progress, after all, I still have a week to prepare!)


5. Journal: Write about the photos. In my journal, I have ideas for titles, photo placement and layout design. I'm still in the process of writing down all the memories that are sparked when looking at my chosen photos.


6. Other: Menu planning, grocery shopping, finish other projects, schedule blog posts...and whatever else I can think of before February including organizing the 10 gallon container of scraps I had accumulated the past couple years:


There you have it! That's how I've been getting ready for a month of scrapbooking. I'm looking forward to visiting the other blogs on the list to see what they've been up to...I'm sure I'll be adding a few more things to my to do list as well.

Tips:

  • Create a routine. I've found that I like to scrapbook in the morning and once I complete my layout, I photograph it (5-10 photos), download the photos to my computer, chose the best photo and crop it, after I hit save, I upload it to Flickr and add it to the LOAD group.
  • Link Flickr to Facebook and your blog. I did this during October's LOAD and every photo I uploaded went straight to Facebook. I also added my blog so I could easily write a post from Flickr and share a layout. You can do this from your Flickr account page when you click on the Sharing & Extending tab. 
  • Expect the unexpected. No matter how much you prepare, you will end up scrapbooking photos that you never planned on and journal about memories you had forgotten about. You will learn more about yourself and your scrapbooking style AND you will be inspired!

Hope you enjoy the Layout A Day Blog Hop! You'll also want to check out the LOAD Prep Q&A Call tonight (1/24) at 8:45 PM EST.

Friday, January 21, 2011

2011 Scrapbook Expos & Conventions

beautiful stuff at the Technique Tuesday booth
shimelle/Flickr
Pack your bags and get your scrap on! Let's shop, crop and have some fun! Here are this year's top scrapbooking trade shows, expos and conventions:

January
January 29-February 1: CHA Conference & Trade Show, Los Angeles, CA

February
February 25-27: Scrapbook EXPO, Anaheim, CA

March
March 11-12: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Louisville, KY
March 18-19: Scrapbook EXPO, Pleasanton, CA
March 19-20: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Tucson, AZ
March 25-26: The Original Scrapbook USA Expo, Sandy, UT
March 25-26: Memories Scrapbooking Expo, Columbus, OH
March 25-26: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Portland, OR
March 26-27: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Glendale, AZ

April
April 2-3: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Las Vegas, NV
April 8-9: Scrapbook EXPO, Orlando, FL               
April 8-9: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Collinsville, IL
April 15-16: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Mesa, AZ
April 29-30: Scrapbook EXPO, Del Mar, CA
April 29-30: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Manchester, NH

May
May 5-7: Great Lakes Mega Meet, Novi, MI
May 14-15: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, St. Paul, MN
May 20-21: Scrapbook EXPO, Somerset, NJ
May 21-22: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Milwaukee, WI

June
June 2-4: Great American Scrapbook Convention, Arlington, TX
June 17-18: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Buffalo, NY
June 24-25: Great American Scrapbook Convention, Chantilly, VA

July
July 8-9: Scrapbook EXPO, Duluth, GA
July 8-9: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Houston, TX
July 9-10: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Loveland, CO
July 15-16: Scrapbook EXPO, Puyallup, WA
July 16-17: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Colorado Springs, CO
July 19-21: CHA Conference & Trade Show, Rosemont, IL
July 28-30: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Valley Forge, PA

August

August 5-6: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Nashville, TN
August 12-13: Scrapbook EXPO, Santa Clara, CA
August 19-20: Scrapbook EXPO, St. Charles, IL
August 19-20: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Tulsa, OK
August 20-21: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Rochester, NY
August 26-27: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Charlotte, NC
August 27-28: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Albany, NY

September
September 9-10: The Original Scrapbook USA Expo, Sandy, UT
September 9-10: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Jacksonville, FL
September 16-17: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, San Marcos, TX
September 16-18: Archiver's ScrapFest, Bloomington, MN
September 17-18: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Des Moines, IA
September 23-24: Scrapbook EXPO, Portland, OR
September 24-25: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, St. Paul, MN

October
October 1-2: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Milwaukee, WI
October 8-9: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Oak Lawn, IL
October 14-15: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Cincinnati, OH
October 21-22: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Kansas City, MO
October 21-22: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Denver, CO
October 21-22: Scrapbook EXPO, Sacramento, CA
October 24-25: Scrapbook EXPO, West Palm Beach, FL
October 29-30: Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, Las Vegas, NV

November
November 11-12: Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Convention, Bellevue, WA

See what other scrapbookers had to say about these events:

"Great American Scrapbook Convention is AMAZING! Every year they are continually stepping up the notch even in a recession." -Jennifer Smith

"CKC was great...got to shop and take classes." -Julie Hollis

"I liked trying new techniques and products, the crop and SEI album class." -Abbey Richards (attended CKC)

"I've been to CKC. I went to the one in Nashville and in a few months I'll be at the one here in my hometown of Louisville! They are a lot of fun. Shopping, classes, meet and greets along with cropping time." -Jennifer Bersaglia

"I go to the ScrapFest put on by Archiver's every September (at the Mall of America). I have been there 3 years now. I love seeing all of the creative ideas that the companies come up with." -Keri Flaskerud

"I've gone to the Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo a few times. But really just to shop, I didn't take any classes or attend any of the after hours crops...it is very much geared towards stamping and cardmaking, not so much scrapbooking." -Sheri Feypel

"The first time I went, it was strictly shopping and make and takes. I was still a beginner and wanted to learn about the latest products and trends. I loved it. Spent too much of course, but loved every minute of it." -Rosann Elliott (attended Scrapbook EXPO and the Great American Scrapbook Convention)

"I've gone to the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, Texas for the past 8 years or so. My BFF and I always make a weekend of it. We take classes and attend the evening crops. The showroom floor is always packed, and you can find almost anything you're looking for there." -Lisa Harris

And if these scrapbooking expos and conventions interest you, you'll want to check out the MemoryWorks Retreat June 23-25, 2011:

http://simplestories.typepad.com/mwretreat/event-details.html
Register HERE for the MemoryWorks Retreat. Sarah Crawford said she's been to other scrapbooking expos, but "none of them hold a candle to the awesomeness of the MemoryWorks Retreat...the personal attention and the quality of the giveaways, class projects and one-on-one time with the awesome instructors from the scrapbooking industry was stellar at the MW Retreat."

Important links:

    One day, I hope to attend many of these exciting events, especially CHA. Even though I'm unable to fly out to Los Angeles during this year's winter show, my Kanji Wedding Favor Box that I made for Glue Dots will be there! Yippee! Thanks for stopping by Snap.Scrap.Blog.Tweet! Swing by on Monday for a special Layout a Day Blog Hop!

      Wednesday, January 19, 2011

      I Made a Pyramid Box

      Have you ever seen a craft that you wanted to replicate, but never got around to doing it? Well, a pyramid box is the craft that I've been wanting to do for some time now and I finally found the time to make one:


      If you do a quick search on Google for "pyramid box template," you'll find an assortment of templates, but there was one in particular that stood out. The Pink Petticoat Blog had a fabulous pyramid box that didn't use any adhesive and was also downloadable without any unwanted text on the template. Here is the template I printed on white cardstock, cut and scored:


      Then I punched holes near the edges of each point and ended up with a pretty cool shot:


      I recently moved ALL my scrapbook supplies into one room, relocated my desk to a window and the sun was shining through when I photographed the pyramid.

      Next, I used two pieces of ribbon to tie and close the pyramid box:


      Easy peasy! And if you liked my naked pyramid box, head on over to the MemoryWorks Blog to see my colorful version.

      Other pyramid box templates are HERE and OVER HERE.

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      Saturday, January 15, 2011

      Sketches Can be a Pain in the Buttisimo

      I've said it before and I'll say it again: "I don't like sketches!" I could probably dish them out, but I lose my scrapbooking mojo and get that feeling of nails scratching on a chalkboard when I have to attempt another sketch. I like to do my own thing and that's usually whatever the photos tell me to do. 

      Yes! Photos talk to me telepathically! They say "put me there" or "crop me this way" or "use these colors."

      But I still do sketches and even though I don't like them, I like the challenge and the learning experience...and my first ScrapTiffany sketch was definitely a challenge:


      This is my take on the sketch:


      I used part of the contact sheet on the layout because it just worked and shows other photos from the same day (even though some of the photos are flipped the wrong way). I  also doodled in place of the stitching on the sketch and "F is for fun" because my family had a blast at a Toledo Mudhens game on Father's Day 2010:


      Here's a closer look of one of the flowers: 


      You can see other scrapbook layouts and cards created from the sketch on the ScrapTiffany blog. And if you ever lose your scrapbooking mojo, read Eric's Load of Scrap series on Finding Your Scrapbooking Mojo (the link goes to Part 3).

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      Thursday, January 13, 2011

      The Sketchbook Project: Saying Goodbye

      "This is the end, beautiful friend
      This is the end, my only friend, the end...
      I'll never look into your eyes...again
      Can you picture what will be, so limitless and free
      Desperately in need...of some...stranger's hand"
      -The Doors, "The End"


      I said goodbye to my sketchbook this week and sent it off to Brooklyn, New York to go on a tour across America with 28,835 other sketchbooks for The Sketchbook Project. I completed my goal of doodling for at least five minutes every day in November 2010, so for me, it was a success even though it's not as extravagant as sketchbooks by Marjolein, Ciera, AVey or Jessica.  

      It's a plain and simple book, just black and white with bits of gray and tan. I had hoped to spend more time on it to add pops of color, but with me juggling several projects at once, my sketchbook project was pushed down to the bottom of my to do list several times and I rushed to create the cover and introduction pages.


      I added the little poem from my first Sketchbook Project blog entry at the beginning of the book:


      If I decide to sign up for this project again, I plan to take more time experimenting and also attempt to rebind the book with thicker pages. Even though my sketchbook will never be in my home again, I hope to one day visit it when it's nestled in the walls of the The Brooklyn Art Library...where it will stay forever.

      Thanks for stopping by Snap.Scrap.Blog.Tweet to say goodbye to my sketchbook! If you didn't get a chance to look at all of my doodles, see them HERE or check out my Art House Coop page where you can see highlights from my sketchbook.

      Tuesday, January 11, 2011

      It's My 1 Year Blogiversary on 1-11-11 with my 111th Blog Post & 11 Scrapbook Layouts

      I knew my one year blog anniversary was coming up and I didn't realize it would be on 1-11-11 until yesterday. I was like how crazy it this! Then I started my post and saw that this would be my 111th blog post. Whoa! Even more craziness!

      To celebrate, I felt like making a list of my favorite 11 layouts I've posted on this blog. In no particular order:

      12x12 Layout: "Bored"

      8x8 Layout: "U Are Growing Up"

      12x12 Layout: "I Scrapbook For You"

      12x12 Layout: "This Is What Life Looks Like"

      12x12 Layout: "Trash the Dress"

      12x12 Layout: "Life is Adventure"

      12x12 Layout: "This Little Lady"

      12x12 Layout: "Are You Ready to Scream?"

      12x12 Layout: "Sweetie"

      12x12 Layout: "My Favorite Scrapbooking Things"

      12x12 Layout: "The Guys"
      Thanks for stopping by Snap.Scrap.Blog.Tweet! Visit on Thursday to say goodbye to my Sketchbook Project and check out the MemoryWorks blog tomorrow for another blog post by me!

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      Saturday, January 8, 2011

      Super Bowl Party Idea: Add Flair to Beverage Bottles with Football Tags

      A Super Bowl party isn't a party without a little rootbeer and you can jazz up the bottles with these easy to make football tags:


      Supplies:

      • Glue Dots®: Memory Book & Pop Up
      • cardstock: white, green, brown
      • white pen
      • white acrylic paint
      • paint brush
      • scissors
      • circle punches
      • ribbon
      • computer font: Courier New, 11 pt

      1. Type the word "football" several times in a word processing document to fill an entire sheet of paper, copy and paste as needed. Print on green cardstock and make circles with a circle punch.

      2. Create white mats for the green circles, using a larger circle punch or tracing a circular object (I used a Curious George kaleidoscope) and cutting them to size. Adhere both circles together using Memory Book Glue Dots®.

      3. Cut out little footballs from brown cardstock. Draw the stitching on each football with a white pen (or if you are talented enough to paint them on, you can do that instead). Paint two white stripes on each football (even though the NFL does not use the white strips, something I recently learned AFTER making my football tags, but they are still cute, right?). Let dry.

      4. Adhere two Pop Up Glue Dots® onto the backs of the footballs and attach each to the matted green circles.

      5. Punch a small circle at the top of each tag, insert ribbon and tie a knot. Place a tag onto each bottle and have fun at your Super Bowl party!


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      Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team.

      Thursday, January 6, 2011

      Kids Craft Idea: Upcycled Toy Storage Containers

      Toys! They are everywhere in my house! What is the perfect solution? Instead of recycling all those cat litter containers, turn them into toy storage!


      During a recent bedroom remodel, as I sorted through the teeny, tiny to the large and in the way kind of toys, I knew my two daughters needed more storage space. Then I thought of the cat litter containers that I've been saving for the perfect decoupage moment and I found it.


      I love to scrapbook, but I also enjoy getting messy with gooey and sticky decoupage. And better yet, I could enlist the help of my children to assist me with my latest Glue Dots project.

      Supplies:

      • 4 cat litter containers, clean & dry
      • Glue Dots® Dot N' Go: Removable & Poster
      • decoupage
      • kraft paper (leftover from Christmas packages)
      • scissors/paper trimmer
      • tape measure/ruler
      • assorted cardstock
      • circle punch
      • acrylic paint
      • paint brushes
      • markers

      1. Measure containers and cut kraft paper to size.


      2. Apply decoupage in small sections and adhere the kraft paper to each plastic container, smoothing the paper as you go. (I chose to keep the paper crinkled since it was faster and easier to do with children. If you prefer a smoother surface like I did on my puzzle photo blocks, see the variations at the bottom of this post.) Trim the edges as necessary and apply a top coat of decoupage, paying close attention to the edges. Let dry.

      3. Paint over the kraft paper and allow drying time.

      4. Punch out several circles of coordinating cardstock and adhere each circle to the containers with the Removable Glue Dots® Dot N' Go (This was a perfect task for my two-year-old). By using Removable Glue Dots®, the design can easily be changed in the future.


      5. Create labels for each container or download and print the photo below. Use a paper trimmer to cut the labels and have your child use markers to color them.

      Print full size on 8.5 x 11 white cardstock. Yes, you have permission to use the above labels for personal use.
      6. Adhere the labels to the storage containers using Poster Glue Dots®, which can be removed for new labels as toys come and go.


      And there you have it! An easy, eco-friendly craft to do with your children on a weekend that serves a mighty purpose...toy organization!

      Variations: 
      • Cut the kraft paper in small sections and use decoupage to apply each to the container, smoothing and removing bubbles before applying the next piece. Also see Thinking about life and a decoupaged door, where I show my decoupaged scrapbook storage container.
      • Lightly sand, prime and paint the plastic storage containers instead of using decoupage.

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      Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots design team.

      Wednesday, January 5, 2011

      Wishing for Success, a Busy Bee + a Christmas Cookie Scrapbook Layout

      “Success usually comes to those who are
      too busy to be looking for it.”
      -Henry David Thoreau, Poet & Philosopher

      I certainly hope that quote is true since I've been a busy little bee this week, but there are a lot of fun things going on. I...
      • wrote my first TeamWorks post on the MemoryWorks blog (and I'll be posting every Wednesday in January).
      • am creating a healthier life by participating in Live a Healthier Life in 21 Days Challenge (21DHL).
      • scheduled a new Glue Dots project here tomorrow: upcycled toy storage containers.
      • still need to finish another Glue Dots project that will be posted on Saturday.
      • must complete my Sketchbook Project and postmark it by January 15.
      • also wanted to share a recent layout that I completed for a Fiskateer's Challenge...


      This is the second time I participated in a Baker's Dozen (see my last layout) and I love it since it's both challenging and fun. The requirements were to include thirteen items onto one scrapbook layout and I did it!

      1. Christmas Song as a Title-"Christmas Cookies" is a song by George Strait
      2. Colors Purple/Black-snowman sticker...


      3. Christmas Stamping-used a variety of stamps
      4. Distress Ink-inked 12x12 edges
      5. Emotion/Feeling-word stickers...


      6. Glitter-on the birds...


      7. Brads-3 green brads
      8. Circles/Ornament-on the paper, little diecuts
      9. Gingerbread Cookies/Gingerbread House/Christmas Candy-cookies in the photo and candy by the snowman
      10. Star/Snowflakes-snowflakes on the paper and stars on tree and stamped by title...



      11. Greenery/Poinsetta-dried florals by tree
      12. Birds/Pears-2 birds...
      13. Ribbon/Trim-ribbon on the bottom of the page

      Thanks for stopping by Snap.Scrap.Blog.Tweet! Don't forget to visit tomorrow to check out my eco-friendly toy storage project.