Work in Progress

OK, in one week, I only worked on the album 20 minutes tonight. But hey, at least what I did is pretty important, it’s the cover! πŸ˜‰ I need to find more time to get this done fast!
I simply used a reflective tape to cover the chipboard of the album. (Pictured: back cover)

Too bad the picture does not show how nice and shiny it is. On a whim, I inserted a tree shape cut out from a cereal box on the back cover before applying the reflective tape. So pretty!!

We Have a Pumpkin!

We’ve been in this country 3 years and we’ve yet to carve a pumpkin. :/
Three years ago, DH was out of the country (for a 5 week trip nonetheless!) during Halloween. Two years ago, we went to a tea party at which they showed us how cool it was to carve your own pumpkin and we promised “we’ll carve a pumpkin next year!”. Last year, DH was busybusybusy so by the time we got around to looking for a pumpkin (Oct. 30th or thereabouts) they were all sold out. But this year, we made it! We secured our pumpkin! Now, I don’t know if we will actually get around to carving it, but at least it’s a step forward, right? πŸ˜€

Background paper from Hoo-hoo-hoo by Karah Fredricks
Foam Stamp Alpha Black by Sahlin Studio
Alpha from Around the World by Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Designs
Stripey Line Alpha by Kaye Winiecki
Doodled pumpkin from A Day of Giving by Valorie Wibbens
Other pumpkin (used also for photo mat and frame) from Halloween Goodies by Britt-ish Designs
Heart from Cottage Garden by Kaye Winiecki
Font: Traveling Typewriter and Pea Olson

I only accomplished about half of the stuff I’d been meaning to do this weekend. :-/
On the plus side: got a much needed haircut; came to the lab to take some pictures I need for a presentation; did the above LO; started the hybrid project for the Nov. ScrapMatters newsletter.
On the minus side: not finished the hybrid project for the Nov. ScrapMatters newsletter; not finished the 2011 calendar I need to get printed soon so it can get here in time for Christmas; not done a hybrid card I was hoping to squeeze in.
Why are weekends never long enough??

Anyway, I have some very very exciting news I’m really giddy about. I should be able to spill the beans soon! Stay tuned! πŸ˜‰

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting ready for Christmas with a fall page??? Yes, because I made this for the October page in my 2011 calendar, that I will give to our parents for Christmas as usual. πŸ™‚ And since I loved the page (especially the blending of 2 papers for the background, isn’t it pretty? πŸ˜‰ ), I turned it into a regular LO too:

So Grateful by Sahlin Studio and Sugarplum Paperie
The Alpha Files no. 1 by Krystal Hartley
Font: Traveling Typewriter

I’ve owned this (and 2 others – pictured in the post below) brush alpha by Krystal Hartley for almost a year and hadn’t used it so far, for some reason (forgot about having it…….) – but it is SO pretty and versatile! I’m glad I dug it out again! πŸ™‚ I love stamped alphas and having them as brushes makes them so much easier and quick to use. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I’m down to 2 pages to go for my calendar, plus the cover. Now I’m hoping to find a good offer like the past 2 years to get them printed. And I need to order them quick so they can get here before my trip home for Christmas!

Charity Collab: My Inspiration

I was given the opportunity to scrap with a gorgeous new charity collab for breast cancer awareness put together by some of the designers at The Digichick. All proceeds from the sale of this kit will be donated to the American Cancer Society. And it is such a gorgeous kit!

All the lovely pink in this kit made me want to scrap a page about the most important woman in my life, my Mom. We live far away and I miss her a lot!

My Inspiration charity collab for breast cancer awareness ** LIMITED EDITION– Available October 14-31, 2010 only! **
Completely Curved by Sya’s Blueprints (retired)
The Alpha Files no. 4 and 5 by Krystal Hartley

The journaling ended up being a bit too personal so I’ll work up a softer version before I show this to my mom. πŸ™‚ I am sure she will love it!


Halloween is coming up and Mari Koegelenberg has designed the cutest Halloween kit ever!! It’s new today and 20% off!

It’s just sooooo pretty! The colors and the patterns are so unusual and eye catching, and look at that adorable girl and the cat!
I used it to make two additional tags for my Halloween banner and I just love how they turned out! (And, as you can see, my black soot distress ink has arrived! Yay!! πŸ˜‰ )

Tag shape from Tag Sale Rounded Tag Templates by Geeky Diva Designs
Spookville by Mari Koegelenberg Creations

I cannot wait to hang this pretty banner in my home… Almost 2 weeks to Halloween, maybe I can put it up this weekend! πŸ˜€

For more Halloween inspiration, check out Craft Critique’s Halloween blog Carnival!

Just for fun

In the last couple of years I have discovered and developed three passions (scrapbooking, photography and hybrid crafts) and I feel like I will never let go of them as long as I live. Having a creative outlet is now more vital to me than the air I breathe, at times, because it makes me feel free and it reminds me of the life I want to live and of the beauty and grace I am blessed with every day.
Capture the Moment by Kate Hadfield and Designs by Lili
Vintage Carnival by Sahlin Studio and Jenn Barrette
Vintage camera sticker and arrow tag from Around the World by Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish DesignsFree Spirit alpha by CD Muckosky
Fonts: Pea Olson, CK Parsifal, Vintage Typewriter
Photo actions by My Four Hens Photography and the Pioneer Woman

Halloween Decor

Since I saw Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas project last year, I’ve been wanting to do some tags. So when I was thinking about a project for the October newsletter of ScrapMatters, I put tags and Halloween together and ended up with this Halloween tag banner:

Tag Sale Rounded Tag Templates by Geeky Diva Designs
Spooky and Halloween Chic by The Design Girl Boo Bash and Ticket Tape – Halloween by WM [squared] designs After Midnight by Jennifer Labre

As you can see, there are 4 tags so far (but in the meantime I’ve done 2 more – I will be able to show them off in a couple of days! πŸ˜‰ ):

I had so much fun doing these tags!! I decorated the back of the tags with patterned papers.

Both my local AC Moore and Michael’s do not carry Black  Soot distress ink by Ranger. Seriously, that’s a shame!! So since I needed to get this project done, I decided to try out some black glitter instead. (In the meantime, I have purchased the black soot distress ink online and used it for the 2 missing tags that I will post on Thursday.) I bought Martha Stewart’s glitter and I am IN.LOVE!!!! It is so sparkly and fun! OK, a bit messy, but soooo pretty! πŸ™‚
Here’s a closer look at my tags:

I used velvet fluff on the spider web! Fun!

For more Halloween inspiration, check out Craft Critique’s Halloween blog Carnival.

Happy Tuesday! πŸ™‚

It Has Begun!

At this point, I’m not at all sure I’ll ever see this project finished… but it has begun, and I’m loving it! πŸ˜‰

Although I must confess that at times like these I wish I were a traditional scrapper, so I wouldn’t have to go through all the printing & cutting… πŸ˜‰
Anyway, I bought some new Distress Stickles today… very yummy! You can see them in action on the “19”. πŸ™‚

Hybrid Christmas Planner

Back in August I worked on this project for the Sept. newsletter at ScrapMatters and I loved every moment! It was quite an endavour to get it done, but so worth it! I am literally counting the days to December when I can use it and show it off to my family! πŸ™‚
But since I realize most normal people don’t get excited about Christmas in September, I decided to wait a while to share this project. Now that the leaves are falling and holiday season is in the air, it might be the right time to do it. Also, this month’s Getting Hybrid challenge at ScrapMatters is all about creating your own holiday planner, so I hope you’re inspired to join us!
I used this adorable kit by Stolen Moments for my planner:

and since I’m obsessed with pink and green for Christmas this year, I recolored the blue paper with the trees to make it fit my mental picture.

Cotton Candy Christmas by Stolen Moments Designs

I created all the embellishments (minus the bells, the buttons and the beads of course πŸ˜‰ ) from scratch. It was so much fun!

Calendar grid from Desktop Calendar Templates 2010 by Simply J Studio

Sooooooo pretty! πŸ˜€ Posting these pictures now really puts me in the mood for doing my December Daily album! I have no idea if I will find time to complete it, but I sure want to give it a shot, starting this weekend! πŸ™‚

October’s Here!

October is here and I must say I cannot complain about this 50F weather. Especially after coming back last night after spending 4 days in Tucson, AZ, in 100+ weather. Ugh. So good to be home! πŸ™‚

Anyway, I have 2 little somethings to share done with Friday’s new releases at ScrapMatters, both Halloween-y. πŸ™‚
First off, I scrapped a pic of me from last year:

All Hallows Eve by Chelle’s Creations
Font: CK mini

And next is a cute coffin treat box I made a few weeks back and I can finally share it! I used a kit by a new designer at ScrapMatters, Jennifer Labre.

After Midnight by Jennifer Labre

I haven’t played with my Silhouette in a couple of weeks now and I’m so eager to use it! Busy busy busy life though… πŸ™

For more Halloween inspiration, check out Craft Critique’s Halloween blog Carnival.