Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Return to Scrapbooking

Ok, so I haven't done an actual scrapbook page an a long time (really long... can't remember exactly, but it's been months), but we're coming up on a New Year and that always gets the inspiration flowing a little:

"What are my goals?" 
"What do I want to do with this whole New Year ahead of me?"
I haven't looked at the Challenges board on in a really long time but this morning I thought I would take a peek (I actually think I clicked on it by accident when I was going to look for new swaps, but that's beside the point) only to find that my friend Tammy had posted a challenge about scrapping your word for 2011. We were to pick a word that we wanted to focus on in the New Year and scrap that word. I chose the word 'Simplicity' and as soon as it came to me the page would not get out of my brain so I knew I had to put it altogether right now! I have never (NEVER) had a page come together so quickly for me and in 15 minutes (crazy!) it was done!!

Here is what I wrote about it on

First, that is NOT a picture of me, but I promise that if I ever manage to do that and someone takes a picture of it then I will add it over this magazine image. I thought it fit the word and the feeling it gives me so I used it.

Second, it was so HARD no to do any distressing or inking but I felt that wouldn't have fit the page either.

There is hidden journaling under the picture that reads: "One of my words for 2011 in 'simplicity'. I am a big dreamer and seem to complicate my life with plans and lists and lots of ideas about who I should be and where I want to be going. Yet... when I stop and think about it, it is the simple moments where I allow my life to just happen that are the most treasured and memorable. My other word for this year... 'freedom' because that is what living simply gives me."

Catching Up

Oh my goodness, I have 3 followers now! LOL I better get to posting before they leave!!

I can only assume that these a three lovely ladies from, a place that I have come to love for the support, encouragement and fantastic ideas that everyone shares with one another (and the swaps are fun too!)

I haven't been doing a TON of crafty stuff in the last little while, lost my mojo as some people put it, but it's slowly coming back and I'm just going to share a few pictures here with you all:

These are some Christmas ornaments I made this year for my friends and a swap partner. Found these awesome wooden ornaments and clear plastic snowflakes at the dollar store. I painted the words with acrylic paint and covered them with Candy Cane Stickles. I covered the snowflakes with Frosted Lace Stickles and added a little bling. Super easy and everyone loved them! When I went back to the store to get more they were sold out... guess I wasn't the only one with brilliant ideas (really??).
Then, I made this box for a secret sister swap I was in for Canadian swappers. Another dollar store find for the wooden box (LOVE my dollar store for their crafty items!) and more of the same snowflakes. I painted the box with old gold acrylic paint and covered the base and lid with paper (no idea what collection or how old, it was gifted to me). On the bottom I just added some cotton lace and inked the edges of the paper with fired brick Distress Ink. On the top I sprayed the paper with forest green Glimmer Mist and added the snowflakes and flowers and a Tim Holtz tag that says 'Imagine'. (The little people you can almost see in the background are pieces of the red clay nativity scene that my Mom bought in Mexico... I should take a good picture and post it...)
After Christmas I started cleaning up my crafty area (we really should be eating at the dining room table) and working out how I wanted to store things and have them accessible. Didn't manage anything creative there, but I did alter a bulletin board to hang over my sewing table and use as an inspiration board:

I covered the board with fabric that I had been saving forever. It's a screen print on polyester and since the only sewing I do anymore is quilting I hadn't found a use for it, but it was too gorgeous to get rid of!! I attached it to the board with a matte gel medium by Golden that I also use when I'm art journlaing and covered the edges with ribbon, leaving the inside edges free so I can tuck things behind or clip items to that I don't want to pin. Of course, I had to bling up the corners a little with some Prima leaves, some lollipop flowers I received in a swap and another Tim Holtz tag that says 'Simplify'... which has kind of become my motto in the last day or so (as you'll see in my next post).