Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Just sharing... Katie's album

Hi and Welcome everyone!
It seems the cold snap we'd have for 2 weeks has passed, and the weather is so NICE today I've spent most of the morning out on the porch, (*grin*) but I promised myself I would keep up the blogging in 2010, (remember ?)

So here's an album I'd like to share that I completed for my niece Katie during the holiday season (but never posted) that I'm thrilled to say she absolutely loved when I gave it to her :)

I'm so proud of Katie and she's been on my mind alot since this is her senior year and she'll be starting a new chapter of her life soon. Katie ~ if you do read this {{HUGZ}} and I love you :)
This was an odd sized album I picked up long ago, but I never knew what I wanted to do with it, since the pages are a unique size - luckily all the page protectors were included! From the pictures it's hard to understand, but the pages are actually 10 x 8, so it was a challenge :)
The great part was it was ring bound instead of posts so she can add more pockets later. I used CTMH chipboard letters, distressed and inked them then applied rub-ons and a layer of Liquid Glass to make them resilient and glossy. The chipboard flowers and other rubons are also CTMH (from various collections), the white flourish background is an adhesive vinyl design I cut out with my Pazzle, and the chocolate extra wide book binding tape used on the spine is from 7Gypsies. It really didn't need it, but I wanted it to last a long time, so I always try to make thing "strong"..lol. Hope you enjoy your day! ~~A.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Angels going techie..or tryin!

Welcome all my FaceBook friends to the fray -- I'm trying to catch up to the technology out there - so I've linked the blog to NetworkBlogs.com -- so all my FB friends don't have to hear it all twice! I hope this works *keeping fingers crossed*

This is a layout I did this past weekend I though I'd share -- I really like how it turned out since this picture was especially difficult to scrap - it has sat in my box since August of 2008 - and then September of 2009 one of the little boys died. So you see, I was very torn on how to portray this moment, my son and his cousin on their first meeting each other. I hope i did it justice. {{HUGZ}} Angel

5 down .. 5 to go !

Yay for me! I'm celebrating tonight as I type my post..lol. You see, I have finished HALF of my resolutions for 2010 ! Here's my "To Do List"

(some call them Resolutions) for 2010 :

1) Find a method to organize all my stamp sets, catalog them , and be able to reference their location, what stamps are in the set, and what drawer they are in so I can use them !

Solution: 6 narrow Sterilite carts - three drawers each - each drawer is labeled with the sets it has in it (Sentiments, Spring, Borders,etc) -- and Part 2 of the Solution - I scanned a copy of the front of all my stamp sets and then printed them all - cut them down to 6x6 and put them all in an All-Sorts Mini Album from CTMH - I used the pages and made a tab on the top of each page to find the color coded sections fast! When you're a paper hoarder and stamp set collector like me you have to have a system!

2) Catch up on all my picture files - make back-up copies to CD for storage, and crop/dwnld/print the ones I missed scrapbooking since i never got them printed!

Solution: Spent 4 days downloading/saving/cropping/printing all the pictures I was missing on Snapfish, organized my photo box once the prints arrived (over 2000 of them!) and now I'm SOOO ready to scrapbook!

3) Scrapbook my pics - Now this doesn't seem hard to most people, but it was a challenge for me since most of my layouts or albums that I create go to other people, or they are put on display for other scrapbookers to refer to while they are creating the layout themselves in class or workshop.

Solution: I took reference pics of all the layouts from 2009 in my display album - pulled out all the layouts, added my pics, and put in MY ALBUM! Then, I scrapbooked for JUST ME the whole first week of 2010 ! I've never felt so much creative energy - and it was such a whirlwind of fun! Not counting the completed layouts .. I made 23 new layouts and put pics and journaling on all 35 of them and they are in the albums !! This is so exciting for me!

4) Finish AT LEAST 25 pages a month every month of 2010 - This means layout, pics, and journaling, as well as PUT THEM IN THE ALBUM!

Solution: Did that for January so far --- so I'm counting that one as "Completed! so far " LOL

and the last "resolution" ...

5) Reward yourself and take time to celebrate when you meet a goal. I skip this part too often, because I think I've got to get started on the next BIG STEP... I'm not going to skip it anymore!

Solution: HUGE Snickers and a glass of chocolate milk with you !

So i guess the moral of the story is even a busy scrapbook instructor can get behind on albums -- always remember, scrap your life -- but don't miss out on it in the process -- like my Idol Tim Holtz says: Enjoy the Journey !

Monday, January 4, 2010

Lots of firsts.....

Now that we've settled down from the holidays I'm trying to "make good" on my promise to blog consistently ~ so here's my first post with my brand new look - I finally managed to "facelift" the blog - and the tunes, so I hope you enjoy it!

So, with that said, I'd like to introduce you to a GORGEOUS paper pack that is limited edition by CTMH for January - Felicity! It comes with its own stamp set, papers, and die-cut 12x12s ! I'll be posting some of my new Layouts using this in a few. But you should check out more on Felicity on my website or follow the options below to get yours!

You know you want it!

It's scrappin in a new shape for Papercrafting Month!!

Now, before you start drooling, here are four easy ways to get it.
Option 1: Buy it outright for $34.95 US/$40.95 CAN.
Option 2: Buy $60 in stamps and get it FREE!*
Option 3: Spend $125 on (almost) any Close To My Heart products and get it FREE!*
***Option 4: Post a comment to the Corporate Felicity Blog at:http://www.nationalpapercraftingmonth.blogspot.com/

Second I would like to show you a layout the gals will be doing for Girls Night Crop this Friday night. Virtual guests can order the layout to be shipped to them, and be entered for all the door prizes and goodies - just email me your address and I'll get it sent out to you! Anyone placing an order this week on my website, or by emailing me will get the new 2010 Idea Book for FREE! You can view the online version of the catalog on stampsforu.myctmh.com

This month's layout is using the Free Spirit paper pack and a stamp set called Legendary Moments.
HUGZ! Angel

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