Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Lazy Days of Autumn

Sunset in Cancun taken by Ashley
Afternoon rain shower in Cancun taken by me

Really needing to do a post soon, sorry I've been really busy on vacation this last week and before that I was really busy making stuff, so as soon as I get done being lazy (needing a vacation from my vacation)...I'll get a post up.  Starting December 1st, I'll be joining Ali Edwards along with many others, in doing a December Daily Album.  We'll see if I can really do it and keep up with it (didn't make it even a week last year -what with a new baby and all), I don't know but I'm gonna try.  : ) 
If you are wanting more information on what the December Daily is, click here and it will take you to Ali's site and give you an idea of what this album is all about.  Now that I've gotten my R&R, on with it I say.  Hope everyone is doing well and wishing all of you a wonderful holiday! 
"Happy Thanksgiving"

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Second Addition

We have another addition of the baby album, except this one didn't happen to be for twins, instead this one is for a special little girl that is due in October. A friend + co-worker asked me a few weeks back if I could make her a baby album similar to the Twins Album {here} that I did earlier this summer and of course I said, "Yes! I can do that."
So here is a close up of the second addition. For this album I found a great collection of Tim Holtz's paperie {here}, which seemed perfect for this album, not too pink and not too babyish. In fact I decided to go with a more vintage look overall and who better to get inspired by than Tim, after all he is the guru of 'vintage'.
Although this photo is a bit blurry, I still like the angle of it. I have to say that I am really proud of this album! Technically this is the first album that 'I' have ever sold. Now I have made another album for money but for that particular one, I used an SEI Album Kit {here}, so in my mind it didn't really count as 'my' work {basically I was paid to put it all together}; this book is the first one completely designed by me so therefore I have to share it.
Being my first 'sold' project, I wanted it to be extra special and perfect, so I made myself stick to an idea and go with it. It most certainly helped having made the other baby album {as a gift} earlier because I knew what to expect and how to go about setting up all the steps.
Over all I wanted the design to be compact, to hold 4x6 photos, to capture & collect, and then to decorate. So I started with 4 3/4" x 6" chipboard covers, covered them with the Tim Holtz's papers {here}, then added in some journaling cards that I typed up on my HP desktop, then I also added in 12 Zutter 4x6 Movable Pre-Punched Page Protectors {here}. That was my base, my core, then from there it was all details; the grunge board letter M on the cover that I painted over with Silver Stickles {here}, the baby doll dress that I found in package of Dress-It-Up buttons {here}, the over-sized flower, the 'baby girl' button {here}, the Memo Pin {here} that has the threaded tag, all of these little bitty elements adds its own very significant flare to the whole giving it it's "WOW"
On the back I decided I needed to sign my work, so before I covered the back with the Bazzill paper {here}, I measured it all out, then cut it to fit, then did the sewing all the way around it using my Singer. I very much on purpose made sure that the tag {same one I used on the front cover} that had my signature on it was sewn into the paper as well. For me it made it 'offical', hopefully for them it made it 'special'.
As you can see from the photos above, I pretty much used the same journaling prompts that I used in the other baby album, with a few excepts here & there. There are a ton of things to remember about your new born especially if this is baby no. 2 or 3, so my hope is that this book will not only make it easier to keep moments & memories safe {i.e. the smaller size} but that also it will be fun to share with family & friends.
Another classic that I just had to include is the 'Locket of Hair', yea it's an oldie......but man is it a good one; along with the 1st tooth {although I didn't put a place in here for that}.
Another one of my favorites is, things that are popular right now; you might think that you'll remember {and you might} but chances are, over time, you'll forget so what a great thing to include.
Now this journaling prompt is on every 2 page spread, meaning that every month the parents will have somewhere to jot down all the cool things that little one is doing that month. It is a great way to keep track of all those small stepping stones: 1st smile, 1st word, when they started crawling, and standing up, then 1st steps, and 1st laugh, etc.
On the very last page I used a vellum envelop that could be home to receipts, or the hospital ID bands, or the announcement tag {that one they put on the crib to say who the baby is and what the gender is} all of these pieces put together help tell the story in a more comprehensive way and besides that....you know ya wanna keep 'em! : p

I also made an insert for that envelop in case the parents needed some extra room for writing; it works as a catch all for those little tidbits that trickle down from someone else {aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, etc.}.
Once I was done with the journaling prompts I went back to the computer and printed off 4x6 inserts to slide into the photo protectors. On the front side of the insert I printed, "1st Month", "2nd Month", then "3rd Month" - you get the idea. I did this for all 12 months; then I went through again and on the backs of the first 3 months, I typed up some 'photo ideas' to get them started on what kind of photos to take to get their minds thinking about what they might want to remember 20 years from now.
Here's a look into the opening of the album. I created a chipboard badge that says, 'Completely LOVED' - that about sums it up for any mom or dad! : )
Well this is all I have for you today, sure hope you enjoyed my brand new baby album, it's one of a kind no doubt. My goal is to be back in another week or so to share some layouts with you, so plan to swing back by soon and give me another peek, thanks!

just B!!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

San Diego Travel Album

Finally I have found some time to post this travel album now that I finished it and got some pics of it.  This is the infamous San Diego album that has been in the works for the better part of a year {almost} and I have to say that now that it's done, I am very happy with it.  I think that it is probably the most detailed album I have ever done and I will explain why as I walk you through it.
The cover is my favorite of all the covers I've done because it's fun yet simple, I used the Making Memories Passport Line throughout the entire book so if you're curious about a product start there.  For the 'S' in San I used the negative of a chip board punch out, I painted it and then stamped it with a different color of paint.  Once it dried, I wrapped a bit of baker's twine {Martha Stewart} and then used one of the fabric flowers from the Passport line.  The rest of the title is done with black letter stickers and the 'D' is the positive portion of another chip board punch out.  I used a couple of different brads to add the finishing touch, along with the fabric tag, and called it done.
Here's a look @ the inside pages, I love this photo angle, it gives some great hints but doesn't spoil the surprise inside.  As for the pages, I decided on the overall layout long before I ever even left for the trip so that I knew what to look for and what to keep along the way.
My first thought in creating this travel album is that I wanted it to have a ton of personality, so to do this I used clear pages for everyday of my trip.  I used the photos to back each other from one side to the next so that you had something to look at other than the back of the front photos, I think that not only worked out very well but it also gave the book a cohesive line across the board and I am finding that I like for things to have a connection.
Next I wanted my album to have a place for lots of journaling.  It's ironic to me that I have so much to include in a travel journal but can't for the life of me ever figure out what to say on my layouts, so anyways I wanted to go with this tradition I have {every trip I've ever been on I have taken a notebook and pen and journaled almost everyday of the trip - and then again on the way home} and include my thoughts in the book, this is where the line of paper I used really came in nicely, the Passport line by Making Memories has a wonderful ruler pattern and that is what I used to jot my entries on.  Now in all fairness, I don't actually write in it while on the trip, once again I use my notebook, then once I get home and have some time I take my time and just recopy everything that I wrote down, very rarely changing it from the way that I originally wrote it out - I think it keeps it more authentic that way.
My last thought in creating this album for myself, is that I wanted a place to store all the maps & brochures that I know I'll want to keep but not necessarily use on the actual pages.  In doing travel albums in the pass this is usually my most frustrating issue, so I decided to include a 6 X 9 white mailing envelop for each day of the trip that way everything would fit and not get torn up from having too much in an envelop.  I absolutely loved the way this worked out and will definitely have to do this again in my next travel album, it was simply a great solution for me.
Last but not least here are a couple of photos of some of the ephemera that I like to keep {ephemera: paper items not intended for a long time usage}, other things to include would be ticket stubs, postcards, subway pass or bus pass, anything of the sort that 'would help to tell a more complete story' - as Ali would say.
Now don't ask me why I kept what I did, there really is no rhyme or reason for any of it, but boy does it look cool having all those things now just tucked nicely inside, I love it.
Well everyone I hope you enjoyed looking @ my book with me, I always enjoy sharing with everyone.  Would be nicer if I had time to make more stuff to share but oh well, eventually all things come to pass including more scrapbook works from me.  So until next time, thanks for spending time @ my blog and have a great rest of the week!
just B...... creative.......ur way

Thursday, August 12, 2010

the organization continues

So for those of you curious to know how the reorganization is coming...well it is slow.  Everything I do these days seems to take forever, guess that's life with a family, but I'm okay with that.  I'm trying really hard to be really thorough so that the next time I need to purge it won't take near the effort, besides where's it gonna go... right?

Here is a look at my downstairs floor {which is my scrap space and where we keep our desktop} covered with 12x12 patterned paper and this is just the warm colors, with a few of my blacks & creams showing @ the top... that's a lot of paper
Here's another look, this is all of my cool colors, blues & greens & teals, etc.  Yeah I know what you're thinking, "What in the hell were you thinking?"  Well...I'm not quite sure, but I like all of my options : )

Here is the last photo of my 12x12 stash, now keep in mind that this pile doesn't include all of my 8 1/2 x 11 papers, nor does it show all of the 8x8 papers I have so in actuality, this is probably only 90% of it all.... patterned paper that is {please don't even get me started on card stock}.  The good news is that in my quest to purge, I have unloaded about 20% of my paper stash, so I am very happy about this progress.  As for how long it will take me to finish this over-whelming process of cleaning out my scrap stash, I have not a clue, but you will hear about it the minute that it is all done.  Now off I go to purge some more, take care!
just B.... and let it go!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

For Today

outside the window....
the kiddie pool that needs refilling is staring @ me

i am thinking...
how I am going to get some scrap time in today

i am thankful for...
the few extra moments of quite before both of my beautiful girls get up

from the kitchen...
trying my hand at banana pancakes

i am wearing...
a new pair of Capri's I picked up last week @ Sam's Club

i am creating...
an organized scrapbook space

i am going...
to get my chores done so that I can play

i am reading...
the lovely bones

i am hearing...
the TV coming on which means my quite time is done

around the house...
the laundry has piled up, toys are everywhere, and my scrap room is a mess

one of my favorite things...
is waking up to fresh brewed coffee

a few plans for the rest of the week...
*finish decluttering my scrapbook room
*do a layout or two if I can find some extra time {have some new Tim Holtz's dies that I really want to use}
*make a couple of birthday cards that are creeping up on me
*post my San Diego travel album

things that can wait...
*the house cleaning
*me...waiting for inspiration to come or maybe I should call it motivation

a photo to share...

Coming later this week:  San Diego Travel Album 
Status:  completed
Rating:  ****

Hope all of you will continue to stop by off & on throughout the month, I don't post often so no need to hurry.  Sure hope you are liking what you are seeing, leave me a comment anytime, until next time take care

just B.....creative....u style 

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Good morning everyone, today I thought I'd share with you a goal I've been working towards for a while now {but only seriously for maybe 2 weeks}.  The goal is for me to clear out the clutter, in my scrap stash! 
Now in all honesty, I think I'd rather have teeth pulled, but thus is the reason that I have an over abundance of supplies.  I have been doing crafting of some sort my entire life, on the scrap side for 10+ years, and well as you can most likely imagine - things start to add up.  After listening over & over again to the Paperclipping Roundtable Podcast {episode#6 - how to deal with all that stuff} I decided it was high time I made a few major changes within my own system of doing things, I especially like the idea of not having to wade through all the extra crap to get to the good stuff, so on with my mission.  Below I have some photos of my craft closet, this is the one I tackled last Sunday and I wish I had thought to take a before and after picture because you're probably gonna wonder why I didn't clean it out - the fact is: I did!  This is what my closet now looks like and so far I am very happy with it.  Most of my shelves have a specific product on it.  In this top photo I have my stamp shelf, all lined up nice and neat so that when I am looking for a certain set I will be able to find it quickly and not waste precious time.
In this next photo I have my embellishments shelf, with everything from archival spray, to adhesives, to glimmer mists, to buttons, and of course my paper towels, and toilet paper.  This shelf is kinda where I keep all my 'go to' products, and of course the ones I have entirely too many of {buttons - I mean come on - 4 cans of buttons - crazy - and what's worse that's not all of them - shame - I know}
On this shelf I have all of my over flow of paper, some card stock, some patterned, lots of 8x8 stacks, and then themed packs.  I think I have a couple of Christmas packs in here {Christmas is about the only holiday themed paper pack I will buy other wise it just goes to waste}.
On this shelf I have my over flow of punches in the drawers and then all of my stickers in the white binders.  I know there are a lot of different ways to store stickers, I've even toyed with the idea of re-doing mine, but the fact is that the binders work just fine.  I do have them broken down into categories: one is just for letters & numbers, then another one has everything to do with family, parents, kids, pets, etc., and then the last one has travel, and holidays, and then just borders & corners.  Yes sometimes it does suck to have to dig through the entire binder to find what I'm looking for, but then I think about what it'll cost me to re-do the system, ahhh NO, I'd rather spend that else where.
On this shelf I have all my miscellaneous items, raw chipboard, printable fabric, photo negatives, mini envelops, and a few other odds & ins that probably aren't even related to scrapbooking; but hey what's a girl to do?  I gotta have my 'lighthouse' coloring book stored somewhere!  : )
This is the last of the individual shelves, and on this one I have my extra 12x12 albums that I hope to fill one day, I also have in the boxes lots & lots of mini albums just waiting for the right story to be told in them.  Those particular boxes I do have categorized as well:  one box is all chip board minis - including their pages, another box is just minis with pages already in them, another box has acrylic albums only, and then the last box is all tins that will be used for a mini someday.
These last two photos will give you a better look into my closet; I wasn't kidding when I had an excess of stuff, I still have an excess of stuff but hopefully over time I can get this stash back down to a more manageable size.  The top shelf of my closet is where I decided to put all of my tools, now there are a few tools I kept even though I haven't used them in a very long time, but that was one thing I decided not to get rid of just yet.  Who knows when that one thing you do get rid of could be the next big thing again, so tools - I'll keep and store them for a while longer before I toss 'em, just to be sure.
As you can plainly see, I have a lot of stuff to use; this is not even all of it and that's why I desperately needed to do this, so as the weeks go by and I continue to go through my stash I will keep you updated on the latest re-organization goal/process, it's more for me to keep me in check but what's the harm in sharing then maybe you can give me a nudge when I need it.
Hope everyone has enjoyed this little peek into my scrap world, hopefully I have a new post for you all this coming week; I finally got a major project done and will be taking photos tomorrow for it - stay tuned and have a great rest of the weekend!
Just B ...... organized!!!!! 
I will be organized I will get organized I will be organized I will get organized I will be organized I will get organized

Sunday, July 11, 2010

twins baby memory book

Good Morning everybody, just wanted to do a quick post here of a mini I made for a friend of mine who recently had twins.  The concept for the book came when we all found out that they were expecting two, I wanted to find a way for them to track each twin side by side each month for the first year, so this is what became of that idea.
Throughout the book I used the 'Fly a Kite' paper line from October Afternoon, it made a wonderful nursery themed alternate because I didn't want it to be completely 'baby' in the sense of pink & blue pastels with baby bottles & rubber duckies, that just didn't seem to fit either parent and this is a book for them, so I wanted it to represent them in a more genuine way.
I love the front cover with the KC on it because not only do the twins live in Kansas City, their names are  Kayla & Colby.  Going one step further, I just happened to have a couple of ribbons, one that says 'baby girl' and the other that says 'baby boy', how fitting is that? and they matched the papers to boot....lucky!

The album ended up being kinda thick but I think that since I did a 'gate fold' (where it opens in the middle) with the dual binding, it'll be able to withstand a bit more wear & tear.

Inside of the album I did a couple of things; first I decided that I would split up the two sides, the left side being Kayla's and the right being Colby's, their are a few exceptions where the journaling prompts apply to both twins the same (ie: they both have the same 1st home & the same 1st vehicle) so in those cases it's a double spread, no need to be redundant.
  The second thing I did was add photo protectors on each side for each month so that they could compare the twins side by side to see how each was growing and changing or for that matter to see how much they remain the same.

As for the journaling prompts, each month has a different idea to document.  And on the back side of the photo sleeves I gave them some ideas of other photos to take to help tell the story.
The first page is 'our day of arrival', even though they were c-section babies I figure it is still important for them to have the story of their journey into this world told.

On these two pages I have put a mini envelop for each twin to have a lock of their hair placed in it (an older tradition I think but one still worth doing)
Another page has a place for their older brother to put his story, his name and how he got it, his birthday, and what his first impressions of his two new tiny sibblings is.  A couple of other pages have a place for mom & dad each to tell their story, their name and how they got it, their birthday, etc.  Another page has another oldie but goodie which is best song, and artist, and album.  Another page has a place to put each twins medical stats from their bi-monthly doctor's appointments.  Another page has a place to document what each twin likes: be it a certain toy, or song, or game, etc.  I suppose it is very similar to a typical baby album, but with a whole lot less stress
On the very last page I left it open for mom & dad to jot down tidbits that maybe I didn't think to add or things that they think might be worth remembering.  And I also included a page sized envelop to add the little things like the hospital bracelets or the little tag that the hospital puts on the side of the crib to let everyone know who that little someone is.  I think these are all things worth documenting and remembering, if not for us, at least for the next generation.

Well that's all she wrote, hope you like my first 'baby' album.  Feel free to leave me a comment and in the meantime I will try to get some more things done.  Hope you are having a great weekend...thanks!
just B