Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas to All and To All a Good Night

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Merry Christmas

Oh how I do hope all of you have been having a Merry Merry Christmas!
Such a wonderful day full of family and food, conversations and presents too!!!
'In shock' faces, jumping in places, screaming in excitement, and smiling faces.
It's the most wonderful time of the year!

just B

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A "Thank You" Tray

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Hope everyone is getting close to being ready for the Holidays, only a week out...EEK!!! I am very close, the shopping part is done it's the wrapping that is now going to take me awhile. But I'm not complaining it's all apart of the Christmas season. 
So for today I was having trouble deciding what to share, I have pretty much shown all of my Christmas projects and if I haven't it's because they either:
never got finished
are way behind schedule
or canceled due to weather - 
I mean lack of motivation
So instead I've opted for sharing this with you. This is an artist tray that I made for my sister-in-law's friend, Dawn, who hooks me up over and over again with her daughter's clothes that she has out grown. I have two girls that get lots of use out of them so  talk about a money saver.
 OH MY GOODNESS!!!
I can't say that this was even enough of a 'Thank You' but I wanted her and her family to know how much I appreciate their generosity.
The tray I used is a Paper Studio's memory tray that I picked up @ Hobby Lobby. I normally use 7 Gypsies when doing an art piece like this but I liked this one because it was a good in-between size, not to small but not too big either. I also chose the bright pattern paper because with the help of my sister-in-law I was informed that Dawn had just re-decorated their home in a gray neutral with all the bright colors that have been so popular this year. 
This collection fit the bill perfectly. 

It's by Authentique and it's the Blissful collection. If you haven't ever given this paper company a go, do so - they are high quality with bright solid colors, normally double sided and so worth it. This particular pack I found at Hobby Lobby for $19.99 used a coupon for 40% off and got 48 heavy (like card-stock type) double sided sheets. Now I will also mention that they do repeat their patterns, so in this pack I only received 12 patterns (patterns are on the front sides only and then they match it with a solid color on the back but in this case they almost appear as a pattern themselves because of the distressed look) but I'm okay with that because it is only on a very rare occasion that I dislike any of the patterns. 
As for the tray it speaks for it's self. Along the top in the 3 divided spaces I just added some decorative items that one might find in a home or something that represents home.
I love flowers so hence the vase with flowers...I also love keys-one of my many collections-so of course I had to include that piece as well...then last but not least I wanted the 'family rules' to be posted for everyone to see so that there's no confusion, so that's what's in the center. 
Now as for the bottom space I had to make a decision, did I want this piece to be functional or just decorative? I chose to go with functional as well as decorative, so in the bottom space their is a photo holder. 
The way that I created it was I used the paper doilies as the decorative piece and then backed them with a piece of acetate so that you could slide a photo behind that whole element and still be able see a majority of the photo; the acetate is just a stabilizer because I knew the paper doilies wouldn't be able to stand up against the heavy photo paper. Then you'll notice along the right hand side there is a decorative label with the family's name?
...that is intended to be used as a photo tuck, to help the acetate with the top portion of the photo. And then lastly along the top of the gray pattern paper in the left hand corner there is a tiny bobby pin with a couple of white pearls, that will help with keeping the photo in it's place as well as adding interest.
What's cool is as they change out their photo from time to time, if they forget to add one back in, the piece is still decorative...it looks like 'Art'. I did a lot of distressing, I did some layering, I included some bling in a couple of spots and then of course lots of patterns with their edges inked up gives the whole piece texture. On the handle I added a sheer piece of gray ribbon and a black & white stripe ribbon and then using one of Tim Holtz's Fragments I created a charm with the family's monogram on it.
So there you have it, a one-of-a-kind art piece to display your family photo. I hope that this inspires you to try one of your own and think outside the box. I have several (more than I care to admit) of these artist trays that I intend to get done someday - my thought is to use them as vacation memories/wall art but we'll see... Maybe with the new year right around the corner I can add it to my 'to-do' list once I nail down my idea to something more concrete. If you have any suggestions or ideas, I'm all ears!

Hope you all are enjoying this Holiday season and taking time to really feel the Spirit of Christmas. Sit down and watch a couple of sappy Christmas movies, have a cup of eggnog or two, maybe go for a romantic walk in a savvy shopping district to see all the pretty windows...in other words...take time to just...ENJOY!!! 

And thanks for stopping by
just B

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas

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How is everyone?
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
We had a white weekend, the snow didn't collect, which I'm grateful for, but still...we had some and some is sometimes worse when it comes to driving.
My drive into to work this morning wasn't pleasant, I'm about 30 minutes away in normal conditions, on days like today it takes me all of an hour if I'm lucky.
Anyhow I made it safe forth and then back again so all is well.
As for today I had one other mini I wanted to share with you. This one is a Christmas toilet paper roll mini that was sold in my Esty shop several weeks back but again I am hoping to inspire if any of you are struggling for some inspiration.
Not sure sometimes what exactly 'inspires' me, but for sure watching others and seeing what they do is certainly helpful. It can at times be the 'ah ha' moment that you needed to move to the next step or the missing piece to the puzzle that's been nagging you for days. Either way I love that those of us that 'scrap' share, and then that way I can return the favor and 'share' with you.
As I mentioned this is a toilet paper roll mini book, but boy does it have a big heart.
I've included more than I thought that I'd ever be able to get away with. It's got journal spots, mini photo spots perfect for some Instagram pics, more journal tags, and then some cute ephemera pieces to warm it up.
I think also that the paper collections we choose make a huge statement in the overall feel of a mini book, for instance I don't think that this would have been the best mini for a bright pattern paper with some of the more flamboyant colors, not with the Kraft color of the tubes being so dominant even though they are in the back ground.
For me these are all the things that I think about. Not just creating a cute little book but really what is going to work together to make an extra special piece. I want size, colors, and added embellishments to compliment each other and to stand up with one another. 
For the most part I think that I accomplish this a majority of the time, and then other times I fail miserably at it. You know what? 
It's okay!
Same goes for you, you are not going to hit a home run every time you sit down to scrap
- or up to bat
(and if you DO??? what's your secret???) 
but the key is to keep going, to keep learning and creating, because just maybe...just maybe
TODAY IS THE DAY!!!
So that's your challenge, go create something that you've seen elsewhere, something that you don't normally do or do but only just started and practice it. Work with it until you feel it become apart of you, if you really just can't make it work for you, try something else. The goal is to slowly add in ideas to your flow that may eventually shape your flow and in the process help you to grow.
So be what this may, I didn't cover a whole lot about the actual mini book but you know that if you have any questions at all please feel free to comment me and I will get back with you as soon as I can.
I wish you all a great week and be safe for those of you dealing with Old Man Winter.
Thanks for stopping by!

just B

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Teresa Collins' Santa's List 6 x 6

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So I thought that I would share a couple more of my Christmas mini albums with you over the next couple of days. This one was sold in my Etsy shop several weeks ago but I'm hoping that it'll give you some inspiration if you're in need of that like I am desperately right now.
I think of all the ones I've made over the last couple of months this one was my second favorite, probably because of this gorgeous paper line by Teresa Collins. It seems that this lady and I must be on the same universal plane, everything in the last couple of years by her - I have just...completely embraced as my own. She is certainly one creative soul. 
Love the journal cards that she always includes in her paper lines. In this mini book I included several of her journal cards and then added in a couple of white photo mats so that it would help support the color scheme and not distract from it. That is what I love about it so much...the soft, subtle colors.
I also added in a couple of snap cards from Simple Stories as well, they added journal space and they added to the collection very nicely, with their vintage style they blend in seamlessly.
So this is how I set up every other page - on the left side you see the large photo mat and then on the right you see the two snap cards that are tucked into a tab at the bottom and held in place by the mini banner at the top  (love this idea)
On the other pages I used the journal cards from the paper collection and then added in a photo mat on the opposite page.
You may notice that I also added one or two clear CD envelopes, I wanted whomever took it home to have some extra spots for photos. My thought was that since Instagram is so popular still, that this square envelope would make a great pocket for those. 
Here's a couple more of the snap cards, although the intention was to get extra journal spots, I also couldn't help but to add in a couple of the quotes, they just seemed fitting for this mini book.
So there you have the general idea of how this book came together. I did keep the layout of it fairly simple because you never know who's going to buy it and I wanted them to not have to think too hard on how to use it. This one is very straight forward, you add your photos and your stories - done!
And that's not to say that they can't go back in afterwards and add a bit more embellishments if they want, they absolutely could and it would still flow very nicely I think. So hopefully this gives you a starting point or a place to jump in. I just know what works for me and even the simplest ideas gets the creative juices flowing.
If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment and I will get back with you as soon as I can. Hope you enjoyed this little walk through and I hope that you'll join me again soon.
Thanks!!!

just B

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Year in Review

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I am hoping everyone survived all that turkey goodness from last weeks festivities? I think I may have gone over board just a little bit but only because my pecan pie turned out absolutely divine and my brother devoured the pumpkin one so I can only guess that it was pretty awesome too.

Thanks again mom!


So originally I thought that I'd get back to sharing layouts, as you know I've been on an odd layout kick lately (I'll blame it on the Christmas season just getting under way - I'm always more sentimental around this time of year)  but instead - I have something I want to show you because with 2013 winding down and 2014 right around the corner this little fella just seemed like more of a 'right now' kinda project that I think you'll like...heck you may even want to make one... 
(and of course I'd most certainly encourage that kind of behavior)!

So for today I want to share an idea I had a couple months back when I was hot & heavy into making my toilet paper mini books. I love the mini books but I have a thing for files, not sure why and I don't dare dig any deeper, but earlier this year I created three small file 'boxes' (I'm using that term loosely) and decided to try one using the TP rolls.
This is what I came up with!
It's a mini file mini book - does that make sense? Now when I made this I wasn't exactly sure what it would end up becoming but I knew I wanted it to have 12 files, again not sure why the #12 but I s'pose it's kinda one of my numbers. Turns out it was a good thing because I am going to use it as a 'Year in Review', so now each month gets it's own 15 minutes of fame. 

 For each file I have a little tag that pulls out from the top which would be perfect for small photos from throughout the year and then on the pages I can add in some journal spots to jot down a few of the happenings from that particular month, therefore in fact making this a mini book...file style.
   Now the only question is can I remember that far back?

As for the 'files' (TP rolls) I used a lot of bright colors so that it is cheerful. I also made a closure for it. I'm not sure how much this little fella will hold (empty it does well standing up) but I'd like for it to be able to stand on it's own base once it is full, in order to do that I thought that this little elastic band might help. Now down the road if need be, to keep the band in place, I can add some embellishments on the outside cover for it to sit underneath that way it'll stay put but I'm going to wait on that for a bit longer and just see where this one ends up as I begin to file in some memories.
So...what do you think?
I'm thinking of all the possibilities that this could potentially have. 
How fun!!!
Well I hope this has given you a new idea to try and to see what you can make of it. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me.
I thank you for stopping in and letting me share with you a passion of mine, I do hope you'll stop in again soon. 
Thanks again!!!
just B

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Vy's Recipe


Hello Hello

Happy Thanksgiving
Hope you all are filling your bellies full of some turkey and stuffing, maybe some mashed potatoes with gravy, gotta have some cranberry sauce and a sweet roll, then top it off with a piece of pumpkin pie first then a double helping of pecan pie.

!!YUMMY!!

Are you full yet? I am and I haven't even started. And by the way I think I just gained 'another' 5 pounds...
make that 10 (I just reread that list again) :O

So for today I thought that I would share with you, not another layout, but a house warming gift that I made for a friend @ work.
Mind you this is my very first attempt at this particular piece but I think that it has turned out quite lovely.

With all the cooking that's been warming up kitchens across the US this week and today being Thanksgiving, sharing this piece seemed fitting.

This is an altered recipe box...
 what do you think so far?
Pretty isn't it?
So for this project the first thing I did was to decide how I wanted to present it. I know that my friend likes black and gold...
!!Go Tigers!!
So that's where I began. I went to Hobby Lobby looking for a black and white paper pack, something really generic, but then I stumbled across this little gem. This gold and black patterned stack was like striking gold. Immediately I knew this was IT! so I grabbed it and then started brain storming.

At first several ideas came pouring in but gradually I narrowed them down. 
What finally stuck?
Well as you know I am an Instagram addict and so that's where the idea came from. My friend Vy loves to cook and it never fails that whenever I jump on FB for a bit she's posted a new picture of something she's made in the kitchen. So it got me to thinking...if she's already cooking (recipe box could get that base covered) and then snappin' a pic (photo mats for the pics ties that in) how would that translate into a house warming gift?
Simple...
I'll make her an altered photo recipe box and she can use the photo mats for her FB pics of all the cool things she makes. So I created my own tabbed file folders and when they come out they open like a hanging file. On the inside I at the bottom of the file folder I added a 'recipe card' for notes that she may want to jot down and then at the top of the file I added a photo mat so she could tuck her 4 x 6 photos in and have the current food picture on display in that particular file.  

When I made the outside of the file folders I did think to add a blank label to each of them so that she could write in whatever pictures are going to occupy that file. So like this file in front could be labeled Beef...say she has a couple of photos: beef tacos, hamburger, lasagna - the most recent photo could be displayed in the photo mat and the rest could be sitting 'filed away' behind the file folder.  Point being, with twelve folders this surely ought to help her get and stay organized with all of her 'food' pictures. 

So how cool is that? Do you like it?
I freakin' love it! I think that it turned out super cool and hopefully she's grasped the concept of how I intended for it to be used but even if not, it's still totally usable
how ever she decides. If she wants to use it as an actual recipe box - she can - absolutely...in fact she could probably even fit a recipe card in the photo mat...so it actually has a dual purpose now, that is cool! if I do say so myself :) 

Well tha...tha...that's all folks!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday today, enjoying family & friends and all the blessings that mother nature bestows upon us.
I thank you so much for being apart of my world and taking time out to let me share with you. I would love to hear from you, leave me a comment anytime and I'll respond as soon as I can. 
Thanks again!!!

just B

Monday, November 25, 2013

Foretelling a Little Girl's Curl

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Are you ready for some turkey later on this week? I sure am, I love me some turkey - especially the way mom makes it, throw in some stuffing and some jellied cranberry sauce - oh yeah now we're talking.
Yummy!
Oh and on Wednesday mom's coming to my house to finally teach me how to make her amazing pecan pie...lucky me...you know I can't hardly wait for that for sure!
but enough of that talk, you're making me hungry & I think I just gained 5 pounds so stop already :)
So I figured for today I'd share another layout...they seem to be center stage right now...last weekend you'll never guess but I did 8 new ones! For me that is insane! I don't think I did that many between 2011 and 2012 combined. I can't say that they are all 5* but I like 'em and usually that's half the battle for my critical eye, so I'll be excited to share those soon and see what you think.
 Now as for this particular layout, you'll notice that I actually have the journaling done, that's quite a feat in it's self. But honestly I like the simple journal blocks. The white journal spot is a digital product that I found @ Designer Digitals, this happens to be one of Ali Edwards - whom I go to lot for the simplicity of her work but there are a lot of other talented designers there to choose from as well; this one with it's rounded corners and simple prompts just felt right so that's what I went with.
Another element on these journal spots that I like a lot are the white paper clips, that I added on with a circle punch, because they somehow kinda remind me of the old safety pins that mommas used on cloth diapers...looking at it right now it just works. And the different ribbons with their muted tones add to the softness of the page, love that.
The last element of this page that really stands out to me is the corner curl, totally love this and have done it a few other times in other layouts. I try really hard not to use some of my favorite techniques (if you can even call this a technique) to often because I don't want to wear them out, I know it sounds silly (I'm laughing at myself even saying it) but it's true - at least in my hare brain. In this particular case though I like it because if there was a way to foretell of a baby's...look...down the road - this would be it, my daughter has a head full of curls now, has had them since she was about 6 months old but you'd never know that from this photo because she was only 5 months old, but how cool is that? As for the curls? Well you know...
(Secretly I'm hoping that she keeps them, they're just so darn cute-even if they are a pain-in-the-arse to brush out every night).

Also on this page that I just really noticed is the Disney clothing tag...I've always liked keeping things from 'real life' to add in but then I rarely actually add them in but this time I did and now I realize why...it completely matches the entire piece...wow! ...who knew right? Love that so keep this in mind, especially if it's from a favorite outfit because not only does it work in this sense it would absolutely work on a 'teen' page, think about it...they are already crazy about clothes so why not add the tags in, could even keep the price tag (in a hidden pocket) that'd be fun to find a few years from now
...or maybe not :o

(heeheehee-I'm not laughing while you're crying...nope not me)

I'm just saying is all :)

Alright well there you have it, hope this gives you some ideas to try - let me know how they go. I always enjoy learning new things and certainly I love to share them so here's to you, take what you will and make it your own. I thank you for sharing your time with me for just a little while, hope you'll stop in again from time to time, until then...
Keep calm and scrap on!
just B