Monday, April 28, 2014

Spread Your Wings and Fly

Hello Hello
How was your weekend?
I apologize for the late post, I'm just trying to 'get it all done', I'm sure you know how that goes.
Were you able to get anything creative done?
 I had the opportunity to get some things organized that desperately needed the attention so I got very little in the way of crafting done, but I do have a cleaner scrap room now which lets me breathe a little easier when I walk in here.

Now granted by no means is it put together with everything in it's place...oh hell no...I still have twenty of the same thing in thirty different spots but that's only 'cuz I couldn't find them. The way I figure it...eventually everything will figure out where it goes and just magically end up there.


Now what did happen however is that I got a real good look at some of the crap that I have, different things I've collected over the past 10+ years and have only just now really figured out what to do with them. The answer?
Mixed Media
And I'll tell it'll be really fun getting my hands into some of the 'lost things' I found...can't hardly and I'll make sure to share whatever I create.
For now though I thought that I'd share the next layout with you. This is from last Fall when I went on my weekend binge and did like 9 layouts in 2 1/2 days...
yeah it was completely crazy
for someone who 'doesn't do' layouts...
But I can tell you with 95% certainty that this one is probably my favorite!
I mean that little face, oh and her little bitty hands, and her sweet, sweet smile...
Yes I am bias, after all she is my baby but oh my goodness!
As for the paper I went way out of my comfort zone and used a sheet that had a lot of visual weight on it already, but I used the images to my advantage. Around the larger bird in the bottom left hand corner I added in some flowers along with a border strip on the vertical line (our eyes naturally read bold patterns and the horizontal and vertical lines are two of the most common, plus it helps to lead the eye the way you want your audience to read it) then I also made a small cluster of embellishments + photo + journaling pocket off center and a tad to the right. When I added the border strips on I made sure to bring one in from the right side about a 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of the page ( this is that visual weight thing working again here-also working within thirds is another really good way to achieve a balanced visual weight-just an FYI) having that strip essentially grounds the elements so that they don't look like they're floating in space
Okay so there you have it, I did add in a few other random elements that help support the overall piece and also help tell the story. Eventually I will get back in here and add the date possibly along with my journaling but for now I am quite happy with this I mentioned earlier, I think this one may be my most favorite at the moment. Let alone for the photo but also because I stepped outside of the 'box' for me-as if doing layouts wasn't enough outside of the box already. Anyways I hope this helps you to try stepping out yourself and maybe think about how you can use some of those 'visually weighted' pattern papers. If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment.
As always I greatly enjoy sharing things with you and I thank you for visiting. Later this week I plan on sharing a few more layouts and quite possibly even a new mixed media piece.
Don't forget this Saturday - do something 'scrappy' as it is

 National Scrapbook Day!

Until next time...
just B

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Light for Safe Keeping

Hello Hello
And good day to you!
Here's another layout that I want to share with you today.
The photo is from our trip to Maine last August. I am a huge lover of lighthouses, anything coastal really, and so my husband (bless his heart) let me drag him from lighthouse to lighthouse while we were there. This is Marshall Point Lighthouse (a special feature in the movie Forest Gump)  and let me tell you... this little bitty edge of land with this little itty bitty lighthouse on it is...
one of thee most stunning views I have ever seen.
I can't say for sure why I choose some of the things I do for my layouts, but I think in this particular one I knew I really wanted to convey what I was seeing and feeling while I was standing in awe. For me the fastest way to accomplish that was by color. Color absorbs so much emotion and for a lot of us out here in the crafting world there are certain colors that just...
breathe life...
that's the only way I can describe it.
So therefore I used several colors to bring the emotion in for me. The first one is a gray flowered pattern to bring in - quite literally - the gray day we had due to all the rain plus to help capture the abundance of flowers, they were everywhere and beautiful. Then I thought to use the polka dot pattern only for the color factor not necessarily for the pattern. I like it's varying shades of greens mixed in with the teals, then topped off with that little bit of brown because it was a direct reflection of the scenery for me; and then I suppose now that I'm giving it some thought the polka dots actually do kinda tie in with rain drops - in a round about way - no pun intended - or maybe perhaps I did mean it.
Anyways I still need to do some journaling and maybe throw the date on there somewhere but otherwise I absolutely love this layout. It represents a very deep love that I have and sometimes that's what's most important.
Thanks for stopping in and have a fabulous weekend. More layouts coming I promise, plus I am getting really close to finishing a huge project, I'm thinking maybe another week or two and I can finally share so be on the lookout for that as well.
Until next time just B cr8tive!
just B

Sunday, April 20, 2014

simply sisters

Hello Hello
Happy Easter!!!

So for today I thought that I'd share with you a recent layout that I've done. For those of you that have followed me for awhile you know that this is not my strong point, but I have been attempting some more so that maybe one day I'll at least feel comfortable doing them.
The layout was inspired by the photos and of course there is a story about those. My husband has a friend, Hose, who owns a photography studio and he knew that I was looking to learn more about my DSLR, so he invited me and my two girls to his studio with my camera and helped me take some photos of them. These two shots are a result of that photo shoot.
As for the layout, I used a couple of pattern papers from my stash and a couple other pieces that I've had laying around for awhile. In fact the frame that says, 'antique charm' is actually from some packaging from a scrapbook something-or-other. And the flower embellishment on the die cut dress I happened to get from my mother-in-law the day that I was working on serendipitous is that? 
Alright well there you have it, that's all I have for today I sure hope you like it and are inspired to create some of your own layouts, even more so if it means using up some of your older stash. 
Thanks for stoppin' in and taking a peek and I'll see you next time.
just B

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Growth & Renewal Through Mixed Media

Hello Hello
I'm back...
sorry for the late post I have been busy - I guess - not sure doing what exactly but you know how that goes right?
I did happen to get another mixed media piece done - those of you that follow me on Instagram you have already seen these pics, because I was to excited to wait. 
So this piece was inspired by my best friend, she is absolutely amazing by the way. Recently she has overcome an extremely emotional challenge from the previous two years and this is my way to celebrate her and the growth that she has so bravely faced way before was ever even thought possible. She has been an inspiration to me for many, many years and I could no doubt have done half of what I've accomplished in my own emotional struggles, as well as my own personal goals, without her support. She is my touchstone...
Thank You Tami-I love you
This piece is for you!
(I do hope you like it)
 This is only my 2nd mixed media piece and I am thoroughly surprised...can't say that I even knew ahead of time what it would end up looking like but again I hope she likes it. I was excited when she mentioned that she is liking the teals and greens right now because to me, what with Spring well under way, those colors seem to represent growth and renewal which is exactly the feel I was going for. Also I picked different pieces that all represent that same concept...
flowers (renewal); the arrow pointing to 'take risks' (moving forward); the raised clock (the healing power of time); even the butterfly (the definitive transformation process). 
The stencil I used, ironically enough I picked up at a shop called Red Lead which Tami took me to when I visited her this last Fall. Luckily enough the sentiments on it fit as well:
soulful voyage journey adventure time past present forever tomorrow travel destination north south

So there you have it, I hope you find this inspiring to you as well and perhaps give it a go sometime. The process of mixed media is actually really simple and really a lot of creative play. I have some things that I'd like to improve upon after doing this piece so maybe in my next piece I can focus on those areas that are important to me. I really like collage but that doesn't make me very good at it just yet so that will be one thing that I certainly address, the other is color. I LOVE color and the way colors flow together can speak volumes about the 'feel' of a piece so I can see myself spending some time playing around with this for sure as well.

Alright I suppose this is all I have for today, thank you so much for stopping in and checking this out, hopefully you weren't disappointed. :)
Later in the week I will finally be getting to some more layouts that I have done recently so make sure to peek in at those, and until next time enjoy yourself and your creative side.
just B

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mini File Folder Mini

Hello Hello

Hoping that this Spring weather has you all enjoying the rebirth as mother nature slowly awakens the earth from it's winter slumber. 
I thought of what has been capturing my attention as of late and well I am still on a literary journey, reading has become my 'go-to' through out the week when I don't have the energy to scrap and I am enthralled. Currently I am obsessed with the Mortal Instruments series, I am on book three right now and at night I have very hard time putting it down and making myself go to bed (lol)
Just real quick today I wanted to share with you this mini file booklet I made last year sometime when I was bored and had nothing better to do than waste some time - right?
I had two of the Quick Cuts mini files already die-cut so I think I made one more to go with it, then I had used up a scratch pad of paper and had the chipboard back in hand and decided instead of throwing it away it could be used for the cover of my mini files if I created a book out of them...
So that's what I did! I had some tissue collage paper in my stash, I adhered it to the chipboard piece and then folded it in half, the striped twine that you see along the outside is what is holding in my 3 mini files and those are the pages.
How cute is that right? I used a decorative corner punch on the covers, added an elastic band around it so that it would stay closed and considered it done. What die-cuts do you have in your stash that could be used to make 'pages' in a little tiny mini book? Just thinking about this myself, I have another die that I think might make for an interesting mini book, maybe I'll try that one next...
Anyways just a 'thought' that I thought I'd share, hope all of you are having a good week and getting lots of ideas gathered for your next creative endeavor. I appreciate you stopping in, if you have any questions please feel free to comment me, I'd love to hear from any one of you!

just B