Friday, July 24, 2009

Trying Something Different....

If you scrapbook a lot then sometimes you can feel like you are in a bit of a rut...

Most times I can snap out of it pretty quick by: using some great new products I love, printing some new or old photos with a story I've got the perfect idea how to tell, or trying a new technique or doing something a little different... you know "Shake Things Up" to get those creative juices flowing again.

So this month I'm trying a different format than I'm used to... I love doing the standard 12x12 size pages because of the squareness (is that a word lol). But lately I find myself doing more of the 8-1/2x11 size because they are easier to scan & get on the web. So the 8x8 size I thought would give me the best of both worlds & it really did.

Here's a layout I did using a lot of My Mind's Eye paper & some old photos of our dog when I was a child. I wanted to tell the story of how we used to have parties with presents for our dogs. (Yes we are "those people" lol). I love Thickers & these pink fabric ones sure have been tickling my fancy on layouts lately. Even on the most basic layouts a bit of stitching adds a lot of interest, texture & that something that makes a page a bit more special.

Cardstock (Bazzill - White Orange Peal)
Paper (My Mind's Eye -No Worries Content Circles, My Mind's Eye -Pirouette Twirling Circles & My Mind's Eye -Free Flowing Stripes Die Cut Paper)
Letters (American Crafts Thickers -By the Yard Bubblegum)
Stamp (Unity Stamp Company - Fact of Love)
Photo Corners (Heidi Swapp); Ribbon (American Crafts); Ink (Ranger); Thread (Coats & Clarks)

Sometimes we don't even start a project if you are a slow poke scrapper like me because we don't think we have enough time... Well there are ways to make super eye catching projects fast. Just think about all the Simple Scrapbook style layouts & cards you see in galleries & magazines. So for this card I challenged myself not to bury the card in layers (which there is nothing wrong with sometimes) but to "Keep it Simple" & get a cute card finished in no time.

This card will be going to Cards For Heroes (organzation that collects & ships blank handmade cards to our troops on active duty).

Cardstock (Bazzill - White Orange Peal)
Paper (American Crafts -Splash Backyard)
Ribbon (American Crafts -Leaf 1 - Backyard Ribbon)
Ink (Ranger); Watercolor Pencils (Faber-Castell
Stamps (Unity Stamp Co -Hodge Podge of Happiness & Folk Inspired)

Ok so now head on over to the Everything Scrapp'n Store & get some product that will excite you and get those creative juices flowing..... Heather is having a sale so who can resist?

SALE! 35% off SALE!

July 21 - July 25th enter the code SUMMER to receive 35% off your entire order.

**I will not be able to ship any orders from July 26th through August 1st. Shipping will begin first thing August 2nd.**

We'll be heading to CHA next week & leaving the other team members in charge of the blog to keep you inspired. We'll be taking lots of pictures of the new product out there. Leave us a comment & let us know what you are especially excited about since you've been seeing sneak peaks in the last couple days from all the manufacturers.

Have a fantastic weekend & remember to do something creative.


2 Worlds said...

Very cute !

Jocelyn said...

Just love the LO and you did a great job on it!!!! I know what you mean about falling into a rut and what a great idea to share with us!!!!!! Have a great day!!! :)

Scrapbooking Recipes

With the holidays coming so fast we need more hours in our day. One way I've found to help is quick and easy meals. Here is one that I love to use when I have a full day.

Lazy Log Cabin Casserole:

1lb stew meat cubed
1 can of Cream of Celery
1 can of Cram of Mushroom
1 packet of Beef Onion Soup (I don't use this. I just add salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried minced onions but I'm an eye ball cook)
Toss all this in the crock pot together give it a stir put it on low and cook it for 6 - 8 hours. Home cooked meal with just a few moments prep. Put a salad bag with it and your hubby can't be upset that there isn't a home cooked meal on the table.

Do you have a quick recipe? email me