Mar 26, 2011

Breathe....

Let me just say that trying to run a business that has quickly become full-time while having another full-time job during the day is hard. But I love teaching rubber stamping and paper crafting so it is soooo worth it!

I'm not complaining in any way, shape or form, as I am very thankful to have a very successful Stampin' Up business and to have a well-paying day job where I love the people I work with, but some days I feel as though I'm being stretched in six different directions.

However, today is a fantastic day. I slept in until 10 a.m. and I'm in my pajamas, catching up on some things that need to get done and then I plan to goof off a bit.

I also want to acknowledge any of my new friends from Crop on the Cape 2011. I met a TON of new people and I'm so appreciative of their support. So if you are visiting my blog for the first time (and this goes for anyone not just Crop on the Cape-goers), welcome!

I have a progressive scrapbook page to share with you today. I made this actually a few weeks ago and just hadn't had the time to share. I showed progressive scrapbooking at Crop on the Cape and I think it was well received! So let me share with you another example.

For those of you who are not familiar with progressive scrapbooking... what it is, is you start with a 6 X 6 page, then build up to an 8.5 X 11 page and then to a 12 X 12. I just find this to be a great technique when I am stumped looking at a very large 12 X 12 page. :)

So here is the 6 X 6 starting point...

Oops... I just realized that I never cropped these images so you get a glimpse of my bed, too!

So this small little page features the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set and the Fancy Flower Punch (which was embossed with my Big Shot).

It also showcases two of my bestest buds... Laurie and Jackie.


I simply stamped some tone-on-tone butterflies on the Rose Red cardstock, some small yellow flowers on the So Saffron cardstock and then the flower stem on the Old Olive cardstock.

Once I had that done, I made that the focus of the 8.5 X 11 page, which you can see here:


So you can see the 6 X 6 starting point on the right-hand side of this page. I also made a super, cute butterfly embellishment for the page. You can see the tutorial for that here from Tana's blog. She is also doing a fabulous weight loss program where she is trying to lose 111 in 2011 and it's so awesome to see her progress!

So the final step is to make this 8.5 X 11 page the focal point of a 12 X 12 page:


Ta-Da! (Again... sorry about the lack of cropping). I added a few photos along the left-hand side, some patterned paper and a button in the top left corner and Voila! I still have to do some journaling on this page, but I haven't decided what I want the focus of the page to be (there's several different directions I can go with these pictures). However, I did leave some space on the bottom to include some journaling (always remember to include your thoughts on your pages -- it will mean so much to your relatives when they can get some insight to how you think and how you lived).
Well, that is all for me today... I'm off to enjoy a bit of free time today! I hope you have a wonderful Saturday and thanks for stopping by!

Mar 1, 2011

Grrrr....

I honestly don't mean to keep going MIA on you! It's really nothing personal!

I am truly tired of this winter. I know I shouldn't be complaining as it is a really trivial issue, but it just has been kicking my butt! Between just the cold, gray days and the dumb virus I got over the last week, I just don't feel like I can catch up and March is a busy, busy month!

So if you are wondering where I went to last week... well I was curled up on the couch with a blankie pretty much permanently for the entire last half of last week. No stamping. No eating. No talking. No sleeping!

I spent the last two rainy days holed up in my stamp room to catch up -- and I think I did.... at least for now. But this is going to be a super busy week with Stamp Club and three workshops still to go! (Not that I'm complaining!)

So needless to say not a lot to show you. I will hopefully have some cards to show you from my card class last night when I get them uploaded.

In the meantime, let me show you some close-up shots of some of the scrapbook pages I gave you a peek at a while back.

This is page one of a two page spread:



This is page 1 -- I know super simple! But that was kind of what I was going for in this album. There really is no stamping or embellishments at all right now. Although I think I might add some embellishments once I figure out what photos I want to include.


You can't really tell from this photo, but I love how this page has the perfect spot for journaling... the left hand side of the page is made up of ledger paper... making it very easy to jot a few notes.


The second page is just as simple, but perhaps a little more intriguing....


Again.... super simple. Scrapbooking doesn't always have to be complicated, you know. I have to remind myself of that sometimes, too.
We often get so wrapped up in the fancy products that we forget it is really about the photos and recalling important memories.
I created eleven 8 X 8 pages with just a handful of coordinating cardstock and the Botanical Gazette DSP from the Occasions Mini Catalog.
I'll show you some more in the coming days. Right now I'm off for some breakfast. Thanks for stopping by... despite my erratic posting habits lately! :)
Have a great day!
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