Monday, January 25, 2010

...because HOME is where your story begins

The idea behind this layout came from the UpperCase Living catalog {inspiration can come from anywhere.} "Because Home is where your story begins" was a saying in one of their home dec pieces. It struck me the second I read it. I realized that this is the reason I do so many of the things I do... because here, with me, is where their stories begin.

I thought of this saying several times over the next few days. At the time I was designing layouts for the ScrapbooksPlus design team call. I decided to incorporate it in this layout that I made for the DT call. I distressed this tag and hand wrote the title in pencil first {I take the pledge I signed for Heidi Swapp quite seriously and ALWAYS write in pencil first.} I went over it in 05 Zig pen, added some flowers and ribbon and voila!

It was so easy to journal for this particular layout. I had no trouble explaining myself. The journaling is a little personal so I hid it behind our family picture so it isn't just out there on the page for everyone to read. It is behind a little door so the reader has to find it. I do this a lot... hidden journaling. If you are curious what the journaling says you will be able to read it on the ScrapbooksPlus Design Team Blog on February 2nd.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Cheese Sandwich {shape like a heart}

Why is there a cheese sandwich on my latest scrapbook page. Well, because that is what Cullen asks for everyday for lunch, a cheese sandwich {shape like a heart}

He says it in his little "Russian" accent which is something you won't really understand unless you have ever heard him talk. I scrapbooked about this because I want to remember this when he is all grown up. I want to remember that when he was a little guy nothing made him happier than to have a "cheese sandwich {shape like a heart} for lunch.

I am really diggin' the Thickers fabric alphas. This color is called leaf. Since I love to distress I inked them a bit with my Cats Eye Queue ink color~ yellow cadmium. I ended up with an uneven color effect and it made the texture of the fabric stand out a bit more. Since the set comes with so many letters and I can manipulate the color by inking them I am going to get a lot of use out of these.

This envelop came in the Maya Road Square Kraft Envelop set and it was the perfect journaling accent for this layout adding a "brown bag" element that went right along with the lunch theme. It also allowed me to hide my journaling which is something I do a lot. I love it so much I kind of didn't want to use. Its a "cake" thing... you can't have your envelop in you journaling accents drawer and eat it I mean use it on a great little scrapbook page too!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Design Studio

In an effort to start the new year off right I spent all last week re-organizing my design studio. It usually gets pretty out of control during the holidays and this year was no exception.

I just looked over the pictures of my studio that I posted last February. WOW, what a difference. While my studio is still very much the same, the pictures are so different... Thanks, Karen Russell. I love progress!

There is a real life quality, a depth, and a richness to the photos that I am so happy I can capture.

Some of the photographs are a bit casty but I don't find it too distracting. {Besides, I need something to improve upon for next year;)}

I love my cutting station... it is an absolute must in an efficient scrapbooking room!

My Studio Calico KOTM {kit of the month} kits!

My cozy little chair, I love it:)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Designing for...

I am so excited to announce that I am now designing for ScrapbooksPlus. I submitted my designs in mid December and just found out I was chosen as one of the new designers. I am so excited to work on this design team. First of all because the returning designers are some really talented ladies. I have followed them on the design team blog as well as their own blogs and they really inspire me. I am also interested in meeting the other new designers. I have really missed being a part of a design team so this is going to be fun, fun, fun! I can't wait to be inspired!
{actually I have already been inspired by this design team... inspired to de-clutter my design studio and right now I'm just procrastinating. Gotta go}

Couldn't go without leaving at least one picture. I love this one of Cullen in front of the tree on Christmas Eve.