Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I capture the moment... I design


Here is another Jen Starr project I started this weekend! Ok, so this is what I started with: an 8x8 piece of black Bazzill cardstock, a green Prima flower {I added this to the project myself} and some rectangles of white water color paper. I used some of Jen's Tim Holtz stamps, distress inks, Archival Ink and some Glimmer Mist for good measure... and this is what I created!


I used the different techniques Jen taught me to create each of the rectangles. I used the same color distress inks for each of them which helps pull them all together in the design. I wanted to show you the before and after so that you could see exactly what these products can do {when used by a talented designer- hey... its my blog!} The Prima flower took me only a few minutes to distress and I think the result is just beautiful.

I have this layout on one of my display boards in my studio. It is there to {INSPIRE ME}

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happily Distressed

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take two classes taught by Jen Starr, a designer for Ranger Ink as well as Prima and Tattered Angels. She is such a talented designer and I learned so much from her classes. I can't wait til she comes back to ScrapbooksPlus!

This was one of my favorite project we did. We started with plain white water color paper and a strip of the harlequin paper. I added some inks and embossing powder, used some stamps and a mask too {the way Jen showed me} and voila, this is what I got. I chose to use the colors that are in my studio so that I could display this on one of my memo boards. The quote stamp that I used said:
"Creativity is an endless journey where we should always take the scenic route"

That's My... This project was so much fun. I decided on "That's My Family" for my book. It is still a work in progress but I hope to be posting the finished project in the next few days.

Watching Jen design with these products was so inspiring {I love inspiration, it's my thing.} So of course I had to get a few new Ranger products after seeing how fabulous they are. So here is my new stash!

I decided I really need my Distress Inks close at hand so I put them in a basket on a shelf next to my work space. I can pull the basket off of the shelf where it lives and put in right onto my counter when I'm working with the inks. This is the ITSO canvas basket from Target. It is perfect for my ink pads because it is shallow so I can glance down and see all of the colors at once. If it were a deep basket my inks would be stacked making it harder to find the color I want. {I love organization. it's my other thing}

So I have been converted! I am no longer a strictly clear stamp girl! I never thought I could be swayed into rubber stamps but I was. They are easier to grab and use, they are more durable, easier to clean and easier to store. {they also look really cute on my shelf & cute is important!}

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A few years ago I was in Target looking at the home dec stuff for kids rooms and came across this little stand with drawers. Each drawer was covered with a different fabric and some were embellished with ribbon too. I thought is was so cute and would be the perfect storage for small embellishments like buttons and brads. I bought it with the idea that I would remove the fabric and cover the drawer fronts with papers that match my design studio. I used the Lily Kate line by Basic Grey and finished off the project with little loops of ribbon as drawer pulls.

So why am I writing about this now??? Well, I just saw in Scrapbook Trends magazine that Kaiser Craft has made a naked storage drawer unit that can be covered and embellished by the designer. And well I just thought it was pretty cool that I had the idea first! Also, everyone always ask where I got the drawers and it is always a bummer to tell them they aren't sold anymore. So here it is... your chance to customize your own set of storage drawers.

The little name tag in front of the drawers is just a little something I made the other day with the same Basic Grey papers and some grunge board. I like it so much in my studio that I might just have to make another one to hang with my projects on the ScrapbooksPlus design team wall.