Friday, March 30, 2012

So Many Babies

I am not sure if it is Baby season or Wedding Season. But there are many requests for these types of cards lately. Or maybe I am just getting to the age where I know people getting married and having babies...odd.

Have I ever mentioned that I like balloons? Balloons for birthdays, balloons for babies and probably some balloons for weddings. I have no shame when it comes to taking center pieces home from parties. Unfortunately, I have surpassed the age that is acceptable to fight with my cousins' children to take them home. On occasion I like to think I am a good aunt and is always up for letting them enjoy their youth as much I probably did not.

Anyways, I have made another Congratulations baby card. I use the same sticker set, but I had a different design. Below is a card requested by my god-sister. Another baby boy! Lots of bundles of joy coming into the world. Do you see my inspiration of balloons?



Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Making My Own Kit

I did not order any other item from Becky Higgins other than the sleeves. Nothing against her products; I am super excited about my sleeves. As for the other items available, I am trying to convince myself I do not need them. One item that caught my eye was these 3x4 grid journal cards. They were not that expensive; it is priced $3.99 for 100 cards. It looked really cool with the grid paper, but it reminded me of engineering paper. Immediately, I thought I could make them myself. I still have stacks of engineering paper. (Apparently being an engineering student has come in handy for my hobby.) I purposed bought the Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper to mimic the rounded corners of the Project Life products.


Step 1: Looked for my stacks of engineering paper. Not to jump the gun, I chose a small stack to sample with. So thank you URS for supplying me with this paper. Now it is going to turn into my journal cards.

Step 2: Trim them to the standard size of 3in x 4in. You can really make them any size. The pockets for Project Life sleeves come in different sizes. 4in x 6in or 4in x 4in.


Step 3: Use the Crop-A-Dile corner chomper- size of 1/2 on all four corners. If you wanted them smaller, there is always the option of size 1/4. Use your creative license. I think the standard is the 1/4 size for Project Life.


You end up with your own personal stack of grid journal cards. And it did not cost me extra to make. I already had the paper and all the tools to make my own.Hopefully, this sparks some creativity for you to make your own embellishments and journal cards.


I am super excited to be finally working on my Project Life. I know it is the end of March; but hopefully I will be able to catch up in a few weeks. There are a ton of photos I need to get through. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Most Impressive

I have never felt more engaged or appreciated than by Bella Blvd. It could be that I won two giveaways this year from them. However, I am sincerely impressed with their diligence. I am less impressed with other companies that shall not be named. Regardless, I am excited to play with my new treats. These are the new wooden buttons from Bella Blvd this season. They were introduced at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) event in January. Aren't they pretty?



Sunday, March 25, 2012

Birthdays, Birthdays and More Birthdays

I don't understand why I have so many friends with birthdays in March. However, I do extremely like making birthday cards for them. Here are a couple below.




Even if I don't buy a present, I like to make cards to wish them a great birthday. I like to have boxes of presents on the front. It is kind of a substitute for not having something bigger. Lately, I have been making so many bows with ribbon; they are looking better and better.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

It's a Boy!


This is not going to be a long post. The card above is one I helped my god-sister make for a co-worker. She is a new grandmother to her new baby grandson. I tried to have lots of space inside so that everyone had enough room to write in it. I only added a  rub-on inside of a rocking horse. It is small touches like this that I love adding the most.

 

She has asked me to make another one for her. There are sure lots of people having babies lately. I do not even know where to start for the next design. Hopefully, something will inspire me. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

New Tool: Sewing Machine

I received a brand new toy over a month ago: a brand new Lil' Sew & Sew. My godsister got it for me as a Birthday/Graduation gift. I absolutely love it! It is perfect in size and level of difficult in use. The machine has eight different types of stitch patterns which was why I passed up the one pattern stitch one from Michaels. But the story behind this little thing was a 'pain in my behind'.

We originally went to TARGET and found a Singer QuikFix pictured below. I loved the light blue knobs and it was the perfect size. But when I returned home with this new gift, I checked online and it had horrendous reviews. It bugged me so much I called my Godsister to have her return it and I found a better reviewed and cheaper one on Amazon.


They literally look exactly the same except for the color. Lil' Sew & Sew is entirely white; in the long run, it  probably does not matter. Poor reviews were not too different from the Singer QuikFix, but it sure did have a lot more better reviews.


Lil' Sew & Sew Product Review:
Color wise it is extremely boring; the entire thing is white. I thought the Singer Quikfix was prettier with the light blue knobs. The foot pedal seems to be very lite, almost like a toy. I have chosen not to use it, but once I have the hang of sewing, the pedal will be useful. Like many of the reviews, the instructions that came with the machine are not clear. Videos online will help with the threading if you ever need to redo what they already have done. The eight different stitch settings are pretty cool. They do work as well as long as you keep pushing the paper through. I strictly use it for my scrapbooking pages. I have not tried it on clothes or fabric. Other reviews I have read said that their issues tend to happen when they try to sew thick pieces of fabric. So it will not be used for that purpose because from other reviews it seems to break quicker. I have already gotten it jammed once and it nearly freaked me out. Thank goodness I fiddled around with it and discovered I had pieces of thread lodged underneath the platform. Once I removed that, it worked fine once again. The spool sizes are much smaller than the norm, so you will  need to buy more spool for other colors. But it comes with three - in the colors of black and white.

None of my straight lines look straight, but most of the time you cannot tell or will not take too much time to notice. I did try with my first attempt on a project to draw the line. It was slightly helpful as a beginner. After that run, I chose to eyeball it and hope for the best. I have already posted this layout in Strip Papers entry.


Can you tell it was my first attempt?


Saturday, March 17, 2012

My Wish List

These items have been on my mind lately. I daydream about owning this stuff everyday. Hopefully that day will be soon. I anticipate that these items would be part of the first few purchases after I get my first employed paycheck. I also have a ton of items in my Amazon shopping cart that I need to decide how to take care of on my tight budget.

Silhouette Cameo


Twinery Twine Bundle

&

And this is what Martin wants to get: The New iPad

Clearly, we have different priorities. But I think I am the smarter one, because I will enjoy The New iPad if he gets it. Whereas, I am not so sure Martin would be able to do anything with bakers twine and a die-cutting machine.

Friday, March 16, 2012

First Shadow Box

My cousin had asked me to help her make a present for a co-worker's new baby granddaughter. I spotted a really nice white frame by Making Memories. It came with a bunch of random add-ons. Some I kept; some I just threw away. I added a bunch of new things to the layout to build dimension. This has been a different type of task for me because usually I try to keep my layouts flat to fit nicely into an album. For project like this one below, shadow boxes encourage the third dimension to have things pop out. 

Yes, as I have said below the frame was white. But after I placed in the layout, it looked really plain to me. So my itchy artsy hands decided to paint the frame. Thank goodness my cousin still liked it after I did that. It was a relief because I wasn't sure if I even liked it. Now, it is definitely 'one of a kind'. 


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Tool: Scoring Board

Anything scrapbook related motivates me to create more layouts. My cousin Joyce surprised me with an Amazon shipment: Scoring Board and a pack of 12in x 12in card stock. I am digging my new Martha Stewart Scoring Board. I haven't use it too much for other than making cards. But it is such an  awesome tool to use with you need to make many repetitive folds.


Martha Stewart Scoring Board Product Review:
It has great spacing as small as an eighth of an inch. It wouldn't do much good for the metric system, but since it is for the States it works with the American system just fine. The corner dimension identifier (I made that name up) is useful for making envelopes. It locks with the board fairly well and underneath the board, there is a pocket to insert the corner dimension identifier. It even provides the standard sizes for you, but you would need to know what an 4BAR , A2, A6 and etc. mean. The little bone fold that comes with it does the trick and you can hide the fold in the long compartment at the top of the board. But use it lightly, because if you press too hard the ends of the paper will tear. I would suggestion using a thicker bone fold that will not go into the grooves. Lastly, I think it is extremely large- larger than the 12x12 sheets. Storage tends to be a problem for me so finding a spot for it was slightly difficult. But if you have lots of large drawers or storage units, it should fit just fine.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Revamping My Space

I know I have disappeared for a while. If you haven't noticed already, my blog has gone under an intense make over. My banner was created by one of my closest friends a while ago, but I didn't have much time to do changes to my blog until now. I am not sure how long this is going to stay, but I think it gives a fresh look. I have also added a tool bar on top with links to my facebook, pinterest and yes, my little boutique. In this is a page of items I have created with my supplies. It includes cards, and shadow boxes I have made recently. I also would make scrapbook albums, but not many have inquired about those. I do not have a large any customer base, so I felt that I would start small. Lately, my cousin has been asking  me to make a few things for her. That has been going very well. It has kept me sane and has me thinking creatively while I am applying for jobs.

If I was still in school, it would be spring break this week. Nothing has been planned, but I guess that would be best in this scenario. Martin is visiting for a few days, so the house is pretty full once again with my brother home too. Stick around, maybe? I will post some new stuff I have been working on lately soon. I hope you'll stick around.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Scrapper on a Budget

I consider myself a budget conscious scrapper. Whenever I purchase an item, it either has to be on sale or I have a coupon to discount it. If I could get a penny for every hour I spend thinking about whether I want or should buy something, I would be filthy rich. It is ingrained in me to get the most bang for my buck. This definitely translates to my scrapbooking as well. Whenever, I start a new page I try to use my scraps and already opened products. I also save a lot of tiny little pieces, thinking that I might be able to use them again on a later project. The negatives I am left with after I use the Slice, are kept in a little bag hoping they will come in handy later when I am creating new pages.



This layout was creating with many different leftover scraps. However I did need a fresh sheet to make the circle rim cut out. I love the colors and how all of it can come together to be a background for these photos. My cousin-in-law Tim is with his son, Jake, in the photos. Jake makes him so happy. You can see the love emanating through the photos.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Happy 200th Post!

This is my 200th post, that means I have 100 left to write before I meet my goal of 300 entries written before my 25th birthday. It is also exactly one month after my birthday, so I have exactly eleven months to write 100 blog posts. This is going to an interesting attempt.

I made the page below for a submission for the GCD Studios Design Team. That crosses another item off my goal list for 25 things before 25. This picture was chosen because I really liked it. It was taken of me when Martin and I went to Hawai'i. Another side of me can be seen here; the free spirit side and happy, bubbly side.This page is a bit full, but I really wanted to over embellish because that is what I like to do when I do self reflecting pages.



I tried to do some journaling. I took some of my favorite quotes and incorporated them into the entry as well: I think I have grown in the last year and a half. When I say ‘grown’, it is in the sense that I have discovered more about myself. I have discovered more of who I am and who I want to be. It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are. And yes, I have made many mistakes, but life didn’t come with instructions. And I will always laugh my heart out, dance in the rain, cherish every moment and smile through the pain. I will LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE, forgive and forget; because life is too short to be living with any regrets. Every morning when I wake up, I tell myself to be awesome. Because I have made a choice: I choose to be happy today and every day after.

I was silly; but, I decided to use a phrase rub-on. Specifically LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE one in the middle of my journaling. I had to leave enough space for it when I printed so the rub-on. After I printed and rubbed the phrase on, I realized I could have just picked a different font and had it bold to create the same effect. 

 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Hair

This was slightly inspired by a challenge on Scrapbook etc. Only did I later find out the challenge was outdated for over a year. I had to use girl products on a boy layout. I gave it a shot with this page. 

Check out his hair! This picture also cracks me up. I am not sure why Jake was in this state, but it surely makes a good statement. It is another one of my nice and simple layouts. Not too much going on. When I selected the materials to use, I tried to pick colors and patterns that were not too girly. I like the little heart trees at the bottom; they fill the page a little bit. Jake is everything mentioned on this page for sure; he is definitely a 'cutie pie' and 'made with love'. 


Friday, March 2, 2012

Playful

How can you not smile when you see that sweet face? When I saw these pictures, I thought his play mat was very colorful. That is how I came up with the title "Playful". The clown faces in the background also worked well with the theme. I used tiny pieces to create hanging flags. The colors I picked out worked well with the background. I even had a good run through with my sewing machine, which I will talk about in a later post. I am still trying to get a hang of it. One thing I had a difficult time deciding on was where to put the title. I could have done the traditional horizontal position. But since I did that 'all the time', I made a slight vertical change. 


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Praying

Happy March! I cannot believe that it is March already. Lately, I have been listening to Justin Beiber's Pray. Yes, I would admit I enjoy his music; but, I am not in love with the person. For some reason, this song expresses what I have been feeling lately. At the same time, I have also been praying. I am not religious, and I do not believe in God; but it does create some comfort to ask someone else to help. I am sure there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
"But I know there's sunshine behind that rain
I know there's good times behind that pain, hey
Can you tell me how I can make a change
I close my eyes and I can see a better day
I close my eyes and pray"



When I saw this picture, I totally cracked up. I think Jake was practicing his mimicking skills. But it also looked like he was challenging his father. The title is what I imagine what he would say if he could talk - " Oh yeah!? My mouth is bigger."  I really like the simple, clean layout I have here. For some reason, I have been using white as the background sheet more often. I ran out of Hs, so I have to cut Bs into Hs. Can you tell, if I didn't tell you? Hopefully not. I tend to do it a lot when I start running out of letters. I try to use up all the alphas. I haven't thrown any unused alphas out. Eventually, I will have a use for them. Or I hope.