Thursday, January 31, 2013

Holiday Spirit Spreads

Here are some more pages I made for Christmas gifts. This one is how I did two layouts for the same photos. One is clearly meant for the girl and the other is for the boy. They are similar in the positioning of the photos. I was conscious of what the other page looked like. The theme was what I concentrated on more. Just with the change of the theme, the page looks entirely different.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

You Are Loved

I have had a great mentor during my role in my last rotation. For Christmas, I made him a gift for his son. I had to think for a while before I came up with the idea because he is the same as my boyfriend in the situation when I have to think about -What do you get a guy that can buy everything himself? I made him a 12x12 shadow box. He is in love with his family. His world is his less than a year old son, who is growing up extremely fast. This baby is quite the handsome fellow and will surely capture the hearts of many girls in the future.

My favorite aspect of the layout are the rolls. To add dimension to the layout  and to fill the shadow aspect of the box, I rolled strips of 1"x12" and 2"x12" around a hot gun glue stick. I loved how the texture came out after I laid them down next to each other. I love the circle patterns all over the page as well - pattern background, clear buttons and flair badges. This little boy is so very loved by his parents. I also thought it was more suitable in a white shadow box frame than the typical black frame I use.


Monday, January 28, 2013

One Little Word

Every year I try a new approach hoping that one of them will stick. This year was going the popular 'One Little Word' created by Ali Edwards. I am not taking the course on it, but I am choosing a word anyway- my word is going to be 'Challenge' for 2013.

It took me awhile to pick it. And it maybe not be the right word either. Regardless, I am sticking with it. A few things I will do as I 'challenge' the next 12 months.

Challenge myself to try new things
Challenge myself to live a healthier life
Challenge myself at work to learn more
Challenge myself to build better relationships
Challenge myself to live a little more

I want to share a few things I made for the past holiday season. My mom wanted the family to be exposed to my creative side. She wanted them to see the scrapbook work I do. The plan was for me to make a few pages for a specific individuals. Here are some for my cousin's child. They are so adorable.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Goodbye New Jersey- At Least for Now

It has been a long time in planning; I am officially living in Virginia.  Don't worry- it is nothing permanent. But I will be here for 6 months. It will be the furthest and longest time I will be away from my home. Occasionally, I will return for a visit. But the drive is quite long and of course you know how much I love driving. (Written sarcasm is fairly difficult to do well.)

A new year has started and I feel behind because there are a thousand things I want to share and talk about. I have been meaning to update my blog, but it fell to the bottom of the list. It has been difficult for me to have all my ducks in a row before I moved and started my new job. Now that I am settled well in Virginia, I can start filling in the gaps for past few months.

I love to browse Pinterest to see fun crafty ideas. There was a frame with dates that caught my eye. It was the perfect inspiration for a gift I wanted to make for my supervisor. In secret, I contacted her fiance for some information and made the follow shadow frame for her. I was thrilled that she liked it because it took me a while to configure what I wanted where. The hardest part was to fold the ribbons - don't you think they turned out well?