Party Like a 1st Grader

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yep. 2 posts in 2 days.  I'm trying, I'm trying! It's all about Child's Play Challenges today.  A new challenge is up.  Inspiration was drawn from this photo

Toy trains under the Christmas Tree.  Ok, this one had me stumped.  My boys were not and still are not train boys.  I do not celebrate Christmas.  So I went with color inspiration on this one.  I didn't choose the photos until after I began which I never do.  I thought it was fitting that they were holiday oriented.  After that, the creativity began to flow.

I started with the colors: brown and green.  There was so much red in the photos, I decided to stitch a red "railroad".  While I was looking for embellishments, I came across these gold brad/gem stickers. Woo Hoo, a perfect addition!  They are shiny like the lights on the tree!  Well, if there is gold gems, there needs to be some glitter too. I glittered up some DIY Thickers then used a gold pen for journaling.  I love how this turned out.  Once again, completely enjoying the inspirations that comes from Child's Play Challenges. Come join in!

PP-Making Memories
Alphas-Thickers and Cosmo Cricket
Glitter-Martha Stewart

A Tradition Continues

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ok, so I'm not blogging as regularly as I'd like, but at least I'm getting a post in here and there.  I'm finding this year it's hard to keep up with this.  I'm scrapping, just not posting.  I'll get caught up...eventually.  In the meantime, I do have a new page to share.

This LO started as a page kit from a class I took at CKC Seattle.  The papers were too busy for my taste, so I decided to use the reverse sides of the paper, then added a bunch of stuff of my own.  As I was working on it, I had an 'ah ha' moment.  Instead of the die cuts that came with the kit, I could make my own using a paper bag!!! Ok, well, I's been trying to come up with a way to create a LO for the Club CK Issue Challenge using brown paper bags.  I grabbed some mist and some stencils and placed them randomly over the writing and design on a grocery bag. I took those die cuts and traced them onto the bag, cut them out and used them to create the banner under the photo. I'm really happy with the result.

The papers and small banner are SEI.  The twine is doodlebug. I used both Mister huey and Glimmer mist, a Studio Calico and Crafters Workshop stencil.  October Afternoon and Thickers alphas, random buttons and brads.

Angry Birds Meet the Space Needle

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Yes, you read that correctly. Only in Seattle would you find an Angry Bird being shot off the Space Needle to promote the release of Angry Birds Space.  No, I am not living in the past, but I did just do a page documenting this!

You see, after we went to the Space Needle to see the Bird, I of course bought some themed paper.  This paper came complete with the Space Needle and the word "Seattle" on it.  Uh Huh, I hate it when I do that.  I have no idea how to use pre embellished paper so why did I buy it????  Thankfully for me, the latest *thought* at Thinking*Through*Design is using pre-embellished papers.  

I used a technique I learned about pre-embellished paper. Cut out some of the elements, add some pop-dot adhesive, and place them in the same place they were cut from.  It adds dimension and interest to an otherwise flat page.

I hesitated using these photos and paper together at all.  The sky in my photos is the same color as the paper.  I matted them on white card stock to make them stand out. I didn't want to take away from the photos or paper, so there really wasnt much else to do but add a title and journaling.   I found the logo and font on the internet, printed it and cut it out.  I decided to journal around the edge of the paper to frame the page.  I used a green pen to highlight the logo title.

So It wasn't as complicated as I made it out in my head.  I need to look at pre-embellished paper as less decision making, and therefore faster pages for me!

I hope you will join us over at Thinking*Through*Design!