Monday, April 14, 2014

April 8th and a winner

Let me explain a little.

Four times on April 8th, I wrote down my 8 things.  Four times.  Each time, they were different.  Each time I felt like crap reading them back.  After the last time I realized that I did not want to record them on a page and DEFINITELY did not want to share them here.  It was just depressing.

Not that I don't think scrapbooking shouldn't be real.  It should!  It doesn't need to be rainbows and sunshine and fake happiness.  It can be dirty and messy and raw.  But I will be honest here...  I don't want that on this page.  The whole point of me doing this was to capture something about myself for my kids to "know" me a little later on.  Maybe for me to "know" me later on.  But I don't want to remember that I was depressed on April 8th for no reason.  I don't want to remember that I had trouble conjuring up a single happy thought.  I don't want to remember that I felt lonely and tired and helpless and lost.  Those are not things I want to look back on.  I will remember those things on my own without the help of pretty papers and Thickers.  I will keep my insecurities with me daily, I don't need my kids to see my inner weakness on paper.  I want them to know me, I want them to understand.  I will share with them, so they don't feel alone, but that is to be done in our relationship, in our living together and in our interactions, not on my scrapbook pages.

So I left it all off.

My April 8th - Decided to keep it to myself.

But I still made my page.  I think it actually is a perfect record of me on April 8th.  Just wanting to keep it to myself.

But enough about me.  How about a winner??  I think that sounds like fun.

So the winner this month of a $10 gift card to Two Peas in a Bucket is...


And this is her beautiful page...

Email me at saltyair05 (at) gmail (dot) com and I will send you your guft certificate code for Two Peas in a Bucket!  Congrats and thanks for playing along!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

April projects for Crate Paper

The theme was "nerd".  I thought that was pretty fun.  We love some nerdy things here like technology, reading, numbers, etc.  My youngest is a self proclaimed nerd and proud of it.  My oldest has some very coolio, hipster nerd glasses.  And our middle girl is planning on dressing as a nerd for Halloween this year.  I think nerds are actually what is cool.  So the projects were pretty fun.

You can see more about these pages on the Crate Paper blog.  

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's been awhile, but I have a video!

Yep!  I do!  It is a process video for this page.

I created this page for Jenni Bowlin.  It is not a page created with any kit, but with her products.  The only things not Jenni Bowlin on this page are the cardstock, which is just white and the water color paint.  (But the paint did come from The Mercantile.)

The page is called "She Shines" because she does.  She is beautiful and caring and fun and silly.  She can be overflowing with personality or quietly watching from the sidelines.  She loves soccer and performing and art and rainbow loom bracelets.  There is a lot about her that is so very, very awesome.

So, I told you there is a video, and there is!!  It is just up over on the JBS blog.  Please go take a look!!!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

April is right around the corner...

Can you believe it?  I think March flew by!  Of course, I say this now and two weeks ago I was thinking March was going at a nice slow pace.  Not anymore!  April is right around the corner.  I realized how close it was when on my doorstep sat the April kit from Jenni Bowlin.  LOVE this kit!!  Here is a sneak of something I created with this springy kit.

Great colors.  They just make me so happy!!!  The kits go live on first, so don't miss out on yours!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


At Christmas, I thought it would be fun to do something a little different (for us).  I cut out some mustaches on my Silhouette, attached them to sticks and forced everyone in my house to take a picture holding one.  I know this has been done before, it is not an original idea, but it was new in my house and after the initial thoughts that mom was crazy, everyone got into it.  It was Christmas Eve, so we had a full house of peeps.  The five of us.  My parents.  The oldest's boyfriend.  And two of my nieces.  It got loud the more everyone got into being silly.  My dad even tried to look like Sherlock Holmes.  Anyway...  Now that it is March, it is definitely time to make a page about this.

I used the new Maggie Holmes line from Crate Paper for this page.  I did not want it to be Christmas-y because I really just wanted to focus on the mustaches.  So I just used all my favorite colors instead.

I think I may have all this printed bigger too.  They just crack me up.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March 8th and a winner

It is March 18th, so 10 days late.  And I felt it this time.  I had written down my 8th things ten days ago and when I went to scrapbook them today, I was not feeling the same vibe I was feeling then.  It was a little bit of a wake up call that I needed to be more prompt with these.  Hee hee.  Sorry.  But on the positive side, scrapbooking this page, with my memories of the 8th definitely helped me to shift my mood to one that was much more positive.  So I guess it happened as it needed to.

I enjoy seeing my style change.  Well, it doesn't change much, I can always tell it is my page, but I enjoy seeing my changes.  For instance, for projects I have been using a fair amount of patterned paper as background paper lately, just washing it out some with gesso.  For this one, I could have used white cardstock, but the patterned paper thing is just working for me, so I went that route.  The supplies I used on this page started with a Scrapbook Circle kit, moved on to embellishments and a stamp from my Freckled Fawn kit and then the tags are an assortment from Evalicious.  My purchasing budget has gone way, way down to help out with some family goals, so the only thing I purchase besides adhesive now are the Scrapbook Circle and Freckled Fawn kits.  The rest is all from my stash.

The day was a great day.  Here are my 8 things (backwards)...

8.  dreaming of the LIFE.  This is just all about our dreams and plans we made.  It will be great!
7.  Anticipating SPRING!  The day was gorgeous and sunny and warm.  I even got a little color in my face!
6.  Finishing a book.  It was actually Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  I have read this series 5 or 6 times, but I love them.  I am actually reading the British version right now.

5.  Not always being patient.  I was at a track meet and it was moving REALLY SLOW!  I was not such a good sport about it.
4.  Really looking forward to dinner at moms.  Yes, my mom was having us all over for dinner and I knew it was going to be fun.
3.  Hanging with my girl.  We were watching my oldest run, but my youngest and I were just hanging out.  We had snacks, our books for the slow times and things to talk about.  It was good.

2.  Thankful for the weekend.  Self explanatory.
1.  LOVING THE SUNSHINE.  I am a sun lover.  :-)

So that's all from me about me.  Let's see who our winner is!!!

ANDREA!!!  Woot Woot!  And here is her page.  I love it!!!

ANDREA!!!  Email me at saltyair05 (at) gmail (dot) com and I will send you your Two Peas gift certificate!!!  You go girl!

And let's do it again!!!  I know someone out there has done this now six months in a row.  Let's keep it up!!!  And the prize is another $10 gift certificate to Two Peas in a Bucket.

Thanks for playing and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It came together so fast

This page, that is.  I was working and maybe struggling to create a decent page last night for an assignment.  Once I wrapped that up, I felt like creating so I just did.  This page came together in just a few minutes.  The longest part was just waiting for things to dry!

The photo is my youngest.  It was just a photo that I had printed forever ago and was in a pile on my desk.  I didn't worry about choosing the right photo and I had no story or memory or anything in mind. I just needed a photo, really.  I chose to make an 8.5 x 11 inch page because I was starting which what I had left in my Jenni Bowlin March kits.  This paper is awesome, but I had already cut off a couple of inches so no 12x12 now.  I painted the paper with a little gesso to tone down the pattern, dripped India ink on it, and then mixed up a little molding paste and tan paint and used the stencil from the March kit for a little texture.

When I had the first idea for the page, I knew I wanted to use these little label stickers, so I took those up the side of the page.  I did not have anything to say though, so they were decoration instead of real journaling spots.  Knowing this, they made the perfect little "placemats" for embellishments.

I did not dig for embellishments.  I used what I already had out.  Yes, I have a ton of stuff just out but that is because putting stuff away is not my favorite part of the process.  :-)  I added the hearts and brads and buttons and a cute paperclip, transparencies and wood hearts, vellum pieces and enamel dots.  All just stuff I had out.  Some old, some newer, but fun stuff.

And I'll tell you what.  I love it.  I love how it came together,  I love that when it was done I felt satisfied.  That is what scrapbooking is for me.  Just for fun.

Well, that's enough for now.  I hope you have a great day!  I am off to a lunch date with my dear hubby.

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