Thursday, November 29, 2012

When 'enough is enough'

True story.  It happened today.  I decided enough was enough!

I was vaccuming the stairway into my basement and decided mid suction that I had it with this lack lustre, colourless transition into my craft space.  Usually this little landing is also a dumping ground for Anna's knapsack, school projects, running shoes, her flute etc.  When I ask her to 'tidy up' she dumps it down there, out of sight, out of mind (atta girl that's how I taught her to clean so I really have no one to blame, lol)

See what I mean, drab eh? I always had good intentions of adding some colour.  Fast forward 8 years later, looks like I did pretty well? NOT!

So today was the day I was going to do something about my drab situation.  I have to let you in on a little secret too, I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to frames.  I dunno, I always have these great intentions of framing pretty pattern paper as art.  From my collection of frames I take out this poster frame.  I remember picking these up at Ikea when they were on clearance (I think 3 for 10 bucks).  Over the years of creating store samples, class samples, DT samples etc I have accumulated a pile of projects, picking through my assortment I come across pages from a 7 Gypsies carousel album of our trip to China.  I don't have the carousel anymore but kept the album pages thinking I would rebind the pages into a coil album.

Here is a pic of what the project looked like originally:

After adding in some gorgeous Asian themed papers from Graphic 45 (picked these up at Pointer Scrapbooking, Heidi always has the best selection of scrappy Asian themed products),  I start to think how I want to assemble this project.   I originally thought about just glue dotting the pages onto the paper directly but then the pages are double sided and I have more than just 9 pages I would like to show off.  To make them inter-changeable I used little wooden clothes pins which are adhered to the paper with a strip of Scor-tape.  Now I can turn over or rotate in new pages in my inter-active frame (the acrylic panel that comes with the frame I used on the underside to give a little more support.  I noticed the pages were a little 'flippy' in the pegs so I just tacked the page in place with a little washi tape.

Thirty minutes later, I now have a framed memory that will always bring me a little smile as I head downstairs to my scrap space, I don't know why I waited so long to do this!

Okay...back to cleaning...gotta get ready for a little craftin' tomorrow night with some friends- we are going to make fun Christmas tags.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pink Paislee and Scor-pal week!

The Pink Paislee teaming up with Scor-pal this week on the Pink Paislee blog.  Lots of inspiration to be found if you want to hop on over... as always, there are prizes to be won!!

Visit both the Scor-pal blog and Pink Paislee blog each day this week to see more project ideas and to enter for chances to win some great prizes, have fun!

I had a chance to play with Pink Paislee's Portfolio collection and some beautiful Artisan elements.  As soon as I saw the papers what hit me right away was the journalling mats, love them!  Taking inspiration from these prompts I thought it would be fun to make a never ending card to record everyday moments. 

The journal cards in this collection are wonderful prompts to recording our everyday life stories.  If you are doing Project Life or December Daily this would be a fun inter-active project to record your story.   It is hard to tell by the photos , it really is a little mesmerizing as you 'flip and flop' through your memories and journalling.  The template I used to make this project is the never-ending card.


Supplies: Pink Paislee Portfolio pattern papers; Artisan words, Artisan wings, Artisan chipboard; Glitter alphabets.  Queen&Co. twine, Memory box diecut

Here's how to make the never ending card.

1) Take 4 pieces of 8 x 4 inch pattern paper and score each at 2 and 6 inches.

Take 2 of the scored pieces and line them up so that the scored lines run vertical (shown in black lines in the image below)

Place score tape at the just the corners making sure the adhesive it outside of the score line and within 2 inches from the outside corner edges.

2) Peel off liner from adhesive strips, place the other two 8 x 4 inch papers directly over the top of the first two making sure the score lines are perpendicular to the score lines underneath.  The papers are now secured at the corners.

3) You have just finished the base of your never ending card!  Now you have to 'train' your card along the folds.  First flip the pages open left and right and crease where the paper want to fold.

4) Now flip the top over and bottom under.

 5) Now flip the pages over to the left and right.

6) This is the last rotation in the sequence, flip the top over and bottom under.

7) Now you are back to the beginning of the card.  Have fun decorating!

Hope you give this easy project a try, I think you will like it! Have a wonderful day! Virginia

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

December Daily - Part 3

I have finished the foundation pages for my December Daily album.  I used a few more Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas tags I made last year, some flip up, some swing out.  I am going to try to keep up with the recording and journaling everyday in December but again I won't be too stressed in keeping to a strict regiment.

Previous post I shared up to Day here are the rest of my pages:

Have a fantastic week!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Birthday to my hubs!


Just wanted to shout out 'Happy Birthday' to my hubby.  He doesn't ask too much on his birthday but he will always appreciate a slice of tasty birthday cake.

Last year I made him his favourite cake in the whole wide world called Dobos Torte, a cake made famous by a Hungarian baker, Josef Dobos, in the late 1800's.  My hubby's mother was a fabulous baker making many traditional Austrian delights and Dobos Torte was one of her specialties and my hope was for this cake to bring back some special memories for him.

The cake batter in the dobos is very fine, each cake layer is baked individually and the chocolate butter cream icing has to be perfect to hold everything together.  I googled countless dobos torte recipes and many seemed complicated, either the batter was doable and the icing was complicated and vice versa.  The solution? separate, pick and choose what I thought I could successfully accomplish and hope for the best.  Also, traditional dobos tortes have this caramel crackle top but my hubby's mom did not do this so that was one less element I needed to master (phew!)

I am not a baker and equipped with only one 9 inch cake round, I made the 7 layers one at a time.  Pour batter, bake 8 minutes, clean, butter, flour pan again, pour batter again, bake, etc.  The butter cream icing is made of mainly butter and cocoa (did I mention this cake is NOT diet friendly, lol).
From start to finish, the dobos took me 3 hours to complete, I don't know if this is slow, good, or average but the end result was that my hubby loved it and that makes it all worth while! 

The papers on my card and layout are from Little Yellow Bicycle's Saturday collection.  I didn't have any 12 x 12 pattern papers so I used the 6 x6 diecut decorative papers, journal tickets, and flowers on the page. The cream mat doubles as a pocket so that I can store my recipe with the layout. The stamping on the card is a birthday set by Stampin' Up.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Oh my goodness...deja vu!

The subject was fashion.  Anna is liking the 'mustasche' trend lately.  We were just chatting the other day about the fashion trends when I was her age and I mentioned Cougar boots.   Anyone wanting to go down memory lane?

It was the 'thing' for girls to have their cougar boots, we didn't lace them up, we had the famous red lined tongue hang out, the floppier the better.   They did keep our toesies really warm on the cold winter days walking to school.  For the boys it was Kodiak work boots (the steel toe ones) , Levi jean jackets covered with and rock band logos doodled in pen (Kiss, AD/DC, Styx etc.), and when the weather was cooler out came those lumber jackets!

When I saw this article in today's paper, I flipped! Love the newer look of my beloved cougar boots and I can still see they kept that red lining!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

December Daily- Part 2

Here is a peek at the very beginning of my December Daily(DD).  My approach to making my DD is to use as much of my supplies on hand, keeping it simple and most importantly to enjoy the creative process.  About this same time last year I was following Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas, loved all the tags I made and just kept them in a large bowl on my table admiring them on occasion (yes admiring them and giving myself a pat on the back for doing all that inky, spritzy, embossing stuff which is so not naturally 'me'!)  I had this ah-ha idea to use them in my DD, why not eh?

The album starts with a pretty vintage tag (it was Tim Holtz inspired Tag #11 and how I made it is here).  I like how the tag sits on top and you get a peek at the rest of the pages underneath.   The 2nd page which was originally my cover page.  The word 'JOY' is diecut with Sizzix using the most awesome blingy product called diamond wrap (from Creative Bag).  The December date tags are a freebie download from Creatively Prompt.  Throughout the album pages I introduced little spurts of black to ground the page- sometimes it 's a stamp, sometimes it's a Maya Road sheer snowflake or tag.

I started the first few pages with white card stock bases that I made from 81/2 x 11 sheets cut in half.  Then after going through my Accucut dies I noticed the album die set I have which has 4 different shaped pages that actually fit the binder perfectly so than I switched to all diecut pages after that.

Most of the elements that look like they are in the middle of the page are adhered so that I can easily flip or lift up because I know I will be tucking a photo or journal spot later on.

Monday, November 19, 2012

December Daily album- part 1

I have been mulling over the idea of doing an Ali Edwards inspired December Daily album and after attending our town's night time Santa parade with all the pretty lights I can't help but to get in the holiday spirit. I have never attempted to make a DD album so I am going to take the plunge this year!  I am not sure if I can keep up with the 'daily' thing about taking a picture a day or even journaling everyday but after reading through Ali's blog and her original concept of the December Daily I couldn't help but be inspired to make my own December album. I think I will call my album December Reflections album.  Taking the 'daily' connotation out of it, this album can celebrate the past, the present, and the future, some of it will be holiday related, some of it will just be everyday life sort of thing. 

So that is my plan, now to the fun part!  Shopping from my stash...well I did buy a few new things but nothing to break the budget.

I am going to use My Mind's Eye All is Bright collection for my pages. Add in a few stamps from M's (can't beat the price when they are a buck each!), my fav punches, diecuts, washi tape, twine and some Maya Road sheers and I am all set.  The album I chose is the small Martha Stewart binder (from Staples). 


I like the size of this binder because it measure slightly larger than 7 x 9.   I also like that the binder mechanism is not on the spine so that the cover flips over and closes over the pages, this is helpful when your binder is full.  I also like the aqua blue colour, very calm and coordinates well with my papers.

I started to cut 8 1/2 x 11 card stock in half, so that my base pages measures 5.5 x 8.5 inches, a good size to fit photos and still enough room for embellishing.   The MME journal pads measure 4 x 6 and are perfect to use here.  I also found that rounding the corners on the inside corners help the pages flip better too.

So far I am having a great time putting this album together and finding it easy if I just stick to the supplies I have within reach.  Here is a peek at my desk right now.

I will post finished album pages as I complete them through the week!