Friday, May 22, 2009

Digi-Scrap Collab Week 11 - Tell Me A Story

Sorry it took me so long to get these posted - didn't get a chance this morning. I love how everyone interpreted this!

This week's challenge is: Tell Me A Story.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so a layout should be worth two thousand. Tell me a story with a photo, layout, and (optional) title... the catch? No journaling allowed. It can be your own story, a family story, or something that evokes a favorite childhood/fictional story.

My LO:

Emily's LO:

And Emily's complementary layout, just because it's SO STINKING CUTE:

Casey's LO:

And now to Casey for next week's challenge!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Digi-Scrap Collab Week 10

Kristen's challenge this week is "All About Me" - We are rarely in pictures b/c we are always taking them! Design a LO that is all about you. Include at least 2 pictures of yourself.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Digi-scrap Collab Week 9

The challenge from Emily this week is to use a black and white photo that takes up over half of the page.

Journaling reads: The Park Theatre movie house in Estes Park, CO, is truly the grande dame of the city. She towers over the downtown shopping area, an anchor for weary travelers.

Credits: All papers and embellishments: Bubblegum & Licorice kit from Summertime Designs; Fonts: Bleeding Cowboys and Handwriting-Dakota

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bathroom Decorating

Two posts in two days! I'm on a roll! I decided this week to finally do something about decorating our guest bathroom. In our old apartment, it was pretty much just "the dogs' bathroom" and we didn't use it for anything else. Now that both dogs are housetrained and we can keep it nice, I decided to make it nice for us and guests to use. I was shopping with a friend a few weeks ago at Pottery Barn and got inspired with all of their ocean-themed stuff... but I knew I could do it cheaper.

This first photo, I'm so proud of. I had an image in my head of what I wanted to do, and it turned out EXACTLY like what I wanted. Which is pretty rare, actually, especially for a technique I've never tried before. I found a blocky stenciled image of a seahorse (an actual stencil would have worked, too, but I didn't find one I liked - instead I found a photo on Flickr of a seahorse that had been stenciled on to a wall), printed it out, and taped it to the window of my sunroom with my cut-down piece of cardstock over it. The window worked as a lightbox, so I could trace the outline of the image, then I cut out each piece with a craft knife. I mounted it on sparkly navy-blue paper (I love how the shimmer ties in the ocean theme) and hung it over the towel rack.

The counter was where I copied the Pottery Barn idea - I found some super-cheap vases and candles at Hobby Lobby (they're half-off this week) and a thrift store - I particularly like the square tealight vase - it reminds me of a lantern. Hobby Lobby also provided me with big bags of different kinds of seashells, so each vase has a slightly different mix.

Since my seahorse turned out so well, I'm thinking I might do a starfish or octopus for another wall - I'll post it if I end up doing it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Crafty Birthday Week

I've been busy this week making thank-you cards for birthday gifts - this one uses Papertrey's Aqua Mist and Spring Moss cardstock and ink, Aqua Mist twill tape, Everyday Blessings 6x6 patterned paper, Fancy Pants Bella Brush set, SU!'s Merci set, and heat embossing. I distressed the edges of all the layers and embossed the bottom layer with my textile folder.

My other thank you note is made up mostly of Basic Grey Sultry paper and embellishments, with coordinating Papertrey cardstock, the same "merci" stamp, brads, and glitter gel pen outlining the hearts.