Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years

It's a new year, already.  Can't believe how fast 2010 went by us.  I have a bunch of ideas that I can't wait to work on this year.  The first is carving out "studio" space and getting organized.  I brought home most of my supplies from the work studio so I can get some of my personal projects completed.  Somehow I did not realize how much stuff I took to work, and there is still more there.  My little area in the kitchen just does not have the space to store it all.

I am also looking forward to playing in my art journal.  I started painting a few pages and have ideas for the next step.  Glad to have my gel medium at home finally.  Can start adding the next layers to the painted pages and then do some doodling and writing.
Pages #1 and #2

Pages #3 and #4

Pages #5 and #6

Detail of Page #5

I've been doing some sketching for upcoming projects.  Plenty of inspiration from the Cloth Paper Scissors Reader's Challenges lately.  Inspiration struck with the Calendar's theme "on the Street Where You Live".  Totally have an idea inspired by the song from My Fair Lady by the same name.  I won't have time to complete it by the deadline but I am so excited to create my mixed media piece.  Just can't wait to get started.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Art Journal and Silliness

Took the "Inspiration Everywhere" class at Jessica Sprague's site.  Always love her classes. A few of the projects for this class centered around an art journal.  I'm so excited because I actually have an art journal that has a decorated cover, a dedication, a space for my favorite "inspiring" song lyric, a spot to journal about my hands and what I create with them and even a spot (or three) to journal what I find inspiring. I thought I'd wait until January to start working in it but ... I am so excited to dig into some things brewing in my brain. I really want to incorporate some of the cute sledding photos I took on Saturday. Feeling inspired by the snow, colorful coats and laughter.

Sledding on the Big Hill

The kids are getting winter silliness already. They love to play dress up with DD's dance costumes and DH's coats, like most kids would. But since they are confined to the house more than usual at the moment we have had some interesting moments. They have started "talent pageants" - think cross between America's Next Top Model, Miss America Beauty Pageant, and karaoke. This is one of the funniest things to watch, judge or be a part of in our house. The kids come up with categories to dress in, questions to answer, songs to sing or skits to perform. They keep each other and the adults entertained for hours. I love that these kids have creative imaginations.

Talent Pageant

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Sledding, Hot Coco and Candy Canes

I am recovering from our family sledding day at the moment.  Kiddos, DH, my niece, niece's friend, my dad and I all went to the local "big hill" for some snowy fun this afternoon.  Not sure how I could possibly forget how sore, tired and cold we get from walking up and sliding down the snow covered hills.  My 4 year old boy is taking a nap at the moment and so is DH.  After the sledding fun we all came back to our house for hot coco topped with whipped cream, crushed peppermint candies and a candy cane hooked on the rim of the cup.  This is probably why I love winter so much.  Have to download the photos from sledding and the hot coco drinking yet.  They will be added to my December Daily project.  I think I'm also going to create a fun paper bag album.

Going sledding with my niece always reminds me of how we went with my dad the week before I had my daughter.  If I would have known I was pregnant I would not have gone sledding, just crazy.  My niece mentioned it to my daughter and then we had to tell the entire story.  Got out the mini album I created to tell DD's birth story and everyone was reading, laughing and crying.  Can't believe that almost 8 years have gone by since then.  Maybe it's time I tackle the NICU photos that have been sitting in a box for the past 7 plus years.

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Bliss"-ful Mini Album

It is a wonderful winter show outside of my front door today.  Love snow covered trees in the sun.  I'm bummed that my camera batteries, both sets, need to be charged.  So no pictures at the moment.  It is gorgeous but sooooo cold.  We are only at 7F and it is 1pm.  It is not supposed to get much warmer either.  But the kids had fun playing in the snow and so did the dog.  DH had to shovel / snow-blow paths for our old dog in the backyard.

I made this mini album last year around the holidays and I've put it on top of my entertainment center for a touch of sweetness.  I love 7gypsies albums, just so cute.  The envelopes versions are probably my favorite ones because I get such fun ideas.  This album uses mostly Graphic 45 papers, bling and some of my lovely vintage buttons.  I have another mini album I'm planning on making while everyone is on winter break.

Bliss Mini Album

I am looking for a box to put on the coffee table for the large assortment of mini albums I've created.  I have a small one but I've run out of space in it.  The family loves looking through these almost more than the larger scrapbooks.  I'm glad that they like looking at all the stuff I create and even showing it off to their friends.

I am still working on my December Daily project too.  I am liking the tiny pieces of my month on the ATC spinner from 7gypsies.  It is going to work well for this year and even a few years to come.  The kids are really liking it too.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"Winter" Banner and Rest

I finally gave in a made a banner.  I love the ones I've been seeing in all the magazines and online but didn't know if I would create something that I'd like.  I think it turned out simple and cute.  It is currently hanging on one of my tea stuff shelves.

I had to take a rest from all of my current projects the last few days.  Spent time in the hospital and now a little recoup time.  I thought I was having heart issues, possibly a heart attack so DH took me to the ER.  I spent two days getting tested for everything under the sun and .  At least the stress test showed that my heart is in good shape, good news since my last stress test.  I'll be taking it easy for a few more days, which means no classes.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Mini Album and December Daily

Mini albums are just such fun.  I made a fun little ornament album for the Christmas Mini Album class I taught last Week.  It turned out cute and I've had a few people that were at other classes ask for kits so they could create it themselves.  So I've been busy cutting, sorting and packaging these hot little numbers for some of my students.  I'm going to add more bling and pretties to the last one I have for a friend to put her upcoming Christmas wedding photos in so that it can hang on the tree year after year.  I think she'll like it.

Christmas Ornament Mini Album
I've also been working on Ali Edwards' December Daily project again this year.  Love documenting all the fun, traditions, activities and such that go along with the month of December.  I usually stop with Christmas Day but this year I am going to do all 31 days of December.  I am using my 7gypsies' ATC rack this year and think that I will be able to include at least 3 years worth of December's.  How fun will it be to take out my spinner filled with December memories year after year to set on a table or the mantle?  The kids are going to love it, me too.  I finally have photos of some of the supplies I'm using this year, digging into my stash - Graphic 45, Basic Grey and other various companies.  I am letting go of the "gotta-hold-onto-it" mentality and just using all the pretty papers.

December Daily Project

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mini Albums and More

I really love creating mini albums.  I still do 12x12 scrapbook pages but quite a bit of my work has gone to a smaller sized, specific theme or event style.  I'm currently working on the December Daily project that Ali Edwards is doing, and has done for a few years now, on her blog.  I actually do the entire month rather than just through Christmas.  Love capturing the busy, crazy, love-filled, family-filled month to share year after year.

I also created a darling very-mini mini album out of teabag envelopes.  It is a glittery, shimmery, snowy, holiday inspired tiny treasure that has ribbon, vintage buttons, chipboard pieces and some of my favorite Graphic 45 papers.

Hope Mini Album

Close Up of Inside Page

I also have a Christmas Mini Album class to teach tomorrow evening.  I am still putting the finishing touches on it so no photos yet.  All I can say is - layered ornaments.  It is cute and I know the students are going to like it.  I'm glad that I have a large stash of vintage buttons to use because they do add a lovely touch of sparkle and age to the project.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Snowmen and Snowflakes

December 1st has arrived and so has the snow.  We had a few snow flurries in November but nothing that stuck to the ground but this morning is different.  Snow is gathering on cars, grass and trees.  Looks like winter around here now.  Maybe I was creating some snowy items to get the ball rolling because I was working on snowmen and snowflake ornaments.  The snowmen ornaments are hand painted and the snowflake ornaments are baked clay.  They turned out cute and will look perfect on someone's Christmas tree.
Snowman with knit hat.

Snowman with vine wreath

Triple-layer Snowflake

Center-cut Snowflake
I love how the glitter that covers the snowflake ornaments sparkle just like real snow.  It shows really well with twinkling lights.  I'll be listing these ornaments on Etsy this afternoon.  Maybe I'll work on a new mixed-media piece this afternoon too.  I love the snow and am feeling inspired.