Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
1. Thank the person who gave this award to you
2. Copy the award and put it on your blog.
3. List three things which you love about yourself.
4. Post a picture you love.
5. Tag five people you wish to pass this award on to.
#1 & 2, check. Here goes for #3:
* I love my green eyes. They have tons of gold right in the center and are surrounded by a very dark olive green ring.
* I love that I have a way with words. When I sit down at a computer, things tend to just pour out of me... and sometimes what I have to say even sounds poetic. Some say a picture is worth a thousand words; I say a sentence is worth a thousand emotions.
* I love that I'm passionate, emotional, and never go down without a fight. My friend Seth used to call it "flawless fire".... ahhh, love that.
Monday, June 28, 2010
|Mommy Marsha is going to be soooo proud of how serious her two boys are when getting their photo taken! =)|
Friday, June 25, 2010
|A Beginner's Guide to Essential Scrapbooking Materials|
|(This is me being stressed over my idiotness.)|
1. Definitely buy a kit. Michael's Craft Stores has tons of them... they contain coordinating paper, embellishments, and a scrapbook with 10 page protectors (which will give you 20 layouts front and back). The best thing about kits is that you'll be able to see what type of embellishments you like to work with and then you can buy more of those, and you'll have lots of things that are automatically coordinated with each other. Some kits also come with layout ideas. The one below is from K & Company and can be purchased on Scrapbuck.com for $9.00!!! For ideas on how to make layouts once you have your kit, check out Scrapbooking Kits & Coordinating Paper.
2. Get a good paper trimmer. I like the one by Fiskars... it can be purchased on Amazon for $14.50. If you want to read more about my love affair with Fiskars, and for tips on how to use it, check out why Fiskars are Your Friends.
3. Get a glue dot roller. I like the one made by Scotch because it's sticky enough to "stick" - but if you have an "oh, shit!" moment, you can still safely pull the item off the page. You can also get larger glue dots which are more heavy duty. I suggest a dot roller versus the adhesive square rollers... those tend to get alllll tangled up which, frankly, makes me want to pull my hair out. You can buy this one for about $11.00.
4. Get a skinny black marker/pen for journaling. I like the fine tip Sharpies.
5. For free layout designs, visit scrapbooksetc.com -- they have tons of ideas. I spent about $30 on a book (but not the book I reference below... that book is WELL worth the money!) and wish I'd just done some hunting on the web first. But if you really are looking for a book that will give you inspiration, be sure to pick up 52 More Scrapbooking Challenges.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow: Why turning 29 makes me feel like I'm 16 again. Stay tuned.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
2. Do feel okay about going back and changing a page if it doesn't bring a smile to your face when you look at it. I try to only scrapbook when the portion of my mood that's good is 51% or
greater than the percentage of my mood that's bad. (Isn't it fascinating being an emotional woman... this percentage, my friends, can change on a dime.... super fun, huh!) Anywhoooo, I try to scrapbook when I'm happy so my pages reflect that.
3. Don't misinterpret #2 to mean that all your pages have to be "happy" pages. Pages should reflect the many aspects of your life. And you may have been going through a difficult time when the photos were taken or the page was created, so that "smile" I refer to in #2 can be a smile of relief, a smile of joy, a smile to realize how far you've come... or even how far you have yet to go. (For two fabbbbbulous posts on scrapping about your "real" reality, rather than painting a picture of perfection, visit Just me My Soldier and our 2 little chicks and It's Me, KP.)
4. Do remember to bring yourself out from behind the camera. As scrappers, we are always taking pictures, trying to capture those "scrappable" moments. But I encourage you to do a few pages that are based solely on fabulous you. One of my favorite pages is "Keep Your Green Eyes on the Road". I got this page inspiration from Elizabeth Kartchner's book 52 More Scrapbooking Challenges. I wanted to remember allllllll the time I spend in rush hour traffic (see the clock hands are at 5:00?). Okay, yes folks, I did take these pictures.... while I was driving.... so unsafe, I know. But hey, they turned out pretty cool, huh?
5. Do ask for people's opinions if you hit a creativity road block. Sometimes people have better ideas than we do. Period. (Ok, maybe their ideas are better at that particular moment!)
6. Do look at other scrappers' layouts for the nuts, bolts, and inspiration. I'm not saying be a copycat. (I'm pretty sure that's frowned upon by the lawmakers in the great state of California.) However, you can learn a TON by first picking out a few photos you want to work with, finding a page or layout that you love, and using your own coordinated paper and embellishments to make it your own. No matter how much you read on this blog and other blogs for beginner scrapbookers, at the end of the day, you gotta hit the proverbial pavement and start scrapping.
7. Do NOT let scrapbooking give you headaches or anxiety. My borderline severe Type A personality sometimes spends way too much time trying to get it perfect or just right. There are no rules. There are no boundaries. And this should make you feel empowered. (Oh God, that sounded like a Celine Dion song... maybe I should wrap it up for the day.)
....Thanks to shimelle.com for the idea to do a blog post that's a list.
Beginner scrapbooking tip: For the borders on the two photos of my loooovely green eyes, I took some basic black paper and distressed it using a flathead screwdriver. Just be careful not to tear the paper, and don't use the screwdriver to stab your boyfriend for watching too much car racing.
Monday, June 14, 2010
2. I selected a black and white pattern that had large flowers to keep with the "spring" theme, and I selected a smaller patterned black and white paper to accent (remember our lesson on large & small patterns?). I trimmed the larger pattern paper and placed it just a bit off center on top of the smaller patterned paper. Sometimes it's more interesting for things to be a little asymmetrical.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
To that guy who cut me off, then gave ME the finger (and other obscene gestures): Really, dude? You're a grown man. You're disgusting. The nerve of people who drive like idiots, then have the audacity to behave as though it was my fault! FLIP OFF!
To the skin on my face: Where are all these zits coming from? We are not in highschool anymore, so please, no more breakouts... FLIP OFF!
And for all you regular Kreate by KeKe readers.... here is a little scrapbooking snippet. The absolute BEST place to buy inexpensive crafting supplies is scrapbuck.com. I'm not endorsed by them, but I know they are awesome because I was recently at the Scrapbook Expo in San Diego and they had a huge booth... Most of their items are $1.50-$5.00. I'M NOT KIDDING. I gave myself a $100 budget at the expo and spent the majority of that money at the Scrapbuck booth... Just imagine all the goodies I got!!! And they don't skimp on quality either. Happy Friday!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
****Here's a warning: If you are using Picnik to edit photos (click here for an example of how beginner scrappers can edit photos), Picnik does not have the capability to pull photos from Snapfish.... super annoying. So it may take a little more leg work but it's pretty simple. Upload your pics to Picasa, use Picnik to pull Picasa photos and edit, then save them to your computer and upload them onto Snapfish. Select which photos you want to print from Snapfish, and then wait *patiently* for them to arrive. (May I suggest having photos for several upcoming scrapping pages printed at one time.... There's nothing worse than a scrapper on the loose with no photos!)
Here is an example of two pages I did where I only had 4x6 prints. You'll notice on the right side page that there's quite a bit of empty space, where a larger photo would have made the page more aesthetically pleasing. (For info on that cute ribbon border, please click here!)
So what have we learned? Variety is key and size matters! Beginner scrapbookers will thrive on having many options from which to choose (there you go Mom, I didn't end my sentence with a prepositional phrase).
Beginner scrapbooking tip: Notice on the pages above that I used a cranberry colored paper and creme colored paper that both had a similar polka-dot pattern. Similar patterns on different color paper compliment each other well (for more beginner tips on coordinating patterned paper, click here). Also, notice that the polka-dots really make the falling snow stand out in the three adjacent pictures on the right side page.
P.S. Regarding those magenta leggings I'm sporting: no they aren't mine, no I didn't lose a bet, YES I did stop traffic. Now that's a double entendre if ever there was one.... Oooh, there's my French coming out again!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Step One: I selected the polka-dot paper for my base page.
Step Two: I selected the dark brown wood-like paper for my photo mattes. (I wanted to select a paper that matched the dark brown polka-dots in the base page, and also one which would make the outfits in the photos "pop".) I matted the photos using glue dots and my trusty Fiskars and set them aside.
Step Three: I picked the busier two toned leafy pattern and cut big blocks of it to place over the base page. (Truthfully, this is where the art of scrapping gets a little tricky. You sorta just have to play around with the blocks and the matted photos from Step Two to figure out the overall "look" of your page.)Step Four: I picked a fourth paper, which had a larger leafy pattern and lots of empty space for journaling. (I also cut a small piece of this paper and placed it behind my vellum title. More about vellum titles later. )
Novice tip: By using "blocks" of the busier leafy pattern paper AND of the larger leafy pattern paper, I created some repetition and balance. Result? Fabulous layout, if I do say so myself!