Tuesday, October 3, 2017

AN AMAZING ANNOUNCEMENT

I haven't had a chance the past couple months to give this blog any attention. There's a whole long story about home repairs, selling not one but TWO houses, and finding my dream house.  I've shared bits and pieces on my Instagram and FB, though most days I'm just too exhausted and don't want to rehash all the nasty surprises, insane amount of work and repairs, and the drudgery of paperwork.  All boring stuff, and we're finally getting our keys tomorrow for dream home, and we currently are in escrow for the old home, so we are in the home stretch...

But today I had to come share this news that I've been dying to share.  I was asked to join the Get It Scrapped Creative Team for the upcoming year - #squeeeeeeeeeeeee - and the official announcement was today!
I'm still not exactly sure how this happened. I mean look at all those AMAZING creatives that have years and years of experience designing and teaching, and I'm a total newb.  I am beyond honored to be joining this inspirational team and look forward to a year of creative growth and play, and of sharing and connecting.

Get to know all these lovely ladies in this post

I'm seriously going to need to get this blog updated! LOL It's in the plans, honest.  Just have to get settled into the new house, which should be happening at the end of this month. 

xxx whimsy

Monday, August 7, 2017

Youtube roundup

Lots of updates and improvements will be needed to get my blog up all updated, but all that has to wait while we sell/buy/move (see my previous post).  So I thought I'd just do a quick roundup post of my Youtube videos.  Instagram link is on the sidebar.

Products from Ali Edwards' Story Camp 2017 #AEstorycamp 

The Wild Hare Kits Unboxing - first kit Aug 2017 

Mini Album: Only My Dad and Me - Part 1 

flip-thru | mini album | Only My Dad and Me | long version 

To Blog or Not to blog?

*dusts off the cobwebs*

Hello blog.  I know, I know, it's been a while.  It felt like we might be heading towards a breakup.  Many people have been turning towards the pretty pictures and quick fix of Instagram, and the interactivity that Youtube provides, myself included.

And life has just gotten so busy!  We had out of town guests for a month, then a pipe leak under our slab - the 3rd one we've had to deal with in 10 months.  Weeks later, thousands poorer, and many holes in the walls and cement floor later, THREE leaks have been repaired, we have running water, stove and washing machine are usable (though still pulled away from the walls because holes everywhere).  In the depths of despair - did I mention this is the THIRD pipe leak in less than a year - I decided I was through with this neighborhood that has pipes under the cement and shifty soil. Literally overnight two weeks ago I proposed we move, found a house we love, spent 3 days clearing out, painting, prepping my mom's house and got it to market. It's been cray cray!  Once we do move we will sell our house.  I just have to keep telling myself it will all be worth it in a few months when we've gotten through this tough time and are settled into our new home.  

Finding creative time has been a challenge.  Understatement of the year. But I must.  Because since my last post I have joined The Wild Hare Kits Design Team.  My first DT!!!! #SQUEEEEEEEEEE


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Been dying to share this news! Beyond excited and honored to be part of the inaugural design team for @thewildharekits ❤️❤️❤️ This is going to be unlike any kit club out there - it's all about customizing it for you. Guys, this is my first design team! I'm jumping up and down like a madwoman!!! ๐Ÿ˜† ... #Repost @thewildharekits ・・・ Drumroll please......Here they are! I'm so excited and humbled to share the talent of this amazing team of ladies with you. It's gonna be a great year! THANK YOU to everyone who applied. We had such an abundance of amazing applications that we will also be featuring a monthly Guest Designer on the website as well. If you haven't signed up for the email list yet, hop on over to www.thewildharekits.com and sign up today. #thewildharekits #designteam20172018 #wildhareisallaboutYOU
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And so the answer is: to blog.  At least a little.  I've started a Youtube and have a handful of videos up.  I feel it's personable in a level that blogging is not. This blog will be the hub and YT/IG will supplement the blog.  We're not breaking up after all, just expanding our family. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

International Scrapbooking Day is here!!!

Woop woop! International Scrapbooking Day is here! And I am so excited to be a part of it by hosting a challenge over at The Scrapgals' Facebook Group!!!

So if you're here and it's 7pm pacific/9pm central, then "Celebrate You" is live.  I don't know about y'all, but I have worked hard to be happy with photos of myself.  It's a bit uncomfortable, you know, staring at a photo of myself staring back! But I deserve to be in my scrapbooks and so do all of you awesome scrappy gals (guys too). So for this challenge, go scrap yourself!  Whether it's the latest sassy selfie, a photo of you completing a goal, you being silly, or a photo on one of your birthdays - make a page that celebrates you!  I chose to do a birthday layout, because today IS my birthday! ๐Ÿ˜† 

So, here are some pretty pictures and a little bit about how I put it together. Scroll all the way down for a freebie and givaway...
The main color that stands out in my photos is the purple in my hair, so I wanted to play that up.  For this layout, I wanted to do something artsy. Mists. Some stamping. I admire the current trend of using white cardstock backgrounds, especially to make colors pop when doing mixed media projects, but I love color. I chose a solid background, but went for this very dark grey, which is "cardstock" from a Felicity Jane kit.

To make the purple (and a secondary accent of blue) pop, I kept the rest in blacks, whites and greys.  I had this idea that it would be cool to have some messy thread bundles and could swear I had a grey paper with white swirls that could mirror that.  I looked and looked and couldn't find it until it hit me - it's a fabric in my quilting stash!  That works; adds texture and is even more a reflection of me.

Another thing I wanted to incorporate was typed journaling directly on the background.  Yeah, that's where the dark cardstock was tricky.  I got this brilliant idea - use the white correction tape on my typewriter.  So I pulled it out, spent way too long changing the ribbon - had it backwards at first - fixing the alignment, writing my draft, and then attempting to type it.  No joy.  The correction tape already had spots where it had been used, and the letters were spotty.  I thought I'd have to do the obvious and type my journaling on some other paper and add it on.  Then my Silhouette Cameo to the rescue.  It took some, fiddling, trial and error, and learning how to fill in a font with the offset function, but I finally got what I wanted!

The little crown brads have been in my stash since around 2007!  I still love brads. I guess they fell out of style for a long time, possibly because they were so fiddly to put on?  Well, recently I learned a trick that has me pull them out more. I clip off the prongs with a wire cutter and stick a glue dot on the back instead.  Love to sprinkle them in with the more trendy enamel dots and sequins. 

I also slipped on a very old metal ribbon slide - I think that's what they were called.  Really am challenging myself to use up some of those old metal embellies.
Oh flair, how I love thee... and here I used two that I never thought I'd use! That's one "best day ever" used, a couple dozen more to go! ๐Ÿ˜‚  This one is from a Felicity Jane kit as well.  Sadly, I'm not sure where the "me, myself and I" came from.  


 I cut the title from one of my favorite fonts.  It wasn't popping enough as a solid white, so I did some distress ink smooshing and painting to get a bit of a dip-dyed effect.


Speaking of titles, I decided to make this a freebie in honor of iNSD, in addition to a few other words that might suit your layout.  Click here to get the .studio3 file, which is all ready for cutting.


Aaaand, for added fun, I will randomly select a winner from all the submissions to my "Celebrate You" challenge to send a little happy mail.  Just post your submission in this thread at The Scrapgals FB group.  You have 24 hrs - until Sunday May 7th, 7pm pacific/9pm central.  I'll announce the winner shortly after!  Have fun and remember to make it all about you! ๐Ÿ’œ


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Project Life - 2017 edition

I have a confession to make.  I have a love/hate relationship with Project Life.  I it the first time in 2011: 1 core kit; Design A page protectors; Ali Edwards day overlays and rounded corners on every single photo.  Easy Peasy and I love my album.  But I got burnt out, stopped scrapping for a few years.  In 2015 I tried again.  All sorts of page protectors.  More decorations.  I quit after 6 weeks.  It just wasn't working.  Tried again last year.  I took several days just making the spread for week one. That's as far as I got.

This year I was determined to try again.  Maybe a loosey-goosey monthly approach, since I tend to get hung up on fitting everything I want in one week.  I'd heard of the Collect App, and now that I switched back to iPhone, I started playing with it in October.  I'm hooked.  So easy and fun to add a photo (or 2) a day, with journaling.  Loving the little polaroid styles.  I thought to myself "this will simplify things".

Yeah, it's just not that easy.  There are always those photos that mean a little bit more, that deserve a larger size and longer journaling.  And there are all those digital files I've accumulated over the years.  And the many physical cards to go through.  And the fact that I can't stick to a particular 'kit', I like to mix old and new products.  And while I admire spreads that have tons of white space, clean and simple, I LOVE COLOR.  I just can't help myself making things harder.  LOL.

Without further ado, here are my January pages.

The acrylic "Fox" is an Ali Edward's One Little Word custom order.  I'm happy I got it in black instead of white, though I kinda wish I'd asked for a lowercase F.  Oh well, maybe next year.

I am using a mixture of page protectors. In some cases I'm using the fuse tool - my new best friend!!! - to close some 4x6 slots down to 3x4, in other spots where I have a 4x6 on one side and two 3x4's on the back, I just adhere them together so the 3x4's don't shift around.





Overall I'm happy with how these pages turned out.   Everything is in chronological order, but I didn't attempt to keep any certain amount of days within a particular spread or number of pages.  I will actually be starting February on a right hand side, which works great for separation.  Here are a few of my favorite details.
I enjoyed spicing things up with elements outside the page.  Foam Thickers are my absolute fave, I like the look and feel of them.  This 'kitty power' flair is part of the "Always Stronger Together" set that Kelly Purkey is offering as a fundraiser. (the designs in the set were part of a collaboration).  I got two sets and gave one of the kitty to my oldest who marched with me in the local Women's March.  Such an uplifting experience, and a perfect set of flair to document it! That thin pink washi was a fab find at Michaels.  I found several sets of thin washi and some cute little phrase stickers and tile letter stickers, helping restore my faith in them.

I think this is my absolute favorite little grouping in this month's pages.  That Harriet Hippo card from a set Brandi Kincaid designed for Feed Your Craft is just perfect. C's first lovey was a hippo, named appropriately Hippy, and they have acquired an extensive hippo collection the past 13 years. I've been buying every Harriet product Brandi has created because there are alot of hippo related photos I still have to document!

That's it.  I started February's pages, changing my approach just a tiny bit, and we'll see how that goes.

xxx whimsy

Friday, January 20, 2017

BREATHE | one little word


I'm a OLW flunkie from the 2012 BPC class.  I did the prompts through March, then totally went scatterbrained. (and my word was focus - hah!) I hadn't felt drawn to this class by Ali Edwards at all in the ensuing years, hadn't seen the power of picking a word, but at the end of November, out of the blue, a word just hit me. BREATHE. 

Transparency - Ali Edwards' One Little Word digital files (come with the class)
Chipboard Cloud - Maya Road (embossed)
Enamel Heart - Cocoa Vanilla
So much bad stuff went on in 2016 for me and my family personally (as well as all the political and world issues). The anxiety I felt at times was suffocating. 
Cloud - washi and punch
Enamel Dot - Bella Blvd Illustrated Faith
I need to be mindful and purposeful, to slow down and take things in and breathe.  I need to complete things that keep swirling in my brain but I never get around to doing so that my brain can breathe. I need to rearrange and declutter my house and let it breathe. I need to shift my mindset from having 2 little kids to a teen and tween, and explore new directions with my husband so our relationships can breathe.  And yes, I need to get back on track with health and fitness, so my clothes fit looser to help me breathe. 
Cards - Ali Edwards' One Little Word digital files (I altered the titles with My Dear Santa font)
'move forward' - Ali Edwards' OLW silkscreen & stencil bundle
When this word hit me, I literally gasped in a deep breath and felt light and hope for the first time all year. That's what I want for 2017. Lightness. Hope.  But I feel that in order to get there I need to relearn how to BREATHE.
'fresh start' card - Elle's Studio
plus symbols - Studio Calico checklist roller stamp
I chose a cloud as a symbol, something I could use aesthetically throughout the year.  Any excuse to use clouds, really, as they are one of my favorite icons!  


I also ordered a necklace with my word.  Not sure how much I will actually wear it, lately ornamentation has been bugging me, I haven't even worn my wedding ring most of the year, but it makes me happy to see it hanging in my craft room.  
Custom necklace - theforksforest on Etsy
'This is Me Right Now' digital brush - Ali Edwards

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Youtube Birthday Card

Hello lovelies...

I just used my FUSE tool for the very first time and it was so much fun!

When I asked my sister for theme ideas for my niece's birthday card, instant reply was Youtube.  Hmmm, what could I do with that? The app symbol is simple and boring color wise, but I wanted to stay true to the look.  So I decided to dress it up by making the center a shaker!

Thanks to my bff google images and my crafty sidekick Cami (Silhouette Cameo), I cut the Youtube icon out of textured red cardstock, and typed up my sentiment to resemble a video link. BEFORE YOU ASK, unfortunately no that's not a real url address. Even if I'd uploaded a video, YT assigns random letters and numbers to the videos and there is no way to customize it.  I tried other websites to make custom links, but they only work to embed them on other websites, not for someone to type them in.  *sad sigh*  I will have to investigate this further when I have time.


I use an old page protector from my PSB binders (that I'm trying to switch all my old products out of).  At first I made a pocket that was triangular shaped, just an inch or two bigger than the opening, but the stars didn't really shake much.  So I switched to a rectangular pocket that was about 75% the size of the Youtube icon.  That did the trick.  And the FUSE was SO easy to use!  This plastic is thick, and the tool had no problem fusing it shut. I can see myself making more shaker projects with it.

Those cuuuuute acrylic stars are from Color Cast Designs.  After feeling like I miss out on acrylic exclusives from all the kit clubs, I finally shopped around for acrylic pieces and placed a healthy order back in the spring.  Let's just say, acrylic pieces have become the new obsession.  Not that I've given up my obsession with wood veneers just yet. *ahem*

This was a quick project because my niece's birthday is tomorrow and I was rushed, so I do feel it's not as polished as I'd like it to be.  But, I'm sure she'll get a kick out of it.

~ whimsy

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Never lose your sense of Wonder

This is such a happy layout and was so much fun. Inspired by the paper strip background on this Cathy Martin process video, I actually enjoyed cutting into my paper!  There's something about strips that makes me giddy!  I used a mix of 6x6 and 12x12 from the Amy Tangerine Plus One collection, the B side of an October Afternoon cut-apart sheet *gasp*, and a few much older papers. Only winced a little (and carefully chose which cut-aparts I wanted to save) on the October Afternoon. My favorite Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, acrylic paint from Studio Calico, and some of my newly purchased Sulky 12 wt thread spools (equivalent to 2 ply of the regular embroidery thread) round out most of the supplies.


I'm a bit smitten with those thread bundles, made to mimic the butterfly wing shape a bit, and everything meant to show movement and lightness, like the wispy threads flying from my DD1's fingers.


The title is cut using the Willona Brush script font I downloaded (for free!) at Creative Market.  Sign up for their emails, they have 6 new freebies every Monday.  I did have to tweek the "W" slightly in the Silhouette design software because it felt too out of proportion for me. 


Am loving the result of the white-on-white title, popped up with some thin dimensional adhesive. The hubby proclaimed this one of his favorite layouts ever.  I'm a pattern paper girl at heart, but I might just embrace the white cardstock background trend after all...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Let's get lost...

Papers: Pink Paislee - Atlas; Shimelle - True Stories
Wood Veneer: Prima - hearts; Shimelle - clouds, camera button; Studio Calico - you + me 
Bow clip - Illustrated Faith
On our trip last summer, the hubby and I went on a hot-air balloon ride for the first time.  We normally do something "adventurous" on our vacations - ocean kayaking in Mendocino, California; helicopter ride to a glacier in Alaska; repelling off a cliff at Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas... All thanks to the hubby insisting on "adventure".  For someone who doesn't like heights, or deep water, or you know, being in situations that increase the likelihood of serious harm or death, I have enjoyed almost every single one of our adventures.  (Blocking out the repelling incident. *shudders*) I can honestly say, this balloon ride was my most favorite! Added bonus, the flight was from Trim, Ireland.  Trim has a castle.  Trim is green.  I live in California.  We just don't have castles.  Or green. *cries*

This "once in a lifetime" event (though if I have my way, this won't be the last time) deserved a special layout.  Hot air balloon and cloud motifs, obvs.  And there certainly is no shortage of either in my stash! But mostly, I wanted it to capture the airy, carefree, almost magical feeling of our ride. 

By chance I came across in my stash this Shimelle vellum from her True Stories line and knew it was "the one".  It fits right in with the deep greens and orangy-reds (plus a bit of navy) that I'm using throughout my Ireland layouts and the transparent nature of vellum carries that airy feel.  At first I was stuck as to how to showcase it.  Just plopping it on cardstock makes it look like the print is simply on regular paper.  I even requested help on the Scrapbook like a Superhero FB group. A couple people suggested using the vellum with a cardstock border, keeping the middle transparent, but I don't like the idea of the following layout showing through.  Pattern paper with clouds was also suggested, but again there was no distinction in the vellum.  In the end I found this word print which echos the idea of exploring and adventure that I wanted for my title, and I cut the vellum to only fill the top half.  This way the background peeks through the clouds, but it's clear that it's a vellum layer.


Originally I die-cut the balloon and title, but I really hated how it covered so much up.  I turned to the stitching that's become so popular.  I'm a quilter.  And a cross-stitcher/embroiderer.  I LOVE hand stitching.  So how is it that I'd never done it on paper before?  It's so much harder than on fabric, that's for sure.  But the results are divine! 


Last year I'd eyed the Pinkfresh Studio half-colored wood shapes, but they'd been sold out. They came to mind here, so I added some embossing in green to some whitewashed hearts I have from Prima.  I kid you not, right after I finished this layout I came across a package of the Pinkfresh I'd bought at another time and forgot! *facepalm*  But I love the way mine turned out anyway.  The embossing adds more texture, and I have two shades of green instead of one!

This is possibly my most favorite layout ever.  It might never make it into the album and might just stay hanging up on my wall!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Our Great London Adventure

Made this 2 pager for the Mercy Tiara 27 Day challenge for May - scrapbook with at least 3 photos, 1 being 4"x6".  
This was inspired by this single page made by Mandy Reedyk from Mandy Reedyk Happy Scrappin.  I fell in love with the cityscape silhouettes she cut from grey cardstock and vellum using a Mama Elephant die and wanted to replicate that look with my most favorite skyline of all, the London skyline.  In comes the helpful hubby, who is so much better at Photoshop and spacial things than I am.  He spent a couple hours on the weekend laying out different London iconic architecture in a pattern of layered silhouettes which I then traced and cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  Total LOVE.



I also used an Ali Edwards digital brush, Follow Your Heart, to trace and cut the word adventure and Studio AE journal card which I rounded corners. Other supplies include Stylist Thickers (which I colored darker with Stazon in Stone Grey) London Memories Air Mail Arrows paper by Scrapbook Customs, enamel heart from Amy Tangerine, and Colecciรณn London stamps by lora bailora.


Those intricate silhouettes cut so well and I love them so much, I'm doing a similar layout with them cut in various vellums for some night pictures from our trip.  Stay tuned!