Monday, January 12, 2015

CREATE Magazine and Process Video

Here we are with the first CREATE Magazine of 2015! I'm so nervous and excited for you to see it, the DT really went all out and I think you will love it!

You can view and download this and past issues here.

I myself have two layouts in this 303 page beast of a magazine.

This is the longest title work I've ever done on a layout and now I feel like it's some sort of challenge to beat it in the future. Not sure that can be done. I loved the challenge and knew exactly what I was going to do from the first moment. The realities of today's families are rather unique and things like shopping by text are all too common. I love glimpses of everyday life.

This is special because I actually have a process video for it! I'll link it up below. Thank you so very much for stopping by, enjoy.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Year and lots of changes!

Hello! Long time no see. I've been around but not using blogger much. There is no good excuse why but I can say I will try much harder this year to be present.

One big announcement is I'm now on CREATE magazine's Design Team! I'm so excited and nervous all at the same time. The first issue for 2015 is coming up soon and I can't wait to share! It's fabulous and packed full of goodness!

Don't know what CREATE is? That's ok, it's still fairly new. It's a bi-monthly digital magazine that Scrapbook Generation offers. It's free and fabulous. It debuted in January of 2014 and with monthly issues, you can find them here, if you haven't taken a look I encourage you to do so. The inspiration is really outstanding and you can't beat FREE!

I had a feature in the June issue, for my son's 2nd birthday party. It starts at page 133. Who would have thought that going to my very first scrapbook retreat and using that time to get a head start on Riley's birthday party would have landed me a feature in a magazine? I was so honored when Debbie asked if she could write up an article on the party. Riley turns 3 this year with a bash that will rival the last, you might see that one too.

All in all there will be more layouts shared, cards shared and I'm hoping to show you some organizing solutions I've worked on in the past year. Going from my room to a closet and desk in a shared room has made me rethink everything, you might have some of the same challenges and I hope I can share some nifty organizing solutions I've found.

If you've wondered where I've been and why I haven't been around the answer is easy, Riley. Not that he is so demanding of attention, because now he far more independent, but because he has some pretty severe medical issues. He's going to turn 3 in a few months and still can't eat solid foods, yes, you heard that correctly. He underwent every test we could think of the last half of the year, hence me being away, to try and find the root cause. To put it simply there isn't anything "fixable" wrong. He has reflux that was pretty severe when he was an infant, the first medication he was on didn't help, he has a new one that actually works. The problem is now he doesn't think he can eat since he couldn't eat without pain when he was younger. It will be a long process to get him on the road to recovery but we can do it! Meanwhile he's happy, healthy and growing right on track thanks to supplements.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Banner - Process Video

Hi! Long time no see. I promise there is a reason for that and I will explain what I can after the results are back from my son's latest round of testing.

For now let's get into today's project. I have a little Halloween Banner process video. Yes, today is Halloween but I figured better late than never and you change the theme to whatever you need.

Here it is in all it's glory. Okay, so it isn't a large banner. It is the start of what I want to happen with this mirror. It's in the entry and will feature a nice little Halloween vignette eventually. My plan is to add a little something every year to make this a show piece for when we have trick-or-treaters.

Here is a little more of a close-up shot for you. It's super cute in person. Why is it that projects never really show up as well in photos? Seems like a new hashtag just waiting to be born, #scrapbookerproblems.

And an even closer shot to give you an idea of some of the details and dimension.

Finally, the video.

Thank you so much for stopping by and stay tuned for more projects coming soon!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Daddy is the Best Jungle Gym - SG Blog Hop

Hello! I'm excited to be back in the SG sketch blog hop, I took off for the last one and I missed it. Let's jump in to the good stuff shall we?


Welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for June. If this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link.


My sketch comes from the downloads. There is a slight snag, it isn't in the new store and I didn't think to check before starting this blog post to make sure it was there. It was from October according to the file name, and was a single page sketch. The main difference I made, besides ignoring their embellishments completely, was to make the center photo larger. I really wanted it to stand out and the be the focal point, if you look closely at my husband and son you'll see why. I just couldn't let those faces be any smaller.

Here are a few close-ups. I really loved playing around with my embellishment clusters for this layout. All of those label stickers you see tucked in have been in my stash for a number of years, remember Scenic Route, and it was satisfying to actually use them.


I even tried out a new method of dating the layout. Normally I would just use a roller date stamp and a label but the actual day wasn't important. The geotag tells you it was a night in NYC, which was only one of 4 that year, it wouldn't be hard to narrow it down. This did happen to be the first night and I'll add journaling later explaining that, for some reason I don't always add journaling before blogging.


That's it from me so I'll thank you for stopping by! Also if you like process video check out my posts from last month and you'll find a couple from me. It's a new thing that I'm so very excited to be doing.

You can find the SG sketches in their books and as downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out.

Next on the hop is Lori, leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store. The winner will be drawn on Monday, June 9th which leaves you one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Scrapbook Generation blog
Ruth
Steffanie
Devra
Cassie
Stephanie
Michelle
Katy
Tina Gale
Corrina
Casandra
 Lori
Tasha *ME*
 Lori
 Cicily

Saturday, May 31, 2014

So Not Funny - Layout + Video

Hello. I'm here with another process video. This is also a sketch from the Big Picture Classes, Sketch Solutions class.

And a quick close-up of my main embellishment cluster.

On to the video. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, May 26, 2014

First Checkup - DT layout

Back with another two page sketch from Stick It Down. I adored this months sketch and had a blast working with it to create a cute page about little guys first visit to the doctor. Which ended up being a major event. His peditrian's wife is also a pediatrician and was having an article written about her in the local paper. They needed a child for a photo op and asked if Riley could be in the picture. It was so neat seeing him in the paper, even if he was very unhappy in the photo.

First let's look at the sketch.

And here is my take on it. Along with a couple of close ups.

I did change a few things up, like turning the three strips of paper into one. I almost cut the plaid paper into three strips to give the same look but in the end it was so cute I had to leave it intact. The rest is fairly similar. I did make my focal photo larger and stacked my square photo the opposite way. There are times when I use a sketch and by the end you can't even tell they are related, this I think you can.

Thank you so much for dropping by! If you are new or missed yesterdays post you might want to check it out, it includes my very first process video.

Storytime with Nonna - Layout + Video

I'm here with my very first process video. I'll warn you that it's jumpy and a little all over the place but it's done and I hope to just keep getting better.