Saturday, May 30, 2009

June Gloom Busters

This is my first chance to play with the Breaking Free Collection from My Mind's Eye.

Here are a few samples!

I mixed 3 different prints on this one and layered a transparency palm tree over palm tree image on the paper for extra texture. I took the distress look to a whole other level by actually crinkling up the die cut flowers and then adding them to the layout. Also, I love, love love, the fake "masking tape" on the die cut title and crinkled that, too! But for the 2nd time this month ric rac has saved my life...or the layout at least! I still wasn't thrilled with this piece until I added another anchor point with the strip of ric rac at the bottom left corner. Live & learn!

This layout features paper from Breaking Free's Cowabunga mini set. I ripped the paper and used the flip side as a mat! I accented the mat with vellum waves, using my Limited Ed. Fiskars wave squeeze punch. Finally, I pop-dotted the kraft tag. The string on these tags reminds me of old fishing nets...but thankfully doesn't SMELL like one =). Tip: use 3L Adhesive Transfer sheets for superb vellum adhesion!

I love the butterfly transparency and die cut in this collection and thought they'd compliment each other well. The acetate transparency is flush with the page and the paper die cut is just adhered at the center of the body so there's a neat 3-D effect. Then I lightly traced the patterned paper design with Stickles glitter glue in the Patina color.

This is a double page spread, but I don't know why it uploaded so tiny on the Anyhow I knew I really wanted to use the cool roller coaster paper from the collection but was searching for the right 2nd page. Turns out the perfect fit was a 2nd piece of roller coaster paper...they match up nearly seamlessly creating one long crazy ride. But I added a focal point with the die cut paper along the top edge and mixed and matched a few other patterns on the layout.

Then I added a collage of rub-ons from Glitz Design that are a fun vintage print. Layering rub ons was one technique I learned at the Glitz Design marathon a couple weeks ago. There are 8 rub ons layered entire sheet to be exact. It was extra challenging because the taupe color is semi-sheer, but I still like the way it turned out.

Happy Scrapping,


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Just One Today

Actually I made this yesterday after I decided I was "right brain" dead and needed to use my left brain instead. This layout features paper from My Mind's Eye Pretty Please collection, inked in Scattered Straw Distress ink. I accented with wool flowers from Petaloo and Frosting strips from Glitz Design.

I'm starting to feel the same way today so check the blog tomorrow for more ideas!


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Bungle Jungle Mini Album

I simply adore the Bungle Jungle from Sassafras Lass and when my mini album arrived from American Crafts I knew they would make a perfect duo. I'll teach the Bungle Jungle Mini Album class on June 16th & June 20th for $35. The class kit includes one sheet of each Bungle Jungle Print, a set of their Monogram Stickers, Journal Stickers & Paper Whimsies plus Dotted Swiss cardstock from Bazzill and Ribbon & a Mini Album from American Crafts.

Reservations are highly recommended because
some class supplies will be ordered based on demand!

For the class please bring your basic tool kit including:

Trimmer, Zip Dry, Pop-Dots, Distress Ink (Walnut or Vintage Photo) & Scissors.

I might just have to plan a trip to the LA Zoo!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Monday Moments

I had a 3 day weekend...3 days at the shop, that is. But I had a lot of fun working on class samples and page layouts for the shop.

Here's the features Andrea Victoria from My Mind's Eye. I mixed a total of 5 patterns but each of them were different enough to keep it from being too busy! I gave the layout anchor points with the die cut sheet and titled the letters with fabric Thickers from American Crafts.

For all you "Hot Mamas" out there, here's Mom in the City featuring paper, rub-ons and stickers from Glitz Design.

And the Pièce de ré Tattered Angel's Tattered Traveler album sample for our class on June 18th. I accented the book with the beautiful papers from SEI's En Route collection. I'll post more photos later...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Last Fling of the Spring

I'm just a bit in shock that it's memorial day this weekend. Where has the year gone? With the unofficial start of summer just days away, I present to you the last "spring" project...The Garden glimmer Mist Journal.

There are too many pages to show so here's a glimpse...

The class is this Thursday, May 21st and I have 4 spaces left...
during your choice of time slots:
10:30 am - 12:30pm
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The class is $35. Please call to reserve your spot!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Puttin' on the Glitz!

I was so proud to host the Glitz Girls, founders, designers, moms, co-owners and fabulous ladies at our Glitz Design Class Marathon on Friday! Here I am with Ginger, Erin & Laura!

Our first class was the set of Sparrow layouts.

Then the set of Rebel layouts!

Mary was thrilled to get out of the house and join us for a bit!

My mocha refill reads "Sonja's Special Drink." The Starbucks Barristas treat me so well!

During the mid-point break the consensus was that the Roller doodles, Roller distress stamps & the Acyclic Distress Stamps were the most popular new item & the rub-ons were a huge hit...both for their ease of use and super cool designs!!!!

Then on to the 6x6 mini glam album which was super fun!

& finally, the 12x12 Acrylic Album!

Claudette & Sandra!

Laura does the honors and draws for the Winner of the $200 Glitz Gift Basket.

And the winner is Lee you think she's excited?

Here's what some of the ladies had to say about the day:

"What a marathon! I was thrilled to learn some new tricks with overlaying pages. The Glitz Line was exciting and Laura, Erin & Ginger were wonderful teachers and helpers for someone like me who is slower than most. Can't wait 'til next time!" ~Irene S. ~

"Great classes, wonderful instructors. Love the products; especially the stamps." ~Cheryl E.

"Had a great time. Loved, loved, loved the stamp roller!!! The girls are great! ~ Lee Ann

For more about Glitz check out their website


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Does the World Really Need Another Scrapbook Adhesive?!?

I'm a girl that can get pretty stuck in her pun intended. Maybe its my can always tell a swede, but you can't tell 'em much. So I have my adhesives of choice and I like them and I don't have a reason to change them. They work. I like them...what's the point?

That being said, at CHA in January my sales rep was really eager to show me this new Glue Glider Pro from Glue Arts. I was like, really, another adhesive? I don't think the world needs another adhesive. And isn't that the gigantanormous one that comes on a big wheel? Isn't that just a tad bit excessive?

"Just try it," she said. Famous last words.

I have to admit, I was really impressed. First, let me be honest. I LOVE the colors - pink and fabulous! (I once let the deciding factor on a stereo purchase be the purple color on the dials). But I really like the technology. It is smaller and easier to handle than the Glue Glider MAX (the gigantanormous one). But the truly nifty thing is that you can switch between the different cartridges mid use. So if you're working one a project and you want to switch between your permanent and removable adhesive, you just slide one cartridge out and the other in. No waste. Go back and forth as often as you want. It's probably the easiest adhesive runner to load and unload!

In all there are 4 different adhesive cartridges...
  1. Perma Tac - very permanent, aggressive adhesive die cut every 1/16 of an inch, allowing you to apply just what you need. 40 feet on a cartridge
  2. High Tac - permanent adhesive die cut in a micro diamond pattern for complete surface coverage. 60 feet on a cartridge.
  3. Perma Squares - 1/4" squares with 1/2" gap between them. 725 adhesive squares.
  4. Repositionable - continuous adhesive film that has a strong but movable bond. 65 feet on a cartridge

The Glue Glider Pro comes with a cartridge of Perma Tac and retails for $15. Each of the cartridge refills are $9.

I used my Glue Glider Pro when I sat down to play today...

Speaking of being stuck in my ways...I wanted to get out of the box with this layout. Chic Bebe has been such a fun collection, but this is my first layout. I played around with layering lots of patterns, including a shear transparent sheet. Still it wasn't coming together until I added ink around the edges of the paper and the strip of rick rack to the left. Lesson learned...patterns are fun to mix and match, but give your eye something to grab hold of.

Until more inspiration strikes...