Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I am excited to see what the other artists created. The challenge in making ATCs is adapting a technique to a 2.5x 3.5 in size. Many patterned papers are too large for the format, creating a unique way to share talent in a compact size.
Have you tried ATCs?
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Paper- Authentique Free Bird: Comfort Multi Color Dot, Blush Rose Floral, Warmth Blue Vine
Ribbon- May Arts (Leopard) and American Crafts (Green)
Magnet Board- Boulder Innovations
Decoupage Glue- Aleene's Collage Pauge
Monday, October 17, 2011
Free Bird papers
Warmth Cream Quit Wreath: FBS130
Familiar Multicolor paisley: FBS121
Comfort Multicolor Dot: FBS108
I had the amazing opportunity to meet Bret, Samantha, and Melodee from the Authentique team. We were able to convince Melodee to drive us to their warehouse for a tour after her awesome paper bag album class this weekend. Everyone from the Authentique team is so incredibly warm and nice. We drove out well after 7pm and were greeted enthusiastically by Samantha and Bret. I kept waiting for the "polite" to wear off, as I could not imagine anyone being that nice for real. However, after quite a while, I realized that they are truly kind people passionate about their work.
The Authentique team works out of a warehouse space that is in two fronts that are split by a parking lot. The office front looks like any industrial area, nondescript and rectangular. Their offices are marked simply with the logo on the glass door. The plain exterior does not prepare a visitor for the warm interior of their office. The walls are a rich mocha, and it is decorated simply with dark wooden furniture and comfy chairs in a seating area. The walls display framed printer's proofs of recent paper lines, and several displays are loaded with newest collections. Samantha and Melodee recounted admiringly how Bret hand makes and paints each display.
Behind the office is a workroom, above which is the "man cave" where Bret and the team sneak away for naps when long hours catch up with them.
Through a small door put in so the team could avoid walking outside in the rain to get to the other side, pallets of Authentiqe boxes sit waiting for delivery. The next room holds stacks of paper packs organized by collection. This room smells incredible from the aroma of new paper There is a design room, behind which is a workroom with racks on the wall which are hand filled by the team and wrapped for delivery to your local scrapbook store. Melodee jokes about how the fun wears off filling them late nights during busy times. Across the lot, a meeting space and offices are being decorated and set up.
Samantha and Bret spoke glowingly about Tara, the designer. They also detailed how their products are printed locally, and that the weight of the paper is largely due to their choice to use USA printers. In a world where so much is outsourced, it was flooring to see a company using local companies
Bret showed us a flyer printed for distributors with authentic excitement.
I have never felt more welcomed or appreciated by a company. Thank you so much for sharing your life's work with me, it was one of the best experiences of the weekend.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
I don't know if I am grateful for the lazy start to Monday, as I am now pointedly late to work, or if I am irritated at the inconvenience. I think I'm settling into appreciation of the loud quiet, and the fact that no one here wants anything from me but a credit card.
What mundane story can you tell?
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Check out Authentique, their papers definitely stand out!
Friday, September 9, 2011
I love this storage idea that I saw in a few places online. The clothespins keep the twine neat and make the end easily useable! I toss mine in a mason jar, because I love mason jars, and use them to store pretty much everything.
archives to see if there are any other great steals to check out. I have ordered from them before, and they have awesome customer service and quick shipping. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Scrapbook Steals.
Hope you have fun looking at twine, get some great ideas, and enter to win!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wow! I won for a Mid-week mojo at scrapbooksteals.com. I am so excited to have my page featuring my daughter and Basic Grey pictures on their blog. You can check out their link below, it was totally random, but still fun! Thank you Scrapbook Steals.
look at my page on scrapbook steals!,
Monday, August 29, 2011
I used Basic Grey Sweet Threads collection for these items.
Luckily, she loved the pumpkins and wanted to buy them all. We talked her down to a more reasonable five, which she happily loaded into the wheelbarrow herself. Double R Farms will open again in a month, and I can't wait for this year's trip.
This layout uses Basic Grey Out of Print paper as the background, and their halloween embellishment as the pumpin. The letters and buttons are also Basic Grey.
In the car, she would ask for the phone, and we would hear the "click click" of the camera. Of course, a six year old's answer to "What are you taking pictures of" ends with the inevitable "Nothing."
It was common for me to find her random photos on my phone. It was even more common for her to sneak it away from me if I wasn't paying attention, usually getting caught by the theme to "Angry Birds"
This particular photo, is one of a series of 87 that she took of herself in one sitting using the front-facing camera on the phone. Like a flipbook, these photos show the transition of her moving from one funny face to the next. I want to scrap all 87, but I settled on this one, because it captured her, the stolen phone, and her faces so well. So the photo credit on this one goes to Cakes.
Here is a layout I did with Basic Grey papers. This is of Cakes, my oldest, in her "tiggerpooh" costume. Little lady lived in this costume every day, and loved to run in the yard with it. Everybody thought it was so cute, except mommy!
It was August, and 90 degrees outside, and my goomba daughter wants to wear this hot costume. So, I looked like a bad mother, letting her swelter in the heat, and she, well she looked like a tiggerpooh. We would go to the grocery store, and people would look at her, laugh and then look at me and glare, as if I was some freakazoid that thought that trick or treat was in August, and that the costume was normal clothing to be worn everywhere. She continued to wear the costume for months, and slept in it most nights, by Halloween, it looked like a hand-me down. That year, she was too sick to trick or treat, she had her first fever ever. I spent Halloween with a little tiggerpooh curled up on the recliner sleeping. The neighbors felt bad and brought her candy. I'm glad she wore it out everywhere that summer, because she didn't get the chance on Halloweeen.
Trying to get a sweet picutre with Cakes is nearly impossible. She started out upside down on the steps in her dress. I had a lovely view of her new panties. "Cakes! Sit on your bottom!"
"I AM mommy!"
"I meant the right way, not upside down with your underwear showing"
"They aren't showing, I can't see them." as her dress covers her head. Then we commence with the goofy smiles, and begging to see every picture immediately after taking it. What would she have done in the 80's when you had to wait till it developed?
To make the flower I used a circle template and cut five different size circles. Then, I cut 1/3 of the way into the circles six times, creating 7 petals. I rounded the edges of the "corners" of the petals, and then used some watered-down acrylic paint to add some color to the backs, and iridescence to the fronts. Stack the cirles, adhere, add a beautiful button, and you have a headband!
You can put it on a bag too, but I think that my daughter is cuter! The first picture was after many goofy faces and me begging her to look the other way!
These were not difficult to make, and I love how they have very different personalities to them. They stay on the stem well. I stole the idea from ones that were at the Wine S store by my house, but they were ugly, and you could write on them. It would be easy to pen names or use letters to label them, but I liked a simpler look.