Here's a little teaser, hot off the presses.
Cutting these press sheets and working on layouts; should have a few to share this weekend.
Rev up your engines, full sneak peeks starting on Monday!
By the way, I'm doing an online chat tomorrow at 8 am PT at Creating Pages. Stop by if you're around!
Lots of Metropolis goodies on this one and our black Berkely letter stickers. Used Fontwerks alpha stamps at the bottom. Cut the picture of the boy in the orange shirt from my collection of old children's books.
So, it's just about the beginning of July. And for those of us in the scrapbook industry, that means only one thing.
CHA - the industry trade show. In just 21 short days. EEEK. Oh, the work still to do to be ready for the show. Exciting times!
Anyway, that ALSO means Sneak Peeks.
Not yet, but soon.
And if you were around in January, you might remember the giveaways. Giveaways every day for 2 weeks before the show. 2 per day. Of our NEW product.
Are you up for it again?!
I mentioned on my last post that I was super inspired after Friday night. The wheels in my head were turning so fast, I could barely get to sleep. So I made a mess on Saturday, a BIG one. In my studio. Still haven't cleaned it up yet. Buttons, and glitter, and gold spray paint, and lace, and ink and E6000 all over the place. Quite the mess, but it's a happy one. Makes me happy.
I finished 2 projects on Saturday and one last night. All 3 have been on my 'rainy' day' project list for quite a while.
This first one is a chalkboard that used to hang in our kitchen. It used to have a drawing of a pear or something around the framed area. I made the background on a piece of heavy kraft cardstock, inked it with teal ink, sprayed it with gold spraypaint, inked it some more and glued it down right over the pear.
This piece is definitely inspired by Sally Jean and her work.
The 'messes' part is so me when I scrapbook. Nick should get a kick out of this when he gets back in town. He'll claim I create messes in lots of other places around here, too.
I figured I'd hang this in my new space when it's done.
I bought this old barnwood frame and the vintage ceramic marquis letters when Sande and I went to Timeless Treasures in February. Hello?!! If I'd known how quickly this project was going to go, I would have done it long ago. With a little E6000 (the BEST adhesive ever for projects like this), it took me about 10 minutes to do. The inside of the frame is 4x6.
Last project - an old window frame with cool, original hardware still attached at the bottom. I bought the frame about a year ago at an antique store here for $5. It was such a good deal, I couldn't pass it up. So, it sat in our garage for a year. I read once in a Junk Market magazine that if you see something you like and it's a good deal, you should always buy it, even if you don't know what you're going to do with it. See, it works. A year later, I finally decided what to do with it.
A few things on the frame that are hard to see. The birds up at the top are copper colored. I used clear Ice Stickles on the swirls and on the #2. The vintage buttons, flower with feathers, heart with button and vintage measuring tape (top) are adhered on the outside of the glass while the rest of the project sits underneath the glass. It's now hanging in our powder room off the living room.
I like working on projects, it's a good break from scrapbooking sometimes. Now, off for a bike ride with the boys, followed by bed, followed by a little scrapbooking for me.
On Friday night Sande, Rhonna, Jessi and I had the most fabulous time! We went to the cutest little store in Alpine called Dear Lizzie. Sande was the one who organized the night for us - the store was hosting an AMAZING artist - Sally Jean. If you haven't checked out Sally Jean's work, it's pure eye candy. She makes the most amazing vintage art collage charms. She also has a new book that provides instructions and step by step photos on how to make some of her art. More eye candy.
I've been the lucky recipient of several of her charms as gifts in the past. Happy to say I'm now the proud owner of a few more after Friday night!
Talk about eye candy in the store. Right as you walked in, there was a display of what must have been several hundred of her charms. Different themes, different sizes, different colors. Heaven.... We spent about an hour shopping and then ate a fun little dinner in the store's bistro. We talked and laughed and laughed and laughed - a common thing when we all get together. Such great friends I have.
So much inspiration in that store. My mind was spinning all night with ideas. Jumped out of bed on Saturday morning and worked on a few projects that I'll post as soon as I wrap them up.
So much in these ladies to be inspired by and admire! From Jessi and her fitness goals (and don't even get me started on her photography), Sande and the fact that she can get more done between the hours of 5am and 8am than I can ever get done in a full DAY, and Rhonna for being Rhonna - the amazing artist and kind person that she is. Every time I'm with them, I walk away with a smile on my face and a good feeling in my heart. Now, if I could just take little bits and pieces of these guys and incorporate them into me...
One can dream, right?!
I know, I know. As parents, we shouldn't resort to bribery with our kids to get them to do something. But, if you're a parent, you also know that sometimes, as a last resort, when you're at your wits end, bribery is all that's left.
And that's where I was with Sam. My wits end. We've been trying to get him to learn how to ride his bike without training wheels for a while. We haven't been so diligent about it because he has had no desire to do it. Zero. Zilch. Nada. We'd get him on and he'd turn into a limp noodle. It wasn't a pleasant experience, and we didn't force it.
Until last weekend. We had friends over for a barbecue and all of the kids rode bikes around the neighborhood. Sam? He decided he would run along with them. Run. The whole way.
So this week I'd had it. I wanted him to learn, dangit. So, I resorted to bribery. He'd been asking for a new Wii game for a while. I told him if he could ride without his training wheels from one end of our circle and back, I'd take him to Target to pick out a game.
Little stinker, he was riding in less than 15 minutes. It's not that he was holding out on us. I think he just needed a little motivation, a little incentive to want to do it. And every night since, he's wanted to get on his bike and ride around the circle. So you see, it wasn't that he didn't want to learn how to ride his bike without training wheels, he just didn't know it YET ;)
And yes, he has his new Wii game.
Sometimes bibery isn't so bad....
So, am I the only one out there that bribes her kids? Do share, I'd love to hear your tales and whether or not they've been successful!
I'll spare you all the Excel formula that I use to pick winners for RAKs. Needless to say, Stephie J wins the 4 Paper Crafts magazines! Congrats Stephie!
It's forecasted to be 101 degrees tomorrow. With those kind of temps, chances are good that I'll be inside doing a little more purging this weekend, so watch for another RAK next week.
Have a great weekend!
Anyone up for another RAK? I've been working with Paper Crafts Magazine quite a bit over the last few years. They are an AWESOME bunch of women to work with. Lots of fun!
Anyway, I've been doing some purging in my studio lately in anticipation of the NEW studio that Nick and I will be starting later this month (converting our study, I'm the only one that uses it anyway. MUCH better light for working too. more about my new space in a few weeks). So, part of the purging is my ever-growing mound of magazines. I have a few extra Paper Crafts magazines from issues that I have work featured in, and I thought now's the time to share the wealth!
You Go, Girl! is one of their newest special interest issues. It's super fun - focusing on projects & cards for women, girls, friends, mothers, etc.
Here's a mini book I did for the issue - it's a collection of quotes that inspire me, all by women. I inserted transparencies between each page, inked the edges and added the title stickers for a layered effect when you open the book.
Sooooo, if you want the chance to win the 4 Paper Crafts issues, leave a comment on this post between now and Friday morning and I'll draw a name on Friday. I just may throw in a few Scenic Route goodies in the box, too!
How's he for a handsome devil! I did this layout 3 or 4 years ago. It's about his Navy career as a Top Gun pilot. He looks quite dashing, don't you agree?! I never quite grasped what he did for a living until the movie Top Gun came out. This was WAY BACK when in my early high school days. I remember sitting in theater after the movie was over thinking 'I have to call Dad and tell him about this cool movie I just saw, I think he'll really like it'.
I was floored when I told him about that movie and he told me that he was a Top Gun pilot. I knew he was a pilot in the Navy, but holy moly! (I figure it's ok to do a little bragging about my Dad since it IS Father's Day and all.....)
Here's the card I made for him back in January. Killed 2 birds with one stone, really. It was an assignment for Paper Crafts magazine. Pretty fun, they decided to use it on the cover. So, along with his Father's Day present and the card, I sent him the magazine, too.
Happy Father's Day, Dad, love you!
I've mentioned before that I'm an Excel geek. I use it for everything. That's the way I think about things, in spreadsheets.
So, to choose the RAK winners I used the random function in Excel again this time to pick 3 numbers between 1 and 118 (number of comments left for the RAKS).
According to the handy dandy Excel random function, the winners for the Background Collections are 38, 103 and 111 - Tracy Schmitt, Melissa Schacht & Shannon S. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your addresses ladies and we'll get your packages in the mail this week.
Have a great weekend and thanks for playing!