28 February, 2012

2012 Anaheim Scrapbook Expo

 For the Anaheim Scrapbook Expo this year Betty, her daughter Rio, her friend Dawn and I planned to stay down there for a girl's weekend. An entire day at the Scrapbook Expo is just exactly what I needed, and dragging Mike down to have him bored and following me around is just not fun at all. My friend Katie and I went last year together, and it was awesome, but unfortunately she couldn't come, too much school.
The shopping was fun. I'd waited so long for it, you know? I spent half of January, and most of February until the 24th biding my time, saving my moneies, and using up as much stuff as I possibly could. I NEEDED shoppings. And the great thing about the Expo is it's like having a bunch of LSS all in one place. I love it! I've been going to the Scrapbook Expos since 2004 when I first started scrapbooking and since I'd missed the October 2011 one it had been a year since I'd gotten to go. Stupid snow. So I went a little nuts. I'm good with it though. And so is Mike. He just sent me with a credit card and a smile, happy to have the weekend all to himself to play video games. Mike chilled at home, waiting rather late to cook me a special dinner Sunday night. He said he probably should have just gone ahead and come down, since he missed me and he was kinda bored. That's right, cos I'm AWESOME!
And here's my haul! I spread it out on our bed so I could see everything.
 The first picture includes stamps from the ScrapBuck booth. The little stamps were .50 each and the larger set of embellished words was just $1. The Dreamweaver stencils were something I had seen at the Copic retreat I went to in AZ and I've been wanting them since. I have to try them out with my paste stuff and my airbrush!
 Up here is what the Crafter's Nook had to offer this time. Instead of the quite cheap Stampavie stamps I was looking forward to, they had only this brand of stamps, Art Impressions or something. I liked the owls that Betty pointed out (she got a few too) so I got just those. At Krafty Kreations (I took a class from them last year - Katie's idea) I got these Greeting Farm stamps. I love the Greeting Farm, obviously, and since they were the same price as iCopic has them, I figured "why not?"
 The one thing I was VERY excited about was the new Lawn Fawn stamps. They say everywhere that they're shipping their new stuff on Feb 29th, so I was VERY surprised to see these actually at the show. The Scrap Yard (first picture) was our first stop and they had literally everything Lawn Fawn has ever made. So happy! I picked up the two new sets that I wanted, plus a few I've been coveting for a while. I dunno what it is about these guys, I just love the style. Apparently the owner Kellie is really awesomesauce too, so that's always nice to know. You can also see the little ink dauber box I got. I've been using the TH distresser but I keep getting my inks mixed up, so this should solve that. I also got the newest 12 Copic markers for $50. A booth had a deal where the more markers you bought the cheaper they got, and $50 for 12 just can't be beat anymore. My Copic collection is once again complete, and up to 358. WOOOO!
 Here's the paper I got! Woo! Right to left I have some of the new Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, a paper pack by Canvas Corp, some of last season's MME papers including the non-glittered Lost and Found, and the new paper by Lawn Fawn.
 This here's a pack of last season's Pink Paislee Nantucket. I had a 6x6 and I used most of it, and I have beachy photos to scrap, so I figured I'd take advantage of the 30% off. AND when I went back last I found that they had the stamps too, which I was mentioning earlier that I wanted so I was happy to find them on sale as well. Score!
 While Betty was getting chatted up at the Prima booth (and making business connections for her store) I was searching through the baskets they had there. The more you bought, the cheaper things got, so I picked through pretty thoroughly. I know, I KNOW, I've said I don't need more flowers, but I actually have ideas and pictures for these ones, so I should be good. Plus they had phrase stamps and little frames which was cool. I also got some Crafter's Workshop masks for my airbrush. I paid a bit more, cos I fell victim to the whole "I saw it here, I better get it... oh shit, it's cheaper four booths down". It's an Expo thing. It has to get you at least once every year.
And this here is the package I came home to. I slipped a bit before the Expo. Our CC called about fraud detection, suspecting someone got our number, so we got new cards. Which meant that we had to go through everything and change the saved numbers and whatnot. Which meant he had to give me my PayPal password back. And two seconds later I bought this. The Greeting Farm Creepin' Kit was something I've been wanting forever, and it went from $50 to $32 so I figured I'd better pounce. Then... Well, then shopping happened. Anyway, it arrived on Saturday so I came home to a package on my desk and with all the new toys I'm just friggin' over the moon, kwim?! I had a great weekend with my friends and now I have so much to play with I don't even know where to start!

24 February, 2012

Hogwarts Betty Birthday Card

This here is Hogwarts Betty and she's a birthday card for a friend of mine that I'm seeing at the Expo tomorrow. I had to make her QUICK cos I only found out it was her birthday yesterday! I know I kinda threw it together, but I think it came out all right, right?

20 February, 2012

Colour Challenge

 This here is Birthday Chris Munster and I used him for a challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers involving navy blue, light blue, and a sort of cream colour. I actually kinda love colour challenges cos it helps take the guess work out of things. I used the Vintage T WRMK paper on this one too, just cos it's so boy and it actually fit the colour theme.

Birthday Delivery

 This here's an entry into a Splitcoast Stampers challenge to use an envelope on your card. I figured it'd work for a money card so I cut one in half. I used Birthday Pugsly Christian and I did a bit of different colouring on him. I'm  not sure I'll do it again, but I kinda like the effect, even if it's not "true to life" and I think it adds brightness to the whole card. Since it's a boy card I used my fave boy paper, Vintage T from WRMK.

19 February, 2012

Bright Birthday

 This here is Party Lola from Simply B Stamps. Isn't she fun? I have to admit, Lola is my absolute fave of all the SBS images. And I had the perfect colours for her. Something bright and cheery, just for the heck of it. I'm entering Lola in the Crazy 4 Challenges challenge to use stripes and polka dots. My stripes paper got a bit covered, but Lola has a lot of stripes on her skirt as well.

17 February, 2012

Thanksgiving 2009

I spent a decent while reorganizing my paper today. I moved my Papertrey Ink cardstock around, put some really old papers in a box to just put aside for a while. If I want to go after them later, that's fine, but if not I'll send them on to my niece. Anyway, I was looking at this paper in its Page Planner and there wasn't much left, I looked through my photos and lo and behold there was some Thanksgiving photos. I know, I've already used this paper for a Thanksgiving layout, but oh-freakin'-well! So I layered up the scraps on a Kraft base and I'm calling it finished. I need to make sure I scrap current though, cos if there was a story about these photos, I've forgotten it.

15 February, 2012

Using it Up Bo Bunny Style

 I actually really liked using this paper line, a lot. I bought a decent amount of sheets of it at the 2010 Ontario Scrapbook Expo and I used it a ton. Mostly I just had bits of scraps and there's no point in letting those linger around. First I put together this layout about my tooth breaking and my few dentist trips last year. It still needs a crown on it, but for that I'd need money I don't want to spend on stamps.
And the last one I basically took the very last bits of scraps and layered the hell out of them, added blue and purple cardstock, and then went with it. I'm not sure I'd call it "design" in any way, but it certainly used up the last of the paper!

09 February, 2012

Baby Dog

 With the intent of using up yet another paper collection, set upon these papers by BoBunny and I put together this layout. I take so many pictures of the kids, and yet take so long to scrap them. Basically though, Viggo is a baby. He's 95lbs, and yet he whines just like a puppy and was, in fact, frightened of an actual puppy when one was put in the back seat of the car with him.
 Using the last scraps from my layout, I put together this card. I'm actually quite proud of it. Vision gave way to form near completely. I believe all the stamps are by Imaginisce. I coloured them as a friend of mine does, outlining the sections of colour to make them stand out more.

07 February, 2012

Use Up Elsie

I used up two collections of paper and scraps today, and this is my third to tackle. I held onto my *Love,Elsie* papers too long. I used to love them, like LOVE them so freakin' much, and now? Now they don't fit my style at all. I'm layering with them as much as I can, going a bit nuts (as you can see in my other post from today), but it still looks off for me. I really just have to get paper I like and then use it. Period.
 This is the layout I came up with, covering a piece of cardstock with long strips of the paper and then layering on mats and anything else I could come up with. These pictures can be supported by any kind of paper, so I just went with it.
 With the little bits I made these two cards.
And then this last one with an actual coloured image. I put like... effort into it. 

Early Morning "Use It Up" Session

 I only managed a few hours of sleep before I was startled awake by choking to death. Not fun. So after a med session I decided I might as well be scrapbooking. I picked out two of my thinner *Love,Elsie* collections and set to work. This Betty collection is perfect for wedding photos, what with all the quotes and how Elsie was huge on theme with her collections. I had to throw in some Imaginisce papers and I think actually the rubons were a bad idea cos their quality is quite low. Oh well, it's not like you can take them off once you've started. But I think the layout came out well.
And then with the very last of the scraps I made these three cards. Collection papers all gone and yet another Page Planner cleaned out and ready for... well, new paper I guess. LOL!

06 February, 2012

Dear Prudence...

 Today I charged myself with using up the Prudence line from Crate paper. I didn't have a whole lot left, so it was pretty simple. I made a layout about my beautiful Gambit first off.
 And then I moved on to a few cards. They were pretty simple, just thrown together, but it used up the last of the scraps, which is the point. Waste not, want not.
 And here's a close up so you can get a taste of my colouring. I think he's too dark, I messed up a bit, but oh well! Not much to be done about it and I had made the card before colouring the image so I didn't want to toss everything.

05 February, 2012

Today's Challenge Drie

 My very last challenge for the day, very last Zany Zinnia kit, and very last "random crap I have to use up because I didn't buy it for myself". HA! Bits of paper, bits of rubons, bits of ribbon, a wooden butterfly, and some stupid metal thingies that Making Memories should have thought better of.
 Some close ups because everyone loves close ups.
 And here's all the cards I actually made. All paper used up, all Zany Zinnia kits gone, and I'm SO doing a happy dance! I was so friggin' productive today, Mike and I got to spend all our time together in the bedroom (where our desks are!), it was a perfect day! Aside from the fact that I literally had like chips and tea for all my meals.

Today's Challenge Deux

 My next challenge. Another Zany Zinnia kit with two full sheets, a bit of paper, some ribbon, and a bit of bling. Not a TON to work with, which is good, so it wasn't too hard to set to work.
 Half an hour later I had this. I had to add a piece of BasicGrey Nook and Pantry brown paper to mat the photos and a rubon from another Zany Zinnia kit (my last and next challenge) for the title.
Left with only scraps it was down to me to make a card. I had a bit of a hard time though because I've been shaking for the last two hours. It's either the meds, or the Arthritis, but either way it made it difficult to colour. But after a half hour break I noticed that I wasn't getting any better at having a steady hand, so I just went ahead with it and finished. 

And so there's now TWO kits fully used up today! WOOOOO!

Today's Challenge

 This is today's challenge. The leftovers of a Zany Zinnia kit from... yeah, 2007. At 10:40 I posted this picture on my FB page and got to work. The goal? Make sure I don't have to file this back into its spot on my paper cart.
 At 11:31, I posted this layout. Three recent pictures of Gambit, a bit of journalling, and a story told. Also two entire pieces of paper used up, a bunch of scraps, stickers, and a decent bit of embellishments and ribbon DONE! All that remained on my desk was small rectangular pieces of patterned papers.
And lastly, at 12:15, we have four cards, autumn theme-y because of the stickers, and every scrap of paper used up, along with the remaining ribbon and embellishments. This kit is finished!

04 February, 2012

Using it Up Kit Style

 After my success with the Crate Paper collection I figured I would tackle the remaining scraps and bits of kits that I have left. I wasn't part of any monthly thing, I more did the kind of kits that you could buy when you liked something. This here was a Zany Zinnia kit in like... '07? Maybe earlier than that. Point is, it's been hanging around a LONG time, I've used it for layouts, I've played with it a lot, and I really should be done with it. So I took out 3 cardblanks, my Tickled Pink stamps (they have GREAT guy stamps, that's why I love them), and just started to build layers. I'm a big fan of layers. 

Originally I knew I didn't want to colour these tonight. Mike's watching a movie, but might have to work tomorrow so I figured I was going to get interrupted and kicked out of my scrap closet if I got deep into it and he had to go to bed. That's no good. I hate being interrupted. So I was planning to just build the cards, use up the paper, and then colour them when I had more time. I did the random sketchy feathered background thing (which is so fun to do) before I put the stars on the papers cos it's easier than working around it. But now that I look at it I kinda like the images uncoloured. I'm still undecided, but I think the fact that they're SO white, surrounded by all these bold colours and patterns, it really draws the eye to the image. It's a bit of a cop out, but I dunno. What do you think?

Again, the point is, I used up ALL the papers in this kit, tossed the little plastic baggie it came in, and I've officially used up TWO paper collections today! WOOOOOOO!

Using it Up Crate Paper Style

 Today I attacked Crate Paper's Static collection. First I stamped out some polaroids for my Project Life/365 layouts, then I used these random photos I found from 2005 in Disney. They were randomly lying around on the shelves of my scrap room, so I had to do something with them. The brightness of the collection and the general "California" feeling of it seemed to work well.
 Then I had this left. One full sheet of green, half of blue, some random scraps, bits of the die cut shapes, chipboard buttons, a full sheet of rubons, and a bit of ribbon. I had to do whatever I could to use all this up and prevent putting it back in the Page Planner envelope.
 And here's what I came up with. They're not great cards, I'll admit that. They're not anywhere near as good as the steampunk cards I did, or the ones I did yesterday with the stamps, or even then Christmas ones really. But that's just cos I wasn't really inspired at all with the them, I just wanted to use it up as much as I could and the whole "surfer/skater/biker" theme of this paper was not cool at all. I got this collection as a "buy one, get three free" thing at the Crate Paper booth at the Scrapbook Expo and I was attracted to the colours. Working with just the plain-ish papers I had was a bit difficult. But they'll work, as cards, in general. 

The point is it's all used up. Nothing left, Page Planner empty, and I can move on!

03 February, 2012

Scrappy Forest Cards

This is the same paper as the last cards, but instead of just the blue, this scrap had green,and so it reminded me of grass/sky/and that grey bit of atmosphere where you put the sentiment. ((snickers)) What? You've not noticed that in real life? Not my fault; it's there. I had more fun with these ones, including making some random shitty type texture for the stag's hair. It's crap, right? I know, but it makes him a bit more interesting and slightly more manly considering he's got flowers all stuck up in his antlers. A man has to accessorize. Also, in my world, hedgehogs are blue because they are all Sonic. The owl is basically just auditioning for his spot on the Pooh TV series, being all wise and whatnot.

Under The Scrappy Sea

These are the more neutral papers from the Christmas-y collection from yesterday. The papers that say "I will impart colour, without fixing you into theme" which I greatly appreciate in a patterned paper. I don't need YOU to tell ME what to make! I'll make what I feel like when I damned well feel like it. Whoa... okay. Anyway, so I took the little pieces of this lined paper that I had left over and decided that the blue looks like waves. Well, where do I go from there? I make sea cards. These are *really* CAS. More CAS than I usually get, and it was hard to not embellish and basically fuck them up royally. They're just tiny cards, little notes to send to people you like, and that kind of thing can't be fussy. I hope you like them!