28 February, 2015

Use It Up Scrapbook Kit #3 Results!

Shiny new video, the results of my third Use it Up Stash Kit. I managed to make cards too, and colour images for them. Nice, eh? I hope you like my projects, even though this kit was a bit smaller than most that I usually do.

27 February, 2015

Use It Up Scrapbook Kit #3

My third Stash Kit, complete with a video and my own challenge to use it up as quickly as I can. Enjoy! This is a smaller kit, but I really like the colour combinations that I came up with for this kit as it made it super easy to use on various projects and subjects.

25 February, 2015

Use it Up Scrapbook Kit #2 Results!

I'm here with a today, which you might have seen if you've subscribed to my YouTube channel. It's my Use it Up stash kit challenge #2 using the Jackpot and Summer Nights kit.

And here are the layouts for you, so you can see them as just still photos. I hope you enjoyed!

24 February, 2015

Stash Kitting 101

I've been working really hard on my paper the last couple weeks. With the approach of the Scrapbook Expo on March 21st and the general end of my freeze, I'm looking forward to buying new things. But I can't do that in good conscience without using up paper I already have. So I took a hard look at my paper and this is what I saw.
I had very few kits, but a TON of paper that I needed to use up. I weeded out the themed stuff, which is allowed to stay. I have a few Autumn collections, a Valentine's one, an Asian themed one, that kind of thing. This is the paper that doesn't have a theme and either needs to go or needs sorting out. Since I started making the "Use it Up" series of videos kind people have been asking me how I make my Stash Kits. So I took this paper that needed to be used up I made this video:

I had all this paper spread out on my desk for a few hours, sorted it all into kits, and this is what I ended with.
So now I have a bunch of Stash Kits, and then on the other side of the glass mat I have collections that I just bought (Webster's Pages "Nest", etc) or papers that are just neutral backgrounds like Simple Stories'  "Story of Us" plain patterns. And I'm down to only 8 little paper collections that can be used together still. They're older, but they are still "good" as they are to me and I'm not in a desperate need to use them up and get them out.

So this is my meager paper stash now. I'm optimistic about how much I can use up within the next month before the Expo and I'll try to make more Use it Up videos as much as I can!

23 February, 2015

Use It Up Scrapbook Kit #2

Hello, everyone! I'm here today with another Use it Up video, this time combining two Stash Kits, the Jackpot and Summer Nights kits. They both had similar papers, so I figured they needed to be combined and used up. I've been working with this kit for the last few days and I can tell you I've made a severe dent in it! In this video you can check out the kit and my thoughts and when I finish it off I'll share with you all the projects I've made. I hope you enjoy!

22 February, 2015

Project Life 2014: Week 50, 51, and 52!

This is it! 2014 is officially over and 2015 is about to begin next week. Wooo! These last few layouts are some of my favourites because they're so colourful and I like the Instagram photos on my pages. I hope you enjoy them too!
This week holiday celebrations were in full swing, especially since we finally got snow. I made sure to go out and take photos of it, as well as myself, which was fun. I also bought a holiday ornament and worked on cards for most of the week.
This week I continued with the very last of the holiday cards, we got a brand new (awesome) television, and we marked the last Hobbit movie with an in-theatre marathon of all three movies. I didn't take a ton of photos, but the journalling filled the space nicely.
And lastly, photos from our trip to NorCal for the holidays. I kept out the actual holiday photos just so I could make a layout or two, instead including photos from us driving up there and Mom's birthday lunch of Thai food. It's the only time of year we get to have it, which is pretty messed up.

Well, that's it! That's all the layouts of 2014's Project Life. I hope you enjoyed this trip as much as I did. I'm super happy/proud of myself that I was able to finally finish a project this large. I know that Gossamer Blue's kits had a lot to do with that and I'm actually really glad that I got them. Stay tuned next week for 2015's "start up" pages including the title page, intro page, book list, and movie ticket page. Thanks for visiting!

21 February, 2015

Use It Up Scrapbook Kit #1 Results!

Hi, everyone!
Today I'm sharing with you the second video in my Use It Up series, the results! I finished off this kit and made 4 layouts, 1 PL layout, 3 cards, and 9 pre-made embellishments. That's a bunch, right?! I'm super happy with how this came out. You can watch the video an see me explain my process and I also have photos of the layouts I did here for you. Thank you for watching! And don't forget to subscribe if you want to see more. I've already got the next video filmed and waiting to go up, so super excited!

18 February, 2015

Use It Up Scrapbook Kit #1

Hi, y'all! I have been going through a bit of a "thing" with my supplies. I filmed a video for you of my space a bit ago and in doing that I showed that I have two Expedit cubes *full* of paper. Not only is this not my usual MO, it's kinda stifling me. I've done all the purging I want to do in years past, so that's not an option. The only thing is going back to something I used to do a lot, which is a "use it up" secession. I explain it in the video, but this here is the first of a series I'm going to start. I have 11 kits made up, but I also just have paper collections that need using up. I hope you enjoy and maybe get inspired too!

17 February, 2015

Like A Sir

Hello, everyone. Today I have a little critter friend for you. I really love the critters from this company. They are just so cute and so expressive too which is great. This guy has so much character and I decided to make him with some interesting colour combos. I haven't used the V20s in so long. I also used my colourless blender to give him some texture on his "head" and tentacles. I kept the embellishing simple, as I seem to be leaning towards this year, and it looked kinda plain until I thought "what about calculated splatters?" So I used some of my Dylusions spray and just tapped the little straw onto the page to make this. I hope you like it! He needs a new home too, so if you'd like this card please let me know in the comments!

Supply List
Clear Stamp: Some Odd Girl, Lawn Fawn (sentiment)
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: Webster's Pages, Pink Paislee
WRMK washi
Enamel Dots
Dylusions spray ink
Copics Used
BG18/15/13, V28/25/22, W8/5/2

15 February, 2015

Project Life 2014: Week 47, 48, and 49

Only this week and next week of 2014 and then it's time to move on to 2015's Project Life. I'm pretty excited actually, since I've started using divided page protectors this year, as well as making my own cards. It's a littler harder to keep up with, but it's exciting for my type of crafting.
This week I started to use Intagram a lot more again, and I really like the square photos for my PL so that helped. I also started listing little bits of info about the week on a card, a habit that I'm going to be continuing. Mostly crafty stuff this week in the photos, as well as some bad medical news. Pretty tired of that! I stuck with yellow, teal, and woodgrain for the colours and I think it ties everything together nicely. Since it was a slow week I used a filler card.
The week of Thanksgiving at my in-laws in AZ without showing anything Thanksgiving. The photo you can't see is of Sirius at the bowling alley. I think my favourite photo is of my niece Dani's new Rainbow Loom box that my SIL got her. She had a HUGE pile of bands in a baggie and I wanted so much to organise them, so badly, so my SIL bought her a box and I sat for a few hours organising those little bands into their boxes. Dani was so grateful because she confessed she never would have done that herself. I also visited Blue Moon Scrapbooking's warehouse and bought a few scrappy things.
And lastly, Skyrim took over this week. I'd gotten burnt out on Elder Scrolls Online and then Steam had a sale on the Legendary edition of Skyrim for Cyber Monday so I bought it using a "dummy" Steam account (it won't let you buy the same game twice, even if the base game has changed) and played constantly. I also started production on holiday cards for my friends and we had a bit of weather which was nice.

Well, that's it for this week. Next week is the last three pages of 2014, so I hope to see you then!

13 February, 2015

Card Explosion #3: Valentine's Dachshund

Happy Valentine's, dear readers. While Mike and I don't celebrate this holiday I thought that you guys deserved a little present and all I have to give is pretty things to look at, lol! So here I have a process video for you and then just a regular picture of my card that I've made using the red dachshund from my last colouring video. I hope you enjoy it and that you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

And here's a proper look at the final project. Very simple, but sometimes I enjoy those cards the most.

Supply List
Clear Stamp: Some Odd Girl "Preppy Pups"
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper: Pebbles, Gossamer Blue
Fancy Pants die cut
Enamel dots
Copics Used
Fur: E09/07/13/97

Teal Mermaid

Hi all! I woke up with the urge to colour something from my "faeries and myths" section of stamps and so I took out this mermaid from a set that I'd bought some time in 2014. I coloured the other two mermaids from the stamp, so it was this gal's turn. My medication was playing haywire with my ability to colour, so it's not my best work (especially the hair), but I think she came out okay. Someone on my message board was talking about using photorealistic paper so I immediately thought about these papers from Webster's Pages. The bokeh doesn't really count, but the starfish was pretty cool. Anyway, I hope you like it. It was fun to colour up a mermaid again. I totally have a love affair with mermaids. But now, she needs a new home. So if you'd like her, drop me a comment and I'll pop this gal into an envelope for you. 

Supply List
Rubber Stamp: Kraftin' Kimmie "Sea Jewels"
Cardstock: XPress-It, Recollections
Paper:  Webster's Pages "Ocean Melody"
Copics Used
Skin: E04/11/21/51/50
Hair: E19, R39/27
Tail: BG00/07/05/01

10 February, 2015

Card Explosion #2: Rainbow Dachshund Card

Today, on my 12th wedding anniversary, I have a present for *you* with a quick little card making process video. Since I coloured up two little Dachshunds for the last colouring video I made I had to make them into cards. This is the first one up. I tried out the whole thing where you fast forward and play a bit of music, so I hope it's all right. It made it super short, but I honestly could not think of any babble for this card. It's clean and simple so not a whole lot to explain.

And here's the card itself, close up, so you can see it. I hope you like it, and the video, and have a great day!

07 February, 2015

Colour Explosion #2: Colouring Tutorial - Dachshund

Today I decided to make another live colouring video, this time a red Dachshund for my friend Angie who has a swarm of the pups and wanted to know how to colour this stamp. I'm not a teacher, nor an expert, so this is just how *I* colour, but I hope you enjoy it! Please subscribe to my channel for more videos and if you have any requests don't hesitate to leave me a comment here or on my channel and I'll see if I can do it for you. :)

06 February, 2015

The Last Goodbye

I have a new layout for you today, chronicling our marathon of the Hobbit movies leading up to the finale, The Battle of the Five Armies. We had an *awesome* time, truly awesome, but it was very sad too. Tolkien's world, and Peter Jackson's movies based on it, really bonded Mike and I. They're the first movies that neither one of us had to be drug to by the other. Not a kid's movie, not a "boy" action movie, but something we both really enjoyed and could watch over and over. Mike never had to be talked into seeing it once, or twice, or 10 times like with LotR: The Two Towers. And now it's over. Billy Boyd singing goodbye to us at the end of the movie, knowing this was truly the end, it was heartbreaking. Anyway, as for the layout, the journalling says basically that, and I kept the paper to three natural colours to reflect the abundance of nature in the movies. I then used my favourite line from Billy's song as the sub title, included one of our tickets, and called it done.

04 February, 2015

Watercolour Wednesday: Victory or Sovngarde!

Hello, all! Today I have something I'm actually really proud of. You know those moments where you get an idea, you sit down, work and work and work, and it actually comes out the way you wanted? Or sometimes even *better*? That's what this project is. I woke up early on Tuesday because I had a migraine, and maybe that helped, but I was quickly struck with an idea I wanted to do in my art journal. I had the idea for a silhouette and one of the slogans from Skryim, sort of a heroic type thing. I looked up references from the video game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (if you're unfamiliar, here's a quick overview: "Skyrim's main story revolves around the player character's efforts to defeat Alduin the world-eater, a Dragon who is prophesied to destroy the world. Set two hundred years after the events of Oblivion, the game takes place in the fictional province of Skyrim. Skyrim continues the open-world tradition of its predecessors by allowing the player to travel anywhere in the game world at any time, and to ignore or postpone the main storyline indefinitely.")

I found reference photos, drew out the silhouette, glued it down with gel medium, and then brought out my sprays. It took most of the day to get the background the way I like it. If you want to see more about that, you can check out my video. It's done on canvas, but it's basically the same idea. I sat and surfed the internet and sprayed and spritzed the whole thing with water over and over and over again and finally decided it was time for stars. Thousands and thousands of stars! I then covered the silhouette in black paint, then the Pitt Pen because my paint wasn't dark enough. I then cut my words out with my Cameo, glued them down with gel medium, and it was done! I hope you like it, even if you don't get the game reference!

This is the reference photos I used. Photographed by an Imgr user whose name I cannot find. I've taken thousands of photos myself before, but can't find them and don't have a character currently that has done the main story quest for this game.
Dylusions art journal
Faber Castell Gel Medium
Faber Castell Pitt Pens
Silhouette Cameo
Dylusions Ink sprays
Acrylic white paint

02 February, 2015

Studio Monday: Craft Space Tour 2015!

My newest video is up! I'm excited! Look how many exclamation points I can use!!!! I did my best filming this for you guys, making it look okay (if a bit blurry at times) and showing every bit of my space so you get an idea of what I have here to play with. I hope you enjoy it!

01 February, 2015

Project Life 2014: Week 43, 44, 45, and 46

One of my favourite weeks in October because it included our trip to Disneyland for Halloween. Mike and I dressed up as Mabel and Dipper Pines from the Disney cartoon Gravity Falls and Sirius was Mabel's pet pig Waddles. It was awesome! We also got to eat at the new Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles in Anahiem (SO much better than the Long Beach location), I organised my craft space, and played Elder Scrolls with my friends (that's my character and my friend Shay's character doing the /sitpray emote).
I desperately wanted to see Disneyland Halloween ONE more time, so Mike was able to take me again on October 30th! I was so excited, and we had a fabulous meal there too, including the mint julep that my little figures are enjoying. There was a great sunset I snapped a photo of. And in ESO I decided to run a big raid event. Mike and my characters are in the photo, along with our other guildies.
This week we made two recipes from Pinterest. A ratatouille which I made for dinner once night, and then "hand pie" versions of shepherd's pie that ended up being the size of a plate! I ran another event in ESO, a raid to take down dark anchors (pictured) in the capitol city. It was a small raid, but the anchors there are pretty easy, as long as you don't run into enemy players, since the capitol city is the PVP area. A small raid like this can get killed in a second! I also oragnised all of my paper into my Expedit and I realised that adding in my Halloween paper and my cardstock totally filled up TWO cubes! So much paper!!!!
Mostly gaming happened this week, or game related things, like with my little figure in the photo on the right. Skyrim was released on November 11, 2011, so I celebrated with my Skyrim figure (and Toothless) and played Skyrim most of the day. I also snapped a picture of Gambit sitting in the window next to my desk, watching me craft while she chirped at birds.

All these pages use the Gossamer Blue Life Pages kits, as well as bits and pieces from my own stash. I tried to add washi in as much as I could since I like my washi and I do want to use it. There's a LOT of teal and pink in these kits which seems to be something Gossamer Blue got stuck on around the end of the year. I'm not a fan of the pink, but I think it mixed in okay, it just makes the video game photos look SO dark compared to the paper. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these layouts. I'm getting closer to the end and then we'll have shots of my all hand made 2015 PL!