Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Let's Get Caught Up

Wow these last few days have just zoomed by! I have been working on the DD. Here are the pictures of the recent pages.

Hope your December is so far full of joy and merriment!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Off to a good start

(Chuckle!) So here is the day one page of my DD. I am off to a great start so far! Let's hope I can keep it up! ;)

On the agenda for day two's photo to take: A picture of a list. That should be easier enough as I have list everywhere!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It is upon us!

Whether you look at December with a bit of dread because it marks the end of another year or if you see it as the last hurrah before a brand new fresh year, it has arrived. And with it comes another chance for yours truly to complete a December Daily journal.

Yes, as you may or may not recall, I have metnioned, (promised, sworn, guaranteed), that I was going to see this project through in the years past and each time, I have quietly allowed the project to go unfinished, to hang over me as incomplete.

Well, not this year!

I have forgone the grandiose plans of an in-depth account of the next 25 days and of creating something each evening inspired by that days events and photos. Instead, I have decided that for me, I need to follow the KISS method.

Oh, and I should mention, I also had a friend in this endeavor. Yep, my dear friend, Daniela, told me that she was creating a December Daily kit, complete with the stuff you needed for the journal as well as daily inspiration on her blog and frankly friends, I decided it was best, (i.e. easiest) for me to let someone else do the dirty work.

See, Daniela has already put all the papers together along with the matching number stickers, journaling cards, and quote tags, plus a wonderful little baggie of holiday flotsam and jetsam to decorate with. How much easier could it be? In addition to all that, she offered a deal if you purchased the new limited edition Tim Holtz Winter Distress Inks and the kit together. Music to my ears.

And here it is:

I am about 75% done with the inside pages, prepping them to be ready to pop in a photo and/or journaling. I have added pieces from my own stash, pieces that I can now find in my supplies thanks to my purging, but truthfully, you wouldn't need to add a thing. This kit has everything you need except glue and the memories. This book came together so quickly and perfectly. If you want to do the December Daily trip it isn't too late to grab one of these for yourself or even to have for next year. Now THAT would be a head start!

The Art Life Shop's December Daily Kit

In addition, I am going to post my pages daily and I want to share with you the picture sheet that I will be following for the next 25 days to help me with my task. I discovered it on Pinterest, but here is a link directly to the author's blog. She has some incredible lists and suggestions for photos.

Katrina Kennedy 

 25 December Daily Photo Ideas 
1. Something Red 
2. A list 
3. The Christmas tree 
4. Presents wrapped under the tree 
5. Something warm and tasty 
6. A candy cane (or many) 
7. A wreath with a red bow 
8. Stamped and addressed Christmas cards 
9. Santa Claus 
10. Away in a manger 
11. Ribbons and bows 
12. Something sticky 
13. Reindeer 
14. A decked hall 
15. Silver bells 
16. A hippopotamus 
17. Under the mistletoe 
18. A cup of cheer 
19. Toys in every store 
20. A winter wonderland 
21. Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow 
22. Holiday greetings 
23. A shining star 
24. Children, sleeping 
25. The number “25” 
My Gear & Technique 
Through December I will shoot a lot with my 50mm lens to help with lowlight situations. I will grab my 70-200mm lens for stealth close ups and details from a distance. 
I’ll shoot a lot on some days, only a shot or two on others. 
I will enjoy the month and make sure I’m in at least a few photos! 
Katrina Kennedy 
Capture Your Holidays: Through The Lens 

Sorry, I tried to upload the pdf but was encountering problems that I have no doubt are user error. :)  But here is the list, nonetheless.

Lastly, in news of the scrap space, the purging continues. I am SO close to being done, but now am at the point where there is piles on the floor that just don't really go anywhere and I feel like I have been doing this for so long that I am ready to just dump it into the donation boxes and say, "forget it." All I want to do now is create. I know, first world problems, right?

Here are a couple of photos of the drawers that make me smile every time I open them because 1) they are so colorful and 2) it is all finally in one place.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pinterest Inspiration

I am still purging. Between all the Twilight events this month and going through stuff, I don't have anything crafty to show at the moment. I do have some fall/winter outfits that I have put together from inspiration I found on Pinterest, my newest addiction. The main thing about these outfits? Most of them, if not all pieces are thrifted! With one glaring exception. Actually two pairs of a glaring exception-- my boots. I believe in investing in good boots, ones that are classic and all leather, that way you can literally wear them forever. I have a pair of brown and a pair of black, both are the same style from Frye. They don't show up that well in the photos, but I will include their details.

First, I love the trend of flowy button up shirts untucked over jeans. Such a cute, casual look.
Shirt: Unknown brand, $5.99 Thrifted (still had the original Mervyn's price tag attached for $24.95)
Jeans: David Bitten, $8.99 Thrifted
Earrings: Lucky Brand hoops with birds, discount store years ago
Boots: Frye "Veronica Slouch" in Dark Brown

Leather jacket: Wilson's, $9.99, Thrifted (still one of my best finds)

All about the animal print! I love animal print pieces, but realized I didn't have any. A quick trip to the thrift store remedied that situation.
Shirt: No tags, $5.99 Thrifted, (LOVE the fit of this one!)
Jeans: Hudson, $8.99 Thrifted, (Seriously, some of my favorite jeans ever AND these are boot leg tucked into boots-- another Pinterest inspiration)
Jewlery: Old
Boots: Frye "Veronica Slouch" in Black

Here are those Hudson's again! For boot legs, they tuck well using this trick: http://styleberryblog.com/boots-jeans-a-new-year-style-tip
Sweater: Banana Republic, $6.99 Thrifted
Jewelry: Old

*Note-- the hideous messy bun hairstyle is actually a Pinterest idea. It is the sock bun method and the end results are pretty awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FV-YO46E8Y

I love this outfit, though there are a few kinks to work out. Actually, just one. The shirt. This one is really too bulky for the look I was going for, plus it is too busy with the front pockets and snaps.
Shirt: Roper, $2.99 Thrifted
Jeans: Miss Me, Christmas gift from hubby last year
Boots: Frye "Veronica Slouch" in Dark Brown
Belt: Lucky, $4.99 Thrifted
Necklace: Forever 21, old, don't recall price but certain it was under $10

Here is the hair out of the sock bun:

These last two photos are kind of silly. One is of my "Bella" outfit. It is my version of Bella's Honeymoon getaway outfit from the upcoming "Breaking Dawn." The other is my most recent and one of my favorite thrift finds.


Dress: Sag Harbor, $15.99, Consignment shop
Belt: Forever 21, $3.99
Shoes: DV, $12.99, Marshall's

THIS Sweater!!! No kidding has to be one of the most cozy, comfy things ever. I know someone handmade this wearable blanket. I has buttons and POCKETS! I have lived in it since purchasing it a few weeks ago. And the best part? My cost: $1.98. No kidding.

So those are my favorite fall outfits inspired by Pinterest. Next time I post, hopefully it will be of creative goodness!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

In upheaval

When I said, "Let's do this" I am not sure this is what I meant. This is what my scrap space looks like right now.

A complete disaster. That thing under all of those piles and protectively surrounded by the bins of stuff? It is my desk. This is what happens when I get all fired up.

The reason for this chaos? See that black bookshelf in the right hand corner? It and its identical partner have just left the building, folks. After three years, it was time to part ways. I am getting a new shelf with openings all of the same size that will hopefully utilize my stuff better.

One shelf, Lora?

Yes. ONE shelf.

So you know what that means...PURGING! Yep, less is more. Christmas is around the corner and I want to be able to create easily, which I have realized means getting rid of the excess. What you can't see in this photo is the piles of stuff behind me, piles meant for different people or groups.

And honestly, every time I put something in one of those piles, I feel better and when I actually box it up and send it on it's way to a new loving home, I feel AMAZING!

By the way, thank you to all of you who left comments on my last post. It literally brought tears to my eyes how sweet and genuine they were. Thank you for making my whole week with your kindness.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Let's Do This"

No, I haven't really fallen off the face of the Earth. I haven't totally crawled under a rock and I haven't gone off the grid, although all of those seemed like good ideas recently. Suffice it to say, I went through a pretty emotionally draining summer with family and while everyone is perfectly healthy, it took a larger toll on me and my creativity than I would have anticipated.

But yesterday was the first time in a very long time that I woke up feeling like myself. I had the old Lora attitude of looking forward to Monday, with all it's fresh opportunities. I was ready to be an contributing member of this sitcom called Life. In other other words, "Let's Do This."

And I did. I created my first layout in two months.  I love the Jenni Bowlin Holiday lines the she launched this year and this paper was begging to be used, so I found enough of my desk to work with and made a layout featuring none other than that cutie pie niece of mine.

The paper really did most of the work for the layout, needing little embellishing. I added the spider and lace tapes to the present word border on the bottom, a Maya Road calendar page, and the super awesome wood spools star buttons from Prima. I have a tendency to have little "bags of crap" that accumulate in my stash. These generally contain the flotsam and jetsam of projects past. I can't get rid of them because the stuff is still great, but they don't really go with anything else either, so there they sit.  I am proud to say that the trick or treat bag, the orange frame, the ball trim, the photo turn, and the orange pinked corner, (which is another frame just tucked under the photo), are all pieces from one such bag. There! See I DO use them. Eventually.

The last piece is a journaling tag tucked into the treat bag. I love how the house and tree silhouette adds a little sumpin' sumpin' to the overall layout and I black stickled the tree for a bit of detail. While the title on the journal card said, "Tonight's Memories," I decided it was perfect for my memories of spending time with my niece recently and how much she loves to dress up.

I don't scrap a lot of Halloween layouts. Maybe because I don't have kidlets to take photos of, maybe cause the Hubs and I don't really dress up or go anywhere. It certainly isn't for lack of Halloween related scrap stuff! I have decided to try and scrap it more though, since it is a holiday I love and try not to focus on having a "Halloween" photo for the paper, but more month of October memories that can also work.

Oh, and by the way, I am SO glad to be back!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Funky, funk, funk

That is the state I have been in lately without the bellbottoms and groovy hair. I seem to have hit a rough funk on the creative side of life lately that I am slowly coming out of. This last weekend was full for my family. We had a very good friend visit from NYC and I wanted to make her something, so I whipped out the mini below in a matter of hours and was shocked at how cute it came out. There is something to be said about lines of paper with matching quote stickers.

Sorry for the horrible photos. These were taken in my lap in the car as the Hubs was cruising at 65mph over the ridiculous CA freeways here. I am surprised they aren't more blurry. With a breakfast that took way longer than planned and multiple false fire alarms, I simply ran out of time to snap photos before leaving the house.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Two-fer Tuesday

I haven't been scrapping much or even thrifting much lately. I have been reading. A lot. I realized that I finished four books in the last five days, including the Hunger Games trilogy, which I am still digesting.

I have made the following two layouts in these past few days, both featuring new lines from CHA-S.

Featuring Amy Tan's line with American Crafts. This is the second layout I have made with this line and I have to say, her style so meshing with mine. I LOVE the color blue in this line. I had to scrap this photo as it made me smile because it is so my cousin and it shows her funny side that usually results in us on the floors, laughing so hard the tears run down our legs.

This is a layout that started as one of my sketches. I used pieces from Basic Grey's Indie Bloom line, which I LOVE. The colors are so yummy. The little pom-poms are made from twine and there is a blog on how to make them here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday (Page) Maps

It began with inspiration from Becky Fleck's Page Maps books and turned into this.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The random thrift art post

This is a totally random post with a totally random story to go with it. As I am sure I have mentioned at least once, I love to thrift. I mean, I REALLY love to thrift. It makes me feel like a kid on Christmas morning. So yesterday I went to a nearby town that I had heard had good thrift stores and a fair number of them in a small radius. I happened upon two pictures that weren't something I would describe as my style, but I was drawn to nonetheless.

Here is where the random story comes in. It wasn't random in that it is off topic, but more what happened. I took the two pictures to the counter and was making small talk with the cashier. Here is how the conversation went down.

Her: "These pictures are interesting aren't they?"

Me: "Yeah, I am guessing they are kind of old."

She picks up the picture, puts her nose to the back of it and inhales deeply.
Her: "1950's."

Me: "I beg your pardon?" (As I tried to not let my jaw hang open in disbelief).

Her: "You can tell by the smell, they are from the 1950's."

Thought in my head: "Are you messing with me?"

I have to admit, friends, when I got into the safety of my own home with my treasures, I cautiously sniffed the back of one of the pictures. I am pretty sure I can guess what the 1960's and the 1970's smelled like and I know the 1990's smelled like Teen Spirit, but I am not sure what the 1950's smell like, but I smelled nothing.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday's Finish!

Whew! It feels good to get things off of the "Please Finish Me" list. I started this pair of silhouettes for my aunt back in May and just couldn't get the right touches to finish them and send them off to her. Ah, but finally, I have.

They started as two white ceramic discs that could be hung up. It was a stroke of genius that I realized if I added duct tape to the ceramic base, it would make it more easy to decorate. I am not sure if you have ever tried to paint or decorate a piece that has already been fired, but it is a pain in the tush. My aunt has a thing for zebra, so this was the logical choice in my mind.

Then I added the burlap and printed the silhouettes on sticky back canvas. I picked a boy and a girl cause as life would have it, my aunt has a boy and a girl. It was the back piece that I struggled with until I remembered I had a Cricut and I can cut pieces to size.

I deconstructed a record album cover for the scalloped circle, painted it, Rock Candy crackle painted it, and then Walnut Stain inked it. I also re-colored some of the beads from the hanging wire to make them more fitting for the color scheme.

Funny, now that I am looking at them, I think they need feathers....

See my dilemma with trying to finish things?

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A mini and a steal!

First let's show the steal. The Hubs came to me a little while back and said those magic words we all want to hear.

"I want you to buy whatever organizational pieces you need to get your scrap studio functional and make sure that you don't cheap out on your pieces. They need to be investment pieces, something we will have for a long time. No more temporary fixes."

Okay, maybe you don't dream of hearing those words, but I certainly did. So in my new quest to organize my space once and for all, (hopefully), I have been looking for pieces that I think will stand the test of time. Like map cabinets or flat files as they are also called.

On the first Sunday of each month there is an antiques show in Alameda. The Hubs and I went and LOOK WHAT WE FOUND!!!

Isn't it awesome! It is from the UC Berkeley labs of the 1960s and has a stainless steel top added. I am going to paint it eventually and put it on castors, but I was so excited to snatch this piece. It was at a huge discount compared to what these go for online new, plus it is old! I immediately filled it with everything from 2 jumbo Clip-It-Ups, all my paints, chipboard letters, and a bunch of other stuff.

Now onto the mini. There are quite a few photos, so bear with me. This is the mini I did for our Independence weekend trip to LA.

Us being complete goobers on the completely cool donkey at Olvera Street.

Mini pocket for the extra bits you tend to gather on vacation.


It was close to 100 degrees the day we went to Hollywood so the shots are having some exposure issues.

There is an almost identical photo of my mom from about 24 years ago.

Ol'Blue Eyes lived in the house on the left and a famous, yet fresh, prince spent time at the one on the right.

The Jim Henson Theater Company, previously owned by Mr. Charlie Chaplin, who is obviously still peeking in to watch over things.

Hollywood High School. Alma Mater of John Ritter, Judy Garland, Carol Burnette, and a bunch of others. The other photo is the entrance that you may recall from "Beverly Hills Cop."

The House of Blues on the left and The Viper Room on the right. A little macabre, but still a part of Hollywood.

Behind us is The El Capitan Theater, fully renovated by Disney. It was phenomenal.

Speaking of Disney, while at The Happiest Place on Earth, we even got to see The Mouse.

It was a driving kind of day.

Club 33. Walt's personal club. Look it up if you are curious, it is an interesting story.

All of my "mistakes" while journaling, which is why I rarely journal.