Saturday, June 28, 2014

Letting go go Perfection and a Little Gelli Printing

Okay, so for years I have been that "perfect" scrapper.  You know the one... 90 degree angles, balanced embellishments, matchy matchy papers and core elements.  I loved how some of the pages in the galleries looked all mish mash and messy but I could never allow myself to add that feather embellishment from the package on my page because "What did a feather have to do with my page?"  Oh the anxiety...!  Then came all of the sprays and inks and water color painting... I thought I did good with the distressing on the edges (what was that soooo 2002?) Oh the insanity!  How could you just willy nilly spray and add drops on to a perfectly designed page that took you HOURS to complete?  What if you messed up or the drops got on your favorite picture or you hated it... NO THANK YOU!

....And then I met this group of girls who I do a stash swap with, and over the last few months we have chatted and traded ideas and encouragement.  Lately a few of us have pondered whether or not to change the name of our little clique from "ScrapHappy Stash Swap" to "Enablers Anonymous."  The reason I joined the group was to get rid of exactly this stuff I had and wasn't using.  Then it happened YouTube videos, Spreecasts, and the constant *blip* of my Facebook chat that told stories of amazing discoveries and opened up questions like "Does any one have deli paper I could trade ____ for?"  Wait...  "WHAT is this deli paper and WHY do I NEED it RIGHT NOW?"  (See "Enablers Anonymous" for sure!) That is the moment I jumped in and won't ever look back.

There used to be something so freeing about cutting up beautiful pattern paper, that you never want to admit you spent more than your kids' allowance on, just to turn around and glue it all back together to result in this perfectly planned page or card that was a work of art.  Then this new version of messy came and the word art took on a whole new meaning and a whole new level of fun.

Finally after weeks of chatting about it I dove in last night for my FIRST messy experiment... it went like this:
-Step one:  Procrastinate and look on FB, IG, watch TV.... too scary.
-Step two:  Take a deep breath and get out the supplies.

-Step three:  The kids see you and look interested so you show them the YouTube video.  They ooh and ah, so you know you are on the right path!
-Step four: DO IT!
Not even one whole swoop in my son decided he had to replicate the YouTube video and pushed me out of the way... how can I say no that bonding time?   Other than the fact he is stealing my new toy!

Proud Mommy moment ahead.  As soon as the boy got done with his 6 step project, he decided that it was a good night note for his sister who was at a sleepover a few houses down... so we walked at 920pm to deliver the first ever made Gelli print!  (I know the pic isn't great but it is something I wanted to remember...) 

So once I got back the Gelli Plate and had my turn on it....I WAS IN HEAVEN!!  Colors, and messes, and papers everywhere.  You really can't go wrong here!  It is just one creation after another with paint all over, but so worth it.  

Although there are no rules to this here are some things I learned: 
-Sometimes it is hard to know what you are going to create but try to keep your darker colors early on in the process.  It all ends up weirdly "sandwiched" and you can see all the layers but the darker colors cover up some beautiful work.
-Acrylic paint is awesome!  It comes off of everything BUT the paper!  We had it all over the table, our hands, the brayer had it caked on it, and all we needed was some warm water and baby wipes. 
-The video shows some cool circles cut out of plastic and I couldn't for the life of me couldn't find my transparency sheets so I just cut from the plastic packaging of the stencils and it worked great!!! We did this for leaf shapes, and squares, and letters! 
-You can use anything to add texture and create shadows and texture to your images... paper towels, tissue paper, bubble wrap, cloth. 
-The paint dries on the brayer and after several layers it wasn't a smooth application on the Gelli Plate so I did have to stop and clean that off before I could go on. 
-I personally LOVE the shimmery look that the videos show and they are transparent enough that you can see all the cool layers under as you add more and more.  BUT they are NOT good for words or letters, use a darker or more solid paint for that. 
-I used the brayer to get a good solid impression.   I did just like the video and added the paper then brayered over it all. 
-The glitter paints do not work for patterns. 
-Some of the best results are the ones you weren't even creating!

Here are just a few of last night's projects: 
The top left are 4x6 cards and next to that 3x4 cards
The bottom with the pink is our "smoosh sheet" 

 Another of our "smoosh sheets" I will use for something!!

An up close view of the shimmer from on of the 3x4 cards.  This was also a card I just kept adding all the negatives to from the plate after I was done with that stencil. 

Now get out your paints and Gelli Plate and own your mess!  What is your experience?  Any favorite recipes? 

Monday, December 2, 2013

December Daily Album - 2013 DAY 1

So it has been a whirlwind of a year... but we are coming to a close.  It is time for the December Daily albums to flood the internet.  I have wanted to do one of these for several years and never really jumped on the tracks for it... this year is different.  I have most of my foundation pages set I have now completed day 1!!!  (Gotta start somewhere right?)

Let's take a look at what we have so far:

Here are the foundation pages for the intro page, and page 1.
For this album I am using an 8x8 American Crafts red album.  With a plethora of page inserts and sizes.

For the introduction page above I used a Martha Stewart red page divider.  You can find these at any of the office supply stores.  I think I got mine at Office Max.  This is the 5x8 size all I had to do was repunch the holes to make it fit the binder.  (Something I am finding myself doing a lot in this process) 

The first page I used 6x8 page protector from Simple Stories.  I added in the December Calendar page from Bo Bunny's "Misc Me Magic Elf Journal Pages" 

 I liked the backside of Bo Bunny page so I am keeping it just that for the Day 1 pic & journaling.

Here are the completed pages for Day 1 (plus the intro page):
I was not quite all inspired to do the cover yet so it is still bare... soon maybe on a slow scrap day I can get that done!

 For the front side I used Stampin UP new Chevron punch and punched the bottom of the plastic divider.  Added In Doodlebug boarder sticker, a freebie from, some Maya Road photo corners, ribbons from Doodlebug and Michaels crafts store, the holly and berries are from the Dollar store, and the rhinestone stars are from Michaels dollar rack section.  I used Tim Holtz tiny attacher for the ribbon at the top and just stapled it to the front.
 The backside of the intro has: Magic mesh (dark green), Target dollar store rhinestones on the side of the word strips from Chic Tags.  The envelope seal is a sticker from the $1 deals from JoAnn's.
 For Day 1: I added in a pic and story of our advent calendars.  The overlay is a freebie from A Vegas Girl at Heart, the sticker boarder above is from Doodlebug boarders as well as the "believe" tab on the photo and the word strip again from Chic tags.  I added in the left over stars from the front of the intro page to the pic and some rhinestones by Recollections.  Below the pic I added in a half journal card from Gossamer Blue Life Pages kit.  The arrow is Studio Calico, the trees are felt trees from Michael's $1 rack.  The washi tape on the right of the page are from Teresa Collins "Santa's List" collection and My Minds Eye "Magic" collection.

 Here I used washi tap from the OH Deer Me (by freckled fawn) embellishment kit.  I ran it up both sides of the fold (front and back) to create a boarder and hole punched that so I could place it in the album.
Here is a photo of the letter so you can see it is able to be open and read without any hassle.

Finally here are the foundation pages for Day 2 and 3&4 (on one page).  As soon as I have their story and finished pages I will post them as well!

 This is an 8x8 page protector from We r, from Target.  The top 2x8 insert is a cut paper from Teresa Collins "Santa's List" 6x6 notepad.  And the 4x6 title card is from Simple Stories.  The bottom green grid card is from We r notepad from Target as well.  Becky Higgins had a special on HSN for these overlays (part of the Just Add Color Collection).
These are all the backsides of the same products listed above.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Project Life week 2

So a quick review of the weeks.  I am feeling very motivated to keep this going.  I have a great process that is keeping my time involved a little less than last year.  Before I start a week I pick out my Pocket Page Protectors and then label each "slot" with what I am going to put into it.  I then print out all the pictures I need and gather all the ephemera.  Finally I can focus on the scrapping and getting it all inserted.  It seems to work well.  Last year I noticed that some weeks were taking me nearly 2-3 days to complete (minus the time I was at work and doing family stuff).  Now I can complete a week in a matter of hours... 1 evening after the kids are in bed.   Which is currently hopeful because I am about 3 weeks behind.  *Sigh*  I guess that is the glory for being on vacation for a week and having a fulfilled and happy life! :)

With out further ado.... here are the last couple of weeks! 

Week 2: 

For this week I added in some tickets from movies, a filmstrip of pics we took at the movies in a photo booth.  Some screenshots of the weather this week.  It went from 61+ to the teens in the middle of the night!  YUCK!! I wrote out our entire week schedule on a 4x6 card from the Clementine edition of PL by Becky Higgins. And I used my Silhouette to cut the "Week 2" title.   I am providing that freebie link for those Silhouette files here.  Here is a preview of the file: 

  The right side of this week includes a rare Facebook update from the husband.  As well as a scanned drawing from my son and a cute random note I found on the back of one of his homework pages "I like my mom".  I included a picture of the process I discussed in the opening of
this post with the organization tips I am loving to keep me on the "get it done" track.  I used some of the Cobalt and Baby for Him Cards by Becky Higgins.

Lastly here is a 6x12 insert of a cute story from my son using a clipped 3x4 card as the title from Clementine edition of Becky Higgins,  some Reminisce washi tape and a shaped clip from Staples.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year, New Project Life

Well I feel like I am starting the year off on a positive note.  My title page is done... whew!  Let's hope that I can keep up this pace all year and then there won't be the pain and agony of being so far behind like last year!  Enough chatter time to show the pages off.... I am really excited about this!  I feel like it is unique and fun and kicking the project off just how I want it!  

I used the Becky Higgins Pocket Page A protectors for this title page.  I really love the idea of all of us holding on to numbers coordinating with the year "2013" in the center.  

Here is a close up view of my "shaker" window.  I used a canvas heart (by Basically Bare) and Chit Chat (by Tim Holtz idea-ology) stickers to outline my title "Our family, our memories, our story."  Behind that I added in some confetti from New Years and then sealed the top by sewing it closed.

Here is a close up view of my new favorite photo of me and my husband playing with sparklers.  I used the following settings on my Nikon D3200 camera: TRIPOD!!  Shutter speed 2" f/stop 5.6, White balance to fluorescent.  If you are doing longer words or numbers then adjust the shutter speed for longer.  Have the subjects stand very still, as you can see we did not, but I am ok with that.  Lastly WRITE ALL NUMBERS AND LETTERS BACKWARDS!! 

 Share your pages with me... join our Facebook group for some good cheerleading, ideas, and great friends!  Here we root each other on especially in times of falling behind or stress, share ideas when we get stuck and for pages, and just chat.  We have some great gals making freebies pretty often... how could you not!!!?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Jonthan the Elf week 3

Hello again... We are doing good.  I made it through one whole week with everything and full steam ahead still!!!  Let's just jump right into this weeks adventures!

Day 15: North Pole Village
I had seen a website that you can make gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and I KNEW we had to do this.  We have for the last several years made them old school style but they were so difficult with letting them dry and settle and then hours later they fell apart.  So I figured this would be much simpler.  I added in another find: Christmas trees out of ice cream cones.  Jonathan had made the some examples for the kids and left a note asking them to finish the village for him.  (PS.  I know the note says day 12, somewhere along the way I lost track of my days and just made them up! oops!) 
You can see my tree and house behind Jonathan. 

All the fixins!  Oh yummy!  I bought ordinary vanilla frosting and mixed in green food coloring to make it blue.. the rest of the stuff general candy and Wilton's cookie decorations.  Cookie glitter tubes.. those were fun!  
OH MY GOODNESS...!!! I LOVE these little gingerbread cookie decorations from Wilton... how stinking cute are they? The baby, the cat and dog...!!!  

YAY, I LOVE how this turned out.. this is their North Pole Village! The kids did SUCH a good job!  
I LOVE the gingerbread family I found.

Day 16: Fishing
I was soo tired and had to change around my calendar.  I am surprised it actually took this long.  I added in this classic gem: Gold fish cracker fishing.  I discovered the fishing pole in the kids bathtub (who knew that was there, hmm?)  And thought voila!  Blue food coloring and DONE.. night night mommy!  

Day 17: Gotcha!  
I found my mojo tonight!  I even also discovered that my son will not indeed sleep through anything!  UH OH!  This was a fun one.  I found these headbands at Michaels and then snuck into the kids rooms and put the headbands on them.  Now for my son I discovered I was playing with fire because I took it that one step further... who me? Nah!!?? And HAD to put a fuzzy red thing on his nose... well between the tickles of the fuzz and the itch of the tape he moved about all of the 100 times I did this.. but I would NOT give up until I had the picture or I was caught... so scary!  With my daughter I decided to skip the fire playing and just place the glowing necklace on her neck rather than around it. Note: neither of them liked the headbands on their head but it worked.  Then I printed the pictures up and left them with Jonathan so that they could see it in the morning.  They cracked up!  :) 

The pictures!  

 Day 18: Sick day
UH OH, someone touched him!  I wasn't sure who or when but here is what they got in the morning.  A sick elf :( they both blamed each other but in the end the learned their lesson... I think! 
Everyone has asked about the IV he has.  It is a mini glitter tube from the Dollar rack at Michaels.  I emptied the glitter out and added food colored water to the tube and hot glued the end back in so it wouldn't leak.  Then I used some plastic string from a Kreative Kids kit I got (at Joanns) and hot glued that into the end of the tube.  Then I just band aided the insert to his arm. 

Day 19: Christmas cards
Phew, Jonathan is feeling much better!!!  So tonight he made each of the kids Christmas cards with Foamies stockings from Michaels he also used a book of stickers and Foamies letters kit to write their names.  After he decorated himself he left enough for the kids to make cards for other loved ones so we could finally send them out.  

Day 19 addition... YAY good reports from school so Cade got his door HALF wrapped.  His listening skills are still rough so as soon as we master putting our shoes on / away without being asked 12 times he gets the rest of the door wrapped.... hopefully BEFORE Christmas!!! 

Day 20:  Elf yourself. 
Jonathan had a QR code for the kids to scan on the Ipad and watch a funny video. 

I went to this website: Elf Yourself and made a video of all of us including Jonathan jamming to Christmas tunes as elves.  I then downloaded it (for $1, why not?) and uploaded it to YouTube.  I then used that link and went to QR Code Generator and printed it at home and left it in his lap.  Note you CAN change the color so I did mine to green it is on the right hand side of the screen in the top options. 
In the morning the kids were able to watch the video and cracked up.  There were 5 options of videos so I downloaded another one ($1 again.. so priceless) and emailed it from Jonathan. 

**If you are not familiar with QR codes there are free apps for them on your smartphones and it is a GREAT way to share things via scrapbooking or card making!  As you can see I can slip this into my scrapbook and VOILA.. memory of a lifetime!**

Here is the video from the QR code!  Hilarious! 

Day 21: Hanging around
Lost my steam again!  After a very eventful day of soccer and working all night long I was exhausted. So quick and simple was the game.  I also messed up on my calendar and duplicated something I had done, oops!  So I dug through my stash and found this garland (from Michaels) and got glued his hands to the bottom of it and hung it over the stairs so the kids would see it when they woke up in the morning and went down stairs to breakfast.  Easy and done.  

Jonathan the Elf Week 2

Well we are finally home in my space where Jonathan has free reign to go CRAZY... now the challenge begins with work and soccer and life... let's hope that I can keep up!   It was a GREAT and fun week.  Jonathan loves the house see what shenanigans he has gotten into!

Day 8:
I took a garland with bells (bad idea it was noisy!) from Michaels and hung it with some gift ribbon and a Santa basket (also from Michaels) Hung them between the kids rooms with a good morning note. 

Day 9: Lincoln Logs
My daughter had this buried in her closet.  I tried the Lego house I have seen on Pinterest but I was too impatient digging through tubs and tubs of Legos to find the pieces... this was simple and cute and super quick!  

Day 10: Christmas tree with stocking gifts
I found this mini tree at the dollar store.  So clearly I HAD TO HAVE IT ;) (and the string of lights) the skirt and ornaments are from Michaels.  Jonathan got himself tangled up decorating and left the kids stockings with little gifts in them. 

Day 11: Cheerio Donuts
Classic!  I even convinced my husband to bring donuts home and left them with the Jonathan donuts!  I even used some felt I had and made him a little apron.  My husband laughed and said he looked like a girl.  Nah ;)

Day 12: Grow me a friend! 
Jonathan misses his friends so he asked the kids to grow him some.  I put the Elf one in the water to get it started.  I found these at Michaels and they get 6x's the size of the original.  They can choose to grow the other ones whenever they wanted to. 

Day 13: Mirror elf
Well it was a tough couple of days.  My son got 'in trouble' in school.  He is in Kindergarten and apparently has been having issues focusing.. dancing around and singing.  We were sad to hear that, so was Jonathan and Santa apparently.  Tonight Jonathan redecorated the bathroom with window clings (From Michaels and Target) and wrote a reminder note "Be good, Santa is watching" He even wrote Cayden's name on the Naughty list and Taryns' on the Nice list.  We have had some home troubles getting him to listen too, ugh!  So hopefully this will whip him back into shape! 

Day 14: Wrapping it up
Tonight Jonathan wrapped my daughters door in paper and not my sons. This was hard to not put into action but since it was the weekend we hadn't had a "good boy" school report and we really wanted him to learn a lesson. Plus we are really trying to get him to listen better.  His behavior is over all very good for a 5 year old boy, but the constant nagging of saying things 2-5 times is wearing us thin.  Jonathan left notes on both of the doors. 

Jonthan's morning pose. 

The view of both doors. 

Jonathan the Elf in Phoenix, Az

Back for more?  GREAT...  The good news is at my in-laws they are like my husband supportive but not enthusiastic about all the high profile fun.  So I kept it simple still for the next few days, well if you count making a video in the woods simple! ;)

Here are the few days in Phoenix:

The kids were surprised to see Jonathan waiting in their room at Nana's house when we got there...!  

Day 4:
 My kids love making those Perler bead things so I got them busy work to keep them occupied while we cooked for Thanksgiving.

Day 5:  Animal Sleep over
New movie "Elf Story" left behind with new game "Christmas Trivia" with their best friends: Tommy and Mickey Mouse.

Day 6: Cookies Monster  Elf
We made cookies tonight and Jonathan ate so manny he had to use this mini sleigh to get to the North Pole and tell Santa what good children they had been! 

Day 7: Traveling again
Since we were leaving again in the morning this time I kept it simple.  I packaged Jonathan inside of an empty Foamies project container from Michaels with a tissue paper blanket and his very own stuffed animal (a tiny reindeer bought in the Hobby Lobby miniature dolls aisle) and left a note saying " Please, put me some place safe in the car so I can nap while we drive home" I wrote their names on some of the foamies from kit and "I love you" on a heart.  They loved peeking under the seat and seeing him during the drive.