Monday, May 26, 2008

ATC's, MPW Sketch #10

In the last few days, I have fallen in love with Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). I enjoy working with the smaller size and like fitting my personality on a 2.5" x 3.5" piece of cardstock. Our LSS, Rhonda's Creative Crafting Center, has monthly ATC trading sessions once a month, so I am going to start working on some for the next session which is on June 14.

Although I haven't yet traded any ATCs in the preferred hand-to-hand manner, I did join an ATC swap with some other CTMH consultants. My creation is based on a design by Maria Bell. Here is her sketch:

And here is my creation:


This ATC was created entirely with CTMH products:
Colors: Cocoa and Sweet Leaf
My Acrylix Stamps: Cottage Floral, Serendipity
Clear Buttons, 3-D Foam Squares, Ribbon
Adhesive: Herma Dotto

Saturday night was mother/daughter craft night at our house. We created cards using Nicola's Sketch #10:

Below is our work. My daughter artfully colored the frog image, which I received from Annapurna in a swap, and created an excellent card (she also took her own photos with my camera). For my card, I finally put to paper a design which has been floating in my head for a while.

Dare to be Different card created entirely using CTMH products:
Colors: Chocolate, Sweet Leaf, Spring Iris, Blush
My Reflections B&T Duos Paper & My Stickease: Life Delights
My Acrylix Stamps: Playful Petals
Font: CTMH Pixie
Edge Anchor: Sweet Leaf from the Cottage collection

I am actually going to keep my card and use it as an example during CTMH gatherings. Lately I have been creating cards with a specific person or event in mind. Then, although I have electronic documentation here in my blog of what I have made, I don't have the actual creation for people to hold and feel. So, I need to get ahead of that curve.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Cat Layout

Of all 5 the pets in our house, there is only one boy. I wanted to create a layout that captured the different facets of his personality and his range of nicknames. Of course, I had to pay tribute to those beautiful blue eyes!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Thoughts on cards, kids, photos

I was a cardmaker before I was a scrapbooker. In fact, I was a cardmaker before my 10-year-old daughter was born. I was immediately drawn to the idea that I could make something for someone while saving some money. Yeah, that saving money thing didn't really happen, but I sure did make cards for people! I amassed a good stash of stamps, paper, and tools. So, when my daughter was born, I had the basics for creating a scrapbook.

Some of you who know me already know the story of how I started scrapbooking, but let me fill in my other blogland friends. When my daughter was 2-1/2 years old, her dad and I decided on the Big D Word, but we still had to live under the same roof for a few weeks. I dove head first into documenting my daughter's first few years. Part of me needed a creative escape, but another part wanted to make sure I preserved those family memories before the three of us fell into the broken family category. The result was a chronological scrapbook from birth through potty training, a scrapbook that I created in less than one month. I also made her dad a scrapbook to take with him. Thank goodness I had the cardmaking basics down so I was able to whiz through that chronological documentation process.

As my daughter and I moved on as a mother-daughter unit, documenting our memories moved to the back burner. I still kept some memorabilia like her preschool class photos and report cards, but the only times I dragged out the camera were birthdays and holidays. A desk drawer collected the rolls of film from my 35mm Canon EOS Rebel. I operated under the assumption that if I wanted to create a layout, I had to pick up where I left off in time -- somewhere around my daughter's kindergarten year.

A part of me kept wandering the scrapbooking aisles, though. And when I got married in October 2006, I gave myself permission to scrapbook the honeymoon. It was then that I realized a hole was being filled. I poured myself once again into this craft I loved so much! But once the honeymoon and wedding were scrapped, I sat back and waited for the next big event to scrap, and part of me was sad.

While I waited, I searched the internet for tools to help me improve my scrapbooking. Thank goodness I did because I came across ScrapHappy, Simple Scrapbooks, and Stacy Julian who all helped me give myself permission to scrapbook everyday life.

Since then I have had a new perspective on scrapbooking. I have decided that, for me, the center of scrapbooking is the photo, and I can create a layout from any photo or group of photos I find interesting. This brings me comfort. I don't feel as if I am constantly behind in my scrapbooking. And I feel free to take the camera anywhere.

This morning as I dropped my daughter off at her second to last day of elementary school, I drove off in tears. Where did my baby go? Why didn't I document all five grades? What did I miss? As I got home, my daughter called. She sensed the tears in my voice, but I said I was fine. She asked me to bring her the towel she forgot for playday -- an annual school event involving lots of water. I got ready to bring it to her, and started thinking about my scrapbooking. That made me stop my pity party and realize that each moment of everyday life is a gift worth preserving. I headed to the school with her towel, and my new blankie -- my camera. As a result, I captured so many moments, expressions, splashes, smiles, and fun. And, I took what I think is the best picture of my daughter that I have taken in her 10 years. Eventually I want to scrapbook it, but I can't wait to share it with you.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Bellas and new CTMH Paper Kit

For my answer to Nicola's Sketch #9 on My Paper World, I chose to feature two items with which I am currently in love -- Bellas and Close to my Heart's new Whoops-A-Daisy Paper Kit. Oh, and I also used a third item I adore -- clear buttons. Thanks to Wendy for the HuggyBella image and for coordinating our recent SBS-!2 Bella swap!

CTMH Whoops-A-Daisy Paper Kit, featured colors: Ocean, Watermelon, Hydrangea, Sunkiss Yellow, Sweet Leaf
Stamps: HuggyBella and CTMH My Acrylix Friendship's Flight (inked with an Ocean marker)

I'm way behind on Mother's Day cards. That is the task for tomorrow.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Double Pocket-Fold Card

A week ago we had an Albuquerque Team Meeting for CTMH. Since this was my first one, I wanted to do everything right! Part of the meeting was a card swap, so I had to decide which card to prepare. Not participating was not an option. I wasn't sure what exactly to prepare, so I set out on a quest. I have seen this card many times on SCS, and finally I found some directions I could actually follow.

So, I present my double pocket fold card:

Colors: Sweet Leaf, Olive, Hollyhock, Buttercup, Goldrush, White Daisy
Paper and Ric Rac: Boom-Di-Ada Creative Basics
Embellies: Just Blooms (Autumn Daisy), Brad (Pewter), Craft Buttons (Autumn)