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Resoluting and Ruminating

Hey there!

January is almost up, so I’m just squeezing in a quasi-new-year’s resolution post.  I really wish I would have gotten this up at the beginning of the month, because I did start off the year with uncommon enthusiasm.  You remember: a New Year, a New Beginning.  Now, at the end of the month with real life butting in, I find my enthusiasm waning.  You know: car problems, scheduling and rescheduling doctor’s appointments, keeping on top of my forgetful ds’ homework assignments and class projects, etc.   All those little and big things that crop up and take time away from all those new year’s goals and plans.  No wonder we give up on our resolutions or worse yet, give up on  making them.  But there is hope, I say!!  I think January should be considered a month of adjustment.  Yes, make the resolutions, the goals, the plans, but give yourself a month to put them into practice; see how they really fit in your schedule, adjust them and maybe scale back a little; but don’t give up.  It is a New Year, a New Beginning, a time for uncommon enthusiasm.   And with all this is mind, I chose a resolution to help get me through what life dishes out.  Well it’s not really a resolution, but rather a state of mind.

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I know, I know…another Keep Calm…but bear with me.  This really struck me when I saw it on Pinterest and I’ll tell you why.  Firstly, take time to really read it.  Keep Calm….take a deep breath and Scrap On…just keep making stuff.   The reason this made such an impression on me is that between Christmas and New Year’s Day I took the time to take that stack of layouts I made over the last year and put them in page protectors and get them in my albums.  It was like a year in review.  A review of what I created in this past year.  I can’t tell you the happiness I felt and all the reflection and introspection that came about.  So, I will share with you an excerpt from my daily journal from 12-28-2013:  “Whatever I went through, whatever was hard – I made these pages.  I have these creations to show for my year and they are good & worth it!  I love them unto themselves – beyond the blogging & galleries, I love them for what they are; little pieces of personal art.”  So you see why I related to this Keep Calm in a more deep and meaningful way.  It just seemed to symbolize what I had written in my journal.  And it reminds us that yes, life is busy; unexpected things come up, but it is so important to do the things that bring you joy and help make life meaningful for you. 

And I will bring it to a close there.  I have more practicle things to share about what I learned from looking at my older layouts that relate to more specific goals for this year…but I will save that for another day.  Maybe, Resoluting and Ruminating Part 2? 

FYI:  My posting schedule will revolve around the Sketch N Scrap challenges, which are on the 1st, 10th, and 15th of the month.  I will also throw in a post here and there to average it out to posting about once a week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and see ya Saturday!  Remember not to give up on those resolutions and keep creating!!!  Life is good!

xo, Evie

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My One Little Word and a Winner!

MAGNIFIQUE…. of course, I had to pick a French word and doesn’t it just sound fun! 

This year I decided to try Ali Edward’s One Little Word class and I am so glad I did.  It is only the first month and I can already feel the benefits.  It felt so good put down, in one place, all my thoughts, goals, and ideas that I randomly scribble in my daily journal.  I feel much more focused and I can see what really matters to me; the core.

I picked such a word as magnifique, because like I said, it sounds fun.  To me it means to be brave and bold with a sense of fun.  Fun…the opposite of serious, of which I am usually too much of.  When I thought of choosing brave or bold, it did just feel too serious.  When I thought of choosing magnifique, it made me smile.

DSCN2950I am still waiting on my page protectors for this assignment, so I just laid the pieces on top of an 8.5 x 11 cream piece of cardstock.  I changed up the placement of the different items we were to include on this page, because I wanted to use this horizontal photo of me.  Yes, I’ll admit, not the most flattering photo of me with the angle and blurriness.  I wanted to use it, though,  because I took it of myself while in the top of the Space Needle.  Going up to the top was something I was afraid to do and I liked that I came up with an artsy photo by turning off the flash.

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I was inspired by Ali’s use of grid transparency and chose this Crate Paper grid patterned paper that I had in my stash.  The vintage postal service sorting card is from a past Jenni Bowlin Studio kit.  I thought it was a perfect addition with the words Skyway Terrace printed on it.  To place the Kraft Bazzill numbers 2-0-1-4 on, I found this vellum in my stash with bits of metallic confetti in it.  I thought it really work well with the blurred lights in the photo and the gold Color Shine mist I used.

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For  the symbol to represent my word I chose the Eiffel Tower, because it is pretty magnifique!  Here I stamped the tower with jet black StazOn, on top of the gold Color Shine.  I had dripped the Color Shine on the paper and lifted up the paper at angle so the ink would run across creating those little gold lines.  I did the same thing on the paper behind the photo of me.  I definetly will be playing more with that technique!

And this would be the back, page 2.  See detail shots below it.

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The quote I chose.

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And the why I chose this word.  (I’m dating myself with the Mary Tyler Moore reference!)

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I did indeed complete the next two pages, but I feel that they are too personal to put out in the blog-o-sphere.   (I think I already let out enough of my gooniness for one post!! )  When I am working on these monthly assignments, I don’t want to be hindered about what I write.  I don’t want to be thinking in the back of my mind that it may go on my blog; since ultimately this class if for personal growth.  Also, you can see that I used pencil instead of ink.  I’m trying to think of this more a working  notebook or project, not looking for perfection.  This way I can quickly write down my thoughts, erase if I have to and move on.  This is what is working for me.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…picked by random.org…the winner to the free spot in Claudine Hellmuth’s Technique Toolbox class with Big Picture Classes is #4, Amy Coose!!!

Congrats Amy!!!   I will email you with your coupon code.  Thanks to everyone for playing and thanks for stopping by today to check out my OLW!

xo, Evie

My Son

Here I am today sharing a layout of my son and I.  If you’ve been visiting my blog you know that I’ve been lost in Paris for some time.  I am still lost in Paris and loving it, but I really felt the need to do a layout about my son, especially since he has been wondering aloud, why I never do layouts about him anymore (poor kid).   Ever since all my scrappy attention has been on my Paris photos, I have detected a hint of jealousy.  CAN you be jealous of a city?

Currently, I am taking Jill Sprott’s class Scrapbooking from the Soul at Two Peas in a Bucket and it inspired me to get a little deeper with my *journaling.  I found by digging a little deeper and telling a little bit more of my story I got the feeling like I accomplished more than just a layout.  Hmmm….food for thought.

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And here is the wonderful January 15th Sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap that I based my layout on.

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You have until the end of the month to link up for this sketch challenge at Sketch-N-Scrap, where you will be eligible to win a prize from Skyline Paperie and a chance to be chosen as a Featured Designer of the Month.

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*Here is my mushy journaling that came to me as I was looking at this photo of us:  Having you gave me a chance at life.  A life spent enjoying every stage of your growth from baby on up.  Now you are 11 and with teenage years and adulthood seemingly so near, it is the first time I’ve really thought that I wish you could stay, stay the same age, in this time, in this place.  I want to hold you close forever, but I know you must continue to grow and change and live your life.  But, I am your Mom and will always be forever and ever here.

Telling a little more of my story, by going a little a deeper, is one of my goals this year.  But, I know I won’t do that all the time, because I like to keep things light-hearted…I just want to strike a balance overall in the layouts I do.

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All the amazing supplies I used for this layout came from the Jenni Bowlin Studio September 2013 PaperCrafting Kit, which is still available here.  To create the fringe at the top, I trimmed out a strip of the triangles from the Glitz Design Multi Triangle paper from the Finnley Collection and tucked it under the Studio Calico Set Sail paper from the Sundrifter Collection.  I also, bent up the little triangles for added dimension.

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I love these little camera clips by Maya Road and tied two together here to symblolize my son and I tied together with heart strings.  I painted these large cream alphas from Fancy Pants Designs with Claudine Hellmuth’s paint (sky blue + yellow pastel).  I splashed some of  the same paint onto the cute camera background paper, by Glitz, to add some texture to the layout.

So, my current plans are to try and throw in a layout of my son every once in a while as I keep working on my Paris photos.  Besides his hints, I was really missing scrapping about him too!  Again, balance.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and joining in on my scrappy journey.  I love reading about and seeing your journey too!!   Don’t forget to pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap and link up to our fun sketch challenge this month.  Also, there is still time to enter my GIVE-AWAY for a spot in Claudine Hellmuth’s amazing Technique Toolbox class. Just click  here to enter.  I will post a winner on Jan. 22nd.

xo, Evie

UPCOMING POSTS: 

  • Resoluting and Ruminating
  • My One Little Word
  • More Thoughts on Paris

Happy News: Technique Toolbox is Back!

Hello everyone! 

Today I’m excited to share with you that Claudine Hellmuth’s Technique Toolbox class at Big Picture Classes is back and starts on February 10th.  Happy news all you scrappers and crafters, I have a free spot in the class to GIVE-AWAY to you!!!

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Technique Toolbox with instructor Claudine Hellmuth.

Master 25 mixed-media techniques in 5 weeks.

Starts 2/10/2014 $50.00

Class Description:

Create a faux tintype image transfer, make art with Elmer’s glue and a plastic bag, create a gesso chalkboard—these are just a few of the amazing techniques featured in this class! Technique Toolbox is your chance to brush up on these (and 22 more) mixed-media techniques with nationally known collage artist and illustrator Claudine Hellmuth as your guide.

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Technique Toolbox consists of 25 instructional videos and 25 professionally designed “recipe cards” that outline each technique. You’ll file these printable recipes inside an adorable handmade toolbox you’ll create in class. And that’s not all! Claudine has invited 20 fellow artists and crafters to create exclusive projects with her techniques, giving you plenty of ideas for creative, real-world applications—from scrapbook pages to wall décor.

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Hey, I’m in there!

Read rest of the class description here .

If you missed the class the first time around, now is your chance to give your layouts and projects a creative boost for the new year.    And remember at Big Picture Classes you have FOREVER access to the classroom.   To be entered to win the GIVE-AWAY spot just leave a comment and I will choose a random winner with random.org and post it on Wednesday, January 22nd.  Good luck!

xo, Evie

P. S.  All the links in this post are my affiliate link.  Your clicks are much appreciated!!

Belles Fleurs

Happy New Year everyone!!  

It’s not only a new year, but the beginning of a new month, which means a brand new sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap.  Here is the January 1st sketch.

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And here is my take with a Paris layout…

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You can see I changed it up a bit.  I used one photo, but utilized the design by placing pieces of My Mind’s Eye bright floral patterned paper and a Jenni Bowlin Studio Fortune Telling mini deck card in the spots meant for the photos.

Details…

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Beautiful Flowers – I stitched on the title, made from JBS Cardstock Alpha stickers, over the tone on tone floral paper designed by Lisa Dickinson for JBS Mercantile.  I created the idea of photo corners by messily overlapping my machine stitching.

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I had so much fun creating and layering this area of embellishments that help to tell the little story of this page….the Young Women card, the travel themed banner flags, and the doily and button flowers.

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To create the embossed doilies I used Gold Zing embossing powder, Versamark ink, and the  My Mind’s Eye Lavender “Cutie Pie” stamps from The Sweetest Thing collection.  I stamped the doily images on vellum, embossed, and then trimmed out.

Why not use this sketch as an opportunity to start the new year off on a “scrappy roll”.  You have the entire month to link up, so pop over to Sketch-N-Scrap to get all the details.  You’ll have a chance at a random prize and you could be chosen as a Featured Artist.  Yay and double yay!!!

Supplies:  Patterned paper: MME Collectable-Notable “Memo” Reminder Paper, JBS Mercantile exclusive(July 2013)-Lisa Dickinson; Mini Deck card, alphas: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Banner Flags: October Afternoon Travel Girl; Trim: Webster’s Pages-ruffled bloomers; Acrylic stamps, buttons: MME-Find Your Wings and Fly & The Sweetest Thing; Embossing powder: American Crafts-Zing; Inks: Heidi Swapp-Color Shine(gold), VersaMark-watermark; Paint: Claudine Hellmuth Studio-dash of red+dab of yellow; Pen: Zig; Other: vellum, brown background paper(MME-Bohemia).

Thanks so much for stopping by for my first design team share!

xo, Evie