Thursday, August 21, 2014

Smile!

There are things that just make you smile and laugh. 
These are just 2 of those things that have made me smile lately. 
One is my shadow. It has definitely changed a lot. 
The second is a drawing of me done by a student a couple months ago in June.


This is a very accurate depiction of me as drawn by a 4 year old boy. 
LOL 
Let me just say he drew this while laughing out loud himself. 
He was actually very happy and proud of his drawing and I definitely treasure it. 

 

I used the beautiful Melon Twist stack out at Hobby Lobby.
I'm loving the colors in this stack... I might be a bit obsessed with it.

What has made YOU smile lately? 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Can you find me on Google maps?

While my husband was on a business trip in Italy, he would call me late at night because that was his early morning. He would go on early morning walks around the hiking paths of the small town. 

One day he actually asked me to find him on google maps! How?! I had no idea how to find him. I knew the general area where he was. But it's a big area with hiking paths that are NOT on maps. 

He told me about some landmarks and the general direction he took and I was actually able to help him head back to town! 



He got lucky! 
I'm usually horrible at anything to do with directions. 

This is the Weekend Neutrals Stack 




Friday, August 15, 2014

Hanging Burlap Pockets

I can't believe summer is almost over! I love summer! 
I'm a teacher, so I appreciate the extra 'me' time in the summer. 

Today, I have a post up on the DCWV Blog
 I made these hanging pockets as a teacher gift but they can really be used for anyone you think would appreciate them. 

 

You can even include a little gift in one of the pockets: 
I included a chalk marker and a starbucks card. 

 

The black stripe on top is a piece of the chalkboard stack. It works like real chalkboard and it wipes clean so you can label the contents of each pocket.

To cut burlap paper straight, I use a paper cutter on the back (paper) side 
then I use scissors on the same cut line. 
 


My pockets measure 6"x6.5" total. You can make 2 pockets with one 12x12 sheet. 
I cut the sheet of burlap in half, then I fold it to the dimensions above.
But the burlap part on the front measures 6"x5.5" That means an inch of the paper part shows through. That's the part that gets covered with  chalkboard paper, I glued it on to make sure it stays put while sewing. 


To connect the pockets, I ran a ribbon from the bottom to the top on the back side. Make sure to leave enough ribbon to hang. I used a wood button on top but you can make a simple knot or a bow.

 

This is how the sewing looks in the back. I left an inch of space in between each pocket. You can see how I marked the ribbon with chalk where the next pocket needs to be sewn. I used a light color of thread because I like how it looked on the ribbon and the burlap. However, it showed on the black chalkboard paper in the front. I didn't like that, so I used my black inkpad to color the thread black.Then wiped off the excess ink with a napkin.



To make the flowers or ruffle, I started with a 12"x1.5" piece of burlap paper and I misted the back/paper part. 

 

When the water soaks in, the paper will be more pliable and easier to manipulate. 
To make the ruffle, fold the paper accordion style, the smaller the folds, the smaller your pleats will be.
I attached the ruffle with Scor-tape.

To make the flowers, I folded the strip of paper in half.


Then started rolling and turning it like this: 

 

This is what the back looks like: 
I used Tombow's extreme adhesive to secure the ends of the burlap flower.


I used Tombow power tabs to attach the flower to the pocket. 

 

If you want to give this to a male, just leave out the flowers and ruffle. 
I promise it still looks good. See? Much more masculine ;) 

 

Phew! That was a LONG post! Thank you for sticking with me, I hope you found something useful here today :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Karla's Corner

I printed the photo on this LO years ago but wasn't sure how to scrap the very simple but cute story I wanted to tell. So it's been siting in one of my photo boxes for years. 



That changed yesterday when I got my order of Shimelle's new line. 

 

That "I think I'll stop here" die cut piece sparked something in me and brought this photo to mind again.

The story behind the photo:  I was just exhausted after walking around Rome all day. I decided to sit on this corner of a building and my husband decided to take a picture and named it  'Karla's Corner' for some reason. He says it's because I just kinda claimed it...maybe I sat down with aruthority? LOL
Who knows! We returned to the same spot a few times and if I didn't sit down, he would ask, 'Aren't you gonna sit in your corner?!' 

I used the sketch of the month over at My Scraps and More so I'm going to enter it into their monthly sketch challengeMy Scraps and More  is also where I bought my Shimelle goodies. I love their prices and customer service. Much, much better than some bigger scrapbooking stores. Hope you check them out.





Saturday, August 9, 2014

Life Today

I've been wanting to do a page using numbers to document things that are interesting to me about my life. Sort of a 'My Life Right Now' page. 
I really liked these shots my husband took, and I thought they would be perfect for a page about life today. 

 

I was also inspired by 'Grammar Free Journaling' which is a class I'm taking over at Big Picture Classes.
Here's a close up of the journaling: 

 

My handwriting is not the neatest of prettiest but it's mine...so I just write and try not to worry too much about how it looks.  

I used My Mind's Eye Market Street Ashbury Heights and a variety of thickers and letter stickers.


Two for One

I had so much fun layering and clustering on this LO on such a busy background paper. I really liked the way the paper looked with the pictures but knew the embellishment part would be challenging. 
I'm happy with the results and glad that I didn't give up on the (self-imposed) challenge. 

 



I really liked the layout of this page, so I thought I would use it again in a similar way...

 

Turned out kind of like a mirror image. 




I was inspired to use single sentences as my journaling from 'Grammar Free Journaling' which is the class I'm taking over at Big Picture Classes. 


I used My Mind's Eye Market Street Ashbury Heights
and the ampersand paper is Crate Paper Notes and Things. 







Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August Stack-a-holic Challenge

I can't believe we're already in August! 
It'll be fall before you know it! I'm definitely ready for cooler weather :) 

Every month, there's a sketch challenge over at the DCWV Blog. You get almost the entire month to play along and of course there are prizes!Winners are randomly drawn from the top 10-15 entries. Everyone that enters really has a chance to be in the top 10. The only requirement is that you use a DCWV stack and that you use the sketch as inspiration.

Here's my take on the sketches this month:




 


  

I used the Melon Twist stack which is out at Hobby Lobby. 

I hope you get to play along. If you do, post your LO or card on the DCWV facebook page
or email them to meganlloyd@dcwv.com 

Have a great hump day!