Random Chaos #36

Hello everyone!  Hope you all are having a wonderful day.  I’ve just come back from running errands for various school projects we’ve got going on right now.  Poor Nicole has 3 projects, count them…3….all at the same time.  I had to get more ink for the printer so we can finish up a poster board on the presidential candidates, had to buy her a flash drive for her Albert Einstein biography project, and…have been searching and searching for George Washington costume items for her wax museum project.  Not easy to find George Washington attire in this day and age.  I did find a suit jacket and a women’s ruffled blouse at the Goodwill today, but still don’t know where I’m going to find the white wig.  Guess I have to start searching the Halloween stores next.  You’d think with all my Halloween stuff, that I’d have one handy somewhere….but alas. 😉

Now that I’ve gotten all that stuff out of the way, I can move on to fun things.  Like the next Random Chaos challenge.  So how about it?  You all ready for another challenge?  This week’s challenge is to use polka dots, flowers and buttons on a layout.  Some of my favorite items!  Here is what I did.

Isn’t she cute? I absolutely adore this photo of Nik taken at the corn maze 4 years ago.  And I love these papers with it.  I know it’s a little hard to tell, but if you look real closely, you will see that the background has the most delicious glittered tone-on-tone polka dots on it.  It is just SO beautiful.  I also further enhanced the polka dot theme by punching 2″ circles out of some Making Memories spiderweb paper and arranging them in a grid behind my photo.  Machine stitching around the edges of the grid gives the block some framework.  Finished it off with two trims, Prima paper flowers, some MM buttons, and  glittered chipboard alphas from Little Yellow Bicycle.  Everything on this page came from the October kit from Paper-Playground. Another kit I am completely in love with!  Kits are still available on the website and begin shipping tomorrow, just in case you can’t resist.

Thanks for letting me share!


Saturday Stuff

Hi everyone! Isn’t it wonderful that today is Saturday? Best day of the week, by far, and I am having a great one. Slept in. Did some reading. Watched lots of mindless tv and just relaxed. Did some scrapping. And…did a bit more decorating for Halloween. Not that I needed to, mind you, but only because I was hoping to polish off what I had already started. I have to show you this wreath I just made for my mantle. The mantle looked a bit bare before, and really needed something to give it a touch of height. Saw this cute idea in the Pottery Barn catalog.

I like the idea of this wreath, but did not like the price tag or the rather skimpy, gangly look. Mom found a feather boa from Nik’s old costume supplies while she was still here, but we never got further than just laying it across the mantle top. So, today I turned it into this.

Now I don’t know about you guys, but I think mine looks much fuller and richer, and the best part is…mine was free! That’s right. Didn’t cost me a penny. I just used an old wreath form that I already had out in the garage, and viola. Love how my mantle looks now that this wreath is up there.

I also added a new piece of shimmery fabric and an old scarf to the top of my dining table. Still don’t have any place settings for it, but I do think it helps the table look more finished. Now my pumpkin guy isn’t quite so lonely up there.

It isn’t perfect, but it is a step towards getting there, and a pretty inexpensive one, too.

I also scrapped a page that I am excited to share with you. Used the gorgeous October kit from Paper-Playground and a sketch from a new scrapping buddy, Zarah. I met Zarah through the Webster’s Pages inspireME community blog site and am really awed by her cool scrapping style. She just recently had one of her sketches posted on the Pink Paislee blog, and I fell in love with it at first sight. I knew the second I saw it that it was the perfect sketch to use with those pictures I tore up my scraproom looking for the other day. Here it is.

The photo placement of this sketch was just exactly what I needed for my pictures. These are probably my favorite fall photos of my two kiddos and I’ve been waiting for just the right inspiration to scrap them. So thank you, Zarah! Hope you all go check her out.

Perfect sketch and the perfect kit to use it for. I just love the combination of these Making Memories papers with the Creative Imaginations papers and cardstock stickers in this kit. I like the sense of depth that the various orange tones give to the overall feel. And another one of my favorite new looks is to combine neutrals on my projects. Here I paired crisp black with tan and brown neutrals, creating even more visual interest in my finished page. Yeah!

And before I leave you, I have to show this video clip my brother, TechPaul just sent me. Seems I’m not the only one who’s been busy today.



And the Winner is…..

Happy Friday!

Thanks to everyone who left nice comments over the last week for my Bazzill stitching templates giveaway.  These templates were my favorite part of the August kit from Paper-Playground, and I am so excited to have some extras to offer up to a new home.

I’ve had some questions as to how best use these templates, and I thought I would share how I generally use them.  They can shift around on you, and if you poke holes while it’s shifting, it can turn out a bit messy and frustrating. So what I tend to do is hold them firmly in place with one hand and place pencil dots inside each template hole with the other.  Then I remove the template and using a needle or a piercer, poke a hole where each pencil mark is.  You can then draw a faint line in pencil connecting all the dots, or just keep your template nearby to use as a guide while stitching.  I use only 2 to 3 strands of embroidery floss at a time.  If you use all 8 strands that make up the typical floss, you need a fairly large needle with a larger eye, and the floss is a bit harder to pull.  I hope some of these tips help!

And now that I’ve got you all excited about the templates, I can announce the winner of my random drawing.  Congratulations goes to Lisa Dorsey.  Yeah Lisa!  Woo-hoo.  I can’t wait to see what cute projects you do with these templates, girl.  And thanks again to everyone for playing along with me.

Not much else is going on scrappy-wise, but I have to show you all this cute book that Nik and I have fallen in love with lately.  If you guys like Halloween, you are going to love this.

Are you guys familiar with Ed Emberley?  I am just the biggest fan of his.  He has created all sorts of step-by-step drawing books for children.  I’m also in love with his fingerprint art books.  I’ve used the fingerprints in art projects I’ve done at the kids’ school and even in some card classes I’ve taught.  Nik and I have been having a ball with this Halloween book.  Here’s a couple of our latest masterpieces.

Sorry for the lousy scans.  One thing I’ve really come to realize lately is that Nik is ready for a genuine sketch book with real watercolor paper.  We’re going to put that on her Christmas list.  On these, we were stuck using a cheapy doodle book from back in her preschool days, but we sure still had tons of fun.  For both pictures, we did sort of a round robin game where she would start the picture with one image, which I couldn’t see her draw.  Then she would pass the book to me and I would add one thing to the picture that she then couldn’t see.  We kept passing it back and forth until we thought we had added everything that could be added.  I loved seeing the happiness on her face every time she would search for my new addition.  Very fun.

So glad the weekend is almost here.  Hope you all have a good one!

Sketch This 67

Hi everyone!  Are you all ready for another sketch over at the Sketch This site?  Here is this week’s sketch.

I thought this was a fabulous sketch for a layout, and as a matter of fact, I think I’d like to go back and make a page from this soon.  For my card project, however, I simplified the design just a tad by eliminating a few elements.

I removed just a few strips from the bottom and left side of the design, and used the cut-out leaf branch in place of the vertical strip down the side.  A rub-on sentiment from K&Co. acts as my greeting on the journaling block, and another floral cut-out stands out as my focal point.  The cardstock, patterned paper, journaling block and brads are all from the August Paper-Playground kit.

And speaking of the August kit, I still have a couple of extra Bazzill mini stitching templates that I am giving away.

These little templates were by far my most favorite items from August’s kit.  If you would like to have your name entered into the drawing, just leave me a message in the comments.  I will do a random drawing tomorrow and announce the winner on my blog.  Good luck everyone!

Have a great day!

Random Chaos #32

Hey everyone!  It’s that time!  Time for this week’s Random Chaos challenge!  The challenge this time is to use four different patterned papers, two journaling tags/spots/prompts, and two brads.  I was a bit of an over-achiever, as I actually used a few more journaling stickers than that, and snuck in a couple more brads, too.  Had to make sure everybody could see them, right? 😉

And if you couldn’t all tell how much I love fall already, then take a look at this.

Guess I’ve just got autumn and pumpkins and Halloween on the brain!  I can’t help it.  I love it…….and I love this photo of Nik from a couple of years ago.  This was one of the first pictures I took when I finally, finally got a digital camera, and here it’s been sitting in my scraproom all this time.  It’s about time I scrapped it!

I love these gorgeous patterned papers from Melissa Francis.  We used these in the very first kit we did at Paper-Playground, over a year ago…and I still had all this paper left.  I’ve been hoarding it.  As you can see, I did use 4 different patterns.  I then layered multiple journaling prompt cardstock stickers to the right of the photo. The stickers are mostly Melissa Francis, too, as is the fall chipboard letters I used in my title.  I did add one journaling spot from Heidi Swapp to the collection.  The trim is from Making Memories, and the brads are All My Memories.

Gotta run and get Nik from school now.  We are off to the doctor’s, once again.  Poor little thing is still feeling horrible.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Monday Musings

Hey everyone!  Good Monday morning to you!  Not too much is going on………I did get Nik back to school this morning after missing three days last week.  She is still feeling really nauseated, and we’re not sure where that is coming from.  Possibly a side-effect from some other medication she is on.  Poor little thing!  She’s going to go until lunch, and then I’m bringing her home.  Baby steps is all we can take at the moment.

But in happier news, I did get the chance to do some scrapbooking over the weekend.  Went to my friend Kathie’s house where three of us Paper-Playground gals got together for a little crop.  They were working on some super cute September kit layouts that I will have soon to put up on the Paper-Playground gallery.  I worked on a card using the August kit and some other assignments that I will be able to share soon. Love those kits. And speaking of the kits….I got September’s kits boxed up and ready for mailing yesterday.  They are sitting at my door as I write, waiting for the mailman to whisk them on their way.  I always love seeing the boxes stacked up and ready to go.   Gives me a such a sense of satisfaction.  There are still kits left if anyone wants one, by the way!  And don’t forget to leave me a comment on my blog giveaway day post to enter your name in a random drawing to win some of the Bazzill mini stitching templates we used in August’s kit.  I will do the drawing for that on Friday.  Woo-hoo!

In other scrappy news, I wanted to tell you all about the September challenge going on over at the Webster’s Pages inspireME site.  This month’s challenge is all about heritage photos.  Here is what design team member, Anabelle O’Malley has to say about it.

“Webster’s Pages naturally lend themselves to vintage, shabby pages. And what better photos to scrap this way than heritage ones? My challenge for you is to pull out those old photo albums and create a layout using an older photo. Of course, your page doesn’t need to be shabby, you may want to do something fun and funky!”

What an absolutely perfect theme for Webster’s Pages products!  I do hope you will all play along.  The winner of the challenge will win a collection of the Webster’s Pages line of her/his choice.  What a great incentive!  Time to get scrapping!

Have a great day everyone!

Random Chaos #31

Well, we did it.  We survived our first morning back to school.  But it wasn’t super easy. None of us were tired at bedtime last night, and of course we all had a rough time waking up this morning.  After walking Nik to school this morning, Glammie and I stayed to help the teacher run copies for her upcoming classwork.  Took three of us a full hour to get it all done.  And now Glammie and I have just walked home from having lunch with Nik in the cafeteria.  In less than an hour, Peter will be home, and then soon after that it will be back up to the elementary school to pick up Nik.  I’d say this day has certainly been revolving around school, school, and more school!  It sure is hard to get back into the routine after our three week break.

So now after all this academic activity, I think it’s time to turn to some scrapbooking fun!  Are you all ready for this week’s Random Chaos challenge?  This week is the opposite of last week.  Last week we were to use an over-sized photo, and this week the challenge is to use a very small photo(s).  Something wallet size or less.  Here is what I did.

LOVE the challenge this week.  I have had these two tiny pictures of my brother and me for years that I had never scrapped.  I mean these photos are really, really small.  One measures 1″ x 3.5″, and the other is 1.75″ x 3/25″.   My mom took one look at them and called them “little specks”.  I thought that was rather appropriate, but I’m so happy that I have finally scrapped them.  Once again, Janelle has given me just the push I needed to get it done.

And look guys…….I’m still getting mileage out of my September kit from Paper-Playground.  The paper on here is from the Vita Bella line from Little Yellow Bicycle, as are the gorgeous copper rub-ons and the filigree brad.  I love the combo of the organic, olive mesh trim with the silky organdy ribbon on the right side.  Gives this page a real textured feel, and I just love that about this kit.

Time for me to let Glammie have a turn at the computer before Peter bursts through the door and commandeers the computer!  Have a great day everyone!