Monday, December 1, 2014

Then and Now


It is a time of reflection in my hobby room lately. This fall has been busy with work and deadlines. I am finally able to have my hobby room all to myself for my projects. I am still re-arranging and rethinking my set up. I started my "rethink/rearrange" last December! Wow, now it is December again! 

My reflections have focused here recently on where I started with my scrapbook hobby and where I am now with my hobby. There have been numerous changes with my scrapbook style, my reasons for my scrapbook, my scrapbook supplies, and my scrapbook room itself. My love for scrapbooking itself, has not changed. 

It is interesting to look back at layouts from the early days to the present day. During my rearrange, I took down some layouts I had pinned to my wallboard so that I could repin some recent layouts to the wallboard.

I took down layouts from 2005, 2006, and 2007. It is fun to see where I have changed with my hobby.



These are the early years. I was just getting into large photo placements, rub ons, and flowers.

I was stitching on my layouts then and I was paper tearing. I was using more earth tone colors, darker colors.



These are my more current layouts.  Here I am playing with embossing pastes, flair, paper layers, watercolor, and smaller photos. I am using bright colors and light papers, nowadays.


For me, it makes me smile to look back and see how trends played out in my older layouts to my newer layouts. I am happy to follow trends and move into new processes. The one thing that does not change for me is the happiness I have when I am in my hobby room crafting. Christmas break is coming soon and I can not wait to start playing! I have just about completed my new makeover for my hobby room. Hopefully, I can get some nice photos to share before I make a big mess this Christmas break, as I hope to spend the majority of my time off in here! :)

Thanks for stopping by to listen to my musings! ~ Tisha



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Time Again for Scrapping!


What a trip August has been, not a fun adventure! Between a terrible, never ending, sinus infection and back to school work load, this scrappy gal has been deprived of her scrap room! Hopefully, I am caught up enough at my day job that I don't have to bring it home for my "after work" time and hopefully, cross fingers-knock on wood, the infection is gone-gone!

So, I have a lot of blog reading to do and I can't wait; but, here is a layout I actually did complete in August and never posted. 

This was for the August challenge at Feed Your Craft forum, Feed Your Craft Link The challenge was to take inspiration from the image or color palette or both. I took inspiration from both and created a layout.

I loved the colors and all the arrows, so I immediately was drawn to these photos of my cats begging for popcorn. I thought the sharp color of the yellow popcorn, teal tupperware bowl, and my orange cat were just about perfect for the colors of this challenge.




I love outlining photos and for this layout, I used my Elmer's Yellow Paint Pen! 





I used Color Shine Black Mist to make sprinkles but it did not work well. The droplets never dried? I kept smearing the black everywhere and decided to cover most of the droplets with enamel dots. I don't know if it is just the humidity of my house or what, but I am now leery of using that mist again.




Supplies Used:
Echo Pack Capture Life Paper
Studio Calico Printshop 6x6 Paper
Amy Tangerine Plus One Paper, Flair, & Thickers
Vellum, enamel dots, & wood button of unknown manufacture
Heidi Swap Color Shine Mist-Black
Elmer's Paint Pen-Yellow

Thanks for stopping by! ~Tisha


Monday, August 11, 2014

Maggie Holmes Styleboard Layout 4


Woo-Hoo! I got my layout done and moved on! I am always excited to finish and then start something new. Today is a share of my most recent Styleboard layout. I went a little overboard with Maggie Holmes purchases, so I will need to make another 10 layouts to use up this collection! :P




This is a simple layout to showcase some hilarious photos from my sister and brother-in-law goofing around. I have had these photos for some time, but because of the red/white colors of their clothing, I have never scrapped the photos. I just could not find any papers that clicked. I mostly want my scrap papers to coordinate with my photo colors. It is just how my brain works. I was pulling out some Styleboard papers and saw that these papers would work, according to my brain at least. So off, I went to scrapbook!

Under my title, the vellum arrow was not long enough for the length of "around". I cut the arrow in half and pulled it apart to appear as if it was longer. Kinda like adding another cup of water to the soup pot. :)



Exciting that I used an OLD clip on this layout (the little light blue clip). Sweet!!! I am not sure who the manufacture is. I have had it so long.



Supplies Used:
Maggie Holmes Styleboard Papers, diecuts, labels, and chipboard frames
Echo Park Capture Paper (woodgrain piece)
Fancy Pants Design Cork Heart
Studio Calico Chipboard Camera and Heart and Vellum Arrow
Teresa Collins Sequins
American Crafts Chipboard Thickers
Jillibean Soup Tile Stickers
Dear Lizzy Polaroid Paper Pieces
Bella Blvd Washi Tape

Have a lovely day! ~Tisha

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Where The Albums Are...


I've been scrapping in 12x12 format now for 14 years. I have quite a few albums around the house not to mention mini albums galore! Where to put the albums? I decided about three years ago, that I was tired of the albums weighing down a shelf in my craft room. It was time for the albums to go somewhere else! 

So I thought about what I could do to incorporate the albums into our living space. I started by finding old magazine stands at some flea markets that would hold some 12x12 albums and some iron stands meant to hold large pieces of art work. I use them to sprinkle albums throughout the house. I thought I would share some photos of where my albums live inside the home. I enjoy seeing these albums just out and about the house!



This is my current album that sits inside my craftroom on an iron stand. I need to find some more of these stands that are deep enough to hold an album. They are hard to find for the price I am willing to pay. :)




I keep this red album in the foyer just sitting on a chair. It is hard to keep coats off it during winter and hard keeping cat hair off during summer. :)




I love these old wood magazine racks. They hold the albums so well! I just sit them around in the living room. I like to find family pulling them out to flip through. :)





I have these albums just propped on a chair in the corner of the dinning area. I can change out the albums whenever I want. I like to buy different types of albums so I have a variety of style and color.




These are just some places I have moved albums to around the house. I still have a shelf in the living room and master bedroom that hold the extras.

Happy Album Day! ~Tisha











Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Different Kind of Blog Hop


Last Monday, Elise at Feed Your Craft tagged me in an ongoing blog hop that gives me a bit to talk about my creative process and then invite other crafters that are inspiring me to go next week. I am so honored Elise invited me as I am always inspired by her projects!




What am I working on right now?
Currently, on my craft table is some funny photos of my sister and brother-in-law that I am using some Styleboard papers to scrapbook. Next up are some "thinking of you" and "birthday" cards. I also have a piece of wall art that needs to be created for a gift. After this it is a mystery what will be sitting on my craft table. :)




How long does it take me to create a project?
I am such a slow scrapper, that I can't even say how long it takes me, except quite a bit of time. I am ok with this as I play in my craft room. I don't have any obligations to anyone except me on my projects. And I love that! I do know that since the iPad and Netflex came to live with me in my craft room, I am even more slow. Ha! They do keep me company, so I will not kick them out yet.


What are my favorite things to create with at the moment?
I am getting a kick out of using vellum with my craft. I am enjoying the resurgence of vellum. The other night, as I was messing around in my craft room, I remembered I had a whole collection of old vellum. I found it and am digging it! I have little bits and pieces and then I have a whole stack of 12x12 pieces from the 2005-2007 period. Remember the K&Company, Making Memories, and Quick Quotes pieces. Loving it!!!  I feel so proud when I am able to use up something really old on a current project.

I am also starting to get into Thickers. I have never sought out Thickers until this year. My Cricut died and I decided to wait to before purchasing anything to replace it. So my go to title making tool was gone. Introduce Thickers! Honestly, I may not replace the Cricut, as I enjoy just playing with what I have instead of the "designing" something that will work with what I am creating. We will see, I am not deciding what to do about the absence of a die cut machine until December.



How does my creative process work?
The majority of the time, I always start my project with my photos, then paper, then embellishments. However, I do sometimes pull out a product I want to play with and then the project takes off from there. I am not a by design crafter. I am a "pull stuff out and move it around" type of gal. Just give me some pretty stuff and let me play. :)




What inspires Me?
I find inspiration in color and patterns in my various products. I can suddenly feel the need to craft when I have a old piece of cardboard, simply because I can see a mini book cover from it's shape. Or the tangled weave of my ribbon stash will give me an idea that I must play with until I see it come together. That is just how it goes in my craft room.



This is a peak at my little crafty world. I am passing these questions on to the following three crafters who I find inspiration to continue the blog hop for next Monday. :)

Vanessa @ Different or Ordinary I love her Smash art and her recent postings of her digital work! I love how she can combine different fonts in her Smashbook and I love her digital creations she designs and sells.

Niru @ Avinash and Nandini I love her scrapbook style. I love the stitching and little bits of embellishments she puts on her work. Her work makes me think of delicate and sweetness. I am always "oohing" when I see her pages.

Lisa @ Blackbird Darlin' I love her blog title! In addition, I enjoy her 6x8 project life scrapbook posts. It is exciting to see what she will do with the smaller size. She also creates spectacular cards that inspire me to use my products.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a lovely week! ~Tisha






Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bella Blvd Christmas Countdown Flip Book


Well, it is that time of the year that Christmas and Christmas Scrapbooking thoughts start dancing in my head! At the LSS, we are placing orders for the new Holiday lines and putting older Holiday lines on sale. Last weekend, as I was looking at product left in the store from 2013, the Bella Blvd Christmas Countdown papers called out to me. So, of course, I answered the call. :) 






I pulled some of the remaining product and created a little flip up mini book. I love creating these types of books. This one will be a Christmas Countdown flip up book. The inspiration for this book came strictly from the name of the paper line (Christmas Countdown).




For the stand, I went with chipboard. I cut the chipboard into a 3.5 inch width. The chipboard is just about 13 inches long but because I bend it into an "U" shape, it will stand about 5.5 inches tall. The stand has a base with the two sides. I do slightly cut the chipboard to get it to fold at the bottom. I use washi tape to cover the cuts. The washi tape keeps the book back and front from falling apart from the base over time. I painted the chipboard red.



All the pages in the book are 3x5 inches. Small enough to hold a 3x3 photo, or to write favorite christmas memories, or quotes, or just use as a countdown. The kraft number blocks came from an old 2011 Canvas Corp number paper I pulled from the 50% bin. (I love the 50% bins!)










I am happy with this little book and hope it inspires others to go create!  Thanks for stopping in for a look at this little Christmas Countdown book!

~Tisha

Monday, July 28, 2014

Teresa Collins-Something Wonderful Layout


I am playing with my new papers from the Something Wonderful Teresa Collins line. I love the crisp feel to this line. Sometimes I can't get enough of the vintage mood of papers and then other times, I want sharpness. Funny how that goes.



I wanted to do a layout with the photo smack dab in the center with very few embellishment. I wanted to use  the color black as a high contrast element. The photo is pop dotted over the vellum. The vellum is embossed with the Teresa Collins triangle embossing folder. The title of the layout is "love & life" and is low key in comparison to some of my typical layouts. I contemplated adding some black ink sprinkles or outlining some more triangles on the background paper, but decided against it. I wanted to keep the layout crisp.




I am not happy with my black journal label. If I was a perfectionist, I would pull the main center up and re-stick to another background sheet. Well, I lie. I did not do this because I did not have another sheet of the triangle paper. I originally had written my sentiments directly on the paper and just did not like my writing. So I covered it up with a chalk label and washi tape. I don't like how heavy that part of the layout became. But it will live this way as I am moving on. :) 




Supplies Used
Teresa Collins Something Wonderful Papers and Memorabilia chipboard and stickers
Maggie Holmes fabric frame
Fancy Pants Chalk label
Generic plain vellum embossed with triangles from Teresa Collins embossing folder

Happy Monday! ~Tisha