Thursday, April 30, 2009

Exciting news

Read here.

Yes, my first Design Team. I am over the top excited! This is a perfect fit for me! Can't wait to start working on my DT assignments :-)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Same girl 9 years apart

I made the next two layouts using the same kit that I used for my Passover layout - Jenni Bowlin March 2008 kit. They are close scraplifts from the gallery on the kit website.
I added chipboard corner and flower covered with Glimmer Mist to this layout and I used my Apron Lace border punch
Here I added JB label and butterfly from another kit and Heidi Grace flower. The frame is a transparency. It is difficult to see in the picture but the cardstock is gold. Lot's of bling for my queen :)
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Passover pictures and layout

This year Passover Eve was also the last day of school. We decided that kids can start their spring vacation one day earlier. On Tuesday we packed our new minivan and as soon as the girls came from school we left the house on our way to New Jersey. After 16 hours drive (I just don't know how Ofir is doing that!) we arrived to our friends Miri and Yuval. Just in time to celebrate the Seder together. It was a great trip with lot of playing time, some sightseeing and just a nice feeling of togetherness that only old friends can give you.

I have lots of pictures to go through and sort but here are some from the Passover Seder

Looking at the pictures I realized that I didn't scrap the last Passover. We celebrated with another friends here in WI. I made a simple page with a minimal journaling and let the pictures tell the story. I used Jenni Bowlin March 2008 kit. I like how the blue, cream and gold colors match the warm colors of the pictures and the plates. I really wanted to use the big orange flowers that came with the kit but I felt they were just too much. After trying different things I cut the flower in half and each half I rolled around itself and wrapped with a strip of patterned paper. Now it looked like a gentle spring flower and was just perfect for the layout.

For that Passover Seder I made the place cards and the menus. I will keep the menu in the separate 6x12 page protector between the pages.
I also used my new Fiskars Cameo Appearance squeeze punch and matching stamps.
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Earth day projects

Earth Day Carnival at Craft Critique! Go check it! I saw some amazing ideas, like macrame from the old VHS tapes, recycled shoes and many others.
My Scraps post below is also there :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009


I store my paper scraps in 12x12 drawers sorted by colors - white/cream/grey/black, pink/red/purple, yellow/orange/brown, blue/green, special paper, multicolor. I love my scrap drawers and use them all the time. Last month I did two projects with Ella using only the scraps. The projects were for the Fiskateer message board.
The first project is the corner bookmark. I first saw this idea in the kids craft book long time ago but recently it appeared again in the blog universe. After few hours of cutting, gluing and punching we had enough bookmarks for all our family members and friends.
Here is how to make a circle bookmark.

For the second project we made collage animals.

1. Print out animal shapes and find few scraps of pattern paper

2. Tear the paper into the small pieces

3. Use glue stick to cover the animal shape, don't worry about going outside the shape

4. Here is how the covered shape will look like

5. Flip the paper and cut out the shape. I did it just by holding the sheet of paper in my hand. You can use a light box to trace the shape on the back side or even trace the shape before you cover it.

6. Play with different shapes and textures.

To find the animal shapes I just googled for "animal silhouettes". Martha Stewart has great templates on her website. I used some from this website.

Because the shapes are solid it was easy to cut them out by just flipping the paper and holding it in hand. You can cut the shape before building the collage or you can trace the shape on the back of the paper.

We made 9 cats (my daughter made 3 and I made the rest). I bought a very inexpensive frame at Michaels, cut out the letters with my Revolution and made this poster. I will hang it in Eli's room (when he will have a room LOL)

Oh, and the most exciting thing? I finally used the scraps of the purple Chuck E. Cheese paper! I think it was one of the first patterned papers I ever bought LOL
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Monday, April 6, 2009

2 layouts to share

Some time ago I took a free sketch class by super talanted Janna Wilson and Valerie Salmon. I didn't have time to use the sketches then but last week I was cleaning my scrap desk and found the printout. Instead of moving it to another pile I just picked few pictures from my storage albums and made 2 layouts. I followed the sketches very closely this time. Thanks Janna and Valerie for the awesome sketches!
Basic Grey papers here and Lil' Davis embelishments, MM stickers and cloud 9 raindots
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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Deers and rats

2 more layouts. I used the Inspired Blueprints sketch for the first one. This hand stitching took me so long! Next time I will use the sewing machine! LOL
The star of the second layout is the cute deer Ella made at school along with the baggie it came with. I just love her artwork :)