Sunday, March 27, 2011

Jenni Bowlin online crop - part 2

Three more layouts from the crop. One picture from the late eighties, one picture from last month and one picture from 12 years ago. Most of the products are from Jenni Bowlin old kits. I am not going to list the supplies as I usually do but if you have a question, ask me.

Me and my best friend. I think we were in 8th or 9th grade. I am on the left.
This layout was made for a challenge that asked to use only paper scraps and not to use paper trimmer. I decided to scrap the pictures from our trip to see Wicked and used the program. Not my masterpiece but I am glad that this program is not cluttering my desk anymore.
Me and baby Lila in 1999. I have more pictures from the same day and in one of them she is looking at chicks. I plan to do the second page with the rest of the pictures.

My little chick (that is taller than me now) passed her pre-juvenile moves in the field ice skating test on Friday! She worked hard and skated very well. So proud of her!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Scrappy contests and challenges for the next week

It is Friday and the weekend is getting close. Do you scrap more on the weekends? Being a SAHM, I don't have the same feelings about weekends as I had when I worked full time. It is actually more work for me having all my kids at home - meals, activities, lessons, .... Not always I have time to check how my scrappy desk is doing. But it is good to plan and think ahead what I would like to do. Here is a little list I wanted to share. Some of it are challenges from different blogs and teams I design for, some of them are actually from my "to do" list. I wish you fun and creative weekend!

March 26: Tuesday Trio Sketch 58
March 28: Project 12 February Are you playing along? I am gathering supplies for my Project 12 2011 album right now.
March 29: Scrap That Baby "I am lucky to be your mommy"                    You can win $20 Gift certificate to Ally Scraps Scrapbook Store
March 30: Technique challenge at Scrapbook Express blog. You can win $25 gift certificate to the store (I hope to play along)
March 31: Purim contest and giveaway at Crafting Jewish Style

BTW, I couldn't find a fitting title for this post. Any ideas?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thoughts about kits and layouts from Jenni Bowlin online crop

Few weeks ago I saw that Jenni Bolwin Design Team is hosting an online crop. I love online crops, I love challenges and I love Jenni Bolwin so I decided to jump in. The crop was lots of fun. The 
DT members posted challenges and we had a week to complete them (except for the timed challenges). You can see the challenges here (I think you will need a ning account for that). I made quite a few layouts. I am not going to list the supplies as I always do. For all my layouts I used old Jenni Bolwin kits.

This first layout was made for a timed challenge. We had to use a favorite/inspiring quote. It took me 10 minutes to read the challenge, 15 minuted to browse the given links to pininterest looking for a quote, 15 minutes to convince Eli to stop crying and let mama scrap. That left me 20 minutes to make the layout, take a picture and upload it. I am showing you the picture I took the next morning. Believe me the original was not pretty.

This layout was made for the oval challenge. I usually do not use ovals, so I had quite a few left in my stash.

This layout was made for the banner challenge. I used some papers and embellishments from my first Jenni Bowlin kit. I think in was February or March 2007.

The next layout was made for the sketch challenge. Looking at the pictures I suddenly thought that I don't remember where this Teddy Bear came from. We still have it. I checked the label that said "WORLD Duty Free".... and I remembered. I brought it from my business trip to London. It was in 1999 or 2000. I was there for only 2 or 3 days and I remember before my flight back I went to the Duty Free shop in the airport and looked for something to buy for Lila. I saw this Teddy Bear and bought it. It traveled with me from London to Israel and now he lives in Wisconsin :)

I was glad to dig into my stash and use some of the kits. Jenni Bolwin kit was the only subscription kit that I had. I stopped the subscription last year in my efforts to cut my scrapboooking expenses and to use up what I already have. Meanwhile I collected 3 years of kits.I love them so much that I can't take them apart. My layouts don't use lots of product so those kits last forever for me. I finally made a decision to take apart kits that don't have at least one full sheet of cardstock or paper left. Notice I said - "made a decision", I didn't say "took apart". I don't know why it is so difficult :) So what do you do with older kits? Do you keep them? Take them apart? Do you have a system?

I will post the rest of my layouts from the crop later this week. I am planning another post tonight. Stay tuned :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday Trio Sketch 59

It is Tuesday and it means new Tuesday Trio sketch is up. I have to admit, the sketch was challenging for me, but I was determined to make it work :) I used 2 photos from Purim 2000 and Creative Imaginations stickers that I bought soon after I started scrapbooking. I bought the stickers with the thought of using them with these pictires, it just took me several years to make the layout. 

Supplies: cardstock (Core'dinations), patterned paper (Jenni Bowlin, Collage Press), stickers (Creative Imaginations), journaling card (Jenni Bowlin), label sticker (Jenni Bowlin)
And while the stickers were out I scraped the only picture I had with Lila wearing the devil hat. She probably had it on for a minute or two. She didn't like hats when she was a baby (it didn't change much)

 Supplies: cardstock (unknokwn), patterned paper (Collage Press), tags (Collage Press), stickers (Creative Imaginations)

Now I can happily put the stickers in the "not needed anymore" pile. You can see other creative takes on this sketch and the inofr about the new Tuesday Trio DT call here.  

Monday, March 21, 2011

Celebrations, shopping and blogging

First of all I want to say Hi and Welcome to my new readers that come form Shimelle's class. If you don't know what I am talking about I will talk about the class later in this post.
We had a jam packed weekend. On Saturday grocery shopping, baking, cooking, shopping for wigs and fabric and costume sewing. All these were preparations for the Purim party that our friends hosted. We had a great time at the party - yummy food, great company and lots of loud and happy kids. 

On Sunday I went with Ella to hear Megillah Reading and after dinner we went shopping. The girls said that they need clothes. Lila is always ready to go shopping, but not Ella. At age 9, Ella is still not a big fan of shopping so I didn't want to miss an opportunity to buy her new clothes for Passover and we went. We spent 5 hours shopping at Old Navy and Kohl's with a short break at Qudoba. We had Eli with us - I came home exhausted! At least all 3 of them have new clothes for Passover, we just need to find a matching cardigan for Lila and shoes for Eli.

I found Eli's outfit at Old Navy: shirt and pants
Ella's dress and cardigan are from Old Navy and we found cute shoes at Kohl's. It looks like the dress is sold out online but here is the cardigan and the shoes.
 Lila found a cute skirt and top at Kohl's. We also found a pair of shoes that we both liked (it is not that easy).

The only problelm is that Lila is always cold. Passover is in April so she will difinetely need a cardigan or a different top. But I am certainly glad that the most of our shopping is done.

My other happy thoughts are about Shimelle's Blogging for Scrapbookers class. It will be the second time I take it and I am looking forward to take it again. The class started today, you can find all info here. I can not recommend it enough.

Fot the next three weeks I plan to learn a little bit more about blogging, spend a little more time thinking what I want from my blog and make new online friends. That's all. Not big plans here.
I can not make a post without a crafty project. I made this layout for Scrapbook Express blog challenge. More old pictures from 2000. Here is something funny. 
Lila is my oldest. She is 12 now, was 1.5 in the pictures.
Eli is my 2.5 years old baby boy.
Lila looks at the layout and says: Eli's hair looks all messed up
me: It is not Eli, it is you
Lila: Ooops. Really??

 Supplies: patterned paper, stickers, chipboard letters (Heidi Grace for Colorbok), border punch (Fiskars), die and diecut machine (Lifestyle Crafts)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Getting ready for Purim

Stop by Crafting Jewish Style blog to see a little project that started from this:

And ended up looking like this:

Lots of hamentashen, cookies and sweet treats will fill the box by Saturday. I even made a downloadable ferebie with Purim labels. Find the link at Crafting Jewish Style blog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday Trio sketch 58

Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill Basics, American Crafts), patterned paper (unknown), ribbon (unknown), stamps (unknown), die and diecut machine (Lifestyle Crafts), butterffly punch (Martha Stewart)

Another card for Tuesday Trio. We had a fun sketch this week and were challenged to use letter stamps, if possible in Hebrew. I have a Hebrew stamp set that I bought years ago at the book store. Not sure who made them. I stamped the letters and cut them out with my Fiskars micro-tip scissors. The sentiment says "Mazel Tov" in Hebrew, which means Congratulations. The card opens from right to left. The green paper is from my scraps drawer. You can check the blog and see how other DT members interpreted the sketch - very different from my take and very creative! Let me know if you play along, I would love to see your take!

Monday, March 14, 2011


Today I wanted to share a layout I made for winter release of Sketches2Scrapbook app! I had a great sketch to work with and the layout came together so quickly!
Supplies: cardstock (Bazzill Basics  - Swiss Dot), patterned paper (WRMK, American Crafts Dear Lizzy), chipboard photo corners (WRMK), snowflakes (K&Company), jewels (Mark Richards, Studio 18), alpha stickers (Making Memories), border and corner punches (Martha Stewart), border punch (Fiskars), pen (American Crafts)

I also was asked to design a card for the cards version of the app - Sketches4Cards. When I first saw the sketch I thought it will be challenging. I decided just to fillow the sketch as it and not it is one of my favorite cards!
Supplies: patterned paper (Kaiser Craft), die (My Favorite Things), die-cut machine (Lifestyle Crafts), embellishments (Jollee), butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), border punch (Fiskars), stamps (Fiskars), ink (Clearsnap), diamond glaze
You can read all about the apps here on the Sketches2Scrapbook blog. Each app has a demo version with few sketches that you can download and try for free.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Banners, grids and old papers

I made this card for Tuesday Trio. It is based on sketch 57 and uses 3 of my favorite things in scrapbooking - border punch, banners and dimensional adhesive (pop dots).
Supplies: cardstock (Bazill Basics), patterned paper (Studio Calico), rose card (Studio Calico), banner and letter stickers (Jenni Bowlin), butterflies (Colorbok), corner border punch (Fiskars)

This page is made for the challenge hosted by the new Israeli scrapbooking web site I used the paper and the embellishments that nice folks from Colorbok sent me for answering their survey. I added few little things and I love how it turned out.
Supplies: patterned paper (Colorbok), die-cut squares, tags, photo corner and flowers (Colorbok), butterfly (K&Company), letter stickers (Doodlebug), doily (Martha Stewart), twine, metal tag

The last one for today was made Scrapbook Express blog challenge and is based on a sketch by Becky Fleck. I used some papers and embellishments from very very very old Jenni Bowlin kit. Ah, that feels so good.

Supplies: cardstock (unknown), patterned paper (Melissa Frances, Fancy Pants), circle tag (Jenni Bowlin), chipboard letters (Basic Grey), glitter flowers (I think Making Memories), tag sticker (Making Memories), metallic marker (American Crafts), ribbon (unknown), twine, corner rounder (Fiskars), staples

I am enjoying lately scrapping old photos from 2000 and 2001. I keep my 2000 storage album at my desk and when I start working on a layout I first check if there is anything in that album that I can use. I am almost done with all pictures except the events - a trip to the kengooro park, our trip to Petra, birthdays. I will need to decide what to do with them - 2 page layout, several layouts or maybe a mini-album....

I had a request to cancel a verification step for the commenters. I did, so if it bothered you before feel free to leave comments now. It is gone. I am always glad to hear from you and appreciate the time to took to leave a comment :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Scrapbook Express February DT work and DT call

It is time to share what I did for Scrapbook Express in February. The first card is super easy and is a great way to use up those ribbon scraps that we all have laying around. 

Supplies: patterned paper (My Mind's Eye), lace (My Mind's Eye), button (Doodlebug), letter stickers (Making Memories), die and die-cut machine (Lifestyle Crafts)

I used my new Hero Arts stamp to make the next card. I stamped it 3 times, cut out and layered. The papers are from American Crafts Teen collection. So fun and colorful!

Supplies: cardstock (American Crafts), patterned paper (American Crafts), tag sticker (American Crafts), stamp (Hero Arts), lace (My Mind's Eye), letter stickers (EK Success)

Another Halloween layout. (Hope you don't mind!) I used the leftovers from My Mind's Eye Haunted Collection and some bits and pieces from Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland collection that I sprayed with Smooch Spritz in frosted grape.

Supplies: patterned paper (My Mind's Eye, Graphic45), tag (My Mind's Eye), tag stickers (Basic Grey), brads (My Mind's Eye), letter stickers (Making Memories), spray ink (Clearsnap), dies and die-cut machine (Lifestyle Crafts), epoxy sticker (Cloud9)

This layout was made for "Show us the love" contest at Scrapbook Express. It was a scraplift contest. The Scrapbook Express gallery is full of fabulous and inspiring layouts - so many to choose from!

Here I layered a scalloped half circle on top of plain half circle. The straight edge is glued down but the scalloped edge is raised with a pop-dot.

 Supplies: cardstock (American Crafts, Bazzill Basics), fleece flowers (American Crafts), letter stickers (Doodlebug), die and die-cut machine (Lifestyle Crafts), brads (Little Yellow Bicycle), trim (Making Memories), border punch (Fiskars), circle and scallop punches (Fiskars)

2 last layouts are based on sketches. The first is a Pagemap sketch, the second based on a sketch by Pencil Lines.
Supplies: Patterend paper (WRMK, MME), embossed stickers (WRMK), circle punch (Fiskars), die and diecut machine (Lifestyle Crafts), floss (K&Co), letter stickers (MME), color pencils

Supplies: patterned paper (Making Memories, WRMK), chipboard tags (WRMK), embossed stickers (WRMK), faux eyelets (Cloud 9)

Sadly my 6 months term with Scrapbook Express is coming to it's end in March. But that means some good news for you - the new DT call is open! You can see all the details here. Come on! Give it a try!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy Happy Birthday Baby!

It's time for the new challenge at Scrap That Baby! It is all about birthdays! Perfect excuse to scrap few pictures from Eli's first birthday. We didn't have a big party. I was only us, a cake and a bowl of whipped cream :)
I used new Little Yellow Bicycle Twig for this layout. It is always fun playing with new goodies! Hope you will have time to play along! There is a fun prize for grabs! The layouts due March 14th.

Supplies: patterned paper and chipboard (Little Yellow Bicycle), chipboard letters (Heidi Grace), journaling card (Anna Griffin), pearls (Zva Creative), stamp (Office supply store), ink (Ranger), glaze pen (Sakura), twine