Sunday, September 30, 2012

Authentique September card sketch

Just a quick card based on the September card sketch from the Authentique blog. I turned the sketch sidewise and used my last scraps from the Blissful collection. Oh, how I love the combination of yellows and greys!
Supplies: patterned paper (Authentique), letter stickers (Authentique), circle diecut (Authentique), pearl (Want2Scrap)

Friday, September 28, 2012

One sketch two cards

Two quick cards that I made based on the same sketch by Becky Fleck. Jolene from the Scrapbook Express DT used it for her weekly challenge last week. I am still using Jenni Bowlin September kit.
For this first card I followed the sketch pretty literally. I punched the balloons using Fiskars circle punch and added small handcut pieces to make them look more like balloons. The sentiment sticker is from very old Making Memories stickers sheet. It turned out cute but not cute enough. I decided to try again.

Supplies: patterned paper (Jillibean Soup), sticker (Making Memories), circle punch (Fiskars)

This time I went for completely different look. I used the My Mind's Eye papers from the kit and distressed the edges for more aged look. I was happy to break down my new "The Sweetest Thing" stamp set that is from the same MME collection as the paper. I stamped the flowers on watercolor paper using Faber Castell brush markers, cut them out and arranged in the corner slightly curling the petals. I added three enamel dots to the centers of the flowers and a pink ribbon from my stash above the sentiment.. Love how this turned out!

Supplies: patterned paper, sticker, stamps, enamel dots (My Mind's Eye), markers (Faber-Castell), ribbon (unknown)

I often get excited about a stamp set, buy it but never or rarely use it. I don't think this stamp set will be one of them. I love these flower doilies!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


It was a while since I made a layout based on Shimelle's Starting Points.  Still using Jenni Bowlin September kit. I didn't cut any full sheets of paper to make my take on the starting point. The pink pearly lace is something I added to the kit (I had to find a home for this lace! It was sticking out of my drawer).

After the base was done I went to look for a picture. I found this one from May 1998 - my little sister and her then-boyfriend sitting on a couch in my parents' living room and holding a tiny white kitten. The kitten actually mine but my parents agreed to keep him while I was pregnant. We lived in a very small caravan and I wanted to stay away from the litter box.

Supplies: patterned paper (Jillibean Soup, My Mind's Eye), stickers (Jillibean Soup), letter stickers (Jenni Bolwin), lace (Recollections), heart and dove punch (Fiskars), glaze, mist (Tattered Angels), camera embellishments (Studio Calico), doily, staples

The hexagon stickers came with the kit. I painted the white doily with pink Glimmer Glaze and layered under the stickers.

Studio Calico cameras are misted with light blue Glimmer Mist.
Another picture scrapped, another story told.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Blog maintanence

I did few small changes to my blog layout. I added social media buttons to the left side bar just under the profile. I have links to my Facebook page, Pinterest, Flickr and RSS feed. Thanks to Kira from Her New Leaf for the great instructions and for the link to the adorable icons based on the Pantone Color of the Year made by Isa Maria.

I plan to do few other small changes but in general I like my layout with clean background. I admit that I don't appreciate blogs with busy backgrounds and especially with music playing. I am curious, what blog features do you find most annoying and what you find helpful?

Sunday, September 23, 2012

HELLO My Name is Red Fox

Few days ago I was looking through the papers in my brand new Jenni Bowlin September kit and at the same time looking at the pile of random pictures that accumulated on my desk. There it was, the picture of the fox that visited our yard this winter, just begging for the name tag.

Supplies: (from Jenni Bowlin September 2012 kit) cardstock (Bazzill), patterned paper, name tag, word stickers, enamel dots (My Mind's Eye), vintage inventory sheet, stencil (Jenni Bowlin), label stickers (Jillibean Soup), letter stickers (October Afternoon), sprakling tecture medium (Martha Stewart), corner punch and heart punch (Fiskars)

This layout came together pretty quickly. I knew I want to keep it simple and I just had to use the exclusive stencil that came with the kit.

I punched two small hearts, folded in half and adhered side by side. I like how my  heart has two little wings. I cut out "the sweetest thing" label from the packaging and layered under the picture.

The white stuff is Sparkle Texture medium by Martha Stewart. I used it before mixed with acrylic paint but here I used it as it. I think it looks like a big sparkling snowflake.
I still didn't use my most favorite product from the kit - the deck of JB Silhouette cards. It would be fun to make a sweet girly layout with one of the cards. Maybe tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Take Twelve - March and June layouts

I can say it now - Take Twelve is my favorite scrapbooking project. My most favorite part? It looks like I am able to keep up!! Not always I am making layouts the same weeks as I take the pictures but I am making them. So far I made 8 layouts, I am missing July but my pictures are printed and cropped and they wait patiently for me in a neat pile. I think the secret of my success is that I made it simple, really simple.

  • double 12x12 layouts.
  • square pictures. The size varies from 3" to almost 4", depending how I print them.
  • American Crafts white cardstock for the base.
  • Lifestyle Crafts Diesel alphabet dies for the titles cut from American Crafts colored cardstock. 
  • 1.5" strip of patterned paper under the title.
  • printed journaling using Traveling Typewriter font.
  • three very small embellishments or embellishment clusters.
Every month I pick another color of the cardstock for the title and I change the placement of the pictures.

Here is my March layout. I wrote about the pictures back in March.

Supplies: cardstock (American Crafts), patterned paper (Basic Grey), canvas tag (Basic Grey), alphabet dies and diecut machine (Lifestyle Crafts), glimmer mist (Tattered Angels), buttons (American Crafts), heart punch (Fiskars)

I made the yoyo flowers from misted fabric.

June layout next. the journaling is from my blog post in June. (I just love that I can go back to my blog and just copy the journaling!). Another super simple layout.

Supplies: cardstock (American Crafts), patterned paper, stickers (American Crafts), alphabet dies and diecut machine (Lifestyle Crafts), adhesive sequins (Pebbles)

Things I need to improve: figure out a way to take better pictures of the double layouts!! I had to straighten the pictures in Picasa and that makes them blurry :( 

Today I finished the September layout, I will practice taking better pictures and post it soon together with the August layout.

Take twelve 2012:
March (this post)
June (this post)
July (wip)
August (coming soon)
September  (coming soon)

Switching gears now. It was a while since I bought a scrapbooking kit so I am super excited to play with my new Jenni Bowlin September kit. Isn't it lovely?
I took this photo with instagram. It is the first app I installed on my new smart phone. Yes, I joined the civilization and got me a smartphone. Now I am trying to find my way in the sea of filters, hashtags and what else. Do you instagram?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Happy Jewish New Year!

We are getting ready to celebrate the beginning of the new Jewish Year - 5773!
I wish all my Jewish friends and family happy and sweet new year!
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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Take Twelve - September

September 12th sneaked up on me and caught me unprepared. I wasn't sure what pictures I want to take and that made me think about other things I am not prepared for, like Rosh HaShanah that is coming this Sunday (gasp) and Eli's 4th birthday this coming Thursday. That gave me an idea to devote my September's photos to Eli. Now it sounds like the obvious thing to do since I devoted July photos to Ella, so I don't know why I was even considering other options.

1.  Milk and cereal for breakfast.
2.  Morning bike ride in the driveway before the school bus comes.
3.  Zoom! Zoom! He is getting fast!
4.  9:45am - the school bus had arrived.
5.  3:30pm - Eli's new afternoon school has the best playground.
6.  Time to go home.
7.  Afternoon snack - yogurt with M&M's.
8.  Much needed haircut.
9.  First time in a big chair by himself.
10. Backyard ride on Power Wheels Kawasaki.
11. Bath time. 
12. Everything is more fun with Thomas and Percy.

Guess what pictures I will be taking in November?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Scrap It Girl September recipe challenge

What happens when you take some twine, an arrow, a circle (or maybe few), a bird and mix it with color red? 
Depends who is cooking of course! I cooked a Halloween dish to accompany the cutest photos of Eli sporting his first Halloween costume. This is my take on the new Scrap It Girl challenge. We have something different this month -  a recipe challenge. Yes, you already guessed it - you need to use twine, arrows, circles, bird and color red.

Supplies: patterned paper, diecuts (My Mind's Eye), sticker (Making Memories), tub-on (Recollections), thickers (American Crafts), raindots (Cloud 9), circle rubber sticker (KI Memories), white pen (Uniball Signo), tab punch (Fiskars), twine (unknown)

I challenged myself not to use orange other than the light orange lines in the patterned paper. The papers along with the arrow diecut and the journaling tag are from the last year MME collection. I added Making Memories circle bird sticker, an old spider web rub-on and few other doodads from my Halloween drawer.

I finished with white fax stitching along the edges of the photos.

You have the whole month to submit your take on this recipe challenge. The prize is fabulous so what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

First day of school - 9.4.12

Hello high school!

Hello 9th grade!

Hello middle school!

Hello 6th grade!

Hello 3K!

 Hello to three full days in school!