On A Shade of Blue, I'm on the Scrapbooking Design team called the Blue Paper Angels. We just posed a challenge called 5 Blind Papers. You have to close your eyes and choose 5 random pattern papers and use ALL of them on a layout! Scary, huh?! This is what I came up with. It's the first paper page I've made in months, and you know what? I LOVE IT!! I decided to use random photos from 2007 and make a page about my son- random photos of him in 2007. I made 1/2 inch strips of each of the papers (some were 12x12 and the blue one was 6x6!! Talk about random!)(The Angel Company and Basic Grey papers.) Then I used my Sizzix die cut machine and made the flowers out of it. I was going to use the same papers for the title, too, but decided to use chipboard letters (Heidi Swapp) and paint them apple green. Then I used the same paint to make the flower stems. Then I added buttons (which I haven't used in at least a year!) What do you think??!!
Here is the sketch I made for ASB this week. I love this responsibility, even though I'm often late (It's supposed to be up on Fridays). But it makes me do SOMETHING scrappy, even though at times I could walk away for weeks at a time.
The digi template will be available for free HERE.
Let me tell you about how I got to this. This morning I was inspired by Ali Edwards and started a list of things that went through my mind right then. I used the "stickies" program on my mac (any word processing program will work), and started writing about everything. The weather. The fact dh is changing shifts on Monday and how I feel about it. While I was writing, my oldest ds came in and asked to call his friend, so I wrote that, too. See what I mean. It ended up WAY more than I expected, but I didn't want to cut anything out to make it fit the template. So I widened the columns. Then I shrunk the font. Then I shrunk the leading (the space between the lines of type). Then I had to go to full height journalling on the right. You get the point. I don't think I have another layout ever that has this much journalling on it. So I took some pics, and mixed in some from the past 2 weeks, and made them all fit (that's what I love about digital!!) And this is what I ended up with!
I started off using the template but had a LOT of journaling, so this is where I ended up. The papers and elements are all from a collaborative kit we were given in the Jessica Sprague class called Carnival. I dont know the designers' names, except for what the files are called- so the papers are mmartin and hroselli, and the elements are dmogs (the star) and mmartin (the beadswirl).
I love the Jessica Sprague digi classes! Now We're Rockin'! Just started today, and here's my first layout. I might have to make another one (or two) to get some practice with some of the tasks. I just switched from PSE 5 to PS2, which is a HUGE leap, but I am keeping up pretty well. The only issues I had were that instead of Ctrl Z to copy a section, I have to use Cmd C, because I have a Mac. Thank God for them putting the codes right there on the menus- that's how I figured that one out!
Anyway, here's the layout. I made this page for the Jessica Sprague class. Today we (dh, the kids and I) went out and sledded in our front yard. It was so much fun! DS took the pic of me and DH going down the hill together. All elements are from the class- let me see if I can remember: Katie Pertiet, Jessica Sprague,Jason Gaylor (designfruit.com), and Trish Jones, are the designers.
Did anyone notice that THE Stacy Julian, author of awesome books like Big Picture Scrapbooking, founding editor of Simple Scrapbooks Magazine, and all 'round great person- POSTED A COMMENT ON MY BLOG??!!!
"Anonymous stacyj said...
Wow! Thanks for the very generous recommendation of LOM -- I'm so pleased it's working for you!!"
She had some questions and answers on her blog about the class Library of Memories (which is now open for sign ups) at Big Picture Scrapbooking, and I posted a comment on how I took the class last year, and it's mind altering, amazing, and totally worth the money and work that goes into it. She read it and the next day I had this post! So exciting!
Here is my sketch for this past Friday at ASB. You can download it HERE. I think you have to sign up for ASB before downloading now. (It's free and easy! AND it's worth it, because there's a new FREE digi template to download every week!) PLEASE link up to your pages. I'd LOVE to see what someone does with my sketches! Paper or digi, or even cards, I can't wait to see them!
I downloaded this quickpage from Anne Schlegel HERE and in a matter of 15 minutes I put this precious story on paper! (Ok, on the computer screen- but it WILL be paper!) Anyway... What do you think??! HERE is the challenge on ASB for this quickpage. We'd love to see what you can do with it!
I was tagged in my last post. I usually don't get through them, but this one seems easy enough. Here are the rules: According to the rules of the game, I need to: • Link to the person that tagged me and post the rules on my blog. • Share 7 random and/or weird facts about myself on said blog. • Tag 7 random people at the end of my post and include links to their blogs. • Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
I was tagged by Heather. She has an awesome blog HERE.
About me: 1. I lived in southeast England for 7 years. It was amazing. When I realized the church down the street was four times as old as the United States, I realized what a huge opportunity it was to be there! 2. After 10 years of living away from "home", I am still homesick. I miss my Mommy! 3. I have 32 full size scrapbooks, about 12 mini albums (8x8 and smaller), and have done uncounted gift albums. 4. I'm venturing into painting on a canvas- and it SCARES ME!! 5. I worked in a funeral home for a year. I like to tell people that because the looks on their faces is priceless! 6. I eat Cheerios with half a banana and nonfat milk every day for breakfast. But I crave Corn Pops. 7. I want to put my foot in the Arctic Ocean before I leave Alaska. I know, it's weird. But how many of my friends (who all have amazing careers right now) can say they've done that?!
First I read this on ASB: "Are you the Nicky from Eagle River, Alaska that won the Becky Higgins DVD???? That would be too cool!!! After you've watched it a bunch could I rent it?? That way I won't be buying anything...
Congratulations! (Well, if it was you, that is!!)" by T.Joy
"Before I get to the topic of resolutions, I know you want to know who won the DVDs (my last post). Holy cow - choosing 5 winners from over 500 comments? You guys are FUN! So - congratulations to these winners. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me your mailing address. I'll ship a copy of my DVD to you.
Chris in Tamarac, Florida Nicky in Eagle River, Alaska Kim in Mechanicsville, Virginia Diane in Prosper, Texas Deneen in Manteca, California"
Did you all catch that?? There it is, right there, in black and white, on Becky's Blog... Nicky in Eagle River, Alaska. Am I dreaming? lol
So I emailed her right away with my address, and I told her that I have admired her for years, have most of her books, and feel like I know her from her layouts and blog. And I hope that didn't make me sound like a stalker.
Yes, I actually said that! lol And yes, I'm a little embarassed now! But I do have a little bit of Beatles Hysteria, thinking "Oh Wow, She said my name!!" lol So.... Starting the year off on this note seems like a good sign, huh?
And on that note...
Happy New Year!! I wish a happy, healthy, prosperous 2008 for each of you!
My name is Nicky Hurt. I am: a wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, aunt, sister-in-law, digi scrapbooker, scrapbooking class collector, scrapbooking supply collector, roadside photographer, Air Force wife, hiker, camper, outdoorsman (when it's warm!), Alaskan, creator, TV watcher, crocheter, PEO Sister, design team member, and reader. I find that I'm getting more and more neurotic, and slightly more sarcastic every year.
" ...but the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three on them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less." -Anna Quindlen