Saturday, March 27, 2010

Why don't we ever eat on our kitchen table anymore?

Because my kitchen table (and the counter and a few other areas) has become Wedding Craft Central. I'm on a mission and a roll, so things are in a constant state of super-messiness. I'll clean it up eventually ... really ....

Before I show more of these layouts for the wedding reception, I thought I would share the story of how they got together. Actually, they "met" in about 1995 when they were both on our community swim team -- but since Kristen was in second grade and Ian in seventh, they really didn't notice each other. Their paths crossed again in local theater -- Kristen was one of the junior high kids on stage and Ian was the theater tech. I believe he called a group of kids that included my daughter "a bunch of annoying little brats" because they loved to pester him .....

Flash forward to 2004. Kristen's friend, who is a year older, was friends with Ian's girlfriend, who was another year older. They began to hang out in the same group. Turns out Kristen and Ian share the same quirky sense of humor and became good friends. After he and that girlfriend broke up, they continued to be friends, meeting occasionally for coffee or lunch. She regarded him as her best friend and big brother ....

Then came Christmas 2008 .... for the first time in their friendship, neither was involved with anyone else. They went out for coffee and some thunderbolt hit them, and they decided to try going out on a "real date". Turns out they were perfect for each other all along. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The anniversary online crop at ScrapbookDeals4U has proved to be a great motivator this weekend! I've had a great time scrapping layouts for the wedding. Digging through my stash of kits has been interesting -- there are some great things in there that I forgot I had!

These are a couple more photos from a Christmas photo session -- they gave framed photo portraits as gifts this year. I love getting pictures! The papers are Fancy Pants Christmas Magic. The layout is based on a PageMaps sketch.

I asked Kristen if she had any photos of herself and her fiance together. She likes to have her picture taken .... he doesn't. So there are not many casual photos out there of him. This is one that she took herself, hamming it up for the camera. He was at least a good sport about it. (or he's just smitten ....) The papers are Scenic Route Garden Grove. The layout is based on a Sketch Inspiration sketch.

This was another photo that she sent me; it was taken at a local restaurant on her 21st birthday by one of the wait staff. The papers are Fancy Pants Splendid. I used several die cut, rub on and sticker alphas for the title, and stamped over the background paper and shapes with a music stamp.

My oldest granddaughter (Kaycee, she's 12) is here for a couple days during her spring break. I think we'll work on a couple of things that she can help with; she likes to craft and really wants to be involved with all the wedding fun.

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

Friday, March 26, 2010

I've been busy!

We're only two weeks away from younger daughter's wedding, and I've been scrapping and crafting up a storm!

Scrapbookdeals4u is hosting a third anniversary crop through Sunday, March 28, with fabulous challenges. I've been creating layouts that will be displayed in acrylic easel frames at the wedding reception, and having a blasting combining those with the crop challenges. (It's also a great way to use up some of that massive stash I've been accumulating)

The fiance is getting a "package deal" -- not only is he marrying my daughter, but he has become daddy to her little girl. (The layout is based on a card sketch from Inspired Blueprints; papers are Pink Paislee Amber Road)

This is probably my favorite picture from their engagement photo shoot. The papers are Bella Blvd. Estate Sale. The design was scraplifted from SD4U design team member Mette Kalander.

Their first "family" outing. The papers are Bo Bunny Flutter Butter.

My daughter loves circuses, and had her own business as a birthday party and event clown when she was in junior high and high school. Her fiance surprised her with a trip to the Great American Circus Parade in Milwaukee; he proposed during the trip.

From their Christmas portrait shoot in December. The papers are Amber Road.

Her lovely engagement ring (the boy has good taste in wives and jewelry) The papers are Estate Sale.

These papers are Basic Grey Origins. The rub ons are from My Mind's Eye.

These are so much fun to produce! Since they are going into those one-piece easel frames, they have to remain pretty "flat". Since I am a lumpy bumpy scrapper, this is a real challenge! Also keeping the designs simple so I can produce them quickly and in quantity. After the wedding, they will all go into a book -- not sure if I'll be able to part with it though!

So what do you have planned for this weekend? You know where I'll be -- right here, scrappin' and craftin'.

Thanks for looking -- have a great day!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

After two months of fussing around

with flowers, leaves, birds and such, I finally finished the bird cage to go on the gift table for cards at my daughter's wedding shower. In the end, I took off at least half the junk I was trying to hang on there, and decided that sometimes less really is more.

The view from the top:

and the little bird at the base:

The wedding is four weeks from today, so it's about time that I finally decided what to do with this thing!

I also made a card for a March "thinking of you" card swap, using Bo Bunny Flutter Butter papers from ScrapbookDeals4U kit.

The stamp is by Stampin' Up; watercolor pencils, General Pencil Co; scallop die cut from Spellbinders; butterfly punch from Martha Stewart; and bling from Walmart. I used Ranger Stickles too, not sure if they show up in the photo.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Bring on the bling!

I love making cards for my granddaughters because I can pour on the bling and they love it. We just got home from celebrating Kaycee's 12th birthday. I had lifted a fantastic card design from Willow Traders friend Julie's blog. So, with thanks to Julie, here is my card:

You can see the gorgeous original on Julie's blog Scrappy Life.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Memorial tribute board

My mother-in-law, Helen, died last Monday morning after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease and heart problems. For the wake and funeral, I put together three tribute boards of layouts, photos, letters and clippings. I created seven new layouts for the boards and used two that I had done previously. My husband, his seven(!) brothers, and other family members and friends were very appreciative and complimentary, which made me feel good. It was an honor to be able to do this last thing for her.

This is my favorite of the three boards. All the layouts are new:

For six of the new layouts, I used a Pink Paislee "Amber Road" kit from ScrapbookDeals4U. Loved the green, blues and reds with copies of black and white heritage photos.

This one includes photos of Helen's grandparents:

Her parents during their courtship and on their wedding day:

Helen's high school and junior college graduation photos (she graduated at the top of her class in each case -- she was extremely intelligent)

She moved to Chicago at age 20 to study at the University of Chicago, earning a master's degree in history. After graduation, she worked as secretary to the University's president. She also met her husband, Brent (shown in this photo, taken at the popular Blackhawk Restaurant). A native of Canada, he was a handsome young math professor at the university. They were married in 1948 but divorced 10 years later.

These photos were taken on her wedding day; her sister, Jean, and her brother, Jack, who were the couple's attendants; and her parents.

Helen moved with her new husband to Canada, and the first of her eight sons was born the following year.

Unfortunately, Brent proved to have problems with alcohol and gambling. They were living in Ohio when Helen made the decision (courageous in the late '50s) that for the good of her sons, she needed to divorce her husband. She came back to her home area and obtained a job as an English teacher at the same school where she had been her class's valedictorian.

For this layout, I used Bo Bunny's "Flutter Butter", also from a SD4U kit. This one appeared on a board with another layout (see below) and several letters and clippings commending her as an inspiration to her students

This layout was one that I created in the summer of 2008. I had been driving Helen to a monthly lunch date with three former teaching colleagues; the four had remained very close friends. The Alzheimers was taking its toll, and I knew that this would most likely be her last lunch with the ladies (I was correct) and I wanted to commemorate their friendship. The papers are from Bo Bunny:

This one centered a board and was surrounded with family photos, a poem written by a granddaughter and newspaper clippings. The papers and flowers were from a kit I won last fall from A Million Memories. I loved this Washington Irving quote -- it reminded me of Helen and her life

For me, the project (the seven new layouts were all completed within a two day period) were my way of dealing with the loss and of paying tribute to one strong and amazing woman. After the service Thursday, I removed the layouts and put them into an album for my husband; I will also add the letters and some of the photos from her old picture books for him.

On a happier note: my youngest daughter's wedding is in only five weeks! Hoping for some time this weekend to finish some do-it-ourselves projects for the wedding and reception.

Thanks for looking; have a great weekend!