Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Cookies!

Our retail district's Christmas Open House is this weekend, so I've been helping the owner of the local scrapbook store prepare display pieces for the event. The stores usually have refreshments, drawings and sales on Saturday and Sunday to entice shoppers to come downtown and "shop local". The Chamber of Commerce provides entertainment such as the annual lighting of the big Christmas tree in the courthouse square, a bell ringer concert (from a local church) and wandering Madrigal singers from the high school.

The store has some fun new 3D stickers from Paper House Productions. They aren't something I normally would buy, but I've had fun using them in display projects. This card uses a little greeting sticker from the Merry Christmas set. I made my own white mist with acrylic paint, water and a drop or two of alcohol, then used a Tim Holtz seasonal mask:

My favorite of the sticker sets is the Christmas Cookies one. I paired several of the stickers with WR Memory Keepers paper (last year's collection, but still very festive and available in the store) and photos of my grandson Cameron in his holiday chef's hat and apron. I used the November 9 sketch from the new My Scraps & More sketch blog as my inspiration:

Brand new Christmas products are arriving in the store this week, just in time for the open house. Hoping to get my hands on those for some more holiday projects!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Great memories, not so great photos ....

I'm sure this has happened to all scrapbookers: You have wonderful memories of an event, a visit, a particular day ... but your photos are less than perfect. That's what happened with some photos from Disneyland.

Four-year-old Anna and Daddy spotted Goofy at Disneyland's Town Square and went to visit. While they were there, Pluto also showed up. The Photopass photographer caught some adorable photos, but the lighting (it was dusk) and colors (alas,  the characters' costumes and clothes clashed badly with Anna's Cinderella dress and pink sash) The result was some rather garish colors and lighting, but adorable pictures nonetheless. I was determined to scrap them. First I tried to fix the photos in Photoshop, even taking them to black and white, but that only created other unpleasant effects. Finally, I found my answer in the remains of my July Citrus Twist kit: a kraft background, with patterned papers in soft blues. I used just a few embellishments in muted yellow and orange. Here's the result:

The doily is hiding a stamping experiment gone horribly wrong. I loved the way the papers sort of toned down the photos' colors, and I was able to scrap Anna's encounter with Pluto. (She asked him to sign her autograph book. He did, then balanced it on his nose. She's taking the book off his nose in the top photo and he's giving her a sort of hug in the bottom one.) The photos of her and Goofy dancing are equally garish in color and lighting, but even more adorable; I'll be scrapping them soon also. After all, it's about the memories more than the technical quality of the photos.

I also turned to a July Citrus Twist kit for another Disney layout. This time, I used the July 4 bonus kit that I received for subbing to Citrus Twist. It had the cutest ticket stickers and some other cute embellishments. I added some star stickers that I bought for $1 at Walmart. This was my design for last week's Nuts About Sketches' sketch.

Anna was one of the first children to hop up there when Mickey invited his guests to dance with him at the Surf's Up character breakfast on our last morning in Disneyland. 

I actually made two Christmas cards this week! They're for display at our local scrapbook store, Scrap That Moment, using themed 3D stickers and patterned paper from Paper House Productions. I also used stamps from Our Daily Bread, Worldwin cardstock, Best Creation glittered paper, May Arts ribbon, and some Stickles and Liquid Pearls. I love the effect of the stickers!

The store where I work turned on its Christmas background music today. I guess it's time to get geared up for the holidays!

Thanks for looking. Have a fantastic week!

Friday, November 2, 2012

A sunny Friday!

Fall definitely has reached us here in central Illinois, with cooler weather and some cloudy days. Today, however, the sun is shining! That makes Ed, our cat, very happy. He likes to sit on the porch and watch the leaves fall from the tree, and occasionally pretend to menace one of the resident squirrels.

I have two recently completed layouts to show you this week. For the first one, I used the September "Life's Little Details" kit from Citrus Twist. I love how complete this kits are; all I added were some mini alphas and a brad. The photos were from the PhotoPass from Disneyland. Anna asked Jessie from "Toy Story" to sign her autograph book but was a little hesitant to get up close and pose for a photo. Jessie solved the dilemma by standing behind Anna and posing.

I took the photo for this layout at Disneyland while the kids and I waited for their parents to finish a "big person ride". Anna came up to give her brother a hug, much to his delight.  This was a lucky shot with the little camera I keep in my purse; no time to pull out and focus my Canon. This piece of Prima patterned paper (from the "Doodle Deux" collection) makes the perfect background for the photo! I used this and other papers from my August Citrus Twist kit and paper add-on, along with washi tape from another CT kit and title alphas from my stash.

The sketch is the Oct. 28 sketch from the Citrus Twist blog. I popped the photo up on foam tape to make it stand out, and added little seed pearls from the kit to a fussy cut flower and buttons. Finally, I used a little Stickles and Liquid Pearls on the border motifs and added Glossy Accents to the tiny punched paper circles. I think this is my new favorite layout!

I did this page a while back for a "Telephone Scraplift" but couldn't share it until the scraplift was done. I used Simple Stories' Summer Fresh line and photos of two of my grandkids at a fun fair.

All of these layouts also fit various challenges at Cookin' Up Creations. Beginning in November, we're changing the way participants can become eligible for the prize drawing. More chances to win -- come on over and check it out!

Thanks for looking; have a great weekend!