One of the benefits I'm realizing of having all my photos in organized folders, is that I'm able to quickly look through older design projects. I just came across this project I made as a sample for Green Sneakers to show on QVC - the colors feel like summer to me. K&Co papers, Strano ribbon.
it doesn't take much money to put together a lovely little set of cards as a gift. This is a class I designed for Karen Foster that was taught in Canada and South Africa last year. The portfolio was simply made of cardstock and lined with paper - with a nice brad as a decoration in the center. The cards were all simple designs - things that could be put together with a sheet or two of patterned flower paper, a few stickers and a good pair of sharp scissors. A few of my favorite button brads and some ribbon added a little extra pizzaz.
How can nine years have gone by so quickly...so hard to believe that my "baby" is already nine - not much left of the little baby boy look, although sometimes I can still catch glimpses of him :)
Know how Jack got his name? Well I was convinced - CONVINCED - that he was going to be a girl and focused all my thoughts on girls' names...we had chosen Kathleen and were planning to call her Kate. My oldest, James, who at the time was four, came to me one day and said he had chosen the perfect names for the baby - Jill if it was a girl...and...you guessed it...Jack if it was a boy. Well I told him that we already had chosen a girls name, but sure, whatever, if it was a boy, Jack sounded okay :)
I love this photo of Jack as a newborn...can you tell he's our third boy? notice the hand-me-down sleeper and blanket...looking back on it, I feel like Jack often got the short end of the stick - with a 4 year old and 2 year old, I was pretty busy and Jack spent a LOT of time in his swing...he was always a happy little guy and such an easy baby - I think I took advantage of that sometimes. I'll never forget the day when he got tired of sitting in his high chair waiting for me to feed him and he started to feed himself...complete with making his own airplane noises and then opening his mouth at the appropriate moment.
Here he is today - this photo was taken in Sydney. I'm so proud of the way he is turning out...we are so very blessed.
I was just out watering the hanging baskets of plants I have around our front porch, when it made me remember this simple set of summery notecards I made using some photos from last summer's garden. These are very quick, easy and inexpensive to make - I used Epson Matte Photo Paper as the base for the card, printed the photo so they were positioned in a way that I could make them into a tent fold card, and then added some trim, buttons and rub-ons from Karen Foster's Sentiments Collection. Brush the cut ends of the trim with RibbonStiff to keep it from fraying.
This would be a fun little gift to give someone along with a bunch of flowers from your garden.
The dishes are piled up in my sink and I've run the same load of clothes through my washer three times because I kept getting drawn back into this book and forgot to put them in the dryer...if you are looking for a great read this summer, I highly recommend this one...not only is it inspiring and moving, but it is an incredible story of what one person can accomplish.
What good books have you read this summer? I'd love some ideas on what to read next...
I have been so excited to post about this great new product I discovered in the land down under! I meant to email myself copies of some photos I had on my home computer so I could blog about this while I was away, but I wasn't able to. I hinted about this in an earlier post and now I can finally tell you about this great find.
In looking for additional products to use in my classes, I came across this amazing new adhesive by an Australian company and as I understand it, it is starting to become available in the US - lucky us! It is absolutely fabulous for creating 3-D embellishments and is a replacement for foam tape or squares. What I’ve found myself is that foam squares are still great when you need to adhere a larger element, but for detailed work, nothing beats Helmar’s Liquid Scrap Dots. I emailed the company to see if I could test out their product and they were so wonderful - sent me samples right away and then agreed to sponsor product for all of my classes.
The product is so easy to use - just squeeze out a small amount onto the back of whatever you need to adhere and apply. And here is the really cool part - you can lift it up and it will stay in place - making this a dimensional adhesive - no more cutting teeny, tiny bits of foam tape and trying to hide it - Liquid Scrap Dots dries quickly and it is clear!
I used it to attach some stickers to the front of the mini album in my Zoo class - check out those giraffe legs - no way you could get foam tape to do that!
In addition, I just used it to add dimension to this project which is in the August/September 2008 issue of Paper Crafts (which, BTW is just terrific - a whole issue devoted to color - you've got to check this one out!) The supply list says "foam tape", but it was really Helmar's Liquid Scrap Dots. Imagine how hard it would have been to cut little bits of tape and hide it behind these swirly shapes? Scrap Dots dried clear and took a few seconds to apply - it helps to use a toothpick to apply it to really intricate shapes.
Now for the fun part...I had a few tubes of this left over and am waiting for the box to arrive back from Australia. When it gets here I'm going to have a little giveaway on my blog so some of you will be able to try this wonder glue for yourselves :)
Thanks everyone for putting up with my long delay between posts. I was almost afraid to log back on for fear that you had all stopped coming...thanks for being so loyal!
Since we've been back I've spent many hours trying to get my photos into some kind of order...coming home with thousands of photos from the trip was just too much for the old computer. We wound up having to move all of my pictures to an external drive and buy more memory and are hoping we can keep it going for a bit longer (not much extra $$ around for a new computer after our trip, especially with the US dollar at it's weakest in years - the credit card really took a beating overseas!).
After some research I decided that Photoshop's Lightroom software seemed like a good idea and I'm waiting for my copy to arrive so I can process all of the RAW photos I took on the trip. I think I will try to put together a slide show, or create an album on Flickr or Shutterfly and then link to it from my blog - to make it easier for anyone that is interested in seeing photos from the trip. If you have a good idea or can recommend a site for doing this, let me know.
I do have some fun stories to share and photos that I'll post in the blog, but I promise to get back to posting some paper projects too :) I thought I would alternate some memories from the trip with other stuff so you don't all get sick of hearing about our time down under.
I thought I would start with the main reason that brought me to Australia and that was the Australasian Scrapbook & Paper Craft Convention in Brisbane. I met so many wonderful people and everyone was incredibly welcoming and very friendly. The classes all went really well and I got some great feedback from so many of the students that it made all the hard work worthwhile.
After spending a few fun-filled days with my friend Margaret and her family in Brisbane (that's them in the photo), I arrived at the Print Blocks offices and headed to the warehouse where I found the palette Karen Foster Design had shipped with all 24 giant boxes of product waiting for me. I spent the next week sorting through all the various packets and products and assembling all of the class kits - I would never have finished on time if Tamara hadn't helped me. Tamara is one of the amazing staff at Print Blocks and she reminded me of the Energizer Bunny - she is such a hard worker and fun to hang out with. Everyone at Print Blocks was just wonderful and bent over backwards to help make sure everything went smoothly.
In addition to the classes at the convention, I was able to teach several classes at the Print Blocks offices to store owners from all over Australia and New Zealand that flew in for Print Blocks 20th Anniversary celebration. What a fun and talented bunch of women! I was so busy that week that I didn't take a single photo - if anyone reading this has some, I'd love it if you could email me a copy!
Here are some photos from classes at the convention:
and here are some photos of some samples of my Karen Foster Design projects that I brought with me to help fill up the display wall that each of the instructors was asked to decorate.
Thanks for checking in...more to come (and soon, I promise!)