Monday, November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wordless Week Catchup - Thanksgiving Color

Happy Thanksgiving - Maple Tree at Bandera



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fly to Paris

Wouldn't that be lovely..to Fly to Paris...right now, or any time for that matter.

Well, that is what I will think about each time I look upon this lovely little ornie, my latest acquisition from the talented and creative Cat of In the light of the Moon.



Thank you once again, Cat, for the lovely creation! Je l'adore!

Monday, November 23, 2009

It's Beginning to Look...

...a lot like Christmas. Well, not in my house, with boxes stacked floor to ceiling in at least 2 rooms. We'll need a big Christmas tree to hide the boxes.

But at least I have the room to make a little Christmas art, this with a print of one of my original ACEOs from last year, embellished with lace, stamping, glitter paint and Stickles. Yes, I have bought myself some Stickles :-)



Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cherishing the End

I was determined to finish my Cherish mini album this weekend...but how does one know when one is finished??















Saturday, November 21, 2009

My Blurb Blog Book

Try saying that three times faster...Blurb Blog Book!

Better late than never? Especially when there is a 20% off coupon plus free shipping!


I finally completed and ordered the rest of my 2008 blog book, this one from Blurb, covering August to the end of the year. I've been working on this for many months, in little snippets of time.

Can't wait to see it!

August - December 2008
By Diane Weber

Friday, November 20, 2009

Alice in Wonderland

This was my favorite scene from the performance of Alice in Wonderland...so much color, loved the card characters, and Audrey was wonderful as Alice!



Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cherishing Now

The next page in my cherish mini album has to do with "being in the now". Each page has forced me to think long and hard, sift through pictures, and rake through memories for one both personal and impersonal at the same time.

All the pictures chosen to date are somewhat recent, which doesn't mean there aren't wonderful memories from the past, it just drives home the point that journaling and scrapbooking help us to remember!

This photo was taken from a warm and sunny spot at a cafe in Bruges, just off the main square.
It was a relatively cold day in march, but the warm sun in the protected square, reflecting off the warm stone wall behind us, making the spot sublime.
Megan and I, a cappucino and a beer, sitting and people watching...through the narrow opening between the buildings, we could just catch a glimpse of the tower, the tower now made famous by a rather gruesome scene from one of our favorite movies, In Bruges...and now I shall never forget it!





Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cherishing Time

It took a couple of days to finally finish up my cherish album pages on "waiting"...it's the old problem of too many choices and hard decisions to make, wanting everything to be just right.

On the left side of the page, the lighthouse from the birthday card, along with the phrase:

"Sometimes, waiting is how we prepare for life to bring us joy."

A little bit of stamping and a gold clockface charm complete the page.




On the right, the photo of the gargoyle at Notre Dame in Paris, mounted on dark brown scrapbook paper and overlayed with a Hambly acrylic paper, and the addition of my all-time favorite clockface letters spelling out "T I M E".



Pages 3 and 4 complete!



Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Dance of Life

Continuing on my Cherish mini album, the next theme to tackle is the "dance of life".

A good memory, some googling, and Photoshop have provided these elements...

First, courtesy of Eric at Paris Daily Photo, a wonderful shot of dancers on the banks of the Seine. You can read more about this here.



Next, one of my alltime favorite paintings, Renoir's Le Moulin de la Galette, juxtaposed onto a background of vintage photo colors and postcard images, with the quote from Mark Twain...

"Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Live like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth."



Monday, November 16, 2009

Cherished Pictures

I want to use pictures in my Cherish album that are both personal and impersonal. Personal, in that they evoke special meanings and memories for me, but impersonal, in that most any kindred spirit can find meaning in them. This has taken some hard thinking!

The theme for the next page is waiting. That same birthday card that yielded up the background on page 2 had a picture of a lighthouse...that will do for one of the pages.

But I really struggled with the photo...waiting...waiting in line, waiting in a waiting room, a train station, an airport...then...bingo!



Original photo taken from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in April of 2008, turned to black & white with the help of Photoshop.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

More Cherishing

I was supposed to finish this album in the class I took a week ago, but had to leave early to go look at houses.

I think this was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because now I have to finish it on my own, with my own creative thoughts and process. A curse because now I have to finish it on my own, with my own creative thoughts and process :-)

After much ado, I have finished page 2!



Waiting and thinking, and cleaning, enabled me to solve the problem of mounting the clear overlay. Because as I was cleaning out the dining room, I came across an old birthday card with perfect color and imagery to use as an intermediate mount between the background page and the clear overlay, and I was able to stitch the overlay in place, keeping it as an open pocket for inserting a picture. Here I've inserted one of my ACEO prints.



I may have overinked the grungeboard, as I lost some of the appearance of the texture, but like the effect of the gold glitter paint. In the sample, the stitching was faux. I couldn't figure out how to do that, so my stitching is real.

Pages 1 and 2 complete!
"Sometimes looking at life from a distance helps you remember a moment."



Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cherishing the Artistic Moments

Enough with the cleaning and packing...my hands hurt, my fingertips are sore, I cannot bear to pick up another sponge, I need a manicure so badly...my soul longs for something creative to do...

And so after almost a week I picked up my Cherish mini album and threw myself headlong into cherish-land for several blissful hours.

First some practicalities...securing the binding a little better, and stitching all the pages together for better hold, plus I really like the way stitching looks on the edges. Then out with some inks to ink the grungeboard.



I love the grungeboard! I love the way it feels, I love the way it smells, I love the way it takes the ink (just what I needed, ink all over my dry, cracked, sore hands...but somehow I do not mind as much right now..)



Added more color, sewed (and glued) some lace trim along the 'binding' edge (the binding is painted on Ranger Crackle Paint), and placed the "Cherish" book plate on so I can hide the brad wings on the next page.



Distress ink, gold vellum, a perfect piece of scrapbook paper, a brad, and the stitches from the lace on the front make for a completed page 1. Only 12 more to go! :-)



I want to make this an album for holding artist cards, and so I want to use transparent overlays so cards could be taken out and changed, but how to secure them?? Stitching would be perfect, but I would have had to do that before the pages were put into the accordion binding. The order of building these mini-books is one of the biggest challenges!