Sunday, September 30, 2012

Multi-Designer Challenge Page 1

I am hosting my first regular challenge at Oscraps this month.  The challenge is to use at least 5 different designers in a page.

Here is the first page I made as an example, using pictures from our trip to the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers a few weekends ago.

Designers used, all from Oscraps, include:
Anna Aspnes - Artsy Layered Template No. 69, Oscraps Facebook Fan Collab - paper, Vicki Stegall - Staples from Collab Dandelion Days, Charlize Creations Be Yourself - staples, Lydia Designs Giovanna - rubons, Maya de Groot Summer Fruit Coctail Mix and Terra Toni - flower and journal tag, and
Additional elements from Anna Aspnes and Maya de Groot


Conservatory Pinks

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Half Mon Bay Redo Redux

Another page from out golf outing at Half Moon Bay, another I was not quite satisfied with.

Half Moon Bay 2 

I added the Instagram photo taken of the sunset, along with some journaling and brushes.   Now it is ready to be printed, in all its orange and sunset glory.
Half Moon Bay 2 Redo

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Half Moon Bay Redo

I was never quite happy with this page from Half Moon Bay, it just seemed a little bare and unadorned.

Half Moon Bay 1 

So while I was preparing pages for printing, I decided to beef it up a bit...a few more elements, a few more brushes, some journaling, and a bit of enhancement on the photo. I think it looks a bit more complete now.
 Half Moon Bay 1 Redo
Credits: Maya de Groot and Anna Aspnes

Monday, September 24, 2012

Capitola Sunflowers

We made a trip to the beach yesterday, for the "the beach is the place where a man can feel he's the only soul in the world that's real".

The Venetian is looking smashing these days, with fresh paint and well-tended courtyards and flowers.

I did this page as a "lift".

Capitola Sunflowers
Credits:Anna Aspnes: ArtPlay Palette Blossom (b/g paper & transfers), ArtPlay Palette Wander, ArtPlay Palette Crazy Life (overlay), Warm Glows No 1, Artsy Layered Template No 69 (artstroke), Torn Foto Frames No 2, ArtPlay Palette Autumnal 2 (leaf brushes) , MultiMedia Flowers No 2 (flowers, recolored), ArtPlay Palette Retro Holiday (bottom brush), ArtPlay Palette Strawberry Preserve (brad, transfer), ArtPlay Palette Seafoam (edge overlay), Oscraps Collab Journey (leaves)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week 38

In which I continued to recover normalcy, with pretty flowers, a new shirt, a new iPhone, and the completion of my crafty French coffee table.

 Week 38

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Week 37

In which we went to San Francisco twice...to see the Conservatory of Flowers and to attend the simulcast of Rigoletto at AT&T.

Week 37

Friday, September 21, 2012

Crafty French Coffee Table

I've been working on this coffee table makeover too long, what with unanticipated interruptions, a slowed mojo, and general 'not-sure-what-I-am-doing-ness'.

But alas I am calling it done.
Table Done

History - Mr. AC's coffee table from another era, basic oakish wood, terribly worn, no ornamentation to give it any redeeming qualities, and therefore the perfect candidate for a painted makeover.

The basic steps:
  • sand
  • prime
  • paint with the same yellow I used on the hutch
  • antique with the same glaze I used on the hutch
  • add alternating glazed diamonds (these were a pain!)
  • add French postcard stickers (ach, made a mistake on this step)
  • stamp with permanent ink (ach, which proved to not be permanent)
  • glaze fleur-de-lis on the legs (another mistake!)
  • try to recover from the smeared ink with sanding, reinking, spraying with polyurethane
  • sand the glazed fleur-de-lis and redo them in ink, with polyurethane to seal
  • add some mod podge over the stickers (ugh, should have done mod podge under AND over)
  • more polyurethane, more mod podge, more ink, repeat
  • several final coats of satin finish
  • done!

Table Primed Table Painted  Table w Diamonds Table Done Closeup Table Side View

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Week 36

In which I spent some time in New Jersey and Philadelphia, then came home to beloved California.

Week 36

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vintage Bathing Beauties

How amazing are these photos? Mom & Dad must have been 19 or 20ish years old. This would have been maybe late 1940's.  They look happy, like they are having fun.

 Beach Heritage 
Credits: Anna Aspnes FotoBlenz Layered Template No. 7, One Little Bird & Salin Studio Worn, Ashalee Wall Photomask Freebie, Maya de Groot Santangles (tickets)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Looking Up

They might just be a set of pictures of the day and evening sky from the back yard, another blue sky with pretty puffy clouds, another gold and orange sunset, but each page has meaning, each page helps to release some of the pent up frustration and nervousness in this difficult time.

I think things are looking up.  I think we will find our way.

Looking Up
Credits: Anna Aspnes ArtPlay Palette Barren Sunrise, Girl Craze, Original No 1, Find My Way 2, Retro Holiday. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Then & Now

Picture of Mom & Dad AC on their wedding day in 1950, scrapped with Jen Maddocks Then & Now kit.

Wedding Picture Oscraps

I love the red in this kit, but wanted to keep this page completely monochromatic.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Just another Purple Flower Day

Done for the copycat challenge at Oscraps.

Purple Flowers Copycat 
Credits: Kitty Designs Touch of Magic Purple Blossoms Vicki Stegal: 20 Shades of Gradient Butterfly Kisses Anna Aspnes: ArtPlay Palette Blossom and Crazy Life Warm Glows No 1 Scribble Blooms

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Halycon Pond Lily

We got to the house a little too early, and Mom didn't answer the door.  So I took a walk down to the pond.  The pond has been there since my childhood, but it looked different then, a little more shabby, a little more dangerous without the wall on the side.

I think there were pond lilies back then, but I am not sure.  Certainly the fountain was different.  Was there a fountain?  Now I am not sure.  I think so, but not as pretty.  And certainly I don't remember the pond being filled from a pump or hydrant near the edge.

Seeing me taking pictures of the pond and the water lilies, a bored but friendly town worker came over to talk.

It was such a beautiful morning. The humudity was low, the sky was blue, and the pond and lilies looked so pretty.

This was the day of Dad's funeral.

Water Lily

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Back to School Challenges

In addition to my Book Cover challenge at Oscraps, there were three other back-to-school challenges.

A mystery scraplift of a page by Maya de Groot.  The page and steps were described but not revealed.  I used pictures from our trip to Philadelphia for this challenge.  As bored as Natalie sometimes was, she does enjoy having her picture taken.

Brotherly Love

A Spelling Bee challenge to feature an alpha prominently in the layout.  Plus it had to be about school,so I reached back to June and Audrey's graduation pictures.  I love this combination of shots!

Audreys Graduation 

And finally, a First Day Jitters challenge, to scrap outside one's comfort zone. I scrapped Dad's obituary, which was definitely outside my comfort zone.  This was hard to do, but, it is all hard.

Dads Obituary

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Back to School

We are having a fun Back-to-School Scrap-O-Thon at Oscraps, with plenty of challenges and prizes.

I have already shown my Book Cover challenge, now for a few others.

First off, there is the avatar challenge.  Another one of those funny timing coincidences.  Before we left for NJ, I pulled out my college yearbook and scanned my picture.  I was going to use that for my avatar, but then I never got to it.

One of the more fun things about the trip to NJ was discovering old pictures, unearthed as the family collected pictures for a video tribute to Dad.  The video got messed up with the wrong pictures, but that's another story, perhaps best left untold.

Anyway, I came across this picture of my in what was probably first grade at St. Anthony's school in Belleville NJ, the same church where we had Dad's memorial mass.

Every time I look at it, it makes me laugh!

ScrapoThon Avatar

Monday, September 10, 2012

Weeks 34 & 35

It's funny how things can change from one week to the next...in Week 34, there we were doing our usual thing, going for walks, playing golf, getting pictures from Ms AC, finishing up the bathroom remodel...

Week 34

And then in a flash we were off to NJ to say our final farewells to Dad.

 Week 35

Sunday, September 9, 2012

More SUPing

This time it was Ms AC SUPing, in her retreat to Downeyville.  Feels like a long time ago already!

Megan SUPing 
Credits: Anna Aspnes ArtPlay Palettes Adventure, Seafoam and Sweet Christmas, Charlize Creations Be Yourself, Lydia Designs Summer Rub On, Oscraps Collab Tango

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Jen Journaling

These pages were made a few weeks ago, before I dashed off to NJ.  They both feature Jen Maddocks Autumn Journal kit.

This first is two photos and a template, that's it! The template is pretty special, also from Jen Maddocks, Artisan Favorites Template Set 1. Summer Journal

This next is from a series of shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken on our trip to Corte Madera a few weeks ago. I loved seeing the elements of the bridge rising out of the mist.  I even attempted a bit of a cluster in the lower corner.

GGB Journal

Jen Maddocks Autumn Journal Jen Maddocks Artisan Favorites

Friday, September 7, 2012

What the Dickens?

I am proud to be sponsoring my first challenge at Oscraps!

It is for the back to school Scrap-O-Thon and the subject is book covers. 

I remember covering my books with brown grocery bags, or sometimes using purchased plastic-coated covers.  I remember my books didn't always get covered in time, and struggling to do it myself or trying to get help early in the morning before going to school.  This was Catholic school, so showing up without something done was just not allowed, no excuses.  But I also remember a sense of pride when I could neatly cover a book all by myself.  And how the brown paper would get softer as the book was used during the year.  These were simpler times, and sometimes I long for them.

Literal me created a page about my Dickens book shelf.  I love the colors and coordination of these book covers.  Sometimes when I was reading these books I would remove the covers so they wouldn't get damaged.

One of the background images, in the lower left corner, was from a picture I took of the Dickens sculpture in London.

Dickens Book Cover 
Credits: One Little Bird PageKraft, Oscraps Collab nOvel, Lydia Designs Giovanna, Joanne Brisbois CTW (frame), Anna Aspnes 12x12 Script Tease Overlays Learn, Anna Aspnes Warm Glows No1, Anna ASpnes Original FotoBlendz No 5

Thursday, September 6, 2012

My Sad Absence

Because this, my blog, is a diary of my creative expression, and I know I will print it and look at it some day in the future, I must acknowledge the period from August 26th through September 6th as being one of sadness.

Rest in peace, Dad, your long life was lived as best you could, now your pain and suffering are over.
Frank Vincent Nasti
October 10, 1925 - August 25, 2012