And my nails are ready! I picked up these perfect colors, Maybelline Color Show, at CVS for only $4-ish each. They're a little thin, but great color saturation and the kind of shine I like. By the way that's sock #2 in the background, coming along with only one unknitting episode so far.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
For this month's Oscraps Blog feature 1 Kit 5 Ways, we chose Cinzia Loosemoore's Photobooth. I love negative strip frames, perhaps because they are nostalgic and retro, but that's what I wanted to feature from this kit. It's also full of wonderful word art.
I remembered, and found, a photobooth-like strip taken last Mother's Day while we waited for Za to open on Russian Hill. I don't do as much back-scrapping these days, perhaps becuase there is too much current scrapping to do, but this was a very fun page to make.
Monday, September 23, 2013
In which I started on another cork wreath, which is a very relaxing activity with just me, corks and a glue gun, I finally made progress on that sock after taking it out four times and unknitting almost 2 inches, and there are signs of fall in the air and colors.
We had the first real rain of the season on Saturday.
I returned to Maya de Groot's templates this week for some variety, and colored each frame to coordinate with the pictures.
Friday, September 20, 2013
It was during the last heat wave that we got these spectacular sunsets.
Templates are called 'StoryTells' from Jen Maddocks. It was after I used this one that I actually read the description.
I take a lot of photos especially when we go on hikes or family day trips. When I look at them to scrap most of the time there are one or two I’d like to highlight in their own layout but the rest I’d like to just get all on a page so I can look at them all. That is the concept behind storytellers. They are photo driven, photo focused templates meant to get as many photos on to a layout and still have a clean look. I’ve designed these with interesting photo masks so all you have to do is clip in your photos. There are a few elements in these templates so if you want to just go simple then plug in your photos and you are done but I’ve left them fairly open so if you want to add your own personality to them there’s lots of play to do that as well. I hope this make your scrapping easier!
This is so true of my scrapping, so now I have a new set of go-to templates!
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
It was another of those races against time, to finish this book before the free book coupon and the 50% off offer expired, but I did it with a day to spare, and by combining all sorts of discounts, got this book for $8. That was such an amazing price, I bought another that I can send to Nat, maybe for her birthday, maybe for Christmas. At 51 pages, this may be my longest yet, but I just couldn't let hardly any of these pictures go unprinted and unsaved. It was a lot of work, but such a pleasure, and the pleasure lives on every time I page through it. Can't wait to see it!
Shutterfly photo books offer a wide range of artful designs and embellishments to choose from.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
I've started on cork wreath # 2, intended as a present, although I am not yet sure who will get it. I love gluing corks together to form these wreaths, it is so calming.
These are mostly the corks I bought at scrap for $1-2 a bag, although I found I still have a lot left over in my personal collection. So there may be a third wreath in my crafting future.
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Saturday, September 14, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
This is a free sock pattern, and I am no sock-knitting expert, so I was not too surprised to get stuck. But after finally getting the cuff correct on the 4th try, I thought I was home free on this sock, then came the heel flap.
I was following the pattern ok, but it just wasn't looking right. I consulted you-tube on slip stitches to make sure I was doing it right and tried both slipping knit-wise and slipping purl-wise, but it still did not look right. So I un-knit. And tried again. And even tried it with some scrap yarn. Finally I decided I would just go with it even though it didn't look right.
And it turns out it was right, I just wasn't looking at it from the right angle.
Lesson in crafty persistence!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Another page for Natalie's book, from our lunch at the Great Eastern in Chinatown. The Great Eastern is the restaurant where President Obama showed up to pick up some dim sum recently, at the advice of Mayor Lee and Lt.Governor Gavin Newsome.
I'm trying to keep things simple at this point so I can get this book done. There is this ancient set of elements from an 'Orient' blog train I collected was back when I started digital scrapping, and fortunately I didn't trash it, as it has worked out well on these pages from Chinatown.
I also love that I can snap a pic of something, like the card from the restaurant, and it is instantly in my photo stream so I can drag it onto a page.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Our "Font Doctor" at Oscraps has issued a simple challenge, to end this sentence and pick a font to express it...
"This weekend, I really want to ..."
Ending the sentence was easy. Picking the font was a bit harder. The 'beach' alpha is Sandy Feet by Daniel Young, the same alpha I used for the cover of my Edisto Island book.
I landed on "the Maple Origins" for my font, liking the open, simple, wistful feeling it conveys.
One paper, one sentence, one alpha...probably the simplest page I have made in a long time, but very satisfying.
Friday, September 6, 2013
For Maya de Groot's spotlight challenge, which coincides with her 21st birthday, she has asked participants to make an altered portrait. I've been thinking about this, but nothing was coming to me. It's is hard to be creative when there are non-creative things going on.
But then I looked at Maya's Pinterest inspiration board, and saw this.
And my subject was not only decided, but this helps me to scrap those pictures from Mother's Day. Using mostly Maya's kits, including her new Zen and the Art of Flying Machines, this is my result. I used an actual picture taken in front of the museum, and just supplemented it with digital buttons. I found this awesome script which counts layers...there are 195 layers here.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
I finally finished those socks I started, when, Christmas ? The second came better than the first, once I figured out how to line up the toe seem and the heel seem.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Fiat is currently running ad campaigns for their adorable little cars, showing them plunging into the ocean in Italy, and surfacing in New York. They call it "the Italians are coming".
As a takeoff on this concept, while we were at the Giants game on August 10th, they had 3 cars driving around in McCovey Cove. I read about it and it seems they somehow put the car body onto personal watercraft. However they did it, it was cool!
I made this page for the web inspiration challenge, which was green and with a single image.
Monday, September 2, 2013
And a touch of one color, in this case, red.
I took this picture of The Nat and The Crisser while they were sitting on mom's bed at JDT. We were all waiting for mom to get back from her afternoon PT.
They were texting, chatting and who knows what else. They enjoy being together, despite their 8-year difference in age.
The photo was processed with both the Photo Effects and Instagram apps before being combined with products from Maya de Groot and Anna Aspnes for this challenge.