Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Final P365 Pages of 2013

For the third year in a row, I have completed a "Project 365", taking at least one photo every day and incorporating it into a digital scrapbook page.  For some, this might be considered a huge accomplishment.  For me, it has become an integral part of my life to create this visual diary.

I love looking back at my 2011 and 2012 books, and look forward to paging through the 2013 book.  Of course, there is much work to be done before the 2013 book is ready for print, but at least the last weekly pages are done.

There were actually 10 days needed to finish up the year, thus at least 2 pages were needed to give it justice, especially since these last days contained both Christmas and New Year's Eve, in addition to lots of gifts, great food, a few trips and, last but not least, a completed pair of socks.

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But wait, there's more! One cannot document a Christmas with just a single photo, although one can pick out a favorite. In fact, in 2010 I made a whole book just for Christmas and the holidays. These additional pages will go into the 2013 book, as will others that supplement the project 365 photos.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Week 51

In which I chalked up my Christmas chalkboard, made a snowman out of a POM bottle, ate cookies, bought some punch glasses at Savers, and admired the Christmas tree ornaments.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tahoe Photo Book - Done!

Just in the saint nick of time, I got this photo book done, as the coupon was about to expire tomorrow. I didn't think I was going to be able to do it, but somehow it came together!
Visit Shutterfly.com to create your own personalized photobook.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tahoe Cover Pages

I've come to the end of the pictures, now the always daunting task of creating covers for my Tahoe book. They went faster than I expected.

I thought I would feature my Instagram photos on the cover, but once it was put together, it looked more like a back than a front.
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So on the front I went with what is still a highlight of Tahoe for me, SUPing, and of course being away with Mr. AC.   I blended several photos for the background, placing it on a canvas texture with some simple frames and embellishments.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Snowman

I was walking out of the house when the POM bottle in the recycle bin called out to me.
I can be something, it said.   Indeed you look quite like a snowman.  And so it began.

Several coats of paint on the body, some surgery to shorten the neck, and my crochet skills used to make a hat, but the paint just wasn't covering the tennis ball.
Why not "modify a tube sock" suggested Mr. AC .
And so I did, and at Ms. AC's suggestion, crocheted a scarf.

Then I glued on some buttons for eyes and a mount, and a pin head for a nose, and called it a crafty day.  He still needs some stick arms, but I have many other projects to finish before Christmas.

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Scramble to Finish Tahoe

Once again facing one of those Groupon expiration date dilemmas...can I finish scrapping the summer pictures before my Groupon expires on the 25th??  I am thinking there is not enough energy in me, but I will go down trying.

A couple more pages from our bike ride on the day we left Tahoe.  It was a great ride, a wonderful path, beautiful scenery along the way, and just enough to be tired without being worn out.

Yes, Tahoe is that blue, and that green, and that clear and beautiful.  Don't tell anyone, in case I change my mind, but at this point I have decided to go on that Tahoe trip next year, as the lure of being able to see this every day for a week is too great to pass up.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Favorite Christmas Movie

For the Oscraps 12 Days of Christmas celebration, we are scrapping quotes from our favorite Christmas movie.  Mine is from Elf.  Pictures are of San Francisco from the air on our way to Mexico.

San Francisco Plane photo Plane-San-Francisco_zps3ddd85c8.jpg
Credits: Anna Aspnes Artsy Template Multipack [ link ]
Studio 68 paint touches (bloomin) [ link ]
AASPN_CoolGlows [ link ]
Dido Designs_xmasOrnament_notionSet [ link ]
Oscraps Its a Wonderful Life [ link ]

Monday, December 16, 2013

Week 50

In which it was cold, really cold, freezing cold, with ice even!  And my Jane needed a repair.  And we went to see the Hobbit 2nd movie.

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Christmas Chalkboard

It might be hard for someone to understand, how much enjoyment I get out of this chalkboard.  I am not even sure I understand it.  But I can sit in front of this board and work on the lettering for hours.  The lettering designs are not original, I am not a good enough graphic artist to develop my own chalkboard lettering design.  But I google images, find something I like, take a picture, then get to work.

Looking back, it seems I haven't been keeping up the documentation of my chalkboard.  First it was a discarded cabinet door, transformed with chalk paint and a frame, back at the end of August.  It took a while to get the framing done, the gold frame a purchase from Scrap.

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My first design was for Halloween. I like the mix of a little color on this design.

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Then for Thanksgiving I put the menu on it.  I like the top, but my lettering needs more work.

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And now, for Christmas...I absolutely LOVE how it came out and think I am getting a better hang of the lettering.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Digital Wreath

For the Oscraps 12 Days of Christmas wreath challenge.
It was tricky getting the shadows correct on this, but I persisted.  I think it would make a nice Christmas card, if only I had thought of that sooner.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Documenting December the 8th

Just documenting some additional December days here and there, as I am backlogged on books and scrapping from 2012 and the summer, but meanwhile there are some special things about December to capture, like the decorating of the dining room.
This year I decided to hang some ornaments from the chandelier, and found this perfect length of red beads to use, hanging 8 Mickey Mouse ornaments on the 8 arms of the chandelier on the 8th day of the month.

From Maya de Groot's Documenting December kits:
Art Journal Cards [ link ]
Miss Sophia (doilies) [ link ]
Zen & Nutcrackers [ link ] (Glitter alphas from Zen & Nutcrackers)
Santangles (ornaments) [ link ]
The Art of Journaling Templates 5 [ link ]

Anna Aspnes Warm Glows [ link ], ArtPlay Palette Retro Holiday [ link ]

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Week 49

In which  it was cold, so cold that hats and coats came out of the closet, to be worn even during the day, I treated myself to a new poinsettia, and I got to see the Christmas tree in Union Square, which I missed last year.

Socks are being knitted, car repairs needed doing, bocce was played.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Golden Gate Bridge with Freebies

Another of the December challenges at Oscraps is to make a page with 8 free items that begin with the letters n the word FREEBIE.  That's pretty clever.
F- frame
R- red
E- word art with E in it
E- ellipse (can be a circle)
B- bling or box
I- image
E- effervescent (profusion of small bubbles- like glitter or paint!)
And here is my result, one of the pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge from the bike ride we did across the bridge.  Everything except the picture is available free at Oscraps.

 GGB Bike Ride Freebie photo GGB-Bike-Ride-Freebie_zps8319201d.jpg 

Background paper - Maya de Groot Prego [ link ], frame - Joann Brisbois & Crafty Button Designs Into the Woods, red is from Kitty's Miss You in the Morning [ link ] clipped on to Jopke's Carpe Diem [ link ] word art, circles are from Studio 68 Blooming Add on, box is from Studio 68 Border Madness sol Add on [ link ], image - my pic, glitter/paint is Studio 68 Paint Your Story [ link

Monday, December 2, 2013

Week 48

In which we celebrated the best thanksgiving ever and played some bocce.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Capitola Begonia Festival

For my December multi-designer challenge at Oscraps, I challenged participants to  use a simple formula and speed-scrap a page in under an hour.

And of course I did the same myself.

The formula is:
1. paper
2. frame
3. fastener
4. word art
5. elements x 3 (can be the same element repeated 3xs or three related elements)
6. mask

Here is the page I created, the picture is the bridge over the creek in Capitola on the day of the begonia festival, August 31.

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When I opened the Photoshop file back up to get the credits for posting, I decided to embellish a bit, just to blend it all a little more.  I'm not sure which I like better.

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