Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's about time!!

Really, really time for a new post don't you think? I've been busy creating loads of pages, store samples, Design team projects and things that I can't post just yet. Where to begin...A few fun projects for Momenta...

These are my boxes from Starbucks- the best part was eating the Salted Chocolate Caramel Squares that were once inside them!
 Here they are spiffied up with some fun papers and stickers from the Born to be Wild Premium Scrapbook Kit (PA-1024)and the Chipboard Icon Stickers (ST-3006) and letters (EM-1357) were the perfect match

Next I made this quick gift topper for a very special birthday girl!
Full instructions and materials needed can be found here

...Maybe I'll actually post some layouts for you tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Octagons and Meteor Showers

A new page for Practical Scrappers Challenge Me Tuesday using Octagons, and some great new papers from Cosmo Cricket's 2wenty Thr3e collection.

This one was for Let's Capture these Sketches Sketch #122. There were so many amazing pages created by the team with Natalie Roy's sketch, find the sketch and examples here
I used papers from October Afternoon's Rocket Age. Ethan loves this one, but was perplexed why he was all grey in the photo- I should have just told him that's how real superheros look.

 I know I need help in finding normal titles for my posts...


Friday, March 2, 2012

Practical Scrappers Link with Love Blog Hop

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers "Linking with Love" Blog Hop!  We believe it is important to always give credit when it is due to another crafter.  For this unique hop all of our design team members used the same inspiration piece to create their project.  Each of them will make an example of themselves as to how to properly "Link with Love" and credit the inspiration.  We'll be running the hop thru Noon EST on Sunday - so you have plenty of time to get thru it!

Liz Qualman created this beautiful layout and we have all used it for inspiration.  Each of us will tell what part we took our inspiration from.  The whole hop will culminate at Liz's blog where she'll provide us with a new sketch for inspiration.

Many of the designers are providing prizes at their stop and Practical Scrappers is providing a prize for one person who becomes a follower at each stop (for all the details head over to Practical Scrappers). 
Blog Hop List 
You should be arriving from: Kerri Yarus' blog
Your next stop is Christa Uttley's blog

Pablo Picasso is credited with this quote " good artists borrow, great artists steal".
Inspiration comes from everywhere. Sometimes, it gets all mashed up with other forms of inspiration in your head, and when it comes out in a physical form, it has been changed so much, or internalized in a way that the idea(s) are now your own. when this happens, it is difficult to give credit to the original sources of ideas. There are times however, that we all directly take, or "borrow" ideas in order to create our work, and in this case, it is so important to give credit to the original artist.

My inspiration for the following layout was probably a million little things subconsciously, but 2 sources were obvious.  I loved the contrast of the white background on Liz Qualman 's layout (above) with the brightly coloured patterned circles she used to frame her page. I  also drew from my favorite Starbucks coffee mugs, one of which was in my hand, and on my desk as I worked.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. BBP Edges
pp: Jillibean Soup, American Crafts, October Afternoon, Scenic Route, Rose Moka, Doodlebug Design Inc., My Mind's Eye, Momenta, 
Letters: American Crafts, October Afternoon
Buttons: Basic Grey, American Crafts, unknown

So next time you find yourself borrowing ideas, remember to link back to the original source if possible, whether it's a sketch, an ad, something you saw on Pinterest, or on another blog. Check out the Link with Love initiative for more food for thought.

Thanks for stopping by,