Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Playing Around with Movie Maker

One of the things that's great about being on a design team is that sometimes we are forced to step outside of our comfort zone and create or do something we normally wouldn't.  Before I became a designer for Scrap n' Art magazine, I would have never done a video tutorial. In fact, I put it off as long as I could, but they finally made me, lol. I hate the sound of my voice on tape, so that's the biggest reason I fought it for so long. I found a way to get around having to talk a lot during the videos. Music and subtitles! And if you know me, it has to be bubbly, happy music :) Here is a video I did last night that is just a compilation of some of the digital scrapbook pages that I've created.

I really love how this turned out!! I will definitely be doing more of these :)

Recently I've been thinking a lot about moving things around in the Art House again. The way I have it set up is just not working. I wish I could just take everything out and start from scratch, but that's not going to happen right now. I just have to make do with what I've got, besides, I like the eclectic mis-matched furniture and quirky things I've made myself. I started a Pinterest board a while back for Craft Spaces and plan on using some more of those ideas. The biggest thing I need to do is purge!! I think I may just start putting things that I've had for a while and not used in boxes and offering them as grab bags in my Etsy store. Sounds like a plan, right? Let's just see if I will actually do it.

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week! We will be going to Florida to see my Mom's family. I haven't seen most of them in years, so I'm really looking forward to that! I have to finish all my magazine projects before this weekend is over, so I better get to work!
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Joy Christmas Ornament

Christmas is my most favorite holiday and I love making Christmas decorations and ornaments. This is one of the ornaments I made this week :)

The base is a chipboard coaster that I covered with papers from Maja Design's Vintage Frost Basics line, then loaded it up with sweet embellishments. The wooden tile letters spelling out "JOY" are of course Scrabble game pieces and the snowflake on the right side under the photo is a plastic Christmas ornament that I cut in half. The blue poinsettia is from Petaloo and the hanger is made from May Arts ribbon. (you can find some Petaloo flowers and May Arts ribbon in the Pickled Tink Crafts online store!!!) 

Isn't this vintage image just adorable? It is cut out from one of the Maja Design Vintage Frost Basics papers. I distressed the edges of the picture and then inked with a Versa-Magic Dew Drop in Sahara Sand. I also inked the edges of the coaster base. These ornaments are so easy and fun to make! I hope you are inspired to make your own Christmas ornaments :)

I am working on some Christmas wreaths to teach in a class. I'll share those with you soon.
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I Love a Good Sketch!

When I first started scrapbooking, I had no clue what I was doing, so I usually went by a template or a sketch. I still like sketches to help just start creativity when I'm having a creative block. Scrap n' Art Online Magazine features a sketch every month. This is the layout I created using the sketch from August.

Click on the picture to go directly to the
sketch article in Scrap n' Art Online Magazine.
I adore this picture of my grandson Grayson. He and my granddaughter Elizabeth are my favorite subjects to scrapbook :) Here is a close-up of my little guy.

Go check out all the other projects that the SNA designers created with this sketch and then make something of your own!
I've been making some sweet Christmas ornaments this week and also some more memory wire bracelets. I'll share those soon.
Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!