This one time I met Adele. No big deal, right? She performed a private holiday concert at a winery in Portland. My friend and fellow music lover, Caitlin, had introduced me to her first album, 19. This was before she blew up with her second album. Caitlin worked some magic, as she knew the owners of this winery and we were able to attend the event by working as security. Basically, we collected tickets and stood watch by Adele's makeshift dressing room until the show started. I remember Adele being really sick, which explains why she looks miserable here. I, however, was really excited and grinning madly.
This month's Scrap Our Stash challenge was inspired by this sketch, with an added challenge to use handmade flowers. I started with a mixed media background (something I hadn't done in awhile) using clear gesso and an array of spray inks. I was happy to read the twist for this challenge and knew exactly what I was going to do for the handmade flowers. I make and sell flower accessories out of die cut wool felt, freeform embroidery, and buttons. I've been making these flowers a lot lately and added four of them to the layout. I enjoyed bringing together two of my crafty hobbies. Play along, create a layout, and link up by May 29th to win a $25 Gift Card.
Several months ago I won an online contest and was given the Office Suite kit from Fancy Pants Designs. I was looking forward to designing with it before it's official release, but then never put it to use. I finally busted it out for this project. The lighter pastels are a departure from my usual palette and a good challenge for me.
It's reveal day for Creative Scrappers! Sadly, this will my last layout for them, as the sketch challenges are ending. I applied for this design team on a whim, with no experiences and sure I didn't have a change. I'm so thankful to Kristine for giving me the opportunity. I learned a lot and I will greatly miss the inspiration!
To win a $25 gift certificate to SpiegelMom Scraps all you have to do is create a layout using Sketch 285 and/or 286. The deadline to submit your layout(s) to Creative Scrappers is January 31st Midnight EST.
I scrapped this photo from my trip to Arizona back in November with some of my favorites. My dearest friends live in Arizona, they are reproducing to create more fantastic people, and I get to be their aunt. Lucky me! I used the Fancy Pants True Friends collection. It's fitting, with these great sentiments on the embelishments and stickers. This is a pretty straight forward layout, with lots of cut paper layers that I outlined in pen, added stickers, some sewing, and printed journaling.
Let's start with the good news! I've been selected for the DCWV design team! I almost didn't apply, because I wasn't sure I had a shot at it. It's another lesson in bravery, the theme of my year. I was on vacation and didn't even seethe announcement. I was shocked and thrilled when I learned the news. I'm looking forward to designing for this paper company, as I've been using their products since I started scrapbooking back in the day. Also, when I got home and caught up on my scrappy blog reading, I saw that my "hey, sailor" layout was featured on Paper Issues Fan Feature Friday. Good news all around.
We returned from Arizona to a 50 degree temperature change in Portland. There were wild winds on our flight home, which made for quite the turbulent landing. I was very happy to have my feet on the ground. Today we had a snow day, only there really hasn't been any snow. Portland freaks out over the possibility of potential snow and cancels school in anticipation. No complaints here. I was happy to skip another day of work, because it meant a full day of scrapbooking. Here's the layout I completed today. While this photo is from our visit to Arizona last February, I was happy to see these two kiddos on Monday.
This layout was created almost entirely from the True Friend collection by Fancy Pants Design using their November sketch. I've been coveting this collection for awhile. It's just as gorgeous in person and I'm already envisioning more layouts with all these goodies.
In even more good news, Christmas came early and I got a new electronic cutting machine - the silhouette cameo! I've had the cricut personal cutter for years, but it was collecting dust. I had so much fun playing with the new machine and used as many cuts as possible for this page, including several of the free designs that came with the software and the hand drawn circles from 17turtles. I added this to the Clique Kits November anything goes challenge. I used modeling paste for the stars, lots of added stitching, and layers of acrylic paint underneath the title. Here's some closeups.