Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall decor

So, you probably already know this, but fall is my very favorite season-and I have almost as many fall decorations as I do Christmas-except for a tree of course. No fall tree at our house. Well, I came across a post on a fall leaf garland over at Ticklish Moose (seriously, check hers out, she has some great variations on her site and more "how to's"), and knew I wanted to make one too! I loved the depth of color and the beading on her garland, and went for it, with some changes (of course).

Because I'm all about using what I have on-hand, I improvised with my garland, using my leaf punch that I had (which meant my leaves were smaller), and pulled apart two fall picks (that were purchased at 50% off of course!!), and used cut apart paper clips for the interior veins on my leaves. I also varied the ink on my leaves, some I wanted lighter, some more red, and love the variation. I tore a few pages out of a book purchased for .10 at the Friends of the Library sale-as much as it pains me to tear apart a book, I don't think anyone had any interest in reading this book had sat on the sale rack for months, and is deliciously yellow/brownish, so lots of good texture to start with! 

Sadly, since I have no mantle (not to mention fireplace), I created my garland to be used on a tabletop, so I strung my leaves on floral wire so that it would have a lot of dimension when sitting on a table/hutch.

I started this project on a weekend trip to Southern Colorado, set the eyelets with my fabulous new Crop-a-Dile on the way home from camping (this was the only time my fingers were thawed out enough to function), and strung it up and added the beads from the picks this past weekend. 

I love the result, but here was the test: my husband loves it too! He's anti-crafting when it comes to home decor, but he really got into the leaf garland.

So, what has the season inspired in you?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin butter craftiness

With all of this fall weather, I have been in the mood for some comfort food...and fall crafts. Thus, the crafty pumpkin butter was born. Jump on over to Creative Cookbooking where I am guest designing today to see more of my project-including the versatile flower on top, and to get this easy and tasty recipe.

I would love to see what you've been inspired to create, leave me a link or a comment with your projects!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Turtle Beach and favorite page ever (for right now)

All right, I keep looking at this recent page, trying to figure out what I like about it so much. So far, I've determined I love the depth created with the many papers and embellishments, I love the lazy look of the pearl/bead string around the top (as though I just tossed a necklace across the top of the page), I really love the Prima packaging with my homemade label sticker bearing my Turtle Beach Title. I also love that the even with all of this STUFF on my page, my photos still pop.

LOVE the gold stickles on the flower
 I also love that this was an experiment gone right. I set a timer for 60 minutes, and completed the page in about that time. I walked away, and looked at it the next morning, and added the strip on the left hand side, the stickles, angled the photo on the left, and added the pearl/bead ribbon. Did I mention I love repositionable adhesive? This is why. :)

What experiments and methods have you used to help your projects along? I'd love to hear about them!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ever feel like this?

This could be my motto. Unfortunately, there is no organizing fairy at my house, so I'm going to have to roll up my sleeves and do it myself! My scrap room (also our office, computer room) overfloweth, and I need to make better use of my space. It was okay for me to scatter supplies about when I didn't have a lot of them, but now it's time to clean house. When I first began scrapping, I got a roller tote and couldn't imagine having enough supplies to fill the darn thing-hah, now it holds a small amount of my paper collection, some embellishments, and a bit of this and that. I bought things because they were on a killer sale or clearance, without really understanding my style. Remarkably I only have one small package of paper that I don't think I'll use, and it will shortly be going to Africa to be used in a school there-hard to feel guilty about THAT purchase! But, I will admit, my ribbon collection is out of control, I have flowers blooming everywhere, and I have a big tupperware full of buttons. And let's not mention the stamp drawer that topples every time I open it-did I mention I love stamps? They are the ultimate reusable embellishment!! But...I. need. to. organize!!

Over the next few weeks I'll be hunting down some organizational ideas that I think will work for me. I'm open to ideas, links, or just a word of encouragement that there is hope??

I do have a fabulous page to show you, but I'll have to wait until it dries so I can photograph it and show it off. Might be my favorite page ever. Until I create the next one that is!

Leave me your organizing tips, or a link to some of your favorite projects, I'd love to see them.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Guest designer at Creative Cookbooking!

Hello, I am excited to share a project over at Creative Cookbooking today. During my birthday last month, we got together and made Grandma Fran's enchiladas, and oh were they good! Hop on over to Creative Cookbooking to see my very first scrapbooking/recipe page, and to get the recipe for homemade enchilada sauce and enchiladas!

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to see any recipe projects you've created!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wilbur-the page

Page by page, I'm getting closer to finishing my St. Kitts scrapbook, and having fun with it again. I made this page featuring Wilbur, the 400 lb resident pig of Turtle Beach. We were glad to see him, but a little cautious-I mean it's not everyday you run into a 400 lb pig freely roaming a beach! 

I tried to really keep this page simple, and like the end result for the most part. I'm thinking more and more about getting a die cutting machine to help with titles as I'm not a sticker person...I used my printer for this one, and colored in the words, then used crackle accents (which I thought were glossy accents until they started drying-oops!!)  The patterned paper is from a Memory Makers kit I got on clearance forever ago, and have mostly been using this paper in my St. Kitts album-it remind me of the bright colors we saw while there, and lends a fun whimsical feel to my pages.

This page has me thinking about warmer, tropical places while fall weather is settling in...

How about you, what far away places inspire you or do you think about while creating?