Friday, February 22, 2013

Bright Sunshiney Day

It's gonna be a bright, bright, bright sunshiny day. I need some little music note emoticons. This page was created for the Scrap Your Stash Challenge over at Two Peas in a Bucket. If you haven't checked them out yet you should. (The link is above) Every year one of their free classes gets me and this year it's Scrap Your Stash. (Not that i have much of a "Stash" to scrap) 

Last Thursdays Video was all about using your stamps on a layout. I am not a big stamper, mainly because stamps intimidate me. I can never get a good impression OR once I put it on it doesn't look right. Unfortunately ink is permanent and once it is there...It's There! So, I took a step outside of my comfort zone and gave it a try. Lilith Eeckels...You really got me going and I have to say I am happy with the results.

Sorry for the dim photos but it had started getting cloudy.
That "Summer" banner you see there under the flower is a Pink Paislee Stamp, Stamped onto Vellum and then stapled to some card stock that I Printed a chevron pattern onto. It is actually a bit brighter in person but the wind was blowing and it would not stay down.

 So the hearts all around the page were stamped using a reverse mask. I simply cut my shape out of a piece of scrap paper and then taped it to the page with washi tape so that it wouldn't slide around and then stamped through it. All of the hearts were done with the same stamp I just moved it around a bit so that the pattern wouldn't be the same.

For the rest there is: Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook, October Afternoon Mini Market Alphas, Basic Grey Fact or Fiction Snippets and a Smash Journal Tag.

In Other News:

It was 60 degrees and sunny last Friday and it snowed Saturday. Granted it wasn't a lot of snow and it was gone in like 3 hrs but man did it leave us soggy!! Chloe did not like the snow...nope...not one bit!!! As evidenced by these next pictures. 

Mad because it was wet and she wanted in the front door.

 And nervous on the car ride because she didn't know what was going on when I let her stick her head out the window.

Let me know what you think. Do you like to stamp on your layouts? Have you ever tried stamping on vellum? Have you been inspired by a video on 2 peas lately? Let me know in the comments below. I love comments. 

~Ashley Crafty~

Thursday, February 14, 2013

He Loves His Kindle

It seems every time I take out my camera in the house he has his Kindle in his hands. I have about 10 pictures from the last 3 months where he has that "book" in his hands. So this is my last layout from last week. I did manage one layout this week and I will have that up for you this weekend. But, I digress. Here you go--"He Loves His Kindle". 

I love my new washi tape--I've never been a big fan of the Recollections brand from Micheal's but I couldn't pass up this tape in a geometric chevron pattern. 

I don't know why but I take a lot of  my pictures with a funny angle
I took out the scraps from my Christmas Mini Album and put them to use on this page. The graph paper in the background is from the Basic Grey Aspen Frost Line and the little map in the corner of the picture is Sleigh Ride by Crate Paper.

Since everything is very straight on this page I thought that to offset the washi in the corners that I would drip my mists diagonally across the page opposite the washi. 

So that is my super quick post of my last layout from last week.

In Other News

Jack is reading on his kindle 


Chloe had a long hard evidenced by the toys and chewy's surrounding her. 

Stay tuned this weekend for that tutorial that I promised on making your own Vellum Feathers as I will actually have time to sit and take the photos since.....I AM ON VACATION!!! Yes, I am yelling that out at anyone who will listen. Hehehe. (It's only a mini one but 4 days in a row doesn't happen very often in my life!

Hope Everyone has a great Thursday!

~Ashley Crafty~

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Precious Memories-Giveaway

Just a heads up Andrea over at Precious Memories is having a Giveaway on her blog right now. She is giving away the most awesome October Afternoon prize pack with over 50 sheets of OA Paper from 5 different lines.
Look at all this amazing stuff. 
All you have to do to enter is: 
1) Follow her Blog
2) Leave a comment letting Andrea know you did so. 

And for an extra entry Blog about it and help spread the word

Click on this LINK to be taken to Precious Memories. Good Luck everybody. 

~Ashley Crafty~

A Long, Hard Day

I have been working through pictures that I have of me and my brother as children. I was lucky to have a mother who happened to be a shutterbug. I remember that we went to CVS to pick up a set of prints at least  once every other week. Granted not all of these are scrappable (not a word) but I am going to try and scrap as many of them as I can...So as promised here is my second layout that I completed this week. 

This picture of my brother was taken at the USS Yorktown in Charleston, SC. We had so much fun climbing around that ship. In fact my dad took my brother, husband and me out to dinner Sunday night for my husbands birthday and we were talking about this trip. Jacob (my brother) said that the memory that stands out the most his mind is climbing the ladders through the hatches and that he remembers being exhausted by the time we got to the Captains Deck. Hence the picture of a sun-burnt 11 yr old resting in a Captains Chair. 

On to the layout. I used some of the new My Minds Eye Collectible Collection. The "Love" sticker you see in that corner is actually a tab to pull out for hidden journaling. The envelope that it is in as well as the washi tape on the side are both Recollections Brand from Micheal's.

The Relax chipboard scrabble tiles are from Basic Grey Fact or Fiction Line. We do not have a Jo'Anns anywhere close to me so when I was sent to Columbia for work I asked my husband to stop and let me run in so that I could grab anything from that line. I got the Chipboard Alphas and the Snippets. 

Wasn't he just the cutest kid!!
I love the pattern in that green base paper. I am going to have to order at least two more sheets.

And for the last picture. I really should mist before I put my base layers down as I seem to get it everywhere. This layout will be going to my mom for her birthday pages. I give her 4-5 pages every year for her birthday and Christmas.  

The journaling next to the picture says "I am so very happy to have you in my life. Never forget how special you are to me. You are Kind, Sweet and Silly." Perfect for my mom to my brother. 

Leave me a comment...I love reading them!!!

~Ashley Crafty~

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Then and Now


Yesterday I sat down with one of my oldest scrapbooks and flipped through a couple of pages. I guess everyone has to start somewhere. I started with one of those "1,000 pcs!!" kits that they sell at Wal-Mart shortly after I found my first LSS (Local Scrapbook Store).I bought a few items and a pair of decorative scissors and I sat down to record history, My history. 

Those first few pages are not what I would call my "best work". Far from it actually and even though I am one of those people who will take the photos off of a layout and re-do it I just can't seem to do that to those first pages. Today I took one of them outside with me while I was photographing my latest layouts and took a picture. 
My husband in in his chubbiest of times. SHH!! Don't tell him, he hates that picture.
So, what do we have here. A very lopsided decorative circle in the corner with some vellum stickers and silver flourishes. A glassine type envelope with a quote on it. Very crooked plastic letter stickers and My handwriting because I ran out of letters. Oh yeah, Those squares on the side over there, Mirrored Mosaic Tiles...I don't even know where those came from. So despite my tendency to tear my pages apart and start from scratch this page will remain safely hidden safe.


Now, onto things of a more current nature. I have gotten Three layouts done in four days. I know, Right!?! That's Crazy for Me. This one here is one of me and Jack last summer while we were walking Chloe. (You can find her (Chloe) about two posts back, if you want to know her story.) So I started with a little inspiration in the form of this Layout by Marcy Penner.

And then I jumped in with both feet. I am still getting the hang of mists. Can't seem to make them look right but still use them all the time. Before I go through all the details, I guess I can show you the layout. ;)

Yes, Those are Jesus Jones Lyrics for the title!!                                 
So, I used some Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Thickers, Some paper from a Basic Grey that I have had for at least two years, October Afternoon Mini Market Alpha and a Mistable Camera sent to me in a swap from Ising.

The little green strip on the side is from a SMASH Pad.
It says Coolness Rating 1-10.
I tried to keep the same photo grid concept that Marcy used in her layout. I also added the heart tag in the corner so that the page wouldn't seem so blank. I wish I could have found some washi in one of the greens or close so that I could have added a border around the page *(top and bottom).

Stamping under the tag at the top made me realize that I need some new ink. Something that will leave a sharp image. I think someone said Versa Mark was good for leaving a crisp image. I am going to be sad when I run out of those Thickers. I think they are my favorite alpha EVER!!! 

Have you kept any of your first pages? Do you still have any of those old supplies in you "Scrap Pantry"? Do you know of an Ink that leaves a crisp clear image?
Leave me a comment below. 

Thats all for today Folks, and I hope you will tune in next week for the newest edition of Paper for People. ::Smile:: 

~Ashley Crafty~

Saturday, February 9, 2013

What I Did Today + A Preview of Next Weeks Layout

Happy Saturday to all the peoples out there. I have been a week without posting. I am apparently already slacking on my New Years Resolutions. So, here I am without a whole lot to say but I did manage to get a few productive things done today.

First--I finally decided to take my camera and check out the macro setting. I figure I should figure this out since I have been taking a lot more photos up close for the blog here. I took about 10 photos and ended up with only one that I really like.

This one here. It is a picture of a lone clump of moss in a sea of good ole southern red mud. I have never really played with the macro setting and I don't have a DSLR or anything, just a CoolPix S3100 but I really love this photo. So much so that I think I am going to scrap it. I never knew that macro would fade out the background. I love that effect. 

I also took a picture of the sun setting over our neighbors building, but that one didn't turn out so well. (No, I didn't use macro) Still didn't turn out. 

Second--I took photos of three layouts that I completed this week. I will be posting these here over the next week, the first being tomorrow. Here are a couple of previews. 

Third--I have finally started my Creative Prompts Journal. I used some old paper and embellishments, some notebook paper and Stamps. Just random things. I will go into more detail about this next weekend. 

AND Finally--I ate some soft pretzels....I love me some soft pretzels (with extra sea salt)

So that was my Saturday. What did you do today? Leave me a comment and let me live vicariously through you. 

~Ashley Crafty~