Thursday, March 15, 2012

Aaaaaaannddddd.... We're Back!

Having been out of my office and away from all my lovely crafting goodies, it's been more of a challenge than I'd've thought to get back into the groove.  What to do??

How about catching up on some extremely overdue design team challenges??  I was hopeful that having parameters to stay within would jump start my mojo.  With that idea in mine, I actually created 2 layouts last night and am really happy with them.

Here's the first sketch I worked with:  
I chose to turn it upside down and came up with this:

Sorry for the washed out look.  I took it outside to photograph.  It's brighter in real life.  :)
One thing that I really liked about taking on this challenge is that I actually created layouts!!  It's been such a long time since I've done that.  And I made my first Kaytey layout.  How can you not love that face??  

- With so many colors in the smaller photos, I elected to highlight the colors in the large, focal photo and not worry about the others.  
- I zig zag stitched each layer of patterned paper and cardstock together for texture and small pops of each color.
- I like how the ribbon on the heart and the photo help tie (punny, huh?) the two together and helped move your eye thru the layout.

Supplies: Cardstock - Core'dinations, Bazzil, Patterned Paper - KI Memories (Sweet Life collection), Ribbon - Offray, Chipboard Heart - Jenni Bowlin Studios, Small letters - Prima, Large Letters - QK Blossom cut from PTI coaster baord, Tiny Tags - American Tag Co, Paint - Delta, Safety Pin - UNK

Here's the second sketch: 
and the results:

My first derby layout!!  These photos are from the day I broke my ankle, obviously BEFORE I broke it.  :)  I love this shot of Mel, Bret & I.  I've already said this could be our Christmas card photo this year and it was only February!  The other pictures show me (upper left) blocking the jammer, (upper right) delivering a good hit and knocking the jammer down and (lower left) hanging in with one of the guys on the track.

A few things to note about my version of the sketch:
- I opted to change the sizes of my photos a little to better fit the pictures I had
- Create your own embellishments.  Yep, we've heard this for ages but sometimes we forget about it.  And creating your own embellishments doesn't have to be involved or complicated.  For example - the two "tapes" I created for this layout.  The "Support Local Roller Derby" tissue tape was made with an image downloaded from the internet, adding a black border around it and then lining it up end to end.  I used white tissue and double sided tape and printed the image onto it.  You can find the tutorial that inspired me here.  There are so many possibilities for this.  
- The other "tape" I created is the AZRD logo tape in the upper right corner.  I lined it up the same way and simply printed it on cardstock.  Neat touches that were simple, fast but had cool, personal impact.
- I die cut lots of little stars to create another custom tape look.  To make it more interesting I popped them up on foam squares.  Just a neat way to give some dimension to my "tape".

Supplies: Cardstock - Core'dinations, Bazzil, WorldWin, Title - Grapevine Designs, Patterned Paper - Fancy Pants, Die Cut Stars - Spellbinders, Quickutz, Rhinestones - Kaiserkraft, Labels - Dymo

You'll be able to see both of these in person at Paper Vineyard after the 24th.  Join me for Copic Coloring that focuses on Pallet Blending that day.  :)  

Here's hoping this jump start is successful!  I'm grabbing lunch and then I'm pulling out my markers!  

Have a fabulous day!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My poor little blog.....

I really and truly never meant to be away from it for so long.  And to come back and find that my last post disappeared is frustrating.  At some point I'll try to recreate it, if for no other reason than I liked the pictures I had in it.  :)

To recap: February was pretty well spent laying on my back, on the couch with my left foot/ankle up in the air. My only entertainment was the iPad & Boogle game and my phone for limited internet access.  Wasn't even interested in watching tv.  This necessitated cancelling or rescheduling all February classes.

With March now here, I'll be back to teaching (only a few classes are rescheduled).  I'll just be a little slower since I'll be using a knee walker and eventually a walking boot.  So I'll ask for your patience in advance.

I'm working on getting my mojo back.  It seems that while I was laying around, my mojo thought it was vacation time and took off.  Being back in my office is helping and I'll be playing around with my markers and pretty papers and seeing what happens.

I'm off to go update the calendar and class projects page.  Take a look and hopefully you'll see something you like and will join me.