Sometimes you have to get away the everyday in order to fuel your creative self. For me it is a long weekend at the lake with a few of my best scrapbooking buds. We do this twice a year at a Scrapbook Retreat about an hour and a half from my house. One of these such weekends was about two weeks ago and although I didn’t stay the usual time I stay (Thursday thru Sunday) I felt like I actually got a lot done.
On this retreat I used some of the items I got at the Scrapbook Expo. One of items was templates from Kiwi Designs. I was not really sure about these new products and neither were some of the ladies retreating with me. The templates were so elementary. Just cut out pieces of plastic. We were all so used to using our cricuts to cut out shapes that I thought I may have wasted my money on these basic tools. Turns out I was wrong. The basis of Kiwi Lanes is to frame your pages and the possibilities are endless . You can Google Kiwi Lane Designs to get more information but here are a few shots of the process.
Move away the right and draw a line using the templates. My friends were horrified having to use scissors!
Once you’ve cut both sides you have you have your frames.
Inking the pages helps hides pencil lines and adds to look.
I didn’t go ALL Kiwi Lanes but here is a sample of a page were I used the Kiwi Lane Templates.
Here is another example of using the Kiwi Lane Design Templates. It really made the page pop! I used a Close to My Heart paper pack on this page with some chipboard gears I found at the Scrapbook Expo.
Here’s the link to Kiwi Lanes: http://kiwilane.com/ Check them out and see more great ideas.
This weekend I am at a scrapbook retreat with my dear friends. We do this twice a year and although I am still semi-recovering from recent surgery I could not pass up a chance to get away and do some serious scrapbooking and gossiping. I didn’t get here until Friday but have accomplished a lot which I will show later but first off I’m going to share somebody else’s handy work. Featured today is a recipe page done by my friend Leslie C. She scrapbooked this Oreo Dessert recipe of her mom’s. She used the Cricut Sweet Shop cartridge to make this cute little jar and a 1 1/2 inch circle hole punch to cut out these oreo cookies. You can’t tell from the picture but she did a little recycling with the cookie jar. Vellum was too thick and you couldn’t see the detail of the embossed cookies so she reused some clear packaging from some other scrapbook embellishment. Worked perfectly! Now if she’ll just make me this dessert….we’ll be good
What do you get when you find a great new recipe on PINTEREST and a big jar of old buttons in your mom’s sewing room? A recipe page using old buttons!
I found this recipe for Banana Pudding Poke Cake on Pinterest. Tried it, loved it, scrapped it.
My mom used to sew a lot when she could see so over the years she has collected a lot of buttons. I asked for her button jar to do some other projects but decided I’d also use for some scrapbooking.
This was also my first use of the Cricut CraftRoom which I used to fuse the letters together. By fusing the letters it made it a lot easier to put the title on the page
Some ladies in my office are going through some hard times so I wanted to make some “Thinking of You” cards with my Close to My Heart Workshop on the Go Card Making Kit. The kit is mostly for Birthday Cards but I loved the paper pattern of the Chantilly Paper and wanted to use it. I started following instructions but then decided to go off on my own.
I used my Cricut to cut out some little 1 1/2 inch flowers using the Mother’s Day Bouquet cartridge. Then after I cut three different sizes (1 inch, 1/1/4 inch and 1 1/2 inch) I distressed it using CTMH Cotton Candy ink.
See what a difference distressing/inking makes on these little flowers. My dobber had a little yellow left on it but that’s okay. It added to the look.
I cut out the leaves with the same cartridge. Inked them a little bit then used a fine tip black marker and a white pen.
These past couple of weeks have been very busy and very stressful with both goods things and bad. A good thing was a few weeks ago I attended the Scrapbook Expo in Duluth, GA with three of my scrapbooking friends. We headed over there Thursday afternoon and were at the Expo bright and early Friday morning. None of us had ever been to one before and didn’t know what to expect. Needless to say we were not disappointed and spent lots of money picking up some new scrapbooking supplies. We also took a couple of classes which was fun. The most fun was the mini album class we took although I didn’t bring the right tools (should have brought my paper cutter with a ruler) and we didn’t get to finish the album. We also took a class which was mostly just a product review and you took home lots of Freebies. I wasn’t as impressed with that one mostly because the freebies were not that special and were actually not truly freebies since we paid for the class. 🙂
I was introduced to some products and brands that I was excited to find. The first product we fell in love with was from the first workshop we did. The company is called FarmHouse Paper and we used the products to make a cute little mini-album for recipes. I loved these products and when I ever get around to opening up my own scrapbook store (either online or brick and mortar) I plan on carrying it since we can’t find it in out area. Here’s the website so check it out: http://farmhousepaper.myshopify.com/
Another big hit was the bargain scrapbook supply booth where everything was a dollar, Jennie Bowlin Designs, Kiwi Designs and Paper Wizard laser cuts.
The Scrapbook Expo was overwhelming! We were in Heaven with all the vendors. The four of us had adjoining rooms so Friday night we all put all the scrapbook goodies we found on our beds to see who bought the most stuff! I’m happy to say I did not win (although maybe I did). We literally shopped till we dropped. I was so tired. We even went back Saturday for some last minute things. We had planned on getting up early so we could get a chance to win the big door prizes but were so tired decided to sleep in and go later in the morning.
We got home Saturday afternoon and I was worn out. I thought it was from the long trip and the lack of sleep the night before but after laying down for a bit I got up and told my husband I needed to go to the emergency room. This was about 9:00pm Saturday night. I couldn’t catch my breath. I thought I was having a heart attack! It was serious if I wanted to go to emergency room for sure. So my husband grabbed up my son and we went. One hour wait was what the sign said. Well then I must have had a panic attack too but luckily they got me back very quick. Was not a heart attack thank God but turns out I was anemic and the symptoms of anemia is shortness of breath or even chest pain. This explained why had been so tired. But they did all kinds of tests while I was there and we finally got home around 2am. When I went to see my doctor a few days later they pricked my finger twice because they didn’t believe it was so low. But all is okay now. Doc gave me iron pills and I’m starting to feel better and ready to use all the bling I bought!