Sunday, November 28, 2010

Great Candy at Let's Get Scrap Happy

Just a quick post to let you know that:
a) I haven't been scrapping as I can't finish tidying up my new scrap room and I don't have a free inch to work on! In case you don't believe me, I have just taken this picture as proof!

Yes, I know, I shouldn't be posting pictures of this awful mess, but I wanted you to understand why I haven't been scrapping, I just don't know where to start tidying up! Plus, there's my daughter's playroom, which is not as big a mess but only because we clean up everyday, and I am working on creating play areas (house area, dress up area, reading area, arts area, etc), which is taking lots of time. I start doing one thing, then have an idea for the other room, go do that, have another idea for another room in the middle, and go do something else, and I never finish!!!!!!!!!! I promise I'll post pictures of my scraproom once I finish, so you can stop having nightmares with this picture!
b) my friend Betty Anne is having a fantastic blog candy giveaway. Here is the wonderful candy you can win by visiting her blog, Let's Get Scrap Happy.

Plus, I know she's organizing a big surprise for Let's Scrap members for the beginning of next year so, if you are not a member yet, you should seriously consider becoming one! I tell you you can't miss it.

Hope to be posting some layouts soon, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comments!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Let's Scrap 11-17-10

This is a card I created for Let's Scrap's 11-17-10 sketch. I started using the sketch, and looking for papers that would look like a quilt, then found this paper and thought "this pattern would be great for quilting", but couldn't cut small squares without losing the flowers, so in the end the card did not resemble the sketch much, but it was great inspiration and that is what matters most. Here is the card:

And this is what it looks like inside:

I've started working on a nice envelope for it, too, but, since I got my 53 boxes from the moving company yesterday, I'm finding it a little hard to scrap!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nothing is original

I have been working on some first communion cards someone asked me to do this week (even taught myself how to do rosary knots and beaded crosses to embellish the cards!) so there's been little scrapbooking. I have also spent lots of time lifting ideas from fabulous Etsy shops to make my new house feel like home without spending too much, since we won't be living here that long. Love this: 

And this (though bigger, this is only 3 x 3):

And this, but I have more scrapbooking items than earrings to hang from it!

I wish I'd saved the shop's names together with the addresses, but I didn't, so if you'd like to buy any of these gorgeous things, you'll have to search Etsy

And since we are talking about lifting, I'd like to share this paragraph I came upon while Stumbling in my Ipod (what an addiction!):

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to. (Jim Jarmusch's Golden Rule #5).

I think this is a perfect quote for scrappers. Where do you steal from?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Let's Scrap 11-10-10

First of all let me say thanks for all the encouraging comments I got both here and at Let's Scrap last week. For a nomad whose life keeps changing every few years, only two things remain constant: my family and my scrapbooking (though in very different priority rankings, of course). Feeling I'd lost my ability to scrap or enjoy scrapbooking was really frustrating and scary, but everything came back with this LO. It doesn't really mean this LO is any better than the previous ones, or that it is a masterpiece (far from it), it just means I enjoyed doing it and felt I knew what I wanted the page to look like and was able to make it look that way. So there's now a happy scrapper wandering this Caribbean island!

I think these embellies I just got in the mail are simply yummy! Really felt tempted to include all of them in one page!

Plus, I've just found a group of ladies who are dying to begin scrapbooking and asked me to organize a crop. Great way to get to know the people here and scrap at the same time. Will be looking forward to it, though I need to organize things yet, and get the supplies mailed!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Let's Scrap 11-3-10

I've started to scrap again, yesterday I worked on Let's Scrap 11-3-10 sketch, and a card sketch that will be revealed in a couple of weeks. I find it so hard to scrap, though. I've been blaming my lack of stash for my mojo problems, but I guess that's not the real cause. The thing is, I can't find my "style" back. I play around with materials for hours and  still can't get the look I like. I guess I'll just have to be patient and continue scrapping, things will eventually go back to normal. Or I might find a different style altogether! Here is 11-3-10:


Hope my inspiration decides to come back soon, I really need it!
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