Saturday, March 22, 2008

Stamp Album

I have been on the look out for the perfect binder for my stamps. I'm a scrapper not a stamper so I don't have millions of stamps. My most numerous are my journaling stamps.

When I was at The Crafty Scrapper, I noticed this great Maya Roads Album. I thought it would be the perfect size. I painted it with red paint. I also added these great handles from Seven Gypsies. I made a hole with my crop-o-dile and just squeezed the little studs. Then handles can be placed on the inside or the outside of the album.

I was going to let Sam play with all of my stamps and take a picture of him for the cover, but I thought that would take too much clean up. So I extracted his picture in PSE4 and added digital doodles, stamps and paint to him. I used Weeds and Wildflowers "A Better Me" and the "Celebrating Color Series."

For the inside of the book, I took the cover of the unmounted stamps and scanned them onto a transparancy. I then cut off the title of the package and the vin. I thought this would be great to have in one spot in case I ever decide to submit something for publication. Then I wouldn't have to search for the information, it would all be right in one spot. The stamps cling great to the transparency.

When this book is in the shelf I can see the title on the binding. But, this book is portable. These handles make it easy to grab the binder and off I go. I plan to make one of these for each of my stamping categories. I may also make one for travel where I can just slap in the sheets of the stamps I need for the different crops.

With Maya Roads and these great handle from Seven Gypsies, the possiblities are endless.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Updates on Digi LOs

I've been participating in the ADSR3 with my partner Bobbie. We are The Killer B's. Lots of strange challenges this time. Most of the subjects, I would never scrap about and the elements, I would never really use in combinations together. But, that is what makes it a challenge. There is only one LO that I really like that I have done. Wonder if you can pick it out.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Feelin' Crafty on Spring Break

Sam saw this S at the Crafty Scrapper a few weeks ago and had to have it. So we decided it would be a great craft for Spring Break. We covered the S in tape. Then he dropped the paper on top of the S and tore it around the S. Then we inked heavily. Finally Sam chose the Jolee tiger and the phrase "Catch me if you can!" He was so cute! It was a fun day even if it was to rainy to be about!
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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tagged Again

My friend Carolyn over at The Crafty Scrapper tagged me. I think the challenge is to tell seven unknown facts. I don't know if I have anything else to share....let me think.

1. I am a closet Lawrence Welk fan. When I was little, I never missed an espisode. I liked to sing to all the music. I've known all the words to those songs for as long as I can remember.

2. My novel of choice is a vampire romance. I don't know why. When they were little they scared the crud out of me. I guess I'm trying to prove that they don't scare me any more.

3. I am a Maya Roads Roadie. To some of my friends this comes as no suprise, but to others in the non scrappy world and my digi friends, you probably have no idea. I cannot get enought of the albums and chip board. I could alter them all day long and be happy never even putting pictures in them!

4. I hate my feet! They are too wide and too long for my short body. I think I should have been at least 5'7" to go with these big girls.

5. I didn't go to kindergarten. I started reading before I came to school in first grade.

6. One of my favorite childhood memories was when my mom's GTO broke down and we had to walk several miles back to our house. I thought we were having an adventure. I didn't know my mom was scared to death.

7. I am a great shot. I give my husband a run for his money when we do target shooting. I would be a lot better if I didn't close my eyes when I sqeezed the trigger.

I guess I will tag Stacie.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Stolen Moments Inn and My Crafty Scrapper Friends

I had the most wonderful time this weekend at the retreat with my friends. We were in the quiet town of Maypearl where we cropped and created until 4 or 5 every morning. We took a little nap and started creating again. These are two of the LOs that I love. The first one is based on a sketch from the Getting Sketchy Site. I used a little Basic Grey here. I also used the new little misters with some pearl and a little ink to color these letters and swirls. They are really sparkley! Of course the stickles were used liberally!

The funny story is that my granny carried this cake across Texas on her lap and bought me a beautiful baby doll and all I wanted was the lollipop!

The next LO is my favorite of all time. It is of my Aunt Carolyn. She looks happy and beautiful! I made this LO all out of Studio 45. I love this line. I layered the paper on chip board. The dotted paper is covered with red stickles and dotted with black. The wings are stamped and the whole thing is on bazzil bling. The cherry tag says "fun."
After this weekend, I feel like I have my mojo back!

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Crafty Scrapper

The Crafty Scrapper is my happy place. It is the place that I love to go. If anyone asks me, "Brook, where would you like to go today?" I would say, "Well, The Crafty Scrapper of course."
The place has style and personality. The shop is exciting and ever changing. It is total eye candy and a joy for the senses!
But as much as I love all the stuff, it is the gals that I love. You can buy things anywhere, but you just can't get the personal attention and warmth from other places. The gals that work here are artists and they love what they do! The love for their is evident.
I love this add that Marie Q made for them. It really says it all for me. You can see all the great products and crafts but at the heart, the big picture, is that it is the gals that make the shop!