Sunday, February 28, 2010

Back on the Blog

Oh no! I have mised a whole week of posting! My husband and I decided to put our house on the market last Friday so we have been doing around the house stuff pretty much every waking hour since then. Our ad went into the paper today and we are {this close} to being finished. Just in time because tomorrow I start my Guest Designer spot at From Here to Scrapternity. Hopefully I will be back to my regular schedule and can get some scrapping done.

In the meantime, here's what I'm hoping I will get in a kit this month, maybe, if I'm lucky:

Lucky Me by Little Yellow Bicycle:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

2day I Choose Mary Janes and Golashes as Pick of the Week

Today is Sunday, so it is time to post my Pick of the Week! I love looking at all of the beautiful projects that are posted around the internet, and I love it when one just jump out at me. This week the project that I love is a Butterfly Wreath created by Taylor over at MaryJanes and Golashes.

Isn't it beautiful! You know what my favorite thing is about it? It is made out of brown paper lunch sacks. I have a stack of these on a shelf in my office right now...hmmm...seems like they might be getting repurposed soon...And I already have a whole envelope full of butterflies in my stash. It seems like this is a project that just has to be made. You can read Taylor's whole tutorial on her blog Mary Janes and Golashes.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Disaster, Disaster!

I had a scrap disaster! Ryan brought me tea in a very wide mouthed mug and somehow some of it sloshed out and got onto my paper-it was sooooo sad. Most of the time I work in the living room on a tiny TV tray anyway so everything gets a little squished. Fortunately it only got on the edge of my cardstock background so I took the top portion off and just have to get new cardstock to replace it. I really don't think working with the sketch went so well for me. Here is the sketch:

Here is my unfinished LO. The pieces are laid out but need to be distressed and the journaling isn't written in. Does this look like the LO? Ummm...not so much. It is unfinished because of the tea crisis, but I will post the completed version soon.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Carnival Baby

I posted earlier this week about Mardi Gras. Ryan and I took Bailey and went out to the parade. It was about 50 degrees, but the day was bright and clear so it didn't feel cold. We got downtown about an hour before the parade started and the crowds weren't too bad yet. We even got a really good parking spot. We brought our lawn chairs and a big bag of snacks. We met up with some friends who had never been to a Mardi Gras parade before.

Bailey and I hung out before the parade. She sat in her stroller under the Bundle Me for a while and ate Doritos and then I got her out so she could look around.

Ryan held her up so she could see the floats coming. She laughed and bounced up and down as everything passed by. It was really loud, but it didn't seem to bother her.

Here she is loaded down with beads!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I Feel Appreciated

Last week was Counselor's Appreciation Week and I do feel appreciated, I really do! I thought it was the week before and nobody said anything, but they didn't forget, I just don't know what week is which. A few of the classes made cards or signs for me and my coworkers in the office got me this cute picture frame and post-its. I love how the frame matches the Valentine I made of Bailey-it's perfect!

A coworker also made me a block frame for me like this one, except of course it said my name instead of LeBlanc. One of my weekend projects is thank you notes for everyone. Thanks for making me feel so special!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

My Announcement and a Grandmother is a Treasure LO

Here is my announcement...I will be the March Guest Designer at From Here to Scrapternity! I am so excited. Ryan said, "What does that mean?" And I told him, really, I don't know, but I did apply and get chosen and that always makes you feel good. The crop next month is "Seeing Green" so I get to create some challenges for that and do Scrap Questions of the Day on the board. This is my first Designer experience, so YAY! I'll be posting about the challenges next month and maybe you can come by and play with us. You can visit the site here.

This is a layout I worked on after my mom left. I used the papers from my Swirlydoos kit, and cut the corners from a sheet of paper from The Robin's Nest that I bought at my local scrap store. I didn't buy it planning to put it with these pages, but the colors came together really beautifully.

I did a lot of distressing on this page. I inked all of my edges. I printed my title (A grandmother is a treasure that can never be lost) on cream cardstock. Then I wadded it up and inked it and went back over it with some Caramel glimmer mist. I like the overall look but I wish my words had printed out a little darker. I think this is such a sweet picture of Bailey and my mom together.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It's Mardi Gras...Plus a Great Site for Sketches

I just have to share a little Mardi Gras Cheer with everyone today...Happy Mardi Gras, laissez les bon temps roulez! Be safe, have fun, and don't even think about Lent. If you don't live in South Louisiana I will explain the signifigance of this's very meaningful...ready? People here love to party (there is no age limit on this) so this is a holiday that makes continuous partying for 6 weeks totally acceptable. It makes people that camp out at the Civic Center for five straight days of Mardi Gras fun not seem over the top. It allows us to have time off of school to participate in the said partying, and you get to eat cake pretty much every day. In all seriousness I don't know the whole history, and I personally haven't done any partying, but we are planning to go to the parade with Bailey tonight so hopefully I will have some cute pictures of that tomorrow.

It's been a few days since I shared any scrappy stuff, and when I was sick I didn't really scrap at all so I am a little behind. I did a layout yesterday that I think is just pretty and I have a few things I'm working on that I hope to post later this week. Today I thought I'd share a site that I found that has some really nice sketches called Page Maps. You can visit their site here. They have all kinds of sketches-12x12, 8.5x11, tags, cards, pretty much anything you might want to scrap. I have seen several different sketch sites but this one is my favorite because I find these sketches really easy to visualize with the different elements that I want to use.

I will be working with this sketch this afternoon-I have a picture of Bailey that I want to scrap with some red and black Jenni Bowlin paper-the sketch fits my needs perfectly!
I'm off to get dressed, get pictures printed, and get fortifications for the parade later, then back home to scrap!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine's Company

My parents came to visit this weekend. It was a long weekend for us because there is no school Monday or Tuesday so it was nice and unhurried. My dad had to leave on Sunday to go see other family and my mom stayed until Monday afternoon. They brought Bailey a wooden butterfly that opens and closes its wings and it is pushed along the floor. She really didn't get the hang of that, but she did stomp around the house holding it in the air and did NOT like it when anyone tried to help her with it.
She ate lots of Animal Crackers with Mimi. My mom found some cute animal cracker embellies at Big Lots so I was trying to take the perfect picture for that page.

We made chocolate dipped pretzels for our Valentine's date night. I'm not sure what's going on with Ryan's face, but I think we were having fun!

We even did a little Chocolate Dipped Bailey!

And here she is playing with her Valentine's balloon from Poppy. That was good for a lot of weekend fun!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope everyone had a sweet one with someone they love. I've been sick, but will be back posting tomorrow. And...check back for a BIG announcement!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hearts and Pearls LO

Here's another LO I did this week. This one gave me trouble! I just could not figure out how I wanted it to be so I moved things around and around and around. Finally, I ended up with this-I like the black and white look. I really wish my picture was black and white too,'s not. I cut the center out of a piece of die cut paper to make my border and used the center as a mat for my picture. I like the text that shows on the left side of the background paper.

I used the extra singed flower that I made on this layout. I inked my heart black and then covered it with Rock Candy Crackle. I put Prima pearls on as an accent to match the center of my flower.

Then I peeled the top layer off of a white chipboard heart to reveal the soft cream underneath and accented it with black Prima pearls. Last I cut out butterflies from another sheet of paper and drew around the edges with glossy accents. I like how the open frames seem to echo the frame Bailey is holding in the picture.

She's my little Valentine!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Check Yes or No

Here is one more layout from the Valentine's picturesa I took several weeks ago. I had a Pink Paislee "Do you love me?" die cut and I thought it really matched this picture. Bailey's face is just classic.

The chipboard heart frames came in my Swirlydoos kit. The larger frame is covered with Antique Linen crackle paint and then inked. The first try did not come out looking very good, but I flipped it over and and tried again. I put on a much thicker layer on the second try and it took forever to dry but it looked even and made nice big cracks. I put Rock Candy crackle paint on the thinner frame and it came out looking pretty patchy too, but I inked over it until it blended together. I like the look I ended up with although it took a lot of trial and error to get there. I think what I got out of this experience was to crackle small areas because it's a lot easier to get uniform coverage.

I clustered together Pink Paislee valentines tags, tickets, and Prima flowers around my hearts. This is a different look that the other layouts I've made, but I'm really happy with the end result. I've had so much fun scrapping these pictures!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Flower and Pearl Necklace

Linda over at Craftaholics Anonymous made a cute sweater flower and pearl necklace and posted the tutorial on her blog. I loved the look of this necklace, but since I didn't have a sweater I was ready to cut up I made a singed flower instead. I also added a clasp instead of leaving the ribbon long to tie since I want to wear mine to work and there is no way I could do that if I had to be retying all day.
I got 5/8" ribbon and pearls from the sewing department of Wal-Mart. I also purchased 1/8 yard of synthetic fabric for my ribbon flower. I already had the clasp and pearls I used for my flower center at home.

It was fun to make the flower! The first one I made was black (I feel like my mother, I can't tell the difference between black, brown, and navy) so I had to make another one out of brown fabric. I really think the black flower is the prettier one, so be looking for another ribbon flower project later this week...maybe a baby bow.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Valentines Post It Note Holders

Valentine's Day is approaching and I wanted to make something for the ladies I work with in my office. I thought about making valentines but since I already made a batch of those I decided to do something a little different. First I went to the Dollar Store and bought these acrylic frames. They were $1 each. There are several different sizes that are all the same price and I chose the 3 1/2 by 5 size.
I used leftover scraps of Valentine's paper for this project. I took the insert out of the frame and cut my papers to fit. I then printed each ladies' name on a strip of cardstock. I then stamped a Valentine's stamp onto a piece of cardstock and layered it onto a larger piece of patterned paper. This slips into the frame.

I then adhered a stip of double sided tape to the back of a Post-It note and adhered it to the front of the plastic frame.

And here is the finished project. A cute, personalized and useful gift!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

2Day I Choose Chose Country Life in the Big City as Post of the Week-Bookmarks

Today I am posting my very first "Post of the Week". I have been seeing so many wonderful, inspiring projects on other blogs and today I am sharing some beautiful bookmarks created by Dianne at the Country Life in the Big City. You can check out her complete tutorial here.

The bookmarks are created using the corners of envelopes that slip over the pages of the books and are decorated with paper, stickers, rub ons, and other flat embellishments. Here are three bookmarks that I made using this tutorial. They were a little challenging because it is such a small space to work with, but I love the way they turned out. This is a great way to use up scraps and I think they look like nice little gifts. Give it a try!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Inspired Valentines

I've been seeing all sorts of "love"ly Valentine's goodies all over the blogs that I read. I saw these Valentines at the Brown Paper Packages blog and felt inspired to make some too. I think this might actually e a first-I don't ever remember making my own Valentines before. I initially planned to use clothespins on my Valentines like was shown in the example, but I was going to mail mine and I knew that wouldn't fit into an envelope very well so I had to rethink things.

I did end up dividing my Valentines into 2 distinct sides and I also put Valentine's treats into small bags to attach to the cards (I already had these at home). I used a paper pack that I bought at Ross-it came with stickers and chipboard included-to make my cards. I am loving that Ross carries scrapbook supplies now-6 sheets of 12x12, one sheet of stickers, and one sheet of glitter chipboard stickers for $4! And of course Bailey's sweet little Valentine's day picture is on there too. I love that little smile! Here are a few of my finished Valentines:

I made envelopes out of plain white cardstock and then glimmer misted them to get this pretty red and gold blend.

I will be posting more Valentine's projects next week. Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!