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Digi layouts and a Great Mail Day

Almost forgot to post these! I've done a few digital layouts lately for some new releases by Gennifer Bursett over at Pixels & Company.

First, using No Tricks, Just Treats and Painted Canvas Papers, I did one of Aubrey at the pumpkin patch using some photos Nicole sent me.

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Second is using another awesome new kit called Far and Away (and if you get over there fast, it's free with purchase!) This one is a self-portrait of William and I when we were in Virginia in August.

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I have some more, but I can't post them yet, so I'll probably share those next week.

In the meantime, can we say SPECTACULAR mail day today?

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My Studio Calico December Daily kit came today, and it's so awesome... I love the handbook, and the kit goodies are fabulous. I tucked it away from now, but it won't be long before it's time to pull it back out! (Maybe by then I'll actually break down and buy more printer ink. I think that's going to be a requirement for me to be successful with this project. lol.)

Also, a Michael's gift card and an absolutely AMAZING box full of chocolate goodness from Jacques Torres. I've never tried any of his chocolate, but always wanted to - I drool over it every time I see him on TV.

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It was all so pretty that I didn't want to muss anything by eating it! But I decided to at least have a taste... I started with the 60% dark chocolate bar - just a little bit. And it.was.amazing. My mom is trying to convince me that the box needs to stay like this until she comes to visit. Dare to dream mom. Dare to dream. lol.

Anyway, I have to be at work early tomorrow for meetings, so I'm signing off.


Two new layouts and some recent photos

I've been feeling the urge to scrapbook again lately and I've done a few new layouts. The first is using a few pictures from my first trip to Chicago. I really wanted to use that background paper - the city with the river running through it reminded me of the city, so I added some vellum to lift the photos up off the background a bit.

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I used a mix of old and new embellishments to finish it off.

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Chicago Close-up 1
And the second layout, one I just did tonight using a cute photo of Adorable-Niece-Eraleigh and Adorable-Nephew-William.

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They just got new haircuts - William is looking so grown up with his new 'do!

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And a few photos from two weeks ago - Francesca came for a short visit, and then I had an equally short trip out to Chicago to speak at a workshop hosted by one of the vendors I work with.

Lighthouse Point in New Haven:

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Stony Creek and the Thimble Islands in Branford:

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My hotel room at the W Chicago:

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That's it! I have all of my photos printed for August / September Project Life, just haven't gotten around to finishing the pages. I also have some art journal pages and a canvas still to share... hopefully I'll get to that before I head out for my Dyan Reavley classes this weekend :)


Another cardboard art journal

After I was asked to teach my original cardboard art journal as a class, I decided to make a second one with more of an eye to teaching... different techniques I could include that would be pretty easy to reproduce. Similar concepts, though. I do like this one a lot better... practice, I guess!

Cardboard Art Journal 2 - Cover
Cardboard Art Journal 2 - Cover

And the inside pages:

Cardboard Art Journal 2 - Cover

On this one, I thought it might be fun to put in some inclusions - I used a plain manila folder for both of them. The first:

Cardboard Art Journal 2 - Cover
Cardboard Art Journal 2 - Cover

The third spread - possibly my favorite, which is kind of funny because I really screwed up my original concept.

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The last spread has the other inclusion - I used the fold part of the folder and created a little pocket.

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And inside, a tag that uses some oil pastel resist.

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I added a little bit of fabric onto this one as well.

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And there you go! I have another new canvas and a few art journal pages... also a few photos from Francesca's visit and another quick trip to Chicago. Hopefully I'll get those up soon... more company coming this weekend so I'm getting ready for that. Can't wait!