Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Signs of spring and tweeting

This weekend was definitely a move forward in the spring direction. Paul did a lot of gardening, I did some spring cleaning, and we heard the first real sign of spring - a boat signaling for the lift bridge to be raised! I really love this sound in the summer, and generally wind up running around the house yelling "boat!".

And, for those of you on Twitter, I have finally taken the plunge! The final push was Club Scrap. They're going on a 10th anniversary cruise (departed on Sunday) and they're going to "tweet" about it. I couldn't resist joining in on the fun, so I signed up. Paul found a neat program for the mac that allows me to follow facebook status updates and twitters in one window, so it is pretty groovy.

I'm "liftbridgecards" on twitter, or http://twitter.com/liftbridgecards. Plain old liftbridge is taken up by a brewery in Minnesota!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Crafty weekend

I've had a crafty weekend for the most part, getting work on some projects done. Most of these are gifts, including a FLIPPIN' awesome one for my mom for Mother's Day. In case she's peeking, no pictures until she receives it!

The book I'm posting today is one I made for the (now canceled) art show. I was inspired at the Club Scrap retreat by a maze book that we made from large paper, and scaled this project down to use a 12x12 piece of paper. I also liked the idea of putting the book in a "wrapper" of sorts, since even though I used my Scor-it, the spine was less neat than I like. To make it even sweeter, I put a little elastic closure on it. The pages in this book are about 3x3. Since my last page wasn't glued to a cover, I decorated it with one of my favorite stamped quotes (Painted Desert kit from Club Scrap).

If you want to make your own, watch Tricia Morris demonstrate the technique on a webisode from TVWeekly.

Want to see the book in person? Check it out at the Copper Country Community Arts Center.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Good news for you!

Well, the bad news for me is that the art show my pieces were accepted to was cancelled. I will work on posting the items I submitted over the next few weeks. The good news for you is that you get to hear about these books sooner, and they can now be seen at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock. I went there yesterday to update my works, and was pleasantly surprised to find that my last book there had sold!

I'm hoping the Einerlei opens up next week so I can drop some new books off there, too. I'm also seriously getting ready to take some nice pictures and upload some books to my Etsy shop.

This book was made using Club Scrap materials. The paper, beads and stamps are from an older collection - Wheel and Sprocket. I love the bright colors and technical aspects of the paper. It's great for an engineer! I was inspired by a technique I saw Tricia Morris demonstrate online in a webisode called "Foam Me to You". Instead of spare foam, I used foam core board from the Chapter 1 kit. This is also the same kind of foam core board you can pick up at an office supply store.

The other neat thing about this book is that I put in a few pocket pages. These are great for storing items like a CD (since this is a 6x6 book) or other pictures, notes, etc.

I hope you have a crafty day! I'm going to be doing some house chores, but also finishing up some projects later today.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Competitive Card-making!

Whew! I have been busy the last eight weeks or so - a little more each week! I have been thinking of my blog, but I've been participating in Club Scrap's Pro Scrapbookers League. We get randomly "drafted" to a team, and spend eight weeks making cards that fulfill challenges (or not - you can do what you like!). I'm anxiously awaiting the final results for the final challenge - my team has won the last three challenges, so we're definitely in the running.

In the end, it's not about winning, it's about being creative and using what we have. Everybody who scrapbooks has waaay too much paper on hand, and it's fun to have a whole team encouraging you to use your supplies and get creative. My new goal is to be creative every day.

I hope you have a creative day!


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