Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Welcome Pause

Finally catching a moment to breathe after a whirlwind month of June. Summer has arrived amid a month filled with...

baseball games:

Brenna's dance recital:

school functions, like Kindergarten Step Up and Colin's Class Night

a graduation:

Father's Day

Lots of opportunities to take pictures. I've taken hundreds this month. Wow!

I've started to step back into scrapping after spending weeks rethinking how I want to store my supplies. I've been organizing away, and still have a long way to go. This is the first layout I created in my new space, and it was for challenge 174 at How Much Is Too Much?

Talk about a challenge! It requires you to use light colors with yellow, 1 circle, 7 kinds of flowers, 7 stamped images and 24 other items.

Here is my interpretation:

I misted over the background, then layered Thickers on top of washi tape. The rest of the title was stamped with my favorite Studio Calico alphabet stamps. I outlined the letters with a black Signo pen.

I used some October Afternoon Ducks in a Row papers as well Making Memories. Both were perfect to evoke some of the nostalgia I felt when looking at this ten year old picture. Time flies!

So that's what I've been up to. Looking forward to sharing some more inspiration soon.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Clean Slate

Hello! Welcome to my new blog.

If you found your way here via my old blog, Silver Pool of Light, thank you. You rock!
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I'd been wanting to get a customized blog for a while. My old blog's name didn't appeal to me anymore, and I hadn't posted in so very long.
Since I am all about getting my life and home organized and uncluttered these days, I thought it might be fun to start fresh. So I asked Mike for money to fund a new blog as my Mother's Day Gift. After all, if I sunk money into a blog, I'd be more motivated to keep writing in it!

Then the frugal thinker in me decided it might make sense to find a less costly way to get a blog facelift. So off I went sufing.

I found this template on Smitten Blog Design. I love the cottage fresh feel, the lacey border and the sweet bird.

The best part? Five bucks. So the rest of my gift money went toward organizing my scrap room.
But that's a post for another day...

Challenge 173 went live at How Much Is Too Much challenge blog. We were to create a layout that had six circles placed together to create a bigger circle, use 6 patterned papers and embellish with 6's of like items. Here is my offering:

I busted out the very first Studio Calico kit I purchased. I just adore October Afternoon papers. To create the background, I dipped a stiff bristled paintbrush in some water thinned black acrylic paint. I ran my finger across the top and let the splatters land on my paper. Messy, but oh so fun. LOL.

Titlework is Sassafrass stickers, the green were outlined with a black pen. I scattered six star stickers and six pieces of green bling around. I used a ruler and pen to add the journaling lines over and around the embellishments. I really enjoy creating pages with an artsy feel, and this one was a blast.

So there you have it. I'm back and ready to be better than ever.