Pure Joy

Saturday, February 23, 2008



These two pages are for a make-and-take project at my Creative University retreat, which is coming up in less than a week. (Eeek! I'm so excited!). I love the color combo of Kiwi, Ocean and Barn red, it's so contemporary. The left background page is created with acrylic paints, super fun and fabulously artsy! I just adore the picture on the left page, looks a little familiar, doesn't it?

The right side picture is my "giddy" girl. Allison has this amazing ability to embrace the moment and almost burst with excitement at times. If you're ever watching a movie where they get to that part where the hero is going to kiss the girl.. you just know it... and they look into each other's eyes and fall into each other's arms? If you're watching with Allison, she'll practically explode at this time. She has this trademark sound that's a cross between a giddy squeal and a giggle. She holds her hands up under her chin, eyes as big as saucers and I swear she's going to levitate right off her chair. I love this exuberance she has, and I hope she never loses it to the apathetic "coolness" of adolescence.

Accordian Tag album with tutorial

Thursday, February 21, 2008


As promised to my Scrap & Stamp club members, here is the tutorial for the February project. This accordian album concept was designed by Kelly English-Triggs, a Close to My Heart consultant. It's a fabulous idea and I was so happy to be able to teach it to my classes. The finished size is 4"x6", and spreads out to 24". This sample is blank, no photos, but I can't wait to put some pretty black & whites in this baby. Each of the album "pages" can be treated as little scrapbook pages as well, not just the tags, so you can really load it up with photos and journaling. The paper is from Silhouette level 2 collection, and all stamps are from the Soul Mates word puzzle set.

To view the tutorial, just click on the green arrow. You'll need to stop the slide show if you want to read the captions and follow along, so just use the little pause button and manually advance each frame. Or, if you really hate slideshows, click here to go to the album.

Enjoy!

One and the same

Monday, February 18, 2008


Allison has two grandmothers. Check out this year's birthday cards. Of all the choices in the world, what are the odds they'd both pick the same card?
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