Wednesday, September 23, 2009

JOY - an early holiday layout and original patterned paper

NOTE - IMAGE WAS DELETED AS THIS LAYOUT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF SCRAP N' ART ONLINE ZINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I know that it isn't even Halloween yet but I noticed Christmas stuff was already at Michaels so - actually that's not why I created this layout. The current challenge at Candy Shoppe is to make your own patterned paper and since I am obsessed with stamping right now, I decided to use a couple of the Harlee-Quinnz stamps ( a border stamp and an accent stamp) to stamp this piece of kraft paper. I think it has almost a Jenni Bowlin look (I love Jenni Bowlin but have never been in a store where I could purchase any but I read her blogs - speaking of, congrats to Amy who just won a fabulous stash of Jenni Bowlin on the Moxie Fab blog) so I went with a vintage b/w photo and embellishments in the dark red, dark green, and brown ranges. I cut out the little felt heart and added the edge embroidery and the buttons. The striped pieces are cut from a little holder that I got at Starbucks with a free cookie in it (had to get a pumplin spice latte on Saturday), the title JOY is the name of the type of tea on the TAZO bag, and the journaling block was stamped from a Harlee-Quinnz stamp. I also added a fabric scrap, a lace scrap, a tape measure scrap, a Prism trim scrap, a book page scrap, a HQ Tabacco scrap, some mix and match flowers (Making memories and Lil Davis and my buttons), a Heidi Swapp tape scrap, and a couple of funky vintage buttons.
Sometimes I find myself doing layouts with a purpose - that is, to use certain brands of supplies or to answer a challenge; and other times I do layouts just for fun - just to play with my stuff. This layout started out with a purpose but it became fun - I just kept digging through my scrap box (and that's another story: Julie T-W once said she kept her supplies in her rollaround tote so I was determined to weed mine down to something like that, and though it's not quite there yet, most of my supplies and scrap stash are in a rollaround crate that is 13x15x15 - are you not impressed????I keep a few things out to inspire me but most stuff is now organized and I find that I am really using up old stuff, like alphas, etc.) and found all these little treasures.
I had a terrible night last night with my stuffed up head and with my cat throwing up 4 times - I thought animals were supposed to be easier than babies?! but today I feel way better (just tired) and the cat seems fine. I will be busy in the studio working on some projects to submit and on some items to put in my etsy shop, which will open very soon. Thanks to everyone for the encouragement!
Hope you have a great day!

8 comments:

Darien said...

You did a fabulous job!!! Really beautiful page!!!

Marit said...

Love how you combined all those things! Great! And I'm glad you (and the cat) are feeling better! (btw, got my HQ packet in the mail today, so you'll see some LO's coming with that stuff soon!)

deana said...

Hey Mary Chris (right?)... :-)

That photo is adorable & I ALWAYS ♥ your layering & your use of found things!

Also... I would say that you've mastered stamping! Beautiful job & I can see why you're on that DT! Beautiful LO! :-)

Big hugs ♥...

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Soooooooooooooooo sorry U had a rough night :( hoping U back to normal soon!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE that LO....love the background U made and love love love love love love the flowers and the photo!!! BEAUTIFUL! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hanneke said...

I loooove that LO, you did an amazing job with stamping that background it looks fab!!! Sorry to hear your cat was sick and you are so right I sometimes worry more about the dog than the boys, LOL!!!! Can't wait to see your etsy!!!!

Laura Izola said...

Hi girl!!! I'm so happy with your comment on my blog and so happy doing a Lo for the TAFMFT.
Your layout is fantastic and I loved your blog... Kisses and big hug!!

Melissa said...

Wow, this is fantastic, love the handmade pp and love the cluster with the photo!

twistedsoda said...

your patterned paper that you made and all those embellies are so perfect. I love it!