Saturday, December 1, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
|Loving that Simple Stories chevron paper so so so much.|
Also, can I say how glad I am I finally broke down and bought distress ink in Vintage Photo and that silly little tool that has foam on the bottom for aging up my paper. When I got it part of me was all like, "Laurie, you do not like faux-vintage stuff*, are you really going to use this?" and then I went on my internal tyrade about letting things be what they are, which is not-yet-vintage, and I probably stood in the store aisle for 20 minutes staring blankely at the wall as this whole internal monologue was going on. But I did it, and I find it to be a great tool for roughing things up just enough to look a little dirty but not "old". The inked edges really work on this desert layout. So thanks, Tim Holtz, I guess.
* I mean, I like it if you do faux-vintage, but when I try something like that it just feels like a huge lie. My pages are not vintage. My pages were made in 2012. My pages are like a fine wine, they have to age to a perfect vintage; they don't come that way pre-made. Vintage on other people's pages is great and I love it, but it just isn't true to the style of that weirdo known as laurie danielle.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
|Cutie on Duty!|
Friday, May 25, 2012
|Gummy candy in open bins? YES PLEASE!|
- Pick a tamer version of a color you absolutely love (I picked this moss green variant of lime green)
- Keep some bold pattern, just use it judiciously.
- Use the things you love, just make choices that fit within the color scheme. (Thank you Tim Holtz washi tape! And cute little "Sweet" doo-dad. And not-quite matching but whatever, close enough glitter butterfly!)
- Keep the calm feeling with ample amounts of negative space
- Add a little bit more interest with a graphic edge punch instead of adding more color
How do you get out of your comfort zone? Do you embrace the foreignness of creating something that doesn't look like you or do you add a little bit of yourself and your style into all of your layouts? I would love to know!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
|Its a dessert, not cheese. Also, did you notice my cute pink visual triangle - ink, gem, and tape?|
Hope all is well for you out there in the internets! While I'm deciding about inks and sequin embellishments -- is there anything else you out there think I would love? Link me up since shopping is in my future!
Monday, May 21, 2012
No, that is not my husband.
|Perfection is overrated.|
- Heart Paper
- A paperclip
- A View-Master Reel
*I did not say that out loud as I made this page, but I am certain I thought it and maybe even fist pumped once or twice when I got the placement just right. Moral of this story: Never go to a crop that I am at. I am crazy.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
|A lot of hex keys went into this project|
I also would like to tell you about my sewing machine that you can see in one of the cubbies someday (because it is awesome and runs by using a GAME BOY!) but that day is not today. But just you wait. It is so. freaking. awesome. A Game Boy, no joke!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I hope all of you playing along are having fun. I know I am, and the challenge is teaching me a lot about the way I work that I didn't really realize before. So hooray for self discovery!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
|When I was your age I used film cameras and I liked it! Just kidding, sorta.|
Luckily (?) I had my bike tire exploded by Andy's (who has asked to be referred to as Mr. Wonderful) uncle, so I had an interesting story to tell on my page. Now you see, Uncle Wonderful (which is to say, Andy's Uncle) is a bike dude. He has spandex pants and a shirt with pockets all over its back and shoes with clips and all that fancy stuff and a bike with like 107 speeds*. I, on the other hand, have an awesome vintage 3 speed that I got at a garage sale. So Uncle Wonderful does not approve of my tire inflation levels and comes over with his pump and proceeds to add so much air that my tire cannot take it and literally explodes. The sound of a bicycle tire exploding is horrifying, by the way.
And they fix it. There was a lot of digging in the rental house's garage and a good deal of sweating (its hot in July in Georgia) but my tire was repaired. And, of course, by then I was cranky and tired and pretty over riding my bike around the island. The cool morning had faded into the blistering afternoon and no one wants to ride around in that. I mean, maybe you do if you have on spandex pants and a shirt with pockets on its back. I can't say.
Wow, that was rambly.
But the photos look vintage and I thought it was a good fit for a more traditional looking page. And man do I love that paper. Love love love!
*107 may be a touch high.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The challenge is to create a kit using supplies you have on hand that includes:
-10 patterned papers
-5 sheets of cardstock
-1 spray ink (Mister Huey/Glimmer Mist/etc.)
-1 stamp set
-1 Alpha Sticker large (Thickers, etc.)
-1 Alpha Sticker small (mini alphas)
-1 sheet of bling/embellishments
-1 pre-made/cut die cut accent
-1 set of border strips
*Any of the embellishing items above can be traded out for one other type of embellishment with that noted. Tools do not count as do stamping inks.
The challenge comes from using this kit to create as many projects as you can.
I just got a huge box of goodies from the Charity Box Sale (which, by the way, was TOTALLY AWESOME!) so I pulled 10 Sassafras papers from the box as well as a package of flowers and border strips. The Thickers, Stamps, Cardstock and Cosmo Cricket page (partially used, I love those little cut apart tags) came from my bins. I haven't yet got on the mist bandwagon, so I substituted the ever elusive Target Yellow Washi Tape Set instead. The stamps are Amy Tangerine and the Letter stickers are Thickers and from Michaels. The Cosmo Cricket page is substituting for my die-cut accent. So there you have it. Challenge accepted and ... may the odds be ever in your favor?
I hope its not that kind of challenge!
Friday, May 11, 2012
|Let's not tell my mother in law I posted that photo of her on the internet, shall we?|
As you can see from the picture, I am hereby claiming the correct way to spell that 8-day holiday with the candles is H-A-N-U-K-K-A-H. I'm not really one for spelling it with a "C", but I guess my only real hard and fast rule is that any spelling of Hanukkah must have 8 letters. Why? Because 8 is important in Hanukkah and it is the only way I can tell if I have actually spelled it (any version) correctly. It is true -- I am not such a good speller. (Want proof? On the post a couple down I have, in my page's journaling, spelled "pose" (like a group of people) as "posee" which I'm pretty sure isn't even a word. I should probably fix that.)
Okay -- you can judge a little.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
|This is a photo of my lunch at Ikea. Meatballin'!|
1. Not a lot of creating going on right now because I am in the middle of a big craftin' space reorganization
2. I have aquired, in addition to my previous Ikea 2x4 Expedit and desk set, another 2x4 Expedit and a 2x2 Expedit as well. And so many baskets it literally pains me to think of how much money I spent on baskets
3. That literal pain may actually have been caused by dropping the big Expedit on my finger while trying to drag it up the stairs
4. In the future I may re-think purchasing large furniture that you have to assemble yourself while the husband is out of town.
5. That being said, I did put everything together all by myself and I kinda feel like a beast
6. I will fo'sho post some photos when everything is not a hot mess like it is right now
7. Also, I am sore.
Monday, May 7, 2012
I need to have my photos printed for this vacation, so if you know of any good printing specials going on, send them my way.
I am inspired, though, to do some pages with paper piecing based on quilt patterns. So that is on my to-do list.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Also, aren't my nieces and nephew totally awesome?
Anyways, I'm still off on vacation right now (Yes, I admit, I am typing this before vacation and delaying the post -- don't you worry, I am not wasting my time away from home blogging). As I'm typing this I am really just doing laundry, which is not nearly as exciting as saying that I am on vacation. I am doing laundry using Mrs. Meyers Lavender Laundry Detergent, though, and that is as about as exciting as my laundry gets. I'm a sucker for really good smelling laundry.
And on that note... back to vacation! :)
Friday, May 4, 2012
Hi! I'm celebrating National Scrapbooking Day tomorrow by having a scrap-worthy mini vacation in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I'm a little bummed that I won't be around to crop with all the fun real-time-online-goodness, but I might be rolling down a giant hill in a ZORB instead, so I'm not that bummed. :)
|4x6 Photo Love, For Real.|
So, since I'm off having an adventure, here is a page from my last mini vacation. Andy and I went to Myrtle Beach, SC to celebrate my 29th Birthday (I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M ALMOST 30!) and we stopped at this seedy fireworks stand/gas station (how is that even legal?) to fill up the tank and stretch our legs on the way home. The inside was this crazy ramshackle mess of knick knacks and explosives, and the bathroom was filled with graffiti. I'm not really one to deface property, but it was my birthday and it was already covered with graffiti, so I added a little to it myself.
I will do my best not to deface anything at Dollywood!
Happy Creating Everyone!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
|I develop turtle neck when I take self portraits :(|
Also, the photos of me jumping in the bounce house crack me up. I don't know if you've been in a bounce house lately, but it is REALLY tiring. And they turn your legs into rubber. I highly recommend them.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
|Where the magic happens?|
Well, I had to go by Target to pick up some shoelaces and decided to check out their curtain section. Nothing. I meandered around the store (I really should stop dawdling) and found myself on one of the bathroom aisles. And there they were -- my beautiful, perfect, not shiny but a little funky (shower) curtains. A few cutain clips and volia -- my problem is solved. No longer will the neighbors and their 5 back porch lights that they keep on ALL NIGHT LONG (no joke -- 5 lights!) keep me from getting the beauty sleep that I so desperately need. And my house doesn't look like I'm the grand dame of formal draperies. So really, that is just great.
But, as I wrote to my friends on my facebook page, "if you come to my house and have the sudden urge to take off your clothes, its probably the shower curtain-curtains causing that."
Monday, April 30, 2012
|My (c)ankles were swollen from the flight. I do not have elephant ankles normally.|
- Sam's Club prints 12x16 for, like, $3.50 -- and they had a free trial membership weekend last weekend so you didn't have to be a member to have prints made.
- The prints from Sam's club are matte and slightly rubbery to the touch, so they do not go smoothly through your sewing machine and you have to spit on them a little to keep them gliding under your sewing machine's foot. (I learned the spit trick from my days as a costume designer)
- My paper trimmer is all sorts of wonky and will not cut in straight line at a right angle
- RAD LAB is, in fact, totally rad and I see myself making a major purchase in the next month to buy it once my trial runs out
- I am totally digging using a big picture as the base of a page
Saturday, April 28, 2012
|Whoo-hoo! Another week another spread!|
Sunday is a photo of me kissing a camel. I have a full layout in mind for that photo, but it had to be documented in this week's spread too.
In between the 12x12 pages is a 8.5x11 insert of the program for my Synagogue's food festival. I thought it was pretty neat, so I tucked it in the week's spread. Today I printed up Monday - Friday of this week and put them in. I'll post it next weekend once Saturday and Sunday get added! I'm loving Project Life -- it's such a pleasure to flip back and remember all the little things that have happened so far during the course of the year. Are you doing project life? How is it coming along?
Friday, April 27, 2012
Hooray for first layouts of new classes. I'm taking Design Challenges over at Big Picture Classes, and this was my first layout of the class. I love a fast paced class with no real rules (ugh, I ESPECIALLY hate step by step tutorials -- I want to be FREE!) so I'm digging this already.
I had a 6x6 paper pad that I picked up a while back to try out that I used for my pie chart. I learned that I tend to like bigger pieces of paper than just 6" on my layouts, so the pad hadn't been getting much use -- but it was perfect for chopping up into wedges for my chart.
Did a little experimenting with Tim Holtz distress ink, which is a new material and technique for me. Next time I'm going to tone it down a little, I think.
And of course my layout has my one true love of WASHI TAPE all over it. I tell you, I could eat that tape for breakfast lunch and dinner. Its perfect for all occasions.
Can't wait for the next challenge to be released, and I'll post what comes of it here, of course!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Tomorrow I'm going to my Synagogue's annual food festival, and I'm really excited about petting the camel that is going to be there (I'm told her name is Rivka), so I thought I would share this page about riding camels. The blue background still throws me off (I like a clean white background usually, but I also like to experiment, so there you go) but I think its pretty cute and it went together super fast. And, HELLO, riding a camel! That is the important part! My camel riding partner was awesome -- a natural. I, on the other hand, was awkward and often afraid for my life. The camel behind me in the camel caravan kept eying my tush and wanting to give it a little nibble, I swear. Next time I ride I camel, I'm in front!
As you can see, though, I'm L-O-V-I-N-G loving the Sketchbook collection by Amy Tangerine. If I could just use one collection for the rest of my life my pick at this moment (and not saying that this would never change, because, you know, things change) would hands down be Sketchbook. I want to hold its hand and run through fields with it. I want to invite it over for dinner and giggle over bad puns with it. And we'll invite our friend Tape, too. And glitter. Glitter is always invited.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
|Me in front of the NYC Public Library|
I went to a crop for the first time ever this week since Andy was out of town. It was so fun to make pages with other people around! I was a little nervous since I'm a HUGE introvert, but it was actually really enjoyable. It was at my local Michael's store (yes, I know, not highbrow, but super close!) and I have to say, along with the lovely ladies I met that evening, being able to shop on a tab for those odds and ends I needed was AWESOME! And I spent less than $10, so that was pretty awesome too. It was fun using some of the tools/toys that I don't have. Like the butterflies on this layout -- one was cut & embossed with a Cuttlebug, which I had never used before, the small ones were with a Martha Stewart punch that I don't own, and the green glittered one I made myself with chipboard that the leader provided and taught us how to glitter with double sided tape. Yes, I got a little butterfly happy; things like this happen.
Lots of fun -- and I got 5 pages done. I'll post more in the next few days.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Not much adornment in this week's layout at all -- I was just too busy/lazy to mess with it. I like the clean and simple look, though. I changed my printing location from Walgreens (fast and friendly but on glossy paper) to Walmart (slow and a bit surly, but matte) and the matte photos make a huge difference. I like the look a lot better. The colors are just brighter and more vibrant than the weeks I had printed at Walgreens. Which is a shame, because they're so nice at Walgreens; they know me by name there, and I doubt that'll ever happen at Wally World. Oh, how we must suffer for our art.
Friday, April 13, 2012
|I took this with photobooth and look a little crazy. So, normal.|
Hi Y'all, I'm Laurie Danielle and I warmly welcome you to my little corner of the internet. I like to make things and do things and not worry too much about what other people think about what I make and what I do. I guess I "scrapbook" a good deal, although I like to think of it more as visual journal keeping. Scrapbooking is such a loaded term, don't you think? My visual journal just happens to be in the format of pages, mostly 12 x 12 but some other sizes thrown in, with paper and pictures and words. I also like to work on making my house a home, grow flowers and vegetables, cook, sew a little, take lots and lots of photographs and hug my cat. And my husband, I hug him too.
I also teach Hebrew School on the weekends, and work at my local Jewish Community Center doing Jewish things.
Nice to meet you all. I'd love if you say hello so I know who is visiting. I might even put on a kettle of tea (sweet, of course -- I'm a southern girl) so you stay awhile.
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