Friday, June 29, 2012

12 tags of 2012 ~ june

i have really been enjoying creating the 12 tags of 2012! so far these 2 tags (the original by tim & my re-creation) are my absolute favorites. there were a few techniques that i have never seen or done before & i was really excited to give them a try. the first was coloring a photo with distress ink - this was really fun! & while i do not have the nifty lil rubber nibs i found that a q-tip worked really well! i also took on the task of creating my own swirly flowers. this was something that i saw in my last issue of cardmaker magazine & had to give them a try! they were definitely a trial & error but in the end i came up with a few that i really liked & i only cursed a little :\
my boyfriend & i will be together for 4 years coming up in september so i wanted to base this tag on that occassion. i used one of the first photos we ever took {& still, to this day, one of my favorites} & colored it with worn lipstick, weathered wood, & peeled paint distress inks. i embossed *08* in the corner for our year & then added some pretty embellishments.

meet charli! after only living here a week she loves crafting - jumping onto my table as i am working, sitting on my shouldet to check things out, & of course, supervising the die cutting area.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

project #14

made with love (and paper) design team
may 1, 2012
theme: new beginnings
requirements: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

while this little saying is a wedding tradition, creating a wedding project was not required. it was due on the edge of spring and there are so many wonderful things about this season! i wanted everyone to think of new beginnings and use that as their inspiration. while my project is not really reflective of spring or spring colors it does feature a *new beginning* theme {not to mention it fulfills all the requirements - and that was a challenge!}
this project is a bit different from many of my others because of the theme - ME! i generally scrap my pets, family, and me with my friends & boyfriend. this time, however, i wanted to try something new ~ i wanted to make something all about me.

something old: the picture {i am blonde now}
something new: technique - covering chipboard with paper {i have never done this! always painted or inked it!}
something borrowed: marilyn monroe quote
something blue: background paper {immortal love stack - along with the rest} my new beginning consists of me realizing how important it is to love yourself! while this is not a new concept to me anymore it was a few years ago. i used to think i knew what was important and i realized one day how wrong i was. i began to see that i matter and i cannot love anyone without loving myself (cheesey, i know, but it is true!) i had been wanting to scrap something like this for a while and am planning on doing more "me" things because i want to make sure i am documenting that stuff along with every other part of my life.

i also wanted to add the marilyn quote 1. because i love her and 2. because the beginning part "i am selfish, impatient, and a little insecure" used to apply to me and the ending "i make mistakes, i am out of control and a little hard to handle. but if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best" didn't. now, it is the other way around :)