Thursday, December 24, 2009
But, before we celebrate... here's another super special winter/Christmas themed project from Linda Albrecht. I LOVE how it's a Christmas village, but it's so pretty and wintery that you could leave out all season long.
Linda used gorgeous papers from Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses collection. The figures and big snowflake are chip stickers. She used the element stickers too. Those adorable pink trees are from Melissa Frances as well as all of the sparkly mica flakes. So pretty!
Linda covered paper mache houses with patterned paper then glittered them
up and glued them to a cardboard box base. Linda! love this project, thank you so much for sharing it with us. Check out Linda's blog for even more inspiration. See you again soon after Christmas, have a wonderful and safe holiday!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Linda used the Fancy Pants Christmas Magic collection for the stocking. The main paper is mince pie . The scallops come from the strip sheet, and the red heel is the back of bough of holly. I love how she added bells and tinsel to make it sparkle. She also used chipboards scrolls, birds and flowers from Maya Road.
She made the stocking from chipboard, cutting the stocking shape, making the front piece wider than the back so that it would have an opening at the top for stuffing things into. The star is paper mache covered with papers, the snowman part clay and part styrofoam, there is a bottle brush tree and some Christmas ornaments tucked inside also.
Want to check out more of Linda's work? Then be sure to check out her blog, it's filled with more Christmasy inspiration. Hope all of your holiday preparations are going well, have a great weekend... see you again soon.
Monday, December 14, 2009
#1 - Scraplift!
Jana Eubank is always a huge inspiration to me. Love her designs! So, when I saw this layout, I knew it would be one that I would scraplift. Check out Jana's blog, she has lots of awesome layouts to be inspired by... or to scraplift completely. An guess what, I know that she wouldn't mind!
#2 - Use a sketch.
When I used Jana's layout for inspiration, what I didn't know what that Jana's layout was based on a sketch by Tara Thynne. Tara has a blog site all of her own, you can check out lots of sketches, right here at Capture These Sketches! We also have a gallery of sketches right on our own blog, by former design team member Debbie Gaydos, we love Debbie's sketches.
#3 - Do a little bit every day
I think my layout took 2 full weeks to complete. I know that seems like forever, but in the midst of holiday business, I feel great that it got finished. One day I did the paper layout, the next day, the title, added the picture on a different day, and the embellies and title another. Buttons like Jana's were my next addition, and then all of a sudden I was done!
#4 - Scrap a favorite picture or story
Always makes it easier to fit in scrapbook time, when I'm scrapping a picture or story that I love.
#5 - Use a new favorite supply
I've wanted to use these school papers from October Afternoon since the minute they came to my door from AllyScraps. Makes it fun to get a page going!
Want to see what I came up with? Here it is, 3rd grade school photo.
Thanks so much to Jana and Tara for their inspiration. Hope you (and I) will be able to find some time to scrapbook this week! Oh, and want to check out some brand new scrappy supplies?? Cathy has just added some to the store.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
We've been counting down the days in our house and this year we'll be counting them down on a blackboard.
This mini-blackboard is a child's toy which I found in a craft store. I've decorated it with the fabulous Eskimo Kisses from Basic Grey. These double-sided papers are simply gorgeous! I love the colours and patterns.
I made a clay birdie to sit on a branch. She is covered in ultra-fine glitter too.
I hope that we've inspired you to create something lovely for Christmas. Remember that there are heaps of lovely new goodies in the store to tempt you.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Linda used products from the Christmas Magic by Fancy Pants, including these cute rubons. The sparkle comes from Melissa Frances' mica flakes in white. Wondering what the cute mitten banner is? Well, it's a mini book from Maya Road. And the mini chipboard scrolls? Those are by Maya Road too. What wonderful use of products.
Thanks so much Linda, your project is SO inspiring. Want to check out more work by Linda, I sure do!! Here's her blog, tons more inspiration there. The best new of all is that Linda will be back next week, hope you'll come back next week too for even more Christmasy goodness!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
December brings us a fresh face here at AllyScraps. I hope that you will help me welcome Linda Albrecht, our December guest designer. Keep an eye out later this week for an amazing project from Linda, and all through the month. Here she is...
"My name is Linda Albrecht and I live in Minnesota. I have 4 wonderful
children (that range in ages from 11 to 27) and one very supportive
husband. For the majority of my life I have been a lover of the creative
arts-- everything from needle work, to painting and paper arts have
fulfilled my need to express my heart and soul as an artist.
After having children I found another purpose to be creative, for it was
then that scrapbooking became the way that I chose to preserve memories
and organize life's many memento's in a beautiful form. My love of
scrapbooking and altered arts turned into a part time career 6 years ago
when I began working for several scrapbook manufacturers.
Currently I do design work for BasicGrey, Art Warehouse and Creative
Cafe, Tattered Angels, and Melissa Frances. My work has been printed in
magazines and idea books throughout my scrapbooking career and I have
taught classes for several events."
Friday, November 27, 2009
When we bumped into one of Lauren's school friends at the park, the girls took the opportunity to play together (they don't normally at school). The best thing was, that her friend liked to pose for the camera!
The Cottage Garden collection by Crate Paper are a wonderful mix of colours and patterns. Of course all the papers are double-sided so double the value! By sticking to a simple design, I could go mad with my flower embellishments. Flowers are one of my staple go-to embellishments when I need something pretty.
I love to add a little sugar-coating to my flowers using a Snow Writer and ultra-fine gltter. I just adore the way they sparkle. Don't forget to add some leaves to your cluster of flowers as this really helps to bring them altogether.
Why not pop into the Ally Scraps store - I spied the lovely Very Merry collection from October Afternoon *Swoon* and fabulous vintage embellishments from Melissa Frances (I need one of these Christmas Trees). There are more vintage findings from Graphic 45, Craft Secrets and gorgeous Christmas papers from Websters Pages. I hope that Santa leaves some in my stocking!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
The winner of the AllyScraps Christmas prize pack is BethieJ. Woohoo, and big congrats. Bethie, please send me an email to email@example.com with your contact information, and we will get something Christmasy right out to you!
Hope to see you on the blog again soon, more fun projects coming up this week.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Oh well. I have been in a crafty Christmas mood though. I have had my eye on Eskimo Kisses from Basic Grey since I saw them on the CHA sneaky peaks. They are even more adorable in real life.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Here's my card from scraps... I've been very good about making at least one card from every layout this month using my scraps.
Thanks so much for stopping over! Have a great day.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
So in the meantime, I thought I'd share some Christmas projects I've done in the past.
I made this Vintage Christmas tree a couple of years ago from old music sheets. I had to cut strips of the paper before pinning them individually to a polystyrene cone.
The wee birdie is from Maya Road attached to a skewer. I was so chuffed when it was displayed on their blog (you could see me doing a happy dance for ages!)
If you would like a sneaky peak of my project for Friday, I have put a piccie on my blog.
Be sure to pop back in though as I know Dana has something gorgeous to share with you.
Thanks for stopping by.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I thought I'd share a little project I did for Scrapbook Inspirations magazine here in the UK. This little door hanger was so much fun to do, that I'm going to make one for each of us.
The snowman is made from a polystyrene ball cut into 2 before being covered in lots of sparkly glitter.
The chipboard shapes are from My Mind's Eye. The background paper isn't Christmas at all , but I did love the silver finish. You can find more Pink Paislee in the store.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Good morning, and a big thank you to Adornit for allowing AllyScraps to participate in another one of their fun filled Blog Hops! This one is Holiday themed, and at AllyScraps we're feeling Christmasy as you know! So here are some fun holiday layouts and projects that we though you might enjoy.
My projects are all using the Fancy Pants Christmas Magic line of papers and embellies. I especially loved using the double sided paper strips and cards paper too. They are such easy embbellishments, just a little cutting and you're done! The rubons are fun too. See that BIG snowflake on the left side? That's just a beautiful part of this piece of Fancy Pants paper. I just cut it out, then distressed it a little... so pretty.
I made a couple of cards with my paper scraps and leftover pieces. I try really hard, especially at Christmas time to use my layout scraps to make something fun. I think these easy cards came out super, and took no time at all.
Morag has got her Christmas decoration started with this pretty wreath. She has used the timeless Home for the Holidays collection from Paperloft. Morag says she hand cut petals and leaves from the double-sided papers, before glueing them into place.
After arranging the papers around the wreath, she has sprayed the piece with Glimmer Mists and other mica-sprays. This added a little more sparkle for the holiday season!
Morag! This is just a stunning project. Thanks so much for inspiring us.
In celebration of today's blog hop, Cathy has offered up a great Christmas prize pack from AllyScraps. So, just leave us a comment right here on the blog. Tell us about your favorite winter holiday tradition... and we'll choose a winner. Post your comment by midnight on Friday, November 20th... and then check back on the 21st for the winner. Good luck and happy scrapping.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the next awesome blog on this amazing Adornit Blog Hop list!
Jenny Johnson at Crazy about Cricut and you can check out the Adornit blog too, tons of inspiration.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
There are so many wonderful Holiday papers available at Ally Scraps! Let this be your one-stop scrapbooking store.