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Creative Therapy: Catalyst #22

Creative Therapy asks this week, What is your biggest accomplishment?

Hah! No small question, that. I had several options here, and I was reticent to go with this one as I was worried I might seem elitist or pretentious or something like that. But truly, this was ONE of my biggest accomplishments…not because of the piece of paper, but because of who I became over the 9 years I spent working toward it. It was a really rough road, both professionally and personally, but I also had many bright spots along the way. But mostly, in the end, it was something I set out to do, and while for a long time it seemed that grad school owned me, in the very end, I owned it. I took charge and finished…for me and no one else.

Labor of Love?  Dr. CraftyLyra

Labor of Love? Dr. CraftyLyra

I used a draft of my dissertation (printed on 100% cotton bond) for the distressed hearts, the question mark, and the chipboard letters in “labor” and “of.” I needed something rough and distressed represented in this layout. The journaling reads:

Above and beyond anything else, I earned a degree in self-awareness. It isn’t about academic prestige. It is about setting a goal and learning about yourself as you strive to achieve it.

MATERIALS: A la Carte “Bruschetta” paper (American Crafts); Amy Butler Designer Mats (K & Co); Tim Holtz Distress Ink “Scattered Straw” (Ranger); Chipboard letters (Maya Road); “Pistachio” and “Rosebud” pigments (ColorBox); Rainbow Sparkle Lite EP (JudiKins); Stick-IT felt letters (CPE ImageCo)

Cranes, Links & Cards, oh my!

CRANES

Cranes

Cranes

...and more cranes.

...and more cranes.

These 200 cranes are going to Judy Dunn, a Massachusetts artist who is the thought, skill, and talent behind The Crane Project. I’ve been hoarding these cranes for four years. They were made for my wedding by myself, my wedding party, and guests from all over the country. If you don’t know the Japanese tradition of 1000 cranes, you can read about it here. There were close to 1000, but at some point, I really had to trim down my origami crane collection. It was also a time of cleansing and reflection. At any rate, cranes represent peace (among other things) and my husband and I can’t think of a more meaningful home for our cranes than with Judy’s project. While my cranes are slightly different than her specifications, she felt she might be able to incorporate them into the project. In the meantime, if you have some waxed paper, time, and five minutes here and there, please consider folding some cranes for Judy. Help people understand the cost of war in a really visceral way. I’ve featured The Crane Project in my new FEATURED LINKS section in the sidebar.

And speaking of LINKS, I have a new page (see tab above) called “LINKS YOU MIGHT ENJOY.” I’ve cut back on the number of links in my sidebar to avoid clutter. My separate links page includes places in my feed reader, or blogs I occasionally visit. My sidebar includes websites and links of real-life artist/crafter friends, as well as “virtual” friends (those people who comment here on a regular basis or have linked to me). I’ve also included some online boutiques and places to purchase supplies, as well as challenge blogs I follow. I also have highlighted eco-crafting as that is an area I both support and endeavor to join. If you have shown me the love by linking to my blog and I have failed to recognize it by linking to you in the sidebar, please let me know!

Lastly, if you are sick of my prose, here are two CARDS I made today. I was feeling clean and minimalist. The second card meets the Sunday Scrappin’ challenge to try a new fold. 🙂 I’ll post about that on Sunday.

MATERIALS: stretchy plastic ribbon (Maya Road), Noah Rub-ons (Maya Road), Rhonna Farrer Swirls V:I clear stamps (Autumn Leaves); khaki card (Paper Source); black pigment ink (ColorBox); “Ancestry Floral 151239” dimensional stickers (Marcella by K).

MATERIALS: light apricot card stock, “Scrapbookers Sonata—black and silver” (Hambly); Noah rub-ons (Maya Road); “Ancestry Floral” dimensional sticker (Marcella by K)

Two Layouts and a Tutorial (sort of)

Hey there loyal blog readers (all three of you!),

It might seem that I’m posting a lot more frequently (which would be true) and it might then follow that I’m just chock full of free time and have nothing pressing, right? Wrong. 🙂 Actually, the opposite is true. However, I’ve taken to using scrapbooking as the carrot at the end of the stick. IF, and only IF, I get a certain amount accomplished in the morning, I’m allowed an hour or so of scrapbook time. So, the fact that I’m scrapbooking more means I’m actually getting quite a bit of work done.

Ok, with that disclaimer out of the way (guilty much?), I present the following for your viewing pleasure. These two layouts are for my wedding album and are from the rehearsal that was held at the beach. Apologies for the blocked photos and/or blurred photos—-nothing personal!!

First, we have one that features photos of my jr. bridesmaid and another bridesmaid hanging out at the beach:

Beach Bums

Beach Bums

No one can accuse me of sole allegiance to one brand, LOL…here we go with the MATERIALS: patterned paper is “Beach Fun Flip Flops” (American Traditional Designs); top mat is Capris “Basil” (Luxe Designs); tag is from Target dollar bin; “Beach” acrylic stamp (Imaginisce); 5th Avenue Shimmer Stickers (Making Memories); Round vellum “Brite” tags (Making Memories); flower embellishments (Marcella by K); ribbon (American Crafts)

Next up we’ve got another layout that uses a technique for which I’ve included a brief tutorial. I’ve been surprised by several people who have told me they haven’t tried embossing yet. The only reason I’m surprised is because these folks create amazing stuff with complicated techniques and embossing seems like child’s play by comparison! I’ve been embossing for at least 15 years and I feel dumb that it is my only real “technique.” At any rate, my latest fascination is with embossing chipboard. So without further ado:

Candid

Candid

As you can tell, the photo is pre-journaling. 🙂 This is how I did my chipboard letters.

  • Cover all chipboard letters with a pigment ink. I used ColorBox’s “Tropical” multi-color stamp pad for a really neat effect.
  • Lay out letters on a scrap piece of paper and sprinkle LIBERALLY with embossing powder of your choice. Remove letters and tap off excess. I used JudiKins Rainbow Sparkle Lite because I wanted the color of the pigment to show through AND because glittery/clear EPs are much easier to use than solid colors (I’ll get into why in another post sometime). (FIGURE 1)
  • Incidentally, you’ll find it easier/less messy if you use tweezers (mine are from Making Memories) to handle the letters (FIGURE 2)
  • Emboss (with a heat gun) each letter one at a time, making sure to completely melt the EP. Wave the heat source around as to avoid burning the EP. Yes, you CAN use a hair dryer, but it takes a lot longer and the heat is less focused. I’ve had my heat gun for over 10 years, paid $15 for it and it still works great. (Figures 3 & 4)
  1. Figure 1

    Figure 1

    Figure 2

    Figure 2

    Figure 3

    Figure 3

    Figure 4

    Figure 4

    MATERIALS not mentioned: Maya Rd. chipboard; patterned paper (Target!); tag (Target); ribbon from stash

Sunday Scrappin’ #40

Well, this has definitely been a big TA-DA week! I think my craft productivity is proportional to my stress levels. Hmm. I hope you have a few moments…this could take awhile. 🙂 Please join us in the weekly installments of Sunday Scrappin! Next week’s challenge is:

Try a new fold. Whether you’re a scrapbooker or a card maker, there are many folded paper creations that can enhance your projects.

TA-DAs this past week:

  • This was a little card I included in a care package I sent to a friend. She loves Trader Joe’s, but they don’t have one where she lives (the HORROR!), so occasionally I try to send her some items. Her son loves the apple bars!

MATERIALS: paper from Scrapworks (Love in Bloom line) from RAK I received; Maya Road Cubicle Rubons (RUB 631) and Scroll Rubons (RUB 625); stamp is 113E Clown Bear (All Night Media); Barbara Trombley’s art glitter–Spring Opaque PeeWee Kit.

  • NEXT: I did a recipe card, for last week’s Sunday Scrappin’ Challenge, which was “FOOD.” I collage all the recipes I cut out from Real Simple Magazine:

TO-DOs for next week:

  • 2 more layouts for wedding album
  • Anything else that suits my fancy. 🙂

Wedding Album Pages

Sorry, for privacy reasons, I have covered the photos, but you can get the general idea. These are two layouts for my wedding album, both with pictures from the rehearsal. The first, “Three Faces of Me” has three shots that are almost identical, except for my facial expression. My husband and I are standing in front of the pastor, but you can only see my face. In the first one, I’m looking at the pastor with this confused look on my face. In the second, I’m listening intently and in the third, I’m looking quite adoringly at my husband (its kinda cheesy and funny, actually).

Three Faces of Me

Three Faces of Me

MATERIALS: Background paper (with the wonderful ginkgo leaves) is #34468 Amplified FM Radio line from American Crafts; Letter stickers are “5th Ave Shimmer Stickers” (Making Memories); and the scalloped circle for journaling is from Maya Road. Journaling reads:” Confusion. Interest. Adoration. An expression for every emotion as we “practice” for the next day.”

The second layout, “A Father Prepares” has two photos of me and my dad as he “practices” giving me away. 🙂

A Father Prepares

A Father Prepares

The photo does not do the paper justice. This paper was marked “Zinnias” but I have no idea who the maker is. It might be Paper Source as I’m pretty sure that’s where I bought it. All I know is that I love it, and the Amy Butler Designer Mats (K & Co) coordinated perfectly! I used a plastic tag from Maya Rd with noah rubons (also Maya Rd). The yellow tag is cut from a cheapy sample I received in the mail, trying to get me to sign up for some scrapbooking club.

Unconditional Love

I was inspired by Creative Therapy’s Catalyst this week, #21: “First memory of Love,” to start a mini album on the theme of my family. I went with a really sparse layout because for me, that was most emblematic of the love my grandparents had for me. Simple, uncomplicated, and unconditional. I decided not to journal because I felt the two words “unconditional love” said it all. It is perhaps not my first memory of love, but it is certainly one of the most potent and least complicated. I found this photograph in the stash I received after they died last year. The quality of the photo isn’t great, but the sentiment is there. This is the first time I’ve used a monochromatic layout (in lavender shades with small celadon accents)—again, to keep things simple and unencumbered.

MATERIALS: I used some of the Maya Road materials I received in my first RAK win at Creative Therapy. 🙂

Maya Road Chipboard Album “Lunch break”; paper stash (Provo Craft); Lavender ColorBox pigment brush pad; Maya Road Noah Rubons (RUB 630); Hero Arts “Heart of Love” stamp (C2046); Dashes, Dots & Checks Ribbon

AND, just a reminder, as of this posting, only 60 more hits until my reasonable, not over-the-top giveaway. 🙂

Mmm…chipboard….

Do you remember that blog candy I received? Well, it included Maya Road’s Butterflies and Bugs chipboard collection. Prior to receiving that wonderful bit o’ blog candy, I had NO chipboard of any kind.

At any rate, I found myself needing to make a “man” card, as it were, but felt I could still remain elegant and not have to allude to golf, neckties, or cowboys (at least for this particular man). So, I grabbed a dragonfly body and a pair of wings from my new chipboard, and here’s what I made:

And I made this simple, minimalist card:

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES: I covered the dragonfly’s body with scrap paper from my stash (which I happen to know is #11117 “Melody” by Renae Lindgren for Creative Imaginations (in case you are interested). Using Itoya’s O’Glue (which I love), I emboiled it with Ranger clear embossing powder to give it shine and texture. What is “emboiled” you ask? My term for what happens when you get your embossing powder to boil. I used this technique here too. With the clear embossing powder, you get a neat effect–patches of bubbly white, basically.

TOOLS: This was my first go with a Coluzzle (Provo Craft) and Coluzzle knife. Hmm. Not as easy as it looks…especially with origami paper. Jury is still out. Silly husband suggested: “Find something that is shaped like a circle and the right size, and use that.” HAH! There is NO room for practicality in my creative space! NONE! (ok, so it probably would have looked better if I had done exactly that).

MATERIALS (not listed above): Maya Road chipboard; “Aurora Wave” origami paper (Yatsumoto)–gives lovely iridescence for the wings which you can’t really see in the photo; “Happy Birthday” acrylic stamp (Target); Gold Embossing Tinsel (Personal Stamp Exchange).

I hope you like it!


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