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My friend Jen and I have a word for our favorite hobby in the world, and it's called "dap".
"Dap" can be used in many contexts.
"Let's dap." [verb]
"Hey Dap, whatcha doin today?" [noun-name]
"Check out this dap I just made!" [noun-thing]
"That pic is so dap!" [adjective]
Have you guessed what it means yet? Of course, it's scrapbooking!
You get the idea.
Thank you so much for making my virtual garage sale a success. There was 800 visits today... um wow. That was so unexpected! There are still a lot of items left over if you'd like to take a look or reserve anything.
In other news!
I made a few layouts recently! and a December Daily album. Today I'll share the layouts that I made for the design team that I'm a part of, The Creative Type.
December's prompt was to use vintage christmas paper and the title, "all I want for christmas is..." I loved this layout but my boyfriend and I had broken up so I wasn't ready to share it until now :)
January's prompt was to use type inspired by this great site, Friends of Type. I look it upon myself to write a letter to my older self :)
Thanks for stopping by.
Friends are away for the weekend.
Boyfriend is working all night.
Family just left after I made them a delicious eggplant parm dinner (if I do say so myself.)
and now it's my time.
Check out that "todo list" next to my laptop on the floor, full of journaling and layout ideas. And I just had to buy this pillow, you know, for butt support.
I had this idea. It included transparencies, patterned paper, photos, and paint splatters. The ideas were churning. I couldn't wait any longer.
I like a 5x7 - sized minialbum. It seems to be a good size. It's slightly bigger than the 4x6, which to me is more like a stack of photos than a minialbum. It's slightly smaller than 8.5x11, which of course is the size of a regular scrapbook. It's 5x7!
I cut twelve 5x7 pieces from office-grade transparencies and painted the names of the months (shown above). I cut a bunch of other goodies (patterned paper, cardstock, corrugated cardboard, tissue paper) and stacked it all together.
Here's the time consuming (and fun!) part. I went back through my iPhoto archives and printed 4-8 photos from each month. I love how easy this book is!
I loved working on the cover. That's a Hambly transparency, with Basic Grey letters, buttons, an Instax photo, and I'm not sure where I got the corrugated numbers. But you could always cut out your own! I colored in the "m" and the "e" with a sharpie marker and splattered paint on the numbers. I didn't feel like the cover was visible enough, so I lightly misted a bright white sheet of cardstock and put it behind the cover transparency.
I plan on adding my photos and some handwritten and/or typed journaling to tell my stories and attach the whole thing together with jump rings.
2010 has been very good to me, and I want to remember it.
Our newest prompt is up!
It's about movie quotes... and you're playing for a Guest DT spot!
We have several new members in our DT, serious talent.
Come take a look :)
Here's my interpretation.
The quote is from "Riding in Cars With Boys".. I"ve used it before but it's so wonderful I couldn't help but use it again. I misted the background with glimmer mist (what is with those things clogging like it's their job??) and the boy and girl chipcoard pieces that I misted over are from Maya Road. Any questions feel free to ask :)
Also, don't forget to sign your name here for a chance to win my latest giveaway. Another "thank you" to the people who help me to connect and meet so many people through this wonderful place we call blogland. I'll pull a winner on Wednesday.
Two pieces of exciting news... ONE ... The Creative Type is back in action and I've signed on for another season of challenges & play :) TWO... We are currenly running a design team call! So many wonderful scrapbookers and art journalers are blog readers... why not give it a whirl?! You wouldn't believe the talent residing on this team... Check it out here. I would love to see you all play along!!
This month's prompt was to lift a fellow DT member, and here's my layout and description...
I am in awe of EVERY member of our DT, but I chose to lift someone new-- Steph from living room floor. I think she's fantastic! You can see her original layout here. I started with white cardstock, layered some patterned paper along with my photo, then added small heart stickers. I misted the background with Ranger inks. Then (after the mist was *pretty* dry) I pulled off the heart stickers. I added the letter stickers to the bottom. For the "united", I handcut a title out of white cardstock. When I added it to my layout, it didn't seem to *pop* enough off the page (I wanted it to be a really bright white) so I painted over it carefully with a generous amount of gesso. Voila! Layout took me about 15 minutes... you can totally do this! :)
I'm not sure how to word this correctly, but I'm going to give it a whirl. Lately, I've been working a lot lately, on art-related projects and paintings and custom orders and such.
I've been dreaming about scrapbooking, art journaling, just-for-fun projects. I have this idea in my head of a minialbum, filled with transparencies and photos and memorabilia and canvas art paper and watercolors. I want to make magic.
For now, I do have some recent layouts that I've made! Enjoy :)
THe background is an Urban Outfitters bag :)
This is the back of the layout, which I plan on using as my next canvas. :)
The green piece is fabric that i pleated and covered in K&Co flowers and sequins. The slide is also K&Co. The Brian Andreas quote was printed from google.
I do, I do!
I painted the flowers with gesso to tone them down a little bit.
I love small details like the pearls, the hidden "a" letter, and the woodgrain fabrip along the side. The gesso behind my self-portrait makes it pop. :]
I scattered some sequins across the page (one of my favorite design elements!) and then crocheted a tiny oval frame to highlight some of them. The bottom photo with the quote was found while stalking weheartit, and I printed it to use on my page because it fits my life. so. well.
My name’s Alison – but you can call me Ali! I “met” Amy a
few years back via the internet – and we’ve become blogging friends.
I’ve got a
blog called Shades of Grey<link: http://creativali.blogspot.com
I’ve just moved house... to a house with only 1 cupboard in the entire place! So today I’m sharing some tips, information and ideas about moving/packing and downsizing your scrapbooking/craft area....
When I packed up my scrapbooking room, I went having this (an overcrowded bookshelf, which had also started taking up my wardrobe space):
To this – a much cleaner, more streamlined organisational approach:
I was lucky to be only moving about 5 minutes away. So I was able to use the storage my craft supplies were in (baskets, media boxes etc), and just loaded them into my car.
For other items, I used a big plastic storage tub. I recommend these as they’re sturdier than packing boxes, and your supplies won’t be damaged:
Ok.... so now onto the tips and ‘arranging’ of your supplies....
Tip #1 – LOVE adjustable shelving.
When choosing your bookshelf, or storage option – look for something with adjustable shelving – this allows you to have countless options when it comes to box sizes and storage options.
Tip #2 - Cheap doesn’t equal nasty!
When I moved I made a trip to Ikea and bought new media boxes (the black ones below) to store my photos. The ones I got are DVD boxes and fit packets of photos easily! Ikea and other chain stores like target are great for picking up bargain storage options. Think outside the square – kitchen jars are great for storing button and trim!
Tip #3 - Don’t have cupboards? Don’t stress!
If you don’t have cupboards, pick up some large
boxes like I did to store chipboard albums, envelopes and cards, paint
larger items like alpha stickers etc! I stacked them next to my desk
heaviest box on the bottom, and my most used box (alpha stickers) on the
Tip #4 - Store products according to their use and volume
When choosing storage for your craft/scrapbooking embellishments it’s important to choose something that suits you. Have a think about what embellishments you use often, and how you may group them. I have the majority (if not all) of my ‘bits and pieces’ stored in this ikea box. I have a draw for chipboard, one for mini alphas and things, one for journal spots and cards, one for tags... you get the picture....
I also have a plastic tray with a lid that holds things like eyelets, some buttons , feathers and other trinkets.
Tip #5 - Don’t be afraid to repurpose ‘used’ storage options.
For my small amount of embossing products (which I’ve just started accumulating), I already had a small red embossed box (that was originally brought from a $2 shop – from the gift section) – so I re-purposed this (which originally housed a small selection of tools and a Xyron sticker machine).
Tip #6 – Open storage equals easy access!
You know those products you reach for often, or need ‘hand space’ to find something? Use open storage like baskets, open shelves, vases, glasses and buckets! I use three baskets (again from Ikea) to store my ribbon, tools (punches etc), and another to store buttons (stored in ziplock plastic bags). They’re easy to access and look great!! J
Tip #7 – Folders and labels are your friends!
I’m lucky enough to work for a scrapbooking company (Kaisercraft – www.kaisercraft.net), and they have these amazing folders and re-sealable zippered storage pockets that store my clear stamps perfectly!! I also try and label my boxes, for example I keep my ink and glitter in one box and my ‘bling’ (rhinestones) and brads in another....
Tip #8 – Display those loved items rather than hiding them away!
My layouts that aren’t yet put into albums are stored in this 12x12 flocked box. Before I hid it away in the bottom of a cupboard, but when I moved I noticed it matched my Diana camera and typewriter perfectly. So I pulled my typewriter out of it’s case, and put it on top of the box to create a cute little display in the corner of my scrap room.
Another idea I have is to buy a couple of 12x12 frames to hang in my room also to store layouts on a rotating basis too.
Tip #9 – Colour coordinate!
Well to some degree. You don’t have to, but I find it unifies my room – I went for a white/black theme with splashes of red, and small amounts of woodgrain.
Under my desk you’ll see some cords, I’ve tried to hide them with my printer which has a placemat on it (also red)....
Last, but not least, make your own, or buy some artwork to liven up your area!!
Happy organising! xx