Scrapbook in a Box

I have quite a few stampers in my clubs who really enjoy scrap booking and always appreciate it when I have a class that incorporates some type of scrapping. For my class this past Saturday I came up with this project. I've heard it called either a Scrapbook in a Box or and Explosion Box. Whatever it's called, it was a big hit with the girls. It does take 2 sheets of 12 x 12 card stock per box so I was very limited on my color choices but really like how it turned out. I used the new set, Crab and Company and the new wheel, Sandy Shells. The card stock is Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue and So Saffron. I only had 11 sheets of the Chocolate Chip on hand so I used Close to Cocoa on the inside of my sample. The directions that I found online only had a 1" edge for the cover but I wanted to decorate it a little more so I created a 1½". If you kept it to the original 1 inch you can actually get 4 covers from a single sheet of 12" x 12" card stock. I wheeled the outside and then colored random images with Rose Red, Bashful Blue, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip with an aquapainter. For the inside you are able to use the corner that are cut out from each level for matting on the next bigger layer. For example, the corners that were cut out of the Close to Cocoa layer I used as matting for the Bashful Blue layer. So there's really not a lot of waste. You do have to cut down the corners of the Bashful Blue layer to use as matting on the So Saffron layer but the strips that I cut off where used to decorate the sides of my lid. You can up to 21 photos on the inside depending on how much you journal and whether you put photos on the front and back of each layer and on the center. I didn't have that many "beachy" photos so I used pictures from last years fishing derby and didn't journal yet. When I get to it, I will journal on the back side of each layer. I already have requests to do this for another class. I'm so glad they like it. Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day! All Supplies Stampin' Up!® Paper : Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Whisper White Stamps : Crab & Company, Sandy Shells Wheel Inks : Timber Brown StazOn™, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel Accessories : Corner Rounder, Grosgrain Ribbon, Aquapainter, Sponge, Sticky Strip, Post-It™ Notes


Too long between posts!!

One morning almost 3 years ago I woke up and when I rolled over to turn off my alarm the whole room started spinning and wouldn't stop. I couldn't walk or make any movements at all with out it happening and feeling incredible ill! Imagine having the worst case of motion sickness that you can imagine and then multiply it by 10 and just for fun add in the sensation of the room spinning around you and not being able to balance yourself as you walk. I suffered for 2 days until I decided enough was enough and went to the doctors. I had a "text book" case of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV. I thought that the doctor was joking, sure I'd heard of Vertigo but it wasn't a real illness was it. I have come to realize that it is indeed a real illness and a nasty one at that. There are positional exercises that I do weekly to keep it away and have only had 2 episodes since being diagnosed. When it does act up I have medication that I can take to help mask the symptoms until I can do an exercise called the Eply Maneuver and then it takes about 24 - 36 hours until I I can function normally again. It is not fun but it is something that I have been able to deal with until about 3 weeks ago when I woke up with it again. During the past 3 weeks I have had 5 occurrences and I am just wiped out. Finally I went to see the doctor and he took me through 3 rounds of the maneuver and changed my medication. I have been dizzy-free for 4 days now and I am so happy. Being able to walk around my house without holding onto the walls never felt so good!!! LOL I even stamped for a Stamp Club Class that I had this past Friday and after all of this rambling and probably TMI on my part here are the cards that I came up with. All Supplies Stampin' Up!® Paper : Certainly Celery, Shimmery White Stamps : Petal Pushers Inks : Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace, Apricot Appeal, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Bashful Blue Accessories : Corner Rounder, SAMJ, Sweet Shop Ribbon Originals This is a fairly simple card that was inspired by several cards that I've seen. It is so springy and makes me happy to look at it. I stamped the larger flowers once and then rotated the image slightly and stamped again to fill it in. I love the stem stamp in this set as you can stamp each end to create a varied look. All Supplies Stampin' Up!® Paper : Cool Caribbean, Whisper White, Basic Black Stamps : Doodle This, Much Appreciated, In My Thoughts Inks : Jet Black StazOn™, Cool Caribbean Accessories : Aquapainter, Ribbon, Crafter's Tool Kit, Dimensionals, White Gel Pen The colors for this card came from this weeks Color Combination Challenge on Splitcoast. I love all of this years "In Colors" and cannot wait to see the ones from the 2007-2008 SU! Catalog. I know that I am going to love them just from the names. All Supplies Stampin' Up!® Paper : Rose Red, So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant, Confetti White Stamps : Bodacious Bouquet, Simple Sayings II, Friend to Friend Inks : Rose Red, So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke Accessories : Crafter's Tool Kit, Cutter Kit, White Gel Pen, Air Tool, Rose Red Marker, So Saffron Marker, Elegant Eggplant Marker, Always Artichoke Marker, SAMJ, Post-It® Notes My favorite images are generally the outlined ones that I can watercolor so I tend to not buy solid image stamp sets. I purposely bought several solid image sets last month and I have to say that I am really enjoying them. This is one that I've had my eye on and I'm sorry that it took me so long to get it. The colors for this card are also from the Color Combination Challenge on Splitcoast. I did add the Always Artichoke to the mix though. Thanks for looking and have a wonderful and sunny spring day!!


Blogger RAKs

I received two Blogger RAKs last week but have been so stinking sick since then that I'm just able to post them. This first one is from Wendy whose blog is www.sunnywl.blogspot.com. I love how the little blue gem just pops! This is a simple yet elegant layout! Thank you so much Wendy. The second is from Debbie Seyer whose blog is www.debbieseyer.typepad.com. This is one of my favorite stamp sets and she used my most favorite paper : shimmery white. If you have never used shimmery white or seen it in person you have to! It is so pretty. Thank you Debbie!