Thursday, October 30, 2008

New Techniques

I started working on a new layout last night that I thought I'd use some new techniques on. I had this idea to use felt which I've seen some beautiful layouts made using it. I'm always looking for cheaper ways than buying the ready made designs. So, since felt is cheap at Wal-Mart, I decided I'd go buy some felt and try making some felt flowers and maybe a couple flourishes and then decorating them with stickles. I haven't had a chance to head to Wal-Mart just yet but next payday I will be doing that. I'm hoping to have this layout finished for a couple of challenges at scrapbook.com. I'll post the layout here and explain what I did and how I did it when I am finshed.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Nothing seems to change

It's been a minute since I've been on. I have some catching up to do. Let's see, what have I been up to lately? ... Well, last weekend, I went to Ft. Campbell, KY to visit some friends and though the trip didn't turn out the way I had hoped it would, it was nice to get away from the everyday things here at home. Nevertheless, it's nice to be back at home. Less drama, less noise. Notice I said less, not free from drama or noise.
I was able to finish a layout for a challenge at Scrapbook.com. It's below if you want to see it.

Silly Girl
by A_bowen13
Scrapbook.com


I've managed to almost finish another wall in my room. I swear, someday soon, my room will be completely painted. It's just taking some time.

I have decided that I want to use this blog for more than just posting of my scrapbook things and random blogging. I also want to incorporate my own sketches into this blog somehow. I have seen other sites with scrapbooking sketches that are absolutely wonderful. So, I want to give that a try too!

Other than that, the world is still spinning in monotony like always in this one horse town.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Painting my room

I've been painting my room today. Fun times! I absolutely hate painting buy I wanted my room a light blue. I don't like blue, why am I painting it blue? Simply because it goes great with my sheets. Plus, I'm tired of white walls. They've been white for years and it's about time for a change. White can be so, so boring. Don't you think? Plus, I want a new look for my scrap space I will be creating in the corner. I'll post some pictures when I'm finished. It's taking me a while because of lack of space to move furniture, I have to move a piece, paint, then move it back. So, what should just be a 2 or 3 hr project has to be extended into 2 or 3 weeks. LOL. It's alright though. It'll be pretty when it's finally finished.

On another note, I started some ATCs. I completed 4 Halloween ATCs actually. I'll post some pictures as soon as I get the rest of the Halloween group. I plan on making 11 more.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Stickles!

I finally got around to using the stickles I found at Hobby Lobby. I was so excited when I found them. I couldn't wait to use them. Although, I don't think I did them justice. I probably could've found a more creative way of using them.



In this layout, I used them for the dots around the swirls. I also put them in the corners of the bracket shapes. And, you can't see it in the picture but, each "y" in Hayley's name has a dot of star dust stickle at the top.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Card Making

I have decided I want to start making cards. Now, I haven't decided how I want to go about this. A friend's birthday is coming up and I'd love to make her a card. Plus, I'm broke and it would be cheaper for me to make her one than to buy one. More heart-felt too if I might add. I'm not too crafty on the card scene but I suppose it's similar to scrapbooking. I'm sure anything I make for her she'll love. It's just pleasing myself that's the problem. I'm very picky and sometimes somewhat of a perfectionist. Who knows, I may give in and buy her a card. At this point, I really have no idea. I'm just throwing the thought out there. Maybe I'll be posting my card here soon for you to see, maybe not. I'm definately going to try but sometimes, I don't always follow through with my ideas. Sad, but true.

Have a scrappy day!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Heck of a Deal!

Well, I went with my mom to visit my grandparents today and, Hobby Lobby is conveniently located between our house and theirs so of course, we had to stop. I'm glad I did! I found 3 great buys.

The first buy I found was a 3 pack of Stickles for $2.50. I didn't know they were that much until I got them to the counter. I was excited to find Stickles because my Hobby Lobby very seldom has them in stock. They are a very popular item around these parts.

The second buy was on some Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Just $2.99! I only bought one because I haven't really used Distress Ink much and wasn't sure I'd use the different colors. Now that I've read up on the product, I wish I had bought the other colors. *sigh* They'll be gone before I get a chance to go back. My nearest Hobby Lobby is 45 minutes away. Well, having this one pad of ink will help me practice and I can get the other colors later and make more beautiful things.

The third item was a set of alphabet stamps for $3.99 regular $5.99. The only thing I do not like about these stamps is that they did not come with numbers. I can make do with them though. I just absolutely love stamps! I'm a stamps/stamp pads junkie!

I just couldn't believe I found the Stickles. This is my hot item of the week. I can't wait to make a layout using them!

Friday, October 10, 2008

New Scrapbook Page




I just wanted to share with everyone my newest scrapbook page. Very seldom do I get to dig into my scrap box and make a page. I was looking through the scrap box to try to find scraps for the October Card Sketch Challenge at scrapbook.com and was able to come up with this pretty little piece of art.

I also entered it into the October Doodle Challenge at scrapbook.com.

Justin & Victoria are a couple of my friends from Ft. Campbell, KY. Justin just recently got his release papers from the Army and they headed back to their home state, California. I'm gonna miss them a lot but hopefully, we can keep in touch.

This was my first time using a tag template and I think it turned out okay. I'm not thrilled about it. I used a staple to attach the ribbon to it. I also did some more stitching and stamped the lettering on there.

New Layout

I've tried my hand at putting together a new layout on here. I hope you guys like it. Bear with my while I twidle with the HTML to make it look halfway decent. If you want one for your blog, click the link in the upper left-hand corner and you can find some awesome layouts just like mine.

I also added a Cbox!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My Scrapbook.com Gallery

For those of you who read me and do not have scrapbook.com, I'd like to invite you to join us and also, visit my gallery of layouts there. We have a lot of fun at scrapbook.com so if you're interested, come on over.

http://www.scrapbook.com/places/A_bowen13

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Happy & Sad Day

Happy:
I took a trip to Hobby Lobby today. Just to browse (because I have no extra money to spend right now). But, I ended up spending a little bit. I always do. It never fails. I bought a Stampabilities Pigment Ink pad and one piece of paper (that I had been needing in order to start a page). I was only able to get the ink pad in orange but it was on sale for $1.79 and I just couldn't pass it up. I figured sometime I will use orange ink. Or, I'll find a reason to use it. Halloween is coming up and I have a little sister so maybe I can find a way to use it with her Halloween costume layout. Who knows. The next thing is that I don't even know what pigment ink is. I had no idea until I was browsing around Hobby Lobby that there are different kinds of ink. I will figure it out though.

Oh, one more thing before I go... I love these chipboard word books I have been seeing and I want to do one but I can't see spending the money to buy the book when I can make my own. So, as soon as I find a little extra time, I will be making my own and posting the process here.


Sad:
I noticed that our local Starbucks has shut its doors. I was so sad that I could've cried. I will miss you my lovely Starbucks.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I'm back.

I know, it's been a while. (I’m almost 100% sure that nobody is reading this.)

I’m going to blog anyway.

Not a lot has been going on in scrappin’ world for me as of right now. I have tried a few new things but nothing worth sharing.

I don’t have adequate space to scrap right now because I am in the process of remodeling my room. And, because I have to do it on my own, it’s taking longer. Therefore, my scrap supplies are in boxes in my closet.

But with all that, I have managed to find some great deals on a few items. I bought a stamp set, which I adore, at Hobby Lobby for less than $1.50. I also found a wonderful swirl stencil for less than $3.99.

I’m really going to try to get back to blogging soon. Maybe by then, I can have some followers.

For those few that do read me, and those that may stumbled upon this by accident, bear with me, please.

Have a scrappy day!