2 months out & I have ‘finished’ the Disney autograph book! I put finished in quotes because I had some embellishments for the main Disney character pages, but not for all of the other guys. I may find some & add them along the way, but Andy is super happy with just the pictures & autographs.
Ok – time for some non-scrappy/quilty/crafty updates.
I have been working on decorations for Andy’s big-boy Lego room. Picked out some fun Lego guys & I have good traces for my Silhouette to cut out. I have side view of Legos & even a mock-up of one wall. Next up is figuring out what goes where & how big … then cut cut cut!
So…. what have I been up to (beyond ignoring my blog)?
I have been working to finish card table playhouses for a few friends! I am using this pattern (with my own tweaks & changes) from a local designer Shea Henderson aka Empty Bobbin. If you are ever interested in making one of these I will tell you this – I worked my tail off with sales, value cotton, coupons etc. & bought all of the fabric at JoAnn fabric (complete with the requisite 1 hr waiting for your number to be called). I picked up the fabric right before Christmas & spent ~$75/house. So – these things are NOT cheap – so when you see them on etsy for $200-250 and they aren’t felt they are soooo not charging too much (trust me felt/flannel would be a quicker sew job because you don’t have to worry about finishing raw fabric edges). Now – that isn’t to say that you ‘should‘ spend that much money on one – find a friend with a machine & make it yourself!
Sorry I have been MIA for the last… well quite a while already!
I had great plans to start the year off with lots of posts. And then the morning sickness hit. I have no clue how working moms deal with this! I was a working mom-to-be with Andy, but I had NO morning sickness. I remember being more tired, but nothing like what I’ve had this time around. Really on the whole this is great news! It is something we’ve wanted for quite a while & were wondering if it would happen. Luckily come September we will be a family of 4!
I am feeling better now (ok – for less than a week & not wholly better; but we’ll take it as a good sign)… so that means blog updates are coming back!
Other big news…. I have been teaching a few Silhouette classes at The Scrapbook Page locally. The owners are retiring (Congratulations!) which means I will no longer be teaching there. I have no intention of teaching elsewhere in town – I started there are a favor to the owners & a good friend of mine Monika Ogilvie (who is starting back up her blog – Scrappy Girl - soon too). What I WILL be doing is…..
SHARING MY CLASSES HERE!
Most of the sharing will be in Learn it Tuesday videos, but I may have some step-by-step written walkthroughs. I am SUPER excited for this because there are things I would like to share on my blog that I haven’t been able to figure out how to do without first covering my class materials!
So – if you want to know how to take your Silhouette Outside the Online Store…. stay tuned – I will teach you how to use svg files (without the Designer Edition), how to design your own cuts, how to customize photos with Silhouette designs, how to cut out & paper piece an image plus more!
Sorry folks, no Learn it Tuesday this week. I have been sick (winter with a pre-schooler, it was bound to happen!)
Next week will be an off week too – we are out of town on vacation….. but I will update with some good Disney pictures when we get back.
Week 3! I am proud of myself for keeping this up 3 weeks in a row. I haven’t done so well with the Friday night Blogs or the Did it Thursday blogs (those are coming!) I have a hard time considering a project “done enough” to share. That is probably something many of you can relate to… hopefully!
So – are you wondering what is “Warped Text”? In the truest sense it is text that conforms fully to a path. In this case, it doesn’t change size automatically but it does form shape to a path above or below the text. Here is an example of the word “Andy” formed to the interior of a circle.
So – how to achieve this on your Silhouette & what else can you do with it? Tune in & watch!
If you want to take part in creating your own LiT posts or show off what you made using this video please mention this post & link yours up below!
Hopefully you are back for week 2! This week I spent alot of time printing Project Life goodies. There are many bloggers making, gifting, selling digital files for Project Life & you can also buy the digital kits that match the Becky Higgins designs on AC Digitals.
My approach last year was to buy the full Cobalt Edition (paper & digital). I haven’t finished my year (whoops), but I did notice as the year went on I was creating more, using less. So this year I bought the album & page protectors but nothing else. And I have already populated much of my first 3 weeks with Clementine that I printed myself using the digital edition. The great thing here – I can tweak the files, only print those I want & use a different edition or my own stash or another designer’s journal cards next week!
So – would you like to know how to quickly & EASILY print multiple journal or title cards on one 8.5×11 sheet? Then tune in – I walk through both Photoshop Elements 11 as well as Aperture. I am using Elements because most new-to-digital scrapbookers start there. If you have Photoshop the concepts are identical but the buttons/layout are slightly different.
Something we struggle with in this house…. Just Go Play! An only child and two pretty involved-with-him parents has created a 4yr old who struggles to play when he doesn’t have a friend or parent to play with!
Today’s motivation? You are taking a nap when you are done outside. Working so far! (And he is a napper… Still 2+hours)