Saturday, December 19, 2009

A layout for Melanie by Angela

Most crafters I know get into jags or phases. A few weeks ago, I decided that the newsprint paper tablets I had given my 5 year-old to doodle in (from the $1 store, by the way) were fabulous for myFiskars gel pens. Let's face it, no brand of gel pens are always working at 100%. They skip on paper that's too slick and sometimes bleed on paper that's too porous. But cheap newsprint-y paper? Score! This little glimpse of my layout shows my new jag- teensy-tiny little titles with the letters colored in with color coordinating gel pens. All the other trim is just a bonus =)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Page by Cheryl for Melissa

What fun photos of Melissa. These photos really show her personality! She is such a fun gal and I was thrilled to get to scrap these photos that a friend took of her. So the title of the layout . . . 'Sew' Much Fun. I used different sewing embellishments and even had fun doing some embroidery. The back of the layouts have a pocket made with a vintage hankie that stores extra photos.

Thanks Melissa for allowing me to scrap these fun photos and keep being you! You're a lovely and lively gal! I appreciate you.

I did make a duplicate of the layout I created for Melissa for some 'fun photos' of friends at Reflections 2009.

'Sew' . . . in a world where you can be anything . . . Be Yourself!

Monday, November 30, 2009

So Happy Together

Layout made for Donna by Jolee Jane So fun capturing the feeling of " togetherness"
in Donna's pictures of her recent get away with her Hubby
Fun with felt , silver coil, and a vintage Christmas bead

A time for reflection and rest:::

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Page by Cheryl For Nan

I love these photos of Nan and her daughter Franny. I've had the blessing of meeting this sweet cute gal and she is full of life. I love that Nan wanted to scrap these special memories of a mom and daughter at camp. Such a cute photo of Fran so I cut it out to make it a little more realistic looking.

I wanted a more rustic look since 'Camp' was the theme so I added beads for rocks, drew a tree, added some flowers, a vintage handpainted bluebird bead, a dragonfly and more. I used a special technique to get the color for the sky and the tree. I'll share more later as I'm working on the possibility of getting our journey published. I left a little journaling spot for Nan to record some special memories . . . the tag is enclosed in a semi-hidden pocket and states 'Slide Out'. What cherished memories for a mom and daughter to share. Nan is a wonderful mother and is building a legacy of warm memories for Franny.

I duplicated a similar page for myself and scrapped some photos of a Farmer's Market my aunt and I attended in Temecula.

So since it's Thanksgiving . . . I'd like to say that I'm thankful for children, for my Lucky 13 friends here, for my crafting friends and for the blessing of calling Nan a friend! I'm wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving with loved ones. May you build many warm memories together this holiday season.

Warmest Thanksgiving blessings.

~ Cheryl

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Elena's August Photos by Angela

Yeah, yeah. I know, it's NOVEMBER and I'm scrapping a nice, summery photos from August. That's what I love about scrapping- it's snowing at my house this weekend but I can have little creative escape through photos. That's my story and I'm sticking to it...

Elena's photos were fun to scrap because I didn't feel like I was held to any theme. These aren't birthday or vacation photos, they are just plain old fun and playing around photos and I like to think of Elena just goofing around after the challenging year she's had. As for tips and techniques, there's really nothing ground-breaking happening on this page but while I was creating it, I did realize that I have been so busy as a Lead Fiskateer for the past year and a half, I can't remember the last time I took time out to shop for delicious embellishments just for my very own fun. I'm dangerously low on supplies (*shout out to all scrapbook companies!*) so I improvised and hand lettered my title and cut out the butterfly from scratch with nothing but my handy-dandy Fiskars scissors. I even got brave and hand-drew a frame right onto the canvas. Sometimes it's nice to get back to basics.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Down by the sea

Page created for Melanie by Jane Pollock So fun working with canvas, I am constantly inspired by all the artists in lucky 13 and feel so very blessed to be part of such an amazing group;)

sewing layering and distressing myself into a frenzy

cant stop fraying the ends of the canvas sheet::::::

Melanie with her bright blue eyes and her pretty red dress, love this color combo with aged paper and canvas

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy, Happy Disney Days - A Page by Cheryl Waters for Jennifer Priest

I was thrilled when I recieved Jennifer's photos of her and her family during their recent trip to Disneyland. Disneyland is known as the 'happiest' place on Earth' and by the expressions on these darling faces you can sure tell. What a wild ride - the Mad Hatter teacups. One of my daughter's favorite at Disneyland and surely a favorite of Jennifer's kids. I love the priceless expressions she caught on film.
I included two photos on the layout and the remaining photos are tucked away behind the canvas page in a pocket. But I can't share the whole page with you as of yet. I chose some fun colors to accent the colors in the photo and wanted a really 'carefree' feel to the layout. I used gesso, fabric paint, acrylic paint, Tattered Angels glimmer mist and even fabric crayons to give the canvas texture.
Having had the opportunity to spend some time with Jennifer I know she enjoys unique embellishments so I incorporated some cute little Japanese stickers (do you see the little girl with the camera?) I also made some of my own embellishments with foil glue and some unique trinkets I found at a craft store.
Thank you Jennifer for allowing me the opportunity to scrap these fun and 'happy' memories from your 'Disney Days'. When you wish upon a star . . . I hope all your dreams come true!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Candice's Rose Bowl fun - by Donna Salazar

A few of the girls from the Lucky 13 decided to go on an outing to the Rose Bowl swap meet before Candice McClean moved away from us. I didn't get to go because I was swamped with work at the time :( sniff. The photos that Candice sent me made me wish I had blown off work and gone with them. They looked like they had a blast!
The pictures were fun-girly-vintagey-goodness and I had the BEST product for the job. My sweet friend, Mel, from Kaiser Craft had sent me a ton of goodies from their new lines and I used the embroidered badges, die cut images and paper from the Pennyroyale line.

I also used some of the die cut images from my Winter Wishes line as well as some of my YUMMY die cut cardboard (available at I loved how this layout turned out and I can't wait to give it to Candice next year!
Thanks for checking it out! Hugs ~D~

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

For Jolee Jane by Donna Salazar

Jolee Jane's daughter is engaged to a man who OWNS his own vineyard! How cool is that?!? She sent me photos of their visit to the winery and they have the BEST rich, deep, "vintagy" colors. I used some of the cool embroidered and epoxy embellies from the Kaisercraft "Duchess" line plus some die cuts and embellies from my new lines.

Thanks for checking it out!
Hugs ~D~

Friday, September 18, 2009

Elena the Muse

Layout created for Elena by Jolee Jane Anyone who knows Elena knows how much the lady loves her clothes;)
She has great style with a theatrical edge:::: super cute

So naturally I was inspired to layer fabrics and trims- all very vintage
I have been so into staining with coffee- it creates this rich worn look- and your project smells great
Cant wait to see what she journals about, oh the places this lady goes!
It's a page fit for a Princess

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Scrappers as Papparazzi - Nan's Page for Jennifer

Any child of an avid photographer/scrapper knows the feeling of being endlessly photographed....much like the celebrities that get covered in the tabloids. That's the twist I took with the cute pictures of Jennifer's son Matthew. I have two daughters, so never get to make boy pages....this was fun! I can't show much more of this layout without giving all the fun you only get this sneak!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Angela's Page

I'm a little behind on my posts but I've finally had some time to get caught up. Here are a couple sneak peeks at the page I made for Angela Daniels. I used some really cool product from Kaiser Craft's new Pina Colada line and some ribbons from Making Memories.
Hugs ~D~
Donna Salazar

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mothers & Daughters

Hello - happy almost end-of-summer! My girls don't start back to school until after Labor's been a quick summer (again!) It seems like only yesterday - but it was June - that I went to my DD Marli's 8th grade graduation - much like Gloria attended her daughter's graduation too! That's one of the reasons I so enjoyed creating this page - I had the same experience at around the same time!When I see pictures that are so beautiful like this, I typically don't feel like I need to overdo a layout. But I really wanted to make it pretty. The canvas is easy to work with. I have painted it, sewn it, and now Glimmer-Misted it, and I love all the effects. This is two of the newest colors of G-Mist - Peppermint Stick and Pashmina. I offset the pinks and purples with bright yellow and blue...just because. ;) And while I typically add flowers as the go-to, this time I took some organdy ribbon and scrunched it into little ruffles, which sort of reminded me of a party (or graduation) dress! It's just so girly....
Little girls grow up so fast...this was fun to do. By the way, I am working next on a page for Jennifer Priest and I have a lot of pictures of her son. Hmmmmm little boys next!?!?!?!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Keep This... By Elena for Cheryl

I got some pictures from Cheryl in May and I have been working on them ever since. For a while it was planning in my head, then I got to putting it on the canvas and boy did it just keep evolving! I really love the finished project.
There is tons and tons of texture. I painted the back ground green, then covered it with tons of crystal lacquer while it was wet and added diamond dust. Then when it dried, I used a spatula and smoothed some orange paint mixed with copper over it. I love the way it made it look like sand paper kind of. I learned the spatula trick from Nina at an art gathering. I am soooo not a painter and it made so much sense. keeps the paint just on the peaks!

I had some raffle tickets on my table from the Scrapbook Royalty Black White and Craft All Over event. They all said KEEP THIS TICKET and were all different colors! Perfect! KEEP THIS is exactly what I wanted to say about Cheryl's Daughter Abby. I just love her.

I wanted even more 3-d element because I can never get enough... so I made this butterfly/dragonfly whatever it is with raffia and some vintage buttons. I can't wait to show the whole page. At the end of this journey!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Aim for the target

Layout Created By Jane for Stephanie Ackerman When Stephanie sent this photo to me of her hubby Kenzie, I knew I had to match the layout with all the great personality in his expression- as it popped out at me;)

after masking and painting the yellow started to look like a paint ball splat:::

so I added some solder splats that I am always accidentally making when soldering charms::

trying to pull it all together I than added some homemade soldered links on the far left,

had fun working with this photo, creating a "chain reaction"(tee hee)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Lucky 3 at the Provocraft Gypsy Gala

I was lucky enough to spend time with Elena and Candice at the Gypsy gala. I of course decided we needed a video of the event. i should have asked someone with a steadier hand to take the camera from me. I am so happy we were able to hangout. Oh did I mention that Provocraft gave us each a gypsy and a new cartridge too cool. This thing is the bomb I can not wait to get mine and start playing. Have a great day.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Donna's Denim Pocket By Nanny Goat

On my post last weekend, I told you about finding all the little treasures as a result of my packing and unpacking during my move. Here is another layout I created that – I think – benefitted from my finds!

This layout is for my friend Donna-Goat. That is, Donna Salazar. You see, my close friends know that my family calls me Nanny Goat, so I usually reciprocate by calling them “their name” - Goat right back. Donna is Donna Goat. LOL!

Donna sent me a whole bunch of fun photos of her from CHA Winter in Anaheim in January. Donna likes to do the whole self-portrait sorta thing, with the camera outstretched and the faces tight in the frame. It’s like her own personal photo booth. Great fun. So I had six photos to arrange on one – what felt like suddenly – very small piece of 8 ½” X 11” canvas. What to do?

I put them in a pocket. A denim pocket. And anyone who knows Donna knows that she love love LOVES denim. It’s Donna’s Denim Pocket of Friends. But that’s all I am going to tell you. These sneaks will have to do for now! Ha!

Hope you all are having a great summer! xoxoxox

Donna Goat and Jennifer Goat!

Donna Goat and Elena Goat!

Donna Goat and Nanny Goat :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Jane's Laughter Layout by Nan

Isn't this such a joyful photo of a mother and daughter? This is Jane and her daughter, Candace. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Jane in person yet, but when I saw this photo I just had to smile. I want to laugh with her!! What fun!

I love their expressions, I love the frothy blue of the clothes and the texture of the sand. Oh, I so wanted to make a glorious layout from this photo! But alas, I was tied up in moving this past month and I couldn't get my creative mojo going. But now just 12 days in the new house, I am unpacked and realize the advantage of unpacking and discovering all the long lost delights of scrap supplies long forgotten. I completed two Lucky 13 layouts this weekend, and both benefitted from the "oh, look what I have" revelations of my scrap unpacking! LOL!

First I found this jelly tag that reads "a laugh is a smile that bursts".....perfect for this photo! Then I found some buttons, brads and crystal beads that I loved the look of. A little stitching and a great orange color to offset the blue, and I was so loving this layout!

I hope Jane and Candace love it too.....

And, by the way, I so want to know what you two are laughing about in this photo.

Nan :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Blue, White, & Blue

I created a Lucky 13 page today for Elena with photos of the Mother's Day celebrations in her family. For the page, I chose a photo of her and her mother as the focal point. Elena's mom is wearing a pretty blue shirt which I used as a starting point for my *mostly* monochromatic design. To start, I painted the entire canvas page blue. I used a nice pretty star spangled banner-like blue since 4th of July is in just a couple days, time to get in the spirit and all. Then I started the decorating!

A few weeks ago I got a great deal on some felt doilies by Martha Stewart. I cut one of the doilies in half and stitched it to the canvas page. Then I added some Prima felt Voila, lots of flowers, and some grungeboard elements that I Glimmer Misted. After everything was assembled, I Glimmer Misted the page with Irridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.

One of the big challenges in working with paper and canvas is finding a good adhesive. I've been trying different things with varied success but today I tried Glossy Accents. It worked pretty well - I was surprised! If you have any ideas about good adhesives for this kind of project, please share!