Sunday, March 29, 2009

Donna's big 4-0!

March Pages by Elena Lai Etcheverry for Donna Salazar

Happy Birthday Lovely Donna! Here are my pages. I hope I am not the only one screwing up the size a bit. Mine are all coming out 9" layouts. So sorry you guys! I guess you will just have a page sticking out of your book :) Thank goodness I assembled a group of girls who can go with the flow!

For Donna's page, I did peek-a-book scalloped pockets. The pictures of her with her kids were similar and they looked so cute just peeking over the edge.

You can pull the scallop flap down to see the whole picture though.

I wanted to use this Martha Stewart bird punch so stamped a branch and it looked lame and so I tried to make a tree and while I was doing that, I dropped my stamp on to the canvas and of course was using stazon so big boo boo! No mistakes in scrapbooking though, I cut another piece of canvas and stitched 40 years to cover it up then went out back and picked up a twig and voila! my birdie had a tree after all!

To Celine from Elena :)

February Pages by Elena Lai Etcheverry for Celine Navarro:

After an amazing $26,000 raised at the Royal Slumber Crop on march 14th, I can say that I am almost all caught up! I did get my pages done though! I decided to do pockets. I dont know if I will do this on all of them. I hand stitched with embroidery floss and then poked holes in the top layer of the pocket to weave the chenille stem. I made an orange crepe rosette with a technique Jennifer P showed me. When I was all done I sprayed it with scarlet glimmer mist and that was not such a good idea. It is really really red! and would not come off the photos with water! So I ended up re-printing the photos and then some of them I cut out and popped up and some of them I just re-mounted.

I wanted to use all the photos Celine sent me so even if she wants to take them out of the pocket and use them for something else, they are all embellished and ready to go!

Monday, March 23, 2009


photographs of jennifer and her family by jennifer priest
layout by candice mclean

working with the canvas is totally inspiring me to try new techniques. here i used a lot of modge podge, scraps of some old basic grey paper, acrylic paint, texture stamps, charcoal pencil, basic grey rub-on, chipboard (backed some of the papers to give more dimension), a daisy d's file holder and ink. lots of layering here. love how it turned out. hope you do too jennifer.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

My February Assignment

designed by ~Donna Salazar - Gloria King's photos

This is the layout that I made with Gloria's photos of the very 1st Lucky 13 dinner... minus a few of us. :) These are Gloria's January photos (my February Assignment... running a little late) I used Prima Paintables with watercolor pencils, my signature dictionary paper flowers, and some cardboard and denim (of course). I'm loving the canvas books!
Thanks for stopping by! ~D~

Another Page

designed by ~ Donna Salazar - Cheryl Waters photos

Cheryl sent me a bunch of beach pictures from February... it just makes me realize how blessed we are to live in So Cal when other states are buried in snow. Though this is MY March page this is really my February assignment to be done in March.

I used Prima flowers, packaging, denim and crystal swirls for this page. Now I'm ready for my March assignment that I'll do in April... :)

Thanks for taking this journey with us!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

It starts with a smile!

(designed by joleejane for Candice Mclean)
I was beyond inspired when I received Candice's photo's- what a beautiful lady with a captivating smile;) I knew also that I had to use some of the painting techniques I learned from Kelly Rae when attending artnest
It was so fun to design this layout, as she had supplied me with a great tittle "37 things to do before I turn 38" (most of which I want to add to my list of" to do's" )
my only dilemma was how would I get so much journaling on a 8x8 and still have room for all the other "stuff"
making a layout on canvas also brought about a little voice that kept reminding me- use fabric!
or something from your sewing kit, and that's when I realized I could list all her to do's on a spool!

Here's a picture of the spool unraveled , when we all meet to bind this fabulous book I am hoping we can attatch this to the binding or pin to the canvas.
I feel so very blessed to be aprt of this amazing, creative group, cant wait to see what shows up next.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

march pages

r u ready? here we go...


designed by candice mclean
melissa kennedy and her best friend al

february pages

We're alive!!! just in case you were wondering... we've been waiting for the albums to arrive. we've already been blessed with a generous donation from a sponsor. angela daniels with fiskars spoke with c&t publishing, and they donated these amazing canvas albums. thank you c&t publishing! thank you angela! to keep our project uniform in size, we're trimming our album pages to 9x8 (leaving a 1" seam to allow for binding later down the road).

okay, so each designer will be adding her creation here so keep checking back as they will be posting over the next few days. we look forward to hearing from you all so leave us a comment.


designed by cheryl waters
angela daniels with family & friends

I thoroughly enjoyed scrapping Angela's fun New Year's photos. I wish I could include them all. I reduced the photos in size so I could get several on the canvas page. On three of the photos, I printed doubles and cut out the images of one photo and placed it on top of the other to give it a 3-D look. I love my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists . . . instant color on the canvas. I love that Angela started off her "A Year in the Life of 'Me'" canvas book with New Year's photos. What fun!

designed by Melanie Christie
Elena Etcheverry's photos

Holy cow! I finally got my February layout done!! I had fun making a project with Elena's picture - and I'm in it! Tee hee!

Let me preface all of this by saying that this project is a little intimidating - not only because I have never worked in a canvas book like this before, but also because I am in a group with all these fabulous famous scrapping women, and then there is little ol' me. ;) I am honored to be a part of this project though, and I can't WAIT to see all the end results!!

Anyhow, Cheryl, Elena and I have a silly custom that has now become tradition every time we see each other, we take a "squishy face" picture! This is our most recent one from CHA in Anaheim... I painted the canvas with Kaiser paints, and then added some embellies! I think my favorite part of the page is the Hambly transparency under the flower button that I shrunk with my heat gun. And the new Prima flowers... I'm loving those too!

prepping the canvas pages

the canvas pages are by c&t publishing and measure 8.5x11. c&t publishing generously donated the canvas books to our little lucky group of 13. thank you c&t.

we decided to trim our pages to a 9x8 format leaving an inch for binding at the end of the year. the design area measures 8x8. something to keep in mind when designing your pages - anything in the 1" border could possibly be covered once bound.

february layouts soon to post.