Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Off-Road with Melanie - A Page by Jennifer

One of the cool things I've learned about Melanie through this Circle Journal process is that she and her hubby have a close, fun relationship. They have some really awesome adventures together! Melanie sent me some photos of an off-road trip she and her hubby took across the Mojave Desert in So Cal - I chose one of she and her hubby to use as the focal point on the page.

Their closeness in the photos inspired me to choose warm, comfy colors like the papers from the "Early Bird" line from Cosmo Cricket. Melanie is also fond of "vintage" so I added some baker's twine and other well-loved looking items. And of course stitching always adds that home-made touch!

Melanie also sent me some awesome photos of a cave and other things they saw during their trip. I created a pocket from a 7Gypsies Photo Carousel folder and inserted extra photos and some journaling spots for her to fill in if she chooses.

I love the 7Gypsies Photo Carousel and ATC carousel refills--the shape of the cards and envelopes is fun and doesn'nt have to be used on the Carousel. I don't even own a Carousel ;) but I still have tons of the refills on hand to use.

Thanks for checking out my sneak peeks of Melanie's page!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Inspired by her green(beautiful) eyes

Layout created for Michelle by Jolee Jane
I was so inspired by how striking Michelle's eyes are in contrast to her black blouse, I immediately choose green as one of my colors in creating.

Next I swung over to Rebbecca Sowers flicker - as I am always instantly encouraged by her amazing pieces! It was fun to mix metal, jute cloth, vintage wool and embroider it all together.

This vintage piece lent well, as it had the same romantic charm as Michelle's necklace.

I splattered ink all over the canvas cloth and then realized it didn't really absorb, so I started to heat the inked(alcohol ink) areas and ended up with this burned look- oops, kind of like the look though.

Lastly made a journal space, that tucks behind the picture, Michelle had just turned 35 when this picture was taken- 35 and Fabulous!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Nan's Layout for Cheryl

I am still pinching myself that I get to be part of this group of talented artists.....I'm feeling lucky indeed. Anyway, this is my first time as part of a circle journal and also my first time scrapping on canvas fabric. Admittedly, I stared at the material for a good week before I did anything. You know how it is when you get something new to scrap? I thought about it during the day at work, when I fell asleep at night.....pretty silly, huh? What to do...what to do?

But I am glad to say I got over my initial trepidation and have completed my first layout, for my friend Cheryl! Here's a sneak of her March layout, using photos from the Scrapbook Royalty Slumber Crop. I also attended the event, so it was extra special to be able to scrap the memory for Cheryl! You can see Abigail, Cheryl's sweet daughter, as well as Lucky 13 gals Jennifer and Elena in the photos. Aren't they all lovely?

Enjoy the sneak....and I will be getting caught up with more projects real soon!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Layout For Our Newest Lady!

Hi there! It's Melanie here... I've been out of the scene lately, but have vowed to catch up by the end of the month!!
The newest member of our group, Nan, recently sent me some pictures, and I had the pleasure of scrapping them and her beautiful smile.

Here is my sneak peek!
I love to find things in my stash to use in a way they weren't intended... this brown flower I sewed using some fabric from a pillow; the latest addition to our family, puppy Foxy, thought the pillow would be a fun chew toy. The stuffing is a goner, but the fabric however, I just couldn't toss!!

The white fabric I used in the background was the wrapping in a gift I recently received.
Hope you like it Nan, can't wait to reveal the final picture!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

treasure hunting at the rose bowl!

some friends and i met at the rose bowl in pasadena yesterday for their very cool flea market. one of my very favorite things to do is treasure hunting at flea markets, thrift stores, estate sales, tag sales. nothing better than recycling found treasures. so i went with a mission to find and buy some vintage paper products. i really wanted some sheet music and was more than happy when i purchased a thick book of it for only $2. yes - 2 bucks! also found some other very cool things like a wooden tool box already painted in turquoise for $10. nothing like a great bargain to melt my heart. *wink*

go here to learn more about the flea markets at the rose bowl.

a few of the cutest pics from the day.

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Page for Jennifer by Angela

Once again, I have to check in as the clean and simple scrapper right after one of the other Luckies (in this case, Cheryl again) has posted something piled high with deliciously cute embellishments. To make up for my own lack of embellishment skills, I decided to go with technique for Jennifer's page.
So here goes:
Jennifer sent me 5 pictures to choose from that represented March '09 to her. Great. The more options the better, right? Wrong. I wanted to scrap them ALL and I wanted them to all be full size. Each photo seemed too important to prioritize one over the other or make one smaller or bigger. A tough dilemma when we're working with an 8 x 8 space.

Since I'm an "on-the-table" scrapper, I looked around to what was already available and out on my scrapbook table and lo and behold, I had a box of brads someone had sent me recently- perfect for adding ALL the photos Jennifer had sent me. I simply sorted the photos by orientation (one horizontal, one vertical, one horizontal and so on) and used a brad to affix all the horizontal photos to the canvas at the bottom right corner of each photo and then I used another brad to affix the vertical photos at their bottom left and staggered the photos so that the horizontal photos would fan up and to the left for viewing and the the verticals would fan up and to the right for viewing. I also added Prima paper (cut to match the size of the photos) between some of the photos so that Jennifer can add journaling in between the set of photos when she receives her book.

Throwing in a few other goodies from my desk including the use of my ever-present Fiskars corner rounder and some cute Heidi Grace "Sweetest Bug" goodies and even the thumbnail photos from Jennifer photos (I'm telling you, I just can't have printed photos and not use every single one!) and I was done. A super clean, simple and fast way to add lots of photos to one page to save space!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Page for Candice by Cheryl

I loved scrapping these lovely photos that Candice took of her beautiful children. The photos were so colorful and so crisp. Perfect for Spring.

So I wanted to share a few sneak peeks. Please read Elena's post regarding 'the sneak peeks'. We aren't revealing complete pages until a later time.

I've had a crush on Shrinky Dinks since I was a kid. I could spend enough time with Shrinky Dinks and they were so my friend. Here I made some Angel/Fairy Shrinky Dink embellishments. To make your own Shrinky Dinks . . . stamp you favorite stamp onto Shrinky Dink paper at your local craft store. Make sure you stamp with Staz On (a permanent ink), color in with pencils or markers as desired and Shrink in oven. They make great embellishments or charms.

As well, I made little felt balls out of roving felt. I then cut them and placed them as centers of flowers. Try rubons on plastic and other elements of the layout.

For the letters I simply painted them, covered them with Diamond Glaze and while still wet I sprinkled chunky glitter. I love Prima's pebbles and used one here as an element.
Thanks for stopping by and thank you Candice for allowing me to scrap your darlings. They are precious! Stay tuned for more inspiration!

Warmest wishes! ~ Cheryl Waters

Sunday, June 7, 2009

We are here! sorry for the delay!

Hello Lucky 13 watchers!

This is Elena and I wanted to let you know WE ARE HERE! We had a little glich because we had a "player" change and as you can see from the last post, Nan Paturzo is joining us! We are going to start getting very active on this blog now that we got a few things settled. In fact, we have decided we are going to try to get the lucky 13 pages published! So from now on, we will be posting snippets of our pages instead of the whole page, and we will post a "idea/technique/tip" with the snippet.

So I'll go first. (There is an extra sneek peek photo on my personal blog)

This is a page I did for Gloria. She has 3 lovely kids that I adore. Like most kids, they are colorful and make me smile. So I created a rainbow for them to play on. The rainbow is painted and then I added all sorts of different colored embellishements to the different colored arches to give texure, interest and fun! The title is "Happiness is over the rainbow" I can't wait for you all to see the whole page!

Keep an eye out for more pages! We will be posting regularly from now on!