I for one am not sad to see 2010 be one its way and for the new year to begin. So much so I made a page about it earlier in the week.
For the first time in a long time, I am excited about things to come. I’m looking forward being healthier, actually enjoying exercise (Zumba anyone?), finding out what’s in store for me in so many ways. Hopefully that will result in more blogging of creative endeavors –or not.
And as much as I’m excited about new things, I am thankful(no matter how painful they may be) to the past experiences that brought me to this place…and mindful that the more things change, the more they stay the same…or something like that. Take my love of The Samples. First discovered these guys as a lonely freshman in the CU dorms oh so many years ago…and although most of the band has changed the music is still solid and puts me in a special place. So it was only fitting that I start this new year with a trip down memory lane, spending the night at a Samples concert. Back then I would have given anything to get as close to the stage as we were last night…I guess it’s true ‘good things do come to those that wait’.
For my fellow Samples lovers a little snippet from last night’s show…and my fav Samples song of all time.
disclaimer: family this is not an SOS call for our lovely and fabulous sister Rhonda, if so I would spell correctly
I believe that everyone in our life is there for some reason or purpose and I know the ‘Big Girl in the Sky‘ put the lovely Ronda Palazzari in mine for pure inspiration and encouragement. Slowly but surely, after each scrappy time together a little of Ronda rubs off on me and my pages get better. Here are a couple that definitely have that Ronda feel.
Patterned Paper: Crate, Sassafrass, My Mind's Eye; Bling: Prima; Ribbon: AC; Chipboard: Maya Road; Tape: Pink Paislee
I was lucky enough to have Ronda right next to me as I was working on the one above, it was almost done just a little something — more bling and some loopies.
and this one I just finished yesterday, Ronda is the queen of paint and mixed media. Her’s always turns out looking perfect, mine not so much…but luckily for me along comes a tutorial on the SC Blog by Jenn O on turning splotches into digital brushes. Jenn posted her samples on her blog to the share with the world and I am ever so grateful.
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Studio Calico; Tape: Pink Paislee; Digiart: Jennifer Olson; Mist:Tattered Angels
the purple block, the darker blue splotches and the grey circles are all digital art. I sprayed a little glimmer mist on top for some contrast and a little something else. I think I’ve mentioned before that Ronda is responsible for my obsession with this wonderful product. Before meeting Ronda I think I had 3 bottles (and one was a sample from CHA) and now, well thank goodness for Tattered Angel’s fairies and Archiver’s coupons because the bottle count is probably close to 20.
Another fun note about this layout even though you can’t really tell from the photo, the purple strips at the top and bottom as well as the tape holding pick and ticket are actually the same PP tape. You can sand the pink paislee tape and a little of the design will show through — so fun
I have another unloved layout to share with you, but first a little AI vent (I tried really hard to write this without spoiling it for my DVR friends, but if you’re a purist or an AI hater you might want to skip ahead…)
I swear this was the year I was going to give up watching this show, every year some one I love goes home long before their time. I didn’t watch the auditions or much of Hollywood week, but I tuned into the first real show and I saw these seriously talented ‘kids’
and one of these two was in the bottom two…WRONG! I wasn’t really happy about the other person in the bottom 2 either as he would make up my preferred Top 5.
SO who should go, well just about any of the others, I haven’t bothered to learn their names instead I made up nicknames. In order of how I’d like them to go…
1. Lost Jonas Brother
2. Pretentious Girl
3. The youngin’
4. Weird Girl
5. Paula Abdul dude (ok I have learned his name)
Thank goodness for new rules…
Ok now back to the regularly scheduled programming, another layout unloved by Memory Makers
I loved the grey and pink combo, you can’t really tell from the photo but the letters are actually misted with some pink glimmer mist for a soft shade of glittery pink and some spritzes of mist other places.
March is just flying by and I realized earlier this week I hadn’t done my Project 12 layout for February. Not that there was much to remember, but I set a goal…so a layout it is.
Studio Calico Kit: Baker's Dozen Patterned Paper: Studio Calico; Embellishments: Hambly Rub-Ons, AC flower, BG Brad; Alpha: Sassafrass
A note that the cardstock is much more pink in real life, not quite enough light when I took the photo.
I struggled with the title letters just a bit, nothing in my stash seemed to be perfect so I made do by mounting the Sass letters on white cardstock and inking the edges with a combo of yellow and pink distressed inks.
It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain
Well Mr. Clemens said it better than anyone else, this totally encompasses the way I’m feeling right now. We had a glimpse of spring here in the Rockies this weekend, but now were back to grey skies and if the weather dudes are right a week of spring storms.
So what’s a girl to do, dig through her stash of unblogged layouts and find something cheerful.
Studio Calico February Kit: Basic Grey and MME papers, American Crafts Thickers, 7Gs flash card, OA letter stickers, Sassafrass flowers
at least I don’t think I’ve shared this one before…maybe I should check, or maybe not I think it’s cute enough to have a double dose.