Saturday, October 31, 2009

Autumn Time

While I'm busy switching offices after the remodel, here's a couple fun layouts creating with the October Urban Anthology kit:










Love the fun Autumn colors, the trims are AWESOME, and the new papers from Webster's and Graphic45 are SO much fun to detail-cut and play with!

Happy Halloween, everyone, and I'll soon be back with a bunch of new-office goodness to share! :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October Art and Thrift

Ok, here comes a new monthly blog post I like to call...Art-and-Thrift. :)

Each month, I'll post a project that gets my creative juices flowing by being thrifty in some way...repurposing, recycling, using packaging, using up my ginormous stash, etc etc.

I'm REALLY loving using a more free-flowing, artsy style lately...using up whatever's around me in a creatively rewarding way. It's making me happy! :)

So, my October Art-and-Thrift debut project is this little number:



Thrift Tip #1:

I wanted to use up some OLD alpha rub-ons as an accent on this layout. At first, I was thinking of just rubbing the letters on in a collage-type way, but then I decided to keep them ON the sheet, and just cut accents out of it!

I ripped two random strips, and then cut a heart-shape. After inking the edges up a bit, they made the perfect messy transparency-type look I was going for. :)



Thrift Tip #2:

Usually I write a rough draft of my journaling on any random paper lying around, before typing it out for my layout. But this time, I just used the crumpled old notebook paper rough draft as my actual layout journaling! I casually traced over the penciled journaling with a couple glitter pens, ripped it out of the notebook, and placed it on my layout. I like the messy randomness of it, hehe, as well as the insight it gives into how my thought process goes as I create journaling.


Other thrifty accents on this layout include:

A heart stencil from a punch-out sheet in my kids' craft supplies. I ran it through the ole Sizzix with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, then misted and wet-embossed it for an antique look.

Vintage trim layering...the bias tape is from my Grandma. I sewed vintage lace from my OTHER Grandma over the top. This accent makes me smile. :)




So, there you have it, a fun, shabby, artsy, freestyle layout that was rewarding, thrifty, AND sentimental for me all at the same time! What do you have lying around your craft space to be creative and thrifty with?!

Urban Anthology October Kit Reveal

Ok, it's that time again...this month's Urban Anthology kit just screams Autumn to me...warm comfort colors, leaves, foliage, vintage lace...some great new Webster's and Hambly that I've been dying to get my hands on!

Also, this month I created matching tags AND overlays, with lots of scrumptious scrollwork, grapevines, fluttering things. :)
Grab yours while you can, there are only a couple left in stock! :)