Wednesday, June 25, 2008

How Do They Heart Me? Let Me Count The Ways!

NOTE: My shop The Beehive is now Papercut Kitchen! Please visit my shop Papercut Kitchen by clicking here.

I have now received 100 hearts to my etsy shop, yea!

My first heart was received by the incredible Crafty Vegetarian, friend and fellow scrapbooker. And my 100th heart was given by BazarBcuz, seller of kitschy vintage housewares.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

For The Love of Paper

I'm so excited about this new paper craft I'm testing out! I've been wanting to try this for awhile and I think it actually worked out. I made the beads out of strips of scrapbooking paper left over from my business cards. I hate to throw those strips out, even if I'm recycling, but they're really not terribly useful for scrapbooking. I mean I'm sure they are but I never think of them for that. I've been hanging on to them and this is my solution, paper bead and safety pin bracelets. Each one has a tiny skull bead on it, which my boys love to try and find. I like them so much I may try to sell some on etsy. I think I'll keep the first bracelet, which I'm lovingly calling my little piece of rockabilly.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

How To Live Like a Rockstar

I just did this scrapbook layout of Lil' Spitfire, my youngest boy, when he was about 8 months old. He's now 2.5 years old, that's how behind I am! I'm loving how this turned out and the papers I used, Extreme Boy by junkitz. It's hard to find rockin' boy papers and embellishments but they did well with this line. It gets my raised in the air, pumping rock fist of approval! Hmm, get it while you can, I just read that junkitz is going out of business. I'll have to see what cool things I can find elsewhere.

It's pretty unusual for me to do a page with only one photo on it, most of my layouts are more like the second page, as many pics as I can reasonably cram on the page. I take too many pics that I like not to put as many as possible on each page, it would cost me a fortune and a million years if I didn't. I was really needing some good creative freedom, since I haven't scrapped in awhile, so I allowed myself this luxury. Totally worth it!

Each flaming star has a tip from Lil' Spitfire on How to Live Like a Rock star. Let him school you in the ways of the rocker: 1). Up all night, sleep all day 2). Live on the bottle 3). Perfect the slouch 4). Rage against the machine 5). Dress like you didn't try 6). Learn to play guitar--sort of

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Doubly Featured

I was casually scrolling through the etsy treasuries last night when I saw it, the golden star of featured-ness. Then on the next page, another star! I've been featured twice, I'm ecstatic! Both treasuries are adorable all pink things for baby girls and feature my Little Princess Album Thanks for the honors!

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Treasury Number One, Weeble by BInspiredStudio

Treasury Number Two, Pink Baby by Kallii87

Monday, June 16, 2008

Building A Dream

This is a chipboard album I made for our neighbors who built a new house in the field next door. I don't know them very well, that is to say at all, and I'm very shy so they haven't received it. I thought it would be good advertising for my business to start gifting my work. I think this will end up going to someone else instead, sorry neighbor.

When I was shopping for the supplies for this album I wasn't planning on a shape, I tend to think shapes are too cutesie, but my local scrap store was all out of square so I caved since it's pretty appropriate. Cutting house-shaped paper for all 16 pages was a bit of a hand cramper. It took me about 3 evenings to go from naked chipboard to completed album. Turned out pretty cute with the ruler ribbon, brads, tool stickers, inking around the edges and construction/house themed papers, if I was building a house I might keep it for myself! I loved the maroon cardstock with blind embellished houses but my favorite little detail is the lock embellishment on the front.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Kiddie Collage 101

Yesterday Mr. Golden Curls came up to me and said "Mamma, is it ok if we do some scrapbooking in my Thomas scrapbook." I was so excited before I remembered I've already packed all that up. That seems to happen about a million times a day, the boys asking for something and me having to tell them it's packed up and ready to go to our theoretical house in Hot Springs. "How about we make a collage instead, it's kindof like scrapbooking without the pictures." I can feel collage artists everywhere cringing at this definition but it's the best I could come up with and figured it'd do for a 4 year old. "Yeah! Can it be a Thomas collage!" "I'm sure I can dig up something Thomas-esque for you collage."

Note to self: Choose the box marked WASHABLE!

I made the first attempt at helping Mr. Golden Curls write his name, you know, without my holding his hand and making him write it. He did a great job for his first try but it was a bit painstaking, he was not at all thrilled that I was making him try it on his own. "I'll mess it up! I can't make it look right!" All this before he's put marker to paper. Poor little perfectionist first born!

I loved Lil' Spitfires collage. It was his first try with scissors, did the glue by himself and he actually managed to not destroy anything! He was very meticulous too, every piece of paper got it's own Disney sticker, only one each (well, until the very end when the Happy Feet stickers came out) and he was so deliberate with his little markings. Lil' Spitfire's mellowing in his old age.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


NOTE: My shop The Beehive is now Papercut Kitchen! Please visit my shop Papercut Kitchen by clicking here.

I'm late with the news so I can't post a link since treasuries expire, but I was honored in another beautiful all AREtsy treasury, Omorfus, by SnappyBibs. My baby congrats card is bottom row left. Snappy not only makes the most adorable bibs but also nursing pads and absolutely to die for gorgeous, retro style aprons designed with a noble purpose. She's definitely worth checking out. Thanks Snappy!

4th of July bib by SnappyBibs

Apron by SnappyBibs