really i had the time of my life this weekend at scrapbookin' adventures and i laughed until my sides ached! i literally just got home from Vancouver island and am feeling so dang inspired, i just have to share the love. so what better way than to do a blog giveaway! whoo hoo!!!
so check it out... this Studio calico kit is absolutely fabulous! it is their new October kit release and i LOVE the mix of greens, oranges, turquoises and browns! and one lucky blog commenter will win their main kit today! so leave a happy comment today and tomorrow i will pick a winner!
OK need to go take a nap now, but i promise a video blog tomorrow of random blathering!
damn we look like kids! had bill fish the photo out of his wallet for today's post, thanks honey! love ya babe!
on my way out to canada today, love seeing all the circle submissions... keep them coming. will be working on finalizing the newsletter when i get back on monday, so feel free to send them all weekend long!
still playing in my office i have about 6 canvas i have been working on in different stages of experimentation. sometimes i just need this break from serious stuff. time to creatively catch up with the ideas in my head. this is a short week for me because tomorrow i am back out on the road. Vancouver this weekend!! so excited!
on the weigh-in home front, today i weighed in at 159. still bouncing back in forth between 162-158 i have not gotten lower than 158. and i have been at this weight for 2.5 months. i watched the biggest loser last night and it always fires me up!
i have started training for a 10k. every Tuesday and Thursday pm we have a small group and a trainer that works us trains us. i am really loving this running thing, not because i am good at it by any means, but because it is a game one on one with my body. and i can see and FEEL the difference.
so what am i saying, i am the poster child for plateauing.... no but if you are at the point where your getting discouraged about seeing results, hang in there. bitch, moan gripe, hell we can do that together! but don't give up!
OK as i kick over the soap box, i want to remind you to send in your submissions for the October newsletter... i will be working on the newsletter this weekend and would like to collect as many of your ideas as i can. here's the challenge reminder from the September newsletter...
so your challenge over the next 30 days is to take out those circle
punches; big ones, small ones, scalloped ones and any old circle
stencil you can find and recycle all things circle-able into art!
here is a list of ideas just in case you want to experiment...
cereal boxes as chipboard: paint it, emboss it, cover it with paper
plastic packaging as cellophane windows
candy wrappers for a Halloween layout (OK that's a good one for next month!)
newspaper as patterned paper circles
catalogs (ooh, this might make a good color study too!)
school art projects and papers
If you're up to the challenge, email your trash to treasure pictures to email@example.com by September 25th and write "CIRCLES" in the subject line and you just might find your work may be featured in the next Creative Playground newsletter.
working on a new little christmas album project and kit. really cute, with making memories fa la la, stamps, jenni bowlin papers and polymer clay...oh yeah polymer clay! here is a little sneak peak! going to be listing some original artwork for sale on my website later today and get started working on a new piece i have had resonating in my head...
i always come back from a weekend of teaching, surrounded by creatives totally inspired. gonna work off that mojo in the studio today! have a good one!
yeah baby! i bought these at target, i had to have them for my birthday. i just feel like they represent the new chapter in my life.
something flashy, strong, a bit bold. hidden under my long and lean jeans i know they are there!
found myself consumed with this photo this morning oh how playing with actions just makes for good fun! i see a layout in my near future!
and i have to say bill did a great job this year on the birthday photography. way to go honey! our family, my mom and our neighbors all went out for dinner to my favorite restaurant.
i ordered a "Godzilla" drink. really that was the name and this was about all i could drink. it was like a long island iced tea with midori...wow was it strong! then bill made them sing happy birthday and they told me i had to do the chicken dance? alright, i am game...hell i have red patent leather shoes! and then of course, it would not be a birthday without CAKE, ok 2 cakes!! thanks everyone for your birthday wishes and here's to a year of new possibilities!
i know it hurts your eyes to look at... i cannot believe i am 37 today either! HA!
no really, you might remember last year when i blogged about these photos. and if you have my designing layouts book you have most likely seen this layout. it is the reason i wanted to call the book "scrapbook your crappy photos" because sometimes that is all you have!
however today, bill promised to take better photos. pressure's on honey! (i will post the pictures tomorrow!)
and here is a little birthday photo enhancement freebie from totally rad actions, go download it now and play!!
(first 2 layouts published in simple scrapbooks magazine)
5 years, 5 books, 50+ issues, countless layouts and albums, amazingly talented friends and one hell of an awesome ride later...
the September/October issue is the first issue of simple scrapbooks magazine i have not been a part of in 5 years.
i had made the final decision months ago to make the break from Simple purely because i felt stylistically i changed in a different direction. over the years, my style has become increasingly not so simple and it felt like the right time to explore new avenues of art and play. it just felt organic to move forward than to stay still.
however, when i received this month's issue of Simple i was caught off guard with just how affected i was by not seeing my stuff within the covers. it has been a part of my life for so long, that i had grown to be somewhat comforted by my part in every issue.
then no sooner had i felt this tug at my heartstrings (and i am so not comfortable with emotion) did i receive a package in the mail. a thank you from Simple with a handmade altered dressform and a card signed by the entire simple team thanking me and wishing me well on my new creative journey.