It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and while I don’t generally get into the valentine spirit or celebrate the holiday, I do really love making printable valentine crafts. It makes no sense, but it’s the truth.
Here are some amateur-looking funky, bright flowers. I was using them for a quick project and liked the quick & no-fuss manner of these guys, so I decided to share with you. Cut ’em out and use as they are, or cut out the pieces on page two and build your own layered blooms. Better yet, place them around the big heart included on page three, add some paint or marker, and vwah-lah! Instant valentine.
I’m sure you’ve noticed a bit of radio silence on my end of the blogisphere (or maybe not?) so I wanted to pop in with a new download for you today. But first, an explanation.
When I started this blog, it was actually based on live music, bands and new releases and meant as a way for me to keep track of new music I liked and shows that were coming through town. After I attended my first scrapbooking convention (remember those?) I was astonished to learn about design teams and design blogs and all the resources out there on the web for scrapbookers like me, and I wanted to be a part of it. I don’t know, maybe I hoped to get noticed by a manufacturer and wind up on a design team or get published in a scrap mag. Honestly, I’m not sure. I converted this blog, though, and began posting about the papercrafting industry and various DIY/craft/art projects or random things I enjoyed.
Okay, so maybe I want to post one more summer-related freebie. Remember a few weeks back when I brought you the summertime Typeface Tuesday? I used one of the dingbats (Iced Lolly Ding) to create a printable garland for you. I just kept seeing those adorable popsicles and had to do something with them before the end of summer. Click the thumbnail to go to the PDF, then simply 1) PRINT – 2) CUT – 3) PUNCH – 4) HANG. Print multiples if you want a longer garland. Most of all, have fun! Bring a smile to someone’s face!
Seriously, how is it almost September? This is crazy. One of the biggest adjustments I’ve had to make since I moved to Southern CA nearly a decade ago is the rapid progression of time. I swear, I put something off for a day and in the blink of an eye, it’s been a month and everyone hates me. I kid, but I do really struggle with keeping up sometimes. Thank goodness for planners and to-do lists, right?!
I thought I’d do one last bright summer palette before we transition to fall (and my favorite, favorite, FAVORITE time of year!) Enjoy!
I took a trip back home last summer and wanted to make a travel scrapbook along the way. Anyone who’s scrapped with me knows that I find it impossible to create typical travel minis, and I don’t really mind the bulk of a larger travel album.
This time I went with a K & Company SMASH book. It was my first time working with one and while I wish it were a little thicker to account for the bulk of my pages, all in all it worked out pretty well. I chose the yellow travel SMASH book and only had to tear out or cover up about 5 pages that didn’t really fit into the theme. There were a lot of themed pages from different countries that didn’t really make sense to have all in one album, but I worked with them and covered up parts with photos and ephemera.
The trip was full of excitement. I took a red eye flight and wound up sleeping in the car in my parent’s driveway until a more reasonable time to wake them up, then I spent some time with my sister exploring the hippest places in StL. I met up with college friends in the trendy neighborhood of the Delmar Loop, saw a fireworks show from a rooftop lounge, and did a little too much shopping. I was able to take a road trip to my undergraduate college campus and met up with some old friends, got to take a tour of a new residence hall and the new-ish arts campus (so jealous!) and explore the riverfront area (where the movie Gone Girl was filmed.) On the way back, I took a detour to the teeny tiny town where my grandparents are buried, then stopped at my dad’s favorite hometown restaurant there and picked him up one of their famous pies (he was floored). I got to see Meet Me in St. Louis with some of my favorite people on the lawn of the StL Art Museum in Forest Park, where the 1904 World’s Fair & Exposition was held. That was a trip and so awesome. My mom and I continued our tradition of visiting the Art Museum for a day, and on the way back we stopped at my graduate college campus to walk around and reminisce. My entire extended family got together that night for dinner and hijinks, and the next day I met up with one of my longest-time friends for a Cardinals game and an afternoon of bar hopping and enjoying delicious local beers. My final day in town was spent having lunch with my aunts and cousins, then a trip to the St. Louis Arch and riverfront, where I enjoyed one last local beer unavailable in California. I left for the airport early the next day to a downpour of rain; it was the perfect time to get out of town.
Here are some of my favorite pages from the book; it was definitely an adventure!
It’s been awhile since I’ve provided some font suggestions, so today I bring you my Typeface Tuesday: Summer Edition. Below are some fonts and some dingbats (install and use just like a font, except there are graphics in place of letters) that might help in any final summer creations.
Don’t forget my rule of thumb: Just because something is available as a free font doesn’t mean you should download it! If I’m on the fence about downloading one, I look at the pangrams and if I can’t clearly make out the name of the font as it is written with the font, I skip it.
I’m smack in the middle of a lovely stay-cation and while I’m not accomplishing everything I had planned, I have been pretty successful in getting more organized and catching up on some UFOs. I’m so thrilled that I finally finished this album from my 30th birthday. I started the project during a scrapbooking convention called Reflections; it was a kit from the workshop led by Debbie Ruiz and was one of my favorites. Now it’s in my mini book basket and I’m ready for the next unfinished project.
Doesn’t it seem like a bunch of lovely balloons floating off to heaven, or confetti flying through the air? Here’s to happy accidents and this lovely little paper which is going to become the background for my next shadowbox. Cheers!