One More Vintage Valentine

I just couldn’t resist using the gorgeous Valentines Retrospect from Quirky Twerp for another layout. This one is for the Log Your Memory week #4 challenge.

This week the prompt is to journal or list a project you wish to work on the year. I considered tying this in to my one little word and making me the project – but instead picked something I have really wanted to tackle for a while.

My box of unfinished quilts, block swaps and purchased mini quilt kits has been calling out for some attention. The little paper scrapping hobby kind of took over and my quilting took a back seat.

With balance being my aim I have a few things to accomplish by dealing with the tub of fabric. Using what I have for my creativity, clearing out the stuff in the house, thereby creating more space and less clutter allowing my mental process some relief. Balance between starting and finishing. Isn’t that balance word a good one?

The layout is quilt like, and lists the process I will use to deal with the contents of my UFO box.

The good news – I can tick off some things on that list and started putting one quilt top together last night.

Hybrid Scrapbooking

There seems to be some disparity regarding the definition of the word hybrid in the paper crafting world. Personally I always thought of it as anything where you took one medium from any form of art or craft and merged or morphed it with another to create something new.

Perhaps that is due to being involved with everything from card making in the early 90’s, into folk art painting, quilting and embroidery through to paper scrapping early this decade. Then with the emergence of digital scrap booking it seemed to disappear for a while.

Now having almost accidentally fallen into the modern term of hybrid crafting some 12 months ago with the popularity of this project and this tutorial it has become a catch phrase that is a large part of the paper crafting community and what I do.

Along with the realisation that while digital scrapbooking is a huge addiction focus for me, and a simple easy way to document my memories there came a knowledge that couldn’t be denied. I need to create physically. Not just on the computer. Not just getting it printed in to a book – though these are important parts of whole.

Here are a couple of ideas that came out in a recent conversation with my friend Jennifer in which we were discussing the in’s and out’s of hybrid.

“but I think the paper world considers hybrid as a way to bring journaling, photo overlays and other digital elements together on a page. In contrast, if you ask a digi scrapper what hybrid is, she would most likely tell you its printing out digital supplies and gluing them for craft projects.”

Which brings me to these questions. What does the term “hybrid” mean to you? Do you only think of it in terms of the one craft you specialise in? Or is it something for you that crosses and blurs the lines between all crafts?

What do you think?

I would love to hear your ideas on this. Please leave your thoughts in the comments box and let’s get the discussion going. 🙂

On a Roll

Seeing everything was already out for making cards it made sense to make another one.  Only for three challenges this time though. 🙂

I really liked the Mojo Monday sketch that I did last week and this Mojo Monday 149 pushed me even further. Elegant and classy was the desired effect  but am not so sure that the adorable couple from the Pollycraft Monday Challenge don’t fit more into the “cute whimsy” style of card.

The SP colour combo challenge gave me a direction to head in which really helps too when making a card. Especially if you are not making it for someone in particular at that time. Grab a sketch, a theme and a colour combo and you are set to go.

I used digital scrapbooking kit Beginnings from Kelley Mickus for this elegant but cute wedding card. Sentiment stamp, ink and ribbon from CTMH. Spellbinders Nestabilities dies and a little bling.

I am linking up to these challenges –

Mojo Monday149

Pollycraft Monday 54

and

SP Colour Combo 58

Thinking of You – SC288

This weeks card sketch at Split Coast Stampers was a nice one with circles. I really liked the layout and knew it would be perfect for this digital card quote and kit from As You Wish Designs (you can find them at Shabby Pickle).

I layered up the printed digital kit, added a flower, button, ink and bling, raising the quote and embellishment on 3d mounting tape. This would make a great card for many occasions and one I am glad to add to my stash.

It’s funny how when you make something, like the word art sentiment stamps that I am giving away, how you suddenly start to notice these things around. Obviously a lot of digital scrapbooking word art would fit the category.

Then just this week while blog hopping from a thread at Split Coast Stampers I came across a couple of sites that sell “digital stamps”. They are fun too! Some of them the cutesy type ones you would traditionally find on a rubber ink stamp. I never even knew that kind of thing existed.

See what happens when you go and explore a different arena of paper crafting!

Alzheimers

Some of you will know from past posts that my Mum had Alzheimer’s when she died. It is a terrible disease, not only robbing the person with it of their abilities to function normally but also robbing those around them on so many levels.

In fact Mum having this disease was one of the reason why I started this blog way back when. My life and hers had been altered and I wanted a way to share where I am now – with the future. Mum left little that explains about her. Little that tells her story. That hopefully won’t be the same with me.

This week the papercrafting, scrapping, stamping and digital scrapbooking world comes together to raise funds to Stamp out Alzheimers. There are challenges, freebies and over $350 dollars worth of prizes to be won and given away over the week.

The event is called Stampin Out Alheimers and my online friend Jen Tapler, who is dealing with this on a daily basis as her father suffers, is heading it up. Along with her co-cordinator Susanna Boyd they have put together a wonderful site where you pay to play.

In Jen’s words…

SOA is an exciting “pay to play” virtual papercrafting event to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. My father, like so many others, suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a horrible disease that really takes it’s toll on an entire family.

Susanna and I, along with a group of generous sponsors and challenge hostesses, have teamed up to create a temporary online community where members can take part in a variety of challenges, contests, classes and workshops, and download several free products (a special digital kit, a printable 3-d template, tutorials, etc) in different papercrafting categories (stamping, cardmaking, paperscrapbooking, digi scrapping, hybrid, etc). All this for a suggested donation of $5. 100% of these funds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association to help with their efforts to provide and enhance care and support for all those affected by this heartbreaking disease.

You can click on the Paypal box in the sidebar to give your donation – you can determine the amount you donate using the drop-down menu, but we suggest a minimum $5 donation. Once you’ve made your donation, go register on the Stampin’ Out Alzheimer’s site.

The challenges, other content and freebies are all there ready to play.

I am hosting the Inspiration Challenge and have two wonderful prizes to give away for participants. 🙂  So give today, be generous – then come and play.

Or if you don’t feel like playing – please donate anyway.

An Amazing Thing

One of the things I love most about the digital scrapbooking world is the way it comes together when one of it’s members is in need or hurting. I have seen it many times in the past and here it is happening again.

This time it is a very big outpouring of love for Danielle – a popular member of many Creative Teams. An recent accident injured one of her little boys and may have left her sweetheart, her husband paralyzed.

So a whole bunch of designers and Ct’s have come together, donated and created a kit and album in honor of Danielle and her family.

All proceeds will go to help support them through this time.

So I am sporting a couple of blinkies over on the right, and at end/begining of each post is this banner type one.

Clinking on the banner or blinkies will take you to After Five Designs where you can purchase this kit.

Here is a peek at just some of what you will get by blessing a family in need.