Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday Acrostic

Scrapfest continues on the JBS message board all weekend!  Though weekday traffic made me late for Thursday's chat and caused me to miss Friday's chat altogether, I will most definitely be at tonight's chat.  Even if you can't make the chats, you simply must stop by to check out the challenges and giveaways. My contribution to the list o' challenges is a journaling challenge: fill no less than 1/3 of a layout with journaling.  Here's my attempt:

All Scrapfest challenge participants are eligible for a very special participation "perk" -- at the end of the weekend, the design team will be  selecting the December JBS Mercantile guest designer from among the participants! Previously, the winner was Briana Johnson, who not only ended up being an amazing guest designer, but also ended up joining the design team.

This weekend I am also immersing myself in the wonder that is the JBS Mercantile November kit.  I just received my box o' scrappy-happiness in the mail yesterday, and I nearly lost my mind marveling over its contents.   We're talking about a brand new JBS line, stamps, and accents -- all of which are just perfect.  This is my favorite JBS line ever -- and I'm not just saying that.  This line speaks to my scrappy soul, I kid you not.  My husband and daughter exchanged the "oh, she's crazy" look numerous times as I sifted through the contents of the box, oohing and aahing.   Stay tuned for peeks soon!

Unfortunately, I've hit a little road block with my October mini-album.  I fell behind this week, due to stacks of papers to grade, a house inspection (and the cleaning associated with it), a flu shot that left my entire arm aching and my head pounding, and a misplaced point-and-shoot camera.   I'll get back on track soon (I hope), and will hopefully complete the album before next October.  Ha.

"R" is the title of the layout that I shared this week on the October Afternoon blog, where Amy Heller and I teamed up for the "Thursday Sketch: Rethinking the Grid" feature.

Doing sketch-based layouts always seems to make the process go a little more quickly than usual.  I have had the idea of a twine-based grid in my head for a while, and I worked it into the following sketch:  
I like the idea of items being loosely embedded in the grid, peeking over and under it.  

Another OA post this week included a card that I put together using the new Sidewalks Flower Sack.
I covered the front of the card with die-cut shapes and then misted over the shapes using one of the Sidewalks Sprinklers in Hopscotch. I then rearranged the shapes and sized them down one; for instance, I placed a medium-sized flower over a large negative space. There is actually a giveaway still going on, I believe, so if you'd like a chance to win a Flower Sack set, be sure to check out this post.

You also might enjoy wandering over to Two Peas in a Bucket to check out the Stamping A to Z event.  I've been inspired daily!  October is stamping month at Two Peas, and this special event devotes each day to a letter, highlighting products and techniques related to that letter.   Yesterday's letter was "L," and I contributed a layout that plays with the technique of layering stamps:
More details can be found at Two Peas in a Bucket.  

Have a happy Saturday!


  1. there are so many things on this post that make me happy!!!!!! each project is amazing!!!!

    I am still waiting to be able to afford the JBS kits but until i do i will just love yours, so cannot wait to see what you do with it!

  2. I am with Wendy on this - it is such a happy post! I love the idea of the twine grid and your example is wonderful.

  3. I don't know how you are able to create so many amazing, beautiful AND soulful layouts so often. I have done maybe two ever.
    I can definitely relate to your college experience, a passion for knowledge, great friends, strong belief in feminism (I went to a women's college), and only like two pictures.
    I am also blown away by the journaling on the grid layout. I have been looking at the page and made my own off the grid page tonight, but I finally stopped and read what you wrote as well. I love how you are including all of those childhood pictures of your husband too, so sweet!

  4. Well, I love every single thing pictured here. So in love with them I can't even decide which is my favorite! TFS!

  5. I am totally new to scrapping and such and i absolutely love all the great ideas from all you talented women.. tyvm for sharing :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com