Sunday, December 30, 2012

12 from 2012

2012 has been a great year for me as a scrapbooker. I've created over 150 projects this year, and each one has been meaningful for me in some way, which makes it difficult to create any sort of hierarchical "top-this" or "top-that" kind of list. Instead, I've gathered together twelve layouts that reveal the scrappy self that emerged in 2012.

Stamp Acts
This year, I actually put my stamps to good use, and started to experiment more with them, cutting some apart, stamping on different surfaces, and trying different kinds of inks. 
"Every Single Day" (©Two Peas in a Bucket)
"Cleo" (for Technique Tuesday/Studio AE)
Divide and Conquer
At times, rather than place all of the journaling in one specific area, I divided it into separate sections and distributed it across the layout. This works really well for journaling that is based on fragments (such as a list or a collection of quotations), so that it can be read in any order. 
"My Loves" (©Two Peas in a Bucket)
"What They Say" (for October Afternoon)
Such Great Heights
If nothing else, 2012 has been the year of the pop dot.  This tiny dimensional wonder performs its magic behind the scenes. I used pop dots fairly constantly all year in conjunction with my circle cutter and die-cut machine to give my layouts a boost. The extra lift allows for the addition of color and accents in the little "homes" that are created in the resulting negative space. 
"My Three People" (©Two Peas in a Bucket)
"How We Do Birthdays" (for October Afternoon)
Do It with Flair 
This year also saw an ever-expanding selection of flair and metal badges, a bunch of which found its way onto my layouts. It's tough to just use one -- I like to cluster many together, especially since they really help to enhance the theme of a page. 
"Shape Your World" (©Two Peas in a Bucket)
"Found" (©Two Peas in a Bucket)
The Go-To Grid
The most fun that I experience when it comes to creating layouts usually occurs when I am working on a grid layout, because I don't find myself overthinking the process.  The grid is a simple design, but it allows for the inclusion of many different kinds of accents and papers, not to mention a bunch of photos. It can be a real stash-buster! A title placed where the lines in the rule of thirds intersect finishes the layout. 
"Staycation"  (©Two Peas in a Bucket)
"Fifteen"  (©Two Peas in a Bucket)
In So Many Words
Every single layout that I created this year attests to my belief that a layout just isn't complete without journaling.  I still find myself waiting until the end of my creative process to add journaling, but that's fine -- the point is that I do add it, and what I add isn't just an afterthought, but something meaningful, something that helps to tell the story or convey the emotion at the heart of the page.  Granted, not all journaling needs to be poignant and moving. Some of my favorite layouts of the year contain journaling that's just plain silly -- and I don't know if I'd love them as much if those words weren't there to complete them.
"Happy Fourth of July" (Using JBS "Wren" line/(©Two Peas in a Bucket)
"Oh Joy" (for October Afternoon)
There you have it -- my 2012, in layouts. I'm curious to see what 2013 holds! 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Holidaze.

"Our Holiday" -- for October Afternoon. 
Christmas is now three days behind us, New Year's Eve is just a few days away, and I -- I am spent. Underneath the malaise, however, I feel something burbling to the surface.  C-could it actually be...the desire to scrap? 

Unfortunately, this span of a week between the two big holidays requires that I make a few feeble attempts to clean the house first.  Grawr. This just confirms my theory that there is nothing like a ridiculously messy house to stimulate the always-ill-timed scrap mojo. 

Should I plunge into my December Daily or the December Dishes? 

Should I put away the stacks of paper and ribbon used to wrap gifts, or should I pull out even more? 

Should I wash the dirty laundry or (further) stain my jeans with paint and mist? 

Choices, choices.  

Alas. 

Not feeling the creative push?  Knock something off a table. Stack a few items haphazardly.  Toss something at the trash can and miss.  Let the dog roll around in the mud outside and come running indoors. Make a lengthy to-do list with nothing remotely imaginative on it.

The mojo will come. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Workshop Winner!

Thanks, all, for stopping by during the Garden Girl blog hop.  One lucky winner is about to receive a free spot in Lisa Truesdell's Two Peas in a Bucket workshop, Start Here...
and that winner is...
Congratulations, Kim!  I'll forward your info to the folks at Two Peas.  By the way, I know exactly what you mean about the Color Shine gold lamé mist -- that stuff is incredible!  Fellow pea Ashley Calder played the role of enabler and got me hooked pretty quickly.

Enjoy the workshop!   

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Gardeners' Digest: December Garden Girl Blog Hop (Giveaway Closed)

Welcome to the Gardeners' Digest, a monthly update from the Garden Girls, the design team at Two Peas in a Bucket. We'd love it if you'd visit each of our blogs today to see what's in bloom in the Garden this month. 
I've been working on a compilation of my favorite photos from 2012.  Each year I pull together one of my favorite photos from each month of the year, and I assemble them on a "retrospective" layout. This is a peek at the title block, which is built upon a foundation of American Crafts Powder Glitter Tape, and which includes a variety of uber-cute flair/badges from Ormolu and Evalicious
Over the past few weeks, the gallery at Two Peas in a Bucket has been packed with colorful and festive layouts. Here are some of the many (many) layouts (and peas) that I've bookmarked recently: 
Clockwise from top left: Kyoko Kobayashi, Lula75, Sherrifunk, Voneall, A2Kate, and Marie-Pea.
(1) Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz. Once I saw how the Mint Green Color Shine looked on the page, I stocked up on all of the colors above (and then some).  Don't let the colors above fool you -- each one has a gorgeous iridescent sheen.  Seeing is believing:
(2) Crate Paper Fourteen. The colors in this line are for me. Would you just look at that green? 
(3) American Crafts Love Is in the Air XOXO Patterned Paper.  There are so many reasons to love this 12 x 12 beauty: the color, the stripes, the splatters, the B-side ledger pattern...oh, and those clouds! 
(4) Studio Calico Darling Dear Calendar Pockets.  I used all twelve of these on the year-in-review layout I mentioned earlier in this post. 
(5) Dear Glitter Foam Thickers. I'm crazy about this font -- and the fact that these come in several different colors! 

To thank you for stopping by today, I would love to offer you a chance to win a spot in Lisa Truesdell's new Two Peas workshop, Start Here
Here's more info about the class: 
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." - Pablo Picasso 
Get a jump on inspiration with Start Here. In this workshop, Lisa Truesdell will give you the tools to turn almost any image into a jumping off point for your next layout. You'll learn to break down images into smaller elements and use them to inspire your page's color combo, design, or even new techniques. We'll talk about finding images you love and identifying what grabbed you about them, and how to put that inspiration to work! 
Lisa is joined by twelve talented contributors who will each be sharing a page based on one of Lisa's inspiration pieces, as well as their thoughts on finding starting points in unexpected places. 
Included in the workshop are 27 brand-new scrapbook pages (15 from Lisa and 12 from her contributors) showcasing a variety of interpretations of inspiration pieces, 3 printable PDFs and 3 brand new videos following Lisa as she makes a layout starting with an inspiration piece. 
Lisa's talented contributors include Allison Waken, Ashley Calder, Becky Novacek, Doris Sander, Erica Hernandez, Emily Spahn, Kelly Noel, Kristina Nicolai-White, Laura Kurz, Lexi Bridges, Lisa Dickinson, and Marcy Penner. 
The content of this workshop will be available immediately upon purchase. The lessons are available for you to work at your own pace and upon purchase can be accessed in the "Workshops" section under "Classes & Events." A private message board forum is also available to ask questions for Lisa and to connect with other participants. Enjoy! 
If you're interested in winning free spot in the workshop (a $12 value), leave a comment on this thread (including your Two Peas username) before 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time on Wednesday, December 26, and I will select one lucky winner.  If you purchase access to the class and end up winning the drawing, the fee will be refunded, or you can "regift" the free class access to a friend. Good luck! 

The next stop on the blog hop is Garden Girl Jen Gallacher. Be sure to spend a bit of time on her blog, as she recently posted a list of her favorite Two Peas projects from 2012, and if you haven't bookmarked or pinned every single one of them (yet), now's the time to do so! 

You can also start from the beginning of the blog hop by going to the Two Peas in a Bucket blog.  Happy hopping! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

What's New at Two Peas?


There's a whole lot of lovely in the Two Peas store this week!
Ormolu Word Up Clear Stamps (I especially love those cameras and the five-star rating). 
Ormolu No. 25 Little Labels (Don't you just get a kick out of that "naughty is the new nice" bit?  Too funny.)
Crate Paper Fourteen Borders/Tabs (Those interconnected/intercontinental hearts will be mine!)
Crate Paper Fourteen Collection Pack
Crate Paper "Be Mine" Fourteen Paper (I can't decide which side I love more.  I guess I'll have to get two sheets.  Hee hee.)
American Crafts Dear Glitter Foam Thickers in Begonia and Robin's Egg. Pretty pretty!
I know what to add to my Christmas wish list. :)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

On Dasher!

Whoa. And more whoa.  Based on how crazy things have been around here (and my blood pressure, I'm guessing) you'd think that I was in the throes of holiday preparations, but nope -- I'm just trying to survive the end of the second quarter at school! I must give my students credit for being such troopers. I know that they are all aching for the Christmas break, but they have yet to survive midterms, and I have yet to survive grading them.

Here's the punchline:  I have this zany idea that once the holiday break begins, things will calm down.  Isn't that hi-la-ri-ous?

Somehow, though, I'm adding to my December album as the days go by. It's a Christmas miracle!  Here a few peeks that were also shared on the October Afternoon blog this week:
It's back to the stacks for me (and not the fun patterned kind).  See you on the other side!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December Daily-ish

I'm actually doing it.
That's right -- I decided to go all in, and I've actually been keeping up with my holiday album. Shocking, I know!

The October Afternoon Very Merry December mini-book kit (which is chock full of exclusive items as well as favorites from the Make It Merry collection) has made the entire process so easy.  I've also decided to structure the album so that I can enjoy the process without feeling the pressure of having to scrap something every single day. I shared my approach in a recent post on the October Afternoon blog.  Here a few peeks at week one of the album:
This week Thursday's post on the OA blog will feature even more ideas for using the Very Merry mini-album kit. All this month, the design team will be sharing their albums. I'm still in shock that I actually have one to share. :) Whoa.