Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Little Mess

As much as the clean and simple approach appeals to my eye, my hands always have other plans: I can't resist walking away from a layout with paint, mist, or ink on my fingers.

The proof's in the page.

This layout came together for a stamping-related post on the Elle's Studio blog. I'm all for white backgrounds, but I have trouble letting them just "be." I had to bring the paint. I like the way the stamping both stands out and blends with the background all at once.

I can also show restraint at times and still walk away with splatters on my jeans.
I applied paint and ink in a more focused way to this layout that I created for a Pinterest-inspired challenge on the Scraptastic Club blog, concentrating on adding patterns and pops of color to the letters. I also added a smidgin of white paint along the edges of the patterned paper for a more subdued effect.
I guess I can always achieve clean and simple via soap and the sink after I'm done with a page. :)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

April at Elle's Studio

It's the 10th of the month, which means that there's a whole lot of NEW to be found at Elle's Studio!

There's a new kit...
Here's a sneak peek of our April kit and extras!
and new extras...
Here's a sneak peek of our April kit and extras!
and new layouts in the gallery, including this one: 
I gathered a bunch of photos together and worked some Elle's Studio tags and accents into the mix. This makes three month-in-review layouts done so far this year -- onward to April! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Lately, I've been...

...realizing that summer is closer than I think. I'm not looking forward to the heat, but I sure could use a vacation! 

...listening to whatever music my daughter tells me to listen to these days. As a parent, it has been my responsibility to give my child a sound musical education, and I am proud to say that I have succeeded.  There's room for Berlioz and Twenty One Pilots on her playlists. 

...scrapbooking -- FINALLY! I was so productive during spring break, but once that was over, so was my creative streak. Today I actually found time to get crafty with the March "Sweet Child of Mine" kit and add-on from Scraptastic Club
...stressing.  Sometimes that's a good thing -- it keeps me moving and makes me conscious of the power of my choices -- but most of the time it's just a pain. 

...rewatching the Harry Potter movies. Tonight's it's all about Azkaban.  Such a great film, but seriously -- if a time-turner exists in the HP universe, why wasn't it used to avoid so, so many tragedies to follow? 

,,,reading book after book after book as I plan for summer reading and next year's classes. I've also been reading my own books as well.  Most recently, I've finished Lev Grossman's The Magicians trilogy (highly recommended), Yukio Mishima's The Sound of Waves, David Levitan's Every Day, and Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I'm currently reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and rereading Brave New World.  

...wishing for an extra Saturday this weekend. Ah, the weekend goes by too quickly!