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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Micro Mini - Take Note

It's the Little Things from Fancy Pants Designs is the star of this ATC sized Micro Mini/Journal. I just love this paper and it was destined to be a mini album from the second I purchased it.

From Flamingo Scraps: Fancy Pants Designs - It's the Little Things Paper Collection, Webster's Pages - Lime Bloomers, Lace, Prima flower, Prima Leaves. Other: Echo Park - Take Note Quotes

This little cutie would be perfect for cell phone images or quotes. Just love it.

Here is a short video that flips through the mini page by page.

Thanks for stopping in today,
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Father's Day Frame

Father's Day is right around the corner, and today I wanted to share with you a little altered frame I did for my husband for Father's Day. 

I used Garett Smith's Digi pages that are available at to cover a 4x6 wooden frame from the dollar bin. I love the rich tans and masculine motifs in this paper line, so I fussy cut a few of the designs out to use as embellishment on the frame.  The back side of the frame is stained so it has a nice clean look in the back.

In the next few days I want to get a picture of my daughter, son and husband so I can replace the photo before Father's Day.

Have you started working on Father's Day gifts?  If so then be sure to share your projects on the Artsy Addicts facebook page. Don't forget to tag me in the comments. I would love to see them.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Mini Prim Rose Journal

A few days ago I shared with you the Primrose Mini Album that I created using Marion's digi downloads.  I loved this mini so much that I decided to make one in ATC size and keep it next to my computer as a quote book.

On the cover I used ATC sized sticky backed canvas and painted it with Santa Baby and Creme de Chocolate Glimmer Mist.  I used Marion's Vintage Trinkets for decorations and one of the new Tim Holtz phrase plates.

To print the image in ATC size - in the Printer Dialog box change the Page Sizing to: Multiple pages and Pages per sheet to 1x2. Make sure the orientation is also set to Portrait. This will reduce the size of the images to half the size and give you the ATC size.

Make sure you do this with all of your add-ons, covers, and embellishments in order for them to print to scale.

Here are the two box side by side to show the difference in sizes. 

I think I want to make one of these each time I do a monthly journal. Then at the end of the year, I can share them with my scrappy friends for Christmas presents.
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Primrose Mini Album

This week I decided to play around with the latest digi journal from Marion Smith Designs.  This little Prim Rose Journal is so cute it measures 4x6 completed.  I combined this Journal with the Journey kit to create my extra signature pages.  The two kits work so well together.

I printed my covers on grunge paper and they have a really nice suede feel to them.  They were mounted onto black chipboard for additional stability.  Then I decorated the cover with a Tim Holtz key hole, and one of Marion's Vintage trinkets.

Here is a step by step video of the completed book.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Tonya Gibbs

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sunday Picnic Card

Oh I'm sooo in love with the new Webster's Pages collections Sunday Picnic and Perfect Motifs.  The papers feel like linen and the soft muted colors are fun and playful. I love the balloons, kites, and summer bright flowers. 

I am totally on a card making kick right now and decided to use the Rainbow Sky page from the Sunday picnic as my background for the card. 

Webster's Pages: Sunday Picnic, Perfect Motifs, Ranger: Glossy Accents, Laces, Prima: Eline - Daisies and Hydrangeas Copic Sketch Markers: 0, E00, E11, E25, E31, E35, E37, E47, E50, R02, BV0000, BV00, BV02, BV04, C1, C5, C9, The Greeting Farm: Ms Anya Dressy Stamp, Studio G: "Just For You" Stamp, Webster's Pages online: Digi stamps: Lady & Gents Brushes and Journal Cards.

The girl is a Copic colored Greeting Farm stamp from Ms. Anna Dressy. I decided to frame her with one of the digi brushes from Webster's pages. The balloons are at various heights with pop dots to give them depth, a touch of glossy accents were added to them to give them shine.  I cut the bicycle, balloons and "play" from the motifs stack, added a few Prima flowers and rhinestone centers, then trimmed out the base with some lace from Flamingo.
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day Card

For this card,  I used the Pink Paislee Sweetness & Parisian Anthology Lines. Both were pieces of scraps, which I love to use on cards. The background paper is the "Love Notes" paper from the Sweetness Collection, I cut the envelope from Parisian Anthology scraps, and the corrugated chipboard accents (Heart, flags, and butterfly) are Parisian Anthology as well.

I spread some Texture Crackle Paste from DecoArt over the background layers to bring forward "love notes" layer. After the crackle paste dried, I covered the entire card backing with Picket Fence Stain from Tim Holtz. This really softened up the bright colors of the paper, and gave me a chance to bring elements into the forground.

I wanted my card to open differently. I've been working on invitations for my daughter's graduation, and I noticed a card backing called a "Z- FOLD” they basically fold in the Z fashion and then either display flat or in the z shape. Well I decided to modify this a bit using a square card. This way my Mom can display the card on her dresser open so that the front of the card and the sentiment are both displayed at the same time.

Here is a view of the card opened as you can see here the inside displays with the outside of the card. Love this effect!

Watch a step by step video of me putting this card together... Thanks for stopping in today, and Happy Mother's Day to all!
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Friday, May 4, 2012

My Baby is Graduating

Warning - this post may cause tears. Grab tissues before reading further...
This month has been super emotional for me. Brittany my oldest is graduating from high school on June 1, and there are so many emotions running around inside me. I am so happy with the woman that she has become. She has been taught everything she needs to know to soar, but sad that she will stretch those wings and leave the nest.

Last week I took her Cap & Gown pictures and I believe that was when it hit me. She's growing up she will soon embark on a new beginning. I know she will be around, but she takes that step into adulthood and a step closer to her independence. She's super talented, smart, fun, and dependable so I know the world will embrace her.

Through all of these emotions, I started thinking about creating a layout for the "posed" photos that are often not so fun to play with. I didn't want to use the typical "graduation" theme paper, so I settled on Prima's Printery Collection. It has a lot of elements that you will find in your daily high school life: clocks, keys, script/text, and words like "memories". The neutral colors lend themselves to any direction or theme.

To spruce up the background, I decided to use some stencils and texture paste, I used the brick stencil in the left corner, and a number stencil in the upper right and bottom left, and a Prima Rose stencil to frame the center of the layout. Then I spritzed the layout with Jack Frost Glimmer Mist to add the blue to compliment her cap and gown.

The bridge is symbolic of her cross over into another phase of her life. I found a dictionary page with the word "jazz" and used the Printery chipboard pieces for Song and Chorus - since those words seem to define her high school interests. The clock symbolizes her time of passage. The 2012 is a piece of confetti I got from a party store, and it represents her class year. The Prima sprays offer the softness and purity. The Key is to her future, and I hope she has the faith to unlock her dreams. Her photo was framed in this beautiful ornate frame from Melissa Frances.

The hidden journaling includes a quote from a Mark Harris song - "Find Your Wings" the quote is....
"I'll have tears as you take off, but I'll cheer as you fly."

Thanks for stoppping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

  • Prima: Printery Paper, Valentine Vine White, Printery Masks, Printery Chipboard, Say It In Pearls & Lace boarder, wooden clock, wooden banner, Printery canvas key, Shabby Chic resin piece - bridge.
  • Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist - Jack Frost
  • My Favorite Things: doily die
  • Melissa Frances: ornate frame
  • Golden: Texture Paste
  • Maya Road: wooden ruler
  • Misc. Lace, script vellum envelope, 2012 confetti, twine, dictionary page.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

12 years ago...

Twelve years ago we were scrapbooking with stickers, using dictionary definitions on EVERYTHING, most layouts were "blocked", No one had ever heard of layering, flowers, or even Prima! GASP! How on Earth did we survive? 

My daughter graduates this month from high school, and I've been walking down memory lane, and thought I would take you guys on the journey with me this week.

This is a layout I did of my daughter with her kindergarten graduation photos. Her Kindergarten teacher was the BEST - Mrs. Murphy, and her favorite quote was from "All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" by Robert Fulghum. 

It is so much fun to look back at the older layouts. Actually sometimes I find it refreshing when I see how clean they were.  It was a simpler time for scrapbooking. 

The 3D styled elements on this page were printed on the DaisyD stickers. The wire and "ABC" on the left of the title - printed. The buttons on the photo frame - printed. When I tell you this layout was flat - it is FLAT!  The most advanced element for the time on this page were the snaps on the definition page. I didn't know it then, but this page was actually hybrid.  The title, teacher's name, and definition were all printed on my computer. The Jolee's stickers were all the rage and the trendy thing to add to every layout.

This week I created this layout of my daugther in her senior cap & gown photos. And let me tell you some tears were shed over this one. 

From Flamingo Scraps: Prima: Printery paper, Valentine Vine - White, Printery Chipboard, Printery Canvas Resists, Resin - bridge, Wooden Clock, Wooden Banner, Say It in Lace & Pearls Boarder; Maya Road: Wooden Ruler, Melissa Frances Resin Frame; Crocheted Lace, Eyelet Lace, Tattered Angeles - Glimmer Mist - Jack Frost.  Other: Twine, Doily Dies from MFT, Golden Texture Paste.

It was fun to compare the two layouts side by side and see how much my style had changed.  I still prefer 1 photo to a layout, however, notice how this layout has more texture, and dimension.  Gone are the days of the DaisyD stickers, and yes, Prima is front and center of the current "Must Haves" list.  

I heard someone say the other day that they wanted to redo some of their older layouts.  I say "no way". When a layout is created, it is not just a reflection of the memory that you are sharing, but also of the creator (at the time) and the styles of the day.  You are creating the looks that our children will embrace as "vintage".  Only look back to remember the journey - never to recreate.

 I wonder what names and styles will be around when she graduates from college?

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