Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pinterest Love: Its all about me!

I find the humor section on Pinterest has a bunch of pins that describe me and my personality. Seriously. Take a look.

pretty much sums up my thought process
All. The. Time!
so true
Why I'm anti social. 

Lol! Love it! It's all so true!

Do you have a pin that describes you? Please share it with me! 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

A Paper Quilt


It's been a really long time since I've blogged... sorry! Life (and laziness) got in the way!

Anyway, I've been very interested in quilting. I'm definitely going to try it in the near future. In the meantime, I've been working on this paper quilt. I used a canvas that I had laying around.

Sorry in advance for my bad pictures...

I had quite a bit of the Trendsetter collection from Fancy Pants Designs left over and because I love it so much decided it would perfect as a permanent fixture on my walls. :) Take a quick peek at it!


The process involved a lot of circle cutting. Because I don't have a big enough circle punch or a diecutting machine of any kind, this process was all done by hand with my circle cutter. It was quite a long process, but I got it done without much trouble. Finding the proper measurements to fold them at was a little tricky, but as soon as I figured that out, I just used my score pal and the whole thing was pretty easy.

Then, I had to get them down on the canvas. I tried to glue them down with all kinds of things, but it wasn't working. Eventually, I decided to sew them on the canvas. That took a little longer than I wanted...


 Then, I used a stencil to add some detail to the boarder of the paper quilt. I just used a Faber Castell marker, although I originally planned on using paint. I think I just didn't want to make a mess. Lol!


 Next, came the title of the quilt. I had thought to put some pictures in it, but because I wanted to hang it in my office at work, I decided against it. Instead, I decided on putting some inspiring words onto the it.


 I hand-wrote all the little messages on little squares. I had a lot of trouble with it because my handwriting wasn't making me very happy. In the end, I decided to just deal with it because I was being too picky.


 I added quite a few more elements like the Trendsetter embellishments, wooden hearts, lace and anything less that came to mind.


I modified the title a couple of time to make the words stand out. Originally, I really liked the white on white, but I actually want people to read it without much trouble. I busted out my iRock and went to town. All of the flaps from the circles weren't staying down like I wanted. I ended up gluing them down, but if any of them spring up in the future, that's totally fine with me.

 

It was a long journey! I spent a lot of time just staring at it, trying to figure out what else was missing. This might be something that I will always go back to in order to add little elements or change the way something is positioned, but I like it right now!

Oh! I'm also using this paper quilt for one of my sister's 100 Themes Challenge! This is for #44: Lessons. Click on the image to see what else I've done for this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully it won't take me so long next time!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Two Of A Kind

I've been pretty swamped lately... really swamped. I've barely had time to do anything other than work, but I've made time this morning to create a quick layout.

I'm using this layout for Scrap Your Story's stitching challenge. I LOVE hand-stitching, so this was right up my alley. Here are some detail pics of the layout.

I found those paper straws at Michael's. Love! I cut a few of them up and layered them. I want to get more paper straws in a bunch of different colors.


Thanks for stopping by! Hopefully, it won't take me so long to update next time.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pinterest Love: Bento Boxes

I'm terrible at making my own lunches. When I'm at work, I tend to each out or grab something from the vending machine. It's my goal to eat healthier AND save money.

So, this week on Pinterest Love, I'm talking about bento boxes. If you don't know what they are, basically they're Japanese lunch boxes. Some of them are adorable, targeted for children... and I have to be honest, I love them! Some people are really creative with them!

Take a look...



Cute, right? I absolutely love them!!! I probably won't take the time to create a lunch that cute every morning/night before. Yes, I'm 25, but I still want my lunch to be freakin' adorable! You should see my desk... 

Anyway, I do want to create something simple, yet healthy.  Like this...
 

That's totally right up my alley!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mini Golf in Frankenmuth

It's been a really long, difficult week for me and I have another coming up. Luckily, I made time to scrapbook... between all my sleeping...

Here's the layout I have to share with you.

This is from one of the many times we went to Frankenmuth. Love it! Most of the time we just go shopping, but my brothers wanted to go golfing. I think we were lucky because they just opened. I used a PageMaps sketch for this layout.

 Here's a closeup...

I used Fancy Pants Designs Trendsetter collection. LOVE IT! I especially love the corrugated paper.

And of course, I had to do my hand-stitching and beads! My layouts usually aren't complete without it.

I'm also using this layout for Scrap Your Story's theme challenge: Spring. This entire outing was in the Spring, afterall!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pinterest Love: Vintage Suitcases

Last week, on Pinterest Love... I shared this pin.

Source: bhg.com viaVanessa on Pinterest

I absolutely love vintage suitcases... the train cases are my favorite. I don't know why, but a while ago, maybe last year, I started buying a bunch of them. Now I have a ton of vintage suitcases/train cases and I'm not quite sure what to do with them. I was going to restore them and I will, but I found some great ideas for them on Pinterest.


Source: fab.com viaVanessa on Pinterest







I love them all! Unfortunately, I don't have that many suitcases, but they are great ideas!!! My favorite is probably that chair. It's such a wonderful idea and I might have one that would work for that project... we'll see!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

March Calendar

Okay. It's the last day of the month... That means it's time for my calendar posting!

If you don't know what I'm talking about...

I decided to record everything that I do on a monthly calendar. It includes everything that I can remember... Sometimes I don't fill it in for an entire week and I have the difficult task of thinking back. It's a lot harder then you think!

Anyway, it started out as a way to track my goals for the year and now I'm just having fun with it. It's nothing too fancy or elaborate; just a quick way for me to remember the month.

Here it is!



Friday, March 29, 2013

On Black Friday

I was so honored when I was asked to be a Guest Designer for Scrap Your Story! I love their challenge blog. I stopped scrapbooking for a while and I only recently started up again. Oddly enough, this challenge blog just started up, too.

I'm doing one of their Use It challenges. The item I had to use was cork. I've never used cork on a scrapbooking layout before, but I was up for the challenge!

Here's my layout:

The cork item I used was that 6x6 sheet of corkstock. Has anybody ever used it? It's amazing!!! I found it at JoAnn's and I just knew I had to use it for this challenge!

It's super thin and it has a sticky back to it so it's easy to work with. You can use it as is, cut it up, paint it... anything you can think of! I probably never would have used it if it hadn't been for this challenge. I encourage everyone to go to their challenge blog and try it out!

From the title of the layout, you can tell that this is from Black Friday. We just finished shopping and we all went for breakfast at iHop. I didn't get a picture of me or Tracey, but that's okay. I don't normally have pictures of myself and my only photo of Tracey is blurry.

Speaking of Tracey, I'm using this layout for her 100 Themes Challenge!  That's right! #45: Hot Chocolate. That's what Bethany is drinking. I haven't used one of her themes in a while and I thought I would give it a shot! Go ahead and click on the my sidebar icon of the 100 Themes Challenge if you want to see what else I've done.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pinterest Love: Craft Space

If anybody knows my living situation, they know I don't have a lot of space. I have a table set up in my bedroom to do all my crafting. I have a limited space and I use it to the best of my ability. Storage, organization... That's what happens when you share a house with a lot of people.

Anyway, I'm always hoping and dreaming of a room dedicated as my office/craft room... For now, I have Pinterest to keep me inspired!

Source: bing.com viaVanessa on Pinterest








I don't have any particular style to speak of for my ideal craft space, but I do like things to be clean and organized. I have plenty of time to think about it... so I'm still dreaming. If you would like to see more, please feel free to check out my Craft Space board. I'll be adding a lot more to it in the future!

And I saw this... I absolutely love it!!! It's a great and storage device and it's stylish! And a hint at next week's Pinterest Love post!
Source: bhg.com viaVanessa on Pinterest

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Our Last Meal Together

I finished this layout a few days ago, but I never had the chance to post it. It's been a little crazy! This is from my summer engineering program back in 2004! I had a lot of fun and met a lot of great people.

This was for two different challenges. Pamela Young's sketch 323a...
and Scrap Your Story's embossing challenge. The embossing was very new to me, but I really liked it!


 Thanks for looking, everyone!