March 25, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop - 50s Kitchen

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Hi again and welcome to the March edition of the Club Scrap blog hop!  This month, we are having fun with the 50s Kitchen collection - I can't believe how awesome this kit is this month!



If you traveled here from Tricia's blog, then you are following the hop!  If you've lost your way or just want to see all the links in one place, head over to the Club Scrap blog to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.

This month I had been slooooowly cleaning and reorganizing my craft room so I could more easily find my supplies as I can across a few empty tins I had stocked up on when Club Scrap had stocked them in the store.  You could easily recreate this project using an old Altoids tin or similar, and the end result is so fun, that I hope you do!


I first stamped on the plain black tin top with white pigment ink and the amazing stamps from this collection.  I heat set the ink with a heat gun to prevent too much smearing.


I also made a cute belly band to make sure the top wouldn't come apart from the rest of the tin, and just to add that adorable cherry stamp.  I used one of the strips from the Deluxe kit cutaparts for the base and stamped on red and black circles that I cut from the photos mats for some added interest.  I then stamped the cherry image in green, then the cherries in red and cut these out to adhere to the green image for a two-toned embellishment.


The bottom half of the tin houses a two-sided mini album, complete with spots for photos, journaling, and mini envelopes.


I lined the bottom of the tin with another piece of paper from this kit - the color combinations and patterns are so cute and versatile!


The mini envelopes I made house slightly smaller slider cards that you can slide out using the ribbons included in the Embellishment kit for this collection.  There are so many spots to decorate to your heart's content with this mini album!  I wish I can say that I was clever enough to think of this design on my own, but it's adapted from this post here.  Someday I will be that crafty!

Thank you as always for stopping in here to see what craftiness I've been getting into!  Head on over to Hetty's blog to see what creative inspiration she has in store for you.  Stop back in next month when we're hoping Spring is here to stay with the Botanicals collection!

March 3, 2015

This Past Week (and then some...)


Happy Tuesday!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend and a great start to your week!  Things have been busy around here, but nothing super exciting.  Just trying to stay warm and enjoy the nice days that are given to us this winter!  

One of the beautiful (albeit cold) aspects about living right on a river is that on very cold days, the river will freeze (partially) and all of the ducks, geese, and swans will hang out on the edge.  I loved seeing the bright white of the swans and the dark bodies of the ducks on the ice contrast each other - makes the cold walk over the bridge a little more palatable!


Jason and I have been trying to be active by exploring parks around the area and joining with some Meetup groups  One cold but sunny, Saturday, we met up for a five-mile hike along the Delaware & Raritan Canal.  We started out at Washington Crossing State Park (oh yeah, where George Washington crossed the Delaware) and this is definitely somewhere we would like to explore once the weather gets better!  Just a bike ride down the canal path...



We had some "major" snow here in NJ recently...not the same as Upstate New York, but I'm not complaining.  I grabbed the above shot in my pajamas early one Saturday morning...one of the benefits of having the canal right in your backyard!


Jason and I also did some exploring on our own and hiked up to Goat Hill Overlook one snowy day.  It's a short hike, but the view once you get to the summit was definitely worth it - a great bird's eye view of New Hope and Lambertville.  Hopefully we'll make it up here several times this year, but it would make for a great series of photos during all four seasons.


Before the Oscars aired, we went to our local theater to watch the nominated animated and live-action shorts.  (Maybe next year we'll make it to see the documentaries as well...)  My picks for the winners were The Feast for the animated shorts (which won) and Parvenah (which did not win), but my favorite live-action was La Lampe Au Buerre De Yak (Butter Lamp) and the funniest animated short was A Single Life.  If you have a chance to see any of these, I highly recommend it!


For Valentine's Day, Jason and I spent the day relaxing and I made a fancy dinner (thanks Martha Stewart).  The good thing about eating at home is that we paired each course with a drink - much cheaper to split a bottle in the comfort of your own dining room!  In the mood to make something special?  You can make the same menu here.


Even with all of the snow we've had, there are still some nice, sunny days interspersed here and there...here's looking forward to spring!  Daylight Saving is this upcoming weekend, so we're getting there...

Hope your week is fantastic!


February 27, 2015

Club Scrap Stacked Book Project


Happy Friday everyone!  I have a fun project to share with you today.  The Club Scrap Artist team each put their own spin on the Stacked Booked Project, so please check out the Club Scrap blog to see all of their creations!

I used the "naked" version of this project and papers from London Calling to create travel ephemera boxes to hold all of the ticket stubs, maps, and brochures I've picked up over the years.  As a scrapbooker, I have some packrat tendencies and it's hard to me to throw away these types of keepsakes, because I might need to scrap it someday!  I created a displayable project to hold on to these pieces until they are ready to go into my scrapbook.


I changed some specifications from the original instructions to make this project fit my needs.  Instead of wrapping the inside box with text weight paper, I simply covered each side with cardstock by spreading bookbinding glue on the pieces of bookboard and adhering these to paper.  I then used a craft knife to cut the paper along the edge of the bookboard to create the perfectly covered sides of the box.


I also cut out two pieces of extra bookboard to create additional compartments to store smaller items and the Instagram albums I made for each box.


I made three sizes of albums: 2.5 in, 3 in, and 3.5 in to hold my square photos.  They fit perfectly in the square compartment I created especially for them.


You can see my Poland mini album here, and below I share some of the details of the insides of my Spain and London albums.




Similar to my Poland album, I used the cutaparts from the London Calling collection to add words to my albums and I again used vellum from my stash to add some softness to the pages. I love the simplicity of this album because it really allows the photos to shine!




For my London album, I switched up the closure system I used on the front of the album because I really wanted to use this Union Jack ribbon.  I also sprinkled some strips of the Underground washi and the cute stamp stickers from the Lite kit in this album for some added flair.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out this project!  Be sure to check out the other amazing versions my fellow team members have created as well!

Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap: Green Print, Green Pattern PrintLight Green, Green PatternCutapart sheets (London Calling), Light Blue (Spring Chorus); Recollections: vellum Embellishments: Doodlebug Designs: baker's twine, eyelets and beads from stash Stamps: Greeting (London Calling) / Inks: Club Scrap: Sappphire and Moss Hybrid Inks / Tools: Martha Stewart Bone folder, Martha Stewart Scoring BoardCrop-A-Dile Big Bite, waxed linen thread

February 25, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop - London Calling

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Hello there and welcome to the February edition of the Club Scrap blog hop!  This month, we are creating lovely things with one of my new favorite collections, London Calling.  This month I combined my love of paper, albums, and Instagram to make a cute project.

If you traveled here from Tricia's blog, then you are following the hop!  If you've lost your way or just want to see all the links in one place, head over to the Club Scrap blog to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.

I still haven't gotten "board" (hahahahahaha I'm so clever) with making Pinterest boards as soon as I see the color palette released on the first of the month by Club Scrap.  It was so fun seeing both the London-related pins and fun projects I was inspired by using similar images found in this month's stamp sets:


Follow Marya Kaszubinski's board London Calling Mood Board - Club Scrap February 2015 on Pinterest.

I was specifically inspired by this pin to make my own Instagram mini album to house my pictures from some of my travels.  This was easy to whip up using the papers included in the Deluxe kit.


This particular mini album is not about my trips to London (although you might see a post about that album here soon...wink wink, nudge nudge).  This album is about my trip to Poland to visit a friend last May.  I was lucky enough to have to go to work in London when my friend was also in Europe for six weeks, so I took advantage of the proximity and hopped over to Krakow for a week.


This was a very easy project to construct.  I printed my Instagram photos at 2x2 inches for this album, but you could adjust for any size you want.  A quick recap of the steps to make this album is below:

  1. Create cover and inside pages: I cut a 2.5 inch by 7 inch piece of cardstock for the cover, and cut five 2.5 inch by 5 inch strips for the inside pages.
  2. Stitch album together: I first scored the cover at 2.5 and 5.25 inches to create the fold-over cover, and I scored the inside pages at 2.5 inches.  I then pierced holes .5 inch from the top and bottom along the middle score to make holes for the waxed linen thread I used to hold the whole thing together.  One simple in-and-out stitch is all you need!
  3. Create closures: I punched two circles out of paper and attached these to the front of the album with eyelets.  I then wrapped baker's twine around to keep the album closed when not in use.
  4. Decorate!  Use elements of this kit to your heart's content.

(Excuse my oh so dainty finger please.)  This kit, while perfect for London pictures, worked wonderfully with my Poland pictures as well.  This adorable rainboot and umbrella print paired nicely with a shot of the street I stayed on in Krakow.


I used some of the cutaparts from this kit to add some details to the mini pages.  This sentiment about vacation calories better be true (and that amazing piece of cuisine is zapiekanka and now I'm hungry.)


The square frame cutaparts were exactly 2.5 by 2.5 inches, and they fit right in this album!  They are perfect for highlighting a show-stopping picture (like this one from Morskie Oko in Zakopane).


I also added in some vellum from my stash to my pages - it was the perfect medium to add stamping to accompany pictures of our rainy hike.


(In case you can't tell, the picture is of a set of stairs that has basically turned into a brook due to all that rain...and yes, we walked up that!)


My little mini album fits perfectly into it's own little compartment in...an upcoming project! Here's a little sneak peek at a fun project I will be sharing here on the blog on Friday.  Be sure to check back in!

I hope this inspires you to work small and get some of those photos printed out.  Working with such a small size of picture is such a fun change of pace!


Thank you as always for checking in here!  Head on over to Hetty's blog to see what creative inspiration she has in store for you.  Pop back in next month when we're staying cozy at home with the 50's Kitchen collection!

Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap: Green Print, Green Pattern Print, Light Green, Green Pattern, Cutapart sheets (London Calling), Light Blue (Spring Chorus); Recollections: vellum Embellishments: Doodlebug Designs: baker's twine, eyelets and beads from stash / Stamps: Greeting (London Calling) / Inks: Club Scrap: Sappphire and Moss Hybrid Inks / Tools: Martha Stewart Bone folder, Martha Stewart Scoring Board, Crop-A-Dile Big Bite, waxed linen thread

February 18, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Waiheke Island


Back for the second installment of Wanderlust Wednesday! You can check out my first post here.

We arrived in New Zealand on a Friday, so my friend we were staying with was finishing up her work week.  I knew as I was planning our itinerary that we would need to find something to do that would keep us entertained and awake as possible to stave off jet lag. 

(Speaking of jets, we flew on Air New Zealand and it was pretty awesome.  We didn't upgrade at all, so we were just in coach, but the seats were great, the in-flight entertainment was fantastic, and you could order your drinks and warmed-up chocolate chip cookies via your touch screen.  Definitely made the 12 hour flight bearable.  I also played around with different strategies in getting the best deal on the flight prices - I ended up saving several hundred dollars by booking my domestic flights as one round trip and the international flights as a separate trip.  I also used the "home country" website to book our flights and found there was a noticeable difference in price.   It does count as a foreign transaction though, so if you go this route, definitely use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees.)

We walked from our friend's apartment to the ferry terminal and took the ferry from Auckland City to Waiheke Island.  The ferry was nice - a large top deck where you could see all of the surrounding islands around Auckland, and there were plenty of tables and chairs where you could sit and enjoy a snack on your journey.

Islands surrounding Auckland

At the ferry terminal, you could buy a ticket for the island bus that ended up stopping near a lot of wineries, so we didn't need to worry about a ride around the island.  The bus on the island is timed to leave soon after the ferry arrives, but we didn't quite grasp that concept and missed the first bus.  We walked around the ferry terminal a bit to kill some time, but hopped on the next bus as soon as possible.

Beer tasting at Wild on Waiheke

Our first stop was at Wild on Waiheke, a fun winery that also brewed beer (so definitely my kind of place).  You could do all sorts of fun activities there, like archery and giant chess, but we were just there for the booze.  The weather was nice - sunny, but not too hot (as this was May, right in the middle of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere), and it was just nice to sit in the sun with a glass of wine.

Wine flight at Stonyridge

After Wild on Waiheke, we hopped next door to Stonyridge Vineyards.  This winery was a bit more upscale.  We ended up sharing a flight of wine and an olive and bread plate - the olives were grown right at the winery as well.  A one stop shop!  We were able to sit out on their awesome deck and got to take in some great views of the vineyard.  They had this fun frame looking out over the grape vines that really lent itself to some fun pictures.
 
Pretending I'm not jet lagged

He is obviously not jet lagged...

New Zealand is typically associated with Sauvignon Blanc, and we tasted a lot of these when we were on the South Island, but Stonyridge was known for their red wine.  Being from Upstate New York, I've frequented the Finger Lakes for numerous wine tours where Riesling is far more common, so it was nice to expose my palette to some new flavors.  I definitely have a spot for Sauvignon Blanc on my wine rotation now because it tastes like New Zealand.
 
Waiheke Beach

After the wine tasting and snacks at Wild on Waiheke and Stonyridge, we hopped on the bus and got off at the beach for a little stroll.  It was getting a little overcast out, but we luckily did not get hit with any rain.  This beach was nice to walk along, and we had fun picking out our favorite beach houses that looked out over the water.
 
Up and up..
 
There was one more winery we wanted to go to and we decided to walk to our next stop, which did require an envigorating jaunt up these steps.  The view we were rewarded with though was pretty nice...


Overlooking Waiheke Beach

The last stop we had on Waiheke Island was Casita Miro, a lovely little restaurant where I had enjoyed a glass of wine and Jason had a flight of wine.  We didn't really eat a full lunch this day as we wanted to sample a little bit of everything at each of our stops.
 
The Casita Miro vineyard
 
The wine, of course, was delicious, but the little restaurant was adorable too.  They specialize in Spanish/Mediterranean food, so we got a few tapas to share.  The decor inside was lovely and it was nice to sit down and relax after our first day's adventure.
 
Relaxing after a hard day's work

We walked back down to the beach and caught the next bus to bring us back to the ferry terminal.  We were a little tired at this point (being 16 hours ahead of your normal timezone will do that to you), but we ended up pulling through just fine, got dinner with our friend, and stayed up to a reasonable hour thanks to some more wine.  We did have to get up early the next morning, because despite being in New Zealand for less than 24 hours, we had a flight to catch to bring us from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South!

I did fully scrapbook our day at Waiheke Island, so you can check out the pages I created below:
Stop by next week for some pictures and stories from Queenstown - can't wait to share!

February 14, 2015

Club Scrap Blog Hop - Valentine's Day!

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Happy Valentine's Day (or belated Galentine's Day for you Parks and Rec fans).  What better way to share the love than on a Club Scrap blog hop?

If you found me through Tricia's blog, then you are following the hop! If you've lost your way or just want to see all the links in one place, head over to the Club Scrap blog to see a list of all the talented bloggers participating today.  You can even share your own lovely love creations with a link up on and giveaway the Club Scrap blog - make sure to read the how-to there and show off your stuff!

So, I am a procrastinator by nature, and my good friends from high school and I have been exchanging holiday cookies via the mail.  I had every intention of sending these out around, y'know, the holidays, but in between an interstate move and my decidedly slow rate of unpacking, I didn't get around to it.  So I thought I would send them as New Year's cookies.  Nope.  How about Groundhog's Day cookies? Errrr, not so much.  So I finally scheduled time on my calendar to make the darn things and they are now Valentine's Day cookies.  Of course they required Valentine's Day cards to accompany them.  Enter Club Scrap and their wonderful stamps!

Club Scrap has released several wonderful love-themed kits and stamps over the years (such as this year's Love Ink collection, and the previous Love Blooms and Love Bites sets), but their everyday stamps work just as well in creating beautiful Valentine's Day cards.   I have five cards I'll share with you today that showcase a lot of different stamps and techniques!


First up is a card that I made with a repeating phrase in ombre colors.  It's a pretty simple card, but I angled the phrase from Love Blooms to give it some interest.  I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to make sure I was placing the words exactly where I wanted them.  I also used only three colors of ink on this card - I ended up with the five different shades by using both the first- and second-generation impressions of the stamp to get the lighter shades of each ink.  You can kind of tell that there were a few stray ink marks on the white paper, so instead of sending this panel to the circular file, I took three colors of watercolor pencils and my waterbrush and flicked the color from the nib of the pencil onto the paper.  It made for a pretty background and helped to cover up the ink.


The next card has a softer feel to it, especially since I used vellum as part of the cutout window on the front of the card.  I colored the image using this technique that again helped with keeping the image from Love Blooms soft and muted.


I used my trusty foam tape to prop up the top panel so the vellum could get a little light behind it.  I love the combination of the black embossed image and the softness of the color of the rose.


This card used a combination of a stamp from Love Bites and papers from various Club Scrap kits.  I first stamped the heart image on the papers I wanted to use, then fussy-cut around the image.  I used foam tape to give some dimension to the hearts.  This is a great way to use up any scraps you may have that you just can't bear to part with!


The next card just uses one of my favorite fonts that Club Scrap released.  It's very, very simple, but I love the result!  I find that if you make sure your repeating pattern goes off the page on the edges, it gives it a more put-together look. I always keep that in mind when making cards!  I really love how the pop of the neon pink sentiment looks against the gray pattern.


Finally, I couldn't make Valentine's Day cards for my gal pals and not include one for my boyfriend.  As he had to help me pack and unpack my scraproom, he knows how I feel about my crafting supplies and where he fits in.  This sentiment from Love Bites is just perfect!  I used the same stamp as I used on the third card to make the heart background, then I stamped the sentiment in India Black ink and also used black embossing powder to set it apart from the background.  Hope Jason likes it!  (ETA: He did.  He did say "...Most of your crafting supplies??"  Hahaha.)

Thanks for stopping by so I could show off the wonderful Valentine's Day collections from Club Scrap and I hope you might try your hand at recreating some of these cards for yourself!  Luckily for you, the Love Ink collection is still available in full, and you can get the stamp sets for Love Blooms and Love Bites, so run to the store and grab them before they are gone!  If you do create your own projects, be sure to link them up at the Club Scrap blog for a chance at an awesome prize!

Hop on over to the wonderfully creative and talented Hetty to see what lovely project she has to share with you.  Stop by throughout this month and on the 25th to see this month's collection London Calling being showcased and another blog hop!

Card #1 Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap: Red (Up, Up & Away), Teal (Lock & Key), White / Inks: Club Scrap: Ruby, Fuchsia, and Carnation Hybrid InksIndia Black Ink / Stamps: Club Scrap: Love BloomsTools: Inkadinkado Stamp-A-Ma-JigFoam tape, Watercolor pencils, Water brush

Card #2 Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap: White, Pink (Birds of a Feather); Recollections: vellum / Inks: Club Scrap: India Black Ink / Stamps: Club Scrap: Love Blooms Tools: Foam tape, Heat gun, Black embossing powder, Embossing buddy, LePlume markers

Card #3 Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap: White, Red Handmade (Gratitude), Red plain (Peacock), Red pattern (Take Wing) / Inks: Club Scrap: India Black Ink / Stamps: Club Scrap: Love BitesTools: Cutterbee scissors

Card #4 Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap: Black (Matrix), White / Inks: Club Scrap: Ash and Neon Pink Hybrid Inks / Stamps: Club Scrap: Concrete Jungle Font Art / Tools: Inkadinkado Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Card #5 Supplies // Paper: Club Scrap: White / Inks: Club Scrap: WOW Red Hybrid Ink, Ruby, Fuschia, and Carnation Hybrid InksIndia Black Ink / Stamps: Club Scrap: Love Bites / Tools: Inkadinkado Stamp-A-Ma-JigHeat gunBlack embossing powderEmbossing buddy
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