Monday, September 26, 2016

I'm Back (With Some Fun News)!

Ya'll probably thought I'd dropped off the face of the earth, right?

The only thing I can really say is that life got in the way for a couple of years, my family had some needs, and my attention had to be somewhere else for awhile.  I also chose to resign from my creative teams, and while I was sad to lose the privilege of working with awesome digital designers, I needed a break.  I had to take some time to recharge my batteries after feeling pretty exhausted and burnt out. 

I hope you guys are ready to hear from me again, as I plan to be back and posting more.  I'm excited to be back, and have something I'm so thrilled to tell you!

I've been doing some digging and researching online, and I've discovered that there aren't many digital scrappers sharing projects much on YouTube.  There are quite a few videos that center around tutorials (which I will do some of the time), Photoshop courses, or digital designers highlighting their kits. However, there are not so many that show work on projects using products from a variety of designers, stores, etc.  I also noticed that while there are tons of traditional scrapbookers and card makers sharing their layouts and projects, there are not many digital and hybrid scrappers/paper crafters doing so on YouTube...or maybe not so many that I felt like I found interesting and wanted to watch. 

It's funny to me that I kept waiting and waiting for someone else to make that kind of content, and it didn't dawn on me to do it myself.  I confess I was super intimidated by the very idea of making videos, but I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go.

I've been watching YouTube videos on a few different topics for about 2.5 years now, and kept track of how the creators of those videos made good content, how they engaged their audiences, best practices they used, and even took some online lessons on video creation from YouTube itself.

And while I am still very much a beginner, and have much to learn, I've gone ahead and created my own channel.  I waffled for a few months, and felt scared, especially after reading all the mean comments that get left on some of the channels out there.  I also worried that my videos would suck!
But, in the end,  I feel like it's more important to put myself out there and share my channel even if it scares me.  That's how we grow, right?  We take risks and learn what they teach us.

With all of that said, though...I love connecting with other scrapbookers, and I hope my channel will provide another place for people who love this hobby as much as I do to connect, learn, and have discussions about it.

So, awesome followers and readers...if you feel so inclined, I'd be grateful if you'd watch my first video, leave me some constructive feedback, and subscribe so you can see more of my videos.   I'd love to have you come along as I embark on my journey into the YouTube Realm.  I included the video here below, and will have a YouTube widget up soon along with the rest of my social media widgets at the top of the page.

As always, I appreciate all of you stopping by and spending part of your day here.

Thanks and talk to you soon,

Friday, January 24, 2014

Right Here, Right Now 1.24.14

If you've read my blog before, you know I think it's important to scrapbook about yourself.  My husband and kids show up on my pages most of the time, but I do make an appearance on layouts as well.  Sometimes, it's because I feel I can express what I want to say best on a page.  At others, I make layouts about myself so my kids see that I'm not just this person who washes dirty socks and makes them brush their teeth.  I kind of like them seeing me as a person with my own interests, goals, and ideas.

I've noticed lately, when my children look at my scrapbooks, it prompts them to ask more questions about our family, our history, and my husband and I.  All of this got me thinking that it might be fun to do some layouts a few times this year using a prompt of "Right Here, Right Now."  I'd like to create a page or two about myself (either something I'm going through, or feelings I want to express), or maybe about things that I'm into at the moment.  Or maybe there will be some random topic I feel like putting down either on an art journaling page or a digital scrapbooking page.   The title of the layouts will not necessarily be "Right Here, Right Now," but I think my ideas will still come across.   

So for today, I have two "Right Here, Right Now" types of layouts to show you.  The first one shows a small snapshot my life as it was just last month:

I like pages that come together fast like this one.  I just did a quick summary of the things that were making me happy (including finding and fitting into a pair of cute skinny jeans).  Sometimes, you don't have to have paragraphs of journaling to capture the happiness of the moment.  I used Kim Jensen's Me Right Now kit, which is such a fun one for doing pages about yourself.

Something I've recently discovered the joys of is make up.  Granted, I've always worn a little here and there, but it's been hit and miss so much over the last few years.  The make up I've had on hand was getting old and needed to be replaced so I hit the mall and some of the make up counters, and used this page to document my experience:

It was a little intimidating to walk into Sephora for the first time (I's crazy that I've not been in before now), but it was fun at the same time.  Just a year ago, I wouldn't have ever thought I'd visit stores like that.  I'd been watching YouTube videos on products and application, as well as doing research on the web, so I figured it was time to bite bullet and go shopping.  I was actually able to apply it myself the next day and like how it looked...which I cannot say happened before now when I bought make up.   This is a small thing, of course, but it's been fun for me to play with make up and understand why so many other women love it.  I think pages about these little things we are interested in make our scrapbooks more fun and real to look at.  My tween daughter has been especially inrigued by all of this and was actually shocked to find out that I carry lip gloss just like she does...;)
If you like the kits I used, they are also from Kim Jensen: Frame-O-Mania-2 kit and Rhyme and Reason kit.

Thanks for spending time here today, and I'm curious:  What are you liking right now?  What things are you doing right here, right now?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Some Hybrid and Digital Goodness

It's been way too long since I did a hybrid project, so I thought I'd take one on.  I made this cute altered tissue box cover using some digital papers that I had printed up on a laser printer.  Previously, I had done this project using traditional scrapbooking paper, so I wanted to give it a go with digital papers.  You can see this tutorial on the Sweet Caroline Studio blog.

I learned a couple of things along the way, and thought I would pass them along to you.  While technically I think you can use inkjet paper, I liked getting laser prints done at my local office supply store because I just wanted to slather on the Mod Podge without worrying about the ink smearing.  My office supply store offered both 8.5 x 11 and 12 x 12 prints, but I chose the letter-sized prints because they were less expensive. The very helpful gals at The DigiChick gave me some great pointers on using ink jet paper for hybrid projects.  They told me that using Epson Presentation Paper for ink jet printers works pretty well for hybrid projects.  I will have to try that out later and see if it works.  For now, I'm sticking with laser prints.

Additionally, I went with the matte finish Mod Podge, which doesn't dry sticky, unlike the gloss finish.  Using Mod Podge does create a bit of bubbling and buckling, but don't let that freak you out.  For the most part, everything dries flat and the bubbling that remains is hardly noticeable.  

I was happy with the way the project turned out, and wished I had done up a few before the end of the school year.  These would make a fun teacher gift!  

If you get the chance, I encourage you to make a hybrid project of some sort with your digital papers.  I admit I feel a bit intimidated by hybrid projects, but once I get started and let go of the idea that it has to look "perfect," I actually have a lot of fun.  I will have to do more hybrid in the future. 

Also, I made a layout of my youngest using Celeste Knight's Sweet Briar Kit.  He had the cutest little facial expressions when he was a baby.  I just love looking at these photos...sigh....

Thanks for stopping by!