Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mind the Gap

This month's Studio Calico kit is London themed! My all time favorite theme, city, place, etc.

My original painting. It's hanging over my bed :)

So you can imagine my excitement about entire kit dedicated to one of my true loves!

But I have to admit, I was a underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, Studio Calico is a lovely company and the kit is just fine. I just didn't get the connection between the "theme" and the products. And I'm all about that particular theme!

I just don't see London anywhere.

Where is my Underground sign stamp? Or at least the reds and blues?!

Where are my amber ciders? My frothy glasses and water soaked bars?

Where is my black cab stamp?!

Where are my cramped row houses? And my Jane Austen inspired ephemera?

There's not even one clock or telephone booth or tea cup in the kit!! Basically, there are a million ways to draw inspiration from London, and SC missed the mark on this one.

Or, it could be that it's so near and dear to my heart that nothing can ever live up to hype.
Yeah, I'll go with that one :)

Cheers, bye!

P.S. This whole blog post is meant in jest to highlight my deep, true and everlasting love for London. I will continue on with my subscription at Studio Calico bc they're kits are fun and pretty! In my opinion, they just mislabeled the kit this one time.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sneaky Sneaky

I'm blog hopping on the 1st! Be sure to check back on Friday to hop along with Young Scrappers the world over =) and to see the complete page from the sneak below!

Oh, and voting is still open so if you get the chance, please click here to vote for me!


Monday, June 27, 2011

Vote for Pedro

Or at least the closest Mexican :)

Remember these cards I made for the troops?
I posted a tutorial on how to make them!

Well Scrapbooks, Etc. will let you vote for them as part of the Craft it Forward Contest!

I'd greatly appreciate it
and YOU!


Urijah: One

[Warning: Photo heavy!]

It's done and complete.
Another finished scrapbook to add to my shelf.
Could I add more photos to it? Probably.
But I won't for now.

For this year's album, I purchased a 12x12 American Crafts D-ring binder in Black.
And then I decided I wanted a variety of page sizes.
I'm all for either perfectly uniform (see last years book) or entirely random. And random was definitely how this book turned out.

I broke it down last year, so I'll do it again:

There are 35 pages in this book.
Of the 726 photos that were taken, I incorporated exactly 100 into those 35 pages.

Something new I did this year was to record a video of Grandma & Grandpa going through the scrapbook. There's nothing dynamic about it, but listening to it could be enlightening. They were so cute looking through it all. My serious Papa (he really didn't want to be filmed!) not really getting into it until he turned the page on the Christmas photos. I'm so glad that I decided to film it!

Since there is so much going on, my advice is to hit play, listen to their words and scroll through the pictures (all of which have been blogged individually and can be found by clicking: Urijah).

Thank you, bloggy friends, for coming along for the ride on this one :)

Double page shots, so you can see what's peeking through!