Thursday, February 23, 2017

Knitting again



In my teens and twenties, I was seldom far from a skein of yarn. I learned to crochet at age 11.  Later on a wonderful woman in my life taught me how to knit. I worked with regular worsted yarns and even crocheted doilies with that very fine mercerized crochet cotton.  I made afghans, sweaters, toys, toboggans, wall hangings, and pillows.  Most of my gifts were handmade.  I even knitted a Christening dress.

In my 30's I had some issues with my right hand and elbow.  I had taken up quilting and discovered I could not hand quilt anymore.  I tried crocheting and it was very painful so I thought my yarn days were over.  A couple of years ago I gave knitting a try again because the movements are different.  It worked but I still didn't take on any real projects.  Last fall I bought a skein of pretty yarn just to see if I could knit and if I still liked it.  I really thought my stitches weren't that even but was surprised to find a more even stitch than I expected, not as good as my crocheting, but not bad.  I soon completed a vest and just couldn't stop.

This layout is about the projects I completed over about 3 months.  I've just embarked on a tunic length sweater in a finer yarn.

For the layout, I used one of last year's sketches and also knitted some embellishment for the page from the same yarns as the projects.  Here's the video




Have you scrapped about your other hobbies?
Thanks for watching!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fun Gelli Background



For this layout, I used my gelli plate and laminating film to create the background.  The circles are cut with my Creative Memories circle cutting system.  I tried punches but the circle cutters worked better.  I wanted a semi-transparent look to go with the balloons in the photos.  Touches of silver finish off the page.

Here's the process video:



The sketchbook mentioned in the video has been released. Click here for more information.


Thanks for visiting today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2016 book of Scrapbook Sketches is HERE!



All through 2016, I created layouts with videos and sketches for many of those layouts.  Now I have all the sketches compiled in the 2016 sketchbook.  There are 47 scrapbook sketches for both one and two page layouts!  Many of these sketches were not created at the time of the video so you can only find them in this PDF.

The sketchbook is a wonderful reference and jumping off point for your scrapbooking and it is only $8 US for the downloadable PDF.

Here's a preview of the book:



For more information and to purchase, click here.

Thanks so much for supporting my work in the scrapbooking industry!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Eyes to the left


When you first saw this layout, what did you notice?  Was it the title, the leaves or something else.  I'm hoping it was something on the right side of the page.

In our culture, we read left to right.  Sometimes though I want to people to look at my photos from right to left to see the view the way I saw it.  That is the case with these photos of the entrance to the Biltmore Estate.

There are two photos put together in a panorama for this layout.  I'm trying to draw the eye first to the far right side of the page with the hope that you will then follow the photo of the road around to the left to see it as I saw it when the photos were taken.

Here's the process video for this page:



Thanks for watching!
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