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07/03/11
Inspiration Tags
Filed under: General, Collage, Scrapbooking, Creativity, Inspiration, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 1:56 pm

Last week I made some little inspiration tags to hang on the wall next to my desk. My scrapbooking tag punch [1.75″ x 2.75″] was used for the shape and scraps of leftover scrapbook paper were torn and glued down collage fashion. Positive words for encouragement were written on each tag and sequins and star punch details were fun additions too. A 1/4″ hole punch and a piece of ribbon to weave through 3 or 4 tags for hanging completed this simple project. Enjoy!


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02/05/11
Scrapbook Page Design
Filed under: General, Scrapbooking, Family and Friends, Design, Creative Every Day
Posted by: Mary @ 9:16 pm

A week ago I went to a scrapbooking event and decided to try out some new designs for my scrapbook pages. This is the start of a new scrapbook album of the holidays with family in 2010. Scrapbooking is a way to preserve memories, to chronicle events, and to tell your story. And it’s also a way to express your creativity. I have not been scrapbooking for that long and am still working on developing my own style in this medium.

For these pages, I designed borders to run across the top of the page and give continuity to each spread. A spread is two pages facing each other, i.e. side by side, when you open and look through the album. The titles encapsulate what is going on in the two pages and don’t need further explanation: “Thanksgiving Day Lock Out” and “New Laptop I Want my Internets!” Paper punches were used to add embellishments and corner accents were added to frame the photo collages. The focus is on the photos and the design pulls it all together.


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12/31/09
Full Moon Dreamboard
Filed under: General, Collage, Scrapbooking, Mixed Media, Creativity, Inspiration
Posted by: Mary @ 9:54 pm

After reading about vision boards and dream boards yesterday, I decided to put together a dream board of my own to celebrate the New Year. Jamie Ridler Studios shows  Full Moon Dreamboards which resonated with me and are on the wavelength of what I had envisioned last night. There is great info about creating vision boards on Christine Kane’s Blog. My word for 2010 is create, with the intent of creating new work in mixed media, quilting, drawing, painting, photography, scrapbooking, book arts, and anything else that inspires me. The following words are important to me and are listed on an index card on the dream board:

Create
Organize
Play
Learn
Grow
Live
Love
Be Yourself
Connect
Visualize

There are photos of family members including the cat who is trying to catch a mouse, and miscellaneous images that inspire me. Sponge Bob Squarepants is my favorite animated character - he has a sunny, positive attitude and always has fun no matter what he is doing. A favorite Sponge Bob song in my house is “It’s the best day ever, best day ever…” The background is a map of Connecticut and parts of surrounding states, with scrapbook papers filling out the edges of the 20 inch square foam core  board. Yes, I ironed the map on low heat and cut it out along Long Island Sound to fit inside the board. New York City is in the lower left corner.

Here is what tihe dining room table looked like when I was getting ready to prep the board. Looks like I have some cleaning up to do around here later as stuff seems to have spread out everywhere. This was a very empowering exercise and helped me to focus on what is important to me in the coming year.

Happy New Year!
Mary



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08/12/09
The Road Less Traveled
Filed under: General, Scrapbooking, Photography, Mixed Media, Creativity, Design
Posted by: Mary @ 7:07 pm

One of my favorite Robert Frost poems is “The Road Not Taken”. The poem can be seen in its entirety at Bartleby Quotes. At times we are faced with a decision and a choice as to which path to take in life. Sometimes it is a small decision and sometimes it is a huge one. Sometimes the choice is clear and other times it is arrived at with difficulty. This mixed media piece was created over the past week and illustrates my feelings about having two similar yet different paths appear at a moment in time. I started by cutting varying width strips of different scrapbook papers and glueing them down to a 12″x12″ cardstock base. After leaving this on my work table and letting it sit for a few days I decided to add marks with a blue pastel stick. Next I chose to cut random width and length strips of transparent velum and glue those down. Today I remembered the photos of boardwalks that I took this year at two different places in nature: the Cranberry Bog and the Audubon Center. After printing one photo from each place I arranged them carefully on the surface and added my favorite part of the quotation to finish the piece.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


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07/14/09
Inspire, Achieve, Dream, Become
Filed under: General, Collage, Scrapbooking, Challenges
Posted by: Mary @ 8:56 pm

The challenge theme at Three Muses this week is Word Salad. All sorts of great ideas immediately came to mind. Since I am having problems with my hand today it was easiest to work with scrapbooking paper, glue, and ergonomic cutting tools. This piece expresses my feelings about the theme and where I’m at right now. Don’t think you’d ever catch me on a surfboard although the snowboard my daughter left behind in the garage sure looks tempting some mornings. Ride the wave!




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03/29/09
Life Is Good - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Scrapbooking, Photography, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 12:14 pm

This week’s theme for Sunday Postcard Art made me think about what I am most grateful for, and that is my kids who are growing into young adults and have become my best friends. The digital scrapbook paper background and the button elements are all by Michelle Coleman of LittleDreamerDesigns.com. I used Photoshop to build the scrapbook style collage and create the frames, and the font used is Garamond Italic.



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03/21/09
Mothers - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Scrapbooking, Photography, Sunday Postcard Art, Digital Art
Posted by: Mary @ 5:32 pm

This week’s theme for Sunday Postcard Art is Mothers. This was a really special theme and I was fortunate to have a vintage black and white photo of my mom with me and my brother. There are seven of us in all and mom is not in too many of the pictures, so I was glad my dad took this picture of us. The background and border is digital scrapbook paper by Michelle Coleman of LittleDreamerDesigns.com. I used Photoshop to build the collage, created a duotone of the background and photo, and then went back into RGB mode to bring in the black and white closeup shot and the color border frame. The font is ITC Galliard.


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03/15/09
Scrapbooking School Days Memories
Filed under: General, Scrapbooking
Posted by: Mary @ 11:22 am

Yesterday I attended a scrapbooking event and finally finished the two school days memories scrapbooks that I have been working on for my children. When cleaning out the attic in the old house several years ago, I found several boxes of school papers and wasn’t sure what to do with them so brought them with me when I moved. After discovering scrapbooking last year, it was easy to sort through the old school papers and choose artwork and writing that best represented their pre-school through middle school years. I used Colorbok 12″x12″ post bound scrapbook albums purchased at Joann etc to put together the books.

Here is Marianne’s cover page followed by several pages from her album.

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Here is Joey’s cover page followed by several pages from his album.


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01/11/09
Journey
Filed under: General, Scrapbooking
Posted by: Mary @ 8:56 am

For the new year, scrapbooking designer/author and life artist Ali Edwards asked that people choose and post a word for 2009 on her blog, a single and powerful word to guide them through the coming year. This request resulted in almost 2000 heartfelt and moving posts over a few short days. Ali went through all of the posts and compiled a list of just the individual words and posted them here.

It was a wonderful idea but difficult to choose just one word for 2009. The word I chose was journey, but not in the sense of physical travel. What I mean by journey is to continue on the never ending but enjoyable journey which brings me closer to my real self… inspiring that journey in my just grown children… seeking that journey in my workplace… and finding that journey in my creative and artistic expression.

Scrapbooking is a new form of expression for me and it has many elements that appeal to me: photography, preserving memories, telling a story, sharing, creating a book, design, collage, and creativity. My goal in scrapbooking is to focus on a theme in each book… to capture a moment in time, a place, a feeling, relationships, the essence of things.

Above is one of the spreads from a 6″x6″ mini book about my home, the place where I live. This is a simple book that went together quickly and easily. Sometimes I overthink things and spend a lot of time trying to decide on what direction to take in my artwork, so it is refreshing for me to get inspired by an idea, shoot some photos, and put something together, all in a short time period. Working in different media and pushing boundaries expands my creativity and keeps things fresh.
Mary



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01/06/09
Celebrate - Sunday Postcard Art
Filed under: General, Collage, Scrapbooking, Photography, Sunday Postcard Art
Posted by: Mary @ 9:29 pm

Sometimes, maybe often, less is more. I ended up creating 3 different postcards for the Sunday Postcard Art Celebrate theme to get to the end result. The first one was abstract and while interesting, did not really express the feeling that celebrate brings to mind. The second one had vintage buttons,beads and paint spatters with a hint of fireworks framing the edge, but that still did not say what I was thinking. Finally I remembered a photo taken over the holidays that had that special feeling. I printed the photo on 60 pound smooth white paper obtained from my local printer and carefully cut around the two figures, placing them on a background of fireworks scrapbook paper over a cardstock base. It seems so simple in retrospect, but it was quite a roundabout road to get there… Mary

 


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