I've been rained out. Most of my Big Tin Cotton Gin folks are still at the event, but I was outside, very much in the open and had to call it off knowing that my paper goods wouldn't handle the weather. I'm so glad I did. It has been raining since I got up this morning.
There is a chance that things might clear tomorrow, and I could go back. Weighing my options, I feel as though it is time to move on. I did really well on day one. I'm comfortable with this venue and have already committed to Oct-Dec. The owner and vendors are wonderful. I was next to the kettle corn ~ awesome. Diane took a picture yesterday, that made me laugh. It actually looked like I might be at the corner of Riggs and the 347 hawking my wares in the desert. Not so! Some of the vendors opted to stay home and out of the wind and rain. Smart, but I did have a great day yesterday.
There is so much to do at Bloomingayls; the number one priority is to finish a baby book that is promised before I head to Alabama. I have two books sold, going to cousins, and I don't want them to be alike. I'm using this tag as the title; function and art. It doesn't get any better.
Also want to give a shout out to Glitz Design that created the beautiful background paper. Can't forget the great Prima giveaways from Art Venture that also show up in this tag. These products made being creative so much easier. Remember tag when you're stumped for a page title and ENJOY!
More like the tortoise, less like the hare, but I'm pushing the envelope with this book. This is the second of a two page layout. The first is a pocket page with tags. I am in love with Prima's Royal Menagerie paper; I'll use it all. Normally I'd have made another pocket on this page, but opted instead for a large photo-mat. I think it is important for kids to look back at the first house they called home.
Determined to use more of my stuff, I've been pulling out stamps and dies. I am really drawn to Stampin' Up products. I used the "festive flower" punch to create the small flower lower right. Many premier sticker companies have come out with a line of flower centers. The Jolee Boutique center couldn't have been more perfect.
On to the next layout that I revamped a year ago. I really like what I did. The transition from "Our House" to Baby Gourmet will be an easy one as the colors are so complimentary. Who knows, I may even get a head start on tomorrow.
Hope every one is enjoying the holiday season ~ not that I would want it to last any longer than it does, but there is a certain amount of stress that can't be avoided as we try to cram it all in. My hope, you always ENJOY!
I love collection kits; they come with die cuts and stickers and just enough paper so I use it all up. Truth is I don't use the stickers. First task this AM, to pull paper for a baby book. I opened a KaiserCraft "Fiesta" collection kit. The paper is awesome, but the stickers will all get used in my planner. Talk about the best of all worlds.
This is one of the few times I've been excited about the packaging of anything. This doll piece is a high gloss belly-band that I removed with the intensity of a surgeon. This goes right along with my love at first site of this Santoro paper "Mirabelle".This paper is the wonderkind of the London Design House, Santoro. In the scheme of things, paper isn't their thing, but they hit this out of the park.
Right now I'm in baby book mode. I've taken carved out time to go through paper options. I like colorful, unique, clean, and I shy away from over-the-top baby theme. Paper choices must tie into my design style, and original digial art; they can't be busy. Buying this paper was like buying a stamp because I loved the look of the block. I loved this doll, and as luck would have it I love every sheet of paper in the collection. It will be fabulous in a "girl" book.
I'm reminded of a scene from the Devil Wears Prada, when Meryl Streep goes on a rant about cerulean blue, and how that specific color made its way from a top design house to the racks at Target; fascinating and true. Our choice of paper, what we think is the newest and the greatest scrapbook product is really engineered by en vogue designers and their social media gurus. There are many similarities between fashion and paper crafts.
Be an originalist, trust your judgement, and buy what you like, and what you'll use. Get in tune with your personal style. If it fits with current trends, good for you, but if it doesn't take a moment to find what's right for you. Guaranteed it will make you smile.