It's the kind of day that only finds me twice a year. Fresh from print, Crate Paper's new collections arrived this morning and they're astonishingly beautiful my friends!! In peeking at them, I had difficulty containing my excitement, so I picked up the phone and dialed Crate directly to thank them for having designed another round of brilliant collections. Seriously, I don't think I've been this thrilled about a collection release since having acquainted restoration some six months ago and now we have another four brand new collections to entertain at CHA in a few short weeks? Does it really get any better than this? I don't know, but I'm in heaven...and I really can't wait for you guys to see them too! Only a couple more days to go, but while you're waiting, take a sec to check out this latest mini sneak peek: Crate Paper
I think I've introduced her once or twice - this sneaky kitty is Amber - she constantly attempts to take over my scrapbook desk when I'm not looking!! Watch out for that Crate stash Miss Kitty!
So, I'm curious to find out how often you refer to magazines for inspiration when reinventing a new layout concept/technique/composition/etc. Last week, the latest of issue of "Do It Yourself" landed in the mailbox. Quite honestly, I wasn't crazy about the issue, but it's still worth a looksie. I fell upon the above page about a quarter of the way into the magazine and felt instantly it would translate into a lively, colorful layout..and so it did...
Technically, it's not an exact replica of the page, but they share very similar characteristics including the same hues and stack-like appearance. I resorted to having to change the title some since I wasn't copying the presentation in it's entirety. Overall though, they're pretty close and I couldn't be happier with the way the layout turned out! It's now up there as a favorite as I adore it's cheerful color scheme. It's also fairly simple, which is trait I'd like to work more with in the future because time is always of the essence for me.
Remember my mentioning fabric last week - well, I cut into the hand-dyed wool I had purchased last week at the local quilt shop to make this sensational wee-bitty flower. Put it through the ol' big shot and layered it with a crocheted flower from Prima. I then cornered it in with tiny yellow chipboard flowers from Cosmo Cricket for added contrast. Love how bright it is!
There's a new lace doily border punch out there if you haven't already run across it at Jo Ann Fabrics! It's of course EK Success and can be purchased with a 40% coupon if you have one...I'm all about the doilies still! Think it'll be a while before I tire of them..what about you, still crazy about doilies? Maybe you're already thinking of the next new thing - Carnivals and Fairs! CHA will present an influx of tents, banners, animals, flags and everything else "Carnival" related that one could imagine - looks like I'll need to take a lot of photos at the fair this Summer!
There's a couple assignments awaiting my attention at the desk, so I'm resigning from the post already...I'll be away for a couple of days due to hours and hours of endless scrapbooking that I must finish before Thursday!! I'll return to you Thursday with close-ups of my finished Crate Paper projects..two days and counting...