My attempt at HYBRID-Scrapbooking

Some of you may remember me posting this layout of Emma when I first started my blog. Well, I thought I'd try printing out a 12x12 layout and see how I liked the whole idea of digital...loved the color and sharpness of my printed layout, since it was printed on photo paper of course. However, I still wasn't in love with the FLATNESS of my layout. So recently I thought I'd try my hand at what many on the web call "Hybrid" scrapbooking--combining something digital with something physical. Of course anytime you alter your photos you're doing some type of hybrid scrapbooking, but I wanted to try my idea of it...combining 3D embellishments with my 12x12 printout of a digital layout....and now I'm HOOKED!! Check out the examples below my original layout...

All the digi designs are from my friend Miriam Lima, you can find them on littledreamerdesigns.com

So what I did was trim off about a 1/4" around the layout. I then used a distressing blade and chewed up the edges of the layout a bit and then adhered it to a coordinating piece of cardstock. But it's the little touches I loved the best. The paper flower, button and brad in the bottom left corner really made my layout out come ALIVE!! I then added three small adhesive rhinestones (plastic) to the layout...one on Emma's earring and two to the title. There wasn't anything more I could do to make this already darling layout even better. For me, it's all about the dimension of a layout and the layers, but I did love how much less cluttered and time consuming the digital portion of this project was and you all know me, I love my MAC!! I'm sure I'll be posting more hybrid projects in the future!!
Below is a close-up of the large paper flower by Bazzill and an aqua button and brad.
Rhinestones were added to the "A" and the "z" of the title...made me smile :)
Rhinestone added to Emma's dangling earring....not very necessary, but again made me smile!
Close-up of the distressed edges of the layout...most people probably wouldn't notice, but I liked how it gave it a little more texture.


I'm a little bit country...

You Are Country Music

You are friendly, down to earth, and fairly conservative.

You are true to your friends and your upbringing. Change is hard for you.

But beneath your old fashioned attitude, you are expressive and artistic in your own way.

Very few people can express pain and pleasure as eloquently as you can.


My Memories Suite Software & Christian

I had fun last night playing with a new software package I received yesterday called My Memories Suite by Polaroid. It was so much fun to browse through their fun templates and I loved the coordinating embellishments (paper clips, stitching) that I could add and move around. I've had several friends and family ask me how they could create scrapbooks on their computers but were too freaked out to do Photoshop and build things from scratch...this software is PERFECT!! If you're interested in learning more, check out their website here!

Now let's talk about the layout...YES, Christian is sewing (grin)! He was so interested in what I was working on that I showed him how to do it and then he TOOK my project and stitched some letters until he got stuck. So to get my project back I helped him find one of his own. We're going to frame it when he's done. I like that it gives him something to do while he watches TV that doesn't mess up my family room like LEGOS do. 


Yes! We're Twilight Fans at our House

Well as most of you may already know the Twilight era has arrived and fans ranging in age from 10 to 90 are crazy about Stephenie Meyer and her series of vampire books. At first many of my friends tried to convince me to read these, but you see I'm not a reader at all. I'm on the computer all the time. So at the complete and utter peer pressure of some neighbors I rented the first two books on CD and listened to them while I worked. Much to my surprise I enjoyed them...except for the fact Bella thinks she's madly in love and wants to spend eternity with Edward and she's ONLY 17. If I thought that at 17 I'd be married to a guy named Scott and probably a navy wife somewhere halfway around the world...but then again he wasn't a handsome VAMPIRE either. 

Periodically let Emma listened to the CDs with me or I filled her in on the plot as the two books on CD progressed.   Then with book three, I decided to try "reading" one of her books and took it with me on a weekend trip I was making with my family...I finished a 700 page book in two days. The way she writes makes it very easy to read. I ended up reading the last three chapters aloud to my daughter and I remember sitting on my bed with her sobbing at  the turmoil Bella was going through...I was convinced at that time that I was a JACOB fan and not Edward. But book 4 changed my mind and all is right with the world. Emma and I were part of the many crazy fans that stood in line at Walmart at midnight the night the book came out to buy it. We then read it aloud to each other...I however, secretly read ahead of her by myself (to edit the parts that might have needed editing for an 11 year old)...and I finished the entire book in a few days...so I actually read book 4 twice! 
So that leads us back to Twilight. Emma and I decided we wanted to read it (by ourselves) before the movie came out so we would get EVERY detail that listening didn't give me. Emma finished it on her own and is thrilled to earn herself 25+ AR points for her school reading. Oh, it made me laugh because the last few chapters were killing her to not finish so one day she locked herself in her room from 4-8pm and finished the book! I finished the next day. We're not moving on to book two...if she'll stop hiding it from me we should be done with that one soon too. (Side note: Emma has memorized the entire dialogue for the Twilight movie trailer because she's watched it a hundred times.)

My entire reason for writing this post was so I could show off a layout I did of some pictures you've alreay seen of Emma. They're the ones where she fell asleep on the couch hugging her Twilight book. Well I played around with some Shabby Princess designs and created this layout below...isn't it cool (hope you like it Emma). 

Baptism Announcement for Carson

Recently I was asked to help out a gal and create a 5x7" baptism invitation for her son Carson. I got a little carried away and ended up created four for her to choose from. Please forgive the blurring on the name and omission on the address...people deserve their privacy (wink). All four invitation were created using my dear friend Kristi's designs (ShabbyPrincess.com). They selected the last invite, but my favorite was the first.  

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