I have had this page for awhile and Gina gave me the ok to share it. Now, please remember, I am not a scrapbooker! I do it once in a blue moon. I mean, I think I’ve scrapped 1 page so far in 2007. Seriously. Anyway, when Jen, Kimberly, Julie, Jackie and I met up at Recollections last month, we saw a page on the wall that said “Pieces of me…” and I knew it would be perfect done with the GinaK Love You To Pieces set. So here’s what I came up with……

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First of all, let me say that the pink on this page just did not photograph well – it’s not nearly that hideous IRL! Okay, I used Basic Grey Pheobe paper for the background. I stamped the puzzle pieces from Love You To Pieces in Pixie Pink and Certainly Celry (I think) on whisper white cardstock. I cut them out and stamped the letters using Typeset Alphabet and brown stazon. The smaller puzzle pieces were from the multi-piece stamp in that set. I used the same alphabet on that as well. The photo was one Kimberly took of me several months ago. The rub-ons are from Crate Paper -one of the only companies that has brown rub-ons! I can’t remember where I got mine – Jacksonbelle Embellishments maybe? Anyway, some of the words came from that and some I wrote in chocolate chip marker.

journaling:

Pieces of me:

genuine

wife

designer

stubborn

mother

bossy

friend

shy

rubber stamper

And that’s all! Unlike when I make cards – when I do scrap, I am rarely satisfied with the end result. I already see stuff I would change about this. Maybe because I haven’t scrapped as much, I don’t know. Anyway, that was my attempt! So what are the pieces of you?

Also, some more questions answered. I totally didn’t get to them all in the month of April – there were just too many!

1. My question for you is what is your all-time favorite SU stamp (the one that you will never part with)?

Thus far, the only set I have held on to more than six months after it retired is Easy Elegance. But I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of Roses in Winter either.

2. I would like to know if you do any other kind of crafting? You and your sister are both artistic — do you get the talent from your Mom? Did she encourage you two when you were young?

Honestly, neither of my parents are very artistic. My mom always says (when she comments here, lol!) that I didn’t get it from her! My dad always made us cards growing up – you know with clippings from magazines or comics. But neither is artsy. My stepdad is very artistic though. Much more on the drawing side – he uses charcoal, pencils and oil pastels. I did not start doing this until I was 25 though – and I’d never done anything else artistic before that.

3. So, what is your favorite color and color combo??

Well, I just did these for my birthday color challenge. But my two favorite SU colors are Rose Red and Cool Caribbean. Color combos are cool caribbean, basic black and white (you can always spice that up with eggplant or celery or something!). The other combo is so saffron, elegant eggplant, rose red and the optional artichoke.

4. Have you ever had stampers block or a period of time you didn’t feel like stamping?

Of course! Although, honestly – it hasn’t happened since I started blogging. That is the main thing I get out of this (and the main reason I do it!). I want to have something to share every day (or as often as possible) so it gets me in my stamp room more often. Now I do have stuff that I start and then just don’t know where to go with it and it’ll sit there. Like this Thank You for Leigh…..it’s half done and I am about ready to scrap the whole thing!

For me, the best way to get past a block is to do a challenge. That way you have a starting point.

5. Do you do any sketching of ideas or just sit down and start stamping?

I’d say 95% of the time I just start stamping. My issue is that I usually do what ever for the main image or panel and then have to figure out how can I make a card with this that doesn’t look like every other card I make?!?! I rarely think out the whole card before I start unless it is a sketch challenge.

6. I would like to know what is your favorite adhesive to use when you make altered items?

I prefer mod podge matte. For projects that I don’t want the brushstrokes on and it doesn’t need to be sealed quite that much, I will use Plaid sealant to spray the outside. I use that for the tumbled tile coasters as well. I don’t have a xyron or anything like that either. I did and it collected dust for a year so I got rid of it. Mostly just my 33 for $1 foam brushes from Michaels (you know the ones!) and a nice big jar of Mod Podge matte. I don’t like the glitter or the glossy. Glossy just seems to take away from the paper I used too much and the Glitter – well, that just isn’t me, lol!

Okay, that’s all for today!