I've been having fun with the Papertrey Ink dies I bought, as well as doing some emboss resist with distress inks. I'll probably use some of these for tags and some for cards. But I had fun just playing around without a concrete "goal" in mind.
I was lucky enough to win a giveaway and the prize was four spools of twine from The Twinery. I was most excited by the color choices -- it's relatively easy to find red, green, brown, but they have some cool ones. I got red & white (which they call Maraschino), pink & white (Pink Sorbet, which oddly enough didn't photograph properly), Teal & white (Caribbean), and purple & white (Lilac). The red & white is totally practical -- plan to use for some wrapping of gifts for Christmas. The others I bought because I loved them. :)
I really like making things myself, even if they are very simple. It's relaxing. These are for 4-8 year old children who will likely not give them a second glance, so I didn't go crazy in terms of complexity. *smile*
I wanted to do something with the pictures from last Thanksgiving. My brother-in-law kindly took them with his iPhone. I cut up some corrugated cardboard for the front and back cover and some very thin chipboard for the inner pages. I primary used cardstock, pictures, and a few strips with words on them. The bird and branch images on the front cover are from Echo Park, the Orchard Park collection available digitally on jessicasprague.com. I found a font I liked for the title and year; the style matches a font used on a journaling card I used on the inside front cover. I thought the quote on the card was very fitting for Thanksgiving: Where thou art, that, is Home. ~ Emily Dickinson
I decided to do a simple 8 x 8 Halloween scrapbook that will be added to each year with a simple layout showing kidlet in her costume. Since she's six and I just really started scrapbooking this year, this is how I'm choosing to "deal with" the backlog. It was fun and gave me an excuse to buy the 8 x 8 Halloween in Wonderland paper. :-)
I did an 8 x 8 album for our vacation in April -- mainly words + pictures and a few embellishments. Some patterned paper -- other pages just on card stock. I think I found a good balance of capturing the trip and including some details that would have been lost otherwise, while not belaboring it. Does that make sense? Some pages have no journaling, just a title. An example is a two page spread of pictures when we went minigolfing. I included three pictures, a title (Golfing Buddies), and our completed scorecard. Some pages are just an 8 x 8 picture.
I finished my Halloween minibook over the weekend and made one for Thanksgiving. I enjoy the products, details, and journaling I take the time to use on 12 x 12 pages, but sometimes it's fun to just choose pictures, papers or cardstock, and stick 'em down. :) I'll post some sneak peeks later.
Sometime in the past year or so, twine became a hot item to use in crafting (such as on cards in place of ribbon, for example). There is a giveaway on the Ink Spot Workshop blog right now and the prize you could win is four spools of lovely twine from The Twinery. You get to choose which colors you would like. :-)