or should I say in "jandals" like they do in Kiwi Land? I don't know why I've had the dream or "obsession" of spending Christmas in flip flops for such a long time. Anyway this past Christmas when we went to New Zealand my dream came true.
This layout is one of my faves. Anna at Cocoa Daisy launched a fun challenge in January (deadline tomorrow so you still have time to play) where you have to paint over something. In my layout I sewed a piece of fabric on my paper and painted it with MM acrylic paints. I then found this red rubber flip flop which I painted with silver Dabber to mimic my silver sandals I have in the photo. I glued it on top of the flower that I made the other day with canvas and Tim's floral alteration dies and misted with Glimmer mists.
I have finally finished the 2007 year in review album. I started it a year ago and got a couple of pages done, then I just "forgot" it amongst the other UFP which stands for unfinished projects.
I haven't been scrapbooking for weeks due to various reasons, mainly personal issues, but a couple of days ago I got the urge to start scrapbooking and this album appealed to me. I put it together in 2 days. I had some pages half done so I dug out the photos of 2007 that I had printed ages ago and started punching. I have a 2" x 2" (roughly 5,1 x 5,1cm) square punch which made this project relatively fast and easy to do. And I love grids so this is really one of my all time faves. I have also included pictures that take the space of two photos just to give some more interest and dimension to the pages. There are also squares of patterned papers and some embellishments. I've included the month in rub-ons and the year in Thickers.
All months but January have a list of things that happened during that particular month as journaling. Since Valentina's, Andrea's and my birthday all fall in January, I just stamped Happy Birthday instead of writing the journaling.
So many memories. A year in review is a nice way to preserve memories. It can be done as 12" x 12" pages like this one or the one I made of 2008 (I confess I still have to write the journaling on that one) or as a minialbum like I made of the year 2009. Now I have to decide how I want to do the one of 2010.
I'm finally done with Tim's Tags! It was a fun adventure, I learned so much... also about my frustration when I didn't have the right supplies but I learned also to make do with what I had. And I'm sooo happy I finished them all! I've been known to leave projects at halfway... *blush*
Here's Tim's #3 and this is mine. Had a fair amount of difficulties but loved the alcohol ink technique. I do own glossy cardstock, I know, I bought it last spring, but for the life of me I couldn't find it so I had to use glossy photopaper. It didn't get sticky like Tim warned, but I had some bleeding when I tried to enhance Santa Claus's beard with white dabber and the red alcohol ink changed it to pink °_°
This is Tim's Tag #4 and here's mine. This one I like a lot. I didn't have all the things needed like the memory glass! When I bought the memory frames and the memory capsules I kinda forgot that I was supposed to buy also the memory glass, duh. But I cut a piece of thick cardboard and put it in the frame.
This is Tim's #8 and this is mine. Here too I had to improvise but the tag turned out ok at the end. My lamp post is so tiny that the key would have been too big so I hung a little ceramic angel ornament from a clock instead.
Here is a picture of all my 12 Tags of 2009.
Wow, now that all these tags are done, I can finally concentrate on other things like work... and some layouts...
Here are still a couple more pics of our Christmas.
This is the hazelnut cake with frosting, our chocolate frosting didn't turn out so we made a white sugar frosting instead. The cake was yummy!!
Picture of me (one of the few ones because I'm always behind the camera) taken by Andrea. I just love it with the soft lights of the candles and with the tree on the background.
On Boxing Day evening Franco, Andrea and I went to see A Christmas Carol. It was really funny!
So now that Christmas is over we can start waiting for New Year :)
I played this morning in my scraproom and finished other two of Tim's tags.
This is Tim's tag # 9 and this is my take. Very similar to that of Tim's. I just substituted the metal numbers to metal letters and didn't make the metal poinsettia - I thought my tag was already pretty full. This is another tag I didn't like so much when I started but which ended up as one of my favorites.
I had a lot of difficulties with this one, mainly with the metal sheet which I didn't have so I used aluminum foil but it didn't adhere very well and tended to rip. But I'm happy this one is done too and I've learned so many new techniques, wow!
Here's a picture of our tree upstairs. This year it was trimmed by Andrea since Valentina is in London. It's all blue and silver whereas the tree downstairs is all red and gold.
And here are the oatmeal cookies I always bake for Christmas. You can't get oatmeal in Italy, at least I haven't found it so I bring the oatmeal from Finland or some of my friends bring it over.
I've created other three tags. Who knows, I might even get them all done...
This is Tim's # 7 and this is mine (second attempt):
On the first one, the golden embossed writing got all smeared and so I had to make another one. On this one I used by mistake the smooth side of the tag and honestly didn't like at all how the Distress Inks blended. Too smooth. I used the stickles and stamps I had which are not the same Tim used. But I'm pretty happy with this tag.
At the beginning I was not enthusiastic about this tag: I don't have the plain grungboard nor Tim's spruce or vintage car stamps so I used a grungeboard shape for the tree (cut it on the bottom to make the stump) and used a car image on a wrapping paper which I put on chipboard and embossed with black(dabbed on different parts of the car with distress embossing ink). I embossed the tree with Distress Ink Pine Needles and Peeled Paint and then used white Liquid Pearls for the snow since I didn't have the Fluffy stuff. I'm very pleased how the tag turned out at the end.
Oops, forgot to put the ribbon. I used some vintage images of St. Nicholas and used what I had but I'm not really happy with this tag. I think my white embossing powder sucks :(
Onto other things. Here's a photo of the coconut cookies which Andrea was supposed to make but then he didn't feel like it. "If you want to do them, Mom, you can." Thanks, babe!
I started craving artichokes today, so I cooked some ready for Christmas Eve. Valentina is going to kill me when she sees this photo. She loves artichokes and I very rarely make them. And now she's not at home I did...
And last but not least, broccoli and sausages which I will do with pasta tonight for supper.