Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vintage Dress Forms

I've made some fun new friends over at Mini Album Scraps (Hi Bev, Dawn Itza and all! Thanks for inspiring me!) and they got me motivated to get the laser running again. It's been quite a while since I created anything new to cut, so when I got a request for some dress forms, I was excited to open CorelDraw and get some vector files made. Here are the results. I am planning some hats and high button shoes to go along with them. Any other suggestions?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Stick Pin Swap

I finished my stick pin sets for the swap over at Mini Album Scraps. Sending them off in the mail tomorrow with my charms.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Charm Dangles and Display Tags

I jumped right in over at Mini Album Scraps and I joined a swap. I joined the charm swap and the theme is Vacation at the beach. This is my first time to make a charm dangle, but I was pretty pleased with the results. Now that these are finished, I'm going to get them ready to go in the mail, then have a look around and join another swap.

If you are interested in paper scrapping, be sure to pop over and check out all the fun swaps at Mini Album Scraps.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Paper Scrapping has my Heart

I've done so many things with scrapbooking, and it has been an adventure. But I always come back to paper scrapping, and to the hybrid part of digital scrapping, so at this point, it is time to decide, yes, paper is my passion! I have an unbelievable amount of stash (yes, truly, I think my DH is shocked to see it all) and it's time to settle back into the paper grove and use it.

With the kids all moved out and living lives of their own, I had been scrapping much less and playing more. I've done cards, built boxes, and made my own shadowboxes. I've trolled the internet and watched uncountable videos on youtube.

This morning I found a site where they swap. They swap everything from raw supplies to charms and tags to mini albums and altered frames. They create a REASON to scrap for the sake of the art, to do it because you love it, and know that what you create will go to a loving home. But you just never know with these sites. There are an incredible number of them out there, some neglected, some just trying to sell you their product, some there for no reason I can figure except as a place to park advertising. This site looked different. However, I could only see their home page. To get deeper into the site, read their forums and see their swaps, you have to join. Well, it's free, so I took a chance and created a profile, then trolled around some more waiting to be approved. First let me say, they were quick. Not an hour passed before I got an email from them and was able to access the site. And what a find!

The name of the site is Mini Album Scraps, but that only touches the surface. They run several types of swaps at all times, I found several that looked very interesting to me. As I was reading I realized that logging into the site had logged me into their chat as well. Not one to pass up a chance to meet new people, I dropped into the room and said hello. I received several replies, lots of offers of help with any area of the site, and was quickly pulled into the conversation. Now, I have been a member at scrapbooking sites before, but I can honestly say this is the first time I ever felt so at home and wanted on my very first visit.

After a bit of conversation and some encouragement from several people to jump in and join a swap, I am thinking it is the thing to do. I've decided to revive my poor abandoned blog (got to have a place to post photos and talk about things), pull out my stash and play along.

If anyone is interested, you can check out Mini Album Scraps and who knows, you might just find it as friendly and comfortable a place as I did.