Howdy friends and a Happy Thursday to you all! WARNING--this is a long post of yaketty-yak from me and a long post of a holiday project! But if you make it to the end there could be a sweet treat for you in it!!! LOL!
For some reason lately I've had more emails from folks asking me how I got started in this crafty business and blog world, lol! I don't know if its a coincidence or if someone might be gathering info to write a book or a tell-all tale about me----ha ha ha, not much to tell!! Not that I mind sharing because most of it was just happen-chance KWIM? I had started scrapbooking over 14 years ago when my daughter was first born as a way to pass time while she was napping and to document her young life. Of course back then there weren't too many products available to us scrapbookers and Creating Keepsakes magazine was just starting out as well. But I persevered and created many pages that today I'm embarrassed to show because they LACK embellishment, lol! But they are important because they have so much info on those pages that I might have forgotten about. A few years after my son was born I was introduced to Stampin' Up by a friend and I was hooked (don't most of us get introduced to stamping by SU?). I loved all the stamps and matching inks and papers so much that I became a demo myself for a few years (more for myself than anything, lol). When we moved to our house here in VA I kinda fell into card making since I had moved on to digital scrapbooking. While I love to scrapbook I AGONIZED over each page, each memory and each picture so it could take me a week to do one page. Digital scrapbooking allowed me the ability to change things around and if I didn't like it, one click of my mouse and it was fixed--ta da! LOL!
So I discovered Paper Crafts magazine and thought it would suit my "instant gratification" self better and I was off. Someone gave me a Stamping Bella stamp and I was like "What the heck is that piece of rubber & what do I do with it?", lol! So I turned to my loyal friend called "GOOGLE" and found the website which led me to a blog (my first) which led me to another blog, which led me to another web store! And before you know it the UPS man was delivering packages to me EVERY DAY--Christmas at Suzanne's house, LMBO! And hubby wanted to know what the heck I was doing? But he never questioned me, has always been super supportive! A few months later I was in my chair and said to hubby "I think I'll start a blog!" and he was like "Ok--but why?" and I said "I have no idea, but I feel compelled to", lol! I figured it was a way for to document my journey, my crafts, and my life so I found Blogger and dutifully built my blog by trial and error, lol! A month after that I realized that some crafters were using Copics which I had used in college and I was "AHA"--I know them and I LOVE to color so I set out to buy me some of course! There is no enabler greater than myself TO myself, lmbo! That was trial and error as well but I had the knowledge and the know how to teach myself---there was NO info out there on Copics for crafters 3 years ago--NONE I tell ya! So I felt compelled again to help via my blog. So my blog became not only a journal for me but a way to help and teach others how to make, create and color with Copics and other paper crafts. It truly is a passion for me and I love it in so many different ways. And of course along the way I picked up DT opportunities, got published a few times, started teaching classes and make my way thru the large maze of shops, blogs and crafters. I've met lots of wonderful crafters and got to make a whole heck of a lot of friends along the way and for that I will always be grateful. But for those who think they might, or want to follow in my path I will be honest with you---it's hard work! When you take your hobby and turn it into work, it changes and you have to make sure you are comfortable with that change or you will start hating it! You also have to treat it as a job 24 hrs/a day and market yourself, participate in lots of challenges. improve your work each day and MOST OF ALL be honest, hardworking and loyal and kind---and you will create the job you love! And a top secret that I tell everyone---I FLY BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS most days, lol! NO lie--I think of an idea and I just go with it no matter what but I'm not good at planning. If I did plan things out more I think I would talk myself out of it. That's how the Online Copic Classroom was born and the On the Road Classes--one minute it was a tiny see of a thought and the next day I was working on it, LOL! Sometimes you just GOTTA ROLL WITH IT KWIM!! And that is the shortened version of my crafting life!!!
-7 Kids College Fund keeps getting more good stuff's in I tell ya--its a problem, lol! Cuz I WANT it all! New stamps by Crafter's Companion called "Cute Companions" and NEW holiday Popcorn Bears (so cute)!!
-Winner of the "Peppermint Kisses" Blog Candy is VICKY of Sticky with Icky (luv that blog name, lol)!! Please email with your address information and email so I can get the gift certificates to you! Congrats and thanks to everyone--it was so enjoyable to read about your holiday traditions!
So awhile back my friend Della who is the fabulous owner of I Brake For Stamps asked me if I'd be interested in creating a circle album! I'm always up for trying something new so I checked out the video and liked it enough to say YES! Della sells these Circle Album kits in her store HERE and they come with the whole kit and caboodle--so you get everything you need to make the actual album. **IF you decide you MUST have one or NEED one then use the coupon code "SAVE10SUZANNE" to get 10% off your entire order!!**
I decided to make my album into a Christmas Album that I could display during the holidays each year. We always have so many pictures and this is such a beautiful way to have them out on a table for everyone to view! I used the paper kit by My Minds Eye called "Holly Jolly" (I got mine from Emma's Paperie which is my absolute FAVORITE place to order my papers and paper kits from--super fast shipping and free gifts) which comes with all the papers and die cuts I used in my album---a great way to simplify your choices and create faster! After I add my pictures I will go in and use some of my holiday stamped images as well but I'm going to emboss them in gold to go with the holiday theme (make sure to check out the holiday stamps HERE at I Brake For Stamps, I adore those old Santas)!
The front page & back page have pull-out panels as well but I'm going to write up all our favorite memories after Christmas comes and goes and add that to the panels. The scrolls I used throughout are by Marianne Designs and I added some buttons and holly cut outs as well---the holly punch is a jumbo punch by Martha Stewart that I am in LOVE with--love it I tell ya, LOL! I added some fun rhinestone bling courtesy of ZVA and I pulled my decorations right over onto the pull-out panels--this creates more symmetry and cohesion. Just make sure you cut them apart or add in pieces so when the side panel is pulled out it doesn't yank it off the whole book KWIM!
The cool thing about this Circle Album is that it has side panels that pull out creating space for all those extra pictures or memories you want to write about! I haven't added pictures to my album yet as I want to use this year's holiday pics in it but that will be the easy part!! Now don't get SCARED--this album is super easy to put together and my good friend Mary Giemza did one as well and created a pictorial tutorial that will help you HERE (and check out her beautiful version while you are there).
A few tips that you need to keep in mind though: 1) Use a strong adhesive to hold your pages together--I used both the strong Scor-tape and my fave Scotch Quick Dry Glue (I use it on all my cards, love it and have used it for 3 years--a nice combo with the Scor tape)! 2) trace your shapes and cut out all your cardstock/papers first and then adhere them to the album pages FIRST including the pull out panels 3) Once you've added all your papers to the different parts THEN glue/adhere it all together--trust me this will save you time and headache later!
After I was done I took my Tsukineko Shimmer Spray in Sheer (love the super sparkle of this stuff, and no smell either) and sprayed each page including the front & back and all the panels so it has a beautiful, subtle sparkle to it. Holiday Magic is what I call it! I can already envision this album sitting on our coffee table in the living room just waiting for everyone to take a look!
Hope you enjoyed my LONG post and just for making it to the end I'm going to give someone a treat!! If you leave a comment on my blog on this post only by Sunday telling me--
See you back here tomorrow for the NEW ARTIST RELEASE from SCACD---it's a BLOG HOP full of fun!!