Welcome. This blog is my little home on the web. It's mostly about my favorite hobby, digital scrapbooking. You might also find some recipes, home decor projects, or parenting woes. But mostly digital scrapbooking.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Layouts - March 26, 2011

Here is what I have been up to .... I don't do much hybrid scrapping.  The closest I get is printing a page and slipping it into a frame to hang on the wall, or in this case printing some simple cards.  I loved how they turned out, though.

In the Birdhouse by Mari Koegelenberg
In the Birdhouse by Mari Koegelenberg
In the Birdhouse by Mari Koegelenberg
Mad 4 You by Mari Koegelenberg and Elise's Pieces

Here's a nice little page that celebrates the hobby of scrapbooking.
All About Me collab kit by the digichick designers
buttons from Sweet & Simple Life Kit #3 by Gina Marie Huff

This page is about the exercise that I've managed to keep up with for several months.
Paisley Stamps by Scrapping with Liz; Summer's Last Kiss by DeCrow Designs
cardstock and The Sun Will Come by SuzyQ Scraps

And here is a Project: Love, Me page, the last in the iLaugh series, although I might add a few more pages of my own ideas.
Cardstock from HoHoHo by Miss Tiina
Garden Whimsy by Studio Flergs and Sugarplum Paperie

Finally, I hosted a "Spreading Sunshine Challenge" at Weeds & Wildfowers as part of the 4th anniversary celebration over there. We each shared a photo for another person to scrap.  This is the page I made for Blanka.
Funky Basic Cardstock; Everyday Life #1 and #2; Sweet & Simple Life #3
a few Life365 Hodge Podges all by Gina Marie Huff

And here is the page Lissa made for me. Isn't it a perfect birthday page?!
Sweet and Simple #7; Life Is Good alpha; Life365 papers and BorderIt5;
Starter kit; Happy Birthday wordart all by Weeds & Wildflowers designers

Wow, that was a lot of pages! I've been busy! All of March has been busy with planning Miller's birthday party, planning our Team activities for Digiscrap-apalooza, and with my guest CT gig at the digichick. It's been busy, but fun.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Blurb Book Review - all of my 2010 layouts in print!

I'm finally here with pictures (and a review) of my Blurb book.  Here is a quick-run down of my book:
  • I made a 12 x 12 hardcover book with image wrap cover and premium paper.
  • I used the online book creation tool, Bookify, which has a 160 page limit.
  • Instead of doing full-bleed pages, I chose to use the large square layout that is within their software, and I chose the border to be black.  I didn't want to worry about trimming for full bleed, and I also had several two-page spreads.  I thought the border (which actually measures at 9/16 inch wide) would be a good fit for my needs.  See photos below.
  • I chose a white spine to match my front and back covers, which also had a white background.
  • All of the jpgs I uploaded were 3600 x 3600 pixels, saved at a quality of 10 in photoshop, except for the front and back covers which were 3702 x 3675 pixels (this was the size of the cover images that I made last year, and I just did the same.)
  • Shipping was really fast. I received the book 6 days after placing the order, several days earlier than their estimate.
  • I love my book.  The quality is great, although there were two issues that I saw:  warping of the cover, and print quality of thin text.  See photos below.
Let's get to some pictures. Here is the cover.  The white background actually has a very subtle texture, which is barely visible in the finished product.  I had actually anticipated this, and almost decided to go back and make the background completely white, but out of laziness I didn't bother.

My title page

Some colorful pages

Some black and white (mostly) pages

Some more pages

Some more mostly black and white pages

My last page, which I call my Time Capsule

The binding

The spine

I had estimated that the 1/2 inch border all the way around would allow two page spreads to be visible without any part of them being hidden in the binding.  I was pretty close, but some of the black border does show in the middle.  It doesn't bother me.  I wasn't expecting perfection.

These next two photos show the two quality issues I have with my book.  First, the front cover has some warping.  My book was delivered on a rainy day, and I've wondered if the humidity was a factor.  This photo was taken about a month ago, and today the warping is not as pronounced.  Perhaps it will continue to flatten.  The Blurb book that I printed last year had no warping.

Finally,  there is a slight issue with some of the text.  I often chose hand-written fonts with very thin lines, and the printing process created text with uneven or jagged edges.  It was difficult to photo and is more pronounced in life.  But I think this photo shows the effect fairly well.  It does not bother me immensely, but I do notice it when I look at the pages.  It was only noticeable on really thin fonts.

Overall, I LOVE my book.  I am happy with the black borders, although I was a little worried about that when I ordered the book.  I had seen a few other books printed with black borders and thought it looked fun and dramatic.  You can also pick a white border, and I believe they have several colors to choose from.   In fact, I changed the border to white for my calendar pages at the end of my book:

I think I actually like the black border better than the white border!

I will continue to use Blurb for all of my book printing.  The biggest beef I have with them is that they occasionally run promotions (like 20% off), which supposedly they send out in their newsletter to let people know about them.  I am signed up for their newsletter and have never received notice of these promotions.  I missed the Valentines Day 20% promotion, but I was able to use the NEWBLURB coupon code for 20% off.  I had placed a previous order, but I think the NEWBLURB code can be used once per customer.  So if you place an order, I'd say give that code a try.  It saved me about 25 bucks.

Next Friday I will be in Las Vegas for Digiscrap-apalooza!  It will be the first time I have been away from my son for more than a couple hours.  And he has slept in the same bed as me from birth, so this is some serious separation that's coming up.  He's four and I'm thirty-five, so I think we can handle it, right? Yeah, right.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Layouts - March 18, 2011

I've been so busy! I didn't even post my new layouts last week. So I've got quite a few for today...

This is another "self portrait" for my Project: Love, Me album.
Fabricology by Viva Artistry

This is a page I've been thinking about for a while, and the Digi Dare #218 finally got me to put it down on "paper." I used to be a little bit anti-preschool, but now I've changed my mind, only to find out that it is pretty difficult to get in now - like I needed to get on the waiting list two years ago difficult.
ABCs and 123s by Sugarplum Paperie
Buttons and number strip from Amiable by DeCrow Designs

This is just a simple little page about getting my son to eat something other than tuna sandwiches and cheddar cheese. Why is it that he'll give a new type of chocolate bar a try, but a nice ripe peach?? Now way.
Juicy Fruit Kit by Designs by Kat and Designs by Julie Bullock
Juicy Fruit Templates by Scrapping with Liz

I made cupcakes for my son's birthday party last weekend. I wanted to make spider cupcakes (and I did, they just weren't very ... photogenic), but ended up with spiders and bugs. These butterfly cupcakes were very pretty.
Memoir by Danielle Engebretson

Before I got pregnant, I suffered from severe headaches, which completely and immediately went away when I got pregnant. They stayed away while I breastfed for 2 1/2 years, but they gradually came back as we were weaning. But since then they have improved again. It is so nice to be mostly pain-free now, and the headaches I do get are fairly predictable and manageable with over-the-counter pain meds. Thank you, God.
Everything Under the Sun by Sugarplum Paperie and mgl scraps

This is a picture of me when I was probably 2 or 3 years old. It is one of a few photos that my dad fished out of some frames at his house, so that I might have more scrapping fodder. Thanks, Dad!
Quilt Shape Templates by Scrapping with Liz
Everyday Life 2 by Gina Marie Huff and Cinzia Designs

I think that puts me up to date. Anybody out there going to Vegas for Digiscrap-Apalooza? It's just two weeks away! I'm nervous and excited. Go Team Purple!

Friday, March 4, 2011

New Layouts - March 5, 2011

Guess what!? I got a guest CT spot at the digichick for the month of March! I can hardly believe it. I applied totally in the spur of the moment, and based on past experience with CT calls, I didn't expect to be chosen. But I was! I've already been busy making pages.

Here are two pages for my Project: Love, Me album

Destination April by Kellie Mize
Fun with Photos Templates by Scrapping with Liz;
Destination April by Kellie Mize

And here are some more pages, documenting every day life.

Everybody Skate by Danielle Engebretson
Template by Scrapping with Liz;
It's About Him and It's About us (alpha) by Captivated Visions
XOXO by Gina Marie Huff and Simply You, Simply Me Design
elements from Sweet & Simple Life Kits #2,#8,#11 & Life365 by Gina Marie Huff
Photo action by My Four Hens