Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Boogie Fever...my 50th birthday album!

Yes I am behind....yes I will always be behind! Never mind...at least I have fun when I do get to scrapbook:) I turned 50 in January of 2014 and this birthday was a boogie fever- disco- get down on it party! In the spirit of the 70's disco days this album in colorful and a bit funky. I designed a "One Event/One Album" style with every page begin basically the same, as I do with all of my events.
Turn on the BeeGee's and enjoy the disco fever in my album:)
My friend Steve and I are only 6 weeks apart so I thought it would be super fun to combine our 50th birthdays with a disco party. Steve and I grew up together as best buddies. It worked...I am feisty, he is always happy. He let me boss him around, I listened to his advice. He was the sweetest friend a girl could have:) We both loved to dance and attend our church sponsored monthly teenage dances. We went on countless double dates, proms, and parties as a team. He will always have a piece of my childhood heart:)



I began the page design with actual decorations from the party. These globes were hanging in sets with fishing line. I simply cut them apart and adhered them to the page.


Never one to under embellish, I added a favorite Martha Stewart border punch on top of the globes.
Purple ribbon then was added to the middle of the border.


I cropped many of the pictures to 4x4 and added mats of purple and pink to all of the photos. The color and design inspiration came from the scarf you will see in the photos below. After doing the top page border I laid out the pages on my bed to add pictures (before adhereing) and then add embellishments. This allows me to see the whole project as I am working on it.



The Boogie and Disco words were found on circuit design space. All of the other titles (70's trivia, speech, ymca, cool dude) on the pages were cut on the cricut with gold mirror cardstock using the
"3 Birds Lif" font.





You can't have a party without themed photo props...these pictures are my favorites:)


My hubby Michael and son-in-law Travis are hilarious in disco props!







Me & Steve...boogie down!


I found this chevron album by Me & My Big Ideas and added purple wash tape to tie in the album pages. I like albums with picture frames on the front for immediate album recognition. 


I would love to have another disco party some time...for weeks I listened to the BeeGee's "disco-ing" around my house when no one was home:)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My lovely scrap space

I have a confession. I actually have a craft room upstairs.
So why do I have my scrapbooking space in my bedroom?
 Simple, because I love my bedroom!
I love the chocolate brown walls.
I love my cream and taupe embroidered draperies.
I love my metallic pillows.
I love the vintage gold trim on my lampshades.
I love the morning light streaming through my windows.
I love hearing the sound of the pool fountain just outside my windows.
That is why my scrapbook space is in my bedroom! I am a decorator at heart, partially through an interior design degree soooooooo my scrapbook space NEEDED to blend into the decor of my bedroom!

The next few pictures are a sweep of my space from left to right.


We lived in our house about 8 years before I decided on curtains! These were a black Friday find from JC Penny. The rocker was a mother's day gift from the hubby when I became a Grammie:)

I confiscated this desk from the hubby's study:) It has good drawer space and I even have a stash hidden under the desk! it was a second hand furniture find many years ago. p.s. hubby has another desk!

The tall dark stained shelves came from my mom, short ones were part of our first ever purchased furniture after school. Originally the 90's colonial brown I painted them to match the tall ones.
The baskets came from here and there collected over time. When I decided to do this I scoured my house for baskets, most of which were spray painted dark brown. The idea was to blend into the background rather than be a focal point in my room.


This bed was a steal at auction in Houston many, many years ago. It is from the Philippines.

Decorating is always about the details....

Reclaimed shelf painted metallic gold, favorite stamps on the shelf, pearl metal monogram and handmade tags hanging on twine.


Old brown dresser inherited from my mom....have plans for painting:)

Glass cake plate taken out of hiding in the tallest kitchen cabinet now on display with washi tape,  and zipper & glitter ribbon...all in colors matching the decor:)

Metal bins from Walmart wrapped with wash tape & vintage gold trim with 
flowers added as a final touch.


Metal & wood suitcases make stylish storage.

Found this cute cabinet at Marshalls but the fatal flaw-too small for anything 12x12...should have measured before I brought it home! I don't think glittery bows are just for Christmas:)


Mercury glass is the perfect accent to contrast all the chocolate brown walls, furniture, and baskets.
Ross and Marshalls are the best places to pick up inexpensive pieces.

An embellished craft cart and chest re-do add more storage for my scrapping stash.
Blog post links on these 2 furniture make-overs!


Craft Cart
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2015/04/washi-craft-cart.html


Chest Re-do
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2015/05/just-add-legsa-scrapbook-furniture-re-do.html


And there you have it... my lovely & long awaited scrap space!





Make your own sunshine!


You know those days that are less than sunny, when everything is annoying at best and unbearable at worst? This is the product of a few of those days. I began soothing the "storm" by glittering everything I could find:) As I glittered I came across these chipboard and wooden scalloped circles in my stash. An idea was born! One canvas, chalk paint, ribbon, a cricut session, and a whole lot of glitter later this is my stormy day reminder to be my own sunshine. My craft room decor is colorful and whimsical which is perfect for this piece of gloomy day banishing art work!


I began with blue chalk paint on a 16x20 canvas. Next 3 different colors of blue ink were layered with my favorite flourish stamp.

Wooden & chipboard circles were covered with wash tape.


Wooden scalloped circles from a FabScraps kit were covered in sunshine colored glitter.

These fun orange circles were covered in orange ink, then topped with crystal lacquer giving them a wet look finish.

 The largest circle became the anchor for laying out the ribbon in "rays" around 3 sides of the circle.



If I was doing this again, I would use hot glue for instant dry time. It was hard to wait for the tacky glue to dry so the project could be completed!

A piece of copper cardstock became the center and base of the sun.

The most fun part of this project was creating the sun with the glitter, washi tape and lacquer circles:) I laid them out, took a picture, and then was able to put the sun back together fairly close to the preview, glueing each piece as it was placed. Again I would use a glue gun instead of tacky adhesive for an instant bond.


The ribbon was originally glued on the back, however it wasn't tight enough to the canvas so I peeled it off the back and stapled each piece...must better option!


Pinterest was searched for a sunshine quote that spoke to my heart...this was the winner! Thanks to my circuit design space I was able to cut all of these words at once. Lay the words out before adhering...always a good idea! The letters and words were run through my Xyron adhesive machine, adhered to the canvas and then covered with artist matte medium, which is better than mod-podge.