Thursday, October 4, 2007

Yes, I still REALLY do scrapbook, but...

It's been a long time since I have given ocular proof that I really still do scrapbook. These days many of my projects are directly related to my work at Buffalo Stamps and Stuff. I like to do altered items the most. Sharon, my boss, is very generous in letting me take on some of these projects. I like to bring ideas to her and sometimes she shows up with a bag with some little treasure inside and gives it to me to see what I can do.

As many of you know I'm a slow, slow, slow, s...l...o...w...scrapbooker. I usually cringe when Sharon askes me to do a layout in the store, that day, without any preparation. I like to ponder, look at the picture, study what paper I want to use, get an idea for a layout, look at my paper options again, sleep on it, study it again, move the paper around, dig out some embellishments, sketch an idea, sleep on it, think about it over the weekend -- well, you get the idea, nothing comes quickly or easily. I'm also way more comfortable working at home until I get the project really rolling. However, I like to finish the project at work if I'm stuck on the final right "it" that it takes to make it complete.

I thought I'd post a couple of photos of two projects I've worked on for the store lately. Let me know what you think. I've got a few more in mind and hope to get them done soon.

Both of these are Making Memories Halloween chipboard ghosts. They are covered in paper and embellished.

It may be hard to see, but at the top of the pumpkin is small, black crow, sitting in the mums!

This altered pumpkin was inspired by an altered project Judi VanValkinburg did. In Judi's project she took a child's globe of the world and covered it in paper. It's one of the most original ideas I've ever seen. I look to Judi for much of my inspiration. She does fabulous work!

Coming up I've got a full day crop next Sunday for Hillside Children's Services in Rochester, NY. In early November I'll be joining my pals from the 'Sweatshoppe' (don't ask, I'm still not sure how we came up with that name!) for our semi-annual weekend retreat to crop til we drop! This year we have the option to go from Thursday through the following Monday! For these two crops I'm hoping to finish - my 'Love' mini album, the NYC paperbag album, and more pages for my Disney album. I'm also hoping to do two mini albums for Alexa - one about her friends and another from her birthday last year.

I've also got a Christmas album in mind for the newest member of the Kenzie family, and at least three projects for the store, two for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. I think I've got enough to keep me busy for a long, long, time!


Tracy said...

Wow! Your projects look great!

judi said...

Thank you so much, Donna! Your pumpkin is STUNNING!!!

I'll have to stop in a see it!

Anonymous said...


Your Halloween decorations look whimsical and fun! The Buffalo craft store is lucky to have you and your talents. I love the beauty of Fall.

Barb in NH

Elisabeth said...

And that pumpkin is even more stunning IRL!!!