Monday, December 31, 2012

Project Life 2013...

Hello Readers,
     My Final post for 2012! This year I have reached so many new viewers, shared so many stories, layouts, and crafty endeavors! I wish everyone a brighter, healthier, and happier New Year. This year I am really going to try PL. I will not be staying up to ring in the New Year as I have to be to work by the time many will be heading home. Please be safe, do not drink and drive!

Here is the beginning of my Project Life Album: Cover

I used the gold POW paper from the 34th Street, Studio Calico kit. My various new SC stamps for the New Year! I also used versafine onyx ink-pad, Becky Higgins Graph cards and page protector Design A, star border punch, and number wood veneers from SC's Darling Dear collection.

Cheers!
Bran

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Almost 2013...

Hello Friends!

What a busy year and it went by like a flash! As I reflect on the past year, I am so happy that I went back to paper scrapping. All of the memories I have created and how much I have grown. I have enjoyed my DT work for Freckled Fawn and all of the relationships I have gained. I must say I love sharing in this window to the world and the having the opportunity to be tapped into such a world of creativity and inspiration. Christmas was wonderful and busy. Santa brought just the right presents to two very special little boys. I work in retail and this has meant many long hours over the past month. I am really looking forward to the quite the new year will bring. I am also looking forward to finishing my DD. Today I have a layout from SC's 34th Street kit. While traveling down to my grandparents both boys fell asleep and the pebbles word art was just a perfect match for this moment. I hope you enjoy!




Happy New Years! 
Cheers!
Bran

Monday, December 17, 2012

A Balloon Tradition

My Dearest Friends and Readers,

It has been a challenge for me to come post here over the past few days. Just reeling of all our worldly tragedies including ones in our very own nation. I knew I wanted to post my deepest sympathies to these families in Connecticut and all around the world for that matter. In America, many of us began our Friday morning with the same old hustle and bustle. Many of us thinking about all of our last minute holiday traditions, shopping, baking, and more. I have to say, for me, the world came to a screeching halt the moment I read my news feed. That day several beautiful angels went into the arms of our heavenly father. Not only in America, but around the world there were several tragedies. My heart aches for all of them. I remember telling my mother a few weeks ago, that I had a strong need to return to church, to find my best friend and teacher. I have felt that the world has become darker even through the lens of my camera. I told her that I had a need to be the light that the world needs more of. This time of year is a merry time of celebration and sadness for me. It has been for 27 years, when my oldest brother became an angel. Throughout my life, I have felt the struggle to follow my path. I have kept my relationship with my heavenly father, the holy spirit, and Christ within my heart. No matter how hard times have been in my life whether it was trying to help my oldest boy overcome is challenges, fighting cancer, being a single mom, or going through a divorce, I know that these are things that I must overcome along my path. I have cried as a parent for these children and adults in Connecticut and around the world, I have prayed for easement.

After my brother passed, it became a tradition for me to send him any balloons I ever received. I would write him a message and send it to heaven. As a small child I would watch that balloon rise to heaven with my messages for him. As an adult I still carry on that tradition and this is how I help my oldest and in the future the baby, overcome the loss of those who are dear to them. On my brother's birthday and on the day he passed away I send him a message. This Christmas, I am starting a new tradition, I plan to purchase a balloon for every continent with a message and sending them up. I urge you to join me this year and every year after. Next year, I would love to try to get as many people as I can to join me and spread this tradition. I have to remember, that there is a world around me hurting just as much. We could all use an extra prayer right now. We all need to try to be the light that the world needs.
May all the stars in the sky shine brighter.

Thank you for taking the time to share and read my thoughts.
Cheers!
Bran

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December Daily: Days 1-4 complete *Graphic Heavy*

Hello Friends!
As promised here are days 1-4 completed. I am enjoying the process so far and I am really getting into and staying committed! The boys really love to get involved. I will however post the future days differently.














Cheers!
Bran

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December Daily: Days 3 & 4

Hi Friends!
I have days 3 and 4 pictures and dividers to share with you. Tomorrow I will share all of my completed pages. Are you having fun? Running into any concerns? I am having a blast, but my main concern is: will my album be able to fit everything I want in there. I love the fact that the album is 4 X 6 but I think next year I will opt for a bigger size we will see...

 The lights have been up for a few days, however we put the finishing touches up on the wreath for the front door and helped out my parents with their tree. I really am considering more lights next year! My parents front yard is a winter wonderland and I need to get a picture of it!

I love owls and bunnies, but more so owls! My tree is home to 32 owls, 16 wooden ornaments, 26 fabric ornaments, and a variety of glass and shatter proof ornaments. I went with multi colored lights for the first time ever in my adult life and they all blink and light up to their own little rhythm  The baby adores this tree and I love getting lost in memories of my children and my own child hood.
Be back tomorrow with my finished pages!!!

Cheers!
Bran

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Daily: Days 1 & 2

Good Afternoon!
Had some unexpected new deter my day a little bit yesterday. However, I was able to spend some time with my mom the whole day. As you all know I am joining in the December Daily fun this year. I have created dividers for everyday and I fear I may run out of room. Here are days 1 and 2.



I will be back tomorrow with my completed days full of journaling and inspiration. About each day, In our home it has been a tradition since childhood to take part in an advent calender. For my oldest boy I purchased a Lego Advent on clearance last year. For the baby he gets a special piece of candy. For me each one of my dividers is a lovely treasure to add to my December Daily. The Second day this year became the day to finish my cards as I was detained from my ambitious efforts yesterday. Thanks for looking!
Cheers!
Bran

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sneak Peeks and meet Sir Douglas...

Hi friends!
Been pretty productive...have all of the presents wrapped the stocking stuffers sorted out. Just need to finish some handmade gifts and buy some stamps to meet my yearly goal of getting the cards in the mail December 1st. Today I have been catching up on some work that will be showing throughout the month of December over at Freckled Fawn. I am also waiting for my new wood chips which will be on sale in the shop tonight...get them here. Speaking of decorating...

I finally got him! Sir Douglas which is the biggest most beautiful artificial tree ever! ( I miss the pine smell of the real tree, I do not miss the hives and rashes throughout the month of December). Sir Charlie Tree came out of the box this year very beat up and missing several tips. I have had my eye on Sir Douglas for a few years now and I finally got him. Here is a picture of me setting him up and him in full swag :)

As promised here are the sneaks of upcoming reveals!


Cheers!
Bran

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Finally a Home?

I have lived in my house for 2 years and until recently it has not felt like a home. Why?Maybe because my walls are concrete and I am not handy at drilling through concrete. So I purchased those sticky do-dads and began hanging up pictures. To me my house is not a home until I have hung up candid pictures. I have also been purging and cleaning and letting go. While this is a good thing it has come at the expense of great sadness. My husband and I will officially be going in different directions. I wish him nothing but the best, but somehow our dreams and desires became different paths. It has been a long time coming and a challenge for sure. I am slowly transitioning the house and my children for a new life and future. Here is a peek at my updated office/studio where all of the magic happens.

The pictures on the wall are of my children and me and our happy moments. There is a new addition with the shelves on the desk. Just a teeny tiny scrappy space in my living room. It really has grown into a magical place where I can escape for a period of time and craft. Thanks for looking!
Cheers!
Bran

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Making Christmas Cards

That is what I am up to currently. I always snap a photo...more like several...to get just the right story to send to my friends and family each year. This year I went hybrid with my card making. Here is just a little bit of the process.
I edit many photographs and decide which one really moves me. Here are some of the pictures of the boys together.





So we will just say that trying to get them to sit together will not happen without the little one throwing a fit. So we just went at it...as this really is my favorite way to capture children and families. I chose the 3rd photo to make my cards with.
I then sit down and photoshop my card to represent the message I want to share. Using Ribbon font and snowflake brushes I captured my story.
I size it for print and then print 4 per page for the amount I need. I also create a typed message that will make two cards when done and I print these as well.
 Once I trim and cut everything I begin the folding and gluing process. Until I have my whole stack of cards.
 I hate to say it, but my Christmas card list has become so small I used to send over 60 a year. For various reasons my list is now down to about 30.
 The final card making stage is to add some dimension only a little dimension, with glitter gel.
Once they are done they are ready for personal messages, an envelope, address, and stamp.
Enjoy and Cheers!
Bran

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lets Talk: December Daily

Alright...been off of work for the past two days..sick..my ear drum ruptured because my body thinks its funny or the universe...either way I do not appreciate missing paychecks...and being bored. Not like I don't have a list a mile long that continually finds two additional things to replace the one thing I finished. I am just tired of being home...sick...with my world moving in the opposite direction that I am moving. All is not lost however, as my December Daily kit from Studio Calico came in Friday to keep me occupied. So lets talk: December Daily that is.

Hi, My name is Bran, this will be my first December Daily. (never mind I have shyly watched Ali's blog since 2008, and could have done my own, ahem). I bought the kit, because I really didn't need any more supply, but I wanted everything in that kit, (oh who am I kidding) I hit the button before I ever saw it. I just wanted to be cool ;). No really, I feel bad for those who missed it and hope that they find something, because I feel a little guilty I have one, just a little bit.

The kit is freaking fantastic! There is so much to use, that I really want December to be here right now, (ok maybe not, because I really am not ready for it at all). So then I saw all of the digital awesomeness that Ali has for the DD...and because yours truly is sitting right here with a healing eardrum and not at work making money...your truly, had to whip up something from scratch. So, I lifted, copied, did not steal, but made my own version of the 4X6 daily cards. Wanna see?


Each one done by hand because for the life of me...we will just leave it that I did them by hand. I chose to make Red, Green, White, and Black following the idea of hers, and I am pleased with mine that I made from scratch, but I still wanted hers (just so you know). Ok, I digress they are pretty rockin' if I do say so myself, but you should note Ali's can be overlays...in which I am pouting over (there is always next year).

Then I set about to the album cover, because I really, really did not want to mess it up. I mean so clean and pretty, I almost want to cover it in plastic...I decided to pull out some crayola glitter glue/gel pens. Well, here take a look...I am very happy with my cover.
I loved the choice of stamps and my little glitter fun..its snow ok...I live in Florida...no snow...only frost in my freezer
I used my Graphic 45 typewriter stamps for the spine...and more glitter and lovely snowflakes

Pretty huh...I still think it needs to be covered in plastic...any-who, I thought I would share the beginning part of supplies I think I might need for my DD. This will be a growing supply as I have some rockin' washi tape coming in from Freckled Fawn.

Here is the whole sha-bang!
Versafine Onyx black ink, Prima Chalk inks ladybug, English ivy, tin can, & worn jeans, versamagic white chalk ink, AC Christmas Roller Stamp, Graphic 45 Typewriter stamps, Alpha stamps from SC Monkey Bars add-on kit.
SC Veneers Hearts, Arrows, & stars, teal, clear, and white sequins.
Brads from one of the SC kits
Doilies & tickets from Freckled Fawn, old sturdy index dividers
A slew of Washi tape from Freckled Fawn, OS, & AC. Mister Huey's Real red, Opaque white, Passport, Shine, Gold, and Silver if I can ever find it...Also using Folk Art antique silver, copper, & gold paint, & Folk Art white paint.
Various glitter, tools, vintage threads, slick writer, white gel pen, various markers, and my precision black ink pen.
Alright, that is the beginning of the process. I will be back throughout the process to share with you guys. I need to get scrapping some other pages, but that will be tomorrow as I am now going to bed. :)
Cheers!
Bran