Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge

I *love* the color combination for the newest color challenge over at Gingersnap Creations: Turquoise, Blue, and Purple.  I chose to take the colors all soft and vintagey for my card, to go with my vintage image.  I also wanted to keep with the Gal Pal theme, so I chose this lovely retro lady writing a letter to a distant friend, with a sentiment that goes along quite nicely, I think. :)  The papers are ancient - from my stash - some My Mind's Eye, I believe.  I added a bit of crinkled seam binding and a little pin that I crafted from a pearl bead and rhinestone rondelle.  The panels are cut with Spellbinder's Nestabilities.  The images are both from Viva Las VegaStamps - "Lady Writing" and "The Heart Knows No".

Be sure to check out all of the fabulous creations of the DT members over at Gingersnap Creations.  I hope you'll play along... there is blog candy to be had this month! ;)    

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Glue Book Pages

A few more glue book pages, completed while waiting for my daughter at piano lessons.  I used up some added scraps from some recent projects... you may recognize that heart-shaped leaf print from a Craft Stamper article, LOL!  Also a few scraps from a recent Parisian-themed batch of ATCs.  I'm keeping a few extra supplies in my train case now, including some printed masking tape (the black music tape is from 7Gypsies).  I need to add some autumn-themed stuff.... I am soooo "over" summer!  Just a quickie today... I'll be back tomorrow with a new Gingersnap Creations Color Challenge.  Thanks for stopping by! ;)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Spotlighting over at Gingersnap Creations

Another quickie post today, with a look at a one-layer card I did for my Spotlight Panel tutorial over at Gingersnap Creations.  We're all about spotlight techniques this month, and this one is easy-peasy with a very fun result.  Hope you have time to take a look and join in one of our September challenges... there's Viva Las VegaStamps blog candy up for grabs with every challenge.

Also, don't forget to participate in the Scrap365 Blog Hop - click on the link to go to my post, and hop on over to the Scrap365 blog to see what all the buzz is about.

We have more volleyball today!  Last night we got to go to the Duke Blue Devils Women's Volleyball game - WOW!  It was very exciting - these ladies are wicked fabulous!  My daughter was in awe.  She is extra pumped to play today.  Hope you all have some fun things planned..... "have a happy". :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Is She or Isn't She?

Hello!  If you are looking for the Scrap365 Blog Hop, please click on the link - it will take you to the post below so you can get all the deets, leave a comment, and continue on the hop!

Just wanted to check in today with a little peek of my post for the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.... you can get all the how-to's for my spooky little gal over at the Rogue Blog.

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.  We have hockey, and volleyball, and hockey again, and volleyball again.... you get the idea.  It's all good! :)  Thanks for visiting, my friends.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Introducing Scrap365 Magazine!

Edited to add: The Winner has been announced! See THIS POST. Thanks to everyone who hopped on by! :)

Welcome to the Scrap365 magazine blog hop!  My name is Jean Franks Beck, and I am soooo excited to be one of the designers in the inaugural issue of Scrap365 Magazine.  If you have already heard about Scrap365, then you've probably come here from Suzy Beecher's blog.  Your next step on the hop is Louise Nelson's blog.  Don't forget to leave a comment on all of the DT's blogs so that you have a chance at a really awesome prize!

Now, for those peeps who haven't come here from the Scrap365 hop.... you may be wondering what on earth I'm going on about. ;)  Scrap365 is a brand-new scrapbooking magazine from the same creative artists who bring you Craft Stamper Magazine.  Scrap365 will debut November 18, 2011, and will be filled with awesome ideas and inspiration to keep you scrapping every day of the year.  With Scrap365, you will discover a varied and eclectic approach covering all aspects of scrapbooking, including journaling, digi scrapping, photography, even storage ideas!  And as you might have guessed.... yours truly has an article in the inaugural issue!  I won't spill the beans completely, but my project just *might* have a bit of glue involved. ;)  You can get all the details of the blog hop on the Scrap365 Blog if you'd like to see more peeks. You can also keep up on Facebook at and visit at Twitter at

And how's this for an incentive to hop..... If you leave a comment on ALL of the DT's blogs AND the Scrap365 blog, you are eligible to win a prize of a year's subscription to Craft Stamper magazine PLUS stamps worth over £20! How sweet is that?  I hope you can hop and play along.  Good luck!

For those of you new to my website, let me tell you a little about myself.  I am originally from the northeastern part of the US (eastern Pennsylvania to be specific), and am now living "down south" with my hubby, 12-year-old daughter and 10-year old son.  I'm a vintage-loving gal! My scrapbooking style varies based on the subject of my scrapbooks, but for the most part, I love shabby chic, vintage, and grungy looks.  One of my favorite project that I have been working on throughout the year is my gluebook pages (there's a little sneaky peek above).  I work on my gluebook whenever I am waiting in line in my car.... for the kids to get out of school, finish piano lessons, finish sports practices.... you get the idea.  I cart it all around in a vintage train case that is packed with scraps of patterned papers, clip art, photos, and unused stamped images.  I am currently a designer for Craft Stamper Magazine, Rogue Redhead Designs rubber stamp company, and Gingersnap Creations challenge blog.

I will leave you with a few of my scrapping endeavors from previous posts, as well as this peek from the mag (which you can also see a bit of in the announcement photo above)......

Some pics of a little mini album I made out of office supplies:

And some pics from my vintage gluebook....
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gingersnap Creations Shared Moments Challenge

It's that time again... time for another Random Redhead Challenge over at Gingersnap Creations, and this month the theme is "Shared Moments."  We are celebrating our gal pals this month, and we are sponsored by the amazing Viva Las VegaStamps.  Wow, do these folks carry a lot of stamps!  I'm pretty sure they come close to having a gazillion different images, in all kinds of styles.  My little project for this challenge starts out with a double glass slide mailer, which I painted and distressed.  Next, I stamped the Beach Bunch image twice - once in black in order to color it with Copics so that it had that "in living color" look, and once in sepia (this version was my "vintage photo" version).  I cut out the colored version and adhered it over sandy colored cardstock.  The sepia version I distressed a bit, cut out to fit the slide mailer, and glued in place under a glass microscope slide.  I stamped the sentiment, Good Times with Good Friends, wrapped a little metallic wire around it, and adhered it above the colored image.  Finally, I tore out a section of student dictionary that I thought had some perfect words on it.... "sand" and "sandal" to go with the beach theme, and "sanctuary" to go with the girls weekend away theme.  I attached a tiny bottle filled with sand and wrapped with more metallic wire.  I bit of doodling on the sentiment, and some metallic dresden trim finish it off.  A few more pics...

I hope you'll have time to play along in this fun challenge.... when you're done, you'll have a perfect little something for that favorite gal pal.... for her birthday or maybe even Christmas (it's right around the corner, you know!  eeeeekkk!)  One lucky participant in this challenge will win a great prize - see the Random Redhead challenge post for the deets.

Before you go, I'd like to ask you to come back and visit me again tomorrow.... I've got a very exciting announcement!  Can't wait.... something new is coming..... all of you scrapbookers and art journalers and glue bookers and heirloom album makers will be especially interested.....  Okay, gotta stop right there.  See ya'll tomorrow!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Rogue Redhead Rebel Challenge #3

Hello lovelies, I've finally gotten some time to play!  As some of you know, my kids go to a year-round school, and they have been tracked out for the last week..... you'll note, I haven't crafted in a week.  Coincidence?  I think not!  Anyway, I decided to play along with the Rebel Challenge over at Rogue Redhead Designs.  This time, the challenge is to "Think Outside the ATC."  We are to let some feature of our ATC break out of the 2.5 x 3.5 inch boundary. 

For my ATC, I used some Prima paper and the lovely little swinging children from the Relish Reading plate.  Colored them with Copics and let them "swing" from a diecut branch.  My "outside" element is the sun, which is an image from the Floriculture plate, punched out with a Martha Stewart punch that fits it perfectly.

I hope you'll have time to play along with Rebel Challenge #3.  You have until October 9th to link up your creation, you can use any products you'd like (you don't have to use Rogue Redhead stamps, but we'd love it if you have some!), and.... one lucky participant will win a $15.00 US voucher at the RRD Etsy store!  Oh yeah, some of this vintage goodness could be yours. Sounds fun, eh?  :)

(P.S..... special thanks to Linda of My Happy Place... I borrowed the cute little easel she sent me that usually holds her beautiful mini canvas on my desk.... it's perfect for taking photos of ATCs!  Thanks, Linda x!)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Glue Book in Black and White

I am running out of leftover images to use in my glue book!  I'm getting down to images that were simply stamped and never colored..... little extras that never made it into a project or even any further than simple ink. So I decided to see if I could come up with a layout in only black and white.  The background on the right is a black and white photo of flowers that I ran through a script embossing folder (a leftover from a photo project I did for Craft Stamper..... one of the projects that I decided to leave on the crafting table, so to speak).  I wish I had had some sand paper with me to bring out the embossing.... might have to add that to the train case.  Actually, my crafty little case needs some replenishing.  I might have to start adding things purposefully so that I have something to craft with.  *Gasp!*  ;) 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Macabre Glue Book Page

As some of you may know, I do my gluebooking in the car, while waiting for my kids to emerge from school or from their various sporting activities... toting my supplies in my vintage train case.  It's a teensy bit possible that the fumes are getting to me, ROFL!  Here are some frightful little pages I put together.... getting in the mood for Hallowe'en.  I only had a few pages of book text left that were actually in English... I worked with what I had ... and I suppose I have a bit of "Poe" on the brain.  Serious fun. ;)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Bit of Glue Book

Life is good.  Healthy, happy, busy, full.  My craft room is neglected and quite messy.  I've had to craft on the run, when I can, and so the only thing I've got to share today is a few little glue book pages.  My thoughts have turned to fall (even if the weather hasn't), so I've used rich shades of brown, rust, and orange, still using up my scraps and discarded stamped images.  The image on the right is the paper I used to do a transfer.... it's what was left on the copy paper after I'd transferred the image to watercolor paper.  Just couldn't part with her. :)

Hope everyone stays safe and sound in the Northeast... they are experiencing another round of flooding.  All of my best to all of you affected!