Saturday, June 6, 2009

BWC #12

Thanks to Chris for her response to the last challenge:

For my challenge, let's go green. Do a layout using only reclaimed items from packages, old bills, or other paper products... but nothing new or intended for crafting. (need a springboard? I was thinking of doing a page for a barbecue I went to using labels from cans of food for the background paper -- of course, there are a thousand other ideas)

Oh, and if you've got some other items (soda can tabs, clothes tags, pieces of ribbon from your birthday presents, or whatever), then use those as your embellishments! Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

SHCG Spring/Summer (Sprummer?) '09 ATC Swap


There was a tie between the 2 winning themes so we're gonna combine them both! The theme for these ATCs will be Words About Solitude To Live By. Reminiscent of our last ATC swap (wow, from Aug. 2007) Love In Another Language (when the 2 themes, Love and Another Language, tied).

Think of an ATC as a tiny scrapbook page or a tag. They are 2.5" x 3.5". You can use any type of A/L free media on the card, but the foundation of the card itself should be made of heavy CS. I usually use a playing card because they are the perfect size, or pretty close.

Not all trading card enthusiasts subscribe to the A/L free policy, but for our purposes I would ask that you adhere to it. Depending on the materials used, you can definitely use Mod Podge as a sealant. If that's not the route you choose then please use quality adhesive. Also note that smoke/odor free products are important, as always, so please be considerate of others in this respect.

You will be making one card for everyone who participates plus yourself. You can make them all the same or all different - the choice is yours!

Here are some great links (I just copied most of these from our blog, please let me know if any of the links no longer work).

Excellent Article with tons of technique suggestion and lots of examples:

A whole ATC community!

One specific example with step-by-step instructions:

Sarah's very useful link with many examples:

More examples within the same link:

You can also search the SHCG blog, 's gallery & the internet to find more info & wonderful examples.

I will be circulating a PM to the participants re: mailing. You will all be mailing to the other participants, due date being Saturday July 18, 2009.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Biweekly QueZZtion, May 31, 2009

Okaay, since the last BWQ generated the cyber-sounds of crickets chirping, I'll ask another one!

What is your "uniform" at work & in life? Meaning the clothes/outfits you tend to wear the most? Sure we all try to change things up but there are just some outfits that prevail over others because we like them, they're comfortable, or because we have to! (in cases of those of you who have actual required "uniforms").

At my last job which was a casual-dress office, I probably wore casual pants (jeans or chinos of different colors ) & long sleeve tees (of different colors) probably 80% of the time. Both cut slim & flattering, but comfortably. My current job is more office-y so now I tend to wear a step up these days - trousers & different flavors of buttondown shirts. But outside of the office, I still gravitate towards that casual office combo. In the summer, it's sundresses, for work or play; the location dictates the hemline &/or the cover-up over it, if any. And I tend to wear flats most of the time... I want shoes that can comfortably take me on a 20 block walk if that's what I feel like doin'!

The clothes we gravitate towards are like good friends some days... even within a dress code, there is something comforting about wearing your "sure thing" outfits. Share a bit about your "uniforms." :)