Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Valentine

So I'm sitting in my craft room the other day finishing a project and my Son walks in, puts his arms around me and says "Mommy will you be my Valentine?" without blinking or even the slightest hesitation I said "YES - OF COURSE - FOREVER!" About 10 mins later, I get a notification of a note on my Facebook wall - He had posted the sweetest note about me being the only true love of his life! HELLO - I don't need to tell any of you how I felt, but after I quit crying all over my keyboard - I was floating on air!

The next day - Valentine's Day - he walks in with this paper heart that he had written in Spanish class. Before the details of the past few days escaped me - I wanted to create a layout.

Bazzil Cardstock: maroon; My Mind's Eye: patterned paper; Glimmer Mist: Poppy Seed & Antique Brass; Marion Smith Designs: Dital Paper - Jan day 29 & Envelope - February Day 7; Webster's Pages: Pink Bloomers; Maya Road: Love & Heart chipboard pieces; Karls001: Butterfly Kisses Flowers (Crystal), wheat flowers in pink; Prima: Mask - Floral Frenzy, Cabbage Rosebuds, and Miniature Roses; Crocheted Lace, Pearls.

The background paper says I Love You all over it and is vintage My Mind's Eye. I decided to dress it up a bit with my Glimmer sprays and the Floral Frenzy screen from Prima.

A closer look shows that I used Marion's digital downloads on my layout. In Spot 1, I used the January Day 29 download to mat the image, and in Spot 2, I used February's Day 7 envelope to house the note off my Facebook Wall.

Here is a closer look at the collage of embellies flanking the bottom of the picture. I love how the crystal flowers fill the space, but still allow the pattern of the paper and sprays to filter through.

I know one thing - this boy sure has my heart in the palm of his hand. No matter how old you get - your Momma will always be your Valentine!

I don't know about you - but I think you can never have too many paper hearts!

Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Journey Book

I downloaded the Journey book that Marion has available and I love this book so much. There are TONS of embellishments and so many ways you can use these supplies for something other than a book. The download comes with six signature covers that you add around your own paper to complete the signature. Instead of plain cardstock - I decided to include some of the elements from the January 31 Day Challenge downloads.

I created my cover by using upcycled denim from some old jeans. Then I edged the book with crocheted lace, and layered it on the cover.

I love the way the book turned out.

here are two videos.
Part 1 is snippets - tips from when I put the book together.

Part 2 is the walk through of the book

thank you for stopping in today
Tonya Gibbs

Friday, February 3, 2012

Marion Smith's 31 Day Challenge - The final book

Wow what a fantastic project. It was so much fun walking back through the month of January. I have taken a lot of notes of things that bounce around in my head A.D.H.D. style, and it is nice for them to have a place to live.

I also learned that Brighton and his friends consume a LOT of my time, and I need to spend more time with Brittany. It is hard, because she has a car and her fanny is only planted at home when she needs to eat or sleep. I'm sure gonna miss her when she leaves me for college. So I want to focus more on her in February.

Marion I have totally enjoyed playing with your downloads. I can't wait to incorprate them into some of my other projects. I am really glad you decided to continue I'm going to begin my February book this weekend.

Here is a walk through of my completed book:

Thanks for stopping in today,
Tonya Gibbs
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