Thursday, July 17, 2008

Last post before CHA!

Ok, ladies, I am off to CHA today, so this will be the last post before the show. Boy, in a way, I wish I was just going with a store and didn't have to work - from looking at the floor plan the place is SO huge, I don't know how even a store owner would get to see everything!
Janet asked me to do a last minute sample on another new shape - it is a Christmas Stocking! My friend AnnCaryl also received an album, so she made one as an album (and I will post pictures of it when I get back) and I did mine as a banner type Christmas decoration! The "in-between parts" are Christmas decorations that I picked up at Hobby Lobby! Paper is Basic Grey Figgy Puudding, Ink from StazOn, Ribbon from Offray.
{I apologize for the pictures in this post... they are dark (at least on my computer) so I will get better ones later!}

This is my "flair"... Jackie and Janet wanted us to make a shape that would help to showcase everything we do to the Clear Scraps acrylic. I had trouble putting it all on one shape, so this is what I came up with! I wanted to use on of Kelli's stamps, to help get her name out there a little bit too, so hopefully this will help!

This next album is one of the hardest I have done, and you will see why after the show when I post the whole thing. It is actually two albums - one is acrylic, and the other is chipboard. They are new Clear Scraps releases. Basically the album alternates the pages - acrylic cover, chipboard page, acrylic page etc. Each album comes with 5 pages, which gave me more pages to play with! {though to be honest, for this subject, was not nearly enough!}

I made this album not only to show off the new releases and how fun using acrylic can be, but also as a memorial for the flooding in Quincy in 2008. We were lucky this year - the levees didn't break. Not that most of Quincy has to worry about that, since it is built on the cliffs, but if you live across the river in Missouri, like I do, there was a LOT to worry about.

The reason this album was a little harder for me, was I want the embellishments on the acrylics to work for both chipboard pages they covered. Most of the acrylic pages do not really have much on them.. but it was the placement of everything that made it more interesting. The chipboard pages seem a little plain... but that let me put in a lot of little journaling factoids about the flood too. {Again, you'll see what I mean when I post the whole album.}

The last page is a thank you... to the 1400 National Guard members that came to help by filling sandbags, shoring up the levees, patrolling to make sure nobody broke them on purpose again, and just generally helping the local volunteers save the levees. I was lucky enough to be going to work just as they were leaving. So the picture isn't the best {since I was driving when I took them!} but to me... they mean so much...

So I hope you all have a good weekend... I will post pictures when I get back - both of CHA, and of my brother's wedding in Des Moines {on Sunday!}. I probably won't be back until Tuesday though, as Monday I plan on catching up on some much needed sleep!


Alecia said...

WOW girl, you've been one busy lady!! Everything looks fabulous!! Hope you have a super fun time!!

~Q~ said...

the album looks great, Jewlz! The last page made me tear up. Can't wait to see the whole thing and hope you're having a blast at CHA!