Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

I can't believe that I have been married to my Craft Rescue Hero for 4 years!  It seems that time goes by faster and faster!
Anyways, I wanted to do something special - with my own craft-tastic touch.... would you expect anything less?
I was pretty pleased with myself ... check out the Man Cave - decked out for the day!  (Excuse the doggie blanket and travel bag).  On each balloon string is a QR code with a special thing for us to do!

Happy Anniversary CRH!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cameo + Scrapbook = Awesome

So, last weekend I went on a Scrapbooking Retreat and it was 4 glorious days of me time, pictures, 12x12 paper, and the Cameo.  I really got to test some of its features.  I am not so hot at manipulating cuts and what not, but I did get a chance to test out the Silhouette pens.  I thought that they would be like ball-point pens... not so much.  They were more of a fancy ink - almost similar to a sharpie.   I don't know what type that is - chime in if you know!
Anyways, I made two pretty awesome pages using the pens.  They run about $10 for a set of 8 regular colors.   The metallics and glitters are the same price for 4 pens (I think - don't quote me on that)!

Back to the weekend, I was having a serious conundrum about what to do for a pirate page.  I had no cute pirate paper and I am not so talented as to cutely burning paper.  But I downloaded an image of a treasure map and had it printed on a piece of paper for my background.  I filled in some of empty space with chalks and I used Stickles to trace over the "x" for the magic spot!  The letters are a font I already had on my computer.  What do you think?

The other page I did was for a few random dates in July... of 1993.  I didn't have enough to make any full pages, but I made a calendar for the whole month and added in these few events and key family dates.  I really think that this was a great way to incorporate several family events in a less "random" way.  I did hand-write the dates and events.  I am sure the Cameo could do it, but at 3 in the morning, I was not up for that adventure.

I thought they both turned out fabulously and cannot wait to do more experimenting with it!

PS - Dear Alison,
If you move closer, you can come over and play with the Cameo anytime! K?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


So, I don't know if I have mentioned this before... but my Craft Rescue Hero is awesome!  And for our anniversary/birthday I got a Silhouette Cameo.  If you don't know about the Cameo, it is like a Cricut on steroids.  It is a die cutting machine that cuts paper, fabric, vinyl, temporary tattoo paper... practically anything!  I have been eyeballing it for months and I was thrilled when one came to the house just for me! 
I think my favorite part is the fonts and images section.  You can cut ANY, yes ANY font on your  computer!  So, I hopped straight onto Pinterest and downloaded fonts for hours.  And then I could cut them all out on my Cameo!  Fabulous!  Also, the images run for 99 cents.  That means if I want a picture of a giraffe, I have a bunch of choices and I get just what I want for less than a buck!  No more crazy expensive cartridges.  My little library is growing as we speak! 
The first project I made on my Silhouette was for my principal.  I am really a slave to my job :(
She wanted an invitation to our Staff Picnic and so I used the sweet powers of my Cameo, combined with my Cricut to make an invitation that I hope tells people to show up.... no guarantees!

The blue plaid background is a paper I had in my stash and I used the ric-rac image that was already in my free image collection.  (The Silhouette comes with 50 or so images in your account already).  This is a font I downloaded and I settled on it because it was bold and easy to read from a distance.  The watermelon slice came from a Cricut Cartridge and I made the seeds with an old fashioned hole punch!  I think it came out super cute- what do you all think?

Check back tomorrow for some scrapbook pages I did last weekend at a retreat with my fabulous Silhouette - thanks again CRH!
Lesley Paige

Monday, June 11, 2012

School's Out... Crafting is Back!

The school year has finally ended... and the two weeks of professional development has come to a screeching halt and crafting has commenced!

I finally feel like my creative juices are flowing and I just returned from a delightful long weekend of scrapbooking! 

I can't wait to share some of the delightful projects I have been working on (and not blogging)! 

Check back tomorrow for the first of many!
Lesley Paige