Sunday, August 26, 2012

Summer's End...

Hello everyone!

Summer officially ends for us tomorrow as my daughter begins her first day of FIRST grade! Wow!

It's been a great summer full of lots (and I mean lots) of activities to keep the kiddos busy and while I've enjoyed all the time together, I've missed not having as much time to play around on paper. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll soon ease into new routines and I'll find more "me" time :)

I did manage to play along with CSI case #33 and eek out a page at the last minute...

Evidence: liquid medium, woodgrain, sand like stuff, white background, metal
and metal. Testimony: journaling strips

I've always loved this photo of my oldest daughter! Whenever I see it I's full of just the right mix of happy, adventure, and magic and I really hope that is how my oldest will feel about her childhood when she someday looks back on it.

Prima flowers and sentiment tag. Washi tape from Gauch Alchemy. Dripped
ink from TA (beige) and Distress Stain (blue).

Splatters by Distress Stains.

Most of the work on this page was with the background. I started with gesso, added stamps, sprayed and dripped TA and Distress Stains and added splatters. I took scenic sand and mixed it with a gel medium until I got the desired consistency and applied it with my palette knife.

Prima paper

The one piece of background paper I embossed with a woodgrain die. I added some Ranger glossy accent drops for the "water splashes".

But wait, there's more.......

True XOXO Scrapbooking is holding their challenge of Olympic Proportions through August...that's still 6 days to go everyone! So get on over and play along! Here was my take on the challenge. I obviously used the Olympic rings as my inspiration:)

Faber Castell gelatos and washi tape by Gauche Alchemy.

I drew circles of different sizes onto watercolor paper using Faber Castell gelatos and brushed over them with liberal amounts of water. 

I made the chevron arrows from masking tape and washi tape. 

OK, now that's all for today! Thank you for your visits and comments, I always appreciate them!


  1. OMG honey these layouts are amazing, but the first one I am in complete AWE, wow, soooo gorgeous and detailed, beautifully done.

  2. Delicious, Miae!! I can't get over the piece of art that is your "Childhood is a Gift" layout. Blown. A-Way! The little shells are just magical! The sack race layout is very fun! You have a way with whimsy!

  3. Always love starting my day with happy pages on your blog, Miae! I think the Childhood layout must be one of my all-times FAVES of yours! It's magical!!!! And the Olympic layout ....LOVE the trailing circles with twine!! Your designs always capture the essence of the moments and photos PERFECTLY! I sure hope you're applying for the Faber-Castell DMC DT call :)

  4. LOL! Right back at ya! Thanks for the wonderful comments on my blog, Miae! Have an awesome week :)

  5. Oh Miae! Your style rocks!!!! I am sure you will have a great fall, too. First grade comes before you know it, right!!!! I love all of your creations - so cool and beautifully designed!

  6. WHOA!!! WWWWWHHHHHOOOOOAAAAAA!! I'm totally stunned by that first page- it's absolutely gorgeous- I say that a lot- it's REALLY gorgeous!!! You know I love the second page as well- both are amazing in their own ways- the first is beautifully varied and really detailed- I love the handmade and cheerful qualities of the second. PINNING! :)

  7. I LOVE them both!!! So many creative details to look at! Very inspirational!!

  8. These are so creative and so different from each other. Love them both! The first one has sooo many amazing details... really amazing work - love the shells and the wire - so inspiring! Wow to them both!!!

  9. These pages are amazing. I love them both. But wow, that first one is just unbelievable. All those perfect details and the colors. Truly inspiring. Good luck with first grade!!

  10. OMG!!!! I am loving these pages! Especially that first one...BREATHTAKING!!!

  11. Ok, these are both amazing! I love the. Beachy feel of the first one with a bit of grunge..those tiny shells are perfect! The fun circle pattern you made in the second has so much energy, love it!

  12. Both way cool pages, Miae! You are so very creative!

  13. Supercool and colorful layouts! I love all the details and Ink splashes! : D

  14. oh YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just saw the Faber-Castell DMC DT announcement!!! And you ARE IN!!!!!!!!! Big Congrats!! They are sooooooo lucky to have you :)

  15. wow sooo awesome and colorful!! gorgeous!!!

  16. I love those tiny shells you sprinkled on your top layout! They are perfect for paper crafting, being so tiny.

    Thanks for leaving some love on my guest post at Yvonne Yam's. I hope you get a chance to play along with my challenge!

  17. WOW.. So beautiful layouts and I LOVE the CSI page.. You rock the colors and the background is amazing...
    Happy weekend to you Miae!


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