Friday, August 31, 2007

Room With A View

Back when I was in high school (taking a chance and dating myself here!), a movie called "Room With a View" made a real impact on me - I read every E.M. Forster book I could make time for and saw every Merchant/Ivory film that came after it. It gave me all sorts of romantic notions of love and travel - things that show up in some of my favorite projects to this day. Having just returned from Italy, I spent the better part of Tuesday and Wednesday uploading photographs, when it struck me that the above picture was familiar in a fuzzy way. My DH took it in our hotel room in Florence, and the scenery just takes my breath away. While searching the alcoves of my brain, it dawned on me - Room With A View! The movie poster was so similar to this picture! Just in case you don't remember, here is the poster:

So hubby and I had an amazing time in Florence and Rome, despite a rocky start and a day late departure. The time away was wonderful. Florence really spoke to me - the city is one immense work of art! I took it all in & captured many of my favorite images on film, many of which will eventually show up on scrapbook pages, I'm sure.

So, now that you know my love of "Room With A View", here's a page that I did with the September kit from Cool Blue Scrapbook Store . LOVE this kit! Tons of fun stuff - be sure to check there starting tomorrow to see the full kit!

I came home to a fun box from the kind people at Northridge Media (love them!). Inside was two copies of the August issue of CARDS; I have a fun card on pages 70-71. I am eagerly anticipating the arrival of my comp. copies of Room To Room from the sweet people at Paper Crafts Magazine. I know that it is jam-packed with great projects - many from my friends at Paper Salon. To be completely honest, I have forgotten what projects I have in there!

(And yes, as I am closing in on my 38th birthday, it is a cause for mild concern! Between this and my fuzziness about RWAV, you must think that I'm rather addle-brained! Can I chalk this up to jet lag?!)

Speaking of Paper Salon, there is great stuff going on at the BLOG. We have had two challenges in August; this current one was to use PS's Folio in a new and different way! Wait until you see what the talented design team members came up with! The other challenge was a back to school challenge; those projects are a couple of posts prior, but here's a look at the bookmark and card I did using the new Spice collection:

My boys went back to school on Tuesday - so far, so good! They both seem happy with their teachers (both have male teachers for the main teacher) and no major faux pas with homework (yet!). Our teachers are still threatening to strike, so they may be home soon. To be quite honest, that would be ok with me for a little while - summer vacation went far too fast and there are still several things I would like to do with them! I have no idea how vacation went so quickly!

I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Enjoy the last blast of summer!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

psst - here's a little secret!

There is a FANTASTIC tutorial up on the Paper Salon blog. Jessica Witty put together this amazing project tutorial using the new Tailored Tin Clear Set called Hip Hip Hooray. If you aren't familiar with Jessica's work, you are in for a treat; she is one of the most talented stampers I know. I hope you will take the time to read through it - it is very clever!

We just came back from a little trip to Toronto - one of my favorite cities. We had a great time! We walked all around, hitting the Taste of Danforth food festival, walking all along Queen St. and BEST OF ALL - seeing Crowded House and Pete Yorn at Massey Hall!!! Neil Finn is my all-time favorite songwriter and a remarkably talented musician. He is equally at home at the piano or on the guitar and his vocals are just effortless. I've been fortunate to have seen him perform several times before, once with his brother Tim two years ago in Pittsburgh, on a solo tour in London about seven years ago and then with Crowded House in 1989 when they performed at my college, SUNY Fredonia. He never ceases to amaze me.

Speaking of amazing, Pete! I've been itching to go to one his shows for about a year now, so when this panned out, I was pumped! So, funny thing is, I've been SO looking forward to just watching him play guitar; what did he play in Toronto? DRUMS. I seriously laughed out loud when he was given drumsticks. (He did play two mellow songs on guitar, which was great, but not exactly his most challenging guitar work, kwim?) Well, as it turns out, the drummer was detained at the border and not allowed into Canada, so Pete decided to play drums. Can I just tell you that he ROCKS as a drummer?! Blew me away! Yep, new crush...sigh.

While I realize this is a paper crafting blog, those of you who don't know me will find out that music is a huge part of my creating process. I love having great music blasting while I'm doing submission work!

OK, so for some paper crafting! This is a Back To School card featuring Paper Salon! It uses Karen Neuberger's Celebrate papers, as well as coordinating Year Round Celebrations stamps. It also has some Making Memories trim and brad and some Prima flowers.

My guys start back to school in two weeks! I can't believe how fast this summer has gone. I'm actually leaving with DH for a quick trip to Florence and Rome this weekend - we'll be back the night before school starts (as long as our teachers don't follow through on their threat to strike!). So between Toronto and Italy, I will have lots of pictures to share! I'm so excited! Ciao!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

It's August - already?!

WOW! These first few days of August have left me with my head spinning! There are several magazine deadlines happening, so that always fills the days quickly. Having worked in publishing for nearly four years now, one would think it would get easier...hmm, got to work on that! I just never seem to be organized enough!

I pre-ordered the Spellbinders Nestabilities from Paper Trey Ink this morning! I am positively giddy at the fact that I will soon be cutting and embossing perfectly with these little marvels! There will be several posts come early September about these, I promise! This product concept is the single-best thing I saw at CHA Summer.

Saturday is my mom's birthday, so in anticipation, here is a peek at her card. All supplies are from Paper Salon's KN Serenity line: