Friday, April 22, 2011

Sneak Peek! Tim Holtz Inspired FLIP OUT Mini Album Class 5/24

Hi Everyone!

Here is a SNEAK PEEK of my next class coming up on

Tuesday Night, MAY 24th ~  6:30PM  at

Scrap-a-Doodle Doo
37 C Swan Street
Ramsey, NJ
201 818 7060

Seats are LIMITED - So please call the Store to reserve your seat ASAP
Class cost $30.00

SAMPLE is in the Store!

This album starts out at 6" x 6" BUT then UNFOLDS to stretch out to 34" wide and is 16" high!

There are pockets and tags, and LOTS of places BOTH front and back to add photos and journaling!
You will receive complete directions to make this mini album over and over again - it will make a GREAT GIFT!

We will be using TIM HOLTZ "Stamper's Anonymous" STEAMPUNK CMS107 Stamps - along with LOTS of Techniques too!  Like:
Distressing paper with water
Scoring / Folding
Alcohol Inks on Grunge Paper
Pearl Pens
and MORE!

Okay - Here is the front of the album - and there are LOTS more GOODIES inside!

Hope you can make it!
~ Sherri

PS - the WATER DISTRESSING Technique was shared by a VERY TALENTED Scrapper

- Natasha - (( THANK YOU !!)

Please visit her    BLOG    <<<----CLICK HERE!  and leave her some "Blog LOVE!"  Tell her I sent you!

Her Layouts and Projects are AMAZING!!  You will enjoy your visit there!  :o)

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This looks like so much fun!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Button, Button, who's got the Button?

Well, I really really tried to play with my friends over at THE DOLLHOUSE ie: the DESIGN DOLLIES BLOG in this month's element's challenge - BUT - I missed the deadline by ONE DAY !  

But ALL is NOT LOST - I still get to share this cute Layout with you!

The challenge was to do a layout or card  with AT LEAST 7 Buttons - so this would have been my entry.  Please allow me to share it with you.

We were fortunate to get to spend a week in Disney at the end of December with my family, my brother's family and my parents, to celebrate their Anniversary.  I LOVE DISNEY - and so do my kids - even though they really aren't kids anymore - but DISNEY brings out the kid in all of us - and we really had a GREAT time!

One of the few movies my hubby, 2 sons and I have seen together lately was Toy Story 3.  My oldest son Nick is 22 - and his favorite character in the movie was LOTSO HUGGIN' BEAR!   ( By the way - Nick is graduating college next month - his Major is Mass Communications - with a concentration in Media Production & Media Studies -- if anyone knows of any job openings  - please contact me !! )

So - anyway - when he saw that LOTSO had a Meet & Greet in Disney's Hollywood Studios - he and I went over and got on line to see him! Here is the layout I made with Photos from our LOTSO meeting: 

There are 17 buttons- counting the BIG Pink one
 - but not counting the felt buttons in the frame around the large photo.

(LOVE your smile Nick!)

Notice all of the buttons are stitched on the layout?
I have a problem with putting buttons on a layout 
that have not either been sewn on 
or had thread knotted through them - one of my "must dos"

SO - there you have it  - my BUTTON Layout!
Hope you like it and you go pull out your buttons and start creating too!
Have FUN!

~ Sherri

Thursday, April 14, 2011

WoW - Where has the year gone?

It is hard to believe that this coming Sunday is ONE YEAR, since I filmed my "Video Debut" for Cheerios, (LOL!)

I was selected to talk about being Heart Healthy, so that I could enjoy my PASSION for something that I LOVE TO DO -- Scrapbooking and Cherishing Memories - of course!

I am very happy with and proud of how the video came out, as it truly captures my feelings for scrapbooking, and the joy I get while I am creating.  Yes, it even features my FAVORITE Scrapbook Store Scrap-a-Doodle Doo and some of my GOOD FRIENDS too!   It was really a GREAT DAY!

I'd like to share my story with you again, on how this came about - you can find that info on my post: LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION  ( just click and it will take you there!)

Also, my Video is now on YouTube, titled Precious Memories - Sherri  ! <<<---CLICK THERE!
No - it hasn't gone viral - YET! But a girl can HOPE can't she! ????  Please feel free to leave a comment BOTH there - and HERE if you "LIKE IT" - and feel free to SHARE it as often as you'd like with your friends too!

 I also made a SCRAPBOOK PAGE  out of photos from filming that day for a TRIFECTA Challenge over at the DESIGN DOLLIES BLOG  take a peak at that if you have a chance too!

I'm looking forward to an ALL DAY crop this weekend, and hanging out with my Scrappy Friends - while creating new projects for future classes!


~ Sherri

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Wonderful Day in NYC with Friends and NO CELL PHONES!

Last September, I was invited to accompany my good friends to a taping of the new Nate Berkus Show in NYC!

DISCLAIMER - before reading further - even though we all live in New Jersey, and are only about 20 minutes from NYC - (with NO traffic that is - LOL!!)  - we are all not big frequenters to "THE CITY" - so this was pretty much a BIG ADVENTURE!

We got up early and headed over the bridge - THANK YOU Marianne for driving!!  It was a chilly morning, but we found parking around the corner from the studio entrance, and after reading all the "rules" for audience members on-line before we went - we decided to lock our cell phones in the glove box of the car - as they pretty much said "no cell phones or cameras allowed on the set - they WILL be confiscated."  This was confirmed as we were handed our tickets, while waiting on line, as the back of the tickets said pretty much the same thing.

We were finally allowed to enter the "holding room" where there we many other people - who had cell phones!!!  We asked a crew member - and they said - "Oh you can have them - as long as you turn them off!"  UGGH!!  - Oh well - so much for playing by the rules!!

The holding room had coffee, water, bagels, coffee cake, and a large plate of bananas -seriously - there had to be over 50+ of them ( kind of odd huh?) We were given some forms to fill out - and then waited to be brought into the studio for the show's taping.
On the way out the door - I noticed ALL OF the bananas were gone! ???? Huh????

Well once in the studio - we were "strategically placed" They told us where to sit, and moved people around frequently during the show. There was a great comedian / MC  there who was in charge of warming us up!  Her name is Dena Blizzard, and her apron read "One Funny Mother!" and she was! In the course of the filming  - she would keep us busy during the breaks.  At one point she asked - "OK - raise your hand if you have a banana in your pocket book. Come on - we know you took one - just fess up!"    You had to see all the hands that were raised - LOL!!  Then she proceeded to hand out stickers to the "offenders"  that said "I stole a banana at the Nate Berkus Show!" That is when the scrapbooker wished I had grabbed a banana as I was walking out the door - I probably would/should have if my pocket book was bigger, and there were any left - as we were hungry when the taping was over!! LOL!  Oh well, - no sticker for the "good girls!"

The show was OK - it was one of his first tapings - and there were no gifts or prizes handed out at that time, and I never even got to see it, as it aired within a week or so after taping, and they had said to watch for it in like 4-6 weeks - so I never saw my "debut" on national TV!  oh well again!! LOL!!

BUT the BEST part of the day - was spending it with good friends - and the CRAZY feeling of being "LOST" and really "DISCONNECTED" in the BIG APPLE!  

Like I said - our phones were in the glove box, in the car, in the bottom of the parking garage, down the street, and around the corner. With NO BANANAS to hold us over - we were HUNGRY! - SO....what to do?  We decided not to go back to the car and waste any of the precious time we had left before we headed home before RUSH hour - AND - (we thought..) people survived without cellphones "back in the Olden Days" - right?  We are WOMEN - and we CAN DO ANYTHING - right??

So - here we are - NYC - PHONELESS!!! I have to say - I did feel a little "naked/vulnerable/armless" all of the above??  It was really kind of strange being so disconnected - but then again - it felt kind of FREEING and like we were on an ADVENTURE!  (right?)

Now - where to go for lunch?  Like I said - we are not NYC "savvy" so I asked one of the people from the studio - and they said "If you like Italian food - go to Carmine's" - OK - I've heard of Carmine's and I'm from JOISEY - so we just need to get in a cab - tell the cabby, and he'll take us there  - right?  WRONG!!!  The cabby didn't speak English ( what were we thinking) and told us to call for the address - we then told him we had NO CELL PHONES - so he handed us a map and wanted us to "point" where we wanted to go - like we knew!!  He even gave us his cell phone to use - nice guy - but it didn't work!!  Marianne had an idea where it was, so we just had him drop us off somewhere near where we thought we needed to go. (right!)

We walked around a little - and tried to find a pay phone to call for an address to give a new cabby - did you know it is very hard to find pay phones in NYC!!!  That is when I saw a VERIZON store - and went in - told them our story, -- Nate Berkus, No Cell Phones, blah, blah, blah  ( they really couldn't have cared less) and could they please look on their computers for the address for Carmine's - which they nicely and promptly did!!  (Thanks Verizon guys!)  We hopped in a new cab - with an address - and were there about 20 blocks later!

After enjoying a delicious lunch - we had to figure out the tip on our own - as when we reached for our phones/tip calculators - we again felt the separation - I mean "freedom!"

Next - what do scrapbook buddies do when they visit a "new" place? - why, they visit a scrapbook store - what else!  We had the name of a store we wanted to see and address - and can you believe it - it was only about 2 blocks away from Carmine's! -- WHAT LUCK! ( See - who needs a cell phone!)  So a little stroll down the street and we ended up at Portrait Bug Studios.  It is a small little scrapbook store -concentrating more on photography.  We were able to find a few little scrap goodies (surprise, surprise as my husband would say) - and they offered us a FREE sitting with a FREE 4 x 6 photo - so of course we said YES!  

Remember - we are Scrapbookers - in NYC - with No Phones - and No Cameras - we needed a record of our ADVENTURE - and they were offering us one - and for FREE! 

So - here is the layout I made with the picture - I am sorry - but I can't find the paper where I wrote down all of the in products I used - I'll note the ones I remember - but if you have any questions about anything - ask away and I'll try to find out! 

If you've stuck with me for this long - FINALLY - here is the Layout!  I hope you like it!

I just LOVE the colors - and the picture came out very nicely too!  Don't 'cha think!?

WOMANITY - this is a fragrance I received for Christmas - by Thierry Mugler - I LOVE the scent and I LOVED the box, and all of the great messages inside of it - so I cut it apart and used it as different embellishments for this layout.  FROZEN LAKE and COSMOS PINK and PASHMINA GLIMMER MIST by Tattered Angels - were painted around the edges of pretty much everything, the LACE is from Gauche Alchemy - I think the BLING is PRIMA

I LOVE painting with Glimmer Mist - around the ticket, on the edges of the scalloped teal paper that I journaled on, on the Bazzill circle that used to be white!

Can you read the WOMANITY card? 
It says:
A SYMBOL of recognition that unites all women.
A quest to CREATE a different world.
A CONVICTION that anything and everything is possible
A DESIRE to reinvent yourself each and everyday.
Can you recognize yourself in WOMANITY...?

I used the tissue paper that came in the box behind the photo and circle,
some more bling, and I LOVE this little message too:

Womanity is the new face of femininity. It is the portrait of women who are different, remarkable, unique and diverse. From this connection between women, emerges an exciting fusion, a moving force and vital energy that brings constructive changes.

The flowers were hand crocheted by my friend Debbie - THANKS Debbie!
Their centers are off of some bling that I've had for years.
The butterfly was plain - and I "JAZZED" it up with some GLIMMER GLAM and GLIMMER GLAZE by Tattered Angels too!

 I hope that this gives you some inspiration and that you like it!

Leave me some LOVE if you do!