Thursday, May 28, 2009

a soda fountain rundown

i loved the june studio calico kit. but this turned out to be my favorite project from the entire kit:





i was struggling, no creative juices flowing. then i remembered that i'd told ronda i'd make something for her sister chrissi's birthday celebration. see this post. since it was in a couple of days i did not want to fall into my "i should have done that" funk, i started punching butterflies. i got so engrossed in the project that i forgot to eat lunch. i was thrilled with how it turned out. and i made ronda cry, which was the greatest gift of all. i'm so grateful for my scrappy friends, and to have one so close, well that's just icing on the cake.

my next favorite, because it totally happened on accident, yet it's very me. i'd punched out all the tags from the collage press sheet and was planning on backing it with the SC paper, like i did, but i was going to use the whole thing. then i just started putting things down and the pictures didn't fit (i SWEAR i measured them before i printed them), i pouted. then i cut and started tilting (thank you lisa d.) and i ended up with the brown strip down the side and was so happy. it's fun when things work out when they really shouldn't have. this captures the fun day in boston i spent with my awesome MA friends paula, suzy, and debi.


i found this photo and happened to scan it when elizabeth dillow and i were discussing our childhood interest in star wars. she was C3PO for halloween one year. i got R2D2 underoos one year. we had an instant bond. now, i know i'm getting to be considered older by some, and so i thought it would be nice to expound upon the late 1970s phenomenon known as underoos. it was the cabbage patch doll of underwear. is that reference even too old? how about garbage pail kids? no? um, strawberry shortcake? i am searching my brain for something of modern significance. not doing well. underoos were cool, you got to BE the character on your underwear, even if you were wearing clothes OVER them (which you should do anyway, maybe this was the beginning of the showing off our underwear phase, i shouldn't roll my eyes at those boys who forgot to wear belts with their 14 sizes too big pants...). anyway, i really wanted them, and knowing my very non-frills parents, i didn't need them, so i didn't get them. i'm sure my mom whispered to my grandma and she graced us with these cool duds. i'm not doing a good job explaining them, so i'm linking you to wikipedia, should you want to explore the topic further, it really is a quick read, and quite interesting. i really made this layout for my dad. the fact that he agreed to have his photo taken with his girls in their underwear just tells you what a good dad he is. he's very big on modesty, so this was a big thing to overlook. i appreciate it because i don't have a lot of photos with him.



this is me, exploring my new found interest in collaging. annie and i were discussing this photo, i was trying to work in the "rose colored glasses" theme and it just wasn't working. i asked her if she remembered anything about this photo. the journaling is the result. this makes me happy, it's proof that not all pages have to have a good story.


i've always loved this photo, taken at the houston children's museum. my family used to live in houston and this was taken one year when we went down for christmas. it was so cute to have annie mimic the statue, especially since she used to the same thing when we'd ask her how big she was.


suzy and debi entering an archivers for the first time. i sprayed each small piece of paper with water, crinkled it up, then spread it out to dry again, it's a fun look.


i'd recommend getting this kit today. it's one of my favorites. it won't be around for long.

in other news: summer's here! so happy to have my kids home for a few months, i'm going to take advantage of it this year!

18 comments:

Kendra said...

I understood everything from Underoos to Strawberry Shortcake. : ) My question is, are you old enough to remember Zips?

I completely adore the Upon Entering layout. Love, love, love it. I'm really enjoying your explorations in the world of texture.

Suzy said...

I don't think I had seen those photos from Archivers but they brought back great memories of that weekend! Can't wait for our next adventure (whatever it may be!). :)

Marti said...

I am probably a titch older than you are, so I completely "got it". LOL.

Loved the LOs and that butterfly mobile is DARLING!!!!!!! I need to make one for Katie's room. Which butterfly punch did you use?

meganklauer said...

You ROCKED this kit Emily! Amazing, amazing inspiration!

lisa said...

happy happy. =)

Aly D said...

gorgeous projects, em! i'm really lovin' the butterfly mobile, and your collage work lately. =)

Cherry said...

don't you just love the new Cosmo line?!!
hihi

Hope you are doing fine!

Natasja

Shelley Haganman said...

I love all these projects but the butterfly one totally ROCKS!!!!

paloma1815 said...

Waoueewww! Emily, what a beauty! butterflys rock to much! and layouts are so originals. congrats. paloma1815

~Sasha Farina~ said...

the butterflies.. oh wow... i wanna make that like, right now!!

Jody said...

I gasped at each page/project you posted...
You are friggin' incredible...
I sit in awe of you :)

casey boyd said...

Em those are some fabulous layouts, love how fun they are. And that project Mmmmm, makes me want to have a party!

Debbie said...

Love the butterflies!! Gonna have to try this!! Love your work!!!

~EssenseVibez~ said...

wow---your blog is delicious--i came here to thank you for visiting my YOU INSPIRE ME blog--Ronda is totally awesome and i love her for being herself--please make sure you stop by again--my door is always open---live in the moment and remain blessed!!!

asksmommy said...

LOVE the inspiration from you for this kit :)

doris said...

i loved reading your stories behind the stories. :D

Anonymous said...

Hey Em :)
I never thought a photo of me in my underwear would show up online...
I suppose that's the end of my political career before it could begin :)

It's a great layout!

:) jules

Elizabeth said...

hee hee : )