Member Blogs

gothamgal

Member Since June 2007, 2252 forum posts, 38 public projects

Location: Huntington Beach CA

PeaNut Number: 

I graduated in college in 2002 with a Liberal Arts degree, now I do math! How does that happen?
I'm very involved in our local Bookcrossing group, the Rubber City Book Posse and I love to read, write and express myself in every way possible.
I just started physically scrapping in June 2008, and it's really cool so far. However, I'd done mixed media art projects, rubber stamping and card making for a few years, thanks to Nervousness.org.
I used to be a web designer, sports girl, newspaper assistant, bookseller, etc.
I take Wilton Cake Decorating Classes, have partial ownership of a black lab and have even less control of two cats, Max and Peeves. When I grow up, if I absolutely have to, I want to be a writer and live in Disneyland.

Three of my favorite pop culture things, in any order:
-Nightmare Before Christmas
-Batman (anything!)
-Marilyn Monroe

Blog Posts

Blog Post

Scr-Aft Today: Community Challenge

Scr-Aft Today for June 30, 2008.

It's fun! I talk about WSW, two cards I made for the community challenge and an altered art tin. You'd be frowning if you missed out on this... :-P

6/30/2008 6:44:59 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


nginx

Challenge

If you got it, flaunt it!

We've all got stuff that called to us, that we absolutely couldn't live without. And now, it's sitting in a drawer somewhere. Every time you see it, you love it, but you still have no use for it/son't want to use it because it's too pretty. However, we have to clear room for all the wonderful products coming out in the summer, so it's time to use the darn things!

My challenge for you is to come up with a project flaunting the item (paper, rubber stamp, ribbon). Make a card, a bookmark, a journal, a layout...whatever the case, just use the thing! Example pictures will be up later.

Contest runs 1 week 1-8 July, 2008. Winner will be randomly picked, receiving a surprise!!!!

 

Anyone can enter. Thanks for playing, good luck!

6/30/2008 1:44:25 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Challenge

301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


nginx

Blog Post

And how was your Creative Weekend?

I finally got the free for peas fonts installed on Vista this weekend, after trying to attempt it once I got the machine. You can visit her site here. There are some really great handwriting fonts, and she'll even try and make your handwriting a font, which is cool.

I'm trying to work on web graphics and revamping my own site, just to get more into practice and post my creative resume. There aren't enough hours in the day sometimes.

On the horizon for tonight, scan layouts for the pokey peas and then make my lil' video to post. Finally, do the cards and hopefully stay up in time to see 2peas' first kit (I really want to get on the kit bandwagon). I have some cool cards in mind for Amy G's challenge for the 2peas community.

 

Take care, all!

6/30/2008 12:16:29 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


nginx

Blog Post

Update: Wednesday...

I finally got through the Vista permissions last night and was able to install Photoshop on the little laptop. Yay! This means I can finally take it off the other laptop and not have to worry about it there. Now, I just have to clean up and organize my hard drive (external) so I can access my files from everywhere.

I also got a really cool shareware program last night called Sharepod. It works with iTunes, but can also work all by itself--it's a lot quicker than iTunes and I'm able to get my music onto my iPod faster and more easily and now I can jam while I'm scrapping.

I'm also thinking about purchasing my first kit, which is exciting. I want to spend under $30 with shipping, and try new things while getting the colors I like. I think I've found a company that I really like, but am waiting on some information from her. Since the BF is coming back this weekend and we'll be prepping for the 4th, I won't have much time to get things together until a week from now, but that's cool.

I have a lot of cleaning to do tonight, just so I don't have to do it tomorrow. I'm hoping to get a lot taken care of so all I really have to worry about is putting my scraptable and scrap stuff away tomorrow. I think I can do a couple of loads of laundry, some dishes, vacuum and clean the 'cat room' and clean up the stray bits here and there. I'm going to be putting my scrap stuff in the spare room (table is in the cat room), in the cabinet i usually reserve for books. However, I'm going to be working on my bookcrossing stack, so the books should be taken care of soon.

I was able to do three pages last night. One, I used a lace flower type overlay with some pictures of me when I was little. The 2 pager is of me and a friend when she came up to KSU for Halloween. It was cool to scrap those memories, and now I don't have to worry about where they are. I used Daisy D's Halloween kit for this layout. I used four pages in total (2 pages as bases, 2 pages for mats), some of the cardboard accents and a lot of the rubons. It really worked out well, and I'm very happy with the result. I hope to use some of the other papers left for scrapping my Disney Nightmare Before Christmas adventure... I've really been impressed with this kit, it's got some cool papers and was really easy to use (granted my layout was pretty basic). The only thing that I found weird was that it didn't come with a stick to apply the transfers.

One roadblock I'm running into is putting my 12  x 12 layouts on the twopeas site. I don't have a huge scanner, and I'm wondering if I'm even going to be able to upload them easily (I understand that I can scan 1/2 and then the other half and add it together in Photoshop, but I don't know if I want to get that into it.

Wishlist projects:
Cards for Bookobsessed people who won my contest.
Print out and scrap comic con photos (I need to ask for permission to print the pictures, then see if I can buy Robot paper in the two peas shop)
finish up the Euro trip album (I've got a few pages, yay!)
Find pictures to scrap!

 

6/25/2008 10:14:43 AM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


nginx

Blog Post

WSW Friday

It's Friday and I still have projects to scan. I have copies of the scans I took, but every time I try and upload them, I forget who the gosh darn stamp is made by. I need to get better about figuring out who does what (although my elephant Stampendous Stamp is something I always remember, and I know my Stamping Up and Hero Arts pretty well).

My first WSW has been wonderful, and by no means do I wish to make it be the only one. I've seen some amazing and awe inspiring projects that have made me continue to try and work on my process. I've been challenged to create something, then seen what others do with it in a really amazing way.

It's gotten me to say 'Hey, wait a second, there's a reason I used to like making cards, making atcs. There's a reason why I bought all this product.' And I've even pulled out things I never thought I would. I'm using new techniques and re-learning old ones and trying new ways as much as loving the old ways I learned.

I don't think my processes have to change much, just do what comes after the process is complete (scan and upload). But I'm excited to try it out.

6/20/2008 10:55:38 AM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


nginx

Blog Post

WSW: Reflections

What was my night last night? For the first time in so many months, I sat at my craft table (yes, I wasn't just using it to stack things on) and played, experimented and created. And it was FUN!

All too often in life, we give ourself these huge goals and, if you're like me, make huge lists of things we have to do. All to often we forget what we want to do.

What is so special about this week? Being that it's WSW (Worldwide Stamping Week), almost everything is special about it. Head on over to Twopeasinabucket.com and sign up for free membership. From there, you can access the master WSW Challenge thread and start stamping! It's 100% free and you'll probably feel better than ever. No, you WILL feel better than ever, because you'll be doing something fun and creating some wonderful projects. This is my first year, so I'm probably way too enthusiastic about it.

I used to be a 'creative' which meant I went to work and made layouts and played with web-safe colors and everything was cool. I also played on Nervousness.org (a mail art site) and made cards, atcs and the like. Then there was a reorganization where I work and I'm doing some Purchasing stuff. So, other than when I do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) or Script Frenzy (National Screenplay Writing Month), I'm not really letting my creativity fly. Luckily, I signed up for a membership at Two Peas, and it's been wonderful. It's inspired me to create, which I never thought would happen again.

I still have a lot to do. I made 4 or 5 projects last night that need to be scanned, and I have a couple of challenges (okay, a whole list on notepaper, with sketches of what I want to do) to work on, but that's fine. Because really it's not about competition (thank you, Lisa Vollrath), it's about creating. And I have a few more days to do it in, so I think I'm good there. All I need to worry about is walking the dog and making sure I eat at some point. Other than that, I'm going to be playing with pretty, glittery things and velvety flocks and even some Caran d'Ache watercolor pencils (which are, quite possibly, the most perfect things on the planet). And I'm thinking pink and gold for a certain project, and I really hope I can pull it off because it would make me really happy. Will post more as soon as I can, but for now, just go and check out the site!

WSW

Crossposted to Blogger.

6/18/2008 12:03:06 PM | Comments (4) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


nginx

Blog Post

Agggh!

I was actually pretty productive tonight. I did four cards, finished a layout and played around with my stamps and some other supplies. I also brought down my art table into the living room while the BF's gone, so that I can do all manner of things on it.

However, I tried to take pictures of my projects, and they're not looking their best. So tomorrow I'm going to try and scan my cards into the computer. I have an all in one, but I haven't used the scanner/printer on this machine, so it might be fun. I don't know what I'll do with the layout, my scanner's just a business letter sized one.

To top it off, I think I need a new camera. Every time I try to use the flash, I get weird colors. But without the flash, some of my projects look too dark. I told my mom about the issue and she said "Oh, you've worn out your camera." I reminded her it was the camera they bought me for Christmas 2 years ago, and she said, "You need to replace that then."

Um, no. It should be fine, maybe it's a battery issue or a setting or something...

Tomorrow, at least 5 cards will be added to my gallery for WSW. And I'll try to get a layout..

6/17/2008 11:15:54 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


nginx

Blog Post

Adventures in Instant Gratification: Stocking Up!!!

Sometimes I need almost instant gratification, so I go to local shops and not Two Peas. Last night I ran to Joanne's to pick up some supplies for my cake class (I had a 40% off coupon, so I bought a pack of 100 bags). I went into the scrapbooking section because I've been more interested in that lately, and I picked up a few supplies.

Paper, because I love it.

Eyelets, because I needed some. I had one small container of Making Memories eyelets a few years ago, but couldn't find it since I had the scraparatus, so I needed some 'right now.' The packages of 6 colors were on clearance for $2.97 a package. So I picked up the metallic and the primary colors. I also picked up a package of the metal eyelet alphabet (200 pcs) for $4.97.

Embellishment Charms, because I didn't have too many. These are fun pieces that can be added as an accent to any page or card. Each package was $0.97, so I got two. Then I also picked up some ribbon charms because I didn't have any and they looked fun.

Ribbon, one package to add to the stash, Making Memories packages with words was only $0.97/pack.

And of course I picked up a Summer Mat Stack so that I can try and use a photo mat rather than running to Archiver's and using their die cut to make a mat whenever I need one.

6/12/2008 8:57:59 AM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


nginx

Blog Post

IMO: Notice a Pattern?

IMO is a tag I'm going to start using for things I'm talking about "IMO" (In My Opinion). I welcome thoughts and comments and discussions, however, please do not take what I say to heart, as I'm trying not to offend anyone.

Okay, so I just uploaded my second digital scrapbook layout (ever) to the two peas site, and as I was looking at it, I noticed a similar pattern to my original layout---the color green.

It would appear that I am fond of the color green, which I guess I am, but not to the extent to which I'm using it (so far, the stat is 100% on digi layouts). In fact, I'm almost the opposite. I prefer light colors, like pinks, purples and blues. So why am I being drawn to green?

I think it's safe to say that it's eye catching, and even a bit happy, but it just struck me as off to see it like this. The two layouts are below, and while they're definitely different, a lot of the colors and feelings are similar. The first one is called "West Coast Family Time" and it's on the right hand side. It was uploaded in September of 2007. The one on the left is called "You Did It!" and it was uploaded this week. Almost a year difference in styles and designs.

I see a bit of a difference. First, the newer ones has more photos and journalling, and the pictures are bigger. The second has more elements and even a quote, one of my favorites by Flavia Weedn. I definitely like the photo bar element on the (left hand) newer layout, but I think there's something to be said for the elements on the (right hand) older one. There's more clear space and the designer in me likes seeing everything having a clear way off the page.

I also see a little more similarities in that the events seem really happy, and event oriented. I didn't photoshop the newer one as much, but I did take my grandmama's trach tube out of her neck on the bigger picture on the right...that was more to see if I could blend things like I used to. Working in Photoshop is fun, definitely fun. And a part of me misses it terribly, so I think I'm going to try and devote more time to it in the future. Having two peas is definitely a help.

And I think I'm happy that it looks like I'm growing. It's only my second digi layout ever, and I'm glad I can see differences.

6/10/2008 12:39:28 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


nginx

Blog Post

It's Scrapping, It's Crafty...It's Scr-aft!

Because I love to use my logitech video camera, I'm always looking for excuses to use it. This weekend was no exception. I started a group on Viddler.com, a video hosting site online, about mixed media art.

Why Scr-aft?
Sometimes when I work, I don't necessarily think of things as just scrapping or just crafting...and many times they're both, but neither. Confused yet? Scr-aft today is the way to show people what you're doing in an artistic way. It can be quick and simple or longer and detailed or any combination of the words. The most important thing to remember is to keep it fun.

What types of things will be featured on Scr-aft?
Great question. Anything and everything craft related. From physical layouts and card making projects to digital layouts and quick gift ideas. And all you have to do is sign up for Viddler.com and post your project to my group, Scr-aft Today.

If I post something to your group does it belong to you?
No! Your video always belongs to you and you can market it however you like. You may post it to different places as well. The main idea is to showcase what you're doing and share it with other interested people.

I look forward to hearing from you, please drop me a peamail if you're interested. I can't wait to see what you've created.

http://www.viddler.com/groups/scr-afttoday

6/9/2008 8:33:24 AM | Comments (1) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


nginx

Blog Post

First Pea-Post

Hello Peas!

GothamGal here, and I am posting for the very first time to tell you that I am very excited to be a part of the two peas community. There have been so many changes here, and it looks like a great deal of fun. I cannot wait to get back into the swing of things.

First off, I should confess that I am not really a scrapbooker. Having delved into digital layouts and such throughout my life, I never thought that an actual paper book would be my thing. However, I have found an amazing set of products that I HAD to have, and it's inspired me to start creating.

Which products, might you ask, might be interesting enough to turn this non scrapper into one of the converted? Well, I have DCWV to thank for this album:

I love fairy tales, always have and probably always will. This album comes with twelve sheet protectors and has some art on the inside, making it look like an old book. It will match perfectly with:

 

The matching paper stack! Wow! I never thought I would go for this, but it's truly amazing. The colors are so pretty and there are tons of fairy tale themes represented. From pages of storybooks themselves to potions, from the depths of the ocean (complete with mermaids) to the underbellies of flyign dragons, this paper stack has it all. And the best thing is that the glitter doesn't come off onto your hands!

Now, I'm just starting to work on a few pages, mostly pets for the time being, and I think I have to get into more journalling, but I've been able to work out how I want to do a few pages. The biggest issue I'm facing is supplies. I don't currently have a lot, and what I do have seems to have dwindled. I think I misplaced my paper cutter in the last move, though I am certain I just saw it. I have boxes and containers for a lot of it, but there are some things I find in odd places. Hopefully, once I get further into the book I'll be able to organize a little bit better.

For now, I have two small boxes for adhesives, two big clear boxes with paper (and I seem to know exactly where things are in it) and stickers (I have a good idea of what's in that one, two) and then utensils and such. I need to get some solid paper so I can mat things, and stop by a local shop to see if I can use their cutting machines (doing it by hand is not working too well).

I also have another project I hope to work on, that includes my brother's graduation as well as two (digital) Snapfish scrapbooks for my grandma and my Mom--those I still need pictures for, and they're belated mother's day gifts because it seems to be really hard for me to get them to give me pictures.

Anyway, this is my intro post, check back later for more. Take care and happy creating!
GothamGal

6/2/2008 12:02:38 PM | Comments (0) | Send a Message (PeaMail) | Vote for this Blog Post

301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


nginx
Hide
{{ title }}
{{ icon }}
{{ body }}
{{ footer }}