Friday, May 14, 2010

Stage One


This is a paper for my next kit which might be called Prince of the City. It is a stage set up in a factory with a blank window in the back where you can put whatever you like. I put another one of my city papers in the background. I'm a sucker for arches and windows, can't get away from them.

Poking around alleys and sniffing lilacs

The days have been gorgeous. Even the willows (always the last awake in the Spring) are slowly starting to sprout little leaf buds. The bluejay nest under the eave of my office is very quiet but I know soon the baby jays will be poking their little mohawk heads up and squeeking at me.

So yesterday I decided to head South out of the mountains and into the city (where the lilacs are already blooming) and take pictures for my next kit which I’m pretty sure will be urban and boy. I have been grandly influenced by Clementine’s new kit Tommy Town which she should be debuting next week at DeviantScrap. It’s a wild boys dreamscape she put together with the help of her 8 year old grandson.

This 1906 movie from San Francisco has also been running around in my noggin. Those people walking that wide boulevard didn't have much time left to enjoy their beautiful city as it was destroyed only a few days later.

Thinking about cities... their modern and old structures. Thinking of the warehouse places, of ornate moulding, of the things abandoned in alleys, thinking about the beautiful way structures age, like cracks, splits, and fading in wood and stone. I am in awe of buildings that have settled gracefully and stood strong for many years.

Sooooo I spent yesterday poking around the back streets of Weiser, Idaho where I took this self portrait in an alley:

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Lulu's Egg Garden

Ta-da! Sometime tonight I am releasing my Lulu’s Egg Garden kit. I designed this for the the March/April issue of Laura Ghiradelli’s Scrappons Digi - le magazine du scrapbooking digital. Working on Lulu was a sure cure for cabin fever. I had to get in the spirit of Spring and Easter in early February. The nights were long and winter winds were hammering chunks of ice from the trees onto my windows but I was thinking of grass, bunnies, and spring flowers.


Laura published some beautiful layouts in that issue done by CT members: Szotyi08 (covergirl!), Chichenilla, Olga Unger, Ikscrap, and Angel Jet.

Szotyi08

Chichenilla

Olga Unger

Ikscrap

Angel Jet

Angel Jet

My Creative Team did many beautiful layouts with Lulu but Laura could only print a handful of them. Laura Ghiradelli is wonderful. I know from working on a newspaper how stressful meeting deadlines can be but she was always sweet and calm even when I got a little behind.

Lulu will sell for $6.00 in Studio Lorie - 20% off for the first 48 hours. It was a fun kit to create and I hope you like it.