Thursday, March 10, 2011

I've been published. In the magazine Scrapstreet, March, 2011

Backstreet Beat
By:  Liz Qualman

Page 38

Real World Print

Personalizing a page with handwritten elements is another perfect opportunity to include real world print on a project. Handwriting is one of the most intimate forms of real world print and really adds an extra indication of sincerity to a page. Saving a letter from a loved one or something personal they wrote like his/her name, a letter, or musical lyrics are all ingenious ways of archiving the past. On another note, all of these real world print ideas can be digitalized. The final digital project in the article includes a scanned page from an authentic French newspaper, which really contrasts nicely with the dark background. The same idea could apply to many other items such as report cards, letters, signatures, “passed” notes, birth announcements, etc. Adding real world print to a project is a wonderful and practical way to preserve memories in an authentic and creative way.

Lost & Found by Lynn Warner

Supplies: Paper: K & Company, Making Memories, Pink Paislee, Alphabets: The Girls’ Paperie, Pens: Sharpie, Tape: 7 Gypsies, Staples: Tim Holtz. Tools: Punch: Fiskars.

Design Notes: Some of the everyday items included in this layout are: WARNER name from a layaway receipt; number 03 cut from a cardboard box shipping label; number 81 cut from a vintage bingo card; CAUTION from a reinforced tape from a cardboard box mailed home from girl in photo; and packaging. By using repurposed everyday items paper items, I believe it celebrates our daughter’s journey. Just as an interesting layout can be created out of “found” everyday printed elements, the Navy will certainly take the qualities my daughter has currently, show her how to flourish and become the person she was always meant to be.

Journaling: It’s fitting that this layout is made from real world printed objects, because they all relate to the girl in the photo. She is my daughter, and she recently left for Navy Basic Training. The LOST and FOUND packaging represents the letter in which she wrote she felt she would FIND herself through this experience. The large name, printed on a layaway receipt, represents how she learned to print, the Navy way… which is hard for a lefty! The cardboard box number and CAUTION TAPE represent the brown corrugated box we received from the Navy, with all her belongings contained inside it. (That was a very challenging day for us, as parents.)


Les Le Bon Temp Ruler by Donna Lanclos

Supplies: Paper: Graphic 45, Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Journaling Spots: Close To My Heart, Charms, Ink: Tim Holtz, Brads: Close To My Heart, Fabric: Joanne’s. Tools: Paper Cutter: Fiskars, Stapler, Scissors: Tim Holtz, Paper Distresser: Close To My Heart, Other: sewing machine, sandpaper.

Design Notes: The Title is actually the name of a traditional Cajun song, which translates to “Let the Good Times Roll.” The title and words to the song are written in my Grandfather’s handwriting.

Journaling: September 1998 – LJ Hebert on stage at Festivals Acadien where he was recognized as a Pioneer of Cajun Music

Pain au Raisin by Katey Green

Digital Supplies: Paper: HalloWillie by Baers Garten Designs, Old French newspaper, Elements: Heart Tag, Flower, Stitched Tab, Straight Stitches, Swirl, Bow and Little Button from Cottage Chic by Elemental Scraps Designers, Large Button from French Country by Cristina Renee and Shabby Princess, Messy Stitches from Sew What by Melissa Bennett, Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Fonts: Toldeo.

Design Notes: To add a true French feel to the layout, I scanned a page of adverts from an old French newspaper I have. I then erased the middle of one of the adverts and cut it out to make the photo frame, to which I added a stroke (outline) in a toning color for emphasis.

Journaling: YUM!

Thanks for looking!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

New Direction

Life is taking us in a new direction.  My husband and I have decided to open a Retreat House for ladies.  The Lazy Lucy Retreat House is in the planning stages.  We have been searching for a house for months now.  We find the perfect house in a not so convenient location, then the perfect location has not so perfect houses.  This is really, really frustrating.  We have a bid on a great house in a great location at the moment.  Why am I not rejoicing, We are second in line.  Our bid came right on the heels of another bid, soooo we are waiting for the bank to make its determination.  ARGH!!!!! I'm ready to get this phase behind us so we can move on to the actual grand opening.  Our website is up with an announcement page and we have a facebook page also.  So, mosey on over the both sites and check us out. 

More later.

http://www.lazylucy.com/