Scrapbooking Album For Jarried

I am making a scrapbook for my friend Jarried. I cannot even tell you what an amazing friend he is. Friends like this- real friends- are hard to find. I have known Jarried since 1994, and it is kind of hard to believe it has been that long. Looking back, I really wish we had taken more pictures of our adventures. Making this album for him has been more complicated than I thought it would be just due to lack of photos to put in it. I can’t believe all the fun / crazy / unbelievable times we’ve had together and in most cases there are no photos whatsoever of us in action. 🙁

Reminder to you: Take photos of your friends! Journal about them! Put it all together in an album! Later you will be glad you took the time to do it. Seriously!

Supplies used in this Scrapbooking Layout:

Dare To Dream Paper by Marah Johnson / Creative Imaginations . I cannot rave enough about this paper. I LOVE it! To me, Marah Johnson really does epitomize the idea of a “Creative imagination”. Her work brings a whole new dimension to the scrapbooking industry, and I think her designs are outstanding. While not all of it is truly me (the skulls? Uh, no thanks) I really admire the way she puts each design together. I also have to say that her papers are the easiest papers I have ever used in layouts. They almost don’t need anything else added to them- you can pretty much just put your photo down on the page, add your journaling and you are finished. Gotta love that. I think this particular paper is a great fit for the photo because Jarried is a dreamer at heart plus he LOVES winged hearts. I am hoping he loves this!!

American Crafts Slick Writer Medium Point Pen in Cinnamon Brown. Used inappropriately here, I know. It’s kinda overkill to use this marker on regular paper, but hey, when I am on a creative spree I usually grab the nearest pen at hand that’s remotely the right color for the effect I want. Love this pen- it works great on vellum and other slick surfaces that other pens don’t work well on.

Scrapbooking Layout: Hanauma Bay, Hawaii

Hanauma Bay Hawaii Scrapbooking Layout by Amy Solovay

This layout shows photos from a trip my husband Mike and I took to Hawaii in 2003. I have been scrapping pages from that trip and am sooooo enjoying reliving the experience. It was the vacation of a lifetime! The main reason we took the trip was to attend our friends’ wedding; at the time they lived on the island of Oahu and they got married right on the beach there. (I haven’t finished my layouts of the beach wedding yet but I am having so much fun working on them! Can’t wait to get this album put together!)

I had never been to Hawaii before and it was the best way to experience it- surrounded by friends plus the natural beauty of the islands. Having that many friends in town meant that there was always someone around to hang out with and go exploring with. We packed so much adventure into such a short amount of time- visiting the botanical gardens and the museum, snorkeling, shopping, going to the beach, eating out, cooking at “home” (we stayed at our friends’ house so it almost did feel like home!)

Mike is talking about taking me back, and trust me I really want to go! But our friends don’t live there any more so it will NOT be the same!

Supplies and Techniques Used in the Hawaii Scrapbooking Layout:

Paper: #11266 Heaven Wash by Teri Martin / Creative Imaginations. (Wish I could find more of this paper! If you know where to get some please let me know! THANKS!)

Hand Painting and Spin Art: by Amy Solovay.

Paints used:
Jacquard Lumiere Colors

Lumiere Metallic Paints by Jacquard products (I LOVE THESE! Well, I love everything Jacquard products makes…but Lumiere is on my top ten list of favorite art supplies ever!!!)

Luma Brilliant Concentrated Water Colors.

Rubber Stamping: Stamps: Alphabet is Pixie Love Letters by PSX. Numbers are Typewriter Numbers Creative Characters by PSX.

Inks: ColorBox Fluid Chalk in Wisteria; Rubber Stampede Acid Free Dye Based Ink.

Chalking: Decorating Chalks by Craf-T Products.

Punches: Whale of a Punch Tag Punch; Flower Hand punch by Fiskars.

Sewing thread: Vintage J & P Coats Boilfast Mercerized Cotton

Vintage Button: unknown manufacturer

Dichroic Glass Charm: Original, handmade by an artisan who sells on ebay.com under the ID Dichrohaven.

Thanks for looking!

Article: The Art of the Still Life: A Guide To Painting and Drawing Still Life Art

For anyone who might be interested, I wanted to let you know that I wrote an article about how to create a still life painting or drawing. This is a guide for beginning artists; if you went to art school or if you are already experienced at drawing and painting still life art, then this article probably won’t tell you anything you don’t already know. But if you have never made a still life then please check it out!

A Guide For Artists: The art of the still life. How to create still life art, with an emphasis on how to put together a still life for painting or drawing. Thanks for taking a look. Enjoy! 🙂