Monday, July 21, 2008

How about some scrapbooking sweetness?

I was asked by the awesome Courtney Walsh to do some freelance work for Chatterbox's booth at CHA about a month ago :) I think I smiled from ear to ear for a full day after reading her email because--as anyone who knows my scrapbooking obsessions can attest--Chatterbox has been my long time absolute favorite manufacturer. I was really excited about the assignments I was given, and even more excited about the beautiful, rich, and simply drop dead gorgeous box of products I was shipped! Creating with all that yummyness was so much fun! Take a look:

My assignments were to
1. Create a layout featuring their Chocolate Artsy.licious line:

This is a layout about a very dear family that lives near us. We had a chance to go out to the bluebonnet fields here in Texas together a few months back and take some photos. I plan to have this photo enlarged for our living room wall, along with a cool frame and quote about friendship that goes with it :)

2. Create a 12x12 layout, 8x8 layout, and card (Baby boy themed) using their Peacock, Alabaster, and Willow Artsy.licious lines:
I know a thing or 2 about baby boys--having had 3 of them--so this assignment was lots of fun! I kind of went to town with the circles on this one--and tying all that floss through all the buttons took more time than I'd care to admit, but I was very happy with the amount of texture it gave the layout. And don't you just love the font of this chipboard? I think I used just about all the letters on the sheet with my assignments :)
This one is an 8x8, but of course blogger makes it look the same size as the 12x12. Love this photo of Ty and Spencer. Ty really does love him a ton!
And this one is a 6x6 card. Nothing fancy, but I had fun making it :)

3. Do an accordion album featuring the Together line:

This was a super fun project. I had all these photos of Spencer getting all messy in his high chair over the past few months. They just seemed perfect for this little assignment.
The poem reads:
"If you give this kid a cookie,
He's going to stuff his face.
He will smear it in the carpet,
He will think it is a race!
He will throw the leftovers on the floor,
And laugh at your reaction.
He will need a bath and change of clothes,
A big mess brings him satisfaction!
A big thank you to Marc--(Who is actually a very gifted poet even though he rarely lets anyone know that)--He totally ran with the concept I gave him about the book and came up with the perfect words for it :)

4. Complete a willow gift book using the Willow Artsy.licious line and the Together line:
I took photos of my youngest son's newborn photo shoot-he was 1 week old when I took these photos--and added them to this super cute flocked mini album--along with a bunch of Artsy.licious and the new Together collection :) I had a lot of fun doing this one, and I was really glad to finally scrap all these photos! He's about to be 2 this Christmas, so it was about time! :)
5. Create a star featuring Alabaster Artsy.licious that tells why I scrapbook.
I took a wooden star and covered it with Crayola Air Dry Clay. Then added an Artsy.licious frame, letters and some of the Alabaster treasures. On the back of the star is a paragraph about why I scrapbook. :)

6. Create 4 cupcakes using Artsy.licious.
This, I think, turned out to be my favorite assignment. I had no idea what I was going to do for awhile, but after wandering the baking isle at Hobby Lobby, I knew I wanted to make them look as if they used rolled fondant, so I bought the air bake clay and some Styrofoam balls to mimic the look. I also used the clay with my decorator tips to add the look of decorative icing on the edges. I topped all that off with some Artsy.licious brads and some small punched flowers. Here were the results:

And last but not least, here is a layout I did for the Chatterbox blog a few months back. It uses their Eclectique line:

I loved working with these papers! They are so funky and fun! Plus the journaling tags and the chipboard buttons are so much cooler in real life. Most of the buttons have glitter on them and the tags add just the right hint of dimension. It's just an awesome line!

Whew, so there you have it! It was a lot of fun working with such great product, but I must admit it felt good to get some more sleep once I was done! Tight deadlines can really help to push my creativity, but they do nothing for my beauty sleep! :

Be sure and check out the Chatterbox blog for a chance to win some of their new products. Courtney will be picking a winner from the comments left on the blog on Wed. So be sure to leave a comment before then :)


  1. You are so incredibly talented! If only I could be half as creative... All those projects are great!

  2. Wow, all of these creations are top-line...those cupcakes are absolutely yummylicious!!! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us!

  3. As always, I just love all of your artwork and the photos of the sweet little baby in the previous post! It's been fun to watch your style and talent progress since I've known you. It makes me sad in a way that I haven't worked on my artistic abilities much since high school, but also gives me hope that if you can do it with three little boys, I can find time again too (as long as I put forth the effort). Thanks for sharing your inspiring work!

  4. Your layouts are so great, thanks for that first one, that was really sweet.

    And now you're an artsy cupcake maker too!

  5. WOW I can see why Chatter Box asked you to do work for them! these are all so gorgeous!!! love that mini album!

  6. Beautiful projects Ginger. You have such an eye and great design instincts :-)

  7. These are all so beautiful and perfect, Ginger! It's no wonder they asked you to do those projects. Thanks for the scrapping fun while you were here.