Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Big puppy dog eyes... - Studio Friday

My fourth entry in Studio Friday. This week the theme was "Eyes". I considered several options for this - my own eyes, my computer as it is my eyes to the world sort of, all the eyes in my studio/office etc.
But I settled on this layout - I have the eyes of my dog, the eyes of my build-a-bear poodle Bella and the eye of a horse from a postcard on my corkboard. I have had that postcard for so long - it's so beautiful! And then I combined it with various words and phrases and stamps and ... well - this is how it ended...! Creativity took over and I just rode the wave and ended up here, quite satisfied with this result.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Studio Friday - Puppy feels inspired

This week's challenge from Studio Friday was 'inspiration'. I really liked the challenge this week. In my blog Friday March 3, I wrote about the various influences on a layout, I'd made - and that was actually perfect for this challenge. So I combined my blog writing with some general musings about inspiration and then copied some parts of my layout and used as accents on this layout. I'm late again, I know - somehow I can't seem to get my Studio Friday challenges done before the middle of the next week - and right now I should be thinking of this week's challenge... Oh well - at least I get it done! My third week!!
Here's the journaling about inspiration btw (the journaling from my blog is ... well, you guessed it, here in my blog! http://designingwithpuppy.blogspot.com/2006/03/puppys-mommy.html): "Inspiration shows itself in many ways. And each time you are lucky enough to find it and ride the wave of creativity, it just feels so good that you want to do so forever. But what causes inspiration and how do you get to the point where you feel inspired?
I know that for the time being, I’m trying hard to look at the world with the
eyes of a scrapper.
I look for inspiration in color combinations, posters, advertising, magazines, store windows, clothes etc. I try to think about scrapping and layouts and ask myself the following questions: ‘do I like this?’ and if yes, ‘what is it I like’, ‘can I use this’ and ‘how’.
The layout featured on this page is an example of how you can get inspiration – and hopefully this will help me remember that you can get inspiration everywhere – you just need to open your
And hopefully, later on this layout can also help me find inspiration when I feel lost and completely stuck…"

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Puppy laughs at library...

Just a short blog - I had to share this card that I found in 'The Artist's Way' that I got from the library yesterday. My library got it from the university library in Trondheim, Norway. The card features the alphabet and the numbers from 0-9 and then the following text piece: "Our collections contain most of these signs, butin different amounts and order". ROFL - talk about a library with humour!
And once again, I've been inspired by Ali E. Her blog is just so cool always, she always discover something new (at least to me) that inspires me to go check it out. Besides her being the reason I've borrowed 'The Artist's Way', today she has inspired me to check out this place: http://visualchronicles.typepad.com/. It looks cool although i haven't had time to go through it thoroughly but I've posted the link in the column to the right so that neither you or I forget to check it out and get a feel for the place. Thanks, Ali!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Puppy's mommy

I finished a layout tonight that has been sitting on my desk for some days now. It's about Kayleigh's mother. I really like how it turned out even though it took a very different twist than I had imagined, sitting in the cafeteria at a railway station and looking at an advertisement for soup! That gave me the basic color idea (red, white, green) and later, I saw a part of a house that inspired me for some of the form of the layout. And then - I got stuck. I couldn't get the rest of the layout to work at all. So it just kept sitting on my layout and bugging me. Well, then today I saw an Oprah show about how her hair-dresser had decorated her guest house - and one of the rooms had a lot of brown and blue and I truly liked that combination - and it was also very flowery. And then throw in a pinch of Elsie Flannigan inspiration and then voila - a finished layout that I really really like!
Now I know it's kind of mean of me not to share it with you - but I think that I'm going to try and submit it and then I don't think it would be a good idea to showcase it too much... Right? So I'm going to save it for now.
Besides being happy 'bout that, I'm happy because Elsie is coming out with a book. Go Elsie! Love your stuff, girl! :-)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Studio Friday - puppy blues

Finally, my entry for Studio Friday's 'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue' challenge. This was a hard one! Partly because I think the subject was difficult - I considered several different objects for this but settled for these: old & blue cell, new cell & my boyfriend's camera... The other reason this was hard is because my father has been severely ill and hospitalized for more than a week and just got home today. He's still not doing too good so it's really hard!
But I'm proud that I got this challenge done and I like the end result!
Uh - after reading several of the other Studio Friday entries for this challenge, I just want to add that this layout is new, it uses blue and some of the stamps used on it are kind of old... - but I didn't borrow anything to make it, although my boyfriend probably wish that I did. He kind of thinks I spend too much money on this hobby... Oh well...
And final edit to this post: Just discovered this site: http://www.mixedmediamemoirs.com/ As if I didn't have enough to do with keeping up with my art journal (way way wayyyyy behind) and Studio Friday - this looks so amazingly cool that I just have to figure out a way to start participating in this!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Puppy wishes happy birthday

Tomorrow is my father's birthday and I just made this simple card and envelope to send to him. Not taking credit for the design however - is very much inspired by a card, that some talented lady (sorry, can't remember who...) shared on the clubscrapchat yahoogroup earlier this year. I loved it then and I love my take on it as well. I think my dad prefers it simple so keeping it that way.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Sad sad puppy

Well, actually it's rather me who's a bit sad and feeling melancholy today. Kayleigh on the other hand, is in the living room playing with a pink My Little Pony bucket and by the sounds of it, she's having an excellent time!
Me, on the other hand - sad. Today, it's two months since my last bunny died. I've had bunnies since 1998 - but December 19th 2005 my last bunny, Alexander, had to be put to sleep. *sighs* He wasn't really sick - he was just old and had almost stopped eating and didn't feel good enough to go on. So I had to agree to the vet putting him down. And I miss him.
The layout here was made a couple of days after he died - kind of a katharsis experience where I just brainstormed all kinds of stuff about how he was and put it on a layout. It's really simple - but I've made tons of layouts about my bunnies and this one was mostly just to help me cope.

I also wanted to share this layout I made a couple of days ago. It's made with the beautiful Let me count the ways kit from Club Scrap. I just love this kit! It's the 10 things I love the most about Kayleigh. There are all kinds of reasons - but no. 1 is "Anytime she sleeps! The house is so nice and quiet then!". She's a very active puppy!!!