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January 30, 2012

MISTified ")

My family paid a visit to Myrtle Beach earlier this month when my younger daughter had dance conference. Imagine how mystified she was to ride in the big pink limo! Since she was I decided it was time to play with some mist for this layout. If you have not taken any out for awhile I highly recommend it :)

January 28, 2012

Friday is Sketch Day!

Welcome to a Friday sketch from Michelle with her example on how it was used in her scrapbook :) Deb♥

January 26, 2012

Welcome to our Newest Designer, Jean!

Some of you will have seen Jean on our blog a few times in the last week. She was our guest when she became the latest Pieces and Parts Designer, as well as helped us by participating in our birthday blog hop this past weekend :) WE are excited to start working with Jean and I know you will love her projects! Welcome Jean!

deI am here to prove that scrapping does not have to end just because your kids are growing up! I have a 28 year old daughter, Jennifer, who will be getting her PhD in May! She lives in Phoenix which is too far from Michigan. Rob, 23, graduated from college in May and works in Grand Rapids about 12 miles from home. He has an apartment in the city and wishes he were in Phoenix! Rob humors me by dying Easter eggs, going on pumpkin hunts, etc. all so I have photos to scrap. Jen is good at forwarding me photos of her life there so I can scrap that too. If I were to get caught up, there are always the old photos! I don't know that I have a particular style - it changes all the time. I also enjoy creating canvases. I look forward to meeting everyone here!

January 25, 2012

Blog Hop Winners!

If you came by our one day blog hop let me say thanks and how much we enjoyed having you as always! We have a few winners to announce from those of us who were offering some goodies :)Be sure to click on their address by looking down the right side of this page.
My winner is Penny of so Penny please email at Michelle's winner is Lisa M Jean's winner is Marianne

January 23, 2012

I Got Married!

So, Rebecca, Lead Fiskateer, whom I lovingly call Mrs. Cassidy shared a sketch this month and I just knew what I needed to do. Yep, after almost 18 years of marriage I FINALLY made another wedding layout for my album. About time right? She had circles running down that sketch where on my page you see roses. I water colored those. Any chance to break the watercolor out is always a fun time!!! Thanks for coming by, Deb♥

January 21, 2012

One Day Birthday Blog Hop!

Happy Birthday to If It's Groovy! Yeah it is our 3rd year!!! It is so hard to believe that we have been an active blog this long so THANK YOU for supporting us. We have a little blog hop to celebrate today and we hope you will enjoy as you make your way through each of The Groovy Chick's blogs showing projects made using the letters out of the word Birthday.

I have "B" and decided to make a birdhouse :)

I used papers from Paper Studio, Making Memories "Shopping Bag" acrylic paint, store brands of other colors, and together decorated this little home. I cut the pieces of paper first using a Fiskars Coastal Knife, which I love with it's ergonomical design, then attached them to the birdhouse with Aleene's tacky glue. Before attaching I did mix the paint into the glue so I managed to decorate at the same time as affixing :) I then just finished it off with some embellies, twigs and a bird cut from the same pad of paper used to design the house. To keep the bird from bending too fast I added lots of layers of the same glue to help harden up the paper.

TFL! Now it is time to go by and visit Michelle with her letter"I"

p.s. I am sending a little goodie bag to one person who leaves some luv at all of the blogs on this hop. Not to fret there are 7 ")

January 19, 2012

A Retro ATC from Sheena

It is so awesome when an artist finds a new passion! Sheena is tapping into that as she comes back today with a new ATC. This is another example of awesome small arts!

I am fairly new at making ATC's, I am enjoying the learning process. ATC's are also a great way to try out new techniques. For this ATC, I was playing with some new stamps and layering different ink colors. This was a lot of fun to make and I love the message to "Enjoy Life".

January 17, 2012

Sibling Scrapbooking and Some News

I have a new layout from Jen to share with you today. I think it is appropriately titled considering who is in her pics :) Take a look at her title. I love the mix of glittered letters! Deb♥

In an attempt to preserve as many baby/kid pics of myself and my brothers and family, I have been trying to scrapbook as many as I can before they get lost. This is a page is of me and my two brothers when we were little. I used the funky die-cut (I have been in die-cut paper mode!) patterned paper because it reminded me of the colors that were popular when we were kids. Then I just added a strip of coordinating paper and some vintage buttons to go with my theme and some cool fabric letter stickers for the title. Scrap and protect those old family pics!

As Jen has shown her work on siblings, there is news to share. Jen is leaving her second term here at If It's Groovy, because she is adding on to her family. Hard to believe this is her second maternity leave from IIG! We love her and her work and anxiously will await the news of the newest baby to her household. Jen you will be missed, but sending nothing but good thoughts and prayers for healthy mom and baby!!! Deb♥

January 15, 2012

Pieces & Parts Designer: Jean

We have another Pieces and Parts Designer for this month and her name is Jean! You can find her hanging out on her blog so after you have seen what she created with my leftovers be sure to click on the link to pay her a visit :) I asked Jean the big question, of course, and here is what she said about being a groovy chick... That is a tough question to answer as I don’t know that I am all that groovy. I love to create and scrap even though it is more and more difficult with two grown up kids! My 23 year old son is quite close by and puts up with my attempt to continue traditions such as Easter egg coloring and pumpkin hunting. My daughter in grad school is good about sending me photos of events that she has attended which allows me to scrap her life at school. I have ventured out the past year into creating canvases and doing more cards. I have learned that I enjoy the process and it is ok if it is not perfect and not to compare! I was lucky enough to attend the US of F in Michigan where I met other wonderful Fiskateers. This is a great place for inspiration! Here is what she has created to share and I have to say that I really cannot say which one I love the best. Having said that I would say she is DEFINITELY a groovy chick :) Thanks to Jean, Deb♥

January 12, 2012

More Birthday Celebrations

I am so excited that If It's Groovy has a birthday!!! Here is a card from Jen!

For this card, I used up a patterned paper scrap from a previous scrapbook page.Then I added small letter stickers to spell happy birthday along with some pretty trim at the bottom and matching brads to finish it off. tfl! have a great day!

January 11, 2012

January is Birthday Month!

This is birthday month for If It's Groovy, yep it's our 3rd birthday! Hard to believe but true! As we celebrate here is a cute card made by Heather to celebrate another's birthday!

Another card using the Get in Gear stamps from Raisin Boat! So perfect because you can use gears as not only an embellishment on its own, but it also pairs perfectly with trains and cars and machines!! Simple birthday card here for a little boy!

January 10, 2012

Pieces & Parts Designer: Cindy

Hi Everyone! It has been awhile, but I am bringing back a feature that was so much fun...that of the Pieces & Parts Designer! What happened was before this day came around I mailed my "leftovers" to Cindy and she created whatever she wanted using these things she received :) The only stipulation was to use only white card stock if any was needed which could be altered in anyway with the use of inks, chalks, the like, but absolutely no other embellies. Ready to meet Cindy and see what she created? Well here she is and I bet you have seen her because this girl knows how to hop around the Internet! She is must have the Energizer Bunny as her friend because I really do see her all over the scrap world! It is an honor to have her with us today :)

I asked Cindy what makes her a Groovy Chick and here is what she told me: Creativity is part of my daily life. No matter what I'm doing, I always manage to put my own spin on things and try different approaches or techniques. While paper crafting is my main love, I enjoy a huge variety of crafts. Over the years, I think I've tried them all. My creativity isn't just limited to crafting, as I love inventing recipes and have won quite a few cooking contests. Once you have checked out her projects be sure to leave a comment here and you may be chosen as the next Pieces & Parts Designer :) then hop over to Cindy's blog to say hello :)

January 09, 2012

Not Just for Laundry...

When I think about the labor that goes into hanging clothes outside I know that clothespins are needed, but I sure like the way Tammy used hers instead!!!

It's an altered clothespin :) Easy to do...cut some paper to size, file it down on the edges and ink them, and embellish! You can use these on a layout, or add a magnet to the back and use it to hang notes on the fridge, or clip a giftcard to it and attach it to a card :) TFL, Tammy

January 06, 2012

You're So Negative: Heather

I like to fill the page when I scrap!!  Lots of papers, lots of layering, and, of course, lots of distressing!!  So to do a challenge that calls for negative space is a little outside my comfort zone!  But I think I was able to accomplish . . . even to my liking!  lol
I sprayed glimmer mist on the background from one corner to another diagonally.  I then added added the strip of paper with the hot air balloon and words on it.  I put a transparency over the pic so the focus would be on my new (and first) great-nephew!  I then added some little stickers, a couple prima flowers and a button.  The stickers, papers and even punched border are all from Simple Stories Baby Steps Collection.  It is so pretty and can be used for boys and girls! Lots of birds and owls in the collection also! I like it so much that I might be willing to leave some negative space more often!! Hope you enjoy and thanks for looking!

January 05, 2012

You're So Negative:Michelle

Negative Space/White Space worked great for a opening page for a trip to Garvan Woodlands Gardens. We visited the gardens during our trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas. I haven't used my Creative Memories Custom Cutting Tools in a long time. So, out they came I used one of the Oval and one of the Circle Tools to make my openings in my cardstock.

January 04, 2012

You're So Negative: Viji

I had fun creating this one. I created a layout where the amount of positive space is almost equal to the amount of negative space. I used acrylic paint for the background. I trimmed my photos in different sizes to give the layout some interesting lines. Then glued my pictures on the painted area, randomly spaced. Then I placed a piece of yellow card stock on both sides of the pictures to hold it all together. I placed my title and the journaled on the yellow cardstock and that's it! Hope you like what I did! Thanks for visiting IIG today!

January 03, 2012

You're So Negative: Sheena

I love layouts with white(or negative) space. When I first learned about “white space”, I took it literally to mean blank, white space on my page, that didn‘t appeal to me. I was glad to learn that white space didn’t have to be white at all and now I love making layouts with white space. This layout was easy to put together once I chose my gold, background paper, I pulled several scraps of blues/grays that I thought would go with the picture. I cut them in blocks and arranged them until I was happy with the design. I finished up by adding my title and date. I love that this layout showcases one of my favorite pictures of my kids.

January 02, 2012

You're So Negative: Tammy

 A couple of years ago I played with my color settings on my camera at the fair.  In the ferris wheel pics, I thought it was cool to focus on the blue of the sky.  I used some Pink Paislee paper for the background, and a lot of fussy cut pieces of it too.  But I also added a lot of non-traditional embellishments on this inventory tag; a bingo marker; tickets; a milk cap; scrabble tiles; a paper clip; and washi tape.  A little piece of Tim Holtz film tape, and a splatter of black acrylic paint and I'm done.  Tammy

January 01, 2012

You're So Negative: Groovy Deb♥

Negativity is just not a very healthy thing to have in our lives, but on a scrapbook page it can bring a whole new look to our books. I like making these type of layouts now and then since usually my pages have lots of "stuff" :) This lo is of our boy kitty Zorro. He thought he was clever climbing up into the tree looking to get closer to the birds. Look close and you will see a sticker right above his picture. He is quite the hunter let me tell ya! This time the only birds he got to get to close to though are the ones I added to the top of the page!!! Thanks as always for looking and I hope you join in!

January If It's Groovy Challenge

A new year! A new attitude? So many use the new year to make resolutions and work out problems right? Well, this month The Groovy Chicks will show when being negative is a good thing. We hope you will play along by creating your own negative layout. Email if you too would like to play :)

Keep watching! Deb♥

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