April 29, 2009

Armchair Travels with Karen Foster Design and Stamping Stations

When I was a senior in high school, I competed in a program called We The People. You know mathletes? We were like that, but for civics. I know, I know. You must be thinking something like "Heather! You must have been so popular! And pretty! And homecoming queen!" I wasn't...but I was smart, and my mom told me that was more important.

Right? Right. Moving on.
We kicked major booty at the regional and state competitions, and qualified for Nationals. We went to Washington, D.C. and New York City, and it was awesome. All the pictures and memorabilia have been sitting in bags in my craft drawer waiting for something to happen to them. And then something did! That something was the Karen Foster Design Destination New York Stickers. I love simple layouts using cardstock with a few embellishments, and the stickers provided the pizazz to make my plain cardstock layouts stand out. I also used cardboard, paint, the Subway Thickers (how apt!) and photos of my friends and me our senior year. It took me on an armchair vacation...which is probably the extent of my travels this year (anyone else out there like that?).Reliving one vacation made me want to do it again. So, having lived in Washington nearly all of my life, my family has quite a stash of photos of us all around the state. I got to finally put some of the pictures to good use (thanks, Mom and Dad's photo drawer). The paper and stickers are both from Stamping Stations. I like that the paper and the stickers are a little different that usually destination/vacation product you see a lot. Since we live in a state that has so much natural beauty, the copper scalloped border stickers (found in the ribbon section at PP), and some twine added to the over-all "Washington-ness."
I found a picture of my dad and me when I was about 7 or 8, and made him a little personalized father's day card. Take that, Hallmark! I also made two cards with the rest of the Washington paper: a "welcome home" card and a "missing you" card. I hope you get the chance to stop in and pick up a little something-something to scrap photos of your latest vacation.

Is anyone going someplace great this summer? Leave a comment letting us know so we who stay in Pullman can live vicariously through you. :-)

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5 comments:

mightyquinn4 said...

Heather, I love your style! and you are so inspiring. I've been wanting to do an "Idaho" book and you've given me lots of cool ideas. We've also gone on a vacation recently and I'm encouraged not to let all of the beautiful photos languish in a drawer! Thanks so much, Julie

AngMomof3 said...

LOVE these, girl! You are rocking the "hmmm, what's hanging around me here that I can use as an embellishment" technique! Cardboard and twigs?!? Veddy, veddy clever.

Anita Cory said...

Oh HB...you are smart, and pretty, and funny, and oh so creative! You so rocked that Wa paper, and I agree with AL..twigs, cardboard...nice, very nice.

All this and you've only been scrapbooking a year +? Seriously awesome friend!

Deb said...

WOW! Iloved your simple, fun and saavy style. That is what I totally look for when I am looking for ideas. They are creative, cute, fun, and don't look like they took a long time to create. bravo.
Deb.

London Tierney said...

You totally made me laugh the other night at Anita's...thought you should know! Are those...sticks i see? Rock on. That is the coolest.