Thursday, May 16, 2013

Project Life - Week 1 & 2

Happy Thursday Everybody!

Today, I am sharing my first two weeks of Project Life pages.  These have been done for awhile, but I am just now getting them up on the blog.  I really like using the pocket page style of scrapbooking.  Sometimes a 12x12 page can feel a little intimidating or for me, I can never decide on a layout or sizes for my photos. I chose some pocket pages designed for Project Life, and some from American Crafts.  I think what I like about the pockets are that it is like making several mini pages, and sometimes that is really fun, and also I like that this format feels like "anything goes".  My approach to traditional scrapbooking was always a strange "perfection" issue - the page needed to be PERFECT and if it wasn't I was disappointed.  Now, the pictures and memories come first, and the pressure is off for how perfect the page needs to be.  I also like that as your eye travels around the page, there are so many different moments and you can tell so many more stories in the same amount of space.  Am I going on and on?  Well, maybe a little, but I really like it - what can I say?

As for using the Project Life kits - I actually haven't bought any, although they are so great!  I just chose to use this opportunity to dive into all of the fabulous scrapbooking paper I have been hoarding all of this time.  FUN!!!! One more thing - I am deciding as I go through the year if the week should be a 1 page or 2 page layout.  Right now, these are just 1 week for a 12x12. This was plenty for me.

OK - here we go - take a look at Week 1

Here are some of my favorites from this week:
2013 in White Glitter Thickers
Pictures of my craft space and my British Entertainment!
My little Walter - just 9 months old in this pic.  I love the Echo Park paper here!
Now, for Week 2
Here are some favorite moments:
Digital journaling on top of Splendid Fiins "Brilliant Border Bits".  Fun!
Plus, my two guys :) [you can find other designs for Splendid Fiins here]
Adding a digital brush to my neice's photo - so pretty.  Finding a stash of baby embellishments (Wee Little One - BasicGrey).  I wrote Kamilla's name with a calligraphy pen (PITT). More BG papers for the wk2 pocket and the hot air balloons, and "the best is yet to come" sentiment fits so nicely (from Studio Calico). I love how this all works together.

If you aren't into scrapbooking in the traditional sense of the word, you may really like this method for a fast way to get 4x6 photos into an album and off of your camera where everyone can enjoy them.  Plus, I like remembering the everyday moments too.  Great way to tell your story! Fun Fun Fun! 

Thanks for stopping by!


Wk 1 Layout:
Paper: Echo Park and Pebbles (Seen and Noted)
Stickers: American Crafts Thickers, BasicGrey sticker letters, glitter sticker letters

Wk 2 Layout:
Paper: BasicGrey "What's Up?
Stickers: American Crafts Thickers
Digital: Splendid Fiins Brilliant Border Bits, Rhonna Farrer swirl brushes
Stamp: Studio Calico
Ink: Memories Ink (Stewart Superior)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Album Cover Pages

Hello everyone,

Tonight, while I root on the Spurs (GoSpursGo!!) I am posting two 12x12 layouts I created for my 2013 album.  After getting some advice from my friend Shay, and looking at what several designers have created online, I decided to keep one album that contains my Project Life pages as well as my One Little Word pages.  These layouts are the "title" layout to each of these projects. 

Let's start with Project Life!

My layout was inspired by this one I found on Pinterest from the Crate Paper blog. I wanted two show a pic of my husband, my dog and me in a filmstrip style layout and then add color with all of the banner strips and embellishments.
Silhouette - I love you!
I used the same banner strip over and over again, just resized, in several different Basic Grey designs.  I also wanted a camera image and cut this one from a camera image downloaded from the Silhouette store.  I made the yellow scalloped border design using the Silhouette software and cut the "hello 2013" as well. My little Walter looks cute peaking in there on the left! 

Supply List:
Paper: Basic Grey Olivia (Amelia side B, McKinley, Brianna A & B), Pink Paislee Vintage Moon (Full Moon), Studio Calico (Take Note), Pebbles (Seen &Noted), Stampin' Up! (Black cardstock, Confetti White cardstock, grey geometric design and yellow floral).
Embellishments: Jenni Bowlin (Playful Hodge Podge Stickers), Memory Box (green and lavender polka), Tim Holtz (Chit Chat Verbiages Charla), Creative Imaginations "Narratives", and The Paper Studio designer brads.
Now let's look at OLW
I loved this page by Jen Jockisch and used it as a partial inspiration for my layout, not because of the title, but just how it had a single photo and a cursive title.  My word of the year is BRIGHT and I created a brush in Illustrator of my handwriting to use on these cards I created from the January assignment. I used the same image in my Silhouette software to cut out the same handwritten BRIGHT for the title.


Silhouette - I really really love you!!
I wanted a very simple background so I misted several colors of spray in bright colors to give a nice backdrop to the white title.  I also cut out the three stars with the Silhouette and coated all of my cut outs in stickles *sigh*.
Ink: Dylusions Sprays (Vibrant Turquoise, Pure Sunshine), Tattered Angels (Vintage Pink, Cranberry Zing, Trunk Bay, Sun Sisters).
Paper: Colored cardstock from stash and background was sprayed on Confetti White SU!
Embellishments: Stickles (Fruit Punch, Aqua, Lime Green and Diamond).
I've been away from scrapbooking for a very long time, and things are very different now.  I always felt free to create what I wanted and was using all the right tools to achieve the look I wanted, but now, it's a whole new world, and I am loving it!
Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Blog updates!!!

Hello all,

I've been burning the candle at both ends, and one of the things I have been up to is planning out some new blog design ideas.  Tonight, I just added my new background element.  I was inspired by other papers I had seen that had a similar design, and decided to create my own.  I think it turned out pretty good.  I will be playing with the blog header next and hopefully will have it up in the next few days. 

I might get a little more done in the next few minutes while we watch the Spurs.  Go Spurs Go!!!

Keep checking back for more updates - and thanks for stopping by!


Edited to add:  I was able to get the blog header done too!  woo hoo!