Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Shower Card

A short card.  Not sure of all the vendors.  Gold under a PTI die.  Slight bling.  Looks so much better in person.  PTI sentiment inside.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Other crafting pursuits

I have been busy with crafting, but unable to post some things because of the element of surprise.  I have been helping with a friend's baby shower.

First, the invitations:
I used some Bazzill shiny textured paper, my Silhouette, and some bling.  The colors and butterfly are representative of what is in the baby's nursery.  On the back is the wording for the invitation.

Then, some bunting:

I love making bunting, and the Silhouette makes it so easy.  I used the same textured cardstock as I used on the invitations.  Then I used light yellow lettering in Hello Dot font, some bling on the dots, and some yellow baker's twine.

Also, a sign (painting of canvas done by another crafty friend):
The wording was not our own, but the design was morphed to fit our needs.

Lastly, my own card to the mama-to-be:
Some SU! washi, some Martha Stewart butterflies (the punch is going to be returned,,,cute butterflies, ridiculous effort needed to punch), hand stitching with twine, and the baby's initials.  On, you guessed it, the textured cardstock from the invitations.

This all transpired over about three week's time.  There was much craftiness going on!

Week in the Life: Wednesday

Here's Wednesday in Week in the Life.  I used a polka dot theme for this day.  Again, not a day that was plentiful with photos, mainly because it was crazy busy from start to finish.  I think it documented well, though.

Week in the Life: Tuesday

Tuesday came with not as many photos, but plenty of notes.  Here is how the pages took shape:

Page 1: The weather 4 x 4.
Page 1: The tab
Page 2: The 8 x 3 run-down of the day.
Page 4: A Happy Tuesday meme with my main man, Snoopy (as Joe Cool, of course).  The Fit Bit at almost 15,000 steps when leaving school. The washi tape with the saying "Today was a challenge" on it.  The tape serves to flip a card on the next page.  The Aren't You Lovely? sentiment was printed from a kit from the Project Life app many moons ago.  It is referring to my FitBit, which shows that I killed my daily 10,000 step goal.  
Page 5: Keeping with the stripes theme, I used some We R Memory Keepers cards that I had in my stash.  I also used an Ali Edwards Technique Tuesday card to explain the 4 x 6s on the next page.
This is a card that flips up to something that was said that day.  I wanted to preserve it, but not have it assault me every time I looked at this page.  While it was not a pleasant thing, now that I am doing this weeks later, I am glad to say that the drama has died down a bit.  "She said," washi, and arrow are from Ali's kit.  I created a white frame with my Gelly Roll pen.
Page 6: Some pics from the day.  Love the song!  Gets me pumped.
Page 7: Today's final page.  I made lots of trips back and forth to work, so I thought I would document the tedious nature of the task.  I used one of Ali's stamps as a title for the photo, and I used a 4 x 6 card (I think WRMK) to jot down some other happenings (mainly funny) about the day.  It was so helpful, again, that I had taken notes.  Much would have been forgotten.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Week in the Life: Monday

So, it only took a couple months, but I finally have time and motivation to complete the days of my Week in the Life album for 2015.  Many of the ideas I have used were inspired by albums I have seen posted.  Without further ado, welcome to Monday:

Throughout each day, I tried to repeat a basic theme. I started the day with the weather: a 4 x 4 created with the InstaWeather app.  Yes, you are right.  I did not use a page protector.  What a leap for me!  Ali Edwards used a tab, but mentioned the idea of making a tab with the star washi tape included in the package.  I went with that idea.  On the tabs, I attached a saying, included in the kit, that seemed to go with the day.  I used one of the location icons each time, glued directly to the picture.   

On the flipside of the weather pic is a picture of my entry for the day from Heidi Swapp's Capture Life (Instagram).  In this case, I took a screenshot of my alarm set for 5:30 AM.

This next part is one of the more time-consuming parts.  I tried to do a direct print on to the 8 x 3 card.  It printed crooked, even after I printed over and over to try to get it straight.  So, on future pages, I will be printing a box for each area and just adhering the box.  I had to do that on the very bottom to cover up the majorly crooked area.  I covered the top of the card with some washi, and adhered the wood veneer day of the week.  It fell off a couple times, even with some string adhesive.  This last time, I used glue dots.  Fingers crossed!  

My daily notes helped a lot with journaling this part.  It's been quite a while since this week actually happened, so I am glad that I had taken time to scrawl some notes.

I am attempting to have the next pages include somewhat matching patterned cards that were included with the kit.  I decided to use the daily cards for the date and a meme appropriate for the day of the week.  This day, of course, required some Jimmy Fallon.  

On the flipside, I included a text strand from the beginning of the day and a Facebook post from the day's end. These are part of my everyday.  I used some washi to write on the patterned cards, explaining the photos I included.  The sentiment over my mess of dishes photo came with the Ali Edwards kit.

Lastly, I included a picture of me in my room, taken with my iPhone's timer option.  Also included, a picture of the Epsom salt bath that made the day a little easier to take.

I love that the expressions included in the kit are gold on white, as I am kind of in love with gold at the moment.  I noted that Ali left the perforations alone when she added these to her book, so I decided to do the same.

 The other pages should flow nicely now that I have a basic idea of what I want to do each time.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Preparing for Week in the Life

Week in the Life, as I am documenting it, begins Monday.  I am following a lot of what Ali Edwards has in her kit.  She allows for a great deal of personalization, while providing the supplies needed to make a very special documentation of what life is right now.

This is one of two 6 x 8 album choices.

I altered an AE overlay to create mt title page using a photo.

I wrote the narrative for the start of my WITL album this week.  I decided to take one of Ali's 4 x 3 cards and create an overlay.  I was going to make a flap, but I liked this idea much better.

She includes a mixture of page protectors that work in a 6 x 8 album.  Accompanying the page protectors are cards that have a variety of possible uses.  I set up Monday with the "Good Morning to You" card, because it's my first contractual day back to school.  There's something about "having" to get up and go in that is a bit different than going in and working on your room little by little.

Ali included some 8 x 3 page protectors and some papers that fit in there nicely.  I liked that she included smaller 4 x 3 cards that shared a color scheme with the longer ones.

Each day I am starting with this 8 x 3 card.  I topped it with washi because I wanted to glue the wood veneer day words to the top, and the top of the card would interfere with how the veneers looked.  The wood veneers are glued to the page protectors.  Here, on Friday, I want to force myself to remember ten things about my class that I learned in the two days I will have had with them.  It was nice to have some cards like that where I already have a purpose for them.

I am planning to use my AccuWeather app on my phone to document the weather for each day as well.  Otherwise, I will allow the photos to decide the design and the story.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Finally, this weekend saw the making of the graduation thank-you cards!  I had in my mind what I wanted to do, but mass production is so different from making one or two cards.  So I stayed really simple.

On white cardstock, I used the "thank you" sentiment from SU! Wishes Your Way.  The nice thing I learned is that when using the MISTI with this stamp set, I get a much more consistent image.  If I use acrylic blocks, I tend to have "wiggle issues."  Then, I used this Silhouette file made available for free from Cathy Zielske to make the cap.  That was no small adventure.  I think I need to change my blade, because it did a cruddy job of cutting the tassel.  You cannot see this, but I also added some Wink of Stella pen to the tassel.  

And that's it!  Now, they are in the boy's hands for the heartfelt sentiment part of the process.  We have a goal of getting them in the mail this week.