Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It's the Time of the Season for Weddings

First wedding card of the season! (I feel like Santa in The Polar Express, "First gift of Christmas!") I used Lawn Fawn's Bicycle Built for You stamps and die cuts.  Background is Bazill Orange Peel with some watercoloring. Pieces were colored with Copics and have just a touch of Wink of Stella.   Interesting card to piece together for sure!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

DYL 2.0 Week 2, Layout 2 The Story of Summer

I took some photos at the pool today that lend themselves well to this hybrid layout for Week 2 of Design Your Life 2.0. I used some Cosmo Cricket patterned paper, some deep purple cardstock, and some black cardstock layered behind my photos.  I also used a couple of Ali Edwards stamps.  The arrow sticker border is, I think, from a Simple Stories set. All is placed on a piece of cardstock from Stampin' Up!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Sweet Caroline (Ba-ba-baaaa) DYL 2.0 Week 2, Sketch 1

This week's first sketch had an emphasis on the design elements of repetition. I decided this page lent itself well to a spread on our Neil Diamond concert experience. Some repetition used: The "So Good" circles were used three times, with the bottom one elevated; word phrase stickers (Ali Edwards) to the left of Neil's picture, to the right on our picture (Simple Stories) and in the upper right hand corner (Ali Edwards), affixed with a mini staple.  I felt that something was needed to bring the page together so I framed it with gold metallic.  I also used the gold metallic to "dot" the scalloped edge at the bottom of the page.  That patterned paper and the paper behind our raised photo are the same paper (Pink Paislee Sweet Freedom Collection used in the last sketch...using those scraps!). The blue jean pockets, "borrowed" from the Interwebs, give a nice touch and shout out to Neil's "Forever in Blue Jeans," a favorite song of mine.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hello Tae Kwon Do - DYL 2.0 Continues

Here is the second sketch for Week 1 in Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life 2.0.  What I like about these sketches is that they are SIMPLE.  You can add what you wish, or delete what you wish.  Some scrapbook sketches are so cluttered for me that I can't think of where to go with them.

Many in the class were completing this digitally, and I must say, it's a sleek one to do that way.  My 8.5 x 11 in. page is hybrid. I printed the mat on Bazill Orange Peel (still a favorite of mine). The "Hello" and "tae kwon do" colors were sampled from the photos.  I wanted to use blue and red as those are the main colors used as part of TKD.  In the circle, I borrowed an image from the Interwebs and placed in on a gray 1 inch circle.  I then cut the mat with a 1-1/4 inch circle punch to give it a home.  Note: the little guy has a white belt.  I mounted the photos on Stampin' Up! cardstock (I think it's Real Red). The page base is a piece of patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Sweet Freedom collection. The other side is patriotic images and sayings.  I chose the blue ombre quite purposefully.  I think it shows transformation and increased strength, like when students work through their TKD belts.  Cathy stacked her "Hello" sentiment.  I felt like the red was emphasized enough, so there's just one layer there.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

And now it is July!

I did not realize how long it had been since I posted things on this blog.  I have been making things, and I am more in process mode than ready to share mode.  Let's start with some cards:

I made this card for a friend who had to say goodbye to her beloved dog. I used some of my crafty friend's stash, so I am not sure of all manufacturers. I do know the sentiment is from Taylored Expressions and the embossing folder is from Darice.

This card is for a wedding shower.  It was hard to get the color in a photo.  It is a dark purple.  The embossing folder used is from The Paper Studio.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up!, as is the ribbon, attached with Tim Holtz's tiny attacher. I used a Spellbinders die to mount the sentiment.

I mounted the card on craft cardstock and stamped a Simon Says Stamp sentiment on the inside.

Next up in crafty-land, a new class!  I enrolled in Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life 2.0.  I made some of my absolute favorite all-time pages during the first iteration of this class back in 2008.  This one is 4 weeks instead of 12, is still based on the principles of design, and contains Cathy's fabulousness.

The first layout focuses on symmetrical balance. We were charged with scrapbooking the passage of time. Here is my shot at it.

I used some of Ali's Tough and Old/New Story Kits as well as some SEI and Lawn Fawn papers. I know those acrylic hearts are from Ali, but I will be darned if I can find the kit they were in! 

Cathy provided us with the cut file and the general sketch. She actually had her journaling in the bottom left square and had patterned paper where I have my journaling. She was not using the large circles, but rather thinner banners, so the journaling would fit.

She has another sketch that is asymmetrical that I will be trying out this weekend also. I think it will document Max starting Tae Kwon Do.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Project Life® 4-8 through 4-14-2017

This week's fairly simple spread uses Ali's Tough Digital Story Kit to unify the pictures and dates.  The images used on the photos were part of a word sticker set that came with Tough.  I went right to Tough because this was a HELLA week to try to push through.  Stomach virus and several days of nausea in a life that was not stopping for recovery.  The usual life of a mom.

When I saw Ali make this card for one of her spreads, I knew I needed to make a "So Over Being Sick" sentiment card.  The "smiling pie of pooh" stamp came with the Texting You set from Simon Says Stamp.  The alphabet is a random alphabet I bought at one time.  Every other card/sticker came from a kit of Ali's at some point.  Since I have them split up, it's hard to say.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Project Life® 3/25 through 3/31/2017

This week was one of travel, so many photo options were possible.  

I decided to use a photo of the plane I was about to board in Hartford, CT, as my title card for this spread, since most of my week was on the go.  Each picture has the date stamped on in in StazOn Opaque White. Almost everything on the page is from Ali Edwards, except the "Life" card.

I used some elements from the Ali Edwards Bond Story Kit on this pic, as well as some word stickers from other kits.  This is a pic of my sister-in-law and I as we ran errands.

I used the backs of some cards from last week's spread, as they worked pretty well.  "The story of now" card was the back of last week's "the story of then" card from Ali's Old + New Story Kit.  "Life" is from the Kraft Project Life® Kit, which remains one of my favorite kits.

Page 2 includes some additional elements.  The "How About No" sticker of from the Simple Stories #Whatever kit. I used the Instaweather app for the photo of me in the airport. Ali's Magic Story Kit was used for the arrow and the phrase on the mall pic when we saw Beauty and the Beast.  "The Story of this Tough Day" is from the Tough Story Kit.

 There were many food photos from the week. I used some of Ali's elements from the Eat Story Kit.  I did a small collage of some of the foods and added the "Yum" sticker at the bottom.

Next week: Ignatius is documenting!  Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Holy cow! A card!

I needed to make a card for the person I am sponsoring to receive Baptism and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.  This card will be opened during retreat next week, and it needed to contain some inspiration.

I used Bazzill Kraft as my base.  The first panel is SEI linen paper.  Then I used my Stampin' Up! banner dies and embossing folder with some Bazzill red and Neenah Solar White.  The sentiment is from PTI's A Cheerful Heart set.  I stamped with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink, which is quickly becoming my favorite.  I felt something was needed up top, so I stapled a bit of sheet ribbon and placed an Ali Edwards glittery white star, followed by a Studio Calico Kraft star to pull in the base.

It felt good to make a card again!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Project Life® 3/18-3/24/2017

This week, I used Ali's Handdrawn Days digital files on each of the photos for some unity in the layout. Again, multiple products from Ali's Story Kits were used, among other random (probably Simple Stories and Project Life) cards.

I added the stamp "Scrap" from Technique Tuesday's Paper Hoarder set to a card from Ali's Read Story Kit.  It worked quite perfectly for the story I had to tell about Max pouring over scrapbooks.  I also used cards from Ali's Drive kit (Miles and Miles) and Numbers kit (Cost of Goods Right Now). The title card is from Ali's Craft kit.  Embellishments are all from one AE kit or another.  I believe the "hustlin'" card is from a Simple Stories sheet. The stamp on Tuesday's photo is from the Technique Tuesday stamp set as well.  I stamped using Staz On Opaque white ink.

Embellishments again are from Ali's kits.  I have them broken up, so it would be hard to say which ones.  The grid card is a Project Life product.  The Yikes from the Surprise kit was perfect for the journaling about my unexpectedly green calzone. The journal card about my throwback photo was from Ali's Old + New kit, which was my first Story Kit purchase (AKA the gateway drug).  The #Cool card was, I believe, from a We R Memory Keepers kit...or Simple Stories...not sure.

A close up of some flair.  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Catching Up with One Little Word® 2017

I appreciate the simplicity of One Little Word®. It's really easy to stay "caught up."  Here's February:

Last year had the same theme for the month of February.  Choose something that you want to practice.  This year, I chose daily prayer--spending 1% of the day with God.  It was a good thing to stay cognizant of. (Circle embellishments from Ali Edwards; cross from Micahels; heart stickers from Starfoam)

Since March does best as a double-page spread, I decided to use this card from the Simple Stories Posh kit as a starter. I love the message.  Embracing loving the days.

Again this year, Ali suggested a vision board that related to our words.  I chose the two scenes because relaxation and rest have been underrated in my life, except on weekends when I tend to crash. I need to embrace the need for these each day.

The final page is also from the Posh set.  I really like that set a great deal.  Lots of uses.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Project Life® Title Page

Keepin' it simple.  I used cards from the Inspire Edition in my Project Life® app.  I added to the 'about us' card and signed the 'written by' card.  I used Ali's number stickers for the year.  Not sure how far in to 2018 this will go, if at all, so I put the stickers on the page protector in case I needed to edit.  I dig it.  Love the brush script and water color.

Project Life® Week of 3/11 through 3/17

The double-page spread.  Not as much embellishments this week, as I believe there are lots of "words" to consider.  When I was finished with the guts, I just decided that adding more was unnecessary.  I am also becoming quite free with where the photos go in the spread.  If I went in a day-by-day fashion, this spread would have very little unity.  Bottom line: It would have bugged me.  So I grouped things together where it made the most sense.

I decided to use a meme that I loved to title the spread.  So spot on.  I love that I was able to incorporate the back of one of Ali's cards into this spread.  That does not always work out as smoothly.  I also used a Project Life card I had for St. Patrick's Day, as well as a digital Project Life® card that went will with my Seuss-y shots.

This week had a theme all right: bat-shit crazy.  My journaling tells the tale.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Project Life® Week of 3/4-3/10

Week 2 of my newest Project Life® adventure is in the book. This week uses a hodgepodge of materials from a few different vendors, some of whom I remember, others, I do not.  I have my materials organized by their use, not by vendor, and sometimes things look pretty similar from set to set. I attempted unity by having the same patterned 4 x 6 card (I believe from WRMK) on each page, adding a label or chipboard element for variety.  I also repeated some cards of Ali's with grids and sayings. After that, I chose cards that would help me tell the story, which was Ali's theme for the third week of Storytelling with Project Life®.  Some cards are from Ali, one was randomly in my stash, but I think it is from WRMK or Simple Stories.  

I had the spread done, then I went to a scrapbook store and purchased this cute stamp which was part of Taylored Expressions Weekend Warrior set.  I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with this image when I got home.  I used StazOn in opaque white and stamped directly on the photo.  First use of the stamp: buttah.

Stickers from various Story Kits of Ali's are all throughout the layout.  I believe these will continually be my icing on my pages.  They are just too cute.  I added them mainly to the outside of the page protectors.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Project Life® Begins Again

I was so, so, so excited in 2010 when Project Life® came out.  I have done this project three times as a whole album, not necessarily a whole year.  It is the easiest, most efficient way of scrapbooking that exists on the planet.  Call it "pocket scrapbooking" if you will, but Becky Higgins was definitely the enabler for me.

Recently, I joined Ali Edwards' Storytelling with Project Life class. An overview of the class is here.

The first week allowed class participants to take video walks through Ali's albums.  I was pretty excited about that.  The best part?  She's not done with them.  Not by a long shot.  And that made her even more human to me.

The second week was focused on process.  We were challenged to just FILL THE POCKETS.  Get a spread done.  Use a "kit" that is color coordinated to eliminate some of the decision making hurdles.  Add embellishments AFTER the story has been told.  Tell whatever story you wish; don't be critical of yourself.

With these things in mind, I tried to take a photo a day, at minimum.  I used Instagram (sorry, it's a private account, but my craft one is public) as placeholders for the stories. (Ali stresses how she uses it religiously to remember the stories when she runs out of time for the physical book.) Here's what evolved:

I used Ali's 4 x 3 Class Set stamps and StazOn opaque white ink on each photo.  You will also see a variety of word and chipboard stickers from Ali's Story Kits and Simple Stories.  The cards are from the Project Life® Honey Edition.  The journal cards are actually bifold cards that I cut in half.

page 1

page 2

full spread

And like that, a week is done.  I decided to go Saturday to Friday with my weeks so that I could compile the pages on a Friday, when I have time and motivation.  Seemed to work well.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

December Daily® Days 19-25

After watching some of Storytelling with Project Life, my mojo kicked in.  I decided that finishing December Daily® needed to happen!

I knew I wanted to include Christmas cards in the book  So, I took a 12-up 6 x 8 page and cut portions of cards into 2 x 2 squares. I used two of the squares for the date and a quick journal.

Day 20 is more like a "Day in the Life" type of spread.  Here's what happens at this time of year.

Days 21 and 22 are quick 4-up 6 x 8 pages.  I added some Snapchat fun and a couple word stickers, with a star sticker as well to accent closing on our house!  Day 22 is, of course, dedicated to the Christmas party.

For Day 23, I included some newer wrapping paper for this year, a favorite funny meme, and I included a 6 x 8 page rather than a page protector.  The right side was part of the pre-made portion of my album.

I really liked the flipside of the "Joy" page, so I added some words from the ephemera kit from Simple Stories that I have been using throughout.  For Christmas Eve, I decided to use some 4 x 4 photos, and the page protector with two 4 x 4s and a 2 x 8 worked great.  I included traditional "in front of the tree" photos from Christmas Eve,

For the flipside of Christmas Eve, I used a strip that I had pre-made for the 2 x 8 part.  For Day 25, I decided to have a 4 x 6 journal card to wrap up the album.  I used two 4 x 6 collages to highlight different gifts of the day,

The tree is from last year's December Daily kit.  The letter stickers are Thickers from Dear Lizzy.  They have light little polka dots on them.

The final 6 x 8 is of my son before we opened gifts Christmas morning.  He looked so joyful.  It's definitely one of my favorite Christmas photos.

And there you have it.  Finis.