Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our Northeastern Adventure Pt. 2

Like many others, when I don't feel like or have time for scrapping, I'll take a few minutes to view a gallery, check Pinterest, or do some shopping. I make note of ideas, sketches, and layouts and then when I need a boost, I'll return to a piece of inspiration and go from there.

That's exactly what happened with this first page. It's a lift of a gorgeous layout by Violeta, who was recently a guest designer over at Studio Calico. She has a fantastic style and I'm glad to have had her brought to my attention.

These layouts will be facing each other and so I wanted them to coordinate. I used a geometric wood grain paper from {Notes & Things} by Crate Paper on both pages as well as punched butterflies, zig zag sewing, and October Afternoon alphabets and stickers.

Like I mentioned in my first post about this trip, I have items that I'm really pushing myself to use. It was a small start, but I used 3 different alphabets, 4 Heidi Swapp Project Life cards, and a few stickers. Those are all items I kept buying, but not using, so I'm a happy camper.

If you're on Instagram, you might like to know I'm holding a giveaway with 4 sets of my mini flair for you and a friend. You can find all the details here and it's open until the 20th at noon EST. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Like It Was Yesterday

I've been kind of scattered with my projects lately and if you have too many projects on your to-do list, you might know the feeling. Shuffling papers around, moving one pile from here to there, not really accomplishing much of anything.

I know priority one for most scrapbookers is the memory keeping, but I approach it differently. My albums are just for me and won't be passed on to anyone. Because of that, it's the supplies that drive me to stay motivated in creating. So since I was in the mood to create, but didn't want to work on either project on my desk, I pulled out several items from {Open Book} by Maggie Holmes and got to it.

I cut up a few 6"x6" papers to make my triangles, and once they were adhered, I sewed lines between each of them with gold thread. I've made great strides in not saving items for "just in case I need it for that one project" and cut right into the vellum with the gold text print. Some flowers, stickers, and gold mist droplets and thought I was done.

Until a couple of years ago I never put a title on my layouts. While I was looking at my completed page, I felt it was missing something and so added the title. I chose it because even though she and I don't see each other often, it's like no time has passed and our conversations and laughter flow easily.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

PL & CY365 {October 2014}

For my October pages, I kept the embellishments to a minimum, but did manage to use plenty of the puffy stickers from Studio Calico's October PL kit. I liked the diamond shape so much, I used a photo from one of our outings to make my title card in Photoshop Elements.

For the back I made a couple of cards with paper from the Studio Calico card kit and also put to use one of the new flair from my Etsy shop. I think the addition of what I'm reading will be a constant to my monthly pages and the journaling card I used this time came from a set designed by Sahlin Studio.

Unexpectedly my sister came out for a visit and we were able to pack a whole bunch of fun into the time she was here. I have a stack of photos I'll be scrapbooking, but prefer to get my journaling done in the pocket pages. I love the cityscape card I made with a stamp from the Aloha set.

I had picked up an extra set of cards with my SC kits and it set the black and white tone. I used more cards designed by Sahlin Studio to help document what was going on. Since my sister and I had some crafty time, I needed a "making" card and whipped one up in PSE to coordinate.

One last thing before you go. Jennifer of Jennifer Grace Creates is hosting another one of her fantastic blog events, Frosty Festivities, this weekend. The event kicks off this Friday at 4pm GMT and she'll have projects and inspiration of all manners as well as challenges and giveaways. I'm happy to be sponsoring a giveaway and will be participating in the challenges as much as I can. Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pause in 2014 {November}

It's rapidly approaching time for me to create this year's holiday cards and while I was looking into a stamp and die set, I came across this post for the Caring Hearts Card Drive and immediately knew it should be my November project for focusing on my word.

While my own grandmother lived in a nursing home, she was fortunate to have plenty of family visiting her and her room was filled with photos and cards. Sadly that's not always the case and so I was more than happy to participate.

Each card I made was different as was the message I wrote inside. I used plenty of dies, punches, and stamps, and this card was one of my favorites. If you have a chance, take a look at the link above and help them surpass the 3600 cards they collected last year. Hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Documenting December 2014 {Gearing Up}

I'm excited to create another December Daily album this year and am happy with the supplies I've gathered. I thought I'd buy a kit this year, but didn't end up seeing any that I loved and the price tag on some of the kits available is pretty steep. So for about $60, I made my own!

I went with traditional reds and greens with wood grain and chalkboard elements. I'll be putting it all in a red burlap SN@P! 6"x8" album, using a variety of pocket pages.

I bought the 6"x6" paper pad from the Pink Paislee {Merry & Bright} collection and 12"x12" papers from Simple Stories {Cozy Christmas}, My Mind's Eye {Sleigh Bells Ring}, Carta Bella {Christmas Time}, and Pebbles {Home for Christmas}.

Of course I needed some gold glitter Thickers from Shimelle's line and wood veneer pieces from the Gossamer Blue {Get Happy} collection. From my stash I added washi tapes, new flair from my Etsy shop, and I'll be using plenty of sequins, stamps, and dies.

I also made a set of numbers on wood grain patterned banners and you can download your set here via Google Drive, no login needed. These are free for your personal use and I'd love to see how you use them! Here's a couple of examples of what you might see in my album.

In case I need additional inspiration throughout December, I'll use my photo a day challenge, but I've also made a list of prompts to refer to that includes holiday and everyday ideas. On top of that, I'll be going on a Christmas lights scavenger hunt. The hubs and I always take one evening to drive around and look at decorations, so I thought this would add a fun twist. Feel free to print off this 4"x6" image and head out with your family and a camera!

If you'd like to see last year's album, you can view it in my gallery, and all blog posts can be found under the label #decemberdaily on the right sidebar. Let me know if you're doing December Daily so I can take a look as your album progresses!