Thursday, August 29, 2013

Day of the Week Printables

I'm having a lot of fun with my experimentation in PSE to create printables for Project Life and general scrapbooking. I created 2 different sets of day of the week cards, and monthly ones are waiting in the wings. If something strikes your fancy, feel free to download it and use it as often as you'd like.

This first set can be used with either square or rounded corners for your preference. You can download the PDF here via Google Drive, no account needed.

This second set looks best with the corners square, but if you don't mind mixing on your PL pages, you'll hopefully find plenty of use for them. You can download them here via Google Drive.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Scrapbooking with Project Life Cards

With the many styles of Project Life cards, free printables, and other scrapbooking company's cut apart or journaling cards, a person can wind up with an awful lot of 3"x4" and 4"x6" cards. It comes up time and again on the forums of what to do with them. Aside from the obvious use of journaling on them or using them on scrapbook layouts, you can:

• make flashcards
• write notes on them
• make a mini album
• make gift tags/cards
• use as a bookmark
• use them to make embellishments; punch, die cut, fold, stamp, etc.

I haven't done anything outside of scrapbooking with mine yet, but am always on the lookout for a good tip or trick!

For this layout, I used papers from Carta Bella {Hello Again}, which are gorgeous, and this is the second layout I've made with them. I've gotten a ton of mileage out of the Amy Tangerine Noteworthy stickers and usually punch them out with the backing so that they are like a die cut instead of a sticker. I am still loving the Two Peas exclusive arrow clips and the Midnight Project Life kit worked perfectly with all of the supplies I'd gathered.

I've also uploaded this layout to another of Lilith's Summer Color Videos. If you haven't watched any yet, they are fab, and her contest is open for a couple more days!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Mod Podge Tiles

Who doesn't love a cheap and easy home decor idea or a gift to give with a personal touch? I figure most everyone does, and so wanted to share my first adventure with Mod Podge. I picked up a bottle of matte Mod Podge and acrylic sealer from Michael's, using a 40% off coupon on each (yay!), and picked up some 4"x4" plain white tiles from Home Depot for $0.16 (yay!).

I grabbed some different washi tapes, because if you have any, you have more than you'll ever use. I also used a piece of 6"x6" patterned paper from My Mind's Eye {Find Your Wings and Fly} and made a design and printed it on regular printer paper. Presto, you have a fun piece that you can hang on the wall, use as a coaster, cover smaller tiles and make magnets, or anything else you can dream up!

PS: if you would like the coffee word art, I'd be happy to send you the jpg, just email me!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Project Life {March & April}

I've shared printables and snippets of my Project Life (PL) spreads, but I recently realized I never shared the PL spreads in their entirety. I am up to date, so I'll be posting the rest soon.

I love the addition of monthly PL spreads to my everyday album. I now have a dedicated space for journaling, since it doesn't always make it onto my pages, and there are places for little mementos, like ticket stubs. I love how each pocket becomes home to it's own little piece of artwork, and don't even get me started on the products! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of 3 new mini kits from Becky Higgins and some of the new Pocket Pages products from MAMBI.

Do you scrapbook and make Project Life pages, or are you a one or the other kinda gal?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

We 3

I fell behind in watching Lilith Eeckel's Summer Color videos, but recently had some time to watch four, five, and six. I've thoroughly enjoyed her videos, especially since they are focused on color, and not a certain technique. When I gather my supplies, I always begin with the palette and go from there, so her videos resonated deeply with me.

I had an idea in mind of what I wanted to do for this layout and though it took longer than anticipated, it came out exactly as I envisioned. That is not always the case and I still struggled with the sunburst. I used an old piece of K&Co patterned paper for the background and dug through my tiny stash of scraps and came up with some old Basic Grey black patterned paper and a piece from their Knee Highs collection. I create my layouts almost in their entirety before adhering anything, so it was a bit of a pain when I had all the sequins thrown on the paper.

This was a different type of layout for me, but I really like it. The hubs even helped me to see that my title placement was off. He may not understand anything about this hobby, but is always willing to help me if I ask!

Seriously, does anyone else struggle with sunbursts, or is it just me??

Monday, August 19, 2013

Working My Studio Calico Kit {June}

Like many others, I subscribe to a monthly scrapbooking kit. After much research and weighing the pros and cons, I decided on Studio Calico. With my first kit back in May, I used up almost every bit, but with June, I struggled to make it all come together. I decided not to worry myself about using up products that I felt ho hum about and move on. Once I get to work with a kit, I do find it fun to keep it together and not bring in anything extra aside from some basic tools and supplies.

The hubs and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary in June and I liked the idea of using the travel themed products to document our relationship's journey. I decided to do a 2-page layout highlighting the milestones of our relationship so far. I printed the 8"x10" photo at home on textured cardstock after some minor editing.

I had asked the hubs to give me his thoughts on our anniversary, and being true to character, he kept it short and sweet. The acetate letters from Basic Grey aren't something that I would have bought, and wasn't sure I'd use them again, so decided to put ALL the remaining letters on this layout.

I was inspired by this fab layout by Catherine Davis, but as I was assembling the strips, I decided to leave it without adding embellishments. Not too bad for two sheets of patterned paper! Though the black didn't come from the kit, it is a super old Basic Grey.

I am really looking forward to working with July's kit and will definitely get more than 4 pages made with that one! Do you sub to a kit, if so which one?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Create a Collage with Picasa

Here is a guide to creating collages using Picasa. If you don't have it, or know what it is, it's a free photo organizing and editing software from Google, and I heart it. It's compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux, and you can download it here.

In the image above, you can see that I've selected 8 images to create my collage with. The images all happen to be in the same folder, but you can select images from your entire library. If you choose images from other folders, use the green pushpin (circled above) to hold your selection in the tray to the left of it. Doing so eliminates losing your selection until you choose to clear the tray (by clicking the red circle below the pushpin). In the toolbar, click on Create, then Picture Collage.

This viewer opens with your collage at it's first stage. Don't worry, you have many options from here.

Choose your layout from the templates provided. I use the Grid template most often, but have a Mosaic collage as the wallpaper on my computer.

You can adjust the amount of grid spacing between your images.

You can select the size that you want your collage to be and also if you want it portrait or landscape.

The default is to apply the images to the collage in the order they were selected. If you want to rearrange them, click on Shuffle Pictures and voila, a new order.

This is the Frame Mosaic template and I made the grid spacing the same color as the letters.

Here is a Grid collage with only two images selected. You can still change the orientation and also have grid spacing. I have found that because of the bleed at particular printers I do not get a consistent white border on the outside. I think I just don't make my grid spacing large enough, but something to keep in mind if you prefer a border.

Once your collage is created, Picasa organizes it in it's own album under Projects. All collages you create will be found there. You also have the same editing capabilities as with any photo you've taken. You can turn it black and white, apply a filter, add a vignette, or any of the other features that Picasa has to offer.

You can find one of my scrapbook layouts with collages I created posted here. I hope that this helps you out, but if you have any questions, please feel free to email me!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Love Me Some MME

I have been a fan of My Mind's Eye for as long as I can remember. They are one of the companies that I have always bought plenty of products from over the years. While I don't love all their collections, I did recently get my hands on much of their new line, Cut & Paste {Charm}.

I happened to stumble on their first August challenge today from their blog and had to get my act together since this was the last day to enter. The challenge was to document your summer in any form you wanted. Since the hubs and I took our vacation in the spring, the next biggest events this summer were the celebration of our 1st wedding anniversary and my parent's 50th wedding anniversary.

I loosely followed the Glitter Girl Adventure 080 episode for my layout and used My Mind's Eye products from Find Your Wings & Fly, Collectable, Miss Caroline, and a super old (2006) transparency. Even if I don't win, I had fun using just one company's product for a change.

Who makes your favorite scrapbook products?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hopes & Dreams

If you haven't seen, Lilith Eeckel is running a summer color video series on her blog and you can link one project for each video to be entered for a lovely prize. I submitted this layout for her first challenge, and now it's time for my next one.

Her second video focused on using 2 colors and a neutral. I chose aqua and yellow for my colors and a not quite black for my neutral. I had heavily edited the picture I used and as a result, the sky was very aqua and a nice match to the papers I'd chosen.

I used several old and new products from My Mind's Eye, along with the Pink Paislee {Cottage Farms} Basket 12x12 paper. There are also journaling cards from Echo Park's {Everyday Eclectic}, Heidi Swapp Color Shine and labels, Thickers, Doodlebug Twine, and a MAMBI Pocket Pages card.

This is the last page in the series of layouts that I did for my trip to help my sister move. We had spent the day exploring her town and nearby park and on our way back, I snapped this picture. As we drove by some gorgeous old buildings, I was struck with how this once thriving town was created on so many hopes and dreams.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Stuffed Rolls

I've made variations of these rolls over half a dozen times and they always turn out amazing! Most recently, I only put cheese inside, but have also used pesto, black and green olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. I've even made large rolls stuffed with chopped buffalo chicken, red onion, and cheese.

The recipe comes from the sweet blog, Yammie's Noshery, and the stuffed cheese buns can be found here and Mediterranean ones can be found here.

I changed up her method a little by adding the sugar with the water to help activate the yeast. Also, for the plain cheese, I would reduce the garlic powder by half next time. If you've never made bread, but have always wanted to, this is a great recipe to begin with. The dough comes together quickly and is easy to handle. Adding whatever you want to the inside is a breeze because the dough is strong enough to handle sealing in your yummy ingredients. Scaling back the recipe to a half batch doesn't present any problems either. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Moving Time {Again}

In May, I helped my sister move yet again. About every 18 months she moves, and every 18 months I tell her that she has too much stuff. Honestly, next time we are hiring professionals!

For this series of layouts, I wound up using a lot of grey, yellow, aqua, and pink and liked how all the different brands coordinated. Of course I used some of my favorites, like Basic Grey and Echo Park, but also pieces from Elle's Studio and Amy Tangerine.

I hadn't planned on doing a title page, but there was a story about my flight out that I wanted to get down. I've had to get creative with the Studio Calico {Abroad} Thickers because I'm running out of certain letters and of course have too many of others. I've turned most of the B's into E's and cut X's in half. I also used asterisks and brackets on another layout. I bought this Crate Paper {The Pier} Shoreline paper for the pretty teal side, but the B side worked so well for the background.

This last layout is the perfect example of when you have an idea in your head, but it doesn't come out quite like you thought it would. Really close, but something just doesn't feel quite right. I'm still happy with the way all of the layouts look together and loved working with new products that were out of my norm. My favorite wound up being the Two Peas in a Bucket exclusive Freckled Fawn Arrow Clips, which I already ordered in yellow!

What product pleasantly surprised you lately?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Font Finds

Sometimes I just don't want my handwriting on my layout. There is too much to say, it's too clunky and heavy, or the pressure of writing directly on the background paper is too great. Between that and having fun creating printables, I was again on the hunt for specific styles.

Sadly, I think I will forever be searching for a script font that I love. Also, I think I will have to break down and purchase the Veneer font by Yellow Design Studio. It is a gorgeous letterpress style font that I heart very much.

In my latest search, I stumbled upon some great finds and they are all free for personal use. I thought Mix Stitch might be able to be used as a fun template for hand stitching and Peach Milk looks like a couple of the wonky alphabet stickers I've seen lately. Travelcons and Yellowtail have a lot of potential for future projects and my love of outlined fonts continues with Metropolis and Hello Denver. Hello Denver comes in 2 weights which you can see above, are great for layering!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Drum Roll Please

Thanks to those that played along in my first giveaway! I never win anything, but I love being the bearer of good news, and enjoyed reading your comments. Say congrats to the winner, Jeannie Phillips! I will contact you so that I can email your $5 gift certificate to Two Peas in a Bucket. Happy shopping!

Thanks again to all that played along, this was just my way of saying thank you to a community that I've seen great kindness and generosity in the short time that I've been a part of it.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Not a CHAllenge Winner?

Last week was CHA Summer 2013 and that meant product reveals, wishlists, and tons of chatter on forums and blogs. It was also the chance to participate in giveaways and challenges to get your hands on the coveted new collections.

If you didn't win anything, all is not lost, today may be your lucky day. If you did win, maybe your streak will continue. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me the ONE collection you are most waiting for and you'll be entered to win a $5.00 gift certificate to Two Peas in a Bucket. (It may not be much, but I'm hoping to provide giveaways on a regular basis, more about that later!)

The contest is open from right this very second until tomorrow, Saturday, August 3 at 9 am EST. Once it closes, I'll use to select the lucky winner and will announce it immediately here. Good luck!