Monday, December 29, 2014

Documenting December 2014 {Days 7-12}

I had a chance to work on my December Daily album before Christmas, but then had to wait for some sunshine to be able to photograph my pages. Now that I have taken the stress off of myself and am sticking to a simple recipe, it's been fast and enjoyable to work on. A photo and story for each day and a technique to try or supply to use up and that's that!

Day 7 - a winter walk at the garden to see the holiday lights
technique - gesso, heat embossed stamped images, and Tim Holtz Distress Markers

Day 8 - sponsoring the linky party Paper Issues
happy dance - used good bit of washi to make my background

Day 9 - the hubs brought home yummy petit fours
happy dance - wasn't sure that I'd use the gold pockets that had come in a kit

Day 10 - currently list with an altered card from a digital set by Sahlin Studios
technique - stamped background

Day 11 - holiday baking and recipes enclosed in kraft envelope
technique - using a stencil with ink and more Distress Markers

Day 12 - took holiday photos for a friend and her family
happy dance - glad to have gotten several pages done

I do my December Daily album all the way until the 31st and so will have a few more posts to share, hopefully sooner than later! :)

***Feel free to visit my gallery if you'd like to flip through my album page by page. Last years December Daily is there as well and all relating blog posts can be found here.***

Monday, December 22, 2014

Matching Mini Albums

I guess I'd had enough of the traditional red and green from working on my holiday projects that when my Studio Calico Card Kit arrived, I was inspired by all of the bright colors and patterns. Since I didn't need to make any cards, I decided to put the kit to use and make matching mini albums for my sister and me and our spur of the moment adventure.

Just like with my December Daily album, I practiced more with embossing paste, Distress Markers, and stamping. I'd been wanting to try hand cut letters and had fun cutting them out, not so much fun sewing them all down though. I also made a couple of small cards from digital printables by One Little Bird and Splendid Fiins.

In case we collect any memorabilia from our travels, I made an envelope to act as the back cover of the album and used a metal clip to keep the flap closed. Both albums are identical and once the photos have been added, I'm thinking I'll have each of us take one, write our journaling, and then exchange them.

Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Documenting December 2014 {Days 1-6}

Wow, well I had a little bit of a setback when it came to getting my December Daily album started. I printed my photos for the first 3 days and made all different styles and sizes of pages, including a confetti shaker pocket that flipped up to reveal my journaling. With those pages done, I had a heavy weight bearing down on me. I was struggling with how to make it all feel cohesive and I was not a happy camper.

I pulled last years album off the shelf and looked through it thinking about what I liked most about it. I decided I would start over and make 6"x8" layouts and have a go at techniques that have piqued my interest lately. Still wanting to include a little story for each photo, I wrote on mini shipping tags and tucked them behind photos. Finally feeling excited to continue on with my album, I got several days completed!

Day 1 - the wreath we bought for our front door on Small Business Saturday
technique - gesso and stamping applied on a vintage book page

Day 2 - Target to the rescue because I ran out of time to make my own set of marquee lights
happy dance - used up plastic stars that had been hanging around

Day 3 - coming to an end with my daily photo challenge
technique - watercolor paper with stamped images and Tim Holtz Distress Markers

Day 4 - finally getting started on making my Christmas cards
happy dance - fun new craft die that makes tiny envelopes

Day 5 - happy mail from Studio Calico
technique - cut out stamped letters (as practice for one day cutting out handwritten letters)

Day 6 -we braved the rain to watch the boat parade
happy dance - put inspiration I'd found to use and scraplifted a gorgeous layout by Cari (SC username caariilup)

***Feel free to visit my gallery if you'd like to flip through my album page by page, last years December Daily is there as well and all relating blog posts can be found here.***

Monday, December 8, 2014

Our Northeastern Adventure Pt. 3

I'm excited to let you know I'm the sponsor for the new Issue over at Paper Issues! You can read all about how to play along with the linky party here, including the prize up for grabs and a coupon code for my Etsy shop. I hope to see your projects linked up!

First up is a layout that I made a little bit ago. You can see it's another project where I wanted to include hand stitching. :) Some simple embellishing and a bigger focus on journaling than usual completed my page.

On top of the Issue that run every two weeks over at Paper Issues, there are now challenges involving sketches and cut files. Most of you know that I love a sketch and was happy to put the newest one to use. I made minor changes, opting for triangles instead of circles and I moved my photos over since I didn't need to include any journaling.

I had bought some embossing paste for my Christmas cards and loved adding it to this layout. I used a stencil from on of the Heidi Swapp Mini Stencils kit and randomly placed it running down the left side of my paper. Some mist droplets, paper and sequins to match the facing page and I was all done. Love how quick and easy this came together!

To go along with the coupon code over at Paper Issues, I have a shop update. Two new flair sets as well as brand new items that I won't use but don't want them to sit unloved. Maybe there are some items that you can open your creative home to!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Pause in December {2014}

I had a few different ideas for what I wanted my last project of the year to be for focusing on my word, but in the end I decided to make a modified Thankful mini album. I say modified because it's not like last year's where I documented each day in November. I had recently been over at the Elle's Studio blog and gallery and was super inspired by Jenny Evans and her Hello mini book and knew that was the direction I wanted to go in.

Since I had all of the supplies from when I'd originally planned to make a Thankful album, I was ready to go once I printed some of my favorite photos from November. They may just look like pretty pictures, but they have a lot of meaning behind them and I'm grateful for what each of them represents. Some shots from our home and of the hubs and our Pound Cake, some taken at local spots where I'm continuously inspired, and night photography practice that the hubs goes with me and helps me to learn more.

I cut white card stock into 3.25"x4.25" rectangles and then picked a bunch of papers from the Maggie Holmes {Open Book} 6"x6" paper pad to cut into 3"x4" cards. Then it was just a matter of selecting some embellishments to go on each one. I used plenty from {Open Book}, some die cut leaves, my free Thankful printables, one of my Hello Fall mini flair, sequins, wood dots and stars, and cream letter stickers from Elle's Studio.

I really enjoyed having a word to focus on throughout the year. I felt that I could interpret it in many different ways to achieve a variety of goals. Goals such as donating time, money, and household items, trying to be more patient, spending more time with family and friends, and making time to take care of myself.

I'm undecided about focusing on a word for next year. I've thought about continuing with this same word, picking a new word and actually participating in the workshop with Ali Edwards, or not doing it at all. There are some other projects that I'd like to have a go at next year, so we'll see. :)

Before I go, here's how my jar(s) of stars shaped up. I loved having something tangible to remind me of my word!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Documenting December 2014 {Title Page}

Well, it's just a mere few days until December 1st and all I've been able to get done is my title page for my December Daily album. I've been second guessing all of the decisions I'd previously made and just had to tell myself to stop looking and get to making. :)

For my title page I gave hand stitching another go, finally tried out heat embossing on wood veneer, and used my newly purchased Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I have to say, I am a huge fan of all three of these techniques and will be trying to incorporate them more often.

I had originally thought I'd use a 6"x8" page that has the 2"x2" pockets, but this is much more my style. Loads of patterned paper, an assortment of embellishments, grid design, and of course some sparkly gold.

And since it's such a huge sale weekend, I'm happy to announce my entire Etsy shop is on sale now through Monday, including the new items pictured above! Use the code HOLIDAY2014 at checkout to save 20% off of your entire merchandise order. If you're on Instagram, head over and see me to enter to win all of the new flair that's being released for you and a friend!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Our Northeastern Adventure Pt. 1

In early September, the hubs and I took a mega road trip up to Maine, stayed a couple of days in Canada, and then stopped in Lake Placid before heading back home. It was a fantastic trip, though not our longest, but I was surprised at how few photos I took.

48 hours out of the 144 of our trip were spent driving, and so I did wind up with quite a few snaps out the front window. I used Picasa to make a collage with 6 of them and then placed my photos over layers of tags from Crate Paper's {Notes & Things}, tags I cut with a Lawn Fawn set of dies, and all sorts of labels. So here is my title page and I'll certainly be sharing the rest as they get completed.

No surprise, I assembled a kit of supplies and it's sitting in a pile on my desk. I went with a wide variety of manufacturers which is out of the norm, but I wanted to push myself to expand my mixing and matching.

I bought multiple papers from Crate Paper {Notes & Things}, Fancy Pants {True Friend}, We R Memory Keepers {Shine}, American Crafts {Shimelle}. I also picked up a sheet from Pink Paislee, Basic Grey, Pebbles, and of course pulled from my stash. I don't have a lot of papers on hand and so whenever I undertake a big project, I always have get to buy pretty new paper. ;)

For embellishing, I picked up the one pack of tags, a pack of rub-ons and a sticker sheet. I made some printable labels and the rest will be taken from the supplies I have. I'm hoping to make a dent in my alphabets, Project Life cards, and little embellishments. We'll see! Hope you have great weekend! :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Seasonal Goodies

I had grand intentions to complete another mini album this year for My Thankful 30. I really enjoyed creating one last year, I of course still have plenty to be thankful for, and even purchased all of my supplies. But, as November approaches I've decided not to work on this project, but no worries, my lovely supplies will not go to waste and I have a new set of free printables to share!

I bought much of the new Maggie Holmes collection {Open Book} and honestly, I'll be buying more of it, it's gorgeous. I created my labels and banners with those papers in mind, even though I hadn't gotten them when I sat down to work. Don't fret if you don't have those supplies, the soft colors and warm wood grain will go with many projects and not just fall related ones.

You can download them free for your personal use, here, via Google Drive, no account needed. If you use them, let me know, I'd love to see what you do!

In other news, I have a shop update and hope to have one more before the year is out. In the shop now are 3 new sets of mini flair, Do More, Tis the Season, and Hello December. Don't forget, there are also a couple of fall themed sets that I introduced last month!

Friday, October 17, 2014


I have a big stack of supplies on my desk for the next project I'm undertaking, but I pushed it all to the side to create this layout. When I saw the current linky party over at Paper Issues, I knew I needed to play along because the theme was right up my alley.

The issue is, "Woodn't You Know, it's Fall" and so I printed off some of the fall photos from our latest trip to the pick your own farm. I used a grid design for my page and incorporated several dies and a punch for my main embellishments. For my banner, I cut the tails off and used pop dots to raise the middle after I stitched down the title. A few sequins, both plastic and wood, finished off my layout.

If you're inspired to use fall photos, wood veneer items, or anything else that goes along with the current issue at Paper Issues, there's still plenty of time to join in the fun. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PL & CY365 {September 2014}

Beyond going on our road trip in September, it was a pretty quiet month for us and I didn't take that many photos. Mixing up the style of pocket pages really helps when I don't have a lot to record. Of course after that fact, I remembered a couple of little things I wanted to include, but that's ok.

Unlike August's kit, I loved most of September's PL kit from Studio Calico. I'm not a big fan of real photos used on supplies, but otherwise the kit was a winner and I'm excited to use October's as well.

For the front page I broke out my tiny attacher, which I don't use often enough. I'm also out of the habit of printing on journaling cards and got my original card jammed in my printer. It all worked out in the end and I like the back up card I had to use.

Lots of journaling on the back page and a color palette I wouldn't have normally picked out. I'm also surprised to find that I'm enjoying using rub-ons and have even bought a couple more packs.

Again I didn't include my photo a day pages and as of October 13th, I've taken a photo a day for the last 365 days. I'm going to finish out 2014 but I'm not sure what next year has in store. It's been a great challenge and I've learned so much. I'll leave you with a favorite from September and wishes for a fab day!

Friday, October 10, 2014

PL & CY365 {August 2014}

Those that read my blog regularly probably know I try to stay current with my scrapbook projects as well as Project Life. I find that if too much time passes from when the photo was taken, I don't feel as inspired to creatively record the memory. But since my creative juices have been flowing again, I jumped on getting my Project Life up to date and into my album.

I've been using the Studio Calico PL kits all of 2014 and this is only the second kit that I've been ho hum about. So for the front page I added a lot of Heidi Swapp Dreamy PL cards and some papers from the SC card kit. I've been digging deep to get unopened embellishments used as well, but it still seems I haven't made a dent!

For the back page I made 4x4 filler cards for the top row using digital papers from {Magic Hour} by Paislee Press. I've been reading a lot so to devote an entire row in the spread was fine by me. :) The bottom left filler card I made in Photoshop Elements with a map image from Google Maps and text printed on regular paper, then I printed an overlay on vellum of a chevron pattern also from {Magic Hour}. The envelope that came in August's kit worked well to hold the itinerary of our trip and is adhered to that outside of the pocket.

I haven't done anything extra with my photo a day pictures, but wanted to leave you with one of my favorites from August.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!