Friday, January 31, 2014

Simpler Times

You may have heard me mention that I began scrapbooking back in 1996. At that time, there weren't many options for supplies, and any community that was around, I wasn't aware of it. The lack of outside inspiration, coupled with my neat and tidy personality meant that my pages looked very formal, with everything lined up perfectly, and very little to no embellishment.

I scrapbooked regularly for a couple of years and then it was very sporadic from 1998 through 2008. In 2008 I tried to get back into it and managed a little bit, but mostly my supplies just sat on the shelf, traveling with me through each move.

I believe I made this layout somewhere between 2006-2008 during a spurt of creativity from a trip that was taken in 2002. I used to have a lot of DCWV solid cardstock, which now I only make it a point to buy white and kraft.

In 2007 and 2008, 2 friends and I went to Guatemala to visit my sister while she served her term in the Peace Corps. In 2007 I began working on my album, but didn't finish it. After we came back from the second trip I eventually completed the first part and began the second. I finally completed it around 2010-2011. Look at me using square photos before they were hip! Both albums have primarily paper from K&Co. I had a lot of their paper as well.

I think this layout was made around 2012 as I was just beginning to really get back into creating. That is some old, old Basic Grey patterned paper and even older snowflake brads!

So there you have it, a nice stroll down my memory lane. There are definitely constants to my style, but I think I'm most thankful for learning how to use the embellishments I'd amassed over the years. How do you feel when you look back at your early pages?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Love Printables

In all of the excitement of 2 big projects at the end of last year, putting any creative energy towards creating printables was unfortunately very far from my mind. Now that life has slowed down tremendously, I thought I'd put together some love printables.

While I've never been a fan of Valentine's Day, I do believe love should be celebrated every chance you get. The circles are 1-1/2" and the corners of the cards can be kept rectangular or rounded with a punch. For the labels, I cut them out and then use a regular hole punch to make the notches. If there is ever anything you would like to see on a card, feel free to let me know and I'll see what I can do!

You can download them HERE, free for your personal use via Google Drive, no login needed. :)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Scrapbooking about Scrapbooking

I hadn't ever done a layout about scrapbooking, and more specifically, the products that I love. I wanted to participate in the current Stashbusters challenge from the Two Peas in a Bucket forum, but didn't have anything really calling to me, so snapped some pictures and got to work.

I used the prompt to have at least 3 circles on my page, but for the overall design, it just kind of came to me. I liked the photo arrangement from the last layout I shared (here) and so used it again. Once I selected my papers, I knew the background paper would be perfect for cutting into triangles, so gutted it before adhering the white cardstock.

I purposefully didn't use any of the supplies I'd photographed because I wanted to also include other favorites, like mists, enamel dots, and sewing. And of course, papers from a couple of my favorite brands, My Mind's Eye and Basic Grey.

I used some of the same papers that were still on my desk from the other day, which are from the August and October Studio Calico kits, plus a couple others I picked out from those kits. Navy Color Shine by Heidi Swapp, Hero Arts Stepping Stone alphabet stamps, Amy Tangerine {Cut & Paste} alphas, and MME enamel dots provided finishing touches.

Have you ever scrapped about this or any other hobby of yours?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Appealing Apps

In my most recent Font Finds post, I shared a new to me app for iPhone called Over. With Dropbox, you can transfer font files from your computer to phone, open them in Over and create away. Today I'm sharing with you the other photo taking and editing apps that I use.

L - original photo taken with Canon S100, C - edited with PhotoToaster, R- edited with VSCO Cam

PhotoToaster was the first photo editing app that I downloaded and I really enjoy using it. It's $2.99, which to me is a fair price for a stylish app that is easy to use and continues to be updated. I use it for one touch photo enhancements and also when I want to edit a photo with multiple layers, textures, and a frame or vignette.

I just downloaded VSCO Cam (available for iPhone and Android) and while it's free, they offer many additional preset packs for purchase and I've already bought a couple. It has a camera app built in, but you can also upload photos from your camera roll and then edit from there.

iPhone photos turned collage with Moldiv, text applied with Over

Moldiv is a free collage editor available for both iPhone and Android. It offers in-purchase upgrades, but what is has available from the start has been more than enough for my needs. It is easy to use and you can stitch photos, create your own collage, or select from one of the many templates they offer.

photo taken with Canon S100, edited with PhotoToaster and made into a square with Squaready

Squaready will take your rectangular photos and put them on a square canvas for uploading to Instagram. I use my Canon as much as my phone, and while I usually crop the image beforehand, there are times when the composition just doesn't convey if cropped. There is a free and pro version, I'm using the free and have been happy with it's ease of use.

Gorillacam is a nifty app to have if you need a self-timer. They offer a free and pro version, but I've not needed anything more than what the free offers for the couple of times I've used it.

photo taken with Canon S100, edited with VSCO Cam, applied to Collect app, cropped in PSE

I'm also using the Collect app as part of the new way I'll be printing and scrapbooking my daily photos. I did upgrade to the pro version for $1.99, so that I can upload to Dropbox and because I liked the additional templates. If you take a photo a day, this app has a calendar where you can add your photo for each day and then it can create collage for each month. (I actually changed my mind and am not using it as I'd intended, but still wanted to share it in case it might be useful to you.)

So that's what I've been using to enhance my photo and Instagram fun. If you see my photos on Instagram, any filter or editing is always tagged, so you'll know what I did, if anything. Are there any apps that you love?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

December Review

Well, the last of the December projects have been completed, and like the holiday decorations, all supplies have been put away. I did a small Project Life page since most everything was documented in my December mini. I had thought I'd make a couple of layouts for the winter walk we went on, but was struggling to find papers for the nighttime shots. It worked out really well to just pop them in pockets. Just one Coral card, one Kraft, and a few scraps from my December Daily kit to put these pages together.

My everyday albums are in chronological order with my monthly Project Life page acting as a divider to my 12"x12" layouts. I haven't decided if my photo a day spread will be kept in their own album or with each month. Decisions, decisions. I think I have it all figured out as to how I'll do the pages beginning with January. I had thought in the beginning I'd like the mostly white cards with a little blue and aqua, but it wound up feeling blasé to me. I need more color!

Now that the holidays have come and gone, how ready are you for spring?!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Working with a Mood Board

I was excited to find out that the Adventures of Glitter Girl would be returning to Two Peas in a Bucket for 2014. She stated she is changing up the material to approach more "complex topics", and with Adventure: 102, she did not disappoint. Working with the January mood board by Two Peas, she gathered supplies, using some straightaway to create a layout, all the while explaining her thought process.

I've only once before worked with a mood board and so thought I'd give it a go. Even though I had my photos selected, I worked from the board to create my color palette. Since the photos are from December, I wanted cool colors and woodgrain. I also was taken by the knit items and frosty feel from the board, so knew I'd include plenty of stitching, vellum, and lots of layers.

My page design is for the January sketch challenge at Life.Paper.Scrapbook, which runs until the 27th. I always arrange my page elements first, so began cutting squares and then placed them in a grid. I found layers for my photos and punched some hearts. Satisfied with where the page was headed, I took a picture, then removed everything.

I put some ink splatters with Heidi Swapp Color Shine on the background paper and did all of my stitching. I put the layout back together, this time adhering everything as I worked. I felt my photos needed more layering and used a glassine bag, as well as several pop dots to give it more depth. The woodgrain paper is from October Afternoon {Silent Night} and the rest are from August and October Studio Calico kits. The resin flowers are from the October Freckled Fawn kit and Thickers and October Afternoon mini market alphas created my title.

So that's my take on working with a mood board. Have you ever been inspired by one?

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Giveaway with Multiple Chances to Win!

Hello dear readers, just a quick note to let you know I'm having a giveaway and all of the details can be found on the Two Peas in a Bucket forum in this thread HERE. Just leave a comment in that thread as to what line you are most excited about being revealed at CHA this weekend. For additional chances to win, create any paper project in the next 3 days, upload them in the Two Peas gallery, and make another comment to the thread with a link to your project. The more you create, the more chances you have to win! Giveaway closes on Monday, the 13th at 9am EST. Have a happy and scrappy weekend!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Font Finds III

It's been a while since I've shared some free fonts, so wanted to pass along the latest ones I've downloaded. With the end of 2013, there were several articles written compiling the best fonts from the year. I went through a few lists by sites that have been good resources in the past. If you'd like to read a couple, here are the 100 best by Awwwards and the 100 best by Creative Bloq.

You may know that I love me some Instagram, and so have a handful of apps on my iPhone that assist in photo fun. I just discovered the Over app, which allows you to add text and images onto your photos. Even more awesome is, if you have dropbox on your computer and phone, you can transfer your own font files to use. Just be sure to use copies of the files and not the original, or they could wind up being deleted from your computer. Once they are on your mobile device, you open the file using Over and the fonts will appear in the menu with the others.

I've added a few so far, one of them being Mission Script that I shared in my last font post, and made this edit to my photo. Simple and attractive, just like the app!

Since this post has already gotten lengthy, I'll be back to share the other apps that I use to enhance my photo taking, editing, and overall Instagram experience.

If you're interested in downloading any of these free fonts yourself, just click! (I download from sites I've used many times in the past, but as with any downloads, proceed with caution.)

Grand Hotel :: Olivier :: Sketch Block :: Return to Sender :: Quaver :: Summit :: Pompadour Numbers

*You can enter $0 as the amount and still download the font

Monday, January 6, 2014

Documenting December {Day 25 - Day 31}

Well December has ended, and I'm happy to have this project complete so that 2014 begins with a fresh slate. I definitely would have struggled to complete this album if my foundation pages hadn't already been prepared. I'm also glad that I put together my own kit, it was cheaper in the long run, and I have very little leftovers.

On Christmas morning, the hubs and I made cheese blintzes with blueberry-lime sauce, and then we gave Pound Cake her new toys. We had dinner at my parent's, but didn't do our family Christmas until Saturday. Five of us piled into the car on the 26th and went to a botanic garden to walk through the light displays they set up. My parents really enjoyed it and I hope we can find another one next year.

Day 27 was spent waiting for UPS to deliver a package. So much for no gifts. :P We did our family dinner for Christmas on the 28th.

The 29th was family day and we ate carnitas and tamalito that I made as we watched our team lose again. My sister and I got a little silly and passed some time taking way too many selfies. The 30th was the first time she and I got to spend time together, just the two of us.

Day 31, well Happy New Year of course! :) The awesome inspiration for stringing the sequins came from HERE.

If you missed any previous posts of my December Daily, you can see them HERE. Onward to new projects!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

First off, I want to wish you a very Happy New Year and I hope 2014 is filled with much joy, laughter, and love! I appreciate the time you take to stop by, read, and leave such kind comments and love that I have met so many wonderful people here and on Instagram.

Last week I shared the word that I've selected to focus on in the coming year and snippets of the layout that was in progress. I'll tell you, the word came much easier!

It was a prompt from my photo a day earlier in December and it resonated so much with me. I found myself trying something new that I had been putting off for no reason. I sent a text to the hubs to let him know I was thinking about him. I enjoyed a rare warm winter day while running errands, and just found myself being more mindful of my actions and surroundings. It was such a good feeling and I knew I wanted to make that a more permanent part of every day.

This layout sat on my desk for several days, and every so often I would rearrange items, add things, move it all around again, and then let it sit some more. I knew what was bothering me, but was stubborn to changing it. I finally did, retyping the text to be printed on vellum to replace the white cardstock I'd originally used. Once that was done, it all came together in a flash.

The papers I used are from the Carta Bella {Wildflower} collection, I hand cut letters, then used watercolors on them, and of course added some stitching. The large wood veneer numbers are from the December OHDEERME! kit that I painted with metallic gold acrylic paint, then drybrushed with white acrylic paint.

Thanks again for visiting, encouraging, and just being plain awesome! I'm looking forward to seeing what crafty endeavors you have in store for 2014!