Friday, August 29, 2014

PL & CY365 {July 2014} Pt. 2

Earlier in the month I had shared my PL pages for July, but just wasn't feeling what I had planned for my daily photos. I thought I'd try out confetti pockets and made them without incident, but ended up with pages that were unfocused and chaotic. So I put it all to the side and moved on. Then over the weekend I found out that The Lilypad was having a sale and the entire site was 30% off. Can't beat that, right?!

With new cards in hand, I felt ready to put my pages together. I used cards from this set by Sahlin Studio, edited some, and made some of my own to coordinate. Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without Photoshop Elements, it really enables me to be more creative than I ever thought possible.

Since I was so smitten with the cards, I left them mostly without embellishment. After a little journaling, stamping, wood and cork, all was done. Just like that, it's almost time to work on August! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend ahead! :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Photo Op

I've had these two photos sitting on my desk with a couple of papers for about a month. I was beginning to think I wasn't going to wind up scrapbooking them. That doesn't often happen, because I only print the photos that I'm going to use, but there they sat, often having other items piled on top.

All that changed when I read this blog post over at Basic Grey where they were showing off an upcoming collection called Vivienne. While this style of page design isn't new, I haven't had a go at it and seeing Nicole's page was the push I needed to not only try this, but to also get these photos scrapbooked. (Credit goes to the hubs for the fun long exposure photo.)

To make it easier on myself, I cut out a square to fit inside of the punched 1-1/2" circles. I then folded two opposing sides up. I did this with several of them and then used my WRMK envelope punch board to score the remaining sides so they could be folded.

I opted not to machine stitch them down because my circles turned squares weren't perfect and I felt the stitching would accentuate that. I will definitely give this another go and maybe will brave sewing then.

I used a mixture of papers from Studio Calico, My Mind's Eye {Now and Then}, October Afternoon {Travel Girl}, and of course, Basic Grey {Carte Postale}. Since there was a lot going on, I only added a few Studio Calico gold star sequins and die cut my title using Mama Elephant's Inline Letters. Love those dies!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DIY Planner Printables

Earlier this year I decided to go back to using a paper planner. It had been a couple years, and part of me always missed it. I'm a list maker and feel much more organized with a small calendar on my desk showing me at a glance, what's going on for the week.

I had picked up one for cheap at Target well after 2014 had begun and it was working well to keep track of my days. It also provided a place to jot down notes for Project Life and store memorabilia. But I wanted more. More customization, more feeling like it was me, and most importantly, an inexpensive way to use it year after year.

So I hopped on the computer and designed calendars and pages that I can print them off as needed. Since they're already made, I figured why not share them with anyone else that would like to make their own planner for super cheap. I'm using this 8.5" x 5.5" binder from Staples and when I bought it, they had $5.00 coupon printable from their site. I had already picked up a pack of sheet protectors and lined paper from Target for about $7.00. So for less than $15.00 I have my own planner that I'm customizing with scrapbook supplies to use year after year.

Here's my inside cover.

And my August and September dividing pages.

I had thought that I would send the pages off to be printed and it costs way too much to copy in color so that's why they are designed in black and white. I did end up printing at home and am still very happy with the results.

You can download the planner pages HERE, it's a single PDF that includes:
an August through December 2014 calendar
individual month calendars from August 2014 through December 2015
a January through December 2015 calendar
weekly planner pages formatted Monday through Sunday

These planner pages are free for your personal use and if you make your own planner, let me know, I'd love to see it!

Friday, August 15, 2014

PL & CY365 {July 2014}

After last month's Project Life debacle where I wound up throwing away several cards and completely redoing those pages, I'm surprised at how quickly these came together and they're some of my favorites to date.

For July, I really enjoyed using a divided page that had 4"x4" slots. While that meant that I needed to mat my 3"x4" cards, I think it really worked for my style because I love using patterned paper. I also really pushed myself to use alphabet stickers. They sure do accumulate, don't they!

Every now and again I'll try something different with my photos other than just printing them out. I had several pictures of dinners we'd made at home and so made a collage using the Moldiv app on my phone. I imported it to my computer and then used digital brushes in Photoshop Elements to fill in the blank squares.

I also discovered a new technique in PSE where I could make the photo appear only inside the text and that's how my hazy days of summer photo came to be. When I experiment, I try to do it well before I go to work on my pages so that I can focus on putting the pages together and not be tied to the computer. I did however need to type my journaling about our lunch at Melt to make sure it would all fit with the idea I had for the title.

Those that frequent my blog may notice that I don't have pages for my July daily photos. They're sitting on my desk in a state of flux. While I'm still going strong with my photo a day, I'm feeling less love for the project and so am having a hard time putting the pages together. I'm sure you can relate to being unmotivated to work on something that you're not feeling particularly passionate about at the moment. I'll figure out something and get them finished, hopefully sooner than later. :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

#digital footprint

I had hoped to share this earlier in the week, but time just didn't allow for it. :) The current challenge over at the forum has a fun image and color scheme to get you inspired and you still have until the 22nd to add your creation.

I was inspired by the social media theme of the image as well as the arrows and decided to scrapbook about my digital footprint. I took screen shots of my homepages on various sites and then printed them as 3x4 photos.

I don't know about you, but I keep multiple tabs open and use two different browsers on my laptop, one for work and one for play. In keeping with that idea, I punched tabs out of the pink paper with my envelope punch board. I can see myself making many more tabbed dividers in the future and if you want to as well, WRMK posted a quick tutorial here.

I've been mixing and matching my paper brands lately and pulled together Studio Calico, Basic Grey {Grand Bazaar}, and Crate Paper {The Open Road} for this page. I hadn't used any shaped clips in a looong time and so was happy to get a couple onto my layout. I tried to work in some washi, but it was a no go. I again used the Jenni Bowlin Studio gold star rub ons, a little mist for droplets, Elle's Studio wood grain alphas, and some wood veneer stars. Lastly, the page design came from another recent sketch by Shimelle and you can find that here.

I think it will be interesting to look back on this and see a snapshot of some of the places where I made my mark on the internet. You can find me in other places as well, but just don't go looking for me on facebook. ;)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer Splendor, Summer Lovin'

I knew when I printed my photos that I wanted to make a double page spread. I guess it wound up being more two pages that coordinate because at first glance, you could think they're unrelated. The pages will be facing each other in my album and so I made sure to incorporate some of the same embellishments and paper on each side.

The papers are a mixture of Crate Paper {The Open Road}, Dear Lizzy {Lucky Charm}, and Basic Grey. I used the same technique as on a previous card where I stamped my letters and images on adhesive backed cork and then (die)cut them out. The alphabet stamps and dies are from Mama Elephant and have been getting quite a workout lately! The butterfly is an old My Mind's Eye and the stars are from Freckled Fawn.

I incorporated a lot of things that I hadn't been doing recently and it made me wonder why I'd stopped. I inked the edges of my layers, sprinkled mist on both pages, and used some wood veneer. I'll be trying to remember to put those techniques and embellishments into more of my projects. It's definitely a struggle to balance using old and new so that supplies and ideas aren't forgotten! :)

If you're looking for some inspiration, there's a new challenge on the forum and it's open for 2 more weeks. I'll be back next week with what I was inspired to create. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sunbeams & Snoozes

I don't often buy scrapbook kits, but I had picked one up from Studio Calico recently, and then had a little buyer's remorse when I saw it in person. I challenged myself to use the kit at least once before separating the contents and I decided they'd make a sweet layout of our Pound Cake.

I used the same sketch by Shimelle that I'd used not that long ago for this layout here. The items in the kit weren't something I'd normally buy individually, but I wound up really liking the papers, the Elle's Studio wood grain alpha, and the Jenni Bowlin gold rub ons. Guess my initial impulse to buy the kit was right all along. :)

I've just updated my Etsy shop and you can see one of my new flair in the embellishment cluster at the top of the page. There is a hint pink in the pattern paper and so the flair and label at the bottom worked well to enhance that little pop of color.

Hope you've been having a great week!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pause in 2014 {August}

For my August project, it isn't at all crafty, but instead is for a good cause. I'm going to be volunteering with an organization that provides books and educational materials to schools, shelters, and other local facilities. I have committed to August, but hope to extend that through at least the end of the year.

Volunteering was something that when I chose my word for the year I hoped I'd be able to accomplish. It may be August already, but better late than never! Hmm, maybe I should pick up some October Afternoon {Public Library} in order to scrapbook this...

Even if you aren't focusing on a word for the year, be sure to take time to stop and smell the roses! Have a lovely weekend and I'll be back next week with a layout using new shop flair!