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

Harvest


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!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pause in 2014 {October}

I sadly kind of forgot that my post was due for October's project of focusing on my word for 2014, but it actually worked out for the best because I was able to incorporate World Cardmaking Day and some fun challenges that Studio Calico hosted in honor of it. If you're not familiar with the holiday, you can read about it here and there's still time to participate in the SC challenges found here.

I've had a couple of people in my thoughts lately and so taking the time to create some cards to send was the perfect way to put my word into play.


I'd been wanting to try heat embossed stamped images and watercolors and lucky me, there was a challenge to use stamps and watercolors. Quite a different style for me, but I can see myself doing this technique again.


For this card, the challenge was to use gold, as little or as much as you wanted. I've never been a fan of gold with my personal style, but for scrapbooking I love it. Glittery gold embossing powder gave these stamps extra shine!


My last card was based off of a color palette and mood board that was assembled and I really liked the color combination. It's not something I would have come up with on my own, but I'm a fan.

Hope you're inspired to send a little happy mail to someone special! :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

30 Days of Me {Wrap-Up}


Wow, I sure was in a creative funk and hope that I have snapped out of it! I spent time the last two days wrapping up this mini album. I am certainly not averse to taking on a project like this again, but I have learned some things along the way to hopefully make it more enjoyable.

I feel like a month is too long to focus on myself, especially when some of the prompts are similar. I would change the order around, something I should have done this time, and possibly use a larger format. While the WRMK Instagram album is super cute, for me it would be better suited for projects that have little to no journaling, just a focus on photos. I definitely didn't take as much from the class as I had hoped, and for the price, that was disappointing. That being said, I'm glad I tried something different and am really happy this little album is complete!

I'm sharing some of my favorite pages today, but if you'd like to view the entire album, you can find it here.


For day 15, I used the Simon Says Stamp {To Thine Own Shelf} set and stamped the books onto an actual book page. For day 16 and many others, I was happy to use embellishments that have been sitting around. 


I knew I wanted hidden journaling for day 17 so I made a little folder and wrote my thoughts inside. The flaps wouldn't stay closed, but a little butterfly clip did the trick. The layers of labels for day 18 turned out exactly as I'd hoped and I'm still getting tons of mileage out of that massive Pebbles alphabet roller stamp.


For day 22 I came up with a quote that best sums up what I constantly work towards. Day 23 was about music and the circle stamps being reminiscent of records were perfect as an embellishment.

Hopefully my mojo is here to stay and I'll have some more crafty goodness to share soon. Have a great day! :)