Sunday, January 25, 2015

Project Life 2015 Week Two

Yesterday, Ellie took the 8th grade ACT test in Grand Island (about 1 1/2 hours from here) and I decided to bring along a few PL supplies. I was able to almost finish the left hand page for my week two! I finished it up last night:

And even though I am not feeling so great today, I was determined to finish the right hand side while I still had light to photograph it, lol!

I used Project 52 for the cards again, and used embellishments from my stash. I am really trying to use my stamps, especially since I have purchased so many new ones lately! I think my new favorite has to be my Gossamer Blue stamp set with the little sequin, which you can find here. I also did some doodling on my cards, which I now realize maybe I should have doodled on that bottom right card, just for some balance in the layout, so I might go back and do that later. Otherwise, I am calling week two - DONE!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Project Life 2015 - Week One - done!

My unexpected day off was quite productive! I got some housework done, but I also finished my week one for my 2015 album! To see my 2015 cover post, click here. This past year has been all about finding my style. As I have transitioned from traditional scrapbooking to pretty much all Project Life, that has changed a bit. I think these pages show what type of style I like. I definitely do not shy away from embellishments, and I definitely love brighter colors! I love to layer and add dimension to my pages, whether traditional or Project Life. I am going to try and use mostly my Project 52 Core Kit for this year's album, though I am sure I will stray now and again! Here is Week One:

I recently found a new blog called Life Zesters, a Project Life Challenge blog, and created these pages with their January challenge in mind - Show Us Your Style! Check them out, their design team has a lot of great ideas for all styles of Project Life!

Hope you enjoy these pages, please let me know if you have any questions about products I used or techniques!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Project Life 2014

So I finally have had some time to work on my albums! Between last Saturday's crop at church and a little time spent here at home, I finally completed 2013! Woo hoo! I also got a good start on 2014. For my cover, I used the Amber core kit. Here is what I have so far -My cover:

Weeks 1 & 2 left plus an insert - mostly the Project Life Seasons mini kit, plus some CTMH Snowhaven paper and embellishments:

Weeks 1 & 2 right plus an insert:

Week 3 left- mostly the Aqua core kit, plus a hodgepodge of embellishments from my stash:

Week 3 right:

Today I am home with a sick kiddo, so I have started Week one of 2015. Hopefully I will have a post about that later!

*I linked my Weeks 1 & 2 over on the Paper Issues blog for their New Issue Monday link and win - this week's theme is Say it Ain't Snow Cold Outside.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sketch Inspiration

On Saturday, the Paper Issues blog posted a new sketch, and I knew immediately which photos I would use! I had three photos of my dog, Kirby just hanging out on my scrap table, with no scrappy home. Here is the sketch:

And here is my page:

I used some scraps of Amy Tangerine paper plus a few bits and bobs from my stash of embellishments. Here are some more pictures of some of my favorite parts:

Hope you enjoyed this page!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

I am in the spotlight!

Last week, I posted some of my pages that I have made using the Paper Issues Swag Bags (that I started receiving in November) on the Paper Issues Facebook page. Well, one of my pages was selected to be featured on their blog! I love the little bits and pieces that are included in the bags, and I especially love the low price! You can see the December swag bag here: Paper Issues December Swag Bag

Here is the page I submitted, and the link to see it on the PI blog:

 My page that is "In the spotlight"

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Trying to get some Bloglovin :)

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Holy moly, I've gone and done it!

So I have thought about this a few hundred times over the last year...My hubby mentioned starting a blog a couple of months ago since I already post so much on social media, but I did not do it. I have been asked several times if I have a blog to follow, and my answer is always no, but not anymore!

I love to craft. Writing, not so much, so you will have to bear with me on that end, lol. I started scrapbooking in 2001, using Creative Memories, although I had put together scrapbooks starting in 1989, and throughout highschool, they just were not what I think of now when I think of scrapbooking. I was introduced to Close To My Heart in 2003, and became a consultant in 2009. I give workshops at my church, and have developed a great group of gals to scrap with that I am proud to call my friends! In 2013, I discovered Project Life, mostly as a way to scrap our Disney vacation, but after doing a little research, watching YouTube videos, and looking at Pinterest boards, I decided that this was going to be the way I would "catch up" on my scrapping. Before I had kids, it was easy to stay caught up, and there were even times I had nothing to scrapbook - sigh. I was two years behind, and now I am finishing up the last bits of 2013. I got more organized in 2014, writing down what I was taking pictures of, trying to capture the "little stuff" of our lives, instead of just the big moments. I felt as though my scrapbooks were all of the same things, just a different year. Pretty much every scrapbook I own from 2004 on (The year my oldest was born) goes like this: Playing in the snow, hubby's birthday, Valentine's Day, not much for March, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, etc. etc. etc. You get the idea. I was only capturing the holidays and other big moments of our lives. I started to feel like I was scrapping the same photos, different year. 2013 was also the year I got an iPhone, which changed the way I was taking pictures. My DSLR got a little dusty, except for the occasional photo shoot, and my phone became my primary photo taking device. Project Life is perfect for these photos. I still use my "big camera" from time to time, especially to take pictures of my layouts, and my kids, but that is pretty much it!

So, back to the reason I started this blog. I have become a part of some different Project Life groups on Facebook, and I am always asked how I did this, what did I use to make that, etc. I think if I have a blog, it will be easier. I can post my process, tools I used, products used, and techniques, and point people here for the scoop. I also am really interested in taking my scrapbooking further. I would love to be a part of a design team someday, but almost all of them require you to have a blog. Well, here is the start! January 1st is always a good place to start, isn't it?

This year, my plan is to scrap 2014 and 2015 at the same time. I also have a Disney 2013 trip to document, so I have plenty to keep me busy. I have really liked the weekly format of Project Life, and recently purchased the new Project 52 core kit with some extras. Here is my title page for our 2015 album:

I am so in love with this kit! I did use a few different things to complete this page, including the Project 52 core kit, Project 52 6x6 paper pad, Project 52 specialty cards, my Silhouette SD (old school, I know), bits and pieces from Heidi Swapp, Close to My Heart, and Studio Calico.

For the 2015 title card, I tried to find a font that was as close to the font used for the 52 cards in the middle. These cards came with the Project 52 kit. The font I chose was Impact. For the twenty fifteen, I used the font Grand Hotel, and welded the two words together. I just layered the 2015 and twenty fifteen on top of the card, and added an arrow from the Heidi Swapp foil kit.

The little "potty people" were from a Silhouette cut file, I just sized them and cut them out on some of the 6x6 paper. The way they were cut almost look as though they were stitched, but they are just glued down.

Hopefully I get a few followers out there! If so, welcome! I hope to update about once per week, perhaps documenting my album and other crafty ventures! Let me know if there is anything you are interested in hearing about!