Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Project Life- October 13-19, 2014

Finally! Another Project Life Layout!

Here is my Project Life layout for October 13-19, 2014.

For this week's layout I used Sweet Shoppe Designs' Follow Your Heart collection. That paired up with some digital brushes from Ali Edwards and a camera image from Two Peas In a Bucket.

This week I used the "on my nightstand" prompt for a different way to document the books I have been reading. But there is usually a pile like there every week. 

(BTW, Glass Castle was really good, but a bit disturbing since it is a memoir. Loving Hands Free Mama, and loving Memoirs of a Geisha. All great reads if you are looking for something. Ordinary Grace, my book club for this week was pretty awesome as well.)

Love how the first 4x6 "pocket" turned out. Used a photo template I created myself, modifying one of the photo collage templates I had purchased.

The patch on the second photo was an awesome freebie find from Mommyish.

Thanks stopping by. Still waiting on photos and then I should have more to share!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cards as Teacher Holiday Gifts

So my Project Life pages haven't been getting completed. I have been working on them, I promise, but I need a photo for the past two weeks from other people. As soon as they share, I will be able to share.

Since I haven't finished any PL layouts, I wanted something to share here, so I went in my stash to do some more busting. I found remnants from an old SEI kit in my stash that was a perfect card kit. It had a couple sheets of patterned paper, a sheet of sentiment rub-ons and some chip board pieces.

My daughter has 7 teachers this year and I have been trying to think of thoughtful gifts for each of them that won't rob the bank. I have decided to make sets of cards to give each of them, since I am in no shortage of card bases and matching envelopes (thanks mom!)

Here are the cards I made:

These card bases are from American Crafts. I found them on clearance at Target.

The first set of cards I made, I fussy cut out the flowers and attached a metal embellishment to it. After adding a strip of striped paper and the rub-on, this simple card was done. I used one of the cut embellishments to put on the envelope of the card.

This next card, I used a strip of the stripe paper and added some of the chipboard embellishments. The rub-on finished this one off. Two more cards were made similarly.

After using up all of the chipboard pieces, I used strips of the scraps I had left over with the rub-on to complete this card.

For this last card, I made pennants from scraps of paper and embellished the card with a few of the rub-ons as well as the sentiment. 

So there you are. A set of greeting cards to give as a gift.

What do you think? Is this a good gift for a teacher? 

One down, 6 more sets to go.....

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Project Life - Coverpage 2014

I am waiting for some photos to be shared to complete last week's Project Life layout, so I decided to work on my cover page for this year.

Here it is:

I played around with a lot of ways to tackle this page. In the end I went with some cards that Cathy Zielski created and shared on her blog. I changed her signature orange color to this aqua color that I was more comfortable using. (The monogram card was edited for this post for privacy.)

I also struggled with which photos to select. Wasn't sure if I should use photos prior to 2014 or during. In the end I picked photos that were late 2013 or early 2014. I also realized that I don't have very many photo of my husband and even fewer of him by himself. Something I want to keep in mind for the remainder of the year. 

This page took me way too much time for being so simple! Oh well...

Thanks for looking! Hoping to get those photos soon and share last week's pages.

Friday, October 10, 2014

For All Seasons

I have completed yet another page in progress layout! Yippee!

I grabbed this one after finishing the same topic of my daughter the layout before.

Initially I had this layout in the "only need journaling" pile. When I looked at it again, after deciding what I was going to say, I thought it too flat and boring. I decided to embellish each of the blocks with 3D elements.

I started with inspiration from a layout from a magazine. I have to apologize that I am not giving credit to the original page, but it was so long ago, there is no telling which magazine it is from. 

I printed wallet sized photos and used a grid design. Most of the patterned paper were leftovers from a calendar class kit from Archivers. The others were remnants in my stash.

I have iris cases to organize my stash into seasons, for my themed products. I was able to shop my stash to find a Halloween sticker, ghost ribbon, and chipboard pumpkin, the turkey embellishment (repurposed from a gift tag), and the Jolee's Santa and sentiment.

On this page I found Jolee's snowflakes, a die cut border, and Jolee's patriotic sticker. The graduation cap, I stamped and added some rhinestone and pearl swirls. 

Added the journaling to the side with the date and this one is finished!

Love that I used up so much of my stash on this layout and didn't use anything "new" except for the card stock base. 
Love that I made this. No designed kit used. 
Love that it is done!

Thanks for looking!

Off to finish up more projects!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Maddie Dressed for the Seasons

Here is a layout that I recently completed from my pages in progress pile. 

The layout is a design from Scrapbook Generation's Super Sketch Kit club.

Now I changed the layout up a bit from the original design. For one, I started the seasonal stickers at the top of the layout, with summer, since I was doing my daughter's first year and she was born in late April. That also meant that I cut the monthly stickers to work for my layout as well.

This layout shows all of my daughter's festive clothing from the 4th of July to her Birthday outfit. Used some collages to fit multiple photos if she had more than one thing to wear.

This layout was super fun to make with all of the stickers. It was nice to start from the kit, because I would have never thought to use almost the entire sticker sheet on one layout.

There is a lot going on with this layout, but I love the year at a glance that it gave me.

Thanks for visiting! 

Here's to finishing up projects!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Magical Memories

Here is another Stash Bash page-in-progress page. 

This is a predesigned page kit from Just Kitting. This is what Just Kitting is known for right here, Disney paper piecing kits. 

Another story that was low priority but I had recently worked on this one at a crop and didn't want to ADD it to the pile of pages not done, so that is why I finished this particular one.

Isn't that paper piecing awesome! Tiana is a favorite princess of mine and one I was so excited to meet! In the pictures with me is my mom, the owner of Just Kitting and designer of the kits.

I changed up the journaling and title on this page to work with the photos that I had. The card was one my sister had given to me at a crop. (We are a family of scrapbookers!) I embellished the card with an Ali Edwards stamp, from a Christmas set of hers, as well as a Studio Calico date stamp. 

Now to tackle the rest of these pages in progress. Off to work I go!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Just Add Sprinkles

Here is another page-in-progress promoted to finished!

It is another layout from Just Kitting.

This is another layout that was on the top of the pile.  This story is documented in a December Daily album so it had a lower priority as well. But again....DONE!

There was only a couple of things I did to alter this kit. The first was adding the green seed beads as the sprinkles. There weren't enough sprinkles on the page with the title like that. I adhered them with clear stickles.

The second thing I changed was I didn't use all the pieces that came with the kit. There was no room for the gingerbread die cut, but I opted for the journaling card found in my stash instead.

How to journal on this page was definitely an after thought. This happens a lot for me when I use predesigned pages. There was designated space on this page, but I was trying to fit way too many photos here and the journaling card got bumped out. Instead I journaled on the paper strip at the bottom on the right page. 

How do you alter pre-designed page kits to make them your own?

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Just Imagine

Here is another layout that I have completed after taking a look at my pages-in-progress pile.

This layout was done because for no other reason but it was at the top.

This would have been classified as lower priority if I had waited for the sort. But hey, it's done.

Obviously this page is about Legos. These pictures are from Legoland California. I used a pre-designed page kit from my mom's company, Just Kitting. This particular kit is sold out, I believe, but with the popularity of the Lego Movie, I know another Lego page is in the works so check out her online store here.

Just Kitting is known for their paper piecing embellishments like this Lego guy here and Lego pieces.

Found a journaling card from my PL stash and ran it through my printer with the journaling. No layout of mine would be complete without a bit of stamping so I added some white heat-embossed stamps from Ali Edwards on black card stock. Directly on the base on the first page and cut out on the second. I also used a Heidi Swapp stamp "play" that I picked up at Michaels with her new PL release.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Project Life- Sept. 22-28, 2014

Here is my Project Life layout for September 22-28, 2014.

For this week's layout I used the Extra Extra kit from Sweet Shoppe Designs. I had seen so many PL layouts that used black and white with a pop of color and decided to go for it for this week.

Used Ali Edwards' prompt, "I want to remember" for the first photo from her Story Stamp content. It was a random photo, and not a very good one, but I wanted to added it to this week because of the little bits of the story it tells.

Used Ali Edwards' Edge Sentiments as well.

For this page, I altered the color on most of the pink elements, even the Edge Wild logo (it was red instead of pink). 

Had issues with the photo colors coming out the way I wanted, but they are good enough.

So there is another week in the books! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Project Life - March 18-24, 2013

I know it has been forever since I have shared any of my 2013 Project Life pages.  It hasn't been on the top of my list to complete, but I finally have a page to share. 

This is a Project Life layout for March 18-24, 2013.

For this week the base of the layout used MME Cut-and-Paste collection, I believe. For this week, I have an insert for an Easter egg hunt we attended. 

I also added a 8.5x11 insert for some memorabilia from the event.

Check out that top left photo. Simon Says Stamp has the best give aways ever! Love their exclusive products like their card kits. Sad that there are no more new Kelly Purkey stuff coming. Love her stuff!

Struggled with this page insert. The pockets were a little off. The bottom photo was smaller than 4x6 and the middle was true. The top two were in equal size either. Frustrating! Used some Ali Edwards stamps from Technique Tuesday to finish it off as well as a Martha Stewart bunny punch.

I took Art+Science of Scrapbooking at Big Picture Classes and this actually fulfills the requirement for the Process challenge for the left brain- Using a pocket page of an event.  This is already a part of my process since I am pretty left brained. 

There you go. Another week done for 2013! I actually have the title pages and ending pages for my 2012 album ready to share, since I spent some time trying to finish some project. 

Finish. That is what I hope to share here. Lots of things getting finished. 

What keeps you from finishing a project?