Friday, August 24, 2012

"All About Me" Daybook

I've been having so much fun making these daybooks, that I decided to continue making them today.

This time I used 2 pieces of an old tag mini album ($1 at Michaels), and covered it with pattern paper on both sides, to be used for the front and back of my daybook for stability.

The transparency wraps around the front and back of the book, and inside there's TONS of random inserts that I added.  I love the fact that it can be different pieces from different collections and even different years, and still coexist to make a great daybook.  Now I know EXACTLY how I'll be using all the paper I have in my stash!!  Hehe.

I even used packaging from Pink Paislee's "London Marker" because I loved it so much!!  lol
(see photo above and below)

I was going to give this daybook away, but I messed up in a few areas (I won't tell you, cuz you probably won't even notice it), so I decided to personalize it "D" and use it for me.  Once I'm done filling up the book, I'll be back to share new photos.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

x0, Damaris

What's Up?

Soap Bubble Sophie is a really cute digi from SNSC.  I used her on today's DT project because of her adorable outfit.  It's something that I would wear.

For this month, I wanted to challenge myself and so I created my very first easel card.  At first I was a bit confused with it (because it's easier for me to physically do things than to read how to do them), so I gave it a whirl and got it in the first try.  I absolutely love this style card, and I think I'll be making more of them.

If you are interested in any of the SNSC digis, just visit their website.  There are new stamps being released each month.

Thanks for checking in.
x0, Damaris

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Handmade Daybooks

If you are a part of the Smashaholics group on Facebook, then you would already know about the Daybook Challenge / Swap that's been going on, hosted by Mimi Dibble.  She challenged us to create our own daybooks (Amy Tangerine style), and share our creations with each other, either in swapping and/or in photos.

I was a late bloomer.  Really had no interest in daybooks, until I finally used the one single tiny one I had (lol), to document my trip to NY.  I loved it!  It was like a mini smashbook.  The same elements & style can be used in daybooks, as with smashbooks.  I still wasn't convinced to make my own.  Not until I tried looking for a Parisian style daybook.  There were none available, so I decided it was time to shake off the fears and try it myself.  The first one was cute, the second was cuter (which you'll see in the video), and after that there was no stopping me!!  I love making these and so far have made 6 in total.  I still have a few more to go, but I wanted to take this time to share with you what I did and how I used stamps to embellish plain pages.

I hope you are inspired to make your own daybook and document an important day, week or event in your life.  It's not as overwhelming as a Smashbook, and not as limited as a layout.  It's just enough room for anything you want it to be.

Thanks for checking in and don't forget to watch the video below to see what I did with the last 5 books I made.

x0, Damaris

UPDATED 8/24/12 

A new FB group was launched today for Daybook Lovers... it's called Daybook Delights.  
Come join the fun!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I Mustache (have) A Party!!

Last Tuesday was my husband's birthday.  I hadn't planned on doing anything "special" because I honestly thought he was only turning 34.  [[oops]].  But as I thought about what birthday card I wanted to make him, I came across the Studio 112 clear stamps that I bought earlier in the year.  Immediately I thought how fun it would be to do a surprise party for him with a mustache theme!?  And it turned out, he was actually turning 35.  SCORE!!

I got to making the miniature (3x3) sized invites and gave 1 to my parents and 1 to his parents.  It was going to be a super small party; or so I thought...

The photos below show you how I prepped everything and hopefully it'll give you some ideas to create a simple, fun & cute party for that special guy in your life.

I cut out some banners with my cricut (before I sold it), and told hubby that I was testing out the sizes for Giovanni's 2nd birthday party.  
I needed a reason why I was cutting banners!!  haha.. he visits me in my craftroom everyday and sometimes looks around and asks what I'm working on.  

Don't judge me.

(added some sturdiness to each banner by gluing it to some cardstock)

The letters I used were not cut.  They are Heidi Grace die cut alphas that I purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics a long time ago.  The blue matched the paper, but it didn't really POP enough for me.  So I quickly colored them black with a marker.

As you can see at the top of the "L", the strokes are longer, but they look streaky.
The bottom of the "L" looks neatly colored because I used short strokes in a circle motion.  
Note taken.

The banner was almost done, I just needed some diecuts my friend Jennie had offered to send me, to go in between each pennant.  =)

To create the cupcake toppers I had envisioned, I used 2 stamps both from Studio 112.  A top hat and a mustache.  Thank GOODNESS Jennie sent me tons of extra mustache diecuts because those tiny stamped staches were a B to cut!  lol

After punching, what seemed to be 3921 different punched out combinations, I finally found that square was more masculine and the easiest to use as a base for my cupcake toppers.
The picture below shows the process from left to right.  =)

As a crafter, you know our heads start to think of new and different ideas, so for the week before the party I planned and stamped, and cut and glued and prepared everything that I was going to use to decorate his party.  Jennie helped me out A TON with those cricut mustache diecuts that she sent me.  They arrived the day before his birthday and I was able to finish the banner, add the diecuts to the balloons, make photo props & straw props, put some on the table for decor and there was even more left over to share with some friends.  

[[Can you say HAPPY MAIL!!!?]]

My niece misspelled that ^ ^  lol

Oh Yeah!!... That food was SLAMMIN'!!

And so were the cuppies.  <3

Those mustache props had me laughing all day.  

Dad ^ ^

Mom ^ ^

Thanks for checking in and talk to you soon.

x0, Damaris

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pretty Smashbook

When I think of Smashbooks, I think of "Random".  I like having the freedom to work on a page without having to feel obligated to make it pretty or make any sense. 

In 2011 K&Co brought it back by creating an entire line of Smashbooks and neat accessories.  I got into it deeply and have decided to keep a blog of all the photos for each Smashbook (there are more than 10), and to keep a badge of it on my sidebar so all the photos are together making it easier for anyone to access. 

My pink smashbook was the first one I purchased.  I was under the impression that I was only allowed to get one book, and within that book I would have to create sub categories.  It wasn't until I became a part of the Smashaholics Group on facebook, that I realized I can have all the different books and use each one for a different reason.  Example:, the white one is wedding theme, and I will be using that one to document things from our dating life, from our marriage, anniversaries, etc.  The red one is "doodle" style, and I think I'll use that one to write all about me... my favorite things, my favorite stores, my dislikes, etc.  It's how and what you want to record about your life (right now), that'll make it special for you in the future to look back on, read, laugh and enjoy.

Here's what I've done with my Pretty Smashbook, so far... (it's not so pretty, so bare with me!)  haha

Updated: 4/11/13

The more I smash, the more you'll see.  So keep checking back for updates.  There's a badge on the sidebar that will direct you to each specific book I've started and/or completed.  

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

x0, Damaris