Sunday, January 25, 2015

your picture perfect smile.

last Sunday we spent lots of time with family and outdoors.
it was such a beautiful weekend that we wanted to take advantage of the weather.
before it gets too hot & humid.

we took so many photos that i would have to use 5 of these pocket pages to document.
so i decided to take my limited favorite and use the rest of traditional scrapbook pages.

i used the January Gossamer Blue 2015 Life Pages Kit for this layout, and feel bad that i had to cancel my subscription.  i hope to resub one day after we're done moving into a new place.

i also used touches of October Afternoon, wood veneers by Freckled Fawn, stamps by Studio Calico and Elle's Studio, and even copic markers.

this card was soft and pretty.
i used copics to fill in the letters and get a "heavy" feel at the bottom of the layout.
it felt too light and airy.
what i mean by "heavy" is the color saturation.
i find that using darker and deeper colors on the bottom gives the page a base.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

project life 2015.

last year i failed miserably with project life.
i started it because my 2013 December Daily was pocket-style and i really enjoyed it.
however, i didn't plan on having to put our things in storage and wait months before taking them out and crafting again in 2014.
i'm currently limited on my supplies, but i can still craft.
i missed documenting a lot of memories last year and i want to continue the easiest form of scrapbooking i have come across.
so i decided that i would continue with project life under 2 conditions.

#1 i will only document things i want to remember and not keep a strict weekly schedule.
this will give me freedom to create what i want the rest of the time and not feel locked-into a weekly layout.

#2 i will only use 6x8 pages or smaller in a smaller album.
i find that i don't take that many photos every day or even every week, so i don't really need to keep a big album.
the smaller version will help me journal our memories, still document our photos and not feel overwhelmed.  i know this style and format will help me stay on track.

when i come across special photos, i'll be scrapbooking those in traditional 12x12 layouts.
but for now this works great for me.

i'll be sharing more photos of other layouts, but today i'm sharing how we spent last Saturday.

i hope you enjoy and are inspired.

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* Simple Stories PL cards
* Dear Lizzy stickers
* Elle's Studio alphas
* Amy Tangerine printable card
* Recollections bow
* Simple stories clear sticker phrases

Friday, January 23, 2015

behind the lens.

we're still in January and already i've created 5 layouts.
i'd say that's a successful start to the new year.

i've been inspired by all the pretty collections and instagram photos;
which has me wanting to scrapbook more than anything.

yesterday i took out some time and scrapped this photo of me using my new camera.  it's been on my wish list for at least 2 years and it was such an unexpected Christmas gift from my husband.  i think he loves it more than i do.  he's always taking photos of Gio and bringing it where ever we go.

i use it mostly for my documenting.
from time to time i pull it out and photograph nature.
just to get a feel for the settings and features.
it's very complicated.
so complicated that i'm happy when 1 photo comes out fairly decent.

this was one of them.
a mirror pic.
taken right before going to a birthday party.

i like how it captured me.
behind the lens.
as i always am.

the Amy Tangerine "Stitched" collection was the perfect line to help me document this photo.
it's bright.
and the soft colors allowed me to play with inks and stamps.

i used rub-ons by Crate Paper "Kiss Kiss", diecut pieces from the "Stitched" collection and October Afternoon, and sewing string you can get at Michael's.

i hope you come back soon for another project share.
have a great weekend.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

nutty over you.

i've been on a valentine kick.  i love everything pink & red & hearts.
which is why i was easily influenced by this image to make a valentine card.
i fell in love with him as soon as i saw him.
he's so cute and furry and FREE for a limited time in the Chi Chi Memories shop.
there are only 30 free downloads, so get yours today!!

if you use him in a challenge sketch card and share you work with the CCM challenge blog, you can win 1 of 2 cool prizes!

i used copic markers in the E30 family for his fur.
E11, 15, 17 for the acorn top, and the E50 family for the acorn bottom.
the rest of the supplies are listed below.

it was so fun watching this little chipmunk come to life and i hope you take advantage of the freebie and see your challenge entries, which started today.

thanks for stopping by.

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* Crate Paper "kiss kiss" 6x6 pad.
* copic markers.
* American Crafts valentine stickers - butterfly and sentiment (Target).
* K&Company puffy hearts (Target).
* Tombow Mono multi glue.
* Uniball Signo white gel pen.
* Studio G pop dots (Michael's).
* Wink of Stella dark pink glitter brush pen.

Monday, January 12, 2015

happy new year.

along with continuing my pocket page documenting this year (which i'll get to later in more detail),  i decided that i wanted to create a lot more traditional scrapbook layouts.

those 12x12 papers are just too pretty to be cutting them into small 3x4 or 4x6 pieces, and showcasing them with photos is what i've been inspired to do more of.

today i want to share 1 of 3 layouts that i recently made.  for the first layout i used leftovers from the Elle's Studio "Good Cheer" collection that i used mostly for my 2014 December Daily.  I also added touches of Chic Tags with a "THIS"  circle, and those pretty gold star rub-ons.  the "2015" label-style sticker by Elle's Studio, and the enamel dots are by My Mind's Eye.

when i took this photo (NYE, right after midnight), i had not filled in what i was grateful for yet, because i wasn't sure if i wanted to list what was grateful for all year, or all month.   i still haven't decided.  lol.

i hope you join me in gathering all your pretty scrapbook paper, the ones you've hoarded for at least 2 years now (because they're so pretty), and use them.  slap some photos on and you'll see how awesome it feels to finally starting using your products.

p.s.  i think this "lowercase letters challenge", that i put myself on this year, will only last through January, because after writing more than half of this blog i had to go back and turn the uppercase into lower.  lol.  what a joy that was!

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Monday, January 05, 2015

December Daily 2014 - [24-31]

getting sick right before Christmas took a toll on my holiday spirit.
i wasn't in the mood to make our gingerbread house,
or bake more cookies,
i just wanted to be in bed watching movies, and overdosing on tylenol cold.

and i surely wasn't in the mood to finish my december daily,
but if i didn't it would never get done.
i did a little something, it isn't as detailed and elaborate as the previous pages,
but it's done.

maybe i'm over all the Christmas hoopla.
i'm ready to use different colors and document other things.
i'm ready for pastels and black & white layouts.
i'm ready for anything other than red and green.

Christmas day required 4 pages.  there were lots of photos and i really wanted to remember every detail of "santa" coming to our house to deliver more gifts.
oddly enough, Giovanni convinced my parents that it was a good idea for him to have a kitchen.
a blue one, because he's a boy.
it was his favorite gift.

i made "santa" pancakes with strawberries, whipped cream, oranges and raisins.  they were actually yummy.
we played all day and took our meds.
and had some yummy Christmas eve leftovers.
watched movies, napped and had a calm day.

i decided to skip 12/26 - 12/30 because not much happened, besides doing some after holiday shopping, getting better and organizing toys.
but on New Year's Eve hubby i was able to get a few photos, and quickly sent those to print at costco.
i really like the quality of their prints, and they're super cheap.
just wish it was closer.
i documented the fact that i won the 1st prize in the "Celebrate December" Elle's Studio giveaway.
what a fabulous way to end the year!
the prize contains a silhouette cameo machine, 6 months of Elle's Studio kits and the complete "Good Cheer" collection, which is what I used to actually win the prize!
go figure.

i realize i used black and white photos for the entire album, except on this page
AFTER i sent them to print.
it doesn't bother me.
i like the vivid color on this last page.

if you're still working through your DD pages and have lost your holiday mojo, i recommend turning on some holiday music and get to scrapping.  if you have to leave out a few days, it's fine.
if you have to condense 2 layouts into 1 it's fine.
just get it done and finished and over with,
that way when you get to buying more supplies in October for your 2015 december daily you won't feel as guilty.

See below for my other DD pages.

click here to see the cover (with a mini tutorial) of my 2014 December Daily.

click here to see Days 1 - 5 of my 2014 December Daily.

click here to see Days 6 - 14 of my 2014 December Daily.

click here to see Days 15 - 23 of my 2014 December Daily.

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

new year. new dt.

hi bloggers!

i hope you all had a lovely end to 2014.

i'm excited to finally share that I was approached by the lovely people at Chi Chi Memories to join their design team, and was absolutely happy to take on the fun task.  Their digital images are so sweet and make the perfect addition to any card you have in mind to make.

now that the new year is here, the only thing left to do is think about the next holiday, right?  lol

i love Valentine's day and when I look at "Happy Girl", (which is a part of their new January 2015 release), i think about how lovestruck she is for a boy.  so this card is dedicated to all those sweethearts who just found love at the end of 2014 and can't wait to celebrate their new crush!

i hope you take the time to visit their online store here,
like their facebook page here,
and follow their blog here.

and you can find a list of supplies below.

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crate paper "Love Notes" 6x6 pad.
american crafts enamels (from target).
american crafts cardstock sticker (from target)
wink of Stella dark pink pen.