Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Merry Christmas 2010.

Hi Friends,

I hope your Christmas holiday was superb!!
Me, I spent a quiet Christmas Eve with my mom & dad, (and her delicious Puerto Rican cooking - don't hate!); which works perfectly because we like to open our gifts at home on Christmas morning (like the rest of the world does), so we can eat a hearty Christmas breakfast and have the entire day to play with our new toys.

But on Gio's first Christmas, we opened our gifts the night before, because we were so excited to play with his toys with him, and to see his reaction to his new goodies.  He was only 3 months, but he did enjoy the beeps and honks and squeaks that came from them.  The photo I scrapped for today's layout was his first Christmas.  We dressed him like Santa and dressed Daizy like Rudolph (she was not too fond of that), and snapped some photos by the tree.


Fun Fact:  This layout was created at work on a half day / Friday / when I knew there would be no work to do right before the holiday break and when I would have 4 hours to kill.  It took just about an hour to do.  Luckily I keep a bottle of my favorite NUVO adhesive at work, so all I used were scissors and glue.  My coworker came over from time to time to watch the progression and was inspired to get some birthday collections to at least craft her daughters birthday pages each year.

I like the peek-a-book background paper and the faux embellishment banner.  Everything I used was from Crate Paper's newest collection called "Fa La La".  This line is so pretty and fun.  There's plenty of patterns and colors to play with.  My favorite are the gold glitter pieces and chipboard stickers.  There's even fun shaped ephemera and cardstock stickers.  I had fun with this page, especially because it brought me back to a time when I barely did any scrapping.  

I hope you all dig into your Christmas photo stash and pull out your favorites.  Let's showcase and document those fantastic holiday memories.  And don't forget to share those creations with us in the Paper Issues Facebook Group.  The challenges you enter this month, the more likely you will win a gift card to the shop. 

As always, I've provided quick links to the blog, facebook group and shop below.  And remember that using the code "Damaris" at checkout of the paper issues show will save you 20% off of your entire purchase, and any purchase.  Also, you will quality for free US priority shipping if you spend more than $60 after the coupon is applied.

Have a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve, and I will catch you soon for more great inspiration and layouts. 
-AtStudioD

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Winter JOY.

When I first saw this "Choose Joy" Paper Issues free cut file, I knew the exact photo and collection I would be pairing it with.  Sometimes making a layout happens by accident.  Sometimes we envision something silly late at night, right between cloud 1 and 3.  And sometimes we find immediate inspiration by merely browsing the PI Shop.

I used my favorite Crate Paper Christmas collection "Snow And Cocoa", and one of my favorite photos of my lil 3 year old boy playing with fake snow on his way to meet Santa at the mall.  Later I thought I "needed" to use a more recent Christmas photo, but it just didn't sit right in the circle; so I kept my initial idea.  I first glued the paper behind the cut file.  I knew where I wanted to place the fussy cut snowmen and the ephemera, prior to making the cross-stitch marks.  I hand-sewed a straight stitch over JOY, then glued down JOY to the paper.  I then made the cross-stitch holes and did more hand sewing.  The background was made with mint spray, white gesso and a stencil.  I absolutely adore how this came out and I'm so happy I was able to pull off what my 3am brain dreamt.





















The shop is fully stocked with this collection.
You will find everything from stamps, paper, cardstock stickers, photo frames and pom poms.



If you visit the PI Facebook group, you'll surely find something to inspire your next paper project.

If you're done with Christmas shopping, click HERE and treat yourself!
Don't forget!
Use my 20% off TOTAL PURCHASE coupon code.  Enter "Damaris" at checkout!
Anything over $60 qualifies you for free US shipping.



-AtStudioD

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Topiary // Silk Plants Review


Hi Everyone!

Although you all may have already completed your holiday home decor, this blog may inspire you for next year.  What's great about Museum Trees, is not only the quality of their products, but also the sensitivity they have to shipping their products, and the variety of items they have for sale.  Museum Trees manufactures indoor and outdoor products for commercial or wholesale use.

I received the package quickly (free shipping is always amazing), and was surprised to see how much bubble wrap, boxes and care was put into ensuring that my items arrived in their best condition.




I had the pleasure of getting my hands on a set of "Cone Topiary" pieces.  The idea was to find white trees that I can add to my home decor.  I have 3 areas in my home that have centralized Christmas decorations.  The entryway (which last year contained decor, now contains a "Candy Land" area).  The dining table (which last year contained my "Candy Land" area, now contains a centerpiece display with some candy).  And then there's the actual Christmas tree area; in the center of the living room.






I have limited space, and working with 23" topiary pieces really helped me bring in a more festive look to my home, without compromising what restricted space I have available.





The topiary themselves are dazzling.  Close-up you get a feel for glamour and style; something you'd see on HGTV.  They are covered in pearls, sparkling crystals and glitter.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  I was excited about creating a "Winter Wonderland" in our Florida condo, alluding the appearance of a warm snowy cabin in Aspen.

There is some weight to the topiary trees, but not too much that it would be difficult to handle.  Although I have not come to the storage part yet, I have already measured them out to fit perfectly in an empty bin I have.  I will wrap them back in the bubble wrap that was nicely provided by the company and put them away for next year.



I don't believe that these would survive outdoor weather, but they would make a great addition to your kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, or any place inside your home where you feel could use a little holiday spritz of glam.

If you're done with your holiday decorating, you can still visit the website for other indoor and outdoor home decor.  Their website is stocked with a variety of decorative pieces that will suit your specific style.  It may take some time to search through their site, but I guarantee you will find something to enjoy, whether for next Spring, Summer or Fall.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today, and as a bonus I'd like to share with you a promo code to all my readers.  If you enter "BLOGGER10" at check out, you will receive 10% off of your entire purchase.  (This discount excludes custom orders).





(Here's a fun close-up I took the day it arrived.  It's a dark short clip,
but you can see the excitement I had in receiving this gorgeous set!)


Don't forget you can follow my Instagram for more crafty photos, tips and fun!
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-AtStudioD

Monday, December 18, 2017

Santa Sacks - PLS Project

Hi everyone,

It's Damaris again.  I'm back and I've really enjoyed sharing my projects and thought process with you on the Pretty Little Studio blog,

I thought for today, it would be fun to take you through how I created what I like to call "Santa Sacks".  I named them that because they resemble Santa's gift sack, but we can fill them with anything we'd like.  Gift Cards, Candy, Jewelry, Cash, Notes, Small Stamps for our crafty friends, or anything fun!  Even coal!  (hehe)

I started off with a bare sack.  I believe these were purchased at the Michael's dollar section, but I don't recall.  These are made of canvas material and are very easy to alter.  But you are welcome to use anything you have in stock.  Target and Walmart also sells similar sacks.

Using a stencil and modeling paste, I created a fun snowy background, similar to my December Daily cover in my 2nd guest post.  I let that dry for 15-30 minutes (while I worked on my DD inserts), then came back to it and added a layer of colored sprays.  I used Studio Calico mini inkers in pink and mint.  I like to pull the applicator out of the bottle and flick it in the direction and area I want it to land on my project, otherwise, it will go where it wants to.


I let that sit for another 15 minutes and then came back with my embellishments... starting with Pretty Little Studio diecuts and fun images I began layering things over the plain white doilies.  The snowman was actually fussy cut out from a sticker set packaging.  I really love that they include those freebies with many of their products!  I used Tonic Studios Nuvo Adhesive to apply the snowman and dimensional adhesive for the Santa diecut.


Once the doilies and diecuts were secured, I used stickers, liquid pearls, white Nuvo drops and clear Nuvo drops to add more texture and interest to the sack.  There's enough room to add To and From names, or just leave them blank.



These were super quick and simple to make and will surely brighten the spirit of those receiving them.


I want to thank you for joining me on this 4 day journey with Pretty Little Studio.  I have had the most fun playing with a few of the supplies from their shop.

I'd also like to invite you to visit the Pretty Little Studio Instagram page and my Instagram page (see below) today for a fun little giveaway.  I chose 5 items from the "Dream Big" collection to giveaway, and by following the directions to enter (which includes following both of our IG accounts), you will be entered to win that fun prize pack.


I wish you all a wonderful holiday season filled with fun, laughter and tons of completed projects.

Take care and don't forget to find me on the World Wide Web!

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-AtStudioD

Sunday, December 17, 2017

December Daily Simplified - PLS Project

I learned something really interesting this year amidst working on my December Daily.  The issues I've encountered with not being able to complete the album in December can be overcome and modified.  And although there is no rule for having to complete a page each day, or even finish your album by January 1st, for most of us, we tend to place these types of seasonal projects on the back burner if/when we feel the "moment” has passed and we're on way to the next thing.  At least that's been the case with me and all of my past December Daily'.

The worst was last year.  Would you believe I waited until Thanksgiving weekend of THIS YEAR to complete my 2016 album?  I bet you would believe it if you're one of those that have unfinished albums from years prior... (no judgments here)

What I've discovered in doing this for 5+ years isn't that there isn't enough time... because we can easily spare 15-30 minutes each day to taking at least 1 photo, editing the photo on a phone app, sending it to print on our home printers [SIDEBAR: for those that print outside of home, I have no answer for you except to fill the page with a temporary mock photo and fill it in when the prints arrive...], but to the rest of us that print at home, we can easily have our photo ready by the end of the day, pick a pattern paper or a 3x4 card or whatever format of documenting you use, add our hand-written or typed journaling, a little sticker to embellish, maybe stamp the date or add pre-dated chipboards / stickers and be done.  How quick did that sound?  Let's try it again, except in list format.

1 - Take photo.
2 - Print Photo
3 - Insert Photo
4 - Journal
5 - Embellish

See the simplicity behind it?  So what brings about the delay in documenting our December if it only takes 30 minutes a day?  The answer may be found in our supplies.  Are we drawn to all of the Christmas supplies out there, thinking we'll need it all for our December Daily, but end up with yearly overflow of product that we feel obligated to use for next year's album, but we also want to purchase the latest and greatest?  The issue may be that we are starting off with too much.

This year I focused on 1 collection.  Pretty Little Studio "Wonderland" collection.

Pretty Little Studio's "Wonderland" line, and added just a couple of other pieces from their other line that would blend well with Wonderland.  What I found was that my stash was very minimal and it made me a little nervous.  "Will I have enough 3x4 cards or pattern paper?  Yes!  Because I also have diecuts and stickers and wood veneers.  Focusing on all the elements of one collection limits my options and helps me focus on using what's right on my desk, rather then digging through boxes and bins of things.

If you can easily manage all those supplies, then yes by all means, but the most important part here is to actually complete your album, use your products and spend more time completing holiday puzzles, making hot cocoa and watching your favorite Christmas movies.  The most important part of this project is to actually getting it done.

I'm happy to report that because I made this change this year, to use a minimal supply list, my album has been very easy to keep up with.

The most difficult task was creating my intro page.  I wanted something fun, yet meaningful, and so a last minute idea came to mind to dig into my 1987 roots and create a poem. It's fun, whimsical, yet heartfelt.  I love that it's both cheesy and sweet.

The rest of the days were built quickly; because, once again, I withdrew from having so much on my desk to work with and concentrated more on the photo and the story.  This has been working out great for me and has relieved a lot of the stress from having to get it done, plus enjoy my days. 





Below you will find how I used some "bookmark" cards for journaling.  I like to call them pennant or banner cards.  I thought it would be fun to turn them sideways and use back to back colors to tell two different stores for the same day.  Because the photos are my main focus in this layout, I opted for small journaling pieces that still match my pages, but didn't compete for attention.




If you visit the Pretty Little Studio shop you may come across a great sale.  Up to 75% off on a lot of their stock.  If you have not already chosen a collection to play with or if you've never tried a DD, but are interested, now would be a great time to find the collection the suits you and get it.

I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog today and I welcome you to follow my blog and visit my other social media accounts.  I post daily on Instagram.

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-AtStudioD

Saturday, December 16, 2017

2017 December Memories - PLS Project


Hello!

If you just found my blog, welcome!  I'm Damaris, and I'm excited to be guest designing for a couple of neat craft companies this month.

Today I'm on the Pretty Little Studio Blog sharing my December Daily cover.  Do you DD?  I've been DD'ing since 2012, and I absolutely love this yearly project!  The first year I participated I was overly-stocked with supplies and overwhelmed.  The album came out "smashbook" style and pretty messy (if you ask me).  That happened for a couple of years until I realized that purchasing one solid core kit and sticking to a color theme will help keep your pages pretty, cohesive & clean and help keep your schedule free to do other fun things during the holidays.

This year, I'm keeping it even more simple by using the Pretty Little Studio "Wonderland" collection and mixing in a little bit of "Holly Jolly", "Tinsel Town" and "Merry & Bright" here and there; but still keeping the color combination of white, pink and mint, with some gold and some black..

I won't be sharing my pages just yet, (you'll have to come back tomorrow for more of that), but today I'd like to get more in depth about by cover.  Not everyone chooses to finish their cover before their album is full, but I find it helps inspire me to grab it, open it and work in it.  So my cover is very important to me.

I used a pocket style album by Echo Park.  I was lucky enough to find this one at Tuesday Morning some time over the summer, but there are still other colors and styles available in many online shops, especially Amazon.

In any case, I knew I wanted to keep the same mixed media techniques as I used on my 2016 album (you can see more of that on THIS blog), but I wanted to incorporate all of the Pretty Little Studio "Wonderland" collection.


Starting with a bare naked album I used a Tim Holtz stencil and white modeling paste to create a messy snow effect.  I had in mind to design a "Wonderland" snowy village of some sort, with peeking windows.  The white resin windows came from my stash, and are sold by Michaels' and Prima.  I backed them up with PLS patterned paper and embellished with crystal sequins and American Crafts Gold Thickers.  The acrylic words are by PLS and were the Perfect Touch for my title.  I added Nuvo white drops and Studio Calico silver spray for a sparkly effect.  I also used twine, netting, gold cardstock (diecut with a Heidi Swapp star die), and cute houses diecuts and frames also by PLS behind the windows to create my mixed media background.





 I used a snowflake stamp from "Holly Jolly" to add extra fun texture to the background, and snowflake stickers from "Merry & Bright".  All collections are still in stock on their website, and a lot of their product is up to 75% off right now.  ​I finished off the page using the following embellishments: Paper Issues free file cut snowflakes, Nuvo white drops, crystal sequins and a few more items from the PLS shop like a flair and some die cuts.  I love the turn out and I hope it inspires you to dig into your stash and use your goodies to create pretty pages.  The kind that you'll want to look back on for years go come.







Thanks for checking in today.  If you are new here, you are welcome to follow my blog and visit my other social media accounts.  I'm pretty active on Instagram, sharing daily inspiration and fun/silly IG stories.  You will really get to know me better there!


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-AtStudioD

Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Magic - PLS Project


Hello and Happy Friday!  We're midway through December and I'd like to inspire you today with a fun layout.

But first, I'm excited to share that I was asked to guest design for Pretty Little Studio this month.  I'm a busy little bee aren't I?  How do I do it?  #TeamCoffee   I'll be on the Pretty Little Studio Blog for the next couple of days, and I'll also be offering a fun giveaway on one of the days, so be sure to check back each day!

Before we get to the layout, I was asked a few questions that would help their blog readers get to know me better, so if you're interested in the full "interview" you can and some fun facts, check out their blog... in the mean time I will leave you with 1 question... 
2 - When did you start scrapbooking?
I started in my teens (roughly 28 years ago), cutting out magazine photos and gluing them to spiral hardcover notebooks, adding my thoughts about the photo and also documenting poems and fun quotes.  Somewhere around 2005 I found a store called Michael's on one of my Florida visits and fell instantly in love.  That prompted the start of my first "real" scrapbook, where I documented my dating journey with my soon to be husband.  Incidentally, I never finished that scrapbook.  We all have one of those, don't we?
Okay, now on to the good stuff!



image2.jpegTo break the monotony of the white background, I began with mint green spritzing.  I then used a Tim Holtz stencil and modeling paste to create a snow effect over the mint color forming a diagonal flow from the upper left to the lower right of the page.  The giant snowflake background is a free cut file that I grabbed from the Paper Issues shop; and hand-stitched.  That took a couple days, due to sleep, breaks and life.  I backed up the file cut snowflake with Pretty Little Studio pattern paper, but since the paper wasn't large enough for the entire snowflake, I had to cover up one of the snowflake edges with embellishments.  Unless you have a good eye, you'll never know.. and I'll never tell.  lol.  I worked mainly with the "Wonderland" color theme, incorporating the "Wonderland" houses, and die cuts from "Winter Joy".

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I used a snowflake stamp from "Holly Jolly" to add extra fun texture to the background, and snowflake stickers from "Merry & Bright".  All collections are still in stock on their website, and a lot of their product is up to 75% off right now.  ​I finished off the page using the following embellishments: Paper Issues free file cut snowflakes, Nuvo white drops, crystal sequins and a few more items from the PLS shop like a flair and some die cuts.  I love the turn out and I hope it inspires you to dig into your stash and use your goodies to create pretty pages.  The kind that you'll want to look back on for years go come.


Thanks for checking in today.  If you have time this week, please feel free to visit my other social media accounts.  I'm pretty active on Instagram, sharing daily inspiration and fun/silly IG stories.


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-AtStudioD

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Last Christmas...


... as we prepared to put out our new ornaments, I noticed Giovanni playing nicely with Daizy (rare), and he had on a new outfit (mom's idea), and was sitting right under the barely lit tree..  I saw this as an opportunity to pull out my phone and snap some random pix... one of which became our "funny" Christmas card.  He rubbed his face with his middle finger, in the middle of me asking him to look at the camera, and as I scrolled through a dozen photos this was the best and clearest shot.  It's nothing new that he rubs his face with his middle finger, it's something he's done before... but in this instance, it was the perfect shot (combined with a famous Christmas movie line), to send to family and friends across the globe.  I love happy accidents.

That accident because the reason for today's layout.

I'm playing long with the Paper Issues DT girls for another "Working Title" challenge.  This month, we're incorporating a MERRY WORKING TITLE, to include a holiday song.  My song  title is "Last Christmas", by none other than Wham.  Love that band!  And I love how the new American Crafts "Sweater Weather" pairs nicely with the colors of my son's mischievous photo.  I used gold and white thicker stickers a some hand-stitching, with fussy-cut pieces from the same collection.


This was fun, quick and easy to make.

I hope you decide to join our challenge this month.  To make it easier, I've included my TOP 10 favorite Christmas songs, that would make great layout titles below.  I hope you choose one, and let me know that you did.






As always, I've provided quick links to the shop, facebook group and DT blog below. 

And remember that using the code "Damaris" at checkout of the paper issues show will save you 20% off of your entire purchase, and any purchase.  Also, you will quality for free US priority shipping if you spend more than $60 after the coupon is applied.


TOP 10 CHRISTMAS SONGS
1 - Silver Bells
2 - Oh Christmas Tree
3 - Christmas Time Is Here
4 - Jingle Bells
5 - Silent Night
6 - White Christmas
7 - Santa Baby
8 - Winter Wonderland
9 - Sleigh Ride
10 - This Christmas

LINKS
Paper Issues Shop
Paper Issues Blog
PI Family & Friends FB Group

-AtStudioD

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

FaLaLa.

Hello and Happy Hump Day! 

Today the Paper Issues DT are on the blog sharing Christmas & Holiday inspiration.

I decided to use Crate Paper's newest collection called "Fa La La".  This line is so pretty and fun.  There's plenty of patterns and colors to play with.  My favorite are the gold glitter pieces and chipboard stickers.  There's even fun shaped ephemera and cardstock stickers.  I had fun with this page.  Creating faux trees by cutting pattern paper into triangles and placing them in different heights at the bottom of the page.  I also did faux stitching to separate the backgroung from the trees, using a Uniball white gel pen.  The photo is from Christmas 2014.  Giovanni helping my parents decorate the tree.  And I did a ton of fussy cutting for this.  I even added a white snow mount/drift at the bottom of the treescape, but I covered that up with the photo and fussy cut elements.  Either way, the page is very lively with all the pieces and I absolutely love how busy it is, without really clashing.



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I hope you all dig into your Christmas photo stash and pull our your favorites.  Let's showcase and document those fantastic holiday memories.  And dont' forget to share those creations with us in the Paper Issues Facebook Group.  The challenges you enter this month, the more likely you will win a gift card to the shop. 

As always, I've provided quick links to the blog, facebook group and shop below.  And remember that using the code "Damaris" at checkout of the paper issues show will save you 20% off of your entire purchase, and any purchase.  Also, you will quality for free US priority shipping if you spend more than $60 after the coupon is applied.

Have a great rest of your week and I hope by this time you are done with holiday shopping!


LINKS
Paper Issues Shop
Paper Issues Blog
PI Family & Friends FB Group


-AtStudioD

Monday, December 11, 2017

Let It Snow

If you're an avid Pinner, you may have come across non-traditional Christmas pins.  This is right in my wheelhouse.  I love the pastels and light airy colors for Christmas, as much as I love the rich reds and glowing greens.  Today the PI Girls are sharing our take on this PINSPIRE Board created by Mary-Ann, on today's blog.  Seeing as these are my favorite colors, I just had to play along.

I pulled out my "Snow And Cocoa" collection by Crate Paper, and just got to cutting.  I already had pre-cut the swirly circles on my Silhouette called "Bubbles".  But I did purposefully cut out "Circles & Snowflakes" inside the Bubbles circles, to create a snowflake stencil and backed it up with pattern paper.  I built my page in a vertical center format.  I wanted to showcase my adorable malti-poo Daizy, who sat still as I took a photo of her amidst the Christmas lights we were testing.  I cropped out the lights from the photo to fit the frame, but she still looks cute!


I built the page with stickers, ephemera and fussy cut pieces from the collection.  Then finished it off with white Nuvo drops, also available in the Paper Issues shop.





If you visit the PI Facebook group, you'll surely find something to inspire your next paper project, and hopefully play along with us.  The more projects you share, the more chances you'll have to win a monthly gift card to the shop!

Don't forget!  Use my 20% off TOTAL PURCHASE coupon code.  Enter "Damaris" at the Paper Issues Shop checkout.
Anything over $60 qualifies you for free US shipping.





-AtStudioD