Thursday, November 30, 2017

December Daily 2016

Whose ready for December!?  I sure am!

If you're one of those crazed December Daily or even Christmas fanatics you may enjoy what I'm sharing today.  It's all about documenting December.  I'm joining Becky on the Paper Issues Blog, to bring you Holly Jolly Holiday inspired fun & bright pages.

I started off last year's DD with an Echo Park binder polka dot pink spine, and added some mixed media elements to the border.  I wanted to create a "mantle" type effect on the cover.  I love how everything looks so snowy and Christmas'y.  My intro page was made with a fuse tool, pom poms, sequins and fun stuff.  I also added a photo of our Christmas card with Gio and Daizy under our pre-decorated tree.  The original photo showed him flipping the bird.  That one I scrapped and you'll see it later in the month. 

I then build my kit based on colors and my fav collections.  The main collection I worked with was "Snow And Cocoa" by Crate Paper, but I also used touches of Elle's Studio, Fancy Pants, My Mind's Eye and Pretty Little Studio.  The gold puffy numbers I used to mark my days are by DIY / American Crafts.  They're tiny and cute!  Since my handwriting isn't so pretty, I used my typewriter for all the journaling.  Had a little hiccup during one of my Instagram Live sessions, as the register would not move.  But everything worked out after I figured out one of the levers were adjusted wrong - but I digress... 

The process is shorter if you can keep track of the dates on the back of the photos you print and immediately add them to the pocket.  I was stuck at Day 3 for 11 months after the fact, and was finally able to print all the photos, date them and pack them in the clear sleeves.  It made the tedious-seeming process, less stressful and more fun.  I cranked up the AC and the Carols and went to town on the last 27 days in one weekend.

I'll be honest, I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the fact that I didn't have that many 3x4 or 4x6 cards, so I cheated and used the rounded corner cards.  They're still cute, but I cringled having to use them in an all square-cornered cards.  I hope it's not that noticeable in the next couple of photos.

I hope you are inspired to join us in creating your own December Memories album.  Whether you use a Traveler's Notebook (which I almost feel led to do this year), or a regular scrapbook you will NEVER regret having recorded the memories and it's always fun to look back on your older albums and read all the fun and silly stories.

Thanks for checking in and I've left you with a few more photos and links below.

Don't forget to take advantage of my 20% discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop.  Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.

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Have a great week!


Saturday, November 25, 2017

So Magical.

When I got married (11 years ago today), there wasn't the help of Pinterest or Instagram to help me with my wedding; which is generally where I see a sleu of gorgeous wedding photos, fun ideas and party props... I had to rely on magazines and tv shows for inspiration.  But none of them went into detail about the creative aspect of weddings; the DIY projects and the extra creative tablescapes.  As a crafter, I think I did pretty well in planning my own Florida wedding - all the way FROM NEW YORK!  The stress level was high, people.  We found a hall in Miami that helped coordinate a lot of the major things, like the cake, catering, decorating, invites, and the list goes on.  But my creative mind was at work, bringing in extra elements like a goodie table filled with a chocolate fountain and treats.  And the playlist for the DJ to play.  The cake needed to be top notch, so I asked for upgrades in my cake design... which does not compare to what I see now - btw.  I tried to add special details to make our wedding unique to us... (perfectionism at it's best); however, as much time and money that I spent on our wedding, one thing slipped through my bridezilla hands.  The photographer.

He came with our wedding package and I did not think to review his work.  I just figured, if he was partnered up with the hall, he had to be pretty good.  Not only did he forget to snap some key wedding photos, like our newly wedded hands, showcasing our dazzling rings, or the flowers neatly placed at the bottom of my dress (which, bleh - I don't care too much about now), but he also - and more importantly - forgot to photograph my husband's family with us on stage.  Which later became major drama for me, since they all felt I was at fault, and took almost 4 years to resolve.  Bleh x2.  Also, the photo quality was really grainy and had somewhat of a sepia tone.  Nothing like the crisp white photos we see today.  Even the portable Kodak cameras we provided for each table developed poorly.

But despite all the chaos and unsatisfied moments, one photo stood apart from the rest.  This photo, that I have treasured since I first saw it, became the muse for today's project share; and pairing it with the amazing "Carousel" collection by Maggie Holmes, almost makes all the other disappointing photos not so important.

The idea for this layout was to use left overs, a Free File from the Paper Issues shop called "Seek The Mountain Peak" and other elements from the collection.  I don't really have titles in mind when I craft a layout, I kinda go with the flow of them as I build the page; but this one was different.  I knew I wanted to fussy cut the words "So Magical" from one of the patterned papes, and prop them up on dimensional foam adhesive.  I knew I wanted triangles at the bottom of the page, with florals surrounding the photo.  And I also knew I wanted to add cute ephemera, but the paint splatters happened as a cover up.  Once I was done, I showed hubby the layout, and from the time I went to the room and came back to my craft table I managed to add a dark grey-ish black smudge to the middle of the page.  Normally, my awesome Tonic Studios eraser is able to rid my projects of any weird smudges, but this one did not budge.  So I had to take scrap paper and cover all the elements and photos I had already glued down, grabbed my Heidi Swap Color Shine spray, and strategically dripped black drops over the affected area, then created a flow from the top to the bottom, so it looks purposely placed there.  Don't you love happy accidents?

If you have time today, or this week, I'd love for you to visit the Paper Issues Facebook Community and show us your projects, or mingle with the members.  We really do our best at keeping the group conversation fun and happy.  And you will surely run into a project share that will inspire you to use your supplies and make something!

If you're looking to purchase new crafty supplies, or replenish some of your favorites, be sure to check out the Paper Issues shop HERE - and use my 20% off coupon code, by entering "Damaris" at check out!

Thank you for checking in.
Have a great weekend and I hope you get tons of Black Friday shopping done!

BTW, if you're wondering why my palm is facing the photo, it's because the photographer asked me to wave goodbye to the camera.  It almost looks like I'm telling him to wait for me to kiss my new husband one more time.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankful Everyday.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  As you wait for your bird to be done, and sit through commercials during the Macy's Parade, why not check out a few of the Paper Issues Girls and their Thankful projects today?

I decided to use a photo recently taken with my husband and dedicate a page to him.  When I showed him this page, he got a little cocky remembering the guy who said he resembled Pitbull, lol, but after reading the journaling, he quickly softened up, gave me a hug and whispered how sweet I was.  I love scrapbooking for the fact that we can document our stories.  We can create keepsakes for years to come.  And we can use all of our pretty papers and embellishments to make pages that showcase our style.  "Bedner's Farm" was created using black ink and a small Gossamer Blue alpha stamp.

For my layout, I used Pink Paislee's "Turn The Page", by Paige Taylor Evans.  The colors are bright and fun, but they can also be used for masculine pages.  I rounded up 2 Fiskars hexagon punches and used the smaller hexi-punch on the 2x2 square pads that came with this collection.  I then punched the remainder parts of the small squares with a Martha Stewart punch to make tiny flowers.  The thickers are by American Crafts, and have a goldish lined outline. 

I also used the "Bubbles" free cut file from the Paper Issues Shop for background swirly circles.  The stitching was made with a Uniball White Gel Pen and I polished the page with Nuvo White Drops; they're the perfect sprinkled touch.

To put it all together I used one of my new favorites, another Nuvo product which applies adhesive smoothly and is a full bottle!  I'm still on my 1st bottle and I've been using it consistently for more than a month!  I will add a disclaimer; like with any adhesive, if you leave the top off overnight, the glue will dry within the nozzle.  So make sure you close that top as soon as you're done with your project.

Fun Fact:  From time to time I sketch out an idea for a page.  Today's project share is something I sketched out more than a month ago.  It's not exactly like the sketch, but very similar.  Feel free to use the sketch for your own projects and link me so I can see your beautiful take on it.

Thanks for checking in on this special day.  I have included several links below for your convenience.  Also, don't forget to take advantage of my 20% off discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop. Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.  Awesome!

Paper Issues Shop
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PI Family & Friends FB Group

I hope you all enjoy your delicious meals today, with your family and friends.  And make sure to get some rest this weekend!


Monday, November 20, 2017

My Escape.

It's ROUND 2 of "Monday Issues", and the Paper Issues DT is sharing our take on it.  The challenge prompted us to create a project about our home, (favorite room, neighborhood, new home, renovations, favorite spot in town / state).

I decided to make a page about my craft space.  How I enjoy sitting there for hours to organize, plan, create, print photos, listen to sermons and take notes, watch YouTube videos or just look at my beautiful custom made mermaid art canvas.  I truly have loved downsizing because it's forced me to consider and keep only things that I absolutely love, need or will use.  I'm almost afraid of moving and buying a home with extra room because I won't have enough to fill it with.  LOL.

In any case, for this layout, I used a mix of Maggie Holmes collections by Crate Paper, mainly "Bloom" and "Chasing Dreams".  I included fun & bright mixed media techniques; I really have enjoyed working with acrylic paints and stencils in the past year.  I like that I can create my own background and/or build on what my background scrapbook paper is.  If you look closely you may also find that the bare wood thickers were painted half pink, and I added white Nuvo drops over the yellow acrylic background.  That was so relaxing!  I first adhered the wood letters to the page and then added the paint with a tiny brush.  Two quick coats and I was done.

Here's a video of the wood painting process that I shared on my IG stories.

If you have time this month, I'd love to see your project shares of your favorite spot.  I bet a lot of you will show off your gorgeous kitchens and where you bake!  

I have included some quick links below to the PI Shop, FB Group and Blog.  Check out what the other ladies are sharing and find some inspiration.

Also, if you are looking to fill your stocking with new goodies, visit the PI shop and use my 20% discount.  I get a couple of nickels for each time someone uses my code. 
Help a sista out!

Have a FABULOUS week!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Break The Rules.

Whoever said that every layout needs a title, may have been the same person to set the rule that a collection must match the photo(s).  It's just not so.  And I have been known to be guided in my scrapbooking life by those rules.  The truth is, no one knows who made them up, and it's absolutely OKAY to break them.  Scrapbooking should be personal to you.  How you want to express yourself in your pages.  How you want to document your memories.  Don't feel overwhelmed with popularity.  Do what pleases you.  Do what comes naturally.  If you want to add flowers to a boy's layout, go right ahead.  Your memories are yours, and told by your point of view.

Today's layout comes with no title.  Sure we can imagine that the words/phrase on the photo frame counts as a title... but therein lies yet another rule; in which titles need to be big and bold and easily seen.  I'm breaking all kinds of rules with this layout.  Including the fact that I left out the year from the date.  

I used mostly Paige Taylor Evans "Turn The Page", with the exception of a photo frame from Becky Higgins Project Life.  I used 2 sides of 1 12x12 pattern paper to create division between the butterflies, and the teal border.  The journal tag is also by PTE and the doily was what I had on hand.  I fussy cut the flowers from another pattern paper, and added cross-hand-stitching to the teal border.  Stitching has become my current favorite technique! 

My desire for you is that you make time to use your supplies, and create art journals, layouts, cards or anything involving your beautiful paper that pleases you, and to tell your story, your way, through your own craft style.

Thanks for checking in and please see below for a list of recommended links.  Also, don't forget to take advantage of my 20% discount "Damaris" at the PI Shop.  Where, spending $60 earns you free priority US shipping.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017


If you live anywhere above Florida, you may already be wearing jackets & boots.
And if you're a crafter, you may already be purchasing new supplies and working on your December Daily 2017 albums.

But what happens when you find yourself with more Christmas product than you can wallpaper your house with?  You USE it!; by cutting through all the pretty pattern paper to create a funky & dimensional scene on white cardstock.

Today I'm sharing a traditional scrapbook page, using non-traditional Christmas colors from the "Snow And Cocoa" collection by Crate Paper.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love CP products?  Not only is the quality top notch, but their designs are too irresistible to miss out on.  In the past I've been known to hoard my favorite supplies, but as I work my way through a hoard-free and clutter-free home, I find myself pulling out more of my most adored stock.

My page was created for the "ADD IT UP" challenge we're having over at the Paper Issues Blog.  The points should add to 90-95.  I just made it at 95.  You can see my breakdown below...

20 - Pattern Paper
5 - Cardstock
5 - Photo
9 - Chipboard
3 - Embellishment
34 - Ephemera
10 - Puffy Stickers
5 - Enamel Dots
4 - Stickers

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.


Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Winter 2014.

So you know how I get those zany ideas in the middle of the night, where I have to jot it down and even do some sketching of it?  This was one of them.  I was lucky enough to ask one of our Paper Issues DT members, Stacie, whose always creating those beautiful cut files, to make this particular cut file "Wrapped Up Scarf", which you can find in the shop for free.

The idea was birthed from the Crate Paper "Snow And Cocoa" collection that I recently played with.  There's a ton of snowmen with scarves in the line and I thought it would be fun to create a giant scarf with empty blocks for pattern paper and photos.  The image itself cut very easily on my silhouette machine, and I was able to build the layout using the Crate Paper's "Falala" collection and bits.  I added the title "Winter" using the negative parts of another free cut file called "Paint Outline Alpha". It came together pretty quickly.

I created this with the Take 5 Tuesday challenge in mind, using #2 Red, #4 Die cut, #5 Patterned Paper, #7 Stitching, #8 Stripes, #9 Animal, #12 3 Stickers, and #13 Title.

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.