Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2016 in Review

In early January, I like to look back at the year that has just finished and make a recap.
In 2016, I scrapped 184 pages (69 paper, 115 digital), made 38* weekly spreads in my Project Life album (*in fact I also caught up on ~15 weeks of 2015, so I made 50+ spreads; now I need to catch up on the remaining 14 pages for 2016), 2 mini albums, 40+ weeks in my weekly traveler's notebook, and countless cards (40+). I took about 4,700 photos. I made 7 trips (4 for work, 3 for pleasure). I learned how to do brush lettering, and had my first surgery ever. It was a busy year, but a good one!

But what better way to make a recap that make a scrapbook layout? :)

I made this two-page spread to recap what happened in 2016, and it's one of my favorite pages of all times.

The left page was made to use up this lovely letterpress calendar. I thought about cutting it up to use the "it's your year" part, but then I really liked the whole page, and the idea for this spread was born.

The right hand side really makes me so happy. It uses almost exclusively the Roman Holiday Scrapbook Kit (and some washi strips from the Roman Holiday Documenter kit; sequins and chipboard alpha from my stash).
I spaced the chipboard pencils and washi strips out on the page, then calculated how many photos I'd need to fill up the space. It was so hard to narrow it down to only 16 photos!! That's what I love more about this page - as I was putting it together, I looked through all my photos and thought back at all the good things that happened this year.
I used the puffy stickers from the kit to mark the months of the year corresponding to the photos, which I arranged chronologically.

Here's a look at some of the details:

I matched the colors of the pencils and washi strips.

Gold for the title, to match with the calendar page.

I am so happy with how this turned out!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Coffee Cup Mini Album

Hello! 2017 started pretty well for me and I have been on a roll. I started by cleaning up my craft space (since my desk had been cluttered for months and I had been using my kitchen table to craft... not good!), and then once that was done I jumped into a new project: a coffee cup mini album inspired by the awesome Wilna Furstenberg.

I am just so happy with how it turned out!!

I held on to this cup from Starbucks for many years (it's my favorite one ever), but finally I decided to use it, and I'm so glad I did! I added some watercolor paint and stitched some embellishments to the front cover.

I was inspired by Wilna's adorable bear illustrations, so I used a couple of bear stamps I had in my stash from Studio Calico. The one on the cover is from the Waldorf add on (sold out).

On the inside, I used 9"x12" papers by A Beautiful Mess (the black and white ones) and  papers by  Crate Paper (6"x6", and 12"x12" by Maggie Holmes).
This cute polar bear is from an adorable stamp set by Life Love Paper (still in stock if you are interested).

I also used some chipboard by Crate Paper to embellish my pages.

I added a black and white photo of my husband and me from 2016 to each spread.

Here and there, I added some watercoloring. This is the spread at the middle of the album - you can see the stitching I did to bind the pages together.

I love the mix of black and white and hot pink and aqua!

In most cases, I used both sides of the 12"x12" paper. The 9"x12" and 6"x6" papers were one-sided, so I glued them back to back.

And there is the back cover:

When assembling the album, I included a ribbon that can be tied to keep the album closed.

I am so thrilled with how this mini album turned out! What a lovely way to start the year.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Weekly Sale at The Lilypad

It's Wednesday, so it's time for the 50% sale off select products at The Lilypad! I used a few to make this page.


Oh Snap {dressed down} templates by Fiddle-dee-dee Designs

Snow in January and Nordland Transfers by Lynn Grieveson Designs

Also, the quarterly store-wide sale is approaching, so prepare your wishlists!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year! May 2017 bring you joy and health and everything else you wish for!
I had high hopes for posting while I was on vacation, but my blog has been sadly neglected... Well, I'm back now and I want to share the first page of 2017, made with the January BYOC from The Lilypad.

For the Jan. 4 MOC challenge

**BYOC 20% off through the weekend!**
This Year Papers and This Year Elements by One Little Bird
Snuggle Up Elements by Little Butterfly Wings
Style Challenge Freebie by Mommyish used for the metal rim words

Also, have you been playing along with the Month of Challenges?? If you enter all challenges, you will get a $20 gift cart! I made this page for MOC 4.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December '16 Mixed Media Monthly at The Lilypad

Hello hello! I'll keep this short and sweet because Christmas is only 1 week away (eek!) and I'm running around like crazy lately (but having a blast)! :) I have two pages to share made with the new Mixed Media Monthly collection from The Lilypad - I had to grab it right away even though I am plagued with a spotty internet connection at the moment, so it was a pain to download - but so worth it!!

Oh Deer {Dressed Up} template by Fiddle-dee-dee Designs

The colors are so pretty! And the alpha stamp is really cool.

Have a great Christmas week!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas Spirit

This year December sprung onto me, and between trips and craziness at work, I wasn't ready for it. But finally, I am feeling the Christmas spirit! Christmas music is playing loud on this December weekend, and I have all my Christmas shopping done. Yay!
I have some pages to share made with this week's new releases  at The Lilypad, which are 20% off through the weekend.

20% off through the weekend for FF


These 2 pages are made to coordinate since they are part of the same story / Shopping trip.

20% off through the weekend for FF


And finally, a page made using Dawn Inskip's gorgeous illustrations!

20% off for FF
Wonder: Penguins Mini Kit by Dawn Inskip Designs

Kiwiana Paper Pack by Lynn Grieveson Designs

The background was made by blending a paper from the Wonder: Penguins Mini Kit  onto the background from the Kiwiana Paper Pack, using this awesome technique by @jk703!

Other elements from Hester kit by Lynn Grieveson Designs

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December Pages

I have been scarce lately... but I have a good reason: I got to spend a week in Hawaii accompanying my husband - it was our first time there, and we absolutely loved it! The weather was just perfect! And now that I am back, I have lots of photos to scrap. :)
I used this week's 50% off products at The Lilypad (on sale through Wednesday), as well as this month's BYOC collection that was released while I was away.

Front Page Templates by Scrapping with Liz 

The rest is from the December BYOC!

Iced Papers by Lynn Grieveson Designs
Winter Wishes Elements by Paula Kesserling
Ink Pad Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs
Shimmer Elements and Shimmer Papers by One Little Bird

Not only did I get to spend a week in Hawaii, but I also got to meet up with some online friends who live there - it was awesome!! It is so nice to have some crafty friends, if only they didn't live so far away!

And since we are now well into December, of course I had to scrap a page about our Elf and his two dear friends. :)
Have a great rest of the week!