Friday, August 31, 2012

For the Record

I am a huge fan of Valorie Wibbens, so as soon as I saw the kit she was releasing this week at The Lilypad, I knew I wanted to use it. :)

Isn't it just lovely? I started using the heart paper as a background (I love that paper!!), but then I happened to try this bold flower one instead, and you know me... I cannot resist a bold background! ;) Anyway, I love how this page turned out. :)

For the Record

For the Record by Valorie Wibbens
Font: FG Jeana

Have a nice weekend! :)

Free Kit by Scrap'It Designs

After opening her store at Digital Scrapbooking Studio last week (and the 50% off sale is still going on!!), Scrap'It Designs wants to celebrate with a freebie! So make sure you like the Scrap'It Designs page on Facebook to download the elements, and stop by Bree's blog to grab the papers!

I had so much fun using it! As soon as I saw that playing card, I knew I'd be using it prominently on my page. And here's what I did:

You Aced It

Splattered alpha by CD Muckosky
Font: Traveling typewriter

Yikes, I am SO ready for the weekend to arrive (and it's a long weekend too, yay!). I was not feeling well today.. in fact, I had to go lie down at 4 pm because I was feeling awful! I have been working too much this week, and I need some rest!
Anyway, I will be posting my next Project Life page this weekend, so that's something nice to look forward to. :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Summer Bucket List

Did you collect the daily download at The Lilypad in August? If you missed some of the pieces, you can find them here. And if you make a page with this kit, you have a chance to win a fabulous prize! Here's my page with this kit:

Enjoying Summer

I cannot believe summer is over already! As much as I hated all the heat this year, I will miss it for sure!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Frozen Yogurt

I was in South California last week, attending a conference, and I discovered the amazingness of frozen yogurt. I had to make a page about it! :)


Build-a-page no. 1 and alpha from Sugar Sugar by creashens

I used this fabulous new product by creashens:

It includes a ready made page (in layered PSD or TIFF format, so you can modify it as you wish), and a mini kit. Such a cool concept! And it's 20% off too!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Exciting news!!

Brianna Cox of Scrap'It Designs has opened up her store at Digital Scrapbooking Studio, and everything is 50% off!


ETA: and here's my page using this collection! There are so many things in this collection that it can fit to so many scrapbooking styles!

Zoo Hat

Marilyn Phyllis: the Collection by Scrap'It Designs
Font: Pea Pumpkin Peters

Monday, August 20, 2012

Project Life Sneak Peek

I'm working on my Week 23, and here's a sneak peek of what I did between yesterday and tonight - I'm working on an insert. I'm sharing this for the online crop on Stephanie Howell's blog. ;)

PL Week 23 sneak

Sorry for the poor nighttime instagram photo! You'll get a better picture when I complete the whole week (just 2 more days to go).

I used a Cosmo Cricket tag (2WENTY-THR3E) and stickers from the Project Life Clementine kit. I stamped the EK Success Image Tree typewriter alphabet with the Tsukineko Small-Size VersaFine, Smoky Gray(I love these small ink pads!). The insert is from the Photo Pocket Pages - Small Variety Pack 1.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I'm Back!

I was out last week (off to a conference, and DH came along!), and it's good to be back home! I worked a bit on my Project Life week 23 today, then I made a tag for an online crop on Stephanie Howell's blog. Fun! I'll be using this for a birthday card for my dad. :) Does that look like a birthday candle? I sure hope so! ;)

Stamped Tag 

Here's what I used: I started with a Cosmo Cricket tag (2WENTY-THR3E), and added some stamping. The alpha is my beloved Stepping Stone Alpha by Studio Calico/Hero Arts. The small asterisk in the circle is from an Amy Tangerine stamp set. I created the candle using a stamp from an exclusive Studio Calico set, embossed with clear inks (I used a Ranger Embossing Pen to color the chevron stamp - worked like a charm! - and the VersaMark pad for the 'asterisk/flame'. :) The embossing powders I used are Zing! Apricot, Zing! White and Zing! Mustard. Then I just added a couple of chipboard stickers from Cosmo Cricket.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Project Life - Week 22

Finally I am ready to share the long-promised Week 22 of my Project Life album! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit back comfortably, because this is going to be my longest post ever. ;)

It took me a long time to finish this week's spread, and a long time to put together this post. But I did want to share it because I am really proud of getting it done. I included about 286 pictures in this week. I have multiple inserts, because it was our vacation week (my mom came to visit and we went on a road trip) and I wanted to document it all. As I walk you through the pages, I will also share a few important things I learned about how to make Project Life work for me. I used various sizes for the inserts, but all are smaller than 12 inches in width, so that at a glance you can easily see where the week ends. Here we go!

This is what the week looks like when you open the album.

Project Life - Week 22

I used my paper supplies for this week, because I knew I'd have many photos to print and didn't want to  have to print more things. Plus, it's good to use up the paper goodies I seem to be hoarding lately! ;) I used mostly the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan line by American Crafts. I stamped the dates with the K&Company Smash Stamp and added a day of the week sticker from the Project Life Clementine kit (I've never used them before, but they are really cute, and the pink matched my color scheme perfectly!).

Project Life - Week 22

I wrote directly on my photos using the American Crafts Slick Writer, Fine Point, Black - perfect to add in more journaling in the white space of the photos. The numbers twenty and 2 for the title card were cut out from the Sunny Skip paper; the background paper is by Pebbles. I love the little Tile Letter Stickers. I used a few Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Large Tags for my journaling, along with some stamping accents and embellishments. I used pink ColorBox Pigment Ink for most of my stamping this week - as you can see it is a very bright and pretty color (not at all like the preview on Amazon, which looks purple!), almost neon. I also embossed a few embellishments, such as the car wood veneer here, using VersaMark clear ink and grapefruit Zing embossing powder. For stamping, I created a few titles using the little EK Success Image Tree typewriter alphabet, and I also used a sentiment combining two stamps from one of my favorite stamp sets - the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Clear Acrylic Stamps. I stamped the latter directly on the photo with pigment ink, and it turned out great!

Here comes the first insert. It's 6-Inch by 6-Inch Page Protector. In the front I made a collage of 16 instagram photos from DH's Apple iPhone 4S, and in the back I splattered some white card stock with three pink watercolor hues using Crayola Washable Watercolors, Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Pastels. Then I used my sewing machine (this isn't the same model I have, but it's pretty close - I went for the cheapest model, and it works great for sewing on paper) to create a journaling grid, and added a lovely sticker from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection - Remarks - Sticker Sheet - Borders, Accents and Phrases.

Project Life - Week 22

Here comes the second insert. I used the Design G Photo Pocket Pages by Becky Higgins. I actually used a bunch of these because it was all I had available when I put together this week - but I have long since expanded my stash. ;) The first pocket has a piece of Dear Lizzy Neapolitan vellum paper, layered with a clothes tag and some stickers (Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Remarks Stickers Book Accents and Phrases and Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Large Tags Embellishments). The "let the fun begin card" comes from the Cheerful Notes paper.

Project Life - Week 22

Turning this page, we see the back of this insert, and a peek at the following inserts.

Project Life - Week 22

The back of the insert has the back of the Cheerful Notes paper and of the vellum paper. I love that the highly rebated price shows up from the back of the clothing tag through the vellum - I was really proud of my $7 find! ;) I included metro tickets in a pocket. I stamped a few Martha Stewart Butterflies with distress ink on my card to make it more interesting. The card in the bottom pocket comes from the Project Life Clementine kit.

Project Life - Week 22

And here comes the third insert. I used a 6 x 12 page protectors, which had just the right width to hold the museum brochure. I created a collage of instagrams from DH's iPhone.

Project Life - Week 22

I also tucked the museum tickets in the protector. This is probably one of my favorite parts of Project Life: being able to find a place for all the memorabilia that I cannot get myself to throw out. :) OK, let's move on to insert #3. I used two journaling cards from the Project Life Clementine kit, embellished with stickers.

Project Life - Week 22

The bottom left pocket is a piece of a placemat - I asked for an extra at the restaurant, just to be able to add it to my album. ;) Turning page, here's what you see:

Project Life - Week 22

On the left, the back of insert #3, with plenty of pictures, journaling, and some business cards.

Project Life - Week 22

Next up, insert #4 has two of my favorite inserts ever! Both include stamping and stickers. The Amazing stamps by Ali Edwards are a small set that comes incredibly handy - and they're really cheap too! The "best ever" stamp is from a retired Studio Calico set, and I added the Tile Letter Stickers to create the title. The "better together" sticker came from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Remarks Stickers Book Accents and Phrases, and it originally had three pair of feet - I cut the third one out because I was referring to only 2 people. :) I think it turned out cute! The paper in the bottom right corner is from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan 6X6 Paper Pad, which is a really pretty paper pad (the patterns are shrunk down from the 12x12 versions, and the sheets are one sided).

Project Life - Week 22

OK, let's turn page! On the left you can see the back of insert #4, and on the right is the front of insert 5 - once again a Design G page.

Project Life - Week 22

Here's a closer look to the left page. In the top left pocket, I used a leftover strip of paper from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan 6X6 Paper Pad, and included some memorabilia, along with washi tape. In the 3"x4" pocket, I embellished a grid card with stickers and a mistable butterfly misted with Mister Huey's Color Mist - Cameo. At the bottom, I used another one of the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Large Tags with a retired Studio Calico stamp stamped with pink ColorBox Pigment Ink.

Project Life - Week 22

And here's a closer look to the right page. I used some of my newer stamps on this page, the Buttercup Clear Stamps (Lily Bee Designs): it's such a cute little set! I used the chevron stamp on the journaling card on the left and on the mistable sun element, as well as the flower stamped. Both are stamped with Prima chalk inks - respectively with Coldfoot Stemens (yellow) and Old Rose. I love these little ink pads, they are so affordable! The "what a view" phrase uses an exclusive Studio Calico set, which I also used to stamp on the photo ("love this") with the red ink from the Clearsnap ColorBox Pigment Petal. For the bottom right pocket, I used the pass from the National Park and created journaling lines using the dashed line stamp from the Amy Tangerine Love Struck Stamp(one of my favorite stamp sets ever!). I also embellished it with a sticker from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Remarks Stickers Book Accents and Phrases.

Project Life - Week 22

OK, turning page once again, we can see the back of insert 5 on the left, and insert 6 on the right. Insert 6 is just a simple 8.5x11 page protector into which I stuffed some maps and brochures.

Project Life - Week 22

Closer look to the back of insert 5:

Project Life - Week 22

I used my Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool to cut the orange frame I designed - isn't it pretty? :) I layered it with a sticker and a wood veneer heart colored with chalk ink. The other journaling card was also embellished with stickers, and I used another tag at the bottom.
Next, insert 7 - I used a new Design H photo pocket page for it, and here is the front and back:

Project Life - Week 22

The card on the left is from the Clementine kit, while I embellished the card on the right by stamping a Tim Holtz stamp with distress ink and adding a paper strip from a paper in the Cosmo Cricket Twenty Three 6x6 paper pad. I included a clipping from a magazine in the bottom pocket. OK.. we're nearing the end! Here is what you see when you turn insert 7: you see the final page, which is a Design A photo pocket page.

Project Life - Week 22

Here's a close up. The backgrounds are white card stock with stamps from TPC Studio Let's Eat, Buttercup Clear Stamps (Lily Bee Designs, and Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Camera Clear Acrylic Stamp.

Project Life - Week 22

For the photo collages throughout this page, I used many of the awesome templates by Designs by Lily at The Lilypad: 4x6 Photo Collages4x6 Photo Collages no. 2Photo Collages no. 3,  6" Photo Strips

Phew! Thanks for staying until the end! ;) What do you think? Leave me a comment if you made it this far! :)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Time Goes By..

Check out the gorgeous new kit Jenn Barrette has in her store today!

I used it to scrap an anniversary card. :)

13th Anniversary card

Then and Now by Jenn Barrette

Simple, but I love how it turned out!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Then and Now

I am absolutely in love with creashens' new kit! The colors are so pretty! And there are a bunch of adorable add-ons in the shop to make scrapping even easier.

It is no secret that I love bright colors, and this pink and yellow combo is right up my alley! ;) The flairs in the kit inspired me to create this page, since our 13th dating anniversary is coming up. :)

Then and Now

Font: Learning Curve

Have a fabulous weekend! ;)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A for Awesome

Back to school anyone? Usually these kits do not apply, but this one by Mari Koegelenberg and Little Butterfly Wings was perfect for me this year! And I love that these sentiments can be used in a large variety of pages, not just school layouts.

Here's my page. I love this background paper and the cool word art!

Welcome Back

A for Awesome by Mari Koegelenberg and Little Butterfly Wings
Font: Vintage Typewriter

Sit tight, I have a Project Life post coming soon-ish (at last!). ;)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Free Kit by Sahlin Studio

Not only is she one of the most amazing designers... Krista of Sahlin Studio is also extremely generous! Check out how gorgeous this kit is! And it is free for all newsletter subscribers! Check out the details here.

*sigh* These colors make me so happy! I used it to make a card:

Fleetwood card, Fleetwood and Subtle Stamp Alpha by Sahlin Studio

Fleetwood and Subtle Stamp Alpha by Sahlin Studio

Here's a little detail:

Fleetwood card, Fleetwood and Subtle Stamp Alpha by Sahlin Studio

Have a great rest of the week!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

August BYOC and more

I have a few pages and cards to share. First off, the August BYOC is in the shop at The Lilypad! I love the color scheme for this month, and here's what I made with it:

Make Every Moment Count

Lost in the Meadows papers by Micheline Martin
Mess It Right Up by Kaye Winiecki
Sweetness papers and Sweetness accents by One Little Bird
Hey MISTer brushes by Karah Fredricks
Fonts: Dingleberry, Sybil Green and The Dry Ribbon font by Heather Hess

Next, I have a couple of cards to share from last week, both done using my Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool. The first one uses the August featured kit by Sahlin Studio - it's 30% off for the whole month, and if you use it you can win a prize!

Discovery Card

Summer Camp by Kate Hadfield and Sahlin Studio

This next card was inspired by the trend of vellum pockets with confetti - as soon as I saw the gorgeous paper in Jenn Barrette's kit, I knew I had to use it right away. :)

Confetti Card

More Spice Than Sugar by Jenn Barrette

To write the sentiment on this card, I used my favorite alpha stamp set: the Stepping Stone Alphabet - Clear Stamps by Studio Calico/Hero Arts, stamped with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Worn Lipstick - I love this pretty pink color!

Lastly, I will share my favorite recent page:

Not a Bad Summer

Summer Garden templates by Sara Gleason
Summer Breeze paper pack by Gina Miller
Splatterific 9 - paint clusters by Karah Fredricks
Font: FG Jeana

I love how it turned out! Like the page at the beginning of the post, this one uses cell phone camera photos. The camera on DH's Apple iPhone 4S is really good!
ETA: this page was featured on the MSA blog.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Guest Spot at One Story Down

Mari Koegelenberg is guest designer at One Story Down this month. Check out this adorable new kit she put in the store today! Aaaaand, you can get a chance to win this kit if you leave a comment in this post. :)

The papers in this kit are fantastic. I had a hard time to pick which ones to use on my first page, because they are all so pretty! The elements are really cute too.


Little Miss Sassy Pants by Mari Koegelenberg
Font: Traveling Typewriter

I have a few more pages+cards to share from the past week, so look for a post soon. :)