Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Tis the Season with Scrapbook.com

Did you know Scrapbook.com now sells cut files?

It's true! I was recently given the opportunity to play with the three new cut files now available in the Scrapbook.com shop, and I can tell you they are amazing! With the purchase of each cut file, you actually get a set of cut files. There are titles and icons in multiple sizes perfect for full-size layout, traveler's notebook pages, and even cards...all with one purchase!

There are currently three cut files in the shop: Color Me Happy, My Whole Heart, and Tis the Season. Today I'm sharing my first layout using the Tis the Season cut file.

I started by cutting the large title out of the B side of the "Counting Down" paper from the Merry Little Christmas collection by Pebbles. Then I created an offset cut for backing the file and cut it from Doodlbug Designs Sugar Coated Cardstock in Lily White.

I also created a stencil from the card background file by cutting it from a plastic binder divider sheet. I used some modeling paste with my homemade stencil to add some texture to my background paper (American Crafts White Cardstock). The white-on-white is super subtle, but it adds to the holiday/winter feel of the page.

Next, I added some layers behind my photo using some foil dot paper by Jen Hadfield for Pebbles, as well as the "Oh Christmas Tree" and "Santa On The Go" papers from Merry Little Christmas.

After that, all that was left to do was embellish! I used two tags from the "Just For You" cutapart paper from Merry Little Christmas, a few puffy stickers from the Pinkfresh Studio Home For The Holidays collection, and a few pine sprigs from the gold puffy thicker set from Pink Paislee's "Together for Christmas." Finally I added a handful of enamel dots from the Holly Jolly collection by My Mind's Eye.

You can view the entire process in the video below.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Check me out!

I'm over on the Citrus Twist Kits blog today sharing another spread in my 2019 Project Life album. Stop by and check it out! :)

Friday, September 27, 2019

Project Life for Citrus Twist Kits

Today I'm over on the Citrus Twist Kits blog sharing a spread from July in my 2019 Project Life album. I used the September "Explore" Life Crafted kit to create this very un-adventurous page. Be sure to stop by their blog to see all the details!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Guest Designer for Pink Paislee

I'm over on the Pink Paislee blog today sharing a few projects I made with the Truly Grateful collection. Stop by and see what I created!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Documenting the Not-So-Good

The Sleeping Bear Dunes area of Michigan is one of our favorite places in the country, and we try to make a trip up there every year. Last year we planned an epic 10-day camping vacation, and we were super excited about it.

Unfortunately, the morning we were scheduled to leave, I woke up feeling awful. I tried to fight through it to get us packed up and ready to go, but I felt like death. About half-way through the 8 hour drive, J reached over to discover that I had a high fever. For rational people that would have been a good point to turn around or maybe find an urgent care center. But not us. I convinced him it was only a 24-hour bug and that I would be fine the next day.

I spent the next five days miserable in our campsite. I refused to go to a doctor, and the only reason I can think of to justify that decision was that I was in some kind of fever-induced delirium. There were good points during the trip, moments when I felt well enough to enjoy some time at the beach or around town, so it wasn't a total loss. But overall, I was miserable. I couldn't sleep, could barely breath, and I was in a lot of pain.

So how do you document a trip like this? How do you scrapbook the times that you want to remember but that you'd also sorta like to forget?

I put it off for a long time. I knew I would make a mini album eventually, but I wasn't sure how to approach it. Finally, this month I decided to tackle the project, and I made the decision to focus on the good.

I'm not completely ignoring the fact that I was sick or that there were times during the trip that were incredibly difficult for me, but I'm not focusing on those times. I've made note of my illness, mentioned a few of the issues I was facing, but then moved on to the parts that I want to remember most. We took some beautiful pictures and had some really wonderful moments. That's what I want the album to be about.

I'll be sharing pages a few at a time on my YouTube channel. Here are the first three sections:

How do you document the hard times? I'd love to hear your strategy!

Products Used:

Citrus Twist Kits Life Crafted Album in teal

Citrus Twist Kits September "Explore" Life Crafted Kit

Citrus Twist Kits September "Explore" Digital Papers

Citrus Twist Kits September "Explore" Digital Cards

Citrus Twist Kits September Add-on Kit

Citrus Twist Kits September Traveler's Notebook Stamp

Citrus Twist Kits September This is Life "Let's Wander" Stamp

Citrus Twist Kits Simple Words Version 2 Stamp

Citrus Twist Kits June "Around Here" Life Crafted Kit

Pinkfresh Studio "Out and About" New Places Paper

Pinkfresh Studio "Out and About" Ephemera

Pinkfresh Studio "Out and About" Puffy Stickers

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

2019 Project Life for Push Print Studio

I'm back again with another page in my 2019 Project Life album. This one goes all the way back to February! 😳

This page has sat there, undone for months. It didn't really have a big story to go with it, and no matter how I tried, I couldn't figure out what to do with it. Enter Push Print Studio.

While I was working on my last layout for the PPS Creative Team, I was drawn to the gorgeous deep burgundy color in some of the cards from The Lovely Pear collaboration. And then it just clicked!

Once I figured out that I wanted to use these cards with this spread, it came together so easily! I grabbed some other favorites from the Push Print Studio shop, as well as a few random bits from my stash, and voila, the page was done!

You can watch the entire process in the video below.

Thanks for watching, and happy crafting!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2019 Project Life: June in Maine, Part 2

When I saw the "You Are So Brave" card in the Clear and Cloudy kit designed by Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, I knew I had to use it on the spread. This section of my 2019 Project Life album documents a trip Jesse took to Maine with a friend of his. They were there nearly a whole week, saw a couple of Phish shows, then hiked Mount Katahdin.

If you've never heard of Katahdin (I hadn't), it's the mountain at the end (or the beginning) of the Appalachian Trail. It's a steep rocky climb up something like 5,000 feet. It's crazy. And I'm so proud of Jesse for accomplishing this goal of his.

To document this page from his adventure, I used two of the cards from the kit. The "Brave" card, obviously, and a 4x6 card that looks like a topographical map, which I cut in half to make it fit a 3x4 pocket. I also used several pieces from the digital cut apart sheet that comes with the kit, including a tag, some labels, and a couple decorative circles.

To finish off the spread, I also added stamping from two other Feed Your Craft sets. I used the stamp set from the "Summer On My Mind" mini kit designed by Beshka Kueser to add a few sentiments around the page, and the "Head High" stamp set to add "you got this" to the picture of him rock climbing up the mountain.

I also added a few of the All Hearts Puffy Stickers around the spread. I love these things so much! I'm going to need to stock up, since my sheet is nearly gone already!

And that's about it! You can see the whole thing come together in the process video below.

Thanks for watching and happy crafting!

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Monday, August 26, 2019

So Very Loved for Hip Kit Club

Hi guys! I'm here today to share a layout I made for Hip Kit Club using the August kits! My assignment for this layout was to create a layout based on this week's sketch using punches and a monochromatic color scheme...phew, that was a lot of parameters to keep track of. 😅

As a challenge to myself, I chose to use the tones of purple in this month's kit for my monochromatic color scheme. I'm normally not a big fan of purple, but these dusty purple tones are just so freaking gorgeous! I wanted to use all of them immediately.

I started with some mixed media. This month's color kit came with a purple shade of Magical Powders from Lindy's Stamp Gang, so I knew I had to give that a try. I tested the color on a piece of scrap paper, and decided to mix it with the pink tone in the kit to get a better match to the purples in the kit.

I kept the mixed media towards the center of the page, just as it is in the sketch. I actually stuck really close to the sketch for the entire layout this time. It makes it so easy to put a page together! I used one of the Vicki Boutin stencils from the color kit along with some gel medium to add an additional layer of color and texture to the background. I love how it turned out!

Once my mixed media had dried, I pulled out everything from the kit that was purple and just started playing! I printed my photos in black and white so that they wouldn't compete with the color on the page, and added several layers behind them using paper and journal cards from the pocket life kit.

I used a notebook edge punch on the layers at the top of the page and one of the stamps from the color kit to add additional texture to the page. I also used lots of foam adhesive to give the elements on my page dimension.

And that's it! You can see the entire process in the video below.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

2019 Project Life: June in Maine for Feed Your Craft

When I saw the new "Clear and Cloudy" kit designed by Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft, I knew I wanted to use it to document Jesse's recent trip to Maine. He traveled there in June with friends to visit Acadia National Park and hike Mount Katahdin. The water/rain theme, as well as the bravery/"do your own thing" vibe of the kit was a perfect match for this section of my album!

I decided to document his trip right in our Project Life album. I could have made a separate mini album, but I thought that we would be more likely to view the PL album in the future. And since it wasn't a trip I actually went on, it seemed easier to just tuck it into the timeline of an existing album.

For today's project, I chose a double-page spread from this section to focus on. I wanted one with lots of water pictures and plenty of space to embellish. I actually had to remove one of the photos on this page, but not to worry; it will make it back in at some point.

Once I had chosen the spread to start with, the whole thing came together really quickly. I added lots of little bits from the cut apart sheet that comes with the kit, stamped a few of the  icons and sentiments from the coordinating stamp set, and that's about it.

Of course, I'll add journaling from Jesse once I'm able to. He's been out of town for work, so after he returns I'll get him to sit down and write out the stories of his trip.

And that's about it! Here's a video of my process so you can see just how quickly everything came together.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!

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Feed Your Craft August Unboxing

The August kits are here! You can see all of this month's goodies, plus a few extras, in my unboxing video. All the products mentioned are listed below.

Brandi Kincaid for Feed Your Craft "Clear and Cloudy" Kit
Little Lamm Paper Co. for Feed Your Craft "Everyday Ordinary" Kit
Rainbow Heart Puffy Stickers

Head High Stamp Set
Chin Up Stamp Set

In a Creative Bubble for Feed Your Craft "Local Living" Digital Kit
In a Creative Bubble for Feed Your Craft "City Loving" Stamp Set

Caffeinated Stamp Set
Beshka Kueser for Feed Your Craft "Summer On My Mind" Mini Kit

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