Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pebbles Family Ties for Project Life @ TSR

For my ScrapRoom sneak peek layout this month, I chose to showcase Week 8 of my Project Life album made with the Pebbles Family Ties kit.  The bright colors and floral patterns were just perfect for my outdoor photos.  (Click on pictures to enlarge.)

Week Eight

My title block is pretty simple this week.  I added some Thickers from my stash and a circle label sticker that came with the kit.  It just thrills me to get to use up some of my Thickers stash!

For one of my 3x4 slots, I printed out a screen shot of one of my husband's super sweet texts.  Such a great memory and so easy to include.  

The Pebbles Chips are so cute without being too bulky.  I added several of them to the 3x4 filler cards.  For the My Brother Is card, I used the OA mini alphabet stickers to list some characteristics of the boys.  The yellow and white polka dot card was a freebie that I found at Pinterest.  You can find tons of fun downloads for Project Life pinned there.  If you'd like to print one out, you can find it HERE.

For this week's journaling, I created a Week In Review card.  Rather than journal about each specific event, I just summarized the entire week on the 4x6 Pebbles card that came in the kit.  This made the layout even quicker to put together.

The full February kit reveal will take place pretty soon, and you are going to LOVE it.  Stay tuned for the rest of my February 2012 Project Life pages.  There are tips, tricks, tutorials, and more freebies.  See you soon!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Domestic Goddess

No, not me.  I'm talking about my new favorite Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper.  It's full of beautiful aquas, yellows, corals, and grays and fun kitchen motifs.  And . . . it was only $2.43 from the Stampin' Up clearance section.  WHAT???  Twelve 12x12 sheets of patterned paper.  I bought a pack just for the B sides.  Here's my first project with the pack.


Here's the entire paper pack.  As you can tell from my pictures, the colors are a little more vivid in real life.  So pretty!
I also used the Hearts A Flutter Stamp and Framelits bundle.  Such an awesome deal and very universal.  I have a few projects planned with this set.  The next one is Valentine treat bags for my kindergartener's classmates.  Easy.

And if you are at all tempted by these fab products, now is a good time to buy.  Stampin' Up's Sale-a-bration is going on.  For every $50 you spend, you get a free item from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  TONS of awesome products to pick from.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

More January Project Life for TSR

Hi everyone!  I'm back today to share two more weeks of Project Life pages, TSR style, of course.  First up is Week Three with Pink Paislee Portfolio.

Week Three

This spread using the standard Becky Higgins Design A page protectors.  The main colors of the papers were aqua, mustard, gray, and cream.  However, I detected a tiny bit of red, so I decided to add in some red stickers and cardstock die cuts to play up the red and tie in with my photos.  I like how it turned out.

For the title card, I added some mini alphabet stickers to the tab of the title.  (Just noticing that I need to change the word "Two" to "Three".  Oops.)  I decided to cut out a phrase and the number 3 on my Silhouette using the Diablo cardstock that came in the Snap kit.  Both these files are available in the Silhouette Online Store.  The stickers all came from the Snap 12 x 12 cardstock sticker sheet.  How cool that the stickers work for more than one kit?  

Another die cut.  However, this one is a free Ali Edwards download.  You can find it HERE.

Week Four

The left side is a Becky Higgins Design A page protector, but the right one is a Design F.  It holds ten 3 x 4 inch pics or cards.  Perfect!  Aside from a couple of Silhouette cuts, this page is super simple.  The Carta Bella Traditions paper is so pretty.  I didn't feel like much embellishing was needed.

I plan to go back and stamp the date on the sticker on the title card.  Just gotta get some more Staz On Jet Black ink since the sticker has a shiny surface.

So that wraps up the first four weeks in January.  I'm still pretty amazed at how well the TSR kits are working for these pages.  And, I still have enough scraps to make some traditional pages if I want.  Be back soon with my next four pages.

Project Life @ TSR

At the beginning of the year, we started a new feature at The ScrapRoom:  Project Life.  Just in case you haven't heard, Project Life is a different (more simplistic) approach to scrapbooking.  Using divided page protectors, you document your life in weekly spreads throughout the year.  By the end of the year, you have fifty-two double page layouts about your life.  Of course, Project Life has become such a huge phenomenon that there are many different approaches to it now.  
Here's what I'll be doing at TSR.  Each month I'll be using the Flavors of the Month kit to create my Project Life pages.  Four kits, four weeks.  How perfect, right?  The only difference for me is that I'll be using my photos from 2012.  Aside from the dates, though, I'm doing a pretty traditional version. Oh, and I don't take one photo a day.  I take them whenever and wherever I feel inspired and then pull together whatever I have for my spread.  Sometimes more, sometimes less.  That's the beauty of Project Life.  It is versatile!

Not only will I be sharing my completed pages, but I'll also be posting tips and tricks, downloads, freebie links, and much more.  I would LOVE it if you would join me by posting your layouts in the special Project Life Gallery.  We can all inspire each other.

Ok, enough yapping, here is my title page and the first two weeks' spreads.  (Click on the picture to enlarge.)

Title Page 

For the title and my first week's spread, I used Becky Higgins' Design A page protectors and the Fancy Pants The Good Life kit.  How perfect is the little banner that says "The Good Life" for a title for my album.  Each patterned paper is cut at 6" x 4" and slides right into the pockets.  Each photo is cut at 3" x 4".

Week One, January 1-7

Most of the pictures in this spread were taken one day at the park.  I really loved those photos, so those are the ones I added the most of.  I also scanned in a note that my oldest wrote to my youngest and printed out a Google image of a movie poster.  Since most of my pics were vertical, I printed them using THIS video tutorial for putting two 3 x 4 images on a 4 x 6.  

For all the spots that did not include a photo, I cut patterned paper into 4x6 or 3x4 and embellished with journaling and the die cut tags that came in the kit.  The banner on the title card was created from the Fancy Pants Good Life stencil card and backed in cardstock.  A little twine tied on the end and that's it.

I printed all my journaling cards on the light gray cardstock that came in the kit.  I also used the Pink Paislee mini alphabet stickers to add my week and my American Crafts date stamp for the week.  You can find a date stamp HERE in the store.

Week Two, January 8-14

For this one, I still used Becky Higgins' Design A page protectors but with the Simple Stories Snap line.  Another thing I love about Project Life is how colorful the pages turn out.  I can let go of obsessively matching pictures with papers because the variety of colors just seems to work.

Most of the embellishing for this spread comes straight from the  Simple Stories Snap 12 x 12 sticker sheet.  I did add a couple of die cuts and stickers from my stash.  

These white grid journaling cards are Becky Higgin's.  You could just as easily use plain white cardstock that you cut down to size.  The stickers are from my stash.

So, are you in?  Do you wanna give this project a go with me?  If so, all you need for supplies are some divided page protectors (check out THESE in the TSR store), your Flavors of the Month kit, and your pictures.  If you have any questions, please leave me a comment.  

I'll be back soon with Weeks Three and Four created with Pink Paislee Portfolio and Carta Bella Traditions.  Hope to see you then!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Simply Scrappin Kit: Afternoon Daydream

Last month, I featured the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin Kit.  This month it's Afternoon Daydream. Let me explain why I LOVE these Stampin Up kits.  You get six sheets of double-sided patterened papers, eight sheets of cardstock, and three 12 x 12 sticker sheets.  All beautifully coordinated.  The quality is impeccable and the colors are just beautiful.  And, most importantly, you can make many projects from just one kit, so they are a really great value.  For today's post, I made four cards and that didn't even put a dent in the kit!

Afternoon Daydream

This 4.5" x 6" card was super quick and easy.  The most complicated part was cutting the scalloped grey sticker in half in order to add it to both sides of my white cardstock strip.  The flower is just five stacked stickers with a Designer Button Subtles Collection on top.  I finished off the flower with some Early Espresso Baker's Twine.  The three thanks stamp came is from the Pretty Postage Stamp Set.

Three Thanks

This next card features the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  I placed nine butterflies in a grid pattern, added a Basic Rhinestone Jewel Accent to the center of each butterfly, and finished off the card with stickers and twine.  Oh, and a Basic Pearl Accent.  The thanks stamp is also from the Pretty Postage Stamp Set.  I actually stamped this tag first by only inking one sentiment.

Butterfly Thanks

For my third card, I used the Postage Stamp Punch to create a quilt of patterned papers.  To finish off the card, I layered three border stickers and three flower stickers.  Again, I added a Designer Button from the Subtles Collection and some Early Espresso Baker's Twine.  The two butterflies were topped off with a Basic Pearl Accent.

Butterfly Quilt

The final card was super easy.  Aside from adding patterned papers, a couple of border stickers, and a layered flower, I also added three patterned papers cut into pennants.  The idea was to make it look like an award ribbon.  I created a spot for a sentiment to add later.  It's nice to have some multi-purpose cards on hand.  You just never know!

Ribbon Pennants

Thanks to the Simply Scrappin Kit, these cards came together quickly in about an hour and I still have tons of product left.  I'm hoping to put together a scrapbook layout in the next week or so.

In the meantime, be sure to pop over to the online store by clicking on the Stampin Up label in my sidebar and check out the Valentine special.  It is beautiful!!!

See you soon!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Stampin Up January Class

Just wanted to share some sneaks of my January Stampin' Up class. We'll be creating this sweet little Valentine project!

If you are local and you'd like to come, email me for information.  If you aren't local but would like PDF directions, just make a $20 order from my website.  Here's a supply list:

1.  Twitterpated Designer Series Paper*
2.  Baja Breeze Cardstock
3.  Crumb Cake Cardstock
4.  Red Riding Hood Cardstock
5.  Pretty in Pink Cardstock
6.  Bravo Burgundy Ink Refill
7.  Field Flowers Stamp Set
8.  Papillion Potpourri Stamp Set
9.  Collage Curios Stamp Set*
10.  Soda Pop Tops*
11.  Doilies*
12.  Early Espresso Baker's Twine
13.  Bitty Banners Framelits Dies
14.  Postage Stamp Punch
15.  Baja Breeze Marker
16.  Pretty in Pink Marker
17.  Basic Rhinestones
18.  Fashionable Hearts Embosslets Die*
19.  Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslits Die
20.  Join in the Cheer Decorative Strip Die

Many of the supplies can be substituted for things that you have on hand.  The most important supplies are marked with an *.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.  

Thursday, January 3, 2013

January TSR Recipe Card

For my ScrapRoom recipe card this month, I got to use Fancy Pant's Hopscotch line.  Oh. My. Stars.  I just love those colors.  The floral papers and pops of pink called for some outdoor photos of me and my boys.  You can click on any of the images to see them larger.  Enjoy!

Awesome Day

I'll be posting about how to create the polaroid frames and pieced flowers on the ScrapRoom blog later in the month in case you're interested. 

This is my last recipe card for a while.  I'll be taking on a new position at The ScrapRoom.  Be looking for that announcement soon!  I'm SO excited.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

ScrapRoom January

The January ScrapRoom Doubleshot Kit includes Little Yellow Bicycle's Winterings collection.  Although the collection is geared toward winter and snow, the colors worked well for a Fall layout.

Hello Fall

I created another layout with this collection, so I didn't have any embellishments left.  My brand new Silhouette Cameo (thanks, honey!) solved that problem.  I cut out a couple of leaves (free cut with purchase) and the Fall phrase.  The little hello phrase was actually a circle tag that I just cut up.  Add on a couple of buttons and string and all done!

The full reveal is posted HERE at The ScrapRoom.  As you'll see the kits are amazing and so is the Idea gallery.  See you soon with my recipe card layout!