Friday, February 22, 2013

A New Post at My Teacher Blog

Just in case you're interested . . .

I have a new post HERE at my teaching blog, Life Between Summers.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Project Life: Week 7

For my 2012 Project Life album (the album that I am currently putting together), Week 7 corresponds to Valentine's Day.  The ScrapRoom's American Crafts XO February kit was the perfect choice since there was a lot of black and red in my photos.  It turned out to work very well.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Week 7

Since the paper in this kit is SO cute, I decided to keep my title, journaling, and filler cards simple.  For this one, I used a strip of 2.5" x 6" embossed cardstock.  The word February was cut with my Silhouette from black cardstock, but you could just as easily use some stickers from your stash.  The heart was punched from the back of one of the papers.  I stamped the date on a small scrap of red and then notched the ends.

Another simple insert.  I cut a piece of 2" x 4" paper and layered it with a border punched strip on top of the back side of one of the papers.  Add a couple of the super cute layered stickers and some typed journaling and done.

Ok, this one is my favorite!!!  I had a bunch of my kids' Valentines from their classmates to include.  Originally, I was going to place them all in the pockets but they were all different sizes and orientations.  My fix?  To create a pocket.  I cut a 2" x 4" piece and layered it over a 4" x 6" piece.  I used Red Line tape on the bottom and sides to keep it in place.  Then, I added a couple of embellishments.  The whole pocket along with Valentine cards easily fits into the page protector.  My kids were SUPER excited.

For this next insert, I used the Midway Washi Tape from the Embellishment Add-On to tape down the card that came with my flowers from my husband for Valentine's Day.  So excited that I saved that!  The only other embellishment that I used are the Studio Calico wooden people from several kits ago.  Their size is just perfect for Project Life!

This month's Stamp Set is too cute!!!  And just perfect for my Valentine spread.  I decided to stamp the images in White Staz On ink directly onto my photos.  I was really nervous, but it turned out to be easy.

Here's the last two filler cards.  Nothing but patterned paper and a cute heart sticker.

Right now I am working on printing pics and getting organized for my my March spreads.  I'll be back soon to share that process with you.  It is by no means perfect, but you may get something out of it.  See ya soon!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Preppin' for Project Life

Today I wanted to share with you all how I organize and prepare for Project Life.  This might be most helpful for those of you (like me) who are working with older photos or trying to get caught up.  I actually started Project Life in January 2012 but didn't make it past Week Three.  (You can read about that whole debacle HERE.)  Anyway, here is my method.

The first and most time-consuming thing that I do is gather and edit the photos.  I created a folder on my desktop labeled Project Life Pictures.  Within that folder, I created a folder for each month.  Then I bring in a copy of all the pictures that I can find from iPhoto, Facebook, Instagram, and my iPhone.  Once all the pictures are in the folder, I edit them and save them here.  

Next, I draw out a plan.  My planner is a plain ole one subject notebook.   (There are some really nice printable planners/templates online.  I have some in my Project Life Board HERE at Pinterest.)  I use one page per week to list the pictures that I have and decide which page protectors work best with those photos.  Then I sketch out the page protectors and determine which photos will go where.  This plan also helps me determine how the photos need to be printed.

Then, I print the photos and put them in the divided page protectors.  Because I take so many vertical pictures, I have to convert a lot of them to 3x4.  Luckily, I found THIS awesome Ali Edwards' tutorial for putting two 3x4 images on a 4x6.  

Recently, I have learned how to print pictures directly from my iPhone, so my method is going to now include that step as well.  THIS TUTORIAL at My Sister's Suitcase is great for showing you how to create two 3x4 pics in a 4x6 frame on the iPhone.  Then, instead of sending the pics to Costco (we don't have one in my area), I printed mine at WalGreen's using their iPhone app.  EASY!!!  And such a time saver.

This is the process that I've worked out after completing January's and February's spreads.  So far, so good.  I already have March's pictures in the page protectors just waiting for my ScrapRoom kits to arrive.  I am SO excited to see the brand new Project Life Add-On that Tammy is releasing this month. Be sure to check it out HERE!  

Monday, February 11, 2013

Project Life: Week 6

For my Week 6 spread, I decided to mix it up a little by using two of The ScrapRoom February kits:  Crate Paper Fourteen and American Crafts Darling Dear.  I based my selections on the colors in the pictures.  

Week 6

With Insert
Without Insert

Again this week, I used an insert since I had sooooo many pictures.  This time, however, the insert is half of a Becky Higgins Design E page protector.  I love that all these pocket page protectors are seamed, so you can just trim then wherever you need to.  

Back of Insert
Becky Higgins' Design E page protectors have four 6" x 6" openings.  I filled two of those openings with 6" x 6" collages that I created using Diptic, an iPhone app, and then printed at Persnickety Prints.  You can learn more about these prints HERE.  I filled the other two openings with mini layouts, one with paper strips and a card from the American Crafts paper and one with a 4" x 6" photo and paper border. The soccer ball was cut with my Silhouette.

For my title card, used patterned paper and another 3x3 card from the American Crafts paper.  The Studio Calico Wood Veneer Alphabet pieces are perfect for adding the week.  For one of the filler cards, I used an October Afternoon label sticker and one of the American Crafts chipboard hearts.  None of these embellishments is very thick, so they work very well in the pocket page protectors.

For this week's journaling, I created a Week In Review card.  It was so easy to type up the journaling and cut it out in strips.  And how cute are the Wood Veneers Alphabet pieces to label this card?

You wanna know my favorite part of this spread, though?  I got 16 photos into an album in about an hour using the contents of one of my TSR kits.  I am definitely getting more pages done!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Impromptu Photo Shoot

The boys and I headed out to a nature trail to soak up the last rays of sunshine before forecasted days of rain.  With the promise of an Icee in their futures, my little fellas delivered.  Hee hee!

I need to finish editing these, but I was just so excited to create a collage and share.  In addition to adding more contrast and saturation, I also added a vignette and a little skin tone correction.  Those are my go-to effects in PSE 10.  I'm still trying to learn my way around the program.  Any tips?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Project Life: Week 5

Hi everyone, I'm back with my first week of Project Life for February.  For this week's spread, I chose the ScrapRoom's Crate Paper Fourteen kit.  It made for quite a colorful spread.

Week 5

Left Side and Front of Insert
This week I had a TON of pictures, so I decided to use an insert.  The left and right pages are traditional Becky Higgins Design A page protectors, and the insert is a 10" x 12" Design G.  

Back of Insert and Right Side

One reason I chose this insert is because it allowed me to use two 4" x 6" vertical photos of each of my kiddos with their grandparents.

The title card is pretty simple.  A couple of pieces of patterned paper topped with two die cuts from my Silhouette.  

To add the date to my layout, I cut this Memories image from my Silhouette.  I love that the patterned paper peeks through.  The cardstock all came in my kit.  I was even able to print my journaling onto the cardstock and then trim it down into a lithe banner shape.  

For my filler cards, I added more journaling strips attached with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (an awesome addition to your Project Life supplies) and October Afternoon Label Stickers and some AC Kraft Heart Stickers.  I love that it doesn't take much time or many supplies to embellish the small 3" x 4" cards.

And finally, I added a cropped picture to the American Crafts Die Cut frame and embellished it with some October Afternoon Mini Market Alpha stickers.  Quick, easy, but SO cute!  

This week's spread includes nineteen photos.  Nineteen!  And . . . the layout is IN the album, not sitting on a shelf waiting to be put away.  And . . . I still have plenty of supplies left to do another spread or even create a traditional layout if I like.  

Anyway, I'm glad you stopped by today.  See you soon with more February spreads.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Stampin Up: Valentine Match Boxes

While scouring Pinterest this morning, I ran across THIS TUTORIAL for the cutest little Valentine matchboxes.  It looked pretty quick and easy, so I decided to give it a try.  Oh. My. Cuteness.  It was SO easy. Here, take a look.

These little cuties measure 4.5 x 2.75" and require just a 1/4 sheet of cardstock and a smidge of patterned paper to create.  You can get four match boxes from one sheet of 8.5 x 11" cardstock.

To decorate them, I used the Hearts A Flutter Stamp and Framelets Bundle and a little ribbon.

To finish off this little treat, I stapled in a mini pack of  Valentine M&Ms.  They even came in pink.  Eeek!  Too cute.

Here are the Stampin Up products that I used.

Thanks for stopping by!  See you soon with some more Valentine projects.