Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Project Life: Week 29 & a Sketch

One year ago at this time, I accepted a job back in the classroom. Everything happened so fast, and I barely had time to give my two weeks notice at my former job and get the classroom ready for school. It was such a bittersweet time, full of anxiety over the new job and leaving the current one.  That's what this layout is all about.

Week 29

The papers for this layout are in the ScrapRoom's August Flavors of the Month and Project Life kits. The collection is The Pier by Crate Paper. Such soft, pretty colors. The cool embellishments came in the kits as well. Let's see . . . the wooden circles are Atlantic Burnished Wood Veneer Circles by Studio Calico and the cork arrow is from Fancy Pants. Oh, and I also threw in a couple of Crate Paper buttons and brads. And the last thing to mention is that I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the today circle and Go Rebels phrase.  

And another Project Life sketch to add to my collection.  This one makes number six.  Hopefully, it'll remind me to try other layouts besides the linear ones.  We'll see.  For a look at all of my sketches, click on the tab at the top of the page.

Thanks for popping by today!  I'll be back soon with Project Life Week 30.  See ya then.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Project Life: Week 28

For my ScrapRoom sneak layout, I was assigned Simple Stories I {Heart} Summer line. Lucky me! Such a fun, bright collection of papers and stickers.  And it was such a great complement to my Week 28 photos. 

Week 28

This title card could not have been easier. I simply cut the card and added the pink heart and date stickers.  

For my journaling card, I added some white cardstock to the center of the diagonal patterned paper and topped it with two stickers. I love all the color on that chevron washi tape sticker.

And lastly, a couple of filler cards. Simple Stories provided plenty of great cards to choose from.

There are a couple more days of sneaks over at The ScrapRoom blog and then it's the August reveal on the 1st.  See you then!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Back to School Mantel

Just typing the words "Back to School" is making me cringe just a little.  Our summer has been so much fun, but it has gone by way too quickly.  We only have about three weeks until school starts.  Until we have to set our alarm clocks, pack our lunches, and do homework.  Can you tell I'm not that excited?  Ha, ha.  Well, to help get myself in the mood, I decided to create a Back to School Mantel.  

It all started with the book paper wreath.  I've seen them all over Pinterest and in magazines, so I thought that I'd give it a try.  I used a few different tutorials and techniques to help me figure out the easiest way to construct it.  You can see the ones I checked out on my Back to School Pinterest board HERE.

While I was shopping for my wreath form, I found the red ceramic owl at Hobby Lobby.  With my coupon, he was only $8.  I really wanted him to stand out so I chose pretty neutral colors with pops of red.  I also chose to go neutral so that I wouldn't have to do anything to the paper mache letters that I bought.  Now that I'm looking at these pictures, though, I'm thinking they would look awfully cute decoupaged in the book paper.  The same technique that I used for the canvas propped up on the left.

The canvas banner is probably the fastest banner I've ever made.  I bought the banners a while back at Hobby Lobby.  The chalkboard label stickers are from my scrapbooking stash.  One set is from Pink Paislee and the other is from American crafts.  Peel and stick . . . gotta love that!  I attached them to a piece of twine using mini clothespins.  The framed piece is a free printable that looks like writing on a chalkboard.  I just googled "free chalkboard printable" and then chose one about learning.

Well, now that my mantel is all decorated for Back to School, I guess I better get back to finishing up my classroom.  See you soon with my August Project Life pages.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Project Life: Sketches

As I put my Project Life pages together, I find that I use some layouts over and over.  And when I discover a new layout that really works for me, I create a sketch that I print out and keep with my supplies.  This helps me to "Get More Pages (or pockets) Done" each month.  Today, I thought I'd share some of those sketches with you.

So, do you have any go to designs for Project Life?  Are they from the Internet, Pinterest, blogs?  Please share.  I can use all the inspiration that I can get.  Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Project Life: Week 27

Oh gosh . . . it is midway through July and my summer is just flying by. We leave tomorrow on an 18-hour road trip to see my brother in Iowa. We are breaking up the trip with a day or two in St Louis on the way up and somewhere in Arkansas on the way home. It's going to be a great trip!  Lots of fabulous photo opportunities. In the midst of getting ready, I realized that I have one more July Project Life spread to share.  This layout is from last July when I got to go to a crop with friends for two days in a sweet little southern town in Mississippi. Fun times!

Week 27

For this spread, I used the Doodlebug Flowerbox Cards, Take Flight Doodlepops Stickers, and American Crafts Southeby's Alphabet Thickers from The ScrapRoom's July Project Life Add On Kit. Using the kit each month really makes my pages come together quickly, which is the only reason I've been able to keep up this album while working full-time and taking care of my two kiddos.  I am SO thankful that I've kept it up because my family enjoys looking at it.

I cut the label and pennant strip above with my Silhouette machine. I just wanted a little something to put that sweet bird sticker on. For the journaling card below, I trimmed down a Project Life 3x4 Grid card and then added it on top of my patterned paper. This little trick helped me on several of my pages this month.

Finally, I added one of the Jillibean Soup Yellow Happy Wise Words stickers on top of my photo. Those stickers actually came in the Flavors of the Month kit from The ScrapRoom, but they coordinated perfectly with the colors in the Project Life Add On.

Before I get back to packing, I want to remind you of my Washi Tape Challenge that I am hosting at The ScrapRoom.  Layouts are due to the forum HERE by the end of the month.  Hope you'll join in!

Monday, July 8, 2013

TSR Washi Tape Challenge

Hi there!  Today, I'd like to talk washi tape.  Thanks to Tammy at The ScrapRoom, my collection of washi tape is growing each month.  I just LOVE how easy it is to add to my projects, but I find that sometimes I use it the same way over and over.  This month I challenged myself to use it in three different ways on the same layout.  Here's what I came up with.

Project Disney: Daisy Duck

This is another page in my Project Disney album.  My sweet kiddo really enjoyed collecting autographs throughout the parks.  I love how intently he watched each of them sign his book.  The first card that I want to talk about includes a scanned copy of Daisy Duck's autograph.  This is a great way to include memorabilia in your Project Life or traditional scrapbook album.  Ok, so here's the first use of the washi tape -- as a border to separate my two patterned papers.  By placing it on the lighter colored paper, you can really see the tape's pattern.  

The next card includes a sticker that I bought at my local craft store.  So far the Disney stickers that I have collected have mixed well with the ScrapRoom kits.  Awesome!  Can you spot the second way that I used washi tape?  Yep, it's one of the banner strips.  I added a piece of washi to a scrap of white cardstock, trimmed it down, and then notched the end.  SO easy, but it was just the extra bit of pattern that I needed on this card.

This last card is actually my title card.  I used the phrase that Daisy Duck used to sign my son's autograph book.  And because I just loved all the different expressions on my son's face, I cut down another one of my smaller photos to add to this card.  The washi tape was perfect for attaching the photo to the card. 

Ok, so my challenge to you is to use washi tape on a layout in THREE different ways.  When you're finished, add it to The ScrapRoom's Project Life Challenge thread in the message boards by July 30th.  I'll choose a winner to receive a pack of . . . washi tape.  Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Project Life: Week 26

Hi friends!  I just wanted to pop in today and share another Project Life spread. Week 26 is really just the left side of the spread because I only had a few pictures, all of our brand new kitty Izzy. For the right side, I used random food pictures that I took throughout the summer. Since each side of the spread had its own theme, I used two different ScrapRoom Project Life kits. I like how it turned out.

Week 26: Left Side

The wooden accents and chipboard banner pieces came in the Project Life kit; however, the wooden alphabet pieces were from my stash.

I was so excited to learn how to print on a journaling card. First, I added a shape and text book in a Word document. Then, I printed it on plain typing paper. While holding it in front of a window, I adhered the card over the printed paper in order to see where it needed to print on the card. Finally, I ran the paper with the card attached through the printer again. SO easy! I had meant to delete the black heart outline before I printed the second time but I forgot.  I kind of like the outline now though.

Week 26: Right Side

I wanted to give these random photos some purpose, so I titled the page "Top Five." And as I type this, I realize that maybe I have not completely given myself over to the concept of Project Life.  Ya know, where you can embrace the random everyday photos of life. Oh well, it's a process!  

Alright then, that's it for Week 26.  See you Monday with a challenge. I hope you'll come by. There's a prize!

Monday, July 1, 2013

In Honor of Canada Day

Happy Canada Day to all my northern friends!  And in honor of the holiday, I thought I'd share some Canadian themed projects.  

Project Disney: Canada

This layout of the Canadian Pavillion at Epcot is for my Project Disney album.  I used the July Project Life kit from The ScrapRoom.  The maple leaf and title were cut with my Silhouette.

For the journal card, I added a small strip of coordinating paper and used my new EK Success Mickey Head punch to create a little embellishment.  The E stands for Epcot.

I {Heart} Canada Favors

I created this favor set for the Cricut Blog last year when ProvoCraft released their Go Canada cartridge.  Too cute!

Go Canada Card

That beaver is just too cute!  I cut him out of kraft cardstock and the maple leaf out of Bella Boulevard paper.  You can find the details HERE at the Cricut Blog.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you soon with another Project Disney page!