Thursday, July 24, 2014

Embellishing With Alphas

Now that it is summer, I have had a bit more time to spend on my Project Life spreads, which means that I like to use more embellishments. This month's kit included the Simple Stories Under the Stars papers. However, there weren't really any embellishments to go with these papers, so I grabbed a pack of Thickers (Hardcover Chipboard) from my stash.  Adding the alphas didn't take much time, but it was just enough embellishing to satisfy me.

July Fourth

To start, I added the date to my title card. The small letters are not from the Thickers pack; they are Jillibean Soup Tiny Alphas in brown. The wood veneer stars worked well on this card also. The Thickers filled the open space nicely. Done.

I could have stopped with the title card, but I had plenty of blank spaces to fill. Since the pictures on the left side show how I decorated my mantel for the holiday, I added the word Home surrounded by brackets to the beige card. I felt that the space was adequately filled, so I moved on.

The next card had a spot that looked like it was for journaling or adding a date, but I had already done both of those things on other cards. To fill the space I added the 2 since the card was right next to the picture of my boys. My favorite part, though, was the asterisks that I embellished the flower centers with. I think that's the most I've ever used asterisks from my Thicker packs. Ha ha!

Normally, I would journal on the large 4x6 card on the right page, but I had already done that on two of the 3x4 cards. This was the only 4x6 card that I had left that would work for this page. I was a bit stumped. First, I tried to find an extra photo that I could cut down and add, but I didn't have any left. I took out the other kits to see if any of the other embellishments would work here. When I found the "smile" sticker, an idea came to me. Another title style card.

So, the next time you are creating your Project Life pages and feeling like you don't have quite enough embellishments, dig in your stash of alphas. That may just do the trick.

Thanks for stopping by today.  See you soon!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

More Project Life Sketches

Hi friends.  It's been a while since I've posted any new Project Life sketches. Partly because I tend to use the same ones over and over in my own pages. This month, however, I came up with a couple of new layouts, so I made sketches.  Here's the spread.

July '13 

Title Sketch

Filler Sketch

Both of these sketches were inspired by the chipboard pieces in the My Mind's Eye Ashbury Heights kit that came in The ScrapRoom's July Flavors of the Month kit.  I have a lot of these small chipboard pieces in my kits and my stash, so I wanted to figure out a way to really highlight them on my cards.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you use the sketches!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Project Life: St Louis

Last summer we drove from Louisiana to Iowa to see my brother and his girlfriend.  To break up the trip, we stopped in St. Louis. These three pages are about my favorite parts of St. Louis: the arch, the Basilica, and Turtle Playground.

@ the Arch

I used one of my Flavors of the Month kits from The ScrapRoom for this page. The bright colors mixed with the black prints of the Simple Stories DIY line worked well with these pictures. The little chipboard shapes had a bit of a travel theme, too, so I thought that was fun.

Turtle Playground

This is my favorite spot in St Louis. Right alongside the freeway is a small playground full of concrete turtles of various sizes. As you can see, they are quite fun for climbing on. For this page, I used items from both the Project Life and Flavors of the Month kits.  I finished up the rest of the SNAP Her cards along with the last of the laser cut cards.  I also used the Simple Stories Photo Stickers. Those are SO much fun!

For the laser cut card below, I added three strips of the washi tape that came in the Project Life kit to a scrap piece of paper and attached it to the back of the card.  It was nice to have an additional pattern to pick from.

Love the Basilica

I'm just now realizing that I never went back and added "the Basilica" to the bottom of my title card. Ha ha! I plan to put a little flag or some mini alphas underneath the word Love on the title card. I used all My Mind's Eye Pretty Things cards from the Project Life kit for this page. At first, I was having a hard time. I just didn't really like the shabby chic style of the cards. But once I embellished some of them, I was good. For the cards below, I used my punches to create shapes from some of the cards I wasn't using. 

For this journal card, I cut down one of the small journal cards and cut out a block of one of the 3x4 cards. That and the enamel dots made it feel complete. Adding touches of green to almost all of  the cards helped it feel more cohesive to me, too.

Well, that's five of my seven July Project Life layouts.  Thanks for coming by.  See you soon with the last two layouts and a couple of new Project Life sketches.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Project Life: Week 27 and July Fourth

Hi there friends!  It's been a busy beginning of July, so I am just now posting the first of my July Project Life pages.  This month I made SEVEN layouts.  Looks like last July was super busy, too.  Anyway, I have a couple to share today.

Week 27

This is the first week of July 2013. The left side includes pictures of my son during Frog Week. I was having a hard time keeping my seven year old occupied, so I did a couple of themed weeks. This was the first of them. I found a frog dissection app for the iPad, which he loved and which inspired the whole week. We also made a frog life cycle craft and had a cute snack. The right page is all about his swim lessons. 

All of the supplies came in my Project Life kit from The ScrapRoom.  You can see the kits and more ideas for using them HERE.  For this layout, I used the Bella Blvd Squeeze Daily Details and Simple Stories HER papers and embellishments.  These paired well with two die cut cards that came with the kit also.

July Fourth

This spread includes pictures of how I decorated for the Fourth of July as well as how we celebrated the actual day. As soon as I saw the Simple Stories Under the Stars papers, I knew they would work for this page. The wood veneer stars actually came in the Bella Blvd Family Forever kit in the Flavors of the Month kit. And the alphas are from my stash. The Smile sticker came in the Flavors of the Month kit also. It's awesome to be able to mix and match all my kits.

Ok, well that's all I have to share today.  I'll be back soon with the rest of the pages, which are all from my St Louis and Cedar Rapids vacation last year.  Until then!