My first “project life” {ish} layout!

I have been hearing about project life EVERYWHERE lately but I never thought it was for me. It’s like capri pants, they look fine on other ladies but they are not my style, I am a cut and dry person, I either want pants or shorts, not a combo of the two. But then I got a new phone with a camera on it (apparently I can go on the internet with it also but if I want to go online I’ll use a computer…and don’t expect me to text you, I don’t know how ha ha!) Anyway, back to my stab at project life, I used my new-fangled camera phone to snap pics of our adventures during February vacation and I scrapped them in 6 mini layouts…

…and I liked it! I started out by cropping sheets of coordinating cardstock into 4″x6″ panels, you get 6 from a 12×12 sheet! These will be handy for cards too! I printed out my photos from the week small (the camera phone’s picture quality is not good enough for enlarging, that is why I chose them for this project) on a sheet of photo paper and cut them out. The mini collage of the two pool pictures was too big so I grabbed a scrapbooking technique circa 1996 and cut the girls out of the photo (yeah baby!) now where did I put my deco-edge scissors? I have to say that the cutout swimmers was the first thing my daughter noticed and she LOVED it…so there :P

The page protectors I used have 6 4"x6" horozontal slots so I needed to make sure I cut any papers that had specific orientation the right way (I made a mistake on one sheet!) To do this make sure the paper is the right side up and cut it in half on the 6" mark, then turn your paper and cut the 4" inch sides. This is liberating for someone who cannot bear to cut into a 12x12 sheet, I think I might do this will all of my duplicate papers!

Then it was a simple job of adding some simple journaling (I found this tag stack in the dollar bin at JoAnns) and some stamped dates, some embellishments and I was done!

I wouldn’t want to scrap project life style all the time (my day-to-day life is not that interesting) but for vacations and holidays I think it is great fun! If you are looking for divided page protectors you can get them from We Are Memory Keepers (I love their D Ring binders) or you can buy the Project Life brand.

When I was working on this page I wondered if project lifers scrap a little ever day, once a week or what? I think if you waited longer than that you might forget what happened during the week. What do you think? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Limited Supply Layouts

Last Friday I showed you a video of how I pack for a crop.  By limiting my supplies I have less to pick from therefore I can scrap quicker. Limiting your choices should not limit your creativity tho. Here is a layout I made with two sheets of the same pattern paper, one sheet for the background and the other sheet I used as embellishments. I admit these layouts are a bit plain but they tell the story and are in my album and that is good enough for me :D

 

I did not have time to properly pull papers to go with my photos due to a kid home sick with a stomach bug so before I headed out to the crop I grabbed my newest paper stack: The Fresh Floral Stack from DCWV and my binder of scrabooking stamps. You can see my video on stamp organization here. I was fun to build a layout with paper and stamps. for an extra touch I used a fine tipped Bic Marker and a ruler to draw a frame around my photo cluster. Remeber how populat the Making Memories foam stamps were a few years ago? I used the foam stamps for my title “divas”, they hold ink as well as rubber and give a grat impression. Go ahead, dig out those moldy-oldies!

On this two page layout I also used paper from the floral stack, did a bit of stamping and kept it simple. Also I dies my ribbon with the pink inkpad I stamped the journal block with. I almost didn’t scrap these photos then I asked myself “Would my kids want to look at these photos?” and the answer was “Yes!” so into the scrapbook they go. Face it, my kids do not care what paper, embellishments of techniques I use, they just want to see the pictures of fun times. That is why I urge people to print out your photos. You don’t need to spend 4 hours on a page or scrapbook them at all, put them in a simply album so your kids can see them. Just write the names and dates on the back of the photos (like mom used to do) ans put them in a photo album and rest assured that no one is thinking the less of you for it :)

 

That’s all for today! Don’t forget the $1 retirement sale is going on through tomorrow at MyGrafico. I know the site was down for a bit yesterday due to high traffic but it is OK now. Til next time happy crafting!

More Mom’s Day and 25% off!

Happy Saturday! If you are still looking for the perfect card for your mother you still have time to make it yourself! How about making a pretty gift box to fill with goodies too? Your procrastination paid off because everything in the Lindsay’s Stamp Shop at MyGrafico is 25% off this weekend! Here I use the Fancy flowers digital stamp set and the Box Bonanza, Envelope Bonanza and 3-D posies templates to make this set for my Mother in Law:

Digital Stamps & Templates: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Cardstock: Bazzil, GP, PP: K&co, DCWV, Rubber stamp sentiment: About Art Accents

This was quite easy to make, I printed the poppy image on white cardstock and colored it with my Prismacolor pencils and blended it with goo-gone. It is quicker that coloring with copics for me and I love the results! The boxes, envelope and flower cut in seconds, truly a last minute gift!

I used a border punch to edge my card and mat, a nice detail that doesn't cont a cent!

I really wanted  a ribbon rose on my card but did not have the right colors so I took a piece of 1/4″ satin ribbon and made my own. Since I was in a hurry I secured it with hot glue but stitching is probably a better option if making a batch ahead of time:) The rubber stamped sentiment is from About Art Accents.

Challenges this card Qualifies for: Gingersnap Creations (Botanical), By the Cute and Girly (celebrations), Cute Daisy May, Double Dutch (mother’s day card and gift), Everybody Art Challenge (pastel colors),  Fab ‘n Funky (fancy Edge), Little Red Wagon (pink and green) and Stamptacular Sunday Challenge (mom).

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to grab some bargains at the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff shop during the 25% off mother’s day weekend sale and til next time happy crafting!

More “Scrap-pile” Cards!

I recently found a blog that have a challenge every week called “Scrap pile Saturday” and  was all over that. Whenever I can I dip in to my paper scraps to build a card (I have to cut into a full sheet of paper) and I have quite a stash of scraps. This weeks challenge was to use 3 pattern paper scraps to make a card:

Everything I used here was from the scrap bin! The House Mouse stamps were colored in at my Mom's house when I fist got my Copics on Paper Co. Paper, I was going to toss them but I just love the mice! I'm glad I kept them cuz these are pretty cute I think:)

This card also qualifies for the House Mouse Monday challenge which is Easter! I do love those cute little mice, My mom has a great collection so I often stamp out a bunch when I visit, I have many too which my kids stamp and color more than I do! I sent this card to my mom:

Stamps: House Mouse (of course) and the sentiments are from Studio G (those lovely dollar sets!) paper is MME and DCWV

My Sister prefers the House Mouse bunnies so this one I sent to her:

Even the card bases are from the scrap pile, they were half sheets of cardstock (DCWV premium glitter stack) that were left over from some die cut projects I did last week!

Well, this was fun, I did both cards in 20 minutes (A house cleaning break LOL) and since it was all scraps the cards were free to make! If you like the envelop in the first picture it is available in printable or SVG (a file to cut with your Cricut if you have SCAL software, use coupon 8774959 to save 10% on SCAL) in the Envelope Bonanza template pack:

7 svg templates and 8 printable templates for only $4!

Thanks for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

Easy Envelopes {and other fun stuff!}

I took my kids to see The Princess and the Frog this week, I have to say it was a wonderful movie, even my 7-year-old son liked it. That influenced my project this week, I used the Pretty Princess Digital stamp set, Pretty Favors SVG and Birthday Cupcakes Stamps & Templates:

Everything you need for a birthday party! Pretty stamps, favor bags and cupcake wrappers all easy and quick!

I used the blank cupcake wrapper template in the Birthday Cupcakes set and took the png version of the crown stamp from the Pretty Princess set and layered the crown on the wrapper before printing. The purple wrapper was cut with my Cricut and SCAL software using the SVG file included in the kit. The Birthday Cupcake set with the SVG template is on sale for $2.25 right now at Lindsay’s stamp stuff!

SVG cutting templates make quick work of favors and decorations!

My friend (and fellow DT) Micki sent me some wonderful cardstock to play with, I printed all of the stamps for this project on Neenah solar white smooth and WOW! that stuff felt like silk to the touch, blending with my Bics, Copics and prismas was a breeze!

I love how bright my colors look on the Neenah cardstock!

I have decided to make an envelope for each card  make when I make it (not 5 minutes before I rush out the door to go to a birthday party) and I figured out a very easy way to make one with my cricut using either SCAL or Design Studio. all you need to do is take 2 rounded rectangles (make sure you check “weld” on each shape you use) and overlay them like this:

An easy way to make an envelope in DS or SCAL!

On the envelope I made here I did that but also I welded a label shape to the flap to fancy it up a bit:)

Stamps/Template: Lindsay's stamp stuff, Markers: Copic/Prismacolor, Paper: DCWV, Punch SU!

I know it is easy to do but You can download my envelopes if you like. They are sized to make a 5.5″x5.5″ envelope but you can simply drag them to the size you need.

Download a scut file to cut with your cricut and any version of scal here. *note this is a plain flap envelope, you can shorten the vertical  flap and weld on a scallop or fancy shape if you wish.

Download a cut file if you have a Cricut and Design Studio and the George cartridge. There are 3 envelopes in this file, each on separate layers, The first layer only used George, the other two also use accent essentials, there is a fancy flap one like the envelope pictured and a scallop flap one. these make 5.5″ square envelopes but you can adjust them as needed:)

And now for the freebie. I know many of you like to make ATCs (artist trading cards) so how about a stamp to use on the back. You can print out a sheet of these on cardstock and stamp and decorate the flip-side, how fun! Click the picture to download:)

Enjoy this fun freebie! Click picture to download. Persona use only, font licensed from http://www.letteringdelights.com.

Let me know what you think of this. If you like it I may make a full set of funky ATC backs!

Now lets see what the rest of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT has for us today, We have a new Guest Designer and a new Full Time designer, how exciting!

Rebekah Doak

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Tracy Vinson *March Guest DT

Thanks for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

Rubber Stamp Madness!

What a week! I find out that one of my cards made the cover of Vamp Stamp News and the same day that issue arrived in my mailbox so did the new Rubber Stamp Madness Magazine and they picked one of my cards for the Asian feature and it is on the homepage of their website, check it out here. Then Last night I got a phone call from the editor of  The Decorative Painter and they are going to publish another one of my paintings! Woohoo! OK enough Bragging :)

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: Bo-Bunny, DCWV, Rubber stamp sentiment: SU!

These cards are made using the Sweet Stuff Digital stamp set from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff. You get 11 digital stamps in png and jpg format fro $5, SWEET!

I colored the image with my Bic-Markits then punched the corners and added chalk to the background, easy!

to get a two toned effect on the cake I colored it first with my bic marki-its in pink and brown then took a clear prismacolor marker and colored over the bic area where I wanted it lighter.

All of the pink frames, corners and labels were cut from a single sheet of Die Cuts with a View pattern cardstock (From the be mine stack) there is probably 30 labels on that one sheet and they are golssed and glittered too! Think about that when you buy patterned paper, sometime a single sheet can make lots of accents for cards! all the cupcake stamps are from the Sweet Stuff set available at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff.

Thanks for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

Gotta love convo hearts….

Don’t ya just love those chalky Necco Conversation hearts? Well maybe not eating them but looking at them makes me happy :) That is why I nearly fell over when I saw the cute new Valentine stamps from About Art Accents because there are 4 conversation hearts in the sets! There are 4 plates (sets) of stamps for $10 each but they are running a special: all 4 plates for $19.99! Wow that is 50% off! Best of all they are sugar free! I used this weeks sketch at 2s4u to make this card:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: DCWV

Here is a close up. Notice the dotted background of the hearts, it is a stamp from the About Art Accents Valentine plates and it is the same size as the convo hearts! Brilliant!

I used the marble ATC background on the card, they have some new valentines ATC backgrounds in the new Valentine sets but I chose this subdued one because I was using bright colors already and it would just be too much (yes, I have SOME restraint LOL!)

Well that is all for today, I am teaching a new painting class today, I can’t wait, I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow :)  Till then Happy Crafting!

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