Friday, April 4, 2014

Project Life 2013: Week Eight.

This was one of those quiet-everything-is-normal weeks but super-crazy-fun-packed weekend kind of weeks!

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Week of: February 18-24, 2013.

What happened this week?  On Friday night after work, I drove down to visit my bestie Anne for the weekend to celebrate my birthday.  We were also lucky to get the chance to meet up with Evelyn and her friend Gary for brunch while we were in LA!  It was a great weekend... you can read all about it here! :)

Anything special about the spread?  While I kept the left really simple -- lots of photos! -- the right hand side has an extra panel to add room to fully share photos and info about my weekend trip with Anne and meeting up with Evelyn! :)

Techniques this week:  I used a 6x9" pocket and cropped/printed my palm tree photo to one side and used the backside to add the text from my blog post and photo of the beach.  Then the right side is carefully chosen photos to summarize the weekend -- not every photo, but a fair number of my favorites! :)

Overall thoughts:  Love, love, love this project.  It is so awesome to be able to capture little and big moments from the same week into one layout.  Totally worth the effort!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Ink: Basic Black
Big Shot:  Bitty Banner Framelits
Punches:  Owl (heart)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Project Life 2013: Week Seven.

This week was Valentine's Day!   We enjoyed getting to spend some quality time together this weekend :)

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Week of: February 11-17, 2013.

What happened this week?  We celebrated Valentine's Day with an early breakfast over in Pacific Grove, a (cold) walk along the ocean trail and some shopping for "toys" (tools for Brian, new camera for me!).

Anything special about the spread or techniques this week?  I'm finding I like it better to include the journaling and titles right onto the photograph and skip filler cards altogether.... and already wondering how this album will evolve as I continue onward!

Overall thoughts:  I'm definitely finding that I stick to a color theme for the week and let the photos be the main focal point.... I think it's working so far! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Ink: Basic Black

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Project Life 2013: Week Six.

This week I finally felt like I had a style emerging with this project..... repetition of patterns.  Pics of family, friends, pets, food.  I love using the flair badges and wooden embellishments.  Lots of details and patterns.... I'm loving this project!

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Week of: February 4-10, 2013.

What happened this week? Girls crafting weekend! :)

Anything special about the spread?  I figured out how to incorporate photo collages into a pocket card slot.... it felt like a big deal to get that right :)  I just used my iPhone to generate the collage, then transferred the photo to my computer to crop it to 3x3".  Once it was printed, it fit perfectly and left me room to describe the collage!

Techniques this week:  Aside from photo collages, I used a transparency with words over a left over photo from a scrapbook layout I was working on during our crafting time.  I love that technique!  It's hard to convey with a photograph -- it looks really awesome in person!

Overall thoughts:  Reminds me that we need to take more photos with friends when we see them and more photos together! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Ink: Basic Black

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Project Life 2013: Week Five.

Overdue for an update on this project I think.... Better late than never, right?! :)  I'm over halfway through scrapping last year.  I kept up with it pretty well until about August, even though I was behind, and then just... well... fell way behind!  Including sharing it here!  But that's okay.... going to catch up for the next week or two on the blog here to what I have finished for now.

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Week of: January 28 - February 3, 2013.

What happened this week?  Nothing really remarkable happened this week.... which I think is the point of this project... to capture the everyday!  The office got cleaned, we watched the Super Bowl....

Anything special about the spread?  Not particularly, but I think that's what I love about it.  Lots of daily life, current events, everyday photos.  It will be fun to look back in a year and remember an average week!

Techniques this week:  I included some great "pinterest" quotes (like the one shown of Steve Jobs) and a funny meme that went around this week that perfectly summarized the disastrous Super Bowl for the 49ers! It was a great way to incorporate some thoughts and current events into the week.

Overall thoughts:  I love that this project captures all the great/big/fun things that we do, but it also allows me to capture the day-to-day.  The reality of our world and the world around us.  Can't wait to look back on this in ten years!

Project Life, created by Becky Higgins, is a memory keeping system to help capture the bits and pieces of life.  I am using it to capture photos + thoughts on our life every week.  You can view all the posts here. 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Ink: Basic Black
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper
Punches: Small Heart

Thursday, March 27, 2014

365 Cards: A Vintage Dress for a Birthday!

Okay, one more dress card for you today!

This one is based on a card kit that Stampin' Up! was selling for a while. Sometimes it's fun to copy a card from Stampin' Up!'s catalog (in this case kits) to learn something new.... It definitely made me think creatively!

Soft colors, feminine and really pretty in person!  I really loved stamping on patterned paper.

What do you think of the stamping on newsprint patterned paper?

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Happiest Birthday Wishes, Bordering on Romance
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Markers: Blushing Bride, Pretty in Pink, Pistachio Pudding
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  First Edition
Big Shot: Dress Up Framelits
Other:  Tea Lace Doilies, Sponges, Flower Trim

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

365 Cards: A Once in a Lifetime Dress!

So last week, I shared a bridal shower card... today I wanted to share the wedding card I made for the same bride!

The wedding is coming up in June, so I have this ready to go!

I wanted to create a fun dress for this wedding card and I was inspired by this one that I spotted on Pinterest.  Hope you aren't sick of dresses yet... one more to share tomorrow!

What do you think? :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  See Ya Later; Woodgrain; Hello, Doily
Ink:  Versamark
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Big Shot:  Dress Up Framelits
Punches:  Punch Pack (flower)
Other:  Basic Pearls, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

365 Cards: A Merry Winter Dress!

I know it's only March but.... it had to be done since the dies were on my desk right?  :)

It's never too early to get ready for Christmas, right? :)

I love how it turned out!

Who wouldn't love to wear a red glitter dress, right? :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  A Round Array, Merry Winter
Ink: Smoky Slate, Real Red
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Grey
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper
Big Shot:  Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Dress Up Framelits
Punches:  7/8" Scallop Circle, 1" Circle
Other:  Basic Rhinestones, 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, March 24, 2014

365 Cards: A Dress-y Happy Birthday!

Back today with another fun card using the Dress Framelits!

This one is a bit less complicated than the Snow White card of yesterday! :)  Just a simple cutting out of patterned paper -- the dress practically made itself!

I'm officially in love with this die set and I can't believe I waited this long to use it! :)

What do you think of these dresses?

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners
Ink:  Real Red
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
Designer Series Paper:  Fresh Prints DSP Stack
Big Shot:  Dress Up Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Mosaic Embossing Folder, Stripes Embossing Folder
Punches:  Punch Pack (flower)
Other:  Basic Rhinestones, 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, March 23, 2014

365 Cards: A Snow White Happy Birthday

So when I saw this card on Pinterest, I was so inspired to dust off this set of stamps and dies in my collection and put it to use immediately!

I loved the dark brown woodgrain embossed background.... the red ribbon.... the leafy green leaves.  I used those and made a ton of revisions until I had my own version of Snow White for my card!

The yellow dress is dry embossed with the Big Shot, then I covered the entire bottom of the dress with Versamark, then a layer of Heat & Stick powder, followed by a final layer of Dazzling Diamonds glitter!  And that little white layer?  I used a little scrap of Crepe Filter Paper I had sitting on my desk -- several layers and I only cut about the bottom 1/2" of the die into my scrap -- love the little detail it adds!

Watch out -- once I started using this die, I made five different dress cards!  Be back tomorrow with the next one!

What do you think?! :)

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Create a Cupcake
Ink: Real Red, Versamark
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Pool Party, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper, Crepe Filter Paper
Designer Series Paper:  Fresh Prints DSP Stack
Big Shot:  Dress Up Framelits, Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Punches:  Scallop Border, Modern Label, Word Window, Bird, Punch Pack (flower), Owl (cut heart in half for detail on sleeves)
Other:  5/8" Real Red Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, March 22, 2014

365 Cards: Thank You

Today, I wanted to share an idea for using the awesome stamps that came in the February Paper Pumpkin Kit:

The stamps were large circles that stamped either this striped pattern or a polka dot pattern!  I grabbed some cardstock to match one of the included ink colors and quickly assembled this thank you card!

It would work with any color and almost any sentiment stamp you have in your stash!  I love how versatile and easy to re-use the paper pumpkin stamps have been so far! :)

What do you think?

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Stamps: March 2014 Paper Pumpkin, Another Thank You
Ink: Pistachio Pudding
Paper:  Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Punches: 1-1/4" Scallop Circle
Other: 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon


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