Thursday, September 18, 2014

First Day of Kindergarten Layout

Hello everyone !!

Did you hear the great news last night ? It's probably old news by now, right ! Well, the Project Life App is now available. I am super excited. I am planning, and already started, to use it as a PL planner. To house my photos, stories, tidbits, ect. throughout the week. So that they are all in one place. It is going to be fantastic. I can do it in bed, I can do it waiting at the bus stop, I can even do it while watching tv. I downloaded it last night, made three pages and took down notes from last week and this week that I had yet to do. Go check it out, in the App store.

Anyways, who's ready for some sharing.

Noah, my baby boy, went off to Kindergarten this year. I can't even believe it. He was so excited about it.

There were so many fun and great stories just from that one day. It left me inspired. Truly. So I sat down and started making a page all about his first day. Plus, I knew if I didn't at least get these stories written down they be forgotten.

At first it was only going to be one page, but there were so many stories that it ended up being two pages.

Here's a look at both pages.

 The first page. Here is a link to the "Hello" card on this page. I did recolor it. Click here for the free Hello card.

The title card is from the Mayfield kit. I cut a strip of an overlay to add to the left side of the title card and then stapled the chipboard star to the top. It was the perfect touch. I also added some small embellishments over the title and of course the date.

He was really not enthusiastic that mommy wanted to take a zillion pics of him. All he wanted to do was get to the bus stop. The first day of school brush can be found here.

This journaling card was fun to do. I added the brush "grade" from Ali Edwards found here, first and then put the big red K on top.

This vintage looking school boy card was perfect for this layout. It came in my Studio Calico kit.
I added in my journaling about a story that happened that morning.

The second page.

After school I asked all the kids to either write or tell me about their first day of school. I wrote down all that Noah told me and added it to this journaling card. I also saved his star sticker and added it to the journaling card.

Here Noah is patiently waiting for the bus. Actually more like impatiently. Turned out the bus came 20 minutes earlier than we were told and so it never came for us that day.  I added some journaling to the label and added it to the photo.

Created a photo collage of a few shots on the way to the bus stop. I just love this cute little school bus. It is part of Simple Stories Print and Cuts. You can find it in the silhouette store. I resized the image to fit into my circle and printed it out. Then I cut it out and added it to my photo.

Noah was super excited about "Pete the Cat" and talked about it all day long. He came home with a hat that he had made and his "Pete" was on the front of his hat. I later took Pete off of the hat and added it to the journaling card.

Noah came home with this coloring page later that week. I took a photo and made it into a picture to add to him book.

The School Days is also part of the Simple Stories Print and Cuts, available in the Silhouette store. This time I added it to my journaling card like a brush. It was perfect.

The photo is of Noah coming off the bus the first day.

Well that's it for today folks. I hope this might offer up some School inspiration for you.  Now go and get some of those school memories/stories documented. While they are still fresh in your minds.

Have a great day everyone !

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Simple Stories Sweater Weather

Hello everyone !

How is everyone ? Did you take your kids to their first day of school yet ? I just have to say that I am loving my kid free time !! Don't get me wrong, I love my kids and I miss them when they are gone. But I am actually crossing stuff off my to do list !! Anyways, lets move on to more fun topics. 

I have been working on this post for days now and finally had a few minutes to finish it up. I had the opportunity to make this layout for the Simple Stories blog last month. I used the brand new collection called Sweater Weather and it features all things FALL. Beautiful fall colors, lots of fun embellishments, makes for lots of fun possibilities.

I do have to be quick today with my post. But I did want to share this layout with you. 

Here is a look at both pages.

Left Side.

I cut some of the amazing wood grained paper to use as my title card. I kept it simple by adding a few embellishments here and there.

I used the chipboard word "Fall" and doodled around it to make it pop. I also choose some of the words to highlight by turning them orange. Always a fun thing to do.

I think this one is my favorite. Where we live, Fall comes really late, which means the trees don't start turning colors till late either. I printed out this photo of the leaves and added a sheet of vellum on top. I wanted to make sure you could see the photo so I cut out a 3 inch circle and doodled around the circle. 

Right Side.

This particular week it actually rained. Real rain !! I captured Noah playing outside in the backyard with his umbrella. I simply added a photo strip to the bottom of this 4x6 card, finishing it off with some smaller embellishments.

This one was fun. I printed my journaling on to some vellum, added my embellishments and called it done.

I wanted to include some little tidbits about fall for this layout.

A journaling card I did about Noah playing in the rain.

Again, this collection is called Sweater Weather from Simple Stories. You can check out their website and here is a link for the blog post I shared with them. Simple Stories blog

Thanks for coming everyone ! I really apologize about the long delay. Hopefully with school back in session I can get caught up with some layouts. I also have 3 or 4 layouts done that just need to be shared !

Until next time. Take care everyone.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Simple Stories Road Trip Layout

Why hello there !

How is everyone ?

I'm so sorry that it has been so long in between blog posts.

This summer has been jam packed with road trip, plane trips, more road trips, lots of home projects, swim days( we bought a big pool), ect. I can't believe how time has flown by this summer. We only have 3 more weeks left and then my kids head back to school. EEEKKK. Summer, please slow down.

I did want to pop in and quickly share a project with you that I did for Simple Stories. I used their "Good Day Sunshine" collection, that is full of wonderful, fun, bright colors.

Here is a look at both pages

Left Side.

I used a photo for my title card and added this brush.  I also added where we went and the date. 

 I had fun with some of the journaling cards on this layout. I added the great ampersand to the top, adding some fun text to the bottom.

For this particular layout I wanted to use all of our photos from our 2 day road trip down to Paso Robles and the Beach. Patrick was working the first day and I wanted to highlight the 2 reasons we were all there. Work and Play. 

I decided to get out the kids watercolors and made my own journaling card. 

Right Side. 

This flip flop card from Simple Stories is one of my favorites. Here in California we wear flip flops almost year round so it was perfect. 

The second card is part of the SN@P cuts that I added patterned paper to the back. I added a few simple embellishments to it. 

Here are a few close ups. 

I wanted to add something fun to this photo. I started with a vellum tag and then added some washi tape, the fun arrow and word from Simple Stories.

I knew I wanted to fold over this great chevron striped card and put some journaling underneath. The backside of the card wasn't what I wanted to show. So I added another card to the backside with some adhesive so that the color I wanted to see was on the backside of the wood grained chevron card. 

That is it for this layout. I have been slowly working on my 2014 PL and have several layouts to share soon. I am hoping once school starts that things will slow down and I can post more regularly. 

I hope everyone has a great rest of their summer. Take care. 

Until next time. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Week 25 of 2013 | Simple Stories

Hello everyone !!

I wanted to take a moment and share another Simple Stories project. This particular 2 page layout was included in the Good Day Sunshine Simple Inspiration ebook put out by Simple Stories. It is awesome and chalk full of wonderful summer inspiration. So be sure to check it out.
You can get your free download here.

I have been slowly working on finishing my 2013 Project Life Album. Since summer hadn't happened yet in 2014, I chose week 25 from 2013 for this project.

This line is new from Simple Stories. It is called Good Day Sunshine. It's AMAZING !! The colors are bright and colorful. I fell in love the moment I saw it.

Let's get started. Here is a look at both pages.

The left side.

The title card. I love the Simple Stories Sn@p Cuts. But I decided to cut this one down and put it onto some white paper to give it a cleaner, brighter look. One of my favorite things to do with these Cuts is to put patterned paper behind them. Love the look that it gives.

Journaling card.

I created this 2 pocket journaling card because I needed more room for journaling and I didn't want to eliminate a photo. This one talks about our Summer Bucket List.

This one was fun to do. I used the hello cut out from the bits and pieces set and added the white summer piece. Punched out a heart from vellum behind it all.

I used another Sn@p Cuts again. I decorated it with patterned paper, enamel dots, ect.

 The right side.

This is a classic Noah face !!

Fun filler card. Adding an Ali Edwards brush and other embellishments.

Added this cute photo onto the ampersand wood grained card.

Journaling cards.

More journaling cards.

Another week is done from my 2013 album thanks to the fun products from the Good Day Sunshine collection.

Look for more of these colorful products to pop up this summer !! So much fun.

P.S. I can't believe that summer is here again !! I feel like this past year flew by.

Stay tuned to more PL layouts hopefully soon. I've been busy creating, but haven't shared them yet.

I wish a very happy start to the summer to everyone. My kids are out of school and this week marks the first official week of summer.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Project Life Week 8

Hello everyone !!

I'm back with you all today. Hooray !

Week 8 has been finished for a while now. I have been super busy lately and am now just getting around to sharing. 

Here is a look at both pages.

A closer look at the left side.

This particular week was jammed packed with "stuff". So I decided to use a photo as my title card. I turned the photo black and white because it didn't come out so well from my iphone.

I used the week brush from Ali Edwards and you can find it here. Love these. I also added the wood veneer car. Love those little cars from Studio Calico.

I loved this card that has the circles on the side. I believe it is from the BH Mayfield Mini Kit. The circles were fun to embellish.

As I mentioned above, week 8 was really busy. I planned, started, and finished my chevron wall in my small laundry room. It turned out great and I love it !!

Here is a closer look at my journaling card and another photo talking about my chevron wall. I watched lots of online tutorials, make a sketch on paper, and then got started. The photo is the sketch I used as a visual guide when I was taping and painting my wall.

The hello now arrow is part of a PDF freebie courtesy of Studio Calico. You can find it here. I changed the color to match my color scheme for the week and also added the word hello to the top. I believe that one is from Ali Edwards from my stash.  

This next photo was taken of Katelyn making some homemade clay/play dough. She researched how to make it on her own and mixed up a batch to play with.

I started off with using an overlay. This particular one is a 5x7 that I cut down. It is part of package from Teresa Collins that I picked up at a scrapbook store in UT. They are brand new and I want them all !! 

Here is a look at some journaling cards.

The second page. Lots of Frozen and Birthday stuff.

Noah and Patrick building grow boxes.

Katelyn wanted a Frozen cake this year.

Make a wish.


Journaling cards.

That's the rest of Week 8. 

Thanks for coming. I really am enjoying putting my 2014 Project Life album together. How's your album coming along ?