Saturday, January 14, 2017

Project Life Week 46 | 2016 | Quilted Hearts

Hello, hello everyone.

I am so excited to be sharing a Project Life spread with you all today. This particular spread is from Week 46 of 2016. I am nowhere near finished with my 2016 PL album yet so I am always grateful to get a week completed. 

A while back I was asked by the fabulous duo of Tori Bissell and Theresa Moxley if I would create something with their first digital collection. They were starting a company called A Scrap Explosion. 

Here is a link to the website and shop. Please go check it out. They have journaling cards, digital papers, and cut files.

The ladies over at Scrap Explosion are doing a giveaway over on their blog starting right now. So please head on over there to enter to win the whole collection. Yippee !! Here is the link for entering.

https://www.scrapexplosion. com/blogs/blog

Their first collection is called Quilted Hearts. Here is what it all looks like.

The colors are great. Lots of pinks, yellows, and blues. I went through my un scrapped photos and found some that would work with the colors in the collection. 

So let's get started. Here is what my spread looks like. 

I am loving these white rubber months that are in the Studio Calico kits. I knew that I wanted to use it for my title card. The card I chose is a light grey pattern paper, which is hard to see in these photos. 

Oh I want to mention that I printed all of my journaling cards from the digital kits. This time I printed on regular cardstock but I want to pick up some presentation paper and try that out. I have heard that the colors are better and they turn out great. 

I added some of the digitals underneath the November piece. Since the card was a lighter color and the November was white I thought that it needed some color. 

No we do not have a cat but there are plenty of animals in the neighborhood that we don't need one. LOL. But seriously, we have these darling neighbor cat that likes to hang out around our front porch. I don't mind it at all. She is super friendly and cute ! She loves belly and eat rubs. So I took a few photos so that we would remember Sabby in case she finds another random family to go hang out with. Ha Ha. Anyways. 

This first card is all about Sabby. I added that cute cat piece from a Studio Calico kit along with the navy blue word strip. The next photo is of a gorgeous sunset that we watched as we drove home one night. 

This yellow journaling card has some journaling about our quick Krispie Kreme visit one night. This particular card was one the last ones that I completed and I had this feeling that it was missing something. So I added that blue banner from the digital cut outs. Then I added a few more things onto the banner to finish off the card. 

Let's move on to the other side now. 

This white journaling card was so fun to put together. I used one of the cut files from the collection and printed it off onto vellum. ( the black heart outline) I placed some hearts on the journaling card so that you could see them underneath the vellum piece. 

It turned out that this whole side ended up being about Katelyn and her robotics scrimmage. Which was perfect since I was all out of photos anyways. 

Katelyn is currently in the robotics program at school. They had a scrimmage at school that weekend. I added the word robotics to that blue card and added my journaling underneath. 

During the scrimmage each team had a chance to go into the Ring and score points. It was so fun to watch the girls navigate their Robot and figure it all out. 

I want to thank Tori & Theresa for this invitation to create with their beautiful products. It was so fun. 

Until Next Time. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Project Life 2016 | Week 10

Hello everyone !

Welcome to 2017 everybody. I have been in my scrap room all morning today. Working on this and that, looking through my 2016 albums. I wanted to pop in today and share a Project Life Spread that I haven't shared yet.

This was back in March. Week 10 to be in fact.

This week was one of my favorites. Not in the fact that there are amazing photos, or the best looking. But in the fact that I documented lots of wonderful stories about our lives at that exact moment. Its so hard to explain but bear with me.

*** Disclaimer. Soooo long story short. These photos of my pages are so not the best. I pulled this week out of the album and left them in the pockets. It is currently raining here. But I wanted to see if I can share this week quickly with you today. ******* So please forgive me.

This week was Spring Break. We had all these plans for fun activities that we didn't get to do. I was seriously on the couch, with a rag on my forehead the entire time. UHHHH.

This first journaling card talks about how I find the kids stuffed animals all over the house, all the time.

Since we live in such an agricultural area it is not uncommon to see a tractor at least once a day. I have always loved tractors from my horse riding/working on the farm days. So I snapped a photo from the car of the farmer working on his tractor. I added in my story on the above journaling card with a hashtag #secretlywanttoownatractor. Yep. Call me crazy.

That left photo of the car stereo is on of my favorites. I took the photo while we were driving to the movies on Saturday knowing that it would be perfect to add my little story to it. As soon as we get into the car Katelyn requests for me to turn the music up and turn it to #2 preset station.

As you can see, I included lots of words this week. I love it. Lots of stories that were on my mind at the time that I wanted to document.

The top right photo is of the kids's stuffed animals that they had left before school.

Journaling cards. More stories. Love.

More stories and a picture of my PHO bowl.

This bottom photo was one that I had wanted to take for some time now and I was so happy that I was able to capture it. It is kind of hard to see but it says Saturday Chores. Typically Saturday mornings are spent cleaning the house. We line up all the chairs in the family room so that we can mop the floor and music is always playing on the tv. After the whole house is clean is my favorite.

Alright everyone. That is a look at my week 10. I hope to share more Project Life spreads here in the near future. Oh yeah and get working on my 2017 album.

Monday, January 9, 2017

December Daily 2016 | Day 15 & 16

Welcome back everyone !

I have been working hard behind the scenes on a few crafty projects lately. Sorry If I have been MIA lately. I took a break from my projects today and finished Days 15 and 16 in my December Daily album. Let's get to it shall we.

Day 15 | Harry and Lucy the elves (left side)

The kids woke up to the elves and some friends having Reindeer lessons. I took a photo of them from up on the staircase and love the perspective. I printed out a 6x8 photo and added the white number stickers. The acrylic piece is from Color Cast Designs and says SO Cheeky. It's from her Elf set and it's so cute ! The last thing I added was that gold star.

Honestly I plan on being super simple with the rest of my album. I want to wrap it up so I can move on. Would I love to spend hours and hours making a fabulous last part of my album ? Yes of course but I'm going to let it go and move on.

Day 16 | Katelyn's band concert.

I saved her program and punched holes in it so I could add it in the album. Once it was in there I added a few embellishments and the number 16 on the front. 

Here is what the other side looks like. 

The journaling card here is from the main DD kit and I added a green word sticker under the falala. I felt that the card could use some gold somewhere so I added a strip of washi on the bottom. There was a hint of gold hue coming from the photos and thought that the gold would help tie it all together.

This photo on the bottom is of all of the kids on stage. I wanted to find a way of point or highlighting where Katelyn was in the photo. I added that white geotag above where she was and then added the red letter K next to it.

That is a wrap for days 15 and 16. I am still loving this project so very much and can't wait to finish it up.

I am uploading a process video right now to youtube that walks you through how I put these pages together. Take a look if your interest. Here is a link to my channel

Thanks everyone !

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

December Daily Day 14

Hello everyone and welcome to another December Daily blog post.

Today I am going to be sharing Day 14. This particular day was spent in Disneyland !!
I have never been at Christmas time and was looking forward to this day.

Let's get to it then. I ended up creating a few extra pages to accommodate the extra photos that I had. Most of the photos I have are of the decorations around Disneyland. The kids were boycotting photos of them so I didn't want to push it and end up having a bad day.  I was just as happy to click some photos of the trees and other decor that was around. I also wanted to be IN the moment more and not worry about documenting every moment of the day.

All throughout the park they had these gorgeous Christmas trees all decorated. I included this 3x8 photo of one of the trees. I could have left the photo plain but instead I added the number 14 and a few embellishments.

On the left side of this first page I included a few photos and this filler card.

I traced this chipboard Mickey Ears piece that I have onto some card stock and cut it out. I wasn't happy with all the white on the card and so I added the Mickey ears onto this card from the Everyday Collection from BH.

Here is what the other side looks like.

I had lots of photos from our Disney Adventure so I added some onto the back of the 3x8 photo. I added this embellishment cluster along with some gold corner stickers.

This next page has a photo of Maddie looking at the map of the Redwood Forest. They had set up some Christmas Elf activities for the kids to do, it was so fun ! Santa was even there but the line was so long that we did not want to wait to see him. I included a simple journaling card with the word Disney on the top and the black and white Mickey ears.

The Castle you guys, was oh so very pretty ! They had it all decorated for winter with snow and sparkles, and wreaths, and icicles, and and. Oh you get the idea.

Here is a look at the last spread for day 14. This one is kind of a jumble of things. Not sure what it is but it will work.

I added in that red sprit of the season card from Ali's main kit and I love it. The other side has a photo of Cars Land and the Christmas parade.

This bottom pocket is a journaling card. I used the Joy Is card from the main kit and added some embellishments to the bottom.

The last page is a large 6x8 photo of the castle at night. It was stunning !! I added the white chipboard 14 on the bottom along with some washi tape and some embellishments.

That is it for Day 14. Thank you all so much for coming. Be sure to check out my Youtube channel for a process video of it all. Here is the link.

December Daily Day 14 Process Video.

Friday, December 30, 2016

December Daily Day 13

Hey there everyone !

I am going to be quickly sharing another December Daily day with you all today.

Day 13

On this particular day I spend most of the day running errands. Doing some Christmas shopping and other things around town. Towards the end of the day I stopped in at this cute bakery that is on the other side of town. It is called Sweet Surrender.

Please excuse the bad photos, it has been cloudy for days here.

This is the full page. I included a few photos of the goodies that I bought and saw at the bakery.

They had lots of holiday baked goods in the display case and so I snapped a photo of the cookies.

The journaling card says there and here. I thought it was perfect for my days events. I stamped Sweet onto the middle of the card and added a pop of green with the word phrase sticker.

Here is a look at the bottom photo. I stayed fairly simple with the page today.  I added the white chipboard 13 onto the photo and the red star to finish it off.

See I told you it would be quick. Day 13 is now done and I am slowly making my way through my album.

Youtube update - I have set up my very own Youtube channel and have added a few videos for those who are interested. This whole video thing is so very new to me so please, please bare with me as I work out all the kinks and hopefully be better at i.

You can search for my name and find my channel.  Or here is the link. Youtube channel link

Thanks everyone for coming ! I won't be back until next week. We are going to celebrate the  New Year and my parents are coming for a visit !!

Have a wonderful rest of 2016 and a fabulous start to 2017.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

December Daily Days 8 - 12 + Day 12 Process Video

Hello everyone !

First I want to apologize for leaving you all hanging. The last part of Christmas time was a blur mixed in with sickness. But I am feeling better now and have worked on my DD album some more.

I am planning on sharing days 8 thru 12 today plus my very first process video. Yep, you read that right ! I got a new toy for Christmas and finally found a minute to play around with it. Even though it was at midnight last night. So please forgive me for its quality and lack of light. I was so excited to try it out and see if in fact I could shoot a video, edit in and all that jazz. **** Edited. I have created a YouTube channel. I have uploaded the video. ****

Okay let's get started.

Day 8 was all about shopping with a good friend of mine. We went downtown to a fun vintage shop and had lunch.

This shop always decorates for Christmas. I think they were getting a late start decorating but I still snapped a photo. On top of the photo I added that white number 8 from the main DD kit and some other embellishments.

On the other side I have a journaling card and a photo of us both on the top row. While we were picking out those big letters to take home I propped up my phone and set the timer. I added a few embellishments to the corner and in the album it went.

Here is a look at the top cards.

Day 9 | Harry Potter night with my girls.

The girls and I heard about the Harry Potter Winter Ball that Barnes and Nobles was hosting that night. Before we left all of us were playing around outside as well as talking to the neighbors. It was a gorgeous day and the sunset was equally nice. I snapped a photo that night and added that digital number 9 onto the photo. The digital number is from Studio Calico.

Turns out that the Magical Winter Ball was a bust. Nothing was going on that was advertised despite the store being packed with Muggles and Magical fans. I snapped this photo quickly, despite the fact that the girls did not want to participate.

Day 10 | Family Photo Shoot

The family photo shoot has always been tradition. Every year either before December or in the beginning of December we take a family photo. I have one for every year since the kids were born.
I chose to print out our family photo onto a sheet of vellum. I added some fun embellishments and I love how it turned out.

There were lots of photos that needed to be added in the album so I added an extra page protector. This first page has 2 photos included.

The other side has some more photos and a journaling card.

I decided to add the rest of the photos into 2x2 pockets.

Day 11 | Wish Lists

I added some photos of a few things on our wish list into the 2x2 pockets. I filled the rest of the pockets with patterned papers and some of them are the see thru elements from day 10.

I needed a spot for journaling so I added in this 3x8 page. I used a digital journaling card from One Little Bird and added embellishments around it.

On the other side of the journaling page is Noah's handwritten Santa list.

I took a photo of the many Santa Lists that the kids made over the past 2 weeks. I will most likely save them in an envelop as well.

On the bottom I took a photo of the nightly twinkle lights that I enjoyed so much.

Day 12  | Sparkle and decor

This was the day that I rearranged some decor on my wall and added some new items. Once the wall was done I could finished my Christmas decorating. I added the number 12 and a few stickers on top of the photo.

I used another journaling card from One Little Bird and moved it onto a 4x6 card. I added some journaling onto the card as well.

That is a wrap for now. Let's talk about my video now.

So let's be real. Can I be real with you all ? I have recently got into the habit of watching process videos on youtube. I enjoy them, its so fun to see a page come together on screen. So I thought maybe some day I will try it. Maybe, just maybe. I wasn't sure. I asked my husband, the tech guy, about shooting videos and how I could go about that. Fast forward to this Christmas. I got an attachment so that I could try this video thing out last night. Yep, there I was at midnight setting up my new toy and testing it out. I thought about waiting until it was day but decided to go for it while I still had the nerve.

So if you watch it please forgive the bad lighting, the yellowish tint, and the out of view scrapping. I learned some things for next time.


Oh and also there is no voice over. Just me nervously scrapping away and some music.

Ok guys. I am off to go work more on my DD to try and finish it up in a timely manner.