Personalized Photo Calendar

I worked really hard in the coming weeks of Christmas to create this personalized photo calendar for my parents and sister. Overall, I love how it turned out. I would like to come up with a better solution to connect the flaps other than the binder rings, but they get the job done. Some day, if I ever have time again, I will post directions on how to create it. It was quite time-consumer, but hopefully I can come up with a faster way to create it down the road.

Personalized Photo Calendar
Personalized Photo Calendar

Photo Christmas Gift Idea

Something I’m very excited about is that I joined a Facebook group called 2016 Bash Your Stash Challenge. We are a group of ladies around the world who are going to use 2016 to challenge ourselves to craft and scrap with our supplies on-hand rather than going out and buying, buying, buying then not using. I think this will be a great challenge for me. I have such a wonderful stash of supplies that I can’t wait to start using. I going to try hard to stick to the rules. One good thing is that I’m still allowed to buy tools or necessities like page protectors, ink, tape, and glue. I won’t be able to resist Black Friday deals next year, but hopefully that will be the only time I buckle.

While I do have one more order I’ve placed for crafty goodies this year, I already started to embrace the challenge by creating this Photo Christmas Gift for my kids’ great grandma. I bought those super pretty flowers years ago but hadn’t found the right use for them until today. I also don’t use ribbon or gems nearly enough so was happy to be able to incorporate them. I also whipped out the hot glue gun which I hardly ever use. Let the challenge begin!

Photo Christmas Gift Ideas

 

5 Minute Wedding Card

It happened. I had a wedding to attend a couple weekends ago, and had no wedding cards made and no time to make one with a toddler and a newborn. Well, I refuse to buy a card when I can make one so I challenged myself to create a card as quickly as possible that could still pass for a nice wedding card.

I turned to a DCWV foiled patterned paper, a congratulations die from the My Favorite Things Centerpieces Congratulations Shaker die set, and topped off the die with a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen. There’s a lot more I could have done to pretty it up, but I think it turned out darn good for a 5 minute card!

5 Minute Wedding Card

Digital Scrapbooking Wedding Page

Well, it’s happened. I was able to craft a decent amount and write quite a few posts at the beginning of my maternity leave because Brandon had 6 weeks off with me. It definitely helped get me through the toughest part of having a newborn to be able to get away a little bit and do something I enjoy.

However, I’ve now reached the point where I no longer have the free time to craft since he is back to work, and is starting to travel. I’m quite bummed I need to put this wonderful outlet of mine on hold, but I keep trying to tell myself that it’s temporary, and I’ll be back to my crafty self in no time. So, I’m taking everything in with my little ones and enjoying our time together while they’re little.

In the meantime, I wanted to share my first digital scrapbook layout from a few years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the designers of the elements any longer. I really enjoyed digital scrapbooking but I went away from it when I started working from home, because I was spending way too much time on the computer during the day to also be doing hobby stuff at night.

Now that I’m not working from home it’ll be less strain for me to start doing it again so I’d like to get back into it eventually. I still have my love for cardmaking (this was pre-cardmaking) and my newfound love for Project Life scrapbooking so I think I’ll just complete my wedding album digitally since I have a few layouts done already. After that, we’ll have to see! It’ll be awhile before I need to worry about it. 😉

Digital Scrapbooking Wedding Page

 

Custom Project Life Card Redo

Hi friends! As I’ve mentioned, I’ve really been getting into using some of the basic concepts for Project Life in my scrapbooking. Since I’m currently on maternity leave, I spend a lot of time at my computer while snuggling or feeding my little one so I’ve had a chance to watch a lot of process videos and read a lot of blogs.

After learning more strategies and tips from other crafters, I decided to go back and rework some of the Project Life cards I created on my own almost as year ago, which you’ll see below.

Something about the original version of this card bothered me. I’ve never been good at figuring out how to put a tag in a layout, the font for the title seemed off, and everything felt a little too random. I’m much happier with the updated version with the font mixes, the use of the papers, and the simpler design. The sewing is a little crooked because I’m still learning how to use my sewing machine, but I think it works.

ORIGINAL:

Project Life Custom Card Redo

NEW:

Project Life Custom Card Redo

Project Life Inspired Scrapbooking #1

I’ve taken some time off from cardmaking the past few weeks and have been digging more into scrapbooking. While I’m not documenting my life on a weekly basis as what’s intended for Project Life, I’ve been using Project Life basics to do my scrapbooking.

I use the page protector layouts, design filler cards, and embellish my layouts just as you do with Project Life. The biggest difference is that I’m scrapbooking events… or a certain day… or a few days… or a few weeks… or a certain holiday rather than detailing each week for every layout. I’ve really been loving it and have come across many inspirational YouTube videos and blogs to help with my process.

Something I’m most excited about is I found a way to print my journaling on my filler cards so I don’t need to worry about my terrible handwriting on my layouts. I will hopefully be posting about how to do that in the next couple weeks.

For now, here is a peek at a layout I went back and redid after printing off my journaling and fine-tuning some of my embellishing. I’m so in trouble! This style of scrapbooking is very addicting, and I have SO many photos to catch up on. 😉

Project Life Inspired Scrapbooking #1

Color Swapping with a Die

I purchased the Quadrangle Frames die set from Simon Says Stamp a couple months ago, and the squares ended up being smaller than what I thought they would be. I really like the dies, but I’d been struggling with ideas on how to use them.

I came across the Close to my Heart Something Splendid stamp set which featured a large flower, and I had an idea to create a color swap set of cards using one of the frame dies.

Color Swap with Quadrangle Frames Die

It took a couple tries to problem solve how to make it work, but I think it turned out beautiful. A few things I learned from this design:

– Mama Elephant inks will bleed with the Wink of Stella pen which is the reason I didn’t use it on these finished cards.
– Die cut the stitched rectangle border die BEFORE adhering the frame layers if you plan to use multiple layers. I used the rectangle die after assembling the entire front panel on a different card, and it smooshed down all my framing layers.
– To make sure both cards are cut from the same exact location since you’re swapping the images, I found layering the papers on top of each other and running them through your die-cutting machine at the same time works best.
– In order to line up the stamps exactly, the MISTI is a must! If everything isn’t stamped in exactly the same place for both cards it could mess up the entire design.

Supplies:
Close to my Heart Something Splendid stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Quadrangle Frames die
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die
Heidi Swapp Thank You stamp (unknown stamp set name)
Mama Elephant misc. inks
Stampin Up More Mustard ink
Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Baby Congrats Shaker Card

Today is a another day of firsts. It is my first time submitting a card for the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge, and it’s featuring my very first shaker card. I slightly strayed from the original sketch (shown below), but I’m very happy with how it turned out, especially because I was able to use the MFT rattle die and Baby Anya stamp, which I hadn’t tried out yet.

Baby Congrats Shaker Card Baby Congrats Shaker Card Baby Congrats Shaker Card

Supplies:
My Favorite Things Pierced Circles die
My Favorite Things Pierced Squares die
My Favorite Things Centerpieces Congrats Shaker rattle die
The Greeting Farm Baby Anya & Ian stamp
Little B Handwritten “Congrats” die
StazOn Jet Black ink
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker
Iridescent sequins
Misc Tim Holtz distress markers
Unknown paper pack

Here is the original sketch:
MFT Sketch 250