When you see "Week 1" for Project Life, it usually means it's the first week of January. But since this is a book about our family life, Week 1 starts on October 24, 2012 and is just 5 days long. :)
I didn't really know what I was doing. Haha. I opened all the photos from those days, closed the ones I didn't like, edited the ones I did and counted how many I had. Then, in my journal I made notes of where I wanted everything to go. i had too many photos for a half sheet so I used a small insert for the reamining 5 photos that had no home.
I am definitely reducing the size of the white border around my photos... It looked a lot smaller when I was cropping them. Overall, I think it looks okay. Just need to keep going and I'll find a rhythm and style.
I think I will keep with the trend of having a spot for the Week (or Weeks as I am worried about not having enough to fill up two sides each week -- I'm trying to be better about taking more photos and remembering to write things down!) as well as a Weekly Re-cap. Since there was so much journaling I wanted to include, I used a small bag to slide a piece of paper I printed. I stapled the blue ribbon we wore to the Homecoming game and most of the next week up to my dad's memorial.
I'm anxious to keep on Project Life'ing to get into a style. I think it all turned out quite well since I had so many photos but I feel like it's missing something. You know?
Kits: Block Party Project Life and Block Party Scrapbook Kit (Studio Calico)
Stamps: Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Roller Date Stamp (American Crafts); Day by Day (Studio Calico)
Ink: Chartreuse and Primrose Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Teal Zeal (Momento); black gel pen
Embellishments: white thread
Tools: Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz); sewing machine
It was difficult making the second page for my scrapbook... It didn't turn out as elegant or creative as I wanted it to be. Really, I kinda rushed through it because I was pretty emotional through the whole thing. My dad's passing was the hardest day of my life and it was odd scrapbooking about it.
So, I kept it simple. I debated about a title for a half hour and finally decided on "Dad: we love you." I had taken a screenshot of my Facebook post from that morning but added a little bit more journaling on the tag.
I chose blue and red for the majority of the colors since they signified his love and passion of his magic
. It truly has been an everyday battle. Some days are hard. Some days are not quite as hard. When the days become not quite as hard more often, I plan to make a scrapbook just of my dad. I had found some neat space paper (my dad worked on many space projects for Boeing) that I had wanted to use to make something for my dad that will go in the book. I think that will make up for this more plain page.
Kits: July 2012 OHdeerMe (Freckled Fawn); Block Party Scrapbook Kit (Studio Calico)
Ink: Tropicana Teal Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); Lady Bug (Momento); black gel ink pen
Embellishments: tag, white thread
Tools: sewing machine
I did it! I finally made a scrapbook page! I can't believe it, but I did it!
Below are my four pins that I absolutely fell in love with and used for inspiration on my scrapbook intro page:
1. I loved the layers behind the photo and how the focus of the page was in one corner without negative space.
2. The hearts and stitching are just too cute.
3. Statements cut out of the page and used as a background element really appealed to me. I haven't used my Cameo too much and this was really fun.
4. I love Amy Tan's stitching ideas. I didn't have the "&" mask, so I made my own with my Cameo, did some spritzing, pierced the holes and stitched. So fun and so easy!
When thinking of a color scheme, I wanted teal. Weird, right? Well, teal is my favorite color (right now) and I remembered I had some flower ribbon in teal from a Dear Lizzy Christmas ribbon bundle when I was digging in my Christmas box last month that I really wanted to use. I thought of it when I was looking at my inspiration pins. When I saw the feather in Studio Calico's Herald Square kit, I knew my other colors would be yellow and green. And that woodgrain paper is to die for! I love it!
I'm so excited I stepped out of my comfort zone and made a scrapbook page. Is there a crafty venture you've avoided because you were nervous?
Autumn 2012 OHdeerMe (Freckled Fawn); Hearld Square (Studio Calico)Stamps:
Calico V. 3 Roller Date Stamp (Studio Calico)Ink:
Tinsel Color Shine (Heidi Swapp)Embellishments:
Dear Lizzy Christmas Scrapbooking Ribbon Card Spirit (American Crafts); Yellow Twinkle Goosebumps (Queen & Co.); Aqua Sew Easy Floss (We R Memory Keepers); doily, paperclip, white threadCut Files:
Love You Card (Silhouette)Tools:
Cameo (Sihouette); Paper-Piercing Tool
, Stampin' Pierce Mat
(Stampin' Up!); Sew Easy Needle (We R Memory Keepers); sewing machine
So, I told myself I would start scrapbooking again when I get married. Which was originally intended to be August 2013. Well, our wedding was moved up and I haven't started. I wanted to do Project Life style scrapbooking, so even though I wasn't actually making any pages, I have been logging what we've done since October 24th last year.
I really like Stampin' Up!'s new scrapbooks
in their catalog this year - they're so clean and in two beautiful colors.They have some divided page protectors
(I'm guessing because of the Project Life craze) that I purchased with the scrapbook. Jonny also bought me the big Project Life Big Pack of Design A for Christmas! So, I think I'm pretty set.
So, now where to begin... I know for those who do Project Life, there are great ways to use the divided page protectors to start out your books. But I really want to use a plain ol' 12 x 12" and I have some ideas for it that I've found from inspiration on Pinterest. So I guess I'll get to it for Pinsday this week. ;)
Do you scrapbook? Do you like 12 x 12" books? How about Project Life? I'd love to see your work, so drop a link in the comments!
Well, it has been a busy couple of weeks... With the engagement and my birthday last Monday, things have been a bit hectic. We may have found a location for our wedding on the date we want today! This month I've researched a ton of different ideas on a wedding planning timeline and I'll have a post this week of what I've found. But first I thought I would show two lovely handmade gifts I received this past week!
First is this gorgeous card from my blog friend Paulina from Pretty Pink Posh
. Isn't adorable?! I love it so much - the Lawn Fawn with the cork and owl... It's like she knows me! I'm so excited to have her as a blog friend and I want to send something back soon. ;)
Here are some pictures of this STUNNING book my momma made for my birthday. I can't wait to put pictures in it and show it off. She's so talented and amazing. You can scan through all the photos below.
I'm truly blessed with amazing, crafty people in my life. :)
My mom and I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Ontario this past Saturday so I'll show off my small haul and the cards from the kit I bought tomorrow! Until then, have a wonderful day!
It's after 4 am and I am now in Las Vegas for my friend's wedding this weekend. I would normally just say, "I'm on vacation so no blogging." But... I made some pages for some challenges (my favorite) so this will be a quick blog post. PLUS, I wanted to get my giveaway started. ;)
If you see anything you like in the pages below, let me know and I can tell you where I got it from (just make sure you leave your email address). 'Cause I'm going to be a little lazy and just post the photos and what challenges inspired them!
Summer Movies: There isn't a challenge for this page. This was just a roundup of all the movies Jonny & I watched this summer (well, he didn't see Magic Mike with me).
July 4th: This page is just an intro page for my 4th of July photos. No challenge here. :)
These pages are also from the 4th of July! I love them a lot. :) The left page is inspired from Studio Calico's Member Scraplift
Challenge. The right page is inspired from Studio Calico's Sunday Sketch
A page in my mini Smash*book for Studio Calico's Weekly Challenge
Phew! That's a lot of pages. I'm ready to go to bed now.
Have a great weekend!
It's finally Friday! Wee! And a three day weekend! I'm excited!
I finally finished my June pages in my Summer SMASH*book! I'm pretty proud of myself. I'm hoping to get some time this weekend to really move through July and hopefully finiish it before the end of September. Some pretty hefty goals, I know. :)
For the pages above I used a couple Studio Calico
challenges: Sunday Sketch and Member Scraplift
. I really like how my Game Night page turned out. I think the colors look pretty neat against the purple pages of the SMASH*book, too. The photo on the right was an Instagram shot of my boyfriend's older brother sharing on prayer at his church. It was pretty cool seeing him speak - his parents were pretty darn proud!
These pages are from a date night we had early last month as you can probably assume by the date in the lower right hand corner, but just in case you were too lazy to enlargen the picture, there you go. I used Moxie Fab's latest Tuesday Trigger for the theme inspiration of these pages. I bought a hexagon shape for my Cameo (wee!) and laid a few strips of different paper and had them cut all at the same time. It's AMAZING. I wanted to do some stitching but since it's in a book, I left the hexagons as is. Maybe should have done some faux stitching now that I'm writing this. Definitely an idea for a future card or when I finally start on my Project Life-ish book. I'm still intimated by scrapbooking a larger scale!
Here are my inspiration photos for a couple of the challenges:
I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! I'll have a quick post on Monday but I'm thinking about maybe having a giveaway next week... I won a Studio Calico kit that I already had so I'm going to pass it on to a blog reader! :) More details probably Monday. <3
Doodle Red SMASH*book
"In Flight Paper" (Basic Grey) and Bunny Tail Trail (October Afternoon) from Six String
Dear Lizzy Roller Date Stamp (American Crafts)Ink:
Teal Zeal (Momento)Tools:
Sunny Side Mini Alphas (Pebbles), Exclusive Badge (Studio Calico), Aqua Flowers Buttons (Bella Blvd), Pink Airmail Washi Tape (Freckled Fawn), Bronze Kalidescope Sequin (Cartwright) and Accessory Sheet (My Mind's Eye) from Six String
(Studio Calico)Right Page
Paper: Roundabout (Studio Calico) from Summer of '69 (Studio Calico)
Stamps: "Just a Note" Border Stamp (Studio Calico + Hero Arts) from Summer of '69 (Studio Calico); Dear Lizzy Roller Date Stamp (American Crafts)
Ink: Teal Zeal (Momento); Sharpie
Embellishments: Cabochon (Milky Way Jewelry), Woodland Park Chip n' Stick Buttons & Banners (October Afternoon), Exclusive Die Cuts (Studio Calico), Exclusive Red Alpha (Basic Grey), Exclusive Badge (Studio Calico) from Summer of '69 (Studio Calico)
Double Layout Pages
Paper: Crab Apple Orchard (October Afternoon), Fine China (Basic Grey) and Sprout (Pebbles) from Mama's Porch (Studio Calico)
Stamps: Dear Lizzy Roller Date Stamp (American Crafts)
Ink: Teal Zeal (Momento); Sharpie
Embellishments: Woodland Park Word Stickers (October Afternoon), Sticko-Carnival Silver Glitter (EK Success) and Honeycomb Washi Tape (My Mind's Eye) from Mama's Porch (Studio Calico); 5/8 Inch Crochet Trim Victoria (Stampin' Up!); generic pins