Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Play All Day - Papertrey Ink Blog Hop


I am participating in the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop Challenge today!  So first challenge in ages!!!

This month, in honor of the New Year, we are challenging you to pick your favorite project from 2011 and share it with all of us. To take it a step further, you are challenged to create a second card that is inspired by the favorite project you select. Your new version of an old favorite could carry over the color scheme, the layout or the stamp sets. We look forward to seeing your best creations from 2011, as well as your first projects from 2012!

The project I selected as my favourite from 2011 is a previously unshared layout of some cute little boys in my life having fun at camp.  I had supplies left over from this layout (not shocking, as I am a self-proclaimed paper hoarder), so I was able to use almost entirely the same supplies to make my card.  The sentiment I added to the card is from Papertrey Ink's 'Birthday Bash Sentiments'.  Hope you enjoy!
Original Layout

Card Based on Layout

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Teeny Kabinis - Layout Share


I have a super fun layout to share today, and I can't believe I haven't shared it yet!!  I made this awhile ago for one of Nichole Magourik's 'Scrapbook Stamping' Challenges at Two Peas In A Bucket.  The challenge was to use stamps to create your own background paper with stamped images and embossing (which allows you to ink in the image with stamping ink, markers, watercolours, etc).  I had SOOOOOO much fun with this!  I have never made my own background paper, have never coloured in with sponges and inks, have NEVER used this many flowers on a page ... but I so love how this layout turned out!  So fun and beachy - perfect for the pictures I wanted to scrap of a fun beach day in San Juan.

Flowers are from an OLD Imaginisce flower kit (summer flowers, winter flowers, spring flowers...or something like that), papers were from my scraps stash, brads from a mixed bin I have...the only things I actually KNOW the name of are:
- the leaf punch I used - Martha Stewart 'Frond' which also had some stamping and white embossing
-  the stamp I used - it is a Basic Grey/Hero Arts cling background stamp called Flower Dot Pattern.  It coordinated with the Basic Grey 'Out of Print' collection, which can be found nowhere on this page..haha...but the background stamp was PERFECT for the challenge.

Hope you enjoy!

Have a great day!
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Project Life Week 1 and Week 2


I finally have my PL Week 1 and Week 2 ready to post!  I have been fretting over how to 'decorate' the weekly label - fretting fretting fretting - and then I remembered that one of my goals was to KEEP IT SIMPLE!!! So I did!  haha

I have decided to simply put the week start and end days (Jan 1 to Jan 7 for example), with the TO stamped on a little punched circle, layered on a scallop circle, and popped up on a pop dot.  Done.  For extra special weeks I MIGHT put a title - for the first week I put A New Year as the title and enjoy it, but I love my letter stickers tooooooo much to use them every single week (haha - can we say hoarder?).

Anywhoo, here they are!

Week 1

I included an insert this first week with my 'Project Life - First Impressions' blog post printout.  I thought this was definitely something to include!

Week 2

Hoping I can keep this up!  I am really enjoying it so far...even forced the hubby to journal a bit (haha)!


Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Die Storage

I have been contemplating my die storage for some time now (read - the time before I stopped being scrappy for 4 months - haha),and when Christina (Creations With Christina) posted THIS POST a few days ago, I knew this was the solution I had been looking for!  A few pictures to share here, but check out Christina's post as she did an awesome video showing how she put her pages together.  Hope you enjoy!  I got all of my supplies at Staples - they had 15% off for teacher appreciation this week which was a nice bonus!

I left some of the die-cutting instructions in the front pocket of my binder for the different stacking requirements of plates and such for the different companies.

I found business card pocket protectors, as well as magnetized business cards, which made this section super simple!

My Staples only had 8 1/2 x 11 magnetized sheets (other than the business cards ones), as well as 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 pocket protectors.  For the medium sized dies I simply trimmed my 8 1/2 x 11 magnet sheet to 4 pieces of 4 1/2 x 5 1/2.  I added one sheet to the bottom of the pocket, and then ran my sewing machine along the top of the piece of magnet so that I created two smaller pockets.  Then I just ran my trimmer gently over the top of the bottom pocket to create the actual opening (be careful here as the page protector and magnet sheets are so thin that the trimmer can cut right through all the layers with very little effort.

Lastly I trimmed the 8 1/2 x 11 magnetized sheets in half for the larger pockets and added some of my larger, (or soon to be larger when my next order comes in!) sets here.

I didn't really want to take my Spellbinders sets apart and put them on magnets until I have to, so I just slipped these sets into the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 pockets back to back until I need to come up with something better.

For more detailed instructions be sure to check out Christina's blog and video!
Have a great Sunday afternoon!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Overdue Layout Share!


I have a layout to share today that I completed for a Two Peas Challenge (use 7 4x6 pictures on one layout) awhile ago and never got around to posting.  Hope you enjoy!  The layout documents a surprise birthday party we had for my mother-in-law last year.  Basic Grey's Life of the Party line was just perfect for the theme of the pictures!!!

The way Shimelle (challenge creator) incorporated so many 4x6's into one layout was to create a sort of mini-book within the layout.  So cute!  This provided the perfect spot for journalling on such a busy page.

More layouts to come soon!!
Have a great day!!
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