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Color Cast Designs April ’17 Release

Hello everyone! I hope you guys have been enjoying your April! Can you believe it’s almost May?! I enjoyed some April showers here in my part of Texas in the beginning of the month, now I’m enjoying the heat. It feels like Summer already. I’m STILL working on my March PL layout. This is actually a first for me, it’s taking forever to finish my monthly layout because I have TOO MANY photos! And well, it’s all pretty much a Moab layout, which is fine because that just means we all had a great time on our family trip and I did a good job at taking photos (really it’s my GoPro that deserves the pat on the back).

You’re actually going to see some of my March layout on today’s post but before I start, I wanted to let you know I was very fortunate to be asked to be a guest on Pocket Talk again! So thanks again to Jess Forster because I had a great conversation with her, Krista Wells, and Jen Schow about staying caught up with my memory keeping! Please go check it out and let me know what you think!

Let’s go ahead and see Color Cast Design’s new release for April! So much good stuff (and this is only two sets)!

I don’t know if it’s just me (because I’ve always worked as an administrative assistant) or the well known fact that tabs are just one of the greatest inventions of all time, but I love tabs! Who doesn’t like to be organized (don’t judge me but I have a filing cabinet in my craft room and every single paystub I’ve ever received is perfectly filed)? So whoever decided that tabs would work just as well in the crafting world… well you have my deepest appreciation! Not only are wood veneer tabs awesome, but the tabs have phrases on them that just so happened to fit perfectly with the middle pages of my March spread!20170420_124656

The set is called Still Smiling and it comes with eight tabs. These tabs are have “sticky” backs, you just peel off the back and they become stickers.

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What I decided to do with my tabs was to peel the top part of the backing off two tabs and stick them together. I then slid the whole tab over the edge of my pocket page. I did this so I could slide them exactly where I wanted them. 20170420_125004

I haven’t decided if I will staple them down or not but I’m still finishing my layouts so this just worked the way I needed it to! They’re thin enough to even sew on, for all you sewers out there!

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For my second project, I did what I call the “Lazy Girl’s Week In The Life”. If you don’t know what WITL is you’ve been living under a rock, it is a project that Ali Edwards came out with where you document a week in your life. Sounds easy but let’s face it, I’m lazy. I wanted to do it but in an easy version. Plus, I REALLY wanted to use the new Weekdays set!

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The colors alone are so pretty! So pretty, that I really wanted to figure out a way to use them all on one page. I wanted the colors of the acrylics to pop so I printed all my photos in black and white.

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You can also get the Highlights set, a set of wood veneers that can be paired with the Weekdays set. You can see here how they stick right on top.

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I should be finishing my March layout right now but instead I’m drinking margaritas and listening to Donna Summer on vinyl soon. Even though I want April to stop going by so fast, I can’t wait to share some more fun stuff with you here in the next couple of weeks!

I hope you got a little pocket page inspiration, thanks for stopping by!

Memory Keeping · Project Life · Videos

How To Make Your Own Photo Overlay

Hi guys!!! I know I’ve been M.I.A lately, even on Instagram and it seems like I haven’t been crafting at all but that is far from the truth! I have been so busy crafting it up for something special I have coming up next month AND I CANNOT WAIT to share! I’ve already started on my March layout and this is the first time I don’t know what to do because I have sooooo many pictures of our Moab trip. I’ve actually used these pictures for not only my monthly layout, but a couple of traveler’s notebook pages, mini album pages, another layout that will be used in next month’s surprise, and now a video!

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Yes, I actually made a YouTube video in where I show you how to make a quick photo overlay. So making videos is no joke! I about tore my hair out a couple of times but alas, here it is. It’s actually kind of sad it took me so long to make it and video came out to be under four minutes but this is still a learning process for me.

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I hope you guys enjoy and feel free to leave me any tips on how to make videos! I will be back soon with more layouts for you guys!

Mini Album

Mini Album: 2017

Yay! Spring is here! This is my favorite time of year! This is when I have my Julie Andrews/Maria von Trapp moment running up the hills singing “the hills are alive”. There’s just something about flowers, plants, and trees blooming all around, warmer weather, and allergies with the occasional nose bleed, I just love it all!

If you follow me on Instagram and have read earlier posts, you’ve probably already seen the first few pages of my 2017 mini album. But, since I had not made an “official” post, I thought why not share the first pages on a separate post? So get ready for some deja-vu as you scroll down.

Let’s begin with the album itself, it’s the Reporter Acrylic Album. I ordered it through Jamiaca Makes. <-  This is the link to the shop, this particular album is not available right now but she does have more to choose from. (Plus, check out her blog, she has awesome layouts!)

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I used Kellie Stamps’ Hello Sunshine Digital Set for the “2017”. I added it with Photoshop, did my little eraser magic as to make my peace sign fingers appear in front of the numbers, slapped on some Alanis lyrics, and viola! My cover page was made!

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For these next couple of pages, I used the Daisy 6×8 Printable from Push Print Studios and a photo that I took using my GoPro. I made a notecard using a digital stamp from Kellie Stamps’ Good Times and I jotted down some quotes, you know, in case I need to give myself a little pep talk, like I’ve been needing to everyday this year.

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I used another one of Kellie Stamps digital sets for this next layout, Today Was, and stickers from the Fri-Yay sticker set.

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This is what I love about digital stamps, the possibilities are endless! I love how I was able to use this phrase as the background to these photos (also taken with my GoPro). I was able to add pops of color with these circle cork stickers from my Messy Box subscription.

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I feel like my mini album is off to a good start and I can’t wait to share more soon! But for now, I think I’m going to take advantage of this beautiful day and maybe take a nap or watch TV all day.

Hope you guys enjoyed!

Downloads · Project Life

Project Life: February ’17

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share my February layout with you today because, well, it sorta kicked my ass this time around. January’s layout was just so easy to put together and I loved how it turned out, and with this month’s layout, I struggled a bit. Not much went on this month but thankfully we took a little road trip the day after my birthday to go ride our rzr side by sides and I managed to get a lot of photos with my GoPro. After having to just walk away from this layout a couple of times, I was able to finally put it all together and now all is good in my craft room!

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This layout consists of a big mashup of Push Print Studios, Becky Higgins, and Studio Calico inserts. Sometimes that’s how it just turns out and that’s okay! I used inserts from the Everyday Daydream, Shine,  and Yes printable sets from Push Print Studios. I also cut down a 4×6 insert, from the Wander core kit from Becky Higgins, into a 4×3. The Studio Calico inserts I used were from paper packs and inserts I bought a while back when they had a sale.

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I used Kellie Stamps’ Digital Month set again for my title photo. I was able to get this quick picture with my Samsung phone. Random fact about me, I downloaded Snapchat ONLY because I saw they came out with a Hello Kitty filter. I am OBSESSED with Hello Kitty!!! Other than that, I really don’t understand the whole point of that app.

Also, can you take a wild guess how old I turned last month?

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Here is a close up of some of the Push Print Studio inserts  I used. I have been hoarding this insert that gives me tribal/southwest vibes. I love this insert and I thought it went perfect with our New Mexico pictures.

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Because I had so many pictures of our small trip, I decided to cut down a Design V page protector from a 12×12 into a 4×12. I stamped the first photo using Kelly Purkey’s February Kit and I added a tab with the date. I finished this page with a chipboard accent from the Everyday Edition Chipboard Stickers and an insert from the Confetti Edition Digital Set. Here is the front and back of the page that I will be putting in between this month’s layout.

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Whew! That’s a lot of stuff I used for this layout! Hoarding has it’s privileges my friends! And here’s one more thing to hoard, the journal card I made to document the month. Remember, just right click and select save.

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I’m really hoping that March’s layout will be a little easier to put together because I plan on having A TON of photos! We will actually be heading to Moab, Utah next week for Spring Break. This is the first time we will be going to Utah so we’re looking forward to a change in scenery. And yes, we’re taking the side by sides and the dogs! Fun times!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Project Life: January ’17

Hey guys! I know we’re already in mid February but I just now finished my January layout. I had a couple of set backs so far this month including laziness, multiple shows that I needed to catch up on, running out of printer ink, my birthday I was required to celebrate, all sprinkled with more laziness. But yesterday I decided to finally do some “adulting” and drove those long five miles to Best Buy to buy printer ink before I took my kid to get new clothes because for some reason he outgrows everything. I even gassed up the ol’ jeep. Talk about a busy day! So proud of myself! Thank goodness my husband didn’t want a home cooked meal!

Anyway, I shared the first page of my January layout on the Color Cast Designs January ’17 Release blog post, but you can now see the full layout.

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I LOVE the pop of orange on here. This was not planned but I happened to have the orange inserts from the Kelly Purkey monthly kit subscription that I received in January. It just happened to go well with the picture of my dog, Zoie, the firewood pic, and the dead grass from the “today” photo. Who would’ve thought you could match PL inserts with dead grass? That’s pretty creative if you ask me! So obviously, since I had the first page already done, I wanted to carry over some of that orange to the second page.

I have a confession, I sucked at taking photos during this month (I think I was a little burnt out from December Daily). So much so that I had to reuse my peace sign picture again (I used the same picture for my mini album cover photo). But thankfully, the picture went well with the rest of the layout.

Here is a close up of my title for the layout, using Kellie Stamps Digital Month 2017 set.

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You can see on the close up below the peace sign picture I talked about and an awesome girl power button that I used to add a little more black to this second page. The orange insert was actually a 4×6 insert that I cut down to 3×4. You can also see the “You Are Awesome” veneer and acrylic from Color Cast Designs. One of my faves!

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I did a monthly recap on a plain white insert that I made that has the month and year. I wanted something simple that would go with pretty much anything because I plan on using something like this for the rest of the year. I only made one for January, but I’ll make them as I go. I’m still not 100% confidant with my handwriting so I used Becky Higgins’ Becky Script to type out my journaling. I find myself using this font A LOT! But you can find other fonts on Becky’s website that are also really good if you’re looking for that right hand written-esque look.

Here is the insert I created, it’s a 4×6 but you can cut it down to 3×4. You can right click it and save it! Yay for freebies!

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I think I’ve already taken way more pictures for February so hopefully that layout will come together as well as this one did! I love when layouts come together without planning!

I hope you guys enjoyed and are having a fab Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day!