Mini Album

Mini Album: Say Yes To New Adventures

Hey there! I have a couple of new mini album pages to share with you today. All the pictures on these pages were taken during our Moab trip (I promise I’ll stop talking about Moab soon… maybe.)  I actually love looking at these pages you’re about to see because if you didn’t know any better, you would think I was an adventurous person just by looking at them. You would have no idea that lately my life pretty much consists of watching all the Real Housewives, scarfing down rainbow sorbet, that’s if I actually felt like getting up and taking the time to scoop it in a plastic cup, if not, I’d be stuffing my face with Doritos. Adventurous? Ha!

For this first layout, I used two inserts from Push Print Studio for my background. The first insert (pink and white) is from the This and That set, and the second (polka dot) is from the Let’s Do This set. I added some washi tape from Studio Calico (?) and a die cut from Hero Arts Clearly Kelly’s To Do List stamp and die set. I made the transparency page with Grafix Ink Jet Film and added an exclamation mark pattern with Kellie Stamps’ Nuts About Food digital stamp set. If you have not checked out Caytlyn Chilelli’s (owner of Push Print Studio) blog post on how to print on transparency paper, you must! This is where I learned it from!

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The “Perfect” digital stamp is from Kellie Stamps’ Today Was set. I added some plus sign puffy stickers that I received from one of Messy Box’s kits.

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On the next layout, I kept it real simple and added a quote to one of my pictures with Photoshop.

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It’s a little hard to see the quote because I used a pale pink color for my font.

This is one of the many reasons I love my GoPro because let’s face it, if my husband took this photo with his phone, 1. it wouldn’t exist because he wouldn’t have taken a picture 2. if he did happen to take a picture after I asked him to, it would’ve looked like… well let’s just say I didn’t marry him for his photography skills.

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And here’s my last layout. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw me post this already for (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day. I joined the Kellie Stamps challenge which included making a patterned background and combining two different stamp sets.

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Again, this is another simple layout and again, it was my GoPro to the rescue. I’ve been inspired by a lot of magazine and typography design and I’ve been drawn to clean and simple looks and so I tried to mimick some of that into this album. The only embelleshment I used on this layout was a black heart from Amy Tangerine On A Whim thickers. I don’t use thickers often but I love this set and you might have seen some of these pop up on my flat lays.

 

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So adventurous!!!

I must go now, my couch and TV await! Thanks for checking out today’s blog post!

My Favorites

March ’16 Top 5

Hello everyone! We are getting closer towards our closing date for the new house! But… of course, this is a bittersweet time for me. Moving not only means a new house and better area for us but it means saying goodbye to my childhood home, my family’s home, and the pear tree my dad planted in the backyard. This past weekend we also said goodbye to Shadow and Lucky, our ducks. It was VERY, VERY hard for me. I did not take it as well as I thought I would even knowing that they were going to our friend’s ranch, here in the same city. I think everything is just hitting me all at once. But, I’m trying my best to think positive and to welcome this new adventure with wide open arms and I’m ready to embrace this new chapter in my life. I tend to get scared with changes but I know my husband and I have worked really hard for this new house, and that is something I am very proud of.

So enough about that.

Today I have a “normal” Top 5 for you guys! I know it’s been a while so if you don’t remember why I had to stop my regular Top 5, check out this post.

I was finally able to do some shopping, and most of this stuff I was able to get at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon (gotta love that coupon).

March '16 Top 5

1. Fiskars Deluxe Paper Trimmer with Aluminum Cut Rail

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been pretty happy with all my Fiskars paper trimmers. This is the third one I have purchased. The first one is similar to this but it’s a rotary trimmer. It worked just fine up until I got the Sure Cut Deluxe Paper Trimmer. The Sure Cut just cut better and has been my go-to until now. Because of the aluminum cut rail, I get straighter lines, which is a must-have for my printed photos.

2. Hero Arts Kelly’s Coffee and DonutsMarch '16 Fave 2

The coffee addict in me just had to have this stamp set! It’s perfect for your planner and also for Project Life. I think the coffee cup, coffee beans, and the donut would be perfect as a background stamp. Now I just need to plan a coffee or donut date so that I can mark that special occasion in my Midori calendar!

3. Heidi Swapp LightboxMarch '16 Fave 3

I just love this! Once I started planning what my new craft room was going to look like, I just couldn’t imagine it without this lightbox. It also didn’t help seeing all the pictures of it on Instagram. I’m so ready to decorate with this, especially for holidays!

4. A Beautiful Mess Emojis Stamp SetMarch '16 Fave 4

Who doesn’t love emojis? This is another great stamp set to use for planners and Project Life. This set deserves a thumps up, a fist bump, a dance number with your twin, and a “put your hands up in the air and wave’em like you just don’t care”, that’s what that emoji is, right?

5. Mama Elephant Zenith Borders Stamp SetMarch '16 Fave 5

You know I love me a background stamp, yet I don’t know why it took me so long to get this stamp set from Mama Elephant. This would be perfect for making your own Project Life inserts or for making backgrounds for cards. Imagine doing a repeating pattern in pastel rainbow? Egads!

I’m excited to be able to do this kind of Top 5 but I don’t know when the next one will be. This will be a very busy month for us. If everything goes according to plan, we should be moving next week. My entire craft room has been packed up, I waited until the last minute to pack my “essentials”. So please bare with me, not only are we moving but going on a trip a week after that! So much fun stuff coming up!

Thanks guys for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed!

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(Photo courtesy of Bldg 25 Blog)

Card Making

You’re My Boo

Hello again, I’m back with some Halloween cards! I know it’s been awhile but with the holidays coming up, I was ready to get back into making cards. This is actually the first time I made Halloween cards. I ordered the You’re My Boo stamp and die set from Hero Arts because I fell in love with the ghost and the sentiment.

I knew I wanted to do a watercolor background for my card, so I looked on YouTube for a good tutorial because I still need help on using my watercolors. I found this technique from Maureen Wong, which you can watch here. It was so easy to do and I love how it came out. I used my Peerless watercolors and Ranger Water Brush.
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After the background dried, I went over little random patches with my clear Wink of Stella marker. I also used the marker to go over the ghost after I die-cut it.DSC03205

To finish it off, I tied some Tim Holtz Paper String around the card. Very fast and very simple to do!

I love how the cards came out and I’m ready to start working on my Christmas cards! See you guys next time!

Items used:
Stamps: Hero Arts You’re My Boo
Ink: Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
Die: Hero Arts You’re My Boo
Paper: Papertrey Ink Cardstock in Royal Velvet and Orange Zest
Other: Canson Watercolor PaperPeerless WatercolorsRanger Water Brush, Clear Wink of StellaTim Holtz Paper String

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September ’15 Top 5

Hi guys! It’s October and Summer is over! I’m so ready for cooler weather, boots, and Halloween, not really looking forward to putting away the flip flops, everybody talking about pumpkin-spice flavoring, and daylight savings time ending. Oh well… Once fall starts I feel like it just goes downhill from there, first Halloween, then Thanksgiving right after, and before you know it, it’s Christmas! So with that being said, this month’s Top 5 has a couple of holiday items!

September Top 5

1. Hero Arts You’re My Boo Stamp & DieDSC03214

I really wanted to make Halloween cards this year and I wanted to find a stamp with a cute/funny pun, and I found this. I didn’t own anything from Hero Arts aside from the ombre inks, so I checked out their site and fell in love with this stamp. It was exactly what I was looking for plus it’s wood mounted and you can also purchase the matching die set!

2. Plain Angela Planner Stickers

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Planner stickers are a must have for anybody who is addicted to their planner like I am. I’m always looking for different ways to decorate my monthly calendar or just a plain spread. My friend, Angela, just opened up an Etsy shop and you can find different types of stickers and she regularly adds new ones. Go check it out!

3. Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Holiday Stamp Set
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I have already started my shopping for my Christmas cards this year. Once I startd planning my cards I knew for sure I wanted to use this stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I love the fonts and the different combinations you can use for your sentiment. I’m getting into the Christmas spirit already and I can’t wait to start working on my cards!

4. Mommy Lhey My Doodled Day Planner Stamp SetDSC03220

Another great accessory for your planner are planner stamps. Momma Lhey has a variety of planner stamp sets to choose from but I really loved this one. Each stamp is small and perfect for your monthly calendar. I especially love the “chinese”, “pizza”, and “tacos” because that’s literally all I know how to cook (or order).

5. Ali Edwards Just Thankful Stamp SetDSC03223

I went onto the Ali Edward’s website to look for some Project Life stamps and I came across this set and thought it was perfect for my gratitude journal. Not only can I use it for that, but it could also be used for Project Life and even a Thanksgiving card. I love stamp sets that have many uses!

I’ve already started working on a couple of different projects that I’m excited to share. September ended up being a slow month for me creatively, I’m hoping to pick up the slack in October though. I’m also ready to start on my September Project Life layout! I took a lot of pictures during the month so hopefully I’ll be able to get my layout done quickly like last month, fingers crossed!

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back soon!

Items mentioned:

http://static.inlinkz.com/ppr.js

Link to Plain Angela Etsy store:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PlainAngela

Link to Ali Edwards Just Thankful Stamp Set:
http://aliedwards.com/shop/stamp-sets/stamp-set-just-thankful-by-ali-edwards

Project Life

Project Life: June ’15

Hi there! So, I’m just going to go ahead and start by saying Project Life kicked my ass. I thought everything was going to come together for me easily, and some did, but I kept changing things and adding stuff here and there. I finally had to just realize this is going to be a learning process for me. I’m still trying to figure out my layout and journaling style, and on top of that, I’m trying to learn how to take better pictures and how to edit. I will say that I recently downloaded Adobe Lightroom and I just love it! I was scared I was going to be intimidated by it and not use it but when I found out you can download it for a free 30-day trial, I thought why not just try? I watched a couple of videos and played around with presets and I can’t imagine not using it ever! I also tried out printing my own photos and let’s just say my HP printer made it back into the inner circle with my Samsung Galaxy, iPod, and Sony camera. Speaking of my Galaxy, I’m also trying to perfect the cell phone selfie, so far it’s a big fat fail, or is it my face? But here I am, finally done with my June layout.

I found inspiration from A LOT of other “modern day memory keepers” but I still wanted to stay true to myself. And in true form, I was attracted to a lot of black and white. My layout ended up having a black/white/wood grain theme with green and yellow accents. I did not plan that ahead, I knew I wanted to incorporate Mama Elephant’s Lemon Grass ink in there somewhere, and that led to the accent colors.

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Most of my pictures are from around the house. AJ and i went downtown so I could take pictures of random things to use as practice in Lightroom. Plus you can see one picture that was taken at work with my Samsung. So this layout is pretty much a normal “day in the life”.
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I used a mixture of Studio Calico, Mama Elephant, Kellie Stamps, and Kelly Purkey for Hero Arts. I also used a Royal typewriter that was given to me by my friend Angela.

All in all, I’m happy with my layout and I’m glad I decided to take Project Life on. I hope you guys enjoyed!