Project Life

Project Life: October ’15

Hi guys! I know I’ve been MIA lately, I have been so busy and any little free time I have had was used to relax. November started off pretty bad for us. Shadow, our male duck, was injured pretty badly but fortunately it was not as bad as we thought and he is doing and looking great! It was a team effort taking care of him and bringing him back to good health, but we managed to do that for a week and a half. It took a lot of time but it was well worth it. Just FYI, it is hard to give a duck oral medicine…

After we passed that storm, we had a crazy idea to look at houses one Saturday and long story short, we’re building a house! This happened all within one month, we’ve been back and forth with the builder, lendor, and realtor. We’re super excited and super busy trying to spruce up our current home.

Even though I tried to relax whenever I got the chance, I worked on my October Project Life layout little by little. October wasn’t a very busy month but I had a lot of photos from when my family came down to visit. How could I not use my nephew’s picture as my monthly cover photo?!

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Most of the background papers are from the October Messy Box kit. You might also remember a couple of inserts I did for my October Top 5 using Illustrated Faith’s stamp set, I used those as backgrounds for my Instax pictures.

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For this month, my “faves” were:

Amazon Prime Commercial (You know, the one where the guy is carrying his dog in a baby sling. Well it’s a fave because of the song that plays in it, I can’t get enough of it!)
The Amazing Race (So fun to see the couples arguing!)
The Voice (I heart Gwen Stefani!)
Fugees (I listened to The Score all freaking month, still am actually)
Cheesecake (When is this not a fave?)
Micheladas (Same, when is this not a fave?)

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I used stamp sets from Studio Calico, Kellie Stamps, and Kelly Purkey and ink pads from Ranger and Tsukineko.

That’s it for my layout, I did have one more thing I wanted to share. Because we have decided to buy a new house and it came unexpected, my husband and I are putting ourselves on a tight budget until everything is done (meaning we’re moved in, and our current house is sold). My “allowance” has been put on hold and I will not be able to buy as much crafting supplies like I’m used to. So instead of doing a Top 5 of my favorite products that I bought, I have decided to switch things up for these next couple of months and maybe do a Top 5 of my favorite blogs or Instagram accounts, something along those lines. I think it will be fun plus, it’ll make me use supplies that I already have and haven’t used, I actually have plenty.

Thanks for stopping by and putting up with me and my blog while I try to get things situated. I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving!

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October ’15 Top 5

Hey guys! I know I say this all the time, but how is this month already over?! By the time I was going to decorate my house for Halloween, I realized we only had two weeks left and now here we are… So instead of Trick or Treating tonight, I have been in my craft room playing with my new supplies!

October Top 5

1. A Beautiful Mess Messy Box  Subscription
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I haven’t been subscribed to any monthly kit for the past couple of months so I took my time and looked at many, compared kits and prices, and finally I found one I knew I could commit to. A Beautiful Mess is a blog I follow and it is ridiculously cute! It is ran by two sisters, Elsie and Emma, and they have great style, crafts, recipes, and kits, all on their blog, which is also great. Not only is this kit perfect for Project Life and scrapbooking, but I love the price! I would have taken a better picture of the contents inside but everything has been used/cut up/stamped on but luckily I have this picture from Instagram.

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Yay! Got my first #messybox!!!

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2. Illustrated Faith Emily’s Patterns Stamp SetOctober Fave 2

I am obsessed with pattern stamp sets and I had to order this right away once I saw it. Illustrated Faith’s stamps are so awesome and are mostly used for Bible journaling but there’s so many different ways you can use them. I know I’ll be using this set to create backgrounds on scrapbook layouts or even for Project Life inserts, like I did below.

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3. Sweet Stamp Shop Nod To Mod Stamp Set
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Ok, how cute is this set? It’s so hard to choose just one stamp set when you shop at Sweet Stamp Shop but the flamingos won me over, and the cacti… I bought this to use in my Midori but this could easily be used to make cards. I love the quality of their stamps, their prices, and their quick shipping. This isn’t my first stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop and it’s definitely not my last!

4. Dr. Ph. Martin’s Iridescent Calligraphy Colors

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So I randomly came upon these at Hobby Lobby and knew that Dr. Ph. Martin was a watercolor brand because I had been seeing a couple of people using them on Instagram. I hadn’t heard of the iridescent calligraphy colors and the bottles do not list “watercolor” as a “use” but I didn’t care, the ink was too pretty to pass up. I colored with them using my Ranger Water Brush and even though they’re supposed to be used for calligraphy, I think they leave a real pretty effect when brushed on. On the first picture below, I colored the flamingos in Iridescent Orchid and it looks normal when you look at it strait on but when you tilt the paper, you can see a foil-like effect, which you can see in the second picture. The beak was colored using Peerless Watercolors. Love it!!!

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5. Molotow Art Masking PenOctober Fave 4

I also happened to find this at Hobby Lobby and I thought it was neat after seeing a couple of videos of this in action. This dries really quick and comes off very easy. I did, however, have trouble using it at first. I think I wasn’t letting my paper completely dry off after watercoloring on it. Some of the paper would tear off as I would take the masking off. I think it also helps to use a specific kind of paper, this worked better for me once I started using it on 110 lb cardstock. Once I got the hang of it, the better my masked images looked.

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I hope you guys had a great month and Halloween! I’m ready for Thanksgiving because we actually get days off!!! I started working on my Christmas cards today! I know it’s early, but so far I have fifteen people on my list, and I’m hoping to add more.

Thanks for checking out my Top 5, hope you guys enjoyed!

Links to items mentioned:
A Beautiful Mess Messy Box
Illustrated Faith Emily’s Patterns Stamp Set
Sweet Stamp Shop Nod To Mod Stamp Set
Dr. Ph. Martin’s Iridescent Calligraphy Colors
Molotow Art Masking Pen

Project Life

Project Life: September ’15

Hello everybody! I finally got to work and finished my Project Life layout for September. It was a fun month, the highlight was definitely our trip to Austin!

For my “cover” picture, I snapped a quick pic of what I found inside the duck’s cage once we got home from Austin. As you can see below, I printed a 8×6 picture of AJ at Top Golf and cut it down in three pieces.

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I LOVE LOVE LOVE Studio Calico’s Laina Alpha stamp set. I always use my MISTI whenever I stamp my monthly “cover” picture. I also used stamp sets from Mama Elephant and Kelly Purkey.

I recently signed up for A Beautiful Mess’ Messy Box kit and I used some paper, washi tape, and the speech bubbles from it.

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So, this month’s faves were:

Ancestry.com (so awesome, I actually met a cousin I didn’t know I had and we sent each other pics of our parents from back in the day)
The Weeknd (I have “The Hills” on repeat)
Tumblr (Who doesn’t want to see unlimited GIFs of Friends and Harry Potter?!)
Margaritas (enough said)
Crossword Puzzles (I downloaded an app called DCC and I have to play the daily puzzle before I go to bed)
Tortoise Hair Clip (Damn the day I walked into Old Navy and found that clip near the register, I never want to do my hair ever again! I can just put it in the clip!)

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I wanted to show you guys the before and after of the picture I took of AJ and the picture of the duck eggs. I use Adobe Lightroom to edit all my pictures. I took both pictures with my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and then edited them on my computer.

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The software was a little tough to figure out at first but after playing with it, watching a couple of YouTube videos, and buying presets, I can’t imagine not using it, ever! And it’s also because of this, I enjoy taking more photos. Every picture I’ve used for any layout has been edited with Lightroom.

That’s it for now, thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you guys next time!