Project Life · Uncategorized

Color Cast Designs: September ’17 Release

Hey there! Today I’d like to share a quick post with a couple of projects I made with Color Cast Designs’ September release. While everybody seems to be excited for pumpkin-spiced everything, and trading in flip-flops for boots, I did my best and tried to get in that Autum spirit, thankfully this release helped me welcome this Fall season. I pulled out my best flannels, dusted off the boots, and took pictures of as many pumpkins as I could!

I used the new Leaves, Confetti Leaves, and Currently Tags sets for this 6×8 layout.

20171017_115812

For this layout, I documented what I call a “fun” day, meaning “the hubby is in a good mood, take advantage and get whatever you can”! This is like seeing a unicorn, you don’t question it, you just enjoy it while you can and proceed with caution as to not scare it away!!!

I also used the Everyday Edition core kit from Becky Higgins. These inserts matched perfectly with my pictures and the CCD embellishments!

20171017_115829

The “story of today” card below actually has a heart on it, I placed one of the leaves from the Confetti Leaves set over it to give it more of a “Fall” vibe.

20171017_115833

For the next project, I went ahead and made the first page of my October spread. I used inserts from Kelly Purkey’s monthly kit and Push Print Studio.

20171021_115528

The Currently Tags set was also used for this page along with the Autumn Splendor and Lucky Me sets.

20171021_115550

20171021_115554

Autumn splendor indeed!

So far I’m enjoying putting together these layouts, and playing with these Fall colors and embellishments. Hopefully the second page to this layout will come together just as easy! Oh, and hopefully there’s more of those “unicorns” here soon!

See you guys next time!

Project Life

Project Life: August ’17

Hi guys! Yes, you are seeing this correctly, this is my August layout. I skipped June and July, but that’s because I haven’t made those yet and I was really eager to document our Vegas trip. To tell you the truth, I don’t even think I took any pictures in June… so I’m thinking about combining it with July? Not sure how I’m going to work around this but I didn’t want this to be the reason for falling more behind in my Project Life album. The good think is, there are no rules when it comes to memory keeping (what I like to tell myself when I feel like a slacker)!

There’s only one word to describe August, and that word is Vegas. The shopping, the food, the gambling, and the shopping, it was all so fun! I was able to use Color Cast Designs’ new release with this layout, and it was my first time using inserts from In A Creative Bubble!20170907_123544

All the inserts from this layout were from the Las Vegas Journaling Cards set. There are a lot of destination/travel sets you should check out for documenting any fun vacation.

20170907_182953

Thrill Seeker is one of sets I used from Color Cast Designs, I love how it has wood and acrylic veneers, also perfect for documenting vacations.

20170907_123558(0)

And what vacation doesn’t start off with a drink? You can find the white “but first” here.20170907_123617

I trimmed down a  9×12 pocket page that had 4×3 pockets down to a 3×12. I wanted to include this selfie of AJ that he sent me and a couple more pictures of Vegas.

Untitled-2

The “go, see, do” is also a part of the Thrill Seeker set, and “love this” is from the Yes Please set. Love these colors!

20170907_185330

We spent a total of 5 nights in Vegas, I was weirdly ready to come home about the 4th night in, and now I’m dying to go back. Go figure!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed!

Project Life

Kellie Stamps: August ’17 Release

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying your last days of summer. Memes are starting to pop up on my feed of people ready for Fall/Halloween and Winter/Christmas, but I am all about the heat now that I live in a house with cental AC. Summer to me is having my son at home more so he can help me with my chores as I watch Ellen inside the house with the AC on. Tending to my garden by waving to it as I’m inside the house with the AC on. Watching my dogs play outside in my dreams as I nap inside the house with the AC on. And of course, my husband’s barbecue that I watch him cook from inside the house with the AC on. Ah yes, I will miss Summer!

Speaking of Summer, I was able to play with my Canon camera outside a lot these past couple of months. When my dog, Zoie, wasn’t running away from me, I used her as my model. The pictures happened to be perfect for Kellie Stamps August release!

20170824_084556

Even though that is not something Zoie and her sister hear often, the Good Dog set was an ideal match for my pictures. And don’t worry, there’s a set for you cat lovers too!

I made my own inserts with the digital stamps and used some pattern paper I had from an older Messy Box kit.

20170824_084550

I did a 6×8 layout for my next project and used the Hip Hip Hooray digital stamp set. I pulled out some PRETTY RECENT pictures of my thirtieth birthday party. And when I say recent, I mean like it was just yesterday we took these pics, cough… four years and a half ago… cough. Yeah, just like yesterday.

20170906_181540

Just like the last layout, I made my own inserts. Usually when I want to design my own inserts, I like to search typography/editorial design in Pinterest. This helps if I can’t find the “right” inserts for my layout or if I’m just in the “designing” mood (meaning I want to play on the computer). These cards were inspired by a business card pin but you can find my Design Inspiration Pinterest Board here.

20170906_134828

My favorite part of using these digital stamps is that you receive the JPEG and PNG files for each stamp and the PNGs come in black and white. This makes it so easy to use when I create an insert in Photoshop.

20170906_134836

And there you have it!

I hope you guys liked these new layouts. I know this is a quick conclusion but I need to go and enjoy my last days of Summer right now as I get caught up on my DVR inside the house with the AC on.

Project Life

Project Life: April ’17

Hi there! I have a new Project Life layout to share with you today but first… I hope you guys can check out the latest issue of Jot Magazine, issue 18. You can see a couple of my layouts that I’ve already shared here on the blog on pages 184 and 185! How cool is that? I was so excited when I found out my layouts were going to appear in the magazine!

I will go ahead and spill the deets on April’s layout, I was not looking forward to it. I wasn’t. I took few photos and none matched, at all. So I thought to myself, “what do I do?” Just skip April or just throw something together and hurry and skip this page when I look through my album? Then I thought “having an all black and white layout would be kind of cool.” I mean, that is what I did with my WITL also and that’s one of my favorite layouts. So I started editing my photos and I was feeling content. Then I decided to look through Push Print Studios and find black and white inserts. Then I came across a couple of 3×4 inserts that were black and white, but also had other pretty colors. And voila! My April layout came together!

20170605_132552

Once I printed out the inserts I wanted, I added a couple of Color Cast Designs embellishments to add some dimension and more color. The “details” embellishment is from a past set, I don’t think it’s for sale anymore, but I love how it paired nicely with the striped insert and the two plastic tickets. You can find this ticket set on Studio Calico. Also from Color Cast Designs, is the Giant Ampersand in Caribbean.

20170605_132557

My Graphite Black Brilliance ink pad is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to use on layouts. I normallyy use Archival Ink, which I still love, but lately I’ve been using the Brilliance ink. The ink has this real nice matte finish that looks like it was printed on your photo. If you haven’t used this ink, I definitely recommend it! I did use my MISTI on my stamping though! The “you’re my favorite” stamp is from Kelly Purkey’s Favorite Things stamp set (sorry guys, I couldn’t find it on her site).

20170605_132603

I’m happy now with how it all turned out and I’m glad I didn’t just skip through to May, but now… I need to start May’s layout. Let’s see how that turns out!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Mini Album · Project Life

Kellie Stamps: May ’17 Release

I don’t know about you but I’m having what I call my “dream Saturday morning” right now. This pretty much consists of a cup of coffee in hand, being fresh out of the shower, and catching up on my favorite crafty blogs while watching HGTV, that and knowing I have absolutely no other plans for the rest of the day! Yay for me!

Speaking of coffee, Kellie Stamps came out with a new coffe stamp set on May’s release called Coffee. I made all new pocket page inserts using the digital stamps on this set. I went with a gray and craft paper color scheme for this 6×8 layout. Craft paper is my fave!

20170519_124003

Below you can see my favorite insert I made for this layout with a little bit of journaling. Luckily Midland has a couple of neat spots around town and I was able to get some photos of one of our newer coffee shops, Brew St.

20170519_123948

For this next project, I created a mini-album page using the Funday Week digital stamp set. I wanted to make something simple to go with this black and white photo of my bored self.

20170519_183342

You know I will always try to add lyrics from The Cure anywhere I can so this was perfect. Who doesn’t love Friday I’m In Love? It’s an automatic mood booster.

20170519_182920

For fun, I thought I’d show you guys the before and after photo of me that I took of myself through the side mirror of my husband’s truck. I obviously took it with my phone (if you squint your eyes you can see my phone on the bottom mirror), and I edited the photo in Lightroom using the BlackMamba preset. You can download the preset for free! This has been my go-to black and white edit lately.

If you follow me on Instagram you heard about my big news, I completely forgot to post here on the blog, but I was a guest designer for Bella Blvd last month. You can read my post here! It was challenging yet rewarding to make layouts with different styled products I’m not normally accustomed to using. It definitely made me broaden my view on making layouts with more color and new types of embellishments! So a huge thank you to Bella Blvd for inviting me to their blog and giving me a chance to show my designs to their audience!

That is it for today! I hope you guys are having your “dream Saturday morning” like I am! Please let me know if you have any ideas for a Top 5 or other editing tips you’d like to see me cover here on The Lovely Pear!