Project Life

Project Life: March ’17

I had no idea at the time but my last post was my 100th blog post for the Lovely Pear!!! I cannot believe my little blog has made it this far! Thank you to everybody who stops by to read my posts! Also, I’d like to wish all the moms out there a lovely Mother’s Day!

I decided to be done with my March layout. This was a first for me, having trouble with a layout because there were too many pictures. I did create smaller middle pages, and I have three so far and I actually need to add one more, but I’m ready to move on from March so I can start April! Just thinking about it makes me feel like I’m starting to fall behind, which then makes me feel lazy about it, meaning I won’t finish it (I’ve learned to accept that this is who I am but I shall try to power through this!)

The good thing is, I finished my two 9×12 pages and I’m ready to share away! Obviously March for us was all about our Moab trip. I love how I was able to get pops of yellow on the layout. All the inserts I used are from Push Print Studio’s Winter-16 collection.

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I did a lot of handstamping on this layout compared to my other layouts from this year. All the stamps I used are from Kelly Purkey’s monthly kit membership.

I love how “The world is waiting for us” (from the Go See Do kit) paired nicely with this black and white photo of the three of us. I used Tsukineko’s Brilliance Graphite Black ink and my MISTI to get it to look nice and crisp.

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I also used the “my journey starts here” stamp, also from the same kit, on this picture of the Abyss Canyon overlook. The white ink I used for this was Tsukineko’s Brilliance Moonlight White.

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I found this picture of AJ and thought it was neat (thank you GoPro), especially when I made it black and white. I think I really liked it also because I found it after AJ had gotten his haircut, plus I love the motion in the picture. At first I printed it as a 4×3 and then decided to make it an 8×6.

I heat embossed the “go. see. do.” stamp using Mama Elephant’s Sunshine Pigment Ink and Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Powder. I LOVE embossing!!!

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And lastly, here is March’s journal card.Monthly Overview-Mar

Thank you guys for checking out my 101st blog post, I’m excited to see what the next 100 will be! See you next time!

 

 

Memory Keeping · Project Life

Kellie Stamps April ’17 Release

It’s May!!! I don’t know why I’m so excited about a new month, maybe it’s because the school year is coming to an end? Or maybe it’s because I finally get to share my big news? Well, we’re almost there, I can’t do that just yet! It could also be that we’re getting closer to the new Game of Thrones season? Hey, it’s the little things friends!

April was full of great releases and today I’m sharing Kellie Stamps‘ new stamp sets, which are available in physical and digital formats.

The first digital stamp set I used was Like a Girl, but don’t be fooled by the name! You can use this set in numerous ways. I used it to document a 5K AJ and I had done a couple of years ago, you know, back when I actually did healthy, productive things… long, long ago.

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I love this layout because you can see the different things you can do with a digital stamp set. I created a journaling card with the “workout.” stamp, which is usually my first go-to technique.  I also created an insert with the “sweat smile repeat” stamp and I changed the color of it to match the rest of the spread.

Another way I like to use digital stamps is to simply put them on my photos, just like I did below.

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Did you watch my latest YouTube video? I used the technique from the video to make the “killin’ it” overlay.

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I have always wanted to create a layout with nothing but photos and this was my chance! I was able to do it with these photos of AJ and the Good Food stamp set.

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You know I love a big photo and this picture was perfect paired with the “Good Food” stamp.

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The “Cook Up” stamp was the perfect addition to this black and white photo of AJ!

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These are just a few things you can do with digital stamps. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy using physical stamps, but I do feel like I get more flexibility with digital. Do you like using digital stamps? What’s your favorite way to use them?

If you haven’t used digital stamps, I hope you got a little inspiration on how to use them! See you guys next time!

Project Life

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!

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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!