Project Life

Project Life: February ’18

Hi again! I know, I know, I’m actually blogging again! Believe me, I have missed it but as some of you might know, I’ve been busy! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I decided to start my own business. This idea came to me last year when I had answered the question “what would be your dream job?”. I actually have more than one, but one of my answers was to own my own stationary/paper goods store. I decided to just go for it and during December I registered my store’s name, Bosc Paper Supply Co., here in my city. I came up with the name Bosc because that is my favorite type of pear and I wanted to be able to play off of the name The Lovely Pear. So long story short, I am running my own business online. Will I ever get a store? Who knows but I’m having fun the way it is now. That’s one thing off the bucket list! Now to see Duran Duran in concert so I can mark one more off!

Aside from starting Bosc, I also started a new job which isn’t really a big deal but I’m an over-analyzer so if you can just imagine smoke coming out from the top of head, that was me all February long. Then March I realized there was a stranger living in my house. My little clingy, lovable son went missing and all of a sudden there was a teenager sleeping in his bed. Yes, motherhood has now taken me to the next stage of my child’s life. I don’t know why raising a teenager is hard for me because I practically still feel like one myself! I mean come on, it wasn’t THAT long ago that I was in high school! But then again when somebody says “10 years ago” I think of the early nineties.

Sometimes I think if I had a clone, one of us could take over The Lovely Pear and the other run Bosc, but in all reality, we’d probably both chill on the couch and be lazy together. Wishfull thinking!

I’m going to count everything you just read as my “2017 year in review” and we’re just going to fast forward to my Project Life layout for February.

I decided to go with 6×8 pages for this year, knowing that I’m not going to have as much time to scrapbook. The pocket pages I used were 6×8 Design 3 and Design 4 from Becky Higgins.

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I used inserts from past A Beautiful Mess kits and stamps from past Kelly Purkey kits. For the journaling card, I used one of Kellie Stamps digital stamps. Unfortunately, I could not find the link for any of these items. Boo.

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I didn’t take many photos during this month because I really didn’t think I was going to try to make a layout. I ended up taking some last minute photos at the end of the month around my house and I just love how this page came out! (Psst… you can find those black scissors on the Bosc website!)

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Believe it or not, I’m working on my March layout AND… I made a layout for the Studio Calico June Documenter Workshop! I can’t wait for you to see it, it’s one of my favorite layouts!

Thanks guys for coming back, you have no idea how much I appreaciate it!

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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!

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!