Project Life – Week 5 (& another .png freebie)

FINALLY! I’ve gotten a few minutes to finish up my spread and get it posted on my blog. It’s a GREAT thing I am able to keep my wits about not being “behind” – this “just” week 5. I LOVED working on this layout because I was able to use my first Studio Calico Project Life kit. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. The cards are gorgeous and all the little bits and pieces are great.

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We had a little bit of snow this week and Mike and Em had a BLAST playing in the snow. I just love the sound of her laughter – it always takes me to a happy place…and she laughed ALOT as she tried to “get” daddy with the snowballs…and when he buried her face in it. They also spent quite a bit of time “staging” this little PSA “What Happens When Barbie Texts” (bottom right corner). They dug into my stash (both from the kitchen AND craft room) to put it all together. Fun times.

Here’s the .png file this week if you’d like to download it – click here.

In addition to the Studio Calico February kit, I used some Little Yellow Bicycle papers and some stickers from My Mind’s Eye – (these ROCK), some CTMH stamps and inks and some really old Q&Co. snowflake felt stickers. I also grabbed my Pitt Big Brush markers and my Studio Calico journal pen and went to town on some of the journal cards.

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One of my “go-to” techniques is to write my journaling and grab colored pencils and “highlight” random words as I did on this journal card here:

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Lastly, on this journal card (from the Feb. kit) I added a SC wooden arrow and that little heart flag is actually cut off some packaging from the kit. That space needed a little something – and I thought that little heart sticker would do the trick. 🙂

Hope you have a FAB week and thanks for stopping by. If you use any of my downloads – I’d love to see what you do with them. You can use them as a cut file – or as an overlay in Photoshop~

Project Life – Week 4 (and cameo cut freebie)

We had a great week – and I had a blast putting this one together. This is the first week I’ve had more photos than I used – and it was great to be able to “edit” those down, and decide which days NOT to include. So my biggest lesson learned this week: take LOTS of photos! Another thing I’ve learned/decided is that I really like the page protector layout “A” — it comes together really quickly for me. I bought the big pack of mixed protectors – but I think I’m going to use lots of the A’s!!

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I used a hodge podge of material this week – and love the whole mix and match. I used some of my Clementine Core Kit, and some Close to My Heart papers, inks and stamps, some Studio Calico velum stickers (LOVE these skinny little arrows!), and wood veneer butterflies, some Basic Grey washi tapes, BoBunny Rubons, Thickers and some hand-drawn word art I cut on my Cameo.

Here’s another thing I love: my Cameo – being able to draw things up in Illustrator with my Wacom Intuous tablet and convert those into cut files. I have MORE fun with that than anything else. I am sharing my first cut file this week. The You & Me seen here:

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Feel free to download this .png for your personal use – youandme – Enjoy! This .png file can be imported and traced and cut in your Silhouette software – or placed in Photoshop as layer.

Hope you have a fabulous week – and have some time to get crafty!

Project Life – Week 3

So…I can see this is going to take some getting used to! I was not diligent about taking photos this week – and it was one consumed by cheer. So lots of pictures around cheerleading – we went to the game on Friday night and the competition on Saturday. It does certainly depict the week we had. I used some pretty old Studio Calico wooden veneer stars with some Golden paints which I think really pop off those journal cards. Looking at it now, I’ll probably go back and add a little doodling here and there (I just can’t help myself)…

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I had several vertical 4×6 photos and so I used this protector layout…and I have to say I struggled with it a little. The horizontal journal cards threw me for a loop! I ended up using some of my Clementine Core kit and some new paper I picked up at Archivers a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, I cut the cards up — and don’t remember the brand — but I love them — that yellow is a perfect match to some Studio Calico printables I used and Emily’s cheer outfit!

The other thing I REALLY need to figure out – is how to photograph these double-layouts without getting horrible glare or shadows. I’ve started taking the inserts out and placing them on top of the protector, but I’m still getting pretty dark shadows and wonky colors. Guess I’m going to have to invest in a tripod!

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I’ve already started on week 4 – and I’m having more fun with that — lots more photos to choose from and more “scrappy” that week 3.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super week.

Project Life: Week 2

I celebrated my birthday this week…and I had lots of photos to choose from, but decided in the end, to focus on who I am right now…little bits about how I spend me time and who I spend it with. I also incorporated the card Mike and Emily made me! Love it!

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I used papers from Close to My Heart as well as their stamps and inks. I also used my cameo and cut out tags with all my little headings – wife, mother, baker, designer, listening, reading…etc.

Here are a few close-ups of the cards. I absolutely love how it came together. I usually don’t scrapbook me – but the fact the Project Life is more about documenting the week – I feel like there’s a freedom to do whatever fits the moment.

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I’m still (ha! I’ve been at this for about three weeks, right :)) enjoying the process. Being able to select/edit my photos a little bit over a few nights after I put Emily to bed and wind down a bit allows me to start visualizing my layout. I get a few days to think about the colors and what papers/embellishments I might like to use before my I run to Costco and pick up my photos. I only print the photos I plan to use. Then, I get to do what I love the most: cut and paste and create.

Thanks so much for stopping by. See ya next week!

Project Life – I think I’m gonna like it here

So, I’ve been wanting to start Project Life since JUNE of 2012. I went to order kits on Amazon – and they were out of stock for, like, ever. When my Clementine kit finally got here, work got super busy and I haven’t had a chance to play at all. But I’ve been thinking about it. And stalking the web for inspiration. And, I signed up for the Day by Day class over at Studio Calico. And I got a Cameo for Hanukkah. And, and, and…

It’s a big shift for me – I’ve been a “traditional” scrapbooker for 15 years. I ran out of fizzle for it a few years back but still did it. Last year, I stalked Christy Tomlinson and had so much fun taking many of her online mixed media classes. I learned so much and grew as an artist…it was a year well spent. But it was spent making canvases and home decor; I didn’t get much scrapping in. And I realized I missed it. I love documenting the fun, crazy, special things we do as a family.

So, here’ my title page – I had SO MUCH FUN playing and creating this page. What I think I’m going to LOVE about it is:

1) I can document all of us,  not just Emily — which is typically what I scrapped “traditionally”

2) I get to be as creative as I want in these tiny little spaces

3) While the commitment to document weekly is big (and a little nerve-racking), the commitment to actually scrapbook is less — I’ll get a whole week done on a spread, versus 1 event per page or per spread. So, I will be able to “keep up” with it

4) The flexibility – if I want to add in a whole page for 1 event – I can – I love all the different-sized page protectors

5) I will be able to blend my graphic design skills with it — now this is something I’ve resisted for a LONG time – I’ve been so adamantly opposed to digital scrapbooking because I spend all day at work in front of a computer “playing” in inDesign and Illustrator…the last thing I wanted to do in my play time was get back on the computer. But I HAVE TO TELL YOU — it was so FUN using the printables from the Studio Calico Day by Day kit – it got my head spinning with all the possibilities

Overall, I am super energized to work on this project. Here’s the layout for the title page. I used the Studio Calico Day By Day printables, stamp set, wood heart and cuts for the cameo, Close to My Heart stamps and inks, PL Clementine Kit, my Silhouette Cameo, Basic Grey patterned paper, stickers from My Minds Eye and the Tiny Stapler from Tim Holtz.

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Stop back by and watch my progress. I plan to upload my pictures of the previous week to Costco and scrap on Sundays. I’ll be posting about a week behind at that rate, but that’s the plan…

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So, I’ve decided to take the plunge and give Project Life a try. I love the idea of all the mini journal spots and tiny packages of goodness on every page. I love the idea of creating in a new and different way. I love the idea of scrapping every week. I love the idea of “documenting life” versus scrapbooking the moments I want to preserve…those “camera-ready” times…I love the thought of infusing my hobby with new life and energy.

I’ve spent so much time lately creating mixed media and art journal pages, that I haven’t really “scrapped” in my traditional sense. I’ve created a few pages here and there (I’m going to be a guest designer over at Basically Bare in September, so I’ve been creating away — I just can’t share the projects on my blog yet!!) But, mostly “scrapping” is in between my “art”projects. I think PL may be a great solution for me!

The big question now is: do I wait until JANUARY or can I start now? LOL? Maybe add a few PL layouts to my existing album. While I no longer scrap chronologically, I do put the pages in an album for that year…and my years start in May, since that’s Ems birthday month. Now that I’m writing this down…I guess May really wasn’t that long ago. I may not have photos from every week since her birthday — I could probably catch up — or as close as possible…hmm…the wheels they are a-turning…

Before I started this post, I thought my dilemma was going to be wait until January – or start when school starts in a few weeks…but really, why not start now with her 9th year album? Hmmm…I can’t wait to get started…so much inspiration out there…I think I will start organizing some photos and then decide which core kit to use…and then wait for it to show up…and start playing…stay tuned…