Try something new

BeYOUtiful

I love sketches, right? They offer great inspiration when you need that extra little push. A few weeks ago, I was totally inspired by a sketch over at the Studio Calico blog and I created this page based on that sketch.

It was a big leap for me:

1) I used the sketch that week AND uploaded my layout to the challenge gallery (and won! by the way :))

2) I incorporated digital elements onto my page. This is somewhat new for me – I’ve been using some digital elements in my project life pages – but using them on a traditional layout was new.

3) SEWING!!! My dear friend Amy A taught me how to sew on pages the weekend before I made this page – and it was my first attempt at sewing on a page. I LOVE IT and am totally addicted. I’ve always drooled over pages with stitched elements but was afraid to try it. I’m not a seamstress! I don’t really know how to sew – and that held me back. But – NO LONGER! I now need to find space in my craft room to set up my machine permanently!

Here’s the rest of the page:

BeYoutiful 2BeYoutiful3Supplies: Studio Calico: sketch, Cuppa Printables by Hello Forever, fabric butterflies, Mister Hueys, stamps from Cutting Edge class. Paper 3-D elements, buttons by Bo Bunny (LOVE this line!)

Hope this inspires you to try something new! Sewing…digital elements…entering a challenge…get out there and get crafty!

Hello again.

It’s been a VERY busy Spring in Louisville. I’ve had to travel for work, Mike has traveled for work, we’ve had cheer competitions, Passover, Spring Break and my niece’s Bat Mitzvah in Detroit. Life has happened – in a good, and BIG way. No complaints. Not one.

And yet…:) there has been little time for me to play in my craft room. A few weeks ago I found time to play with my friend Amy at a local scrap store and I was able to get 3 weeks done – and once I can get those photos taken, I will post them. My hope is to do that mid-week this week as well as upload some new freebies!! For now, I’d like to share a project I created in just a few short hours on Wednesday night. It was a gift for my niece who has a belief that art can change the word. I couldn’t agree more. The sentiment is “She set out to change the world” – and I believe my niece has already – and will continue to to just that.IMG_1736

It’s all in the details. I had the bulk of the project complete – and then I went in and added all the details. Using my archival inks in black and timber brown, I began stamping using Christy Tomlinson’s doodle stamps. Holy Cow. These things are AWESOME!!! Look at this incredible detail!IMG_1737I also used some of her rub-ons and then doodled the heck out of the piece with my Scarlet Lime journal pen (love this too). My project wouldn’t have been complete without the Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush pens – I always use these to add shading/dimension. Just when I thought I was “done” I decided to add in some Stuido Calico wooden butterflies – coated in Mr. Huey’s, doodling and rub-ons. This one I added a tiny bit of bling to:IMG_1740Thanks so much for stopping by. I will make a concerted effort to getting back to bringing you my Project Life stories and freebies later this week. Have THE BEST day.

My Sweet Girl

Here’s a layout I worked on (my first traditional one of the year!!) using some Heidi Swapp goodness. Loved this teal cheetah paper. I made the hexagon background in Illustrator and pulled it into the Cameo software and cut it out. I used some of the cutouts on the reverse side to fill in some of the gaps. I added some of the Studio Calico hexagon wood veneers. I used some various Close to My Heart sentiment stamps to add some detail.

mysweetgirlI am traveling for work this week so Project Life is on hold for a week. I am awaiting my March Studio Calico kit – I’m bummed it didn’t show up prior to me heading out – I’ll have to wait another whole week to see it — BOO! But, it will be a great little treat for me when I get home. Have a great week, everybody!

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!!

Week 4

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)…

Week 3

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 – 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…