New Monthly Pocket Scrapbooking Collection Debut: Memory Pockets Monthly

Happy Halloween everyone! Today I am excited to share with you a brand new monthly pocket scrapbooking collection over at The Lilypad. I've been waiting for a monthly digital subscription kit to arrive, and The Lilypad designers have delivered!

Memory Pockets Monthly is a new monthly collection from designers Allison Pennington, Lili Niclass, Sahlin Studio, Sara Gleason, Valorie Wibbens, and of course, my girl Amber from Stolen Moments Design. There will be a main kit each month, along with add-ons from each of the designers. You can opt to purchase the individual kit, or subscribe for $8.99 a month, which will also give you a discount on the add-ons.

This month's MPM kit is called Gather.

It's a gorgeous fall and Thanksgiving themed kit. I've used elements from this kit, along with add-ons from Stolen Moments Design, to create this page:

I've used Amber's Story Grids template, along with her Gathered In papers and Gather Pocket Squares to document our trip to Parlee Farm last month. I love the colors - they match so nicely with our hay ride and pumpkin picking photos. You can check out all of the add-ons here. Right now they're 30% off too!

I also wanted to let you know that because iDSD is this weekend (that's international Digital Scrapbooking Day) there's a ton of events happening over at The Lilypad. For starters, there's a huge 30% off sale. Plus there are freebies, challenges, and giveaways.

Head on over to The Lilypad's blog to check out their freebie hop and other details about iDSD.

Merry Card

Have been in the mood to make holiday cards recently, and I couldn't wait to start out with this 'merry" die from Stampin' Up!. (This was part of a 3 word thinlit die set, I believe from last year's holiday catalog. I grabbed it when it went on clearance, and I believe it is no longer available).

I started my card by cutting the sentiment out of some American Crafts glitter paper. I knew I wanted to back this with white card stock, but I wanted it to stand out a bit. So I cut a strip of vellum and wrapped it around the white panel, then attached my sentiment by running it through my Xyron.

I thought about stamping the stars onto the background but I didn't have enough variations of sizes of star stamps (say that three times fast). So I used an EK Success star confetti border punch and punched them. The stars are actually glitter washi tape from Tape Works layered over vellum that I ran through my Xyron to get adhesive onto them. I very carefully pulled the backing away using a craft knife.

I finished off the card by running my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen along the edges. I thought it kind of looked life frost, and it gave a nice touch to the edge of the card. Then I just attached the panel to some Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate card stock.

I think the holiday season is definitely my favorite for making cards. There are just so many fun stamps and sparkly products to use!

Love You Card

Back in May, I picked up the Say It-Love You stamp set from Technique Tuesday at CKC:

I love (no pun intended) this stamp set. I like that it can be used for Valentine's Day, or an anniversary, but also, I love the little hearts that are included.

So I was playing around with the set and made this card that I wanted to share with you:

First, I used another Technique Tuesday stamp set, With All My Heart, for the heart design. I stamped with Versamark, then embossed with Stampin' Up! white embossing powder. After I heat embossed the heart, I stamped the "love you" sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I wanted a bit of color to the card, so I cut a strip of paper from an American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray 6x6 paper pad (found at Target), trimmed off 1/2" from the bottom of my card front, and attached the strip to it. Then I added white dashed lines using a Signo Uni-ball white pen. I picked this pen up at CKC and it is now my favorite white pen (though my former favorite, Gelly Roll, is still a very close second).

To finish off the card I rounded the bottom corners using the WRMK yellow-handled Corner Chomper

Happy Birthday Shannon!

Today is the birthday of my very bestest friend in the whole wide world. :)

Shannon and I have been friends ever since 10th grade Spanish class with Senor Rubin. She's been by my side through pretty much every single important thing. She was my maid of honor, the amazing gal who through me the world's most awesome baby shower, and she even held my little baby Austin before I did! She's also been there for countless discussions about men, stupid stuff found on the internet, and poop. She's my sushi and CKC companion, my crafting buddy, and a shoulder to cry on or vent to when I need it. :)

Happy Birthday, my dear Shannon! Love you forever and ever!

Thank You Card - Using Embossing Folder Diffusers

A few weeks ago, I picked up these embossing folder diffusers by Darice. They were less expensive than the Sizzix ones, and they had a few more designs I thought I would use. Having used them, I do think they are thinner than the Sizzix ones and therefor they give a softer transition between the diffused area and the rest of the embossed area, so I'll probably stick the Sizzix ones on my wish list for when I want a more defined edge. But they do work quite nicely:

As you can see, the area around the "thank you" sentiment doesn't have any embossing. This is a great alternative to embossing a full background and stamping a sentiment on a separate punched out shape. The embossing folder I used is Swiss Dots from Cuttlebug.

I colored in my "thank you" (Close To My Heart M1029) with a pink Wink of Stella glitter marker (not the brush tip). I love the sparkle it gives to the card. To match, I pulled some sparkly dots I've had for years out of my stash and added them to the top of the card. These are made by EK Success. They look a bit like sparkly enamel dots in person.

Then I just added the panel to a card base made from Stampin' Up!'s Bermuda Bay card stock. (Such a pretty color!).

Birthday Card

Sharing a birthday card I made for a friend's 1 year old. This card was completely inspired by a lovely baby shower card I found on Pinterest, by Debby of Lime Doodle Design.

This is a great card to use up scraps on (which you know I have an abundance of). I cut the triangles myself, using a paper trimmer to cut a rectangle, and then snipping down the center for the triangle shape. I stamped the "Happy Birthday to you!" using the WPlus9 Strictly Sentiments 5 stamp set and Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Granite. I attached the triangles with tiny foam adhesive squares and added enamel dots.

A very simple card but I really love it!

A Boo-tiful Night

Bee Tree Studios has a super cute Halloween kit releasing today at Scraps-N-Pieces. I am a sucker for all things Halloween, so this was such a fun kit to work with.

The kit is 20% off through October 23, and she's also got an alpha freebie up on her Facebook page for you. Love these bones!

I used a few photos from Austin from last Halloween, along with a template from Scotty Girl Design to make a page for my digiscrap photobook:

I love that the kit has some general fall elements as well, like the leaves and papers, which worked perfectly with the photos we took out in the woods. I also will be using the kit to create some pages after we get back from our Halloween activities at Disney, and those I'll be able to use more of the elements that are Halloween night related. 

Go check out A Boo-tiful Night over at Scraps-N-Pieces, and don't forget to grab the free coordinating alpha at Bee Tree Studios' Facebook page.

I also wanted to let you know that Bee Tree Studios is the featured designer over at Scraps-N-Pieces right now, so in addition to the new kit above, you can save 30% on everything else in her store (doesn't include the new kit or bundles) through the 23rd.

SOSN at The Lilypad - Hear Me Roar

Today is SOSN (Something Old, Something New) at The Lilypad! If you don't know what this is, it means a bunch of products, new and old, are 50% off today only.

Stolen Moments Design has put the Hear Me Roar kit, pocket cards, and bonus alphas on sale for 50% off today.  The colors in this kit are so pretty, I could not wait to make a page with it.

Inspired by my Me at 33 album and Cathy Zielske's Me: The Abridged Version class (which I have to catch up on when we're back from Disney), I decided to make a bit of a "title page" with this kit.

How gorgeous are those glittery alphas? I can see using those for so many different pages. They come in 6 colors so they'll match a lot of the other kits I have. And of course, a wire alpha is really a staple for any digital collection.

Since I have a boy, I don't get a chance to work with as many feminine colors and kits as I'd like. It's hard to find photos to match. So I really enjoyed making this page, with my own photo as the focus.

Head on over to The Lilypad and grab this kit as well as the other items that are all 50% off today only.

2014 Digital Project Life - September 20 Using the Project Life App

I made a full spread, and an insert, for our visit to Parlee Farms.

We spent a day apple picking and choosing pumpkins at a local farm. It turned out to be a beautiful day, and Parlee was a popular spot that day. I ran into my boss, and several other friends of ours were there the same day too.

These pages use the Just Add Color edition, along with a card from the Everyday Adventure edition. Both are in-app purchases.

I added the Pumpkin Patch text, and the "fun" embellishment, using the Rhonna Designs app. 

I also have insert for this spread. A friend of mine on Instagram added some inserts to her 2013 photo book by printing the same page back to back, then trimming it in half after printing. It looked pretty awesome, so I decided to try it here.

This is the full page I made within the app.

When I prepared my pages to add to Shutterfly, I split the layout in half, and I uploaded these two pages back to back. I could have just printed the full page twice, but since I like a wide border, I wanted to remove half of the page so I could trim with a wide border vs. a skinny one.

Really easy to do, and I can't wait to print my book and try this out.

Project Life is an amazing and simple scrapbooking system designed by Becky Higgins. While I often use products created by other designers, I attribute my love of pocket style scrapbooking to Becky and Project Life, which is why I always refer to my pocket pages as Project Life. For more information, please check out Becky's website. If you're new to the blog and you'd like to scroll back through my past few years doing Project Life, you can find all of my Project Life related posts here.  In 2014 I switched to the digital Project Life format, which you can find products for here. Or you can design a page like this one using the brand new Project Life iOS app.

Scrapbooking On The Road: Disney Mini 2014

Last year, I prepared a mini album ahead of time to take on our Disney trip. I enjoyed the preparation as well as doing a little documenting while we were away, and I loved my finished album.

However, I did find that I didn't keep up with documenting while away once we got about halfway through the trip and we became more tired when we returned to the hotel in the evenings. So for this year's trip, I decided to still prep my album in advance, but I will not be bringing it with me.

Instead, I plan to document my journaling (and my iPhone photos) with the Day One app. I've been using the app for several weeks now and I love the clean look and how it documents your location and even the weather at the time you are writing. I love that I can tag entries too. So I plan to write down little notes and journaling throughout each day and that way it will be easier to write it down when I get home.

Now for my album prep. I'm using this really cool chevron burlap album from Simple Stories.

I've got another full mini album full of page protectors in various orientations (including the Insta Pocket pages, and ones from Becky Higgins and October Afternoon). Plus, I have a bunch of sizes of the photo flips:

I decided to choose the Heidi Swapp Favorite Things Project Life kit as the base of my album. The Stampin' Up! Everyday Adventure Collection seems to match this kit nicely, so I pulled out several cards from that kit that I thought would work too.

I found the 6x6 Favorite Things paper pad at AC Moore for just $2.99, so I grabbed that too. Finally I added a few cards from the Heidi Swapp Gold Foil value kit.

Next I grabbed a TON of alphas and thickers that coordinated:

I knew we had so many different things going on this trip that I would need a lot of titles and subtitles. These alphas are from a variety of companies - Jillibean Soup, Simple Stories, Heidi Swapp, Project Life, American Crafts, and even some from the Target Dollar Spot.

Next came embellishments. I expect to add more than this as I'm putting the album together, but these are what I pulled out while working on the album prep:

Those gold and pink Mickey heads came from the parade last year! I saved a ton of them in various colors and they'll be a great addition to this album. I have some sequins, some of the gold foil embellishments from Heidi Swapp, doilies from Stampin' Up!, and stickers from Simple Stories and the Project Life Everyday Adventure accessory kit. I also grabbed my Project Life overlays.

Since I am not sure what photos I'll have for each day, and I didn't want to do what I did last year and pick out specific page protector sizes ahead of time, I opted to just focus on the title page and title cards for each day as prep work. I decided each day would have the same title page orientation (the one with two 3x4 on top and one 4x6). This made it easy to decide on a 3x4 card for each pocket as the title. I found a sketch from Citrus Twist Kits for a Project Life card layout and used that as a guide.

Each title card looks like this - with initials (or a longer title) for where we are that day. The circle has a date stamp in the center (I have blurred the dates out in the photos).

After I made the individual title cards (12 in all), I went to work on the main title page for the album.

I wanted it to be mostly transparent, so you see the photo underneath (which I anticipate being the obligatory photo in front of the castle). We're doing both Walt Disney World and our first Disney Cruise (which is also my first cruise ever), so I put those initials at the top, with the year at the bottom. I made a sequin pocket by gluing sequins to both sides of a transparency cut to 3x4. I don't sew, so this is a good option for a new-sew sequin pocket.

Finally, I decorated the envelope that comes with the album. I'll use this to hold maps and other memorabilia that won't be included in the pockets:

With that, I'm ready for our trip! I can't wait to put this album together when we get home. I think documenting with Day One will really help me stay on track.