Life Update

I feel like it's been awhile since I've had much to say here...
Life has been a little crazy lately. I am taking on a new role at my company, in addition to my current job (which really has over time combined functions from several other individuals as well), and I've been working long days and nights and weekends for the past few weeks. I haven't had much time at all for crafting, especially with the holiday season.

But if you're curious about what I'm up to, follow me on Instagram. :) 

Most recently, we've been doing holiday stuff, like decorating our tree:






Our traditional 25 days of books leading to Christmas:





And attending my company holiday party:



Anyway, I'm itching for some crafty time soon, so hopefully I will have some projects to share with you. I've also decided to go back to paper Project Life for 2015 after doing 2014 digitally, so I'll be sharing pages with you next year. I'll still be digi-scrapping, because I LOVE it so much. But I miss those pocket pages! Still deciding on weekly vs. monthly vs. chronologically. If I do go weekly, I'll probably limit it to 1 page per week instead of 2. I'm hoping to fit more than 1 year in a binder that way.

Austin's continuing to grow way too fast for my liking. He can write now, and spell 8 different words, plus we're working on that swapping the first letter of the word thing to make new ones...






Of course everyone thinks their kid is a genius. But really... he's a 3 and 3/4 year old genius! :) (Totally kidding-I know he's on par with the other kids in his daycare class).


I hosted Thanksgiving for my family and decorated our mantel (for approximately 1 week before I took them down to put up the Christmas decorations):


I finished all of my Christmas shopping on December 7! New record for me. I still need to wrap everything, of course, but I'm done shopping, and that makes me feel very happy.

That's most of what's been going on. Hopefully I can get on here soon with some crafty things! Hope all of you are doing well!

Christmas Wish

This month's featured kit over at Stolen Moments Design is Christmas Wish:

http://the-lilypad.com/store/smd-christmas-wish.html

I adore the glittery alpha in this kit, and the colors are just so pretty and different than most Christmas kits. The purple actually matched perfectly with my photos from Austin's first Christmas:


Now, as usual, because Christmas Wish is a featured kit, it is 30% off all month long at The Lilypad. But because it is part of today's SOSN, and is 50% off today only! That means you can grab it for just $3!

If you make a page with Christmas Wish, post it to a public gallery and comment over on Stolen Moments Design's blog post, you'll be entered for a chance to win a $10 coupon to her store.

Happy Scrapping!

Memory Pockets Monthly: Joy

The December Memory Pockets Monthly kit is up, and it's gorgeous! Joy is so perfect for documenting your holiday season:


And of course, all of the designers have amazing add-ons. Stolen Moments Design has four!


I've used all four (Pocket Full of Joy, Pocket Full of Joy: Gilded, Joyful Papers and Joyful Elements) to create these mini pocket pages:

Pockets from Valorie Wibbens

You can get Joy by itself, or subscribe for a super discount, plus 35% off any of the add-ons. Right now, all add-ons are 30% off through Monday.  Check out the whole collection here.

Black Friday Starts Now!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/perfectloop
Starting the holiday shopping season a couple of days early. Now through Sunday you can save 50% off your entire purchase in my Etsy shop. If there are some digital items you've been waiting to get, now's a great time to stock up. Just enter coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY2014" when checking out.

I've got a couple of items perfect for the holiday season. I have a set of grid journaling cards with Christmas colors, great for pocket scrapbooking or holiday albums:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/168198003/christmas-striped-journalers-set-of-28


If you're looking to add a fun touch to your gifts, I have a great set of printable gift tags that you can mix and match to create a customized look:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/168957864/printable-christmas-gift-tags


And for the start of a new year, I have the full collection (individual months are also available in the shop) of my day overlays:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119290417/366-days-4x6-photo-overlays-full

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving if you're celebrating!

2014 Digital Project Life - Nov 3 - 9

Sharing another Project Life layout using the Project Life app.

I know for sure I'll be using the app to finish up 2014. But I'm not sure what I want to do for 2015 yet. I know I want to keep documenting, but I'm not sure what format I'd like to use. I'm enjoying both the physical and the digital scrapbooking I've been doing. I really do enjoy not having to print photos each week, but I'm missing a little bit of that hands-on creativity you get with the physical product. And the app is very convenient, but I do miss being able to use some embellishments and other kits. I have some decisions to make in the next few weeks, for sure!

Anyway, on to my layout:


I used the Azure edition for this one. And for once I changed it up and didn't use a white background. I just thought white didn't go with the cards in this kit. 
I added in the text on the photos with the Rhonna Designs app, and the "Nov 2014" from my 2014 Monthly brush set. The rest was all done in the app.

I added photos of the gym and my cube at our new office building. This was a really big deal for us to move into a new, professional space, so I wanted to document it. I actually have a whole bunch of photos of the move but I didn't add them all in here - I'm still pulling together my Week In The Life pages and the move is documented during that week. However Monday the 3rd was the first day in the new office so I had to include at least a few pictures.

Brad and I attended a Celtics game so I added in a selfie of us at the game. I also included a picture of Austin carrying my purse, something he asked to do one morning.
Brad has been really great lately sending me photos when he's not with me, so that I can include them in Project Life. I've taught him well, it seems, but it did take a good 3.5 years to train him! :) Anyway, I thought it was cute that he sent me a selfie from the dentist, so of course that had to be included. And then another from his weekly game night.

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.

2014 Digital Project Life - Sept 21 - Oct 12

I have a digital Project Life spread to share with you today. This was done with the Project Life app, using the Strawberry Edition.


I did add some text on my pictures using the Rhonna Designs app, and the "Oct 2014" brush from my 2014 Monthly Brushes set.

Here's a closer look at the left page:
Austin visited my (now old) workspace and wrote his name, along with Grammy and Grampy on my whiteboard. I think it's amazing that he's learning to spell (at the time I'm writing this he's up to 8 words), so I wanted to document that. Plus, I couldn't take my white board to my new office space, so I had to record this with a photo to save it.

I added in a photo of some artwork that Austin had done at daycare. I love including pieces of his art in my spreads.

Here's a look at the right page:
On this page I added just a few random photos. We didn't have much going on in the beginning of October because we were so busy preparing for being out of town (and out of the country) for two weeks, so there really weren't that many memories to document. I did include a photo of the leaves that Austin collected one evening at the playground, and a "Survivor Selfie." We've been watching Survivor every Wednesday as a family, so I thought it was important to include this. I also added in pictures from mine and Austin's flu shot appointments, and a story about something Austin said to me one morning.

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.

Wreath Holiday Card


WPlus9 has this gorgeous Woodland Wreaths stamp set that I ordered a couple of months ago. I actually had to find it from a seller on Etsy because it was sold out on their site as well as on Simon Says Stamp.


Something about the idea of stamping layers of the wreath in different colors got me really excited. I anticipate using this stamp often in my holiday card making.

This is the first card I made using this stamp set:



For the wreath, I first stamped the greenery with Stampin' Up! Garden Green ink. Then I went in with Real Red for the berries and the flowers. I colored the centers with a Gelly Roll Metallic gold pen. I stamped "peace" in the center using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then hand cut the wreath. (There is a matching die but I don't have it). Finally I die cut a bow with glitter card stock (DCWV) and the bow die from the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer die set. I also added a touch of glitter to the flowers with a Wink of Stella brush pen.


I embossed a piece of white card stock with the Stampin' Up! Woodgrain folder so that the wreath appeared to be sitting on a door. I punched out a little black circle and used Glossy Accents to make a doorknob. My card base is red card stock (not sure of the brand).

I just love this holiday set and I can't wait to make more cards with it, now that Christmas is just around the corner!


Birthday Card And New Portable Card Photo Studio


As I mentioned earlier this week, my best friend Shannon recently had a birthday. We couldn't get together until this past Sunday, however. This weekend I gave her one of my favorite cards I've ever made...which took me about three hours to do. But hey, if you're going to spend three hours making a card, it should be for someone special. Really, the reason it took me that long was that I tried way too many different techniques all on one card, and I was having a few issues with my embossing.

Anyway, before I get into the card, I wanted to quickly show you my new portable DIY card photo studio. I have a light tent, but I find it to be too big to keep open all the time, and bigger than I need for photographing cards. I had the idea to try to make my own out of a cardboard box and vellum. As I was looking around for a box, however, I suddenly thought, why not try a clear box instead of cutting apart a cardboard one.

So I found this great file box at Target that sits flat when placed on its side. It was also on sale, a bonus. I added a couple of sheets of vellum, and a small section cut from the photography backdrop I have been using for my headshots. (This is actually a roll of bulletin board paper I found at Michaels. It's very long, so cutting a small section from one end didn't matter). I already had the two desk lamps (previously purchased from Target).


Look how nice the picture comes out after being taken with the card placed in this tiny little box:


I may change the backdrop out occasionally, but I love how convenient the box is. I can just put the lid on top as well to keep the backdrop from getting dusty or damaged.

Back to the card. I have a few new stamp sets I wanted to use. One of them was a Simon Says Stamp Lawn Fawn exclusive, called Feathered Friends. I used the birds, "friend" (I cut apart the "hello friend" stamp) and the feathers. The words "for my" and "best" came from The Stamps of Life tinytitles2stamp set (again, I cut apart a couple of the stamps). If I know I'm not going to sell a stamp set later on down the road, I have no problem cutting or modifying the stamp to fit what I need. Just a tip when thinking about how to stretch your stamps.

The "happy birthday" is from the Handwritten Borders stamp set. When I saw this set I knew I had to have it. I love handwritten stamps and fonts so much.


I stamped "happy birthday" in Versamark on a sheet of vellum, and used black embossing powder (Recollections brand) and my Martha Stewart heat gun to emboss. I don't know the reason why, but heat embossing over vellum looks so elegant and smooth. I think I gave a little squeal of delight when I finished heat embossing that.

I also heat embossed the bird stamp, but on card stock, and then I colored the birds with my Copics and Spectrum Noir markers. (Copic #s Y02, Y06, and Y08, and Noir #'s OR1, BT4 and BT5). This is the set of Copics I have had since 2011 and I haven't purchased any others.  I attached the birds with tiny foam dots. The legs I actually embossed on the vellum, because those would have been impossible to cut by hand. When the card was finished, I added Glossy Accents to the birds' beaks.

For the cloud background, I used a sheet of white card stock. I punched out several clouds using Fiskars cloud punches, and then attached them with temporary adhesive. I then used the Stampin' Up! mister tool (this is the same tool with Tim Holtz' branding on it, since SU no longer sells it) and my Copic Ciao markers(BG10) to mist the card stock. Then I just removed the cloud shapes.

Finally I stamped "for my best friend" using Versamagic Turquoise Gem ink, and added a bit of Gelly Roll Clear Star over the "best friend" part.

For the card base, I used Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay card stock (cut so that the card was 5.5"x7") and stamped the feathers all around the edges using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.


And of course, Shannon loved it (like she'd tell me if she didn't!).

A Season To Remember: SOSN at The Lilypad!

Today is SOSN at The Lilypad, and today you can get this gorgeous collection of pocket cards from Stolen Moments at 50% off:

http://the-lilypad.com/store/a-season-to-remember-pocket-cards.html

These cards coordinate perfectly with the A Season To Remember papers and elements, which were released as part of this month's BYOC at The Lilypad.

I used the pocket cards, papers, and elements, along with a fabulous template from Amy Martin Designs to create this page, documenting the days leading up to last Christmas.


Making this page certainly put me in the holiday spirit. This collection is seriously gorgeous, and would be lovely for use in a December album. Go grab the pocket cards, 50% off today only!

Craft Room Art

My BFF SweatyGirl just had a birthday, and since she has a super cute organized craft room (thanks to yours truly, hehe), I thought I'd make her a little art piece to hang on the wall.


I purchased this frame at Michaels. It's a shadowbox style frame, which I needed so that I could add some embellishments behind the glass. The word art was cut with my Silhouette Portrait, using this design from the Silhouette store. I just cut it out of a sheet of black card stock.


I punched three butterflies using this Martha Stewart punch, glued them in the center, and fluffed up the top two layers so that it gave the butterfly dimension. I then added a little half-pearl in the center. I just used the Tombow Mono Multi-Glue to attach (this stuff is my new favorite liquid adhesive).

The flowers were die cut using these dies from The Stamps of Life. More pearls finished off the centers of the flowers.


This really was a simple project but I think it turned out so pretty. And Shannon LOVED it :)