2014 Digital Project Life - August 16 - 24

Sharing another spread for August. I'd actually intended to finish August with this spread but had too many photos to fit. So August will just flow into the next spread.

Some faces blurred for privacy

Here's a closer look at the left page:
I included a photo I'd taken of Eddy just being adorable sleepy cute on our bed one afternoon. I also added in a scan of a "wanted" poster of Austin we received from daycare. Of course, I had to write about being selected for Stolen Moments' creative team, and Austin's new favorite movie, Garfield. (We had to get the second one for him too, and he just flip flops between them now). I included his certificate from his first swim class (the second one just started up this month), and a photo from the Red Sox game that Brad and Summer went to.

Right page:

All photos from the BBQ we had on August 24. It was to celebrate Brad & Summer's birthdays, and also as kind of a send off party before Summer headed off to Berklee. 

My template is my pocket template 1, and the freebie photo templates I designed. 

I'm already thinking hard about what to do for 2015. I might to back to that whole creative style I did for the first half of this year, or I might even go back to physical Project Life, in a monthly format. Not sure yet. Right now, the simple style is working so I can just get the memories into my book, but it is a little...plain...for my liking. Any of you thinking 2015 already? What changes are you going to make, if any?

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. 

Happy Halloween cards

Next month, we'll be able to celebrate Halloween a bit early at Disney. Since I've been planning costumes and getting tickets for these activities, I've been in the Halloween mood. So I thought it would be fun to work on some Halloween cards.

My first cards for this year are these two happy pumpkin cards:

I used the same supplies, but made one card vertical and one horizontal.

The card bases are Stampin' Up!'s Elegant Eggplant. I used the yellow polka dot paper from the DCWV Harvest Gathering stack, along with paper from the Recollections Boo Who stack.

My pumpkins were stamped using Stampin' Up!'s Jack of All Trades stamp set, and the Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive ink colors. I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and Memento Tuxedo Black to do the "happy halloween" banner. I die cut the banner with the Bitty Banners Framelits. Finally I just wrapped some black cord around my card, looping it through the tag, and tied a bow.

Fairly easy cards to make. I think the most time consuming part was cutting out the pumpkin. I hope to share a few more cards with you over the next few weeks.

Gracias cards

I made up a pretty simple set of thank you cards using a lovely "gracias" watercolor stamp from Stampin' Up!, along with their Borderettes stamp set. I used the Hero Arts Soft Pool and Charcoal shadow inks, and then added a strip of gorgeous yellow washi along the bottom.

I really just loved that "gracias" stamp so much!

Disney Project Life Album - 2010

It's been awhile since I've posted anything on my Disney Project Life album. The main reason being...I haven't been working on it. So many projects, so little time. I've previously only posted 2006.

Anyway, I skipped ahead several trips because, frankly, I can't really remember little details about them, so I thought I'd tackle an easier year. I did 2010, because it was a pretty memorable trip (both good and bad). I was pretty far along in my pregnancy so I can remember the trip very clearly.

Here is a look at 2010. (Click any photo to view larger).

I chose to use the Project Life Aqua edition. I love the bright colors and there were a few cards I thought fit perfectly (such as the "life does not have to be perfect..." card). On the title card, I added some alpha stickers from Studio Calico to note the month and year of the trip. I didn't do much embellishing, other than the card noting Coronado Springs, to which I added little alpha block stickers and a wood veneer arrow.

We were delayed leaving due to a giant snow storm in the Northeast. If I remember correctly our flight was originally the morning after Christmas and we ended up flying out the next evening. My brand new camera at the time died two days into the trip (which was approximately 4 days after I received it for Christmas, grrr). I was already tired, sick, and sad that I couldn't go on a lot of rides, so the camera breaking just added icing to the cake. But there were some really awesome parts of the trip, so that's why I chose that "perfect" card.

I was able to fill in each page with some journaling. I do wish I'd kept better notes somewhere about these trips. That won't be a problem starting with our trip from last year, because I know better, but it makes me sad that little memories from the trips that I can recall aren't documented - because I'm not even sure which trip they might have happened if I don't have a photo.

We went to see the Christmas lights over at Hollywood Studios. Oh my gosh, best Christmas light display I've ever seen. I really want to go back and do that again some year.

Loved spending New Year's Eve at the Magic Kingdom. I do remember that as one of the nicer memories from the trip. We did have to sit and wait for the fireworks for a good 5 hours (pretty much grabbed our spot as soon as we finished dinner), but it was worth it. We found a little nook between Main Street and Tomorrowland, and a cast member who was helping to direct people kind of guarded our spot all night for us, not letting anyone else steal it from us. She was even really attentive to me and kept asking if I needed anything, which I thought was just so cool. Definitely one of the "magical" things about Disney. And the fireworks, oh my. They were all around the whole park, so it was like you were in the middle of them. And they went on forever.

I also remember the process of leaving the park after the fireworks. We were directed behind the scenes, which was really neat to see. Not someone you get to do every day.

The end of our trip, we spent at Universal. Which was supposed to be the start of our trip but due to the snowstorm, we had to add a day onto the end of the trip and reschedule our Universal night. I am forever thankful for Universal and Southwest being so accommodating to move our return flight and our hotel stay. Seeing the world of Harry Potter for the first time was incredible. I was disappointed that there were no rides in the park that pregnant women are simply "allowed" to go on. I ended up saying screw it and got on a few small rides (like the Cat in The Hat), and ignored the pregnancy warnings.

So even though there were definite negatives to being pregnant at Disney, there were plenty of amazing things to see during the trip too.

There are two trips I still need to print photos for - 2011 (which was just Brad and I) and then 2013 (I did a mini album but I want to get all trips into one series of albums), and we have another one coming up in, eek, about 6 weeks! (This one will be our best ever, I think, we have so much planned). It is fun to relive them as I put together this album.

SOSN! In The Orchard Pocket Cards and We Are Storytellers Sampler

It's SOSN again over at The Lilypad, and today Stolen Moments has two beautiful products for you at 50% off.

First up are the In The Orchard Pocket Cards.

These cards coordinate with the entire In The Orchard collection (papers, elements, and a super versatile cork alpha), released last Friday as part of September's BYOC. I used the whole collection to pull together a spread all about our trip to Smolak Farms two Falls ago. We're planning to go back again this month (they've added a corn maze!), so I thought this collection would be perfect to document the past trip, as well as this year's trip!

Template by Just Jaimee

A closer look at these pages:

You can also get Stolen Moments We Are Storytellers Sampler today at 50% off. This was a past freebie for a limited time, so if you didn't grab it then (shame on you!), go get it now.

This is such a cute mini kit. I used it for a page about a cozy, romantic weekend trip to North Conway Brad and I took last winter.

Template by Cathy Zielske

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Thanks card

Just sharing a card I made a couple of weeks ago. It turned out so cute that I think I might make more of this style.

I used the Stampin' Up! Borderettes photopolymer stamp set and inked up about half of the strip with Hero Arts Tide Pool shadow ink, then stamped several alternating lines. I added the "thanks" stamp from the Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm stamp set (oh my gosh, such a cute font!). Finally I die cut some flowers using the Stamps of Life Mini Flower Dies and added a little rhinestone in the center of each one with some Glossy Accents to hold them in place.

So simple but I think it's adorable!

DIY Card Kit (Part 2 of 2)

A few weeks ago I'd posted about an idea to create my own card kit using my stash. The goal being to actually use all this stuff I have collected. I finished up the 24 cards I'd set out to make, so I wanted to share them with you today.

Here is the second batch of cards.

In the end I now have two dozen cards to add to my stash, so if someone has a birthday or I need a quick thank you card, I can pull from these:

My next kit attempt will be Christmas cards. I'd love to pull together a kit now and get them done well ahead of the Christmas season.

2014 Digital Project Life - August 1 - 15

Just sharing the first half of August today.

Still working with just my pocket templates and these freebie photo templates. (The left page is a new template that I put up in the shop over the weekend).

Here's a closer look at the left page:

I had a lot of vertical orientated photos, so I made up a new template with all 3x4 pockets. For some of them I used the photo templates so that I could add journaling. Others I just created a text box right on top of the white pocket background layer (I turned off the photo layers to get the clean white background in the pockets). Sticking with what I've been doing all year, and marked the month with one of my 2014 month brushes.

I included a screenshot I took on my iPhone from The Killing. Brad and I have a few shows that we watch together, and The Killing was one of them. We were excited, and a little sad, that Netflix put up the final season on August 1st. We watched all of the episodes in I think 3 nights. It ended perfectly, so I am happy, but definitely sad to see these characters go.

I also added in a pocket about Robin Williams passing away. There's only been a couple of celebrity deaths that have really upset me (Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger were two), and Robin Williams dying was just so tragic. It's so sad that he made everyone else laugh but was so depressed that he took his own life.

Finally I included a scan of an invitation we received to Brad's parents' 50th anniversary party. 50 years is a huge milestone!

Here's my right page:

The majority of this page is taken up with photos from the splash park, but I did add another piece of Austin's daycare artwork, movie ticket stubs, a screenshot of a story about Austin I texted to SarahBeth, and the best of all - the results from my first mammogram which say they found no indication of breast cancer. Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer, so it's a huge concern of mine. I'd found something and saw my doctor, and she recommended I get a mammogram. I was terrified that it was going to be painful but I am happy to report that it didn't hurt at all. Not even a pinch, really. What a relief, in so many ways.

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. 

Stolen Moments Design - September Featured Kits

All September, Stolen Moments has two featured kits. This means that you can grab them for 30% off all September, but today you can grab them for 50% off as part of The Lilypad's SOSN sale.



These two kits are designed to work together, and they do. Check out this page I made about Summer's School of Rock Metallica performance (which I made before we knew her dorm room was called The Metallica Room).

If you make a page with either of these kits, you can earn a chance to win $10 to Stolen Moments' shop. Click here to check out more inspiration from the team and details on how to win.

Traditional Scrapbook Layout - Go Forward

Oh, I am soooo excited to share this page with you today!

We moved Summer into her dorm on Sunday, and I had already planned to take some pictures so I could scrapbook them. I sat down yesterday to make a page and...ahhh! I'm just so happy with how it turned out!

I started with a sketch I'd pinned awhile back from Studio Calico:


I think this is for an 8.5x11 layout, but I scrap 12x12, so I knew I'd have to play around a bit. I printed one photo 4x6 and then the other five smaller (just under 2" each) and then arranged them around the rest of the grid. From this point I just went in my own direction from the sketch.

For my background paper, I chose a music note patterned paper from the Capture Life collection by Echo Park. I chose a city scape themed chevron pattern from the same line for just under half of the page as well, cutting off most of the city from the paper, since I was pretty sure it was not Boston and I couldn't make myself use a different city.

On top of those two patterns, and behind my grid of photos, I added a sheet from the Studio Calico Abroad collection. After I'd chosen the paper collection to work with, I spotted the Heidi Swapp embellishments from the Project Life Foil Value Kit and knew I wanted to use those too. Gold makes me happy.

In the top corner of the grid, I used an "adventure" heart sticker from the Capture Life collection, along with a "hello" chipboard embellishment from the Foil Value Kit. I also added in a gold arrow from the kit under my title. I had some gold foil alphas from American Crafts that I'd been using in my never-completed December Daily album, so I used them for my main title.

Then for the subtitle I used the October Afternoon's Daily Flash Meringue alpha stickers.

In the bottom right corner I added part of a doily from Stampin' Up! (also used up near my title), and then clustered some hearts and some of the gold chipboard dots and arrows from the Foil Value Kit. Some gold striped washi finished off the page for me.

Seriously just so happy with this. The gold and turquoise and feminine accents like the doily just make my heart sing. Being a mom of a toddler boy, I don't get to use feminine accents all that often, so I am really happy when I get the chance.

So, Summer is off at Berklee orientation this week. Her room actually has a name, the Metallica room, which I think is pretty sweet, and very fitting, as she'd previously done an entire show at School of Rock based on Metallica, and I believe she auditioned for Berklee with a Metallica song. Moving her in was an experience. I commuted to Bentley, so I never had that dorm experience. This was all new to me. It was really cool to see her starting off on her college journey.