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.

2014 Digital Project Life - September 9 - 19 Using the Project Life App

Sharing another chunk of September today:

I used the Everyday Adventure cards, an in-app purchase. I love the bright colors, and the kit seems quite versatile. I didn't already own this one digitally so I was ok purchasing it. I haven't tried yet but it seems you can print the individual cards out from the app using the collage option, so $1.99 for a kit seems like a great deal when you compare it to the price of the full digital kit that you purchase online. I'm hoping that they will add the ability to type on photos in the app so I can make use of the digital kits I already own a bit easier.

There's a lot of random included in these pages. A shot of my nails, playing play-doh, starting our Disney countdown calendar and receiving our Magic Bands. I added the first set of Halloween cards I made this year, a shot of our office as we are getting ready to move to a new building, and the new freezer we got so we could buy more meat & frozen goods that are on sale. (We have a teeny tiny freezer because we bought an apartment sized fridge when we moved in, and have not replaced it yet. It was necessary to get a chest freezer because we really had trouble storing much in the freezer that's attached to the fridge).

Of course I had to include a note and photo about Brad getting his new iPhone 6 (he upgraded from the old 4), Austin's new Thomas shoes, and a cute little quote from Austin making a Mickey in his play-doh.

All text was added with Rhonna Designs. I got smart this time and added the text to the photo before inserting it into my layout, vs. the other way around (which I did with the first few pages I made). I don't see a way to zoom in on Rhonna so that was a little difficult. Much easier to add the text first.

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.

Happy 'Owl'oween Card

Another Halloween card for you guys today. This one took me a long time to complete, but I'm pretty excited about the result.

I am loving the look of white heat embossing lately, so I decided to take a card base made with Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant card stock, and stamp on spider webs with Versamark, so that I could emboss them. I used the Stampin' Up! white embossing powder. My spider webs are from the Stamps of Life web4us stamp set.  These created a really simple but perfect background for the main card.

The focal point of my card is this die cut black window frame (this is the Small Madison Window die from Memory Box), which features a cute little owl (Stamps of Life moreowls2love stamp set) on a tree branch. I stamped the branch from the Hampton Art Autumn Is In The Air stamp set, onto brown card stock, and then I sponged the edges slightly. I trimmed the branch and the owl body out and then after I'd attached the owl, I stamped in his little legs. I layered these over a piece of Halloween paper from Recollections to create the full scene in the window frame.

The window scene I placed over some Martha Stewart Halloween paper which I punched with an American Crafts border punch. Then I heat embossed "Happy 'Owl'oween" in white (from the Stamps of Life owls2love stamp set) to finish off the card.

Fallen Away - Stolen Moments Featured Kit for October

If you guys are looking for a really lovely fall kit to add to your stash, this month's featured kit at Stolen Moments Design is Fallen Away.

All month long, this kit is 30% off. And if you create a page with this kit, you could win a $10 coupon to Stolen Moments Design's store. Check out this blog post for details.

I had fun making a page about Austin's 6 month photo shoot with the kit, along with a template from Just Jaimee:

I adore the gold wire elements in this kit, along with the glitter! You know I love me some sparkles. :)

Go grab this kit for yourself and start documenting your own fall pics!