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:


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 :)

Amazon Prime Photos - Free Unlimited Photo Storage

Amazon just announced something that makes my heart happy:


Anyone who knows me, knows I am a freak about photo backup. In fact, here's my crazy post about how I'm currently backing up photos.

I'm super excited to have another cloud based option, and free to me with my Amazon Prime membership.

I already loved Amazon Prime for their shipping benefits, streaming movies, and Kindle library. And I love their Prime music app for my iPhone. This is a huge added bonus to me.

So if you haven't already signed up for Amazon Prime, but want to take advantage of their new free unlimited photo storage, click here to sign up!

Better Together: November Featured Kit at Stolen Moments Design

Each month, Stolen Moments Design has a featured kit that is 30% off all month long. Did you know that if you scrap a page with her featured kit and comment on her blog, you could win a $10 coupon to her store?

This month's featured kit is Better Together:

I saw this kit and immediately thought it would be perfect to make a page about my BFF. :)

I am a sucker for pears, and I know Shannon is too! :) This kit is just so cute!

So go grab Better Together this month for 30% off, and upload your page so you can enter to win a $10 coupon to Stolen Moments' store! Click here for more info.

November Bits N Pieces: Family Time

Today the Scraps N Pieces November Bits N Pieces (say that 3 times fast) is up! This is a huge set of coordinating products, and each piece is just $1 for the first week of the month.

Bee Tree Studios has three awesome pieces to contribute this month:

There are papers, elements, and an alpha, and when you collect all three of her pieces you'll have this adorable kit:

I used Family Time for this page. This also uses Bee Tree Studios' Wanderlust template.

And in honor of iDSD, Scraps N Pieces is having a 50% off store wide sale. So, get shopping (and scrapping)!

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!