Organized Project Life Cards & Link Party!

Just wanted to post a little project I've been working on for organizing my Project Life cards. It's not quite finished but I'm almost there.

I purchased this 3x4 magazine cut file for Silhouette from Lori Whitlock and went about making them for my 3x4 cards.

I didn't use the brackets in the design for my labels - it was easier for me to make a punched label using my Petite Curly Label punch from Stampin' Up! and write in the contents of each box.

I loved using up some of my Project Life designer paper to cover the boxes and for the inside tabs.

For my 4x6 cards, I had intended to use this design, which I also purchased, however...I can't do it on my Portrait canvas, you need 12x12. :( Boo.

So I found an alternative which I actually love even more.

This gorgeous box (which, by the way, is great quality, and came packaged exceptionally well, I think) holds a ton of 4x6 cards and it comes with dividers. (Which are labeled A-Z on one side and blank on the I just flipped them around!). It comes in a dozen different colors too.

I have a couple of boxes I need to cut and finish up a few remaining cards, but then all of my Project Life cards will have a home. The only cards not in these boxes are my Olive and Blush core kits because they're new and full and I like having those separated in their own original boxes. All of the cards I've sorted in my photos above are from partial kits or free downloads or little packs here and there, and the mini kits, of course, because there are so few cards it didn't make sense for me to keep them in their boxes.

And now, a link up! Leave a link to your blog post below showing off how you organize your own Project Life cards and/or supplies. I'd love to gather a whole big link list to refer back to. I am obsessed with organizing and would love to see how all of you are doing it.

Memorial Day At The Beach

 shot with iPhone 5

This past Memorial Day, Brad and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and take Austin to the beach. I hadn't been up to Hampton Beach in NH for years, and it was fun to see all the beautiful renovations they've done along the boardwalk.

I brought my Nikon and my iPhone, and to be perfectly honest, I loved my iPhone pictures the best. But I'm sharing some from each here.  All of these photos were processed in Photoshop using the Workflow Essentials action set from Welton Arruda. The original photos were just fine, but I adore soft, vintage style beach photos and wanted to try processing these in a similar manner. I used the Beach Vintage, Buttercream, and Ocean Air color filters.

 shot with Nikon D3100

We first walked up and down the boardwalk, stopping to take Austin on the playground. He would have stayed here all day if we let him! (What kid wouldn't?)

 Nikon D3100

After our walk, we spent some time on the beach. Love this photo of my boys checking out the ocean.

 iPhone 5

The waves crashed beautifully, still a bit choppy from the storms the days before and the water was bitterly cold!

 Nikon D3100

 iPhone 5

Favorite part of the day was just relaxing on the sand while the boys played. 

 iPhone 5 front camera

  iPhone 5 front camera

  iPhone 5 front camera

Sometimes the best photos aren't perfect. Austin's eyes are closed in this one but I just couldn't delete this happy face from my camera.

 Nikon D3100

Another imperfect shot. Brad's in the process of getting up to chase after Austin.

Nikon D3100

That was our Memorial Day! The rest of the weekend rained so it was nice to get out and enjoy the sun. 

I wanted to quickly remind everyone that on Saturday June 1st I'll be posting a new freebie. I'm quite excited about this one and I hope you will be too!

Project Life 2013: Week 19

Welcome to Project Life 2013, week 19. If you're new to my blog, make sure you check out my post about my 2013 album.

Pinks and yellows seemed to be the tone for this week. Here's my full spread.

And a look at the left side.

I love that "life with you" brush from Lori Whitlock. And the "Always Be You" card from Studio Calico. I played around with some word stickers from My Mind's Eye on the tree photo. I love how they look all together.

Tickets from Super Why were added to the layout as well, on top of Studio Calico card.

Right side:

That "hello" sticker is from Jillibean Soup. I love these but they weren't fully cut and it was difficult to get it off the sticker sheet. The "mommy" card was from Studio Calico. Just love the simplicity of it. I added a token from Fun World, where we spent Mother's Day. The journaling card is from the Clementine Edition, still one of my favorites because of the soft colors.

I had an insert this week too. I used a 6x12 page protector and just slid in the Mother's Day gift Austin made at daycare.

Behind that, I added the cards he and Summer gave me. I didn't trim the page protector this time, just left it as it was.

It's funny, I didn't like this layout when I'd completed it, but when I look back at the photos of it, it works. I think sometimes I'm too much of a perfectionist. One thing I find with my Project Life album is that even if I don't really love a layout one week, when I look back at the album as a whole, it fits. Because each spread is different for me and they all go together well.

Washi Tape Jar

Realized when trying to comment on another blog that I never posted this on here (though I did post it on Instagram).

Got this super cool glass jar for $3 at the flea market last month for my Washi Tape!

I've added a few rolls since then too, tee hee. But I love how much it'll hold!

Sending You Love Card

Made a card last night with a new set of stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.

I die cut the mason jar from a piece of Stampin' Up!'s Pool Party card stock. Then on a sheet of white card stock I stamped in some of the hearts from the Lawn Fawn set and the lid lines (which I extended with a Basic Black marker from SU) and scallops. I couldn't find a small stamp with the right look, so I hand wrote in the L O V E letters onto the hearts.

"Sending you" was part of a stamp from The Stamps of Life ladybugs2love set. I just colored part of the stamp with a Basic Gray marker.

The card took awhile to make, mostly because lining up the image underneath with the jar cutout needed to be precise and I wasn't really sure what I wanted the final card to look like. But I love how it turned out!

Supplies Used:
Martha Stewart Scoreboard
X-Acto Paper Trimmer
Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm stamps
Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm dies
The Stamps of Life ladybugs2love stamps
Stampin' Up! Basic Gray card stock
Stampin' Up! Pool Party card stock
Stampin' Up! Pool Party ink
Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink ink
Stampin' Up! Basic Black marker
Stampin' Up! Basic Gray marker
Stampin' Up! Pool Party marker
American Crafts Precision Pen (.01)
Copic (Ciao) C-1

Two things

1 - if you guys have the Basic Grey transparencies from the Studio Calico kit (or just from ordering them in general), there's a protective film on them!

2 - the Epiphany Crafts epoxy shape system is super fun. I made these little washi tape pennants last night and am so in love. You can grab the pennant punch here on Amazon. You'll need the epoxy shapes too if you want to make them like flair.

How to keep Project Life cheap.

I'll preface this entry by saying flat out, I don't do most of this. I like the extra stuff. I like lots of product. However, it is easy to be overwhelmed with all that's out there. For someone who wants to keep this simple and cost-effective, but still get their stuff documented using the Project Life system, here are some tips, now that Project Life will be in stores.

By the way, this is for the US, specifically areas that have Hobby Lobby or Michaels or other retailers that accept coupons. I'm sorry, I can't say whether international local retailers accept them or what their prices are. 

Keeping it simple, here's what you need to do it:

Simplest form = binder, core kit, pocket pages, photos, pen. That's IT. If you prefer rounded corners, you'll want to add a corner rounder. 

Here's how to keep this cheap:

For the products - use a 40% discount coupon at Hobby Lobby (or I believe Michaels when they roll theirs out, though I don't want to stay for certain they'll take a coupon. But HL does).  Go back multiple days if you have the ability (if they're close to you). This means:

Binder - regularly $19.99 is now $11.99
Core kit - regularly $29.99 is now $17.99
Pages - regularly $29.99 is now $17.99

Total cost of specific Project Life brand products = $47.97. This can be per year, this can be for MANY years of photos. It totally depends on your manner of scrapping. 

For the pens, I love my American Crafts Precision Pens, which are the same as the Project Life brand ones. AC pens on Amazon are currently $12.43 with free Prime shipping for a 5 pack. The 3 pack at Hobby Lobby is $6.99, and if you use a coupon they're $4.19 for the pack. So you can get really great journaling pens for less than $5. (Or you can also just use a ballpoint if you prefer that, there's no rules here). 

For prints - there are so many places you can print. I like Walgreens if I print out of the house because they don't have a service charge for small orders (weekly orders of 7ish prints was costing me $1.50 surcharge at CVS). at 19 cents a print, with about 364 photos in a year long album, prints come to $69.16. 

If you can live with them not being perfect 4x6 size, Shutterfly quite often has free print specials, and they also have prepaid plans where you can purchase $400 photos for around $44, which could cover you for the year as well. I've found their shipping charges to be a bit high though, just being honest. And the non 4x6 size really bothers me.

Of course, you may find better pricing at your local place - Walmart or Costco, etc. I don't know their specials or pricing. Also, there are always specials at Walgreens and CVS too, so pay attention, and stock up when those run and you'll save even more.

All in all, you can do Project Life simply for one year by spending approximately $121. Or you can put in a dozen years worth of pictures of specific events (all depending on how many photos you take) for the same price. I know I could catch up on my entire prior-to-wedding scrapbooking for the $121. 

Anyway, I'm sure many of you know this or have found ways to keep it simple. I wanted to post this for the newbies, the ones who are looking at all the embellishments and fluff and going "oh my goodness I can't afford to buy all that stuff" and show you that you don't need to. You can keep it simple. :)

New Shop Items: 3x4 Life Overlays & Cards

I have two new shop items to share with you today. I created a set of 8 photo overlays in 3x4 size, perfect for Project Life.

These overlays come in PNG format in both black and white (though you of course can recolor them to anything you like). I like to reduce the opacity a little so that some of my photo peeks through as you can see in the example:

These overlays also come with a printable version if you'd like to use them as journaling cards. Now here is where I want to tell you about a product I found.

On Amazon, I found this American Crafts white textured solid core card stock and decided to give it a try on journaling cards I print. It is GORGEOUS.

Just look at this texture:

If you print the PDF included in the download, here's what you'll see:

Lovely! I've added faint cut lines so that you can easily trim the cards once they're printed.

The second shop item that I wanted to tell you about is a printed set of these cards. For those of you who'd just like a set of the cards without purchasing a pack of the paper yourself or perhaps you don't own a printer, I'm releasing (in limited quantities) a set of these cards, printed by me, shipped to you. I print them on my Epson, and I trim them myself with my paper trimmer, so the work is done for you. You'll get the set of 8 cards on this gorgeous American Crafts textured card stock.

Oh, and for anyone who wonders, I wrote on this card stock with one of my American Crafts Precision Pens (which are supposed to be the same as the Becky Higgins branded ones coming out soon and oh by the way are my absolute favorite journaling pens ever) and they work beautifully.

I may start printing all of my journaling cards on this card stock, it's just so pretty!

Click here to get the overlays, and click here to order a set of printed cards.

Craft Room Update

I am forever rearranging my craft space. I'd like to say that this is finally the space that works for me but you all know that's probably not true :)

I will say, however, that this is an organized and efficient space now, and I have every intention of it staying this way for awhile. Eventually, our plan is to finish our attic and that will become my craft room. But that is dependent on so many things. For now I'm in our extra bedroom so this means nothing installed on the walls that we'd later need to take down.

Anyway, here's what my space looks like after this past weekend. I apologize that these photos are so bad. I am in need of a decent wide angled lens. I used the kit lens and it's pretty distorted at the wide end.

This is the view from the door. I think the room is about 12 feet by 14 feet, if I recall correctly the last time I measured.  

 Views from other corners of the room:

I'd written previously about using some bed risers under one of my Ikea tables because I wanted a counter height workspace. I've moved the table, as you can see, but I still LOVE the bed risers. It's easier on my back and allows for storage underneath.

Under the table I have a clear stacking bin system that I got for just $10 (actually, less, this is only 2/3 of it) at the flea market. They were brand new, marked as "drawer liners." I found them after quite a bit of Googling, and found out they all stack together so you can slide one out without the others falling down. They're spacious and perfect for storing my craft supplies.

Here's a close up of a few of the bins. I love that I can see exactly what is inside. I cleared out something like 20 or so smaller bins and several cubes and drawers of all of this stuff into this one system that fits nicely under the table.

Here's a couple really distorted photos of my Ikea cubes (see how the lines curve? Terrible!). On the top right I have my Big Shot and a $3 metal basket from the flea market to hold my thin metal dies. (I have my large Sizzix dies in those plastic sliding bins under the table).

Down on the bottom rows I have all of my Stampin' Up! stamps and my clear stamps organized in bins.

When I'd moved the Ikea cubes on top of each other, I needed something attractive but useful above them. I found these huge baskets at Christmas Tree Shops. They hold a ton of stuff. I actually have only filled two of them so far. Eventually once they are full I'll be making some hang tags to label them. Right now one holds all of my shipping supplies and another holds all of my chipboard.

Over to my work table. I have this Ikea gateleg table that I LOVE. I bought it years ago, back at my old condo, and I won't give it up. It's perfect because when I need space it folds away. It seats four people comfortably (not that I ever have that many in my craft room at once), and has drawers on both sides. It is SOLID. Heavy wood. Right now I only have half open (I'll open the other half when Lindsay or Shannon come over to craft) so I can walk around easier in the room. Plus, I only need half the space to work and when I open the entire table I find I can easily clutter it with stuff.

I set up a "card making" station on another Ikea table right next to the desk. I actually have two of these table next to each other. On this table, I wanted easy access to my inks, my markers, and most especially, punches. I had my punches in a drawer previously and found I wasn't using them enough. This past weekend I found a metal basket at the flea market for $1, and it is perfect! I can see the punches I should be using or want to be using easy and they're all contained in the basket. I can move it aside if I need extra space.

I actually do have more punches than this, but the rest are either really big, or seasonal, so I've tucked those away in my drawer.

I put my Stampin' Up! ink spots and my Memento teardrop ink spots into these Iris photo containers. They fit several of them perfectly and I can see which colors are in there through the tops. 

The Ikea tables I mentioned above line up with another Ikea corner table where I have my Mac and my Silhouette and Epson Workforce printer.

Finally, I kept the Project Life station I'd discussed here, but I moved it when I moved the table. I've got the sticker stadium on top of a 9 cube organizer, along with a Recollections drawer/filing thing from Michaels. I also added two small cube systems from Target to the table, where I'll be housing all of my journaling cards. (That, by the way, is a project I'm in the middle of that I'll post about later on when it is finished).

That's it for now. That's my room. I love it when it's so neat. It makes me feel inspired to create. Now, if I can just figure out where I've stored extra time. Once I find that, the projects will come! :)