Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Project Life Class

On Sunday, I hosted my first Project Life class.  It was so much fun, and we all accomplished so much!  We each did a whole album full of pages (it IS that easy)!  I have just a little bit of embellishing left to do on the rest of them, but here's a sneak peek of one of the pages. 

I haven't done the journaling yet, but you can see that the cards leave plenty of space for that.  

Project Life by Stampin' Up! is available in several different themes. We used the "Everyday Adventure" kit for this class.   If you are unfamiliar with Project Life, it is a memory keeping system based on simplicity. The pocketed page protectors allow you to choose where to put your photos, then you simply add the Project Life cards into the remaining pockets, and embellish with any of the matching accessories or Stampin' Up! coordinating products (and, because it's Stampin' Up!, you know the colors are going to coordinate)!

Did you know that there is also a Project Life app?  You can do all your pages digitally, and then print at your favorite print service.  How much easier can this get?!!?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Gratitude Journal

I've recently begun journaling - specifically gratitude journaling  It helps me appreciate the positives in my life.  As soon as I saw the sentiments in the For All Things stamp set, I knew it would be perfect to decorate a new gratitude journal with.

I started with a composition notebook, which I purchased from Amazon.  I covered it with a piece of Designer Series Paper, and then added a strip of Blackberry Bliss cardstock to cover the binding (it's kind of hard to see in the picture because of the dark background.)

The leaves are stamped from the For All Things stamp set, and cut using my paper snips.  The greeting was cropped with the Deco Labels Framelits die, then popped up using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I added gold baker's twine for the perfect finishing touch.  I can't wait to start using it!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pennant Punch Candy Corn Tutorial

On Friday, my scrapbooking group starts a new album.  This is a sneak peek of the layout we will be doing.  That adorable candy corn paper on the bottom is from the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper pack. 
Don't you just love the matching candy corn "embellishments" I made using the Pennant Builder Punch?  They are super easy to make!  Here's how to make them:
  1. Punch out three of the scalloped pennants - one in Pumpkin Pie, one in Crushed Curry, and one in Whisper White.
  2. Cut the top two scallops off the Crushed Curry piece, as well as the bottom three scallops. 
  3. Cut the Whisper White piece in half. 
  4. Adhere the Whisper White piece on the Pumpkin Pie piece, and then overlap the Crushed Curry piece just a little to create the candy corn.
Are you interested in joining my scrapbooking group?  We meet once a month to make a 2-page 12x12 layout.  At the end of the year, we each have a completed album!  We are meeting this Friday, so if you would like to join, please email me as soon as possible so I can make sure to have enough kits prepped.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Christmas Card Swap

Wow!  Does anyone else think that September flew by in record speed?  I haven't posted a new entry all month!

I participated in a Christmas card swap last month.  I'm here today to share with you all the amazing cards I received back!  (You can view my entry here.)  Remember, this is a swap, so I can't take credit for any of these ideas.  If I received contact information along with the card, I am including it, but I don't know who created all of these wonderful cards.  If any of these cards are yours, please let me know and I will be happy to credit you!

Card by Denise Beam James, My Stampin' Treasures

Card by Nancy J Campbell - visit her on Facebook

Card by Pat Crawford

Card by Terry & Sharon Fisher

Friday, August 29, 2014

Halloween Treat Swap

Did you know that Halloween is my favorite holiday?  I don't know what it is, but something about costumes and scary stuff and candy just gets me so excited!  I've loved Halloween as long as I can remember.  Usually, I plan out my costume months (or years) in advance!

Here is one of my first Halloween projects for the year.  If you follow my Facebook page, you probably already saw the wreath I made a couple weeks ago.  Because there are so many adorable Halloween stamps in this year's Holiday Catalog, I'm sure I will be sharing many more projects in the next several weeks.

This fun treat holder is another one of my swap projects.  I used the Fry Box Bigz L die to crop the base of the treat holder.  The liner is cut with that same die, using the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.  The minute I saw this paper, I was in love!!!

That cute tag on the front?  It's part of the Merry Everything stamp set, and punched out with the new Note Tag Punch.  The finishing touch?  White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim to tie up the top and keep those yummy peanut butter cups nice and safe!

Here's a picture of it all put together.  I'm seriously considering making up a few dozen and handing them out at one of my upcoming classes.  I hope you're there if I do!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek

In honor of the Holiday catalog launch tomorrow, I have a little sneak peek for you using some of the really awesome new products!  Honestly, I haven't been so excited about a holiday catalog EVER!  There are so many cute things in this one...my wish list is huge!

This card uses the new Festival of Trees stamp set and matching Tree Punch (available as a bundle).  The stamp set is one of MANY photopolymer sets in the new catalog, and since it's photopolymer, it's perfect for two-step stamping.  The tree is stamped with Old Olive, and the ornaments are a separate stamp that was inked in Real Red.  Because the stamps are completely clear, it was a breeze to line everything up!

It's been awhile since I used my Scallop Tag Topper Punch.  I missed it!  It was just what I needed to create the tag to mount the tree on.  See that adorable little bird?  I "fussy cut" those with my Paper Snips.  Isn't it so sweet?

I am participating in a Stampin' Up! demonstrator swap and this is one of my entries, which means I made several of them to swap.  In exchange, I will receive the same number of cards back.  I can't wait to show you my other swap project, and share with you the amazing projects I get back from the other demonstrators!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CAS (Clean and Simple) Christmas Card

Ok, I know what you're all thinking..."It's only August!  Why are you making Christmas cards already?"  Well, for one, the new holiday catalog will be available to order from in just a little over a week!  And, if you are anything like me, if you are planning to make your holiday cards this year, you will want some inspiration!  

This is a card that I used for my July workshops.  I like to start the holiday season with "Christmas in July".  I used the new Christmas Bliss photopolymer stamp set for this card.  The best part is that it is already available for purchase!  (You won't find it in any of the catalogs, as it is a special release available in photopolymer only.)

Have you tried photopolymer yet?  They are perfect for two-step stamping because you can see exactly where your image will be!  No need for the stamp-a-ma-jig!  See that tree border on the bottom of the card?  It was easy to line up with these stamps!

Have you received a copy of the holiday catalog yet?  If you haven't and would like one (and don't already have a relationship with another demonstrator), I would be happy to send you one!

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