Project Simple: Life Stories – DAY 2 – It’s Summertime!! OK, I am gettin’ this thing now! Really, this is one of the best things that’s happened to me in scrapbooking since I fell in love with Creative Memories Digital (digital is great, but sometimes it “lacks personality”, know what I mean?) And, of course, I’ll always be a traditional scrapper, but this new system has given me a way to still enjoy hands-on scrapbooking with the paper, the tape, and ALL the same old goodies, but in a much quicker & more efficient manner. These next 4 pages were done in 75 minutes (spent about 20 minutes on each); that would have taken me at least 4 hours my “old” way: http://www.archiversannex.com/Awesome-Collection-Kit-12X12–AWE2200/default.aspxPageID=21&CategoryID=50&ProductID=52680&ItemID=102574&RootCatCode=11150 http://www.archiversannex.com and pick up a couple of packs, and some pages, and wa-la, you’re all set! Also, take some pictures and leave a comment on my blog, and I’ll send you my contact info so you can send me some pics of your pages; then I’ll post them on my site to show off how YOU are doing! Can’t wait to see!!
I have 2 products I’m featuring here today: Tombow markers, and a Sizzix Stamp & Diecut set. I made a fun & cheerful Birthday card, and enjoyed every minute of it! The stamp & diecut set, by Sizzix, is called Garden Flowers Set, and it’s fabulous because you stamp your image, then there is a matching diecut to give you the perfect cut around your image. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTeAijPrNOw . http://shop.heroarts.com/products/productdetail/part_number=657852/15220.127.116.11 And for the Tombows: http://www.archiversannex.com/Tombow-Dual-Brush-Marker-Set-10/Pkg-TBM10/default.aspx?PageID=21&CategoryID=27&ProductID=24228
I could definitely get used to this, guys; my first page took 10 minutes to put together, and 5 minutes for the journaling card. Total Time: 15 minutes! I usually spend at least an hour on a page, so I am really liking this system! With the little amount of time I have to play with, this is the perfect solution. Check it out… http://simplestories.typepad.com/simple_stories/2012/01/cha-reveal-3-awesome-collection.html I will definitely be catching up on my 2011 pics pretty darn quickly – woot woot! A note of Thanks goes on this Post, too – Jack’s mom, Denise, took the boys to this, and Nathan was in sheer Heaven! His buddy, Jack, is a repeat chess tournament champion in Chess, so he was just thrilled to play with him. And to WIN! THAT was the icing on the cake. Thanks for the pics, Denise!
I have loved scrapbooking ever since my friend, Stacy, brought me to a Creative Memories crop night so many years ago. I never could have imagined how many different kinds of doors would open for me when I started this journey: I’m able to use my creativity that I was blessed with, I’m enjoying & preserving the precious photos of my children and their lives, I have a wonderful little job in a scrapbooking store (http://www.archiversonline.com/), I’ve learned many new mediums, and I have met so many new people and made wonderful friends because of my hobby. One of the things, though, that has happened, is I am completely back-logged on getting my photos into albums! As so many of us do, I have an incredibly busy life, and the thought of sitting down and spending 2 hours on a scrapbook page with 2-4 pictures on it is completely overwhelming, especially seeing that each of my 4 kids has over 100 pictures from 2011 alone (and let’s not even mention the 2010 pics, the family history album, MY album, the Disney album that’s half-done, my “little” brother’s Life album I started 2 years ago, etc!!)! So, I started hearing, little-by-little, about this thing called Project Life (http://www.beckyhiggins.com/). And then I really started taking a closer look at the Simple Stories section at work (http://simplestories.typepad.com/simple_stories/scrapbookingsimplified.html). Both of these lines/products focus on helping you get those piles of pictures (AND memorabilia such as school music programs, ribbons & medals, cards, & letters) into photo albums in a fun and quick manner, with a result that is just as beautiful as the “traditional method”. Here are my 400 photos, and file folders bursting with “stuff” that I want in the albums, too:
There are so many of our soldiers out there, across the world, serving our country and assisting other countries, that need to know they are thought of and missed back home. I have often thought about sending care packages to our troops, so when a friend of mine told me about a specific place & troop I could send to (I’m happy I don’t have a family member in the military to send to!), I immediately jumped on board. Along with the items to send (yummy dried foods, some gum & magazines, a pack of cigs), it’s also extra important to send a note of support letting these hero’s know that they are in your thoughts and prayers. So, as you guessed, a homemade card MUST accompany the letter & goodies! And, yes, I intend to do this every month until our troops come home. I, of course, wanted to keep the card masculine, and simple. Unfortunately I don’t have name of the black patterned paper, but the blue paper is Starmist from Bazzill Basics. The ribbon is from American Crafts Elements. The border punch is EK. And the bling is from one set – Hero Arts Metallic Decor. The idea for this card came from this site http://stampinseasons.blogspot.com/2010/08/inspiration-and-then-someppa56.html , and I just made a more simple version of it, so I could make a bunch at one time.
My brother’s birthday is tomorrow (Happy Birthday, Matthew!!) and I sat down to make the perfect card for him (’cause he’s perfect in my eyes!) yesterday. I had an image in my mind but got disappointed when it didn’t quite work the way I imagined. BUT, when it was half finished, I sat & stared at it for awhile, and “it” came to me… the candles! I pulled out the Cricut and wa-la, it all came together perfectly. The papers are all from Authentique’s Free Bird Series: 6×6 Nest set – Comfort & Familiar. I stamped the flags with Hero Arts’ Friendly Flags clear stamps set. And the candles are from Cricut’s Straight From The Nest cartridge. And the final touch was adding Golden Rod Stickles to the candles’ flames. So, have a Happy Birthday, little brother!
Today I had a few cards to make: 2 for birthdays, and 1 for a Congrats on a New Pet. So, I pulled out my favorite Cricut cartridge and made all 3! I had so much fun with this little snake guy – [The card bases are from the Just A Note cartridge (it came already installed on my Cricut Expression 2 machine). The card I used was the first one on the cartridge (the Thanks card). I found this idea on Pinterest: after the card base is cut, trim off both the word “Thanks” and the Dog-in-the-car that are attached on the card, and just use the basic card shape. That way you can add whatever phrase and image you want. Pretty neat! If I can trace my steps and give credit to who I found the idea from, I will.] I chose the tri-fold card because I could make a little pocket to hold the good-ole-cashola gift that these boys will surely appreciate! : And the next one was just as fun with 2 cats from the same cartridge for a relative who just got their second pet. I guess I could have made it a tad smaller (it’s a 5×7 card), but it was fun anyway! One little note… the great thing about making cards with your Cricut, is that if your paper stash is anything like mine (overflowing!), you can really make these images (or ANY Cricut image) from scraps of paper that you have left over from other projects. That always leaves me with a great feeling!
Isn’t this March weather absolutely amazing?! It’s really put me in the Springtime Spirit, which of course reflects in the cards I’m sharing today…
- Archiver’s Exclusive Bassil Basics A2 cards & envelopes Color: Guava
- ColorBox cats Eye Chalk Color: Brown
- Offray Spool O’ Ribbon Color: Hot Pink
- Doodlebug Sugar Coated cardstock Color: Lily White
The following images are 3×3 cards (mini’s) and a 4×6 card that you can use for any reason… Thank You’s, a quick note, an I Love You in your kid’s school lunch box, or even for a little Easter Greeting:http://www.fabulouslyartsy.com/2011/10/taking-better-artwork-photos.html . I think it helped; thanks goes to Tresa Black!) The mini’s all have a paper rosette attached, which add such dimension to any surface; and, an added bonus: they’re easy to make!
It seems like just yesterday we went to Walt Disney World, but it’s actually been almost 2 years already! So, because this was our third trip there (I count my blessings that I was able to do that for my 4 kids), I couldn’t bear the thought of scrapping yet another trip to Disney World the traditional way. So, I chose the We R Memory Keepers system (http://www.weronthenet.com/sleeves); it was one of the best decisions I ever made (in my Crafting Life, anyway!), because it took the 1200 pictures I had and got them into a beautiful album, and with gorgeous scrapbooked pages that didn’t take me 3 albums and 2 years of work! Here are just a few pages: These are some of the pocket pages. The great thing about this system is that you can easily slide 4-6 photos into one page and decorate only one section; just that one section really make the page look great, and without having to spend an hour on it! And the system has so many different page layout to choose from.
I was at work the other day (the perfect little job for me – I work at Archiver’s!) and right after I told myself I wasn’t going to make Easter cards this year (trying to catch up on scrapbooking all of my photos!), I turned around and saw all the Easter and Spring stuff that had just come in. This is one hard thing about working at this wonderful place – every single day, great new stuff comes in, and unless your resistance is very high that day, it’s so hard to hang on to the paychecks. So, I WAS a good girl, and grabbed only 2 things… Hello Spring 6×6 paper pad by Doodlebug (and some spring colored twine, but it’s not on this project). So, the sun was out yesterday, the temps were in the 50’s (awesome for northeastern Illinois!), and the kids were all outside playing with friends, so I decided to sit down and make an Easter tag.
I thought I’d pull out some cards I did last year and show ’em to you, just to spark some more ideas flowing for you. You really need to keep in mind – I’m not a photographer in anyway (hee hee – THAT would be my dad – he’s phenominal, btw). And, one thing on my Wish List? A NEW CAMERA! Did I ever mention that I have 9 year old twin boys that always seem to manage to get their sticky little fingers all over my stuff? Well, they had an interest in Mommy’s camera awhile ago, and decided to make some home videos of their own. Ha! The poor camera has never worked the same since 😉 This morning I dragged out these cards from my kids’ albums (I always make one for each kid for their albums) and took some pics. If anyone’s interested in any of the products used, shoot me an e-mail and I’ll gladly send you some info. Enjoy!
Every year around October, I start thinking about my traditional present for my mother-in-law. She lives across the state, and she doesn’t get to see the kids very often, so I like to make her an album showing our entire year. I always choose a different media – digital, traditional, different sizes, different techniques. Last October I headed over to Hannah’s for some inspiration and latest product searching. What I found was an adorable kit called “Life is a Journey, Enjoy”. So, what I did was the same as on my Grandmother’s mini album – I added pages, and over-embellished (which is always a Must!). The main thing I added, though, was paper bags & tags! I’ve seen this technique many times, and have always loved the idea. You take a paper bag, fold it in half, and make tags to go inside! The tags can be for journaling, photos, phrases, or anything your creativity dreams up. I REALLY enjoyed this project, and it was hard to give it away when it was all done, but mom-in-law just loved it, so it’s all worth it, right? The kit did not come with all the ribbons and awesome bling that you see, but it did have SOME. I am guilty of over-embellishing , so I dug in my stash, and also headed out to the stores to see what kinds of deals I could find. Stores with fabulous selection & prices included, Archiver’s in Gurnee, Hannah’s in Antioch, and Hobby Lobby in Round Lake (all in the northern suburbs of Illinois along the gorgeous Lake Michigan). The rings provided turned out to be way too small, and I searched everywhere for big huge rings (I even went to the home improvement stores!) but couldn’t find anything. So, my solution was to make 2 albums, and tie, tie, tie them together with ribbon, ribbon, and MORE ribbon. It actually turned out just fine! These are the first 2 pages, that start with the Blizzaster of 2011 that really threw northern Illinois into complete turmoil for a few days.The papers used here were from one of my favorite lines… BoBunny.
I don’t know about you, but the combination of scrapbooking, mini albums, and family photos & memories makes me get all vamped up for creativity. I also have a thing for documenting a loved one’s Life because I really hope the person’s future generations will enjoy looking at several factors: their ancestor and the life they lived, and how times will have changed by the time those next generations are growing up; it fascinates ME, anyway, how times change as the decades move on. I just lost my very special grandmother, and the way I deal with the emotions and grief is to bury myself in the person’s photos of their Life. I just had to do this last week when my grandma passed away. Because she was such an amazing woman, this project was easy; there was NO shortage of pictures! I took the Cheater’s Way Out, by going to our local store, Hanna’s in Antioch, IL, and purchasing this adorable mini album kit (I chose it because it’s feature color was PINK, my grandma’s favorite color!). Then I added TONS of additional pages of my own. It turned out to be a little too small, and it’s so full that you can barely turn the pages, but hey, it turned out gorgeous, and everyone loved it. I’ll be showing just some of the pages, to give you the “main idea”. This little project only took 2 days, so when you’re short on time, something like this is perfect. So, when you’re short on time, go pick up a kit somewhere (just to give you a jump start, of course!); no need to feel guilty – it’ll still be FILLED with YOUR own creativity!
Today I have a very fun and refreshing project to share with you… a friend of mine had a baby (yay!), so I was really excited to make this baby boy card! I pulled out my quilling tools and materials, and had a lot of fun making these cute images for the proud new parents. After I finished the front (or so I THOUGHT I was finished), I had a itch to add a tag somewhere, so I attached one to the side. I liked it, but it looked like a lost soul, so I added the 3 on the inside, and that finished it all off very nicely.Here is a list of supplies: – Quilled Creations Baby Theme Quilling Kit & papers http://www.quilledcreations.com/eshop/10Expand.asp?ProductCode=401 – Creative Memories Tag Maker http://www.creativememories.com/Content/Shop/Product.aspx?sku=637571 -Baby blue/white polka dot paper by Pebbles http://www.pebblesinc.com/?product=cutie-pie-751154-5 -Glitter Dome Crystal Stickers: 3mm Brown, 5mm White http://www.acherryontop.com/shop/company/mark_richards/line/glitter_dome__dots
I think a lot about the people in my life; I don’t know if you call that “deep” or “over-emotional”, or what. But whatever it is, many people have played so many different roles in my life, and have been important for different reasons; I would definitely say everyone in my life is very special to me. I am very, very blessed, with a wonderful family, and amazing friends; and here is where I would like to mention a few, because I feel they are involved in the reasons WHY I’m starting his blog… ~ My brother, Matthew… Matthew really is the one to finally give me the kick-in-the patootie to start this blog! ~ My mom, Phyllis… she’s been on-my-case for YEARS to do this! But, nooo, I didn’t listen to her, did I? OR… did I? She’s an amazing writer, and I can only hope I have SOME of her talent in my writing skills. ~ My dad, Darryl… my dad has always stood by me and supported any decision I made, even if he was gritting his teeth (knowing I’d learn from my mistakes). He’s always offered his (excellent) advice ONE TIME, and one time, ONLY. Did I ever listen? No way! But he was ALWAYS right in the end, and I hope I told him that, at least sometimes! ~ My husband, Grant… always supporting me and my ideas (as crazy as they are, sometimes!). Thank you, honey, for letting me test my wings once again. ~ My friend, Stacy… she’s the one who introduced me to scrapbooking years ago. She knew me, and knew I’d love it, and she was right. So thank-you, Stacy, for bringing me to my first crop night, which started up a great hobby for me, and has now grown into so much more. My list could go on & on; but for now, ta ta!
I can not believe Valentine’s Day is next week! WHERE did January go?! I bought a beautiful stamp, and sat down to play. On this batch, I played around and did each card differently. Some are on Archiver’s Exclusive pink scalloped cards, and some are on folded white cardstock. I used two mediums: watercolor pencils blended with Gamsol, and some with Tomboy markers. I had alot of fun with this set, just playing around.
We’ve all had to go out and find the perfect card for a friend or an in-law who has lost a member of their family; and expressing our sadness or grief is never an easy task. My mom recently called me and shared the sad news that a member of her husband’s family is, unfortunately, going through this right now, with an unexpected, and way-too-soon loss in their family. She asked me if I could make a nice card for them to send to their family. So, I did, and it’s always hard to do this knowing that the person to receive it is going through the grieving process. Here is what I gave very sincere thought to, and came up with, for her and her husband to write their heart-felt message on and send to his family…
I can’t believe this – it’s my very first post on my very first blog! Kuddos to my brother, Matt, for helping me with all this, because although I love the internet and am on it all the time for so many things, I’ve never done ANYTHING like this for myself! I am still wrapping my head around all the ideas and uses I want for this site, so it is nowhere near ready for me to “advertise” to people; but I do want to start sharing my steps and progress to get this thing built into the visions & ideas I’ve had for so long. So, that was it, short & sweet, and very simple. Thanks for checking it out, and I hope next time to have something “real” to post 😉