Sunday, January 29, 2012

project 12 | august 2012


More Project 12 from last year…


Lots of fun supplies from my January GTKC.

I stuck pretty much exactly to the sketch this month.


My kit included this journaling tag from My Mind’s Eye. I added a few snips of Lush ribbon and a butterfly (attached with my new Tiny Attacher…seriously, how did I live without that for so long? Seriously, I *love* it!).

I didn’t like how the tag blended in with the neutral background, so I misted it with Mister Huey. My local Beverly’s carries that now…uh oh!

I also spritzed the other page (and masked out some clouds & butterflies) to help ground my butterflies a little better. I think I had too much fun!


Another butterfly here. The scalloped edge came cut like that, also from MME.


And lastly my date bracket. I cut the edge off of a journaling tag and stitched it in place.


Friday, January 27, 2012

project life | week 3



I finally got around to putting everything in the album and writing on my journaling cards.


This week I remembered to add the dates of the week Smile

sketch support | fun on the 4th

It’s one page week at Sketch Support. Head on over there to download a FREE copy of this great sketch & to see what the rest of the Creative Team did with it.


And here’s my take:


Supplies - patterned paper: Jillibean Soup (Watermelon Gazpacho & Blossom Soup); Banana Leaf paper: Creative Imaginations; stickers & alphabets: Jillibean Soup; pen: Slickwriter by American Crafts

Variation #1 - I swapped out the stars on the left for a bunch of labels & stickers. When I first saw this sketch, I thought, "cool, this will be perfect for my Fourth of July photo!". Then I went to the scrapbook store...So naturally I bought more than I needed, including a sheet of stickers from Jillibean Soup. I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone & had fun with lots of stickers here.


Variation #2 - I moved the title down onto the photo & to the right. I like the idea of the title on the top, but my papers were too busy, and I had a nice open spot on my photo asking for some word art.

Variation #3 - I skipped the journaling strips & used a label sticker instead. I had been contemplating this design change, and then I realized I didn't have anymore matching cardstock. Done. I like the label here :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

project 12 | june 2011


More Project 12 from last year…

A few pics from June & fun papers & stickers from Jillibean Soup’s Watermelon Gazpacho line (love these colors!)


I added a fun little strip that I punched to look like torn notebook paper, and then stitched it on with some pink embroidery floss.

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I clustered some journaling stickers, tags, etc. up on the upper right page.


And a few more in the lower right hand corner.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

project life | week 2



I’m loving this “week at a glance” format more & more everyday! Less stress at 11pm when I realize I didn’t take a picture that day. Or the day before.


I am realizing (now that I’ve shared week 1 & week 2) that I need to add the dates of the week on my title block. Will do tonight. (Or tomorrow.)


Everyone around here has been eating Cuties (mandarin oranges if they don’t have those near you) like crazy. So I cut up the crate they come in & included it. I also added one of Olivia’s school papers since I didn’t have anything else for that day. Loving that idea.

And this year I’m not using the 365 photo overlays that I’ve used in the past. I did add the dates to a few pics with the help of October Afternoon label stickers. I have quite a few sheets of partially used ones in my stash, & recently picked up a few more. I know they will get used this year.

I also finally used a Teresa Collins quote stamp I got like two years ago! It fits on the journaling cards perfectly, especially when you goof & stamp it incorrectly on the A side (the B sides of the cards are a grid). Not that I would know about that personally…

Monday, January 16, 2012

project 12 | november 2011


For the last two years I’ve had fun playing along with Project 12 from Scrapbook & Cards Today. I just read that they’re changing things up a bit for 2012 & won’t be providing new sketches this year. That’s okay. One, I’m still catching up on 2011(shocker, I know!), and two, I have so many great sketches in my collection from both Sketch Support and Sketches for Scrapbooking that I’ll think I’ll be fine.

So here is my layout for this last November. I didn’t use the Nov ‘11 sketch because it just didn’t work. But I love this sketch from Nov ‘10 so I re-used it.


Supplies (all from my November GTKC) patterned paper: American Crafts, Bella Blvd., Simple Stories, My Mind’s Eye, Anthologie; layered stickers: Amy Tan for American Crafts; dots: unknown (in my kit); letter stickers: Lush by My Mind’s Eye; paper edger punch: EK Success

The first change I made (which I made when I used this sketch last Nov as well) was to increase the number of photos by adding a second row. I do this a lot.

I also lifted a technique from Davinie Fiero that I’ve used a few times: mix up the bottom layers of paper by using two different patterns. It adds a definite punch of color & some whimsy. Love that.

Another quick change I made was to use the camera & typewriter elements instead of birds & leaves. I actually had birds & leaves in my kit to use, but I love that camera & the typewriter fits the theme as well: photography & document.


The “delightful goodness” sticker is probably supposed to be a brad or button or something, but I liked the extra bit of color it added over here.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

project life 2012 | week 1



I wasn’t sure if I was up to doing this again, until December 25th rolled around. I was almost done with my December Daily (which yes, I still need to finish!) and realized something I’d forgotten:

I actually like taking at least one picture a day.

I like the challenges from Capture Your 365. I like documenting the everyday. I *LOVE* photography.

So what was my problem?

I promised myself I was going to spend the rest of my holiday break finishing up Project Life 2011 before ordering a new kit. And I as I was finishing it up (almost done, just two more months of journal cards!) I placed my order for the Clementine edition. Unfortunately, I waited too long so the page protectors are sold out…until February! Ugh! Oh well, I have some 4x6 protectors I can use in the interim.

So here is my week 1:


(and yes, I know I’m missing a photo! I realized as I was putting it together that I forgot to print one of my photos…whoops! Next week…)

I have decided to follow the path that Ali Edwards took last year & look at it as a “weekly” snapshot rather than 7 daily photos. And I’m going to stash more ephemera so it really is more like a traditional “scrapbook” like I kept in high school (and for some stupid stupid STUPID reason I got rid of!).

The other little change I’ve decided to make is that my week is going to be Mon-Sun. That way anything we do over the weekend is (hopefully) kept together as one activity. Of course this year Jan 1 was a Sunday, so my first week here has two Sundays…big whoop. As you can see, my Sunday photo is just the year 2012 from the front page of our paper.

sketch support | summer days at the lake


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And here’s my take:


Supplies - patterned paper: Echo Park, Little Yellow Bicycle, Technique Tuesday; journaling block: Technique Tuesday; chipboard & cardstock stickers: Bella Blvd.; letter stickers: American Crafts; pen: Slickwriter by American Crafts

Variation #1 - It's not a winter layout! Ha! So far we've had a mild winter in northern California, so there hasn't been any snow to visit. However, the wave in the sketch reminded me of water, and I had plenty of lake photos from last summer so I played with those.

Variation #2 - Since it's a summer layout, I left off the snowflakes & used some fun journaling spots & chipboard accents instead.