Thursday, January 30, 2014

Dollar Days

Have you seen the amazing deals going on at Pixels and Company for Dollar Days? This will be over in just a couple of days - it ends tomorrow! - so I thought I'd just share some of my faves.  Sadly, I haven't had much time to scrap with this stuff, but I'm definitely grabbing things to put in my stash for later. These deals are too good to pass up!

First up is this pack of elements and papers by Stolen Moments - a whole kit for just $2!

I did get a chance to play with this one, it was absolutely perfect for these photos of my daughter and niece:

created with Better Together papers and elements by Stolen Moments; Dancing Script font

Here are a few other kits and products I've got my eye on:

Julep elements & papers

Daily Slice of Life kit

Story Time kit

Be Happy mini kit

Pocket Journal Card Templates

Best Year Ever elements and papers

I used this kit for the hybrid box I posted earlier this month, but I'll definitely be using it again for my project life pages and maybe even other layouts.

Retrospect mini kit

This is just a tiny sampling of what's available, so be sure to check out the entire Dollar Days category in the shop.  And of course you can get this kit FREE when you spend $10:

Happy shopping!

Month Of Challenges!

Here are my next set of pages for the Month of Challenges at The Lilypad. 

19. Product Challenge (flowers) - I decided to use this challenge to get another page in my Disney album done. I haven't shared many of these pages here yet, but I'm getting close to finishing! I'll post them all when I'm done.

created with Pockets v. 6 by Valorie Wibbens; Project Mouse products by Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Designs; The Faulty Marker font by Heather Joyce

20. Quickpage Challenge

reated with Winter Wishes collab by The Lilypad Designers;
TXT Longhand and 1942 Report fonts

21. The Week - see previous post

22. All About Me

created with Lucky kit by Valorie Wibbens and Micheline Martin; wordart from Geek Like Me kit by Little Butterfly Wings; Downcome and DJB June Script
23. Overlay Challenge

created with Together collab by The Lilypad designers;
Whip it Up Fast v7 by Amy Martin;
veneer hearts from Project Mouse Princess Edition by Sahlin Studio;
alpha (recolored) from Eco Friendly kit by Pink Reptile Designs;
January Storyteller by Just Jaimee;
Soft Watercolor Brushes by Just Jaimee;
Harting font
24. Scrap Therapy

created with Cream & Sugar papers by Valorie Wibbens; Ordinarily Special by Kaye Winiecki; plastic pockets by Just Jaimee; blue alpha and tag from You Make Me Happy by Just Jaimee; Rubbed Ink Block Alpha brushes by Just Jaimee; leaves from Coming Home kit by Just Jaimee; buttons and flowers from Social Butterfly kit by Allison Pennington and Jenn Barrette; Just Realize font

25. Photoless

created with Rain or Shine kit by Pink Reptile Designs and Stolen Moments;  roots from Family Tree kit by Michelle Godin; 
 Bebas font

26. Imperfect Photo

created with Hope kit by Sara Gleason; frame from By Grace basics by Laurie Ann; ribbon from Blossom Hill Road kit by Laurie Ann; Chopin Script font

27. Color Inspiration

created with By Grace papers and elements by Laurie Ann; Memory Collector elements by One Little Bird designs; Reflection elements by Sahlin Studio; Deming EP and Another Typewriter font

I'm a few days behind, but luckily we have a few days into February to have everything posted. Hopefully I can find some scrapping time later today - seriously though, I'm starting to burn out! I'll definitely finish just because I'm so close. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 4

This week's spread is brought to you by the Month of Challenges at The Lilypad.  One of the challenges last week was to capture a week in your life on a layout, which I saved for the weekend so I could use my Project Life spread to fulfill it. Two birds, one stone. Done.  So of course that means most of what I used here is product from The Lilypad.

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created with Made For Each Other collab kit by The Lilypad Designers; Pictures + Words No. 4 by Paislee Press; At A Glance Scribbles by Allison Pennington;
 Everyday Life templates Vol. 1 and Everday Life 2014 Chalkboard Month Cards by Laura Passage;
 Just Realize font

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 3

Week 3 and I'm still loving it! This turned out to be a fun, colorful spread. I didn't have a ton of time to make decisions about product (I just wanted it done late Sunday night), so I stuck with the same pack of journal cards (minus the month card) and added some text on a few photos and a flair button.  {Click image for a larger view}

Everyday Life templates vol. 1 by Laura Passage; Everyday Life 2014 | Monthly Chalkboard Cards by Laura Passage; flair from Dude kit by Robyn Meierotto; More Or Less journal cards by P&Co team (freebies); The 52 Weeks by Heather Joyce; Ribbon and Just Realize fonts
Thanks for stopping by!

Layouts | Week of January 12 - 18

The highlight of my week was being able to see my local digi scrapping friends at Digi Night Out.  If you're local, please come! We have lots of fun not only scrapping, but lots of chatting and even painting our nails :) It's always a great time.  The schedule and designer lineup for the rest of the year has been announced, and annual passes are available as well.

I'm still in and plugging away at the Month of Challenges. This has been such an awesome way to get a lot of memories scrapped, and I've been surprised at how much inspiration I've found through the various challenges.  I don't love each and every page I've made, but overall I'm enjoying the process and I'm so pleased to be getting so much scrapping done.

12. Combined Templates

created with
MOC templates by Amy Martin;
Fall in Love elements & papers by Michelle Godin;
Leaf Peeper elements, Just Because kit, and Little Charmer alpha & elements by Laurie-Ann;
KG Always A Good Time font

13. Shadow Technique

for MOC shadowing challenge created with Live For Today collab by Just Jaimee and Studio Basic designs

14. List Challenge

created with This and That kit by One Little Bird Designs;
alpha from Anchors Away kit by Mari Koegelenberg;
Silverflake and St Marie fonts

15. Paper to Digi

scraplift of the fair by @driene: created with Birch Tree elements by Sara Gleason; Gone Squirrely papers by Little  Butterfly Wings; Moments with Mom papers by Sabrina Dupre; Markeriffic alpha by CD Muckosky; The Lynnette and The Reed fonts by Heather Joyce

16. Artwork Inspiration

created with Aspen templates by Sara Gleason;
paint from sprinkles V.12 by Valorie Wibbens;
paint from Ultimate Summer collab by The Lilypad designers;
stitching from Winter Wishes collab by The Lilypad designers;
Ransom alpha by Michelle Godin;
Watercolor Summer papers by Kim Jensen;
Alder Tree kit by Sara Gleason;
Slab Tall X font
17. Recent Photo

created with January Storyteller kit *Scrapbooking Bundle* by Just Jaimee;
Claire Hand and Pea Shelley Belly font

18. Year in Review

created with Chin Up kit by Allison Pennignton;
Life Recorded by CD Muckosky;
2013 freebie card by Emily Merritt;
Bebas Neue and Deftone Stylus fonts
Thanks for stopping by! 'Til next time.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Project Life 2014: Weeks 1 & 2

After taking a year off, I can honestly say I'm THRILLED to be doing Project Life again in 2014.  I should specify, I'm not using the Project Life brand products but I am taking the concept of pocket-style pages and documenting life a week at a time. After 2012, I was totally burned out and somewhat dissatisfied with the project. I spent 2013 just watching a lot of other Project Life scrappers online - taking inspiration from their spreads, and reading/listening to/participating in various discussions about processes and products.  It really helped me to pinpoint what I love about it, and what I struggled with in 2012.  I feel like taking that step back was just what I needed and now I'm ready to tackle it in 2014!

My approach:  KEEP IT SIMPLE. The same template each week. Mostly journal cards, a few brushes, maybe a couple of other embellishments. Each spread will have a simple patterned card in the top left pocket with the week number.  I jot down things going on during the week in a notebook on my desk, and Sunday afternoons/evenings are reserved for uploading photos and putting the weekly spread together. I'm also thinking of using the same journaling font each week.  Two weeks in, and I'm really feeling good about this! (But we'll see how I'm feeling in two months... ;))

Week 1:  I must say I'm NOT super happy with how this turned out, BUT done is better than perfect. (Click to view larger)

created with
Run.Laugh.Play 4x6 cards by Stolen Moments;
LIfe 365 Stamp Sheet by Karla Dudley;
Everyday LIfe Templates Vol. 1 by Laura Passage

Week 2: I must say I LOVE how this spread turned out. (Click to view larger)

created with Everyday Life Templates Vol. 1 by Laura Passage;
This Year 2014 Brushes, This Year 2014 Journal Cards, This Year 2014 Add On Papers by Scotty Girl Design;
Pocket Journal Card Templates: Originals 3x4s by Simply Tiffany Studio;
Suzy Snowflake collab kit by Pixels and Company designers;
Wisdom Script and Just Realize fonts

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Layouts | Week of January 5-11

Lots and lots of scrapping going on here! Still trying to keep up with the Month of Challenges at The Lilypad - at the moment I'm just one day behind.  Here are my layouts for the week:

Day 6: Free-Style Clustered 
I really liked how this one looked without the journaling, and I debated whether or not to include it, but in the end I decided I want my pages to tell more stories so I put it on there.

created with Capturing Fall collab kit by The Lilypad designers;
frame from By His Grace by Laurie-Ann;
Courier New font

Day 7: Word Art
These photos were difficult to work with, but I really like how this turned out.

created with
template by Amy Martin from Vintage Valentine collab;
jump word art from Paint Stroke Chatter: Warm Weather Wonders by CD Muckosky;
Jump for Joy collab kit by The Lilypad designers;
confetti by Valorie Wibbens from Hoppy Birthday collab kit;
Just Realize font

Day 8: Photo Technique - Watercolor
I could not figure out the watercolor tutorial for this page, so I just figured out my own thing. I love the big painty words on this.

created with Painted Words by Just Jaimee;
Storyteller December 2013 kit by Just Jaimee;
Journal Card Stitched Overlays by Just Jaimee
Day 9: Do-Over
As a general rule, I don't re-do layouts. All of my really old/ugly pages and photos aren't even on this computer anyway, so the ones I might want to do over aren't accessible.  I ended up re-doing a page I did earlier this year - I liked the page, but I didn't really like the journaling so I just re-did the whole thing.

created with
Vintage Angles v3 templates by Amy Martin;
Just Because kit by Laurie-Ann;
Josefin font
Day 10: Word of the Year
I'm not doing One Little Word this year, so this was kind of annoying, but it was still fun to play with these products and get some thoughts on "paper".

created with
A Bit Worn Alpha by Valoire Wibbens;
Sprinkles v.14 by Valorie Wibbens;
Twirl papers by Allison Pennington;
Messy Edges by Amy Wolff;
background paper by One Little Bird designs from Together collab kit by The Lilypad designers;
Claire Hand and Sedgewick fonts
Day 11: Simple Template
I think this is my favorite so far! I really love the colors on this one, they just make me happy.

created with free MOC template by Valoire Wibbens;
Annabelle papers by Lynn-Marie;
Sequioa papers by Sara Gleason;
petals by Sara Gleason;
I Am Not Perfect elements by Pink Reptile Designs;
Paint Stroke alpha by CD Muckosky;
Ordinarily Special by Kaye Winiecki;
threex4 frames v2 by Amy Martin;
The Reed font by Heather Joyce

I also created a fun hybrid project this week, using dollar days products at Pixels & Company:

created with Hex Box template set and cutting flies by Kelleigh Ratzlaff;
Best Year Ever elements and Best Year Ever papers by Audacious Designs;
Mensch and Pea Kar Kar fonts
Crossing fingers I can keep up all month long! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Playing Catch Up!

Oh dear. I'm afraid I'm just not very good at this regular blogging thing! Perhaps once a month is more realistic than once a week... but I'm sure if I made that goal I'd skip posting for a few months in a row, lol! Ah well, I'm here now. And I've got stuff to show off!

First off, I'm excited to be creating for Just Jaimee!  I was just accepted to the creative team so I don't have any pages to share yet, but feel free to check out that link to see the awesomeness over there.

I finished off the year with and ALMOST completed December Daily album.  I've got everything up until Christmas day done - I just need to get those last few memories documented.  Why is the last little bit of a project always the hardest? (I'm slooooowly plugging away on my last day of the Disneyland album as well.) Here are some of my December album pages.  I didn't keep track of full credits, but most of the stuff I used is from the Christmas 2013 Idea Notebook by Gina Cabrera and Document Your December products from The Lilypad.  The template I used is Pockets No. 6 by Valorie Wibbens.

And here's my cover page:

created with Holiday Hoopla 2013: Merry & Bright at My Scrapbook Art;
gold label from Free Love kit by Gennifer Bursett;
silver 25 from Peppermint Winter kit by Mye de Leon;
Pockets No. 6 by Valoire Wibbens

I also made a few more stand alone layouts in December:

created with Cold Winter's Night by Veronica Spriggs, Rucola Designs, and Paula Kesselring

created with Our Life kit by Anita Designs;
In Stitches: Neutral Basics by Robin Meierotto;
1942 Report font

created with Get Your Bearing v.1; Stampin Arrows; Wood Veneer Travel; Around the World papers; The Great States journal cards all by Brandi Sutherlin designs

And now we're to JANUARY - and that means DOLLAR DAYS!  Going on all month at Pixels & Company - new stuff everyday for $1 each, and everything in the Dollar Days sale will stay $1 all month long!  TONS and tons of great deals.  I made this layout using $1 number cards by Stolen Moments, as well as the cute Tell Me About It kit.  It was perfect for this "10 Things" page about my son.

created with Daily Number Cards by Stolen Moments;
Tell Me About It kit by Stolen Moments and Erica Zane;
template by Simply Tiffany from Piccadilly collab;
Constantia and 1942 Report fonts

And finally,  I dove head first into the Month of Challenges going on over at The Lilypad. CRAZY! Not sure I can keep up, but so far I'm 5/5 and I'm going to try for all 31. 

1. Blind Scrap

created with This and That by One Little Bird Designs;
Another Typewriter font

2. Art Journaling

background paper from Good Stuff add-on by Allison Pennington;
Bloom kit by Allison Pennington;
Chin Up kit by Allison Pennington;
I Am Who I Am kit by Allison Pennington;
Dandy Pockets by Allison Pennington;
Lucky kit by Valoire Wibbens and Micheline Martin;
Bit of This elements by Amy Wolff;
Merry Mess by Michelle Godin;
Pear Tree confetti by Sara Gleason;
Project Mouse: Fantasy elements by Sahlin Studio and Britt-ish Designs;
Blossom Hill Road kit by Laurie-Ann;
Bloomin' Egg-cellent by Kim Jensen;
Allura font
3. Brush work across layers

created with
Super Sloppy Stamps by CD Muckosky;
Beech Tree Elements by Sara Gleason;
Needed More Stitching by Amy Martin;
string from Leaf Peeper Basics element pack by Laurie-Ann;
light wood paper by Splendid Fiins from Capturing Fall collab kit;
dark wood paper by Valorie Wibbens from A Hoppity Good Time collab kit;
LaurenScript and Courier New fonts

4. Double Page Layout

created with
Stitched Grids templates by Amy Martin;
Project Mouse bundle No. 1 Basics, Project Mouse (Fantasy Edition) Bundle, Project Mouse (Princess Edition) Bundle, and various Project Mouse freebies by Sahlin Studio &; Britt-ish Designs;
The Faulty Marker font by Heather Joyce;
Stars From Our Eyes font

5. Book Cover Inspiration

created with Together collab kit by The Lilypad designers;
Century Gothic font

So that's what three weeks of scrapping looks like! Phew. If you're still reading, many thanks.  Until next time!