Saturday, February 7, 2015

I Survived the Month of Challenges...

I'm proud to say I did it - 31 pages in 32 days! And it's a good thing I had that extra day to create, I did my last three pages on  February 1st. With just hours to go I went to post my final page in the gallery, but my Internet wasn't cooperating! Luckily it was just an issue with the connection from my computer, because I was able to move my layout to dropbox and post it to the gallery from my iPad. Phew!

I had a lot of fun this year, and I realized a couple of things.

1. I really enjoy challenges. Having something to focus on helps me pull a page together much more quickly - I think it's because some of the decision making is done for me, so I don't have to start completely from scratch.

2. The more I create, the more creative I feel. Towards the end I was having to scrap a few pages a day to catch up, but I noticed that the pages were coming together more quickly as I went, and I was enjoying the process a lot more.  I definitely can't keep up this amount of scrapbooking all the time (my house and my sleep were definitely neglected this month), but it's nice to know that if I'm feeling in a creative rut the best way out is just to make SOMETHING. For me, anyway.

Today I'm sharing the pages that I haven't posted to my blog yet. You can see all my Month of Challenges layouts in my Lilypad gallery.

Day 11 - photoless layout

created with Fortitude Basics by Laurie Ann; Fresh journal cards by Sabrina Dupre; Once Upon a Liliypad paper pack by Amy Wolff

Day 16 - redo challenge. I chose to scraplift my own page from last year's MOC:

for MOC day 27 created with By Grace papers and elements by Laurie Ann; Memory Collector elements by One Little Bird designs; sReflection elements by Sahlin Studio; Deming EP and Another Typewriter font

And here's the new edition:

created with Documentary kit by Sahlin Studio; wordart from Click elements by One Little Bird

Day 19: Freestyle Challenge

created with Storyteller 2015: Quinn collection by Just Jaimee

Day 22 - Paper to Digi challenge

scraplift of Love your brave by Kelleanne:
created with Storyteller 2015: Quinn collection by Just Jaimee

Day 25 - Double Page Layout. For this challenge I decided to scrap my week 4 of project life, using the Quinn Storyteller collection by Just Jaimee.

Left side:

created with Storyteller 2015: Quinn collection by Just Jaimee; Back to Basics page protectors by Gennifer Bursett

Right side:

created with Storyteller 2015: Quinn collection by Just Jaimee; Back to Basics page protectors by Gennifer Bursett
Day 18 - Storytelling with photos

created with Hello, Friend papers, elements, and pocket squares by Amber LaBau designs

Day 23 - mood board inspiration

created with Little Artist kit by Amber LaBau and Laurie Ann; paint from Jolly Junque by Michelle Godin; In Training kit by Kaye Winiecki; Don't Stop Believing elements by Little Butterfly Wings

Day 28 - year in review challenge

created with Stardust papers and elements by Laurie Ann; Pretty Planks by Amy Wolff; Perforated Alpha by Kim Jensen

Day 26 - questionnaire challenge

reated with Project Mouse embellishments, Project Mouse: Fantasy papers and journal cards, Project Mouse: Princess Edition elements; stitching from December 2014 Storyteller collection by Just Jaimee; Kinda Nerdy alpha by CD Muckosky

Day 27 - Sketch Challenge

Created with year in review collection by Just Jaimee and Mommyish

Day 20 - point and shoot challenge

created with Reflection kit by Amber LaBau; February template freebie from Amber LaBau designs

Day 30 - one word challenge

created with Oh What Fun It Is papers and elements by Sara Gleason; Pockets no. 3 by Valorie Wibbens

Day 29 - BIG title

created with In the Orchard papers and elements by Amber LaBau

Day 31 - Pocket Page Challenge

created with Pockets no. 6 by Valorie Wibbens; Paintstroke Chatter by CD Muckosky; Eternal Sunshine journal cards, papers and elements by Paislee Press; Lovely elements by Spledid Fiins (retired)

I also found that I ended up loving almost all of my layouts! There are a few that I just sort of threw together and called it good for the sake of finishing and moving on to the next page, but overall I'm thrilled to have so many memories recorded and ready to print and put in the album. I'm glad I did it, and I'm glad it's over!

Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW at Pixels & Company

I'm so in love with the subscription kits at Pixels and Company, and the February collection is no exception.  Just look at all of this!

 I haven't had enough time to play with the new products yet, but I did manage to get one layout done. 

scraplift of SO. CUTE. by kcvance:
created with Loverly digital scrapbook collection and Loverly Everyday Life journaling cards by the Pixels & Company designers

I made this page for one of the birthday bash challenges. Did I mention the birthday bash is going on now?! There are challenges, contests and of course PRIZES, awesome prizes. Be sure to come party with us!

I am hosting a fun song lyrics challenge, come check it out! I created this layout especially for it.

created with Blueberry Seed no. 3; Just a Girl papers and elements by Shirley Polk

Party on!

Project Life 2015: Week Five

Good morning all!  I've got a lot of things to share, but for this post I'm just keeping it to my recent Project Life spread. I'll be back tomorrow with other new stuff, plus my wrap up of the month of challenges (I survived!). Here's a look at my week five:

created with Memorandum II collection by Digital design Essentials; Back to Basics page protectors by Gennifer Bursett

Left side:

Right side:

Almost everything I used this week comes from the new Memorandum II collection at Digital Design Essentials:

Thanks for having a look!