Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Project Life, Week 12 | American Crafts

I tried something new on this spread.  Project Life (for me) can get stale and just need to spice it up, change it up, do something to break the same old same old.
Here's what I did, no 4x6 photos, still did some 3x4 photos to fit in the pockets, but mostly used square 1.4 photos, rounded the corners and matted on a piece of pattern paper to give me a collage look.  I didn't use Photoshop Elements.  I wanted to stay with just using Lightroom, so to get that digital collage look, I had to do it manually.
I took a gazillion photos at the Strawberry patch, but I didn't want any large photos and I had a lot of photos already, so I did the same square 1.40 photos, rounded corners, matted on pattern paper.  We each got a pocket.

 I am glad I saved this to my phone photo album.  Emma took pictures of me as she called out an emotion for me to do.  She wanted me to do the same thing to her.  So I took them all, using Photo Stitch (an iPhone app), and made a collage.  I uploaded like I do all of my iPhone photos, and printed it.  Love this!

 So if I don't want to go into Photoshop Elements and have to create photos collages, I know this way works, it it was fast.  Lightroom has me spoiled and I don't want the added steps of Photoshop Elements
Will share a video and a mini I did for Pink Paislee tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sweet Dreams Darling | American Crafts

Hello!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.  Hubby and I are still coughing and stopped up, but we had a good weekend.

I wanted to create just for a creative outlet.  I had in mind to create a background using the banner punch from American Crafts.  So keeping with a neutral background, I cut several banners from the Plus One collection, the glued onto cardstock and stitched down.  Next, using a large roll of tape as a circle template, I did some stitching.  Then used the flower stencil from Amy Tangerine to do the feather..
 Next, I added watercolors.
 Some rubons, stickers, the photo, and title.
 Pulled in this flower from the Polka Dot Party collection since it went so well.
It was great to just play and not knowing what you're doing.
Will have lots to post this week.  So will be back.  Hope you have a great day!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Everyday Life. Documented | COGC

Hello!  We are hanging in.  Dennis and I sick now.  Emma went back to school yesterday.  We are hanging in there.  Hope all of you are much better than us!

I am excited to share my first Project Life spread for Come on Get Crafty with you.
I had a lot of photos this week, but did not want every pocket filled with a 3x4 or 4x6 photos.  So I used small photo collages.  I mostly use Lightroom to make my own templates.  These square photos are 1.40 x 1.40.
The bottom right 4x6 pocket is from an old Studio Calico collage.  I had to cover up the part that I could not change in Photoshop.
On the top 4x6 pocket on the right, I used my own templates and adhered the cut out photos to pattern paper.
I like the smaller photos for the collages, and then use my favorite photos to fill most of the pockets.  I focused on colors and patterns on this spread.  I used the Project Life Honey and Sunshine as well as Christmas paper from Imaginisce and Fall paper from Lawn Fawn.  And they worked well with my spread.  Other products used here are Bella Blvd stickersCrate Paper Wood Veneers,  Webster's Pages Stickers, and new Lawn Fawn flair.
I love how these photos are still part of my story for the week, but do not have to take up a lot of space.
I leave plenty of room for journaling, either on cards in their own pocket or on the same card.  Using those Lawn Fawn flair again here, along with Pink Paislee stickersCrate Paper gold doily paper, and some Crate Paper resin flowers.
The papers aren't available in the shop right now, but that lattice grey paper above and the pink graph paper below are from Pink Paislee.  I really pulled assortment of styles and seasons of pattern paper.  The "friends..." and the "you" cut outs were leftovers from another project, and worked perfectly for my spread.
Thank you for joining me today! 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Off the Page with Cocoa Daisy April "Hint of Sunshine" kits

I hope you have gotten or will be getting the April “Hint of Sunshine” kits soon.  I got all of them and used pieces from all kits on this altered chipboard.
IMG_1087WEB Here’s how it came together and my dilemma.  I have done clipboards before, but I already have an inexpensive clipboard that I bought in a pack from Office Depot.  I can’t get the screws out to remove the clip, and the Office Depot logo is on the clip.  I really want to try to make it work without buying a more expensive clipboard OR spending any money on the project.  I wasn’t sure until the very end, that this project was a keeper or not.
Here's how to make it:
1)  Wishing I still had some gold spray paint since the gold paint I have is too translucent to cover, I start to add some Gesso hoping it will help, but not really.  Not sure yet how I will cover the chipboard part, but went ahead and covered in Gesso.


2)  The clip part is just okay, now to decide what to do with the chipboard.  I used the washi tape from the Dewdrop Day In the Life Add On Hint of Sunshine kit to cover it.  To cover under and around the clip, I lifted the clip and got up as close to where it connects to the board.  Then used a piece of vellum and marked roughly the outline of the metal piece.  Then just like wallpapering, I was able to slip that end of the washi under the metal piece to fit exactly.
 3)  I want this project to be softer so using a baby wipe and white paint or Gesso, I lightly covered the washi tape.
4)  Using a Design A Project Life protector, cut the middle 3x4 pockets out from the rest of the protector, leaving the seam in place.
5)  Now start placing favorite items in the pocket.
6)  Place a small piece of washi tape on the back to start french knots on the tag.
7)  Wrap the thread once around your needle, and stitch back down into the same hole you came up from.  Hold the loose end tight, while keeping the loop snug around needle as you pull through will help make a tighter neater knots.
8)  Once the stitching is complete, start finishing the pockets with papers and embellishments from all of the kits.
9)  Add chipboard from the Prism kit, my daughter helping here.
10) And the Prism kit came to my rescue, the Basic Grey wood die cut butterfly covered the Office Depot logo perfectly.  I also had to use a few of those all over the chipboard.  I grabbed some leftover favorite photos, and used the main clip to hold the 5x7, grabbed a clothespin from my stash to clip the smaller photo at the bottom.
I have this hanging in my scrap room, and so glad I didn’t give up on this project.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you get some ideas from this and make something fun from the "Hint of Sunshine" kits.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Faux String Eggs | Pink Paislee

This DIY project was so much fun to make.  Those beautiful string eggs you see a lot on Pinterest inspired me to try paper instead of string.  The step by step with photos is on the Pink Paislee blog.  This is using the Hello Sunshine collection.  Very fun project to do with the kids as well.  Emma loved making her own egg.
We are off to the doctor again.  That fever just won't stay away for Emma.  Not a good week here, but hope you all have had a great week and a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Elle's Studio April Gallery and Kit Reveal

Meant to blog more this week, but just didn't happen.  Emma has been home sick this week.  Hope everyone has had a good week.  

Excited for another new Elle's Studio gallery reveal using the April kit.

It is an awesome month with the kit, stampswood veneers, and cut files.  And I used them all.

For this clean and simple layout, I wanted the wood veneers to be the main design and embellishments to go with that crazy photo of me and my daughter.  
The star "#1 Mom" is from the April kit.  I also used the stamp at the bottom by the can see in the top photo of the layout.
For the next layout, I mixed in the March, Feb, and the April kits, with the Love You More and Everyday Moments collections.  The slide frame around the photo is from the April kit.
And for my Project Life, Week 10, I used more of the cut files and stamps as well as the kit for this week.
This was our Mardi Gras week, and it was the first to be so cold, plus rainy.  So we ended up staying home.  But the schools here are off for the week, so we did lots of activities this week with my daughter.  But the Mardi Gras colors still came through.
This pocket (on the left) uses a card from the kit, the stamps, and the cut file.
This pocket, I used the stamp and the cut file.  For the stamping, I inked the "noteworthy" and stamped.   Then inked the solid part, and stamped.  Then used another stamp from Everyday Moments to stamp over it.
The pocket above my daughter on the carousel, I used the stamp set to stamp over the card.  
I love the look the kit and the coordinating kits gave my projects.  So useable and easy to work with. Hope you snag yours.   

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Monday, April 07, 2014

2 Lucky Girls | Come On Get Crafty

I thought I had posted this, but looking back I didn't see it.  I did this for Come On Get Crafty for "A Few of My Favorite Things."  Emma and her best friend and anything Irish are two of my favorite things.  So this was a fun and easy layout to come together.
More info about the layout on the Come on Get Crafty blog.

Thank so much for stopping by!  Have a great week!

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