Tuesday, January 27, 2015

October Afternoon's December Story

I didn't get to use October Afternoon's December Story kits for my Document December, but I wanted to use it for my Project Life to finish up 2014.

It looks like the kits have sold out, and if you are an October Afternoon fan, you know why.   Congrats if you were lucky to get them!!

Here's what I did.  We started decorating in November...so there's a couple of pages in November where I wanted the the Christmas Story kit to work with.  I felt kind of "off" at first...and the reason why is I finished up November and December differently than the rest of my Project Life.  Instead of weekly, I am trying monthly.

This is Black Friday and then going into the first of Dec...where I felt like I started to get into the groove of this whole month way of documenting.  I used on of October Afternoons smaller pocket pages there on the right to start off December.  
Turning that small pocket page there...and then going into to document December using October Afternoon's 3x3 pocket page...another huge difference as far as Project Life goes for me.  Once I got that first page going, I loved the different look.
The kit comes with 3x3 cards...but I also trimmed down the papers to fit.  This is such a change from my traditional Project Life.  But I really liked this fresh take on it for me.
There's still some of the same photos I used in my Document December project, but I was able to include even more.  I kept it all with a Christmas feel.  The kit worked well with the winter feel of the month.
I printed all the photos I wanted for the whole month of December using the Epson PictureMate.  I have templates in Lightroom and printed them all to fit into the 3x3 pockets.  So was able to work similar to how I would normally with Project Life.  Placed the photos, and then added papers and cards to fill in, then added journaling, stamping, and embellishing.
Loved the stamps and labels that came with the kit...I enjoyed working with my first October Afternoon December Story kit...have always wanted too, and so excited I was able to.
The left side is a full 12x12 page of the 3x3 pockets.  The right is half of the 12x12 page.  I just cut it along the outside of the second row.
Christmas is pretty well documented in my Document December album, so I didn't include a lot of journaling on this last half 12x12 pocket page.  I was able to include some vellum and more embellishing in each pocket...and more photos that didn't get included in my main Document December album.
The back of the half page...between Christmas and New Year's.
Love love that 'to be continued in 2015' card...it was 3x4, so trimmed down to 3x3.  Perfect way to end my 2014 Project Life album.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Days 19-25 of Document December with Cocoa Daisy

I know I have said it already, but have to say...even though it was very different working with pages already prepped waiting for journaling and photos, it saved me so much time and made this project so enjoyable.  

I am not overly crazy about my handwriting, especially when it went a little crooked...but letting go of perfection, especially with a project like this, really makes it more fun, letting yourself just express yourself.

 For these last pages leading up to day 25...I started to get creative using tags to hold days and journaling and doubling up on one side of the page...and honestly, it's perfect since you do not have that much on every single day to share.  And leaves plenty of room for more photos on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
 See that wonky handwriting...gotta laugh at myself and keep going...
 I had more photos for this day...Emma got to see another Santa ;) but I felt it took away from the page and made it too busy...so just added it in the journaling.

 Time for more honesty...this page and the Santa page above, I probably re-did about 4 times.  The page above, because I felt it was too many photos and distracting in a tiny area...having the one Santa photo gives the eyes the main subject.  And then this one for Christmas Eve...church celebration is so special and Holy...and then deciding how to show the presents to not conflict too much with the look and feel of the church photo.
 So what I did is put the wrapped presents photo on the 24 page...and then put the presents under the tree from Santa for Christmas day...it worked!
 I wanted lots more journaling on this day...really wanting those details...so left a lot more room for it.
 Our family has gone through so many changes and gotten smaller because of it...after Emma coming into the family, it has been a blessing to see another little one join us and celebrate her first Christmas.  It really was a special day.
 My album grew maybe another half inch or a little more once I started adding the photos, and a little more embellishing...but plenty of room.  My favorite album...I loved this and loved the stretch of creativity it gave me.
Thank you so much to Christine and Cocoa Daisy for having me this year on the team and having me do the class.  I put my heart and soul into the class at Cocoa Daisy, and I hope everyone enjoyed it, and took away at least one thing new.

Christine has been wonderful and such a sweet person.  It was a very hard decision, but January will be my last month with Cocoa Daisy.  I wish them all the best, and thankful for the relationships formed.  But in this world of social media, and the connections made...it really isn't goodbye.

I have been so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the amazing team and company.  Thank you Christine and Cocoa Daisy for everything!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pink Paislee Bella Rouge Cards and Clock for CHA 2015

I was so excited to be able to go to CHA again this year.  It is a great chance to meet friends in real life, see the product, and give a boost to the scrapbooking industry by sharing the new products on social media.

I was even more excited to contribute some projects using the Bella Rouge collection.

This collection is such an easy collection to work with and so many color and pattern combo possibilities...so here's some cards I made.

The collection comes with an ephemera pack, silver glittered stickers, chipboard, washi tape strips, flowers, and charms.  So for each card, I tried to use at least one of these products in a unique way.
Here, I made the oval scalloped silver frame to look almost like a buckle with the unicorn ephemera shape pop dotted on top.  
I added a little more interest by putting this sentiment from the ephemera coming down rather than horizontal.
This card uses mostly the washi strips for the background, lots of ephemera pieces, silver glittered stickers...and I cut the clasp from the charm and stitched it on top of the butterfly acrylic shape from the ephemera pack.
This card was inspired by another scrapbooker who cut papers and then pieced together leaving a gap between.  I took it another step and added a straight black stitch between each gap, then placing the sentiment and embellishments near the bottom in a row, so that the effect of the pattern paper strips would not be covered up.
This card was based off of this Pinterest inspiration.

and I love the effect of this...different for me, and I like that...stretching my creativity a little here.
Using chipboard, the flowers, papers in unique ways, and then using the charm again, but as intended to hang from the clasp.
Last but not least, I had this Tim Holtz clock I was going to use for Halloween...and decided it would be small enough to fit in my bag, so put this together.  My intention was to paint the clock, but with packing it in my bag the next day, I didn't want to risk it not drying completely, and I honestly think leaving it silver is a prettier look with this collection.  
Very quick, simple, but still beautiful project.  It really probably only took about 30 mins...  I already had the photo printed, and with it being edited with a vintage look, the colors went well with the collection.  Framed it with one of the chipboard frames.  For the background of the clock, I covered it in the text paper that has distressed pink on it.  For the diamond acrylic ephemera and pink flower...I used therm-o-web gooey 3D dot to hold it there.
Put the "shine" sticker on the outside, tied a ribbon, added twine to hold the diamond charm and done.  It got the approval of my daughter...she spotted it right away.
Beautiful collection and one of my most favorites to work with.  You can get it at Paper Issues with 20% off and on sale at Scrapbook.com...it is a good time to get it with the discounts.

Promise to share the rest of my Document December album here...will do that tomorrow.  And will share some CHA photos here soon as well!

Enjoy your day!

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Cocoa Daisy January Pajama Party Kit Reveal

Happy New Year!!!  Hope it is good for everyone so far.  We have had a great time hanging out together, Emma playing with Christmas presents, a playdate with her BFF, my sister's 50th birthday, family over...it's been all good!

Time for a new kit from Cocoa Daisy and it is an all time new favorite!  Pajama Party is packed full of new product from Basic Grey, color, neutrals, and great patterns!

I got the Main kit with its add-on, and the Day in the Life and its add-on.  Here's what I made.

This is with the Add-On 2 only...no pattern paper.  Just got creative with stickers, gelatos, and with the stitching template in the kit.  This kit is called Goodnight Moon and still available...it is one to have...so snatch it while you can!


Next is using the Day in the Life main and the Goodnight Moon together.  I wanted a neutral spread...so printed my photos in black and white and pulled the neutral colors from the kit.





And then using all the kits, I made lots of cards...once I got started, I couldn't stop!  I love them all!






Thanks so much for stopping by!  Pick up these kits while you can...the main and the Goodnight Moon are still available.

I finished my Document December...will post that next week.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Days 1-18 of Document December with Cocoa Daisy

Time has gotten away, and I haven't posted my pages here yet of my Document December I am doing with Cocoa Daisy's Christmas kits.

This is the first year having the pages done ahead of time.  It is good and it is a little odd too.  It is good to be able to just add the photo, story, maybe make a few changes or additions.  It is odd, because I just don't work that way...I usually have the photo and story first.  But it has been a huge timesaver!

So here are my pages so far.



























That's it!  One morning I did days 9 - 18...I wouldn't have been able to do that if I hadn't had my pages prepped.  

Hope you are enjoying the holidays.  We are on holiday break now, and looking forward to it.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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