Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Project Life 2014: Week 31 and Catching Up in Project Life

Happy Tuesday! It's time for another Project Life Tuesday and boy am I excited to share some pages. I am also going to go over a few tips for catching up in Project Life.  I thought I would just show you what I do step by step and please feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments section below. I am always happy to help others document their lives.

Thoughts on Getting Caught Up

First of all, Project Life does not have to be completed in a weekly or monthly fashion. I know a lot of paper crafters that just make pocket page type layouts when the mood strikes them, and that is totally okay. However you choose to go about Project Life is okay. I promise, it will be okay if you don't work on your pages every week, every month, or every season. 

Now if you are someone that normally keeps up, or just really wants to do this on a scheduled time frame (such as weekly or monthly.) These tips might work for you and help you save much needed paper crafting time.

1. Taking Notes:

Have a place where you take notes of what is going on in your life. I use to do this by using a small notebook, but that stopped working for me. I found that I did not have that notebook with me the majority of the time I wanted to take notes. I needed a solution and something that I have near me at all times. For me, that is my I-Phone. We do not have a home phone, so it travels with me around the house, and serves as the perfect place for jotting down a few things for Project Life. I spend a minute or two most days of the week adding quick little notes and looking over my photos on my phone

This has saved me so much time when it is time to print pictures, because I have already written down what pictures I want to use, often times what sizes I want to print, and what quotes I will use. Also, I will sometimes take notes of stories or little anecdotes about our kids. This has worked absolutely brilliantly and therefore my #1 tip.

2. Printing and Editing Photos:

There are a variety of ways to do this. For me, I print the majority of my photos at home and use Photoshop Elements. It is convenient and I know how to use this program fairly efficiently. I am going to refer you to THIS Project Life tutorial from November of last year about how I edit photos. It also goes over how I decide where to place photos, making the layout flow, etc...

3. Putting Pages Together:

My best tip for this is to pull our a relatively small amount of supplies ahead of time and tell yourself you will only use those supplies. This really makes the process more enjoyable and also much quicker. I pick supplies based on the photos I have selected and I also heavily rely on kits, especially the Studio Calico Project Life Kit. Once your photos are printed, slip them into the pockets so they are ready to go. When you pull your supplies, place them all in one specified place. That way you can work on your Project Life layout whenever you have time, that might be an hour at a time, or even five minutes at a time. You have to make this process simple to get 'er done.

4. Be Realistic:

You will never be caught up in your Project Life pages if you do not know what you have left to catch up on. Yes, I am recommending you go through your album and write down any missing weeks.

Here is where I was at last Tuesday, when I mentioned that I had quite a few weeks to catch up on. I was surprised that when I went through my album, I did not have as much to catch up on as I originally thought. Now last year, I had the opposite problem, but either way it is good to know where you are at. 

And if you have been following my blog for any time, you know I love a bullet point list. I mean really, is there anything more fun than crossing things off of a list? The answer is always no, nothing is more fun than that. And so in true Toni fashion, here she goes...

Weeks to Catch Up On for Project Life
 (items that are crossed off and hi lighted were finished this past week) 
  • Week 28, July 7-13
  • Week 29/ 30, July 14-27 
  • Week 31, July 28-August 3
  • Week 32, August 4-10
  • Week 33, August 11-17
  • Week 34, August 18-24
  • Week 35, August 25-31
I have 5 weeks to catch up on (and this includes the week that just ended.) I feel confident in stating that this will all be caught up by October 1st. I also need to finish my WITL pages from last fall and print those by October 1st as well. I am putting it out there, so I really have to reach my goal now.  

Now you might be wondering how I am going to do just that. I figure if I finish a current week and an older week,  every week this month. I will be caught up by then. Totally manageable. 

I think the most important thing to do, is just not to stress. It's only pictures and paper we are talking about here. Live your lives, document it, and when you can make time put it all together.

I did promise you a new week of Project Life, so here goes that.

Products Used:

  • Studio Calico Sandlot Project Life Kit
  • Studio Calico Smalls Kit
  • Studio Calico Sandlot 4 x 6 paper pad
  • Ink-Versafine in Onyx Black and Studio Calico Blush Crush Dye Ink
  • Tiny Attacher
  • American Crafts Precision Pen .03 nib
  • American Crafts dot roller adhesive
If you are interested, I have another Project Life tutorial from February of this year. This one is on making a simple digital collage in Photoshop Elements. You can find that tutorial HERE.

I will be back tomorrow with a layout I made for the current issue over at Paper Issues. If you would like to play along with me you can find all the details HERE and you will be eligible to win a prize pack from our sponsor, Jillibean Soup. Until next time...

Happy Scrappin'



Monday, September 1, 2014

Paper Issues: Tell Me Dies, Tell Me Sweet Little Dies

Happy Monday! Today I have a card to share with you that I created for Paper Issues. Our newest Issue, "Tell Me Dies, Tell Me Sweet Little Dies is sponsored by the fabulous people over at Jillibean Soup. If you guessed our theme correctly, we are focusing on dies this issue. Think pre-packaged die cuts, manual die cuts, and Silhouette cuts ( to name a few.)  I was sent some goodies from Jillibean Soup's fabulous Sightseeing Stew product line as well as these awesome mini placemats . Head on over to the  Paper Issues blog and be sure to link your current (or past projects) for a chance to win an awesome Jillibean Soup prize pack.

This card was made to give to my son Elliot. I am just so darn proud of this kid. He started high school this past week, and I know he will appreciate knowing that I am thinking about him.

I really enjoyed working with the mini placemats and fun patterned paper on this card. To create
 this project, I first cut patterned paper to size and adhered to my card base. I used pop dots for 
added dimension for the mini placemat. Next, I added a star die cut and placed a star sticker 
on top using pop dots (my favorite.) Some green twine tied loosely around the mini 
placemat finished off this card and added some fun texture.

Thank you for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the current issue over at Paper Issues and check out the projects made by our very talented Design Team Members.

I will be back tomorrow with a Project Life post, and until then...

Happy Scrappin'



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Project Life 2014: Intro Page Album 2 and Week 27

It's time for another Project Life Tuesday, and yes this one is LONG overdue. I don't know what it is about summer, but every single year I get behind in Project Life in July and August. The more I think about that, I guess that statement is not entirely true. My kids are home in the summer, and I spend more time making memories and photographing them, than actually putting those moments into a scrapbook.

Now that the kids are back in school and I have a few hours each day in a quiet home without making a snack every 30 minutes (or resolving a conflict, ) I am ready to get caught up and get this show back on track. Let's just reflect on that for a minute...yes I have a quiet house and I am so happy. I love my kids, I love summer, but come the end of August, I want my house back. Truth. I digress...back to Project Life...

I don't stress too much about getting caught up in Project Life. I have been behind before in my Project Life pages and managed to catch up on 21 weeks (or beginning/ ending pages) in only 5 weeks last fall. You might be asking yourself right about now, how did you do that?  I have a blog post HERE that talks about just that. It IS possible to catch up on Project Life, you can do it!

Today I am ready to start sharing my second album for 2014, for the first year ever I am getting all of my Project Life pages into two albums, and I am super excited about that! I have a lot of pages to share today and of course lots of pictures too.

Intro Page

My second Project Life album unfolds with a fun page full of some favorite photos from the month of July. I used the October Afternoon 3 x 3" page protectors and just trimmed off one row from the right side.

*I used my sewing machine to stitch two of the pockets closed (filled with 
Studio Calico wood veneer and chipboard pieces from Simple
 Stories and Crate Paper Open Road.)
*This awesome Transparency was hand drawn by Nicole Reaves and is 
from the Studio Calico South of Market Collection.
*Ampersand paperclip is from Maya Road and stitched onto the paper.
Page One

Pages Two and Three with Insert Front
I used two Design A page protectors with a Design A page protector cut in half 
as an extra insert (sandwiched between the two pages.)

Pages Two and Three with Insert Back

Page Two (no insert)

Page Three (no insert)

Supplies Used:
  • Studio Calico Penny Arcade Paper Pad
  • Studio Calico 4th of July card set
  • Studio Calico High Striker Kit
  • Studio Calico Bottle Toss Kit
  • Studio Calico Funnel Cake digital stamp
  • Studio Calico Wanderlust Acetate Sheets and vellum word stickers
  • Studio Calico exclusive gold puffy heart stickers
  • Tim Holtz tiny attacher
  • Tim Holtz precision scissors
  • Martha Stewart glue pen
  • Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
  • Studio Calico Color Theory Ink in Well Red
  • Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Navy
  • American Crafts precision pen in .03 nib
  • October Afternoon Open Road Ephemera
  • Maya Road ampersand paperclips
  • Studio Calico Essentials gold geotags and gold cameras
I have linked this blog post over at The Mom Creative, you can find that blog HERE.
I will be back next week with a blog post all about catching up on past weeks of Project Life. I sure hope to see you back then. Until next time....

Happy Scrappin'



Monday, August 25, 2014

Layout Share: Eighth Grade Dance

Today is the first day back at school for our children. Our oldest will be starting high school (9th grade) and our youngest is starting her last day of elementary school (5th grade.) I know everyone always says this, but really, where did the time go? How can our oldest be 5' 11" and starting high school? How can girls already be noticing him? How can his voice be so deep already? How...did...that...happen?

As I sit here at my desk, reminiscing about dropping off Elliot at high school vert early tis morning, I realized I have a layout that I still have not shared with all of you. I love this layout, it features a favorite photo from Elliot's 8th grade dance this past May. I figure I need to get this one on the blog before the inevitable back to school layouts. ;-)

For this layout, I printed my photo to approximately 8.25" x  8.25." Next I adhered this photo on a piece of light blue patterned paper sized 8.5" x 11." I added in two strips of patterned paper to the bottom as well as a handout banner, a couple of Studio Calico Roller Rink printables, some Thickers, a #8 brad by Basic Grey, a few enamel dots, some stars, and a few staples for fun. Then I added my title using Thickers in the top lefthand section of my photo. I added a few more enamel dots and star wood veneer. My last step was to draw journaling lines using a ruler and to complete my journaling. A fairly simple layout, but it has a big impact nonetheless.

Supplies Used:
  • Studio Calico Roller Rink Scrapbook KIt Octover 2012
  • Studio Calico wood veneer stars
  • Basic Grey brad
  • Tim Holtz tiny attacher
  • American Crafts precision pen .03 nib
  • American Crafts dot roller adhesive
  • Ruler
I have linked this layout over at the Paper Issues blog. The current issue is Admit One." Since the dance required tickets for admittance I feel this layout goes quite well with that theme. If you have any layouts that might fit this theme, I encourage you to link them and you just might wins  price pack from Fancy Pants Designs. You can link your layouts HERE.

Also don't forget if you need to do some scrappy shopping to use my link over at Paper Issues and save your self 20% off your entire order by using the code "TONI." Lots of new goodies in the shop including; Basic Grey Second City, Crate Paper Notes and Things, Shimelle, and Solstice by Pink Paislee.

Thank you for stopping by today. I will be back tomorrow with some Project Life pages to share. I sure hope to see you back then.

Happy Scrappin'



Monday, August 18, 2014

Paper Issues August Swag Bag Kit

Alright I will be perfectly honest, this post is all about enabling you to buy an awesome kit. I give you permission to fall in love and just order it. I mean it's only $9.99 and is definitely my favorite little kit EVER to date. Yes. I just put it out there...Boom!

Navy. Check. Gold. Check. More gold...check. What is not to love...even some vellum, wood veneer, and sequins too.

So what does this awesome kit look like, well if you are not following me on Instagram here is a photo for you...and seriously follow me on Instagram. I have lots of fun over there and would love to connect with you.

I can't wait to dive into this kit. It is super versatile and could be used for Project Life, scrapbook layouts, cards, planners, and just about anything. I will be putting mine to good use very soon. Right now just picture me petting it and whispering sweet nothings. Yes, I just confessed to talking to pretty paper.

If you do decide to pick this up, there are a very limited quantity left so order yours today. Use code "Toni" to save 20% off your order everyday. Here is a direct link to this kit at Paper Issues.

Until next time,

Happy Scrappin'



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Using a Mix and Match of Scrapbooking Supplies

Hello fellow scrappers and Happy, Happy Saturday!  I realize that I have really neglected my blog this summer, but I promise that I have new things on the horizon, and lots of work has been going on behind the scenes. I have a lot to announce on September 1st...stay tuned for all of that excitement. At that point I will be back to regular Monday-Thursday blog posts and some extras thrown in there as well. :-) Thank you for sticking this out with me, I appreciate you being here.

I don't know about all of you, but I am so excited for all of the new scrapbooking releases to arrive. I still have quite a few items from the last release that I love however, and I decided to make a layout using up some of those supplies.. This layout is getting linked to the current Mixed Tape Issue over at Paper Issues. I interpreted this challenge by using a mix of products from a variety of product lines. You can still link up your new or older project to this challenge and you might even win an awesome prize sponsored by Hazel and Ruby. You have until tomorrow night to link up your projects, I can't wait to see what you come up with!

If you are in the market to buy some of these great older products or need a great shop to purchase some of the newer lines that are coming in any day now (eeeek,) head on over to the Paper Issues shop HERE and use the code "TONI" to save 20% off your order, every single day. Yup, I just saved ya 20%.

Products Used:

I hope y'all have a great rest of the weekend and thanks again for stopping by!

Happy Scrappin'



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Some Exciting News to Share!

Hello friends, I am back from spending the past 4 weeks in Washington State and have some exciting news to share. I have been asked to be a part of the Paper Issues Design Team. I am so excited and thrilled to join such a great group of talented ladies.

You can read all about my announcement over on the Paper Issues site HERE if you are interested. I will be back tomorrow with some scrappy goodness to share.