Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Project Life 2014: Weeks 25 & 26

Happy Tuesday! I have two pages of Project Life to share with you today and am excited to tell you that I have finished my entire first album for 2014. I am caught up all the way through June 30th and could not be more excited about having all of my families memories recorded!

I am still on vacation in Washington State with my family and am having some major PC/ photo uploading and editing issues. Regardless, we are all having a great time and I just took my layout photos with my I-phone via blogger and called it good enough.  :-)  the important thing is making memories and documenting it and the rest is a bonus.



I will be back in a few days with some more crafty goodness to share. Until then....

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox


Toni

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Focusing on One Day in Project Life

Happy Thursday from gorgeous Washington State. I am sitting in my mom's scrapbook room right now, and just so happy to be here with family and friends. I worked on a Project Life page very early this morning (I am still very much on East Coast time.) I have a one page pocket page to share today that focuses on only one day. I incorporated a lot of my favorite filler cards and I just love how it turned out:  Photos, some heartfelt journaling, and pops of fun embellishments seems to be my happy place.


I focused on one fun and very ordinary day in our lives using some favorite photos of the kids in the pool, one of our smallest dog, and even a rare photo of myself. I focused on using the colors of blue to match the photos and pops of gold, because well I love all things gold. I also used some fun journaling cards and that veneer camera from a Studio Calico Kit months ago that I have been hoarding.

Seriously these kids just have my whole heart, and that awesome
 veneer camera and gold puffy heart could not be more perfect!

Thank you for stopping by my little slice of blogland today, I appreciate you being here. I will be spending the long weekend with my amazing family, eating barbecue, and making sure my kids stay safe amidst the arsenal of fireworks my husband and father purchased for the annual 4th of July extravaganza. I hope that whatever your plans are this weekend, be it celebrating Independence Day or otherwise, that you have a good one.

I will be back next weekend with a 4th of July recap, some Project Life pages, and some layouts to share. I sure hope to see you then.

Until next time....

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox

Toni


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

June Recapitulation

Can you believe that 2014 is already 1/2 over...seriously how did that happen? This month has been a good one for my family. Our kids finished up school for the year (finishing 4th and 8th grade and did great in their classes.) We have spent time at the pool, one went to camp, one went on vacation, and Eric and I had a few days to ourselves. It was pretty great, even though we stayed home and hung out (except when he went to work.)

In other news of the scrappy variety, this past week there was some very sad news, Two Peas in a Bucket announced they were closing their doors. I loved looking at the galleries there and the awesome inspiration from the Garden Girls....and the fabulous videos full of inspiration, oh how I will miss them.

I fully admit at still being a little blue after this announcement, but accepting I guess. In the last year my two favorite places have closed (Archiver's and Two Peas in a Bucket.) It is so disheartening to see such great companies close their doors. It makes me wonder if it is perceived by others outside of the scrapbooking world that paper crafting is not valued? That crafters creations are not valued...be it cards, scrapbooking, Project Life, art books, sewings, and what not. It's something to think about.

Regardless of outsiders perception of scrapbooking, I know that scrapbooking will be around as long as we keep creating and sharing with one another. I plan on doing just that, every week here on this blog. Long live paper crafts!

If you are new to my blog, or missed a post, here are all of the blog topics covered this month. Just click on any link below and it will take you right back to the original blog post. :-)
I will be blogging all month, but from an entirely different location...Washington State to be exact. My family and I are currently in our home state visiting some amazing peeps! I will still be blogging and already have a couple posts prepped, so please keep stopping by. :-)

I have a lot of plans for this blog that will be coming up this fall.  A huge list of ideas and things already in the works since the first of this year, and I can't wait to share later. I appreciate you so much being here and sharing this little slice of blogland with me. It really means a lot to have so much support in my crafty (and other endeavors.) Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

Until next time,

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox

Toni

Sunday, June 29, 2014

June, currently

Listening to my Pandora Aerosmith station like it is going out of style.
Cleaning the house room by room.
Drinking Diet Coke way too much.
Organizing my studio and donating items.
Clearing out my daughter's room.
Sighing at what I found inside.
Looking at the birds outside, seeing new varieties daily.
Laughing at my dog's crazy antics.
Enjoying time playing in my studio being creative.
Skyping with Danielle and laughing loudly.
Making lists of things to do before vacation time.
Packing suitcases like it's my job, (which it kind of is.)  :-)
Washing and folding a never ending laundry pile.
Planning things for the upcoming month.
Organizing my planner and having a blast.
Smiling at my husband and just loving that man.
Hugging my girl extra tightly and so thankful to have her home.
Talking to the boy and excited to see him soon.
Eating Firebomb Posicles and reminiscing about childhood.
Watching Season 4 of Prison Break and loving it.
Feeling so excited about going to visit family and friends soon.
Loving the slowness of summer, despite lots to do.
Believing that summer really is a magical time for of possibilities.
Anticipating the moment I hug my parents at the airport for the first time.
Tearing up at the thought.
Thankful, so thankful, so very thankful.

xoxox

Toni

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Scrapbook Layout: Life is Colorful

I am back again to share another Hybrid layout. I am loving including digital elements into my scrapbooking more and more these days. The possibilities really are endless with digital, but I will always love the tactile feel of playing with pretty paper and supplies. Hybrid is a great mix of both and has been a lot of fun to learn.

I hope this layout encourages you to download a free trial of Photoshop (if you don't already have it) and try your hand at a free template. You won't regret it. If you do give it a try I would love it if you would give me a link to your fabulous creations.

This is my third layout using the Studio Calico Hello, Hello Scrapbook Kit and I really love how this one turned out. *There are still some kits available if you are interested ( I receive no commission for this however, I just love my kits from Studio Calico.*

I used my favorite supplies; patterned paper, wood veneer, puffy stickers, enamel dots, small letter stickers, and gold embossing powder; (the paper and awesome label sticker is from the kit and other embellishments are from my stash.)  This digital template was designed by Catherine Davis for Studio Calico and unfortunately is no longer available, but I bet there is something similar out there. Hopefully, this will give you some ideas as to what is possible with hybrid scrapbooking.
  • This is what my layout first looked like after arranging my photos in the template and printing it out. I have a standard sized printer so I could not print it at 6 x 12 inches as it was originally sized. Instead I changed the size. It ended up being about 5.5 x 11 inches.

  • This is what the layout looks like once you print it out, trim the sides down, and adhere to patterned paper. Next, you just add embellishments to your hearts content.





Thanks so much for stopping by today, I appreciate you being here. I hope y'all have a great weekend. Until next time....

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox

Toni

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Creating a Hybrid Layout Using Leftover Bits and Pieces

Happy Thursday! I am back today with an idea for creating a fun hybrid layout, using your favorite digital template and bits of patterned paper. I hope you stay around, grab a cup of Joe, and enjoy. :-)
  •  If you don't have this template you could also just print a large photo sized approximately 8.5 x 5 inches, then cut a smaller photo into a heart shape approximately 3 inches across. (See photo below.) I colored the bottom part in aqua so that it was easier to see.

  • Now that your photos are printed and ready to go, it's time to get out some of your favorite patterned papers. I used some grid paper from my stash and assorted patterned papers from the Studio Calico Hello Hello Scrapbook Kit, but you could use any patterned papers that you like. Cut down all of your patterned papers to approximately 1 inch wide, (I did not measure this, but eyeballed it instead.)
  • Glue down all of your patterned papers down once you find an arrangement you like
  • If you like to journal, I recommend having one of the patterns be very plain ( I used a grid piece.) Add your journaling.
  • Now it's time to gather your favorite embellishments. The super fun part. :-)  I used watercolor hearts, puffy gold heart stickers, sequins, gems, a transparent letter, wood veneer hearts, w round piece of wood, an October Afternoon date stamp, and my trusted tiny attacher.
  • Place your embellishments in a diagonal fashion across the page.




I hope you liked this tutorial and that it gives you some new ideas for your scrapbook pages. I will be back soon with another hybrid layout to share. Until then....

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox

Toni

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Creating a Stamped Background for a Layout

Today I have a layout to share with you that is all about stamping. If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you have probably caught on that I am a huge fan of Studio Calico. I subscribe to their monthly Scrapbook and Project Life kit. I love that they come up with really fun exclusive items every month, and this month was no exception. I was so excited to find foam stamps and paint in this kit and immediately tried to come up with something fun I could create with them. 

What I am sharing with you today could be adapted for any stamps and acrylic paint you have really, just find a pattern that you love and that you want to use repeatedly. If you are curious about the foam stamps or paint that was included in the June Hello Hello Scrapbook Kit.  You can see an image of the Scrapbook Kit and stamps HERE if you are curious. :-) *I am not compensated by Studio Calico for this post, I just really love their products and customer service, and highly recommend them. *

The Hello Hello Scrapbook Kit came with a gorgeous yellow and blue acrylic paint. I started by stamping all of the yellow circles, then I stamped the blue, and lastly I combined the two colors and stamped green circles. I cleaned the foam stamp in between each color change by just running it under my kitchen faucet and wiping it down carefully with a rag. It worked brilliantly and I managed to make three backgrounds. I picked the one I liked best for the layout, and am saving the rest for another project.


Once the stamped background was dry ( I waited overnight,) I cut down my 8.5 x 11 piece of white stamped cardstock to 8 x 10.5 inches. This was to leave room for a patterned paper border for the background. I adhered the white stamped cardstock to my yellow patterned paper sized 8.5 x 11 inches. I then added a circular matted photo (approximately three inches) and began journaling around the circles using my favorite American Crafts Precision Pen in black. The journaling is all about life lessons I want to remind my daughter about. If you click on the image below you can see the journaling in a larger (and hopefully easier to read format.) I also stamped the title "always remember" at the top and bottom of the layout using Versafine Ink in Onyx Black.

I stepped away from the layout for awhile to do some laundry, and then came back and had so much fun adding embellishments to this layout. I first added the butterflies, to break up the linear quality to this layout. I then placed various wood veneer, buttons, puffy stickers, and a Geotag around the layout until I found an arrangement I liked. I use a lot of visual triangles in my designs. If you look closely you will see that the wood butterflies make a visual triangle (as do the puffy gold hearts, the puffy red stars and veneer starts, and what not.) This really makes your eye go around the page and notice all of the little details.


My last finishing touch was to stamp the expression I love you repeatedly in the bottom right corner. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and an October Afternoon Roller Stamp.


I appreciate you being here and stopping by life, scrapbook, repeat. I hope you liked reading about how I put this layout together. It was a lot of fun to make, and a great excuse to get messy with stamping.

Let's talk stamping today. Anyone else trying any new stamping techniques or doing something out of the ordinary? I would love to hear about some of your favorite stamping techniques. What are you loving lately? What are you finding difficult about stamping? Let's chat.

Until next time,

xoxox

Toni