Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cut File Saturday at Paper Issues

Hello and happy weekend! You can download this free cut file in the Paper Issues store. Be sure to link up your project here for a chance to win a February Paper Issues Swag Bag!

I created this layout using Kiss Kiss by Crate Paper. I love this collection and it went perfectly with the heart cut file.

Thanks for stopping by! Check out the Paper Issues blog for more inspiration from the design team.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Crate Paper CHA 2015 Projects

I am so excited to announce that I will be joining the 2015 Design Team at Crate Paper! I got the chance to create some projects for the booth at CHA with the new Kiss Kiss collection. First is this altered frame. The frame was purchased at Ikea and I took out the acetate part to add some embellished pages and jump rings.

I also created this card with a stitched sequin pocket.

And this Valentine card using chipboard from the collection.

I am so excited to get started with Crate Paper this year! Have a great weekend.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Elle's Studio January Kit & Gallery Reveal

The January kit from Elle's Studio goes live today, along with a new stamp set and wood veneer. I loved this month!

I created this layout with the 12x12 Heart Cut file, as well as the monthly kit, wood veneers and printable.

The cut file is available here - I love this one!

Here is the Lots of Love printable - I used the heart on that 4x6 card on a bigger scale for my layout.

I also made a PL spread with the kit + extras.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to pick up your kit today for $9.99, tomorrow the price goes up to $11.99. Such a great deal. And don't forget to check out the January design team gallery for more inspiration!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Elle's Studio Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented on the Elle's Studio DT announcement - you made my day! The winner of the giveaway is:

Cynthia B.said...
Congrats to you! Elle's Studio continues to be one of my favorite crafty companies. I totally agree - their products are so fun and always to easy to work with!

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Issue at Paper Issues - Popping the Cork with Elle's Studio

It's time for another issue at Paper Issues! This week, we are popping the cork with Elle's Studio. I have been working with Elle since 2010 and I just adore her products! In honor of the new year, we are showcasing projects made with the new Hello 2015 collection. Today I'm sharing my 2015 PL title page.

I printed off 4 photos of our family in 3x4 with white borders and added these to the center row of pockets. I pulled cards from the Hello 2015 collection along with Sycamore lane, as well as using my typewriter, stamps and cork embellishments. I love the way it turned out and it's so bright and colorful!

 I used the 2015 cork days on one card. This year I am planning on doing my PL in 12x12 format, however I still do like to use the 6x8 albums on occasion. To satisfy that need, my plan is to keep separate smaller albums for specific themes. I have this idea that I am going to do a 6x8 album of PL just for me, sort of like  a journal. So we will see how that turns out!

Overall, I am going to keep my PL low stress. I don't get concerned with whether I am "caught up" and I don't do spreads dedicated to just one week or one month. I scrapbook as I am inspired, which leaves me with a hodgepodge of weeks at the end of the year, but that's ok!

One thing I would like to try to do is print photos ahead. Currently I print at home, on demand, but it would be nice to have a pile of photos ready so that I don't have to worry about that step when I sit down to scrapbook. Another plan of mine is to somehow organize all my PL cards and kits.....I haven't even started this yet, but I am thinking about it a lot!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - be sure to link up your own New Year's or PL project over at Paper could win an Elle's Studio prize pack!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Elle's Studio DT Announcement + a giveaway!

The day is finally here! I am so excited to be joining the Elle's Studio design team for 2015! Elle is such a sweetheart, and I have been working with her off and on since 2010. In fact her team was my very first official design team job :) Her products are fabulous and so easy to work with. They fit my style perfectly!

Here are our blog contributors for 2015! Jenni, Waleska, and Megan. We are also excited to be adding Paige Evans to the line up as well :)

Here is a little sneak of one of my gallery projects for this month. The gallery will go live on January 10th! Here you can see a peek of one of the cut files, printable and wood veneer that will be available. It's an awesome month! Be sure to check back in the store on January 10th to grab the cut files, kit, veneers and stamps.

Time for a giveaway! I am giving away my 4 favorite Elle's studio products. Hello 2015 Calendar Cards, Numbers Stamp, Hello 2015 Cork Shapes, and white letter/number stickers. Be sure to leave a comment on this post by 1/6 for your chance to win!

Be sure to visit all the team members blogs and comment on each one for a chance to win their favorite supplies too.

Alissa Fast
Daniela Dobson
Danielle Flanders
Jennifer Chapin *you are here*
Jessy Christopher
Jill Sprott
Kay Rogers
Lisa Dickinson
Meghann Andrew
Melissa Mann
Michelle Wedertz
Pam Llaguno
Rachel Izakowicz
Stephanie Buice
Toni From 
Jenni Hufford 
Megan Klauer
Paige Evans 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Elle's Studio December Kit!

It's the 10th and that means it's time again for another kit from Elle's Studio! Above you can see the entire kit. Today only - you can get it for $9.99, but tomorrow the price goes up to $11.99 so don't wait.

Here is the layout I created with this kit. I had some photos from last weekend of the kids meeting Santa so they were just perfect with these tags. I printed out two small photos and filled in the rest with tags and die cuts.

I used the pie chart die cut from the kit and stitched along some of the lines. I also added some star die cuts that I watercolored and stitched.

 The December card is from the kit, and the small heart stamp is from the new Hello 2015 collection!

I also added a wood veneer from the Winter Ephemera pack.

Here are this month's digital cut files and printables. So fabulous!

I also used the Merry & Bright and Warmest Wishes stamp sets on this layout. Love these for winter projects!

Thank you for stopping by today! You can pick up your own kit here. Have a great day!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

December Album | One Little Bird

I am sharing some of my December foundation pages on the One Little Bird blog, please stop by to check it out!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Organizing your Project Life Page Protectors

So organization is really not my strong suit. Procrastination, however, I get like an A++ in that. At any rate I was tired of my page protectors lying in a pile on my scraproom floor getting all bent up. It was also annoying to try and find the ones I needed. One night I sat on the floor with a glass of wine and all my pages and got to work. I picked up this Heidi Swapp album at Michaels and love it so.

Basically this is a very sophisticated method involving Post It notes. At first I thought about doing card stock dividers, but I wanted to be able to see all the different pockets. I separated my pages out into piles and started loading them into the book, smaller ones on top.

If there was a picture of the pocket configuration on the packaging, I cut that out and adhered it to the Post It note. I also put the letter of the design on there for reordering purposes.

I am so glad I did this. I no longer dread sifting through that humongous pile of page protectors and praying I have one left of the one I want. It's so easy for me to go in and grab the page I need.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you try this too. If you post pics, link me up in the comments!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Elle's Studio November Kit + extras

Good morning! It's time again for another monthly kit at Elle's Studio and this month there are lots of fun extras too. You can pick up the November kit today only for $9.99, but tomorrow the price goes up to $11.99 so grab it while you can. The tags are perfect for Christmas pocket pages or your December album.

Merry & Bright printable.

December date labels printable.

From this day printable.

Digital cut files and PNGs! I used one of these on my project in Photoshop. So fun.

I decided to take the kit + extras and catch up with my December Daily album from 2013. I always seem to finish it the next year but I am ok with that! Better than not doing it at all :)

I love putting the 4x4 page protectors in my 6x8 albums and mixing up the sizes.

For the photo on the right, I sized it at 6x8 and used one of the digital files to embellish the top left corner, then typed some journaling on the bottom.

For this spread, I sized my photo at 6x8, then dropped the PNG file on the photo and changed the color to teal and lowered the opacity. I also added a gray stroke around the edge to make it pop a bit. The wood veneers were a perfect accent.

There are also new exclusive stamp sets in the shop!

As well as a winter ephemera pack.

Lots of great stuff so be sure to grab it quick! I have a feeling it may sell out fast. Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!