Tuesday, July 31, 2012

{scrapbooking studio projects}

Hi there! Sharing some projects today that I made for The Scrapbooking Studio with the new My Mind's Eye Sunny Side line. This project is an altered frame I did using my Silhouette Cameo -- now available at the store as well!

A quick card using the chipboard embellishments as well.

And here's a fun summer layout. Love all these bright colors!

I also wanted to mention quickly a class that will be going on next month at the store.

Leah will be coming to Moline! The good Lord willing and I am not in the hospital having a baby - I will be there :) Click here to sign up!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

{monster tissue box}

It's crafts for kids month on the GCD Studios blog! Today I'm going to show you how to make a cute tissue box monster using your scrapbooking supplies. Maybe you've seen them floating around Pinterest?

Here's the photo I used as inspiration. You can see the original blog post here. Instead of using spray paint I'll be using patterned paper.

I cut a template out of scrap cardstock that will cover the hole in the tissue box. Turning my paper upside down, I traced the shape then cut out using an Xacto knife.

I love this diagonal striped paper from the Country Charm collection.

 I then freehand cut a few strips of white cardstock to resemble teeth and adhered these over the opening.

Place the paper over the tissue box, lining up the holes. I used a bone folder to crease my cardstock and make it easier to fold over the box.

Then I made a few more cuts with scissors to wrap up the box. I used regular adhesive, my ATG gun, for this. I didn't want the mess of liquid adhesive and it worked just fine.

Here's what the box looked like after I covered it with patterned paper.

Another good use for recycling those egg cartons -- monster eyes ;)

I used my circle punches to punch out eyes for my monster.

Here's my finished project! I used another sheet of patterned paper to punch polka dots out of and adhered them to the box to add a pop of color. Honestly I did try to get my daughter to pose with this guy for a photo op, but she ran the other way. Even though I explained it was a "friendly" monster...ha!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll try this with your kiddos soon!
Jennifer Chapin 2012 GCD Studios DT, Jennifer Chapin 2012 GCD Studios Layout Gal

Sunday, July 22, 2012

{sb circle august kit sneak}

Here's a peek at the August kit over at Scrapbook Circle - love the bright and happy colors in this kit! I've been working on my layouts this weekend, here's a peek of one.

Kit reveal is on the 25th!

Friday, July 20, 2012

{first flight}

I had some free time last weekend and decided to make a layout for the Studio Calico Sunday Sketch....plus I had some new Basic Grey burning a hole in my pocket ;)

I also used some SC patterned paper along with mist and some machine stitching. The airplane diecut is from my Silhouette.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

{birthday mini}

A few months ago my assignment at The Scrapbooking Studio was to use American Craft's Dear Lizzy Neapolitan line. One of my favorites! I decided to create a mini book with pictures from Keira's 3rd birthday.

Thanks for stopping by!

If you're local, make sure to check out the store. I was in yesterday and picked up the newest two Basic Grey lines - Clippings & Paper Cottage, and there are tons of other new product too! Have a good one.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

{july issue of the papercut}

Another issue of GCD Studios' online magazine has been published! Click HERE to read the whole issue :)

Here's the layout I made for the magazine this month.
Got a little carried away with the star theme!

I also used A Flair for Buttons Sherbet Star flair.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

{a summer layout}

Last month for The Scrapbooking Studio, I got to work with an awesome summer line by My Mind's Eye - On the Sunny Side. It's right up my alley since I love scrapping with bright colors. Also a shameless plug -- if you're in the Quad City area, you have to check out this store. I was in again this weekend and I am telling you, the amount of new product they have is astounding! I even picked up some October Afternoon Cakewalk. Impressive ;)

I used my Silhouette to cut out the title, then backed it with a piece of patterned paper and stitched the edges. Next I added a few Thickers. I also used some American Crafts delights embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a good one!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

{project life - my process}

I always enjoy seeing other people's scrapping process - whether it's by photo or video. I had started off the year in January doing project life, but things got busy and I stopped for quite some time. For some reason in June I had the urge to pick it back up again, so here I am! I thought I would share with you the process that I use to keep everything organized and flowing a bit easier.

For my PL, I primarily use Instagram photos. Sometimes I do throw in a 4x6 taken with my regular DSLR. But the iPhone photos are great so I figure why not use them? There's no way I'm hauling my regular camera around everywhere with me ;)

We do not have a Mac computer. However, you can set up iCloud on your PC and have it so that your photos from your phone will automatically populate to a designated folder on your computer. This is how I do it, so I don't even have to physically connect the phone to my computer to select which photos I want to print.

After my photos are printed, I sort them out by date. How do I remember the date they were taken? With this:

It's an app called Momento. I have it set up to pull in all my Facebook and Instagram updates, as well as my blog posts. You can set up Twitter and Flickr on there too. This makes is super easy to go through each date and remember what was going on. In addition to this I pull out my planner from my purse to jog my memory as well.

 As far as printing photos, I have a Canon Selphy compact photo printer that I picked up at Best Buy last year for around $100 (I see Amazon has it now for around $80). This by far has been the BEST investment I've made for my scrapping. I used to print at Walgreens, but I never knew ahead of time which photos I wanted to print and what sizes I needed them. So I would waste a lot of money printing photos that I never even needed. With this I can take a photo, edit it and print it all within the same day without even leaving home which is great. I can't imagine doing PL without it! The one downside I see to it is that you can't print larger than a 4x6, but I rarely use enlargements on my pages anyway and if I do, I will have those printed at the lab.

For Instagram printing, you'll want to make sure you have the border option turned on, otherwise it will cut off part of the picture. You can do one, two or four photos per sheet if you want different sizing options.

To keep track of dates, I use a Smash book. I clip memorabilia and photos in with each week to make it easier once I actually sit down to scrap.

If there is a screenshot or FB status from my phone I want to use I will print it out on my regular printer on smooth white cardstock.

For storing memorabilia I keep a super fancy plastic tub :) I can throw things in here like receipts, mail, letters, etc and then use it as I go.

If there is something I want to remember I go ahead and write it down on a journaling card right away so I don't forget. Then I clip it in with that particular week so I'll have it ready.

I've found the best way to keep track of photos is to put them in a divided page protector. This one is by We R Memory keepers and the pockets are 4"x4". I put sticky notes on the outside with the corresponding dates.

If I find I'm going along with my PL layout and don't need a few of the photos, I put them in my Smash book with the corresponding week rather than throwing them away.

As far as product that I use, the only go-to items are flair from A Flair for Buttons and Elle's Studio tags.

Other than that I have a really fancy system of boxes and totes that I keep my newer product in and tend to pull from that first. ;)

My favorite page protectors for PL are the Becky Higgins Style A pages - but I use the 4x4 We R Memory Keepers and a few other sizes as well. The good thing is that they will all fit in a 12x12 D-Ring album just fine.

As I lay out my photos I get a good idea of what is going to fit where and where I will place my memorabilia.

Some days don't have photos and that's fine. For example one Friday  I noticed that I didn't have any status updates or Instagram photos that day. So I printed off the movie poster for the movie Adam and I rented that night. Other days I have way too many photos and I'm totally fine with that too. I don't dedicate page spreads for particular weeks and just keep going until I run out of room and start a new page.

So here's the first page that covers Monday-Weds. I included a print out of an email exchange that Adam and I had, as well as a card from my Rhogam injection and part of a take out menu. The 4x6 pockets at the top are open so I used a binder clip to keep the paper inside as it was a little bulky.

I use a lot of Washi tape too, as well as small labels from Jillibean Soup and October Afternoon.

More flair, Elle's Studio tags and miscellaneous scraps I had lying around.

And here's the back of the layout - Thursday through Saturday. Sunday didn't fit so oh well, that will be on the next page. I do usually have a lot more photos from the weekend anyway. On this page I included a letter from my OB, as well as the movie poster printout and a screen shot from my iPhone of what Keira has been listening to in the car lately.

The funny thing is, that I don't usually pay attention to how each particular pocket is coordinating with the rest of them and somehow it all turns out fine ;)

Another thing I use quite frequently are the Studio Calico wood veneers. Love them and they aren't too bulky.

And that's pretty much it! Let me know if you have specific questions. I hope you're inspired to start or continue your own project life after reading this :)