Friday, January 30, 2015

In love with PROJECT LIFE!

I've been a traditional scrapbooker for many years. I started the year by father passed away (1992) because I wanted to create a memory album for my mom for a Christmas present that year.  I started with Creative Memories all those many years ago (so sad they went out business).  Well  over the years, my style has changed from a clean & simple style to more elaborate wall-papered pages but the one thing I never thought I would do is move to a "pocket style" scrapbook page. That is until changes in technology.

That's right, now that I have an iPhone, I'm a different person.  Rarely do I ever take photos with a traditional camera.  So the question is now, "What's an easy way to get those memories in an album?"  Enter the Becky Higgins Project Life AppAMAZING!!!!  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be excited about a  digital scrapbooking tool.  It’s ridiculously simple fast and easy.  The other part is I hate journaling.  Now the pictures along with journal card, filler cards and a little extra touch are the focus.

Besides the Project Life App (a real value at $0.99), a few other apps that are great organization tools are:
  • Momento: $1.99 – a photo/journaling app that will sync with various social media
  • Photo 365: $1.99 - (every day photo calendar)
  • Rhonna Designs App: $1.99 -lets you add lots of creative photo frames & texts to your photos, used in conjunction with Instagram.
  • Dropbox: place to store your pictures that aren't on your phone.
While I'll never totally leave my roots, now I can combine a hybrid between traditional and digital scrap-booking.   To that end, I've included a "template" PDF below of some of the most common PL templates and the picture sizes that go with it to help keep you better organized.

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Little Buddy Monsters

Today we're going with a kid's birthday theme!  I've seen a lot of really cool ideas on Pinterest using the Owl Builder Punch and just had to give these guys a try.  
You will need to punch the body image twice and punch the heart twice from the Owl Builder Punch.  Trim off the legs from the second punch to use as arms & adhere the hearts for their ears - it's just that simple.  I added a few googly eyes with mini glue dots, and punched out white paper for their fangs (freehand.)  Don't forget to add a couple of dimensionals behind the little guys! 

Here's the supplies that were used:

Stamps:  Little Buddy Birthday, Six Sided Sampler (for polka dot bellies), Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: So Saffron, Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush
Ink: So Saffron, Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Accessories: Owl Builder Punch, mini glue dots, dimensionals, googly eyes, 3/4" circle punch

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Owl Punch Monster Birthday

I'm just loving the Owl Builder Punch by StampinUp and all the cute punch art you can make with it. Here's another birthday card for that little one on your list. How cute is this "monster" when you add the face and some arms using an extra set of feet. Add a splash of color with the Gorgeous Grunge "splatter" and you're good to go.

Here's the supplies that were used:

Stamps: Outlined Occasions, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Tangelo Twist  and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Accessories: Owl Builder Punch & White Signo Uni-ball Gel Pen

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Masculine Birthday!

Are you like me and have a hard time making cards that aren't all flowery and bright colored?  I'm always looking for masculine card ideas that aren't girly but that aren't drab either. 

I started searching for ideas on Pinterest (who doesn't love that site!) and found this layout by Christie who had used the design with different colors for a baby card.  Just by changing out the colors and the sentiment stamp, hocus pocus, a masculine birthday card.

Here's the supplies that were used:

Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Sweet Essentials (retired), Simply Stars (retired)
Paper: Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White
Ink:  Island Indigo, Crisp Cantaloupe and Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Acrylic Block Stamping with Serene Silhouettes

The Acrylic Block Technique is so easy to do.  Just ink the block on your ink pad and stamp the block to your paper.  I used the "B" block for this card.

I chose to use a few of the colors from the 2013-2015 "In Color" Collection for this project.  They are soft subtle colors that contrast nicely with the black image from  the Serene Silhouettes stamp set.

Here's the supplies that were used:

Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes and Petite Pairs
Paper: Early Espresso & Very Vanilla
Ink:  Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
Accessories: Spica "Clear" marker for a dash of sparkle on the flowers

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