Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Miscellaneous Layout Share: Cupcake Birthday

Layout Share Wednesday: Doc

Photo Taken: October 2012
Layout Created: November 20, 2012

Supplies Used:

Core'dinations, Black Magic Collection
Crate Paper, Farmhouse Collection, Homemade
Hambly Screen Print, Garden Party
Cosmo Cricket, Pixie-licious, Butterfly Kisses
American Crafts, Amy Tan, Sketchbook, Sienna Spirit

Fiskars, Border Punch, Scallop Sentiments

Glitz, Beautiful Dreamer, Epoxy Words
Cosmo Cricket, UPcycle, Cardstock Stickers
Crate Paper, Random Collection, Alpha Labels
Crate Paper, Random Collection, Phrase Stickers
Crate Paper, Random Collection, Accent Cuts
American Crafts, Dear Lizzy, 5th and Frolic, Accent Phrase Stickers
Fancy Pants Designs, Artist Edition, Accent and Journaling Cards

American Crafts Thickers

Friday, January 25, 2013

Layout A Day (LOAD) - February 2013

Welcome to the LOAD, February 2013 bloghop.  As members of the ScrapHappy family, we are proud to share with you tips, tricks and information about LOAD.  Don't think you can commit to creating one layout every day for an entire month?  Come on, Guys - it's a short month, only 28 days and think of all the memories that you can document and get in your scrapbooks if you did a layout every day during the month of February.  Those stories that have been waiting to be told.  They could definitely be included.

Now how does LOAD work?  Well, each morning you receive an email with a video from Lain explaining that day's prompt, but guess what - if you're not feeling the prompt, you don't have to stick to it.  You can scrapbook anything you want that day as long as you make a new layout every day for the entire month.  Some of those who participate pick a particular event, like a wedding or a trip to Disney and work on that for the month and some, like me, stick to the prompts and one of the reasons I do that is because they challenge me to scrap about things that aren't always on the forefront of my mind but things that make great additions to my memory keeping.

Let me show you what I mean.  Here are some layouts I've made for previous LOADs - I wouldn't have any of these memories in my books if I hadn't been given the prompt during LOAD.

1.  Prompt:  Who I Am Now.  

I really had time to sit and think about what that means, the parts of my life that make me what and who I am.

2.  Prompt:  What's in a Name

The story of why my parents chose the names for me that they did

3.  Prompt:  Best Friends

4.  Prompt:  Cartoon Character

5.  Prompt:  Someone else's story

This prompt gave me the opportunity to document my husband's spelling talents.

6.  Prompt:  Dream

Ever since I was a little girl, I've wanted my own pool.  This prompt got me to put that story to paper.

The theme for this iteration of LOAD is happiness and LOAD definitely makes me happy.  Let me tell you the ten ways in which LOAD leaves me with a smile.

1.  As I said, I'm challenged to scrapbook things that I wouldn't normally scrapbook and that makes my memory keeping richer and more well rounded.

2.  LOAD helps me to get over my perfectionism and remember why I scrapbook in the first place.  I want to remember this stuff.  Having to do a layout a day requires me to "just get it on paper."  I often do this thinking I'll come back to it and fix it later when I have time and you know something that happens, when I pull it out again, I think, this is pretty good just the way it is.  I want to work on something new - so I do.

3.  Consider it your me time.  We're all so busy.  Some of us work, some of us have children to care for, there's the housework and the car pooling and the family and social obligations.  There's a million things that we are tasked to complete every day.  None of your layouts for LOAD have to take a long time, in fact Lain talks continuously about how important the memories are and how that is more important than how long your page takes.  I've completed layouts for LOAD that have literally taken a half of an hour.  You can give yourself a half hour everyday.  I promise.

4.  Lain's energy and passion for this is a great way to start the day.  The emails come first thing.  Watch it during your morning coffee and think about it while you're at work, then when you get home, you're ready to create it.

5.  I live on the East Coast.  The layouts are due at 3AM West Coast time.  Sometimes I've need those extra hours.

6.  You can win a prize.  If you upload your layout before the time it's due every day, you have a chance to win a prize.

7.  The stash gets put to good use.  Just think about the amount of supplies you could get off the shelf and onto a page in 28 days.

8.  As the stash dwindles - there's now space to buy more supplies and you know, CHA just ended.  You need somewhere to put all those new collections that just came out.

9.  Another thing that makes me happy is the stack of layouts that I have at the end.  Now, they may never make it into the albums where they belong, I mean who has the time.  Maybe we need to have file a layout a day or something - but the feeling of accomplishment seeing all of those completed layouts - that's enough to put a smile on anyone's face!

10. You have an awesome support system.  We're all in this together so when you feel your mojo and creativity waning you can head on over to the message board and get re-energized.  Don't stay over there too long though - you do have a layout to make, afterall.

Follow along on the blog hop to meet some of those individuals who will be your support system for the month.  See what makes them happy about LOAD, read their tips and tricks on how to tackle and conquer this project.

Julie Shepler:
Betsye Erazo:
Marcia Fortunato:
Kristie Sloan:

Interested in joining us?  You can sign up here.

Stay tuned to my blog for the month of February.  My goal is to have a process video posted daily for every LOAD layout I make. 

Also, if you reply to this post, I'll be choosing one random commenter to receive a prize pack of miscellaneous scrapping goodies to use on your LOAD layouts.  It will include enough supplies to make all 28 layouts.  The winner will be announced on Monday, January 28th and shipping will occur the same day.  So comment to win!

Friday Process Video: Up, Up and Away

Process Video

Date of Photos: September 22, 2012
Date Layout Created: November 29, 2012

Supplies Used

Basic Grey, PB&J, White Bread
Basic Grey, PB&J, Raspberry Jam
Basic Grey, PB&J, Fluffer Nutter

Making Memories, Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Red

Crate Paper, Sleigh Ride, Border Stickers
Studio Calico Clouds, White
Twine: Twinery
American Crafts, Flair, Character Flair Question
Recollections, Pearl Stickers 
Heidi Swapp, Memory File Collection, Cardstock Stickers, Color Labels
ScrapFX Embellishments, Balloons
Basic Grey, PB&J, Letterpress Shapes
Basic Grey, What's Up, Die Cut Cardstock and Transparencies

Marvy Tag Punch

Bic Mark It - Rambunctious Red
Distress Ink: Mustard Seed, Broken China, Ripe Persimmon, and Scattered Straw
Jenni Bowlin - Cough Syrup

Hero Arts/Studio Calico, Oh Snap

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Layout Share Wednesday: Learning 2 Soar

Pictures: November 5, 2011
Layout Created: January 3, 2013

Supplies Used

Heidi Swapp, World Traveler: Duffle
Echo Park, Sweet Day: Lovely Chevron
Echo Park, Sweet Day: Pretty Polaroid

Pink Paislee, Prairie Hill

Thickers, Cinnamon, Teal
Thickers, Cinnamon, Pink
Thickers, Delight, White

White Floss
Washi from Target
Washi, Love My Tapes, Pink Cameras
Basic Grey, Shine on and Serendipity, Layered Stickers
Simple Stories, YearOGraphy, Calendar cardstock stickers
My Mind's Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Honey "Perfect" tiny word stickers
Basic Grey, Fact or Fiction, Flair Stickers
Basic Grey, Shine on and Serendipity, Decorative Paperclips
Crate Paper, Sleigh Ride border stickers
Teresa Collins, Now and Then Sticker Sheet
Studio Calico, Wood Veneers, Stars

Jenni Bowlin, Speckled Egg
Jenni Bowlin, Cough Syrup
Jenni Bowlin, Brown Sugar
Zig Millennium .5, pure red

Monday, January 21, 2013

Project Life Monday, Week 2, 2013

Welcome to week 2 of Project Life, 2013.  This week I used the Happy Little Moments, Photo Freedom collection from Echo Park.  I love the colors of this collection.  I was in a hurry this week to get these layouts done as I'm off to Calgary for a week and had to find time for this during my husband's big birthday weekend.

For the little time I had to spend on it, I think it turned out pretty well.  Having a cohesive collection such as this Photo Freedom collection really helped in making things easy.

This video goes through the collection and the creation of my title card.  I'll warn you, it is completely unedited, so you'll get to see me create these layouts on the fly without the luxury of deletions or voice overs.  The stream of consciousness thoughts are pretty insane - I think.

This video goes through the layout itself.

And photos:

Left Side

 Insert Front
 Insert Back
 Right Side

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Miscellaneous Layout Share: Gorgeous Grin

Date Layout Created: September 26, 2012

Supplies Used:

Echo Park, This and That: Border Strips, Tickets Please, Dots and Plaids, Signs, Numbers, Primer
Lily Bee Design, Memorandum: Pay Day
Teal Cardstock: Stash

Letter Stickers
Thickers, Chipboard: Cupboard

My Mind's Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Bell Blue Smile
Echo Park, This and That, Element Stickers
My Mind's Eye, Indie Chic
Echo Park, This and That, Layered Chipboard
Yellow Flags: Stash
Black Scallop Border: Stash

Elle's Studio, Lil' Snippets, Tiny Life Labels
My Mind's Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Honey, One of a Kind
My Mind's Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Lavender, Fabulous

Brads: My Mind's Eye, Lost and Found Two, Breeze, Everywhere
Ribbon: Stash
Rub Ons
Hambly Screen Prints, Family Portraits

Martha Stewart Circle Cutter
Recollections, 3.5" scalloped circle punch

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Process Video: Fun

You can watch the process video here:

Layout created: November 17, 2012
Date of Pictures: September 30, 2012

Supplies Used:

My Mind's Eye, Everyday Fun:  Remember This
My Mind's Eye, Everyday Fun: In Print
My Mind's Eye, Be Loved:  Sweet Hearts
My Mind's Eye, Lost and Found Two: Sunshine, "Lovely"

Cosmo Cricket: Ready Set Chip, Hello Yello

My Mind's Eye, Everyday Fun: Chipboard Elements
Recollections: Tickets
My Mind's Eye, Lost and Found 3: Oliver, Decorative Brads
My Mind's Eye, Lost and Found 2: Sunshine, Forever Label Stickers
Canvas Home Basics: Tags and Ties Round, Kraft
Studio Calico Wood Veneers: Speech Bubbles, Potty People and Circles
My Mind's Eye, Lost and Found 3, Oliver, Sticker Accessory Sheet
Art-C, Twist and Tie, ATC 308, Black Noir

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Paper Shapers, 1 3/8" circle punch

StazOn: Jet Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Mustard Seed
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Black Soot
Jenni Bowlin Paint Dauber: Lemon Drop

Lily Bee Design, Autumn Spice

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Miscellaneous Layout Share: Story Time

Date Layout Created: November 18, 2012
Date of Event: January 23, 2012

Supplies Used:

Red Cardstock: American Crafts
My Mind's Eye, Lime Twist, Out of the Blue, 6x6 Designer Paper Pad
American Crafts, Shoreline: Pacific Beach

Bic Mark-It: Rambunctious Red

Authentique: Petite Type Squares, SPS006
Sassafras, Cardstock Stickers, Yellow Paper

Crate Paper, Borders: Toy Box Collection
Basic Grey, Oxford, Chipboard Elements
Echo Park, Note to Self, Element Stickers
Arrow Die Cut Shapes: Silhouette Store
Buttons: My Favorite Things, Primary
Simple Stories, SN@P Studio, 4x6 Sn@p Cards, Snappy Thoughts
Simple Stories, SN@P Studio, Sn@p Stickers,Typeset
Crate Paper, Phrase Stickers, Random Collection
Star gems from stash

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Project Life Monday: The Layout, Week 1

Layout captures 30 Dec 2012 through 05 Jan 2013

I didn't have a lot of time to spend on embellishing this week so the pages are a little less decorated than I'm used to, but I'm happy that the first week is documented.

Left Side
Right Side

Insert Front
 Insert, Inside

Insert, Back

Layout Share Wednesday: Happy Birthday, William

Date of pictures: January 3, 2013
Date layout created: January 7, 2013
Made for Scrap Happy, January Sketch

Supplies Used:

Cosmo Cricket, Ready Set Chip: Hello Yellow
Sassafras: Top Ten Pinks
American Crafts, Thickers:  Boardwalk, Fireberry
American Crafts, Thickers: Boardwalk: Honeycomb
Bella Blvd, Sophisticates: Mustard and Apricot

DCWV: The Celebration Stack

Washi Tape: Target
American Crafts, Amy Tangerine, Ready Set Go, Bits
Studio Calico, Badges
Jenni Bowlin, Candy Stripe Stickers
My Mind's Eye, The Sweetest Thing, Tangerine, Happy Label Stickers
Basic Grey, Fact & Fiction, Stitched Brads
Basic Grey, Serendipity & Shine On, Mixed Brads

Jenni Bowlin, Chicken Feed

EK Success, Happy Birthday
American Craft, Amy Tangerine, Roller Date Stamp, Orange handle

Project Life Monday

....but it's errr Wednesday.  Yeah, sorry about that.  One of the tips I offer in the following video deals with letting go of perfection if you're going to stay up to date on Project Life.  With this video - I was stuck in that perfectionist web.  I apologize for how the screen captures came out - I'm still trying to figure that out and will, some day soon, but before it turned into next week and I was two posts behind on Project Life, I wanted to get this one posted.

The following video offers you my tips on how to capture your Project Life memories.  I'm by no means an expert, but these are the things that I find work for me.  I hope you find something that will help you and if you have any other questions about my process, please feel free to let me know.

Thanks for watching.

Links as mentioned in the video:

The Lily Pad

Marcy Penner Project Life Templates

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Welcome to 2013

Hey Guys!

It feels like forever since I've updated this blog.  In reality it has been about a month and a half.  In thinking back over that time, I see wonderful memories of family and holiday traditions.  It was a very busy holiday season and I loved every minute of it.  So, you'll forgive me for neglecting my little creative space on the web for that time.

I'm happy to say that there are some cool things coming here in 2013.  I really want to make my scrapping and my updating of this blog more of a regular thing.  With that, two big things are happening.  One, I'll be moving this blog to my new website.  I hope to have it ready by February 1st for the start of LOAD.  The other thing is that I want to start blogging here on a more scheduled basis.  What that means is that every Monday you can expect to find a post documenting my journey doing project life.  On Wednesdays, there won't be many words, but you will find a layout share, and on Friday, you'll find a process video showing you a layout I've made recently.  That's three posts a week minimum and I hope from time to time you see more than that.  Like in February - you should see a post a day as I try one more time to actually complete LOAD. 

There are a couple of other things that I'll be working on throughout the year:  1.  Learning to use my sewing machine  2.  Learning to use my camera  3.  Learning to do digital scrapping while I'm on the road. 

All of that should keep me busy and I'm excited about it.

I'll see you guys back here tomorrow for the first post about Project Life.