Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Project Life Out of Order

Usually the thought of catching up with Project Life out of chronological order would drive me nuts, but right now I'm enjoying it. July and August were hard months and I'm not sure I'm ready to relive them yet; especially July. I tried, but I found myself getting a little too emotional. So for now, I'm having fun starting September, a month that made me smile a little more.

For these layouts, I mixed a few bits from here and there, including a couple of title cards from Becky Higgins Project Life Kits, Seafood and Sunshine, and Studio Calico's September Project Life Kit, Poet Society. I feel like it that kit a great Fall feeling to it, but I was able to add little pops of my own to make it more "me." I added a couple of Heidi Swapp's glitter stickers to the journaling cards. My favorite thing on this layout? It's barely noticeable and super simple, but I love it anyway...The  gold bow. I stuck a Basic Grey, glittery gold, square candy button in the middle of it. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Don't Call It a Comeback.

Okay so everyone has stuff going on that puts them behind on documenting life, right? Good, I'm not the only one. So It's November. I haven't scrapped since mid May. All Social Media have been neglected. Booooo. But I'm getting back in the swing of things!

Let me fill you in: In June, we went to Maui. When I got back, it was July; Back to reality and juggling soccer, school, work and every day to-dos. My Grandfather had been sick with Cancer for quite some time and his health was quickly declining. I spent every day with my Grandparents, giving them any help they needed. He passed away July 12th. From that moment on for my whole family, it seemed like everything was zooming by in a blur. You know, like when you would watch the Road Runner on TV? It was hard to keep up. We were all Emotionally, physically and emotionally drained; going on next to no sleep. Week one was spent preparing for his services and that weekend was his Funeral. Week two, my Jose and I got to approved to move into a new home, packed it all up in 4 days, and moved that weekend. Week three and 4 consisted of unpacking and putting the house together. (Don't ask me how I managed to pack in 4 days, but it took 2 weeks to unpack because I wouldn't know.) Next thing you know, we're in August and my daughter is starting 7th Grade. That whole period of time was full of emotional changes and big adjustments. The dust was slowly settling and until just last week, I've had to pick up some pieces here and there from everything that had happened and catch up with Real Life (because Life was like: Bye, Lorimay...I'm going on without you.) before I tried catching up with Project Life and other scrap projects.

I finally got a chance to exhale and find the bright side...No more little apartment that my family was quickly out growing and...I have my own scrap room! Heck yeah, baby.  I've been CRAVING to get back to documenting and creating! I can't get the nice shelving I really want right now so I won't be posting any photos of my workspace just yet, but I had to get it unpacked and organized so that I could get started again. I had months of Studio Calico kits to sort through and at last, I can finally play with them and my other goodies I've been hoarding! Yay!

Here's a little bit of what I've started. Man, does it feel good!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

National Scrapbooking Day

Just thought I'd re-cap on my layouts that I created during National Scrapbooking Day (or weekend)! I participated Studio Calico's Challenges & had fun contributing to Big Picture Classes "10K"! I had a blast with Studio Calico's challenges because they made me revisit techniques and ideas I haven't worked with in a while. 

Studio Calico Challenges: 

Challenge 1: Use Aqua, Navy, Pinks and Gold. Loved these colors together!

Challenge 2: Get Inky. It's hard to believe I never used these Stamps before NSD. I probably wasn't feelin' it for my layouts at the time, but this challenge definitely made me see I should be! I made a few simple Project Life Cards for future use. 

Challenge 3: Washi Washi Washi. We had to use washi in 3 ways on a project. Here's how I used mine:
  1. As a border under my photo.
  2. To cover a wood veneer camera
  3. Lined up super skinny washi to provide lines for journaling. 
I used Studio Calico's Darling Dear Collection. I've had it forever and I needed to stop hoarding it!

Challenge 4: Make A Pattern. I had a lot of fun with this one. I wanted to make a pattern with words instead of shapes. First, I watercolored a piece of white 8.5x11 cardstock. Then I grabbed almost all of my Studio Calico stamp sets, filled a small acrylic stamping block, and went on a stamping frenzy! I am loving the results; the different sizes, fonts, and tiny bit of shapes added in the mix.

Challenge 5: Sketches. We got three sketch options for a layout, card or Project Life Card. I used the card sketch to do a 4x6 Project Life Card layout. I liked the the way it came out. 

Challenge 6: Use Your Leftovers. The running theme with the last few challenges seems to be lots of the Darling Dear Collections and placing cut-off pieces at the edges of my layouts, which actually worked for me with this challenge. I just started picking up the scraps that were all over my workspace and used them for the extra pops of color on this layout. I even took a "negative" from a Twine + Ink star sticker sheet and used it for the layout. I placed more scraps behind it so it would show through the stars. I added some stickers and BAM. Done. Even the talk bubble were from a scrap piece. So much fun with this. 

For the Big Picture Classes "10K" I like Stacy Julian's idea of creating a layout using the Project Life pocket style approach. Basically, a Project Life layout without the pockets! Easy Peasy and cool that something so simple can spark ideas to add extra touches like the tag that you usually couldn't do within the pocket style scrapbooking (Unless you stuck it on top of the actual pockets.)

A simple layout of a concert my daughter attended.

I guess you could say this Cover page for Keilani's Junior High/High School album is somewhat...incomplete? But it's only because I have a plan in place for it. The photo in the top right is her first day of Junior High. The bottom left will be a photo of her first day of High School. The last page of this album will have on it, her last day of Junior High and Her last of High School. 

Just a couple of layouts I did for her school album. In elementary school, I was always a chaperon and a volunteer mom. I had plenty of photos with details of her every life at school. This time around...Not so much. That is why I'm so thankful that Keilani take photos with her phone and sends them to me; otherwise, I'd have next to no photos of her school memories (with the exception of her awards assemblies). 

Heidi Swapp's idea of listing 5 things you love about someone in your life was perfect for a layout about my mom. Perfect for Mother's Day! This was a loose photo I found of us when we paid her a visit in Monterey. I just don't know what year it was! I'm going to do some research and fill in the year in that little space right under the word 'remember'. 

I've never done a layout that focused on just my husband. I figured it as about time! He isn't a selfie type guy at all, but once in a blue moon, he'll send me one. They are usually silly ones just to make me laugh, but this one is my favorite. It's just...HIM. My journaling will go on the line paper above his photo. The Echo Park Paper This & That Collection by Lori Whitlock has lasted me forever! Love it so much. The colors are perfect for masculine kind of feel to a layout. 

I've been doing mostly Project life layouts lately, so participating in National Scrapbooking Day has made me get back to making some traditional layouts, trying new techniques and ideas, and remember that although I LOVE the simplicity of Project Life, I also love therapeutic feeling of using my creativity to figure out different ways to bust out a project. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Birthday Interview

Even though Keilani's 12th birthday was back in February, I just now got around to finishing the layout of her birthday interview.

I ask her the same questions every year and I also add on a new one, the number of questions matching her age.

Here's a comparison between 11 and 12. I love comparing the answers and I'm so glad I decided to have her write her own answers this year. It makes the layout so much more meaningful for me.

I'm currently obsessed with Amy Tangerine's Plus One Collection so naturally I had to use it for this.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Latest on My Project Life

Sharing the latest Project Life spreads I've done. I'm shockingly up to date for now. I doubt that will be the case when May or June hits.

I found these cute pins/buttons and little metal charms at Disneyland and the first thing I thought of was to use them on my Disney layouts. Pop out the spring pin in the back and BAM. Instant Flair. Usually flair is flat on the back, but I used glue dots on the edges and it worked like a charm. You can also you 3D Foam pop up adhesive. I ended up using all three buttons and put aside the charms for another trip. 

I brought a few 3x4 cards in case we got any autographs. I figured I could just slide them in near the photo that was taken with each character, but Keilani thinks she's too old for autographs; We ended up only getting Mickey's. She actually wanted a photo and autograph with Anna and Elsa (since they're "in" right now), but the line was 4 hours long! Yeah...she didn't want it THAT bad. So the one autograph ended up on a layout of us with Mickey. I used the Say Cheese Collection by Simple Stories for these layouts. 

I didn't want to leave the back of the above 12x12 layout blank, so I figured I'd slap some extra ephemera down on the page (shown below). Done and done! 

That cloud 4x6 is from the Project Life Honey Core Kit; How perfect is that for the Toy Story ride? 

In the three layouts below, I used a mix of pieces from the American Crafts Chalkboard paper pad, Studio Calico's April Bluegrass Farm Project Life Kit, some bits from their past kits, and some of Amy Tangerine's Plus One collection (my current, absolute favorite!)

April has been a great month and I can't believe it's almost over! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Project Life: Update on the new Process

In a post from January, I listed a few ways I'd be doing Project Life this year. I've got some mixed feelings about it so far. Here's why:

  • For example, when I share layouts on social media, I can write, "Week 5." I'm just here, like "Sometimes in March..." (I don't know why that bothers me a little bit.) 
  • I am only in March and my album is almost full! (I am usually able to split the year down the middle, starting the second album in June.) I'm not quite sure if that's because more is happening this year than the past years, or if I'm just not worrying about fitting the whole week into a 2-page layout. 
  • For some reason, I'm adding more than I usually do to my layouts. and I like it. I'm missing the absence of color or "pop" in my layout because I'm not adding in my Week title card. The up side to that is I find myself getting more creative with the photo sizes I'm printing out, so that I can add more color and embellishments to most of the pockets. 
  • I take loads of photos, but I am only putting in ones I'm truly passionate about. I'm not putting them in my album to just be able to say I took a picture for that day. I like that....yet, my album is almost full in March! The reason why is probably right in my face, but it's still a mystery to me!
  • Not EVERY photo needs a play by play in my journaling of what we did that day. Sometimes, a quote or a simple sentence sums it up. Or nothing at all. Just the picture. 
  • I'm not creating as many layouts because I'm always doing Project Life. I need to start that again. I have a few photos I've left out of my Project Life album specifically for layouts. So I need to get those done. 
So am I liking the omission of weekly title cards? Yes and No. But I know myself; Since I've started that way, I will commit to finishing the year that way. We'll see what I can and can't do without by the end of the year, when it's time to start 2015...Wow. That's seems so far away as I type, yet It's already April. Time zooms right by, doesn't it?

Here are my "Sometime in March" layouts:

All but one of these cards are from Studio Calico Project Life Kits. The black and white striped card is from the Project Life Midnight Edition.

Divergent needed a page all its own; However, as I am writing this post, I realized that I messed up my journaling on the movie review card. Allegiant is the last book; I should have written Insurgent instead. Oh well! I can fix it (or not). The right side is a mix of Studio Calico's March Office Hours Project Life kit, February's Sugar Rush kit, and the "Today" card is from Project Life Kiwi Edition. 

More of the Office Hours kit in this layout also. I had fun with he transparent 3x4 cards in the kit. The "captured" card was made by adhering sequence onto it, slipping it into the pocket, and adhering "captured" and the cork circle outside of the pocket.

Here's an example of how I am using the title cards (since I am not using Week title cards.) I used one of the title cards to label Spring Break. This layout was made using the Project Life Kiwi Edition, along with some embellishments. Love the cards in this kit!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Keilani's Birthday Party

Just sharing the layouts I created. I couldn't resist getting right to documenting her birthday party. Her Actual birthDAY at Disneyland is next on my list.

That Me & My Big Ideas Mambi frame...LOVE! I put a photo that I took Keilani and her two best friends at her Photo Booth we set up.The girls had a blast with that and they each got to take two Instax photos home with them.

I used Rhonna Farrer's Creative app when I made her birthday invitation. It was so easy to do and I had a lot of fun with it and turned out perfect. AND INEXPENSIVE!

so excited that I got to incorporate some of Studio Calico's Sugar Rush pieces into her birhtday layouts. the 'Spin' card on the right page was perfect for the teacup ride. I just added a little more to the card.

Thought this card (also from the Sugar Rush Kit) was perfect, since they were running wild during laser tag. I added some touches to this 'Wild Thing' card with water colors, a rub on heart I found in my stash, and stickers from my studio Calico kits. Lovin' the Amy Tangerine Vellum Letter Stickers that also came in the Sugar Rush Kit.

I used the Happy Birthday banner that I put on her donut cake as an embellishment on that bottom photo, where the girls are on the bumper boats. I have yet to figure out where I'm going to place the banner that partnered the banner.