Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dare I Say? A Break from Project Life

Okay so it's not what it sounds like (Got'cha)...

Ever since I started project life, I haven't been working on layouts as much as I used to and I started to miss it. There is an awesome beauty and simplicity in documenting the Project Life way and I will never stop doing that, but there's something about the creative process of a 12x12 layout (or 8x10, or 6x8...whatever floats your boat) that really inspires me and gets those creative juices flowing again! It's a gateway craft! (Haha)

Another thing that inspires me BIG TIME, is the Design On Time Challenges on Amy Tangerine's YouTube channel. If you want do something different from what you've been doing on your layouts, these videos are super fun and provide so many ideas and so much inspiration! You can check out the latest episode here.

I had quite a few photos from Easter, but these were the ones I wanted to highlight. I put the rest of the photos into my Project Life pockets and put this layout in an insert right next to them.

This is just a random photo of my daughter that I really love. The Black and White photo stands out among all of the color.

These layouts were made with Amy Tangerine's Plus One Collection, her newest collection, Rise & Shine.  I can't get enough of these collections! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


I started on a really small scale, since this was my first time using The Fuse by We R Memory Keepers. After a class at Papertales in San Diego, I was inspired to put The Fuse and all of the goodies we got to use!  In the class, we cut down 6x8 photo sleeves from Simple Stories Snap! so they would fit in an A5 binder/album that we decorated. I decided I wanted to experiment on these pages to get the hang of this awesome new tool.

There are two tips; one for fusing the pages together to make pockets (any size YOU want!) and the other tip for for cutting. I haven't use the cutting tip yet.

A few things:
  • It's best to have a surface such as a big cardboard piece (I used a piece from a Home Depot moving box, so it doesn't have to be anything fancy) on which to put your page protector.
  • Be careful! The tip gets hot! Obviously, but um, don't ask me why I'm warning you about it. It's not like I tried to touch it or anything...(psst....I did.)
  • Press firmly as your roll it down the page protector to insure that it fuses well and won't be easy to be undone. 
  • Keep in mind that what you fuse on the front of your page protector, you will also fuse on the back. Plan your layouts accordingly. I made sure I knew how I wanted to layout my photos, papers and embellishments I wanted on both the front and back before I started to fuse.
I used the fuse on the right page protector. I fused a couple of the 2x2 squares diagonally, down the middle. I wanted to add some dimension to it so I glued down some gold chipboard triangles and dropped some sequins and little stars in the bottom right 2x2 pockets to fall where it may. Then I fused the pocket shut.

Here's the back of the page I fused. The paper I used was double-sided and I liked the back so I decided to use it. I just added a couple of clear stickers and an 'XO' wood veneer. 

I mostly used Amy Tangerin's Rise & Shine Collection for these layouts.

I can't wait to use this tool on more projects. Imagine the possibilities! For now, I am looking forward to trying with some of these: 

  • 12x12 pages for odd shapes and sizes
  • old family photos, from my childhood AND those odd sized photos from the 70's and 80's!
  • Shaker pockets!
What ideas do you have for The Fuse? 

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Hi everyone!

I completed my February 2015 album and wanted to share it with you. I hope that you can take away some good ideas from here, to incorporate into your own albums!

I used a Snap! album from Simple stories, with a mixture of Snap! and Becky Higgins Project Life 6x8 page protectors. Love the way it turned out.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


I absolutely LOVE today's valentine card. I used Echo Park's Capture Life Collection, by Allison Kreft. It had tons of view finder paper and stickers, so I had to have it. The color palette is so pretty too!
* I apologize ahead of time if the photos aren't the clearest. I don't have access to iPhoto on my Mac at the moment, so I'm resorting to blogging from my iPhone (Blogger app). The photos don't come across as crisp at all when uploaded this way. Booooooo. But you can also see this if you follow my Instagram account.

A few years ago, I bought Keilani a view finder for Christmas, from Image 3D. Check them out HERE. You can create your own reels for it, using your own photos. SO AWESOME. I've made her a few reels for her collection like 'Our Disney Day', (a few photos of us from her first time at Disneyland when she was a toddler), '2012 Was Cool', which had milestones and the the coolest things that happened that year, like meeting Abby Wambach and going on our first family vacation to Universal Studios Orlando. It's the gift that keeps on giving, reel after reel of memories.

Knowing that I wanted a reel to be one of her valentines, I ordered one ahead of time. This reel is from our vacation in Maui. You can only pick 8 photos to be featured on your reel, seven that you can click through and one that will be the center for the "Title picture." Here's what the reel looks like:

I love how it turned out and when Keilani looked at it this morning, before school, she had the biggest smile on her face. She really loved it.

Check out my Instagram (almostmaybeline) for my post, where you can look through the view finder with me. Click. Click. Click...

Saturday, February 7, 2015


I wanted to share another super simple Valentine, using just stamps and watercolors.

I stamped the states stamp where I want it and went from there with the alpha stamps. I water colored each of the states and letters, then inked the edges with a little pigment ink pad. 

I'm enjoying how easy these are and how much Keilani likes to see them each day. Today, I used the last Valentine that I made beforehand, so it's time to start creating again. I'll keep you posted. 

Friday, February 6, 2015


So remember how I said I pre-made a few valentine cards so I wouldn't have to make any last minute? called for a last minute valentine card. Keilani forgot to check in her door hanger for her valentine card before we left for school; turns out, that was a good thing! This morning, she called me with some great news: She made her school's soccer team. So, I decided to make a scratch off  'Congratulations' card for her instead. I'll save the card I replaced for another day.

I have always wanted to try making my a scratch off card for something.  Here are step by step instructions, if you'd like to make your own scratch off card. I plan on putting a video tutorial up, but I'm short for time right this minute, so here's the process in writing:

Things you'll need:

  • Dish Soap
  • Paint brush
  • White Crayon
  • Heavy Card stock
  • Acrylic Paint

Step 1:  
Write your message. I used a Black American Crafts Slick Writer, Medium journaling marker. I chose to draw a heart as the scratch off area, but any shape is fine.

Step 2: 
Cover (heavily) the shape with White crayon. Go over the area a few times to make sure didn't miss a spot.

Step 3:
Mix the dish soap and acrylic paint (1 parts dish soap to 1 parts acrylic paint.)

Step 4: 
Paint over your message. I used two coats Silver acrylic paint because after the first one, I could still see the message through the paint. I'm pretty sure you can use as many coats as you need to cover your message.) Allow your first coat to dry completely, before applying the second coat.

I love how it turned out. You can put your own twist on this! For instance, I cut out the heart I drew (after it was painted and dried), placed it on different paper, and added a label, where I wrote instructions. I had just as much fun making it as she had getting it. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015


As I share the valentine cards I make throughout the my daughter's birthday countdown, you'll notice some valentines will be super simple, some not so much. I'm really don't make cards, much so I don't go crazy on fancy on them. I love the pretty ones I see on social media, with the doilies and the sequence, etc...but I want to give Keilani valentine cards that are JUST FOR HER, not a pretty card that I would give to anyone else. That's what makes these so special.

Okay so this is the easiest valentine ever made I think. My daughter and I often joke around and speak in an 80's "Valley Girl" voice so if no one gets this, at least she did. Thanks for making the stamp, Heidi! It's like totally rad!

All I did was picked two 3x4 Project Life cards that I that had a pattern I liked, adhered them together and added the stickers and stamp on the front and back. Done and done. Seriously. SO easy.

Here's what I used:

Pink 3x4 PL card: Becky Higgins Love Themed Cards
Heart 3x4 PL card: Becky Higgins Blush Core Kit
American Crafts, Amy Tangerine/Kal Berteski Script Thickers 
American Crafts cork arrow stickers
Heidi Swapp "I like totally love you" clear stamp