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

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


I put together a Valentine to let her know that Mom will always be her number one "fan."

For this Valentine, I used Echo Park paper, This & That by Lori Whitlock. I love this collection and have had this paper forever. Little by little, I have finally come to my last bit of it. 

The fan and 'I'm a fan of you' stamps I used are $1 stamps from Studio G at Michael's. I wanted to give the fan and words a little texture so I embossed them using black ink and Zing clear embossing powder (Love Zing!), added dots of glitter to the center of all of the fans and adhered a little heart cut-out.

I was beginning to think that she didn't really care about getting these valentines anymore since she's almost a teenager, but this morning she came up to me with a smile on her face, a hug, a kiss and a "Thank you, Mom." so maybe I was wrong about that.

No matter how old she gets, I'll always be her biggest fan.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


February 3rd valentine: "I'd be lost without you." Super true for me when it comes to my daughter.

For this valentine, I cut a a piece of 8.5x11 Kraft paper to 3x8 so that I could fold it into a 3x4 to have a card that opens up. I adhered 3x4's to the inside and outside of the card and used an Exacto knife to cut heart shaped hole so that the heart on the inside card can peek out of it. I added a bigger heart on the front (I dotted the heart with a white Signo pen) and for the inside message fussy cut banners out of scrap paper from my stash and I used foam squares to give the message a 3D effect.

The inside 3x4 is from a Studio Calico Project Life Kit and the 3x4 on the front of the card is from Becky Higgins Travel mini kit.

Monday, February 2, 2015

February 2nd

Okay so today's Valentine is pretty cheesy (and super simple), but it made my soccer player laugh. That makes me happy. I wish I had a goal stamp, but I don't so I had to draw it myself. Not too bad, for my first time trying to draw a goal. I used paper that I found in my scrap drawer. I like to use my own handwriting for most of her valentines because I think it's more personal that way. I always think about what she might want to see in the future when she's looking through our family albums and I love to keep things with my mom's writing on it, so I'd like Keilani to have that as well. The letter stickers are from Simple Stories and being a Soccer Mom who scraps, I always have some sort of soccer stickers and embellishments in my stash.


Sunday, February 1, 2015


Happy February! My daughter's birthday month has officially started and I am keeping my tradition going for my Valentine Baby. You can read more about it here. I pre-made some valentine cards so that I'm not behind and rushing to get one done last minute.

I'll probably be posting on my social media and blog quite a bit this month because I want to share with you, the February album I'm working on (which you can read a little more about here) as well as the valentine cards I'll be giving her each day. I'm sure I'm not the only one searching Pinterest and Google, looking to find some ideas to get you going and I'm hoping I can help with that!

I decided to change up the door hanger I use every year to put her valentines in.  The Target One Spot got me with this adorable felt envelope. I just used my Crop-A-Dile to poke a couple holes in it, stuck some twine through and BAMNew door hanger. I apologize for the lighting. There's no natural light at midnight, the time I usually set this up since she's asleep.

Here is her valentine for February 1st. The tree trunk paper and the red and white heart paper is from Amy Tangerine's new Stitched line. I used Studio Calico and Simple Stories alpha stickers and the Fawns wood veneers are also from Studio calico. The heart stickers are from K & Company and the banners (mint and polka dot) are from washi tape that I have in my stash. Washi tape ALWAYS comes in handy!

I'll be sharing my February Album and Valentine Cards with you as I go along and you can also see them on my Instagram feed. That's all for now. Happy February!

Thursday, January 29, 2015


I decided to decorate the cover of my February Album. I'll be using this 6x8 Snap! album by Simple Stories with a variety of theirs and Becky Higgins 6x8 page protectors.

I can't believe how fast February is approaching. That means my daughter is almost 13. Thirteen! TEEN. Oh my. For me, SHE is the reason for the season.

Anyway, I'll be sharing my progress as I go along.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


While getting things together and ready for February, I took some time to at least start my PL for 2015. It's only a little start, but at least I got it going. Just thought I'd share the little that I have so far.

Here's the Cover page:

I usually add a family photo in there somewhere, but so far we haven't taken one that's worthy of the cover page. Actually...we haven't take one at all since Christmas.

Those currently cards will be filled out by my husband, daughter and me. The cards shown here (ex were also parts of

 Documented our Jan 1st because I was so happy that we actually got to relax. In our pajamas. All day. Hell yeah.

I'll show my pages as I go along, but expect more from February. It's already approaching; and fast! Can you believe it? 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


I'm working a little backwards here. Instead of figuring out how I'm going to Document 2015, getting my cover page done, etc...I'm prepping for February.

February is my favorite month because that is the month my daughter was born. She was born on Valentine's Day almost 13 years ago. I know I'm not the only Mother out there with a Valentine baby, but it is still super duper special to me and I like to Document it in a special way.

Ali Edwards, the creative genius that gave us December Daily, has inspired me to do a "February Daily" album for my daughter every year. I started in 2010, but in 2012 I just included it in my Project Life albums. It would be a nice change to go back to making the February albums as I did before. I found these heart stickers at my local Target and decided to use them as the color palette for the album. That may change when I start creating my layouts, but this is a good starting point. 
(I apologize for the weird lighting, it was a gloomy, rainy day and it trying to get some great lighting was difficult to do in my workspace.)

I gathered anything and everything I already had my stash that I thought would work well with what I had in mind, plus the adorable valentine themed embellishments I found at the Target One Spot (Seriously love that spot.)

What I plan on documenting in this February album:
  • Daily happenings (In February, there's always some kind of valentine thing going on.)
  • What she's currently interested in (TV shows, books, trends, etc.)
  • Have her journal about how she feels about becoming a teenager
  • Annual Questionnaire (I do a layout of this with her photo & add a new question every year.)
  • Random ephemera 
  • Valentine cards 
  • Photos, of course!
Every year, I continue the tradition of  giving her one valentine every day from February first to the fourteenth. I'll be including those in here as well. 

I haven't decided if ALL of the month of February will be in this album or if I'm only going to Feature February first through the fourteenth, ending the album on her birthday. I'll decided as I go along I guess. 

Here's a quick look at the albums I made for 2011 and 2012. I wish I kept doing this consecutively instead of skipping years, but oh well!



Things I'll be working on these last two weeks of January:
  1. Brainstorming and starting 2015 PL (Cover page and how I wanted to format it.)
  2. Ideas and gathering supplies to for the Valentine cards I'll be making her.
  3. Listing all projects I'd like to finish this year. 
I may have my own reasons for documenting February the way I do, but hopefully these albums and my album for 2015 will give you some ideas for your own February. If you decided to do one for you and your boyfriend, friend, husband, etc...There's so many fun ways you can create and things you can incorporate in your February album! Take my ideas and make them your own!

Here's some ideas:

  • Start taking a picture in the same spot in the same position/pose and do this every year.
  • List everything you want to do together in 2015
  • a layout of everything you have in common and DON'T have in common!
  • interview each other

The possibilities are endless! No, really...they are.

Monday, January 12, 2015


Here's a look at my December Daily. I was actually able to complete this album AND my Project Life 2014 so I feel good about moving on and to conquer other projects that I can't wait to share with you.

Hope this video gives you some inspiration or ideas if you're still working on your December Daily or even some ideas for next year.

What do you document in your December Daily? I'd love to hear and be inspired by all of you!

Happy New Year and on to more creating!