Friday, August 30, 2013

Doodlebug Happy Harvest Layout

Doodlebug has some gorgeous new collections from CHA, and Happy Harvest is my favorite of the new collections.  I love what they've done with the colors, and the fall/Thanksgiving theme is so new and refreshing.  Doodlebug has never done a Thanksgiving themed line before.

The Mini Flowers are one of my favorite embellishments.  They are the perfect size, they are so quick and easy because they're done for you, and you can mix and match small and large flowers and the colors and the leaves to make whatever kind of flower you want!

They also have new "Sprinkles" enamel dots that are adhesive.  I stuck them to the centers of several flowers and throughout the background of the layout.  These are fun embellishments and add shine and texture.

Doodlebug always does great stickers and die cuts.  Don't you just love the colors?  And the awesome woodgrain!  Makes me excited for fall.

See more great Happy Harvest projects on the Doodlebug Blog today HERE.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Back To School "Teacher Gift Tower"- Doodlebug Design

Since many of you are going back to school today- you'll love this tutorial I did for Doodlebug Design.
What teacher wouldn't want this as a back-to-school gift?

I personally love this project, and I don't even know how I came up with it,
but it's actually super easy to construct and requires NO ADHESIVE! (besides the card)

Hop over to the Doodlebug Blog post HERE to see the full step-by-step photo tutorial
and then go make one for your favorite teacher.  They'll appreciate it!


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bella Blvd Design Team Call!

This is one you don't want to miss!
Apply today!


Doodlebug Halloween Project

Where have I been?
my brother got married
the kiddos started school again
I'm preparing to interview for a new job
and... I'm starting graduate school Monday to get my Master's degree

So. so. sorry :)
I'm back.

First up, I made these cute little Halloween Party Invitations for the Doodlebug Blog.
I'm loving this new collection and their new embellishments:
Mini Pockets
Doodads (badges)
Simply Put Cards (4x6 card packs)
and Sprinkles! (which you'll see soon on another project)

This is a fun way to create party invitations.  Just use a Simply Put 4x6 card, add a Mini Pocket, and embellish.  Easy easy.

I added some Doodle Twine and some stickers and Fancy Frills border stickers.

Just write your message on the card for a fast invitation!


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Project Life Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic- Exclusive to Michael's Stores!

I've been told for a couple of years by a friend of mine about Project Life and how much she loved it, but I didn't actually look into the system until a few months ago when I saw Project Life on TV.  
I was in love when I saw it, and a couple of days later I bought every single Core Kit that Becky Higgins had released to date (except Cherry, which was sold out).

I. AM. HOOKED.  and oh baby, I. AM. IN. LOVE!
As you know by reading my blog, I am a huge scrapbooker.  I scrapbook the detailed, layered, embellished way.  But I scrapbook for fun, I don't go in order, and I don't have the "I need to catch up" mentality to it.

And that's great, but my kids need to see their life, 
and my photos need a place to go rather on my computer, right?

How do you catch up when you've got three kids and 13 years of marriage to document?
Enter- Project Life.

Top 5 reasons everyone loves Project Life
I love it.  It's simple, cute, and fast.  It requires no glue, no tools, and no skills of any kind.
You don't have to be a scrapbooker to do this.
I can do a whole year of photos in a day or two.  And that's what I'm doing.

One year and one kit at a time.
And I'm loving it.

And I'll show you more of my system soon.  Very soon.

What you need to complete a scrapbook

If you're interested in Project Life, Michaels carries one of the largest selections of Project Life, including two exclusive core kids and several exclusive albums.  

These two exclusive kits are 
Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic and Vintage Travel.
You can see the new Exclusive kits HERE
  • The Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Core Kit features an array of light blues, pinks, greens, yellows and airy neutrals. The fun icons include birds, trees, foxes, houses, keys and clipboards. The edition has a distressed feel. 
  • The Vintage Travel Core Kit features deep blues, reds and browns, along with a variety of darker neutrals. The icons in this Edition include trains, airplanes and maps.

American Crafts sent me the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Core Kit to create with.

These are some of the absolutely beautiful 3x4 cards

And here are some of the 4x6 cards.
They can also be folded in half and used in place of the 3x4 cards for extra journaling if desired.

I don't do Project Life the "traditional" way- or the way it was first intended when it was introduced.

I don't do a spread per week, or per month, I do a spread per event.  Just like I do with scrapbooking.  I don't like the feeling of being "behind" and taking a photo per day or trying "keep up" doesn't work for me.  So I started at the beginning, printed one set of photos per year, and got to it. 

Most of the time I don't embellish my Project Life spreads at all.  There's no need.
But with this one I added a few stickers and brads.

The Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic kit is absolutely beautiful.  I was excited to see all of the icons and designs that were in the 5th and Frolic scrapbooking line put into Project Life form.  Don't you love that little camera?
And the flowers and trees... it's beautiful.

If you want to, you can add a little interest by layering the small cards on top of the big cards.
Or don't.  It's cute either way!

You can add a few letter stickers and embellishments, or don't.  Don't make it to complicated or harder than it has to be.  The cards themselves are all you need to make a book that your family will cherish.

It's really all about the journaling and the story telling.  Throw your photos into the page protectors, add cards with a little journaling to help remember the details, and you're done!
I like to round the corners of my photos to help them slip in easier.

Look into Project Life.  I really think it's the perfect way for everyone to make memorable albums.

"This post is part of a paid campaign with American Crafts, but all opinions are my own." 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pebbles Design Team Announcement!

I am excited to announce that I will be continuing on the Pebbles Design Team for the 2013-2014 year, and honored to be a part of this team.  Pebbles is a wonderful company to design for who's products fit my style and get better and better each year.  I cannot wait to start working with the new lines and I can't wait to get to know the new ladies on the team, as well as our new Design Team coordinator Tauni!  It's going to be an awesome year!

See the official announcement on the Pebbles Blog HERE


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sweet Girl Layout- Play Date by Bella Blvd

My "Sweet Girl" CHA layout is up on the Bella Blvd blog today.  I created three layouts for CHA in addition to the sewing projects.  It was a bit of work- let me tell you!  But oh so much fun!

This layout features Bella Blvd's new Play Date collection.  It's a "mini collection" full of bright sweet colors, and I'm loving the little rainbows!

Bella Blvd also has new arrow stickers in several different colors.  All the new sticker sheets for all the new collections are great.  Little tags, titles, and icons.

The ribbon ruffle was done with Sticky Strip (tacky tape) and a few staples here and there.

As a little note:  be careful when sewing over chipboard that has adhesive on the back.  You might gum up your machine.  I try to take the adhesive off if I'm going to sew through it.  It usually just peels right off.

And of course the adorable crochet hearts :)

See more Play Date projects on the Bella Blvd blog HERE


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