Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Project Life 2014: Intro Page Album 2 and Week 27

It's time for another Project Life Tuesday, and yes this one is LONG overdue. I don't know what it is about summer, but every single year I get behind in Project Life in July and August. The more I think about that, I guess that statement is not entirely true. My kids are home in the summer, and I spend more time making memories and photographing them, than actually putting those moments into a scrapbook.

Now that the kids are back in school and I have a few hours each day in a quiet home without making a snack every 30 minutes (or resolving a conflict, ) I am ready to get caught up and get this show back on track. Let's just reflect on that for a minute...yes I have a quiet house and I am so happy. I love my kids, I love summer, but come the end of August, I want my house back. Truth. I digress...back to Project Life...

I don't stress too much about getting caught up in Project Life. I have been behind before in my Project Life pages and managed to catch up on 21 weeks (or beginning/ ending pages) in only 5 weeks last fall. You might be asking yourself right about now, how did you do that?  I have a blog post HERE that talks about just that. It IS possible to catch up on Project Life, you can do it!

Today I am ready to start sharing my second album for 2014, for the first year ever I am getting all of my Project Life pages into two albums, and I am super excited about that! I have a lot of pages to share today and of course lots of pictures too.

Intro Page

My second Project Life album unfolds with a fun page full of some favorite photos from the month of July. I used the October Afternoon 3 x 3" page protectors and just trimmed off one row from the right side.

Front
Back
*I used my sewing machine to stitch two of the pockets closed (filled with 
Studio Calico wood veneer and chipboard pieces from Simple
 Stories and Crate Paper Open Road.)
*This awesome Transparency was hand drawn by Nicole Reaves and is 
from the Studio Calico South of Market Collection.
*Ampersand paperclip is from Maya Road and stitched onto the paper.
Page One

Pages Two and Three with Insert Front
I used two Design A page protectors with a Design A page protector cut in half 
as an extra insert (sandwiched between the two pages.)

Pages Two and Three with Insert Back

Page Two (no insert)

Page Three (no insert)

Supplies Used:
  • Studio Calico Penny Arcade Paper Pad
  • Studio Calico 4th of July card set
  • Studio Calico High Striker Kit
  • Studio Calico Bottle Toss Kit
  • Studio Calico Funnel Cake digital stamp
  • Studio Calico Wanderlust Acetate Sheets and vellum word stickers
  • Studio Calico exclusive gold puffy heart stickers
  • Tim Holtz tiny attacher
  • Tim Holtz precision scissors
  • Martha Stewart glue pen
  • Versafine Ink in Onyx Black
  • Studio Calico Color Theory Ink in Well Red
  • Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Navy
  • American Crafts precision pen in .03 nib
  • October Afternoon Open Road Ephemera
  • Maya Road ampersand paperclips
  • Studio Calico Essentials gold geotags and gold cameras

I will be back later this week with a blog post all about catching up on past weeks of Project Life. I sure hope to see you back then. Until next time....

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox

Toni

Monday, August 25, 2014

Layout Share: Eighth Grade Dance

Today is the first day back at school for our children. Our oldest will be starting high school (9th grade) and our youngest is starting her last day of elementary school (5th grade.) I know everyone always says this, but really, where did the time go? How can our oldest be 5' 11" and starting high school? How can girls already be noticing him? How can his voice be so deep already? How...did...that...happen?

As I sit here at my desk, reminiscing about dropping off Elliot at high school vert early tis morning, I realized I have a layout that I still have not shared with all of you. I love this layout, it features a favorite photo from Elliot's 8th grade dance this past May. I figure I need to get this one on the blog before the inevitable back to school layouts. ;-)



For this layout, I printed my photo to approximately 8.25" x  8.25." Next I adhered this photo on a piece of light blue patterned paper sized 8.5" x 11." I added in two strips of patterned paper to the bottom as well as a handout banner, a couple of Studio Calico Roller Rink printables, some Thickers, a #8 brad by Basic Grey, a few enamel dots, some stars, and a few staples for fun. Then I added my title using Thickers in the top lefthand section of my photo. I added a few more enamel dots and star wood veneer. My last step was to draw journaling lines using a ruler and to complete my journaling. A fairly simple layout, but it has a big impact nonetheless.

Supplies Used:
  • Studio Calico Roller Rink Scrapbook KIt Octover 2012
  • Studio Calico wood veneer stars
  • Basic Grey brad
  • Tim Holtz tiny attacher
  • American Crafts precision pen .03 nib
  • American Crafts dot roller adhesive
  • Ruler
I have linked this layout over at the Paper Issues blog. The current issue is Admit One." Since the dance required tickets for admittance I feel this layout goes quite well with that theme. If you have any layouts that might fit this theme, I encourage you to link them and you just might wins  price pack from Fancy Pants Designs. You can link your layouts HERE.

Also don't forget if you need to do some scrappy shopping to use my link over at Paper Issues and save your self 20% off your entire order by using the code "TONI." Lots of new goodies in the shop including; Basic Grey Second City, Crate Paper Notes and Things, Shimelle, and Solstice by Pink Paislee.


Thank you for stopping by today. I will be back tomorrow with some Project Life pages to share. I sure hope to see you back then.

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox

Toni

Monday, August 18, 2014

Paper Issues August Swag Bag Kit

Alright I will be perfectly honest, this post is all about enabling you to buy an awesome kit. I give you permission to fall in love and just order it. I mean it's only $9.99 and is definitely my favorite little kit EVER to date. Yes. I just put it out there...Boom!

Navy. Check. Gold. Check. More gold...check. What is not to love...even some vellum, wood veneer, and sequins too.

So what does this awesome kit look like, well if you are not following me on Instagram here is a photo for you...and seriously follow me on Instagram. I have lots of fun over there and would love to connect with you.


I can't wait to dive into this kit. It is super versatile and could be used for Project Life, scrapbook layouts, cards, planners, and just about anything. I will be putting mine to good use very soon. Right now just picture me petting it and whispering sweet nothings. Yes, I just confessed to talking to pretty paper.

If you do decide to pick this up, there are a very limited quantity left so order yours today. Use code "Toni" to save 20% off your order everyday. Here is a direct link to this kit at Paper Issues.

Until next time,

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox

Toni

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Using a Mix and Match of Scrapbooking Supplies

Hello fellow scrappers and Happy, Happy Saturday!  I realize that I have really neglected my blog this summer, but I promise that I have new things on the horizon, and lots of work has been going on behind the scenes. I have a lot to announce on September 1st...stay tuned for all of that excitement. At that point I will be back to regular Monday-Thursday blog posts and some extras thrown in there as well. :-) Thank you for sticking this out with me, I appreciate you being here.

I don't know about all of you, but I am so excited for all of the new scrapbooking releases to arrive. I still have quite a few items from the last release that I love however, and I decided to make a layout using up some of those supplies.. This layout is getting linked to the current Mixed Tape Issue over at Paper Issues. I interpreted this challenge by using a mix of products from a variety of product lines. You can still link up your new or older project to this challenge and you might even win an awesome prize sponsored by Hazel and Ruby. You have until tomorrow night to link up your projects, I can't wait to see what you come up with!




If you are in the market to buy some of these great older products or need a great shop to purchase some of the newer lines that are coming in any day now (eeeek,) head on over to the Paper Issues shop HERE and use the code "TONI" to save 20% off your order, every single day. Yup, I just saved ya 20%.

Products Used:

I hope y'all have a great rest of the weekend and thanks again for stopping by!

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox

Toni

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Some Exciting News to Share!

Hello friends, I am back from spending the past 4 weeks in Washington State and have some exciting news to share. I have been asked to be a part of the Paper Issues Design Team. I am so excited and thrilled to join such a great group of talented ladies.

You can read all about my announcement over on the Paper Issues site HERE if you are interested. I will be back tomorrow with some scrappy goodness to share.

xoxox

Toni

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Project Life 2014: Weeks 25 & 26

Happy Tuesday! I have two pages of Project Life to share with you today and am excited to tell you that I have finished my entire first album for 2014. I am caught up all the way through June 30th and could not be more excited about having all of my families memories recorded!

I am still on vacation in Washington State with my family and am having some major PC/ photo uploading and editing issues. Regardless, we are all having a great time and I just took my layout photos with my I-phone via blogger and called it good enough.  :-)  the important thing is making memories and documenting it and the rest is a bonus.




I will be back later this month with some more crafty goodness to share. Until then....

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox


Toni

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Focusing on One Day in Project Life

Happy Thursday from gorgeous Washington State. I am sitting in my mom's scrapbook room right now, and just so happy to be here with family and friends. I worked on a Project Life page very early this morning (I am still very much on East Coast time.) I have a one page pocket page to share today that focuses on only one day. I incorporated a lot of my favorite filler cards and I just love how it turned out:  Photos, some heartfelt journaling, and pops of fun embellishments seems to be my happy place.


I focused on one fun and very ordinary day in our lives using some favorite photos of the kids in the pool, one of our smallest dog, and even a rare photo of myself. I focused on using the colors of blue to match the photos and pops of gold, because well I love all things gold. I also used some fun journaling cards and that veneer camera from a Studio Calico Kit months ago that I have been hoarding.

Seriously these kids just have my whole heart, and that awesome
 veneer camera and gold puffy heart could not be more perfect!

Thank you for stopping by my little slice of blogland today, I appreciate you being here. I will be spending the long weekend with my amazing family, eating barbecue, and making sure my kids stay safe amidst the arsenal of fireworks my husband and father purchased for the annual 4th of July extravaganza. I hope that whatever your plans are this weekend, be it celebrating Independence Day or otherwise, that you have a good one.

I will be back next weekend with a 4th of July recap, some Project Life pages, and some layouts to share. I sure hope to see you then.

Until next time....

Happy Scrappin'

xoxox

Toni