Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Story Stamps with Ali Edwards

I have a new obsession.  Well, partly new.  The first part is Ali Edwards, who I've been obsessed with for....forever.  And she has just introduced a new monthly subscription called Story Stamp.  You get one 4x6 stamp set along with a member site on her blog that includes videos from Ali, a member gallery and a message board.  I signed up and was AMAZED at the content I received.  I received the stamps and immediately wanted to get creating.  It sparked so many ideas and inspired me to start a separate album using these stamps.  I did a YouTube video explaining it, showing the stamps for the first month, and also did a real-time layout.  Check it out!


P.S. Ali commented on this video and I squealed like a little girl when I saw it....

If you're interested in checking out the Story Stamps, please visit Ali's beautiful site!  There are three subscribing options to choose from.  She has a great video showing the concept and her thoughts behind it.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Obsessed - September 2014

Back to blogging, back to what I want to blog about.  Here are a few of my favorite things this month:

1. This song...over and over

2. Binge watching this show and I'm fully committed.  And I have a really weird nerd crush going on with Dr. Spencer Reid.  Totally into him.

3. My new iPhone 6 Plus.  It's definitely big, but I'm getting used to it.
And this Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake iPhone 6 ad...

4. Loving Gwen Stephani and Pharell Williams on the Voice this season.  Is Pharell a smooth talker or what?

5. Love that I'm getting SO MUCH scrapbooking done and memories documented right now.  My inspiration is soaring and I'm taking advantage of that. And TODAY, Nicole Jones (NicoleJones911) is one person who inspired me to start making process videos and she mentioned me in her latest video and said she's enjoying mine....and I freaked out!  Totally freaked out.  And humbled.  And proud and all of the emotions were pouring out.  Thank you Nicole for your support!!!  If you haven't checked out my YouTube channel, please go see what I've been up to!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKoUqT94gRuSOOkbkl2I3_g

Have a great week!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Exciting Announcement!



I've been keeping a secret for a few weeks and I can finally share!  I have been invited to be on the first design team for the Layout-A-Week blog!  Jennifer was so gracious to invite me and send me a ridiculous box of goodies to work with for the next six months.  I can't WAIT to dive in!  I'm so excited to get into design team work again.  Once a month, I will be sharing a layout and video tutorial on the blog.  Head over and meet the rest of the new team and get inspired!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

See...what had happened was...

WE MOVED!  The military moved us over the summer from Tucson, AZ to Clovis, NM.  This move was a bit of a rough one because I had to move without my husband.  He is in pilot training and we decided to go ahead and move over the summer for my daughter's school year transition instead of waiting until October and moving her during her first grade year.  So that is why I have been MIA lately.  It took A LOT of prep to get ready for the movers and then physically moving and then getting settled in our new home.

That being said, we are all settled, the girls are in school and I'm back to creating and getting on a good schedule.  I have started doing YouTube process videos and I'm loving every second of it!  It's not only helping me create more, it's helping me create faster and making decisions more quickly.  When the camera's running, you think about things faster!  I'm loving it and I will definitely continue.  And I would like to get back to blogging regularly.  I will start small as I'm just getting back into the swing of things and then will hopefully start doing it more as I get a more regular schedule going.  Right now my goal is once a week, then work my way up from there.  Thanks so much for checking this out today and I hope you will go check out my YouTube channel (link below).  See you soon!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKoUqT94gRuSOOkbkl2I3_g


Saturday, February 1, 2014

What I Read in January

Instead of doing book reviews, which I had started last year, I'm going to do a monthly post on what I read that month with maybe some thoughts on the books.  Here's what I read in January:

"S" by JJ Abrams and Doug Dourst - and that's it. Literally.  The reason is that this book is very involved.  It's more than a book, it's an experience.  The premise is that it looks like an old library book and is owned by a man.  He reads through it and makes notes on his thoughts and there's a whole conspiracy behind the author and who he actually was in real life, if he even existed.  Then, a college student finds the book at the library and reads through it, writing a note to the owner that she found it.  They end up writing to each other through the book and leaving it for the other to find and respond.  You get to read their relationship as it grows.  Two stories in one.  There are really cool inserts that they leave for each other and together, they try to uncover the mystery of this mysterious author.  It was brilliant!  Definitely the coolest book I've ever read.

If you want more details on this book, click the link and there are two videos on the amazon page.  It's pretty darn cool!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Obsessed - January 2014

I'm starting a monthly "Obsessed" post series.  Each month I'll share some things I've been enjoying.  I will include all sorts of things: food, music, tv shows, movies, concepts, scrapbook supplies, blog posts...the sky's the limit!

Here is the January edition:

1. This TV show.  James Spader is magic.

2. Also been marathoning this TV show.  Timothy Olyphant = perfection!

3. This song.

4. This mini album by Wilna is so dreamy.  I wish I could make something as stunning as this.

5. Elise Blaha Cripe's Project Life title page.  WOWZA!

6. This month I took a weekend trip to Vegas with some girlfriends. We stayed at the New York New York hotel and it was AWESOME! There is an Irish pub inside the hotel where we ate lunch and the fish and chips were.....so ridiculously delicious. I'm still thinking about them.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Project Life 2014 - Title Page

If you've been here before, you know that I do Project Life.  I can't even describe how much I love this project and how it has changed my idea of memory keeping.  When I started scrapbooking in 2003, I fell for it hard. The idea of playing with pretty paper and supplies and recording our family's memories was infectious for me.  It became my creative outlet and I realized I had a talent for it. For a long time, I basically focused on big events with a few little mini albums thrown in here and there.  I didn't think about our everyday memories.  When I discovered Project Life a few years ago, I was floored.  I lurked around for awhile to see other's albums and in 2012, I decided to dive in.  And I haven't looked back!  I love the idea of recording our everyday, even in a small way.  The pockets are small to help keep me from being overwhelmed, all while I'm recording things that my family would normally forget.  My husband and I love looking back through the albums and remembering the little things that we take for granted on a daily basis.  I still do 12x12 layouts of special things I want to record, but Project Life has helped to take the pressure off of doing a huge page of every single thing I want to remember.

For 2014, I'm continuing to record our everyday on a weekly basis and I will stick to mainly the Design A page protector (seen below).  I try to make each two page spread span one week.  Sometimes, we have low key weeks, and only one side is enough to record it, and that's fine with me.  It doesn't bother me when that happens.  I don't want to force anything with this project or I will stress out and it will become a chore, which I don't want.

Today, I want to share my title page for my 2014 album and some of the supplies I'm using for this year.


Supplies used here:
12x12 We R Memory Keepers album in Aqua
Becky Higgins Design A page protector
Cards are a mix from:
Studio Calico PL kits  (this link is for the current kit - mine are from past kits)
Seafoam PL core kit
"Life Documented" card was handmade by a friend
2014 card and our last name is cut from my Silhouette Cameo
Random supplies from my stash - wood veneer, enamel dots, stamps, cork arrow
Pictures printed on a Canon Selphy CP900 printer
Creative Memories corner rounder

I'm working on playing a little catch up for January right now.  My plan is to share each month here all at once.  This week I'm working on catching up on January and I will share all my weeks when they are finished.  Thanks for taking the time to take a look!

If you want more information on the Project Life system of scrapbooking, please check out Becky Higgin's site!

Friday, January 17, 2014

One Little Word 2014 - FINISH

This will be my second go at One Little Word.  I picked one in 2011 and I'm not sure why, but I just wasn't feeling it.  So I tossed it and moved on, convinced this wasn't the project for me.  Now, I'm rethinking that.  For some reason, the word FINISH popped into my head one day and I couldn't shake it.  It might have been because I've been looking at all of my unfinished projects lying around and thought, "I should really finish these..."  Then I got an email from Ali Edwards announcing the One Little Word workshop for 2014.  And I kept the email and kept reading it.  And this word just kept sticking around.  I decided to give it another go and signed up.  And to be serious about it this time.

With this word, my goals are to finish a lot of unfinished projects.  Mostly crafty stuff, but also my ultimate unfinished project - my weight loss journey.  As far as crafty stuff, I've made a list of my unfinished projects and projects that are still in the brainstorming phase.  I plan to revisit these projects and make a firm decision on whether I'm going to FINISH them or be FINISHED with them and move on from them.  This will not only declutter my space a bit, but it will also declutter my head.  Too many unfinished things tend to stress me out and overwhelm me.  I want to be realistic about my projects.  If it's not something I will finish and love, then it's not worth my time.

I'm going to take my time with this project (as it's a year long workshop) and explore my word and invite it into my life to help me make positive progress.  I'm excited!


Monday, January 13, 2014

I'm Blogging - It's a Freaking Miracle!

Wow - it's literally been almost a full year since my last blog post.  I'll be honest - I have a love/hate relationship with this space.  I love blogs....I love reading blogs....I love other people's blogs (see my favorites in the right margin).  When it comes to mine, I guess I just get lazy.  I have the best intentions, but when it comes time to actually do it, nope.  It's just not a priority.  And that's something I want to change.  I went into 2014 with the attitude of "I'm just a terrible blogger, and I need to accept that."  But over the past couple of days, something has shifted.  I'm getting the desire to write and to share.  I'm getting ideas for blog posts in my head that I can't shake.  I'm enjoying other people's posts and being inspired by them.  I'm wanting to be here.  That being said, I'm ready to give this another go.  I'm making notes and setting ideas to paper.  I'm inspired by others who blog all the time and have a religious following (like me).  I know that it won't happen overnight.  I also know that these other people didn't start off that way either.  I'm just starting.  I want to inspire others and share my ideas and things that are happening.  Even to just a few people.  

I know I won't be able to blog five times a week, but at least a couple times a week would be amazing, so that's what I'll strive for.  I know my goals will change as I work my way into regular blogging and that's great.  I want it to become a natural and organic thing.  I'm making notes now and working on some ideas to share.  I WILL be back this week to get things started by sharing my One Little Word for 2014.  Thanks for joining me here and I hope that 2014 will be an amazing blogging year!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hand-Stitching on Paper

Lately, I've been into hand-stitching on my scrapbook pages.  I wanted to share an example of how I do it.  Currently, I'm taking a great class called Bright Ideas at Studio Calico.  The first challenge of the class is to use a stencil somehow on your layout.  After looking around my scrap area, I noticed that I had a negative cut from a word I cut from my Silhouette Cameo and used on this layout that I made months ago.  I'm happy I kept that negative cut!  I pulled it out and a layout quickly came together in my mind.  It also helped that the challenge came with a sketch to use if you needed an extra push.  Here is the layout and how I created it:
The layout.  The word "bestie" in the title is what I hand-stitched.

The negative from the cut.  It said "besties" originally, but I cut off the "s" to accommodate for this page.
I played around with the layout before adhering anything down.  I needed to be sure I put it in the correct spot before putting the layout together.  I didn't want to be stitching when there's a bunch of stuff on the page, it gets a little heavy to handle that way.
I traced the word onto the paper in pencil.
Using a paper piercer (and a mousepad underneath), I poked holes along the word where I wanted to stitch.  Be sure to poke a little closer as you go along curves so they come out looking correct.
Using a needle and 3 strands of thread, I stitched along the outline of the word.
The final result!
 Here are a couple of other examples of pages that I've hand-stitched on:


I'm loving the look of hand-stitching and it's really not something that takes up a lot of time.  I just poke my holes, and sit down in front of the TV and stitch away!
If you're interested in starting stitching, but it kinda scares you, Amy Tan has some great stitching stencil kits that come with stencils, a needle, thread and a mat...everything you need!  I haven't seen them for sale anywhere yet, but she blogged about them recently.  Check it out!