Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Project Life : Week 43

Week 43 : October 22-28

This week : we had a blast of really nice weather. A fall festival at Morgan's preschool. We went to a Halloween event at our zoo and picked pumpkins as a family. The Tigers lost to the Giants in the World Series. Boo.

Sorry for the less-than-great photos this week. My camera battery was dead so I had to use my phone before the sun went down.

Full spread (click on photos to enlarge) :
Left side : 
My fantastic napper has just recently started to try to fight me on it.
These wood veneer speech bubbles are so fun. I misted the one below first below adding it to my photo :
We had a couple days of abnormally warm weather, which means popsicles in this house. The calendar in the background is a freebie from Erica Hernandez for Two Peas.
Right side :
I still continue to be drawn to tags and simple embellishments. Trying to make sure I tell the story as well in the space I'm given :
Morgan's jack 'o lantern design (you know, so Daddy would know how to carve it) :
I slipped these red leaves in the pocket last week (you may have seen them if you follow me on Instagram) and they have already started to turn. I didn't do anything to them to try to maintain their color, so this is a bit of a science experiment too. The Fall 2012 was a badge Marcy included with my order and I adhered it on the outside of page protector. Note to Self stamp is here. White chalk ink is here (love it on kraft!) :
These two photos are from the Zoo Boo. They go together so I linked them with the circle Ormolu tag, added the 'zoo boo' title and trimmed the photos apart to separate them into their pockets :
I added a simple photo-heavy insert this week using the 4x4 page protectors (Design I) from our first pumpkin picking. Mark found a farm not too far away where we could pick our own pumpkins and go on a hay ride. Despite the cold and wind, we had a great time. Definitely a new tradition to continue. This is the front :
Because I can't add an insert without a tab. Geotag stamp from Kelly Purkey :
And the back :
I need to add another insert about the Tigers and the World Series. We have the current Sports Illustrated issue with Miguel Cabrera (Triple Crown winner) on the cover so I'm going to slip the whole magazine in a page protector and just add a tag about the Tigers loss this weekend. Might be a fun piece of history for our future sports lovers.

This week I am linked up to The Mom Creative.
Thank you so much for peeking into my week!

Project Life has become my preferred method of scrapbooking. If you are not familiar with Project Life, click here. If you are new to Project Life, I shared what I learned during my first month here. And, all of my 2012 Project Life posts can be found here.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

new in the shop : holiday stamps

My holiday stamps are now available in the shop.
I will be taking preorders on these 5 designs - joy to the world, merry christmas, joyeux noel, peace love and joy and good cheer - through Monday, October 29. After that, these stamps will only be available on a made-to-order basis.
The so very thankful unmounted stamp + small mounted thank you stamp will be in-stock items + available through the holidays and beyond.

I've set up two bundles as well : a greetings + thanks bundle where you can choose any holiday greeting stamp plus the thank you stamp, and an any 3 bundle to get your three favorite stamps with free shipping (within the US), both at a discounted price.

AND, as a preorder bonus, you can receive 15% off your entire order now through Monday with coupon code PROMPT15.

My best guess right now is that I'll be shipping all preorders around the second weekend in November. I would like you to have your orders by mid-November, so you can use them for your holiday craft making sprees.

Thank you so much + happy shopping!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Project Life : Week 42

Week 42 : October 15-21

This week : picture day and a magic show at school for Morgan, a 5K on Sunday, the Detroit Tigers swept the Yankees and are headed to the World Series, plus the much anticipated (with our friends at least) Michigan v. Michigan State football game. And...I spotted my 20 Questions book on Blurb's bestseller page (eck!). Here's how it all laid out :

Full spread (click on any image to enlarge) :
Left side :
The boy loves cars :
More vellum diecuts this week. The 'so very thankful' stamp will be in my shop Thursday :
My big girl had picture day at school this week. We practiced making 'pretty smiles' with big eyes :)
My 'inserts' this week include the tag from a bag I bought for Mark + a small envelope page to hold our 5K numbers + a brochure about Epidermolysis Bullosa. Aubrey is the daughter of some close friends of ours. She passed away at 6 weeks old of this horrible disease. She would have been 2 years old just a couple weeks ago. The 5k was set up last year by some awesome ladies, to raise money, spread awareness and hopefully find a cure for EB :
Love that there is a pocket in the front of these envelopes to embellish :
Right side :
The magic show at Morgan's school was seriously cool. So happy I got a picture of his assistant levitating : 
Mark and I are the worst about keeping presents hidden from each other. His birthday is over 3 weeks away but I gave him his gift last weekend :
Princess wanted to dress up in mommy's dress last week and I couldn't say no :
My 5K stats. I probably would have run more if my kids weren't so freaked out. They thought I was running away from them! :( Oh well, I wasn't there to make a certain time :
And holy cow, just 10 more weeks left?? Woah. I will admit though that I already have an album and my big pack of page protectors for next year. ;) Oh yes, this will continue in 2013!

Project Life has become my preferred method of scrapbooking. If you are not familiar with Project Life, click here. If you are new to Project Life, I shared what I learned during my first month here. And, all of my 2012 Project Life posts can be found here.

Friday, October 19, 2012

sneak peek : holiday stamps

Next Thursday, October 25, I will be adding 6 new holiday stamps + a thank you stamp to the shop. A mix of script and type, these will be a little different than the previous unmounted stamps.
I decided to go with mounted stamps for this release - mostly for their ease of use. My initial intention with these holiday designs was that they'd be used for making cards and gift tags. Paper crafts that you'd be 'mass-producing' over the next couple months. Really, there are dozens of ways you could use these new sentiments, including decorating gift wrap + bags, envelopes or hostess gifts, and of course, on your scrapbook pages, Project Life, December Daily or Journal Your Christmas.
I also slipped in this little guy, so very thankful, which is unmounted and comes with cling mount like the other unmounted designs in my shop. Perfect for the upcoming (US) Thanksgiving holiday + for those of you who like to send thank you cards. Or, of course, if you are just plain thankful.

On Thursday, the new mounted stamps will go up for preorder for 5 days only. After that, the holiday stamps will still be available but only on a made-to-order basis (which means longer leadtimes). Since they are a seasonal item, I will only be keeping a very small inventory, if any, for immediate shipping.

If you decide to do some early shopping, I'll have a couple stamp bundles and incentives you can take advantage of too. All of those details will come next week. As of right now, I anticipate all preorders to be shipped out during the week of November 4th, so you can get them just in time to use on your holiday crafts.

Are you ready for the most wonderful time of the year?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

on my mind : December Daily + Project Life

It's only October and I am so crazy excited about this year's December Daily. And I don't think I'm alone! My original plan was to stick with the size I've been using the last two years - 6x8 - and build my own little kit of paper and embellishments to use. I love that size. It's perfect for fitting two 4x6 photos on a page, a multi-photo collage or single enlargement. Plus it's a good size for adding the extra stuff - the price tag from the tree, the holiday flyers and catalog covers, the kids artwork, recipes from our cookie exchange. Not too big, not too small. Plus the anal side of me wanted all of my December Daily albums to be the same size. I thought I had it all figured out.
Except what's different this year is I'm also doing Project Life. I still wanted to make a separate December Daily album, but how would I decide what stories would go in each album? When Studio Calico announced they were accepting preorders for their December Daily kit last month, I was kind of turned off by the small size of the album. A true mini at just 4x6, I didn't think I could fit everything that I was accustomed to documenting in such a tiny album. Some of the ladies I chat with online with joked that our albums would be 6 inches thick at that size.
photo source : Studio Calico
As Studio Calico began releasing peeks into the kit (which is now sold out), I knew I'd regret not getting it if I didn't hit that preorder button. The fabric covered album looks really nice, the stamp set Ali designed is awesome and I adore the color scheme in the paper pad and embellishments (above). Since my holiday stash is nearly non-existant and I hadn't begun buying anything yet, it wasn't hard to talk myself into it. I am so very excited about getting my first kit next month and putting together my foundation pages.

As far as Project Life goes, I plan on continuing to document weekly as I have been all year, but I think to make it a little easier on myself I am going to do just one page a week using the Design F page protector. I will put the everyday type stories, photos and stuff in Project Life and the holiday memories - tree shopping, visiting Santa, making cookies - in my December Daily.
After I get my foundation pages complete, I'm going to put together a small kit of holiday themed paper and embellishments to use for Project Life in December so my weekly layout goes together quickly and smoothly (and looks festive as well). I hope to stay caught up with both projects throughout the month - and if I'm lucky (and this would be major luck), I'll work on documenting each day of December Daily that night and Project Life on the following Monday (as I have been all year). Life happens though, especially during the busiest month of the year.

So until my kit arrives, I'm searching for and pinning inspiration on my December Daily Pinterest board. I'm eagerly awaiting to see how Ali plans her pages too!

If you are new-ish to my blog, you can see my past completed December Daily albums here - 2010 and 2011. If you have no idea what December Daily is, Ali Edwards has a great compilation of her albums + other ideas and inspiration on her blog here.

Anyone else thinking about their December Daily yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts and if you have a plan in the works! And speaking of the holidays, I will be posting a sneak in the next day or so of the new stamps I am putting in the shop next week. Fun!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Project Life : Week 41

Week 41 : October 8-14

This week : we got hit with some unseasonably cold weather and we bought the kids winter coats earlier than I was expecting. Mark went to the University of Michigan football game with a friend. Outdoor play + a PSL + lots of errands. Really, a pretty typical week.

Full spread : (click on the photos to enlarge)
Left side :
Parker has been pronouncing Morgan's name as (sounds like) "Gah-quinn" for weeks, months maybe. I finally got it down in the album. I have no idea how he came up with that, but it's cute and it's stuck. And now sometimes I call her Gah-quinn too. ;) The adorable 'he said' journaling card is from Design Editor and can be found here :
Love the Studio Calico stickers on this photo. Plus they are nice to write on :
My little buddy at Trader Joes - picking up the essentials. Cookies + milk :) Love those teardrop shaped Martha Stewart/Avery stickers :
Instagram photo + ormolu snapshot = perfect :
Right side :
Documenting my favorite shows + Parker's foamy soap fascination. I also wrote down our dinner menu for the week - inspired by Ali a few weeks back :
A new coat (in pink, duh) for Morgan + a mini car milestone on the Subaru. The adorable puffy stickers scattered around the spread this week are from Amy Tangerine.
Thank you so much for looking this week! I kind of stopped linking every single product I use all the time because I feel like I'm repeating myself week after week. And it's a lot of work. I've been writing a big master post about my Project Life process, favorite products and FAQ's that I hope to have done in the coming weeks. Until then, if I forgot something or you'd like more details, just ask. :)

I have also linked up with The Mom Creative today.

And a quick shop update. All of my stamps that were sold out have been restocked. At the end of next week, I'll be adding 7 new holiday designs - which will be awesome for scrapbooking, cardmaking, gift tags + more. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a few of them already. I'll peek some more in a post here later this week.

Project Life has become my preferred method of scrapbooking. If you are not familiar with Project Life, click here. If you are new to Project Life, I shared what I learned during my first month here. And, all of my 2012 Project Life posts can be found here.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Kauai : a divide + conquer mini album

Over the summer I signed up for Lisa Truesdell's Divide and Conquer class over at Two Peas and today I wanted to share my completed album. We had a destination wedding in Kauai 8 years ago, and while I have our professional wedding photos in a scrapbook, I never documented the rest of our trip. This album (which is a Simple Stories 6x8 album + assorted page protectors) and class ended up being a perfect solution to getting those photos and memorabilia out of a box.

It's not a word heavy album at all. 8 years later, I had very little in the way of notes or journaling. I wasn't a 'scrapbooker' back then so there wasn't a big desire to keep track of where we ate and what we did every waking minute. :) So, maybe it's just a dressed up photo album? I love it just the same. It's so much nicer to have these photos in a book where we can all look at them now. Plus I learned and experimented with some fun new techniques.

So, here is the album, page by page. You can also view most of it in Two Peas gallery as a slideshow here. Let me know if you have any questions about the products I used. I linked to most of them in the Two Peas link above.
The cardstock 'waves' of sand and water were inspired by Kinsey Wilson's mini album cover here. It is hard to see in a photograph, but they are more visible in an upside down view :
The opening page. It was fun to take advantage of all those divided pockets and create some see-through elements throughout the album. Wound around the binder rings is the shell necklace I was given at the luau after our wedding (Mark has a matching one I have kept in a box here at home). It fits really nicely in the binding and the album still closes completely.
Gold ampersand mini print from Tina Aszmus. Believe it or not, I still had a flower from my wedding lei, pressed between wax paper. So happy to be able to slip that in a pocket! Instead of stitching the top, or adding washi tape so it wouldn't slip out, I used my tiny attacher and stapled through the stem to keep it in place. It worked perfectly.
I had some printed handouts leftover from the readings during our ceremony and after trimming them down, they fit nicely in the 6x8 page protectors.
I folded our wedding certificate in half but there was about 1/2" of extra space to fill. I trimmed 1/4" off the page protector and added washi tape to the edge to close the side back up. I could have sewn it shut too but at this point I was nervous about doing that. You'll see later that I did get brave and experimented with thread + plastic.
Another see-thru pocket. Some heart confetti and veneer, girl and boy potty people veneers and an ormolu flair button. Washi to seal up the top. Done.
My mom was kind enough to give me her map from our trip for my album. I added a fabrip to the edge and punched holes in it (instead of through the map) to add it to the album. Now you can open the map completely without taking it out of the binder.
Not a lot to say about our rental house we stayed in, but I didn't want to leave the photos bare. I added some little Lilybee alpha letters to the center of the photos and cut down some Hambly cloud overlay as a divider.
You can't go to Hawaii and not get in some surfing time. This spread was about Mark's experience. The 'you' flair button is on the outside of the page protector where the four 3x4 pockets intersect.
And the next page was mine.
Another random flower I had kept and pressed. Into the album it goes.
When I was putting the base of this album together, I came across some photos of a hike we took on the north shore. Probably my favorite scenic shots from our trip, but they were portrait, not landscape, like the majority of the photos in the album. I thought it would be awesome to sew them into a 6x8 page protector to make it look like they were floating in the book but I was so damn nervous to try it.
I did it anyway and I LOVE how it turned out. I might just be addicted.
I used Kelly Purkey's geotag stamp on the map below, to mark out some key locations - where we stayed, where we got married, and other points of interest.
One thing I did still have was our boarding pass ticket stubs. Instead of mounting them to patterned paper, I left them as is so you can see the front and (boring) back. And you can see through to the next page, which is kind of cool.
Journaling for this album was tough - trying to remember things about a trip we took so long ago - and I wasn't sure how to close the album. I decided to make note that while we were there in 2004, I didn't complete this book until 2012. I wrote a little bit about how our vacation in Hawaii was the starting point to years and years of incredible trips for us. And that we are really really really hoping to go back for our 10th anniversary - with our kids.
The envelope in the back holds the actual notes that I did take during the trip (only about 4 days worth) as well as contact phone numbers and other travel info I had written down prior to the wedding. Before I punched holes in the envelope, I reinforced the edge with a little pink washi tape. Of course.

And that's it! If you've made it this far, thank you so much for looking! I really enjoyed taking this class and making this album. I'm already dreaming up my next divide + conquer project! If you have any questions, or I forgot to cover something, feel free to ask in the comments.

Have a wonderful weekend!