Wednesday, November 28, 2012

currently

time : 9:45pm
location : the kitchen table
watching Saturday Night Live Christmas on NBC.
needing some time away from the computer. Nothing bad or dramatic. I'm just not getting anything done. :)
planning a Project Life post on some frequently asked questions I've gotten lately.
enjoying the box of Candy Cane Joe Joe's I got at Trader Joe's on Tuesday. Never heard of them? Think Oreos with peppermint filling. Delish. They will likely be gone by the weekend, with no help from my family.
feeling giddy about 2013.
buying the December card kit at Studio Calico + I sprung for an add-on to supplement my December Daily. Oh, and these Freckled Fawn wood chips may have jumped into my cart tonight too. Awesome, right? I go in major spurts with my scrap supply shopping and I am certainly in the upswing right now. Phew.
thinking about skipping the Christmas cards this year. I have them prepped, but for some reason I'm not feeling it. I suppose I still have time...
displaying Christmas decorations. Morgan loved helping me this afternoon.
dreaming of holiday crafts for me + the kids. I'm excited to make salt dough ornaments with them again this year.
receiving lots of packages in the mail. I've gotten 13 boxes in the last 3 days!
loving internet shopping + Amazon Prime.
looking forward to the weekend + getting our tree.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Giveaway : Project Dig Deep eBook

You know I am all about Project Life (it is what 90% of my blog posts are about), and I'm so excited to be able to giveaway a copy of the new Project Dig Deep eBook from Big Picture Classes. I'm about halfway through it and it is chock full of inspiration from some of my favorite scrappers. Here is more info from Big Picture Classes :
Project Dig Deep eBook
Discover and share exciting new stories within your Project Life system

Becky Higgins' Project Life system, which is built around the idea of scrapbooking quickly inside divided page protectors, has revolutionized the way thousands of people approach memory keeping.

We're thrilled to unveil the first eBook to dive deep into the Project Life system, revealing seven amazing strategies that could revolutionize the way you approach Project Life!
This is your chance to join seven avid scrapbookers as they get inspired by their own recent scrapbook pages and then "dig deep" to tell seven types of expanded stories within their ongoing Project Life albums.

Whether you scrapbook chronologically or in a story-based format, you'll love these concrete strategies for discovering and sharing meaningful stories. You'll be inspired to expand on a loved one's personality, flash back to the past, show off a photo tour of a beloved place, create a tribute page to a loved one who has passed on, explore an important relationship, and more!

Meaningful, story-based scrapbooking has never been easier—or more fun!
Meet the talented ladies whose stories compose the eBook :


Get your own copy of Project Dig Deep here!

For more Project Life inspiration follow our Pinterest Board, Join the free BPC community or visit BeckyHiggins.com.

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To enter : leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, November 28. I will announce the winner, on this post, on Thursday, November 29. Good luck!! Comments are closed.
Congrats Kristin! Email me at nicole.s.reaves AT gmail DOT com and I'll send your eBook info along!

Friday, November 23, 2012

'tis the season for free shipping

Happy Black Friday! Did you snag any awesome deals today? I'm not a big fan of fighting big crowds and lines, even in the name of a 'good' deal, so most of my holiday shopping will be done via the computer, on my couch, in my jammies. :)
Of course, my shop is joining in the fun. Now through Cyber Monday, enjoy free shipping on your order with coupon code BLOGFAN. Offer applies to domestic and international orders and is good through Monday, November 26 at 10pm EST.

I've also added a new bundle I've called the bestseller bundle - a set of my five most popular unmounted stamps - week in review, hello, for the love of, note to self and here + now. The bundle is just over 10% less than if you purchased them separately + free shipping = a pretty good deal for you or the scrapbooker on your gift list.

And just a little reminder, Etsy now offers gift cards! So awesome for the person on your list that loves all things handmade and/or vintage (and you aren't quite sure what to buy). prompt is just one of thousands of Etsy shops that now accepts them. I will be closing my shop for Christmas in mid-December, but will keep it well-stocked between now and then for all of you stamp-loving scrappers + Project Lifers (veterans + newbies).

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Project Life : Week 46

Week 46 : November 12-18

This week : was Mark's birthday. Morgan had her first preschool field trip. Lots of talk about Thanksgiving and fall favorites like pomagranates. Mark and I had a date night / birthday dinner. Morgan got her hair fixed after she chopped off a hunk the weekend before and we started making Christmas wish lists.

This may possibly be my favorite layout of the year. I love how it came together (thanks to the unified look that comes from a kit). The majority of the 'stuff' is from Studio Calico's Sock Hop card kit. Also something worth noting is that I didn't rush myself this week to just get it done. Yes, I have those weeks where I don't really want to work on it, but I don't want to get behind either. On Monday when I was working on this spread, I didn't finish in my usual 2-3 hours. But I felt okay with that. I really enjoyed playing this week so I finished it up on Tuesday during Parker's nap. No rushing, no guilt, no shoulda, woulda, coulda. Just enjoying the process. And that is a great feeling.

And with that, here it is. Lots of photos and closeups too. I also added product links at the end of this post. I know some of you appreciate that. :)

Full spread :
Left side :
This 'column' was focused on Mark's birthday. And it was all about the cake. :)
This clothing tag is actually a good month old and I recently found it again so I just slipped it in this week's spread. 
Morgan's first field trip :
Right side :
Totally unstaged, I got this photo of the kids last week. Love it!!
I tried a flip-up for the first time, inspired by an awesome Instagram friend. I got a before and after shot of Morgan and her hair for the front :
And then on the inside I added some journaling to the top flap and photos from her salon trip on the bottom :
iPhone weather screenshot (I like adding these every once in a while) and Morgan's awesome explanation of how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey. I found this on a turkey project in Morgan's backpack and rewrote it for Project Life. I'll add the actual version to her school Project Life album.
Photos of me and my little buddy after dropping Morgan off at school. I used one of the stamps in the card kit and repeated it on the bottom of the 4x6 card as a mini journaling block to write in a few things I'm thankful for :
The veneer feather was dipped in Sunshine Mister Huey's :
On the left is the receipt from our date night dinner. And notes from our weekend on the right :
I also added a small envelope page to hold Mark's birthday cards, a business card and some of Morgan's artwork :
And that was our week! Thank you so much for looking. Just 6 more weeks until 2013. Anyone jumping on the Project Life bandwagon next year? Or plan on doing it again?

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

Products used this week :

Monday, November 19, 2012

December Daily 2012 : Cover + Foundation Pages

Today I want to share my cover and foundation pages for this years December Daily album. If you are new to my blog, or missed my previous planning posts, I am using Studio Calico's December Daily kit this year.

The 4x6 album is linen-covered and I wanted to keep it simple, as I have the last two years.
I simply wrapped the cover with red ribbon and tied it in a bow. I cut a snowflake on the Silhouette from Powder POW and strung it onto a small safety pin with a white tag. On the safety pin I added a few clear seedbeads (from my jewelry making days) for a little extra sparkle. The white tag was stamped with a Stampin Up calendar stamp and the badge and veneer numbers were part of the kit.
On the inside of the album, I added another badge to the ribbon with a small jewelry tag, veneer snowflake and rhinestone.
The kit came with an assortment of clear transparency, chipboard and page protectors and I really want to take advantage of the different pages and mix them up throughout the album. My type A personality wants to do it in an orderly fashion though. So I came up with a pattern that could be repeated to get the best use of all the products.

With 20 page protectors, 10 chipboard pages, 5 transparencies and 5 of my own patterned transparencies, this was my pattern :

clear transparency
page protector
chipboard
page protector
star transparency
page protector
chipboard
page protector
(repeat 5 times)

So the opening page was a clear transparency that I decorated with several layers of embellishments.
 Ribbon, number clips from my stash, veneers, a diecut and mini tag. Here is a closeup :
And the back. I lightly misted the star with gold Mister Huey's.
Page two is a page protector. I just slipped the gold polka dot vellum paper in and embossed the 'hello December' arrow in white on white paper.
A little washi, a few enamel dots, done.
And the back.
And the pattern continues. I lightly painted the chipboard pages with Jenni Bowlin malted milk paint. Just a thin, somewhat streaky coat to add a bit of texture. Right now I'm thinking these are the pages I'll mist on or add more paint layers too. Plus there will be photos and/or journaling to cover up these not-so-perfect pages.
As I went through the album, I added a sticky note so I know which pages belong to which day.
My plan is to do one 2-page spread for the weekdays and two 2-page spreads on the weekends, when we'll be doing more family activities like getting our tree and celebrating with family. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will also get two 2-page spreads. 
I didn't really have a rhyme or reason to which page protectors got patterned paper and which didn't. If I decide to use a full photo instead of the paper, it's very easy to pull out and move around. Right now, this gives me a good base to work from.
I will likely add full photos to the pages after a transparency, like December 17 above, because I like the look of being able to see through the clear page and peek at what's next.
That pattern above repeated until I got through Christmas Day and I have a couple of extra pages leftover. It already looks nice and full.
As the month goes on, if I think it's getting too full, I'll probably cut down on the weekend/double spread pages. 'Make it work' is the theme for this project but I am not afraid of a chunky album.

I am so excited to start! Last night I decided to make some room and I organized my supplies so they are at hand each night when I hope to work on my layout for the day.

I have an IKEA Raskog cart that I keep my most often used embellishments in. I relocated the items in the top tray so I could put the contents of my kit in there.
On my desk I filled a wood clementine box with my stamping, embossing and misting supplies.
Next to it, I tossed the leftover patterned paper from my foundation pages into a plant pot. As I need scrap paper, I can rifle through there easily. Most of the pieces are 2" x 6" and will also work great for punching and making Silhouette cuts. I plan to use every little bit of this kit that I can!
Before I close, I wanted to share a couple links, especially for those who haven't done a December Daily before. In my last post, I got some questions about planning for those 'ordinary' days where you don't think you have anything to document. These links have great ideas that I referred back to several times last year.
And that's it - I think I'm ready to play! How about you? Don't know what December Daily is? Check out the huge compilation of links and inspiration on Ali Edwards blog.