Thursday, October 31, 2013

{Baby Mini}

My friend is having her first baby!! I was so excited to be able to make her something special for her baby shower. This is only my second mini album I've done as a gift and I'm hooked! It's such a personal and special gift to give. They aren't finding out what they are having so I had complete creative freedom with this one! I didn't want it to be too themey so I decided to go with neutral colors and baby like sentiments. Sweet things, like "you are loved" etc. It was a lot of fun to make and Saturday I get to give it to her! Can't wait!! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

{Hayride Buddy}

I love using black and white! There's just something very freeing about being able to use any embellishment I want because I don't have to worry about the color! I did this layout for Elle's Studio Thursday Sketch. It came together pretty fast! I chose this picture of me and my son on the hayride at the pumpkin patch. I've been scrapping so many pictures of my daughter lately I just had to get him in there too :) I think it's easy to scrap pictures when they are young like my daughter, but I can't forget to scrap pictures of my boy!!  

Here is the Sketch

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

{Taking photos of your Layout}

This is one of those things when you have a blog that is always an issue! How to get a good photo of your content! I think I finally figured out my sweet spot in my house and the right camera and settings to use! I have this table by a large window that always gets great light and that's where I have been doing most of my photos. I was using my iphone because it was easy, but I just figured out how to position my pages so I can use my Canon! The results are huge! 



To me it's a big difference in clarity and color! I always thought the iphone pictures would do, but now I'm never going back! They are always a little out of focus and not as clear as the second photo. I still kept it easy though! I used my auto setting and edited it using my iphone app Snapseed even though I have Photo shop. I love Snapseed for a quick edit:) Life is busy and we need shortcuts right??

See!! Easy! I made it work:) And don't mind the leaves in the yard, we wait until our giant Maple is done shedding to rake!! We use to rake every few days and it would just look like this again!! Beautiful tree, but my what a pain in the fall! 

Monday, October 28, 2013

{You & Me}

Today's layout was inspired by the Sunday Studio Calico sketch. I loved this picture of me and my daughter in the mass of leaves in our front yard. I thought about going with a more fall theme, but these soft colors really spoke to me. They seemed to compliment the picture perfect! In the end I was really happy with how it turned out:)

I took my Heidi Swap mist and drew these little circles on the layout. They went perfect with the background paper because it already had that watercolor look to it. 

I love these stars from Studio Calico! They were just the right size and texture I was looking for:) 

Friday, October 25, 2013

{PL Sept 9th to Sept 15th}

Well this week was a busy one! Or maybe I just took a ton of pictures:) I almost didn't get them all to fit! I loved every single picture and didn't want to leave any out for the sake of design. To me project life is about documenting my life, not designing a clean beautiful spread. So my PL spread looks a little cluttered, but I'm okay with that. That's life right! 


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

{December Daily Cover}

Once I got my December Daily kit from Studio Calico I couldn't resist, I had to dive right in and do the cover!! I knew I wanted to make those beautiful stars stand out so I went to Micheals and bought a Gold Sharpie paint pen. It worked amazingly! I am now hooked on those pens and plan on buying more!

 Next I painted the wood veneer "25" red. When I put it down it looked like it needed just a little more sparkle ;0) In our kits we received gold glitter tape and silver glitter ribbon. I took strips of those to add a little more sparkle behind the numbers. I'm loving it so far and I know it's still October but I want to start the inside too!  

Go buy this pen (and use a coupon)!!! Seriously they are amazing!! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

{So Silly & Fun}

I got my hands on the new Printshop collection from Studio Calico this month and I'm in love! I used the "&", "I love you", and hearts in vellum on this layout I did for Elle's Studio's Thursday Sketch. Of course I used some Elle's Studio frames too! I actually won the $10 gift card with this LO:) So if you haven't done their Thursday Sketch yet go give it a try! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

{PL Sept 2nd-8th}

This was the week PSL's made a comeback!! So of course when I saw that cute little coffee sleeve they had I knew it would go right in my Project Life! Fall is starting in this week and I couldn't be happier:)

Nothing to see on the bottom left, just my kiddos in the bath ;0) 

I am really loving sequins! I didn't think I would, but I keep getting them in my Scraptastic PL kit and I'm so happy about that!  

That rainy day photo is another reason I absolutely LOVE the app Picframe!!!  

This was also the week my son started Kindergarten! It was so fun to include school themed cards in my PL. I know it will be a huge part of it from now on and that makes me happy, just like that pencil card. It's the little things people!  

More sequins and Picframe love!  

 And the other app I love is called Rhonna Designs. That's what I used to do this picture of my daughter and son being extra cute! 

Thanks for stopping by!  

Friday, October 11, 2013

{Give Thanks}

Out theme this month for the giftables swap was "Thank you"! I had a lot of trouble with this theme! I kept going back to doing Thank you cards, but I wanted to step outside the box a little. I've seen these beautiful blue mason jars at Michales for weeks and I've been waiting for an excuse to buy them! Ibought  them not really knowing what I would do yet. As I walked around the store I saw these cute felt leaves and thought they would be perfect for a fall themed gift. After that things started to come together. I saw the idea for a "Thankful" jar on Pinterest and ran with it! Every day in November you write down something you are thankful for and put it in the jar, then on Thanksgiving you read them all. It's a great way to reflect on your life and just be thankful! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Check out Life.Paper.Scrapbook. today! They just posted their October issue and I am on page 48:) 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

{Cream to my Coffee}

I have a very simple card for you today using up some of my scraps from my past Studio Calico Card kits. I love how it turned out and the sentiment is so sweet:)

Monday, October 7, 2013

{PL Aug 26th to Sept 1st}

Here is my PL week for the last week in August. I kept this week pretty simple! Sometimes you don't have a lot of time to do a ton of embellishing and I'm okay with that! I got my memories documented and that's all that matters in the end:) 

 I mostly used my Studio Calico PL kit for this week. It came together pretty fast!

I've had this deer stamp for awhile, I found it at an antique store! This was the perfect card to use it on since I was talking about our deer friends out front. 

Sometimes a simple label and some enamel dots finish off a photo perfect!  

I didn't do too much embellishing on this side either! Simple and easy:) 

This is my favorite! I used my picframe app on my phone to do this.