Category: PL

Busy bee

It’s been a busy few weeks, I’ve carved out lots of time to craft…making cards, tags and some fun canvases. Who doesn’t love a little maize and blue color combo – especially during football season? Here’s a little bit of what’s on my craft table these days. A few canvases I’m working on – lots to finish up, but I’m enjoying the process.


I am super excited to be focused on my crafting and getting back to my blog. Life seems to be opening up an opportunity to play, so I’m going to seize the moment.

Summer bucket list

2015 has been busy. Really, really, busy. And all really, really good!

In addition to getting a horse sponsored in the Gallopalooza event again this year, we decided to move. Between painting the horse, getting ready to sell the house, selling the house, searching for the perfect house (which we, happily found), packing the house, moving, and unpacking…there has been little time to craft. Not to mention: most of my crafty supplies have been in boxes for nearly two months!

I spent most of my free time this past week unpacking said boxes and getting comfy in my new space. It has renewed my sense of wanting to CREATE stuff. Project Life? Haven’t scrapped a lick since the first week of February, so yeah, I’m a bit behind. Craft the Story? I have several months of gorgeous kits lined neatly up in a basket waiting to be used. Craft your Stash? There’s even MORE in my upcycle bin than when I started the project last year. Plus, I’m in a new house. And that just screams PROJECT, right?

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My new stamp station


So I’ve decided to make a Summer Bucket List of things I’d like to make over the next few months to get me back in the crafting saddle. In no particular order:

  1. An accent wall in my craft space behind my work table
  2. Curtains for my craft space
  3. Repaint the basement door
  4. Refinish my work table
  5. Refinish my craft table
  6. Get caught up on Project Life
  7. Make at least 2 layouts for each Story Kit
  8. Make art for the entry way
  9. Refinish side table in living room
  10. Refinish 2 end tables for basement
  11. Create a globe pendant light for craft room
  12. Create mason jar light fixture (so far Mike hasn’t agreed to let me put this anywhere, but I’m hoping that if I create it, he’ll like it)
  13. Create a command center in my office
  14. Get caught up on OLW ’15
  15. Create/find an oar to use in Em’s bath as a towel rack
  16. Continue to play with the Documented Life Project weekly prompts

I’ve already painted my office and craft room (and truth be told, I can already cross #2 off my list…but I’ll post that completed project later this week!) and I’m getting ready to paint Emily’s bedroom and bathroom. In the moments in between the “must do” work, I will start checking things off my Summer Bucket list.

Okay – it might be a little ambitious. But, dream big. Let’s do this!

What was I thinking?

imageOkay, so I must be a little crazy. (No surprise there!) I’m looking at my newly acquired Filofax for January (printing my inserts deserves it’s own blog post!!!)…and realized I may have been a little ambitious with registering for classes this month. But – there’s SO MUCH GOOD going on out there. I just can’t help myself – and I’m looking forward to each one. Here’s what’s on my dance card:

One Little Word 2015 This is a year-long community with inspirational new content coming from Ali Edwards each month. I cannot recommend her classes enough – she’s so authentic in her presentation, making it such a delight to participate. OLW asks you to pick a word to focus on for the entire year. Each month, Ali gives us new prompts with ways to incorporate that word and keep it present in our daily routine. It’s a mixture of art, reflection and journaling – and I am so looking forward to participating again this year. My word is “true”. I plan to  document my progress in 2015 here and my first post will explain the reason why I chose this word and what I hope to get out of keeping it top of mind in the year to come.

Sparkle It’s being led by Shanna Noel. ‘Nough said. Talk about inspiration – this lady is one of my all-time faves. Her classes are always filled with inspiration and she puts so much of her time into the class – you truly feel like she’s participating right along side you. And, I don’t know about you – but when I take a workshop online, I really appreciate it when the instrctor(s) are active throughout the class and take the time to answer questions, comment on galleries and conversations in the message board. And, Shanna rocks that. Plus: her designs are jaw dropping! Plus: the class is all about glitter and sparkle and…well, YUM! Can’t wait! The class officially starts next week but I may have to get some Zing! out this weekend in anticipation…

Move More, Eat Well by Cathy Zielske over at Big Picture Classes. I have not taken classes with Cathy before – but I can tell ya: I’m blown away by the pre-class content she had loaded prior to the start of class. She gave us all the layered PS files for every day/week – and even had tutorials for people who wanted to change their color scheme and didn’t know how to do it. I’ve not taken many classes with THIS MUCH editable content in well…forever. I’m pretty impressed by it (can you tell?) – and the designs are super cute. What I’m excited for most: the Facebook community and taking it with a local peep (we’ll keep each other honest). While the content (with daily emails/videos from Cathy, who keeps it pretty real) is just a month long, the community is open all year and there are enough printables to keep you on track for the remaining 11 months. Very cool.

Day by Day Bundle over at Studio Calico. They really get me. Every. Time. I’ve taken the SC Project Life class for the last two years. They decided to shake it up a bit in 2015 with 5 different classes offered throughout the year – each with a different focus. January’s class is “Project Shots” – which, in theory will make me a better photographer. Since, let’s face it: I’m pretty boring when it comes to my photos {read: fairly close up shots, subject pretty much dead center…and lighting?? Meh.) I’m looking forward to some tips, tricks and inspiration. I have only one way to go and that’s up.

And if that weren’t enough…! I’m contemplating Photo|365 (beth-adilly may have pushed me over the edge) and the Document Life Project through a facebook community hosted by the folks over at The Art5 Academy I’ve joined their community and am cautiously optimistic that I can play along. The concept is Art Journal based – and they offer techniques/challenges each week to get you off the couch and in the craft room. I’ve never really been able to get into art journaling – but I love what others do. So, I’m going to go along for the ride and hopefully learn some new stuff along the way. From what I have seen from the instructors – they’re pretty fun and don’t mind getting silly – just my kind of folks.

Okay, so I’m tired just proof reading this post. 🙂 But, I am also energized and so, so ready to begin. What’s on your hit parade for 2015? Will I see you in any of these online communities? Whatever you adventures – I hope it’s fun and full of awesome inspiration. Let’s do this!


30 Days of Me

I’m embarking on a month-long mini album project: 30 Days of Me. It’s tough – as I’m usually the one behind the camera — or, rather iPhone — and don’t often find myself in front of the camera – much less take the time to tell my stories. The class is being led by the fabulous Maggie Holmes over at Studio Calico. Here’s a peek at my title page:

30daysofme-titleIt’s a smaller album for me – a handbook size, which I’m testing out, as I’m thinking next year Project Life will go 6 X 8. Lots of bits and pieces from the class kit and from Heidi Swapp’s new gold foiled PL kit ((love)) — seriously…drool. And, I’m not even a gold gal – give me silver almost any day of the week. But that kit…gorgeous.

For the “me” circle, I created that cut file (which you can download here), used Mixed Media paper in the Silhouette on the chipboard setting and then used Martha Stewart’s Gold Gilding. Love how it turned out. I followed the same technique for the “k” and the little arrow on the heart. First time I used that liquid gold paint and it was dreamy.


I’m excited to tell these stories – and to share my journey here. Hope you have a fabulous week.


Project life – a week of firsts

imageSo, I sat down to put together Week 17 – and realized I didn’t have a single photo. Not one! What could I have been doing all week that would have stopped me from snapping a few photos is beyond me. But there it was: an empty week.


i happen to be taking a fabulous class over at Studio Calico called Beyond Digital basics …. So I took the opportunity to create a layout using digital papers and okay with some of the techniques in class. It was a fun challenge for me.

I also used a letterpress card I made (from the first batch of letterpress I tried!) super fun plates came with my press – just my style. Added a bit of doodling and watercolor and journaling…love it!


I grabbed a few other photos of things I love and added some journal spots of current things I do, listen to, eat and places I go most frequently. Not the best project life layout I’ve ever done – but I’m actually happy with how it all came out, considering.


This 4×6 card came in a recent PL kit from studio calico. I added the white “always” I drew and cut out of the cameo with a little stitching. You can download that freebie here.imageThis little Happy Camper card I made with some StayzOn ink, my neocolors and a super cute stamp set from Close to My Heart.


Thanks so much for stopping by!


Organization aka what to do with your empty Project Life kit boxes from Studio Calico

I’ve mentioned this a few times, but wanted to actually share an up-cycle idea you can use to organize your print and and cut files. I’m addicted to the digital files at Studio Calico and about a month ago I decided to organize them by color.


imageI also have 2 boxes for printable journal cards and my cuts. I cut several travel themed cuts from a kraft paper a while ago but never used any if them. I just love how pretty it looks when you peek inside. And the best part? I’ve got lots of bits and pieces at the ready already sorted by color.

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One thing I realized though, when I did this: I didn’t have any purple bits…so I created this sheet – feel free for download it here and add to your collection! I’ve set the .pdf to be imported into the Silhouette software and use the print + cut feature.

purple-labels-01Thanks for stopping by!




PL – Week 6

I was so excited to sit down and work on this week’s layout. My order for Close to My Heart came in early this week and I was so inspired by the new Hopscotch Alphabet…LOVE it! I’ve linked to my dear friend Amy’s wesbite if you’re as crazy about the set as I am and want to get your hands on it…

So here’s what I did with it — I used both the upper and lower case with Stayz On ink so I could use my NeoColor crayons to add a little water color effect.

week6I adored this photo of Emily playing the guitar. She really wanted to take lessons so she could play at summer camp this year. We got the small size — and it still looks to big on her. I can’t help but wonder how she will grow and someday, maybe, this instrument will seem small. Time goes by so quickly…

So I decided to enlarge this photo and focus on why it pulled so much on my heartstrings: I love how big the guitar looks, how you can see her little toes (and she does have very little toes!), how she will sing as she plays – when she doesn’t think we can hear, and that tiny little smile on her face. I mostly just love her with all my heart…true statement.

week6-deet5 week6-deet6 week6-deet8 week6-deet3 week6-deet4On the right side, I just used one photo from each day of the rest of the week. While I absolutely LOVE the 9 square page protector — it’s hard to create those cards, right? All the cards in the kits I have – both from Becky Higgins and the monthly kit from Studio Calico (I used a few of the cards from Copper Mountain and Double Scoop) are either 4×6 or 3×4. So these awesome 4×4 squares take a bit more time to prepare. Which is OK — just a little different.

So, I created 3 using the hopscotch alpha again, the staz on, neocolors and a little bit of stitching. I like how using both the upper and lower cases on the left and the right sides make the whole layout cohesive. week6-deet2 week6-deet1I know this layout focuses quite a bit on what I love…and yet: it’s NOT the week of Valentine’s! Guess I’m going to have to come up with a different strategy for next week’s layout. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this spread and get inspired to pull out some stamps, grab some paints and make some of insert cards of your own.

Have a happy week!


Project Life – week 5

Week 5 was fun to dive into. I brought out my sewing machine and went to town – creating a vellum pocket to hold some tags with journaling, and to create a little line for my banner. week5-deet6 week5-deet3I also did quite a bit of stamping on this layout — using a multi-generation technique (basically, loading up the stamp with ink, and then stamping it 2-3 more times to get a lighter color or “generation” with each pass. And then, I splattered the cards with Mr. Huey’s Inky black.

week5-deet2 week5-deet7For my title card – I cut out the 05 on plain white paper as I’ve done in the last few weeks, but this week, I decided to trace the cut onto this adorable insert card from the Copper Mountain kit, and again dripped a little Mr. Huey’s on top. Using the alpha/numeric stamp from Pebbles, I added the date. I think I kept to the spirit of the weekly title cards, if not the exact same format.

week5-deet1Here’s the whole week put together from left to right:


week5-right I’ve already got week 6 sketched out and am hoping it’ll come together rather quickly. I’d like to get it posted by the end of the week and “catch up” a little bit! Hope you have a great week.

Week 4: PL 2014

week4Week 4 was pretty chilly here in the ‘Ville. Even so, I spent some time outside – but the snow wasn’t packing snow, so the only snowman we made was this one for the insert card:

week4-deet4I dug out a reaaallly old Close to My Heart stamp set to construct this cute little guy. I added a few stickles in light blue – (although in the photo it looks gold)…to finish it off. The background paper I made using white crayons as a mask and then watercolored some gelatos on top. While the background was still wet, I added some Mr. Hueys in hot pink.

Overall, I used craft paper and teal as my color scheme with some blue and pink as accents. I pulled in bits and pieces from my Studio Calico kits – Copper Mountain, Cuppa, Double Scoop and Neverland. Additionally, I used some of the bits from the project kit: Jubilee. The craft paper mostly comes from Amy Tangerine and Echo Park (I’ve had that cloud paper for a year…waiting for just the right layout!)

I’m pleased this week, with the Collect app photos – I added some printables, labels and tags to them (all from SC), and I think that really helped with the flatness I struggled with last week. I also really like mixing the prints with traditional photos I print with my Selphy. I plan to incorporate these prints moving forward. Besides, I just really love the app: it reminds me every day to take photos – how cool is that?

Have a super week! Stop back by later this week to catch up with me and my One Little Word journey. I’ve photographed my work so far, but need to get the blog post done. Enjoy!