Week 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:
I 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!
Week 3 came together quickly using the Collect App. However…I’m really not used to how flat the spread ends up being. Either I need to figure out how to add dimension to those prints, get used the how flat it is…or go back to printing the photos and layering it on the cards individually. I used the app in week 4 + 5 too, so so I’ll give it a few more weeks before I decide. I will say – I loved how fast it came together…I’m guessing it will be a balance.
This card is from the January PL kit from Studio Calico – and the cut file is from the Sugar Rush Love You from Hello Forever. The photo was taken at the photo booth at the movie theatre – love that my family humors me – and does these silly little things on a whim.
This final shot is of my week card – I still like this format — again, it’s pretty easy to put it together, cutting it out on my Cameo and using my date stamp, a few stickers and my Sharpie pen.
What is it about embarking on something new? I’ve been doing Project Life now for a full year! I am first: AMAZED that I stuck with it and (mostly) kept up — I still have 10 weeks of 2013 to scrap, but all but 3 weeks have edited and printed photos – I just need to carve some time out to get them done. And I will. Because it’s a really cool thing…looking over an entire year and seeing what we do on a daily basis. We do some cool stuff. And some boring stuff. And some crazy stuff. And stuff I just simply wouldn’t remember if I didn’t scrap it. So, I will get those last few weeks done.
But, this post is about the NEW year. There’s something positively giddy about making a title page. It’s the first page people will see then they open my book. It’s fresh and new and exciting. And, we may take a little extra time to create those sweet little cards that get packed in. In fact, I created 3 more that didn’t make the cut LOL. But, I’ll use them next week!
Primarily, I dug into my Studio Calico Project Life stash for the cards. I also made lots of cuts with my Cameo. Here’s a closer look:
For the title card – the base is from the Valley High kit – I used some scrap sheet music to cover up the red bar at the top and tone it down a bit. Next, I added the tag and the “Hello” cut file from Kal Barteski for the SC August kit. The cut star is from the SC class “Cutting Edge.” The alpha stickers are from Dear Lizzy.
I’ve always wanted to try to sew the page protectors…Except for a slight bobbin fiasco, it was surprisingly easy! The W is a Luxe sticker on top of some Karen Foster paper that came in the Outer Banks SC card add-on kit. The sequins are also from Studio Calico.
I chose the word “Do” for my 2014 One Little Word – so I dug out this cut file from last year’s Day by Day class – the perfect fit. The stars (both kinds) are also SC. (Are you seeing a pattern here? I subscribe to their Project Life kit – and I just can’t brag on them enough – it’s an exceptional value – and I. Love. It.
This card has quite a bit of stamping – also from the Cutting Edge class – and the stars are from the Blue Note card kit from, you guessed it, SC. That fabulous Start flair came from the January kit – and it was the final touch I needed to complete my page.
I had a jar of WOW microbeads lying around and thought I’d add them to a cardstock heart I cut out by hand! You can do this too, by covering your shape with gesso – or ModPodge – and while wet, pouring the beads on top. Be patient! And let it dry completely before touching – you really can’t fix mistakes! The circles around it is a cut file from Cutting Edge – and the background card is one of my all-time favorites (I’m a sucker for navy) – from the Planetarium kit.
I truly enjoyed putting this page together. There were so many fun elements to work with. I am so excited to begin another year on this journey.
Studio Calico had some AMAZING after-Thanksgiving day sales – which I seriously couldn’t resist. On Saturday, they offered several of their past on-line classes at a discount. Since I was in the process of making a giant stack of cards for Christmas presents, I enrolled in the You’ve Got Mail class. I knew I wouldn’t get the class stamp set, but they had the images available as digital elements.
I thought I would push myself and create the cards using the digital elements. It was a huge stretch for me, but I’m really pleased with how they turned out.
For the “Thank you” card, I loved the bold black banner printable from the class. I printed that off and cut it out (shouldda thought to use my Calico – maybe next time!) and I paired it with some hand-drawn elements. I used my Sharpie Writer (have you TRIED these pens??? Seriously. Run to the store. Run. Now. They are the bomb!) and my PrismaColor watercolor pencils to add some color. Using my water brush, I smoothed out the colors. I really love the balance with the printable and the doodle elements.
For the “You’ve Got Mail” card – I created background paper using the adorable envelope stamp. I printed it on presentation paper in black and white. I added color with a paintbrush and my Neocolor crayons (I just love the intense pop of color these little guys pack). The sentiment and the speech bubble are also printables available in the class. I just added some doodling a bit of stickles to the heart. This was my first attempt at making my own background paper with a digital element – and am really happy with it – especially once I added color
All in all – I really had fun trying my hand at the digital elements…and think I may see a whole bunch of possibilities for projects in the future.
I love sketches, right? They offer great inspiration when you need that extra little push. A few weeks ago, I was totally inspired by a sketch over at the Studio Calico blog and I created this page based on that sketch.
It was a big leap for me:
I used the sketch that week AND uploaded my layout to the challenge gallery (and won! by the way :))
I incorporated digital elements onto my page. This is somewhat new for me – I’ve been using some digital elements in my project life pages – but using them on a traditional layout was new.
SEWING!!! My dear friend Amy A taught me how to sew on pages the weekend before I made this page – and it was my first attempt at sewing on a page. I LOVE IT and am totally addicted. I’ve always drooled over pages with stitched elements but was afraid to try it. I’m not a seamstress! I don’t really know how to sew – and that held me back. But – NO LONGER! I now need to find space in my craft room to set up my machine permanently!