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Hey readers! I have some exciting news! I have recently opened a shop! I will be selling some stamp sets designed by me! These stamps will be the perfect addition to your project life albums and papercrafting adventures! Come check it out and pick up some for yourself!

Here is a look at my first set!

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I will be sharing some examples of how I  put these stamps to work soon!

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Howdy ya’ll! I’m here to share another couple layouts I created for my niece’s album! I feel like I am making some progress. And that feels good. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am nowhere near caught up or finished. And that’s ok with me, too.

This was the only actual “belly bump picture” I have during Heather’s pregnancy. I wanted to make sure I got this documented and into Kori’s album for her to look back on later.

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I used an older Little Yellow Bicycle paper for my background. I inked and layered the ornate border on top of a black piece of cardstock, misted with Tattered Angels glimmer mists. I also scuffed up the edges of the black piece for a more distressed look. I stitched a zig zag line around the whole border with my sewing machine. I really love the texture  little additions such as these add to my spreads.

I wanted to add lots of textured layers to this layout. I started by layering a border of burlap and 2 trims and stitching them down. For even more dimension I added a flower from a floral stem and some tulle. This makes the page extra bulky, which I’m ok with as long as I keep these type of pages to a minimum in the album. Some bling with a gem center and flourish-y pieces made with 3D glitter glue adds a few girly touches.

I hand cut the “31” as part of my title. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but I also stamped it with a wood grain background stamp, by Hero Arts, to add a little pattern to it. Thickers finish off my title. And of course my layout wasn’t complete without those butterflies. Obsessed.

For my next layout, I had several (9) photos that I wanted to include. However, I only wanted these photos to take up one page. Here is my solution…

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I used a very beloved Hambly transparency with pink hearts to create a see through pocket on top on my Echo Park background paper. (That yellow is also a favorite!) I then adhered 8 of my photos to two pieces of cardstock, using both sides. I kept these pretty minimal, only embellishing the tops.

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Here is a look at the inserts taken out of the pocket.

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I layered several bits from the Victoria’s Garden line by Echo Park. These soft girly colors are perfect for baby pages! I raised some of my stickers with foam tape for added dimension. I chose one of the photos to highlight on the front of my pocket.

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This layout was super simple to create, yet makes a nice impact. It is also a very practical way to include more photos on a layout without having to sacrifice design. That sums up all I have to share today!

Thanks for comin’ by and taking a look at my newest layouts! Have a splendid day!

Hey guys! After sharing my scrapbook room the other day, I realized that I have added quite a few new fonts to my favorite’s list than what was shown in my font reference page.

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I decided I wanted to share with you a few more fonts that I have come to love. I do not think I will be hanging this next font print, due to a new method I am putting together that will be more complete (more on that in a later post).

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1. Jenna Sue 2. Diner Skinny 3. Riddle 4.Duke 5. Sullivan 6. Hominis

7. Kingsthings Typewriter 2 8. Little Lord Fontleroy 9. Return to Sender

8. Ostrich Sans 9. Seaside Resort 10. Windsong 11. Kevin and Amanda

12. Operating Instructions 13. Langdon

I took color inspiration from this photo I found browsing Photo Card Boutiquecolor crush 3.18

Best part?! They are all free! I hope you enjoyed discovering some new fonts to use on your next project! I am always on the lookout for fun new fonts. What fonts are you currently loving?

project-life-titlesAnother look in my Project Life album. Another one of those “2 weeks per spread” layouts + another insert. (I’m slightly obsessed with these things.) I really love the interest the various sizes add to my album.

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Weeks of: January 14- January 27

It was Kori’s first birthday party this week. (Kori is my niece.) I had several pictures from the party. Also, I started my Photography 101 class with Maggie Holmes around this time. So I included several pictures from my assignments. (The top left of my niece and the one next to it of my dog.)

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Few Favorite Details:

Several cards from the Studio Calico Project Life kit.

Stacked and stitched on some label flags directly on top of a picture.

Just added a small journal block to the back of my wood “&” card from last week and left the rest showing.

Silhouette cuts making a 4×6 filler card.

Sequins floating around in the birthday insert.

Included the birthday invitation I designed for her party.

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Here’s a look at the spread with the insert flipped. Wrote directly onto the white space of a picture of my blown tire. Below are a few close ups of some details.

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Glad you stopped by! Be sure to check back in with me soon for more Project Life posts!

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Last fall I started feeling the Project Life itch coming on again. I was seeing it everywhere I looked on my favorite blogs and online shop sites. I caught myself on numerous occasions thinking, “Oh this would be awesome for my Project Life album.”

My only set back was that in 2012, when life got “busy”, my album got put on the back burner. At first it was just the layouts I got behind on. I figured, “I can always just go put it all together later when I have time.” I still jotted notes of my days and took plenty of pictures. Then, a month later, it all hit the back burner. I still took some pictures, but not as many. As for keeping track of dates and jotting down the little things?!…..yeah…..about that.

I knew that if I was going to take on this massive[..ly awesome] project again in 2013, I was going to have to do some serious research. I was going to have to be completely prepared with a system that was going to work the best for me. Being the tech junkie that I am, my first concern was finding apps that would help me out.

My phone, which never EVER leaves my side, is an android. I also own an iPad that gets a lot of use. I will be mentioning apps that I’ve found useful for both.

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Apps available on both devices

  1. Evernote (free):

This is by far my most used app for PL. It’s available for both android and iPhone/iPad, and furthermore it syncs the notes across all devices so you can access them virtually anywhere.

Evernote is a family of products whose primary purpose is to save information in note-taking format. The app allows you to create individual notebooks to organize the different types of information you save. You can also group notebook into “stacks”, or categories. For instance my PL notes are labeled in a stack called Project Life 2013. The individual notebooks are titled by week number.You can also attach pictures to your notes as well.

Each day I create a new note titled with the date into the corresponding notebook. I quickly jot notes throughout the day into the document and attach any pictures I take with my phone. I make note of any pictures I take any other way (ie my big girl camera) and any bits I collect throughout the day, such as business cards. I could technically access my account and notes from the website using my computer and attach pictures into my note from my desktop as well. However, that just seems like an extra step to me.

The only downfall that I have found so far is that you are limited to a certain amount of GB on the free version. You must upgrade to premium to receive 1 GB of space per month. ($4.99 per month or $45 per year) Although, I have been using this app for 3 weeks of daily notes, as well as blog, business, and life stuff, and I am not out of room yet. (I have a total of 36 notes, many of which contain multiple images.)

I definitely recommend this app, I even use it for daily reminders as well (to do lists, blog ideas, grocery lists, etc.) There is also a corresponding app that organizes your notes by creation date onto a calendar called EverCalendar (also free)

2. Dropbox (free):

This is another must have app. Dropbox is an application that allows you to exchange/share files across multiple devices and computers. It is available for both android and iPhone/iPad, as well as your computer. I use this app to quickly transfer my phone photos to my computer for editing and printing. I also have it loaded on my iPad so I can share photos from all 3 devices to use with different apps and planning layouts.

3. Oh Life! (free):

This one isn’t exactly an app. It’s an email based website that will email you reminders to journal about your day. You can set your account up to email you at a certain time of day. In order to save your notes to the site in your account, you simply reply your response to the reminder email that is sent to you. Your notes are then saved and can be viewed on their site. You can also attach pictures to the reply to save with your journal. If you are the type that tends to forget to jot things down about the day, this service could be beneficial to you. I don’t technically use it the way it is intended. I do not reply to my reminder. It is nice to receive the email each evening in case I forgot to write something down, though. I would then turn to my Evernote app to document my day.

Android Apps:

Ok. I’ll admit…there aren’t very many good apps for android users. Apart from the ones listed above, I don’t really use much else. I will talk briefly about a few I have seen or used.

1. Photo Grid (free):

This app allows you to take your pictures and create a mini collage out of them. The pictures can then be saved and either printed for PL, or as I often do, uploaded to Instagram.

2. 365 Photo (free):

Geared more towards Project 365 followers, this app organizes your photos by date into a calendar view. This can be helpful to check dates on photos for Project Life.  You can also easily see which days you have pictures for and which you do not. The downfall to this app, that pushed me to dismiss it, is that you must either take your daily photo in the app’s camera or upload the photo from your gallery manually to each day. Kind of a pain.

iPhone/iPad Apps:

1. Momento ($2.99):

This app is well worth the price! Especially if you are a big social media user. This app’s primary function is for journaling about your day. It allows you to write notes about your day in an easy to see format. You can also upload pictures into your daily notes. These functions are much like any other note-taking/journaling app. What sets Momento apart is that you can sync it to pull information from your social media updates. Many popular feeds are included, such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The app automatically attaches your updates from these sites, including pictures, to your daily journal. This makes it very easy to add in filler information in weeks that you might not have many pictures or stories for. It can also help you jog your memory on dates if you forget to write something down, however posted a picture or status about it.

2. Typic Pro ($1.99):

Another app that cost a little bit to download. I haven’t actually used this app yet, however, it was recommended on a Two Peas Forum I started about PL apps awhile ago, while preparing for this post. I have looked into the app and agree that it looks pretty cool. I just haven’t taken the time yet to purchase it and give it a go.

This app allows you to add text and design elements to your photos. It has some pretty trendy designs. It is definitely worth considering.

3. PicTapGo ($1.99):

One last must have app. PicTapGo is a photo editing app designed by the creaters of Totally Rad! Inc. It works similar to Rad Lab Photoshop Actions. The filters and actions included in this app are delightful. It even starts to remember your most used actions and combinations and conveniently saves them for you! I definitely recommend purchasing this one and joining in on all of the photo editing fun!

This completes my overview of my Project Life app choices. I hope you found something helpful in midst this long post! If you know and recommend any others that are not included on the list, do, please, either comment to this post or email me at confettiandink@gmail.com and let me know! I would love to check them out and possibly add them to the list!

Until next time, toodles! (Do people even still say that?!  meh. Oh Well)

Well hello there! I thought I would kick off my little blog by telling you a little bit about myself. And since

  1. “about me” paragraphs bore me to death
  2.  I’m addicting to making lists
  3. I wanted an excuse to play in PSE with some new fonts

I thought I would make this a little more interesting by telling you 10 random facts about yours truly.

10-random-factsAnd because I love to share anything I am excited about, like the fonts I used for my image, I’ll share links to where you can download them for free!

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Facts: Splendid 66
Title: Blanch

Two of the three fonts are from a site called Lost Type. If you want to download the font for free you will need to type a “0” in the price box and click download. Be sure to browse their other fonts as well. They are equally as amazing!

I will be using this blog as a place to share my projects including scrapbooking, Project Life, and other craft adventures, as well as other random bits I am currently loving. I hope you will check back in with me to see what I am up to! I also love to meet new people and would love to hear from you! I’d be delighted if you want to connect with me on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter! Leave a comment any time or email me at confettiandink@gmail.com!