Hey there readers! I’m back to share another project life spread finally! I have had my week 14 spread done for a little bit now, however, due to rainy weather and terrible lighting I couldn’t get a decent photo of it to share for the life of me!

I am still absolutely crazy about this project.

Here is my week 14 spread:

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Week of: April 1 through April 7

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Pretty sports themed this week. I had the pleasure of attending 2 playoff hockey games. It was my first time going to a hockey game and I have to say that I am hooked! It was so much fun! Also this was the week that I did headshots with my friend, so I included that in my spread as well.

I cut a 12×12 WRMK page protector down to a 6×12 to include an insert into my spread. Here is a look at the contents:

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Lots of bits from my Studio Calico project life kit. I really loved that striped envelope. Inside I put our extra game tickets. I messy-clipped other tickets, an instax photo, and the confetti that dropped after the Mavericks won from the game to the front of the envelope. On the back, I included the stadium booklet that included their season schedule and seating. I just adore that “High 5” stamp by Hello, Forever that was a part of the Studio Calico kit.

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This “win” badge from the kit was so fitting! Not only did the Mavericks win, but orange is one of their team colors. I love when things like this come together so nicely.

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Another couple close ups of that envelope pocket with the memorabilia.

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I added a date stamp and a little enamel dot to spruce up my Glitz design card.

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I really love this quote card from the kit. It is also by Glitz Design I believe. I added in a banner that I printed and cut with my silhouette and wrote the week number with a white gel pen at the bottom for a quick “title card.”

Phew, I didn’t realize I took so many pictures from this spread. I guess with the icky weather we’ve been having, I went overboard just in case I don’t get another chance to retake them anytime soon. And so that concluded another spread for my album! 14 weeks down 38 to go! How is yours coming along?

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I had a pretty relaxing couple of days off the past 2 days. Today brings on my work “Monday”. (I typically work Saturday-Wednesday. Weird I know.) Luckily, on my days off I got to play with my April Product Picks Kit a little more and knock out a few more layouts for Kori’s album.

Here is a look at my second layout from this “kit”:

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I knew from the start I was going to want to mat the Maggie Holmes for Crate paper on a piece of black cardstock (added to kit) so I did that right off the bat. I had a general idea of how I wanted my page to look. That included cutting the clustered design from the My Mind’s Eye paper and using it as an embellishment. I went ahead and fussy cut it out before assembling anything. From there I just started playing with my paper pieces and die cuts until I came to a design I was happy with.

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I wanted to add a little bit of distressed texture to this layout. To achieve this, I stitched down the sides of the woodgrain paper. I then “ruffled” or folded up and ripped the edges to my stitch marks. I also”ruffled” the edges of the black and white paper. I used some Tattered Angels glimmer mist to sprinkle some ink splatters across my page.

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My title comes from a cute story about my niece at this age that I wanted to tell. She gets such a kick out of “buzzing” her finger at someone and “stinging” them like a bee. I got to use those letter stickers that I mentioned in yesterday’s post.

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The additions to my kit for this page include the black cardstock mentioned earlier, a black and white washi tape, and more Tim Holtz mini paper clips (might as well just add those to the kit permanently. ha)

I’m off to do some more creating! Until next time!

I’ve been putting my April Product Picks to work and loving the results. I am so glad I picked such a bright color scheme for my kit. These papers and embellishments have been so easy to work with!

For my first layout, I was so inspired by the Basic Grey Blueprint challenge by Ann-Marie Morris. I was immediately drawn to the layout of the elements. Here is the sketch and inspiration from their blog: (inspo from Lab Partners)

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Here is my take, utilizing my April Product Picks Kit:

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I started with the blueprint as my base. I first switched it up a little bit by turning it to the side, putting my photo to the left and the small squares to the right instead of the bottom. I only had one photo that I wanted to use so I replaced the second photo with this striped die cut card from a Studio Calico Project Life kit (I added this piece to my original kit contents.) I kept the smaller borders at the top and bottom of the design. I also moved my title from the top border to inside the second larger square. After the initial layout base, I began layering (…and layering…and layering) more embellishments on top.  I have a tendencies to over-embellish. The more “stuff” the better! 😉 Once I got to a point where I thought I was done, the layout still didn’t feel complete. I matted the entire layout on a piece of yellow cardstock (another addition to my kit) and that seemed to pull it all together. Here are some of the detail shots:

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Other additions to the kit included a digital Sundrifter label from Studio Calico, a Yes, Please roller stamp, paint splatters made from acrylic paints + water (I hardly ever buy mists.), and Tim Holtz mini paper clips (my newest obsession).

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I also included this little yellow photo corner. It’s so old, I’m not even sure where its from?

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I really loved the look of cutting out the arrows from the Dear Lizzy|Lucky Charm|Noteworthy paper and layering them up. Small details like the paint splatters, enamel dots, twine, and little phrase stickers finish off little groupings perfectly. They are layering essentials in my book.

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The letter stickers I chose for this layout included these pink ones from Simple Stories Snap. I really wanted to use these thickers for “NeeNee”, however,  I ran into the dreaded “E” problem…and this title called for 4! My solution? Print my own title. I used this font in my Silhouette Software, printed and cut them out of cardstock. Simple fix.

After all of my layering, you can hardly even tell I started with the sketch above! I love that sketches can help jump start your creativity, but don’t limit you from making a page stand out as your own. This page turned out so bright and cheerful, it’s got me dreaming of spring even more than I already was!

If you get inspired by either the kit idea or Basic Grey’s blueprint, I would love to see your projects! Have a splendid day and happy crafting!

Hello, my name is Tara Smith, and I am an addict… I admit that I hoard my scrapbooking supplies. I admit that I continue to buy more knowing I will never get through half of what I already have in a lifetime. I admit that buying and collecting pretty papers and embellishments is really half the fun for me.

But come on, seriously! It’s really the manufacturers fault right?! They keep coming out with more and more cute products with the latest trends, what’s a girl to do?

I vow to start using up some of my stash and conquer my fears of cutting into that pretty, new piece of paper. I will let go of my anxiety that I will run out of my favorite products. (because honestly, what good are they doing in a drawer? and honestly #2, next release, they will most likely come out with something I am equally in love with.)

I am going to try and feature a post on my blog once a month where I share my current product obsessions. I will chose a “kit” of supplies, loosely following this guideline by Shimelle, and share it here on my blog. I will then attempt to create as many layouts as I can with the given supplies. I may add or subtract an item here and there, depending how the design is going. I do not want to limit myself to only those supplies, because really this challenge is about using up my stash and getting cherished pages complete in the process. I will then share my creations here in the following weeks/days.

Here are my product picks for April:

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I started with my background papers. I chose the black and white paper from the Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper first. This is the “B” side. I also chose 2 pieces of Bazzill Swiss Dot in Salt(my go-to. obsessed)  and a plain ol’ piece of white cardstock. I often base my layouts on a white background, so these seemed appropriate.

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Next, I chose my coordinating patterned papers. First, I chose a multi-color print. This Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm paper, Noteworthy, is new to my collection. I knew I wanted to put it to use. I also chose these(listed in order of picture):

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I next chose a large assortment of embellishments, ranging from flat to dimensional. I pulled random pieces from my die cuts bowl. Anything that I thought would work or that grabbed my attention got added to the pile. Here is a list of collections I pulled from:

I did not chose any letter stickers for my kit. The way I create, I chose my title last. I decided that I would leave my whole stash of letter stickers open to use. I did not want to be held to one color or style. I also didn’t want to take the chance of running out of valuable “E’s” on the first layout and be stuck. When I share my layouts created with this kit, I will reference and link any additional supplies that I add to the mix.

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This is just the selection of supplies I pulled from my own stash, mixing both old and newer collections. I did not purchase anything new for this kit. The way this challenge is set up by Shimelle, you are encouraged to pick supplies from your own stash to create a kit.

I can’t wait to dig into the one I put together! If you follow Shimelle’s guide or create layouts from a kit, I would love to see your creations! Link me in the comments or tag me on instagram! Happy crafting!

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!

I created a couple more spreads for my niece’s album. Hopefully, before too long I will have it all caught up. It’s getting quite full. I’m thinking I need to get a second album to hold the layouts in.

The first layout is the title page to the album.

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I created my background with my Silhouette and a piece of white cardstock. I really love the see-through and delicate aspect this technique gives the title page. I wanted to keep the rest of the page simple, so I added a yellow mat with Bazzill Cardstock and some simple punched hearts that I embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder and my sizzix Big Shot. Added those same butterflies with layered music sheets.

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My next layout shares pictures from when my brother and Heather found out they were pregnant. I love the color scheme of this layout. It’s very bright and cheerful, mimicking the mood of the event. I added several layers of older product I had in my stash. I’m not exactly sure of some of the brands used here. I added red paint to the edge of the layout with a dry brush to bring in an additional color. I stacked hearts cut from tissue paper (thanks Victoria’s Secret!) and stitched them together with my sewing machine. Under the stack of layers I also added a vellum pocket to tuck away some journaling. I wrote the journaling as a letter to my brother and Heather.  I love the layered butterflies still in this layout, too, especially scattered diagonally across the layout.

I really love the fun feel of these spreads. I’m not real drawn to pastel, baby-typical colors, so I am really enjoying adding in bold colors and elements.

Glad you stopped by to take a look! Have a delightful day!

 

 

Just popping in for a real quick post to share another layout for my niece’s album. These were photos taken when my brother and sister in law found out the sex of the baby. We were all very anxious!

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Me and my inserts! 😉 I added a simple 6×12 insert to include more pictures. I also left room for Heather(my SIL) to add some journaling. I layered the photo on top of Dear Lizzy fabric paper. Below the photo, I layered a vintage pattern, a punched border, burlap, and American Crafts rose ribbon.

I cut my title twice using my silhouette. Once with the same paper as the background. Then again with some vellum. I wanted the title to be subtle. I love that pack of Basic Grey paper!

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I layered several punched butterflies from vintage music paper for a quick and cute embellishment. I also mixed some water in with acrylic yellow paint to splatter some ink dots on the background.

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I used several of the same layers on the accompanying page to frame the picture.

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On the back of the layout, I created a pocket to add additional pictures. They are tabbed with washi to make it easier to pull out.

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Waiting-9I really loved all of the layers in this one as well as the soft, yet slightly rustic (with the burlap) colors and feel.

Thanks for comin’ by!

 

Chuggin’ right along. Just a few more weeks and I will be all caught up! I really loved putting together week 13’s spread, with it being a holiday week. I wanted to keep with my theme from my last spread by adding lots of color. It was really easy to do this and keep it all tied together because my pictures from the week had the same feel.

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Week of: March 25- March 31

Details I love this week:

  1. My week title card. I am loving this stamp from Hero Arts + Studio Calico. I cannot believe this was my first time using it.

  2. I paired this embossing powder + my dymo to make the perfect combination of simple and bold at the same time.
  3. Love using the digital banner that was from this template by Ali Edwards directly on photos before I print.
  4. More October Afternoon letters from last week + memorabilia  from a date and Studio Calico kit bits paper clipped together.
  5. CONFETTI POCKET! Used this punch. It is currently on sale at Two Peas!
  6. Odd and End silhouette cuts left in a box from another project.
  7. Pink enamel dots EVERYWHERE! Going to have to restock soon I think.

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Added in my last 30 Days of Lists insert!

 

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I had additional photos I wanted to include from Easter. I took a We Are Memory Keepers 12×12 divided page protector and carefully cut it down to a 6×12 to include this insert. This is just what I had on hand, they make 6×12 protectors already sized down.

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That concludes another spread! Glad you stopped by! I’m off to finish catching up the rest!

This week I spent a good amount of time catching up my project life album. You know, fillin’ in the holes I had been putting off. With the arrival of my April Project Life kit, I finally got the motivation to finish it up. I am almost all caught up. I just have to add some finishing touches to week 13.

In my week 10 post, I hadn’t completed my 30 days of lists insert yet. Here is a look at it all finished up.

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I kept my insert pretty simple and stuck to the same design as the first one. I am loving the look of the Hero Arts background stamp paired with embossing powder.

And now for the spreads.

Here is a look at the whole spread, with the inserts in place. I had 2 inserts for this one. 1 for a quilting project I started(Snap protector), and 1 for my 30 lists project(baseball card protector).

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Here is a look without the inserts. I really love how bright this one turned out!

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Weeks of: March 11 to March 24. I didn’t have too much going on around this time so I could fit 2 weeks into one spread again. It really feels nice knowing I can alternate between time frames to fit my needs.

Favorite little details:

  1. My dymo label maker is my best friend! I love the bold, yet simple, feel it gives. 
  2. Lots of colorful details. October afternoon letters, washi tape, enamel dots, glitter thickers.
  3. More of my wood chips with embossing.
  4. OH that april kit!! In love with those minty-teal cards. I only wish I had more!

I think this is probably one of my favorite spreads ever. Here are a few shots of the details.

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And that’s a wrap! Thanks for takin’ a look! Be sure to link your projects up to The Mom Creative’s Project Life Tuesday’s Posts! I love seeing other’s work so feel free to link me to your projects in the comments as well!

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?