Tuesday, June 23, 2015

happy anniversary card with flower stamps

Hello! I'm really enjoying all my flower stamp sets lately. Today's card features MFT Modern Blooms and Paper Smooches Reflections stamps. I love this color palette of orange, golden yellow and peach.

The stripes were painted on white cardstock with a wide paintbrush and Coral Bay acrylic paint and then cut out with a stitched die. The banner and sentiment are from this Studio Calico stamp set which is no longer available.

After cutting out and stamping each flower, I layered them onto the striped panel and then placed the banner on top with dimensional adhesive. I find that these MFT and Paper Smooches dies are difficult to use because they are solid. I recently purchased a Misti Stamping tool which is available here. With this tool, the negative of the die cut can be used to line up the stamp perfectly on the die cut. Kristina Werner shows how in this video (fast forward to 1:36 if you just want to see the part about the Misti).

Thank you for stopping by today!


Friday, June 19, 2015

vacation album: part two

When I decided to put together this vacation album, I wanted to figure out what I could do to keep it simple. And I wanted to make sure I was able to put the album together in a relatively quick time frame.

I used a Studio Calico handbook, along with lots of patterned papers and project life cards. I also gathered a handful of stamps that I used throughout.

The process started with editing and printing the photos. Instead of printing a variety of sizes, I kept all the vertical photos at 3x4", and the horizontal photos at either 3x4" or 4x6". I didn't bother cutting any of the photos out with a white border like I usually do.

I did reprint a few photos in larger sizes as I was working on the album to include as inserts. I decided to get a fuse tool so I could make inserts in various sizes for the larger photos, and for this vintage postcard. The fuse tool worked great and was really easy to use. I just used a full size handbook page protector and cut it down, then fused it to the right size.

The "good times" embellishment was created with this set of dies that were designed by Kelly Purkey.

I included a photo of the notebook I used during the trip to take notes of everything we were doing. Even though I made the album the week after we returned home, I would have never remembered all the details without my notes. It helped a lot with the journaling.

I included brochures that we collected on our trip throughout the album by punching holes with my crop-a-dile power punch.

I used stamps and patterned paper to create this label for the spine of the handbook.

So that's the second half of my album. It still took me a whole week of working on it off and on (mostly on!), even though I tried to keep it simple. The time was totally worth it... so happy our trip is documented with lots of photos and journaling! If you'd like to see the first half of the album, I shared it earlier this week in this blog post

Some of the supplies used for my album are linked below.

Monday, June 15, 2015

project life style vacation album

Scrapbooking has been a big part of my life the past few years, but ever since I finished my December Daily album this past January, I haven't really wanted to make anything but cards. I was just a little burnt out after doing project life for five straight years.

We got back from vacation a couple weeks ago, and I decided to try to get a scrapbook made right away, while the memories were still fresh. I'm happy to be back to scrapbooking again, and even happier that I really enjoyed myself! I've definitely caught the scrapbooking bug again. :)

I went with the project life/pocket scrapbooking style in a Studio Calico 6x8 handbook album. Here's the cover page, just a simple page with the title for the album and the year.

On the back of the cover page, I journaled about day one which was all driving with no photos.

The album is arranged in chronological order, and I made sure to label the beginning of each day with a number.

My boys sent me all their photos when we got home including lots of selfies. It's much more interesting to have a mix of photos taken by all of us instead of just me. 

I did a lot more journaling in this album than I normally do. It helped that I worked on it right after the trip, plus I kept notes every day while we were gone.

I included screenshots of my fitbit stats from the first couple days. I may never get to 25000 steps in a day again!

That's the first half. I'll be back to share the rest in a few days.

I used so many different stamps in this album! Remember the Studio Calico Adventure stamp set? (it's the one with the U.S. map seen here) Probably my all time favorite, and I used it many times on these pages along with all sorts of things from past Studio Calico kits and Ali Edwards story kits and stamps. Oh and lots of wood veneer too. Because I never get tired of it.

I've linked to some of the products that are still available below, but if you see something in my album that you're curious about, leave a comment or email me and I'll be glad to identify it for you.