Monday, July 14, 2014

Project Life® 2014 week 27

Doing my best to keep this project caught up and on track so I'm back already with another spread to share. Since this spread is the first one in my volume two I decided to start it with the same Design G page protector that I started my volume one with. The front is still blank and I will tackle that shortly, but I love this style protector because it gives you two horizontal 6x4 slots and I really needed them especially to accommodate the super cool wood veneer flag that came in the special July 4th pack at Studio Calico, which sadly is sold out.

Here is the full spread and some close ups.

The Celebrate America word art was a freebie from Ali Edwards, you can find it here.

For the title card I used a sheet from the Pretty Little Paper Pad that was a subscriber exclusive back in March. I could easily use a bazillion more, I mean gold stars, its perfect.  I used the new Charlotte Number stamps to stamp out and emboss our recent high temp and I also played with one of the July 4th cards that were released digitally to create my journaling card for the 4th. The digital cards are still available and you can find them here.

Here is a close up of that pretty star paper.

Have a great Monday and I'll see you soon.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Project Life® Vol. 1 the missing weeks

I know its been ages but I've been working away filling the gaps in my volume one album. I had six missing weeks to tackle and I really didn't want to leave them undone. I have let myself get behind this first half of the year and I really didn't like it one bit. I don't plan on letting it happen this badly again. I found while working on these pages I reverted back to my simple get it done approach and kept it mostly photos, words, a bit of digital, and a few bits here and there. It makes it go faster for me if I don't think, I just do.

This is going to be photo heavy so lets get too it. I'll link to any of the kits that are still available at Studio Calico, there are a few that still are.

Week 16, way back in April, Easter weekend. I used only the Easter pack from Studio Calico to complete this spread. Tons of photos and a few words, probably the quickest spread do do.

Week 17 another oldie from April and practically no photos.  Thank you pretty rose photo because you saved the day by getting blown up big. I used only one card on this spread for my title and its from the Bluegrass Farms Projects Life® main kit.

Week 22, a little more current now from the end of May early June. I used quite a few things from the Penny Arcade Project Life® main kit and the High Striker addon.

Week 23 a lot of digital here and a few pieces from the High Striker addon, the Penny Arcade paper pad and the Hello Hello Project Life® main kit. I loved how that veneer cloud fit perfectly for my movie outing I just had to cut some tears for it.

Week 25 and hello Summer! Only two cards here are from kits one from the Camelot main and one from the Guten Tag addon.

Week 26, the biggest and the most photo heavy spread of them all so this one required an insert.  The main spread has a lot of the G'Day addon and some old bits from past kits that I had laying around like that lollipop and the pink bow.

The front side of the insert is all about my daughters Kindergarten Promotion

and the backside was our day trip to Tahoe with my mom.

And just like that Volume One is done! I'm looking forward to working on my first spread for volume two which will cover the beginning of July, especially the 4th.

See you back real soon, I promise!
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Funnel Cake Digital files, how to video tutorial

I was asked by a few people to share a tutorial on how I made the California Insert on my Studio Calico Penny Arcade spread using the digital files of the Funnel Cake stamp addon. So I sat down and figured out how to a screen grab video tutorial for you all. I figured it would be much easier to explain if I showed it this way versus a step by step with photos.

Please forgive the newness of this for me, its always hard to capture what you want to say when a blinking red record button is staring you down so hopefully you can follow me and it makes sense.

This first video is showing how to work with the files using Photoshop Elements.  I'll show you exactly how I created the piece I made for my insert in this video.

This second video is showing you how to work with the files just using your Silhouette Studio program.  I'll show you how to trace and remove the states you might not want and how to create your own background layer for cutting.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask below in the comments or if you came over from Studio Calico you can leave any questions on the message board post too.

I did mention the two digital classes being offered over at Studio Calico in the first video. They are a great resource for expanding your knowledge of Digital Scrapbooking so if you would like more info on either of those you can find the Digital Basics class here or the Beyond Digital Basics class here.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Studio Calico Penny Arcade the full reveal

What a big day, Studio Calico Penny Arcade Reveal Day and my daughter's last day of school!  More on the last part another time but for right now I'm here to show my full spreads for this months amazing kits.

Reminder: All links shown below will be live for subscribers as of right now 9:00am PST. Non Subscribers will be able to click thru the links tonight at 9:00pm PST.

My first spread using just the main Penny Arcade Project Life® kit only.

This weeks spread had so much to include that it was hard for me to decide what to use and make room for and what to exclude.  I decided to make an insert for an outing we had with friends so I could include more on the spread which you will see below. I loved that I'm Not Going to Freak Out card and had to use it for the day that Simone got her ears pierced, and the digital sentiment from the Churro stamp addon was perfect. 

We went to the drive in with some friends, something I hadn't done it too many years to put down in writing and that Good Times card was just perfect. I also loved the brick wall card and used it for a snap of a new coffee place that opened in town. I used a few of the wood banners on this side, one under the printable that I altered and one with the perfectly sized alpha on top.  Marcy's printables got a really great work out this month. That digital clock tag was the perfect way to showcase my wasted day on jury duty and her summer bucket list card came in handy too. I just cut it into a circle, applied it on top of one of her circle labels and did a print and cut on my Silhouette.

When I was trying to come up with an idea for my title card I kept coming back to this photo I took as we entered the drive in, I loved the vintage flair of the lighted signs so much and it really worked so well with that Good Times card. I started thinking about movie posters and the next thing you know this happened.  I did a quick Google search on how to create a movie poster and there are several cool sites out there that do it for you. I of course wanted to make it my own so I dug a bit deeper and found a font that will make the credits for you, you can find it here.  I LOVE how this turned out, like a lot. I want to frame it, its such an awesome reminder of a great week and the great friends we got to share it with. They are troopers for putting up with all my photo taking and for that they deserve major awards.

On to the insert I made for the week. This stamp in the Funnel Cake addon had me jumping for joy when I first saw the image and then absolutely giddy when I saw it in person in my box. It was the first thing I opened and its perfect.  I really wanted to do something dramatic and had planned on placing this on a full 12x12 layout as an insert but my photos just wouldn't cooperate so it became this, and its better than what I had initially planned.  I opened the digital stamp and just erased the rest of the states so that only the California remained.  I opened it up in my Silhouette and traced it and cut it out.  I placed it on top of a plastic sheet that I had and cut apart that there's no place like home card and placed it down. 

Within Photoshop Elements I reversed the image of the stamp, filled it so it was solid black and then clipped my three photos from the evening to it using a clipping mask.  I couldn't print the whole thing because I don't have a large scale printer but I just cropped the first photo and saved the two pieces separately as .png files. I opened them in my Silhouette and did a print and cut of them onto photo paper so they would be cut exactly perfect around the edges.  I adhered them to the backside of the plastic sheet right on top on the reverse image of the map. I then created journaling blocks in a sort of similar font and cut them so that they would lay right on top of the cuts from the front. After I had it all laid out I decided to cut along the edge because the excess plastic was bugging me a little because it had nothing on it.  I really hope you all try this with the state you live it because it really is amazing cut out super sized.

My next spread was made using the main Penny Arcade Project Life® kit and the Bottle Toss and High Striker addons.

There are so many amazing cards in the two addons, I will be making layouts for days with these kits. The themes are amazing and so versatile. I picked out the ones that worked the best with my photos like that The Weird and Wonderful card, perfect for an amazing snap my husband took of this super cool giant red dragonfly that loves to hang out by our tomato plants. The little tag embellishments in the High Striker addon are always a favorite when they come in the kits. Its so fun to add little sentiments this way instead of always typing it on the photos. That photo card was perfect paired with my 'Instaversary' and I loved the little acrylic pieces in the main kit and they worked great on this spread.

This side is super photo heavy which is always good and I loved playing with the silver tags and the silver puffy stars that came in the Bottle Toss addon. I also used a ton of the printables Geralyn made this month, they just worked so well with my fair and BBQ photos.  Plus can we talk about the amazing silver puffy stars and the silver edge tags in Bottle Toss, love them.

For my title card I really loved the stamps that Shanna made for the Bottle Toss addon and when I sat there looking at them an idea popped into my head to make a spinner card using the digital files to help guide my cut file design. After a little trial and error within Photoshop Elements and my Silhouette software I got the design just right and was able to print and cut my design perfectly.

 Here is that video I shared in my sneak post the other day in case you haven't seen it in action.


If you are interested in making your own spinner card this month, you can download the .pdf version of the template here and the .studio version to cut with your Silhouette Cameo here.  Pair it with the digital stamps and your own text to make something unique to you and your needs.

I want to also call out to you a few things to look out for when you are checking out the kits this month, in particular this 4th of July card set, I have them in hand and they are amazing. The veneer flag is so, so cool! I cannot wait to put them to use in a few weeks in my Project Life® spread for that week.

Which will pair perfectly with the Funnel Cake Stamp and Die set

This Awesome stamp and die set by Marcy is, in a word awesome! I have it and love it.

And I will be grabbing this Maggie alpha stamp and coordinating Charlotte number stamps too. What a great font and I bet they will be amazing layered on top of each other.

Don't forget to check out the Creative Team Gallery, the work this month was spectacular!

I hope you love what you have seen and I'll be back soon to share some other stuff I have made in the past two weeks.

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