Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Featuring Color Cast Designs │ my last projects

Its been long overdue that I share some of my work using products from Color Cast Designs. These projects were from the April release and I cannot believe I haven't shared them before now. I didn't realize at the time that I made these that they would be my last projects as part of the Color Cast Design team but due to various circumstances it ended up being that way.  I have enjoyed the past two years as part of this team and I will miss being part of it a lot. I decided to step down because it was just time for me to move on to focus on new projects and new responsibilities. I know Jessica will be announcing her new team very soon and I know they will have as much fun on the team as I have. Working for small business owners, especially women small business owners is a pretty wonderful experience. Watching her grow her businesses in a kind and upfront and honest way is so inspiriting. I'm a better person for working with Jessica and I will forever be a fan and customer of her products.

This first project was a travelers notebook spread that I made completely inspired by the floral set that Jessica designed. I made one flower into a paper clip just by gluing it on top of a paperclip and backing the glue with a small piece of paper. I created a stamped image of flowers leaving space so that I could add in the actual acrylic pieces. The colors of the acrylic really popped and I just love how bright and happy this is.

My second project was a mix of two sets, the Weekdays acrylic set, which sadly is sold out, but she may just bring it back since she hasn't removed it from the shop just yet. This set is so ingenious because you can stamp on the space or add little Highlights wood veneer pieces that are sized perfectly to match. So Cool!  I also added in a piece from the Ate This acrylic set which is still available. The rest of the pieces I used on this spread are pretty old but that's the beauty of Jessica's sets. Hang on to what you don't use because you can usually find a place for them on something else down the road.

I wish the new team at Color Cast Designs all the best and the same for Jessica, she and her company will always have a very special place in my heart and within my scrapbook pages.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Featuring Kelly Purkey │ May Release

Hello, hello, hello! So excited to share my Kelly Purkey Shop projects for May. This release was big, the main kit and four additional stamp sets. I loved the theme of the kit, its called Celebrate and its not just good for birthday's, you can totally use it to celebrate all kinds of good things in life.

Here is my first project that I made with the main kit.

Its a simple half page pocket page that I plan on adding into my daughters album. I loved all the pink tones but also loved the vibrant cards too and there were plenty of them.

I stamped the Celebrate using a silver ink right onto my photo and then added in the nine using the new Kent alpha. Its a really cool outline alpha stamp. Its similar to Shoreditch if you have that one, this one is just a bit taller and skinnier and more sharp edges in case you were wondering about the difference.

I love stamping on the lined cards that Kelly makes, the Hey, Hey Party People fit perfecting in the lines. In the image below I pulled the pink candle out of the multi colored candle card using Photoshop Elements and repeated it nine times on top of the eat cake card that I cut in half.

My second project was a mix of a large 9x12 page and a small 6x8 page. I love mixing page sizes in my albums so I'm looking forward to slipping this into my 2017 album. I love how the kit cards have multiple color ways making the main kit cards coordinate really well with all of the stamp sets. These green cards were begging for some outdoor photos and the Garden Girl stamp set. I love that this set covers so many topics of plant love since I'm not much of an in home plant lover. We do love the outdoors a lot so it totally works for me.

I decided to cut the leaf stamp apart from the work this so I could use it separately. I can still put it back together if needed so snipping stamps apart is totally okay to do. I hand drew the branch which for someone who can barely draw stick people was kind of huge for me. I varied the tones of green ink to give it some variety. I printed my main photo on Claudine Helmuth canvas paper and I love the texture it gives this photo. It really does look like a painting in person. This is one of the products I love to play with on occasion. I even printed patches for a Halloween costume once and they looked so realistic.

I used the Kent alpha again and a few of the other outdoor themed stamps from the stamp set. I used Brilliance Moonlight White ink directly onto my photos.

There were two other stamp sets this month, Papa Bear which coordinates with the Mama Bear set if you picked that one up and Bride & Groom, perfect for wedding season.

I hope you enjoy this months release, I just love the variety of the themes this month, I hope you did too.

See you soon,
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Featuring Kelly Purkey │ April Release

So it appears the April release over at Kelly Purkey Shop was a huge success. The kit is amazing and the two additional stamp sets have already sold out. I'm happy for Kelly that they went so fast but I'm bummed that some folks missed out. If you did happen to get your hands on the kit and stamps I wanted to share with you what I made to help inspire your creations. Here is a look below of the My People kit, this stamp set and the cards are so perfect not just for family love but for that tribe of people that you have surrounding you that are just as close as family.

Seeing as I'm so behind on my pocket pages this kit was perfect for documenting my Thanksgiving photos. This day really was all about My People so the stamps and the colors of some of the cards really helped tell the story.

I just loved that 6x4 card that I cut down the middle and stamped with the Life is always better when were together stamp. I love how the edge falls of the page and I love how the white space helped balance out the solid white card on the right side. The Rumi quote card was another favorite, totally worthy of framing and hanging up for sure. I did sneak in one stamp from the Mama Bear stamp set, that set went so fast I didn't even have a chance to make something featuring it, you guys loved it so much and I agree it was a good one.

My second project came together really quickly because the Dear Weekend Stamp Set was just too perfect. 

For this Travelers Notebook layout I knew I wanted the photos to fall off the edge of the page and to balance that out, I lined all of my stamping up on the left side of the page to mimic the look of the right side. I kept all the stamping to one color and fussy cut one of the journaling cards so that I could tuck in behind one of my photos. I just love all that white space down the middle.

I cannot wait to see what Kelly has coming next, be sure to watch my Instagram for sneaks, you can find me here, make sure you follow so you don't miss any posts.

See you soon,

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Elle's Studio │ Everyday Adventures Mini Album Class

One of my favorite ways to document our lives these days is by making mini albums. Sitting down to make a mini album of a trip or an event is at the top of my list of favorite ways to scrapbook so when I was asked to be a contributor for the Elle's Studio Everyday Adventures Mini Album class I said yes right away. In this image below you can see some sneaks from all of the class contributors.

All of the contributors use the same products to complete their albums; the product bundle, the stamp set that comes with the class and the coordinating Jonah alpha stamp.  I just love how different and unique each album was, everyone did such an amazing job. This album ended up being one of my favorites that I have ever made. I documented a two day getaway that my husband and I took to one of our favorite places near Yosemite Valley. You can see the cover of my album in this image below. The stamp set for the class was so awesome, as you can see. I was totally inspired by the little plus sign stamp.

The sneak image above and below shows some of the stamping I did using the Jonah alpha stamp. I love stacked text stamping and this alpha stamp was the perfect font and size.

Thanks again to Elle's Studio for having me. If you are a mini album lover this class is super full of amazing album inspiration so I hope you enjoy it.

Happy scrapping.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Featuring Kelly Purkey │ March Release

Hello everyone! I wanted to pop in to share what I made with the most recent Kelly Purkey shop update. I was out of town the day of the shop update so I wasn't able to get my stuff made and photographed for you until now. The update was smaller this month but the Dreamer Kit was easily one of my favorite kits that Kelly has designed.

I'm not sure if Kelly designed this with Disney adventures in mind but it sure worked really well with some of my photos from our trip to Disney World. I plan on making a mini album for this trip but thought it would be fun to make a pocket page spread that I can slip into my daughters albums focusing on just her photos from the trip. That Dream Come True stamp is one of my favorites.

I LOVE that there was shades of purple in this kit and yes if you're reading my journaling up close there are some typos. Ugh. Choosing to roll with it for the time being.

The second project I made was a Q/A layout for my daughter. I try to ask her the same questions every year on her birthday but I forgot this past December so we did it the other day. I loved the big bold QA stamp from the In the News stamp set and used it as my starting point for the layout. I new I wanted the questions typed so I set that part up in Photoshop Elements and printed just the questions and answers on my background. I used an ombre stamp set from Michaels to stamp out the QA.

I also used the Wythe alpha stamp set on the layout. The stamps mimic the tiny little alpha stickers that are a classic in the scrapbooking world. I fussy cut each one out individually and just added a bit of adhesive to the edge so they would still bend up a little.

One of the things Kelly is trying to do with the kit subscriptions is to mix up the additional kit items each month. This month she added in a cool page of clear stickers and I used one of them as a base for more stamping. The think, believe, dream, dare stamp is such a cute sentiment and I love how it looks with the ombre ink.

I hope you have fun creating with this months shop items and I hope this gave you a little bit of inspiration on how to use your new stamps.

See you soon,
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Monday, March 6, 2017

Featuring Kelly Purkey │ February release

The February shop update at Kelly Purkey Shop was last Tuesday so I wanted to pop in and share what I made before everything is gone. The Go, See, Do theme of this months kit is perfectly timed because my family and I are off on a vacation of our own as we speak.

Here are the projects I made this month.

I knew the minute I saw the Daily Cup stamp set that it was going to be the first thing I grabbed to create with. This spread is in my personal album that I am making this year. Spending the day chatting about all things crafty is one of my favorite things to do. My two favorites to do that with are Jen and Kari who also happen to be on Kelly's creative team too. I like to think of this us as the West Coast KPCT contingent.

The large Go, See, Do stamp is from the main kit this month and I love this stamp. And that little cluster of coffee beans, super cute.

I cut up a instax sized page protector and just attached it right to the backing sheet with some tiny attacher staples. I didn't have photos for the back so this was my solution to not have to fill the backside of the protector. I really love the espresso machine stamp from the set. The chemex was super cute too for all the pour over lovers out there.

My second project was made specifically for our vacation. I love to take notes when we travel, it helps me remember all of the details when we get home and when I sit down to make an album of the trip. This trip will most definitely get an album of its own and I know I'll need to keep detailed notes.

I paired some sentiments from the main Go, See, Do stamps and cards with some older stamps that Kelly had done for magical adventures.

I love the orange, peach and pink color ways of these cards, and while my bags aren't packed just yet, I'm definitely ready to go.

The suitcase stamp is so stinkin' cute!!!

When I sat down to write up my packing list so I wouldn't forget anything I added some more of the suitcases because I just can't get enough. I fell in love hard with the Departures alpha stamp set. I love seeing this particular element pop up in travel themed products. I've actually researched buying an older piece of a departure board for my home. One day I'll find just the right one and it will be mine. This stamp set is going to be with me for a very long time. I just know I'll be stamping all of my travel destinations with it for years to come. The fact that it also has numbers means it can also be used to mimic an old vintage flip clock when needed. Rad.

I hope your spring break has lots of travel in it and I can't wait to create lots of fun stuff when we get home from our trip.

See you on the flip side,
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

BTP 2017 The Album │ January

At some point mid December I decided that the album project I had wanted to do in 2016 but never started needed to happen in 2017. It wasn't the right time in 2016 but it most definitely was the right time in 2017. Like many people, 2016 really kicked my ass. It was a year I was happy to be leaving behind and I was more than ready to start fresh and shake the cobwebs off of all the things that were bringing me down in 2016.

While I was participating in a recent round table discussion on the Pocket Talk Podcast I shared a little bit about my plans for this project. When Jess asked to explain my project I talked about how when I work on my family albums there are a lot of stories about me that get edited out. I didn't want to leave those pictures and stories out anymore so I decided to make an album that would be just for those things. It would also be a place where I could talk about things that were important to me, share the things I was making and a place to share my feelings about how I wanted to live in this world. There is much talk lately about the importance of togetherness and love and being good to each other and I thought this would be the perfect place for me to share my feelings on these topics while also documenting how I was going to make this type of stuff happen for myself. In essence to share what it meant to me to be a better human and bring something positive to this planet of ours. Will I get there? I don't know but I do know that taking the time to share my stories will matter to someone someday and I hope getting these types of thoughts down may also help someone else along the way.

When thinking about how I wanted to approach this project I was heavily influenced by a class I took years ago from Studio Calico. The class was taught by Lexi Bridges and it was called This is Me. I shared a bit of what I made for that class here, here and here. This was hands down my favorite scrapbooking class that I have ever taken. I loved the idea of documenting stories about me that others might not know and I want this project to have that same feel.

For this project I'm using a long retired Studio Calico handbook designed by Ashley Goldberg for the Goldie collection. I love the graphic black hearts on this album and had I planned better I would have bought two of these albums just in case I need more space as this year progresses. Unfortunately this album is really hard to find so I'll have to keep that in mind and not go too crazy with this project. The album comes with a mix of divided page protectors which I will use but I'll also add in some additional protectors in different sizes. It will be very similar in feel to my December Daily® album so lots of varying sizes. It also comes with some smaller watercolor paper inserts and six clear transparency tabs with gold foiling. I'll be using the tabs to divide my albums into six two month sections.

This is a look at my title page. I used one of 2" square sectioned protectors and added in a bunch of elements that I found in my stash that would coordinate with some Kelly Purkey kit cards. I loved that orange color of the Hello 2017 card and used that one as my jumping off point. I haven't attached anything permanently into the protector because I may decide to back some of the square elements with photos or other little bits as the year goes. If that doesn't end up happening I'll back everything with patterned paper and staple the elements so they don't float around the pockets.

Here is the first transparency divider, each of the dividers has a different pattern in gold foil. I love the stars so I just added in a large chipboard star to the front and also on the backside to cover the adhesive. I'm trying to find some small black alpha stickers so I can add in a J and a F to the tab but I haven't found any the right size. They need to be small so if you know of a good source, let me know in the comments.

My plan is to have either a pattern paper insert or a large photo directly behind each tab with the months that follow. This background is a digital 6x8 paper from PushPrintStudio. I love her collections and love this graphic black pattern. I opted to change it from the off white it originally had to a more vibrant white just because that was the look I was going for. The green text was cut on my cameo out of some cardstock I had on hand. I made this after the first spread that you will see below and I was inspired by the green I used on it. Since its also Pantones color of the year I thought it was an appropriate color choice.

I knew my first spread needed to set the tone for the project so I sat down and started with my journaling. I think you will be able to read it just fine from the picture but know that yes there is a typo or two. I've decided to leave it because I'm not perfect and I'm okay with that. Lots of real talk and truth bombs to get me going for the year. I used stamps from Kelly Purkey's latest Currently Loving mini kit that was designed by Tina Azmus and I added in some additional stamps from her Hustle and Truth Bomb stamp sets.

The card in the lower right hand corner is from ScrapEmporium, I love Gina's work and I'm so happy she's making stuff again and selling it on Etsy.  All the other journaling cards are from Kelly's main kit. I look forward to checking off those boxes as the year progresses and as I make some progress.

The background for the main photo was enlarged by me since I had a pdf file of the journaling card. You could easily replicate this my scanning the 4x4 card that comes in the kit and enlarging it in Photoshop Elements yourself. I absolutely love all of Tina's had painted work, it has such a cool look.

My next spread was prompted by some photos I snapped while I was cleaning and reorganizing my makeup. These pictures and story is easily something that would have been edited out of my family album for something else so I'm happy to have a place for it. On the right is one of the watercolor pages that came in the album so I did a quick wash of watercolors to make a background. I am by no means a painter so this is about as fancy as I can get with a brush in my hand but I do love the pop of bright yellow. The journaling cards on the left are from ScrapEmporium and the makeup die cuts are something I purchased purely because it was makeup related. I never thought I'd have a use for them but I'm so glad I bought them. They are from WeRMemory Keepers, the Urban Chic line that came out last year.

Here's an up close image in case you want to ready what my current makeup faves are and my journaling.

I have one or two more stories I want to tell for January and I'll call that month done. I need to keep myself in check so the whole year fits in the album but I'm looking forward to working on this for sure.

I still need to start my family pocket page album for 2017 but I have decided that I will be working on that monthly instead of weekly for 2017. I think I'll enjoy looking back on the months as a whole and making as many spreads as I need to based on my photos. I'll share that here once I get it going. Other than that I have no other concrete scrapbooking plans for this year but I think these will keep me busy along with any other layouts or minis I end up making. I hope your 2017 scrapbooking plans have you excited as well.

See you soon,
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Featuring Kelly Purkey │ January release

The latest releases are live over at Kelly Purkey's shop and I wanted to share what I made with you. This release was a big one and the stamp sets and kits are so awesome.

This isn't really a stand alone project, it was a sneak image that I posted on Instagram before the release but I actually liked how it ended up so I glued everything down. It has little bits of the Addison alpha, Hustle and the Truth Bomb stamp sets as well as cards and stamps from the main Love Story Kit.

One of the things I'm most excited about making this year is an album just about me. I'll be sharing a separate blog post about this very soon but I wanted to share the spread I made for it using Kelly's new stuff. I used stamps from the Hustle and Truth Bomb stamp sets, cards from the main Love Story kit, and cards and stamps that came in the Currently Loving mini kit by Tina Azmus. I loved this mini kit! But I tend to love just about everything Tina makes. The card in the lower right corner of the ladies face is from ScrapEmporium and is not part of the kit, I loved how it paired with the black and white cards so I added it in. The pop of emerald green is my fave.

My next project was a travelers notebook spread. I really wanted to use the Addison alpha stamp set as a focal point and I couldn't let those little weather icons from the Today's Forecast stamp set go unused either.

This weather block is going to come in so handy for my pocket page spreads this year. I love the little phrases that fit inside the main block. The alpha stamps will also get lots of play purely because of the classic font and the smaller size.

I managed to use every stamp set this month and I really love how the sentiments can cross over and work together in so many ways. I hope you got everything you wanted make sure you tag your photos on Instagram with @KellyPurkeyShop, I check it frequently to see what everyone is making and sharing and I love it.

I'll be back soon with a post dedicated to my personal album.

Take care,
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