Sketchy Wednesday #3: Uniquely You

Hello Everyone!

The following is a sketch I found on Scrapbook.com, in their gallery:

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With this sketch, I decided to tun the sketch around, making it to where the rectangles (pictures) on the right hand side would be at the top of the layout.

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Other than the turning of the sketch everything else is the same. If you look closely, you will find that the diy embellishment I used on the lower left side of the photos is the stamped flower from the technique shown in yesterdays post. This was a fun and quick layout to complete. If you are ever in a short on time or have scrappers block, or you have a lot of photos to get scrapped, I would highly recommend you heading to Pinterest for various sketch inspiration.

Happy Scrappin’
Nati

Materials Used:
Paper from Scrap Stash;
Bazzill Basics Kraft Cardstock; White Flower; Fiskars scalloped circle punch; StazOn Jet Black Solvent Ink; Recollections Blue Floral Patterned Paper; Penelope’s Potpourri Black Scrolls Patterned Paper; Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps Flourishes by Rhonna Farrer; DCWV Vintage Collector Cardstock Stickers; Marvy Uchida 2″ Square Punch; Star brads from Hobby Lobby ; Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo and Worn Lipstick; Digma Grapic 1 Archival InkPen by Sakura and Recollection’s Foam Square Adhesive

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Flower Stamping

Happy Technique Tuesday everyone! I hope your week is getting off to a great start. Today I wanted to talk with you all about turning a plain silk flower into something nice that can be used later on for a card, a scrapbooking layout or even some home decor. So lets get to it.

Materials needed:
plain flat flower of any color (In this case, I used a white flower)
stamp (or stamp set)
two different color ink pads
Inking tool (Optional)

To get started with this project I first laid my plain white flower onto my craft sheet. I’m not sure what brand of flower this is. It may possibly be a Prima flower, but I’m not for certain. I bought a hand full of these flowers back in 2007, from a local scrapbooking store in Nashville that was closing and they had their loose flowers in various baskets.

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Next, with StazOn Jet Black ink, I used a stamp from the Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps Flourishes by Rhonna Farrer set and stamped my flourish onto the flower several times until I achieved the look I was going for.

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After achieving my desired look, I got out my Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and Ink Blending Tool and began to blend the Worn Lipstick Color onto the flower.

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Again, I blended the color onto the flower until I achieved the desired look I was going for. If you don’t have a Blending Tool, you can also achieve this same look by gently rubbing your ink pad onto the flower.

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As mentioned before you can then use your flower to decorate anything…a picture frame, put several on a lamp shade, on the front of a pencil holder or to use as an embellishment for a card or scrapbooking layout. The possibilities are truly infinate….and you can use this same technique on various size flowers.

Now go out and create something! 🙂

Nati

Project Life 2014 Ramblings

Yes, I know I have flooded you all with Project Life here lately….but last week was to get the basics of Project Life out there. Now it’s time for the meat! Excited? Yes, I am too. Over the next few weeks, I will be bringing you up to date and sharing with you all my 2014 Project Life. Honestly, I completed Project Life 2013, at the beginning of February….about a week after my projected week I had set for myself to be finish, and it was truly the best experience ever. Just seeing the completed album come together, talk about self gratification at it’s finest! Once I finished Project Life 2013, I took a short break from Project Life and dived in head first into getting my Project Life 2014 up-to-date. I am proud to say that I am now at a good point. Last week I finished Week 14 (April 6-12, 2014), which I hope to be sharing next week with you all (hit: think about black, white and pink all over!) I’m totally stoked! 🙂 So anyway, with that being said I will more than likely be posting this week….today, Thursday and Friday regarding Project Life. Tomorrow I will bring forth a new Technique Tuesday and Wednesday will be another sketch day. So yes, I think I may have my work cut out for me, but it’s all good! 🙂
So for 2014…..let’s dive right in. I found this post on Instagram about the New Moon on the New Year (Jan.1, 2014) and I thought it would be cute to put on the inside cover of my Project Life Album (see below). At the new year we think of New Beginnings, so I thought the wording was perfect for the occasion.
I also decided to go with the Cinnamon Edition 12×12 Album for Project Life this year. I love all of the words and sayings on the album cover. And for my cover page, I decided to keep things simeple. You can of course make your cover page as detailed as you see fit.

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For us, I want to make sure that I focus on things that are uniquely us as a family and focus on capturing more of our “little” moments. Since the New Year began on a Wednesday. I started Project Life 2014 with a half week instead of Week 1. You will notice, for me, my weeks began on Sunday and end on Saturday. Again, this is a personal perference. So I started with Week .05

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I focused on us celebrating the New Year together as a family…..with champagne for me and the hubby and sparkling apple cider for the girls. We had such a great time and celebrated the New Year twice…with a countdown with the East Coast folks and a countdown for our Central Time Zone Peeps. It was a joy…..followed with taking down the Christmas decorations and loading them back into storage. It was a good second half of a week. 🙂
In Week 1 , we began to get back into our regular schedule with school, dance class, and picking out some good reads for the year.

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During Week 2, things definitely started to pick back up, homework was being sent back home, we started planning my Mother-In-Law’s 65th birthday, and it was time for another girls lunch.

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In Week 3, we began to have some extra special weather and we celebrated Martin Luther King’s Birthday, where our oldest, Elle told us all about Dr. Martin and his contribution to society. My husband had to pull out his ice scrapper which he hadn’t used since our Nashville days, and our youngest Em did a serious photo bomb while I was trying to take a picture of myself. LOL

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The first 3.5 weeks of the new year started off pretty good. I would show you all Week 4 as well today, however, I had a friend who is not a big on scrapbooking and not a project lifer who work on that spread for me. I will be showcasing her story and outtake on the Project Life process with you all on Wednesday so look forward to that!

Until next time, Happy Scrappin’

Nati

Project Life: Inspiration and Printable’s

This is really just a post about finding loads of inspiration online. I personally own five Project Life Edition Kits: Seafoam, Cinnamon, 5th and Frolic, Kiwi and Midnight (and I’m open to trading). 🙂

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I absolutely love ALL of them! However sometimes, I don’t want to use any of the journaling or filler cards – in any of the kits. And that is all right. So what do I do in this case? I go to the internet.
I frequent Instagram for loads of Project Life inspiration and even follow some people because I love their posts that much. I also visit the Two Peas In A Bucket and review their Project Life Videos for inspiration and for trying out new ideas and techniques on my pages as well as to get printables free and some that are at a fee (usually $5 and under). And last but not least I will visit Pinterest. Which is fully of filler card sketches, Project Life inspiration and loads of FREE printable’s.

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My Top 5 favorite sites to visit for free printable’s are listed below, but this does not by any means list all the websites I visit to print all the printable’s I use on my layouts.

One Velvet Morning
Digital Design Essentials
Vintage Glam Studio
Miss Tiina
Scrapbook Printables

One more thing, I usually print my printable’s off on white cardstock, but you can you any color you like….I may use Kraft at some point this year, just to switch things up a bit. 🙂 Also, please note, that these printable’s can be used on Project Life as well as on your traditional scrapbook layouts….and cards too.

Now go create something!

Happy Scrappin’
Nati

Project Life: Supplies

Hello Everyone! Today, I will be discussing supplies needed in order to get started with Project Life. Below, you will find good basic supplies to have on hand to help get you started:

12×12 Album
Protective Sleeves (I currently use Design A and D by Project Life)
Project Life Kit
Photo Journaling Pens
Date Stamps
Additonal Journaling cards
Acid -Free Journaling Pens
Adhesive
Pictures! 🙂

When you go on social media, i.e. Pinterest, Instagram, etc., it is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the pretty project life pages full of pretty paper, embellishments, perfect pictures, and everything else, so it is essential that you realize up front that you have the right to choose, you can make this project what you want. Meaning, if you only want to document on a Monthly Basis, do just that. If you want to go with a weekly review approach, do that, if you want to document the everyday, DO THAT. There is truly no wrong or right way to do this project.
Take myself for example, when I started my 2013 album, I kept things simple – for me. I literally just wrote the dates for the weeks, did my journaling cards, sometimes journaled on my pictures.

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As time progressed, I felt more comfortable and decided to go ahead and begin to add embellishments to my layouts. If there were weeks when I didn’t want to do a lot of embellishing, I didn’t.

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Again, there is no pressure. Make this your project. Later in life the people looking at your album won’t care how “pretty” the pages are. All they will think is how cool it is to have a book that literally captured your life and the lives of those around you. That is all. And this is the beauty of this whole journey call Project Life. Let’s document life and have fun doing it!

Happy Scrappin’
Nati

P.S. See you tomorrow as I will be discussing Project Life Inspiration and Printables.

Nail Polish Tutu Skirt

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Recently, I was on Pinterest and found the cutest thing, an image of a tutu skirt for a nail polish bottle. I thought this was amazing! And I knew I would have to create it right away, so I got straight to work. My plan is to use the nail polish tutu skirt in the future as one of the party favors for my oldest daughter’s birthday, so what better time than now to see if this is possible to recreate.

So with that being said, I will share with you how I was able to recreate this party favor. 🙂

Materials Needed:
Tulle
Scissors
Elastic
Nail Polish
Ribbon

Steps Taken:
Cut the tulle into 1 – 1.5 inch strips
Cut maybe 3-4 inches of elastic
Fold one strip of tulle in half
Knot the tulle around the elastic and pull to ensure the knot
Repeat these steps until your strip of elastic is full of tulle
Adhere ribbon to elastic and tie into a bow
Slip the Tutu Skirt onto the nail polish bottle

This Nail Polish Tutu Skirt was made in about 30 minutes. It was really fun to make. I had a friend who came into town and the polish was a part of her welcome bag.

I hope you all enjoyed this Technique Highlight and I look forward to what’s in store for next week.

Now go out and create something!

Nati

Sketchy Wednesday #2: Peace by the Water

Hello Everyone!
I’m glad to be back presenting another sketch via Pinterest by way of Let’s Get Sketchy. The sketch below if from a February sketch challenge post, however I thought that it would be perfect for the photo I had in mind. Below you will see the sketch:

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I can’t say enough about how much I like this sketch. It’s simple and get’s the point straight across. I thought a photo of my husband walking alongside the beach shore at sunset would be the perfect fit for this sketch. I added some pops of color to draw the eye to the sunset at the top of the photo.

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Materials Used: Michael’s Recollections Dark Torquise and Kraft Carstock; Hobby Lobby’s The Paper Source Pink and Gold Cardstock; Printables by vintageglam1 and by Beth Jarrett; Basic Grey Hey Girl Alphabet Stickers; Jolee’s Boutique Parcel Dimensional Stickers; White Gelly Roll 08 Pen; ColorBox Frost White Pigment Stamp Pad; Sizzix Die Cut Tags

Of course, I had a great time creating this layout and would like to encourage you to share your take on this layout as well. Until next time.

Happy Scrappin’
Nati