Sketchy Wednesday #4: Girl Power!

Today’s sketch is brought to us by Scrapbook Steals

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I’m not one to really work with banners a lot, especially ones that spread across the entire layout, but when I saw this sketch, I though, “why not give it a try?” It’s like the sketch immediately caught my eye and I knew instantly what photo I would use.

I really enjoyed working on this layout and I feel the journaling along with the photo bring the whole look and feel of the sketch to life. I can definitely now see myself using them more often in my layouts. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Materials Used:
Bo-Bunnny‘s A Gift of Love Back to Backs 12″ Sun Kissed Afternoon; Creating Keepsakes Baby Girl Kit Cardstock; Hobby Lobby The Paper Studio Pink Cardstock; Michael’s Recollections Cream Cardstock; Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Vintage Photo; My Mind’s Eye Collectable Notable “Cute” Muse Paper and Wicked Mechant Malvado Enamel Dots; Carta Bella Paris Girl Element Stickers; Cut ‘N Paste Butterfly Memories Paper by K & Company; Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company Joy Tin Type Stickers; Thickers by American Crafts Fancy Glitter Foam Stickers and Enclair Glitter Foam Stickers

Go out and create something beautiful using this sketch and feel free to share it below (include your link) in the comments section so we all check it out.

Happy Scrappin’
Nati

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DIY Cork Embellishments

Hello Everyone!
Right now, one of the up and coming hot items for scrapbooking are Cork Embellishment. I had been thinking for a while about trying some out….but after receiving a few from one of my fellow scrapbooking #Instafriend’s I knew this was definitely something I needed to try asap!

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So I know you all are wondering, “how do you make those things?” Well, I’m telling you now, this will probably be one of the easiest, quickest and most fun DIY embellishments you will ever make! So let’s get started:

Materials Needed:
Any Shaped Punch (I used a 3/4″ Circle Punch)
Thin Cork Adhesive sheet ( I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby for #1.99)
Stamps
Ink Pad (Here, I used ColorBox Frost White Ink)

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Once you have gathered all of you materials:
1. Stamp your image onto your cork sheet
2. punch out the stamped image with your Shape Punch

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That is absolutely it people! Two steps….well three if you consider gathering your materials as a step. How quick and awesome is that?!? Now you are ready to use these little buddies to spruce up any handmade card, Project Life card, or Scrapbook Layout. Cork Embellishments, Corkies….call them what you want to – either way, these things are AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Now go out and create something and if you try out this technique please come back and let me know (in the comments section) how it goes for you and if you love it as much as I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Scrappin’

Nati

Project Life 2014: Weeks 5-13 Update

Today I want to share with you my Project Life entries Weeks 5-13. All of these, I can look at over and over again already! I’m so excited about seeing this completed album. ๐Ÿ™‚

Week 5:

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The “I Heart the 80s” circle – is actually a button from my cousin’s party. I took the pin off of the back of the button and in its place I put adhesive foam on it before placing it at the bottom of my photo.

Week 6:

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The entwined circles on my title card was found at SodaPop Design and the little girl filler card was also a free printable which I found on Pinterest, but will have to do some research to pin point the exact site. I also attached our tickets from the movie we saw during Valentine’s Weekend, to a photo I took of the Red Carpet leading up the the ticket counter at the theatre. I also love the photo of my husband, my mom and mother-in-law looking at the finished Project Life 2013 album.

Week 7:

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The thing I like about Week 7 is that the picture of the clovers in my title card was taken by my 4 year old. She was amazed with the beauty of the clovers and asked to see my phone to take a picture. โค The family filler card was a free printable found at Inspired by Peanut and Bean and the journaling card on Page 2 of the layout, to the left of the “Oh Snap” filler card is actually a journaling card where I used tissue paper from a meeting favor to do my journaling on. I will be showcasing that technique next Tuesday, so be on the lookout for that! ๐Ÿ™‚

Week 8:

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Week 8 was fun and I just couldn’t help myself, I had to make a pocket for Scandal! ๐Ÿ™‚

Week 9:

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For Week 9, on my Title Card, I recycled the quote which was put into my March Julep Maven box (“You know all of those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them.”) I love that and need a constant reminder that I need to go out and do the things I’ve always wanted to do. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to pay tribute to Ellen for being such a wonderfully funny host for the Oscars….and of course I also had to include my own little photo montage of the selfie that shut Twitter down! Talk about Awesome! The power of social media…. ๐Ÿ™‚ And last but not least, I enclosed a note that was sent home in Elle’s homework folder for having such a good day at school. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gotta document all those great moments, that are both big and small.

Week 10:

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We had a lot of fun this week. But the one thing I want to make note of is the printable created by the lovely Ms. Olya Schmidt. I love her art work and I love when she has amazing printable’s that can be incorporated into Project Life.

Week 11:

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What a fun and busy week for the girls. This week I pulled together some wonderful free printables, by
Callaloo Soup (Yarn Love journaling card) and Heidi Swapp (Delicious 4×6 card), along with some DIY filler and journaling cards and Project Life Kits to create a steady flow in my overall layout.

Week 12:

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I really enjoyed making the washi tape banners on my title card. And I must say, the week was full of good food, Copic coloring and a pretty funny text sent to me by my hubby.

Week 13:

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“Choose Happy” Title Card is from Heidi Swapp This was definitely a craft week for me. I also experimented doing some watercolor art, as showcased in my spread along with some Copic coloring.

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, Thank You. I know it was rather long, so again, thank you for sticking with me. I hope some of these Project Life spreads have inspired you in one way or another to go out and create and document your everyday life….which is what Creating Emorelle is all about. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll see you all tomorrow where I will be showcasing another technique. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Scrappin’
Nati

P.S. Don’t forget to post your thoughts and/or questions in the Comments section below. ๐Ÿ™‚

Project Life: From A Beginner’s Perspective

Interview with Nicole

Let me begin this post with a little bit of background information. My dear friend, Nicole and her family came to visit us in March. Prior to visiting, I challenged her to complete a spread in my 2014 Project Life Album. And of course she (as always) was up for the challenge. I provided her with the photos from that week along with an already filled out journaling card from my husband….and then I sent her on her Project Life Way. LOL She completed the layout during her stay and I must say she did a great job and I hope at some point I will be able to convert her to the Project Life World. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So let’s begin with the interview:

How did you feel when I first approached you about creating a Project Life spread in my 2014 Album?
I was excited. I always get excited when you “invite” me to do things because your skill level is much higher than mine. So I’m glad you trusted me with it and so yeah, I felt honored.

What did you like most about the process?
I finally realizing there are no rules. There is no right or wrong way, you just do it. Knowing that someone will see my entry one day is amazing….it will be in your book, it will perminanetly be on display.

Did you learn anything during the process?
Yes. That I need to work on stamping. (as we both laugh) stamping takes patience.

What did you like the least?
LOL Ummmm, goodness I don’t think there’s anything….I mean I struggled with the stamping, but…..Ummmm….can we come back to that one. I guess the journaling since I don’t like my handwriting.

Would you consider yourself a scrapbooker?
I’m an infant in the scrapbooking world.

Since you do not consider yourself an “infant” in the scrapbooking world, is this something you think is easy to do for non-scrapbookers?
Absolutely.

Did you feel like you had to embellish your layout? And if yes, why?
Yes. Because I didn’t want a Plain Jane page. I wanted to give it a scrapbook feel even though it’s more like a photo album.

What could I have done better to prepare you for the layout?
No. You were pretty straight forward. I was making it more. You were straight and direct.

Based on your experience what advise if any would you give a non-scrapbooker, or a scrapbooker who is thinking about embarking on the Project Life journey?
Just keep your mind open. There is no limitation, just do what you feel.

Is this something you yourself would consider doing?
Maybe. Only because I would fear getting behind and not being able to catch up. Maybe yes, if I could just work through my commitment issues. LOL

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Nicole’s completed spread above.

I want to thank Nicole for her time in not only doing this interview with me, but also in completing a spread in my 2014 Project Life and keeping an open mind. I like how Nicole compared Project Life to a photo album. I think with that perspective, it takes the edge off, as Nicole stated so nicely, “there is no limitation, just do what you feel.” If you are new to Project Life, that is a great outlook…..it’s like a photo album and just do what you feel. There are no gimmicks. It just you documenting your story and showcasing it to those who will see the “Album” later. It’s a photo album with a little flair….so make it your own, and why not recruit others (i.e. Friends and family) to help you along the way.

Now go out and create something!

Nati