Monday, August 20, 2012

Quick Cards

Today, I am sharing some quick cards I made mostly using the Studio Calico Take Note 6x6 paper pad. I am really not much of a card maker and it is not my favorite crafty project, so I like them to be quick and easy. This is actually the first time I have made duplicates (or very similiar) cards and I like how they came together so quickly. Here are a few of the different cards I made:

Note: The "Cubicles" paper that is included in the Take Note 6x6 paper pad was used for all the sentiment blocks. The ribbon was from my stash. Extra papers were from My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pads from Michaels. The mini staples were from the Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to make some quick and easy cards.
Happy Monday!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Project Life Tuesday

For this Project Life Tuesday, I am not really sharing traditional Project Life pages - meaning weekly or monthly layouts. Today, I am sharing how I have been using the Project Life divided photo pocket pages with my 12x12 layouts.

I really like making one page layouts with typically 1-3 photos but it kind of bothers me when the page opposite of it is 1) blank or 2) not the same color scheme. To solve my "issue", I have started putting the extra photos (as I always have more printed than I scrap on a 12x12 layout) in divided photo pocket pages and adding patterned paper and embellishments, so that it "goes" with my one page layouts. I am sharing two of the layouts I have done this way below:

Full Layout 1
Kits Used: Studio Calico July Kit-Elmwood Park and Add-Ons Capture the Flag and Twisty Slide; Additional Supplies: Patterned Paper-October Afternoon (striped); Letter Stickers - October Afternoon (round) and Pebbles (kraft); Journaling Cards - Becky Higgins' Cobalt Core Kit; Becky Higgins Design A Photo Pocket Page and various punches 
(Note: Triangles inspired by Lisa Truesdell from the Studio Calico Trendspotting class and "turned over" corners inspired by Becky Higgins.)

Close Up: 12x12 layout

Close Up: Photo Pocket Page

Full Layout 2
Kits Used: Studio Calico July Kit-Elmwood Park and Add-Ons Capture the Flag and Twisty Slide; Additional Supplies: Patterned Paper-My Mind's Eye(orange chevron) and Simple Stories (yellow dot); Letter Stickers - American Crafts (yellow) and My Mind's Eye (grey); Mists-Studio Calico Mister Huey in Water Cooler and Powder Blue; Journaling Card - Becky Higgins' Cobalt Core Kit; Becky Higgins Design A Photo Pocket Page and various punches

Close Up: 12x12 layout

Close Up: Photo Pocket Page

This is a quick way to show a cohesive look but not have to scrap a double page layout.  Also, if you have extra divided photo pocket pages, this is a good way to use them up.

I am linking up at The Mom Creative today - Check it out for other great PL inspiration.

Hope this gives you some good ideas!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Back at it...

So my last post (before this one) was in April...I have basically abandoned this blog for the past few months, but I am back and ready to start blogging again.  Things have been great...just busy!  As far as my creative time, I have actually had a lot more of it as I have been making it a priority to have time for it...It is good for me to take time to scrapbook - kind of a break from the busy-ness of everything else!  Anyways, I have not been doing much on my Project Life though I have not completely given up on it. I have however been scrapbooking a lot of 12 x 12 layouts. I honestly have not done much of that in the last 2 or 3 years and I am really enjoying it. What really pushed me to start scrapping 12 x 12 layouts again is Studio Calico. I went to their site after looking at some Project Life pages by some of their design team. At first, I really did not think it was for me as everything seemed a little more girly but then I checked out Kelly Noel's and Lisa Truesdell's pages (they both have all boys) and got inspired.  My first kit was 35MM, which was actually more boyish than a lot of their previous kits (from what I could tell) and I loved it! I had so much fun making pages.  I ended becoming a subscriber at Studio Calico with the July kit (Elmwood Park), which I also loved. I love getting all the inspiration from their site - so cool to see how people use the same products different ways - but I also love how I get a sampling of all the new items without having to look at all of them myself and figure out what I want to buy, etc.

So with all that said, I am showing the pages I made with the 35MM kit. Some of these are completely made with the kit and some just have components of the kit. I challenged myself to first do one layout with *mostly* just the kit and then after that, add in my stash.  Any items I used in addition to the kit, I listed below the layout. Here are my pages:

Additional Supplies: transparency file, green cardstock, Lily Bee Designs letter stickers

Additional Supplies: Patterned paper - Echo Park Paper (yellow stripe) and Becky Higgin's journaling cards

Additional Supplies: Patterned Paper - Studio Calico-Take Note 6x6 paper pad (green paper)

Additional Supplies: Patterned Paper - Echo Park Paper (red dot paper and stickers), My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad (blue plaid), and Studio Calico-Take Note 6x6 paper pad (white paper); Studio Calico-mask, mist and letter stickers; star paper clip; washi (target)

Additional Supplies: Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart 6x6 paper pad (blue/green plaid and yellow hexagon; Letter Stickers - Lily Bee Designs (off white), American Crafts (yellow) and Studio Calico (dark grey); Studio Calico/Hero Arts stamp; Becky Higgin's journaling card; Stampin Up! ink; blue cardstock

Additional Supplies: Letter Stickers - American crafts (grey and white) and Studio Calico/Hero Arts stamp

I still have a lot of the kit left and pull things from it from time to time. I may revisit it soon as I have time...

My new goal is to blog at least once a week, so I will hopefully be back soon with more...