Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Simple Work of Art

I am such a sucker for fast, flat, simple cards! So guess what I have to share with you today? I used to have a feature on the blog called "Flat Tuesdays" where I'd share a completely flat card with you. Well, it IS Tuesday...

A few of my team members and I went to the Stampin' Up! 2014/15 Catalog Premier last night and got to get our own copy of it. We also got one of the BRAND NEW stamp sets called "Work of Art" and it is one of my new absolute favorite sets (even before I knew we were going to bring one home!)

It's got a little watercolor-y action going on and has greetings AND the background images. Everything stamped on this card is in the set. The background "swoosh" is stamped in Pistachio Pudding and the words on top are stamped in Baked Brown Sugar. The heart is stamped in Strawberry Slush. I used my spritzer tool and a Soft Suede Stampin' Write marker to spray some brown on it. Then I rounded the corners with the new Project Life corner rounder.

I love how quick and easy this card is - five minutes TOPS!
You'll be able to order from the new catalog on June 1st, if you'd like to get your hands on one before then just email me at holly@hollystamps.com and I'll get one to you.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Audrey Title Page - Project Life by Stampin' Up!

I've mentioned in previous posts that in 2013 I did a Project Life album for each of my girls and took a photo every day. I'm almost finished with the albums (all of the photos are in there, I just have to finish my journaling). But one thing I didn't have finished was the title pages. For some reason I was having a complete mental block on how to do them. I had photos of her in each season which didn't all match and that was making it harder for me to come up with something.

When my Everyday Adventure kit from Project Life by Stampin' Up! came this week, I knew I had the perfect design for my title pages - FINALLY! The colors were broad enough that it took the various colors of all of my photos and tied them all together. Yay! Here's what my final title page for Audrey's page looks like. And I was SO happy - the Day to Day stamp set had all of the season names that I needed to go with my pictures.

If you're wondering about the title card with her name and the date, I created them in My Digital Studio and did an earlier blog post about those here.

If you are new to Project Life and pocket scrapbooking, and are wondering about the size of a yearly album like I did you can see how thick my finished 365 day album is in the photo on the right. And the best thing is that the album closes flat with even a little room to spare for embellishments (I didn't use many in this album).

Don't forget - Thursday is the day to order the first batch of Project Life by Stampin' Up! goodies, so be sure to check back here on Thursday, May 1st for ordering details!

Project Life by Stampin' Up!

My Project Life by Stampin' Up! arrived a few days ago and Stampin' Up! relaxed their policy on when we can show items in pre-order so I thought I'd take some photos of what they look like and give you all a little sneak peek today!

If you are already a Stampin' Up! demo you can pre-order the goodies NOW, or if you're not a demo you can sign up as one (contact your current SU! demo for more information - or if you don't have one yet, feel free to ask me any questions you may have by emailing me at holly@hollystamps.com) OR you can begin ordering your very own kit as a customer through any Stampin' Up! demonstrator on Thursday, MAY 1st!

I have lots of photos here, if you want to see one bigger, just click on it! :)

First, let me just tell you that while I adore everything this kit came with, I LOVE the little box it comes in! It will hold your entire kit, accessories, pens, photos, etc. in one little box right there! As someone who does a lot of my scrapbooking at crops where I travel, this will come in SO handy! I can plan out each page and keep them in the box.

Next I ordered the accessory pack but had no idea what was inside. First, there are these super-cute little sticker letters in both black and green. Sticker alpha's are my favorite so I was VERY excited to see these!

 Next there were 4 different die-cut 3" x 4" cards! They are all cute, but this one is my favorite.
You also get a sheet of these cute little clear plastic accessories. LOVE the banners and arrows!
Cardstock stickers! Four sheets of them.
I can't wait to use these!
Then there are wood cuts and arrow clips. How cute are these?
Here's a picture of the entire accessory pack. Notice there is also a roll of washi tape (in my favorite color!) AND cute circle puffy stickers! My love of puffy stickers dates back to the 80's, but I digress...
And here's the backside of the Everyday Adventures box with the core kit, the accessory pack goodies, my pens AND the corner rounder - they all fit so nicely!

And see that little yellow label around the side of the box? It comes as a sheet of stickers (in many languages) that allow you to put on your box to keep them all straight. This kit is SO cute, I can't wait to see what other Project Life kits will be available in the new catalog! If you want a catalog, feel free to contact me for one when they come out!

This first stamp set is the "Day to Day" Project Life stamp set. It's much bigger than I thought it would be. I laid them out on an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock so you could see how big they actually are. As a daily/weekly PL'er I'm in LOVE with this set.

This Project Life stamp set is the "Point & Click" set. I love all of the elements and it looks like some of the labels coordinate with the Framelit dies. Yippee!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - Black is the New Black

Hello and welcome to the blog for another MDS Blog Hop day! Today we're showing what we've been working on and for me, it's scrapbooking!

There's nothing I love more than classic black and white. I love how it can take a seemingly normal photo and make it really stand out.

I wanted to keep this page simple and keep it blacks, grays and whites. Easy, right? Except for that flower that looked absolutely beautiful in yellow, right? I just popped it on my page, hit the recolor button and chose black instead. And look how fabulous it looks now! I love how easy and fun the recolor feature is - it may be one of my favorites in MDS!

Now head on over to Jeanna's blog by hitting the "next" button below - I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see what she's been working on this week!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Project Life by Stampin' Up! - Splash Harbor Page

My Project Life by Stampin' Up! pre-order arrived today via the big brown truck and I couldn't wait to play. Here's just a little sneak peek of a page I did with the products.

I had these great spring break photos that I've been excited to scrapbook and the colors were perfect for the Everyday Adventure kit that arrived today.

I have to say - I LOVE the new 4" x 4" pockets. They're such a fun size to use.

Even though the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog comes out June 1st, you'll be able to order this Project Life kit and its goodies on May 1st! I'll post order links on the blog on that day!

Friday, April 18, 2014

My Favorite Current Stampin' Up! Products for Project Life

If you've been regular reader of my blog then you know I've been using Project Life for the past two years to do my scrapbooking. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear that Stampin' Up! would have exclusive Project Life products coming out soon.

Since the products haven't been released yet, I thought I'd share some of my favorite current Stampin' Up! products that I love using in my Project Life albums. These are products that you can get your hands on right now! (and a few of them are from the Occasions mini catalog that is only available for one more month)

Last year I did a daily Project Life album for each of my girls. While I loved it, it took a LOT of work and time. So this year I thought I'd do a weekly album for each of them.

Here are a few cards from my first week of 2014. Can you tell we had a ton of snow? I love the Retro Fresh washi tape (Occasions mini catalog) from the This and That line. I also used the This and That Rotary Date Stamp on my Week 1 title card.

Stampin' Up! has so many fantastic stamp sets that also work well with scrapbooking. One of my new favorites is the Just Sayin' set (Occasions mini catalog) with some adorable speech bubbles that make fun captions on your photos. I popped the "woo hoo!" bubble up with a dimensional to give it a little more dimension. For my "Week 1" card I used both the Notable Alphabet (week) and the Memorable Moments (1) sets. With two girls I don't have a lot of pages without bling so I added a strip from the Basic rhinestones.

What I love most about Project Life is that it allows you to make fast and simple pages, but they still are so fun to create and don't take a ton of time to do it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stampin' Up! & Project Life!

It's official...
I have died and gone to heaven.
Stampin' Up! just announced that they have partnered with Becky Higgins and Project Life to offer EXCLUSIVE items and kits with Stampin' Up!'s colors.

And the best part? Some of the items will be available to order on May 1st!

I hope you are as excited as I am! Demonstrators get a pre-order so keep watching this blog and I'll have some fun sneak peek projects to share with you as soon as my box arrives!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - Spring!

Yay! It's MDS Blog Hop day again! This week we are sharing projects that have to do with a Spring or an Easter theme.

The project I'm sharing today was featured on the My Digital Studio blog a few days ago, but we've been having so much with this Lego play mat since I made it that I thought I'd share it for my project today. My girls are always big "spring break planners" and always have a full schedule for me, but they also love helping me make things that we can play with and this was perfect for this!

I started with an 8" x 10" canvas and filled the background with Watercolor Wonder DSP (the green chevron pattern makes some really fun grass!). The curvy road is just a capital S punch blown up pretty big and colored black. Then I used a re-sized Daffodil Delight rectangle punch for the lines on the road. I printed it out, laminated it and my girls got to work filling it up with Lego's and playing! There are so many options you can make with this project (use some blue and make a pond or lake for your Lego scuba divers!). Make a few and adhere them together!

I'm sure the rest of the blog hoppers have some beautiful and fun projects for the hop today, including the talented Miss Jeanna who is next in the hop! Just click the 'next' button below to travel to the next project and thank you so much for stopping by!