Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MDS Blog Hop - Project Life Cards

Today we're showing what we're working on in MDS and for me, I've been working on Project Life journaling cards.

I created the "days of the week" strips in My Digital Studio using the Lemonade Stand content disc (Sale-a-Bration - FREE with a $50 purchase!) Added a few punched circles - 1" out of Daffodil Delight, 3/4" out of Basic Gray, then cut the small white circles from the new sticker tape in the spring mini catalog. Then I put the largest basic jewel rhinestone in the center and my journaling cards are DONE and ready to journal on! And just in case you're wondering, the font I used for the days is a free font called Skinny Latte (one of my favorites!)

Don't forget to continue on with the 'hop' and see what the other ladies have been working on, and our fabulous guest designer this month - Cori Kozak!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Project Life Cards

For 2013 I started Project Life for both of my girls scrapbooks. I love scrapbooking, but with all of the things I do in my life I found I wasn't getting much of it done. I needed to be more organized, which is sometimes a struggle for me.

The other thing I was struggling with was that I was scrapbooking all of the "pretty" pictures of the girls, not the stuff that they'll want to remember when they're older or the things they'll want to share with their children. So for 2013 I decided to take a photo a day for each girl's album. Most people I told thought I was crazy, especially since they know me - I start off big and it's usually a struggle for me to finish. But I'm happy to say, it's now the end half of February and I've managed to take a photo every day for each girl. Sometimes if it fits for both girls, I'll use the same photo for both albums, but most of the time I try to make each day's picture something different for each girl.

I've found a great system that's been working for me and I thought I'd share it here. I spend maybe an hour or two a week on getting the week scrapbooked for their albums which is not hard or too time-consuming. I have 3 ways I can take a photo, two of which I have with me most of the time in case something happens that I want a picture of that day. One is my iPad, the other is my little Nikon that fits in my purse. I also have my big Nikon that takes better pictures, but isn't very easy to lug around with me everywhere. On Friday night I upload all of the photos I've taken for the week and send them to Sams Club to get printed in an hour. Saturday morning is picture pickup day. The girls LOVE to go to Sams on Saturday so they can visit every "Taste & Tips" booth they can find. ;) When I get the photos home I get out my Stampin' Up! corner rounder and round the corners before I slide them in the photo pockets. Then I print the date with my P-touch labeler and stick it in the pocket where the journaling card goes once I get it made.

Becky Higgins has created kits with pre-printed journaling cards that make doing a Project Life album super-fast, but I still need to get my creative fix in so I either make my own 3" x 4" journaling cards or I jazz up the ones in the kit. For the cards above I used her basic grid cards then printed the days of the week out on patterned polka dotted paper. I cut them into strips and made a notch on the end so it would be a little banner. I added a strip of Crumb Cake down the side and sewed it on with a small zig-zag stitch. I punched out a little flower and added a jewel to the center.

A lot of Stampin' Up!'s colors match Becky's kits almost perfectly, which I think it pretty cool! If you are doing Project Life too, check back to the blog - I plan to share some fun digital things I make for my albums.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Simple Saturday - Thinking of You

Well, I haven't done a Simple Saturday in quite a while. I think it's long overdue, don't you?

This is one of my favorite cards as of late. I'm a huge fan of simple cards, especially ones that lave lots of white on them. The Whisper White cardstock really makes the Island Indigo and the Gumball Green ink pop, doesn't it?

This card uses the Madison Avenue stamp set (FREE with a $50 purchase!) Both white squares are popped up with dimensionals, and the polka dot embossed square has it's corners rounded. Add a little Sassy Salutation at the top and a large rhinestone in the middle of the flower and it's finished!

Won't take you more than five minutes. Sometimes aren't those the best cards? :) Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Flowering Flourishes Card

I love anything with flowers. So it shouldn't be much of a surprise that the Flowering Flourishes stamp set is one of my favorites.

When Stampin' Up! came out with Pool Party embossing powder in the spring catalog *swoon*, it didn't take long for me to use it. Paired with black and white it makes an elegant looking card no matter how you use it!

The Congratulations label is from the Layered Labels stamp set, cut out with the matching Apothecary Accents framelits. Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

MDS Blog Hop - I {heart} this...

I adore Valentine's Day! I always have. I remember my favorite part of the holiday when I was little was decorating my Valentine's box (imagine that!). I loved using all kinds of sparkles. Now my favorite part of the holiday is that I have 3 of the best Valentine's a girl could ever wish for. And so for today's Valentine's project I wanted to use one of them. I LOVE the new Lemonade Stand Digital Content Disc (Sale-a-Bration item #130677, yours FREE with a order of $50 or more!) and it's really not your typical "Valentine" themed disc, but I couldn't wait to use it. Why? Just look at the colors and all of that doodle-ly goodness! Love it! And with all of those cute doodle hearts, and frames I knew it would be a great page for my sweet little love, Audrey. I hope you have a fantastic and fabulous Valentine's day and don't forget to follow along the hop by clicking the thumbnail photos below.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

{Hearts} Card

It's been forever since I've posted a card idea - and what better card to get this party started with than one filled with sweet little hearts?
There is so much to love in the new Spring mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogs and this card may not look simple, but it really is!

Just emboss your white background with the Honeycomb folder, adhere your punched hearts, and stitch a zig-zag across each row.
All of the products used are listed below (with the exception of my sewing machine!) and can be purchased by clicking on the links.