2016_Scrapbook_albumProject Life, Scrapbook, Traditional Scrapbooking

My 2016 Scrapbook Album & Stitching on Paper

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Digital Scrapbooking, Project Life, Scrapbook

{October: digi layout + Free Printables!}

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Hello October!

With Cropped 2014 on my mind, I wanted to share a digital layout with all of you today. This photo is almost 2 years old and I am still scrambling to get those years scrapped, printed and put into an album. The days are looooong but the years sure fly by!
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To go along with this layout, I have a co ordinating free printable today- “Harvest”SKHarvest_preview

And then, there is the other free printable, fall themed Ampersand. I might have a winter holiday themed one just like this coming soon. The preview doesnt show it, but there are 3 by4 cards and 4 by 6 inch cards inside the folder. Download them and use it in your Project life! Or print and frame it to decorate your mantle.

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If you do use one my printables, stop back and leave me a link. I would love to see your creations!

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{2014 cover page}

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2013 was not my year for project life. I started well, but along the way life happened and I started to have holes in my album. Which never got filled, but kept getting bigger and bigger….

Last night, I sat and removed all the empty pages from the album. Moved photos from the “done” pages into the gaping empty spaces. Consolidated what I thought was going to be two albums into one. And then, I called 2013 done.

All the photos that haven’t got into that album, are being uploaded and printed into a photobook. While the memories of the photos are still fresh and I can remember details about them.

There is no way I can print and scrapbook all of those photos. I admire all those women who get every week neatly documented. But i never  seem to get “caught up” and am always feeling small twinges of guilt.

This year, I have already started a new photobook, using Shutterfly.

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Things that I have liked about Shutterfly (I have no affiliation with them)

1. I can use an app. It’s on my iPad and so very accessible. I am always on my iPad for a while everyday and this makes sense for me.

2. When I miss documenting a week or a bunch of photos- I don’t have to wait to fill those pages. I can simply start adding photos from the present and *if* I get time to go back and work on the photos – great, I just add/insert new pages. If I don’t get round to adding those photos- that is fine as well. I sincerely have accepted that I cannot document every one of the 365 days of the year. If I get 300 days down- that in itself is truly amazing. What annoyed me was that I had blank pockets in my 2013 album, which in a way robbed the joy of all the photos I had added in them. Trying to do a spread for each week was not easy. Memory Keeping is my hobby, and I want it to make me happy and act as a unwinding outlet. Not pressurize me in any way.

3. I can work on this album from anywhere. Even offline. I can work on this album at the airport. In the car. Or from my computer. When I take a bunch of beautiful high res photos with my dSLR, I can process them in Adobe Photoshop and upload them to Shutterfly on my computer. I can later add these photos to my photobook and move them around the pages.

4. I get to add audio to my photobook. This was the deal breaker 🙂

Basically it boils down to this- I am separating “my craftiness” from my memory keeping. With my kids this young, and bedtimes that often go haywire- it’s really difficult to keep up with all the photos. Having an accessible camera phone has increased the number of photos/videos we take exponentially (Dropbox has been a life saver for organizing our photos though, a thought for another blog post)

I want all these photos preserved. I want to document everything, but in a completely stress free way for me. But believe me, I want every photo documented. Every photo of those tiny little hands. Every photo of those messy little hands. Every photo of those hands reaching for the cookie jar. Every photo. So if a photobook works better for me, that’s what I should be doing 🙂

For those instances when I feel crafty and creative and have some free time to craft, I will do my Mixed Media Art Journaling (my 2014 new year resolution). I will knit, sew and make things for the girls to wear. And when I feel that I *need* to print some photos and scrapbook- I will print photos and do a layout or spread that is over the top! And keep an album on hand, because my love for pretty paper will always be there.

Enter my title page for 2014…

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I wanted to create a whole winter scene, with lots of depth, textures and white color. It took me time to make this- three separate 30 minute instances, but when it was done, I loved it. It made me smile and I enjoyed the creating process.

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The flip side of this page has the same winter scene and few extra photos too.

Behind the page protector, I have a 12 by 12 patterned paper that I punched holes into, so that it could fit into the binder. I love the shine it brings 🙂

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2014 is going to be the year of felt. I am obsessed with it and keep finding ways to add it to every craft project I make! Here is to a happy year of crafting!
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Thank you for stopping by my blog ever so often. And listening to me ramble on and on. I love taking you along with me on my crafty adventures!
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 Click here to scroll through all of my pre­vi­ous Project Life spreads. I  pin a lot more of the free­bies that I spy in this pro­jectlifeLOVE board on pin­ter­est. I am also join­ing in on the Project life Tues­day at The Mom Cre­ative, I love how Jes­sica gives us a dead­line to get our spreads done.
 
PS: are any of you going to be at CHA this weekend? More about that in tomorrow’s post.
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{Project Life 2014 + Free Printables!}

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It’s been ages since I have had some free project life printables hasn’t it?

What can I say? Things have been really really busy. Now that the new year is here, I am trying to catch up with my 2013 project life while prepping for a new 2014 project life album at the same time.

Hence these new printables…
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I love designing and doodling. I think color and craft are my escapes. Love the feeling of happiness they bring 🙂

These monthly cards were really fun for me to make. And while I love giving them as free downloads on my blog, it takes me time to process the files, make the pdfs and upload and maintain them.

So, I will be putting up a few files like these for sale in my Etsy shop as well.

Don’t worry, the files on my blog are free for you to download and use.

But if you like these and want them in the 4 by 6 inch size instead, feel free to go and get them at my Etsy store. I am pricing them really really cheap- just $1.50 for 12 cards. See more here 🙂

In 2013, I filled about 60% of my PL album. I would print photos regularly, put away journaling on cards or other stuff I collected for my albums. What I was bad at was keeping everything PL accessible. This year, I want to make a dedicated area for PL that is always clean!! We’ll see how that goes….

Working on my 2014 title page as I type up this blog post- hopefully I will get it done today.

Thanks for stop­ping by today!

Want even more Free­bies? Read all pre­vi­ous Free Print­able posts by click­ing here

Click here to scroll through all of my pre­vi­ous Project Life spreads.
 
If you are inter­ested in dig­i­tal free­bies, like/fol­low me on face­book or twit­ter and get the lat­est updates and sneaks! I pin a lot more of the free­bies that I spy in this pro­jectlifeLOVE board on pin­ter­est. I am also join­ing in on the Project life Tues­day at The Mom Cre­ative, I love how Jes­sica gives us a dead­line to get our spreads done.
 
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{Glitz Blog Hop: Finnley PL pages}

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Today, I’m part of the Glitz Design blog hop featuring their Finnley Collection.

I made two project life pages: I absolutely love the element packs that come in this collection- the deer, the flower and the quotes are adorable!
SKPL1 SKPL2 SKPL3 SKPL4 SKPL5Here is the blog hop order. Leave a comment here (and at each blog, to up the probablitly) for a chance to win the Glitz Design Finnley collection for yourself!

Amanda DeJong – http://somethingsorta.blogspot.com/
Amanda Resende – http://amandaresendescraps.blogspot.com.br/
Barbara Sokee – http://sokeeb.wordpress.com/
Donna Espiritu – http://www.scrappydonna.blogspot.com/
Emma Poon – http://amazinglyscrapped.wordpress.com/
Fauve Van Maanen – http://www.fauvevanmaanen.blogspot.com/
Jaime Warren – http://jaimewarren.typepad.com/
Jocelyn Olson – http://redballooncards.blogspot.com/
Karine Cazenave – http://karinecazenave.typepad.com/
Kym Tsukamoto – http://busybostyn.blogspot.com/
Laura O’Donnell – http://itsallrosie.blogspot.com/
Lea Lawson – http://leascupcakesandsunshine.blogspot.com/
Lisa Andrews – http://lisaandrews.blogspot.com/
Magda Mizera – http://www.magdamizera.blogspot.com/
Maria Lacuesta – http://analogpaper.blogspot.com/
Marie Ramirez – http://www.absosweetmarie.blogspot.com/
Mary Martinez – http://www.marnels.blogspot.com/
Miki Krueger – http://thecountryteacher.wordpress.com/
Mou Saha – http://collagecollagecollage.blogspot.com/
Nina Ostermann – http://ninasblog-scrapmama.blogspot.com/
Noel Culbertson – http://paperpassionpixels.blogspot.com/
Smitha Katti – http://www.smilingcolors.com/ <——— you are here!
Stephanie Bryan – http://www.stephaniemakes.blogspot.com/
Tiffany Wheeler – http://iffycreates.blogspot.com/
Glitz Design blog – http://glitzitnow.com/blog/

Happy Turkey day!

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{glue dots: our favorite things}

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Hi there! Today we are meeting all the new Dottesses and are having a blog hop, where each one us share Our Favorite Thing. I so excited to be continuing onto my second term with Glue Dots!

Right now, I love my clean craft room. I love the white shelves that store/organize everything within reach. And I love this little frame I made that I walk by everyday. It just makes me smile from within my heart 🙂

A simpler project there could not be. I chose a 6 by 6 inch patterned paper, craft Glue Dots and a quote card from my project life stash. If you don’t have any quote cards, I have a bunch of free ones that you can print here.

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I trimmed the paper to size and adhered the card onto it.  To finish if off, I added a cute heart wood veneer and bow using the versatile mini Glue dots. If there is one glue dot in my house that I keep running out of- it’s the mini ones. I use them all the time!

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Isn’t this a simple doable home decor project? And I love that come a few months, I can change out the quote card and have bring something new in.

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Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Here is the link for a Rafflecopter giveaway that Glue Dots is hosting! Its a fun and easy way to get your hands on some new goodies!

Here is the order for the blog hop :

Dawn Barrett – http://dawnmercedes.blogspot.com/2013/10/some-of-my-favorite-things.html
Donna Budzynski – http://memesartplace.blogspot.com/2013/10/glue-dots-favorite-things-blog-hop-here.html
Erin Bullock – http://deeplyrootedlife.blogspot.com/2013/10/meet-dottesses.html
Joy Dickson – http://joyslife.com/glue-dots-favorite-things-blog-hop/
Jessica Griffin – http://canyoupixelthis.com/2013/10/23/glue-dots-my-favorite-things/
Danielle Hunter – http://ecoscrapbook.blogspot.com/2013/10/glue-dots-favorite-things-blog-hop.html
Smitha Katti – http://www.smilingcolors.com/2013/10/glue-dots-our-favorite-things/
Samantha Taylor – http://taylorstamped.blogspot.com/2013/10/glue-dots-favorite-things-blog-hop-o.html
Grace Tolman – http://tolmanchronicles.blogspot.com/2013/10/glue-dots-favorite-things-blog-hop.html
Glue Dots Blog  http://www.gluedots.com/glue-dots-blog/entry/meet-the-2013-2014-resource-team

 

 

PS: Bloglovin users, were you able to see the photos in this post? I changed and tweaked a lot of settings 🙂

 

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{why i love project life}

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Project life has changed my life. I swear, Becky Higgins is a Memory Keeping genius.

Oh, and I was so excited to meet her when she was here for Scrapfest 2013!

(Clearly, I couldn’t have been more star struck!)

So, I made a super quick video documenting how Project life has helped me in my memorykeeping. Watch the video here at youtube if you can’t see the video player below.

For me Project life is awesome because it is SO versatile: I did monthly digi pages for the year of 2012 and that album is our favorite album! It helps that it was a digital album and I got to make copies of it for the grandparents.

This years album is much more detailed and has tons of photos and things my daughter crafts for me. She loves pointing to the stuff that she has made that land up in the album!

I also love the mini albums. I think I love the mini albums the most. They are SO very compact and well made. And colorful. I loved using it to document our vacation. I have two more empty albums just waiting for photos. I have big plans for them!

And lastly, I used project life cards from my monthly Studio Calico PL kit as a pop of inspiration and color in my studio. This makes me smile every.single.time I walk past it. Every. single.time.

So yeah, I like project life. Like a lot.

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{Project Life: It’s Saturday}

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I have a new project life spread to share today! I actually have been doing good and keeping up with every week but I haven’t photographed every layout and blogged about them yet. Last week, I had the project life video I did for the blog hop that was super fun to make! I mean, video editing is super addictive. It might be new obsession now!

But for this weeks spread, I just have photographs to share… Here is how this week looks,

PlsaturdayIt was a pretty simple week here, and I had just received the Elle’s Studio July 2013 kit and it was the best kit I ever bought! The kit really focussed on Project life and it ships for under $3. The bits and pieces are really cute and colorful. But the best part? The best part is that I have almost finished up 70% of the kit already!!!!

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My most favorite thing from this week were these photos we took at the park. I simply adore the Right Now paper (as in not metal) paper clip . SO cute!

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Things that I reached for for this spread: The Elle Studio kit and my Canon matte photo paper- 4 by 6 inch size.

Things I did dif­fer­ently this week: I printed photos almost daily. Before bedtime, I would process the days photos, hit print and then go to bed. While this might seem excessive to some, I felt it was something that liberated the process for me. It is really difficult for me to find a 2 hour chunk to work on Project life over the weekend or on Monday and this has been something that works for me. Hopefully I wont run out of printer ink in the middle of the night.

Things I loved on this spread: The blue paper clip, the alphas and the tunnel photos. I also loved that I got journaling written down as and when it happened.

Things that worked for me on this spread: I printed up a collage of the extra photos of the week. I used to spend time and figure out how I could creatively place everything on the layout for my earlier spreads. But now, I just print the photos I like as 4 by 6 inch sizes and fit in the other ones as a collage. Keeping it simple.

I haven’t really had any free printables for while now, but that is because I have been finding and pinning so many awesome ones to my pinterest board!

 

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Thanks for stop­ping by today!

Click here to scroll through all of my pre­vi­ous Project Life spreads.

If you are inter­ested in dig­i­tal free­bies, like/fol­low me on face­book or twit­ter and get the lat­est updates and sneaks! I pin a lot more of the free­bies that I spy in this pro­jectlifeLOVE board on pin­ter­est. I am also join­ing in on the Project life Tues­day at The Mom Cre­ative, I love how Jes­sica gives us a dead­line to get our spreads done.
The Mom CreativeIf you are new to Project life head here to learn more. If you want to read more about my 2013 approach to Project life head here. Supplies: I am print­ my pho­tos (and the PL cards) at home using my Canon 9000 pro series.
I use this paper by Canon– which is sim­ply amaz­ing!!! It is a matte paper and has the look and feel of card­stock. This printer/paper combo is the main rea­son Project Life is work­ing for me this year. I am also using this new cor­ner rounder by Fiskars.
My album and page pro­tec­tors, I got at Tar­get and are the We R mem­ory keep­ers brand. I am try­ing to main­tain a con­sis­tant jour­nal­ing font this time, and am using Hel­vetica Neue. I do all my dig­i­tal pro­cess­ing in Adobe Photoshop Cs5.
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Lindys stamp gang sprays

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I’m sharing a video tutorial- in which I use Lindys stamp gang sprays, Glue dots, Basic Grey papers and a finished Project Life Spread.

I’m a part of the “Travel the world” blog hop today. We are sharing 9 videos in this blog hop and there are tons of prices to be won as well! So make sure you go back to the Glue Dots site and enter your name in the Rafflecopter to drop your name into the drawing. I love how the lindys stamp gang sprays can be used to create a water color effect as seen below here. A card that makes me happy indeed.

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In my video, I put together a Project Life spread. So glad to have more new photos printed and into the album again! I do some misting, some painting and some doodling to create unique filler cards.

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There are more photos of the finished layout, steps on how I created these cards using the Lindys stamp gang sprays, and a fun way to use these lindys stamp gang sprays without using water to create the actual spray/mist.

Click here to go to youtube if you do not see the video box below. Leave me a comment if you have any suggestions for future videos.

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I haven’t done a video in a long time now, so don’t  mind all the little imperfections of this one. I love the new aqua brush set I have (linked below). So much easier to use and paint anywhere without worrying if the kids will tip over my cup of water. I foresee that this will be a staple supply from now onwards.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial 🙂

 

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Project Life: Week 25 + Free Printable

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This weeks spread is a simple one. A quick one. But it covers everything that happened over the week and most importantly I got it done on time 🙂PL_week25I worked on this spread all week long, printing one photo each day, whenever I got 5 minutes of spare time. So really all I did yesterday was add the patterned paper fillers and call it done!

PLweek25aOne of my favorite things to do these days is to make an instagram collage. Instead of figuring out how/where to fit all the photos, I simply shrink them down in size and print them all onto a 4 by 6 photo. I like to leave a blank spot for journaling and quickly add a few handwritten lines in.

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PLweek25cThere is this amazing FREE printable at the Carta Bella Paper blog that you can download here (or repin here).  I used in the instagram collage above

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And here is this weeks FREE printable!

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 Download here

Thanks for stop­ping by today!

Want even more Free­bies? Read all pre­vi­ous Free Print­able posts by click­ing here

Click here to scroll through all of my pre­vi­ous Project Life spreads.
 
If you are inter­ested in dig­i­tal free­bies, like/fol­low me on face­book or twit­ter and get the lat­est updates and sneaks!  I  pin a lot more of the free­bies that I spy in this pro­jectlifeLOVE board on pin­ter­est. I am also join­ing in on the Project life Tues­day at The Mom Cre­ative, I love how Jes­sica gives us a dead­line to get our spreads done.
The Mom CreativeIf you are new to Project life head here to learn more. If you want to read more about my 2013 approach to Project life head here. Supplies: I am print­ my pho­tos (and the PL cards) at home using my Canon 9000 pro series.
I use this paper by Canon– which is sim­ply amaz­ing!!! It is a matte paper and has the look and feel of card­stock. This printer/paper combo is the main rea­son Project Life is work­ing for me this year. I am also using this new cor­ner rounder by Fiskars.
My album and page pro­tec­tors, I got at Tar­get and are the We R mem­ory keep­ers brand. I am try­ing to main­tain a con­sis­tant jour­nal­ing font this time, and am using Hel­vetica Neue. I do all my dig­i­tal pro­cess­ing in Adobe Photoshop Cs5.

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