Project 50 of 50 – All he had to do…

Here we are!  At Project 50!  I completed the 50 Projects challenge at the end of May.

Let’s get started!

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It’s a picture of my brother and my daughter from our last visit to his place.  They were playing together and I told him to wash her hands.  Well, that happened.

I knew I had to turn this awesome memory into a scrapbook page.

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I’m kind of obsessed with this tile technique that I started on one of my PL Layouts that you can see here.   I think it was a great way to anchor the entire layout.  I also like the way it gave my layout a clean and modern feel to it.

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I used my Silhoutte Cameo to cut out the letters for the title.  I cut each of the letters three times and then stacked them on top of each other to give them a thicker appearance.  The added thickness also added more dimension to the title.

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I wrote out the rest of the title using scraps of my favorite black cardstock and my white gel pen.  As you can see, I wrote out the title in pencil before I went over it with my white gel pen.  I totally forgot to erase the pencil marks when I took the layout outside for pictures.  I don’t erase the pencil lines right away because I want to give the white gel pen time to dry.  If the pencil marks are erased too soon, there is a change that the white ink will smear. 

It was fun working on this 50 Projects challenge.  I hope to try to join in on more challenges in the future. 

I’ve got lots of new projects and lots of news in store. 

I hope you had fun keeping up with my 50 Projects! 

What sort of other challenges do you want to see me participate in?  Leave your answers in the comments!

Project 48 & 49 of 50 – PL Layout

We’re in the final stretch for my 50 Projects challenge.. I’m so excited to be this far along!

This project counts as two because its a two-page PL layout.

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I’ve been working a lot better with getting each three-panel row to coordinate.  I take each three-panel row as it’s own “layout” and I try to make it coordinate in color and style.  For me, this works much better with my style and my eyes find it much better to comprehend the “stories” of the week.

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This has got to be one of my favorite little three-row panels.  Not because of the style, but because of the content.  The row is every simple.  I just matted the pictures onto some patterned paper.  There isn’t any journalling at all!  However, the pictures, and that little “everyday life” tag says it all.  I love it.  Those pictures really do speak a thousand words.  My daughter is one busy little girl!

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Here’s my failed attempt at a fitness challenge.  You can read about this here and here, on my personal blog.

Hope you enjoyed my latest PL layout!  I can’t believe the next blog post will be the last of my 50 Projects challenge!

Project 47 of 50 – Love at first sight.

I don’t plan on scrapbooking chronologically.  My creativity doesn’t quite work like that.  I have a hard time forcing myself to create a layout because I have the pictures.

So… I don’t.

I printed these two pictures from back in 2011, the day my daughter was born.  I know that I eventually want to make a “baby book” for my children, so far I have one child.  So, while I’m not scrapping chronologically, I plan on sorting the pages through in some sort of chronological order.

I plan on making this layout the first page of her book…

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That patterned paper is from a baby girl stack I purchased from Michael’s last year.. I love the green and I love the polka dots.. I especially love the green and pink color combination.

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I cut the doily in half and layered it under the pink panel of cardstock. I offset them to give some sort of interest to it.. It just seemed to look right to me.

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I stamped the “LOVE” from an old stamp set of sentiments I had from years ago. I handwrote “at first sight.”

I drew the dash lines inside the LOVE to make it look fuller. Initially, the letters were simply an outline of the letters. It looked empty to me.. filling them in made me happier with it.

This layout was a super simple, super clean. I like the simplicity because I wanted to concentrate on the journaling. I wrote about how it felt to hold my daughter for the very first time. I thought that the journaling of the layout was one of the more important elements of the page, so I kept the rest at a minimum.

Hope you like it!

Project 46 of 50 – Birthday celebration

May proved to be a month of many celebrations.

As the month dwindled to an end, we had one more party to attend.  That meant another birthday card!

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This card used a lot of scraps, but they all fit so well together. I was very happy with the results.

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For “birthday” I used my “oh-so-favorite” Lawn Fawn Quinn’s abcs. I love the way it just brings attention to the page without feeling like it’s taken over the page..

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I handwrote “celebration” with my white gel pen. I love the way the gel pen writes on this particular brand of black cardstock. It’s super thick with a velvety matte finish. The white gel pen runs so smoothly and evenly on it.

I hope you like it! This is the last card in the 50 Projects series.. the last four will all be some form of scrapbook layout!

We’re almost done!!!

Project 45 of 50 – Setting up the Selphy..

When I started Project Life and scrapbooking, I knew pictures were a necessity.

I tried to do the whole “online printing” thing, but it was just a hassel..  I never found a smooth process to take care of it..

So.. I bought myself a photo printer.. a Canon Selphy CP900..

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Then… I had to turn this:

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Into this:

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It was a long process, with tons of reorganizing and rearranging. I decided to put my Cricut Expressions into it’s box and into our storage closet to be pulled out on an as-needed basis.. it helped a lot with providing me with the room I needed to put the Selphy and other things there..

So.. I put the Selphy in it’s new home..

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With some tinkering and computer work, I was able to get it installed and working in an hour.  I was so happy.  Hubby wasn’t home yet so I had to try to figure it out before he and my toddler got home… it really was easier than I was totally anticipating.

I love my Selphy.  So far.. so good.

Project 44 of 50 – My FIRST scrapbook layout!

I said I’d do it, and I did!

This was the year I was going to start scrapbooking.. and I did!

When I was contemplating the whole traditional scrapbooking thing, I made the executive decision to scrap in 8.5in x 11in.. I’m a little too intimidated by the large working surface of a 12in x 12in page, but I know that with enough practice at 8.5in x 11in, I’ll eventually graduate the 12×12.

Without any further ado.. here is my scrapbook page..

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I had some left over pictures from Project Life that I didn’t use for a layout, so I felt that they worked perfectly with this size scrapbook page… I matted them with white cardstock and used red, black and white as my color scheme because the layout was about shopping at Target.

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Look familiar?  This “party time” is a negative from the cupcake and candy housewarming invitations I created here.

I popped it up with foam adhesive to give a shadow effect in the cut out space and dotted the bottom with a white gel pen.
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“target” was was stamped out from Lawn Fawn’s Quinn’s abc’s stamp set, fussy cut, and then covered in red Stickles.. “party time” was another left over from the housewarming invitations..

Do you see that red dot after “party time?”

That is my DIY glitter dot.. I put a dot of red stickles on a sheet of acetate from an old sticker sheet, let that dry, then covered it with glossy accents.  I’ll work on creating a little tutorial for that in a future blog post.. but I’m totally hooked on making them!

There it is!  My first scrapbook page.  I won’t be scrapping chronologically.  That’s just a huge mess that I don’t want to deal with.  I’m going to scrap with pictures that provide me with inspiration at the moment I look at them.  Eventually I will start putting the pictures in some chronological order.. but I know that will take a while since I rarely have time to make pages.

I hope you enjoyed my first scrapbook page!  I’ve been so excited and hooked.. I can’t believe it’s taken me this many years to get the courage to start doing it!

Project 43 of 50 – Happy day!

It is always a happy day when I can make use of scraps AND buttons.

A while back, I really got into buttons and purchased a bunch of different buttons in bulk on Ebay. Now, I’ve got a pretty bit stash (in my standards) and I’m always trying to find different ways to incorporate them into projects so I can just get rid of them.

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The shimmery teal paper is from when I did wedding favor boxes for a friend. She purchased all the paper and I did all the labor.. The great thing about it was that I got to keep the leftover paper!

The polka dot paper is from my huge Michael’s Recollections patterned paper pack that I’m still struggling to make a dent into..

The “happy day” sentiment is from the Lawn Fawn “Happy Everything” stamp set, along with the little exclamation point at the end..

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I love how the circles in the polka dot paper coordinate with the buttons..

Enjoy the card!