Summer has arrived...and I'm in the mood to scrap some Summer pictures. The pictures on this layout were taken Aug 3, 2013. The papers and embellishments are from Simple Stories new Good Day Sunshine Collection.
My inspiration started with this super skinny SUMMER title. I saw it on the cover of a newspaper insert and it inspired me to recreate it and cut it with my Cameo. It worked out perfectly!
Well, I remember them well and in scrapbooking we see the View Master Reels as a trend that has been going on for well over a year. You can see them in the border on my layout above and I also used them in this layout from last year.
I wanted to play with this Studio Calico curved city image and decided to have it wrap around some globe paper that I had from Crate Paper's Sleigh Ride collection. This is a Christmas paper that I did use already for my Christmas book. I love the sketchy city scene and I'm working on a second layout with it. I couldn't decide what theme I wanted to go with...it lends itself to so many possibilities...neighbourhood, home sweet home, travel, city life and, in this case, I added the globe and stars and moon so that I could go with "to the moon and back" and "you are my world".
Recently I bought some square dies that I just LOVE. They are from My Favorite Things Stamps. I know I'm going to use them a lot in my layouts. When they cut the square, the die leaves a dotted impression around the edge.
I used them on my two squares...both the picture and this little quote box.
The picture of Tony and I on this layout is kind of small, but this whole layout doesn't lend itself to a large picture. So, here's the original picture and I'll probably use it on a different layout.
And I must comment again on how happy I am that I started my filing system a couple of years ago. I mean, come on, how could I possibly find this perfect moon embellishment from several years back if I hadn't coded and filed it? There's no way it would have made it on my page otherwise. And, I just think he's perfect here!
The star background paper is from a October Afternoon's Witch Hazel Collection. I've been contemplating adding a few extra glittered or foil stars to it, but I'm just not sure yet.
The globe paper is one of my all time favourite Christmas papers (I bought a couple sheets at the time, but now I wish I had more). It's by Crate Paper from their Christmas collection "Sleigh Ride". It's of the North Pole...cool, right!?
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I also used this paper for this title page. I cut it down to fit my book, so it's 8.5 x 8.5.
I just had to do a layout with that Minnie picture from the other day. Minnie is just so cute! Right now I'm the only one in the family with a Disney pass. My sister and the kids might renew in the Fall, but I decided that since I am less than 1/2 an hour away, I could hop over there during the week and just walk around and enjoy a few rides on my own. So this is what this layout is about.
I cut the DISNEY and this saying with my Cameo and then I backed the cutouts with papers.
I scanned my pass and put it inside this chipboard frame.
I had two pictures with Minnie and this is the one I used in this layout.
For my scrappy friends I wanted to share some up close scans of the Open Road Collection. These cards have some really cool images on them that I totally overlooked until I saw this layout from Nancy Damiano. She used that adorable card with the 3 cameras...which sent me off hunting to find where she got it. I found it in the journaling cards which I totally overlooked the first time viewing this new line.
Those of you who follow me, know that I scan all my scrapbook supplies so that I can file them on my computer in order to locate them in my storage drawers. Here's an overview of my system. So I thought I would post my scans so that you could see close ups of the cards...front/back.
But first, I wanted to share with you my newest system for filing my Project Life cards. I found these cute little wood boxes at Michaels (I think I might paint them with black chalkboard paint). They come as a set of 4 varying sizes for only $5.99 but, of course, use a 50% off coupon and get all 4 for only $3. The larger ones are perfect for the 4x6 cards and the medium sizes are good for 3x4 cards, like these Crate Paper cards I'm showing today. Here's how I file them now...by vendor. For now I've decided it's the easiest way to find the card I want. Also, I have a ton of Becky Higgins cards, so for now I only have a few of her collections in these boxes. The other ones are in another container.
The boxes fit on my shelf right behind where I work and I can prop up some of my Jenni Bowlin punches behind them. :-)
Now, back to the Open Road Collection cards. This is what I found on the Crate Paper Blog, but the images are pretty small.
So...here are my scans that I hope will give you a better view of the cards.
It's been a couple of months since I've done a 12x12 layout. I've been pre-occupied by the Project Life spreads. But I really wanted to use this paper I've had for a while because it has that same pre-designed polaroid look just like this last layout I did.
This paper is called SMILE BIG from the Vintage Bliss collection by Simple Stories. It's pretty just the way it is and I could have simply sized some photos to fit the polaroids and be done...but I really wanted to dress it up more and add some extra bits and pieces, as well as 3-d elements. I even sewed close to those printed stitching lines in some gold metallic thread. So, here's my final layout.
For the next two pictures, I die cut my own photo frames out of some coordinating papers and added some chipboard words snippets from the Vintage Bliss coordinating embellishments. The heart is a die from Becky Higgins new Project Life die set.
This lovely pink and gold foil dotted frame is from The Pier Collection ephemera pack by Crate Paper and the little circle "2" is from the Vintage Bliss chipboard, but don't those pinks look like they are from the same collection? The little wood dots are from the new MME Just Splendid Collection.
This little frame is from Maggie Holmes Style Board Collection from Crate Paper with some enamel dots added along the bottom.
This lovely gold glittered frame is also from the Maggie Holmes Style Board Collection from Crate Paper with just a few mini star sequins added.
Then, for the strip of three pictures, I really wanted the patterns to peek out from behind the pictures, that's why I made them smaller. I also raised the pictures on pop dots. The bow is a made with a 3 piece die from Maggie Holmes Style Board Collection die set.
Here is a closer look at that cute little bow made from coordinating paper and the die.
And, lastly, a little chipboard embellishment from the Vintage Bliss Collection with all of the sayings repeated.
Woohoo! I'm caught up with Project Life for 2014! I finished the 19th week of this year (is it flying by again!?). I've created an overview video HERE.
Here are a few pictures of my spread for the week. My sister sent me a couple of pictures of my precious little Grace after earning her Tiny Tiger Purple Belt in her Tae Kwon Do class. She was learning "stranger danger"...self defense...awesome to teach the young ones, right? Anyway, I really want to try to incorporate the kids into my Project Life because, although I am not there with them for a lot of these things, I still feel like it is a part of my life and I want to also preserve the memories for them.
Some happy news for this week, my cat, Quinn, turned 18 years old! Two months ago he went into acute renal failure from a kidney infection. It was touch and go and we didn't know if he'd make it. Well, I'm here to tell you, he's a fighter! He's back and better than ever. REALLY. He's gained a pound back and his appetite is better than it's been in a couple years. Unfortunately, he blood work is also showing chronic renal failure, which all we can hope for is to stabilize and slow the progression. So that's what I am doing with lots of home cooked chicken, vitamins and chinese herbs. So far so good...it's working.
Also this week I went to Disneyland by myself for one last time before my annual pass expired. I had a great time and later Tony met me for dinner in Downtown Disney.
I also included my Mother's Day card into this week's spread.
I've included an extra insert page to add more of my Disneyland pictures. I explain in my video more about that.
I saved my Annual Passport card in a pocket that flips up.
My page protector flips out to show more pictures. I went on Radiator Springs Racers ride twice while I was there. That's me in the back left in both cars. FUN!!