January 26, 2015

Project Life 2015....Week 2

Up on the blog today, I'm sharing my Week 2 of my Project Life 2015.  Lots of photos this week so the layout is kept simple.  
The left page.
The right page.
For my 4 x 6 dated insert, I chose a photo I took while at the gas station.  A great day to wear my Converse with no socks.  I purposely think about white space (meaning blank space) when I take photos.  Those little areas become perfect spots for titles or journaling.  Here I used a One Little Bird digital overlay and then typed in my journaling.  All using my iPhone 6+...in gold.  Because gold is so pretty.  :)
The hello 2015 is from Gossamer Blue as well as the journaling cards I used this week.  Camera puffy sticker is from Evalicious. I used a little bit of blue watercoloring under the this and that title.
For my bottom two 4 x 6 inserts I did some journaling about a family friend's funeral.  I know it sounds odd but in Ali's videos in her Gathering Story Kit she talked about the various reasons why we gather.  Jimmy's funeral was a celebration of his life.  I saw lots of people I hadn't seen in years that were getting elderly.  We were happy to see each other even in this circumstance.  As I sat and listened to the service, I reflected on some good memories.  Worthy enough to get the story down in the books.

For my photos, I used 3 separate overlays from Ali's Gathering product line.  I typed out the journaling using the Project Life app on my phone.  The wood veneer arrow is from Gossamer Blue.  On the journaling card at the top, I used more blue watercoloring to fill in the ampersand.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you are getting the stories + photos in those albums.

January 25, 2015

Project Life 2014....Week 39 with Homecoming Inserts

Sharing Week 39 of my 2014 Project Life. For this week's spread I used the January kits from Gossamer Blue. It was Homecoming week so mostly all of the photos revolve around those activities. 
The left page. Lots of photos from the Homecoming parade.  Josey was escorted by her cousin Mitchell and they rode in my dad's red mustang, with my dad driving it in the parade.  A total family affair.  Embracing my own handwriting for journaling.
The right page.  Jordan's class float, Josey and the Senior girls dressed for their class theme for the dance.  Josey cracking me up in her 80's aerobic instructor themed outfit.  Josey got her acceptance letter to her college of choice.  More apples from a friend.
Foam letters for the title card.
An 8.5" x 11" insert of Josey and Cousin Mitchell at the Homecoming ceremony. My girl was stunning.  I mean, just really beautiful and poised and so grown up.  I get moistness in the eyes just looking at this photo. On a side note, my nephew is a redhead too.  My family is keeping the redheads alive in our neck of the woods.  May the gingers live on!
I used Ali Edward's Story Stamps on some manila tags from my shop for the journaling.
Great memories this week.  I recall that I have a few photos from when I was a Homecoming candidate.  Wish I had more like this.  I know my girls will love looking back on these albums some day.  Keep pushing on with your albums, my friends.  Whether your two weeks, two months or two years behind......it will all be worth it to keep catching up.

Have a great Sunday everyone. Chef Woody made us his famous Amish pancakes (actually, my recipe but he's the pancake cooker around here so he takes full credit).  Got homemade pizza planned for supper and Josey and I are going to watch the new Hallmark movie tonight about the swans.  Til then we're in relax mode.  I'm going to catch up on some of my 2014 Project Life.  Oh and check out my Instagram and Twitter feeds for some fun sneak peeks of the upcoming February Gossamer Blue kits.  I'm featuring my faves from each kit.

January 24, 2015

Project Life 2014.....Week 38 using Gossamer Blue January Kits

Happy weekend everyone!  Today I'm sharing Week 38 of my Project Life.  
The left page.
The right page.
I used Gossamer Blue January kits for my spreads this week.  Love me some chipboard letters and numbers.
Volleyball team dinner at our house.  I used a cork piece with a geotag on this 4 x 6 insert.
Dress shopping for Homecoming.  I'm loving the wood veneer pieces from Gossamer Blue.  They add just the right touch to a journaling card or photo.
More wood veneer, some enamel dots and the fun plastic ampersand. I adhered this on top of my page protector.
Josey decided it would be fun to do cornrows for a volleyball game.  What the? Another plastic piece is on the 3 x 4 journaling card.
Lots of photos, new baby kitties, and I found a vine of Bittersweet on a ride with Charlie.
Another week in the books.  I'm off to a basketball tournament today.  Hope you enjoy your weekend.

January 22, 2015

NEW Wrappings Kits in the shop..

Hey there.  Today I have two new wrappings kits going up in my shop.  You can find both kits here.  First up is the Green Wrappings Kit which has some whimsical strips of fabric, hand crafted tags, stitched items and some unique, hand watercolored notebook envelopes + lots more.  My idea when assembling these kits is to just assemble a bunch of cute, mixy matchy items that are fun to open and just spread out on your work table.  Sometimes it's just a little something new that can spark that creativity.  There's no right or wrong.....you just sit down and see what you can create.  
 I was especially inspired with my own two kits because I have recently purged a lot of crafty items that I no longer used and I had a fresh, clean table to work on.  Here I decided to create some fabric tape by applying two strips of double sided tape to a fabric strip.  I cut the strips down the middle to have two long strips of fabric tape.  I knew I wanted to make something special with that notebook paper envelope too.
 I dug out some letter stamps that hadn't seen ink yet.  All the little bits and pieces from the kit just inspired me to get out new products and to see what I could pull from my stash to use with the kit items.
I used my typewriter to create some one of a kind sentiments. 
 The result was a delightful little pile of goodies, each crafted with a specific use in mind.  Just looking at the goodies below makes me want to craft even more.  It's so fun to get a little stash going so that when you need a card or some cute gift wrap, you're not scurrying around to find something.
 This green mason jar got a cute facelift with a doily, a fancied up tag from the kit and a wrapping of the alphabet ribbon.  I can fill this with candies for a teacher or take the lid off and fill with pencils or paint brushes.
 This little gift sack a Large Kraft Sack, another item I like to keep in my craft stash. All of the embellishments come straight for the kit with the addition of the typed sentiment.  I plan on adding in some coordinating cards and sending this to Bonnie Christine who was so gracious to include me in her Winged blog tour, featuring her new fabric line.
 This card with coordinating envelope was created for my old English teacher who recently helped Josey write her resume and some scholarship letters.  I love the dainty, old fashioned look of this duo. I added in some wide washi tape from my stash and used the fabric tape on the envelope.
 I plan to tie the envelope up with some of the alphabet ribbon from the kit and slip a candy bar under the bow.  A thoughtful little card and gift that Josey can deliver to Mrs. A.
My next kit is the Red Wrappings Kit which can be used just in time for Valentine's crafting or just on it's own.  Again, it's fun to just open up your package and spread all the goodies out to see what you can dream up. 
 I've been keeping extras from the kit in some cute little baskets and every time I walk by them it sparks some ideas.  If you purchase my kits, I suggest gathering up the items and storing them in some cute way.  You can mix and match the kits and if you grab some other shop items like tags and sacks you'll always have some fun gift wrappings or card embellishments at your reach.
 All I need to create this card is just a piece of patterned paper.  The rest of the items are just layered and come from the kit.  I'll tie up the card with the cute polka dot ribbon.
 The little stamped piece has some stitching on it already so that handmade touch is already added. Little paper clips and baker's twine add some dimensional touches.
The Large White Sacks are included in the kit but you can purchase extras in the shop. I layered the Dainty Doilies with pink tags and the stamped tags from the kit. For each sack I used the ribbon strips in different ways.
 Paperclips and Small Clothespins finish off the sacks. The Large White Tags are just one of the many shop items I carry that I consider staples in my crafty stash.
 For these next pieces, I cut some of the fabric strips in half and then cut little pieces to staple of the baker's twine in the kit.  Garlands are a popular item for decorating right now so these mini versions make me very happy.
 I used my typewriter to create some typed sentiments.  Just cute and whimsical. The Small White Tags are tiny little pieces just perfect for adding a short sentiment to a project.
 When I was done, I had yet another fun pile of crafty projects.  I'm already thinking of people I want to send some goodies to.
And isn't that why we craft?  To create pretty things and to share them with others. I know that when I send a card or hand out a gift that has been wrapped oh so cute, the recipient is overjoyed.  That's what makes me happy.  I hope you're year is off to a crafty start too!

My two new kits are listed in the shop now.  Be sure to check out all my clearance holiday kits.  Just tuck them into your holiday crafting stash and they'll be ready down the road. I've got some aprons on sale, a few other vintage items and lots of my staple crafting items.  Enjoy!http://madebymish.bigcartel.com/product/small-white-tags

January 21, 2015

Project Life 2015....Week 1

Edit: I had a question about the digital overlays.  I'll be adding a post soon about the apps I use to create the overlays.  However there won't be detailed tutorials for them.  If you read through this post, I did a little recap of how I am using Dropbox, Letterglow and One Little Bird digital elements.  Thanks for your patience. 
Where is the tuturiol to add digital overlays?

Starting fresh with my Project Life Week 1.  It's so so simplified from what I've been doing.  While I'm in catch up mode with 2014, my goal is to just get the stories told and finish the weeks on time.  I took some time yesterday to jot down some real, nitty gritty stories that I want to tell.  I can't wait for those to be added in between the pages soon.  
 My left page.  Back to 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 photos.  I didn't have to plan a thing.  I just started printing off the most important photos.  What a time saver that was.
 The right page.  I took three slots to dedicate to a first time experience.  It was the first time ever I went to the movies with my mom and dad.  My dad read the book Unbroken and really wanted to see the movie.  He loved it.  We got out tickets, two big buckets of popcorn + the pops I tucked in my big bag (yes we are those people).  It was quite touching to hear my dad sniffling at the end of the movie.  As a war veteran he is so patriotic.  On the way to and from the movie, we heard stories from the book and my dad's own accounts of serving in the military.  I used Ali Edwards' Story stamps to note this "first time".
The Week one 4 x 6 photo.  I used One Little Bird's digital set to add this to a 4 x 6 photo. I downloaded all of the digital overlays to Drop Box on my computer.  I then installed the same app on my iPhone.  I opened up the LetterGlow app on my iPhone, chose the Drop Box icon and imported the "week one" right on top of my photo.  I sized it and placed it where I wanted it on my photo.  Saved the photo and sent it to my computer to print for my album.  I could have also typed in the dates for this week but I had already added them to my week in review card you can see in this photo also. 
 Some 3 x 4 journaling cards.  Have you seen the new color for the 2015 limited edition Ball canning jars?  Purple, my friends!  We are K-State fans around here and this is gonna be awesome.  I'll be collecting a few boxes to use next year for Jordan's graduation party.  She's gonna be a Wildcat soon! The other card has my stamped "first time" and my handwritten journaling.  Still embracing that but it makes the pages come together so quickly.
Week 1.  Done.  Easy. Simple. In the album.  Happy day to you, my friends.  

January 19, 2015

2015 Project Life Intro Page + One Little Word +Changes..

Here I go with my 2015 Project Life.  It's always fun to start the new year off with a fresh start and to try new things. This year I'll be making some changes to my Project Life. I think a little bit is due to some boredom with the way I was creating my pages...maybe not really bored because I love my weekly pages but perhaps just needing to change things up.  I also want to be able to keep up with my pages in a timely manner and to stay on track.  I'm about 12 weeks behind in my 2014 Project Life and I really just don't like that feeling.  I'm hoping to simplify my pages to remedy that.  

So here we go, I'll just jump right in by showing you my introduction pages for 2015 and my One Little Word page.  One Little Word is a concept created by Ali Edwards where you select a word for the year that represents something special to you.  You can read more about it on her blog.  Below is a 6 x 8 page that is the first page of my 2015 Project Life album. All three inserts are printed from digital downloads from One Little Bird.  Peppermint Granberg Jones is the digital artist behind One Little Bird and she's a designer for Gossamer Blue and on the Design Team.  I love her simple designs so much that I'm branching out and will be using more of her digital products purchased from The Lilypad.  I'll be using both printable journaling cards and digital overlays.  I'll talk more about the digital side of my Project Life and some great iPhone apps in an upcoming post.  
 For my embellishments, I used this awesome acrylic 2015 piece and some glittery gold stars from Gossamer Blue kits. I'll be continuing my role on the Design Team + using the Gossamer Blue kits for my Project Life and other crafty projects.
 Turning the page, I have the back side of that 6 x 8 insert + a 12 x 12 divided page for my One Little Word.  There's also a 4 x 6 insert (trimmed from a page protector) with a free quote from Ali Edwards.
 Here's the two page spread without the quote insert. Gold floral vellum is from the On My Desk collection from Gossamer Blue.  I think I need more sheets of this.
 I always like to include a photo of my family for the intro pages to a new Project Life album.  This is a fave from our Colorado trip last Summer.  We are starting a tradition of taking a photo of the same pose at the same location every year.  Certainly worthy of the front page of our albums.
 Vellum is from Gossamer Blue, gold circle is from a GB kit and I typed the #always4.  I've adopted this hashtag to use on Instagram and pages and texts to my family.  Four family members=always 4.  The blue journaling card is printed from One Little Bird.
 This 12 x 12 page is all about my One Little Word for 2015.  I chose FREE as my word for the year.  I'll perhaps do a post all about my One Little Word in a future post.
 Journaling cards are from One Little Bird along with some photos I printed from a Pinterest board.
I love the look of all of these first pages.  They definitely set the tone for how I want my upcoming pages to look.  Simple, clean and able to be completed quickly.

That brings me to some changes that I'll be making to my 2015 Project Life albums.  I'm not sure I'll implement all of these changes as I'm giving myself the freedom to just go with the flow.  Here's my list  of thoughts/changes/what I'm keeping the same, in no particular order:

Use 12 x 12 format, mostly Design A page protectors from Project Life.  I'll be mixing in traditional scrapbook pages and inserts in smaller sizes too.

No more white borders around photos. This was a huge decision that I've teetered on for months.  I've done a lot of looking around at other Project Lifers' pages and I've decided I really like the clean and simple look.  Plus it means less time when printing.

Use mostly 4 x 6 and 3 x 4 photos, eliminating most of the smaller, square Instagrams. It's just simpler for planning purposes, printing and it looks clean in my pages.

Journal most on 3 x 4 journaling cards leaving the photos without journaling or embellishing. I will write directly on some photos here and there.

More handwritten journaling.  This is huge because my handwriting is big and loopy and I don't really like to see it on my pages.  But it's simpler and I think it will be important to see my handwriting in the years to come.

Weekly, dated information on first 4 x 6 photo using digital overlays from One Little Bird.

Week in review on 3 x 4 journaling card.  Instead of using a journaling card for each photo/event, some weeks may have all journaling in bullet form on a 3 x 4 card.  Simple.

Organize sports photos and newspaper articles better.  Maybe Project Life pockets, special inserts for photos.

More selective on photo choices so I can condense the number of photos.

Use digital products to print journaling cards and to use overlays on photos.  I'll be doing a lot of behind the scenes work on my iPhone.  More to come on this in a future post.

Use the Project Life iPhone app to create photo collages.  Some of my weekly spreads or inserts may be created fully with the page designs too.  It's just too simple not to take advantage of at times.

Stay caught up in 2015.  My plan is to use a Monday-Sunday format.  Plan a week on Sunday, print and work on pages on Monday and then blog that week.

More in depth stories between the weekly pages.  I subscribe to both Ali Edwards' Story Stamps and Story Kits which are wonderful products for jump starting your stories.  Ali's educational videos and blog posts that go along with these products is are so well executed.  It's an entire bundle of information and I highly recommend.

More event/us/real life photos versus just still life photos of house stuff, etc.  I want to see the people and read their stories more.

Simple, clean pages with fewer embellishments.  It all goes back to keeping the focus on stories + photos. I don't want color and embellishments to overpower my photos.  I can always get more crazy on my other crafty projects like wrappings and cards.

Stay true to my style in terms of embellishments, colors, etc.  I want my album to represent what I like so I'll be selective in my choices.

Stick with two 12 x 12 albums per year.  I've been able to do this and should easily keep with this method, especially if I'm adding fewer embellishments.

Most photos will continue to be taken on my iPhone 6+ and some from my big camera.

Print photos at home using my Epson Artisan printer and Epson Premium Glossy photo paper.

Eliminate planning pages and just print the photos that fit.  I spent a lot of time planning pages in 2014 and it was draining.  By using just 4 x 6 and 3 x 4 photos, I'm hoping to just be able to eyeball it and print what fits.  Sticky notes are my friend when it comes to Project Life.

Use my planner/calendar to keep track of photos taken and to make notes about stories I want to write.

Possibly create blog posts that tell stories I will want to document later on.  I love how Ali Edwards does this and then copies the journaling directly into her layouts.  Not sure on this one though.

Finish inserts at the time I finish a weekly spread.  Last year I skipped doing a lot of inserts and these are some of the most important moments.....like birthdays, graduations, etc.  I want to keep on top of it all.

Put more of me into the photos.  This will be a challenge.  I'm fat.  I don't like to be in photos.  But I need to get over it.  My family loves me and it is what it is.  (I know....just lose weight, right)

Okay, that was a lot of sharing for today so if you stayed with me, thank you!  I've already finished the first two weeks of 2015 and they are very simple in nature.  I got them done so quickly.  We'll see how my weeks end up looking as the weeks progress.  I hope you'll join me all year long. 

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