Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Last month my baby girl went to her very first semi-formal. Surprisingly, she found a "little black dress" for $20 and a pair of super cute suede booties for $8 (marked down from $45). I was expecting to have to spend a whole lot more so I treated her to a gel manicure and took her to the salon to have her hair curled. She looked SO grown up and beautiful (and way taller than me, thanks to her first pair of high heels).
Anyway, as you can see I went a little crazy with mixing and matching embellishments but the main focus of the page is We R Memory Keepers' Love Notes collection. It's so pretty and so soft and doesn't have to be for Valentine's Day at all. In fact, I used it on this card and this layout too. I can see myself using every last scrap.
Have you used this collection? I wasn't able to find much inspiration online so I'd love to see anything you've made with it. Thank you and have a crafty day!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a layout made with a cut file designed by Jennifer Chapin for Paper Issues. It's called Alpha Love, it's FREE, and you'll find it right here.
I backed the negative space with patterned papers from Webster's Pages Hall Pass and then embellished simply with an awesome set of book-themed mini flair from Feed Your Craft, wood veneer hearts, enamel dots, a pre-printed transparency and stickers.
This cut file goes along with the latest Die Cutting Saturday linky party at Paper Issues. Play along for a chance to win a March Swag Bag (an awesome monthly embellishment kit). You have until March 6th to link up. I'm off to link my layout (even though I'm not eligible for the prize, I still like to play along). :)
Monday, February 23, 2015
(Photo Credit: Dena Botticelli)
Last month the junior performance teams from Alexa's dance studio had the opportunity to perform during half-time at a professional soccer game. Although I am far from being a sports fan, we went to support the team.
I used Webster's Hall Pass to scrap this photo because dance class and dance-related events fall into the school category, right? I think so. :) I even added a sports sticker (part of the collection) atop the pink pencil at the bottom of the page. Looks like it belongs there, doesn't it?
I'm having a great time using this collection for layouts AND cards. I used it on this layout about Mother's Day, this layout about Alexa learning how to hand turn a pen, and this card. I also have one more Hall Pass layout to share tomorrow.
Have you used this collection? I'd love to see your projects. Inspiration is always a good thing and I just happen to have a few scraps left. :)
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Hi everyone. Don't be shocked, but today I'm sharing a pocket page! Sorry for the glare on the lower left pocket. The printed transparency inside made it difficult to photograph. As much as I would like to photograph everything outside of the pockets, and avoid the glare, I embellish both inside AND outside of the pockets so it's not possible. I'd cover up the elements on the outside of the pockets.
I kept this pretty streamlined, using the same "recipe" for each of the 4x6 pockets — a larger piece of patterned paper paired with a smaller piece either at the top or bottom. I then sewed the papers together before adding embellishments.
Silly me didn't leave myself a spot for journaling, so I printed it on a 3x4 card and added it to the back of the page, behind one of the photos.
I can now officially say I'm caught up with holiday photos from 2014. How are you doing with yours?
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I am officially in love with the We R Memory Keepers Love Notes collection I got from the Paper Issues store. From the name, you'd think it was a Valentine's Day/lovey dovey collection, but really isn't. It's perfect for using with every day photos, like I did on this layout about an aerial arts birthday party Alexa went to.
The coordinating cork embellishments are awesome, coming in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I love them mixed with the metal and chipboard pieces I used on here. I also added in a piece of my favorite flair ("you amaze") from my friend Elise's (lilgik) Etsy shop. The flair is 7/8" so it's smaller than your typical flair.
I also used this collection on a dance-themed card that I shared last week. You can see it right here. I'll have more Love Notes projects to share in the near future. Be sure to stop by to see them. :)
If you love this collection as much as I do, use the code LISA20 to get 20% off when you shop at the Paper Issues store.
Monday, February 16, 2015
A new linky party started at Paper Issues this morning. It's Hip to be Square is sponsored by A Flair for Buttons.
Not only did Shelley from A Flair for Buttons send the design team some fabulous product to work with (see the woodgrain heart flair on my card), but she put together an assortment of flair for us to give away as a prize (pictured on the Paper Issues blog). If that's not enough, she's also offering a discount code to her shop:
IHAVEISSUES15 is good for 10% off any order from A Flair for Buttons until the end of February.
Oh, before you go, if you want another look at some of Shelley's wonderful flair, I used one on this sweet holiday page.
OK, now you can head on over to the Paper Issues blog and see what It's Hip to be Square is all about, find a link to a FREE cut file that goes along with this linky party and start linking up your projects. :)
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Shhh, don't tell Alexa but this card is for after her spring performance. Not only is she doing four numbers with her team, but her very first solo! I'm nervous for her, but excited to see her on stage. Oh, and I stole her ballet slippers to use a photo prop. Her dance bag always seems to come in handy!
My card is based on the latest Sketchy Saturday at Paper Issues. There's a card AND layout sketch. Link your projects for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the Paper Issues store or, if you'd rather, print the sketches to use another time. You have until 2/20 to link up.