Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I'm So Fancy (We R Memory Keepers Love Notes)


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!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Read Books 2015 (Webster's Pages Hall Pass)


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). :)

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Monday, February 23, 2015

At the Lancers (Webster's Pages Hall Pass)

(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. :)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sweet Creations 2014 (Simple Stories DIY Christmas)


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?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Aerial Arts (We R Memory Keepers Love Notes)


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.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Paper Issues: It's Hip to be Square with A Flair for Buttons


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. :)

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Card Share: I Hope You Dance (We R Memory Keepers Love Notes)


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.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Card Share: So Good Together


How cute is this Pebbles Best Friends paper? It was one of the 3x4 papers in my February Swag Bag from Paper Issues. I couldn't resist creating a Valentine's Day card around it.

I added in a bit from my stash, including a piece of my favorite flair from Feed Your Craft. The rest came from the Swag Bag.



If the Swag Bag appeals to you, be sure to check it out. They tend to sell out quickly. There are multiple purchase options, including a one-time purchase, a monthly subscription, or a 6-month subscription (which makes for a great gift idea). The code LISA20 will get you this gem (as well as anything else you order) for 20% off.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Card Share: Happy Valentine's Day (Echo Park Lucky in Love)


Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing my last Echo Park design team assignment with you — a Valentine's Day card made with the Lucky in Love collection and coordinating Hello Sweetheart 4x6 Designer Stamps. Although I'm not a fan of candy conversation hearts, the non-edible versions included in the Hello Sweetheart stamp set were so sweet, I had to use them on my card.



When I started thinking about making this card, I knew I wanted to showcase the stamps in a fun way. I designed a card cut file (which I'm sharing with you, for free, via Dropbox) with circular openings on the front panel so I could place stamped images and other elements inside each of the circles. The finished card is 5 1/2" wide x 4" high. You could also use it in the vertical position making it 4" wide x 5 1/2" high, giving you three rows of two circles.



Here's another look at the card:




Well, that's it for today. I hope you enjoyed seeing my card today and all of my Echo Park assignments over the past year. The Lucky in Love collection is available in the Paper Issues store, where you can get 20% off of your order if you use the code LISA20 (this applies to anything else you buy as well). This collection doesn't have to be just for Valentine's Day as you can see from the Mother's Day layout (and tutorial) I shared last week.


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Monday, February 9, 2015

As the Pen Turns (Webster's Pages Hall Pass)


I'm having fun adding geometric designs to my pages. The triangle background on this page was designed by Jennifer Chapin for Paper Issues. You'll find the FREE Rad Triangles Cut File in the Paper Issues store (along with a number of other freebie cut files and printables).

The triangles are backed with papers from Webster's Pages Hall Pass collection (one of my new favorites). This page is about Tom teaching Alexa how to hand turn a pen. I previously used this collection on a page about Mother's Day. Although Hall Pass is technically a school-themed collection, you can see it works really well for other topics, plus the patterns are so pretty and versatile. You can never go wrong with plaid, bokeh, polka dots and florals.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Card Share: I Love You


Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a Valentine's Day card made with the February Swag Bag from Paper Issues. Although I have "traditional" red, black, pink and white on here, I love the unexpected bit of orange in the Gossamer Blue Get Happy paper. I think it adds a fresh, contemporary look to the card.

Here's a look at the February Swag Bag in case you're interested in getting one for yourself. Use the code LISA20 to get 20% off your order.


How are you doing with your Valentine's Day cards? Do you make them or do you go with store bought?

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hello Sweetheart (Echo Park Lucky in Love)




Hi everyone! I'm here today to share a project I did for Echo Park showing how you can incorporate journaling cards into your projects. My layout features the new Lucky in Love collection, but you can easily apply these techniques to any collection.



You'll find journaling cards on three of the papers in this collection, so there are plenty to choose from! On my page, I left a couple of them as is, I cut elements from some of them (banner and heart doily), I used a circle punch to create an embellishment (aqua heart) and lastly, I cut the inner portion of one out, leaving the border around it intact on the background paper so I can use it as a frame on another project.



To give you an idea of how I used the journaling cards, I've put together a step-by-step tutorial so you can see how it came together.

Instructions:

This collection contains two each of six double-sided papers. We'll be using both sheets of some of the papers.

1. Use one sheet of the "Love This" paper as the background for this layout.

2. Cut 1/2" off of the right side and 1/2" off of the bottom of one sheet of the "Lovely Circles" paper. Adhere this paper, with the heart pattern facing up, to the "Love This" paper, leaving a 1/2" border on all sides.

3. Cut 1 1/2" off of the right side and 1 1/2" off of the bottom of the "Sweet Hearts" paper. Adhere this paper, with the polka dot pattern facing up, to the "Lovely Circles" paper, leaving a 1/4" border on all sides.


4. Machine stitch a straight border around all sides of the polka dot paper, 1/8" in from the edge.

Now let's do a bit of prep work and get some journaling cards ready before putting the rest of the page together.

5. Cut the gold striped journaling card from the "B" side of the second sheet of the "Love This" paper.

6. Cut the "Love" bingo card and "Hello sweetheart" banner from the "Journaling Cards" paper. Use a circle punch to punch the aqua heart out of the oval journaling card.

7. Cut the chevron circle, "XOXOXO" journaling card (trimming along the white edge of the card) and the large red heart "doily" from the "Be Mine" paper.

With the journaling cards prepped and ready, we can start assembling the rest of the layout.

8. Cut a 5" wide x 8 3/4" high piece from the second sheet of the "Lovely Circles" paper. Adhere this piece 1 1/8" in from the left edge of the "Love This" paper and 1 5/8" up from the bottom edge.

9. Adhere the "XOXOXO" journaling card over the "Lovely Circles" paper, placing it 2 1/2" from the left edge of the "Love This" paper and 1 3/8" from the top edge.

10. Layer an aqua polka dot doily over the "XOXOXO" journaling card and "Lovely Circles" paper.


11. Mat a 4" wide x 6" high photo on turquoise cardstock. Adhere the photo over the doily, placing it 2 1/2" in from the left edge of the "Love This" paper and 2 3/8" up from the bottom edge. Before adhering the left side of the photo, tuck a bitty bag under the photo (this will later hold a journaling tag). Finish adhering the photo to the page.

12. Embellish the top and bottom areas of the photo as shown.


13. Adhere the "Notes" tag from the Element Stickers sheet to the polka dot paper, placing it 1 3/8" from the top edge of the "Love This" paper and 2 5/8" from the right edge.

14. Adhere the gold striped journaling card over the "Notes" tag.

15. Layer the red heart doily over the "Notes" tag and gold striped journaling card.

16. Place the chevron circle over the red heart doily.


17. Adhere the "Love" bingo card flush against the right side of the photo, 3" from the bottom edge of the "Love This" paper, aligned with the second dotted line on the chevron circle. Before adhering the bottom right corner of the bingo card, tuck the bingo card sticker from the Element Stickers sheet under the left edge. Stitch a red button over the "O" in "Love" using white embroidery floss.

18. Layer the "Hello sweetheart" banner over the bingo journaling card.

19. Add remaining embellishments (stickers, buttons, and enamel dots) as shown.

20. Print your journaling on a white shipping tag. Ink and embellish with red ribbon. Slide the tag into the bitty bag behind the photo.

Here's one more look at the finished page:


I hope you enjoyed getting a look at my process today and seeing how this page came together. :) For future reference, you can find a link to this post under the "Process Posts" tab on my blog's home page.


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Card Share: Baby It's Cold Outside


Just like with last week's "Winter Snow" card, this card was inspired by 
the Pinspire Me Monday inspiration piece at Paper Issues:


As you probably figured out, I was drawn to the pair of red mittens. I used an Echo Park cut file to cut a mitten-shaped opening on the front of the card, and then cut the mittens from red patterned paper to place inside the card. What you end up with is a window card with peek-a-boo effect.

Create something based on this piece and post it to the Pinspire Monday thread in the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} Facebook group by February 8th for a chance to win one of two great prizes. You can even share on Instagram using the hashtag #paperissuespinspireme.

If you haven't joined the Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} group yet, click on the link above, then click "add". You'll not only find a fun group of women, all with paper issues just like us, but you'll get advance notice of sales, product arrivals and so much more! There's always something happening when it's comes to paper crafting. :)

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Paper Issues: The Perfect Pairing with Epiphany Crafts


A new linky party started at Paper Issues today. It's called The Perfect Pairing, sponsored by Epiphany Crafts.

There are all sorts of ways to interpret this theme so check out the Paper Issues blog for a list of ideas. I'm linking up the layout you see above (an oldie, but goodie) because it has to do with a pair of dance shoes. Did you see what I did there? A PAIR of shoes!

Projects don't have to be new so dig through your stash and find some stuff to link up for a chance to win a great prize from our sponsor (pictured on the Paper Issues blog).

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