Wednesday, 30 April 2014

hybrid hotness | paper roses

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I have wanted to make paper roses like these for the longest time, and even promised my sister one made out of a map.

With the help of the Rose In Bloom Template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs and beautiful papers from the Dream Collab Kit, which is a newsletter freebie, by the Pixels and Co designers it was so quick and easy to whip these beauties up.

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After printing, I used Matte Epson Presentation Paper, it literally is just a cut, twirl, and glue affair. I think it took me about half an hour to make these three roses.

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Kelleigh has a tutorial on her blog on how to put them together, and it is easy to follow along and recreating the roses will be a breeze.

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I am making map roses for my sister next!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

project life | week of april 21

I am plugging along with my Project Life pages, and it's going quite well. At least this week! Ha!
Inspiration and motivation comes and goes with any project that lasts for a while. That is true for me, and for this project. But right now I am happy to be working on my pages and so looking forward to seeing the printed album once I hit a full year.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Summer, Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color Overlays, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color, Simply Adore You by Gennifer Bursett, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto)

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

project life | week of april 14

I gave myself a (almost) week of much needed computer break this week. I still have problems with getting brain fry when I sit in front of one, even for the shortest of times, and decided to stay away completely for a couple of days. Of course I have checked up on stuff like Facebook and Pinterest on my phone, but the actual physical aspect of sitting down, opening my computer, and doing creative stuff or surfing, I left behind.

But yesterday I sat down and created my Project Life spread from last week. It took me a while; I couldn't find a good balance between the photos I had taken and the colour scheme I'm going with for April. I don't know that I love these two pages, but I got it done and that is enough for me right now.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins  Project Life Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Becky Higgins  Project Life Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, Becky Higgins  Project Life Maggie Holmes, Becky Higgins  Project Life Maggie Holmes Styleboard, Becky Higgins  Project Life Amy Tangerine Plus One, Becky Higgins  Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins  Project Life Just Add Color, Becky Higgins  Project Life Coral, Life 365 Buttons, In Stitches   Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto)

As another spread is done, and another week documented, I cannot help but reflect on the hopes I had for my year when I started the week of my birthday in August, and how it has come to be something entirely different. I am documenting what has been a very difficult year and as much as I think that has helped me, I wonder what I will be able to take away from the experience when I have (hopefully) been able to dig myself out of this hole. I also wonder how I will look back on it when I look through the pages of this album many years down the road. Will this album give me a good feeling or will it just be a not wanted reminder of a bad time in my life? What I do hope is that I will be able to see that there were some truly magical moments even in my darkest days.

Friday, 18 April 2014

laying it out | everyday life and a cutiepie

I have two new layouts to share with you today; one depicting my everyday life (and if you follow my Project Life you have seen these photos before) and one of a little cutiepie dressed up as an Easter witch on Maundy Thursday, which is an old Swedish tradition.

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(Supplies: Simply Adore You by Gennifer Bursett, Stitched Down (vol 3) Templates by Laura Passage)

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(Supplies: Center Stage Templates by Amber Morrison, Dream Collab Newsletter Freebie Kit by Pixels and Co Designers)

Wishing you a happy weekend, and a happy Easter!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

going graphic | laundry room artwork

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So the person who made the plans for our house probably had a shiny diploma hanging in her/his office. Unfortunately that diploma was no guarantee for plain old common sense. There is an array of strange things in our house - mostly sockets in very odd places - and this one really takes the price. The electrical box in the laundry room is placed right smack in the middle of the only wall that is not covered with cabinets. It's ugly and impractical and it has been bugging me since we moved in. So that was in 2006. I don't always move quickly. Ha!

I painted the wall last summer when I grew tired of all the white in the room, and I really liked the dark grey but the white door for the electrical box was sticking out like a sore thumb. So I created three pieces of artwork and framed them in white Ribba frames from IKEA.

The laundry when walking into the room

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The wall in question
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The three picture frames
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I might not love it but I think it's at least better than before. I printed the artwork myself on Epson Matte Presentation Paper so if and when I want to change it out it won't be all that much of a heartache. So now the next thing on my list for that room is to change out the hideous light fixtures. I am thinking old industrial looking lamps.

Monday, 14 April 2014

project life | week of april 7

It's time again for the weekly Project Life post, and I think I kind of love these two pages. I decided to continue with the multi coloured pastel theme for the whole of April, and it goes so well with the spring photos I seem to be obsessed with taking now.

I am quite chuffed with being able to carry through the circles from last week. The card I used on this week's right page is from a different kit than last week - the new Maggie Holmes Styleboard Kit - so I am really glad they work together.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Maggie Holmes Styleboard, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color Overlays, Life 365 Buttons, In Stitches   Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

So, now I'm looking forward to a new week that I am hoping to fill with positive things. That has kind of become my mission lately; learning to not feel so much obligation and learning to see the good in even the smallest details.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

laying it out | hello silly - 3-way challenge

This week I am hosting a super fun 3-way challenge at Pixels & Company! You don't know what a 3-way challenge is? Well, let me tell you!

Together with two other creative team members at P&Co, I have been challenged to create a layout with the Sup? Kit by Karla Dudley, and now we're challenging you to do the same.

You have another two days to go to participate, so if you haven't yet, hop on over and give it a whirl! Right here!

This is my layout:
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(Supplies: Sup? Kit, Sup? Add-on Pack 2 by Karla Dudley)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

going graphic | inspirational quote cards set two

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I finally got my second set of inspirational quote cards printed. I am now ready to put them up on my little wall beside my desk at work. I don't spend much time there at the moment, but it will be a nice thing to come back to when I do start working again.

This set featured a few longer quotes, and it took me a whole to get them to look right. I chose to go with the same cards from Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight Kit as my base, and stuck with basically the same fonts. I like the consistency of the look when all the cards are together.

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If you missed the first set you can find it here!

Monday, 7 April 2014

project life | week of march 31

I am so into spring right now! I am craving warmth and sunshine, pretty flowers and walks in the park, change and growth. I think it shows in my Project Life spread this week as well!

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Azure Kit, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight Kit, Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Mini Kit, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

So I knew I wanted to use a card from the new Azure Kit; the circle card on the bottom of left page. I loved the soft pastels and the overlapping circles. But I felt that most of the other cards in the Azure Kit were too strong to match both that one card and my photos for the week. What to do?

Well, here is where the magic of digital scrapbooking comes in! You change colours to make it work! With digital you don't have to cry over things not being absolutely right, and spend $$$ to get something else that might work better. With digital you have the power to make it work for you! I really could not find a better reason for doing this digitally vs. "regular old paper".

On the top card of the right page I lightened the colours of the circles, by using a simple levels adjustment layer, and changed the text to white by selecting the text and filling it with white. Easy peasy! This way, the card ties perfectly to that other one on my left page. From there it was easy for me to match with a few other cards from the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer kit. Isn't that balloon card just lovely?

So with crossing into April this week, I have just another four months to go until I've completed a full year of Project Life. Amazing. One thing is for sure; I cannot wait to get this book printed!

Friday, 4 April 2014

hybrid hotness | easter sweets packages

Easter is coming up in the next couple of weeks, and I made these little cute Easter egg sweets packages that are perfect to give to little (or big) sweethearts in your life. I filled them with chocolate eggs, but I guess any kind of sweets would do just as well!

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(Supplies: Easter Egg Ornament Template Set by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs, Hop Happy | A Collaboration Project by Karla Dudley and Ange Designs)

And just for good measure, I want to share a layout as well!
Last year I bough eggs that were already blown and decorated them very simply by paiting with a sharpie. I shared that in this post and they were also featured in my Easter dinner decorations. I thought it would be fun to do a layout with them. I will most likely use them again this year.

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(Supplies: Hop Happy | A Collaboration Project by Karla Dudley)

Have a great Firday and weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

laying it out | why I scrap and favourite topics

I think I have talked before about not being an event scrapper. So yeah, I do Project Life, but beyond that I scrap what is in my heart, and to get a creative outlet. That is why I scrapbook.

 I think that many years from now, when future generations of our families look at my scrapbooks (I hope they will), they will still know me from these pages. Not from what I did on a Thursday afternoon, but for what moved me, what I loved, and what I felt was worth capturing in our lives.

This layout is one about the husband and myself. I do know that I make lots of pages with us. I really don't care. I love us, and it inspires me. So that is what gets scrapped. 

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(Supplies: Some Kind of Wonderful : The Kit by Kim B's Designs)

One thing that I really like to scrap is "right now" pages. It gives a good snapshot of my life at any given time and I really think it's a fun way to do a roundup of sorts of me and my life. I especially like to scrap about things that make me happy.

This one gets to show things that has made happy in March of 2014.

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(Supplies: Limeade | solid papers, Sup? | the elements by Karla Dudley, Renewal | Alpha, Renewal | Paper Pieces, Renewal | Paintbrushes by Laura Passage, Honeycomb Stitches by Mommyish)

The creative outlet is important too. I need to make pretty things to be happy. Doing digi scrap is perfect because it makes no messes, and I can be as fussy about the details as I want to be; I don't have to worry about if I glued something on straight, or if my handwriting is good enough, or that I can't cut a straight line to save my life. Doing digi takes care of all those imperfections and still produces pretty results. I love that so much.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

project life | week of march 24

I am plugging along with my Project Life, I got another week done and am still caught up. Yeah! The last week of March was a week of trying to regain strength, and trying to see the positive little details that so easily get lost in the grand scheme of things. I remember to do that more. Things aren't great in my life, but not all things are bad either. So the spread for this week only contains pictures of things that made me really happy; like new stuff for our house, walks in the sun, being able to wear my Chucks, and good food.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Amy Tangerine Plus One, Becky Higgins Project Life Coral, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Just Add Color, Becky Higgins Project Life It's a Man's World, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Homebody by Shannon McNab)

Have you seen the new Amy Tangerine Plus One Project Life kit? It's really cute! And it's out now!