Thursday, 31 October 2013

laying it out | just a girl and a dsd bloghop collab kit

I have talked about my current state of not doing well at the moment in my Project Life pages, but I haven't really made a regular layout about it. I kind of felt it was a bit like whining to be honest. But when I saw the wordart in Picadilly, the DSD bloghop collab of Pixels & Co, I knew I wanted to take a different spin on it and do a layout that touches a little on how I'm feeling right now.

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(Supplies: Picadilly DSD Bloghop Collab Kit by Pixels and Co)

I know you want the beautiful kit from the Pixels and Co designers! Go to the Pixels & Co blog and get all the info.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

hybrid | birthday box

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One of our special boys had a birthday recently and I made a small box to hold the gift certificate we got for him, along with some sweets. I like this kind of projects for times when the gift is a GC. Just handing over a tiny little credit card looking thing is super boring - even if the gift is appreciated. But this way, it's a bit more festive.

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I used the Clover box template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff, and papers and elements from the Dude Mini kit by Robyn Meierotto. Both are available at Pixels & Co.

I had to enlarge Kelleigh's box to be able to fit the card and sweets, but it was super easy to clip Robyn's papers to the template shapes, and to add the text and elements in PS and then print.

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I printed on both sides of my paper so that the insides would be as pretty before I cut, folded, and assembled.
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The boy was happy and I am very pleased with the results!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

laying it out | zoo

I just wanted to share real quick that the Becky Higgins Project Life Zoo Theme Kit is brand new at Digital Project Life this week. It is super cute, and I had to use it with a couple of photos from our latest trip to Copenhagen Zoo.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Zoo Theme Kit, Kraft Essentials Papers by Karla Dudley, Frolic kit by Dawn by Design)

AS you can see, I continue to use PL cards for "regular" layouts. I like how easy it is to just place the ready made shapes on the layout. In this particular kit there was also ample opportunity to cut out parts of the cards - like the zoo title and the wordart strip. I just really feel that cards aren't just for Project Life, and I hope you guys agree!

Monday, 28 October 2013

project life | using dSLR and phone photos together + week of october 21

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The pivotal element for Project Life is of course photography. The simple focus of the photos with the cards together, rather than full on decorating with elements, in my opinion means that the photos need to be half decent. I'm not talking professional grade art here, but I try to get good pictures everyday that does our life justice. So how to do that without having the dSLR glued to the face? How to keep it a smooth process? Well, using the phone camera as well, of course. I bring my big girl camera to important events, and to my walks where I know I will be able to capture some pretty shots. But for everyday little things, like getting a shot of my dinner or a new pair of shoes, the phone camera does more than a satisfactory job.

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Photo taken with my iPhone

But then how about combining the two? Can you work it without it looking too different in quality? In my opinion yes. Now, my Project Life pages feature both bigger and smaller photos which isn't the "usual" way but a good camera phone will be able to get great pictures for 3x4 and 4x6 in decent lighting. What I usually do is try to use my dSLR photos for larger size images, and the camera phone photos for the smaller ones. If I don't have a good big girl camera photo that works, I will use a phone camera one. There is a difference in clarity and quality, yes. It would be terrible if there wasn't. But in the end, it's about documenting my life and not about winning awards for my picture taking. Every single photo does not have to be perfect. At least that is what I tell myself.

When it comes to edits, I make a point of combining colour photos with black and white ones on my pages. Not only do I think it adds interest and dimension, I also think it works to my favour - this especially on the phone photos. On my dSLR I always shoot in RAW, so it is much more forgiving when it comes to editing. Even if I messed up the exposure, it can almost always be corrected in the RAW editor. With the phone photos it's a slightly different matter. Yes, it's possible to edit JPEGs in the RAW editor, but frankly the options are fewer and I am not sure I feel it's worth the work. I use Totally Rad's Radlab on most phone photos, and if I can't get exposure perfect even with the help of Radlab, I can always turn it black and white. So with this, I can use more photos, even if they started out less than perfect. Win win situation right there!

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So for me, it's a natural part of my process to use both types of cameras for my project. I don't think I would be able to actually do Project Life with just one of them. I find myself reaching for the iPhone all the time now. Trying to capture little details here and there. I don't do much with my illness at the moment, but it's my life right now and that deserves capturing too.

My pages for the week of October 21 are perfect examples of combining photos from both cameras, and combining colour and black and white. In these layouts I used mostly phone photos; only the one with the window pane with the raindrops and the one of a room in our house were taken with the dSLR. Personally, I think it works!

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Personal Yearbook, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Kraft, Life 365 Buttons and Life 365 Stampsheet by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Hombody by Shannon McNab)

So, many words to describe my photography process for Project Life. I hope you're still awake!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

laying it out | new stuff

Big differences in the layouts today. One with beautiful summer adventure memories, and one with current autumn photos. Both have their good sides, but I have to admit I prefer summer.

The pictures are from our little trip to the Swedish east coast in July. It was a nice little getaway over a weekend, and the place is beautiful with all the little islands. It's a good memory to look back on.
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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Roadtrip, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Going Places by One Little Bird)

I took this photos last week and I really like the colours of the leaves in autumn. I also like that I can use my beloved brown boots. I think they are so purty!
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(Supplies: More Cowbell, Scarlet Letter Full Kit by Gennifer Bursett, Kraft Essentials by Karla Dudley, Hello Love by Mye De Leon, Edgy Single Template by Crystal Livesay)

The Becky Higgins Project Life Roadtrip kit is available right now at Digital Project Life!

The More Cowbell kit by Gennifer Bursett is available for free at My Scrapbook Art's Facebook page!

Monday, 21 October 2013

project life | using multiple kits and week of september 14

I am fortunate enough to be part of the Digital Project Life creative team. That, of course, means that I have access to all the gorgeous editions, theme packs, and mini kits that are available for Project Life. Because of this I have been able to choose from a wide range of cards to fit my specific needs each week.  I thought I'd share some thoughts on mixing cards from different kits here on the blog today.

I really love graphic patterns. I think they are the perfect way to add punch to a page when you have a (somewhat) minimalistic style. So with this in mind, I have chosen black and white graphic pattern cards to carry through in all of my Project Life pages. Together with a neutral background of course. Because how many pages have you seen me make with anything but a neutral background? LOL!

There are a few Project Life editions that have fantastic cards for my graphic B/W needs. I think you might recognise them. I use them every week!


The beautiful filler cards with great graphic patterns work perfectly as background cards or for clipping to shapes like my banners, and I love to use the journaling cards with smaller pattern elements that tie into the graphic theme. But it also has cards with super cute wordart and I use those to add that extra bit of fun and to play on a certain feeling, theme, or event. I love how they are cute without being cutesy. I don't do well with cutesy.

It's a Man's World

It's a Man's World is a newish kit, but that doesn't mean that I haven't already fallen in love with it. It has the same feel as Midnight, with Liz Tamanaha's impeccable style,and the two compliment eachother perfectly. It's a Man's World also has those fabulous graphic filler cards that I love to use for that sharpness on my pages. Even though this is supposed to be a "manly" kit - huh, does that make me manly - there are several wordart cards that fit any occasion. My favourite? The "Today was epic" card.

In addition to these two kits as my basis for Project Life I like to change it up. I have decided to stick with one colour scheme for each month, which means I get to use different kits to add my colour of choice, to add fun wordart, and to define a theme or event. I don't always use the whole card. Sometimes I cut parts out and stick it on a different card. Sometimes I also change the size, mostly smaller, so that I can fit more cards in on the page. The magic of digital!

This week I used three kits; Seamfoam, which by the way also has great graphic patterns, for the left side journaling card, Jade for the fun wordart cards on both sides, and Blush for the lovely speech bubble card and the heart paper on the banner.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Blush, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Seafoam, Becky Higgins Project Life It's A Man's World, Becky Higgins Project Life Jade, Life365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, In Stitches-Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Hombody by Shannon McNab, large photo on left page by my friend Richard Karlsson)

Now here is another thing that is wonderful about doing this digitally: it's entirely possible to modify the cards to fit perfectly. I do this. Like for example, in the wordart cards, the white wasn't entirely crisp white. So I changed that to avoid cream and white clashing. In addition, the pink in the Blush cards was a little too strong to fit my taste and photos. So I softened it. This way, I was able to use super cute cards that otherwise would be a little bit off.

So, in these two layouts I have used five different kits and in my opinion they could have all come from the same one single kit. Now isn't that just fabulous? This is pretty much standard for my Project Life pages. I feel that by mixing a few kits, even if it's only two, you really widen your choices considerably. That coupled with cutting things out and changing size and colour your possibilities are virtually endless.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

hybrid | halloween wreath

It has been a really long time since I busted out the papers, the cutters, the pens, and the glue for a deep dive into actual real life crafting. My current state of not wanting to do anything but stay parked on the sofa/in the bed hasn't helped, I guess. But yesterday I got the glue gun out and went to town! The finished product? A paper wreath!

Now, we don't have Halloween here in Sweden. It's not a national holiday. But I really liked Celeste Knight's Halloween papers from the Spirited kit and felt it would be nice to use them for something tangible.

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(Supplies: Spirited Paper Pack by Celeste Knight (Sweet Caroline Studios))

How to make this wreath? Let me tell you!

1. First off, find a large enough piece of cardboard. That was my main trouble. I recently threw out my stash of paper supplies, and along with that my sheets of white cardboard (used for bookmaking). In the end I found a piece that came in a suitcase I bought a while back.
2. Cut a ring out of the cardboard. I used two different sized plates to draw around. If you are fancy and still have your paper supplies then you can use your compasses. Also, if you have really thick cardboard like me, use a large pair of scissors. It's much easier.

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3. Create leaf shapes in Photoshop, you can use the shapes tool for this, and try to fit as many as you can on one sheet of paper. I could fit 30 on an A4 paper. Clip the digital papers of your choice to your shapes. Of course, if you have physical patterened paper that you want to use, then just skip the process of clipping digital papers.
4. Print. I printed four sheets of cardstock, giving me 120 leaves.

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5. Cut all those leaves out. Top tip: find a good programme on TV to watch while you do this because it takes a while. Oh what wouldn't I give to have a Silhouette at this point ...

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6. Use a bonefolder to make a little crease at the bottom of each leaf. This so that you can fold it a little.

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7. Staple (or glue) some ribbon to the cardboard ring. If you plan to hang the wreath, and don't want the ribbon to go outside of the paper leaves, then this step is important.
8. Bust out the glue gun and put a little dollop of glue at the very bottom of the leaf. I varied the position on the different leaves, some on the right side, some on the left, and some across depending on where I was putting the leaf on the ring.
9. Start glueing the leaves to the ring, layering them on top of eachother. The main thing to make sure is that the edges of the ring aren't showing. Other than that it is perfectly fine to wing it. That's what I did, putting leaves where I thought it looked ok.

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10. Go all around the ring until you come back to where you started. The last few leaves you have to layer under the first ones, not on top, so that it looks like there is no edge.
11. Tie the ribbon into a bow. I did horribly on that part, please don't laugh at me!
12. Before you hang it up, you can turn some of the leaves outwards, by lightly pushing them at the top from underneath, to create an even bigger 3D effect.
13. Hang it up and enjoy!

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

laying it out | good things

I used the journaling cards from It's a Man's World to create a layout centering around a photo of the husband. I think it came out quite beautifully. I love the black and white, the graphic patterns, and all the beautiful wordart.

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(Supplies: Backy Higgins Project Life It's a Man's World, Backy Higgins Project Life Midnight, French Country Table by Wishing Well Creations, Word Art-Love Notes by Robyn Meierotto, Just Because by Dawn by Design, Scarlet Letter by Gennifer Bursett)

I really like this photo of us from this summer where we are all sweaty and tired from a day's walking in the sunshine. It makes me feel good when I look at it.

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(Supplies: Ever After, Elemental: Frames V.1 by Gennifer Bursett, Snippets Love, In Stitches - Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, {i}NSD 2013 Grab Bag by Crystal Livesay)

The photos in this LO were taken on the same day, and in the same place, as the photo above. It's from our getaway to Italy this summer.

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(Supplies: Far and Away Full Kit by Gennifer Bursett, This week templates by Anita Designs)

Monday, 14 October 2013

project life | catching up from september 30

Ok, so I am just going to jump right in and post my layouts. Do I have anything interesting to say about my life? Do I have any tips about how I use journaling cards for Project Life and scrapbooking. Not really. I just want to share my pages this week.

Week of September 30
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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life It's A Man's World, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight,  Becky Higgins Project Life Kraft, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, Autumn Bliss by Anita Designs, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Hombody by Shannon McNab)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life It's A Man's World, Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight,  Becky Higgins Project Life Kraft, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, Autumn Bliss by Anita Designs, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Hombody by Shannon McNab)

Week of October 7
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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Kraft, Becky Higgins Project Life Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Hombody by Shannon McNab, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes)

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Midnight, Becky Higgins Project Life Floral, Becky Higgins Project Life Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Life 365 Buttons by Karla Dudley, In Stitches Neutral Basics by Robyn Meierotto, Hombody by Shannon McNab)

The gorgeous It's A Man's World mini kit for Becky Higgins Project Life is available at Digital Project Life today. I really like this one, go check it out! I will share more with that kit later in the week.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

laying it out | October stash

Have you checked out the monthly stash at Pixels & Co? Beautiful colours this month!
I created a sweet little thing with products by Dawn by Design.

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(Supplies: Frolic Papers, Frolic Flair, Frolic Tape, Frolic Word Stamps & Brushes, He Creates Elements by Dawn by Design, Liberty Templates by Crystal Livesay)

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

p52 | just another bunch of photos

Alright, alright, I keep saying I need to be better at posting my Project 52 photos. I keep failing at it. But yeah, at least I'm taking the photos, right?

Here are four weeks' worth!

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13 more weeks until the year is done and dusted. 13 more weeks until I have finished my fifth year with Project 52. Wow.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

laying it out | seasons

I said I was going to share a few layouts created with some of the new themed Project Life kits available at Digital Project Life, and here we go! There are Mini Kits for every season, and a few holidays as well. I chose to use the cards from two of the kits for two layouts.

I am a fan of using the Project Life cards for regular digi scrap as well. In this layout I clipped different cards to clipping masks to create papers. There are certainly many ways to use Project Life cards other than in PL layouts.

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Spring Mini Kit, Crate Paper Fourteen (background papers), Pebbles Country Picnic (banner))

In this layout I used the cards as is, but layered them to make it look like they were indeed regular papers and elements. Again, this is yet another way of using the cards, and thus getting more bang for your buck!

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(Supplies: Becky Higgins Project Life Mini Kit, Becky Higgins Project Life Jade, Carefree kit by Dawn by Design (button and ribbon), Going Places by One Little Bird (flower), Stitched by Anna White No 3 by Anna Aspnes (stitches))