March contest and free layout

So this month i thought id run a contest anyone who posts a layout using one of my templates from my shop will get entered into winning 6$ from my shop! here’s a free layout if you would like to use that! simply upload your layout to your favorite photo website like flickr and link it in the comments then i’ll choose one random winner.

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featured artist

I’m so excited i got featured again on pixel scrapper for the month. They chose one of my project life layout for february. you can check out all the other great artist here. This the the layout they featured!

 

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March pixel scrapper blog train freebie

So i’m trying out my hand at designing. Starting small of course. I wanted to join the pixel scrapper blog train this month. Just a way to get my feet wet. I designed this great pink vellum alphabet to go with the colors chosen this month. here’s a peek at the colors for this month’s blog train.

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I went with the darker pink and made a great alphabet you can download from dropbox here.

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Please let me know if there is any problems with download or quality!

Two new challenges from pixel scrapper

There are two new challenges up in the forums. One is for using a selfie as your photo the other is for using the “wrong” kit for a photos, Like using christmas kit for a summer layout etc. For the selfie challenge i used a photo i made from one of those silly like mirror apps. I love fooling around with all those great filer and effect apps. I mean they are free and just so much fun. I also used the dia de los muertos kit that was on sale for sosn on the lilypad. I love this kit so much. It has so many fun elements and i love skulls so it was a must buy for me.

 

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The second chalange i used an older photo from christmas that i loved but didn’t get scrapped because it didn’t fit into my chirstmas pages anywhere so instead of christmas paper i used this wonderful bright pink paper elements from the scrumptiously bright day kit from pixel scrapper. i also used a bit from the brighten up kit as well. both of these kits are so fun and well bright lol. I love mixing and matching for different kits.

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Tutorial tuesday layering

Today i’ll share some links around the web that work with layering. This is always one of my favorite things to do, it really adds dimension to your layouts. While i’m very partial to clustering there more than just that out there!

like making these cute popped up embellishments; because we can never have enough embellishments. you’ll have to hit the translator but the photos are pretty explanatory.

Or you can layer just paper in cool ways like making waves as shown here.

this post from kay’s keepsakes will show you how to make a waterfall element in your pages.

A post from the scrap club shows you how to triple mat a stamp to add more layers.

 

There us a lot more out there hop over to pinterest and look it up there are scores of great tutorials to get you out of the flat page slumps.

 

 

Week 8 project life

This week i have a few photots and a lot more journaling than normal. journaling is always one of the things I struggle with. Luckly a 3×4 card only needs a few sentences to be full. Since I didn’t take too many candid shots I went looking for a few I could add. Like the ones of the girls favorite toys right now. I used this template as the base for this weeks layout these are by far my favorite pl templates. there a few set over at pixel scrapper to boot!

 

Week 7 in pockets

This week’s project life layout I had enough photos to do a full 2 page layout. I used the hunter ready set go template.  I jsut love these templates. I do move stuff and add or subtract items but they are a great easy starting off point for each week. Takes a lot of the time out of sorting and setting up layouts. This one was for january and i did do a bit of rearranging to make it work but i really liked how it turned out! I’ve been working on getting more of the simple day to day things that seem to slip under the radar. Doing the daily photo prompt in my project life group has helped me a lot for getting great ideas of photos. Plus I have been carrying my phone with me almost 24/7 and just randomly taking photos I don;t use them all but it does help me find some gems i wouldn’t have taken originally. I also set up a timer on my phone in a to do app. where at a certain time every day an alarm reminds me to take a picture. I set different times for each day of the week. I make sure to drop whatever i’m doing and find something to photograph. It has really opened up a whole new world of things to document. like the toys my girls are playing with, things they are doing, even just day to day chores.

 

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Friday fun day!

Yesterday was friday fun day over in the project life 2016 group. It’s a day where we just share fun things from around the web. I picked shaker cards as something fun for the day SO I posted a few great ideas for shaker cards off of pinterest. I get a lot of my inspiration for project life cards from greeting cards. They are pretty much the same shape and idea as project life cards. They are just a more abundant source of inspiration. You can look at the basic sketch of the card or even take the whole thing title and all and use it.

Here’s a great tutorial on making a basic shaker card.

 

This post has some cute card ideas including one where she used numbers instead of sequence in her shaker. This pin has a cute polaroid shaker. This pin has a cute idea of making the words as the shaker bit. Here she used a 3-d object like coffee beans as her shaker items. This post has a video about using the fuze tool to make a cute shaker card.

I hope this inspires you and will help you add some variation and new inspiration to your layouts!

 

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My not so mini album

So this album has been in the works for about three years. I started it, and stopped, and came back to it quite a few times. But it’s finally done! I’m not sure why I call any of my mini albums mini. This one is huge! 159 photos, 18 envelopes, 12 back to back pages. And at 12×8 it’s in no way mini.

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I have a few set styles of pages. Type one has a flip out and thee pockets.

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Then the long page with a pocket at the bottom, and three envelopes at the other side. Each envelope had a photo mat inside.

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Then a style with a band to hold loose photo mats.

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There are a few other versions.

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I’m just so relieved to get this of my to do list. Now I just have to finish the other seven or nine minis I have almost done!