Sunday, June 29, 2014

#JuneTweetSketch at Birds of A Feather Kit Co

*blowing dust away*

It's summer time so that means I am dusting off the scrap desk and catching up on some scrapbooking! A fresh photo and sketch always get me going so I grabbed a photo that I snapped yesterday with my phone, along with several instax mini polaroid prints taken with my daughter's camera, and this fun sketch by Kristin:







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and I came up with this:
 I used the mini polaroids in place of the envelopes, threw some flair around until I was happy and called it done! This is the only layout I've done...probably all of 2014? But definitely the fastest layout in years! Thanks for the inspiration Kristin :)

I did use an old Birds of A Feather Kit for this - the paper and a few embellies. But most of the embellishments are from my own stash of project life items.




Saturday, January 4, 2014

December Daily Project Life 2013

This is my second go at a December Daily after swearing that I would never, EVER!, do another. This time I purchased a set including the album, Merry & Bright kit and pens off of HSN. I never could find the Merry & Bright kit locally so I am glad I splurged to buy online.

{I apologize about the size and darkness. I was in a hurry to post and move on, ha!}

The album:
 I actually started right after Thanksgiving so I didn't want to call it my December Daily. Christmas Memories!
 I stayed on top of the picture printing and journaling the first few days.
 And then I quickly trailed off... However, these Project Life cards made it SO EASY to get caught up!
 I was able to find photos for almost every day when I pulled everything off of my phone...
 But I did miss a few days, mainly because I was sick for 2 weeks, the worst being right before and after Christmas.
 I can't say the photos are what I dreamed of when I first started, but I am very thrilled now that the project is done.
 I did go back at the end and add sequins on every layout. Not sure if I would do it again, but it is a perfect representation of what my girls are into right now. Sparkle!
 Some pages are definitely more plain than others...
 And Christmas memories turned into Birthday memories for a spread...
 and then ended with New Years Eve memories :)
You can see that I did trim out page protectors. HUGE downside to this album is having a predetermined number of pages in the album. I ended up cutting out half of the pages pretty easily.

I'm hoping that this time next year, I won't be wrapping up just a December Daily album but an entire year of Project Life. I have tried this digitally several times and don't like it, but I do really enjoy the paper form and obviously had more success. ;) I have subscribed to Studio Calico's kit club for Project Life style cards and embellishments, as well as enrolled in a class for support. Can't wait to get started!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

My last posting for my design term at Birds of A Feather Kit Co!

I am back today with another installment of I pinned it then I did it :) This first layout, I pinned the sketch so it counts, too. I used the August kit at BOAF and an August PageMap's sketch.

This project was something I have seen pinned many, many times on Pinterest. Lately, I've been using mason jars for anything I can think of! Chore system, sauce packet organizer, flower vase, collecting spot of soda tabs... I wanted to make a back to school gift for my 2nd grader's teacher and when I found out it was a man, decided I needed to find something different than I've done before. So I picked up a drink carrier and grabbed 4 mason jars.
 I hit up the one dollar section to find erasers, binder clips, pencil grips and paperclips (hidden behind the stickers). The stickers are from my teaching days and the peanut M&Ms were on sale!
I wanted some consistency to each side so I included the black chalkboard paper on each side and also did some doodling with a white pen. It was hard to embellish without using flowers!

For this side, I covered up the U and N in SUN so that I could make it say "second grade".
 The school days wood piece came from my stash and that pinwheel is the request of my 2nd grader ;)
 Year and room number.
 I didn't want to call the teacher "sunshine" so I trimmed that part off and turned the comma into an exclamation point.
I finished the handle off by adding...you guessed it...washi tape! I have used this washi on almost every project with this kit but I still have most of the roll left. So with this kit, I made 3 cards, 3 layouts and 2 altered projects - with plenty leftover for several more layouts or projects. 

This is my last reveal for my term with the design team over at Birds of A Feather and I want to thank Amy for the chance and Linda for her guidance over the past 6 months - it's been a blast!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

August Kit Reveal Birds of A Feather {Simple Stories: I Heart Summer; Glitz Design: Color Me Happy}

I *heart* this kit! I have three reveals scheduled for this month and am already churning on ideas for the next one. Can't wait!

What first stood out to me was the chalkboard paper (and tape) and library pockets - made me think of back to school! I wanted to get a head start on beginning of year teacher gifts so I have been browsing Pinterest. I found this really neat idea and FREE printable and knew I wanted to do that for the teachers. I also knew that I wanted one for myself! Ha! So I took to the Simple Stories Chalkboard paper and cut out the saying from the corner. Here's what I came up with:

I followed the instructions on the link above for painting the mason jar: black spray paint, yellow spray paint and then polyurethane. I etched the raised parts with a coin or my finger nail. I will be scratching less off next time...I went a little overboard in my opinion!

I plan on keeping this on my desk to help keep me happy :) And I *will* be making some for teachers with the printable that I referenced above!

For the beginning of a school year, I also like to make cards for the teachers with their names on them. I loved the Pebbles notecards and pockets - so I have left the card blank to personalize with teacher names once we get those later this month. I came up with a card for each of my daughters to give and I liked the design so much I also made a birthday card to personalize and use later! Here's my trio of cards:
and closeups of each:


There are still 3 kits left in the shop and I don't know how! The kit is SO fun and really meshes well together. Projects, cards, layouts....this is a great kit for summertime as well as school! Have you been creating with the kit? Come show us in the gallery

Saturday, July 6, 2013

July Reveal at Birds of a Feather Kit Co {BoBunny: Key Lime; We R Memory Keepers: Feelin' Groovy}

The July kit at Birds of a Feather Kit Co is SO FUN! Lots of bold color that I love and perfect for all of my summer photos :) I was immediately drawn to the purples in the WRMK papers from the extra pattern paper pack. Not what I would have thought I would want for beach pictures but I love how it turned out! I lifted my friend Janet's layout that you can see here.
The mix of jewels, buttons and the paint splatters is so fun and reminds me of the splash you get running through the sand.
The Mister Huey Sunshine mist splatters complement my daughter's dress perfectly :)
 Yes, I know I used the same pictures on both layouts but I wasn't happy with just three photos on this next layout! For this I was inspired by two layouts I came across online - here and here
I created this sun by tracing the straight sunburst onto the Bo Bunny paper and trimming it smaller, then I layered it onto the curvy sunburst.
Love this arrow paper and had to find a way to fit it into the layout :)
 And of course more of the jewels and buttons. As you can see, I also splurged on ALL of the washi packs *blushing* 
This kit really is a lot of fun and not just for beach pictures. I am going to challenge myself for the next reveal to use something other than the beachy theme! There are still 3 kits left in the shop, but hurry since some of the extras are already sold out!!



Saturday, June 8, 2013

Smiles & Sunshine {June Kit Birds of A Feather Kit Co: Dear Lizzy "Lucky Charm"}

Hi there! As promised, I have two layouts to share using the June kit at Birds of A Feather Kit Co.   I was in a time crunch so headed to my sketch board at Pinterest and found this one from Sketch Support. I thought the clouds and butterflies would be perfect for the Jillibean Soup Sunshine shapes. 
 I added a little bit of a white border to the clouds and layered them with the sun which I painted.
 I also outlined the butterflies:
I can't scrap one daughter without scrapping the other, right? I loved this sketch from Inspired Blueprints (you have until the end of June to get your interpretation in!) It's a rare occasion that my girl looks at the camera AND smiles so I had to document it!
The only piece that is not part of the kit is the piece of flair but it was too perfect to not add it!
Oops, I guess the washi isn't part of the June kit either but it was an extra for a recent kit. The layout just didn't feel completed without a little stitching...just ignore my wobbly stitching there under SMILE. ;)
Hope you are enjoying your weekend - it's our first weekend of summer here! 



My First Project Life Page {Project Life Honey Edition}

Just a few days ago, I started my first Project Life album coinciding with the first day of summer/last day of school. I actually tried this project 2 years ago and failed miserably just a few weeks into it. This time, I am going SIMPLE so that I don't have any excuse to give up.

1) Digital - no paper project laying around to find space for and keep little hands out of
2) PL templates - simple and consistent look to my album
3) PL Honey core kit - I'm sticking to this kit for the main parts of the album. Sure, I might add some other things from my stash but I am really trying to limit my time spent browsing through what I have.
4) This first go 'round is just for summer and then I will start fresh again with the first day of 2nd grade/pre-K for the girls. I will have the summer album bound and then I think having that in hand will motivate me to keep going through the whole next year.

This is the first page of my album which is really the last day of school, first partial day of summer. I will not be doing one day per page the rest of the album but I wanted the cover page to be done this way. Journaling has not been added yet because I am waiting to get my own custom handwriting font made (more on that later).

A friend (hi, Kayla!) told me about this challenge blog that just started up, called Week-2-Week and it's for Project Life. Could the timing be any more perfect? I'm hoping I can use their challenges to keep me motivated. To start off their blog, they are hosting a give away of the Blush Core Edition kit...it was my second choice so I would love to have it in paper form! Go check out their new blog here.

I'm working on some paper layouts right now using the June kit from Birds of A Feather...will be back later today to share those!