Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card Making Day & Jillibean Soup

Happy World Card Making Day! 




In celebration, Jillibean Soup is hosting a weekend of  fun sketch challenges on their blog. There are 3 sketches all together and tons of inspiration to go along with them...and of course prizes & giveaways, so check it out right here.

Here's a detail of the card I made for the challenge - which will be on the blog with tomorrow's sketch. I was not a huge fan of butterflies when the trend was in full swing a few years ago but for some reason, I just love these butterfly stamps. Love the graphic patterns, particularly when they are stamped in simple black. 

Hope you will stop by and play along - have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Happy Saturday!

Hi all and happy Saturday! So far it's been a good one for me. Started off the day with my longest run ever, just under 7 miles at a respectable pace. If you told me this time last year I'd be running again, and even racing, I would not have believed it. I don't talk about it much but I've lost a significantly huge amount of weight over the last year and a half. Nothing fancy, just letting go of really bad habits and getting active. It's been an amazing journey and to be able to lace up and head out in the mornings...let's just say, I thank God everyday for this giftI've been given.

I completed my first 5k a few weeks ago and not in total failure. That's me crossing the finish line (on the left, lol) at the Met Life Stadium. That's my running buddy Tim (this race was his idea) up on the jumbotron - he was just ahead of me.

I finished with the decent time of 34:04. So much for my fear of being last to cross the line. When they handed me my finishers medal at the end I knew I was addicted. I want a whole wall of racing bling now!


Now I've got my sights set on the Runner's World 10k in Bethlehem,PA next month. Wasn't sure if I could even run that far, until today, that is!

I'll wrap up this post with my remaining Jillibean projects from September. My design team term has been extended a bit and I'm loving it. Working with fresh Jillibean Soup product is really, really an awesome gig!

Rediscovering my love of card making lately, and my love of stamping thanks to the new Jillibean Soup clear stamps. Here I used the Cold Avocado Soup clear stamps to stamp those sunbursts. I pierced the points and stitched with some Bean Stalks baker's twine.

here's a close up of my stitching....you can see my complete supply list right here.


Next up is an 8 1/2 x 11 layout. I plan to drop this one into my Project Life binder, in the section where the photos from this trip are. Lot's of  Happy Camper Stew on this page - love this line for summer projects. Here's a little design tip: I used a small scale diagonal check to frame the page. I love using diagonals for this purpose because, unlike a regular check, the pattern is consistent on all the edges:

here's the detail....you can see the complete supply list right here

Now I have to pack for our big NASCAR day tomorrow in Dover, Delaware. Going to see the AAA 500 and I'm very excited. We are bringing the kids for the first time and we have trackside passes. Mark Martin and Kasey Kahne - I'll be looking for you down there!
Thanks for stopping by - enjoy the day!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Jillibean Soup for September


Today I've got one of my Jillibean Soup layouts for September. Got to play with some of the brand new product that arrived recently. For my page I mixed a bunch of the new Cold Avocado Soup with other lines and also used one of the new Stampables woodgrain frames.

In this close up you can see the woodgrain frame and the clear stamps used as part of the background motif:
I can't seem to make a page these days without using those Alphabeans letter stickers. I've been using them all over my Project Life, too. They are the perfect size and font and they are flat & adhere well, which makes sewing through them a piece of cake. The colors are great too! You can check out my complete supply list on the Jillibean Soup blog, along with some more great layouts; that team is amazing and I'm in great company, as always!

So, this will be me tomorrow - at 7.30 a.m. On a whim, I decided to run my first official 5k ever.  It's a Jets season kick-off run that follows a route around the Met Life Stadium in E. Rutherford and finishes at the 50 yard line in said stadium. 

Nice and low key (not!!!)....to say I'm nervous would be a huge understatement. Trying not to think about it too much but I'm just hoping right now that 1) I finish, and 2) I'm not last! Also trying to figure out how to take pictures as I go, particularly as I run into that stadium and onto the field. I will let you know how it goes...

And one more thing - my friends over at The Studio are having a design team call.


The Studio Challenges is a bi-monthly challenge blog. The team always comes up with great ideas to challenge you and their project galleries are nothing short of amazing. The Studio will always be very special to me because it was my first design team. I met some wonderful ladies there and I'm still a team member (I make the sketches). The call is open until September 15 so check out the call right here and submit your application. You won't be sorry - it's a lot of fun!

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Project Life Update

I promised to share my Project Life pages and happy to report I finally took the photos!

I've been plugging along steadily but feel like I haven't found my groove yet. It still feels like it's kind of a mish-mosh of styles right now but I know it will take time to find my go-to techniques. What I really love about this system is how forgiving it is. I can add as much or as little as I want. I've added in a couple of really, really simple 8 1/2 x 11 layouts (love working in this 'new-to-me' super-simple style!) and some envelope pages for 'stuff' (I'm going to definitely need more binders!) It's all very low-pressure, and that is what it's all about for me right now. So without further ado....(lots of photos here...)

Week 28: Where it all started (but I have plans to fill in the empty space between January-June..) I started with the Midnight core kit but added the Honey kit a few layouts in...

I have the most difficulty doing the date cards. I guess that will get easier over time. I could make it easy on myself and do them all exactly the same, I suppose..


Week 29 - We did a lot because my brother was visiting with his son. I had a lot of photos and 'stuff' so I cut and stitched an 8 1/2 x 11 page protector to hold it all (snugly, so it wouldn't slide out). Then I realized that I had some narrow American Crafts page protectors of almost the same size.



Week 30: starting to get a little fancy with my date card....and using the different sized page protectors. Love the square pockets - so perfect for the millions of Instagram photos I take!

After that skinny page protector I put in and very simple layout with a favorite photo from the week. I made a frame with some strips of Jillibean Soup patterned paper and added the journaling card right onto the photo. On the back of the page is the actual note that is featured in the picture. Another one of the reasons I love this system is that I can included items like this.

that's a Jillibean Soup script sticker - love those things...

Here's the note my son left on my daughter that morning (in the photo). I added some very simple embellishments on top of the page protector so I wouldn't damage the actual note paper. Washi is a lifesaver in this project...:

Week 32: More beach pictures and another very simple layout with a favorite photo:

One of my fave cards/pieces so far. Those letter stickers are Simple Stories and the little sticker is Jillibean Soup:

Here I incorporated our beach parking pass - collected a lot of these this summer:

Here's a close up of that simple layout. One of my all-time favorite photos. I had it printed at 8 x 8 at the local Costco and happy to report they did a really nice job:

Here is the layout on the other side of that one - also featuring some favorite photos and serving as the lead in for some amusement park vacation photos. One of my essential Project Life tools is visible here at low right: the tiny post it notes that remind me what is going where. I use them to layout the pages. Here I'm missing an image that I still need to print....

Really, really simple....

Here are some close ups of those pages:



Here's one of the Project Life envelopes - I love that all the collected stuff is with the photos. This makes me so happy!



And this is a little piece of the layout I'm finishing up now...included the plastic cake topper from my birthday cake:


I added very little to the Midnight and Honey core kits here. Typically just some washi, a little patterned paper, a lot of Martha Stewart for Staples labels and some Elle's Studio &  Jillibean Soup items.

Last week I impulsively joined the Gossamer Blue kit club for their Life Pages kit - they have a great 'no commitment' plan so if it gets overwhelming, I can stop. I love the idea of adding in a variety of bits and pieces but lack the time to source them out for myself. That was the clincher for me! My first kit is due soon, I will definitely share!

btw...Michael's has Project Life on sale this week, fyi!
Be back tomorrow with a Jillibean Soup project I made for September. Did I mention how great Jillibean Soup works into Project Life? I see all my product with new eyes now that I started this!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Jillibean Soup for August

A little Jillibean Soup catch up here on the blog today with my August projects. What occurs to me when I look at the two layouts is how differently I scrapbook now than when I first started. More on that in a bit...here are my projects:

Never get tired of the Soup Staples! A sheet of Black Salt anchors my layout. The vintage tire card in the ephemera pack was a perfect addition to this auto-themed page. The full supply list is right here.


One of the great things about the Jillbean Soup lines is how easily they mix together. Here I mixed some Fresh Vegetable Soup, Happy Camper Stew & Irish Farmhouse Soup. You can view the full supply list right here.

Lots of Happy Camper Stew on this card. I cut the car, trailer & road signs off of the 1 Part Gear & 2 Parts Adventure patterned papers. The full supply list can be found here.

So, when I first started scrapbooking, I was still taking pictures with film. (gasp! I know, I've been doing this for a while) And I had rules. I would have all my photos printed in doubles so I could save a set and use the others for scrapbooking, hoping and praying a handful of them would be page-worthy. On occasion, several would go back for enlargements but for the most part I'd stick with the Costco standard of 4 x 6, always make projects by date order and always make 2 page layouts. How times have changed. Project Life aside, I rarely print photos over 3 1/2 x 5. I usually print at home as needed and can not remember the last time I made a 2 page spread or even thought about the date of the layout. Project Life is changing all that though, and I'm glad. Although my old way of scrapbooking had more 'rules' it definitely forced me to get the pictures printed and into books with words. PL is helping me get back to my roots and I'm so happy.

I'll be back before the week is out to share my Project Life progress. (why didn't I start it sooner?!) I've gotten through a whole month now and I've got photos printed back to March so I can fill in the rest of the year. I even joined a monthly PL kit club to keep me moving forward. I'm so enjoying the process!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

starting Project Life....

As I mentioned the other day, after successfully resisting Project Life for a couple of years I finally took the plunge last week. I knew once I started I would love it, and I do. I feel like a newbie to this craft all over again. Writing questions down. Searching the online galleries and Pinterest for how to do the basics. Trying to find a style. Honestly, it's just what I needed.

Last fall, in the midst of several design team obligations, I experienced a pretty major loss of interest in all things scrapbooking. I started to question whether my projects were doing what I originally intended for them to do: document the life I share with my family. My projects were becoming more about the product than about the stories and information. I was drowning in product and feeling creatively sapped.  I realize as a design team member it is my job to showcase product. (a job that I love, btw.) I guess that is where I started to go astray. I had a hard time finding the balance between what I had to make and what I wanted to make - so I just stopped doing anything more than what was required. Flash forward several months and a great big purge, and a new-found love for Project Life and I'm back in biz.

So it started out like this....with a Becky Higgins Project Life core kit (the Midnight Edition) picked up impulsively with a coupon at Michael's a few weeks ago. I figured this particular color scheme (or lack thereof) would afford the most flexibility for add-ons. (Speaking of the add-ons: wow! there is a lot of project life product out there!)

and after some trial and error...finally turned into this.....my first official PL spread:

I'm still trying to figure out where and how to add the dates/week number to that 'hello' card. And I haven't quite gotten the knack of the filler cards. I'm sure I will figure that out when the not-so-eventful weeks are up.

I had a lot of pictures and maybe should have used some of those smaller page protectors that fit in between:

So encouraged by my first layout spread, I've already started on my second. 

As a newbie, some observations/things I love about Project Life:
  • The little details are getting documented, as well as the not-so-little ones.
  • I can store the ephemera with the photos and journaling in those cool pocket pages - and that makes me really happy.
  • It's the perfect home for the millions of IPhone and Instagram photos I take - and that is how I'm taking most of my photos these days.
  • I'm excited about the prospect of putting together a Disney book PL style when we get back from our next trip in the fall. 
  • You can lose the crafty mojo and still work on it.
  • It's a great visual journal for us visual types!
  • I get excited when the little bits and pieces of ephemera I collect are already approx. 3 x 4 inches! 
Today I picked up the yellow striped binder, the pocket pages and some extra lined cards. Yes, I'm hooked! 

I will be back over the weekend with some Jillibean projects - and I'm sure more PL in the days to come!. Thank you for stopping by!




Saturday, July 27, 2013

A die cut mini....

Hi there! Happy Saturday  - it's a gorgeous one here in NJ and I'm counting down the minutes until I can get out in the sun & swim a few laps in the pool. Some changes starting to happen here, including a slight adjustment to the blog name and a temporary banner until I nail down the overall design concept. Today I've got a mini I made back in the spring to share...

I made this one for Amanda Robinson, for a class she was teaching at Creative Passion Classes. The class was for a seasonal mini using her custom designed cut files for the Silhouette. Her designs were great (in love with that 'Easter' cut file!) and and I had a ton of fun working with them. I love making minis. They help me break out of my normal comfort zone and I feel like I can try things in them that I wouldn't typically try in my other projects. I also think they are a great way to use kit club kits. I find if I limit myself to what is in the kit, it relieves me of the stress of having to mix product - which we all know can be overwhelming. If nothing else, my little break from the crafty world taught me to pare down and simplify.

(warning - lots of photos ahead...)
Armed with my Scrapbook Circle 'Charmed Life' kit for March and Amanda's cut files I got to work. The base of the album is pre-cut file folder cards by Webster's Pages/Allison Kreft. A combination of washi and baker's twine from the Twinery holds the whole thing together:


Here is the entire album - which is an overview of favorite photos (mostly printed wallet size) from the Spring of 2012:


I folded in a variety of page sizes, including cards intended for Project Life use. Here's a strip of those cards on the cutter - getting scored to fold into my album:













Lots of washi, lots of tags, lots of die cuts in this quick mini album. Definitely one of my faves!

I hope you have a great day ahead - back tomorrow with some more Jillibean projects to share!
Thanks for stopping by!