Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Summer 2014 P&P | Part 1: May & June

Hello! Looking back over the year, you may have noticed that my Project Life / Pockets & Pages posts have pretty much been non-existent. I started the year off (as I do each year) with big intentions of documenting life and keeping up with my PL album. This year has been busier than usual as we moved and I am now working part-time out of my house. I am still documenting our everyday life, but I haven't had much time to work on my big 12x12 spreads. I decided not to worry about that and instead have started putting together a smaller album (6x8) documenting our first summer in South Dakota.

Here's what I have so far...

My album begins in late May. The first photo is one of Sabrina taken on the last day of school. I printed it to be 5x7, slipped it into a 6x8 page protector, stitched the side and trimmed the side and top. I used Journal Tabs - Month to stamp May and the included coordinating die.

On the back side of the 5x7 photo, I wrote down our Summer Bucket List for 2014. The right side of the spread uses a page protector with 4 - 3x4 openings. The Hello Summer filler card was trimmed to fit inside the Pockets & Pages - 3x4 Photo Frame and 2014 was die cut with the Mini Caps Alpha & #'s. The photos are from a limo ride that Sabrina took with some of her friends after school (photos of the other girls are blurred to hide their identity). I didn't go on the limo ride with her, but thankfully one of the moms who did took a couple of photos and shared them with me. I love how happy they look in these!

Detail shot:

The left side of the next spread includes the back side of the 6x8 page protector. I used Pockets & Pages - 3x4 Essentials and Pockets & Pages - 3x4 Part of My Heart. I included a couple of photos from Memorial Day weekend. The right side is a 4x4 We R Memory Keepers page protector with slots for 4 - 2x2 photos. My photos were die cut with Pockets & Pages - 2x2 Essentials and the camera is from Pockets & Pages - Instasquares.

Detail shot:

Below you can see the rest of the 2x2 photos that I included on the backside of the page protector. These are just some random everyday photos taken in May. The right side is another 5x7 photo in a stitched & trimmed down page protector. I used Journal Tabs - Month again to stamp June.

On the back side of the 5x7 photo, I added a sheet of patterned paper. The right side includes a couple of photos of Brina and Bella hanging out (used Pockets & Pages - 3x4 Essentials to cut and mat the photos) plus a 4x6 filler card.

My next spread includes more photos and journaling. Once again, I used the Pockets & Pages - 3x4 Photo Frame on the left side. On the right, I used a pre-printed journaling card and added Week in Review (stamp included in Pockets & Pages Documented).

On the left side of the next spread, I used a clear transparent card on the top left and the journaling to the right was handwritten after stamping the lines from Pockets & Pages Documented. The "smile" frame on the right side of the spread is from Pockets & Pages Fab Frames.

Detail shot:

The final pages for June include the back side of the 6x8 page protector and a 4x4 page protector. I used Pockets & Pages 3x4 Circle Showcase on the bottom left pocket.

Detail shot:

Here's the back side of the 4x4 page protector where I added a few more 2x2 photos to sum up June. The star is from Pockets & Pages Instasquares.

Basic supplies: I started with a Simple Stories Burlap album, various Simple Stories page protectors and summer journaling cards, Taylored Expressions Pockets & Pages stamps and dies, the Project Life Kiwi core kit, plus a variety of embellishments. The embellishments include items from my stash and various Freckled Fawn OhDeerMe monthly embellishment kits. I edit and print photos at home. It makes the process a bit longer, but I've tried pre-printing photos ahead of time and I always end up needing to reprint in different sizes, so it works best for me if I print as I go.

That's all I have so far! I'll be back soon with more from my Summer album!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies from the TE store:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Grateful for You

Hello! Happy Friday! I've always been a big fan of fall color and living in Arizona, we always had to drive in search of the changing leaves. Since we've moved, there is fall color in our backyard (and also the big leaf pile to clean up)... :)

Anyway, I have created a fall inspired card to show you today. I used this sweet birdhouse image from Best Nests and colored with Copic markers. I added my sentiment on to a little tag (using Designer Mini Tags) and tied it on with some burlap twine.

I used Jen's Deconstructed Sketch #171 for my layout. Here's a detail shot:

I hope you have a great weekend! I'm heading to TE headquarters today and will be at the Stamp Joy event in Iowa! If you've registered to join us, I hope to see you there! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies from the TE store:

Stamps: Best Nests (TE)
Paper: Friendly Forest (Doodlebug), Sugar Cube, Toffee (TE)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Designer Mini Tags (TE), Standard Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Markers (Copic), Twine, Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Taylored Expressions October Release: Sack It - Gingerbread House & Scarecrow plus Sweater Weather CP

Hello! Welcome to Taylored Expressions October Release Day! We are releasing 26 new dies, 13 stamp sets, 3 embossing folders, 1 cutting plate, a new 6x6 paper pack and 2 new cardstock colors! All products will be released are available in the TE store NOW!

Before you head over to shop, I have a few more release projects to show you! The first one uses Sack It - Gingerbread House. This was a fun one to make! I used the coordinating Sack It To You to make a little gift sack.

The base is made out of Toffee cardstock. All of the parts (roof, door, windows, candies) are included. I added a few candy dots, sequins and some glitter. Side view:

Next up is Sack It - Scarecrow. I made him using the Tag Pocket die as a base so that I could make and include a matching tag. The hat, eyes and mouth are all cut from another newly released cardstock color. This one is called Chocolate Truffle.

Here's another view with the tag. The pumpkin and sentiment are from Mischief Maker - Pilgrim.

Finally, I have a card using the new Sweater Weather Cutting Plate. I just love the intricate design achieved by using this plate, so I kept my card rather simple and didn't cover too much of it up. The sentiment is from Sing of the Season and embossed onto a Label Stacklets 9 die cut.

Here's a detail shot:

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you'd like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of our participating designers!

Gingerbread House Gift Bag | Supplies from the TE store:

Paper: Cherry Pop, Peapod, Salt Water Taffy, Sugar Cube, Strawberry Milkshake, Toffee (TE)
Accessories: Taylored Dies: Sack It – Gingerbread House, Gingerbread Lane Sequins (TE); Crystal Candy Dots (Pebbles), Chunky glitter.

Give Thanks Scarecrow Tag Pocket | Supplies from the TE store:

Stamps: Mischief Maker – Pilgrim (TE)
Paper: Perfect Autumn (Carta Bella), Candy Corn, Chocolate Truffle, Toffee, Strawberry Milkshake (TE)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Tangelo (Tsukineko); Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger)
Accessories: Sack It – Scarecrow, Tag Pocket, Tag Stacklets 1 (TE); Button, Twine, Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.

Tis the Season | Supplies from the TE store:

Stamps: Sing of the Season (TE)
Paper: Cherry Pop, Sugar Cube (TE)
Ink: Versamark Watermark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Taylored Dies: Label Stacklets 9, Sweater Weather Cutting Plate (TE); White embossing powder, Glitter tape (American Crafts), Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.