Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflection on the year

Happy New Year's Eve!!!

I spent sometime this week going through my layouts-computer pictures and the actual layouts. I spent a lot of time this year thinking about scrapbooking. I had many amazing opportunities, which I'm so grateful for.
Which is were many of these layouts originated from. I took some time and pulled about a dozen or so of my favorite layouts and the reason behind them to share with you.

1. I think this is absolute favorite. The reason is, it's fun, free. I did what I wanted to do, if I felt like a little misting, I misted, there's a a little bit of doodling, little bit of stitching. I love that the title is in mixed fonts and colors.



2. This layout I did when I guest DT at Scraptastic Club and it was picked for publication. This really was a simple fast layout. I enjoyed the process of putting it together.



3. This layout was when I was with Creative Imaginations. I just loved the wood paper. The brown and pink are so pretty together.



4.  Fall Beauties was just done last month for My Little Shoebox and PageMaps. I had to pay my 6 year old son in bubblegum to help me cut out all the leaves.



5. Here fishy, fishy, was a layout I did when I guest designed for Scraptastic Club. I enjoyed the fun process of this one.




6. &  7. Were done using a Pink Ninja kit. My 2 besties Deb and Cris and I had a great time with that kit. We all purchased the same kit and made are own creations. It was super fun! I would recommend doing that with some friends. These layouts seem to have a little edge to them, not my usual style but I love them!


7. mentioned above.



8.  This one I like because the pictures tell the story. I enjoyed the kit I used on this as well (which is a Studio Calico kit)



9. Made with My Little Shoebox products, Kaden just loves this layout and is always looking at it.



10. Another My Little Shoebox layout. This is the first layout of 2010 I did.



11. A layout from when I guest designed for Polka Dot Whimsy in the spring. Lots of fun colors on this layout.



12. This was a Polk Dot Whimsy kit as well. Just went together so easily.



ok, 1 more...

13. This was a layout I did when guest designing for Sweet Peach Crop Shop I really like the quilting patten I sewed together for the background. Love the fabric rolled flowers too. I think this was the first layout I tried those on this year...which I will say is the best and favorite technique I learned this year.


So, there you have it. My favorite top dozen layouts or so layouts of 2010.

This is what I learned I liked/dislikes this year...I could get by with chipboard sticker pieces (the ones that are all embellished) and lots of pattern paper. I can do without stamps and paint. Scrapbook kits make my life so much easier. No more muted/vintage colors for me. I love border punches...actually all punches. My Cricut broke and probably will never get a new one. I don't like making projects-only layouts. I love trims and buttons even if they don't make it to a layout, I just like them.. It takes me more time to make a card than a layout. I {heart}colored mists...Maya Road and Mister Huey's. Fabric stitched brads are awesome. I will never use another postbound album after I spend the last 2 months converting every album/layout into D-rings. Why did I buy the Chip art tool, it never came out of the package(s), yes there's an (s) involved with that statement. I have many types. My sewing machine is my favorite tool.Sketches are the best because they make me scrap a layout in an hour or two. I really have a hard time photographing my work, so I bought PhotoShop Elements to make them look better. I'm going to sell every mini book I have, I just don't like them and don't like to take the time to make them. I can't scrap without my Basic Grey magnetic mat. I don't have a clue how to use PhotoShop Elements. I should buy stock in Martha Stewart/EK Success punches because I think I will own them all soon.

So this is what I have planned in 2011...my layouts are going to be simpler. There will be more journaling on them and less art work. It's time to focus on the pictures and memories. I also planning on doing lots of purging and organizing. Most importantly I'm going to enjoy it and not get stressed out about techniques/products. I'm not going to worry about the perfect photo or making sure everything is in perfect chronological order. For my family album this year I'm going to do a month at a glance (2 page layouts). Using bits and pieces of daily life. I'm not buying any special kit (uh hum, like the Project 365 kit I never used). I'm not taking a picture a day (it just won't happen). It's going to be just using what I have and worry about what I don't when I make the layout at the end of the month. I think if I had to pick a word for myself it's SIMPLIFY. (and I'm not doing the pick a word for the year either, that again requires some type of project-I'm sure.) You know what they say...it is what it is and I'm starting to learn that's ok!

If you got this far thank you. I just needed to get my inner thoughts down on paper (or the computer screen).
I hope your New Year's is safe and the new 2011 year brings you many good things!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Cute as a Button

Hello!

Today, I'm sharing 2 layouts I did for My Little Shoebox. I used 1 line and made a "boy" layout and a "girl" layout. At first glance the Cute as a Button Collection does look very girly, because of all the cute colors and girly girl designs on them. But, don't let a first glance trick you....just turn the papers over and ta-da...different colors and patterns!

I tried to do an exact match to these 2 layouts so show you what I mean.

Here's the girl version featuring Miss Khila...



and the boy version featuring Mr. Brandon...



and the line...Cute as a Button
Thanks for stopping into day!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holly Jolly Day at My Little Shoebox!

It's Day 9 of the My Little Shoebox Holly Jolly Days, and it's my turn to share!

If you are not familiar with the Holly Jolly Days, let me fill you in! My Little Shoebox has a wonderful new winter called Holly Jolly. It's cute and colorful!

I chose to make gift tags for my Holly Jolly project, let me share those with you:


Here's some close-ups of the tags...

 One this one I used the cardstock stickers for the snowman and the Happy Holiday saying and the mini alpha's that say to and from.

 The base for this one is a diecut tag, decorated with a diecut stripe, cardstock stickers and lots of stickles!

 This on is my favorite! I used a chipboard tag as my base, the cardstock snowman is popped off the page with a pop-dot and topped off with a cute green ribbon. This tag already has a home placed on a Christmas package!



 This one was really easy, I just cut piece of patter paper that had the details already printed on it, folded in half and finished off the inside (see below), it's already to be added at package!


These two below were made using the already made die-cut tag and just embellished them!



Here's another easy one, that was just cut from the pattern paper, folded in half and embellished

 Here's inside!



and the back...


and one last one, use a diecut tag and embellished with a snowman cardstock sticker.



I wanted to keep these tags and easy to make. I know how crazy it gets around the holidays, but yet we feel the need to make handmade gifts. All you need it the Holly Jolly collection, stickles, pop-dots and ribbon and you are all set.

While I was making these, 2 of my kids joined in and made some really creative cards for friends and teachers.

Now, in the spirit of the Holidays, My Little Shoebox has something for you!

From the My Little Shoebox Blog...(once you read this make sure you visit my Day 9 post at their blog and leave a comment, I'd really love to see one of my blog followers win!) Plus there's lots of holiday creativity on the blog!

We can't wait to hear what you think! So leave a comment telling us what holiday projects you love to create to get an entry into our Holly Jolly Holidays Giveaway!! Share us below on Facebook for an extra entry every day!!

For full details on how to win click back to Day 1 here

Oh and if you have any questions about any of the projects you see here pls leave a comment and the designers will be happy to answer them for you.

I just have to share the line really quick....see it's so cute!
 


Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Page Maps Feature

Hello all,

I'm so excited to share a project I have been working on! My Little Shoebox teamed up with Becky Fleck's Page Maps Sketches. I was given this sketch:


and this is my layout using a fun mixture of lines from My Little Shoebox. I also added a few fabric buttons I purchased from Etsy (when I think of the seller, I'll update here)


For the leaves, I cut them out with a Cuttlebug, embossed them for added texture, Spritzed them with glimmer mist, inked the edges and to finished them off, crumpled them in my hands before placing them on the layout with pop-dots.



You can view this sketch along with many other December sketches with a sample from the My Little Shoebox Design team...RIGHT HERE!

There is also a contest this month...using the same sketch I used! Did I mention it included a huge gift package??? Well go to the Page Maps Blog to read all about it, I would love to see the different takes on the sketch!

I wanted to share one more FUN thing My Little Shoebox is doing this month...
Join us for our Holly Jolly Holidays with My Little Shoebox! Starting today December 1st thru December 15th we’ll be featuring holiday projects and gift ideas created with our newest collection Holly Jolly at the My Little Shoebox blog. Make sure you stop by each day to see all of the fabulous projects our design team has created just for you!

In addition to the festivities, we are giving you a chance to win your choice of My Little Shoebox collections!
Here's a quick peak of my project:

PS: Melissa D. if you are reading this, I need you to re-email me please...last time I messed up the link--so here's the correct link: melaniestanczyk@wi-net.com Thank you, I would love to get your box out to you!

~Melanie