Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pink Paislee and Photography Week

Last week was photography week on the Pink Paislee blog.  I shared about my love of photography and the equipment I use.  Even though I use my iPhone for everyday photos, I still love to pull out my big DSLR.

My assignment was to create a layout using four or more photos...I used 16 using the insta kits from Citrus Bliss!

To get a lot of photos on a layout, I usually like them grouped by activity or event, but I also love to do my current favorites type layouts.  This one falls into the favorites category including all of my favorite Summer memories and photos.

I used a neutral color pattern paper and then cut angles from more pattern papers to layer and create my background.  I printed my photos to 1.4" square,  adhered them to a 3x3 piece of cardstock and then just placed the insta frames right on top.

I have been shooting in manual mode since 2009.  The iPhone can take some great photos, but when I want to have more control over getting a better quality photo because of not enough light or too much light, the DSLR can't be replaced.  And that is what I do love about both, they both have their place and do not replace the other.

The white space was a perfect spot to add clustering and my title.

I have some photos I share on the Pink Paislee blog sharing my settings I used.  So head over there to see the full blog post.  But I will leave you with a photo showing you what I own.  Or as photographers say "what's in my bag."

Thank you for stopping by!  Click here for more about this post on the Pink Paislee blog!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

October Afternoon Treasure Map - Carpe Diem!

***sigh*** October Afternoon just always makes the most unique, fun collections.  Treasure Map is nautical and ready for your little pirates, vacations, cruises, summer photos, but can work with no theme at all.

Here, I used it with color inspiration from team member Mou for our October Afternoon blog post here.  It was so easy to find the colors from Mou's inspiration piece.

Because my photo doesn't have a lot of color to it and is kind of busy, I brought the focus to it with the reds right by the photo and then cutting a pinking circle from vellum and using the negative sheet to 'frame' my photo.

Layered some of the wonderful die cuts from the collection, but still not taking away from the photo. The sticker "carpe diem!" couldn't have been more perfect with the photo, so I left that as my title and added my journaling at the top.

Stop by the October Afternoon blog to see the color inspiration and Mou's layout!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Hip Kit April Layout for National Scrapbooking Day

I have one more layout to share using the April Hip Kit Club kits that I did for National Scrapbooking  Day.  I got really creative and had so much fun with the stamps in the kit!

I manipulated the diamond stamp to curve it to form a circle, and I created frames with the word "beautiful" and scallop border stamps.  I also pulled out an older Elle Studio stamp to create the dots on the vellum in a chevron patter.

Thank you so much for coming by!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Hip Kit April Work

Sharing my work here that I have done using the Hip Kit Club April kits

This uses a cut file by Nicole Nowsad!  I just cut it up and layered it!

Every year I usually do a layout about celebrating Chinese New Year.  And I will tell you, they are my most favorite layouts I do.  I also used a Nicole Nowosad cut file here!  Love those scribbles...they look like flowers.

I like to do a couple of cards with the kit.  Had fun with the watercolor pencils in the color kit and the Elle's Studio Stamp.

Used the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss pineapple embossing folder for this card.

Last but not least, a layout with my sweet Archie boy...he is 20 and even though there are lots of signs of his age, he is doing great.  I love seeing him enjoy life and being outside in this gorgeous weather.  I used scraps for this using scraps!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hip Kit March Projects - Part 2

Realized I didn't finish posting the rest of my projects using the March kits from Hip Kit Club.

Stopping in quick to post this.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Next is my monthly Project Life.  Got creative with the letter stickers and used those to fill my pockets!  Really love doing this monthly now and using the square 3x3 pockets.  Did start another smaller album for more was a nice change from traditional PL.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss + Heidi Swapp Marquee Letter R

My daughter and I have plans to glitter an E for her as one of our Summer projects.  So this was my first time decorating one of Heidi Swapp's marquee letters.  It was so VERY simple!  Instead of using the ready-made products she has, I used Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss, to cover the letter R for my Pink Paislee blog post here.

I changed the clear bulbs that come with the letter with the pink bulbs.

I traced the R template onto cardstock so that in the next step I could cover it with strips of pattern paper from the 6x6 paper pad.

Covering all the nooks and crannies wasn't as difficult as I thought.  Using a stylus and mod podge, it was very easy!  To cover the front of the letter, I cut slits, and then folded it over.

I cut 1.5" strips of 12x12 pattern paper to fit on the inside.

To get the bulbs to go through easier, I cut slits to help the holes widen more.

The lights on or off...very festive and fun!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss Meets Pineapple Bliss Cupcakes

Instagram is really killing my blog...that and I think EVERYONE is ready for Summer break!

Pink Paislee's Citrus Bliss is is so vibrant, soft, happy, and tropical.  I will be sharing a couple of things I have made for the Pink Paislee blog today and tomorrow.

Inspired by the collection, several of the design team members headed to the kitchen.  I went with my favorite cupcakes from called Pineapple Bliss!  These are so moist and yummy.  They melt in your mouth!

Cake -
  • 18.25 oz box of Betty Crocker yellow cake mix
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple in juice (do NOT drain)
Frosting -
  • 8 oz 1/3 fat free cream cheese
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple in juice (DRAIN and SQUEEZE all juice)
  • 3/4 C marshmallow spread

This is so easy and quick too, great for summer!  Just mix the cake ingredients, bake according to your cake box.

These cupcakes are so moist without oil or butter, that they don't need the frosting.  

Just mix the frosting ingredients, and add just a drop on top.

I freehand cut out the cupcake liners, just stapled them into place.  I used this cut file for the boxes, which kind of look like pineapples ;)

The sad thing about these, is I am the only one who will eat them...they may be a light-low calorie dessert, but they still have sugar!


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