Thursday, November 15, 2018

Christmas Cards | Pinkfresh Christmas Card Drive | Altenew Stamps | Second Card



This week is getting past me fast...can tell the holidays are here.  Here is the second card using the Altenew Simple Shapes stamp set.  But I used it more in the far background and used only the outlined shapes without the solid shapes to create a black and white pattern paper.



It really went well with the pattern papers I chose from Bella Blvd that are so nice and vibrant.  I used Waffle Flower Crafts dies and used that same October Afternoon sentiment.  This card is a little more heavy with the layers, but the last card will be completely different from the first two.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Christmas Cards | Pinkfresh Christmas Card Drive | Altenew Stamps | First Card



We need a little sparkle and shine today, right now it is raining.  I have been wanting to do a few more cards for the Pinkfresh Christmas card drive before I send them off.  Hoping to make the box as full as I can.  I had used these Simple Shapes Altenew stamps recently in my Bible journaling.  I have always loved this stamp set.  When I was on the Altenew team, I made a layout with them, but with inspiration hitting, I sat down to create some Christmas cards.

I did three cards, but sharing the first one today.  This first idea was to stamp along the edge using just the solid shapes.  The color inspiration came from the Bella Blvd Make Your Mark Paper Pad.  I used an old October Afternoon sentiment to emboss in gold.  Die due the panel and completed my card.



My card base is white, but I really wanted that pattern paper to show since it went so well with the stamping, so I cut the pattern paper the same size as the card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Will be back soon with the next one!

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Thursday, November 08, 2018

September 2017 Memory Keeping | Travelers Notebook



I have really missed creating for myself.  But it isn't just for me, it is for my family, sharing with this awesome community, learning from each other.  I miss ALL of that.  Now that I can devote more time to how I want to document 2018, I am trying to decide in what format.  I love love the Travelers Notebook (TN) format, but I do also love pockets.  I might actually do both!  Would love to hear what everyone else does.  As I decide....AND EEK get ready to Document December, I'm catching up on posting my TN from last year that I finished this September...which is what I have here today to share...September.



Don't remember if I've mentioned in the other posts, but I used a lot of leftover Gossamer Blue Travelers Notebook kits.  The album itself was from the kit as well.  Blank pages, so anywhere there is pattern paper, it is what I trimmed and added directly to the page.  For my opening page, I used a Starbucks gift card and Fun Stampers Journey Alphabet stamps in both solid and outline, and the matching dies.  I used ink colors to coordinate with that gift card and used Cool Pool cardstock to stamp onto.



I also had some leftover Studio Calico and other things from my own stash, but I kept my selection narrow so that I could go through the album quickly, especially while I worked.  Now that I am back to not papercrafting and stamping as a job, but a hobby again, I still will streamline the process, but may broaden that a bit.  Really enjoy the process, rather than seeing a means to an end.



The glue and go philosophy I learned from Heidi Swapp when I first learned how to scrapbook, was my mantra.  With little time, you carve out this time to document and want to make the most of it.  But even though I wanted to 'get it done,' I remember it giving me a pep in my step, I could tell I was really enjoying this, it was being true to myself creatively and personally.



Oh, this was fun memories...and where I would work on my documenting...a crop.  I used some of the things given to us by the crop owners to add to this, like the 'dream create inspire.'



Emma always loves to come hang out with the girls.



I think this was the first time I got to meet an Instagram friend in person.  Seems like I have known her forever now, but I realized this was the first time looking at these pages again.  Her name is Pallavi.  She saw I would post on IG about crops and she was local to me.  So excited she could join in.  She is such a sweetheart and Emma fell in love with her.  Another fun thing that happened at this crop, is I did my first in-person class.  I taught a Fun Stampers Journey calendar class with a coach, using the personal size of the Webster's Dictionary planner that they made for Fun Stampers Journey. It was a lot of work, didn't go as planned (LOL), but I really enjoyed it and think everyone else did as well.



I always try to make little happies to give out to everyone.  The Lovely You girls' frame is what I made and gave out to our group.



I LOVE LOVE this page.  I think I love the simplicity, the colors, the repetition.  There's just enough pattern paper, one busy on the right, and one on the left that is not.  Then I pulled the colors and die cut the Border Basics Die Set. The little bits of chipboard and stickers are just the right amount.



Another fun page where I used the Hexagon Die Set to create a background from pattern paper.  I transitioned from Halloween to Christmas.  I did a lot of transition like this in my album, I don't know that I will keep doing that, but since I was more focused on documenting and completing, I made it work or blend by not getting too themey with the spread.



I didn't know if I wanted to document this or not, but I felt it was important enough that I did.  The verse of the day in the YourVersion always seems to have a verse that gives you exactly what you need, and this day it did.  We just had a major firing of a prominent employee at Fun Stampers Journey and we as employees knew as much as everyone, so I really had to search and pray for some peace.  Once I saw this verse, I was completely at peace and regardless of 'what' happened, I knew it was for the best.



And that right page, oh that girl, she loves cats as much as I do.  I still have the two we have that don't get along, but we love them so dang much!!  This was at a wonderful refuge near us that shelters and takes care of cats.  We loved the kittens and the elderly cats the most.

So I have October and November to share and that will finish up the TN for 2017.  For December of last year, I did the Fun Stampers Journey/Webster's Pages A5 calendar to document.  You can see that here.

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Monday, November 05, 2018

October 2018 Travelers Notebook Finished | Studio Calico Kit



Hope everyone had a good weekend!  I finished up our October memories using the Studio Calico Letters Home October Travelers Notebook kit.  I really enjoyed this kit so much.  You can see the first half of the notebook here.  If you want to start a subscription for the Travelers Notebook kit, use my code they gave me Patricia5 to get $5 off a 6 or 12 subscription.  November looks like another great kit.  So here is what I have done picking up where I left off.



I loved the spread above because of the angles of the pattern paper.  They really help designs flow and in this case help ground and bring focus to the photos.  I go into more detail on the process video below.

This spread was a challenge for me, because I used kit contents to cover up the people in the photo, but wanted to make it fairly light and not bulky.



Really love how this spread came out using the stamps for a background on the right, and filling in the labels on the left using the same colors.





Using that label with stickers stitched to it that I was going to use on the spread above with the large photo of my daughter on zip line, I used it here instead.



The photo was edited with the new YouVersion Lens app that will put verses on your photos.



Perfect and simple for such a great memory of my daughter doing ballet competition for the first time this year.



I really love the stamp set in the kit.  I didn't mention in video, but I just stamped that glasses on that wood veneer I had die cut.



Wanted to get creative with journaling and really so happy how this came out.





Travelers Notebooks are so great for any number of photos.  Created a nice clean spread with lots of color and photos for this spread.



Another perfect spread with not a lot needed to add, just some stamping, stickers, and journaling.  The pattern paper and writing on it really helped make it so quick to document.



Wanted to really emphasize our Halloween photo, so used an older set of Altenew die cut letters for a bold title.





Wanting to get creative with the house notepad from the kit, I created a collage on the right for the trick or treat, which was so perfect for Halloween.





I forgot one more memory!  I did not document in this TN chronologically.  The main reason is because I really did work with the papers in the notebook.  But remember you can always take those staples out and shuffle the book around.  I chose not too.  So just added this to the last few pages of the book.  Got more creative with the house notepad on the left playing along the patterns from the pattern paper.  Then on the right, I stamped all the stamps to create a background using different ink colors.





I don't normally do long videos, but since this was an ongoing monthly documenting, it is a tad longer.  You can watch below or on YouTube.  It walks you through each page except for this last one that I forget later ;)  Thanks so much for stopping by!




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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Christmas Cards | FSJ | Pinkfresh Card Drive | Third Card



Stopping back in for my last card and my last day as a Fun Stampers Journey employee.  So for last week's card, I mentioned that it might be taking my new favorite card, but the reason this one is still my favorite is I love anything plaid.  Using the red/pink impression I made, along with the Flannel Life stamp, reminds me of a plaid shirt I had bought for my daughter.



I used Peaches and Cream cardstock for the flower, and used another piece of my impression for the center.  In trying to find the 'spot' for the sentiment, I happened upon it across the flower, and loved it.  This just says warm and cozy with these colors and patterns.

And here are all three cards together.



Thanks so much for stopping by!  Best wishes to FSJ and coaches as the transition to hybrid retail begins tomorrow.  I will always be creating, and now that I am no longer exclusive, will be sharing more and visiting to see what everyone else is up to!  Happy and safe Halloween!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

August 2017 Memory Keeping | Traveler Notebook



I remember when school started after Labor Day and August was summer really just kicking in...school starts for us the first week in August ;( It is so hard saying goodbye to Summer.


Like a true scrapper, I like to save little things I get from Emma's school.  I put a couple here.  I have an envelope of more things that I need to decide how I want to include.



Looking back at the start of 4th grade with relief...it was the hardest school year for us.  It was a transitional year from elementary to middle school for us, and Emma's gifted teacher really was night and day compared to the previous year.  Emma pretty much came home, plopped her book bag down (which weighed a ton), got a snack, and started homework.  She really did not have a life because of the demands of the gifted class.  We went into the year, knowing we may have to cancel or stop any outside activities, and we did.  Sadly we stopped ballet that January.  But sooo very thankful this year is a 180 and much more balanced, as it should be.




I didn't realize until looking back, we had just seen the movie Leap! which was all about dance and Emma LOVED it!  Very happy Momma to have my girl able to enjoy and use her talents more for 5th grade.






Thanks so much for looking!  I have all of 2018 to document, and now with not working as a concept designer for FSJ, I'm excited to get started...will have to share soon!

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Christmas Cards | FSJ | Pinkfresh Card Drive | Second Card



I'm back from sharing what I did with my fun and messy playtime with Fun Stampers Journey liquid colors and gel press.  For this card, I used some of the red/pink impressions I made.  I used Candy Apple, Bubble Gum, and Peaches and Cream.  I really liked adding the Peaches and Cream to create a 'blush' look.

For this card, I trimmed some of my impressions to use as my background along with the repeated stamping of Merry Christmas.  And I used the large flower die from the same Star Burst Bloom die set, die cutting from the red/pink impression.  For the center, I used both impressions and layered them.



For even more texture, I machine stitched around the die.  That first card I shared here, is my daughter's favorite because of the color, I think this one might be my new favorite...but then I will change my mind and go back to the third card being my favorite...will share soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

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